Juice Box Book Talks

Parents and kids will love this monthly podcast covering books for kids grades 1-8. 

Hosted by Liana and Laura of the Brantford Public Library, each podcast will be accompanied by a list of links to the books/eBooks/Audiobooks in our catalogue. This means you can download it straight to your phone or place a hold on it to pick up at our Main or St. Paul Branch right away. 

Season 2

Episode 1 - Back to School

In this episode Laura and Liana talk back to school and share some great book recommendations. You’ll hear all about: Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan; Eerie Elementary: The School is Alive by Jack Chabert; Class Act by Jerry Craft; The Prettiest by Brigit Young; Zenobia July by Lisa Bunker; Geraldine Pu and her Lunch Box Too written and illustrated by Maggie P. Chang; Jake the Fake: Keeps it Real written by Craig Robinson and Adam Mansbach; art by Keith Knight; Bird Boy written by Matthew Burgess, illustrated by Shahrzad Maydani; Sounds Like School Spirit written by Meg Fleming, illustrated by Lucy Ruth Cummins

If you are looking for more reads, check out these honourable mentions: Wonder by R.J. Palacio; El Deafo by Cece Bell; Middle School Misadventures by Jason Platt; George by Alex Gino; Drama by Raina Telgemeirer; Pity Party by Kathleen Lane; The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q. Rauf; Upstaged written by Diana Harmon Asher; Frankie Sparks series by Megan Frazer Blakemore, illustrated by Nadja Sarell; JoJo Makoons: The Used-To-Be Best Friend written by Dawn Quigley, illustrated by Tara Audibert; Not Little written by Maya Myers, illustrated by Hyewon Yum; Time for School Little Blue Truck written by Alice Schertle, illustrated by Jill McElmurry

Season 1

Episode 9 - Series Starters

In this episode Laura and Liana share series starter book recommendations. You'll hear all about: Pages & Co. series - Tilly and the Bookwanderers by Anna James; Tristan Strong Series - Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia; Lockwood & Co. series - The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud; Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi; Ryan Hart series -  Ways to Make Sunshine by Renée Watson; Disgusting Critters series – Head Lice by Elise Gravel; Elephant & Piggie series – Let’s Go for a Drive! By Mo Willems; Good Dog series – Home is Where the Heart Is by Cam Higgins, illustrated by Ariel Landy; Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary; Track Series – Ghost by Jason Reynolds; Ty’s Travels series – Zip, Zoom! By Kelly Starling Lyons, illustrated by Nina Mata

If you're looking for more reads, check out these honourable mentions: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend; The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer; Inkheart by Cornelia Funke; Sunny Side Up by Jennifer L. Holme; Bone by Jeff Smith; Winterhouse by Ben Guterson; City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab; Goldie Vance by Hope Larson; The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan; Biscuit (I Can Read) series by Alyssa Satin Capucilli; Dragon series by Dav Pilkey; FunJungle series by Stuart Gibbs; Itty Bitty; Princess Kitty series by Melody Mews; A Jack Book series by Mac Barnett; Jake Maddox Sports Story series by Jake Maddox; The Magic Misfits series by Neil Patrick Harris; Moby Shinobi series by Luke Flowers; Mother-Daughter Book Club series by Heather Vogel Frederick; Talespinners series by Scott Reintgen

Episode 8 - Mystery Month

In this episode Laura and Liana celebrate Mystery Month with some book recommendations. You'll hear all about: Beatrice Bly’s Rules for Spies: The Missing Hamster by Sue Fliess, illustrated by Beth Mills; Horace & Bunwinkle by PJ Gardner; Poo in the Zoo: The Great Poo Mystery by Steve Smallman, illustrated by Ada Grey; Simon and Chester: Super Detectives! by Cale Atkinson;  Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston; Super Puzzletastic Mysteries by Chris Grabenstein; Enola Holmes: The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer; The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson; Shirley & Jamila Save their Summer by Gillian Goerz

