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Episode 46 — Red, White, and Blue


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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 11:31
Original Air Date Published July 23, 2012

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book coverNational Geographic Kids Ultimate U.S. Road Trip Atlas
Author: Crispin Boyer
Publisher: National Geographic Society, 2012



Going on a road trip or wish you were going on one this summer? Then you must check out this book! This atlas includes a detailed map for each state, five cool things to do in that state, and a list of roadside attractions. Each state page also includes state facts and “Boredom Busters.” The Boredom Busters include GPS or smartphone challenges to help kids battle boredom on a long trip. The layout of the book is appealing and easy to navigate.




book coverNational Parks: A Kid’s Guide to America’s Parks, Monuments, and Landmarks
Author: Erin McHugh
Illustrators: Neal Aspinall, Doug Leen, and Brian Maebius
Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal, 2012



“The United States was the first country in the world to establish a national park system,” and this beautifully crafted book highlights 75 of these parks. The parks are arranged by state, with at least one national park highlighted per state. Use this book to make a dream list of national parks you would like to visit in the United States. Each description includes the history of the park as well as interesting facts. One of my favorite features is the “Great American Bird Watch.” For each park the author has provided a photograph and information about a bird that is indigenous to that area.



book coverFake Mustache
Author: Tom Angleberger
Illustrators: Jen Wang
Publisher: Amulet Books, 2012



Most kids who get $400 from their grandmother for their birthday might choose to spend it on something like a new game system or TV, but Casper Bengue is not like most kids. He has a very specific plan for this money. He buys a “man-about-town” suit and the Heidelberg Handlebar #7 mustache, a mustache that is made from real hair. The second phase of Casper’s plan involves robbing a bank, brainwashing the country, and winning the presidential election. Only Casper’s best friend, Lenny, knows the truth about Casper and his new Fako Mustacho persona. Lenny is on a mission to break the brainwashing power of the fake mustache and save the country from Casper’s (aka Fako Mustacho’s) evil plan.



book cover13 Hangmen
Author: Art Corriveau
Publisher:Amulet Books, 2012




Buying a fake mustache and ruling the country is one way to spend your birthday money, but how about this? What if your uncle, who you have met only a few times, leaves to you a rundown house in Boston on your 13th birthday? This is what happens to Tony DiMarco. Even stranger than being given the house are the two stipulations that Tony must follow: (1) He must sleep in his uncle’s old room (which is actually the attic), and (2) he must never let a member of the Hagmann family buy the house, unless in an extreme emergency. But the strangest thing of all is when Tony discovers that he shares the room with every 13-year-old boy who has ever lived in that room, dating all the way back to 1779, and that together they must solve a mystery that seems to be leading them to a treasure. This book, full of history and suspense, will keep kids guessing all the way to the end.



book coverCapture the Flag
Author: Kate Messner
Publisher: Scholastic Press, 2012




Imagine being stuck in the airport and meeting two really cool friends whose family members are part of the Silver Jaguar Society. Imagine that in that same airport you find out that the treasured flag, the original Star-Spangled Banner, has been stolen and that supposedly it is in the same airport as you. Anna, Jose, and Henry are those three kids, and they are determined to find out who stole the flag. There’s adventure, suspense, and a little bit of danger. AND there’s definitely a timeline: they must find the flag before the planes start taking off again.


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Learn more about Anna, Jose, and Henry, the three characters in Kate Messner’s book Capture the Flag. Kate will discuss how the three characters became involved in the Silver Jaguar Society and what this involvement might lead them to in the future. In other words, stay tuned for the next book in this exciting new series!