Books Katherine Applegate Books by Katherine Applegate Katherine Applegate has written books about: Children's Books Fiction Nonfiction Facebook Twitter Google+ Email NPR stories about Katherine Applegate 100 Best Books The Ultimate Backseat Bookshelf: 100 Must-Reads For Kids 9-14 August 5, 2013 More than 2,000 of you weighed in with your nominations for the best books for young readers. NPR's Backseat Book Club Meet 'Ivan': The Gorilla Who Lived In A Shopping Mall June 13, 2013 Katherine Applegate's The One and Only Ivan was inspired by a real-life gorilla who lived in a mall in Tacoma, Wash. The author says humans have "a real obligation" to care responsibly for animals in captivity. Meet 'Ivan': The Gorilla Who Lived In A Shopping Mall Listen · 7:29 7:29 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/191053327/191415988" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript NPR's Backseat Book Club The Complete List: What NPR's Backseat Book Club Has Read So Far June 13, 2013 Looking for a great read for a kid age 9-14? Here are all the titles our kids' book club has read since we launched in 2011. We revisit classics like Black Beauty and The Phantom Tollbooth and explore new stories like Diary of a Wimpy Kid and The Graveyard Book. One and Only Ivan: book cover detail hide caption toggle caption NPR's Backseat Book Club June Kids' Book Club Pick: 'The One And Only Ivan' May 23, 2013 In June, NPR's Backseat Book Club will read Katherine Applegate's tale of Ivan, a gorilla who lives in a shopping mall. Ivan enjoys watching TV and painting, but a newcomer to the mall — a baby elephant — forces Ivan to face his own past.