If you're looking for more reads, check out these honourable mentions: Agent Lion by David Soman and Jacky Davis; Ducktective Quack and the Cake Crime Wave by Claire Freedman, illustrated by Mike Byrne; Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh; Katie Fry, Private Eye by Katherine Cox, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton; I Spy With My Little Eye: Animal Escape by Steve Smallman, illustrated by Nicola Slater; Kudo Kids by Maia and Alex Shibutani; Looking for Bongo by Eric Velasquez; Mac B., Kid Spy series; Nancy Clancy series; Spaghetti Hunters by Morag Hood; Wallace and Grace books by Heather Alexander, illustrated by Laura Zarrin; Where are my Books? by Debbie Redpath Ohi; Framed by James Ponti; Aggie Morton Mystery Queen: The Body Under the Piano by Marthe Jocelyn; Curse of the Boggin by D.J. MacHale; Friday Barnes: Girl Detective by R.A. Spratt; The Case of the Missing Moonstone by Jordan Stratford; The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin; Pepper’s Rules for Secret Sleuthing by Briana McDonald; The World’s Greatest Detective by Caroline Carlson; Spy School by Stuart Gibbs;  Goldie Vance: The Hotel Whodunit by Lilliam Rivera; Goldie Vance by Hope Larson

Episode 7 - National Poetry Month

In this episode Laura and Liana celebrate National Poetry Month with some book recommendations. You'll hear all about: Red, White, and Whole by Rajani LaRoccaOther Words for Home by Jasmine WargaThe Crossover by Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Dawud Anyabwile; The Canyon’s Edge by Dusti Bowling; Alone by Megan E. Freeman;  Just Like Me by Vanessa Brantley-Newton; Recess in the Dark by Kalli Dakos, illustrated by Erin Mercer;  Ebb & Flow by Heather Smith; Singing in the Rain based on the song by Arthur Freed and Nacio Herb Brown, illustrated by Tim Hopgood; Forget me Not by Ellie Terry; A Place Inside of Me: A Poem to Heal the Heart by Zetta Elliott, illustrated by Noa Denmon; Grasping Mysteries by Jeannine Atkins

If you're looking for more reads, check out these honourable mentions: Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse; Love that Dog by Sharon Creech; House Arrest by K.A. Holt; On the Horizon by Lois Lowry; All He Knew by Helen Frost; The Places we Sleep by Caroline Brooks DuBois; Before the Ever After by Jacqueline Woodson;  Land of Cranes by Aida Salazar; Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai; Closer to Nowhere by Ellen Hopkins; The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate; Alligator Pie and Garbage Delight by Dennis Lee; Daniel Finds A Poem by Micha Archer; Sunny Day: A Celebration of Sesame Street by Joe Raposo; Lyricpop titles; Lennon and McCartney adaptations; Feel the Beat: Dance Poems That Zing from Salsa to Swing by Marilyn Singer; Shel Silverstein

Episode 6 - International Women's Day

In this episode Laura and Liana celebrate International Women’s Day with some book recommendations. You'll hear all about: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson;Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Francesca Cavallo and Elena Favilli; The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko; Front Desk by Kelly Yang; The Proudest Blue by Ibtihaj Muhammad with S. K. Ali, illustrated by Hatem Aly; I am not a Number by Jenny Kay Dupuis and Kathy Kacer;  Eyes that Kiss in the Corners by Joanna Ho, illustrated by Dung Ho; El Deafo by Cece Bell;Mia Mayhem is a Superhero! by Kara West; All About Anne by Menno Metselaar;Little People, Big Dreams Greta Thunberg by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara.

