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Amongst the Books

By Emily Skrezec

A podcast hosted by middle school librarian Emily Skrezec, featuring student lead recommendations, and interviews with author and illustrators as well as other teachers and students.
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Thanksgiving 2022
Thanksgiving 2022
From our tables to yours, we hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with laughter, love and stories
01:59
November 25, 2022
Some Spooky Recommendations
Some Spooky Recommendations
It's Halloween and time to dive into a bag of candy and curl up with spooky read.  And our hosts have some truly eerie and scary stories to tell you about.  Whether a mystery or horror these reads are sure to send some chills down your spine. 
07:04
October 31, 2022
New Season...New Hosts...New Book Recommendations
New Season...New Hosts...New Book Recommendations
Welcome to a new season of Amongst the Books! We are happy to have you join us. We have some new hosts this season and they are excited to recommend some books they read over the summer.  Be sure to follow us to get all of the latest episodes. And be sure to share us with your friends.  Stay Happy. Stay Healthy. And Keep Reading
05:15
October 27, 2022
Episode 48: Summer Reading
Episode 48: Summer Reading
We took some time off but we are back - with some new co-hosts.  We sat down with some language arts teachers to get their summer reading book recommendations, how to find that just right book, how to help motivate others to read, and which is better - the book or the movie. You can follow us on Twitter and Instagram. And you can find us where ever you get your podcasts. Our theme music was written produced and recorded by Jake Thistle. Thank you for joining and you will be seeing us in your feed soon!
01:00:38
July 18, 2022
Episode 46: Marie D'Abreo
Episode 46: Marie D'Abreo
Don't let your inner critic get the best of you. You are smart, beautiful and amazing.  Author/illustrator Marie D'Abreo created the amazing book series Beautiful that speaks to readers of all ages about how your should value yourself above what others think of you.  You can follow Marie on her website mariedabreo.com on Instagram @mdabreo and on Twitter @mariedabreo Follow us on Twitter @amongstthebooks_podcast and on Instagram @amongstthebookspodcast Follow Jake on Instagram @jakethistlemusic and on his website at jakethistle.com
30:08
April 26, 2022
Episode 47: George O'Connor
Episode 47: George O'Connor
Vengeful gods, deathly monsters, and celebrated heroes are some of the ways one can describe Greek mythology. And through the Olympians, a graphic novel series by acclaimed author George O'Connor, readers discover this world in full-color and with gripping narrative. Today we are honored to welcome George O’Connor as he talks to us about how he came to love Greek Mythology and why he is more Calvin than Hobbes. To learn more about George and his whole series you can visit him at georgeoconnorbooks.com Or follow him on Instagram @thegeorgeoconnor Follow us on Twitter @amongstthebooks_podcast and on Instagram @amongstthebookspodcast Follow Jake on Instagram @jakethistlemusic and on his website at jakethistle.com
46:02
January 14, 2022
Episode 45: Lauren Tarshis
Episode 45: Lauren Tarshis
History is more than dates and facts, it is filled with the story of those who survived them.  Author Lauren Tarshis's best-selling series I Survived focuses on the story of a fictional young adult who survived major historical events.  Her passion for writing and creating characters who are both relatable and historically accurate.  To learn more about Lauren and her books you can visit her website  or follow her on Twitter @laurentarshis or on Instagram @laurentarshis  You can learn more about her books at scholastic.com  Follow us on Twitter @amongstthebooks_podcast and on Instagram @amongstthebookspodcast Follow Jake on Instagram @jakethistlemusic and on his website at jakethistle.com
46:48
August 24, 2021
Episode 44: Girl Haven creative team Lilah Sturges and Meaghan Carter
Episode 44: Girl Haven creative team Lilah Sturges and Meaghan Carter
Every voice is unique. Every voice is valuable. And when you find people who accept you for you and welcome all of your quirks is a true gift. Girl Haven is a graphic novel that speaks to all people coming into their own and learning they are not alone.  Lilah Sturges and Meaghan Carter is the creative team behind Girl Haven from Oni Press a story of friendship, new worlds, warrior bunnies, and coming into your own.  Follow Lilah on Twitter @lilahsturges on Instagram @tralalilah and on her website lilahsturges.com Follow Meaghan on Twitter @mega_carter on Instagram @megacarter and on her website meaghancarter.com Follow us on Twitter @amongstthebooks_podcast and on Instagram @amongstthebookspodcast Follow Jake on Instagram @jakethistlemusic and on his website at jakethistle.com
46:45
July 19, 2021
Episode 43: Summer Reading 2021
Episode 43: Summer Reading 2021
It's the official start of summer! And we at Amongst the Books want to make sure that while you are enjoying your time in the sun that you remember how important it is to keep reading.  Books can take you on some amazing adventures, introduce you to unique voices and viewpoints, and even open your eyes to new worlds both real and imaginative.   So to help we reached out to some friends to offer their summer reading books that we are certain you will enjoy.  Follow us on Twitter@amongstthebooks_podcast and on Instagram @amongstthebookspodcast And be sure to share us with all of your friends and fellow readers. Our theme music is written, produced, and recorded by Jake Thistle you can find Jake on Instagram at @jakethistlemusic and on his website at jakethistle.com
14:30
