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Reading the NEWBERYs: A Team Friendship Podcast

Reading the NEWBERYs: A Team Friendship Podcast

By Leah Clapp, Lauren Keen, and Mandalay Caldwell
Join Leah, Lauren and Mandalay as they read and review each of the Newbery Medal Award winning books! Starting with the very first winner from 1922, our goal is to read all of the Newbery Medal books! If you love reading and instilling that love for reading in children, then this is the podcast for you!
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34: Secret of the Andes
In this episode of Reading the Newberys, we discuss the winner of the 1953 Newbery Medal, Secret of the Andes by Ann Nolan Clark. Our conversation takes us to many topics including the salt pits of Peru, behind the scenes of The Emperor's New Groove, and Charlotte's Web. Whether you are in the car, at home, or out for a jog, we hope you will take us along with you! Head to our website for the full show notes! 
01:19:37
June 29, 2021
33: Sarah, Plain and Tall
In this episode of Reading the Newberys, we discuss the winner of the 1986 Newbery Medal, Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan.  Head to our website for the full show notes! 
01:03:28
May 31, 2021
32: Miss Hickory
In this episode of Reading the Newberys, we discuss the winner of the 1947 Newbery Medal, Miss Hickory by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey. This book is filled with fun characters, nature, and a little bit of magic. Grab a cup of coffee and listen along to our conversation as you run errands, clean your house, or whenever you like to listen to podcasts! Head to our website for the complete show notes! 
01:17:09
May 1, 2021
31: Holes
In this episode of Reading the Newberys, we discuss the winner of the 1999 Newbery Medal: Holes by Louis Sachar! This year has been rough for our podcast, but we are glad that we were able to get in one Newbery book discussion before the end of 2020! Grab some Christmas cookies and a mug of cocoa and listen in to our discussion!  Our  contact info: Podcast Email - teamfriendshippodcast@gmail.com Leah Clapp – https://www.instagram.com/readheadedreader/ Mandalay Parkman – https://www.instagram.com/mandymalayfauxreader/ Lauren Keen – https://www.instagram.com/jedireader1138/ Intro Music: “Feeling Good” by Royalty Free Copyright Music Interval Music: “Carefree Kevin” MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Ending Music: “Ukelele” by Royalty Free Music from Bensound Head over to our website to view the full show notes! 
48:10
December 24, 2020
For the Love of Books Season 2 - Episode 2
In our second episode of For the Love of Books Season 2, we each share three books we have read in the past few months. One of us has gone through some big life changes since our last recording, so it was fun to catch up and hear about her exciting news! Grab a muffin and a cup of tea and listen in to our bookish conversation! Head over to our website to see the full show notes including links to all the books we talked about on this episode! 
01:07:32
October 12, 2020
You’ve Got Mail Commentary
Who’s up for a movie night?! In the midst of all the craziness, we wanted to do something fun. We ladies here at Team Friendship love the movie You’ve Got Mail with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, so we decided to do a commentary! Grab a snack and your favorite beverage! Feel free to … Continue reading You’ve Got Mail Commentary
02:03:26
April 25, 2020
For the Love of Books Season 2 Episode 1
For the Love of Books is back! In this first episode of season 2, we catch up with each other and discuss all things books and entertainment! We received some listener feedback, and it was fun hearing about what everyone has been up to!  Our discussion ranges from the 2020 ALA Youth Media Awards … Continue reading For the Love of Books Season 2 Episode 1
02:09:23
March 9, 2020
2019 Year in Review
https://ia601400.us.archive.org/33/items/2019yearinreview/2019%20Year%20in%20Review.mp3   As we draw near to the end of 2019, we reflect on this past year of reading. From favorite books to reading goals to bookish items on our Christmas lists, we cover a lot of ground! Special thanks to everyone who commented or wrote us a message. We love our listeners, and … Continue reading 2019 Year in Review
01:27:47
December 21, 2019
30: Merci Suárez Changes Gears
In this episode of Reading the Newberys, we discuss the winner of the 2019 Newbery Medal, Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina! We also share some book news and listener feedback! So grab a cup of tea and get cozy as you listen to our discussion of this heartwarming book! Book News (1:23) The … Continue reading 30: Merci Suárez Changes Gears