If you're looking for more reads, check out these honourable mentions: 3 2 1 Awesome! 20 Fearless Women Who Dared to be Different by Eva Chen, illustrated by Derek Desierto;  A is for Awesome! 23 Iconic Women Who Changed the World by Eva Chen, illustrated by Derek Desierto; The Bug Girl (a true story) by Sophia Spencer & Margaret McNamara, illustrated by Kerascoet;Joni: The Lyrical Life of Joni Mitchell by Selina Alko;The Library Bus by Bahram Rahman, illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard;Malala’s Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafzai, illustrated by Kerascoet;Mary Wears What She Wants by Keith Negley;  Ordinary People Change the World series by Brad Meltzer, illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos;R-E-S-P-E-C-T Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Frank Morrison;She Persisted series by Chelsea Clinton, illustrated by Alexandra Boiger; Braced by Alyson Gerber;Skyward: The Story of Female Pilots in WWII by Sally Deng;Sachiko by Caren Stelson; Goldie Vance: The Whodunit Hotel by Lilliam Rivera;Hurricane Season by Nicole Melleby;Laura Secord: A Story of Courage by Janet Lunn;I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai;Stella by Starlight by Sharon Draper;Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly;Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga;Amina’s Voiceby Hena Khan;Gloria’s Voice by Aura Lewis;Roll with It by Jamie Sumner;Lumberjanes: the Shape of Friendship by Lilah Sturges;Beetle & the Hollowbones by Aliza Layne.

Episode 5 - I Read Canadian

Get your kids ready for I Read Canadian Day with some book recommendations from Liana and Laura. You'll hear all about: Anne Arrives adapted by Kallie George, illustrated by Abigail Halpin (based on the works of L. M. Montgomery); The Barnabus Project by The Fan Brothers; Bobby Orr and the Hand-Me-Down Skates by Bobby Orr & Kara Koostra, illustrated by Jennifer Phelan; If You Hold A Seed by Ellie MacKay; I Talk Like A River by Jordan Scott, illustrated by Sydney Smith; Music for Tigers by Michelle Kadarusma; The Ghost Collector by Allison Mills; Sweep: the Story of a Girl and her Monster by Jonathan Auxier; The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis; Haunted Canada 4-10 by Joel A. Sutherland; Harvey Comes Home by Colleen Nelson; Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery, adapted by Mariah Marsden, illustrated by Brenna Thummler.

If you're looking for more reads, check out these honourable mentions: The Hockey Sweater (Le Chandail de Hockey) by Roch Carrier, illustrated by Sheldon Cohen; Ice Chips series by Roy & Kerry MacGregor, illustrated by Kim Smith; Skinnamarink by Sharon, Lois & Bram with Randi Hampson, illustrated by Qin Leng; Glory on Ice: A Vampire Hockey Story by Maureen Fergus, illustrated by Mark Fearing; Boxitects by Kim Smith; No Fixed Address by Susin Nielsen-Fernlund; What’s Up, Maloo? By Genevieve Godbout; Robert MunschElise GravelMaking Bombs for Hitler by Marsh Forchuk Skrypuch; Broken Strings by Eric Walters; The Dragon Thief by Zetta Elliott; Hockey Night in Kenya by Danson Mutinda & Eric Walters; Bloom by Kenneth Oppel; Ember and the Ice Dragons by Heather Fawcett; Dog Driven by Terry Lynn Johnson; The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane by Julia Nobel; No Fixed Address by Susin Nielsen; Neil Flambe and the Duel in the Desert by Kevin Sylvester.

Episode 4 - 2020 Favourites

In this episode, Laura and Liana share their favourite reads of 2020. Check out their favourites: From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks; The Beast and the Bethany by Jack Meggitt-Phillips; Clean Getaway by Nic Stone; Rick by Alex Gino; When Stars are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed; I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912 by Lauren Tarshis; Nat Enough by Maria Scrivan; The Barren Grounds by David A. Robertson; The Fabled Stables: Willa the Wisp by Jonathan Auxier, illustrated by Olga Demidova; See The Cat: Three Stories About a Dog by David LaRochelle, illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka; I Am Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Gordon C. James; The Yawns Are Coming! by Christopher Eliopoulos. And some honourable mentions!  On the Horizon by Lois Lowry; Twins by Varian Johnson and Shannon Wright; The Witches of Brooklyn by Sophie Escabasse; Class Act by Jerry Craft; Stand Up, Yumi Chung! by Jessica Kim; Echo Mountain by Lauren Wolk; The Elephant's Girl by Celesta Dimington; A Place at the Table by Saadia Faruqui; Music for Tigers by Michelle Kadarusman; The Only Black Girls in Town by Brandy Colbert; Camping with Unicorns by Dana Simpson.

