Multnomah County Library Podcasts (Booktalks - Kids and Teens)

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Anna Hibiscus (Booktalk)

Anna Hibiscus by Atinuke

Anna Hibiscus lives in Africa, amazing Africa! Read how Anna uses secret cell phone conversations to save the day for her visiting auntie, plus two more tales of adventure.

Audience: kids and teens

Direct download: 20111220_MCL_Anna_Hibiscus_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 4:14pm PST

Me and Rolly Maloo (booktalk)

Me and Rolly Maloo by Janet S. Wong

An unpopular girl cheats on a math test when the most popular girl in school asks her to give her answers.

 

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20111220_Me_and_Rolly_Maloo_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 4:04pm PST

A Tale Dark and Grimm (Booktalk)

A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz

Follows Hansel and Gretel as they walk out of their own story and into eight more tales, encountering such wicked creatures as witches, along with kindly strangers and other helpful folk. Based in part on the Grimms' fairy tales Faithful Johannes, Hansel and Gretel, The seven ravens, Brother and sister, The robber bridegroom, and The devil and his three golden hairs.

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20111220_MCL_Tale_Dark__Grimm_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 2:07pm PST

Poop Happened (book talk)

Poop Happens  by Sarah Albee

Throughout the ages, the most successful civilizations were the ones who realized that everyone poops and they'd better figure out how to get rid of it! From the very first flushing toilet (invented way earlier than you would think) to the efficient Roman aqueducts (possibly inspired by the goddess of sewers!) to castles in the Middle Ages whose moats used more than just water to repel enemies, Poop happened! traces human civilization through this revolting yet fascinating subject.

Audience: Kids and Teens

 

Direct download: 20111220_MCL_Poop_Happ_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 4:31pm PST

No Passengers Beyond this Point (book talk)

No Passengers Beyond this Point by Gennifer Choldenko

With their house in foreclosure, sisters India and Mouse and brother Finn are sent to stay with an uncle in Colorado until their mother can join them, but when the plane lands, the children are welcomed by cheering crowds to a strange place where each of them has a perfect house and a clock that is ticking down the time.

Audience: kids and Teens

Direct download: 20111220_MCL_No_Passng_beyond_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 4:14pm PST

Grand Plan to Fix Everything(booktalk)

Grand Plan to Fix Everything by Uma Krishnaswami

Eleven-year-old Dini loves movies, and so when she learns that her family is moving to India for two years, her devastation over leaving her best friend in Maryland is tempered by the possibility of meeting her favorite actress, Dolly Singh.

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20111220_MCL_Grand_Plan_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 3:54pm PST

Ruth and the Green Book (booktalk)

Ruth and the Green Book by Calvin Ramsey

When Ruth and her parents take a motor trip from Chicago to Alabama to visit her grandma, they rely on a pamphlet called "The Negro Motorist Green Book" to find places that will serve them. Includes facts about "The Green Book.

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20111220_MCLRuthandtheGreenBookJP.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 4:06pm PST

Janis Joplin (booktalk)

Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing by Ann Angel

Spreading her wings -- Out of Port Arthur -- Looking for love -- Call on me -- Monterey Pop's poster child -- Cheap thrills, drugs, and self-destruction -- Kozmic Blues -- To love somebody -- Pearl -- Love, Janis.

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20111220_MCLJanisJoplinKH.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 4:02pm PST

Tell Us We're Home (booktalk)

Tell Us We're Home by Marina Tamar Budhos

Three immigrant girls from different parts of the world meet and become close friends in a small New Jersey town where their mothers have found domestic work, but their relationships are tested when one girl's mother is accused of stealing a precious heirloom.

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20111220_MCLTellUsWereHomeCC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 3:57pm PST

Energy Island (booktalk)

Energy Island by Allan Drummond

It's windy on the Danish island of Samsø. Meet the environmentally friendly folks who, in a few short years, worked together for energy independence, and who now proudly call their home Energy Island.

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20111220_MCLEnergyIslandJP.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 3:53pm PST

Joe and Sparky, Superstars! (booktalk)

Joe and Sparky, Superstars! by Jamie Michalak

When Joe the giraffe and his friend Sparky, a turtle, see a television talent show, Joe tries to find Sparky's talent so that they can compete.

