Thursday, July 11, 2013

Lessons In Bigotry And Bravery: A Girl Grows Up In 'Glory Be'

Glory Be book cover detail

July 11, 2013 It's the summer of 1964, and everything's changing for 11-year-old Glory. She was looking forward to celebrating her 12th birthday at the local pool, but the town has shut it down to avoid integration. Members of NPR's Backseat Book Club share their questions with author Augusta Scattergood.


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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Best Books For Kids Age 9-14? You Tell Us

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June 25, 2013 This summer, with your help, we're assembling the Ultimate Kids' Bookshelf — a collection of 100 titles every 9- to 14-year-old should read. What was your favorite book when you were that age? Weigh in with your nominations.


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Friday, June 21, 2013

July Kids' Book Club Pick: 'Glory Be'

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June 21, 2013 It's the summer of 1964 in Hanging Moss, Miss., and 11-year-old Gloriana Hemphill is about to learn a lot about bigotry, loyalty and bravery. Join NPR's Backseat Book Club as we read Glory Be, by Augusta Scattergood.


Thursday, June 13, 2013

Meet 'Ivan': The Gorilla Who Lived In A Shopping Mall

The One and Only Ivan cover

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.


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The Complete List: What NPR's Backseat Book Club Has Read So Far

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.

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.


Thursday, May 23, 2013

'Lunch Lady' Author Helps Students Draw Their Own Heroes

Author Jarrett Krosoczka teaches a drawing class to a group of third- and fifth-graders at the Walker-Jones Education Campus in Washington, D.C.

May 23, 2013 Can you imagine your own superhero? That's the question author and illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka posed to kids on a recent afternoon at a school in Washington, D.C. Krosoczka also described how he overcame a difficult childhood to become the author of the beloved Lunch Lady series.


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June Kids' Book Club Pick: 'The One And Only Ivan'

One and Only Ivan: book cover detail

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.


Monday, April 15, 2013

Following The Yellow Brick Road Back To The Origins Of 'Oz'

"The Monkeys caught Dorothy in their arms and flew away with her."

April 15, 2013 Before the movies, Broadway musicals and Halloween costumes, L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was a smash hit of a children's book published in 1900. NPR's Backseat Book Club goes back to where the Yellow Brick Road began with children's book historian Michael Patrick Hearn.


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Thursday, April 11, 2013

May Kids' Book Club Pick: 'Lunch Lady And The Cyborg Substitute'

Lunch Lady by Jarrett J. Krosoczka.

April 11, 2013 Jarrett Krosoczka's lunch lady doesn't just serve lunch. She serves justice. In her Batman-like lair below the cafeteria, she can monitor the whole school for suspicious characters like the Cyborg Substitute or the Video Game Villain. Join NPR's Backseat Book Club as we follow her adventures.


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Witches And Wizards: A Scrapbook From The Land Of Oz

Middle and high school girls participate in the Dorothy's House and Land of Oz program in Liberal, Kan.

April 10, 2013 The Yellow Brick Road is a well-traveled one; generations of young readers have followed L. Frank Baum's path to the magical Land of Oz. This spring, as members of NPR's Backseat Book Club embarked on their own journeys to the Emerald City, we asked you to share your Oz memories and photos with us.


Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Picture Show

Off To Read The Wizard: Send Us Your Photos From Oz

"We were our mother's guinea pigs for the yearly county fair costume class. At the time, we hated it. But to her credit, we won the trophy every time."

March 21, 2013 NPR's club for young readers is taking on The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. And we want to see your photos.


Thursday, February 28, 2013

A Young Artist Finds Solace In Creatures Of The Sea And Sky

Parrotfishe by James Prosek.

February 28, 2013 Long before James Prosek became a world-famous artist and naturalist, he was a kid who used art as a way to work through the ups and downs of childhood. "When I went into the woods, it was the first time that I felt like something was mine," he says.


Monday, February 25, 2013

With Audubon's Help, Beat-Up Kid Is 'Okay For Now'

"Arctic Tern" from John James Audobon's Birds of America.

February 25, 2013 Fourteen-year-old Doug Swieteck has the weight of the world upon him — no friends, an alcoholic father and a brother who has just been injured in Vietnam. But the protagonist of this NPR Backseat Book Club book finds solace in an unlikely place — the pages of Audubon's Birds of America.


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Friday, February 01, 2013

We're Off To Read The Wizard, 'The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz'

Wonderful Wizard of Oz book cover detail

February 1, 2013 NPR's Backseat Book Club takes the yellow brick road back to its origins with L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, published in 1900.


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

In 'Red Pyramid,' Kid Heroes Take On Ancient Egypt

The Red Pyramid

December 19, 2012 Our latest pick for NPR's Backseat Book Club is The Red Pyramid, a tale of two kids who must rescue the world from Egyptian gods. Author Rick Riordan, a former schoolteacher, combined his obsession with books with his passion for mythology to write this book about ordinary kids doing heroic things.


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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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