The June KLDN podcast is chock full of goodies! First, we drink some strange and wonderful drinks. Next, we listen in on Gwen’s interview with prolific kidlit writer Matthew J. Kirby. He tells us about his new novels (four books coming out in the span of eight months! Phew!), his writing process, and which book inspired him to become a writer. Then, the KLDN superfriends give recommendations for summer reading as well as discuss what they’re reading this season. Matthew J. Kirby books discussed include: A TASTE FOR MONSTERS, ICEFALL, THE LAST DESCENDANTS series, and THE DARK GRAVITY SEQUENCE series. Other books discussed: THE WIZARD OF EARTHSEA by Ursula K. LeGuin; HALF MAGIC by Edward Eager; A WRINKLE IN TIME by Madeleine L’Engle; THE HOUSE AT POOH CORNER by A.A. Milne; TREASURE ISLAND by Robert Louis Stephenson; THE PERILOUS JOURNEY OF THE NOT-SO-INNOCUOUS GIRL by Leigh Statham; THE DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE series by Laini Taylor; THE GRISHA TRILOGY by Leigh Bardugo; THE LOCKWOOD AND CO. series by Jonathan Stroud; PEAK by Roland Smith; ONE CRAZY SUMMER by Rita Williams-Garcia; RAYMIE NIGHTINGALE by Kate DiCamillo; DODGER by Terry Pratchett; ABRAHAM LINCOLN by Carl Sandburg; PIRATES, GHOSTS, AND COASTAL LORE; THE BEST OF JUDGE WHEDBEE by Charles H. Whedbee; BLACKBEARD THE PIRATE by Robert Earle Lee; MY SEVENTH GRADE LIFE IN TIGHTS by Brooks Benjamin; 27 DAYS TO MIDNIGHT by Kristine Kruppa; THE CROSSOVER by Kwame Alexander; ECHO and ESPERANZA RISING by Pam Muñoz Ryan; BROWN GIRL DREAMING by Jacqueline Woodson; and HOODOO by Ronald L. Smith.