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Thursday, January 26, 2012

'Birmingham': A Family Tale In The Civil Rights Era

'The Watsons Go To Birmingham — 1963'

January 26, 2012 A road trip from Michigan to Alabama places the Watson family in Birmingham in 1963, just as racial tensions are roiling. Christopher Paul Curtis draws upon his own experiences growing up in the 1960s for this Newbery Honor-winning novel.

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February Book Picks: 'Shooting Kabul' And 'The Hundred Dresses'

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January 26, 2012 This month, NPR's Backseat Book Club will read two books that explore what it's like to try to create a new home while still missing the one you've left behind. Join us as we read Shooting Kabul by N.H. Senzai and The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

January Kids' Book Club Pick: 'The Watsons Go To Birmingham - 1963'

'The Watsons Go To Birmingham — 1963'

December 20, 2011 Christopher Paul Curtis tells the story of a Michigan family traveling south to Alabama during the height of the civil rights movement. Curtis composed the novel in his head while working on automobile assembly lines in Flint, Mich.

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'Breadcrumbs': Young Readers Follow A Wintry Tale

Breadcrumbs

December 20, 2011 Anne Ursu's novel is a modern-day fairy tale set in the snowy woods near Minneapolis. In the latest installment of NPR's Backseat Book Club, Ursu explains that Breadcrumbs was inspired by her own childhood memories of white winters in Minnesota.

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Thursday, December 08, 2011

Best Books Of 2011

Top 5 Books For Backseat Readers (Age 9 And Up)

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December 8, 2011 Since starting NPR's Backseat Book Club, Michele Norris has been swimming in "kid lit." The five stories on her year-end list will seep into your heart and leave you thinking about the characters long after you've turned the final pages.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Kids' Book Club Takes 'Tollbooth' To Lands Beyond

The Phantom Tollbooth

November 29, 2011 The pun-filled Phantom Tollbooth turns 50 this year. Author Norton Juster takes questions from young readers about the story of Milo, a bored little boy who finds adventure in a very strange land full of riddles and wordplay.

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December Kids' Book Club Pick: 'Breadcrumbs'

Breadcrumbs

November 29, 2011 Anne Ursu's big-hearted story about friendship and adventure is set in the snowy woods — and perfect for wintry reading. When 11-year-old Jack disappears in the Minnesota woods, it's up to his best friend, Hazel, to trudge through the snow to find him.

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Meet The Readers In NPR's Backseat Book Club

Carina Jaffe, 3; Larissa Jaffe, 9; Denali Jaffe, 10; Zahra Jaffe, 6; and their friend Christina Tonnu, 8, read The Phantom Tollbooth together in Philadelphia.

November 14, 2011 Young readers across the country are taking a trip to the Lands Beyond with Milo, Tock and Humbug in The Phantom Tollbooth. To help us all get to know one another, we asked book club members to send in photos of themselves reading the book.

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Nov. Kids' Book Club Pick: 'The Phantom Tollbooth'

The Phantom Tollbooth

October 28, 2011 Even after 50 years, the story of a bored little boy who travels to the Lands Beyond still feels fresh. We know you will love Milo's story — and we invite you to send in your questions for author Norton Juster and illustrator Jules Feiffer.

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Kids' Book Club: A 'Graveyard' Tour With Neil Gaiman

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October 28, 2011 Welcome to NPR's Backseat Book Club, where author Neil Gaiman is here to answer your questions about The Graveyard Book. Gaiman explains how Nobody Owens, a young boy raised in a graveyard, learns the value of life from the dead.

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Read 'Graveyard' With NPR's Backseat Book Club

Detail from the cover of The Graveyard Book

October 21, 2011 Introducing a new NPR book club ... for kids! Our first book will be The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. Young readers are invited to read the book and share their thoughts and questions with us. Just before Halloween, Gaiman will be on the program to answer questions from young listeners.

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About NPR's Backseat Book Club: If you're a kid who likes to read, we want to hear from you! Every month, we'll pick a Book Club selection. We hope you'll read it and send in your questions. At month's end, we'll put some of your questions to the book's author during our afternoon radio program, All Things Considered.
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