July 04, 2021
Episode 42: Marissa Meyer
Episode 42: Marissa Meyer
Never give up on yourself, and never stop writing. Author Marissa Meyer sat down with us to talk about her best-selling series, building new worlds, creating strong female characters, and how listening to each other can make a difference.   Follow Marissa on her website at marissameyer.com on Twitter @marissa_meyer on Instagram @marissameyerauthor and follow her podcast The Happy Writer where ever you get your podcasts. You can follow us on Twitter @amongstthebooks_podcast and on Instagram @amongstthebookspodcast  You can find us where ever you get your podcasts. Our theme music was written, produced, and recorded by Jake Thistle and you follow Jake on Instagram @jakethistlemusic and on his website at jakethistle.com
48:58
June 09, 2021
Episode 41: Underfoot Creative Team
Episode 41: Underfoot Creative Team
All creatures, no matter how small, can make a powerful difference.  And when working together, they accomplish the greatest of feats.  Ben Fisher, Emily Whitten, and Michelle Nguyen show how teamwork and dedication can result in an amazing creation as evident in their series Underfoot.  We got to speak to the team about their process, how they came together, and that there are more than one species of hamster. Who knew? You find Underfoot at onipress.com or at your local bookstore and public library. You can follow Ben on Twitter @BenjaminPFisher and on Instagram @dystocia You can follow Emily on Twitter @theemilyesse and on Instagram @theemilyesse  You can follow Michelle on Twitter @kubits and on Instagram @kukukachubits You can follow us on Twitter @amongstthebooks_podcast and on Instagram @amongstthebookspodcast Our theme music was written produced and recorded by Jake Thistle and you can follow Jake on Instagram @JakeThistlemusic Thank you for joining. Stay Happy, Stay Healthy, and Keep Reading
52:54
June 03, 2021
Episode 40: The Public Library Speaks
Episode 40: The Public Library Speaks
Summer months are coming and with that summer reading.  Today's episode has us chatting with the librarians from the Paramus  New Jersey Public and Branch Libraries about supporting reading, finding just the right books, and TikTok.  We were lucky to get to sit outside (socially distanced and fully masked of course) to record our episode and learn more about how the library is here to support all of your reading needs.  Follow the Public and Branch Libraries on Facebook @paramuspl and @paramusbranchlibrary . On Instagram @Paramusmainlibrary and @paramusbranchlibrary On Twitter @ParamusLibrary On Pinterest @parabranchlib On TikTok @ParamusmainLibrary You can follow us on Twitter @amongstthebooks_podcast and on Instagram @amongstthebookspodcast Listen to use where ever you get your podcasts and be sure to rate and review us. Our theme music is by Jake Thistle. You can follow him on Instagram @jakethistlemusic
13:40
May 19, 2021
Episode 39 Jarod Pratt and Jey Odin The Lemonade Code
Episode 39 Jarod Pratt and Jey Odin The Lemonade Code
Jarod Pratt and Jey Odin are the dynamic duo behind the new sci-fi graphic novel The Lemonade Code, and they brought a ton of laughs and amazing insights into the creative process on today's episode.  It was such a pleasure getting to talk to them and my sides will never be the same.  You can follow Jarod on Twitter @jarodrhyspratt And you can follow Jey on Twitter and Instagram @JeyOdin You can follow us on Twitter @amongstthebooks_podcast or on Instagram @amongstthebookspodcast Our music was written, produced, and recorded by Jake Thistle.  You can learn more about Jake at jakethistle.com/ You can listen and subscribe to us where ever you listen to podcasts and be sure to rate and review us. Thank you to Oni Press for helping to set up the interview
45:40
April 07, 2021
Episode 38: Megan Wagner Lloyd and Michelle Mee Nutter
Episode 38: Megan Wagner Lloyd and Michelle Mee Nutter
Allergic is a new graphic novel from Graphix Books and speaks to all those readers who suffer from allergies.  But the creative team of Megan Wagner Lloyd and Michelle Mee Nutter have created a story that is timely, realistic, and relatable to all readers, both allergy sufferers and non-allergy sufferers as well.  It was an honor to get to talk with them about their touching collaboration and we shared some giggles along the way. Thankfully no one sneezed.  Follow Megan on Instagram @meganwagnerlloyd and Michelle on Instagram @buttersketch or on Twitter @buttersketch_ You can find their book at your local bookstore or through your Scholastic Book Clubs You can follow us on Twitter @amongstthebooks_podcast or on Instagram @amongstthebookspodcast Our music was written, produced, and recorded by Jake Thistle.  You can learn more about Jake at jakethistle.com/ You can listen and subscribe to us where ever you listen to podcasts and be sure to rate and review us.
51:52
March 14, 2021
Episode 37 Mark Crilley
Episode 37 Mark Crilley
Sometimes you need to step away from your work to help clear your head and refocus.  Mark Crilley is a firm believer in moving when you need to get through writer's block. This is just one of the subjects we touch on with Eisner Award-nominated Mark Crilley author and illustrator of the new book My Last Summer with Cass a story about two girls, their friendship, and how finding your voice does not mean you grow apart.  You can follow Mark on Twitter @markcrilley  Check out his YouTube Channel Mark Crilley and his website markcrilley.com You can follow us on Twitter @amongstthebooks_podcast or on Instagram @amongstthebookspodcast Our music was written, produced, and recorded by Jake Thistle.  You can learn more about Jake at jakethistle.com/ You can listen and subscribe to us where ever you listen to podcasts and be sure to rate and review us. 
