The Mamas are dreaming of hot cider, apple pie and cool nights so join them on an historical hayride as they travel back in time to the not-so distant past (Can the 70s really be considered historical fiction?!?) and fall in love with fantastic, new historical fiction for Middle Graders (ages 8-12).
Yonder by Ali Standish
Show Me A Sign by Ann Clare LeZotte
Pick 6: More Great Historical Fiction for MG
Daring Darleen: Queen of the Screen by Anne Nesbet
Cookies & Milk by Shawn Amos
Pies from Nowhere by Dee Romito
Marika Marches for Equality by Salima Alikhan and Andrea Rossetto
Escape from East Berlin by Andy Marino
Escape from Chernobyl by Andy Marino
The Mamas go all Eco Warrior this month with Middle Grade fiction (for 8-12 years olds) that is destined to inspire next gen environmental scientists and animal lovers. They get a little weepy discussing manatee injuries, great white shark invasions, themes of loss, and fantastic debut fiction authors. Then, the Mamas share 6 healthy screen time options for summer learning. Put on your Birkenstocks and join the fun!
Where the Sky Lives by Margaret Dilloway
Manatee Summer by Evan Griffith
The Line Tender by Kate Allen
Pick 6: Screen Time Parents Can Feel Good About
The Mamas dive into the big blue sea with Middle Grade (ages 8-12) seafaring fiction in this episode. Margie chases down her white whale while Heather dives for train treasure. Grab your snorkel and join the fun! We’re in vacay mode on the Two Lit Mamas podcast.
Arch of Bone by Jane Yollen
Treasure Tracks by S.A. Rodriguez
Pick 6: The Mamas’ Vacay Reads
- My Name is Red by Orham Pamuk
- A Passion for Killing by Barbara Nadel
- Turkish Delight Mystery Series by Mehmet Murat Somer
- The Woman in the Library by Sulari Gentill
- Saving Winslow by Sharon Creech
- Grown & Flown by Lisa Heffernan and Mary Dell Harrington
The Mamas may not sound like themselves in this episode but they’re serving up great diverse reads for 8 to 12 year olds just like normal. Heather even discovers a way to love Realistic Fiction while Margie’s just hoping to survive the Great Pollening. Join the Mamas for a fun chat and be grateful that the only thing contagious through your speakers are the laughs.
Maizy Chen’s Last Chance by Lisa Yee
The Night Bus Hero by Onjali Q. Raúf
The Mamas chat about 6 things they’re looking forward to this summer!
The Mamas are split over their MG Fantasy Reads (for ages 8-12) but it’s not surprising since Heather loves flying horses and all things magical while Margie would rather read true crime stories unless a Sasquatch is involved. Find out where your loyalties lie by joining the debate. Plus, you can jump start your summer reading with six great new recommendations for all ages from the Mamas.
Solimar by Pam Muñoz Ryan
Amira & Hamza: The War to Save the World by Samira Ahmed
Pick 6: Summer Reads for All Ages
- Lower Middle Grade: The Orphans of St. Halibuts by Sophie Wills
- Teen/YA: Just Our Luck by Julia Watson
- Grown Ups: A Certain Hunger by Chelsea G. Summers
- Preschool: Roar! I’m a Dinosaur by Merrill Rainey
- Middle Grade: Northwind by Gary Paulsen
- Grown Ups: The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
The Mamas celebrate Women’s History Month in Episode 43, by sharing new middle grade biographies about fierce women: one covers an early 1800s highflyer and the other a 1960s Sci-Fi writer. Both books include detailed info of the dramatic times that influenced the women’s childhoods, making them perfect options for use in the classroom. The Mamas also share their favorite women authors of grown-up books. Believe it or not, they read those too.
Lady Icarus: Baloonomania and the Brief Bold Life of Sophia Blanchard by Deborah Noyes
Star Child: A Biographical Constellation of Octavia Estelle Butler by Ibi Zoboi
Pick 6: Women Authors of Grown-Up Books We Love
Donna Barba Higuera
The Two Lit Mamas celebrate Middle Grade March with random selections from their TBR piles before they collapse and crush them. Margie went for funny superheroes, of course, while Heather dug into a survival story that was a little too real. Listen in as the Mamas gush over poetry (shocker, right?), get on their soap box in defense of graphic novels (not a shocker), and share their favorite female MCs from middle grade books in honor of Women’s History Month (totally on brand).
The Super Villain’s Guide to Being a Fat Kid by Matt Wallace
Alone by Megan E. Freeman
Bat Pig Series: When Pigs Fly by Rob Harrell
Pick 6: Favorite Female MCs from MG books
- Margaret from Are You There, God? It’s Me Margaret by Judy Bloom
- Jesse Keyser from Running Out of Time by Margaret Peterson Haddix
- Iris from Song for a Whale by Lynn Kelly
- Esperanza from Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
- Ada from the War that Saved My Life and The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
- Mimi Mackson from Midsummer’s Mayhem by Rajani LaRocca
In this episode, The Mamas celebrate Black Authors in Middle Grade Lit. (Really it’s more like worshipping, bordering on stalking, you know how they can get, but anyway…) The Mamas showcase some of their favorite writers across diverse genres including, fantasy, historical fiction, realistic fiction, poetry, and horror (oh, my!). Get ready to grow your TBR piles!
The Girl in the Lake by India Hill Brown
Some Places More Than Others by Renee Watson
Root Magic by Eden Royce
Pick 6: More Fantastic Books
1. Paradise on Fire by Jewell Parker Rhodes
2. Amari & the Great Game by BB Alston
(Amari and the Night Brothers reviewed here)
3. The Hill We Climb, Change Sings & Call Us What We Carry by Amanda Gorman
4. Take Back the Block by Chrystal D. Giles
5. Star Child: A Biographical Constellation of Octavia Estelle Butler by Ibi Zoboi
6. When the World Turned Upside Down by K. Ibura
For the first episode of the new year, the Mamas are kicking it at the back of the class, reading twisted fairy tales, passing notes about their latest obsessions (we’re looking at you Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum); while keeping their heads down and hoping to stay under the radar of Mrs. 2022’s evil glare. Come join the rebels in the back – this is your two-minute warning!
Beasts and Beauty: Dangerous Tales by Soman Chainani
Pick 6: Our 2022 Obsessions
- Trashy Reality TV
- Bigelow Green Tea with Elderberry
- Maker Spaces & Loose Parts Play
- Welcome to Earth with Will Smith on Disney+
- The World According to Jeff Goldblum on Disney+
- Prepping for High School graduation
In honor of Latinx Heritage Month, the Mamas are thrilled to share two Middle Grade books oozing with Mexican mythology and Día de los Muertos inspired adventures. So, gulp down some pan de muerto and grip your calavera while the Mamas make you cringe with fright (and hopefully not from their Spanish pronunciations).
Loteria by Karla Arenas Valenti
Cece Rios and the Desert of Souls by Kaela Rivera
Pick 6: Latinx Children’s Books
- Board Books: La Catrina series
- Board Books: Life of series by Lil Libros
- Picture Book: Dreamer by Yuyi Morales
- Young Adult: Fat Chance, Charlie Vega by Crystal Maldonado
- Middle Grade: The Sea-Ringed World by Maria Garcia Esperon, Curse of the Forgotten City by Alex Aster
- Chapter Books: Definitely Dominguita series by Terry Catasus Jennings