It’s a Southern California edition of the Book Club for Kids podcast. Students from Pasadena’s Sequoyah School discuss Marjorie Agosín’s semi-biographical novel “I Lived on Butterfly Hill,” set in Chile during the rise of the brutal Pinochet regime. Val Zavala, Vice President of News and Public Affairs at KCET, and anchor of KCET’s weekly award-winning newsmagazine, “SoCal Connected,” is the celebrity reader. Award-winning public radio journalist Kitty Felde is the host and creator of the show.
Book Club for Kids launched as a podcast in July of 2015, but the show began in 2000 as a monthly feature on Felde’s daily public radio show “Talk of the City” on KPCC, Southern California Public Radio. Felde expanded the show to LA36 cable television, and it became the centerpiece of the city’s “One Book, One City” program, with Mayor Jim Hahn of Los Angeles talking books onstage with middle grade readers in Leimert Park. A live, on-stage version of Book Club for Kids was a regular feature at the LA Times Festival of Books. This year, it premiered at the Fall for the Book Festival at George Mason University in Virginia. The Literacy Network of Greater Los Angeles honored the Book Club for Kids with its “Literacy in Media” award. Felde was named Southern California Journalist of the Year by both the LA Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists, in large part because of her Book Club for Kids segment.
Subscribe now to the Book Club for Kids podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, or listen online. The website also has great tips for teachers, parents, and librarians on how the podcast can help persuade reluctant readers to pick up a book: www.bookclubforkids.org.