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February 2018

Episode 104: A Tale of Two Toy Rabbits

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Today’s books are:

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams Bianco. Doubleday, 1922.

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo. Candlewick Press, 2006.

Happy listening,


Episode 103: Tell your Story: the Darwins, faith, and the making of storytellers

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Today’s books are:

Charles and Emma: the Darwins’ leap of faith by Deborah Heiligman. Henry Holt & Company, 2008.

Nothing Ever Happens on 90th Street by Roni Schotter. Scholastic, Inc., 1997.

Some things we talked about today:

Deborah Heiligman’s interview with Brown’s alumni magazine.

Deborah Heiligman’s husband Jonathan Weiner

Roni Schotter’s website

Other sources used for this episode include:

Washington Post Article about Charles and Emma 

Interview with Deborah Heiligman 

Happy listening,



Episode 102: Wild Things and Why Scary Matters

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Today’s books are:

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. HarperCollins, 1963.

A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz. Dutton Books for Young Readers, 2010.

Read this fabulous article on the career of children’s book editor Ursula Nordstrom. Her collection of letters, Dear Genius, is very high on my to-read list.

You must see Maurice Sendak on The Colbert Report. Here’s the link to Part 1. And Part 2.

Find out about Adam Gidwitz and his life goals on his website.

Last and most sadly, here’s that Pew research on Americans who don’t read books.

Please come see me on Goodreads!

Happy listening,


Episode 101: Travel Books that Slow You Down

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Today we’re talking book pairings and why this is the new format. Today’s books are:

Never in a Hurry: essays on people and places by Naomi Shihab Nye. University of South Carolina Press, 1996

When Wanderers Cease to Roam: a traveler’s journal of staying put by Vivian Swift. Bloomsbury, 2008.

Naomi reads her poem “Please Describe How you Became a Writer.”

Full transcript of Naomi’s “On Being” interview with Kristen Tippett.

Vivian’s 2013 interview

Vivian’s delightful blog

For information on all the other books we discussed today, check out Kris on Goodreads.

Happy listening,


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