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Unabridged is a bookish podcast hosted by three teachers. We release episodes every week, including a monthly Book Club episode and extra Teaching Tidbits episodes every other week. Join us for bookish fun at our website unabridgedpod.com, on social media @unabridgedpod, or via email at unabridgedpod@gmail.com.
 
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On today's Unabridged episode, we share about a popular topic - books we cannot stop reading! We share about a fantasy favorite, Sarah J. Maas, with A Court of Silver Flames, and romance favorite Alyssa Cole with her thriller When No One Is Watching. We also talk about Laura Hankin’s Happy and You Know It. It's always fun to read a book you can't p…
 
In this Unabridged Podcast episode, we're discussing specific thrillers that we've read and LOVED (including books by Ruth Ware, Oyinkan Braithwaite, and T.M. Logan), and we're talking more generally about what does and does not work for us when it comes to the thriller genre. We've talked a lot recently about comfort reads and light reads, but we …
 
In this Unabridged podcast book club episode, we're discussing Emily Henry's Beach Read. We have a great discussion and pair this one with some other great reads, including Mary Beth Keane’s Ask Again, Yes, Kate Clayborn’s Love Lettering, and Josie Silver’s The Two Lives of Lydia Bird. Beach Read is a contemporary romance that balances witty banter…
 
Here at Unabridged, we love listening to other bookish podcasts! Today, we're thrilled to share an episode from our friends Laura and Jodie at The Island Library podcast. On their episodes, Laura and Jo share about the books they've read and debate whether they would take that book along on a deserted island library, where there are ONLY ten precio…
 
In this Unabridged Book Club discussion, we talk about Jacqueline Woodson's Red at the Bone. Spoiler alert: we all loved this powerful, tightly woven story. We pair this one with Randi Pink’s Angel of Greenwood, Tommy Orange’s There There, and Brit Bennett’s The Mothers. Visit the Unabridged website for our full show notes and links to the books me…
 
In this Unabridged episode, Ashley, Jen, and Sara share about one of our favorite topics—young adult lit books that we want to recommend! We're all passionate about YA literature (both for use in the classroom and in our own reading lives!), and we love sharing some of our favorite YA lit novels with you. This time, we're sharing three of our most …
 
In this Unabridged podcast episode, Ashley, Jen, and Sara share about our reading challenges. We each talk about where we are with the Unabridged Reading Challenge, and then we give updates on where we are with our individual challenges including the Uncorked Challenge, the Beyond the Bookends Challenge, the #21backlistin2021 Challenge, and the Tou…
 
In this Unabridged episode, Jen and Sara share their thoughts about the pilot episode of the CW series The 100, which is now available on Netflix. Ashley joins Sara and Jen for the Bookish Check-In and the Give Me One. Visit the Unabridged website for our full show notes and links to the books mentioned in the episode. Interested in what else we're…
 
In this episode, we answer more questions from listeners. If you missed our first episode back in February, you can listen to those responses as well from episode 166! We talk about some bookish things, but many of the questions are outside of the bookish realm. We hope that you enjoy this peek into our lives outside of reading! Visit the Unabridge…
 
In this Unabridged Book Club episode, we talk about Laura Taylor Namey's young adult romance novel, A Cuban Girl's Guide to Tea and Tomorrow. After our discussion (spoiler alert: this one was a big hit for all of us!), we share our pairings including Stephanie Perkins’s Anna and the French Kiss, Amy Spalding’s We Used to Be Friends, and Elizabeth A…
 
In this Unabridged Episode, Sara talks about Flipgrid, a versatile tool that can be used in the classroom. Flipgrid allows students to record video responses and view each other's responses. Listen to the episode for ideas on how to use this awesome (FREE!) tool in the classroom! Visit the Unabridged website for our full show notes and links to the…
 
In this Unabridged Podcast episode, we discuss the Netflix screen adaptation of Jennifer Mathieu's Moxie. In the episode, we discuss the book and the adaptation and what we thought of each, so check out the adaptation, and then give this discussion a listen! We also share our Bookish Check-ins and, in our Give Me One, talk about a thing we each lik…
 
