For the Love of Books Season 2 Episode 1



For the Love of Books is back! In this first episode of season 2, we catch up with each other and discuss all things books and entertainment! We received some listener feedback, and it was fun hearing about what everyone has been up to!  Our discussion ranges from the 2020 ALA Youth Media Awards to books we have been reading to TV series we have been watching! And, of course, we discuss the new Little Women film! We hope you enjoy this episode all about our love of books and more!

ALA Youth Media Awards (1:38)

ALA Youth Media Award Winners 2020

New Kid by Jerry Craft

El Deafo by Cece Bell

The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander; Illustrations by Kadir Nelson

Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o; Illustrations by Vashti Harrison

Special Episode 11: Laura Ingalls Wilder

The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes

Books We Have Been Reading (12:29)

The Dutch House by Anne Patchett; Performed by Tom Hanks

The Connected Child by Dr. Karyn B. Purvis

Epic Bike Rides of the Americas by Lonely Planet

The Girl Who Reads on the Métro by Christine Féret-Fleury

I am C-3PO: The Inside Story by Anthony Daniels

The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy and Kathy Keller

Gospel in Life Podcast by Tim Keller: Marriage as Ministry Power

Gospel in Life Podcast by Tim Keller: Cultivating a Healthy Marriage

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

Adventures with Waffles by Maria Parr

A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmer

A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmer

Just Show Up: The Dance of Walking Through Suffering Together by Kara Tippets and Jill Lynn Buteyn

Children’s Books We Are Loving (50:21)

Winter Days in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder; Renaee Graef

A Little Prairie House by Laura Ingalls Wilder; Renaee Graef

Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson; Illustrations by Jane Chapman

Bear’s Loose Tooth by Karma Wilson; Illustrations by Jane Chapman

The Berenstain Bears Books by Stan and Jan Berenstain

Noah and the Very Big Boat by Tim Thornborough; Illustrated by Jennifer Davison

The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain by Peter Sis

Hello, Ninja by N.D. Wilson; Illustrations by Forrest Dickison

Kiki & Jax: The Life-Changing Magic of Friendship by Marie Kondo and Salina Yoon

Big Snow by Jonathan Bean

This Is My Home, This Is My School by Jonathan Bean

The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson; Illustrated by Rafael Lôpez

Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey

Television Shows We’ve Been Watching (1:04:08)

The Outsider

Stranger Things

The Stranger

The Leftovers

Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez

Locke and Key



Terrace House

Hello, Ninja

Virgin River

This Is Us

The Mandalorian

Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Star Wars: Rebels

The West Wing

Madam Secretary

Movies We Have Been Loving (1:30:00)

Little Women 2019 Film Review (SPOILER ALERT if you have not seen the movie) (1:36:25)

20: Invincible Louisa

Listener Feedback (1:53:14)

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

Long Bright River by Liz Moore

The Magic Tree House Series by Mary Pope Osborne

Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway

Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham

The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich

Polly and Buster Series by Sally Rippin

The Explorer by Katherine Rundell

Star Wars: Ahsoka by E.K. Johnston

Dry by Neal and Jarrod Shusterman

Space Case by Stuart Gibbs

The Watchmen of Port Fayt by Conrad Mason

Titan Base (Resisters Book 3) by Eric S. Nylund

Operation Inferno (Resisters Book 4) by Eric S. Nylund

Quinny & Hopper by Adriana Brad Schanen; Illustrations by Greg Swearingen

The Insanity of God by Nik Ripken with Greg Lewis

Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi

Risen Motherhood by Emily Jensen and Laura Wifler

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

Flyboys by James Bradley

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Mercy Watson Series by Kate DiCamillo; Illustrations by Chris Van Dusen

Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

The Runaway King by Jennifer A. Nielsen

The Rescuers by Margery Sharp; Illustrations by Garth Williams

Other book references made during this episode:

The Outsider by Stephen King

The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta

Locke & Key Comic Book Series by Joe Hill; Illustrations by Gabriel Rodriguez

Virgin River by Robyn Carr

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made by Stephen Pastis

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien Illustrated by Jemima Catlin

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Invincible Louisa by Cornelia Meigs

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List of Newbery Medal Books

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27: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

Roll of Thunder


In this episode of Reading the Newberys we discuss the winner of the 1977 Newbery Medal, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor. It has been a while since our last episode, so we catch up a little bit and share some listener feedback. Grab some grapes and listen in to our book discussion!