51:34
February 26, 2021
Episode 36: Chris Grine
Episode 36: Chris Grine
"You're going to hit roadblocks.  You're not going to like what you're writing or drawing but you got to stick with it, and it is part of the process." Eisner nominated comic author-illustrator Chris Grine talks about working through obstacles and believing in yourself.  We were honored to get to talk with Chris today about his latest book series Secrets of Camp Nowhere and his process in writing a teenage female character.   You can follow Chris on Twitter @chrisgrine You can follow us on Twitter @amongstthebooks_podcast or on Instagram @amongstthebookspodcast Our music was written, produced, and recorded by Jake Thistle.  You can learn more about Jake at jakethistle.com/ You can listen and subscribe to us where ever you listen to podcasts and be sure to rate and review us.  Thank you to Oni Press for helping to set up the interview
44:34
February 15, 2021
Episode 35: Marta Breen
Episode 35: Marta Breen
"Be brave, because some can not be as brave as they can."  Marta Breen is an author who writes about women's rights, and the trials and success that they have had across the globe.  Her graphic novel Fearless Females, which is illustrated by Jenny Jordahl, touches on the lives of several women and cover such subjects as voting rights, and equal pay.   You can follow Marta on Twitter @martabreen  You can see more of Jenny's work at jennyjordahl.com You can learn more about their book Fearless Females here. And be sure to check out their other works from your local bookseller.  You can find us on Twitter @amongstthebooks_podcast and on Instagram @amongstthebookspodcast Our theme music is written, performed, and recorded by Jake Thistle.  You can learn more about Jake here
42:32
February 04, 2021
Episode 34: Blue Delliquanti
Episode 34: Blue Delliquanti
Blue Delliquanti truly dives into their work, and the results are deliciously entertaining with beautifully crafted characters and stories.  I got to speak with Blue about their work and got to ask about their bug-eating fascination that is the feature of the book Meal.   Learn more about Blue at their website bluedelliquanti.com and follow them on Twitter @bluedelliquanti  You can purchase Blue's books at your local bookstores or from Iron Circus Comics ironcircus.com  You can follow us on Twitter @amongstthebooks_podcast and on Instagram @amongstthebookspodcast. You can listen to us where ever you get your podcasts and be sure to rate and review us Our theme music is written, performed and produced by Jake Thistle
47:47
January 22, 2021
Episode 33: Georgia Dunn
Episode 33: Georgia Dunn
Walter Cronkite, Edward R. Murrow, and Lupin the Cat. What do these three names have in common?  They are bringing you the news! Georgia Dunn creator of Breaking Cat News is a funny, energetic, and talented author and illustrator and we were lucky to have her share her inspiration and her creative process.  Her latest book Elivs Puffs Out is out now and brings even more newsworthy reporting to the masses.   You can follow Georgia at georgiadunnstudio.com; gocomics.com and ampkids.com. Follow her on Twitter @GeorgiaDunnBCN and be sure to subscribe her to comic series.  You can follow us on Twitter @amongstthebooks_podcast on Instagram @amongstthebookspodcast and where listen to us where ever you listen to podcasts.   Our theme music is written produced and recorded by Jake Thistle. 
43:55
January 01, 2021
Episode 32: Dana Simpson
Episode 32: Dana Simpson
The people in your life are such a great source of inspiration, and Dana Simpson has used her inspiration to create an amazing cast of characters that speak to readers of all ages.  I got to talk with the creator of Pheobe and her Unicorn and learn about her process, how she got started, and her working on the picture book I'm Not a GirlI.   Learn more about Dana at danasimpson.com, follow her on Twitter @MizDanaClaire and check out her books at ampkids.com  Instagram @ampkids_ Twitter @amp_kids You can follow us on Twitter @amongstthebooks_podcast on Instagram @amongstthebookspodcast Our theme music was written, recorded, and produced by Jake Thistle
36:25
November 11, 2020
Episode 31: Dustin Brady
Episode 31: Dustin Brady
Video game lovers rejoice, author Dustin Brady has created a chapter series that is perfect for you. And even if you aren't a gamer you can still enjoy this adventurous and imaginative series, Trapped in a Video from AMPKids.  Dustin sits down with us to talk about his writing process, turning is phone off while he works, and how to ignore the negative comments.  You can find Dustin and learn about his work at dustinbradybooks.com or on Twitter @Dustinbrady You can follow Amongst The Books on Twitter @amongstthebooks_podcast or on Instagram @amongstthebookspodcast Our theme music was written, recorded, and produced by Jake Thistle You can write to us at amongstthebooks@gmail.com
33:29
September 27, 2020
Episode 30: Cathy Johnson
Episode 30: Cathy Johnson
Diversity allows us to experience the world through another's eyes and in the graphic novel The Breakaways, author Cathy Johnson introduces us to a lively cast of characters.  I was lucky to get to talk with Cathy and learn where the inspiration came from, how they got started in the art world, and what it is like to pass on these lessons to their students and literary world.  Visit Cathy at  Cathygjohn.net comicarted.com Drawingadialogue.com and the Drawing a Dialogue Podcast Twitter and Instagram @cathygjohn You can visit us on Twitter @amongstthebooks_podcast and on Instagram @amongstthebookspodcast Our theme music is written and recorded by Jake Thistle
45:54
September 14, 2020
Episode 29: Kimberli Johnson
Episode 29: Kimberli Johnson
Everyone is unique and special in their own way.  And that is the message graphic novelist Kimberli Johnson is hoping all readers young and old and know.  In her book Emeline: Knight in Training  Kimberli create a young heroine whose determination helps her succeed.  Crafter for dyslexic readers, Emeline: Knight in Training is accessible and touching for all readers.   Follow Kimberli on Twitter or Instagram @Kimberlistudio or visit her at kimberlistudio.com  You can follow us on Twitter @amongstthebooks_podcast on Instagram @amongstthebookspodcast or on our YouTube channel Amongst the Books. Our theme music was written, produced, and recorded by Jake Thistle.   Stay Happy, stay healthy, and keep reading.
