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
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.
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
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).
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
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.
The School For Whatnots by Margaret Peterson Haddix
The Mamas share their favorite tropes in Middle Grade fiction.
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.
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?
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!
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
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!
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
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!
Great recommendations and tons of fun. Love these gals.
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!!