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Podcast 24: 2020 Summer in Reviews

Kiss the Book: The Podcast on iTunes


LISA – When we are Kind by Monique Gray Smith and Nicole Neidhardt – ESSENTIAL

Smith’s website

Monique Reads from

Neidhardt’s website

Tomorrow I’ll Be Kind Jessica Hische

Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller

CINDY – Oliver the Curious Owl by Chad Otis – ESSENTIAL

Otis’s Website

Cuddle Monkey by Blake Liliane Hellman

LISA – A Family for Louie by Alexandra Thompson – ESSENTIAL

Alexandra reads her picturebook

Thompson on Instagram

Thompson’s Website

Can I Be Your Dog? by Troy Cummings – ESSENTIAL

Hey, Dog by Tony Johnston – ESSENTIAL

Sumo Kitty by David Biedrzycki – ADVISABLE

CINDY –  I’m not Afraid of this Haunted House by Laurie Friedman and Teresa Murfin – ESSENTIAL

Friedman’s Website

Friedman on KTB

Murfin’s Instagram

LISA – Bear Out There by Jacob Grant – ESSENTIAL

Grant’s website

Trailer on You Tube

Jacob talks about his inspiration for Bear

Cat Knit by Jacob Grant

Bear’s Scare by Jacob Grant

A Perfect Day by Lane Smith

The Sniffles for Bear by Bonny Becker and Kady Denton

CINDY – Frankenstein Doesn’t Wear Earmuffs by John Loren – ESSENTIAL

Loren’s Website


LISA – The Biggest Little Farm: Saving Emma the Pig by John Chester and Jennifer L. Meyer – ESSENTIAL

Author John Chester reads the story

The Biggest Little Farm Website

Meyer’s website

Esther the Wonder Pig by Steve Jenkins – ADVISABLE

CINDY – In the Sea by David Elliott and Holly Meade- ESSENTIAL

Elliott’s Website

About Meade

Secrets of the Sea by Kate Baker

Seashells: More Than a Home by Melissa Stewart

LISA – Nacho’s Nachos : The Story Behind the World’s Favorite Snack by Sandra Nickel and Oliver Dominguez – ESSENTIAL

Nickel’s website

Dominguez’s website

Lee and Low Link to Activities

Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix by Jacqueline Briggs Martin and June JoLee

Bon Appetit! by Jessie Hartland

CINDY – Nature’s Light Spectacular by Katy Flint and Cornelia Li – ESSENTIAL

Planet Earth illustrated by Bomboland 

Moth and Wasp, Soil and Ocean by Sigrid Schmalzer 

LISA – Shirley Chisholm is a Verb! By Veronica Chambers and Rachelle Baker – ESSENTIAL

Chambers’s website

Baker’s website

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Political Headliner by Anna Leigh

What Do You Do With a Voice Like That? by Chris Barton

The Power of Her Pen by Lesa Cline-Ransome and John Parra


LISA – Becoming Muhammud Ali by James Patterson, Kwame Alexander, and Dawud Anyabwile – ESSENTIAL

Book Trailer

Alexander’s Website

Patterson’s Website

Champion: The Story of Muhammad Ali 

Muhammad Ali: A Champion is Born by Gene Barretta


CINDY – Raising Lumie by Joan Bauer – ESSENTIAL

Bauer’s Website

Calpurnia Tate on KTB

LISA – Pet That Dog A Handbook for Making Four-Legged Friends by Gideon Kidd, Rachel Braunigan and Susann Hoffmann – ESSENTIAL

Watch Gideon open his first copies

Gideon’s website

Hey, Dog by Tony Johnston – ESSENTIAL

Looking for Middle Grade and Young Adult recommendations? Listen on to Podcast #25

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