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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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    • Kids & Family

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.

    Raffi Returns!

    Raffi Returns!

    This episode of Reading with Your Kids features an interview with the one and only Raffi!  International children's recording artist Raffi returns to the show to celebrate his new album "Penny Penguin," which was inspired by his observations of birds like penguins. He enjoyed collaborating with the Good Lovelies on many songs, praising their strong work ethic and creativity. Music educator and author Frank Coates presented his debut children's book "There's Something in My Closet," about overcoming bedtime anxiety through positive affirmations.
    Both guests shared how they engage children through musical storytelling. Raffi described how songs can arise from specific emotions, while Frank uses rhythm, movement and percussion in interactive musical stories. Frank emphasizes being authentic and connecting with children, advising aspiring authors to remember what engaged them as kids. The host discussed how music stimulates brain development and how affirmations can boost children's confidence when delivered rhythmically.
    National recording artist Alaura Lovelight surprised listeners with a story of vulnerability from a school project, where students of various backgrounds shared hurtful things said to them. Her video aimed to show common humanity. The episode encouraged teaching kids to see past surface differences and value one another's experiences. Readers were invited to support the new works discussed and continue growing closer through shared reading.
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    • 57 min
    Encouraging Creativity & Good Mental Health

    Encouraging Creativity & Good Mental Health

    This episode of Reading with Your Kids Welcomed talented author - illustrators Ashley Belote and Pan Cooke. Ashley Beloit is on to celebrate her picture book "Don't Wash Winston." She shared the inspiration behind the story of a boy afraid to put his teddy bear in the washing machine. Host Jed Doherty related this to his own experiences with his daughter's beloved stuffed animal.
    Ashley discussed her career path studying children's literature illustration. She emphasized the importance of writing from personal experiences and encouraging children's creativity. The second guest was Pan Cook, who was debuting his graphic memoir "Puzzled" about growing up with OCD. He explained that OCD is misunderstood and manifests as intrusive thoughts leading to compulsive behaviors, rather than a preference for cleanliness.
    Pan discussed his experiences with OCD and different types of intrusive thoughts and rituals he experienced. He emphasized that OCD is treatable through cognitive behavioral therapy and medication. Both guests provided insight for parents on supporting children's mental health and creativity. 
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    • 56 min
    Addressing Big Concepts Simply For Little Minds

    Addressing Big Concepts Simply For Little Minds

    This episode of Reading with Your Kids featured several children's book authors discussing their work. Kathleen Long Bostrom talked about her book "Daddy, Tell Me a Story," which was inspired by reading with her own kids. She emphasized the importance of empowering children through storytelling and letting them solve problems in books. Christina Dixon discussed her book "I Am the Moon," which came from questioning with her son about what life would be like on the moon. She highlighted the value of nurturing children's curiosity and imagination.
    Sarah Gaston shared that she writes "relatable Christian content that is not cheesy." Her latest book teaches an anxious dump truck to trust in God. She was motivated to fill gaps she found in resources for her own preschool son. The host discussed how faith-based stories can appeal to both religious and non-religious families by addressing big concepts simply. They also talked about some criticism Sarah has received and how she has grown from addressing concerns respectfully.
    The episode emphasized empowering children through reading, asking questions, valuing their thoughts, and inspiring their own creativity and storytelling. 
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    • 55 min
    Celebrating Ramadan and Entrepreneurship

    Celebrating Ramadan and Entrepreneurship

    This episode of Reading With Your Kids featured discussions about entrepreneurship and business with teenagers Finley Scurlock and Jason Liaw, authors of the book "Down to Business." The authors shared their experiences interviewing over 50 entrepreneurs for the book and encouraged other teens to pursue their passions. They credited their success to taking risks at a young age.
    The speakers discussed how Gen Z and Gen Alpha are entrepreneurial generations who want to solve problems through business. However, entrepreneurship education is lacking in schools. They argued it should be a fundamental part of learning.
    Jason found inspiration from the story of Mei Chu, who scaled her candle business from soup cans into a multimillion dollar company. Other entrepreneurs like Danielle Vincent and Jenny Bauer provided guidance through challenges like failure and differentiation.
    The host emphasized that entrepreneurship is about making a positive impact regardless of business size. Representation in books was highlighted through stories celebrating Muslim holidays Ramadan and Eid. Author Sahtina Abaza discussed the importance of books providing a window into other cultures.
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    • 55 min
    Dive Into Underwater Forests & Social Emotional Skills!

    Dive Into Underwater Forests & Social Emotional Skills!

    This episode of Reading with Your Kids featured fascinating discussions about science, books, and education. Jennifer Swanson, our dean of all things STEM & STEAM, shared her work exploring an ancient underwater forest off the coast of Alabama through her new book The Lost Forest. She emphasized the importance of sparking curiosity in children through hands-on learning. Serena Li then discussed the mission of Duck Duck Books to teach social-emotional skills through diverse children's literature. Her personal story highlighted how these skills can impact mental health and family relationships. Both guests agreed that parents are their child's first teachers and should instill unconditional love.
    Serena Li also introduced a new platform called Book an Author that aims to simplify connections between authors, schools, and bookstores. By posting opportunities and profiles, it allows these groups to efficiently find each other at the right time.  Overall, the episode celebrated reading as a way to bond with children and promoted inclusive education through science, books, and new digital tools.
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    • 55 min
    Mirrors & Windows, The Power Of Diverse Kids' Books

    Mirrors & Windows, The Power Of Diverse Kids' Books

    Today's episode of Reading With Your Kids celebrates the importance of inclusivity and diversity in children's literature. Crystal Foote discussed her book "Inclusivity Superheroes," which features characters with unique abilities to promote acceptance of differences. She hopes it will help teach children lessons about diversity at a young age. Jed Doherty shared a personal story of how embracing inclusivity allowed him to meet his wife..
    Dr. Christine Ko discussed her book "Sound Switch Wonder," co-written with her son Owen about his experience with cochlear implants. She explained how cochlear implants work and the controversy surrounding them in the Deaf community. However, her priority was communication with her son. Her son enjoys the ability to experience silence by removing his implants.
    Both authors emphasized the importance of representation in books so children can see themselves.  Jed Doherty and the speakers agreed on the importance of embracing diversity, cultural understanding, and staying curious about others' experiences. The conversation highlighted using children's literature to promote inclusion and appreciation of differences.
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    • 54 min

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