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Reading With Your Kids is all about encouraging parents to read with their kids, and cook with their kids, and do activities with their kids, and experience tv, movies and music together. In other words, our podcast is all about helping parents build stronger relationships with their kids.

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    Who Will Accompanyiny You?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2023 26:23

    The conversation between Jed Doherty and Meg Stafford explores the enriching experiences of travel and its impact on personal growth, family dynamics, and the connections between parents and children. Meg shares anecdotes about her daughters' transformative journeys to Nepal, Bhutan, Colombia, and beyond. These experiences encouraged independence, mindfulness, and cultural understanding, shaping her daughters' perspectives and life choices. They discuss the importance of travel in broadening horizons, fostering openness, and strengthening family bonds. The conversation touches on the significance of co-reading Meg's book, "Who Will Accompany You," as a catalyst for familial discussions, inspiring curiosity, and planning future adventures. Meg emphasizes the mutual learning between parents and children during travel experiences, highlighting the value of being vulnerable, adaptable, and connected in unfamiliar environments. The conversation concludes with Meg sharing her upcoming travel plans and inviting listeners to explore her website for more insights into her journeys and writings. Throughout, the conversation celebrates the joys and lessons of exploring the world together as a family. Click here to visit Meg's website -  Click here to visit our website - 

    We Belong To Each Other

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2023 31:30

    Gareth Higgins is on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate his book "Cory in the Seventh Story Place," Gareth tells us this book was inspired by conversations on 'us versus them' mentality and unnecessary conflicts. Rooted in Gareth's experiences in Northern Ireland, he and his co-author aimed to address dehumanization and marginalization, especially for bullied or marginalized children. In their conversation on the podcast Gareth and Jedlie highlight the impact of words, advocating against the belief that names can't hurt. They discuss how societal conflicts often stem from a lack of belonging and fairness rather than just ideological differences. They touch upon the Northern Ireland conflict, emphasizing the importance of dialogue, non-violence, and understanding. Both Gareth and Jedlie agree that Love, to them, means extending oneself for others' sake, promoting courage, selflessness, and building a bigger table without harming anyone. They stress the need to start conversations about love and belonging with kids, challenging the negative narratives they might encounter elsewhere. Gareth's book aims to inspire conversations about building a better world, extending beyond childhood lessons, and becoming the goal of societal interactions. Gareth and Jed encourage fostering understanding, collaboration, and a shared responsibility to create a more inclusive and empathetic society. Click here to visit our website - 

    A Most Prolific Author

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 28, 2023 26:07

    Kelly Anne Manuel, an uncommon author,is on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate her remarkable journey in creating 31 children's books in a mere six months. Her prolific burst of creativity astonished the host, especially considering the typical years-long process of traditional publishing. Kelly's background in child development and diverse professional experiences laid the groundwork for her writing journey. She revealed her writing process, emphasizing the natural flow of creating nursery rhymes. Kelly shared how achieving internal quiet by silencing self-doubting voices enabled her to hear her true creative voice. Her advice to aspiring authors was simple: use free resources like Canva and Istock to create, self-publish, and fulfill your creative visions. Regarding her books, Kelly pointed to platforms like Pro Audio Voices for audio versions and Vimeo for videos. She highlighted the accessibility and affordability of her creations, promoting them passionately to reach a wider audience. Click here to visit our website - 

    Brainy Tops

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2023 26:56

    Scott Emmons, the creator of Brainy Tops Press, is on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate his innovative line of coloring and activity books. Brainy Tops Press books blend rhyming stories with engaging activities, aiming for an interactive experience that goes beyond typical coloring books. Scott shared insights about the challenge of merging storytelling with activities, facing occasional pushback, but generally receiving positive responses when people experience the books firsthand. He highlighted titles like "Dinosaur Day," "Unicorn Party," "The Magnificent Monsters of Creeping Isle," "Where Does Pizza Come From?," "Cheer Up Christmas Pup," and "Abel Town," with the latter supporting an organization aiding adults with intellectual disabilities. Scott's journey from writing humor at Hallmark to working on StoryBots projects nurtured his knack for rhymed verse, influencing the fun and engaging nature of Brainy Tops books. His creative verses, such as those describing quirky monsters, reflect the humor and playful tone found throughout his work. Click here to visit Scott's website -  Click here to visit our website - 

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    Jackie And The Books She Loved

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2023 27:09

    Author & retired school librarianRonni Diamondstein is on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate her #Debut #CchildrensBook, "Jackie and the Books She Loved." The book explores the life of former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, focusing on her love for literature and how it influenced her and her family. Diamondstein shared her journey from a teacher to an author, highlighting the importance of persistence in pursuing one's passion. She also discussed the Chappaqua Children's Book Festival, which she co-founded and where she had the opportunity to be an author, connecting with young readers and adults alike. Click here to visit Ronnie's website -  Click here to visit our website -

    Beautiful El Salvador!