29:59
September 01, 2020
Episode 28 Mike Maihack
Episode 28 Mike Maihack
Ancient Egypt? Space travel? Saving the world? If anyone can handle this Cleopatra can.  In creating a unique world, you have to blaze your own path, and learn alittle about yourself along the way.  Thank you Mike for talking about your process and how you created this magical world. Learn more about Mike and his work at operationspacecat.com  and follow him on Twitter and Instagram @mikemaihack Check out the Cleopatra in Space television series on the new NBC Peacock streaming channel. You can follow Amongst the Books where ever you get your podcasts or  on Twitter @amongstthebooks_podcast on Instagram @amongsttthebookspodcast and on YouTube at Amongst The Books. Be sure to rate and review us we would love to hear from you. Our theme music is written, recorded and produced by Jake Thistle For now we hope you are having fun, staying safe, and always reading!
44:17
August 14, 2020
Episode 27: Nathan Hale
Episode 27: Nathan Hale
Dive into history in a whole new way.  Nathan Hale (not relation to the historical figure) is the author and illustrator the Nathan Hale Hazardous Tale series, and One Trick Pony talks with us about his process, from research to drawing, and how he came to be a graphic novelist.   Follow Nathan Hale on Twitter at @MrNathanHale or at nathanhaleauthor.com Follow us on Twitter at @amongstthebooks_podcast, on Instagram @amongstthebookspodcast and at our YouTube channel Amongst the Books Our theme music was written, performed and recorded by Jake Thistle.  
01:03:22
July 20, 2020
Episode 26 : Rob Buyea
Episode 26 : Rob Buyea
Everyone has a writing switch and turning it on helps create your story.  Rob Buyea is the author of The Mr. Terupt series and The Perfect Score series, and introduces readers to memorable characters whose stories are full of love and hope and humanity. You can find more information about Rob at www.robbuyea.com and on Twitter @RobBuyea You can follow us on Twitter @amongstthebooks_podcast  on Instagram @amongstthebookspodcast and on YouTube on the Amongst The Books Channel Be sure to rate and review us where every you listen. Our theme music is written, recorded and produced by Jake Thistle. 
39:38
June 26, 2020
Episode 25: Matthew C. Winner
Episode 25: Matthew C. Winner
Telling the stories that need to be told, and celebrating the stories you build with others.  Matthew C. Winner is a celebrated teacher librarian and host of two podcasts.  His enthusiasm for reading, his caring nature towards authors and illustrators, make his podcasts a must listen.  Getting to talk with him about libraries, student engagement, and how books can help was a true joy, and joy is what we want all to express and share. Follow Matthew on Twitter @MatthewWinner Subscribe to his podcasts where ever you listen to podcasts The Children's Book Podcast and Kidlit These Days.   You can follow us on Twitter @amongstthebooks_podcast on Instagram @amongstthebookspodcast or on YouTube Amongst The Books Podcast.  Our theme music was written, recorded and produced by Jake Thistle.  Rate and review us where ever you listen to podcasts, and email us at amongstthebookspodcast@gmail.com
46:06
June 17, 2020
Episode 24: The Prettiest with Brigit Young
Episode 24: The Prettiest with Brigit Young
Kids have so much inside of them and it takes time to discover that.   Author Brigit Young speaks to every young female reader, and adult, with her newest book The Prettiest.  A story of unlikely friendship, discovering yourself, and learning how to accept others.  This empowering novel is timely and relatable.   Visit Brigit at https://www.brigityoung.com/ or follow her on Twitter @BrigitYoung.  Follow us on Twitter @amongstthebooks_podcast on Instagram @amongstthebookspodcast or on YouTube @amongstthebooks you can email us at amongstthebookspodcast@gmail.com Our music was written, recorded and produced by Jake Thistle. 
