A few years ago, NPR’s All Things Considered started a Back Seat Book Club. At first it was aimed at 11-14 year old readers but in the past few months they have been reading more middle grade books. Next month’s selection is The One and Only Ivan. Your child can submit questions for Katherine Applegate at this link.
In May, NPR’s monthly Back Seat Book Club followed author Jarrett J. Krosoczka while he talking to a group of students in Washington, DC. Krosoczka is the author of the Lunch Lady series of comic novels.
As you can see, the Lunch Lady has some superpowers, among them attracting reluctant readers. Now, that is a superpower I could use!
Kids like to hear from authors about how they write and why. Krosoczka had plenty of challenges to over come as a child. As a response to a question from a student, he says he became an author at age 8 when he wrote his first book. He then asked for a show of hands of kids who had written a book. He told them, “you are authors, too”. You can listen to it here.
Follow this link to check out more of the Back Seat Book Club broadcasts here.