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2023 2:09

    Our host Jedlie recently had the honor of touring the beautiful nation of El Salvador with Clowns Without Borders. Sit back and enjoy some of he beauty, and some of the beautiful smiles, Jedlie encountered in El Salvador. Click here to visit the Clowns Without Borders website -  Click here to learn more about visiting El Salvador -  Click here to visit our website - 

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    I Am Musical

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2023 27:08

    Barbara Brown is on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate her delightful #Childrens #PictureBook  "I Am Musical Adventures with Waffles." Barbara tells us she wrote the book to encourage kids to embrace their musicality. She highlights the importance of nurturing kids' musical interests and having open conversations about the music they enjoy. She also shares her background in ethnomusicology and the significance of recognizing and celebrating diverse musical cultures. Barbara plans to turn "Adventures of Waffles" into a series, exploring various aspects of music and how people of all backgrounds experience it. Click here to visit Barbara's website -  Click here to visit our website - 

    The Girl With The Big Voice

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 21, 2023 28:00

    In a delightful conversation, author Veronica Santaguida and illustrator Veronika Gruntovskaya come together on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate their book "The Girl with the Big Voice." The story follows a little girl named Emma, who is criticized for her big, confident voice. It's inspired by the experiences of the author and her children. Veronica and Veronika's collaboration showcases the importance of embracing one's uniqueness and respecting others while celebrating life and work-life balance in Montreal's culture. They emphasize the value of allowing young illustrators the freedom to create, appreciating the beauty in a mess, and the power of art to help us feel.  Click here to visit the Girl With The Big Voice website -  Click here to visit our website - 

    Teaching Kids To Appreciate The Little Things In Life

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2023 25:49

    Mike Purewall returns to the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate his new #ChildrensBook "Boban from Saltan." Mike tells us his  book is focused on teaching children about the world, the body, and nature through humor and whimsical rhymes. The book encourages kids to appreciate the little things in life and practice gratitude. The host and Mike also discussed the importance of living gratefully and the benefits it brings. Mike shared his journey from a corporate career to becoming a children's book author and emphasized the need to step out of one's comfort zone for personal growth. They also talked about the changing sense of humor in kids, influenced by technology and media. Mike expressed the importance he places on reading with his children and shared that his family has a no-screen rule during the week. Click here to visit Mike's website -  Click here to visit our website - 

    Good Books For Bad Children

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2023 36:27

    Beth Kephart is on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate her book "Good Books for Bad Children," which pays tribute to Ursula Nordstrom, a pioneering children's book editor. Kephart highlights how Nordstrom shaped the world of children's literature by championing unconventional stories and embracing diversity. She shares anecdotes about Nordstrom's relationships with authors like Maurice Sendak and her unwavering commitment to children's books. Kephart also emphasizes the importance of teaching children to appreciate the creative and collaborative process behind the books they love. The conversation explores Nordstrom's impact and legacy in the world of children's literature. Click here to visit Beth's website -  Click here to visit our website - 

    Extra Normal

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2023 23:47

    Kate Alice Marshall returns to the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate  her new #MiddleGrade #Novel, "Extra Normal." Kate tells us the book follows Charlie Greer, the oldest child in a family of paranormal investigators, who lacks supernatural powers. When suspicious neighbors move in across the street, Charlie must unravel the mystery without her parents finding out. Inspired by "The X-Files" and "The Conjuring," the story explores themes of family, responsibility, and identity. Kate's love for middle-grade fiction stems from its exploration of self-discovery and emotion, making it a compelling age category for her writing. She also shares her interest in researching various topics for potential future projects, including caving and Antarctica. Click here to visit Kate's website -  Click here to visit our website - 

    Dork Diaries In Paris

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2023 30:38

    Author Rachel Renee Russell and her daughter, illustrator Nikki Russell are on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate the latest title in their popular "Dork Diaries," series.  Rachel tells us that "Tales from the Not-So-Posh Paris Adventure." is the 15th bok in the series and shares how the series was inspired by her daughter Nikki's experiences growing up, facing bullying and teasing. The mother - daughter team emphasize the importance of encouraging kids to embrace their uniqueness and remind them that things will get better. The series, which is  available in 42 languages, appeals to reluctant readers with relatable characters and humor. The creators also express their desire for a theatrical release of a Dork Diaries movie. Click here to visit the Dork Diaries website -  Click here to visit our website - 

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    We Gather Together

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 14, 2023 27:03

    Denise Kiernan is on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate her new book, "We Gather Together," Denise tells us this book delves into the history and evolution of the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States. Denise highlights the role of Sarah Josepha Hale, a widowed mother of five, in advocating for a national day of Thanksgiving celebrated on the last Thursday of November. This tradition, which we now know as Thanksgiving, began during the Civil War when President Abraham Lincoln accepted Hale's request. However, it wasn't officially designated a federal holiday until World War II. Kiernan emphasizes the importance of gratitude and unity during challenging times, making #Thanksgiving a time for reflection and appreciation. Click here to visit Denise's website -  Click here to visit our website - 

    Confessions Of A Class Clown

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2023 25:12

    Arianne Costner is on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate "Confessions of a Class Clown," her latest #MiddleGrade #Novel. She tells us she drew inspiration from her experience as a seventh-grade English teacher, where she encountered class clowns. The story centers around Jack, a class clown who seeks validation and online popularity while navigating the challenges of finding true friendships. The book delves into themes of social media, emphasizing the importance of healthy online behavior. Arianne believes it can spark important conversations between parents and children about social media literacy and online relationships. Her aim is to represent the depth within class clowns and their struggles. Click here to visit Arianne's website -  Click here to visit our website - 

