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The place where young readers meet to talk about books. The show includes a celebrity reader and an interview with the author. The host is award winning public radio journalist Kitty Felde. Book Club won the California Library Association Technology Award and the DC Mayor's Award for Excellence in the Humanitites. Named one of the top 10 podcasts for kids by THE TIMES of London.
 
Here we share conversations with librarians, educators, and readers about the children's books that can be bridges across our cultural divides… the books that can open minds and the books that can be the lifeline a child needs to remember they're not alone. The hosts are Ann Braden and Saadia Faruqi. Ann is a middle grade author, a community organizer, a former middle school teacher and a mother of two. Saadia is a Pakistani American author, an interfaith activist, cultural sensitivity train ...
 
Fast-forward 200 years Things are finally getting better. There are cities on the moon. Asteroids are being mined. Everyone has a mecha. Except Praxit. That's about to change. Poor kid. Back to now Future Is Mecha is a science fiction adventure story aimed at smart middle graders and up. It's realistic but fantastic, dramatic but not grim, and sprinkled with humour and big ideas.
 
Children's urban fantasy story in 24 chapters. Written and read by a dad to his two boys (11 and 8 years old), one chapter for each night in December until Christmas. It's the end of term and preparation for a royal performance has taken over Patcham High School. But a plot to steal back ancient treasures, hidden for centuries beneath the Royal Pavlion, is revealed and the Green Hands Gang find themselves in the middle of another adventure. Includes mild peril, a bit of tension, dangerous ba ...
 
Brighton Adventure Story is a podcast about the adventures of two children during the Coronavirus Lockdown. James and Jenny are no strangers to the magical underworld of their seaside town, but a new evil has arrived in the form of a mysterious drifter. Caught between a wild animal turf war and a gang of thieves known as the Drop Lifters, James and Jenny are a long way out of their depth. Each podcast episode is a chapter of the story, read aloud by the author. New episodes every Tuesday, Th ...
 
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First Draft Episode #334: Jodi Picoult Jodi Picoult is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of twenty-seven novels, including My Sister's Keeper, Nineteen Minutes, Small Great Things, and two young adult novels with daughter Samantha van Leer, Between the Lines and Off the Page. She joins to talk about her latest, Wish You Were Here. The presen…
 
First Draft Episode #333: Karen M. McManus Karen M. McManus is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of young adult thrillers, including the One of Us Is Lying series (now a Peacock TV show), Two Can Keep a Secret, The Cousins, joins to talk about her latest, You’ll Be the Death of Me. The presenting sponsor for this episode is Sips By, a multi-…
 
First Draft Episode #332: Chloe Gong Chloe Gong is the New York Times bestselling author of These Violent Delights and its sequel Our Violent Ends. The presenting sponsor for this episode is Sips By, a multi-brand, personalized monthly tea subscription box. Use offer code "draftsips” for 50% off your first Sips By box! Links to Topics Mentioned In …
 
What does it mean to be an ally? How do you confront racism face to face? What's it like to be the child of an immigrant? And can food bring people together? We talk about it all with a trio of students from Columbia Heights Educational Campus in Washington, DC. Writers Saadia Faruqi and Laura Shovan answer questions about writers block from our re…
 
First Draft Episode #331: Oliver Jeffers Oliver Jeffers, visual artist, climate activist, and author and/or illustrator of several New York Times bestselling picture books, including The Day the Crayons Quit, How to Catch a Star, The Fate of Fausto, and Here We Are, joins us to talk about his newest picture book, There’s a Ghost In This House. The …
 
First Draft Episode #330: Roseanne A. Brown Roseanne A. Brown is the New York Times bestselling author of YA fantasy novels A Song of Wraiths and Ruin and its sequel, A Psalm of Storms and Silence. The presenting sponsor for this episode is Sips By, a multi-brand, personalized monthly tea subscription box. Use offer code "firstdraft” for 50% off yo…
 
It's been just over two weeks since the release of the official Mysterious Galaxy Book Crate, so we've brought on the mastermind behind the goodness: bookseller KelleyAnn! Subscribe to the SciFi & Fantasy Book Crate or the Cozy Mysteries Book Crate now! You can now find us on Patreon! Unlock exclusive content by subscribing today! Special thanks to…
 
Want to keep that Halloween feeling going? We offer a Southern tale of witches and spooky houses. And the Civil War. It's Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. We're lucky to have DC's Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton as our celebrity reader. Students from Washington DC's Jefferson Academy discuss the novel with host Kitty Felde…
 
