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Reading With Your Kids Podcast

Release Date: 09/23/2023

Do Grimm Fairy Tales Have A Place In Today's Kidlit? show art Do Grimm Fairy Tales Have A Place In Today's Kidlit?

Reading With Your Kids Podcast

In this episode of Reading With Your Kids we meet three fascinating authors. We first meet author A Kidd who returned to the show to celebrate  "Yasuko and the Dream Eater", which was inspired by a Japanese folk tale. She enjoyed bringing elements of Japanese culture to readers. We talk about fairy tales and ask if the original Grimm Fairy Tales have a place in today's Kidlit. We also meet author Nicholas Aragon, who writes the "Curly Crow" series. He took over the series after his mother wrote the first book. Nicholas discussed how writing helps him feel close to his mother and give back...

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This episode of Reading With Your Kids featured discussions about children's literature, cultural identity, and the writing process. First, Jacqueline Christine discussed her book "Mommy's Day Off" and how growing up in a Puerto Rican household influenced her writing. The conversation then turned to the importance of representing diverse families. Next, Janet Sumner Johnson introduced her middle grade novel "The Winterton Deception," which follows twin siblings who enter a spelling bee and uncover secrets about their wealthy family heritage. Jed Doherty and the guests discussed several themes....

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This episode of Reading With Your Kids featured two authors introducing us to their children's books that celebrate human-animal bonds and culture. Bethany Murgia, author of "Wagnificent", shared how her graphic novel was inspired by her dog. She discussed researching dog behavior and domestication to portray the dog's perspective accurately through illustrations. Murgia described creating a series to focus on empathy and understanding between species. Jedlie brought up experiences growing up with many dogs and interviewed Murgia about the challenges of writing graphic novels. They imagined...

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This episode of Reading with Your Kids is all about cozy tales and Teddy Bear dreams. First up is our conversation with Amy Hess and Erin Stead. They are on the show to celebrate their book "Big Bear and Little Bear Go Fishing," which tells the story of a big bear and little bear going on a fishing trip together. They emphasized the importance of relationships in stories and capturing coziness through illustrations. Valerie Woebkinberg also joins us to celebrate  her "Miles Across America" series, which follows the adventures of a cat named Miles as he learns about important events in...

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Are Your Kids Financially Literate? show art Are Your Kids Financially Literate?

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This episode of Reading with Your Kids focused on the importance of teaching children financial literacy from a young age. Our first guest is Anthony Delauney. He tells us about his Owning the Dash book series which teaches kids financial concepts through storybooks. He emphasized starting these lessons early through activities parents and children can do together. The next guest, Brooke Lapides, presented her new book Financial Fun from A to Z which defines financial terms for kids in an alphabet format. Lapides discussed how her work in finance revealed many adults' lack financial knowledge...

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Welcome to episode 2000 of Reading With Your Kids. We are celebrating that milestone by celebrating the power of diverse storytelling to heal and build community resilience. .Our first guest is Dr Amra Sabic El Rayes, shares her experience growing up in Bosnia during a time of targeted violence and military siege. She discusses three magical summers from her childhood and the escalating narratives of hate she experienced. Dr Amra emphasizes the importance of authentic storytelling and diverse representation in combating hateful ideologies. The conversation explores Dr Amra's work creating...

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Christa Avampato returns to Reading With Your Kids to celebrate her Emerson Page middle grade series. She discussed how her character Emerson came to her during a difficult time and inspired her healing journey. Avampato shared details about Emerson's latest adventure in her new book "Where the Light Leads," which takes place in Ireland. We also welcomed Healey Ikerd, author of the picture book "The Red Ball." She shared a personal story her mother told her about growing up in East Germany, which inspired the book. "The Red Ball" teaches about friendship and forgiveness through a story where a...

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This is a powerful episode of Reading With Your Kids. Astrid Kamalyan celebrated her book "Babo, a Tale of Armenian Rug Washing Day", which tells the story of an Armenian family tradition in a lighthearted way. She talked about growing up in post-war Armenia and experiencing hardships but finding community and love within her family. We then travel to the Connecticut Book Festival to speak with three local authors. Branwen O'Shea talked about her science fiction book "The Chasm", which features several points of view including humans and alien "star beings" who view the same events very...

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On this episode of Reading With Your Kids we are celebrating healthy romance and immune systems. First up Kaitlin Hill celebrates her YA romance novel "Wild About You." She shared about the college experiences explored in the book, including the main character Natalie struggling with mental health while navigating school, a reality show, and a new romance. The hosts discussed the high cost of college and pressure on students. Kaitlin hopes that Wild About You will help spark family conversations about these challenges. Next, Dr. Namita Gandhi celebrated her children's book "Immune Heroes"...

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On this episode of Reading with Your Kids we welcome several guests celebrating new children's books. Our first guest is author Ashley Iman, who wrote the debut picture book Ruby Renee Had So Much To Say. Ashley discussed how the book was inspired by her own childhood experiences as a talkative student. She wanted to create a character like her younger self that found positive ways to share her curiosity about the world.   Our next guests are father-son duo Steve and Cliff Simmons, who have written a series of books together called Where Do Creatures Sleep At Night. In their latest book,...

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Gregory G. Allen is on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate his #Spooky #ChapterBook  "The Monsters of Marymuont Mansion," The book centers around a young monster named Toby who lives in the basement of the Marymont mansion and longs to venture out into the world beyond Halloween. Through Toby's journey, the book explores themes of self-acceptance, diversity, and chosen family. Gregory shared that he has a passion for telling stories that encourage children to embrace their differences and accept others who may be different as well. Gregory's engaging school presentations are dynamic and interactive, aimed at capturing the attention of young readers. He emphasizes the importance of being quick on his feet and engaging with the audience, even running around the auditorium to maintain energy and interest. Gregory believes that a static podium speech can bore children, so he prefers to be active and animated, keeping them enthralled. He also discussed his previous book, "Chicken Boy: The Amazing Adventures of a Superhero with Autism," inspired by his godson. Gregory shared how his godson initially didn't realize he was the inspiration for the book but later read it and identified with the character.

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