49:13
June 05, 2020
Episode 23: Lucky Penny with Ananth Hirsch and Yuka Ota
Episode 23: Lucky Penny with Ananth Hirsch and Yuka Ota
Penny is down on her luck...boy is she ever.  But just when everything seems to be going wrong, she meets Walter, and suddenly it doesn't seem too bleak.  Well except for her 12-year-old tyrant of a boss.  Luck Penny is a quirky, and highly engaging graphic novel by Ananth Hirsch and Yuka Ota, full of fun and amusing characters.  Part romance, part coming of age, and definitely hilarious, this story shows how you must always look on the bright side of life.   To learn more about Lucky Penny visit onipress.com Follow Ananth Hirsch on Twitter and Instagram @ananthhirsch and follow Yuka Ota on Twitter and Instagram @aidosaur You can also find more of their amazing work at www.johnnywander.com Follow Amongst the Books on Twitter @amongstthebooks_podcast on Instagram @amongstthebookspodcast and on YouTube or you can email us at amongstthebookspodcast@gmail.com Our music is written, recorded and produced by Jake Thistle
58:29
May 29, 2020
Episode 22 - Natalie Riess
Episode 22 - Natalie Riess
Hungry for a good space adventure, with a dash of humor and wit?  Than Spacebattle Lunchtime is the series for you. We got to sit down with Natalie and learn all about her inspirations, her process and her favorite dessert.   Learn more about Natalie at natalieriess.com and follow her on Twitter @SnarlBear You can learn about the Spacebattle Lunchtime series at onipress.com Follow Amongst The Books where ever you listen to podcasts.  And follow us on Twitter @amongstthebooks_podcast or on Instagram @amongstthebookspodcast And check out our YouTube channel at Amongst The Books. And you can email us at amongstthebookspodcast@gmail.com Our music was written, performed and produced by Jake Thistle.
39:07
May 21, 2020
Episode 21 - Haphaven with Norm Harper and Louie Joyce
Episode 21 - Haphaven with Norm Harper and Louie Joyce
Did you ever have a lucky rabbit foot? Did you avoid walking under a ladder?  Did a you cross the street when you saw a black cat?  Well if you did than you believe in superstitions.  And Haphaven by Norm Harper and Louie Joyce is the graphic novel for you.  Featuring a a cast of characters sure to delight especially the main character Alex, a spunky 13-year-old tasked with destroying The Jinx, this graphic novel is a beautifully crafted and illustrated graphic novel.  To learn more about Haphaven visit oniepress.com Follow Norm Harper on Twitter @ThatNormDude Follow Louie Joyce on Twitter @LouieJoyce or Instagram @louiejoyce Follow amongst the books wherever you get your podcasts and be sure to rate and review us.  Follow us on Twitter @amongstthebooks_podcast or on Instagram @amongstthebookspodcast Our music was written, performed and produced by Jake Thistle amongstthebookspodcast@gmail.com
54:42
May 14, 2020
Episode 20 - Daniel Handler aka Lemony Snicket
Episode 20 - Daniel Handler aka Lemony Snicket
Did you know that an accordion is vital to a great band?  Or that a bell can bring calm? Daniel Handler knows, and we got to learn all about it and more on this interview full of giggles and words of wisdom.  To learn more about Daniel Handler and a Series of Unfortunate Events you can follow him on Instagram @authordanielhandler or on Twitter @DanielHandler. You can watch all three seasons of A Series of Unfortunate Events on Netflix.  Follow Amongst the Books on Instagram @amongstthebookspodcast and on Twitter @amongstthebooks_podcast.  You can also find us on YouTube at Amongst The Books.  Be sure to rate and review us where ever you listen to podcasts. And you can reach us at amongstthebookspodcast@gmail.com Our theme music was written, recorded and produced by Jake Thistle.   Stay Safe. Stay Happy. And Keep Reading.   
48:46
May 08, 2020
Thank You a very special episode
Thank You a very special episode
We wanted to bring you a small episode, but a very personal one.  We wanted to say thank you to all of the individuals who are  the real superheroes, our first responders, hospital workers, postal and delivery workers, restaurants and many more.  #staysafe #socialdistancing #heroes #thankyou
03:56
May 04, 2020
Episode 19: Newbery Winner Jerry Craft
Episode 19: Newbery Winner Jerry Craft
Middle school is hard enough without being the...New Kid. The team got to conduct their first zoom interview with 2020 Coretta Scott King Award and Newbery Medal Winner Jerry Craft as he talks about is inspiration for his book The New Kid and his commitment to bringing quality literature and art to the graphic novel genre.  He even teaches me about not giving up on a drawing.  To learn more about Jerry Craft visit jerrycraft.com or follow him on Twitter or Instagram @JerryCraft You can follow Amongst the Books on Twitter @amongstthebooks_podcast or on Instagram @amongstthebookspodcast You can also listen to past episodes on our YouTube Channel at Amongst the Books or write to us with your comments and questions to amongstthebookspodcast@gmail.com Our theme music was written, recorded and produced by Jake Thistle. Follow Jake at jakethistle.com
58:08
April 27, 2020
Episode 18: Hazel Newlevant
Episode 18: Hazel Newlevant
Ms. Skrezec got to speak to two time Ignatz Award winner Hazel Newlevant about their graphic novel No Ivy League, were we get to hear about her life one summer and how it really inspired her.   To learn about Hazel and their writing visit http://newlevant.com/ you can also follow them on Twitter @HNewlevant or on Instagram @newlevant You can follow Amongst The Books where ever you get you podcasts or on Twitter @amongstthebooks_podcast and on Instagram @amongstthebookspodcast.  You can even find us at our new YouTube Channel by looking for Amongst The Books.  For questions or comments write to us at amongstthebookspodcast@gmail.com Our theme music was written, recorded and produced by Jake Thistle
56:00
April 20, 2020
Episode 17: Come Meet Us
Episode 17: Come Meet Us
Today we have some podcasters for you.  The students are amazing, and while we go through these crazy times they are certainly working hard and want to share some tips with staying busy. We truly hope that you and your families are all safe and healthy.  And know that while we are in some uncertain times right now, there is a light at the end of the tunnel and we will come through it together and stronger.   So please stay insides, if you go out please practice safe social distancing, wear a mask and wash your hands.  We all must do our part. Our music was written, recorded and produced by Jake Thistle. Rate and review us where ever you listen to podcasts.  Follow us on Twitter @amongstthebooks_podcast on Instagram @amongstthebookspodcast and now on YouTube under the channel Amongst the Books.  You can also reach us through email at amongstthebooks@gmail.com Thanks again and be safe, be happy, and smile.
