Last month, The Absolutely Mindy Show and author-illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka launched “The Book Report with JJK" interview segment on the Kids Place Live radio channel on Sirius XM (see our story). This month, the same team is kicking off the Summer Book Club. At the end of each month this summer, JJK and Mindy Thomas will air an interview with a different featured author, who will additionally be available for a live chat following the interview. Kids who have read books by that author will be eligible to win prizes.

The guest in June is Marc Brown and young listeners are encouraged to read as many of his books as they can before joining in the on-air chat with Brown on June 27. As a contest prize, the author-illustrator will draw one winner as a character in Arthur the aardvark’s world. To enter, kids can have their parents email photos of them reading the books, or comment on the Kids Place Live Facebook page. Krosoczka has posted encouragement on his blog: “…Get creative, pack those library books on the summer car trip and HAVE FUN! And most importantly, READ!”