55 episodes

Hosted by Charnaie Gordon, of the blog Here Wee Read, this podcast celebrates diverse and inclusive books for kids and adults. In addition to interviewing kid lit and adult writers and illustrators on occasion, you’ll be updated on the latest bookish headlines and hear 30-second book reviews. This podcast is especially good for parents, caregivers, homeschoolers, librarians, and teachers who have the desire to diversify their bookshelves.

Here Wee Read Charnaie Gordon

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    • 4.9 • 55 Ratings

Hosted by Charnaie Gordon, of the blog Here Wee Read, this podcast celebrates diverse and inclusive books for kids and adults. In addition to interviewing kid lit and adult writers and illustrators on occasion, you’ll be updated on the latest bookish headlines and hear 30-second book reviews. This podcast is especially good for parents, caregivers, homeschoolers, librarians, and teachers who have the desire to diversify their bookshelves.

    My Fade is Fresh: Getting to Know Shauntay Grant

    My Fade is Fresh: Getting to Know Shauntay Grant

    Shauntay Grant is an author, poet, playwright, and multimedia artist. Her love of literature stretches back to her storytelling roots in Nova Scotia's historic Black communities.
    Shauntay holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia and is an associate professor of creative writing at Dalhousie University. A former poet laureate for the City of Halifax, her honors include a Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, a Joseph S. Stauffer Prize, and a Poet Of Honor prize from the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia. 

    Shauntay shares her blend of words and music internationally at festivals and events and collaborates with visual artists and art galleries to create poetry-themed artworks, installations, and exhibitions.
    Learn more about her at shauntaygrant.com.

    Purchase My Fade is Fresh here.
    Connect with Charnaie online in the following places:
    Blog: http://hereweeread.com
    Personal Website: charnaiegordon.com
    Podcast Email Address: hereweereadpodcast@gmail.com



    Find Charnaie on the following social media platforms under the username @hereweeread: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest.

    Feel free to share this podcast on your social media platforms to help spread the word to others. Thanks for listening!

    • 32 min
    Mi Cuidad Sings: Getting to Know Debut Author Cynthia Harmony

    Mi Cuidad Sings: Getting to Know Debut Author Cynthia Harmony

    Cynthia Harmony is an author and educational psychologist, originally from Mexico City. She has published for the educational market and was awarded the 2020 We Need Diverse Books Mentorship. Her debut picture book MI CIUDAD SINGS is a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection. Her board book OUR WORLD: MEXICO published by Barefoot Books, releases Spring 2023. Her upcoming picture book A FLICKER OF HOPE (2024) will be released simultaneously in English and Spanish. 

    When not writing, Cynthia can be found in a museum with her kids, dancing to a Latin beat, daydreaming of tacos, or planning her next family trip.

    Cynthia’s books explore themes of community, friendship, family bonds, art, and joy rooted in her heritage.

    Purchase Mi Cuidad Sings here.
    Connect with Charnaie online in the following places:
    Blog: http://hereweeread.com
    Personal Website: charnaiegordon.com
    Podcast Email Address: hereweereadpodcast@gmail.com



    Find Charnaie on the following social media platforms under the username @hereweeread: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest.

    Feel free to share this podcast on your social media platforms to help spread the word to others. Thanks for listening!

    • 20 min
    Black Boy, Black Boy: Jorge Redmon and Ali Kamanda

    Black Boy, Black Boy: Jorge Redmon and Ali Kamanda

    Ali Biko Sulaiman Kamanda is an award-winning filmmaker and social entrepreneur from Sierra Leone, West Africa. He runs BIKO Studios, a cross-cultural film production company and is the President of Salone Rising, a non-profit organization that provides micro-financing and mentoring resources to small business owners in rural Sierra Leone.

    Jorge (pronounced George) Redmond graduated in 2000 with a degree in Communication Studies, he played soccer professionally in France and Cameroon before returning to the Asheville, North Carolina area as a coach and teacher, including at his alma mater when the Rams won the state title in 2002.  

    In 2008, Jorge decided that he wanted to be an attorney. He attended John Marshall Law School in Atlanta, graduated and passed the Georgia bar in 2011. Jorge currently works in the Buncombe County District Attorney's office as an Assistant District Attorney, and as an adjunct professor in South College's Legal Department. 
    Ali and Jorge are college friends, and BLACK BOY, BLACK BOY is their debut book.

    Purchase Black Boy, Black Boy here.
    Connect with Charnaie online in the following places:
    Blog: http://hereweeread.com
    Personal Website: charnaiegordon.com
    Podcast Email Address: hereweereadpodcast@gmail.com



    Find Charnaie on the following social media platforms under the username @hereweeread: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest.