    The Untold Origin Of Punxsutawney Phil

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2023 31:32

    Rob Long and Andrew Dolberg are on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate "The Great Weather Diviner: The Untold Origin of Punxsutawney Phil." The pair insights about their middle-grade fantasy novel and tells us the book reimagines the story of Punxsutawney Phil, the famous groundhog, in a fantasy world filled with anthropomorphic animals. The story carries a strong environmental message as it delves into the consequences of nature turning against the inhabitants of Punxsutawney. Long and Dolberg also discuss their writing process and plans for a series of books set in the same universe, emphasizing their commitment to delivering an important message about climate change in an engaging way for young readers. Click here to click on Rob and Andrew's website -  Click here to visit our website - 

    I Will Love You Forver And Always

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2023 30:30

    Sarah Thomas Mariano is on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate her #Debut #PictureBook "I Will Love You Forever and Always." Sarah tells us she has a background in social work and that her book was inspired by her work in therapy with children and families. The book uses animal characters to convey universal themes of love and emotional attachment, providing parents with a tool to discuss the concept of unconditional love with their children. Sarah emphasized the significance of helping parents find the words to express their love and connect with their kids. Click here to visit Sarah's website -  Click here to visit our website - 

    Holy Night Little Star

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2023 29:34

    Mitali Perkins returns to the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate her new book, "Holy Night and Little Star." The book is a retelling of the nativity story from the perspective of the galaxies. It focuses on a character named Little Star, who is hesitant to embrace change but eventually learns the beauty of accepting new things. Perkins emphasizes the importance of reading with children and using imagination to deepen one's faith. The conversation delves into forgiveness, the freedom to say no, and the significance of living one's faith in everyday life. Click here to visit Mitali's website -  Click here to visit our website - 

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    There's A Yeti In My Tummy

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 7, 2023 28:41

    Meredith Rusu is on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate her new #PictureBook "There's a Yeti in My Tummy. " Meredith tells the book explores how kids can have powerful emotions, portrayed in the story as a yeti bursting out of them. Meredith emphasizes the need to embrace and find joy in the chaos of childhood, as kids navigate their unique experiences and emotions. She also highlights the importance of accepting and understanding children's individuality. The interview touches on her experiences in adapting various books and her excitement about her own book series. Click here to visit Meredith's website -  Click here to visit our website - 

    Can You Dance Like A Peacock

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2023 29:55

    Dr. Rekha Rajan, a multi-talented author, musician, and educator. She returns to the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate her #Debut #Childrens #PictureBook, "Can You Dance Like a Peacock?" Dr Rekha explains that the book was inspired by her children during the COVID-19 pandemic and their love for mimicking animal movements. The book features various animals and their unique dances, encouraging young readers to get up and move while learning. Dr. Rekha emphasizes the importance of incorporating arts into education, as it fosters creativity and critical thinking skills. She also shares her experiences with her children's involvement in the arts and how it positively impacted their confidence and social interactions. Click here to visit Dr Rekha's website -  Click here to visit our website - 

    The Beauty Of Being Bi-Lingual

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2023 28:32

    Fatima Pimienta is on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate her new #BiLingual #ChildrensBook "Little Curiosity/Curiosita," Ffatima tells us the book is designed to be enjoyed in both English and Spanish, allowing families to read it in multiple ways. Fatima emphasizes the importance of embracing diversity and language as part of the American experience. She also shares her experiences growing up in a bilingual border town and how this influenced her perspective. The interview touches on the cultural richness and diversity of the United States, with the host highlighting the value of understanding and appreciating different languages and cultures.  Click here to visit our website - 

    Finding Your Voice At A Haunted Carnival

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2023 25:44

    Laura Stegman is on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate "Ready Or No", the latest title in her  "Summer of Luck" trilogy. The trilogy centers around three kids who meet at a summer camp and discover their voices with the help of a magical carnival and a ghost. "Summer of Luck" is about their struggles with communication, while "Ready or Not" delves into the challenges of doing what's right when everything goes wrong. The third book, "The Chambered Nautilus," continues the story. Laura shares her inspiration from a childhood book and her mission to offer kids a sense of not being alone in their struggles.  Click here to visit Laura's website -  Click here to visit our website - 

    Frizzy Lizzy

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2023 26:35

    Liz Leonard is on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate her #debut #PictureBook "Frizzy Lizzy," Liz tells us this book follows a seven-year-old girl, Frizzy Lizzy, with curly hair and touches on themes of self-acceptance, sibling relationships, and divorced parents. Liz shared her inspiration for the book, drawing from her own experiences and her desire to help children embrace their unique family situations. She also highlighted the importance of instilling confidence in children and promoting self-acceptance. Liz discussed her collaboration with illustrator Katherine Hillier, revealing that they have an ongoing partnership and plan to explore various destinations in future Frizzy Lizzy books, fostering a love for travel and diversity. Click here to visit Liz' website -  Click here to visit our website - 

    Kate DiCamillo Returns!

