34: Secret of the Andes

In this episode of Reading the Newberys, we discuss the winner of the 1953 Newbery Medal, Secret of the Andes by Ann Nolan Clark. Our conversation takes us to many topics including the salt pits of Peru, behind the scenes of The Emperor’s New Groove, and Charlotte’s Web. Whether you are in the car, at home, or out for a jog, we hope you will take us along with you!

Links Related to this Episode:

Secret of the Andes

The Newbery/Printz Companion

About Ann Nolan Clark

Behind the Scenes of The Emperor’s New Groove

The Incredible Salt Ponds of Peru

Waffles + Mochi Netflix

Coca Leaves


Videos and Activities Related to this Book:

Make a pan flute out of straws – Straw Pan Flute Craft

Cardboard Weaving –

Buggy and Buddy

Whirls and Twirls Around the World

Big Learning

Draw an alpaca – How to Draw an Alpaca

Videos –

Guide to Machu Picchu for Children

The Rise and Fall of the Inca Empire

Animals Facts: Llama

Virtual Field Trip: Amazon Rainforest

If you enjoyed Secret of the Andes, you might enjoy these books as well:

Books about Peru and Inca Culture:

Mandy’s Pick for Our Next Book:

Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

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List of Newbery Medal Books

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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