Today and Tuesday are special days in the Catholic and Mexican calendar: Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. As an added bonus episode of Book Club for Kids, we wanted to share this snippet from our other podcast The Fina Mendoza Mysteries. It's the story of a 10-year-old detective on Capitol Hill, but it's also a family story about coming to t…
 
First Draft Episode #329: Garth Nix Garth Nix, New York Times bestselling author of Sabriel, returns to the Old Kingdom series with his latest YA fantasy, Terciel & Elinor. Links to Topics Mentioned In This Episode: The Ragwitch by Garth Nix, his first book Jill Grinberg, President and founder of Jill Grinberg Literary Management, Garth’s agent New…
 
Becca is back from Chicago, so we've got a little catching up to do before we dive into new events and new books! Events this week: Tuesday, October 26th: Melissa and Jessica Benoist Thursday, October 28th: Gregg Hurwitz, in conversation with Mark Greaney Thursday, October 28th: Escondido Library's Virtual Author Chat Series presents Witchy Fiction…
 
In what may very well be the first of many multi-topic episodes, social media coordinator Michelle joins Gary and Becca for a little catch up conversation. Much like the random chats our booksellers have in store, there's a lot of upcoming content we're excited about, so we gathered to share our enthusiasm. Topics include: The What If...? finale Ou…
 
First Draft Episode #328: Helen O’Hara Helen O’Hara, film critic, editor-at-large for Empire magazine and co-host of the Empire film podcast, talks about her newest non-fiction, Women vs Hollywood: The Fall and RIse of Women in Film and host of its accompanying podcast, Women vs Hollywood With Helen O’Hara. Links to Topics Mentioned In This Episode…
 
Would you like to live forever? When is it okay to lie? How do we prepare for a disaster? These and other big questions are tackled by students at Farmdale Elementary School in Los Angeles as they discuss The Name of This Book is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch. Actress Satomi Hofmann is celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host. www.bookclubforkids.org…
 
Becca is out of town this week, so we've got a short minisode today! Gary talks about the new events happening this week before diving into a handful of books that just released! Events this week: Wednesday, October 20th: June CL Tan, in conversation with Roseanne A. Brown and Swati Teerdhala Wednesday, October 20th: Book Discussion Group - Meddlin…
 
First Draft Episode #327: Benjamin Dreyer Benjamin Dreyer, vice president, executive managing editor and copy chief of Random House, and New York Times bestselling author of Dreyer’s English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style and Dreyer’s English (Adapted for Young Readers): Good Advice for Good Writing. Links to Topics Mentioned In Thi…
 
It's spooky month, which means we've finally dug up our favorite resident vampire, bookseller Rob, for an episode celebrating 2021 Horror releases! Be sure to check the episode description for recommendations from the bookseller hivemind. Our Horror Recs for 2021: The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix The Book of Accidents by Chuck Wendig S…
 
First Draft Episode #326: Elissa Sussman and Arielle Jovellanos Elissa Sussman and Arielle Jovellanos, author and illustrator, respectively, of YA contemporary novel Drawn That Way. Elissa is also the author of Burn, Stray, and the upcoming adult novel, Funny You Should Ask. Arielle illustrated Evil Thing, a Cruelle de Ville backstory novel written…
 
Did Harry Potter make you wish you were going to boarding school? This week, we visit another extraordinary boarding school with invisible students and k'lepreechons. It's Hypatia Academy by Esther Goldenberg. It's the favorite book of this trio of Maryland readers. NPR's Morning Edition host Rachel Martin is celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host. …
 
It's October, and we are literally drowning in so many events. In fact, MORE events got scheduled for this week after I had already recorded this episode, so check out the description for full details! Events this week: Tuesday, October 5th: Zack Smedley, in conversation with Bill Konigsberg Wednesday, October 6th: Lisa Unger, in conversation with …
 
First Draft Episode #325: Ayana Gray Ayana Gray, debut author of Beasts of Prey, which is being adapted into a Netflix film. Today's episode of First Draft is brought to you by Tonight We Rule the World by Zack Smedley, out from Page Street Publishing on October 5th. And by Revision Season, a seven-week virtual master class in novel revision led by…
 
There are a ton of upcoming movies and television series that are all adaptations of books, so we've gathered to talk about them! Gary and Becca are joined by our social media coordinator Michelle to discuss a whole bunch of trailers. The Trailers: The Witcher (Season 2) Dune Foundation The Wheel of Time The Green Knight There's Someone Inside Your…
 
First Draft Episode #324: Kendare Blake Kendare Blake, New York Times bestselling author of the Three Dark Crowns series, Anna Dressed in Blood, and more, talks about her new historical thriller, All These Bodies, and her upcoming YA novel set in the universe of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, In Every Generation. This episode is brought to you by The De…
 
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