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 31, 2023 28:15

    #NYTimes #BestSelling #Author Kate DiCamillo returns to the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate her new #Novel "The Puppets of Spelhorst."  This is the first installment in a trilogy titled "Tales of Norendy." During the interview, Kate emphasized the importance of reading and reading aloud, not only for children but also for parents. Kate believes that reading together creates a unique, magical bond and a safe space for emotional connection. She also shared advice for aspiring writers, emphasizing the significance of reading, writing, rewriting, and staying open to the world for inspiration. Kate tells us she is incredibly grateful for her writing career and the stories yet to be told. Click here to visit Kate's website – Click here to visit our website –

    Rynnie's Bi-Lingual Adventures

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2023 25:34

    Jean Johnson is on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate her "Rini Roo Adventures" book series. Jean shares her inspiration for the series, which is rooted in her own childhood experiences in the Yucatan jungle. Her granddaughter's birth brought back memories, motivating her to create a character that would help children learn vocabulary and different languages. Rini Roo, a kangaroo, travels to various states and introduces kids to the cultures and dinosaurs of each location. The books aim to encourage children's curiosity and imagination while fostering a love for colorful and engaging stories. Johnson aspires to inspire families to read together and kindle children's imaginations. Click here to visit Jean's website -  Click here to visit our website - 

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    Dear Unicorn

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2023 31:39

    Josh Funk is on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate his latest #ChildrensBook "Dear Unicorn." The book is about a girl and a unicorn who become pen pals without realizing they are different species. Their friendship blossoms as they exchange letters and art despite their initial misunderstandings. The story also emphasizes the importance of keeping an open mind and finding common ground, even when individuals come from different backgrounds. Josh, a software engineer, shares how he writes books to inspire kids to love reading and how his creative side complements his technical expertise.  Click here to visit Josh's website -  Click here to visit our website - 

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    Finding Humanity In A Refugee Camp

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2023 28:30

    Ha Dinh is on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate her powerful picture book, "Where the Wildflowers Grow." Ha tells us this book is  based on her memories of living in a refugee camp in the Philippines before moving to America from Vietnam in the late 1980s. She shares the hopeful and optimistic atmosphere in the refugee camp and the importance of highlighting the human side of child refugees. Ha Dinh also talks about her teaching experience and her passion for education. The book aims to shed light on the resilience of children in challenging situations and how they find the good in every circumstance. The interview reflects on the importance of acknowledging the humanity in the immigration debate. Click here to visit Ha's website -  Click here to visit our website - 

    One Boy's Quest To End Hunger

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2023 28:54

    Dianna Wilson-Sirkowski is on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate "Just One Pebble: One Boy's Quest to End Hunger,"  Diana tells us the book tells the inspiring true story of a young boy named Braden Mannering who, at the age of eight, won a healthy lunch contest and was invited to the White House by Michelle Obama. After this experience, he started his own nonprofit, "3B," which focused on helping the homeless. Diana highlights the importance of kindness and encourages children to make a difference in the world through simple acts of generosity. She emphasizes that we can all be socially responsible citizens and create positive change.  Click here to visit our website - 

    Royal and Ancient

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 24, 2023 29:01

    Amanda Lauer is on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate her new  #YoungAdult #Novel "Royal and Ancient." Amanda talks about her passion for writing in the young adult genre, focusing on clean and sweet romances set in historic settings. Amanda's latest book, "Royal and Ancient," is a time travel tale that takes place in the year 1691 in the highlands of Scotland. The story follows a 17-year-old girl from modern-day America who is struck by lightning during a golf outing and transported back in time. She finds herself surrounded by Scottish clans and becomes entangled in their lives, including their hidden practice of Catholicism, which was banned during that era. The conversation highlights the importance of discussing history, faith, and cultural differences with young readers. Amanda also shares her love for rich and antique language in historical fiction and encourages parents to read and discuss books with their teenagers. She emphasizes the value of open communication and finding common ground, even with different viewpoints.  Click here to visit Amanda's website -  Click here to visit our website - 

    The National Children's Museum

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2023 28:45

    Crystal Bowyer, the Director of the National Children's Museum, is on the #ReadingWithYourKids #POdcast to celebrate the institution's mission and challenges in a recent interview. The National Children's Museum, based in Washington, DC, is dedicated to providing hands-on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) learning experiences for children under the age of 12. The museum's goal is to inspire children to care about and change the world. One of the key challenges facing the National Children's Museum is the need for growth and expansion. While the museum has a federal space, it has faced difficulties in securing additional space to accommodate the growing demand for its programs and exhibits. Crystal emphasized the importance of legislation to enable the museum's growth, which can be a complex process in the federal capital. She also discussed the critical role of hands-on play in childhood development and the need for children to have opportunities to explore, learn, and solve problems through creative play. She highlighted the museum's climate change education initiatives, emphasizing the importance of empowering children with knowledge and solutions rather than creating fear. The National Children's Museum offers a range of programs, including virtual field trips and at-home learning resources, to support children's education and engagement with STEAM topics. To address its growth challenges, the museum encourages support from the community and suggests reaching out to members of Congress to advocate for its expansion. Click here to visit the National Children's Museum's website -  Click here to visit our website - 

