Season 9 - Episodes 3 & 4 - A Broadway Adventure

A Broadway Adventure

Join Lauren, the Reading Bug and the Spelling Bee on a musical adventure to the great white way - Broadway, in New York City, that is!

Books Mentioned in this Podcast

Fiction: 
The Backstagers and the Ghost Light (Backstagers #1) By Andy Mientus, Rian Sygh (Illustrator), Inc. No People (Other primary creator) Cover Image
By Andy Mientus, Rian Sygh (Illustrator), Inc. No People (Other primary creator)
$8.99
Email or call for price.
ISBN: 9781419736940
Published: Amulet Paperbacks - April 14th, 2020

The stage crew at St. Genesius Prep—or Backstagers, as they like to call themselves— are ready for whatever the theater world can throw their way: the madness of tech week, inevitable prop malfunctions, and all the paranormal activity that goes on behind the scenes. But lately, someone—or something—seems set on ruining their production of Phantasm. It all started when an actor brought a Spirit Board to the cast party, and the ghost light blew out. To figure out what’s haunting the theater and save the show, the Backstagers will have to use their smarts, their bravery, and a little bit of magic!


Babymouse #10: The Musical By Jennifer L. Holm, Matthew Holm, Jennifer L. Holm (Illustrator), Matthew Holm (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jennifer L. Holm, Matthew Holm, Jennifer L. Holm (Illustrator), Matthew Holm (Illustrator)
$6.99
Email or call for price.
ISBN: 9780375843884
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - January 13th, 2009

Dust off your dancing shoes! Babymouse and the gang are taking center stage in the feel-good book of the season! Will Babymouse get the lead in the school musical or will Felicia Furrypaws steal the show? Find out in The Musical—the 10th hilarious, action-packed installment of the beloved Babymouse graphic novel series!


Gustavo, the Shy Ghost By Flavia Z. Drago, Flavia Z. Drago (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Flavia Z. Drago, Flavia Z. Drago (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781536211146
Availability: On Our Store Shelves Now
Published: Candlewick - July 14th, 2020

Gustavo is good at doing all sorts of ghostly things: walking through walls, making objects fly, and glowing in the dark. And he loves almost nothing more than playing beautiful music on his violin. But Gustavo is shy, and some things are harder for him to do, like getting in a line to buy eye scream or making friends with other monsters. Whenever he tries getting close to them, he realizes they just can’t see him. Now that the Day of the Dead is fast approaching, what can he do to make them notice him and to share with them something he loves?


Staff Pick Badge
Drama: A Graphic Novel By Raina Telgemeier, Raina Telgemeier (Illustrator) Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781338801897
Availability: In Our Warehouse - Expected arrival in 2-5 days
Published: Scholastic Inc. - December 7th, 2021

Callie loves theater. And while she would totally try out for her middle school's production of Moon over Mississippi, she can't really sing. Instead she's the set designer for the drama department's stage crew, and this year she's determined to create a set worthy of Broadway on a middle-school budget. But how can she, when she doesn't know much about carpentry, ticket sales are down, and the crew members are having trouble working together? Not to mention the onstage AND offstage drama that occurs once the actors are chosen. And when two cute brothers enter the picture, things get even crazier!


Theater Shoes (The Shoe Books) By Noel Streatfeild Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781984852052
Availability: On Our Store Shelves Now
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - November 5th, 2019

When orphans Sorrel, Mark, and Holly are sent to live with their grandmother, a famous English actress, she enrolls them in the Children's Academy of Dancing and Stage Training, the same academy that made the orphans from Ballet Shoes famous so long ago. It's the chance of a lifetime, but the academy won't give the children the "proper" education their parents would have wanted. However, the children learn to love the academy when they discover that Sorrel has dramatic flair, Mark can sing, and Holly charms everyone with her adorable impish ways. Maybe talent does run in the family.


The Tempest for Kids (Shakespeare Can Be Fun!) By Lois Burdett Cover Image
$9.95
ISBN: 9781552093269
Availability: On Our Store Shelves Now
Published: Firefly Books - September 1st, 1999

The Tempest is an exciting tale of jealousy and betrayal, magic and romance, repentance and forgiveness, and has all the elements necessary to ignite a young child's imagination and creative energy. By her use of rhyming couplets, Lois Burdett has once again succeeded in transforming Shakespeare's complex verse into a format readily understood by children.


