In this episode of Reading the Newberys, we discuss the winner of the 1994 Newbery Medal, The Giver by Lois Lowry. This is the first book we were able to read along with our book club on Facebook, and we had some good conversations about this book with some of our listeners during the past month! We even include some of your thoughts in our discussion on the podcast! So grab some cucumbers and dark chocolate and listen along as we discuss this dystopian children’s book!
In this episode of Reading the Newberys, we discuss the winner of the 2000 Newbery medal, Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis. From homelessness to jazz music—this book piqued our curiosity and inspired us to research several aspects of the Great Depression. Grab some red pop, a mustard and baloney sandwich, and some Twizzlers and listen in on our conversation about this book full of history, heartbreak, adventure, and family.
In this episode of Reading the Newberys, we discuss the winner of the 2013 Newbery Medal, The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. We all enjoyed this sweet story of a gorilla, a stray dog, two elephants, and a little girl who chooses to do the right thing. Grab a bag of chocolate and some coffee and join in our conversation!
*Note: If you want to skip “For the Love of Books” and “Book News” and jump straight to our discussion of the book, skip ahead to 16:56.
In this special episode of Team Friendship Reads the Newberys, we share our thoughts on Disney’s film adaptation of the 1963 Newbery medal winner A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. This episode does contain potential spoilers, so listen at your own risk.
In this episode of Team Friendship Reads the Newberys we discuss the 2009 Newbery Medal winner The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. This book is a little creepy, and a few of us were not sure about it at first. But we all ended up loving this book. Before we get into our book discussion, we take some time to discuss Matt de la Peña’s article “Why We Shouldn’t Shield Children from Darkness” and Kate DiCamillo’s response. We hope you enjoy this episode! Please send us your thoughts! We love to hear from our listeners!
Team Friendship is moving to Guernsey! (Not really, but we want to)
Granddaughters may not be children, but they are still offspring.
Matt de la Peña is not really our friend, but we wish he were.
New Scholastic 20th anniversary editions of the Harry Potter series with new cover illustrations by Brian Selznick = more of our money spent on Harry Potter merchandise.
Mandy doesn’t know how to pronounce Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Lauren doesn’t know how to abbreviate Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Kwame Alexander is AWESOME!
ALA YMA are coming soon!
We discuss Matt de la Peña’s article “Why We Shouldn’t Shield Children from Darkness” and Kate DiCamillo’s response.
Everyone needs to read Love by Matt de la Peña and Loren Long!
The importance of kids seeing themselves in children’s books.
We need some tissues during this part of the episode.
Leah finds a way to bring up Adam Driver during our discussion.
The importance of art. “Art puts our feelings into something we can see.” –Leah
Leah tells us how Neil Gaiman won both the Newbery Medal and the Carnegie Medal for The Graveyard Book.
Team Friendship is moving to Minneapolis now.
One of Neil’s favorite authors is Edgar Allen Poe…surprise, surprise.
Librarians are not babysitters.
Neil and Doctor Who
You are a good writer, Neil!
Leah is not a fan of the opening scene of this book.
Lauren loved the book so much that she listened to the audiobook version after reading the book.
“Spirits of the People”
Lauren brags about figuring out the mystery of Silas because she completely missed the revelation of Jack at the end of the book.
The sleer scene upsets Lauren so much she drops her notes.
Lauren makes a connection between the ghouls and The Two Towers.
We dig deep into the history of the Dance Macabre.
Lauren shares here crazy theory about the brotherhood of the Jacks.
We get a bit biblical.
Letting go of childhood
Life and Death
Is this book appropriate for kids?
Public school vs. Private school
Mandy shares some of her favorite quotes from the book.