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20111220_MCLJoeandSparkyGS.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 3:47pm PST

The Big Book of Spy Stuff (booktalk)

The Big Book of Spy Stuff by Bart King

The secret to success? Know all the secrets! Learn how to escape tricycle-riding assassins. Find out why you can trust women more than men. Discover how squirrels can deliver top-secret messages. Learn the keys to tricking enemy agents. Create a disguise that renders you invisible in a crowd of two.

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20111220_MCLBigBookofSpyStuffCC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 3:39pm PST

The Unforgettable Season (booktalk)

The Unforgettable Season: the Story of Joe Dimaggio, Ted Williams and the Record-setting Summer of '41 by Phil Bildner

Tells the story of baseball greatest heroes Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams and how during the summer of 1941 they each set records that still stand.

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20111220_MCLTheUnforgettableSeasonKH.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 3:38pm PST

Super Chicken Nugget Boy vs. Dr Ned-Grant and His Eggplant Army (booktalk)

Super Chicken Nugget Boy vs. Dr Ned-Grant and His Eggplant Army by Josh Lewis

When school bully Dirk Hamstone pushes him to the dark side, Dr. Myron Ned-Grant develops an army of evil eggplants bent on world domination and it falls to Fern Goldberg's alter ego to save the world.

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20111220_MCLChickenNuggetGS.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 3:33pm PST

Amelia Lost (booktalk)

Amelia Lost: the Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart by Candace Fleming

Tells the story of Amelia Earhart's life--as a child, a woman, and a pilot--and describes the search for her missing plane.

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20111220_MCLAmeliaLostJP.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 3:28pm PST

Little Pink Pup (booktalk)

Little Pink Pup by Johanna Kerby

Pink, a piglet who is the runt of the litter, is adopted by Tink, a dachshund who is nursing a litter of her own, and Pink is raised in the house along with the puppies.

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20111220_MCLLittlePinkPupGS.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 3:17pm PST

I Feel Better with a Frog in My Throat (booktalk)

I Feel Better with a Frog in My Throat by Carolyn Beccia

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20111220_MCLIFeelBetterWithaFrogInMyThroatJP.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 3:09pm PST

Orangutans are Ticklish (booktalk)

Orangutans are Ticklish by Steve Grubman

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20111220_MCLOrangatansAreTicklishJP.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 3:06pm PST

The Crowfield Curse by Pat Walsh

In 1347, when fourteen-year-old orphan William Paynel, an impoverished servant at Crowfield Abbey, goes into the forest to gather wood and finds a magical creature caught in a trap, he discovers he has the ability to see fays and becomes embroiled in a strange mystery involving Old Magic, a bitter feud, and ancient secrets.

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20111220_MCLCrowfieldCurseCC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 2:27pm PST

Clink (booktalk)

Clink by Kelly DiPucchio

While newer, fancier robots are quickly purchased, Clink, an old-fashioned robot who can only make toast and music, gathers dust and feels downhearted until a young boy enters the shop looking for something special.

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20111220_MCLClinkGS.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 2:11pm PST

Bink and Gollie (Booktalk)

Bink and Gollie by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee

Two roller-skating best friends--one tiny, one tall--share three comical adventures involving outrageously bright socks, an impromptu trek to the Andes, and a most unlikely marvelous companion.

2010 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20111220__MCL_Bink_and_Golly_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 1:12pm PST

I Spy Fly Guy (Booktalk)

I Spy Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold

While playing hide-and-seek with Buzz, Fly Guy is taken away by a garbage man.

2010 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20111220_MCL_Fly_Guy_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 1:06pm PST

We Are in a Book (Booktalk)

We Are in a Book by Mo Willems

Gerald and Piggie discover the joy of being read. But what will happen when the book ends?

2010 Theodore Seuss Geisel Award

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20111220_MCL_We_Are_in_a_Bk_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 12:41pm PST

How Oliver Olson Changed the World (Booktalk)

How Oliver Olson Changed the World by Claudia Mills

Afraid he will always be an outsider like ex-planet Pluto, nine-year-old Oliver finally shows his extremely overprotective parents that he is capable of doing great things without their help while his class is studying the solar system.