In this Unabridged episode, we have several amazing middle-grade book recommendations for you all. We share about Jewell Parker Rhodes’s Ghost Boys, Alex Gino’s George, and Dusti Bowling’s Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus as our featured recommendations, and then we each mention a couple of other personal favorites from our recent middl…
 
In this Unabridged Episode, Jen discusses the process of reflecting on the school year with your students. She talks about different methods of reflection, types of feedback she has received, and changes she hopes to make on the basis of her conversations with students. Visit the Unabridged website for our full show notes and links to the books men…
 
In this Unabridged episode, we discuss a favorite genre that is also a category on the Unabridged Reading Challenge 2021 list—fairy tale retellings. We recommend a few favorites including Marissa Meyer’s Cinder, Brigid Kemmerer’s A Curse So Dark and Lonely, and Erin A. Craig’s House of Salt and Sorrows. Visit the Unabridged website for our full sho…
 
In this Unabridged episode, we discuss our May book club pick, Ocean Vuong's novel On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous. We discuss the powerful, heartbreaking, lyrical novel, and then we share our pairings, including Kiese Laymon’s Heavy, Lisa Ko’s The Leavers, and Mira T. Lee’s Everything Here Is Beautiful. Visit the Unabridged website for our full sh…
 
In this Unabridged Teaching Tidbits episode, Ashley shares some teaching tools she'll be taking with her as her family prepares for their big trip. Three tools that she shares are Rocketbooks (which work with Frixion pens), games like Bananagrams, and Osmo games, which work with iPads or Kindle Fire tablets. Some specific things Ashley uses are the…
 
In this Unabridged podcast episode, we share some retellings of classics that we've enjoyed reading. We share our picks including Hena Khan’s More to the Story, Patricia Park’s Re Jane, Rachel Hawkins’s The Wife Upstairs. These recommendations are perfect for the retellings category on our Unabridged Reading Challenge for 2021! Visit the Unabridged…
 
In this Unabridged episode, we talk about a favorite topic for us on the podcast—auto-buy authors! We share some favorite authors and talk about different ways to support authors. We also share our perspectives on what an auto-buy author is for each of us and what would work for that category on the Unabridged Reading Challenge! If you haven't sign…
 
In this Unabridged Episode, Sara talks about one of her favorite writing resources for the classroom. Writing can be a difficult subject to teach with students of all different levels. Sara loves Kelly Gallagher's work, and one of her must-have books is Write Like This: Teaching Real-World Writing Through Modeling and Mentor Texts. She thinks this …
 
In this Unabridged Podcast episode, we discuss the Hulu screen adaptation of John Green's Looking for Alaska. In the episode, we only discuss the pilot episode of the series (which, spoiler alert, we all loved!), so check out the pilot if you're interested, and then give this discussion a listen! We also share our Bookish Check-ins and share some o…
 
In this Unabridged Podcast Book Club episode, we discuss Eric Gansworth's memoir in verse, Apple: Skin to the Core. We talk about what worked for us, share quotes, and offer pairings including Angeline Boulley’s Firekeeper’s Daughter, Steve Sheinkin’s Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team, and Laurie Halse Anderson’s S…
 
In this Unabridged Episode, Jen discusses reasons to use film in the classroom and ways to approach interpreting film with students. She suggests giving students Roger Ebert's "How to Read a Movie," an essay that is a helpful introduction to interpreting movies and points listeners to a short film, Rodrigo Blaas's Alma, that is an excellent introdu…
 
In this Unabridged Podcast episode, we circle back to the books we recommended to each other in episode 139. Each of us got a recommendation from each of our co-hosts, and we read those books and are reporting back about how we felt about them! Be sure to check out episode 139 if you'd like to hear more about why the books were recommended. Visit t…
 
