84 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 83: Hot off the Presses

    Episode 83: Hot off the Presses

    The Mamas have burned their little mom fingers to bring you the hottest new books for 2024. From grown up books in the book chat to picture books in the Pick 6, the Mamas are sharing the latest books that grabbed them in a world with so many books and too little time. What do you think of their tastes? Too weird? According to Margie, that’s what the Mamas are here for! Heather can’t disagree. 
    Book Chat: New Releases for Grown Ups
    The Fetishist by Katherine Min
    The Heiress by Rachel Hawkins

    Pick 6: New Picture Books
    Treehouse Town by Gideon Sterer and illustrated by Charlie Mylie
    Not a Monster by Claudia Guadalupe Martinez illustrated by Laura Gonzalez
    100 Mighty Dragons All Named Broccoli by by David LaRochelle illustrated by Lian Cho
    Today is For You by Sally Lloyd-Jones illustrated by Kevin W’aldron
    Habitats: a Journey with Nature by Hannah Pang, illustrated by Izobel Lundie 
    Teeny-Weeny Unicorn by Shawn Harris 

    Show links:
    Nowhere Bookshop

    • 32 min
    Episode 82: Graphic Novels R Cool (Who Knew!)

    Episode 82: Graphic Novels R Cool (Who Knew!)

    In this episode of the Two Lit Mamas podcast, the Mamas get graphic but Tipper Gore can chill – no warning label required for this bundle of sweet, fun, and entertaining Middle Grade (ages 8-12)and Young Adult (ages 13 and up) novels in comic form! That’s right, the mamas are chatting about graphic novels and *spoiler alert* they are loving them.   

    Book Chat:
    The Princess and the Grilled Cheese Sandwich by Deya Muniz
    Inked by Dominic Bustamante, Colored by Eleonora Bruni
    EVE by Victor LaValle
    Illustrated by Jo Mi-Gyeong, Colored by Brittany Peer
    Break by Kayla Miller
    Doom’s Day Camp by Joshua Hauke
    Animal Rescue Friends by Meika Hashimoto and Gina Loveless
    Illustrated by Genevieve Kote, Breakdowns by Axelle Lenior
    World Class byJay Sandlin 
    Illustrated by Patrick Mulholland, Colored by Rebecca Nalty
    Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier 


    • 42 min
    Episode 81: Books for Grown Ups

    Episode 81: Books for Grown Ups

    The Mamas want to help you  through the dark days of winter with recommendations for the grown up books they plowed through over the holidays. Don't worry, they'll be back with  kid book recs next time around, but for episode 81, all you parents, teachers, and writers out there, prepare to get your read on. Happy New Year! Here's to hoping 2024 isn't a hot mess. 

    Book Chat:
    See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

    Margie's Winter Break Reads:
    They Never Learn by Layne Fargo
    The House in the Pines by Ana Reyes
    The Forgotten Girls by Monica Potts
    Heather's Winter Break Reads:
    Last Devil to Die by Richard Osman
    Divine Rivals & Ruthless Vows by Rebecca Ross
    Galatea by Madeline Miller


    • 32 min
    Episode 80: Mystery & Mayhem for the Holidays

    Episode 80: Mystery & Mayhem for the Holidays

    The Mamas get festive for the last episode of 2023 with a holiday-themed short story collection for 8–12-year-olds filled with murder, mystery, and mayhem. If you enjoy a holiday haunted house, listen in as the Mama’s say good-bye to 2023 with a book chat about creepy funhouses, famous cat burglars, and conspiracies meant to silence the most benevolent among us. Happy Holidays!  
    Book Chat:
    The Very Merry Murder Club edited by Serena Patel and Robin Stevens

    • 36 min
    Episode 79: 2023 Holiday Gift Guide, Part 2

    Episode 79: 2023 Holiday Gift Guide, Part 2

    Stuff your mouth with turkey while the Mama’s share their opinions on funny, sexy, and murdery Grown Up books that made the top of their lists in 2023. Heather went for fantasies filled with dragons and angry gods, while Margie nabbed myths, space murders and, of course, zombies. 
    You can’t go wrong when a nerd and an outcast team up – that’s when the Two Lit Mamas are at their finest. Happy Thanksgiving! And, don’t forget to hit your local bookstores on Small Business Saturday or you’ll end up on the Mamas’ naughty list.

