Kids & Companions

Kids & Companions (8-11-year-olds): Families reading together is one of our favorite things to encourage! In this group, kids and an adult reading partner of their choice read the same book each month and get together to discuss (yes, the adults too) in conversation that is always lively and enlightening. Email us at and we'll forward your information to Terra to be added to the email list!

You know, one of my VERY favorite things about Kids & Companions is that, even if we don't unanimously adore a book, we still have fantastic conversation about it. Thank you to everybody for sharing your thoughts Friday. And we missed those of you who couldn't attend! (But absolutely understand summer schedule juggling.)

To help you get ahead, here are the dates and books for the next three months:

July 23, 2021, 6:30 PM ET: The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson (Zoom link below)

August 20, 2021, 6:30 PM ET: Unidentified Suburban Object by Mike Jung

September 10, 2021, 6:30 PM ET: Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Please remember that if you do read ahead, to revisit the book in plenty of time before our conversation so that all your talking points are fresh! (And of course no spoilers for anyone in our meetings, please.)

You can easily order online from Little Shop of Stories — but they are also now open for browsing and buying!!

Looking forward to seeing you next month. Happy summer fun (and reading) in the meantime!

Your friend in books,


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The Parker Inheritance (Scholastic Gold) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780545952781
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - June 25th, 2019

A Boston Globe / Horn Book Honor winner * Four Starred Reviews * Over Ten Best-of-Year Lists"Powerful....

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ISBN: 9780545782272
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - May 30th, 2017

Comic and satirical, but also full of painful truths about being both a bright, sensitive middle schooler, and a so-called "model-minority" in a decidedly NOT-diverse town

The next person who compares Chloe Cho with famous violinist Abigail Yang is going to HEAR it. Chloe has just about had it with people not knowing the difference between someone who's Chinese, Japanese, or Korean.

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ISBN: 9780316262217
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 17th, 2018

From award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes comes a powerful novel set fifteen years after the 9/11 attacks in a classroom of students who cannot remember the event but live through the aftermath of its cultural shift.