In this Unabridged Podcast episode, we discuss author imprints and the way that those can help readers discover new authors to love. We specifically discuss the Rick Riordan Presents imprint and share books we've read from it including Kwame Mbalia’s Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky, Yoon Ha Lee’s Dragon Pearl, and Carlos Hernandez’s Sal an…
 
In this Unabridged Episode, Ashley talks about the graphic design program Canva. She shares about the benefits of signing up for an educators' account with Canva, and she shares a few tips about using Canva to create images for various purposes as well as suggestions for how it can be used in the classroom with students. To sign up for the Educator…
 
In this Unabridged Book-to-Screen Adaptation episode, we discuss To All the Boys: Always and Forever, the Netflix adaptation of Jenny Han's Always and Forever, Lara Jean. We are all huge fans of the To All the Boys I've Loved Before series, and you can catch our discussion of the first film here. Visit the Unabridged website for our full show notes…
 
In this Unabridged Podcast episode, we discuss some of our favorite tropes and share some book recommendations that have included those tropes. Our recommendations include Beth O’Leary’s The Switch, Helena Hunting’s Kiss My Cupcake, and John Green's The Fault in Our Stars. We talk about some of our favorite and not-so-favorite tropes in romance nov…
 
In this Unabridged Podcast Episode, Sara talks about using graphic memoirs in the classroom. She goes over ideas to use graphic memoirs in literature circles, and some ideas to encourage reluctant readers. Sara also discusses three specific recommendations for graphic memoirs to use in literature circles in your classroom. Visit the Unabridged webs…
 
In this Unabridged Podcast Book Club episode, we discuss Mira Jacob's graphic memoir Good Talk. We talked about this amazing memoir and also shared our pairings, including Craig Thompsons Blankets, James McBride's The Color of Water, and Jarrett J. Krosoczka's Hey, Kiddo. If you're interested in discussing this one with us, be sure to join us on Ma…
 
In this Unabridged Podcast episode, Ashley, Jen, and Sara answer questions from listeners. The questions are both bookish and non-bookish, so we enjoyed mixing those up and doing a speed round as well with some of the questions. Many of the questions came from the Unabridged Ambassadors! Remember to check out that program if you're interested in ge…
 
In this Unabridged Podcast Episode, Jen talks about ways to use some of the features of Google Apps for Education to support reading. She goes over the best ways to distribute Google files to students, the benefits of annotation, and some ideas to support the re-reading of complex texts. Jen also discusses ways to implement collaborative adaptation…
 
In this Unabridged Podcast episode, we discuss the pilot episode of Mismatched, a screen adaptation of Sandhya Menon's young adult romance novel, When Dimple Met Rishi. We all loved this book and enjoyed doing it as a buddy read on Instagram. This adaptation is a perfect fit for our Unabridged Reading Challenge bonus category, watching an adaptatio…
 
In this Unabridged Love is in the Air episode, we talk about some romance book recommendations we each want to share, including discussions of Alexis Daria's You Had Me at Hola, Alisha Rai’s First Comes Like, and Talia Hibbert’s Take a Hint, Dani Brown. There's something for everyone who is looking for a great romance book to read. Any of these pic…
 
In this Unabridged Episode, Ashley talks about a few ways to incorporate more poetry into class routines. She talks about activities teachers can do with students to engage with poetry, and she shares a few places to access more poems including sites such as Poetry Foundation and signing up for daily emails such as the Poem-a-Day email subscription…
 
In this Unabridged Book Club episode, we are discussing Sonali Dev's Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors. This one was chosen by the Unabridged Ambassadors and is a perfect fit for two of our Unabridged Podcast Reading Challenge categories, a romance by an author of color and a retelling of a classic. This month, we are having a Book Club discussio…
 
In this episode of Unabridged, we talk about our reading challenge choices for 2021, including the Unabridged Reading Challenge that we're doing together and our personal choices for an additional reading challenge. We'd love for you to join us for the #unabridgedpodreadingchallenge this year—check out this page for everything you need to dive righ…
 