Non-Fiction: 
A Is for Audra: Broadway's Leading Ladies from A to Z By John Robert Allman, Peter Emmerich (Illustrator) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780525645405
Availability: On Our Store Shelves Now
Published: Doubleday Books for Young Readers - November 12th, 2019

Step into the spotlight and celebrate a cavalcade of Broadway's legendary ladies. Start with "A" for six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald, then sing and dance your way through the alphabet with beloved entertainers like Patti LuPone, Bernadette Peters, Chita Rivera, Lea Salonga, Kristin Chenoweth, Kelli O'Hara, and Liza Minnelli! Broadway fans and theater lovers everywhere will give a standing ovation to this one-of-a-kind tribute full of toe-tapping rhymes, with illustrations as bright and beautiful as the shining lights on any marquee.


Where Is Broadway? (Where Is?) By Douglas Yacka, Francesco Sedita, Who HQ, John Hinderliter (Illustrator) Cover Image
$5.99
ISBN: 9781524786502
Availability: On Our Store Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Workshop - April 30th, 2019

Take your seats, because Where Is Broadway? is ready to take center stage! In a lively and engaging style, authors Douglas Yacka and Francesco Sedita cover the development of the first theaters and the birth of the American musical, as well as the shows and stars that have become Broadway legends. Readers will get the inside story on their favorite shows and may even discover some new ones.


How Does the Show Go On The Frozen Edition: An Introduction to the Theater (A Disney Theatrical Souvenir Book) By Thomas Schumacher, Jeff Kurtti (With) Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9781368049375
Availability: In Our Warehouse - Expected arrival in 2-5 days
Published: Disney Editions - November 5th, 2019

Filled with detailed explanations, captivating illustrations, and entertaining trivia, this clearly written, lively, and uniquely designed book offers a comprehensive introduction to the world of the theater from the box office to backstage, and beyond.


Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade By Melissa Sweet, Melissa Sweet (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Melissa Sweet, Melissa Sweet (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780547199450
Availability: In Our Warehouse - Expected arrival in 2-5 days
Published: Clarion Books - November 1st, 2011

From Caldecott Honor artist Melissa Sweet comes the perfect Thanksgiving Day read, the story of Tony Sarg. Meet the master puppeteer who invented the first balloons for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade


Other Great Books for You to Explore: 
The Backstagers and the Theater of the Ancients (Backstagers #2) By Andy Mientus, Rian Sygh (Illustrator), Inc. No People (Other primary creator) Cover Image
By Andy Mientus, Rian Sygh (Illustrator), Inc. No People (Other primary creator)
$8.99
Email or call for price.
ISBN: 9781419742705
Published: Amulet Paperbacks - June 2nd, 2020

The Ghost Backstage #3 (The Haunted Library #3) By Dori Hillestad Butler, Aurore Damant (Illustrator) Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780448462462
Availability: On Our Store Shelves Now
Published: Grosset & Dunlap - November 13th, 2014

The Haunted House Next Door (Desmond Cole Ghost Patrol #1) By Andres Miedoso, Victor Rivas (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Andres Miedoso, Victor Rivas (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9781534410381
Availability: On Our Store Shelves Now
Published: Little Simon - December 12th, 2017

The Ghost in Apartment 2R By Denis Markell Cover Image
$7.99
Email or call for price.
ISBN: 9780525645740
Published: Yearling - September 15th, 2020

Better Nate Than Ever By Tim Federle Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781665920841
Availability: In Our Warehouse - Expected arrival in 2-5 days
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - March 29th, 2022

Lulu the Broadway Mouse (The Broadway Mouse Series) By Jenna Gavigan Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780762464616
Availability: On Our Store Shelves Now
Published: Running Press Kids - October 9th, 2018

Broadway Bird By Alex Timbers, Alisa Coburn (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Alex Timbers, Alisa Coburn (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250784575
Availability: On Our Store Shelves Now
Published: Feiwel & Friends - May 24th, 2022

READING BUG ADVENTURES

A Story Podcast from The Reading Bug

Listen on Google Play Music