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 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
Episode 48: Book vs. Movie – Better Nate Than Ever
In episode 48, the Mamas are joined by everyone's favorite uncle to celebrate Pride month and chat about Tim Federle's middle grade character, Nate Foster, a theater lover who stars in a book series and a new Disney musical. The trio follows up the book vs.movie discussion with 6-ish adult and kid books that turned them into readers (or book nerds as Margie no-so-lovingly puts it). Johnny also spills the tea on Margie's grad school years from a century ago. Get your hot goss here!
Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle
Books That Turned Us into Readers
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'EngleThe Hobbit by J.R.R. TokeinBridge to Terabithia by Katherine PatersonPride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Call Me by Your Name by Andre AcimanFever 1793 by Laurie Halse AndersonThe Island of the Sequined Love Nun by Christopher Moore
Episode 47: Diverse Realistic Fic for Middle Grade
The Mamas may not sound like themselves in this episode but they’re serving up great diverse reads for 8 to 12 year olds just like normal. Heather even discovers a way to love Realistic Fiction while Margie's just hoping to survive the Great Pollening. Join the Mamas for a fun chat and be grateful that the only thing contagious through your speakers are the laughs.
Maizy Chen's Last Chance by Lisa Yee
The Night Bus Hero by Onjali Q. Raúf
The Mamas chat about 6 things they're looking forward to this summer!
Diverse Fantasy Books for Middle Grade
The Mamas are split over their MG Fantasy Reads (for ages 8-12) but it’s not surprising since Heather loves flying horses and all things magical while Margie would rather read true crime stories unless a Sasquatch is involved. Find out where your loyalties lie by joining the debate. Plus, you can jump start your summer reading with six great new recommendations for all ages from the Mamas.
Solimar by Pam Muñoz Ryan
Amira & Hamza: The War to Save the World by Samira Ahmed
Pick 6: Summer Reads for All Ages
Lower Middle Grade: The Orphans of St. Halibuts by Sophie WillsTeen/YA: Just Our Luck by Julia WatsonGrown Ups: A Certain Hunger by Chelsea G. SummersHeather’s Picks:
Preschool: Roar! I’m a Dinosaur by Merrill RaineyMiddle Grade: Northwind by Gary PaulsenGrown Ups: The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osmanwww.twolitmamas.com
Episode 45: Pack Your Bags, We’re Going to Mars
On the eve of Mother’s Day, the Mamas are packing their bags for Mars. They’ve got their motion sickness cures and their poopoo spray tucked in travel bags; and they’re looking forward to a few days of weightlessness in the silence of space. Join the club so the Mamas aren’t left angry walking (or floating) alone.
Packing for Mars for Kids by Mary Roach
Books for a Quiet (and less disappointing) Mother’s Day
Jane Austen’s Table: Recipes Inspired by the Works of Jane Austen: PIcnics, Feasts and Afternoon Teas By Robert Tuesley AndersonBalanced and Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident, and Capable Children by Angela J. HanscomCraft in the Real World: Rethinking Fiction Writing and Workshopping by Matthew SalessesInto the Wild by Jon KrakhauerLet’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny LawsonEducated by Tara Westover & Educating by LaRee Westoverwww.twolitmamas.com
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!!