Kidsmomo Podcast #27: “Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer”

June 14th, 2010 by

If we had our way, Karen would be spending the summer in Australia and Nancy would be on the beach. But alas, we’re stuck at home for the season. At least we can escape into some awesome book series! From a global adventure to a medieval warzone to superhero headquarters hidden in a school — we do ’em all in our latest podcast, all about summer series:

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  • One family, two kids, 39 clues — aka our mystery book series revealed
  • Battles past, present, and whimsical — aka our summer series picks, plus a kid rec (Ranger’s Apprentice, Lunch Lady, and the Mysterious Benedict Society)
  • Our dream summer vacations… and the realization that we’re really not beach people (that’s normal, right?)

Also, don’t forget: our new theme is books about cats! So send us a review of your favorite cat book and check out these purr-fect cat books.

— Karen and Nancy

Book Trailer: The 39 Clues

June 8th, 2010 by

This book trailer for the 39 Clues series was originally the Mystery Book Theater video for our Summer Series theme. For more on The 39 Clues, check out our “Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer” podcast.

Summer vacation is the perfect time to make your way through a good series — unless you’re one of the kids in the 39 Clues book series. For these two, it doesn’t matter what the season is because instead of sitting at desks in a classroom, they spend their time traveling the world on a high-pressure hunt. Watch our video to get the lowdown on their whereabouts…

Thanks to our friend Agent M. for his assistance on this video!

Super Summer Series

June 1st, 2010 by

Hellooooooooooo, June! You know what that means — summer has arrived! Fine, maybe not officially, but who cares? School’s ending, and a whole season of sunny fun is stretching out ahead of you. And with all your free time, what better opportunity to get into an awesome book series? Especially with so many new series titles coming out! So grab a lemonade and start one of these super summer series:

  1. Lunch Lady by Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Nancy’s pick) — Book 4: The Summer Camp Shakedown came out May 11
  2. Seekers by Erin Hunter — Book 5: Fire in the Sky came out May 11
  3. Lawn Boy by Gary Paulsen — Book 2: Lawn Boy Returns came out May 11
  4. Ranger’s Apprentice by John Flanagan (Karen’s pick) — Book 8: The Kings of Clonmel came out May 18
  5. Children of the Red King by Jenny Nimmo — Book 8: Charlie Bone and the Red Knight came out in May
  6. Warriors by Erin Hunter — Battles of the Clans (a field guide) comes out June 1
  7. Spaceheadz by Jon Scieszka — Book 1 comes out June 22
  8. Dear Dumb Diary by Jim Benton — Book 10: The Worst Things in Life Are Also Free comes out in June

If you’ve read any of these, send in your book review. Or send in a review of your favorite series (or your favorite book in a series). We’ll feature the best kid-submitted reviews in our next podcast!