23: Kira-Kira

Kira Kira

In this episode of Reading the Newberys, we discuss the winner of the 2005 Newbery Medal, Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata. We had some mixed reviews on this one, but before we get to our book discussion we share our book love, book news, and our favorite Christmas time books! Grab a cup of tea and get cozy as you listen in to this month’s episode! (Stay tuned-in after the end of the episode to hear our debate about cheesy, Christmas movies!)

For the Love of Books! (2:02)

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

Becoming by Michelle Obama

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Blended by Sharon M. Draper

Book News (11:16)

Superman: Dawnbreaker by Matt de la Pena

A Piglet Named Mercy by Kate DiCamillo

D&D Children’s Books Teach ABCs and 123s through the world of role-playing

The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander and Kadir Nelson

Favorite Christmastime Books (16:26)

The Deal of a Lifetime by Fredrik Backman

The Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp

How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

If You’re Missing Baby Jesus by Jean Gietzen

All Is Well by Frank Peretti

Merry and Bright by Debbie Macomber

The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree by Gloria Houston

Twelve Days of Christmas by Debbie Macomber

Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb

Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

A Newbery Christmas: Fourteen Stories of Christmas by Newbery Award-winning Authors edited by Martin H. Greenberg and Charles G. Waugh

Book Discussion of Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata (25:53)

Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata


Notable Biographies: Cynthia Kadohata

Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan

Newbery Honor Books in 2005 (57:06)

Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko

The Voice that Challenged a Nation: Marion Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights by Russell Freedman

Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary D. Schmidt

Our Plans for Next Month (59:35)

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Intro Music: “Feeling Good” by Royalty Free Copyright Music

Interval Music: “Carefree Kevin” MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Ending Music: “Ukelele” by Royalty Free Music from Bensound

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