22 episodes

Here we share conversations with librarians, educators, and readers about the children's books that can be bridges across our cultural divides… the books that can open minds and the books that can be the lifeline a child needs to remember they're not alone.

The hosts are Ann Braden and Saadia Faruqi. Ann is a middle grade author, a community organizer, a former middle school teacher and a mother of two. Saadia is a Pakistani American author, an interfaith activist, cultural sensitivity trainer, and a mother of two.

Lifelines: Books That Bridge the Divide Children's Authors Ann Braden and Saadia Faruqi

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Here we share conversations with librarians, educators, and readers about the children's books that can be bridges across our cultural divides… the books that can open minds and the books that can be the lifeline a child needs to remember they're not alone.

The hosts are Ann Braden and Saadia Faruqi. Ann is a middle grade author, a community organizer, a former middle school teacher and a mother of two. Saadia is a Pakistani American author, an interfaith activist, cultural sensitivity trainer, and a mother of two.

    Episode 22: Finding a Range of Diverse Books

    Episode 22: Finding a Range of Diverse Books

    In this episode, Saadia Faruqi will share recommendations for picture books about people of color living regular lives, and Ann Braden will share her conversation with Dr. Krista Aronson, founder of the Diversity Book Finder.

    • 39 min
    Episode 21: Picture Books on Grief and #ClassroomBookADay

    Episode 21: Picture Books on Grief and #ClassroomBookADay

    Today, Saadia Faruqi will share recommendations for picture books about grief  and then Ann Braden will share her conversation with educator, Jillian Heise, founder of #ClassroomBookaDay, an initiative encouraging educators to read aloud one picture book a day in their classrooms.

    • 34 min
    Episode 20: Around the World & An Identity Unit

    Episode 20: Around the World & An Identity Unit

    In Episode 20, Saadia Faruqi will share recommendations for books that take place in other parts of the world. Then, Ann Braden will share her conversation with educator Jen Vincent about the Identity Unit she used with her students to begin the school year.

    • 37 min
    Lifelines Episode 19 - Books with Grit and Determination

    Lifelines Episode 19 - Books with Grit and Determination

    Today, Saadia Faruqi will share recommendations for books that have a theme of perseverance. Then, Ann Braden will share her conversation with the School Library Journal news editor Kara Yorio who recently wrote an article about students facing housing insecurity.

    • 34 min
    Episode 18: Welcoming New Americans

    Episode 18: Welcoming New Americans

    This episode focuses on welcoming new Americans. Saadia Faruqi will share her book recommendations and then Ann Braden will share her conversation with Kirsten Cappy, the heart and brains behind the I’m Your Neighbor project as well as Curious City, which offers free kidlit programming for educators.

    • 38 min
    Episode 17: Getting Books into Kids' Hands Over the Summer

    Episode 17: Getting Books into Kids' Hands Over the Summer

    Today Saadia Faruqi will recommend some good books with African-American main characters, and then Ann Braden will share her conversations with three different educators, Chris Tuttell, Elizabeth Kyser, and Kerri Moccia, who all have found a way to get books into kids hands over the summer.

    • 42 min

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