    Do More To Stop Hate

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2023 28:13

    Dana Kramaroff is on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate her debut #MiddleGrade #NovelInVerse "The Do More Club." Dana tells us the book explores themes of anti-Semitism, identity, and the power of kindness. The story follows a young boy named Josh, the only Jewish student in his school, who must confront his identity and the challenges that arise after his school is targeted by an anti-Semitic attack. He decides to form the "Do More Club" with the goal of promoting kindness and fighting hate. The conversation also touched upon the prevalence of anti-Semitism, the importance of teaching children about different cultures and religions, and the power of literature to act as windows, mirrors, and sliding glass doors for readers. Dana explained why she chose to write her novel in verse, highlighting how verse novels can be a bridge for young readers transitioning from graphic novels to traditional prose. The book aims to inspire empathy, understanding, and action, making it a valuable read for all, regardless of their background. Click here to visit our website - 

    The Spirit Glass

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2023 25:48

    Roshani Chokshi is on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate "The Spirit Glass," Roshani tells us this book is a middle-grade novel drawing from Filipino mythology and folklore, at its core a ghost story perfect for spooky season. It explores the themes of grief and recognizing what's right in front of you to save you from the unknown. Chokshi explained how her personal experiences, including the loss of a pregnancy, influenced the book, emphasizing that incomplete grief and the fear of the unknown are universal experiences for both children and adults. The conversation delved into the impact of colonialism on Filipino culture and how these hidden stories become part of folklore and mythology. Chokshi also discussed the importance of fostering curiosity in children and how family discussions about hidden stories in literature can be enriching. She shared her experience of being part of the Rick Riordan Presents imprint and the impact it had on her career. The interview wrapped up with a playful discussion about her next creative project involving vultures named Pomp and Circumstance.  Click here to visit Roshani's website -  Click here to visit our website - 

    Sunday Ha Ha!

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2023 24:52

    en de Oliveira and Mika Song are on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate their collaborative project, "Sunday Haha." "Sunday Haha" is a newsletter that was initiated during the pandemic, serving as a platform to share their weekly comics with a kid-friendly focus. Both Jen and Mika create comics aimed at children, such as Jen's "Reggie" series and Mika's "Norman Belly" series. To make these comics accessible to a wider audience during the pandemic, they invited fellow comics creators with similar all-ages content to join in, resulting in a weekly "kids comics party."  The project initially provided free weekly comic strips, but they recently introduced a subscription service through Substack, offering bonus content to subscribers as a way to support the initiative and the artists behind it. The podcast discussion also touched on their creative processes, the challenges of creating comics for kids, and the importance of having a supportive audience. Both Jen and Mika emphasized the joy and comfort they find in working with familiar characters while encouraging aspiring cartoonists to keep practicing and find their own audience to share their stories with. They highlighted the value of communicating through drawings and the power of laughter in family reading experiences. Click here to visit Sunday Ha Ha -  Click here to visit our website - 

    The Magnificent Mischief of Tad Lincoln

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 17, 2023 28:02

    #NYTimes #BestSelling Author and national television personality Raymond Arroyo is on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate his new #ChildrensBook The Magnificent Mischief of Tad Lincoln. Raymond tells us this is a fun picture book biography of Tad Lincoln, his relationship with his father President Abraham Lincoln, and a story about a parent's love for his son and the wisdom of a child. Full of humor, this romp through history will teach children about the power of curiosity, imagination, friendship, empathy, determination…and even a little mischief! We also hear from Christopher Arsenault. He is on the podcast to celebrate his debut #ChildrensBook Mr Thoughtful Gets Into Trouble. Christopher tells us Mr. Thoughtful takes us on an exciting adventure as he steps outside the safety of his thought bubble and into a world of mischief. It's a delightful journey that reminds young readers that even the most mischievous moments can lead to valuable life lessons. Click here to visit Raymond's website - Click here to find Christopher's book on amazon – Click here to visit our website –

    Flubby Does Not Like Snow

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2023 26:25

    Jennifer E. Morris is on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate Flubby Does Not Like Snow, the latest title in her Flubby series. Jennifer has illustrated children's magazines, greeting cards, partyware and educational materials as well as numerous picture books. She is also an author and has written several children's books including the Maud the Koala series and the Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor book, Flubby is Not a Good Pet! Her best-selling title, May I Please Have a Cookie?, has sold over one million copies.  Click here to visit Jennifer's website -  Click here to visit our website -   

    Paula's Patches

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2023 29:54

    Gabriella Alderman is on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate her debut picture book, "Paula's Patches." The book, illustrated by Rocio Arriola Mendoza follows Paula, who starts her school day with a rip in her pants and spends the day trying to hide it in creative ways. Along the way, she discovers that others also have embarrassing mishaps, leading her to offer patches to her classmates, fostering a sense of connection and empathy. The conversation also touched on translating children's books into Spanish, where Gabriella emphasized the importance of understanding the target audience and considering the regional dialects within the Spanish-speaking world. She shared her love for translating rhyme and the need to see the book's illustrations to capture the essence of the story. Gabriella also talked about her Panamanian background, describing Panama City's unique blend of modernity, beautiful landscapes, and friendly people. She encouraged others to explore Panama, a diverse and vibrant country. Finally, she mentioned her upcoming picture book, "Squats of Spanish," set for release in 2024, which will be simultaneously available in both English and Spanish. Click here to visit Gabriella's website -  Click here to visit our website - 

