Authored By Us is a weekly podcast where we meet the authors behind the children's books telling the stories about characters of color and of different cultural experiences. Each week, join our host, author, Zenzi Hodge, as we turn the pages of these bookshelf gems and hear from their authors who understand that stories of diverse experience truly come to life when Authored By Us.
[ENCORE] There's a Bee in My Book Bag!: A Tale with Two Sides - Lisa Suber
"I grab my book bag. Hey ... what's that sound? There's a bee in my book bag. This is REALLY bad!" Sounds like a tale easy to understand. You find a bee in your book bag, I think you know what to do. But not so fast, wait until you read a bit more and learn that the bee has a side to tell that you really should hear. "I was trapped in a dark place. I met a bunch with no class." The side of the story told by the bee, this sounds like a "she said, bee said" kind of story. Find our what all the buzz is about in this episode with guest author, Lisa Martin Suber, as she shares her sweet story, There's A Bee in My Book Bag: A Tale with Two Sides.
A Conversation with Kwame Alexander
With over 35 books, we could have picked any one of these gems for this week's episode featuring best selling author Kwame Alexander, but The Crossover is where it all started for our host, Zenzi Hodge. Tune in for a Conversation with Kwame Alexander as we explore his creative messages for young readers as they navigate life and learning through the pages of his books.
Chef Toussaint - David Miller
Welcome to Season 2 of Authored By Us! We are "cooking" up some creative and entertaining fun with this week's author David Miller as he shares his new book, Chef Toussaint. Chef Toussaint isn't just a whiz in the kitchen, he brings together his love of food, family, and history together in this page turner which truly leaves you hungry for more.
The Discussion: A Necessary Dialogue for Change - Cedric Threatt
How many friends do you have? Do they all look like your or are they different from you? Do you share the same thoughts, goals, and values? Author Cedric L. Threatt shows us the importance of sitting down and talking with someone in order to know what’s really on their mind. “The Discussion: A Necessary Dialogue for Change” is the story of two young boys, Rashad and Kenny, and the classroom conversation that tests the strength of their friendship.
You Can Become a Doctor Too - Dr. Christina T. Rosenthal
Before Career Day at his school, Art and his classmates believe becoming a doctor is impossible. After listening to the doctors, this all changes. Join us as we talk with author, Dr. Christina T. Rosenthal as she shares her book, You Can Become a Doctor Too.
Do You See the Monster Under My Bed? - Chinwe Mbonu
Many children around the world have often wondered what lies underneath their beds at night. In this story, Chuka and his Dad try to uncover what lurks in the darkness underneath his bed. Join Chuka and Dad for the ride to see what they find. Your child may feel empowered by the child in this story to feel less anxious at bedtime, especially when the lights go out or dim. Does your little one have an anxiety monster that may take on many shapes and likes to visit at bedtime? Learn to tame your imagination and decrease bedtime anxiety.
Inspiring Conversations with Authors
I’m not sure quite what I thought this podcast would sound like but three episodes in and I’ve loved every episode. I love the breadth of the questions asked by Zenzi. The episodes are not only about the specific book but focus so much on the writing and the writers’ intentions and inspirations. I really find this podcast to not only be an incredible source of information on books that I’d like to introduce to my kids but also, as an aspiring writer, it is incredibly inspiring to hear such insightful conversations with other authors “like us”. (Pardon the play on the title, please.)