55 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 54: Delightfully Dark Sci-Fi for Middle Grade

    Episode 54: Delightfully Dark Sci-Fi for Middle Grade

    The Mamas are ready for the spooky season after reading two Sci-Fi novels for Middle Graders (ages 8-12). The MC of one has an experimental brain implant and the other is a human/cockroach hybrid. What more could you want? Oh, and both heroes are battling evil corporations. So deliciously dark – just how the Mamas like it.

    Book Chat:
    Maximillion Fly by Angie Sage
    Trex by Christyne Morrell

    Pick 6: Writing craft resources
    Wired for Story by Lisa CronSave the Cat! Writes a Novel by Jessica BrodyCrafting the Personal Essay by Dinty Moore Telling Your Story with Joyce Maynard (podcast)MasterClass.com/articlesLiteraryterms.netwww.twolitmamas.com

    • 55 min
    Episode 53: Historical Hayride

    Episode 53: Historical Hayride

    The Mamas are dreaming of hot cider, apple pie and cool nights so join them on an historical hayride as they travel back in time to the not-so distant past (Can the 70s really be considered historical fiction?!?) and fall in love with fantastic, new historical fiction for Middle Graders (ages 8-12).
    Book Chat:
    Yonder by Ali Standish
    Show Me A Sign by Ann Clare LeZotte
     
    Pick 6: More Great Historical Fiction for MG
    1.     Daring Darleen: Queen of the Screen by Anne Nesbet
    2.     Cookies & Milk by Shawn Amos
    3.     Pies from Nowhere by Dee Romito
    4.     Marika Marches for Equality by Salima Alikhan, Andrea Rossetto 
    5.     Escape from East Berlin by Andy Marino
    6.     Escape from Chernobyl by Andy Marino
     
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    • 57 min
    Episode 52: Back to School with Middle Graders

    Episode 52: Back to School with Middle Graders

    The summer flew by and sadly it's time to get back in school mode. The Mamas are here to help with a back to school book chat about The School For Whatnots by Margaret Peterson Haddix (or MPH if you gangsta). Listen to the Mamas fangirl about their author idol and goddess of kid robots.

    Book Chat:
    The School For Whatnots by Margaret Peterson Haddix

    Pick 6:
    The Mamas share their favorite tropes in Middle Grade fiction.

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    • 48 min
    Episode 51: End of Summer Fun

    Episode 51: End of Summer Fun

     In episode 51, the Mamas cling to the last days of summer as tightly as they would an only son going off to college. If you can relate, join the Mamas’ book chat about risky midnight meetings at camp and unattended problem children who use their summertime freedom to find treasure in 2 fantasy series for middle graders (ages 8-12). Then reminisce with the Mamas as they each answer 3 important questions about the summer of 2022. 
    Book Chat:
    Vanishing Act by Laura Martin
    The Problim Children by Natalie Lloyd
    Pick 6: The Mamas answer 3 questions about summer. How would you answer?
     1.     What was the best thing you ate?
    2.     What was the best thing you watched?
    3.     What was the best thing you read?

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    • 56 min
    Episode 50: Summer Stories for Budding Environmentalists

    Episode 50: Summer Stories for Budding Environmentalists

    The Mamas go all Eco Warrior this month with Middle Grade fiction (for 8-12 years olds) that is destined to inspire next gen environmental scientists and animal lovers. They get a little weepy discussing manatee injuries, great white shark invasions, themes of loss, and fantastic debut fiction authors. Then, the Mamas share 6 healthy screen time options for summer learning. Put on your Birkenstocks and join the fun!

    Book Chat:
    Where the Sky Lives by Margaret Dilloway
    Manatee Summer by Evan Griffith
    The Line Tender by Kate Allen

    Pick 6: Screen Time Parents Can Feel Good About
    www.savethemanatee.org
    www.nps.gov
    https://www.epa.gov/students/games-quizzes-and-videos-about-environment
    https://ypte.org.uk/topics/home-learning-packs
    https://www.amnh.org/explore/ology/marine-biology

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    • 49 min
    Episode 49: Adventure on the High Seas

    Episode 49: Adventure on the High Seas

    Listen in, as the Mamas dive into the big blue sea with Middle Grade (ages 8-12) seafaring fiction. Margie chases down her white whale while Heather dives for train treasure. That's right, we’re in vacay mode over at the Two Lit Mamas podcast. Grab your snorkel and join the fun! 
    Book Chat:
    Arch of Bone by Jane Yollen
    Treasure Tracks by S.A. Rodriguez
     
    Pick 6: The Mamas’ Vacay Reads
     1.     My Name is Red by Orham Pamuk
    2.     A Passion for Killing by Barbara Nadel
    3.     Turkish Delight Mystery Series by Mehmet Murat Somer
    4.     The Woman in the Library by Sulari Gentill 
    5.     Saving Winslow by Sharon Creech
    6.     Grown & Flown by Lisa Heffernan and Mary Dell Harrington
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    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

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10 Ratings

10 Ratings

typewriter28 ,

Amazing

I love listening to this podcast. It’s like I’m chatting with my best friends and getting lots of new books to explore at the same time. This is a must for this Iowa girl!

RQ 7477 ,

So informative!

Great recommendations and tons of fun. Love these gals.

Kubi 6: ,

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This is by far the best podcast I have ever heard. The concept is brilliant and I love every second if you have never listen to this podcast then I don’t know what you are doing. Keep up the good work!!