    Road Trip Rescue

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2023 26:27

    Becca Wierwille is on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate her debut middle-grade novel "Road Trip Rescue." Becca tells us about her book, her personal experiences, and the importance of representation in children's literature. "Road Trip Rescue" is an adventurous tale about Kimmy, a girl who embarks on a journey to find her missing dog. Along the way, she learns about friendship, differences, and the power of faith. Becca's book is not only a captivating story but also brings awareness to limb differences, promoting inclusivity and empathy among young readers.  Click here to visit Becca's website -  Click here to visit our website - 

    Creating New Ways To Educate Our Village

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2023 32:19

    Max Brooks, the New York Times best-selling author, is on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate his latest book, "Minecraft: The Village."  In the interview, Brooks emphasizes the need for parents to prepare their children for a changing job market that requires flexibility, problem-solving skills, and innovation. He critiques the traditional education system, rooted in the Prussian model, for its focus on standardization and memorization, stating that it no longer adequately prepares students for the modern workforce. Brooks highlights the value of the popular video game, Minecraft, as a tool for teaching creative problem-solving and adaptability. He describes Minecraft as a game that fosters individual creativity and allows players to approach challenges in their own unique ways, mirroring the skills needed in the 21st-century workplace. The conversation also touches on the themes explored in "Minecraft: The Village," where the characters learn life lessons such as teamwork, democracy, and the consequences of war. Brooks emphasizes that the book offers opportunities for parents and children to engage in meaningful discussions about real-world topics, making it an excellent choice for shared reading and learning. Ultimately, Brooks encourages parents to embrace their children's unique learning styles, advocate for their needs in the education system, and promote adaptability as a crucial life skill for success in an ever-changing world. Click here to visit our website -  Click here to visit Max's website - 

    Breakfast Delights

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 10, 2023 25:10

    Chanel Miller is on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate "Hadassah's Breakfast Delights." Chanel tells us her book series is designed to empower kids to cook with as little adult assistance as possible, starting as young as three years old. She emphasizes the importance of parent-child interactions, using the book's stories and cooking activities as a way to bond and create lasting memories. Chanel's goal is to make a positive impact on children's lives and help parents build strong relationships with their kids through shared experiences like cooking. The book series features colorful pictures and color-coded measuring cups, making it easy for children to follow recipes independently. Each recipe includes a short story about Hadassah and her friends, promoting reading and storytelling alongside cooking. Chanel believes that these activities can lead to better communication with children as they grow older, preparing parents for more serious conversations. Click here to visit Chanel's website  Click here to visit our website - 

    Grumpy Or Grateful?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2023 28:59

    Tonja Howard is on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate Grumpy or Grateful, the first book in her "Virtues and Values" picture book series, The series focuses on instilling important virtues and values in children, starting with gratitude. Tonja explained that her journey as a parent inspired the creation of this series, emphasizing the importance of building a strong foundation of virtues and values in children's lives. Gratitude, in particular, plays a central role as it leads to greater happiness, improved health, and enhanced relationships. Through their books, they aim to help children develop a positive mindset and approach to life. Jed and Tonja discussed the significance of teaching values through storytelling, as children learn best through stories and relatable characters. The series covers various virtues, including respect, kindness, confidence, honesty, humbleness, self-discipline, and trust. They also highlighted the positive impact of older children mentoring younger ones, fostering connections and teaching valuable life lessons. Overall, Tonja's passion for empowering children and parents to live virtuously and gratefully drives her mission to make a difference through the "Virtues and Values" series. Click here to visit Tonja's website -  Click here to visit our website - 

    The Glorious Forest That Fire Built

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2023 25:16

    Ginny Neil is on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate her debut #PictureBook The Glorious Forest That Fire Built. Ginny is an author, illustrator, award-winning teacher, and master naturalist. When she's not slogging through a marsh, trying to spot spring peepers or chasing errant sheep across mountains and meadows, she manages an outdoor learning lab, teaches STEM to elementary and middle school students, and writes about all the things and people that make Earth such a fun and fascinating place to live. In this book Ginny helps readers learn  that forest fires are critical to forest health and that the end of a tree's life provides the opportunity for new life. Back matter explains the timeline of the forest cycle in more detail. Click here to visit Ginny's website -  Click here to visit our website - 