A 2012 Beverly Cleary Children's Choice Award Nominee

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20111220_MCL_How_Oliver_Olson_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 12:22pm PST

Flight of the Phoenix; Nathaniel Fludd Beastologist Book One (Booktalk)

Flight of the Phoenix; Nathaniel Fludd Beastologist Book One By R.L.LaEvers

In 1928, when timid ten-year-old Nate learns that his parents have been lost at sea, he joins his father's cousin on a flight to Arabia where they must oversee the death and rebirth of the phoenix, thus beginning his training as a "beastologist."

A 2012 Beverly Cleary Children's Choice Award Nominee

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20111220_MCL_Nathaniel_Flood_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 12:13pm PST

Judy Moody and Stink; The Mad Mad Mad Treasure Hunt (Booktalk)

Judy Moody and Stink; The Mad Mad Mad Treasure Hunt by Megan McDonald

During a weekend trip to Ocracoke Island, siblings Judy and Stink Moody take part in a pirate treasure-hunting game, in which various clues lead them to silver coins, or "pieces of eight," hidden across the island.

A 2012 Beverly Cleary Children's Choice Award Nominee

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20111220_Judy_Moody_Pirates_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 12:07pm PST

Magical Ms. Plum (Booktalk)

Magical Ms. Plum by Bonnie Becker

The students in Ms. Plum's third grade class soon learn that there is something very special about their teacher and her classroom's mysterious supply closet.

A 2012 Beverly Cleary Children's Choice Award Nominee.

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20111220_MCLMag_Ms_Plum_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 11:51am PST

Calvin Coconut; Trouble Magnet (Booktalk)

Calvin Coconut; Trouble Magnet by Graham Salisbury

Nine-year-old Calvin catches the attention of the school bully on the day before he starts fourth grade, while at home, the unfriendly, fifteen-year-old daughter of his mother's best friend has taken over his room.

A 2012 Beverly Cleary Children's Choice Award Nominee

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 2011220_MCL_Calvin_Coconut_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 11:40am PST

Nubs; The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine & a Miracle (Booktalk)

Nubs; The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine & a Miracle  by Brian Dennis

The story of a wild dog who befriended Marine Major Brian Dennis in Iraq, and, when they were separated, trekked seventy miles through the desert winter to rejoin his friend.

A 2012 Beverly Cleary Children's Choice Award Nominee.

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20111220_MCL_Nubs_Mutt_Marine_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 4:11pm PST

Zora and Me (Booktalk)

Zora and Me by Victoria Bond and T.R.Simon

A fictionalized account of Zora Neale Hurston's childhood with her best friend Carrie, in Eatonville, Florida, as they learn about life, death, and the differences between truth, lies, and pretending. Includes an annotated bibliography of the works of Zora Neale Hurston, a short biography of the author, and information about Eatonville, Florida.

Audience: Kids and teens

Direct download: 20110524_MCLZoraMeCC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 12:23pm PST

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

Sixth-grader Tommy and his friends describe their interactions with a paper finger puppet of Yoda, worn by their weird classmate Dwight, as they try to figure out whether or not the puppet can really predict the future. Includes instructions for making Origami Yoda.

Audience: Kids and teens

Direct download: 20110524_MCLOrigamiYodaJP.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 12:12pm PST

The search for WondLa (Booktalk)

The Search for WondLa by Tony DiTerlizzi.

Living in isolation with a robot on what appears to be an alien world populated with bizarre life forms, a twelve-year-old human girl called Eva Nine sets out on a journey to find others like her. Features "augmented reality" pages, in which readers with a webcam can access additional information about Eva Nine's world.

Audience: kids and teens

Direct download: 20110524_MCLSearchforWondLaLC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 12:07pm PST

The Secret Life of Ms. Finkelman (Booktalk)

The Secret Life of Ms. Finkelman by Ben H. Winters

Spurred by a special project from her social studies teacher, seventh-grader Bethesda Fielding uncovers the secret identity of her music teacher, which leads to a most unusual concert performance and a tutoring assignment.

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20110524_MCLSecretLife_MsFinkelmanLC2.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 11:38am PST

My Rotten Life by David Lubar (Booktalk)

My Rotten Life by David Lubar

Tired of continually having his feelings hurt by popular students and bullies, fifth-grader Nathan agrees to try an experimental formula, Hurt-Be-Gone, and becomes a half-dead zombie, a condition which, he soon discovers, has some real advantages.

