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2020 Holiday Book Guide: Kids and Teens

Jonathan Borba
On this episode of Talk of Iowa, a look at some of the top books for kids and teens from 2020 just in time for a socially distant winter.

Whether you’re looking for a new series for your middle reader, your child’s new favorite picture book, or a compelling graphic novel for your teen, there’s never been a better time to give the gift of reading.

On this episode of Talk of Iowa, It’s the annual holiday book show, kids edition! Devin Redmond of Coralville Central Elementary joins Charity Nebbe and two brand new independent bookstore owners, Amber Collins of the Soul Book Nook in Waterloo and Amanda Lepper of Dog Eared Books in Ames, to offer top pics for young, middle and teen readers.


  • Devin Redmond, teacher and librarian, Coralville Central Elementary
  • Amber Collins, owner, Soul Book Nook in Waterloo
  • Amanda Lepper, co-owner, Dog Eared Books in Ames (soon to open in person, live online)


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Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Katelyn Harrop is a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa
Dennis Reese was the mid-day host for Iowa Public Radio