52:51
October 11, 2019
For the Love of Books Episode 3
Nutrition, suspense, adult fiction, memoir, mystery, young adult, historical fiction, non-fiction, rom-com, and of course, middle-grade fiction! It’s all in this episode of For the Love of Books! Grab a cup of tea and some chocolate-covered berries and listen in to this episode where we share some book love from our favorite summer reads! Listeners’ … Continue reading For the Love of Books Episode 3
55:28
September 27, 2019
29: A Year Down Yonder
In this episode of Reading the Newberys we discuss the winner of the 2001 Newbery Medal, A Year Down Yonder, by Richard Peck! We also share book news and listener feedback. Grab a glass of lemonade and some chocolate covered blueberries and listen in to this episode! Book News (1:22)  Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made … Continue reading 29: A Year Down Yonder
53:34
September 2, 2019
28: The Trumpeter of Krakow, The Matchlock Gun, and The Twenty-One Balloons
In this episode of Reading the Newberys, we discuss three Newbery medal winning books. Leah chose The Trumpeter of Krakow, winner of the 1929  medal. Mandy chose The Matchlock Gun, winner of the 1942 medal, and Lauren chose The Twenty-One Balloons, winner of the 1948 medal. We also share some book news and listener feedback. … Continue reading 28: The Trumpeter of Krakow, The Matchlock Gun, and The Twenty-One Balloons
01:22:47
August 5, 2019
27: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
In this episode of Reading the Newberys we discuss the winner of the 1977 Newbery Medal, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor. It has been a while since our last episode, so we catch up a little bit and share some listener feedback. Grab some grapes and listen in to our … Continue reading 27: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
57:26
June 29, 2019
For the Love of Books Episode 2
Star Wars, fairy tales, fantasy, delightful middle-grade fiction, devotionals, travel guides, and going green! Grab a diet A&W root beer (or whatever beverage you prefer) and sit back and listen to our current book love as well as some book love from a few of our listeners.  We love hearing from you all, so … Continue reading For the Love of Books Episode 2
24:55
April 30, 2019
Number the Stars
In this episode of Reading the Newberys, we discuss the winner of the 1990 Newbery Medal, Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. We share some book news as well as some listener feedback. So grab some jelly beans and listen in to our discussion! Book News (1:56) I Am C-3PO by Anthony Daniels The Night … Continue reading Number the Stars
55:33
April 19, 2019
For the Love of Books Episode 1
In this first episode of For the Love of Books, the girls of Team Friendship share their current bookish love. We’d love to have you listen in to our conversation and get some fun book recommendations. Grab some jelly beans or a loaf of bread and get cozy as you listen to us share our love … Continue reading For the Love of Books Episode 1
23:39
April 3, 2019
The Grey King
In our 25th episode of Reading the Newberys, we discuss the winner of the 1976 Newbery Medal The Grey King by Susan Cooper. We had mixed opinions on this Newbery book. Grab some jelly beans and a cup of tea, and listen in to our discussion to find out what we thought! Book News (1:36) … Continue reading The Grey King
01:10:15
March 21, 2019
24: Skates, Thimbles, Courage
In this episode of Reading the Newberys, we discuss three Newbery Medal winning books: Roller Skates by Ruth Sawyer, Thimble Summer by Elizabeth Enright, and Call It Courage by Armstrong Sperry. Lauren, Leah, and Mandy each chose a different book to read, and they each share their review of these winners from 1937, 1939, and … Continue reading 24: Skates, Thimbles, Courage
46:49
February 13, 2019
Bonus Audio: Team Friendship Talks Marie Kondo
During our year-in-review episode, we got a bit sidetracked talking about Marie Kondo. Leah and Lauren share with Mandy how they are minimizing and tidying their homes. We hope you enjoy this conversation about how we are going to spark more joy in our lives this year! The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie … Continue reading Bonus Audio: Team Friendship Talks Marie Kondo
08:03
January 21, 2019
Special Episode 12: 2018 Year in Review
In this special episode of Reading the Newberys, we share our favorite (and least favorite) books we read in 2018. We also talk about our reading goals for this year, and we share some of our listener feedback! Get cozy, grab a cup of tea and some berries, and join us for this fun episode! … Continue reading Special Episode 12: 2018 Year in Review
01:32:17
January 18, 2019