Speaker: Joaquin Sampson

 

Direct download: 20110322_MCL_My_Rotten_Life.JS.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 9:30am PST

My Life in Dog Years by Gary Paulsen (Booktalk)

My Life in Dog Years by Gary Paulsen

The author describes some of the dogs that have had special places in his life, including his first dog, Snowball, in the Philippines; Dirk, who protected him from bullies; and Cookie, who saved his life.

Speaker: Joaquin Sampson

Direct download: 20110322_MCL_My_Life_in_Dog_Years.JS.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 9:05am PST

The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Boy

The only boy in Superopolis with no superpower, Ordinary Boy discovers there are some talents even better than superpowers.


The Big One-Oh

Charley makes new friends, meets his neighbor, and scares his new friends.

Direct download: 20110310_MCL.Big_One-Oh.EB.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 5:36pm PST

Allie Finkel's Rules for Girls

Allie Finkel tries to sabotage her family's planned move.

Direct download: 20110310_MCL.Allie_Finkels_Rules_for_Girls.EB.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 5:26pm PST

Babymouse Burns Rubber

Babymouse enters the Downhill Derby with the help of her friend, Wilson.

Direct download: 20110310_MCL.Babymouse_Burns_Rubber.EB.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 5:17pm PST

Clementine

No one appreciates one little girl's sincere help.

Direct download: 20110310_MCL.Clementine.EB.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 4:43pm PST

The Dodgeball Chronicles by Frank Cammuso (Booktalk)

The Dodgeball Chronicles by Frank Cammuso

Artie King's hopes for easing into life at Camelot Middle School are dashed when he opens a mysterious locker filled with useful, wonderful items and is pulled into a do-or-die dodgeball game that pits Artie and his friends against the school's toughest kids.

Speaker: Joaquin Sampson

 

 

Direct download: 20110322_MCL_Dodgeball_Chronicles.JS.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 4:20pm PST

How to Draw 101 Things that Go by Dan Green

Learn how to draw 101 things that go! It’s easy! Follow the simple step-by-step drawings and you will soon be amazing all your friends with your newfound art skills!

Speaker: Joaquin Sampson

Direct download: 20110322_MCL.How_to_Draw_101_Things_that_Go.JS.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 4:01pm PST

Miss Daisy is Crazy

When A.J. tells his teacher that he hates school, his teacher tells him that she hates school, too.

Direct download: 20110310_MCL.Miss_Daisy_is_Crazy.EB.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 3:58pm PST

Broken Bike Boy & the Queen of 33rd Street

Queen learns not to be so bossy from a new and surprising friend.

Direct download: 20110310_MCL.Broken_Bike_Boy.EB.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 3:51pm PST

Moon Over Manifest (Booktalk)

Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool

Twelve-year-old Abilene Tucker is the daughter of a drifter who, in the summer of 1936, sends her to stay with an old friend in Manifest, Kansas, where he grew up, and where she hopes to find out some things about his past. She discovers a hidden cigar box full of mementos, including some old letters that mention a spy known as the Rattler. These mysterious letters send Abilene and her new friends, Lettie and Ruthanne, on an honest-to-goodness spy hunt. The more Abilene hears, the more determined she is to learn just what role her father played in that history.

2011 Newbery Award winner.

Audience: Teens and Kids

Direct download: 20110322_MCLMoonOverManifestCC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 1:05pm PST

A Sick Day for Amos McGee (Booktalk)

A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead, illustrated by Erin E. Stead

Amos McGee, a friendly zookeeper, always made time to visit his good friends: the elephant, the tortoise, the penguin, the rhinoceros, and the owl. But one day--'Ah-choo!'--he woke with the sniffles and the sneezes. Though he didn't make it into the zoo that day, he did receive some unexpected guests.

 

2011 Caldecott Award Winner

Audience: Kids

Direct download: 20110322_MCLSickDayAmosMcGeeLC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 11:30am PST

Shug by Jenny Han (Booktalk)

Shug by Jenny Han

Annemarie Wilcox - known to her family as Shug - knows that being twelve is not so easy, especially when your best friend is acting strange, your parents are fighting and your mother is drinking too much.

