35 episodes

A KidLit Podcast for Parents, Teachers and Writers created by two mommy blogger friends who discuss upper and lower middle grade books, children's books, chapter books, and picture books, as well as, topics such as parenting, homeschool, writing, teaching, cooking, holidays, and more.

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A KidLit Podcast for Parents, Teachers and Writers created by two mommy blogger friends who discuss upper and lower middle grade books, children's books, chapter books, and picture books, as well as, topics such as parenting, homeschool, writing, teaching, cooking, holidays, and more.

    Episode 34: Latinx Heritage in Middle Grade Lit

    Episode 34: Latinx Heritage in Middle Grade Lit

    In honor of Latinx Heritage Month, the Mamas were thrilled to chat about two Middle Grade books oozing with Mexican mythology and Día de los Muertos inspired adventures. So, gulp down some Pan de Muerto, grip your calavera, and let the Mamas make you cringe with fright (and hopefully not from their Spanish pronunciations).  
     Book Chat:
    Loteria by Karla Arenas Valenti
    Cece Rios and the Desert of Souls by Kaela Rivera  
    Pick 6: Latinx Children’s Books
    Board Books: La Catrina seriesBoard Books: Life of series by Lil LibrosPicture Book: Dreamer by Yuyi MoralesYoung Adult: Fat Chance, Charlie Vega by Crystal MaldonadoMiddle Grade: The Sea-Ringed World by Maria Garcia Esperon, Curse of the Forgotten City by Alex AsterChapter Books: Definitely Dominguita series by Terry Catasus Jenningswww.twolitmamas.com

    • 48 min
    Episode 33: Middle Grade Books for Horse Lovers

    Episode 33: Middle Grade Books for Horse Lovers

    Margie hates it but Heather’s inner horsey girl catches her stride in Episode 33 as the Mamas share their childhood memories of horses and explore Middle Grade books and resources in the horsey genre. The Mamas also get on their high horses and rant about banned books. Saddle up and hold on tight!
    Book Chat:
    The Secret Horses of Briar Hill by Megan Shepherd
    The Compton Cowboys by Walter Thompson-Hernandez
     
    Pick 6: Resources for Horse-Themed Learning Activities
    Horse Illustrated Online Magazine’s young rider tabThe EquinestHorseloversmath.comHorsecrazygirls.com science fair horse projectPrzewalski’s Horse at the National ZooStacy Gregg’s Ponies A-Z 
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    • 51 min
    Episode 32: Sporty Stories for Middle Graders

    Episode 32: Sporty Stories for Middle Graders

    The Mamas embrace their inner Sporty Spice (or Benchwarmer Spice) to share reviews of Middle Grade novels (ages 8-12) about gymnastics, football and soccer, as well as, the personal and family trauma that can sometimes be associated with sports. The Mamas also share six sports-themed activities for the classroom and home. Put on your athletic supporters and let's get started!

    Book Reviews:
    Chirp by Kate MessnerTen Thousand Tries by Amy MakechnieBefore the Ever After by Jacqueline Woodson
    Pick Six: Sports-Themed Activities
    Fine Motor Skills: Basket TossLanguage & Sensory: Mystery Bag with Sports ItemsLarge Muscle Movement: Skiing on 2x4 BlocksMath: Add and Subtract Game ScoresScience: The Physics of Football video and The Impossible Kick Ted TalkGeography: Pin Team Pennants to the City, State or Country on a Map Show Links:
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Episode 31: Middle Grade Books in Space!

    Episode 31: Middle Grade Books in Space!

    In this episode, the Mamas get extra nerdy exploring the final frontier in the latest Middle Grade science fiction novels and short stories. So grab your communicators and listen in as they cover hermetically sealed post-pandemic apartments, talking heads, shape-shifting aliens, and murder on the moon.  Oh, it gets creepy, gross and dark, but you're gonna love it.

    Science Fiction MG Book Chat:
    Cleo Porter and the Body Electric by Jake Burt
    Moon Base Alpha Series by Stuart Gibbs
    Weird Kid by Greg Van Eekhout
    The Mortification of Fovea Munson by Mary Winn Heider

    Pick 6: The Mamas favorite Sci-Fi short stories
    The Fermi Paradox is Our Business Model by Charlie Jane Anders Kin by Bruce McAllister Bloodchild by Octavia E. ButlerThere Will Come Soft Rains by Ray BradburyHarrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.  The Lottery by Shirley Jackson
    Reference Links:
    Rethink ELA
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Episode 30: Book vs. Show: The Mysterious Benedict Society

    Episode 30: Book vs. Show: The Mysterious Benedict Society

    The Mamas don their Siskel & Ebert disguises and debate the pros and cons of the Mysterious Benedict Society’s new Disney+ series vs. the OG book series. Although you can probably guess what the lit-loving Mamas have to say (hint: the book is ALWAYS better), you might enjoy the Middle Grade series recommendations at the end, especially if you’re in love with Mr. Benedict and his society of kid geniuses, like two middle-aged spies we know (yes, we’re talking about the Mamas).    
    Book Discussion: 
    The Mysterious Benedict Society Disney+ Series
    The Mysterious Benedict Society book series
     Pick 6: If you liked The Mysterious Benedict Society, the Mamas recommend these series
    Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
    Artemis Fowl
    Mr. Lemoncello series
    Sisters Grimm
    N.E.R.D.S.
    Savvy, Scrumble & Switch
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    • 1 hr
    Episode 29: New Middle Grade Fantasy Books

    Episode 29: New Middle Grade Fantasy Books

    The Mamas’ fantasies are flying in Episode 29 with two hot Middle Grade fantasy picks. Following the book chat, the Mamas share six more MG fantasies from their TBR Lists for 2021. So, if animals talk to you, you should listen in because you’re in good company, or at least not alone in your fantasy world!
     Book Chat:
    The Hatmakers by Tamzin Merchant
    The Mysterious Disappearance of Aiden S. (as told to his brother) by David Levithan
     
    Pick 6: MG Fantasies from the Mamas 2021 TBR lists
    The Raconteur’s Commonplace Book (A Greenglass House Story) by Kate MilfordThe Gilded Girl by Alyssa ColmanCece Rios and the Desert of Souls by Kaela RiveraDragons in a Bag by Zetta ElliotThe Anti-Book by Raphel SimonArlo Finch Series by John August
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    • 50 min

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