06:41
April 09, 2020
Episode 17: Come Meet Us
Episode 17: Come Meet Us
Today we have some podcasters for you.  The students are amazing, and while we go through these crazy times they are certainly working hard and want to share some tips with staying busy. We truly hope that you and your families are all safe and healthy.  And know that while we are in some uncertain times right now, there is a light at the end of the tunnel and we will come through it together and stronger.   So please stay insides, if you go out please practice safe social distancing, wear a mask and wash your hands.  We all must do our part.   Our music was written, recorded and produced by Jake Thistle.   Rate and review us where ever you listen to podcasts.  Follow us on Twitter @amongstthebooks_podcast on Instagram @amongstthebookspodcast and now on YouTube under the channel Amongst the Books.  You can also reach us through email at amongstthebooks@gmail.com Thanks again and be safe, be happy, and smile. 
06:38
April 09, 2020
Episode 16: Get To Know Your Podcasters
Episode 16: Get To Know Your Podcasters
We at Amongst the Books hope that you and your families are safe and healthy.  We find ourselves in uncertain times, and being able to connect with each other is more valuable than ever.  And we hope that we are able to bring a little entertainment, a little lightness, and some smiles to your days.  So for today's episode please take a moment to meet some of the members to the Amongst The Books team, and play a fun guess the book game.  While we are not able to be together to record in person, we wanted to be able to share some thoughts with you.  We hope you enjoy the episode.   Follow us on Twitter @amongstthebooks_podcast and on Instagram @amongstthebookspodcast  We would love to hear from you too so please rate and review us where ever you listen to podcasts.   You can also email us at amongstthebookspodcast@gmail.com
26:59
March 30, 2020
Special Episode - From Us to You
Special Episode - From Us to You
We wanted take a moment to touch base and let you know the status of the show. Stay safe and wash your hands.
01:39
March 17, 2020
Episode 15 Read Across America
Episode 15 Read Across America
We are celebrating Read Across America with some stellar book recommendations!  Please take a listen to some books you will want to add to your shelves.  Follow us on Twitter @amongstthebooks_podcast or on Instagram @amongstthebookspodcast  You've been listening to us, and we would love to hear from you. So please rate and review us, and be sure to share us with all of your friends.  Thanks and keep reading!
10:29
March 02, 2020
Debian Perl: Digital Detective Team - Episode 14
Debian Perl: Digital Detective Team - Episode 14
Tech...coding...mystery...unlicensed cats...Debian Perl: Digital Detective has it all.  Today's episode has our hosts interview the creative team behind the fun and playful graphic novel.  Get to know Mel Hilario, Katie Longua, and Lauren Davis.  We get to learn how every voice is valuable when collaborating on a project, and how much they remind out hosts of the PowerPuff Girls.   To learn about these talented ladies check out there social media and websites below.  And to learn about Debian Perl visit www.onipress.com Lauren Davis Twitter @LaurenDavis Instagram @elle_em_dee Website https://www.elledee.com/ Mel Hilario Twitter @melhilario Katie Longua Twitter @katiesaurusrex Instagram @katiesaurusrexx Website https://www.klongua.com/ You can find Amongst the Books on Twitter at @amongstthebooks_podcast or on Instagram at @amongstthebookspodcast Make sure to rate and review us...we would love to hear from you. 