Audience: Grades 6-8

Direct download: 20101008_MCL.Shug.CS.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 5:19pm PST

Mick Harte Was Here by Barbara Park (Booktalk)

Mick Harte Was Here by Barbara Park

Mick Harte was the coolest brother anyone could ever have, but he's dead now. Dead and gone, and his sister Phoebe still can't believe it really happened.

Direct download: 20101008_MCL.Mick_Harte_Was_Here.CS.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 5:11pm PST

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan (Booktalk)

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson is about to learn a lot more about his family history. Boring old family photos? No, action-packed adventure with enough twists and turns to kill a mere mortal. What happens when the gods of Ancient Greece turn up in Manhattan?
This is the first book in the series Percy Jackson and the Olympians.

 

Direct download: 20101008_MCL.Lightning_Thief.CS.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 5:00pm PST

The Ghost's Grave by Peg Kehret (Booktalk)

The Ghost's Grave by Peg Kehret

Author Peg Kehret is known for writing action-packed mysteries set in Oregon and Washington. Elementary and middle school students will want to see what happens when Josh digs up an old grave.

Audience: Elementary and middle school students

 

Direct download: 20101008_MCL.Ghosts_Grave.CS.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 4:46pm PST

The Amazing Life of Birds by Gary Paulsen (Booktalk)

The Amazing Life of Birds: The Twenty Day Puberty Journal of Duane Homer Leach by Gary Paulsen

Duane is twelve years old. He has a zit right in the middle of his forehead. And he's not sure he'll survive puberty.

Audience: Grades 6-8

Direct download: 20101008_MCL.Amazing_Life_of_Birds.CS.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 2:54pm PST

Alvin Ho, Allergic to Girls, School and other Scary Things (Booktalk)

Alvin Ho, Allergic to Girls, School and other Scary Things  by Lenore Look

A young boy in Concord, Massachusetts, who loves superheroes and comes from a long line of brave Chinese farmer-warriors, wants to make friends, but first he must overcome his fear of everything.

A Beverly Cleary Award Nominee 2011

Audience: Kids

Direct download: 20101105_MCL_Alvin_Ho_Allergic_to_Girls_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 3:41pm PST

Bad Kitty Gets a Bath (Booktalk)

Bad Kitty Gets a Bath by Nick Bruel

If you're going to give Bad Kitty a bath, you better have a suit of armor, an ambulance, and lots and lots of bandages around. Why? Bad Kitty HATES to take a bath! Read this graphic novel to find out who succeeds in getting this bad cat into the bath!

A Beverly Cleary Award Nominee 2011

Audience: Kids

Direct download: 20101105_MCL_Bad_Kitty_Gets_a_Bath_LC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 3:31pm PST

Puppy Power (Booktalk)

Puppy Power by Judy Cox

Boisterous third-grader Fran has trouble controlling herself, but learning how to train her gigantic Newfoundland puppy helps her gain enough self-control to win the part of princess in the class play. Includes instructions on puppy training.

A Beverly Cleary Award Nominee 2011

Audience: Kids

Direct download: 20101105_MCL_Puppy_Power_KH.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 3:23pm PST

Nic Bishop Frogs

Nic Bishop Frogs

Nic Bishop's photographs show all different kinds of frogs, big ones, very tiny ones, frogs with beautiful colors of skin, and one frog you can see inside of.

A Beverly Cleary Award Nominee 2011

Audience: Kids

Direct download: 20101105_MCL_Nic_Bishop_Frogs_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 3:13pm PST

The Home-Run King (booktalk)

The Home-Run King by Patricia McKissack

During the Depression in Nashville, Tennessee, two baseball-loving brothers host Josh Gibson, a star of the Negro Leagues, in their home, and are motivated to get their own team started as well.

Beverly Cleary Award Nominee 2011

Audience: Kids

Direct download: 20101105_MCL_Home_Run_King_LC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 3:04pm PST

Bed Bats and Beyond

Bed Bats and Beyond by Joan Holub

It's dawn and time for bats to go to bed, but Fang's brother Fink can't sleep. Soon the whole family tries different bedtime stories to lull Fink to sleep.