    The Wonderful Once

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2023 27:22

    John Buchta is on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate  "The Wonderful Once" John tells us this is a heartwarming Christmas story set in the late 19th century, featuring a young homeless boy named Lucas Astin who discovers the true joy of sharing and giving. The story revolves around Lucas, who lives in a school with other homeless children. Every year, they have a grand celebration where each child can choose one gift from a pile. When Lucas receives a beautiful handcrafted sled, he is overjoyed. However, as the night progresses, he realizes there are no more gifts for a newcomer, a homeless girl who joins them. Without hesitation, Lucas decides to give his precious sled to the girl, learning that giving can be even more rewarding than receiving. The book emphasizes the importance of sharing, kindness, and the power of one small gesture to make a significant impact on the world. It carries a valuable message about the innate kindness and unselfishness that resides in children's hearts. The story takes readers on a magical journey to the North Pole, where Lucas becomes Santa Claus, symbolizing the transformative power of generosity. John Buchta was inspired by his own childhood experiences and his desire to encourage children to act on their instincts and make a positive difference in the world. The book is beautifully illustrated by Erina Larry Brown, adding depth to the enchanting tale. "The Wonderful Once" is a touching story that reminds us all of the magic of giving and the difference it can make in the lives of others.  Click here to visit our website -  Click here to visit John's website - 

    A Life Magically Lived

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2023 34:17

    Dr. Laurie Haas, a world-renowned magician and educator, is on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate  the legacy of the late magician Eugene Burger. Eugene Burger was known for his captivating performances and storytelling skills in the world of magic. He prioritized connecting with his audience over simply showcasing tricks, emphasizing that magic should be about life experiences. Larry Hass, who worked closely with Eugene Burger, was tasked with publishing his unpublished material, creating books that allow magicians to learn from Eugene's magic creations and presentation techniques. These books are intended to make Eugene's magical wisdom accessible to future generations of magicians. Larry stresses the importance of presentation in magic, highlighting that it's not just about the tricks or techniques but about weaving a spell with words and creating an enchanting experience for the audience. He recommends books for young and older readers interested in magic, and he also talks about the Magic and Mystery School, a place where magicians of all levels can enhance their magical abilities and presentation skills. Overall, Larry Haas believes that magic, as an art form, has the power to remind people of the wonder and joy that can be found in the world and can serve as a source of delight and inspiration. Click here to visit Larry's website -  Click here to visit the Magic and Mystery School website -  Click here to visit our website - 

    The Story Of Pasta

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 3, 2023 29:22

    Steven Guarnaccia is on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate "The Story of Pasta." Steven tells usthis book explores the fascinating world of pasta, its history, and its versatility. The discussion touches on the origins of pasta, with a nod to the Marco Polo myth and the belief that pasta may have ancient Italian roots dating back to the 4th century BCE. The podcast also highlights how pasta has evolved with the introduction of machines and industrialization, leading to the creation of various pasta shapes with interesting stories behind them. Stevens passion for both food and words shines through as he explains how pasta's playful and diverse shapes, like butterflies, little worms, and corkscrews, make it a fun and appealing cuisine for kids. The book "The Story of Pasta" not only features these pasta shapes but also provides stories, recipes, and historical anecdotes, making it an engaging and educational read for children and families. The podcast emphasizes the role of pasta in family traditions and storytelling, connecting generations through the shared experience of preparing and enjoying these delicious dishes. It encourages families to gather in the kitchen, pass down their own pasta-making stories, and create lasting memories together. The book, "The Story of Pasta," is recommended as a delightful resource for anyone looking to explore the world of pasta and its rich history.  Click here to visit Steven's website -  Click here to visit our website - 

    The Goblin Twins

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2023 22:34

    Frances Cha is on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate her debut picture book "The Goblin Twins." Frances tells us her inspiration for the book, which revolves around ancient goblins from Korean folklore called Tokki and Gibbi. These goblins have different aspects to their history, with some stories portraying them as terrifying creatures for adults and others as mischievous tricksters in children's folk tales. Frances moved to Sleepy Hollow, a real place in New York, which coincidentally became the setting for her book. She discussed her childhood experiences of moving frequently and how books became her best friends during those times, sparking her passion for writing children's books. "The Goblin Twins" aims to introduce readers, both children and adults, to Korean culture and folklore while providing humor and magic for young readers. Frances emphasized the joy of creating books that contain hidden jokes that parents can appreciate, making the reading experience enjoyable for everyone. Frances also mentioned her previous novel for adults, "If I Had Your Face," and her future projects, including a sequel to "The Goblin Twins" and a sci-fi novel set in the near-future of Korea. She found inspiration for her spooky stories from living in Sleepy Hollow, where the atmosphere and history of the town are conducive to crafting eerie tales. Click here to visit Frances' website -  Click here to visit our website - 

    Neurodivergent Kids Are Awesome!

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2023 29:22

    Jen Malia is on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate her new "Infinity Rainbow Club" series. Jen tells us this series  features characters who have various neurodivergent traits. In this enlightening discussion, Jen and Jedlie explore the importance of recognizing and supporting neurodivergent individuals. They discuss the growing awareness of neurodiversity, including conditions like autism, ADHD, OCD, dyslexia, and more. Jen emphasizes the significance of understanding one's neurodivergent identity, as it can help individuals accept themselves and others more readily. The "Infinity Rainbow Club" series introduces readers to a diverse group of neurodivergent characters, each with unique strengths and challenges. The characters engage in exciting activities, from building with plastic bricks and exploring augmented reality to pursuing Taekwondo and more. Through these adventures, Jen aims to break stereotypes surrounding neurodivergent individuals and highlight their abilities and potential. Jen's books not only provide representation for neurodivergent kids but also offer valuable insights to educators and parents. By showcasing neurodiversity positively, these books promote acceptance and understanding among peers and contribute to a more inclusive society. Jen's personal experiences and dedication to raising awareness make the "Infinity Rainbow Club" series a valuable resource for children and adults alike. Click here to visit Jen's website -  Click here to visit our website - 

