Two Roving Reader Leaders Interview Author Nia Mya Reese, Age 8

Roving Reader Leaders Michael, age 9, and Lila, age 10, recently interviewed bestselling author Nia Mya Reese, age 8, about her first book, “How To Deal with And Care For Your Annoying Little Brother.” Lila, who has a little brother, and Michael, who is a little brother, asked questions based on their experience and even got to meet Nia Mya’s little brother!

Nia Mya’s book is very wise and sweet. Watch our Reader Leaders talk to her here:

Nia Mya explains how she got the idea for the book and her mother describes how the book sales took off.

This is the third author interview the Roving Reader Leaders have conducted. Recently, they interviewed Troy Cummings, author of the Notebook of Doom series.

When Michael was 6, he had the opportunity of conducting his first interview, with one of his favorite authors, Laurie Sutton, who writes Scooby-Doo books.

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Four Reader Leaders interview author Troy Cummings via Skype, Delighted!

Author Interview via Skype

Four of our Roving Reader Leaders, age 8-11, demonstrated their love of the Notebook of Doom series in a Skype interview with author Troy Cummings.

The boys told Cummings when his next book was due to be released and surprised him with questions that showed just how much they know and love his series.

Watch their interview here:

Last year, Michael, chief of the Roving Reader Leaders, interviewed Scooby-Doo author Laurie Sutton.
Watch his interview here:

Stay tuned for more author interviews by our Reader Leaders!

Learn more about the boys’ interview and Troy Cummings here:
http://www.bashandlucy.com/2017/01/03/boys-age-8-11-show-love-knowledge-troy-cummings-books-chat/

Which KidLit Books are Our Reader Leaders Excited About?

Kids' Dog Book Reviewers
KidLit Books
Some of Our KidLit Books Reviewers

Which KidLit Books are our Roving Reader Leaders excited about this summer?

Levko, age 8, and Lukyan, age 10, are visiting Switzerland for two months. They just got library cards and checked out some of the books in the “Wimpy Kid” series plus “Bad Kitty for President.”

Kerrigan, age 8, is reading the “Dragon Keepers” series and says the best book in that series is “How to Train Your Dragon.”

Wesley, age 10, is reading “Stick Dog Tries to Take the Donuts,” and his sister, Margot, age 8, just finished “Kiki:My Stylish Life.”

Michael, age 8, is reading the “Squish” and “Babymouse” graphic novels, plus the “Teddy Mars” and the “Galaxy Zack” series. He just finished a few of the books in the “Eeerie Elementary” series and is eagerly waiting for more “Rider Woofson” books to be published.

KidLit Review: Baby Mouse
KidLit Review: Baby Mouse

Our Recent Video Reviews

In case you missed it, our Roving Reader Leaders have done video reviews of some of the books above. Here they are:

Infinity-Star Book Reviews by Kids Age 6-13—Plus a Thank You

In our most recent review, Michael, age 8, reviews the detective dog series “Rider Woofson.” In the first of the two videos about this series, he provides an overview of the series and its characters. In the second video, he gives the first two books an infinity-star rating!

We were thrilled when Rider Woofson’s illustrator, Ben Whitehouse, sent us this thank-you illustration:

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Thank you from illustrator Ben Whitehouse

Here’s Michael’s overview of “Rider Woofson:”

And here’s his infinity-star rating of “Rider Woofson:”

This summer, a few of our Reader Leaders are enthralled with the “Babymouse” series and can’t stop reading these graphic novels. Delilah gives you her review here:

We also recently reviewed “The Notebook of Doom” series. In this video, our chief KidLit reviewer makes a few requests of author Troy Cummings—including “Write more books!”

In response to Michael’s request, Mr. Cummings promised to write more books. He also made another promise…We’ll keep you posted about that one in future newsletters.

The Roving Reader Leaders also do KidLit author interviews, and are lining up some exciting ones. If you haven’t seen our interview with author Laurie Sutton, you might want to check it out on our YouTube page here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTAxMMmHyWWi_BftaLiFOCA

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Two Boys, Age 6, Review Scooby-Doo Book: “The World Should Read This!”

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Michael and Levko, age 6 (at the time this was filmed), review the Scooby-Doo book, “The Mystery of the Aztec Tomb” by Laurie Sutton, saying “The world should read this.”

These founding members of the Roving Reader Leaders loved this book, which is one of many “You Choose Stories: Scooby-Doo” books from Capstone that invite kids to choose a number of different endings. Michael and Levko reveal their favorite part–a funny part–and think hard about a rating before giving it 6 million stars.

You can watch their kids’ book review here:

Not only do our Roving Reader Leaders review books; they also interview authors. Michael was thrilled to interview the author of this book, Laurie Sutton. He asked her about some of the choices she makes, made a special request, and got a promise from her. Watch his interview with her here:

How do kids become Roving Reader Leaders? Good question! They simply join our club here: Join the Club! You can learn more about Michael, Levko and the founding members of the Roving Reader Leaders here: Meet our Reader Leaders

Why are the kids called “roving” reader leaders? Good question! Many of our book reviews take place in gyms, parks, taxis, museums and on city streets and playgrounds. Our literary experts rove around, sharing their love of books wherever kids can be found!

It all began when book lover Michael, now age 7, decided to start reviewing books. He thought it would be fun to do book reviews in fun places. Since he takes his books everywhere, we began shooting reviews on the Oregon Coast, in Montana ski lodges, in New York taxis, and on playgrounds all over Portland, Oregon. Soon his good friends started joining in the fun.

Be sure to follow our book reviews by liking us on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RovingReaderLeaders

And if you’re an author who’d like to have your book reviewed, email us at RovingReaderLeaders@gmail.com–but please be patient! We’ve got a big stack of KidLit books to review!

Book Lover, Age 7, Interviews a Favorite KidLit Author: Laurie Sutton

KidLit Author Interview

By Lisa Cohn

When we first began doing interviews with KidLit authors, Michael, age 7–aka chief of the Roving Reader Leaders–was clear that Laurie Sutton was one of the authors on the top of his list.

Laurie is a former editor for Marvel and DC Comics and writer of Star Trek comics. She now writes KidLit for Capstone, and has penned numerous Scooby-Doo books that Michael loves.

We approached Laurie via Twitter, by first tweeting a video book review of one of her books, “The Mystery of the Aztec Tomb: You Choose Stories: Scooby-Doo.” Michael did the fun book review along with his friend, Levko, and it begins with the boys goofing around and then revealing their favorite lines in the book.

Michael was thrilled when Laurie responded to his tweet, saying she liked the review. We then sent her a tweet saying Michael had a request, which we would send her via direct message.

When Laurie got back to us and said she’d like to do the interview, Michael was thrilled!

Watch his interview with her here. We loved her funny responses to his questions!

In the video, Michael recites some favorite lines from her books. He tells her why her Scooby-Doo books are different than other Scooby-Doo books. He asks her a few questions about her writing choices. And, at the end, he makes a special request–and gets a promise from Laurie.

In “You Choose Stories: Scooby-Doo,” readers can choose many endings. They can follow the different characters–Scooby, Fred, Velma, Daphne and Shaggy–on different paths. You can watch Michael and Levko review “The Mystery of the Aztec Tomb” here:

Who should read this book, the interviewer asks the boys? “The world should!”

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Questions? Email us at RovingReaderLeaders@gmail.com!