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!
On the eve of Mother’s Day, the Mamas are packing their bags for Mars. They’ve got their motion sickness cures and their poopoo sprays tucked into travel bags; and they’re looking forward to a few days of weightlessness in the silence of space. Join the Mama’s space club so you aren’t left angry walking (or floating) alone.
Packing for Mars for Kids by Mary Roach
Books for a Quiet (and less disappointing) Mother’s Day
- Jane Austen’s Table: Recipes Inspired by the Works of Jane Austen: PIcnics, Feasts and Afternoon Teas By Robert Tuesley Anderson
- Balanced and Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident, and Capable Children by Angela J. Hanscom
- Craft in the Real World: Rethinking Fiction Writing and Workshopping by Matthew Salesses
- Into the Wild by Jon Krakhauer
- Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
- Educated by Tara Westover & Educating by LaRee Westover
After a break, the Mamas are back with a fun way to boost your summer reading: pairing a gown-up book series with a Middle Grade book series that share the same world and characters in the spirit of Spin-Offs that only kids of the 80’s and 90’s could love! Inspired by their cold beach walks, the Mamas jumped on an ocean-themed book series for Middle Graders that ties into a series of grown-up books with the same characters and overall themes. Parent/child book club, anyone?
Grown-Up Book: Mangrove Lightning by Randy Wayne White
Middle Grade Book: Fins by Randy Wayne White
Pick 6: More Book Spins-Offs We Love!
1. Alexander McCall-Smith’s chapter book The Great Cake Mystery has the same MC as his adult series the #1 Ladies Detective Agency
2. Carl Hiaasan’s Chomp, Hoot, Scat, Flush, Skink and Squirm are MG books that are styled like his adult books
3. Famous adult author Terry Pratchett’s MG book, Only you Can Save Mankind
4. Finishing School Series is a steampunk MG series by Gail Carriger who also has adult steampunk books
5. Death Comes to Pemberley is a book and movie based on the Pride and Prejudice characters by Jane Austen written by famous mystery author P.D. James
6. The whole family can join the fun with Little House on the PrairiePicture Books that match up to themes and scenes in the Middle Grade series by Laura Ingalls Wilders
In todays book chat, the SciFi loving Mamas are giddy about two new time travel Middle Grade books (for 8-12 year olds) that take them back 5 years and 500 years. But, before they get started the Mamas share their fantasy time travel vacays, including sipping tea with Abigail Adams and throwing down with the magnificent Ottomans. Don’t worry! The Mamas won’t let you get stuck in the past (especially the ’80s) so jump aboard the time machine and laugh along with Two Lit Mamas.
DaVinci’s Cat by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
Operation Do-Over by Gordon Korman
Arrrrr, the Mamas uncover buried treasure with three pirate-themed books for Middle Graders readers (aged 8-13) in the 39th episode of Two Lit Mamas Podcast. Their high seas discussions quickly freeze over with six tips for beating the winter blahs that don’t include walking the plank. Join them if you dare!
- The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone by Jaclyn Moriarty
- Dark Waters by Katherine Arden
- Pirate Queens: Dauntless Women Who Dared to Rule the High Seas by Leigh Lewis, illustrated by Sara Gomez Woolley
Pick 6: How the Mamas beat the winter blahs
- Lots of carbs, including homemade bread, French pastries, and pretzels. Yes, please!
- Get cozy with Danish Hygge and throw another log on the fire.
- Game the system with games.
- Embrace the Swedish mantra “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.”
- Murder in books, movies, TV shows and podcasts
- Make your family mission statement “Always Be Learning.”
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 the Halloween episode, the Mamas admit they share a brain (FYI, it’s kept in a jar in a mad scientist’s lab). How do they know they share a brain? Because they each picked a Middle Grade horror book from the same author without realizing it. Fortunately, they were creeped out in the best possible way by an author who’s the latest hot horror ticket. Plus, sinister cats!
Scritch Scratch by Lindsay Currie
What Lives in the Woods by Lindsay Currie
Pick 6: More scary books for your MG devil babies
1. The Thirteenth Cat by Mary Downing Hahn
2. Root Magic by Eden Royce
3. The Mothman’s Curse by Christine Hayes
4. Nightbooks by J.A. White
5. Small Spaces by Katherine Arden
6. Dead Voices by Katherine Arden
(Bonus) 7. Dark Waters by Katherine Arden
Margie hates it but Heather’s inner horsey girl catches her stride in Episode 33 as the Mamas share their childhood memories of horses and explore Middle Grade books and resources in the horsey genre. The Mamas also get on their high horses and rant about banned books. Saddle up and hold on tight!
The Secret Horses of Briar Hill by Megan Shepherd
The Compton Cowboys by Walter Thompson-Hernandez
Pick 6: Resources for Horse-Themed Learning Activities
- Horse Illustrated Online Magazine’s young rider tab
- The Equinest
- Horsecrazygirls.com science fair horse project
- Przewalski’s Horse at the National Zoo
- Stacy Gregg’s Ponies A-Z
The Mamas embrace their inner Sporty Spice (or Benchwarmer Spice) to share reviews of Middle Grade novels (ages 8-12) about gymnastics, football and soccer, as well as, the personal and family trauma that can sometimes be associated with sports. The Mamas also share six sports-themed activities for the classroom and home. Put on your athletic supporters and let’s get started!
Pick Six: Sports-Themed Activities
- Fine Motor Skills: Basket Toss
- Language & Sensory: Mystery Bag with Sports Items
- Large Muscle Movement: Skiing on 2×4 Blocks
- Math: Add and Subtract Game Scores
- Science: The Physics of Football video and The Impossible Kick Ted Talk
- Geography: Pin Team Pennants to the City, State or Country on a Map
In this episode, the Mamas get extra nerdy exploring the final frontier in the latest Middle Grade science fiction novels and short stories. So grab your communicators and listen in as they cover hermetically sealed post-pandemic apartments, talking heads, shape-shifting aliens, and murder on the moon. Oh, it gets creepy, gross and dark, but you’re gonna love it.
Science Fiction MG Book Chat:
Cleo Porter and the Body Electric by Jake Burt
Moon Base Alpha Series by Stuart Gibbs
Weird Kid by Greg Van Eekhout
The Mortification of Fovea Munson by Mary Winn Heider
Pick 6: The Mamas favorite Sci-Fi short stories
- The Fermi Paradox is Our Business Model by Charlie Jane Anders
- Kin by Bruce McAllister
- Bloodchild by Octavia E. Butler
- There Will Come Soft Rains by Ray Bradbury
- Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
- The Lottery by Shirley Jackson