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The Cloud Story

Reading With Your Kids Podcast

Release Date: 12/06/2023

The Spider Who Wanted To Be A Kitten show art The Spider Who Wanted To Be A Kitten

Reading With Your Kids Podcast

Michelle Knudson and Kevin Hawkes are on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate their new children's book, Luigi, the spider who wanted to be a kitten. Michelle shares how the story was inspired by a real spider she met while staying in a friend's country home. Kevin discusses the challenge of illustrating a spider in a way that would make it appear cute and cuddly. He had to think creatively about how to use Luigi's extra legs to create kitten-like features. Both the author and illustrator enjoyed collaborating on bringing Luigi to life. They hope the story will teach children that...

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O'Brien McMahon is on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate his new picture book "How You Become You." He discusses how the book aims to provide guidance for both children and parents on figuring out who you are and what you love. It presents a framework of trying new things, reflecting on your experiences, and finding ways to pursue your interests and live according to your beliefs. While entertaining kids with imaginative illustrations, O'Brien hopes the book also resonates with adults. He encourages making reading a collaborative family experience and having meaningful...

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Jessica Gold and Brian Werts are on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate Jessica's children's book "The Winner at Being Me." Jessica discusses how the book explores children finding their hidden talents. Brian shares how he brought the characters to life through illustration. Jed reflects on challenges raising two different children and their interests. The guests discuss the importance of finding hobbies to build confidence and self-esteem in kids. Brian emphasizes practicing art daily. Jessica shares her next project with Brian about connecting generations through stickball and...

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Claire Noland is on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate the release of her new children's book "Nancy Best Had a Dress." She discusses the story, which takes place during the Great Depression and features illustrations by Angela Hawkins. Claire talks about how the book can spark conversations about sustainability and reusing materials. Host Jed Doherty provides marketing tips for authors, suggesting Claire target niche venues like quilt museums. Claire shares her volunteer work promoting literacy in Nicaragua and building a library. Both encourage supporting libraries and emphasize...

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Erica Richmond is on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate the release of her debut children's book, Pixie and the Bees. She discusses how the story came from her own experience with anxiety, which she describes as feeling like buzzing bees inside her body. Erica shares strategies she uses to manage anxiety, such as exercise, breathwork, and mindfulness. Jed Doherty and Erica discuss the importance of teaching children these self-care strategies proactively.  Click here to visit our website -  

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Barbara Dee is on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate her new middle grade novel Unstuck. She discusses how the novel explores the challenges a 7th grader named Lila faces with family turmoil as her older sister resists college and the loss of her best friend. Barbara emphasizes using humor to make serious topics more palatable for middle grade readers. She reflects on how her own children's experiences with changing friendships influenced the story. Both Barbara and host Jed Doherty agree that reading books together allows parents and children opportunities for important...

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The Presidents Decoded! show art The Presidents Decoded!

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Katie Kennedy is on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate her books "US Presidents Decoded" and "US Constitution Decoded". She discusses how the books use primary sources like letters and documents to help readers understand American history. Kennedy explains key concepts like primary, secondary, and tertiary sources to the host. They discuss the founding fathers and Constitution, with Kennedy arguing against replacing the document. Kennedy encourages learning local history and one's family roots. She shares interesting facts about presidents like Ulysses S. Grant's love of horses....

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Anandamayi Baker is on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate her award winning #ChildrensBook Bee Coming Strong. The book tells the story of a tiny little bee and her journey of overcoming bullying and low self-esteem with the help of her queen bee. Baker was inspired to write the book after observing how disconnected children have become from nature, and the anxiety many experienced during the pandemic. Jedlie and Baker discussed the importance of connecting children to nature to help reduce anxiety. They emphasized slowing down and paying attention to small things in nature....

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Connie Schultz is on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate her debut children's picture book, Lola and the Troll. The book addresses the themes of bullying and self-esteem through the story of a little girl named Lola who is bullied by a neighborhood troll. With the help of her friend Mrs. B, Lola learns to embrace her uniqueness. Schultz drew inspiration for the book from her experiences battling trolls on social media. Both speakers emphasized the importance of having conversations with children about topics like bullying, self-esteem, love, and media literacy. They agreed that...

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Micha Archer is on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate her new children's book "What's New Daniel". She discusses the challenges of writing picture books with very few words and having to choose each word carefully. Micha Archer also talks about the importance of listening to children and understanding their perspectives in order to write books that resonate with them. Both Micha Archer and host Jed Doherty reflect on fond childhood memories spent in nature and the enduring presence of trees and lakes. They discuss inspiring children's curiosity and appreciation for the natural...

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Elliot Herland is on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate his debut children's book "The Cloud Story". Elliot explained how the book came about through his daughter Katie Marquardt who illustrated it for her college portfolio. The book uses descriptive imagery of nature to teach children mindfulness techniques like breathing exercises. It takes readers on a journey through different landscapes while cueing them to breathe. Elliot discussed how he would tell the story to his kids as they fell asleep and how Katie encouraged him to write it down. He went through several revisions guided by her feedback. They worked with a publisher to edit and produce the book. Elliot hopes the book can help kids deal with anxiety and stress through meditation. He and Katie may collaborate on future books building off the characters and exploring new themes and stories.

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