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Everything You Need to Know About Writing Diverse Stories for Kids

Reading With Your Kids Podcast

Release Date: 06/23/2024

Mischievous Crows, Adventurous Pudge, and Hip Hop Dreams: A Diverse Lineup of Children's Book Creators show art Mischievous Crows, Adventurous Pudge, and Hip Hop Dreams: A Diverse Lineup of Children's Book Creators

Reading With Your Kids Podcast

In this episode of Reading with Your Kids, host Jed Doherty had the pleasure of speaking with several talented kid's book authors and illustrators. First up were sisters Janet Lord and Julie Paschkiss, who collaborated on the picture book "Crick Crack Crow." Janet wrote the story, while Julie brought the mischievous crow to life through her vibrant illustrations. The siblings discussed their creative process and the special connection they share as co-creators. Next, Jed welcomed John Krause, author of the Pudge Amazon middle-grade book series. Krause shared how his childhood nickname "Pudge"...

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The Power of Storytelling: How Kid's Books Can Bring Families Together show art The Power of Storytelling: How Kid's Books Can Bring Families Together

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In this episode of Reading with Your Kids, we had the pleasure of speaking with two talented kids' book authors and illustrators - Carter Higgins and Ryeigh A Starr. Carter Higgins joined us to celebrate her delightful picture book "Round and Round the Year We Go," which celebrates the changing seasons and the joy of reading with kids. Carter shared how her experience as a school librarian influenced her approach to creating books that feel like a cozy story time experience. We also had the chance to chat with Ryleigh A Starr, the author behind the Australian Animals Children's Book Series....

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Hey there, book lovers! We've got a juicy episode for you today, packed with fruity fun and heartwarming family moments. First up, we chatted with Mike Boldt about his new picture book "Cantaloupe and Honeydew Ride a Bike." It's a sweet story about two melon pals learning to pedal their way through life's challenges. Mike shared some behind-the-scenes scoop on his creative process, including how he came up with the idea of personifying these fruity friends. He even spilled the beans on his unique illustration technique, combining real fruit photos with hand-drawn expressions. Pretty cool,...

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Reading Without Limits: The Power of Accessible Literature show art Reading Without Limits: The Power of Accessible Literature

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Hey there, book lovers and tech enthusiasts! Today's episode is a real eye-opener about how technology is revolutionizing reading for everyone, especially kids with learning differences. We kicked things off with Ayan Kishore from Benetech, who's doing amazing work with Bookshare. Imagine a free online library with over 1.3 million books, all accessible to kids who struggle with traditional reading. We're talking text-to-speech, customizable fonts, and even refreshable Braille displays. It's not just cool tech – it's life-changing stuff that's boosting reading comprehension for kids with...

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Squawks and Scribes: Exploring Language and History in Kids' Literature show art Squawks and Scribes: Exploring Language and History in Kids' Literature

Reading With Your Kids Podcast

Hey there, book lovers! Today we've got a real treat for you - two amazing authors talking about their fascinating new children's books. First up is Gabriella Aldeman, chatting about her bilingual book "Squawk of Spanish." This heartwarming story follows Max, a kid struggling to speak Spanish despite his bilingual household. Gabriella dives into the challenges of translating the book, the importance of embracing imperfection in language learning, and how to help kids gain confidence in speaking another language. She even shares some personal anecdotes about her own family's bilingual journey....

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Hey there, podcast fans! Get ready for an exciting episode of Reading with Your Kids featuring not one, but two awesome guests. First up, we've got Jerry Kolber from Atomic Entertainment, the mastermind behind the hit kids' podcast "Who Smarted?". Jerry dishes on how they're making learning fun for kids and parents alike with their daily 15-minute episodes covering everything from science to pop culture. But wait, there's more! We also chat with YA fantasy author M.B. Mooney about his epic new book "Shield of the King". Mooney takes us into the world of Elowin, a young elf navigating a complex...

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Beyond the Pages: Creating Inclusive Spaces Through Kids' Books show art Beyond the Pages: Creating Inclusive Spaces Through Kids' Books

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In this heartwarming episode of "Reading With Your Kids," we dive into the world of Kids' books that tackle important social issues. First up, we chat with Shannon Anderson about her new book "B is for Belonging." Shannon shares how this alphabet book explores the concept of belonging versus fitting in, inspired by Brené Brown's work. She emphasizes the importance of creating a classroom environment where kids feel safe to be themselves and take creative risks. Shannon also gives us a sneak peek into her upcoming books, including "I Love Blueberries" and "Speak Up with Your Beak Up." We...

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Beyond the Classroom: Igniting a Lifelong Love of Reading show art Beyond the Classroom: Igniting a Lifelong Love of Reading

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Hey there, book lovers! This episode of Reading With Your Kids was jam-packed with awesome insights about fostering a love of reading beyond the classroom. We chatted with Becca Sexton, a teacher librarian who shared some eye-opening facts.  Becca and Jed swapped stories about how school librarians changed their lives, and emphasized the importance of giving kids access to books and letting them choose what they want to read. They also touched on the power of pleasure reading and how it can turn kids into lifelong bookworms. We also heard from Sarah Versher, author of "Magnificent and...

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Reading With Your Kids Podcast

Hey there, book lovers! We've got a real treat for you in this episode of Reading with Your Kids. We sat down with not one, but two awesome children's book authors! First up, we chatted with Joe Gatto - yep, that Joe from Impractical Jokers! He's swapped pranks for pages with his new book "Where's Bearry." Joe spilled the beans on how his son's stuffed animal drama inspired the story, and why he thinks reading with kids is so darn important. Then we caught up with local author Gia Susi, who's tackling some big topics in her book "When the World Feels a Little Scary." Gia shared her journey...

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This Fourth of July episode of "Reading with Your Kids" celebrates American values and diversity through children's literature. Host Jed Doherty interviews author Bob McKinnon about his new book "America's Dreaming," which addresses the challenges faced by new students in schools and promotes inclusivity. McKinnon discusses his initiative to donate 100 "Welcome Wagons" to schools, fostering a sense of belonging for the 5 million kids who change schools annually. The episode also features Laura W. Carter and Anna Doherty, the author-illustrator team behind "A Steminist Force." This STEM-focused...

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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. They emphasized the importance of cultural representation in books and knowing one's identity and history. They also talked about respecting different perspectives and the need for forgiveness and understanding. When speaking with Johnson, they explored her writing process, including how she developed characters through backstories before realizing the plot. Johnson recommended techniques for aspiring authors like free writing to unlock creativity.

Overall, the episode provided insights into children's literature and focused on cultural identity, family dynamics, the writing process, and bringing diverse voices and stories to readers. The discussions emphasized bonding through shared and differing human experiences as well as giving second chances and embracing what unites communities.

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