23: Kira-Kira
In this episode of Reading the Newberys, we discuss the winner of the 2005 Newbery Medal, Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata. We had some mixed reviews on this one, but before we get to our book discussion we share our book love, book news, and our favorite Christmas time books! Grab a cup of tea and … Continue reading 23: Kira-Kira
01:14:25
December 14, 2018
22: When You Reach Me
In this episode of Reading the Newberys, we discuss When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead, winner of the 2010 Newbery Medal. As usual, we share our love for books and some book news. We also share some social media comments from our listeners! Grab some grapes and get cozy while you listen to our … Continue reading 22: When You Reach Me
01:15:04
November 17, 2018
21: The Giver
In this episode of Reading the Newberys, we discuss the winner of the 1994 Newbery Medal, The Giver by Lois Lowry. This is the first book we were able to read along with our book club on Facebook, and we had some good conversations about this book with some of our listeners during the past … Continue reading 21: The Giver
01:54:51
October 25, 2018
20: Invincible Louisa
We’re back! In this episode of Reading the Newberys we discuss the winner of the 1934 Newbery medal Invincible Louisa by Cornelia Meigs. This book is the biography of Louisa May Alcott, author of Little Women. We are excited to be back discussing books with you all! Grab a cup of your favorite beverage and listen … Continue reading 20: Invincible Louisa
01:29:38
September 22, 2018
Special Episode 11: Laura Ingalls Wilder
In this special episode of the Team Friendship Podcast, we discuss the recent name change of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award to the Children’s Literature Legacy Award by the ALA and ALSC. We welcome back our very special guest, Zoey, to have a round-table discussion on this topic. This name change has evoked many passionate … Continue reading Special Episode 11: Laura Ingalls Wilder
55:04
August 6, 2018
19: Bud, Not Buddy
In this episode of Reading the Newberys, we discuss the winner of the 2000 Newbery medal, Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis. From homelessness to jazz music—this book piqued our curiosity and inspired us to research several aspects of the Great Depression. Grab some red pop, a mustard and baloney sandwich, and some … Continue reading 19: Bud, Not Buddy
01:09:30
July 26, 2018
Special Episode 10: Little Women – Jo & Amy
In this special episode of the Team Friendship Podcast, we are joined again by our dear friend, Zoey, as we conclude our review of the PBS mini series Little Women. As promised, we spend our final discussion of this beloved story talking about Jo and Amy. Grab some peaches and a glass of sweet tea … Continue reading Special Episode 10: Little Women – Jo & Amy
01:48:39
July 10, 2018
Special Episode 9: Little Women – Meg & Beth
In this special episode of the Team Friendship Podcast, we are joined by our very dear friend, Zoey, as we discuss the PBS mini series Little Women. We focus on Meg and Beth in this episode and also give some history on Louisa May Alcott. Grab some coffee, jam, and biscuits and listen in … Continue reading Special Episode 9: Little Women – Meg & Beth
01:40:11
June 30, 2018
18: The One and Only Ivan
In this episode of Reading the Newberys, we discuss the winner of the 2013 Newbery Medal, The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. We all enjoyed this sweet story of a gorilla, a stray dog, two elephants, and a little girl who chooses to do the right thing. Grab a bag of chocolate and … Continue reading 18: The One and Only Ivan
01:18:38
June 22, 2018
17: The Hero and the Crown
In this episode, we discuss the 1985 Newbery Medal winner The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley. And we share a special announcement: We have changed the name of our podcast! Team Friendship Reads the Newberys is now Reading the Newberys: A Team Friendship Podcast. As usual, we each share all the book related … Continue reading 17: The Hero and the Crown
01:26:54
May 22, 2018
16: Ginger Pye
In this episode of Team Friendship Reads the Newberys, we discuss and review the 1952 Newbery Medal winning book Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes. This is probably the first book in a very long time that we all did not enjoy. Despite this, we had a fun discussion as usual. (Warning: We do begin to … Continue reading 16: Ginger Pye
01:11:16
April 24, 2018
Favorite Mandy Moments
In honor of her birthday , we would like to share with all of you our favorite moments with Mandy on our podcast. Enjoy…and join us in wishing her a very happy birthday! We love you, Mandalay!