    The Littlest Weaver

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2023 25:24

    Robin Hall is on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate her debut #PictureBook "The Littlest Weaver" Robin tells us this is a heartwarming book set in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. Intrigued by the rich weaving culture of Appalachia, Robin's book beautifully explores family, tradition, and the power of storytelling through art. It reminds us of the importance of preserving our cultural heritage while highlighting the impact of acts of kindness within communities.  Robin's inspiration to bring hope and peace to her characters is truly inspiring. As we celebrate the release of "The Littlest Weaver," let's not forget the value of family, creativity, and giving back to our communities. To learn more about Robin Hall and her work, visit her website:  To visit our website please click here - 


    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2023 29:00

    Matt McMahon is on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate her spooky fun series of middle-grade novels called "Monsterious!" Matt tells us these books are not just for kids; they can be enjoyed by readers of all ages. He believes that these novels offer engaging stories and important life lessons. The series consists of spooky monster mysteries, with each book being a standalone adventure featuring a unique cast of characters. McMahon's London-based illustrator, Ryan Cookfall, has created captivating cover artwork for the series. McMahon highlights the rapid release schedule of the books, with the first two launching on the same day, followed by the third a few weeks later, and book four due in January 2024. Aditionally, he exclusively reveals that a fifth book will be released in the fall of 2024. McMahon discusses how his vision for the series led him to choose an anthology-style model, where each book is tied together thematically but can be read in any order. He believes this approach offers readers the flexibility to enjoy the books in a way that suits them. He also emphasizes that these books help readers confront and conquer their fears in a safe and enjoyable manner. He describes the first two books in the series: "Escape from Grimstone Manor," where three friends discover monsters in a haunted house amusement park ride, and "The Snatcher of Raven Hollow," where two friends must rescue babies from a monster responsible for their disappearance. McMahon teases the plot of the fifth book, set in a unique biosphere, where the line between monster and human is blurred. Lastly, McMahon expresses his hope for the series to continue beyond the initial four books, with the potential for more spooky monster mysteries in the future. In conclusion, Matt McMahon's "Monster Serious" series offers a thrilling and accessible middle-grade experience that is sure to captivate readers of all ages. Click here to visit Matt's website -  Click here to visit our website - 

    Connecting And Healing Together

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2023 29:56

    Ines Oliveira is on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate her debut #MiddleGrade #Novel  "Calvin and the Sugar Apples,"  Ines tells us the book revolves around a 10-year-old girl named Amelia and her grief over the loss of her beloved chinchilla, Calvin. Ines drew inspiration from her own experiences and the emotional journey her family went through when they lost their pet. The story beautifully explores the complex emotions children experience when dealing with grief and the unique bond they share with their pets. The conversation highlighted the importance of open communication between parents and children, especially during challenging times. Ines emphasized the value of taking the time to listen to children and allowing them to express their feelings, even if it means delaying other tasks. She also touched on the significance of acknowledging and commemorating the loss of a pet to provide closure and healing. Ines shared how writing the book was a personal process of dealing with her own grief over Calvin's loss and a tribute to their cherished pet. She hoped that her book would not only help children navigate the difficult terrain of grief but also encourage parents to prioritize meaningful conversations with their kids. Overall, "Calvin and the Sugar Apples" serves as a heartwarming and relatable resource for families to discuss grief, emotions, and the enduring impact of cherished pets. Ines Oliveira's storytelling offers a platform for children and parents to connect and heal together. Click here to visit Ines' website -  Click here to visit our website - 

    Adventures In Storytelling

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2023 26:15

    Two fantastic authors celebrate their books with us on this episode of the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast. First, Laura Leone shares how her son experienced success in school only after he learned how to harness some of his energy through meditation. This experience is the inspiration for Laura's debut #PictureBook Conscious Kid-Adventures with Zane: Imagine & Create. Later in the eisode William Stevenson celebrates how he was inspired by his grandson to create his Ricky's Dream Trip series that makes learning history fun. Click here to visit our website - 

    The Monsters Of Marymount Mansion

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2023 33:51

    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. Click here to visit Grreg's website – Click here to visit our website –

    I Love My Daddy

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2023 26:53

    Juanita Banks Woodington is on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate her debut #ChildrensBook "I Love My Daddy,"  Inspired by her daughter and husband, the book portrays the everyday moments of a little girl and her father. It highlights the importance of diverse representation in children's literature, aiming to reflect the experiences of diverse families. Juanita emphasized the significance of children seeing themselves positively portrayed in books, stating that it helps them relate and explore different perspectives. She also mentioned the lack of diverse authors in the children's book industry and shared statistics that show only 39% of children's books in 2022 featured diverse characters. Her own book, "I Love My Daddy," depicts relatable family moments, from morning hugs to bike rides and bedtime stories. The story resonates with parents and children alike, celebrating the unique bond between fathers and daughters. Click here to visit Juanita's website -  Click here to visit our website - 

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