children’s book reviews and discussion podcasts

I think I have blog gremlins. This is the second post that disappeared from my blog all by itself. I’m reposting it because I think the podcasts are great resources. Apologies to everyone who’s already read it!

There are some good children’s book discussion and review podcasts out there. (For those of you who don’t know, a podcast is either an audio or video recording that you can listen to or watch online, or download to your computer or MP3 player for viewing or listening to later. You do not need an iPod to listen to them; you can use the media player that comes with your computer, your own chosen media player, or any MP3 player.)

Some podcasts have a higher quality than others, both in audio quality and in content.

Here are a few podcasts that you might enjoy:

Horn Book Podcasts
Horn Book has monthly podcasts featuring interviews with children’s and teen fiction writers, children’s illustrators, and editors, as well as discussion on reviewing and publishing. The podcasts are intelligent and entertaining. I wish they had an archive, where you could see all past podcasts, but perhaps that will come.

Swimming in Literary Soup
These podcasts highlight picture books and children’s books by topic, and may introduce you to a new book you’d like to read. The audio quality is good and the content is interesting, if you love children’s books. This is one of my favorite children’s book podcast so far, but they haven’t updated their podcasts since May 11, 2007. Hopefully that will change, but meanwhile there are some interesting books to check out through their podcasts.

Fuse #8
Elizabeth at Fuse #8 podcasts about children’s book reviews, book news, and more. Elizabeth has a great voice, is funny, and knows a lot about children’s books. Her podcasts have just started, and it looks like they’ll be several times a month. You can read about her podcasts here or sign up for the rss feed here.

Children’s Book Radio
These podcasts include author interviews with children’s authors and illustrators. Older podcasts include reviews. The beginning of each podcast includes a lot of advertising that you have to sit through, that I wish wasn’t there; it takes away from my listening enjoyment. Still, the content can be interesting, the podcasts come out regularly (click on “episodes” on the right panel to view and listen or download) and the audio quality is pretty good. Includes interviews with Jane Yolen, Wendy Orr, Marla Frazee, and more.

Just One More Book
Just One More Book might be the pioneer of kidlit podcasts; they’ve been around for a while. Just One More Book has regular podcasts about “the children’s books we love and why we love ’em, recorded in our favorite coffee shop.” You can tell they truly love children’s books, and that’s inspiring. They have book reviews, author interviews, and discussions about what works, what doesn’t, and why in particular children’s books. I find the cafe noise a bit distracting, but if you like that feeling of listening in on a conversation, you’ll enjoy this. They review and discuss fantastic books, and their content is good.

Book Bites For Kids
Book Bites for Kids from has frequent interviews with children’s authors on what they write, why they write, how they got started, and more. Each show is 30 minutes. It looks like they started this August.

Sesame Street Podcasts
Okay, this one isn’t entirely book related, but I had to include it (I’m a Sesame Street fan). This week’s Sesame Street video podcast, What’s the Word On The Street, is about newspapers and reading them. It’s entertaining and funny, has skits about newspapers from favorite characters (such as Grover), includes Matt Lauer speaking about his “favorite thing to do with newspapers” and is polished and well put together. It has everything I love about Sesame Street. It also, I think, promotes an interest in reading, even if the focus is on newspapers.

What podcasts do you like to listen to? Do you know of any other children’s or teen book podcasts?

About Cheryl Rainfield

I write the books I needed and couldn't find as a teen. I write teen fiction--paranormal fantasy and gritty realistic fiction. I'm the author of SCARS (WestSide Books, 2010) #1 ALA QuickPicks, and Governor General Literary Award Finalist, HUNTED (WestSide Books, Oct 2011), STAINED (Harcourt, 2013), The Last Dragon (HIP Books, Sept 2009), and Walking Both Sides (HIP Books, 2011). I also enjoy drawing, surfing the web, connecting with people I like, doing crafts, and being with my dog.
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3 Responses to children’s book reviews and discussion podcasts

  1. Jeff Long says:

    Great blog. I\’ve saved your page into My Favorites.

    Jeff Long

  2. Cheryl says:

    Thanks, Jeff. I’m glad to hear you like it!

  3. Great information for parents. I could have used it about 10 years ago!

    Lynn Voedisch, author of “Excited Light”

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