Kidsmomo Podcast #13: “Putting the Daze in the Holidays”

December 22nd, 2009 by

Sleigh bells ring,
Are you listening?

Actually, we don’t care. Because you should really be listening to our latest podcast, all about holiday books! In this edition: a magical Christmas tree, PB&J latkes*, and find out why Karen thinks Nancy is a freak.

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  • Traveling sprinkles, Christmas karaoke, and this week’s mystery book revealed
  • Our holiday picks (Penina Levine Is a Potato Pancake and The Glass Mermaid)
  • YOUR superstar book reviews (Guardians of Ga’Hoole, Meet George Washington, and Back to the Divide)

And don’t forget: our next topic is winter books, and it’s a special extended theme! So…

  • Check out our recommendations right now and send in a review of your favorite winter read, or tell us your favorite thing about winter. (We’ll feature our fave kid submissions in our next podcast!)
  • Then come back next week for a new Mystery Book Theater, and tune in on January 12th for the podcast.
  • AND in between, keep an eye out for Christmas and New Year’s blog posts.
  • PLUS an unrelated but hilarious (even if we do say so ourselves) new Kidsmomomo video.
  • Happy holidays!

    — Nancy and Karen

    * In case you didn’t know, latkes aren’t usually made from peanut butter and jelly. Also known as “potato pancakes,” latkes are traditionally patties made of shredded potato pieces, deep fried into delicious salty crispy bits of yumminess. (Surprise, surprise, this description was provided by Karen.)

    Book Trailer: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

    December 16th, 2009 by

    This book trailer for The Best Christmas Pageant Ever was originally the Mystery Book Theater video for our Holiday theme. For more on The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, check out our “Putting the Daze in the Holidays” podcast.

    What happens when a group of kids who smoke, swear, and boss everyone else around decide to take over the church Christmas pageant? That’s exactly the situation in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson!

    ‘Tis the Season for Holiday Books

    December 8th, 2009 by

    snowmanWhether you’re lighting a Christmas tree, a menorah, or Kwanzaa candles, there’s one common thing that brings us all together this time of year… obviously, it’s fire! Er, I mean, it’s love — not to mention shared stories and traditions. So to get you in the festive spirit, our special new theme is holiday books.

    So get set for two weeks of wreaths, latkes, candles, and cocoa:

    • Today, we’ve got some recommended reads for the season.
    • Next Wednesday (12/16), check back for a holiday Mystery Book Theater.
    • And on 12/23, we’ll wrap it all up with a bow and put it under the tree — no, wait, we’ll wrap it all up with a podcast!

    Are you ready? Get started with some hot cider and any of these holiday reads (in no particular order):

    1. Penina Levine Is a Potato Pancake by Rebecca O’Connell (Karen’s pick)
    2. The Glass Mermaid by Susan Clymer (Nancy’s pick)
    3. Have a Happy . . .: A Novel about Kwanzaa by Mildred Pitts Walter
    4. A Season of Gifts by Richard Peck
    5. Christmas After All: The Great Depression Diary of Minnie Swift, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1932 (Dear America Series) by Kathryn Lasky
    6. The Stone Lamp: Eight Stories Of Hanukkah Through History written by Karen Hesse and illustrated by Brian Pinkney
    7. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
    8. The Christmas Doll by Elvira Woodruff
    9. How I Saved Hanukkah by Amy Goldman Koss
    10. Sam I Am by Ilene Cooper
    11. Kringle by Tony Abbott
    12. On Christmas Eve by Ann M. Martin
    13. A Very Special Kwanzaa by Deborah Chocolate
    14. The Last Holiday Concert by Andrew Clements
    15. The Bells of Christmas by Virginia Hamilton
    16. The Jar of Fools: Eight Hanukkah Stories From Chelm by Eric A. Kimmel

    If you’ve read any of these, send in your book review. Or send in a review of your favorite holiday book!

    UPDATE 12/22/09: We revealed the answer to our Holiday Mystery Book Theater in the “Putting the Daze in the Holidays” Podcast, so take a listen if you want to know the answer. Or just tune in if you want to hear Karen insult Nancy a bunch of times. Always fun!