36:26
February 15, 2020
Episode 13 Yehudi Mercado
Episode 13 Yehudi Mercado
Ever wonder what a rap battle in outer space versus a giant robot would look like?  No?  Than you should check out Sci-Fu, a graphic novel that blends old school beats, classic kung-fu with bright graphics and a fabulous cast of characters.  This is just one of the books that author illustrator Yehudi Mercado chats with us about.  With his latest book, Fun Fun Fun World, ready to drop this spring we get to learn about his inspiriation, his love of pizza, and which Marvel movie is is favorite.   Check out Yehudi at www.supermercado.pizza or on Twitter @ymercado or Instagram @supermercadocomics You can follow us where ever you get your podcast and be sure to rate and review us. You can find Amongst The Books on Twitter @amongstthebooks_podcast or on Instagram @amongstthebookspodcast Theme music was written, performed at recorded by Jake Thistle. You can find Jake at www.jakethistle.com or on Instagram @Jake_Thistle_Music
28:36
February 12, 2020
Ru Xu - Episode 12
Ru Xu - Episode 12
"Princesses should be taught how to rule and not just be about the pretty dresses," states Ru Xu and her feelings of female characters. Ru is the Edgar Award nominated author of the graphic novel Newsprints and the sequel Endgames as well as the webcomic series Saint for Rent.  Ru speaks to our hosts today about her thoughts on female characters, what she thinks about the Marvel Universe, and how crows are extremely intelligent.   Follow Ru at https://www.ruemxu.com/ and on Twitter and Instagram @ruemxu  Our music is written, performed, and recorded by Jake Thistle.  Find Jake at www.jakethistle.com or on Instagram @Jake_Thistle_Music Listen and subscribe to us wherever you listen to podcasts and be sure to rate us. Follow us on Twitter @amongstthebooks_podcast or on Instagram @amongstthebookspocast
36:02
February 06, 2020
A Win for Graphic Novels
A Win for Graphic Novels
A special episode to express the the big week graphic novels had.  Ms. S shares her thoughts on why this medium has made such an impact on the literary world.  Congratulations to newly honored Newbery Medal recipient Jerry Craft and his book The New Kid.  
02:54
February 01, 2020
Episode 11 Chris Grabenstein
Episode 11 Chris Grabenstein
When it comes to writing author Chris Grabenstein says, "Try not to write all at once."   Join the kids as they talk with this award winning author about how he chose the name Mr. Lemoncello, collaborating with his wife J.J. on their latest book Shine and how difficult it can be writing with a cat on your lap.  You will find yourself giggling along as Chris answers some of the kids thought provoking questions.  For more information on Chris and his books visit https://chrisgrabenstein.com/ or follow him on Twitter @cgrabentstein or on Instagram @cgrabber1955  Follow, share and rate us on your favorite podcasting site.  Follow us on Twitter @amongstthebooks_podcast or on Instagram @amongstthebookspodcast Our theme music is written, performed and recorded by Jake Thistle.  Follow Jake at www.jakethistle.com or on Instagram @jake_thistle_music
27:60
January 25, 2020
Episode 10: Mat Heagerty and Robin Herrera
Episode 10: Mat Heagerty and Robin Herrera
We are honored to have to guests join us for today's episode.  Unplugged and Unpopular author Mat Heagerty and Oni Press editor Robin Herrera talk about the collaborative process behind putting a graphic novel together, where inspiration comes from, finding that just right illustrator, and whether or not they believe in aliens.   Follow Mat on Twitter @Matheagerty or on his website at www.matheagerty.com Follow Rebecca on Twitter at @Herreracus  To learn more about the great graphic novels that Oni Press has check out www.onipress.com or follow them on Twitter and Instagram at @onipress  Follow Amongst The Books on Twitter @amongstthebooks_podcast and on Instagram @amongstthebookspodcast Subscribe, rate and review us wherever you listen to podcasts.
37:25
January 18, 2020
Episode 9 - Nick Abadzis
Episode 9 - Nick Abadzis
"Inspiration is everywhere, but personally I think that you have to go to a quiet place to find it. Maybe not literally, but you have to go to a quiet place inside yourself and listen to what’s there. I find people inspiring, though often not the ones who talk a lot about their own achievements and how great they are. I’m inspired by the ones who do things. Actions speak louder than words. I find nature and science inspiring. You can always have a lot of ideas - it’s the boldness of actually sitting down and trying to make something from those ideas that is the difficult part. Don’t ever be put off by it seeming impossible though - it isn’t. You just have to practice your own ability to focus, and little by little, you get better at making something concrete out of your own creativity," -Nick Abadzis Today Joel, Maryam, Emily and Sairah talk with author and illustrator Nick Abadzis about his book Laika, getting through writer's block, and  trust in your creative process.   For more information about Nick and his other works visit www.nickabadzis.com and follow him on Twitter @NickAbadzis or Instagram @nickabadisart Follow us on Twitter @amongstthebooks_podcast and on Instagram @amongstthebookspodcast Our theme music is written, performed and recorded by Jake Thistle.  Follow Jake at www.jakethistle.com
34:11
January 10, 2020
Episode 8: Who needs a book to read? We got them!
Episode 8: Who needs a book to read? We got them!
