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Episode 114: Anne of Green Gables Part 2: Avonlea, Idlewild, and Being Home

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Today’s books are:

Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery. L.C. Page & Company, 1909.

What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day by Pearl Cleage. Avon Books, Inc., 1997.

Other things discussed today:


The history of Oprah’s book club.

Camp Nanowrimo

Happy listening,



Episode 113: Anne of Green Gables Part 1: Anne, Emily, and Lucy Maud Montgomery

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Today’s books are:

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. L.C. Page & Company, 1908

Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery. Frederick A. Stokes, 1923.

Other things discussed today:


Instagram accounts @carrottoppapershop and @thebooksellersdaughter

The History Chicks episode on L.M. Montgomery

Anne movies: the 1919 silent film, the 1934 film (yes, that actress did change her name to “Anne Shirley” for the role, and the 1985 miniseries.

The Anne of Green Gables musical.

The newest graphic novel version.

The new TV series “Anne With an E”

The TV series “Road to Avonlea”

Is Emily in the public domain? It was published in 1923. If you can decipher this chart to tell, you’re smarter than I am.

“The Alpine Path” and the poem that inspired both L.M. Montgomery and Emily.

Happy listening,



Special Episode #20: Librarian Life #1: A Guy Named Dewey OR How the Library World Got In Order (and why it matters)

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Special 20

A special episode in which I tell you the story of a guy named Dewey (or sometimes Dui,) some numbers, and the democratization of American libraries.

Here’s an overview of all the categories and call numbers.

See you soon for the first of our Anne of Green Gables summer series. In the meantime, are you following the #12DaysofAnnestagram? You should be, because it is delicious…

Happy listening,


Episode 112: Two Girls Named Betsy: going back to the books of my childhood

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Today’s books are:

“B” is for Betsy by Carolyn Haywood. Harcourt, Brace, & Co., 1939.

Betsy-Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace. HarperCollins, 1940.

Blog posts about Carolyn Haywood from the Free Library of Philadelphia:

Part 1

Part 2

Complete list of Betsy-Tacy books with synopses

Thank you for being here for this our 3rd anniversary episode.

Find our first anniversary episode here.

And our second anniversary episode here.

Happy listening,


Special Episode #19: My Thoughts on “The Great American Read”

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Special Episode #19

Watch the full 2 hour PBS launch special here.

Check out the full list of nominees.

Find me on Goodreads and join the conversation.

Happy listening,


Episode 111: On Being a Little Boy

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Today’s books are:

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. Viking, 1962.

A Poem for Peter by Andrea Davis Pinkney. Viking, 2016.

Other things discussed in this episode:

Ezra Jack Keats’s former collaborator talks about him.

Andrea Davis Pinkney’s website.

Happy listening,



Episode 110: Poets in Picture Books

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Today’s books are:

Gertrude is Gertrude is Gertrude is Gertrude by Jonah Winter. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2009. (not pictured)

A River of Words: the story of William Carlos Williams by Jen Bryant. Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2008.

Pablo Neruda: poet of the people by Monica Brown. Henry Holt and Company, 2011.

Other links and notes from the show:

Some notes on the current Golden Age of Picture Books 

Horn Book’s history of the picture book biography. 

The Sibert Medal, given by ALSC, awarding informational writing for children.

Booklist interview with Jonah Winter, in which he talks about the similarities between picture books and poetry

Jonah Winter’s website

How to read Gertrude Stein from Boston University

Full text of “Sacred Emily” by Gertrude Stein.

Happy listening,



Episode 109: Real Poetry, No Pretension

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Today’s books are:

Hip Hop Speaks to Children: a celebration of poetry with a beat, edited by Nikki Giovanni. Sourcebooks, Inc., 2008

Out of Wonder: poems celebrating poets by Kwame Alexander. Candlewick Press, 2017.

Links to some of the things we talked about today: on National Poetry Month

Last year’s Poetry Month conversation with poet Kelly Russell Agodon on No Extra Words

Poet James Berry, who was featured in Hip Hop Speaks to Children

Tupac as most profane hip hop artist

The Atlantic on what is a poem

NPR conversation on Out of Wonder

And then we end with a blast from the past.

Happy listening,



Episode 108: Women Writers on Baseball

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Episode 108

Today’s books are:

Squeeze Play: a novel by Jane Leavy. Doubleday, 1990. (Not pictured. In his younger days, my little baseball fan tore the cover off my copy.)

Wait Till Next Year by Doris Kearns Goodwin. Simon & Schuster, 1997.

She Loved Baseball: the Effa Manley story by Audrey Vernick. Balzer & Bray, 2010.

Other books mentioned:

Queen of the Diamond: the Lizzie Murphy story by Emily Arnold McCully. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2015.

Girl Wonder: a baseball story in nine innings by Deborah Hopkinson. Atheneum, 2003.

The Streak: how Joe DiMaggio became America’s hero by Barb Rosenstock. Calkins Creek, 2014

Links to things discussed today:

The Attagirl podcast episode on Effa Manley

The Negro Leagues Museum Twitter account

Doris Kearns Goodwin’s bibliography

Happy listening,


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