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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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!
The Very Merry Murder Club edited by Serena Patel and Robin Stevens
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
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
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:
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
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
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
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
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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.
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!
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!