Social Media Questions (4:49) 

What is your bookish guilty pleasure?

What are your favorite bookish accessories?

SJWonderlandz Etsy Shop

Book News (13:05)

Kohl’s Cares Dan Santat Books and Plush Toys

How to Read a Book by Kwame Alexander and Melissa Sweet

Charlotte’s Web Audiobook

Hunger Games Prequel

Movie Adaptation of The One and Only Ivan coming August 14, 2020!

Amy Poehler to produce a film adaptation to The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street

Karina Yan Glaser Book Tour

The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street

The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden

Follow Karina Yan Glaser on Instagram @karinaisreadingandwriting

Link to pre-order Beverly, Right Here by Kate DiCamillo

Book Discussion (27:40)

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor

Newbery Honor Books in 1977 (49:45)

The String and the Harp by Nancy Bond

Abel’s Island by William Steig

Our Next Books – Books from Back in the Day (50:28)

Leah’s Pick

Mandy’s Pick

Lauren’s Pick

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List of Newbery Medal Books

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The Grey King


In our 25th episode of Reading the Newberys, we discuss the winner of the 1976 Newbery Medal The Grey King by Susan Cooper. We had mixed opinions on this Newbery book. Grab some jelly beans and a cup of tea, and listen in to our discussion to find out what we thought!

Book News (1:36)

We Are the Gardeners by Joanna Gaines

Fabled Bookshop and Cafe

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: The Poetry of Mr. Rogers

Dr. Seuss’s Horse Museum

The Vanderbeeker’s to the Rescue by Karina Yan Glaser

Kidlit These Days by Book Riot with Karina Yan Glaser

Katherine Applegate author event in Naperville, IL on Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Illustrated Edition of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire coming October 2019!

Social Media Question: How do you typically choose your next read? (8:48)

What Should I Read Next? Podcast

Fellow Bibliomaniacs Facebook Group

Currently Reading Podcast

Book Page

Book Riot Kids

Book Discussion (14:46)

Why ‘The Dark Is Rising’ is the Book We Need Right Now

Interview with Susan Cooper

The Grey King by Susan Cooper

The Dark is Rising Boxed Set

Here, There Be Dragons by James A. Owen

The Dark Is Rising (Book #2 in the Dark is Rising Series)

The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis

1976 Newbery Honor Books (55:22)

The Hundred Penny Box by Sharon Bell Mathis

Dragonwings by Laurence Yep

Our Next Book! (56:32)

Leah’s Pick

Merch! (59:45)

Link to sign up to purchase a Team Friendship Bag

Stick around after the show ends for the blooper reel! (1:02:31)

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List of Newbery Medal Books

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Lauren’s Favorite Read-Aloud Books


Today is World Read Aloud Day! Below are just some (emphasis on some) of my favorite read-aloud books.

The Snowy Day 2 

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats – In this 1963 Caldecott winning book, we experience the joy of being a child waking up to a large snowfall!

lmno peas 

LMNO Peas and 123 Peas by Keith Baker and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault, illustrations by Lois Ehlert – Each of these books is great for introducing letters and numbers to your children. There are many fun craft projects and activities that you can pair with them. Just do a search online, and you will discover a plethora of ideas!

very hungry caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle – Days of the week, counting, and making healthy choices: this book helps us teach our children all these important lessons! Combine this with Eric Carle’s beautiful illustrations and you get a read-aloud masterpiece.

The Mitten 

The Mitten by Jan Brett – I love Jan Brett’s illustrations! It is surprising to me that she has never won a Caldecott medal. This is a delightful book to teach children how to make predictions by using the clues in the illustrations. It is also a good lesson on why we should not wear white mittens to play in the snow.


Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss – Dr. Seuss’s books are excellent read-aloud books! Horton Hatches the Egg just happens to be my personal favorite. “An elephant’s faithful one-hundred percent!”

Bear Hunt 

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury – This is a fun book to have your children read with you. Have them repeat each line after you say it, or you can take turns saying the lines. Make it even more crazy by adding hand motions and making noises by clapping and patting your laps!

Curious George 

Curious George books by Margret and H. A. Rey – Children (and adults) can learn many lessons from this cute little monkey and his friends!

Animal Teeth 

What If You Had Animal Teeth? and What If You Had Animal Hair? By Sandra Markle, illustrated by Howard McWilliam – These books are a fun way to teach children about how animals’ teeth and hair play a role in their daily lives, and in some cases, their survival. The illustrations in these books are pretty awesome as well!

