top of page
  • White Facebook Icon
  • Instagram
  • White Twitter Icon
banner logo color.png

A Dear America

Latest Episode


The Civil War Diary of Emma Simpson Part 1: Gone With the Wind...for Kids?

Dear Diary, 

We've reached book 3 in the series! And it's... certainly something! Author Barry Denenberg tackles a big topic with When Will This Cruel War Be Over?: The Civil War Diary of Emma Simpson. 

We have a lot of thoughts about this book, namely, why did they choose to focus on a slave-owning white girl from the South? Tune in to hear our hot takes, bad southern accents, and odes to Ken Burns' docu-series, The Civil War. 

Yours Truly, 

Cate and Jen

Old Books

   The Show

Welcome to The Ribbon Book Club! We are Cate Reed and Jen Vos, two friends who built bonded over a shared passion for history and stories. We began podcasting together in 2016, and in 2022 decided to launch our new venture, The Ribbon Book Club: A Dear America Podcast.

The Dear America book series was a popular young-reader series from Scholastic in the late 1990s-2000s. Each book was written like a diary, from the perspective of a young girl at different points in American history. The series has had a lasting effect on many history lovers. 


We want to honor the importance of young adult historical fiction by revisiting this beloved book series, learning more about the history behind the stories, and talking to experts in the field. Through our podcast, we hope to introduce the Dear America book series to a new audience and provide an engaging and educational experience for young adults.

podcast art, banner reading The Ribbon Book Club, two oval portraits of women looking at each other, text below reads A Dear America Podcast
Cate Portrait2.png


Jen portrait.png

Cate Reed


Jen Vos


Cate is a former museum educator and loving mother to her dog, Gambit. She is passionate about literacy, cooking, history, and Jim Henson. Other interests include letter writing and the Ice Age. 

Jen is a museum curator turned archivist. She spends most of her time thinking about D&D and planning murder mysteries for her friends. She has a deep love for her three-legged cat, Artemis. 

Danny Heck


Danny is a film graduate of Grand Valley State University and a lifelong lover of nature, storytelling, the weird, and the wonderful. Everything he does, he does in service of his beloved kitty cat Princess.

bottom of page