Kidsmomo Podcast #39: “A Fresh Start”

January 11th, 2011 by

“A new year. A new you.”

That’s the kind of advertising you see a lot in January, what with everyone making their New Year’s resolutions. But what if becoming your new self involved discovering your secret identity, or wearing broccoli around your neck, or exploring an alien planet, or trading in an important piece of your past? We’ve got all these approaches to “a new you” in our latest podcast, all about new beginnings!

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  • “Say what?! I’ve got a name I never knew?!” — aka our mystery book revealed
  • Our New Beginnings picks (The Search for WondLa and Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days)
  • A New Beginning book review from YOU (Brand-New Emily)

Also, don’t forget: our new theme is Superheroes (Kinda) — as in books starring unconventional superheroes! So send us a review of your favorite book with a nontraditional superhero, and check out our picks for books about superheroes (of sorts).

— Karen and Nancy

Book Trailer: Crispin, The Cross of Lead

December 28th, 2010 by

This book trailer for Crispin: The Cross of Lead was originally the Mystery Book Theater video for our New Beginnings theme. For more on Crispin: The Cross of Lead, check out our “A Fresh Start” podcast.

We all sometimes fantasize about running away and starting a new life, but not if we’re forced to do it. Unfortunately for the main character in Avi’s Crispin: The Cross of Lead, he has no choice but to flee his hometown when he’s declared a criminal who can be killed by anyone. But he’s innocent! So why has he been framed? Well, that’s what he’d like to know!

Books About New Beginnings

December 7th, 2010 by

Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and auld lang syne?

Uh, what the heck does that mean? Yeah, we don’t know either… But we DO know that it’s almost 2011, and that means a new year, a fresh start, a blank slate. To celebrate, we’ve rustled up some books about new beginnings — from starting a new school, to moving to a new town, to welcoming a new family member to the home. Ring in the new year with these reads (in no particular order):

  1. The Search for WondLa by Tony DiTerlizzi (Karen’s pick)
  2. Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days! by Stephen Manes (Nancy’s pick)
  3. Penny Dreadful by Laurel Snyder
  4. Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorenson
  5. The Four-Story Mistake by Elizabeth Enright
  6. The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Wyss
  7. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
  8. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  9. Ramona and Her Father by Beverly Cleary
  10. Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
  11. A Friendship For Today by Patricia McKissack
  12. Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
  13. How Tia Lola Came to Stay by Julia Alvarez
  14. Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson
  15. Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff
  16. Olivia Kidney by Ellen Potter
  17. In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson by Bette Bao Lord
  18. Bloomability by Sharon Creech

And don’t forgot our recommendations from our previous New Kid theme!

(Also, here’s a printable version of our New Beginnings booklist, for you to take to the library or bookstore — or that rockin’ New Year’s party you’ve got planned.)

If you’ve read any of these, send in your book review. Or send in a review of your favorite book about new beginnings.
UPDATE 1/11/11: We revealed the answer to our New Beginnings Mystery Book Theater in our “A Fresh Start” Podcast, so take a listen if you want to know the answer. Or just tune in if you want to hear Karen laugh uproariously at
the idea of Nancy actually going out for New Year’s Eve. HA HA HA HA! Ha.