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. 

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.