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Episode 6 — A Peek into Amelia's Notebook


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Chatting About Books: Recommendations for Young Readers

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Grades K – 5
Podcast Series Chatting About Books: Recommendations for Young Readers
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Duration 13:28
Original Air Date Published September 03, 2008

Book Chat

Cookies and Milk

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Book Chat

  • Amelia Works it Out by Marissa Moss (American Girl, 2000)

    In this Amelia’s Notebook, Amelia is on a mission to earn money for the amazing Lightscape/Nightscape shoes. Her mom refuses to buy them for her even though Amelia tried her “angel act.” And what is worse, her sister Cleo and best friend Carly each already have a pair! In this very funny diary-like book, Amelia shares her many failed attempts at earning money before sharing the very important life lesson she learns: “that sometimes when you get something you really wanted, you wonder why you ever wanted it in the first place.”
  • Amelia’s Most Unforgettable Embarrassing Moments by Marissa Moss (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2005)

    Amelia’s science class is getting ready for a field trip. Amelia and her friend Carly are looking forward to spending time together without their parents and siblings always bugging them. However, Amelia is in for a disastrous surprise when she finds out that her sister Cleo is coming along as a student helper. Amelia can’t think of anything more mortifying than having her awful sister Cleo around for a whole week. Amelia soon finds out that everyone has their own embarrassing story and that maybe her sister Cleo isn’t so bad after all (if you can get past the car sickness, snoring, and spewing milk).

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Cookies and Milk

Emily enjoys cookies and milk with sisters Cameron and Kylie while they chat about two books from the Amelia’s Notebook series. Kylie and Cameron show their understanding of these humorous notebooks by identifying Amelia’s main problem in each book and how she managed to solve those problems. And even though these sisters are very willing to chat about Amelia’s embarrassing moments, they are a bit reluctant to share their own!

Expert Chat

Stellar author and illustrator Marissa Moss explains how her own life stories serve as the spark for her popular Amelia’s Notebook series. She encourages kids to “get at their creativity, any way they can” and discusses how rewarding the revision process of writing can be.