A Beverly Cleary Award Nominee 2011

Audience: Kids

Direct download: 20101105_MCL_Beds_Bats_and_Beyond_KH.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 2:55pm PST

All the Lovely Bad Ones by Mary Downing Hahn

All the Lovely Bad Ones by Mary Downing Hahn

While spending the summer at their grandmother's Vermont inn, two prankster siblings awaken young ghosts from the inn's distant past who refuse to "rest in peace."

Audience: Kids and Teens

 

Direct download: 20101008_MCL_All_the_Lovely_Bad_Ones.JS.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 9:39am PST

Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Writing Thank-you Notes by Peggy Elizabeth Gifford

Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Writing Thank-you Notes by Peggy Elizabeth Gifford

Moxy Maxwell thinks of a better, faster way to complete her Christmas thank-you notes.

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20101008_MCL_Moxy_Maxwell_Does_Not_Love_Writing.EB.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 9:21am PST

Math Rashes and Other Classroom Tales by Douglas Evans

Math Rashes and Other Classroom Tales by Douglas Evans

Nine short stories that present episodes of education gone crazy.

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20101008_MCL_Math_Rashes_and_Other.JS.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 9:09am PST

Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown

Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown

This is a story in which a bulletin board falls on Stanley while he is sleeping. After being squished, he finds that being flat has its advantages.

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20101008_MCL_Flat_Stanley.JS.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 8:57am PST

Any Small Goodness by Tony Johnston


Any Small Goodness: a Novel of the Barrio
 by Tony Johnston

Arturo and his family and friends share all kinds of experiences living in the barrio of East Los Angeles--reclaiming their names, playing basketball, championing the school librarian and even starting their own gang.

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20101008_MCL_Any_Small_Goodness.JS.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 8:44am PST

Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook by Eleanor Davis

Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook by Eleanor Davis

Julian joins a secret society devoted to the love of science and the creation of super-cool, technologically advanced inventions.

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20101008_MCL_Secret_Science_Alliance.EB.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 8:29am PST

Sahara Special by Esme Raji Codell

Sahara Special by Esme Raji Codell

Sahara doesn't do any homework or any classwork after her father leaves and consequently, she must repeat the fifth grade.

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20101008_MCL_Sahara_Special.EB.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 8:21am PST

Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute

Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute by Jarrett Krosoczka

Lunch Lady serves up French fries and justice.

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20101008_MCL_Lunch_Lady__the_Cyborg_Substitute.EB.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 5:15pm PST

Marvin Redpost: Is He a Girl? by Louis Sachar

Marvin Redpost: Is He a Girl? by Louis Sachar

If you really could kiss your elbow, would your gender change?

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20101008_MCL_Marvin_Redpost_Is_He_a_Girl.EB.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 3:06pm PST

Denied Detained Deported; Stories from the Dark Side of American Immigration

Denied Detained Deported; Stories from the Dark Side of American Immigration by Ann Bausum

An award-winning author examines the history of American immigration--a critical topic in 21st century America--particularly those lesser-known stories of immigrants who were denied entrance into the States or detained for security reasons.

Direct download: 20100917_MCL_Denied_Detained_Deported_KH.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 4:16pm PST

Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood up by Sitting Down

Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood up by Sitting Down by Andrea Davis Pinkney

Learn how four friends invented the sit-in; a form of non-violent protest that helped end segregation in the American South.

Audience: Kids and Teens

 

Direct download: 20100917_MCL_Sit_In_LC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 4:06pm PST

Leviathan (booktalk)

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

In an alternate 1914 Europe, fifteen-year-old Austrian Prince Alek, on the run from the Clanker Powers who are attempting to take over the globe using mechanical machinery, forms an uneasy alliance with Deryn who, disguised as a boy to join the British Air Service, is learning to fly genetically-engineered beasts.

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20100917_MCL_Leviathan_LC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 3:33pm PST

Saving the Ghost of the Mountain; an Expedition Among Snow Leopards in Mongolia

Saving the Ghost of the Mountain; an Expedition Among Snow Leopards in Mongolia by Sy Montgomery

A pale, spotted, almost cloud-like coat makes the snow leopard uncannily invisible in its rocky mountain habitat. Author Sy Montgomery and photographer Nic Bishop accompany conservationist Tom McCarthy and his team as they travel to Mongolia's Altai Mountains to gather data about snow leopard populations in an attempt to save this endangered species.

