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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 ...
 
Words and Nerds Podcast is an entertaining and conversational podcast that aims to get inside a writer's mind. We discuss books, the social and political influences of a writer's work and how literature has the power to change the world. The podcast digs deep to bring you an in depth and sometimes humorous analysis of the author's book and its influences. Join us for a new way of looking at literature. Dani Vee your host, English teacher, podcaster, reader, book enthusiast and over-thinker. ...
 
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 ...
 
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.
 
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It’s Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen. And it was the choice of a group of 7th graders from Newport Middle School in Maryland. Writer Victoria Aveyard talks about the difference between writing books and writing screenplays. Our celebrity reader, NPR’s Renee Montagne, brings to life our lightning girl Mare who is decidedly not excited about becoming a …
 
Note: due to some technical difficulties while recording, Gary's audio sounds progressively more static in the later half of the episode. We cleaned it up as best as we could, and the issue should be fixed before the next recording! Sorry! Becca and Gary are up to some shenanigans in this week's new minisode! We've got a lot of events and new books…
 
We're back! Our first big episode of the new year! Gary and Becca are joined by Nick and Victoria to shout out all the new books they're excited for in 2021! Everyone's Picks: Gary: The House of Always by Jenn Lyons The Light of the Jedi by Charles Soule Into the Dark by Claudia Gray Rising Storm by Cavan Scott Out of the Shadows by Justina Ireland…
 
First Draft Episode #285: Angie Thomas Angie Thomas, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Hate U Give and On the Come Up talks about her latest book, Concrete Rose, as well as the upcoming Blackout. Links to Topics Mentioned In This Episode: Richard Wright, author of novel Native Son and memoir Black Boy, among many other works, was born in …
 
It's 2021, and we're back with new books and new events to hold you over for another week! Events This Week: Tuesday, January 12th: Gerald Brandt, in conversation with Jason M. Hough Wednesday, January 13th: Christina Li, in conversation with Erin Entrada Kelly Saturday, January 16th: Local Author Meet & Greet Saturday, January 16th: Megan E. Freem…
 
Chris Flood – a married father of two with plummeting self-esteem and questionable guitar skills – suddenly finds himself in the depths of polyamory after years of a near-sexless marriage. His wife, Sarah – a lover of the arts, avid quoter of Rumi, and always oozing confidence – wants to rediscover her sexuality after years of deadening domesticity…
 
A gorgeous and essential picture book for children of all ages from bestselling and award-winning author Maxine Beneba Clarke. In When We Say Black Lives Matter, a black child's parents explain what the term Black Lives Matter means to them: in protest and song, in joy and in sorrow.By Words and Nerds: Authors, books and literature.
 
This episode is part of the Summer Series Takeover 2021 where a friend of the pod, a writer or illustrator who has been interviewed on the podcast, chooses an author of their choice to chat about books, writing, going home for the holidays, becoming an artist and any other topic they choose. Enjoy!By Words and Nerds: Authors, books and literature.
 
First Draft Episode #284: Koa Beck Koa Beck, former editor-in-chief of Jezebel and co-host of “The #MeToo Memos” on WNYC’s The Takeaway, discusses her debut non-fiction work, White Feminism: From the Suffragettes to Influencers and Who They Leave Behind. This episode is sponsored by Revision Season, the seven-week, virtual master class in novel rev…
 
“Count Me In” by Varsha Bajaj looks at the power of social media to combat hate. The story involves a hate crime: an attack on an Indian American family and how that changes a shy girl named Karina and the boy next door who used to hang out with what the grandfather called a pack of hyenas. Our readers are 5th graders from PS 174 in Queens, New Yor…
 
The iron vine needs roots! Frostpine and Niko channel their inner Ms. Frizzle and lead a magical exploration of the hot springs. Polyam and Daja realize they might not be wrong after all. Special thanks to Nicole Belsummer for our logo and the stellar team of Molly Hebert-Wilson and Robare Pruyn-Bush for our theme music.…
 