Episode 3 - Holidays and Winter

In this episode, Liana and Laura share some cozy and hopeful reads everyone will enjoy reading throughout the holiday and winter season. Hear all about:  A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig; Winterhouse by Ben Guterson; Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu; The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser; A Christmas Carol by Guido Martina; Elf by Rebecca Gyllenhaal; illustrated by Kim Smith; Plum by Sean Hayes & Scott Icenogle; illustrated by Robin Thompson; 5 More Sleeps ‘Til Christmas by Jimmy Fallon; illustrated by Rich Deas; Dragon’s Merry Christmas, written and illustrated by Dav Pilkey; Bad Bella by Ali Standish.

For more winter reads, check out: Top Elf by Caleb Huett; Greenglass House by Kate Milford; Father Christmas and Me by Matt Haig; Tru & Nelle: A Christmas Story by G. Neri; Winterfrost by Michelle Houts; Quentin Blake's A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens; A Shiloh Christmas by Phyllis Naylor Reynolds; ; Young Scrooge: A Very Scary Christmas Story by R.L. Stine; The Othe Side of the Wall by Amy Ephron; Aggie Morton Myster Queen: Peril at Owl Park by Marthe Jocelyn; The Clockwork Crow by Catherine Fisher; A Night of Great Joy; written and illustrated by Mary Englebreit; All I Want For Christmas is You by Mariah Carey; illustrated by Colleen Madden; Ho Ho Homework by Mylisa Larsen; illustrated by Taia Morley; I’ve Seen Santa by David Bedford; illustrated by Tim Warnes; Jack and Santa by Mac Barnett; illustrated by Greg Pizzoli; Pick a Pine Tree by Patricia Toht; illustrated by Jarvis; The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore; illustrated by Loren Long; Walking in a Winter Wonderland; Based on the Song by Felix Bernard and Richard B. Smith; illustrated by Tim Hopgood; Waltz of the Snowflakes; written and illustrated by Elly MacKay; When Santa was a Baby by Linda Bailey; illustrated by Genevieve Godbout

Episode 2 - School

This episode, Laura and Liana tackle school! Learn all about: New Kid; Because of Mr. Terupt; Dress Coded; Awkward; Danbi Leads the School Parade; Rescuing Mrs. Birdley; Our Principal's in his Underwear; Fish in a Tree.

You also won't want to miss: The Crossover; Totally Middle School; Crush; Brave; Posted; Wonder; Saving Mr. Terupt; Goodbye Mr. Terupt; Drama; A Good Kind of Trouble; Ms. Bixby's Last Day; George; Butterflies on the First Day of School; A Letter to my Teacher; The King of Kindergarten; The Class; Save Me a Seat.

Episode 1 - Spooky Reads

In the first episode of Juice Box Book Talks, Laura and Liana talk about spooky reads for kids. You’ll hear about: Small Spaces; Coraline; Binder of Doom Series; Thornhill; Scaredy Snacks; Frankenstein Doesn’t Wear Ear Muffs!; Don’t Turn Out the Lights; Disney Chills; The Graveyard Book

For more spooky reads check out: The Bone Garden; The Night Gardener; City of Ghosts; The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street; Scritch Scratch; Camp Murderface; Midnight Reynolds; This Town is Not All Right; Haunted Canada 10: More Scary True Stories

Host Bios 

Liana has been reading books since libraries had card catalogs. As an infant she took her first steps between D for Dahl and W for Wilde, and her formative years resulted in a degree in English literature. Having spent more than 16-years at the Brantford Public Library, any book she recommends is sure to stay with you, so snap one up and get reading.

Laura is a Library Technician at the Brantford Public Library. She’s an enthusiastic child and youth programmer, offering active, engaging programs. She accredits this enthusiam to her passion for music, theatre and love of children’s literature.