In this Unabridged Episode, Sara discusses creating connections with six word memoirs and ideas on how to use six word memoirs across the curriculum. Let us know some of your ideas on how to use six word memoirs in your classroom! Interested in what else we're reading? Check out our Featured Books page. Want to support Unabridged?Check out our Merc…
 
In this episode of the Unabridged Podcast, Ashley, Jen, and Sara chat with Adam Schaeuble, host of the Million Pound Mission podcast (now called the Low Carb Hustle podcast) and the Podcasting Business School podcast. After our Bookish Check-in, Adam joins in recommending behavioral science books that can help everyone reach their life goals in 202…
 
In this episode of the Unabridged Podcast, Ashley, Jen, and Sara offer up their book awards for 2020. After sharing their Bookish Check-ins, they each present their award categories and their book picks, which include adult and young adult titles. They end the episode with Non-Bookish Awards. Bookish Check-inAshley - Talia Hibbert’s Take a Hint, Da…
 
In this Unabridged Episode, Jen discusses taking a pause to reflect on changes for the remainder of the school year, including questions to ask, practices to improve, and focuses to implement. Interested in what else we're reading? Check out our Featured Books page. Want to support Unabridged? Check out our Merch Store! Become a patron on Patreon.​…
 
In the first book club discussion of 2021, we are thrilled to discuss Adib Khorram's Darius the Great Is Not Okay. This brilliant young adult lit book addresses so many important topics including family heritage, bullying, friendship, family dynamics, managing depression, and so many other issues with nuance and humor. If you're interested in discu…
 
In this episode of the Unabridged Podcast, after their Bookish Check-ins, Ashley, Jen, and Sara share books they're excited to read in 2021. These are all books by some of their favorite authors, so they also talk about their histories with the authors' previous works. Then, they conclude the episode with the Give Me One segment, sharing some memor…
 
In this bonus episode of the Unabridged Podcast, we share the 2021 Unabridged Podcast Reading Challenge. We hope these categories give you a little push to try some new things in 2021! In episodes through the rest of Season 4, we'll be sharing books that meet the Challenge's categories. And keep an eye on our Bookish Faves and social media (especia…
 
In this Unabridged Podcast episode, we give you a glimpse into our Patreon content with an Unabridged Uncensored recording from Ashley and Sara. Don't miss out on our opinions about a popular thriller, Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl. Bookish Check-in Ashley - TJ Klune’s The House in the Cerulean Sea Jen - Kevin van Whye’s Date Me, Bryson Keller Sara - M…
 
In this Unabridged Teaching Tidbits episode, Ashley talks about incorporating more hands-on activities into the classroom (or at home), and she shares three of her favorite books for making it easier to find and do activities with kids. Ashley shares two books by Asia Citro, creator of Fun at Home with Kids. Ashley talks about 150+ Screen-Free Acti…
 
In this episode of the Unabridged Podcast, Ashley, Jen, and Sara take on the musical phenomenon that is Hamilton. After sharing their Bookish Check-in, each host discusses her Hamilton history, and then they explore together favorite songs, most emotional moments, and favorite scenes. They end the episode with the Give Me One segment, each describi…
 
In this episode of the Unabridged Podcast, Ashley, Jen, and Sara reflect on the reading goals they set back in January. After the Bookish Check-in, they reflect on each reading challenge they chose and provide an update on how they did, what they gained, and what has changed in their reading lives in 2020. After listening to the 2020 reading challe…
 
In this Unabridged Episode, Sara talks about an easy-to-use, free tech tool, Adobe Spark, which includes three different options for creating digital projects: Post, Video, and Page. She discusses the ways to access Adobe Spark (online or as an iPad or phone app), talks about ways the podcast uses Adobe Post and offers ideas about how to implement …
 
In this Book Club episode of the Unabridged Podcast, we talk about Christina Lauren's holiday rom-com, In a Holidaze. After our Bookish Check-in, where we each share what we're reading, we chat about the novel and then offer another holiday book recommendation. We end with our Give Me One and talk about holiday songs that make us cringe. Bookish Ch…
 
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