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Episode Info: The April KidLit Drink Night podcast is slam packed with awesome! Newbery Medal winning author Kwame Alexander joins us to discuss his work and the power of poetry, and recommends a tropical beverage. Since April is National Poetry month, we offer suggestions on some of our favorite kidlit novels in verse. We recount the humor and pathos of author school visits and the Superfriends reveal their literary character dream teams. And finally, as always, what we’re crushing on this month. Kwame Alexander Books discussed: THE CROSSOVER; BOOKED; THE PLAYBOOK: 52 RULES TO AIM, SHOOT, AND SCORE IN THIS GAME CALLED LIFE; OUT OF WONDER: POEMS CELEBRATING POETS (with Chris Colderley, Marjory Wentworth, and Illustrator Ekua Holmes); and ACOUSTIC ROOSTER AND HIS BARNYARD BAND (illustrator Tim Bowers). Other books discussed: FIVE CHILDREN AND IT, THE PHOENIX AND THE CARPET, and THE STORY OF THE AMULET by E. Nesbit; CHARLOTTE THE SCIENTIST IS SQUISHED by Camille Andros; DIARY OF A WIMPY KID by Jeff Keener; EL DEAFO by CeCe Bell; CONVERSATIONS WITH EUDORA WELTY by Peggy Whitman Prenshaw (editor); THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR by Nicola Yoon; THE GIRL WHO DRANK THE MOON by Kelly Barnhill; MARCH: BOOK THREE by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin; SCUBA DOG by Ann Marie Stephens; THE RED PENCIL by Andrea Davis Pinkney; CRAZY by Linda Vigen Phillips; BROWN GIRL DREAMING by Jacqueline Woodson; INSIDE OUT AND BACK AGAIN and LISTEN SLOWLY by Thanhha Lai; WHEN GREEN BECOMES TOMATOES by Julie Fogliano and illus. by Julie Morstad; ESSENTIALISM: THE DISCIPLINED PURSUIT OF LESS by Greg McKeown; THE LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING UP by Marie Kondo; THE MAGICIANS by Lev Grossman; and NOT IF I SEE YOU FIRST by Eric Lindstrom.
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