More Podcasts for Middle Grade Fans!

In September, From the Mixed-Up Files’ own Kate Manning wrote a great post on Podcasts with Middle Grade Authors and I started loading my phone with fabulous content just the right length to tackle on a commute, a Mom Taxi run, or while waiting for an appointment.

A photo of headphones and an iPad.Since the fall, the number of bookish podcasts seems to have exploded. So here’s an updated list of podcasts on middle grade books to help our avid fans learn about new books:

The Yarn by Travis Jonker and Colby Sharp – The Yarn takes listeners behind the scenes of children’s literature, and lets them look at all the threads that must be weaved together to create a book.

The Narrative Breakdown by Cheryl Klein and James Monohan – Each episode, they analyze popular novels, movies, Broadway shows, television shows, short stories, and more. Featuring various expert guests as well as material from Cheryl Klein’s book ‘Second Sight’ and James’ app ‘The Storyometer.’

Children’s Books – The Guardian. Leading children’s authors discuss their work with young readers and the Guardian literary team.

HarperCollins Children’s – Now HarperCollins Children’s has its own podcast on children’s books as well.

SCBWI Conversations – Now the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators has another great reason to join–a great series of podcasts interviewing leaders in the children’s book field.

Kids’ Book Corner – Hear an indie bookseller talk about her favorite children’s titles on her blog.

Book Club for Kids – One of our MUF readers let us know about this podcast, which lets you hear what kids think about their favorite middle grade books!

What are your favorite podcasts? Let us know in the comments!



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JULIE ARTZ spent her childhood sneaking into wardrobes hoping to find Narnia. Now that she's older, people think that’s creepy, so she writes middle grade instead. Her stories for children feature the natural world, folklore, mythology, history, and all that is magical about those things. In addition to contributing to The Mixed Up Files, she works as a developmental editor for Author Accelerator, writes about local Washington history for Gatherings, contributes regularly to The Winged Pen, and is co-RA of SCBWI Western Washington. She is represented by Jennie Dunham of Dunham Lit.
  1. Great list! I also like Kidlit Drink Night. Funny ladies and I always come away with books to add to my TBR.


  2. “What a great list. I never thought of podcasts as a middle grade resource,” Don’s says as he hides his rotary phone.

    Thanks Julie.