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20100917_MCL_Saving_the_Ghost_KH.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 3:27pm PST

Cosmic (Booktalk)

Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce

 12-year old Liam looks like he's thirty. Sometimes it's not bad; for example on the first day of school the principal mistakes Liam for a teacher or when he convinces a car dealer to let him test drive a Porsche. So feeling like he's stuck between two worlds, Liam cons his way into being the adult chaperone on the first space ship to take civilians into space. But when the ship is stuck 230,000 miles from home, being mistaken for an adult is not good.

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20100917_MCLCosmicLC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 3:17pm PST

Before Columbus; The Americas of 1491

Before Columbus; The Americas of 1491 by Charles C. Mann

Did you know a pyramid larger than the ones in Egypt was built in the Americas...near St. Louis?
And one of the world's greatest genetic feats of engineering was done by Native Americans...the invention of corn!

Relearn American history, and find out how the civilizations of the Americas were as sophisticated as those in Western Europe.

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20100716_MCL_Before_Columbus_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 4:06pm PST

Tumtum and Nutmeg; Adventures Beyond Nutmouse Hall

Tum Tum and Nutmeg: Adventures Beyond Nutmouse Hall by Emily Bearn

Wealthy, married mice Tumtum and Nutmeg find adventure when they secretly try to help two human siblings who live in a tumbledown cottage with their absent-minded inventor father.

Audience: Kids

Direct download: 20100716_MCL_Tumtum_and_Nutmeg_LC_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 3:51pm PST

Biblioburro

Biblioburro by Jeanette Winter

What if your library came to you on the back of a burro?

Audience: Kids

Direct download: 20100716_MCL_Biblioburro_LC_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 4:00pm PST

Countdown

Countdown by Debora Wiles

 

Franny Chapman just wants some peace. But that's hard to get when her best friend is feuding with her, her sister has disappeared, and her uncle is fighting an old war in his head. Her saintly younger brother is no help, and the cute boy across the street only complicates things. Worst of all, everyone is walking around just waiting for a bomb to fall. It's 1962, and it seems the whole country is living in fear...

Audience: Kids

Direct download: 20100716__MCL_Countdown_LC_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 1:18pm PST

Yellowstone Moran; Painting the American West

Yellowstone Moran;painting the American West  By Lita Judge

Tom Moran had never ridden a horse or slept under the stars before, but the paintings he created on his journey from city boy to seasoned explorer would lead to the founding of America's first national park.

Audience: Kids

Direct download: 20100716_MCLYellwstone_Moran_LC_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 3:07pm PST

Bad news for outlaws: the remarkable life of Bass Reeves, deputy U.S. marshall

Bad News for Outlaws: the Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshall by Vanda Micheaux Nelson

This biography profiles the life of Bass Reeves, a former slave who was recruited as a deputy United States Marshal in the area that was to become Oklahoma.

Target audience: Children

Direct download: 20100716_MCLBad_News_for_Outlaws_LC_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 4:00pm PST

Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis

Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis by Barbara O'Connor

In Fayette, South Carolina, the highlight of Popeye's summer is learning vocabulary words with his grandmother until a motor home gets stuck nearby and Elvis, the oldest boy living inside, joins Popeye in finding the source of strange boats floating down the creek.

Target Audience: Children

Direct download: 20100716_MCL_Small_Adv_of_Popeye_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 3:53pm PST

One Crazy Summer

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

In the summer of 1968, after travelling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp.

Target Audience: Children

Direct download: 20100716_MCL_OneCrazy_Summer_LC_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 3:43pm PST

Stinky: A Toon Book (Booktalk)

 

Stinky: A Toon Book by Eleanor Davis

Stinky, a monster who lives in a swamp, gets upset when a boy named Nick starts hanging around his swamp, and so he tries to scare Nick away. A 2009 Geisel Award honor book.

Direct download: 20091228_MCLStinkyBT_JP.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 1:09pm PST

Chicken Said, "Cluck!" (Booktalk

 

Chicken Said, "Cluck!" by Judyann Grant

Earl and Pearl do not want Chicken's help in the garden, until a swarm of grasshoppers arrives and her true talent shines.

