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Redefining the Boy Hero (NCTE panel)

The Children's Book Podcast

Release Date: 01/31/2020

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The Children's Book Podcast

Hallee Adelman () shares WAY PAST MAD and THE QUIET SHIP. Hallee’s books reflect big emotions and normalizing these big emotions we feel. WAY PAST MAD involves the quickly escalating feelings of anger and frustration when one thing after another feels like it’s working against us. Those feelings can be hard to get over, but the frustration can also be compounded when we pass those feelings on to others. Emotional intelligence is a strength afforded to some. And what a gift it is when one of those individuals helps us all to understand those big feelings that we’re feeling. You can access...

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Bethan Woollvin () shares BO THE BRAVE, a new picture book about a young princess on the hunt for monsters. All of Bethan’s picture books up to this point have been retellings of well-known fairy tales, but with a twist. LITTLE RED featured an empowered child unwilling to be bested by the wolf. RAPUNZEL refused to be confined by fear in the witch’s tower. HANSEL & GRETEL has wicked children who tease a witch unrelentingly, and they get what’s coming to them. Bethan’s newest picture book is an original fairy tale and it centers on Bo, a young princess who yearns to be invited along...

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Irene Latham (), Karim Shamsi-Basha (), and Yuko Shimizu () share THE CAT MAN OF ALEPPO. This true story is set in Syria in the town of Aleppo during recent wartime. While most of the city sought refuge and fled the city, many could not leave or chose to stay behind to help. This is a story about one of those helpers. Mohammad Alaa Aljaleel, known to all as Alaa, is an ambulance driver who stayed behind to serve his city. I’m going to let the conversation do the talking here because this is a conversation I think will really move you. You can access even more information about this book and...

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Dylan Glynn () shares RAIN BOY, his picture book debut, and BE AMAZING, written by Desmond is Amazing. In RAIN BOY, the title character is ridiculed at a party for bringing everything down. But rain is going to rain, right? When being who you are is what you do, it can be awfully difficult to feel welcome in any space where who you are is rejected. Similarly, the cultural climate of homophobia is changing, but that doesn’t keep queer-centered stories from now taking up most of the spots in ALA’s Most Frequently Banned Books lists. We have a long way to go, but in this queer ugly duckling...

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I gave the Soaring ‘20s High Flying Picture Book Debuts group the keys to the podcast for the week. Today a group of kidlit bookmakers is answering the question, “What ways do you hope readers and teachers will connect with the book?” I’m joined by a very special group of bookmakers, including Rajani LaRocca, Elisa Boxer, Christina Soontornvat, Kirsten Larson, Abi Cushman, NoNieqa Ramos, and Kelly Carey. Check the link in the show notes or visit the Children’s Book Podcast on BookShop to browse many of the books featured throughout this week’s episodes. When you shop there, your...

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The Soaring ‘20s High Flying Picture Book Debuts return for day 3 of 5, taking over this here humble podcast space! And today it’s all about the details! Writers and illustrators take in their surroundings and experiences and sometimes put it into their craft. Today a group of kidlit bookmakers is answering the question, “Are there any details in your book that have come from your life?” Illuminating us with their responses, today I’m joined by Julie Rowan-Zoch, Vicky Fang, Joana Pastro, Isabella Kung, Melanie Ellsworth, Susan Kusel, and Hope Lim. Check the link in the show notes or...

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It’s Day 2 of the Soaring ‘20s High Flying Picture Book Debuts! Today a group of kidlit bookmakers is answering the question, “What did writing or illustrating your book teach you about your craft or about yourself?” Answer that question today is none other than Carrie Finison, Shelley Johannes, Anna Crowley Redding, Gregory Barrington, Qing Zhuang, and Colleen Paeff. Check the link in the show notes or visit the Children’s Book Podcast on BookShop to browse any of the books featured throughout this week’s episodes. When you shop there, your books are sourced from independent...

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Last November I had the esteemed privilege of moderating a panel at NCTE, the annual conference of the National Council of Teachers of English. The panel was titled “Redefining the Boy Hero: Empowering Sensitive Boys and Bucking Gender Stereotypes Through Middle Grade Fiction”. Sitting on the panel among a standing room only crowd were four exceptional children’s book authors: Elana K. Arnold, Erin Entrada Kelly, Kekla Magoon, and Katherine Marsh. We only had one mic and it was affixed to the podium, so I wasn’t sure how this recording would turn out. Thankfully my Zoom H4n Pro went above and beyond, allowing this panel and the noteworthy thoughts of my panelists to be recorded for others to hear. It gives me great pleasure to share this conversation with you. I sincerely hope you enjoy listening.

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