Today's episode was recorded before we went on our holiday break, and full of book recommendations for you and the readers in your life.  We hope you enjoy them.  Books: Brave by Svetlana Chmakova Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova Sheets by Brenna Thummler Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol Amulet series by Kazu Kibuishi Assassination Classroom series Stargazing by Jen Wang Holes by Louis Sachar The Bride Home by Padma Venkatraman City of Ember by Jeane DuPrau Babysitters club by Ann M. Martin and Raina Telgemeir El Deafo by C.C. Bell Last Kids on Earth series by Max Brailer Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell Dairy of an Awesome Friendly Kid by Jeff Kinney Cucumber Kingdom series by D. G. Gigi Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling Saraphina and the Black Cloack series Who was Series Amongst the Hidden series by Margaret Paterson Haddix Theme music was written, produced and recorded by Jake Thistle. Check him out at www.jakethistle.com
20:13
December 27, 2019
Episode 7 - Kristen Gudsnuk
Episode 7 - Kristen Gudsnuk
"It's important to draw what you like," Kristen Gudsnuk said.  We are very happy to welcome the author of Making Friends and Making Friends: Back to the Drawing Board  to the podcast.  Due to technical difficulties we were lucky enough to have this amazing author sit down with us twice, and we could not be more thrilled for the opportunity.  So please come and makes friends with this amazing author.   You can learn more about Kristen on her website  https://kristengudsnuk.com/ Or follow her on Twitter  @henchgirl_comic And Instagram @henchgirl_comic To find more books like Kristen's check out the Graphix website at https://kids.scholastic.com/kids/books/graphix/ Our theme music is written recorded and produced by Jake Thistle. Follow Jake at https://jakethistle.com/ Follow Amongst the Books on Twitter at @amongstthebooks_podcast or on Instagram @amongstthebookspodcast Be sure to rate us and share with all of your friends. 
35:56
December 19, 2019
Episode 6 - Kicking off the Holiday Season
Episode 6 - Kicking off the Holiday Season
We are kicking off the holiday season with some great book recommendations by Emily and Joel.  We hope you add these to your holiday shopping list.  Books Recommended: Wonder by R.J. Palacio Drama by Raina Telgemeier Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson Dork Diaries series by Rachel Renée Russell Series of Unfortunate Events series by Lemony Snicket Voyagers series written by several different authors Music written, recorded and produced by Jake Thistle, www.jakethistle.com Remember to rate, review and share us with all of your friends. Twitter @amongstthebooks_podcast Instagram @amongstthebookspodcast
05:39
December 07, 2019
Episode 5: Family Literacy Month
Episode 5: Family Literacy Month
November is National Family Literacy Month and we can think of no better time to share stories then after you finish off that last piece of Thanksgiving pie.  Join us as host Melina talks to us about some books that are sure to fit every reader in your family.  Wishing you a safe and happy Thanksgiving.  Be sure to subscribe, share, and rate us.  Follow us on Twitter @amongstthebooks_podcast or Instagram @amongstthebookspodcast You can find musician Jake Thistle at www.jakethistle.com For more information about the books featured on todays episode be sure to visit https://us.macmillan.com/books/ https://www.lionforge.com https://www.scholastic.com https://www.hmhbooks.com http://www.hyperionbooks.com
12:53
November 23, 2019
Episode 4: Kazu Kibuishi
Episode 4: Kazu Kibuishi
'You want happy accidents and pleasant surprises,"-Kazu Kibuishi.   Join Emily, Erica, and Sairah as they  talk with New York Times best selling author Kazu Kibuishi author of the Amulet series.  They get to talk about his writing process, favorite movie, and biggest pet peeve.  We also learn about his wife Amy Kibuishi and her upcoming graphic novel series REMA. You can follow Kazu on Twitter and Instagram at @boltcity or at www.boltcityproductions.com.  You can follow Amy on Twitter at @amykibuishi Our theme music was written, performed, and recorded by Jake Thistle.  You can follow Jake at www.jakethistle.com Be sure to subscribe, and rate us wherever you  listen to podcasts.  You can follow us on Twitter at @amongstthebooks_podcast or on Instagram at @amongstthebookspodcast.  And please share with your friends and family. 
34:57
November 15, 2019
Episode 3: Matt Phelan
Episode 3: Matt Phelan
Annabelle and Zainab interview award winning graphic novelist Matt Phelan.   Matt won the Scott O'Dell Award for his book A Storm in the Barn and his is the illustrator of the new picture Won't You Be My Friend, a story about Mister Rodgers.  Matt can be found on Twitter at  @MattPhelanDraws or visit him at his website  www.mattphelan.com Music was written, performed and recorded by Jake Thistle.  Check him out at www.jakethistle.com
19:30
November 08, 2019
Episode 2: Brenna Thummler
Episode 2: Brenna Thummler
Graphic novelist Brenna Thummler talks with Emily and Sophia about her book Sheets.  A graphic novel about perseverance, friendship, and forgiveness.  To learn more about Brenna visit https://www.brennathummler.com/or follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @brennathummler  For more information about Sheets and it's upcoming sequel Delicates check out https://www.lionforge.com/sheets/ Theme music was written and recorded by Jake Thistle.  Visit Jake at https://jakethistle.com Be sure to follow us on Twitter at @amongstthebooks_podcast or Instagram at @amongstthebookspodcast
27:37
November 01, 2019
Calling all Book Lovers it's Our Debut! Ep. 1
Calling all Book Lovers it's Our Debut! Ep. 1
Hello. This is our debut episode of the new podcast, Amongst The Books.  We are excited for you to join us as we bring you book reviews, recommendations and interviews!  My students and I are developing some great content for you.  Be sure to follow us on Twitter at @amongstthebooks_podcast Music provided by Jake Thistle.  Follow Jake at www.jakethistle.com
03:06
October 16, 2019