The Newbery Report

The podcast where grown women read children's books and then argue about them! Every winner of the Newbery Medal, year by year and decade by decade. We promise that it's your new favorite book club.

Episodes

2000 – Bud, Not Buddy, by Christopher Paul Curtis

New Season! New Decade! And some important new rules, including #365: this book is awesome(!!!!!) and #28: crying at the end is allowed.

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1979 – The Westing Game, by Ellen Raskin

We wrap up the 1970’s with a total crowd pleaser (and Carolyn’s all-time fave), The Westing Game. Can our intrepid literary detectives put the clues together in time? Tune in to our remote broadcast from unit 4D of the world’s strangest apartment building to help solve the case!

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1978 – Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson

And here it is folks… (drumroll)… the book that inspired us to begin with the 1970’s. Grab that rope swing and let’s dive in!

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1977- Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, by Mildred D. Tayor

Special guest Ashley Wilson joins for yet another visit to some of the less savory vistas in American history. Can she and Kerry convince Carolyn that this sojourn in the Jim Crow south is worth the trip?

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1976 – The Grey King, by Susan Cooper

Let’s face it, Kerry’s had it up to here with superheroics, children of destiny, and other forms of pseudo-mythological hooey. Can Carolyn convince her to lift the magic harp and join the battle against the darkness (despite the ever-increasing trail of dead dogs)? Gadewch i ni ddarganfod!

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1975: M.C. Higgins, The Great, by Virginia Hamilton

High-stakes musicology, puppy love at knifepoint, and a six-toed collector of live snakes – join us at the top of our 40-foot pole for a truly weird little Appalachian sojourn.

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1974: The Slave Dancer, by Paula Fox

Gather ‘round, children, for a laugh-a-minute romp through the middle passage! Kidnapping, forced servitude, torture, and seasickness – what could be more fun?

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1973: Julie of the Wolves, by Jean Craighead George

Which is going to prove to be the biggest problem for our favorite Inuit teenager: the Alaskan wilderness, white people, puberty, or her father? And could it be that Kerry and Carolyn actually agree about a book? Go north, listeners!

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1972: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, by Robert C. O’Brien

Mrs. Frisby is just a single mother of four, trying her best to raise her half-mutant mouselings in the shadow of a mysterious past and some downright weird neighbors. Carolyn loves this book like rodents love shiny trash, but Kerry’s unconvinced. Let’s shift this cinderblock!

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1971: The Summer of the Swans, by Betsy Byars

Sara Godfrey is having the, like, worst summer ever. Pressing questions include hormones, puce shoes, and wait – where’s Charlie? Kerry fights to get Carolyn and special guest Steph Leke on board with the wild ride of puberty.

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Meet the Hosts

  • Kerry Kastin

    Kerry is a director, actor, and producer based in New York City. In addition to her work with CitizenRacecar and Racecar Radio, she is co-founder and Artistic Director of Blowout Theater Company, and Associate Producer of the hit Radiotopia podcast The Truth.

     

  • Carolyn Burns

    Carolyn is a veterinary technician by day and an improv comedian by night. Originally from Richmond VA, she has been living in New York since 2009.

Episodes

2000 – Bud, Not Buddy, by Christopher Paul Curtis

New Season! New Decade! And some important new rules, including #365: this book is awesome(!!!!!) and #28: crying at the end is allowed.

LISTEN →

1979 – The Westing Game, by Ellen Raskin

We wrap up the 1970’s with a total crowd pleaser (and Carolyn’s all-time fave), The Westing Game. Can our intrepid literary detectives put the clues together in time? Tune in to our remote broadcast from unit 4D of the world’s strangest apartment building to help solve the case!

LISTEN →

1978 – Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson

And here it is folks… (drumroll)… the book that inspired us to begin with the 1970’s. Grab that rope swing and let’s dive in!

LISTEN →

1977- Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, by Mildred D. Tayor

Special guest Ashley Wilson joins for yet another visit to some of the less savory vistas in American history. Can she and Kerry convince Carolyn that this sojourn in the Jim Crow south is worth the trip?

LISTEN →

1976 – The Grey King, by Susan Cooper

Let’s face it, Kerry’s had it up to here with superheroics, children of destiny, and other forms of pseudo-mythological hooey. Can Carolyn convince her to lift the magic harp and join the battle against the darkness (despite the ever-increasing trail of dead dogs)? Gadewch i ni ddarganfod!

LISTEN →

1975: M.C. Higgins, The Great, by Virginia Hamilton

High-stakes musicology, puppy love at knifepoint, and a six-toed collector of live snakes – join us at the top of our 40-foot pole for a truly weird little Appalachian sojourn.

LISTEN →

1974: The Slave Dancer, by Paula Fox

Gather ‘round, children, for a laugh-a-minute romp through the middle passage! Kidnapping, forced servitude, torture, and seasickness – what could be more fun?

LISTEN →

1973: Julie of the Wolves, by Jean Craighead George

Which is going to prove to be the biggest problem for our favorite Inuit teenager: the Alaskan wilderness, white people, puberty, or her father? And could it be that Kerry and Carolyn actually agree about a book? Go north, listeners!

LISTEN →

1972: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, by Robert C. O’Brien

Mrs. Frisby is just a single mother of four, trying her best to raise her half-mutant mouselings in the shadow of a mysterious past and some downright weird neighbors. Carolyn loves this book like rodents love shiny trash, but Kerry’s unconvinced. Let’s shift this cinderblock!

LISTEN →

1971: The Summer of the Swans, by Betsy Byars

Sara Godfrey is having the, like, worst summer ever. Pressing questions include hormones, puce shoes, and wait – where’s Charlie? Kerry fights to get Carolyn and special guest Steph Leke on board with the wild ride of puberty.

LISTEN →