04:36
April 17, 2018
15: From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
In this episode of Team Friendship Reads the Newberys, we discuss the 1968 Newbery medal winner From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg. We enjoyed the cleverness of this story about a sister and brother who run away to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and become entangled in the mystery … Continue reading 15: From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
01:20:04
March 22, 2018
Special Episode 8: We Review Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time
In this special episode of Team Friendship Reads the Newberys, we share our thoughts on Disney’s film adaptation of the 1963 Newbery medal winner A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. This episode does contain potential spoilers, so listen at your own risk. Links related to this episode: The Gospel Coalition Article by Rebecca McLaughlin … Continue reading Special Episode 8: We Review Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time
23:20
March 20, 2018
14: The Graveyard Book
In this episode of Team Friendship Reads the Newberys we discuss the 2009 Newbery Medal winner The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. This book is a little creepy, and a few of us were not sure about it at first. But we all ended up loving this book. Before we get into our book discussion, … Continue reading 14: The Graveyard Book
01:58:45
February 7, 2018
13: Johnny Tremain
Happy New Year! In our first episode of 2018, we discuss the 1944 Newbery Medal winner Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes. Esther takes her readers right into 1775 and the beginnings of the American Revolution as well as the daily struggles the people of that time period endured. Grab a blanket and some tea and … Continue reading 13: Johnny Tremain
01:01:17
January 7, 2018
12: Caddie Woodlawn
In this episode of Team Friendship Reads the Newberys we discuss the 1936 Newbery Medal winner Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink! Grab a grande cup of coffee and a bag of Snickers and journey back with us to life on the Wisconsin frontier in the 1860’s! Show Notes: Mandy takes a break from her vacation … Continue reading 12: Caddie Woodlawn
01:22:28
November 9, 2017
11: The Girl Who Drank the Moon
In this episode of Team Friendship Reads the Newberys we discuss the 2017 Newbery Medal winner The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill. Themes of truth, knowledge, power, sorrow, joy and hope are woven throughout this book. It was no surprise to us when we learned that Kelly is also a teacher. … Continue reading 11: The Girl Who Drank the Moon
01:12:33
October 5, 2017
Special Episode 7: Anne with an ‘E’
This episode is the last episode in which we discuss season one of Anne with an ‘E.’ We get deep with this episode even though none of us liked it. We also discuss our season 2 predictions. home/belonging the power of words the real world developing relationships with our children charity Go Fund Me JERRY! … Continue reading Special Episode 7: Anne with an ‘E’
01:54:13
September 16, 2017
Special Episode 6: Anne with an E
We discuss episode 6 of the Netflix series Anne with an ‘E’ in this special episode of Team Friendship Reads the Newberys! This is one of the more emotional episodes of Anne with an ‘E’, but Team Friendship find much to discuss including obligation, remorse, empathy, role models, marriage and more! Grab some cookies … Continue reading Special Episode 6: Anne with an E
01:01:49
September 5, 2017
10: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
We have arrived at the tenth episode of Team Friendship Reads the Newberys! In this episode, we discuss Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien. We celebrate this special milestone by eating watermelon (or as we call it—”nature’s cake”) as we record. Go grab some watermelon and listen in as … Continue reading 10: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
01:20:36
August 24, 2017
Special Episode 5: Anne with an E
Team Friendship is joined again by our good friend, Zoey, as we discuss episode 5 of the Netflix series Anne with an E: “Tightly Knotted to a Similar String.” Grab a cup of tea and listen in as we discuss this fun and heartwarming episode in which Anne becomes a woman and finally gets puffed sleeves! … Continue reading Special Episode 5: Anne with an E
57:46
August 18, 2017
9: A Wrinkle in Time
In this episode of Team Friendship Reads the Newberys, we discuss the 1963 Newbery medal winner A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. Banning books – this book has been banned over the years in many libraries for (in our opinion) silly reasons.  Lauren has no idea why she has never read this book until … Continue reading 9: A Wrinkle in Time
01:39:05
July 28, 2017
Special Episode 4: Anne with an E