    Feel free to share this podcast on your social media platforms to help spread the word to others. Thanks for listening!

    • 43 min
    To New Heights: Tacko Fall and Justin Haynes

    To New Heights: Tacko Fall and Justin Haynes

    Tacko Fall emigrated from Senegal as a teenager to play basketball and rose to prominence when he was selected by the Boston Celtics and became a seven-foot-six ball-playing sensation. He has played for the Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers and lives in Cleveland, Ohio.

    In addition to basketball, Tacko Fall is a scholar, and he has a strong interest in computer science and aspires to be an engineer.

    Justin Haynes is a sports agent at BDA Sports Management, where he represents Tacko Fall and other players. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and family.

    Purchase To New Heights here.
    Connect with Charnaie online in the following places:
    Blog: http://hereweeread.com
    Personal Website: charnaiegordon.com
    Podcast Email Address: hereweereadpodcast@gmail.com



    Find Charnaie on the following social media platforms under the username @hereweeread: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest.

    Feel free to share this podcast on your social media platforms to help spread the word to others. Thanks for listening!

    • 43 min
    50 - American Desi: Jyoti Rajan Gopal and Supriya Kelkar

    50 - American Desi: Jyoti Rajan Gopal and Supriya Kelkar

    Jyoti Rajan Gopal is a writer, mom, and Kindergarten teacher. Growing up, she lived in Thailand, Indonesia, Myanmar, India, and China. Twenty-eight years ago, she moved to New York and now lives in Yonkers in a quirky old Victorian, with her husband and two daughters. Her favorite place in the house is the wrap around porch where she loves to gather with family or friends, read, write, and drink coffee.
    Supriya is an author, illustrator, and screenwriter who grew up in the Midwest, where she learned Hindi as a child by watching three Hindi movies a week. Winner of the New Visions Award for her middle grade novel AHIMSA, (Tu Books, 2017), Supriya has worked on the writing teams for several Hindi films and she is the author of several middle grade and picture books.

    Purchase American Desi here.
    Connect with Charnaie online in the following places:
    Blog: http://hereweeread.com
    Personal Website: charnaiegordon.com
    Podcast Email Address: hereweereadpodcast@gmail.com



    Find Charnaie on the following social media platforms under the username @hereweeread: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest.

    Feel free to share this podcast on your social media platforms to help spread the word to others. Thanks for listening!

    • 49 min
    49 - The First and Only Openly Gay Strongman in the World: Rob Kearney & Eric Rosswood

    49 - The First and Only Openly Gay Strongman in the World: Rob Kearney & Eric Rosswood

    Rob Kearney is an American Professional Strongman as well as the first and only openly gay professional strongman in the world.
     
    Rob decided to compete in the Heavyweight class where he took 1st place in the 2016 Log Lift World Championships and has gone on to compete at World’s Strongest Man. Rob is a Giants Live Champion (North American Open 2017) as well as an Arnold International World Series Champion (Australia 2019).
     
    Along with Strongman, Rob and his Husband Joey have become advocates for the LGBTQ+ community. Together, they hope to break the Stereotype of how the LGBTQ+ community is perceived and show the world that regardless of your sexual orientation or gender identity you can be strong and follow your passions.
    Eric Rosswood is an author and commentator on LGBTQ issues including civil rights, parenting, marriage, and politics. He has led panels on LGBTQ parenting issues for organizations such as the Family Equality Council and the Modern Family Alliance.

    His bestselling book, Journey to Same-Sex Parenthood, won numerous awards including the best Parenting/Family/Relationships book in the IAN Book of the Year Awards, the best Parenting book in the Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, and the best LGBTQ Non-Fiction book in the International Best Book Awards. Eric is represented for his children’s books by Jennifer Mattson at Andrea Brown Literary Agency.

    Books mentioned in this episode:

    Purchase Strong here.
    Purchase I Color Myself Different here. 
    Connect with Charnaie online in the following places:
    Blog: http://hereweeread.com
    Personal Website: charnaiegordon.com
    Podcast Email Address: hereweereadpodcast@gmail.com



    Find Charnaie on the following social media platforms under the username @hereweeread: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest.

    Feel free to share this podcast on your social media platforms to help spread the word to others. Thanks for listening!

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
55 Ratings

55 Ratings

NicoleRussell ,

So good!

#1 book podcast by far!

Erica_Karr ,

A must-listen show!

What a great launch! This podcast is thoughtful and necessary. Love Kwame’s quote, “My parents were my first teachers and my first librarians.”

PDXPlans ,

Needed!

I’m so excited to have a podcast dedicated to helping us continue to diversify the books our children are reading!

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