    The Mamas’ Top Just-for-Fun Reads
    Heather’s Faves:
    Circe by Madeline Miller 
    An Elderly Lady Is Up to No Good by Helene Tursten
    The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna
    Margie’s Faves:
    Killers of a Certain Age by Deanna Raybourn
    The Push by Ashley Audrain
    Local Woman Missing by Mary Kubica

    Holiday Gift Guide Grown Up & YA Recs:
    Heather’s Picks:
    The Invisible Hour by Alice Hoffman
    The Wishing Game by Meg Shaffer
    The Last Devil to Die by Richard Osman
    Accountable by Dashka Slater
    Divine Rivals by Rebecca Ross
    Fourth Wing  and Iron Flame by Rebecca Yarros
    Margie’s Picks:
    Eat Your Heart Out by Kelly deVos
    Into The Light  by Mark Oshiro
    The Only Girl in Town by Ally Condie 
    Daughters of Sparta and The Shadow of Perseus by Claire Heywood
    Starter Villain by John Scalizi
    The Midsolar Murders by Mur Lafferty


    • 58 min
    Episode 78: Holiday Gift Guide, Part 1

    Episode 78: Holiday Gift Guide, Part 1

    The Mamas have once again donned their pointy hats and elf ears for another Holiday Gift Guide Extravaganza-ganza-ganza! As a special treat, they've also included an highlight reel for 2023. Get out your pen or open an app so you can make your list. Don't forget to check it 500 times. Happy Shopping!

    2023 Highlight Reel
    Heather's 2023 Faves:
     Area 51 Files by Julie BuxbaumGnome is Where Your Heart is by Casey LyallA Rover’s Story by Jasmine WargaFalling out of time by Margaret Peterson HaddixPurple Carrot by Rebecca MullinMargie's 2023 Faves: 
    Sinister Summer Series by Kiersten White, Wretched WaterparkHoller of the Fireflies by David Barclay MoorePie in the Sky Remy LaiDust and Grim by Chuck Wendig Super Puzzletastic Mysteries - edited by Chris GrabensteinOur Series Faves with New Books in 2023
    City  Spies, James Ponti, latest release  City of the Dead  (book 4)Show me a sign series - Ann Clare LeZotte, Sail Me Away HomeAmari and the Night Brothers by BB Alston,  Amari and the Great Game
    2023 Holiday Gift Guide 
    Margie's List:
    Wrecker by Carl HiaasenAlex Wise vs. the End of the World  by Terry J. Benton-WalkerEnlighten Me by  Minh Lê  (Author), Chan Chau  (Illustrator)The Labors of Hercules Beal by  Gary D. SchmidtField of Screams by Wendy Parris Heather’s List
    Dog Town by Katherine ApplegateWow in the Wow series by Guz Raz and Mindy ThomasThe Puppets of Spelhorst by Kate DiCamilloGrace and Box by Kim HowardThe Golden Glow by Benjamin FlouwHot Dog by Doug Salati


    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

Linda M. Library Mama ,

Love this pod

I want to be on the Franzia list. I’m a middle school (public school) librarian that teaches a ton and always needs a way to keep up with the books that a “real” and good for kids…which are NOT always the award winners. I so look forward to Two Lit Mamas each month. And, I’m diggin’ the review of a grown up book now too. I read ‘Excuse Me While I Disappear’ on plane and disturbed fellow passengers with my laugh/snort. Now I’m on to Finley. Thanks, you two.

ked_hearts_nwd ,

Are you there Margie and Heather, it’s me Kendra.

Not only are these ladies so entertaining and wonderful, but they recommend AWESOME books. I’ve been bingeing this podcast and staying up way too late reading these middle grade books! Song for a Whale is my new favorite middle grade book and I’ve just starting reading Stand up, Yumi Chung to my first and third grader. Please never stop recording your podcast, drinking boxed wine and extolling the importance of diverse literary voices (and Angela Lansbury). Cheers to you both!

Floatinghomelife ,

The heart!

Thank you Margie and Heather for keeping it real! I love your straight talk and warmth and true love for reading and children’s books. This author thanks you for sharing your viewpoints. Makes me smile!

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