Team Friendship is joined again by our good friend, Zoey! We discuss episode 4: “Creepy Katie”; Anne’s pine cone students; gender roles; the spirit of the people; Anne standing up for herself; the “Story Club”; and Anne’s decision to return to school. Links related to this episode: The Costumes of Anne with an E – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oP2qKdw1URg Costume designer, … Continue reading Special Episode 4: Anne with an E
01:02:49
July 19, 2017
Special Episode 3: Anne with an E
In this episode Team Friendship is joined by our good friend, Zoey! We discuss Anne and Marilla’s experiences of entering new territory; the PMSC; the “incident”; Matthew’s response; Marilla’s confrontation; Gilbert!!!! and the infamous slate smash! Links related to this episode: The Costumes of Anne with an E – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oP2qKdw1URg Costume designer, Anne Dixon’s lookbook … Continue reading Special Episode 3: Anne with an E
53:11
July 17, 2017
8: Bridge to Terabithia
This episode is dedicated to all those who have lost someone very dear to them. ♥ In this episode of Team Friendship Reads the Newberys, we review the beloved classic Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson. In the words of our friend, Benji from Goodreads: “Even when you know that it’s coming, even when you’re completely … Continue reading 8: Bridge to Terabithia
01:53:56
June 18, 2017
Special Episode 2: Anne with an E
[image credit: Netflix] In this second special episode of the Team Friendship podcast, we review the second episode of Anne with an E! Show Notes: More behind the scenes tidbits from Lauren We learn an interesting fact about the episode titles! We delve deeper into the music of Anne with an E Helen Shaver, the … Continue reading Special Episode 2: Anne with an E
48:23
June 11, 2017
Special Episode 1: Anne with an E
[image credit: Netflix] Team Friendship Reviews Anne with an E! In this special episode of the Team Friendship Podcast, we review the first episode of the Netflix Original series. Having grown up loving the 1985 television movie adaptation of L. M. Montgomery’s beloved book, Anne of Green Gables, we were intrigued by this new adaptation … Continue reading Special Episode 1: Anne with an E
58:20
June 1, 2017
7: The Tale of Despereaux
“We’ll love you forever, Kate!” In this episode, we review the 2004 Newbery medal winner, The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo. Once again, we are swept away by Kate’s masterful use of words to engage our emotions and tell a beautiful story of sorrow, courage, revenge, forgiveness, and love. In spite of our … Continue reading 7: The Tale of Despereaux
01:35:13
May 20, 2017
6: Julie of the Wolves
In episode 6 of Team Friendship Reads the Newberys, we review the 1973 Newbery Medal winner Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George. The Team discuss their favorite parts of this book, why this book has been banned over the years and why they believe they would not survive in the wild as … Continue reading 6: Julie of the Wolves
01:27:42
April 25, 2017
5: Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures
In this episode, we discuss the 2014 Newbery Medal winner Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo. In the words of Elizabeth Bird from School Library Journal (slj.com), “It lures you in with the ridiculous and then when you least expect it gets you in the gut with a bolt of pure, uncut, … Continue reading 5: Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures
02:15:06
March 14, 2017
4: The Crossover
In this episode, we discuss the 2015 Newbery Medal winner, The Crossover by Kwame Alexander. This coming-of-age story is told from the perspective of 12 year old (almost 13 year old) Josh Bell who plays basketball on his junior high school team with his twin brother, Jordan (who goes by JB). This book takes us on … Continue reading 4: The Crossover
01:25:59
February 4, 2017
3: Last Stop on Market Street
In our third episode, we review  by Matt de la Pena, illustrated by Christian Robinson. We all loved this book! From its heartwarming messages to its fun and simple illustrations, Last Stop on Market Street is not only for young readers but also readers who are young at heart. Our favorite Goodreads book critic, Benji … Continue reading 3: Last Stop on Market Street
01:21:21
December 14, 2016
2:The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle
In our second episode of Team Friendship Reads the Newberys, we discuss the 1923 winner The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting. Because we recorded this episode right after Thanksgiving, we were able to be together in person as we recorded! Show Notes: -We discuss what we’ve been up to this month, and why … Continue reading 2:The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle
50:05
November 30, 2016
1:The Story of Mankind
Check our our first episode: The Story of Mankind! In this episode, we introduce ourselves to the people and discuss the very first Newbery Medal winner: The Story of Mankind by Hendrik van Loon! *Intro music: “Feeling Good” by Royalty Free Copyright Music
01:07:19
October 12, 2016