40 episodes

How do you know a good book when you see it? What books are really worth reading? The purpose of this conversation is to help mothers and fathers identify books that will liberate their children to embrace truth, goodness, and beauty. We’ll be pondering questions of life and lifestyle as we seek to become people who live deeply and read deeply, drawing our children into the adventure of reading and living.

Bright Wings: Children’s Books to Make the Heart Soar Charity Hill

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 25 Ratings

How do you know a good book when you see it? What books are really worth reading? The purpose of this conversation is to help mothers and fathers identify books that will liberate their children to embrace truth, goodness, and beauty. We’ll be pondering questions of life and lifestyle as we seek to become people who live deeply and read deeply, drawing our children into the adventure of reading and living.

    Family Summer Seminars 2022

    Family Summer Seminars 2022

    We are delighted to be reading these books with you and your family during the weeks of summer! These books are worth reading and reflecting on, giving us opportunities to have meaningful conversations with our children. 
    All six of the selected books share two common themes. They all take place around water, either the sea or a river. And, in all six of the books, the characters develop a richer identity, a deeper character through adventure.
    Please join one…or all three…of the book discussions! If you'd like to attend all three, you'll need to register for each seminar separately. The conversation with the 5-10 year-olds will last between 15-20 minutes. The seminar with the children who are 10+ will last 45-50 minutes. These discussions will run consecutively, using the same link. 
     
    FAMILY SEMINAR DATES:
    June 7 at 1:30 PM CST: The Relationship Between Adventure and Identity
    ·      Ages 5-10. Picture Book: Three Days on a River in a Red Canoe by Vera Williams
    ·      Ages 10+. Middle Grade: Call It Courage by Armstrong Sperry
    Register in advance for this meeting. 
    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
     
    June 21 at 1:30 PM CST: The Adventure of Acceptance
    ·      Ages 5-10. Picture Book: Grandma Summer by Harley Jessup
    ·      Ages 10+. Middle Grade: Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk
    Register in advance for this meeting. 
    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


    July 12 at 1:30 PM CST: Family Capacitates for Adventure
    ·      Ages 5-10. Picture Book: The Raft by Jim LaMarche
    ·      Ages 10+. Middle Grade: The Secret Keepers by Trenton Lee Stewart
    Register in advance for this meeting.
    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


    GUIDELINES
    So that we can have the best discussion, Bright Wings requires participants to:
    ·      Read the book. Try to have a copy in your hands during our conversation.
    ·      Adults, you should attend with a child. Children, you must attend with an adult. (This is legally necessary for Bright Wings.) We also intend this to be a family event.
    ·      Have an opinion about what you’ve read.
    ·      Be curious
    ·      Come appropriately dressed, as if going out to lunch with a grandparent.
    ·      You must keep your camera on.
    ·      Please use a family name (e.g. Johnson, Brown) to identify yourself on Zoom, so that I can address you by name.

    • 4 min
    Episode 28: Shakespeare + Kids?

    Episode 28: Shakespeare + Kids?

    Can you mix Shakespeare and kids? When was the last time you read or watched the Bard? Do you have a community of readers to read Shakepeare with? to read Shakespeare for? Can you create a community of Shakespeare appreciators with your children? Charity dives into quality retellings of William Shakespeare which are suitable for children, especially the 13 population. Charity argues that retellings are analogous to re-stagings. She recommends resources to help us respond to "Mommy, what is Hamlet about?" We are enriched by encountering Shakespeare and cannot exhaust his treasury by beginning early. 

    Check out the printable book list!

    • 22 min
    Books Worth Reading: Review of The Giver by Lois Lowry

    Books Worth Reading: Review of The Giver by Lois Lowry

    As part of an on-going initiative, Charity Hill reviews children's books. Here, she reviews The Giver by Lois Lowry, the Newbery Winner in 1994. Charity traces the plot from its utopian presentation through Jonas' discovery of his community's dystopianism, to Jonas' dramatic escape. Charity proposes that this story can instigate marvelous questions with our children where we wonder "What is justice?" "What good must I do?" "What is the best way to organize a just society?" and "How far must I go in order to resist evil?"

    P.S. Charity flags a couple of inappropriate/cautionary moments in the story.

    Purchase The Giver by Lois Lowry.

    • 13 min
    An Ethical Review of KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES Series

    An Ethical Review of KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES Series

    There is an ethical elephant in the room! There is a lot more to The Keeper series than waht usually gets talked about. Charity offers us Sydney Rosenberger's thoughtful and friendly critique of the Keeper of the Lost Cities series. Rosenberger, a children's librarian, contacted Charity after Charity reviewed the first book of the Keeper of the Lost Cities series and shows us that there is much more that we need to talk about. Listen and discover the ethical and bioethical issues which are raised and never answered in the series. Learn how to "unpack the ethics" of Sophie's cloned existence. This podcast/essay makes room for you and your child to discuss "Is it ever okay to treat a person as an object? What if its for a good reason? What if the person consents later to being used?" This essay/podcast gives you the inside scoop on the Keeper Series without having to read thousands(!) of pages.

    Click here to read Sydney Rosenberger's marvelous essay.

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    • 20 min
    Books Worth Reading: Review of The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

    Books Worth Reading: Review of The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

    As part of an ongoing initiative, Charity Hill reviews books. In this episode, Charity review's Peter Brown's The Wild Robot. Charity explains what makes this imaginative and creative book so fascinating. She asks us to think about and talk to our children about the larger questions framing the story: What is the difference between living and non-living things? What is the difference between thinking and computing? Do humans have more in common with robots or with nature?

    You can purchase The Wild Robot by Peter Brown HERE.

    • 16 min
    Books Worth Reading: Review of Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger

    Books Worth Reading: Review of Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger

    As part of an ongoing initiative, Charity Hill reviews children's books. In this episode, Charity reviews Shannon Messenger's Keeper of the Lost Cities, Book 1. Charity considers what makes this 500-page middle grade novel such a page turner. What drives such a long book forward, in the eyes of the 10-year olds who read it? Does it have valuable language, characterization, and action? Listen to discover and decide whether you think Keeper of the Lost Cities is a book worth reading.

    • 10 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 Ratings

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Top-notch thoughtfulness

This podcast is such a gem for the mama (or dad!) who wants to be thoughtful, intentional, and proactive in the way they share literature with their children… but who might not have the time to preview the vast array of what’s out there! Charity has done it for you, and presents everything with such thoughtfulness and care, this podcast really isn’t to be missed!!

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No twaddle here!

Life-long reader, with already full shelves for my kids and a fairly good twaddle-detector--but Charity is a league ahead! So grateful for her guidance and amazing booklists, I just wish she would include some picks for the mamas too :)

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Highly Recommend!

If you want a collection of children’s literature that is the highest quality and full of character and beauty, this podcast is for you. Charity’s honest reviews, high standards, and scholarly insights send me away better equipped to choose the best and most beautiful books for my children. Her opinions and recommendations have one my trust wholeheartedly. There are so many amazing books out there that I want to fill my children’s childhood with—rather than spending time on the many mediocre books that also exist. It's a huge time saver and relief to have a thoroughly reliable source scout out the very best books for my children’s (and my own🙂) enjoyment. Thank you, Charity Hill!

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