Creepy Carrots 

Creepy Carrots! By Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Peter Brown – Jasper Rabbit loves carrots! One might even say he is obsessed with them. One day, he begins to see carrots everywhere, and they are angry and scary! Are the carrots seeking revenge, or is Jasper just paranoid?

The Day the Crayons Quit 

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers – If you have never read this book, you need to. It is hilarious! In this picture book, we get a peek inside the minds of our crayons.

After the Fall 

After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again by Dan Santat – This book is so clever and inspiring! I did not see the ending of this book coming, and I was so pleased when I read the final page.  I would not be surprised if Dan earns another Caldecott medal for his work on this book.

Kissing Hand 

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn, illustrated by E. Harper and Nancy Leak – When I was teaching Pre-K, I would read this to my class every year on the first day of school. In this book, young Chester the Raccoon is heading to his very first day of school. Like most little ones, this is a very scary event as he has never been away from his momma for this long.

Each Kindness 

Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by E.B. Lewis – There is a new girl at school. Not only is she different from everyone else, but no one will play with her or include her. This book teaches an important lesson on kindness, but not in the way we think it will.


Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena, illustrated by Christian Robinson – Observing the world around you, kindness, family, listening, community, and giving: these are all themes in this beautiful picture book. This book won the 2016 Newbery Medal as well as a Caldecott Honor award, and it is not hard to see why! Matt de la Pena and Christian Robinson did an amazing work with this book! I am excited that they are collaborating on another book, Carmella Full of Wishes which will be released in October of this year! Check out our review of this book on episode 3 of Team Friendship Reads the Newberys:

Junie B. Jones 

Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park – When I was first introduced to Junie B. Jones (in high school), I immediately fell in love with her! Barbara Park wrote Junie B.’s voice the way a Kindergartener talks and thinks. Some would argue that this is the reason they do not read these books to their children, but I see it as an opportunity to introduce literary terms such as voice, dialect, and vernacular.

El Deafo 

El Deafo by Cece Bell – In this graphic novel, Cece Bell tells her own story of growing up deaf. She shares how she felt as she went through one change after another: a new neighborhood, a new school, and new friends. She tells of her internal battle between not wanting to draw attention to herself and voicing her feelings about the ways in which she wishes others would interact with her (and the ways in which she wishes they would not interact with her).

Amelia bedelia  Amelia Bedelia Apple Pie 

Amelia Bedelia books by Peggy Parish and Herman Parish – I grew up listening to the Amelia Bedelia books. These hilarious books teach children about idioms and figurative speech. If only Amelia Bedelia would learn to understand them! In the mid-1990s, Peggy Parish’s nephew Herman Parish took over writing the Amelia Bedelia series, and in 2009, he began the Young Amelia Bedelia books. Two of my favorites from this series are Amelia Bedelia’s First Apple Pie and Amelia Bedelia Makes a Friend.

Ballet Shoes 


Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild –This sweet book is the story of three girls who are rescued and adopted by a fossil collector. As their Great-Uncle Matthew (Gum for short) is away on his travels, the three girls are raised by Gum’s niece and the nanny who must find creative ways to educate them as there has been no word from Gum for many years, and the money is running out.

charlotte Web 

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White – This is a classic! I cannot read this book without crying!

Betsy Tacy 

Betsy-Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace – These books were some of the very first books I read as a young child, and now I am reading them to my own daughter. We love reading about Betsy and Tacy’s carefree, imaginative days: flying over their neighborhood on a feather, playing with their homemade paper dolls, and riding home from school in a carriage with all the hot cocoa they could ever want and a horse that talks!


The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser – This book is delightful, lovely, and heart-melting! I recently read this book and decided to write a review. Check it out here:


Wishtree by Katherine Applegate – Is it possible for a neighborhood to be united by an old tree? This is a book that everyone should read. I have said this before, and I will say it again here, “There is no reason for you to not read this book!”

Flora & Ulysses Cover 

Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo – Oh, Kate! Once again you use your words to fill our hearts with emotion beyond what we think we are capable of feeling! Only our dear friend, Kate could take a cynical little girl and a squirrel with super-hero powers and teach us the importance of love, forgiveness, and home. This has been Team Friendship’s favorite Newbery book so far! Check out our review of it in episode 5 of Team Friendship Reads the Newberys:

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Post written by Lauren Keen