Direct download: 20091228_MCLChickenBT_JP.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 3:41pm PST

Being Teddy Roosevelt (Booktalk)

 

Being Teddy Roosevelt by Claudia Mills

When he is assigned Teddy Roosevelt as his biography project in school, fourth-grader Riley finds himself inspired by Roosevelt's tenacity and perseverance and resolves to find a way to get what he most wants--a saxophone and music lessons. A 2010 Beverly Cleary Children's Choice Award nominee.

Direct download: 20091228_MCLTeddyRooseveltBT_JP.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 1:57pm PST

One Boy (Booktalk)

 

One Boy by Laura Vaccaro Seeger.

A boy creates ten paintings in this counting book that also explores the relationship of words within words. Turn the page, peep through the window, and the word changes! This book was a 2009 Geisel Award Honor Book.

Target audience: Children

Direct download: 20091228_MCLOneBoyBTCC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 2:31pm PST

Hey Kids!  Listen to an interview with Amy Sachs of the Pixie Project, and learn all about adopting and taking care of cats and dogs.  Then check out these great books on cats and dogs, which you can find at the Multnomah County Library:

Shelter Dogs

The Bravest Cat

Everything cat : what kids really want to know about cats

Everything dog : what kids really want to know about dogs

How to talk to your cat

How to talk to your dog
Direct download: 20090917_MCL_Pets.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 2:57pm PST

Claudette Colvin (Booktalk) In March 1955, 15-year-old Claudette Colvin refused to give up her seat on a mostly white bus...months before Rosa Parks made the news for doing the same thing.
Direct download: 20090821_MCLClaudette_Colvin_LC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 3:58pm PST

Return to Sender (Booktalk) Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez. After his family hires migrant Mexican workers to help save their Vermont farm from foreclosure, eleven-year-old Tyler befriends the oldest daughter, but when he discovers they may not be in the country legally, he realizes that real friendship knows no borders.
Direct download: 20090821_MCL_Return_to_Sender_LC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 3:55pm PST

Masterpiece (Booktalk) Masterpiece by Elise Broach. After Marvin, a beetle, makes a miniature drawing as an eleventh birthday gift for James, a human with whom he shares a house, the two new friends work together to help recover a Durer drawing stolen from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Direct download: 20090821_MCL_Masterpiece_LC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 3:51pm PST

Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg (Booktalk) Mostly True Adventures of Homer P Figg by Rodman Philbrick. Twelve-year-old Homer, a poor but clever orphan, has extraordinary adventures after running away from his evil uncle to rescue his brother, who has been sold into service in the Civil War.
Direct download: 20090821_MCLMostly_True_Adven_of_HomerLC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 3:44pm PST

 Book Crafts

Groan! Fall's here and it's back to school. But in your spare time, check out these books about book crafts: things involved with writing, making and publishing your own books. Books reviewed include:

Indie Publishing; How to Design and Produce your Own Book ed. by Ellen Lupton

In Print! 40 Cool Publishing Projects for Kids by Joe Rhatigan

Cool Calligraphy by Anders Hanson

Making Books that Fly, Fold, Wrap, Hide, Pop Up, Twist and Turn by Gwen Diehn

Direct download: 20090821_MCLbookcraftsCCRF.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 1:07pm PST

Reconstruct a Tee! T-shirt reconstruction is the new knitting!  Listen to some great book and online resources for turning your t-shirts into fabulous things to wear, including T-Shirt Makeovers, Generation T, Tease, and threadbanger.com. 
Direct download: 20090713_MCLReconstruct_a_Tee.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 2:09pm PST

Heck Where the Bad Kids Go by Dale E. Basye. Everybody screws up a little right? You might not end up in H - E- double hockey stick, but would you still screw up if you knew you'd end up in Heck?
Direct download: 20090123_MCLHeckWheretheBadKidsGo.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 10:17am PST

Captain Underpants and the Preposterous Plight of the Purple Potty People, by Dav Pilkey. George and Harold break all the rules by using the time machine two days in a row - which catapults them into an alternative universe.
Direct download: 20081008PPPbooktalk.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 11:40am PST

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