As we look forward to a better 2021, we look back at the great book suggestions made by the kids who appeared on Book Club for Kids last year. This episode full of terrific titles that so reflect this past year, whether it’s the social justice issues of Black Lives Matter or a need to escape the realities of covid. It’s our end of the year gift to …
 
Sandry comes up with a clever solution to their tangle of magic. Yarrun nearly makes a great point but takes a hard swerve toward selfishness. Tamora Pierce’s talent for description hits us right in the feels (and Anna’s attempt to imitate her does not). Special thanks to Nicole Belsummer for our logo and the stellar team of Molly Hebert-Wilson and…
 
'I was up past midnight finishing this book! The mystery kept me turning the pages, and I felt like I'd known Maven and Reeve forever.' - Amie Kaufman, New York Times bestselling author of Ice WolvesA maid with a plan.A squire with a secret.A missing jewel.A kingdom in turmoil.Maven and Reeve have three days to solve the mystery of the Fire Star. I…
 
She breathes deeply, trying to quell the rising sense of panic. A detective came to her home, drugged her and kidnapped her. She tries to make sense of it, to imagine alternatives, but only one conclusion is possible: it's the past, come to claim her. Martin Scarsden's new life seems perfect, right up until the moment it's shattered by a voicemail:…
 
An electrifying thriller from an exciting new voice in crime fiction: One million viewers witness a popular TV presenter commit suicide live on air - so why is his twin brother convinced it was murder?'Either Side of Midnight is a gripping, gritty thriller with an ingeniously shocking premise and twists and turns you’ll never see coming!' Liane Mor…
 
Content Warning: strong language (mostly in the back half of the episode), not suitable for children Gary and Becca are joined today by writer and illustrator Dave Baker! We invited Dave on to discuss his new books, Star Trek Voyager: Seven's Reckoning and Night Hunters! We discuss a wide range of topics, including Star Trek, the punk scene, white …
 
First Draft Episode #283: Dylan Meconis Dylan Meconis, cartoonist and writer, talks about her middle grade graphic novel Queen of the Sea. Its sequel, Prince of the City, will be out in 2022! This episode is sponsored by Revision Season, the seven-week, virtual master class in novel revision led by award-winning author Elana K. Arnold. The Winter 2…
 
It's Tuesday! We've got events! We've got shout-outs! Hopefully we have many more new episodes coming in the near year! Events this week: Tuesday, December 15th: Max and Glen Keane Wednesday, December 16th: Sarah Foster, in conversation with Anne Downes Thusrday, December 17th: Leslie S. Klinger and Laurie R. King Friday, December 18th: YA Book Clu…
 
Jeremy Lachlan was born and raised in Griffith, country NSW, Australia. He completed his Honours degree in creative writing at the University of Canberra in 2004, and now calls Sydney home. His debut novel, Jane Doe and the Cradle of All Worlds, was the 2019 Australian Book Industry Award winner for Book of the Year for Older Children, and he once …
 
Monique Mulligan is an author, interviewer, and founder of the Stories on Stage program in Perth. A former journalist, news editor and publisher, she combines part-time work at an arts centre with freelance editing and novel writing. Monique’s debut contemporary fiction novel Wherever You Go was published by Pilyara Press in 2020 and her third pict…
 
Anna was born in Sydney, but spent most of her childhood surrounded by mountains in Nepal and Tibet while her parents were part of an international community of health professionals. Navigating this cross-cultural life made her a curious observer of people, although most of her time was spent reading Enid Blyton and dreaming of going to boarding sc…
 
First Draft Episode #282: Matthew Burgess and Cátia Chien Matthew Burgess and Cátia Chien, artist and illustrator respectively, of picture book The Bear and the Moon. Matthew is a poet, picture book author, and Assistant Professor at Brooklyn College. Catia is a visual artist, illustrator, and founder of A Thousand Worlds, a picture book directory …
 
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