Kidsmomo Podcast #26: “Lock and Load”

June 1st, 2010 by

From the Civil War to WWII to the Cold War — in honor of Memorial Day, we’re focusing on war stories in our latest podcast. So tune in for a glimpse into some lives that have been affected by war, including a decorated general, a girl who just wants to make it through the Cuban Missile Crisis, and even a pigeon (yes, a pigeon!).

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  • Hidden in plain sight — aka our mystery book revealed
  • America against itself, and under fire — aka our war story picks (Bull Run and Countdown)
  • A related kid rec (Douglas Macarthur: An American Hero)
  • We honor the homing pigeons of the world

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).

— Karen and Nancy

UPDATE 6/15/10: We revealed the answer to our Summer Series Mystery Book Theater in the “Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer” Podcast, so take a listen if you want to know the answer. Or just tune in if you want to hear Nancy get more excited about robot monkey servants than any adult really should.

Book Trailer: Number the Stars

May 25th, 2010 by

This book trailer for Number the Stars was originally the Mystery Book Theater video for our War Stories theme. For more on Number the Stars, check out our “Lock and Load” podcast.

You’re probably familiar with the story of Anne Frank, who lived in a secret attic for years to escape the Nazis. But did you know lots of Jewish children hid in plain sight during WWII, pretending to be parts of other families? In Lois Lowry’s Number the Stars, the police investigate a family in Denmark when one “daughter” doesn’t look like the others. Watch our video to see what happens.

War Stories

May 19th, 2010 by

Yeah, we know that summer’s just around the corner, beckoning to you with its long, sun-filled days and ice cream and swimming pools. But first, allow us a serious moment, because before summer, there’s Memorial Day.

And we don’t want to just breeze by it as an excuse for a long weekend; there’s more to Memorial Day than that. So for our current theme, we’re focusing on books about war — stories of those who fought and also those whose lives at home were affected. Here are their war stories (in no particular order):

  1. Countdown by Deborah Wiles (Karen’s pick)
  2. Bull Run by Paul Fleischman (Nancy’s pick)
  3. My Brother Sam Is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
  4. The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
  5. Don’t You Know There’s a War On? by Avi
  6. Operation Yes by Sara Lewis Holmes
  7. Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
  8. The Revolutionary War Diary of Abigail Jane Stewart, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, 1777(Dear America) by Kristiana Gregory
  9. My Name Is America: The Journal Of William Thomas Emerson, A Revolutionary War Patriot by Barry Denenberg
  10. City of Spies (a graphic novel) by Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan, illustrated by Pascal Dizin
  11. Under the Blood-Red Sun by Graham Salisbury
  12. Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

If you’ve read any of these, send in your book review. Or send in a review of a book about war that you recommend.

UPDATE 6/1/10: We revealed the answer to our War Stories Mystery Book Theater in the “Lock and Load” Podcast, so take a listen if you want to know the answer. Or just tune in if you want to hear Nancy’s depressing animal story. It’s not what you expect, we promise!

Douglas Macarthur: An American Hero by Barbara Silberdick Feinberg

December 1st, 2009 by

Douglas-Macarthur-An-American-HeroReviewed by: Blake, Age 10 from Indiana

Rating: ★★★★★

Featured Review

Featured in "Lock and Load"

I loved the book because its about a man named Douglas MacArthur who is in the military. Did you know he didn’t follow orders from the president? I think you should read it because maybe you want to learn about the military. In this book I learned all about his life. When you read this book you’ll be amazed with all the details they talk about. Also, the book has every detail of his entire life. You should really read this book. I recommend this book to people everywhere.