32 episodes

Kidliterate is hosted by Sarah Powers (of the popular weekly parenting show The Mom Hour) and her 11-year-old daughter. In each episode we discuss the, books, shows, podcasts, and music that our family enjoys – PLUS how we discover great media for kids and how we consume it. We also cover other fun stuff like board games, tablet games and movies. Join us!

Kidliterat‪e‬ Life, Listened

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    • 5.0 • 68 Ratings

Kidliterate is hosted by Sarah Powers (of the popular weekly parenting show The Mom Hour) and her 11-year-old daughter. In each episode we discuss the, books, shows, podcasts, and music that our family enjoys – PLUS how we discover great media for kids and how we consume it. We also cover other fun stuff like board games, tablet games and movies. Join us!

    Educational (And Fun!) Nonfiction Books

    Educational (And Fun!) Nonfiction Books

    From encyclopedias to biographies, nonfiction additions to your home library make for great learning--and fun--at all ages. In Episode 29 we share some of the reasons we love a well-curated nonfiction collection, recommendations for capturing kids' natural interest through nonfiction books, tips for reluctant readers, and more. Plus, as always, we share what we're reading and what YOU're reading.

    • 17 min
    TV Series For Tweens, Teens & Families

    TV Series For Tweens, Teens & Families

    From animated comedies to edgy documentaries, 1990s mega-hits to new releases, our family is big into streaming television lately. Today’s episode is fully of recommendations for TV shows to watch as a family as well as shows specifically for elementary-aged viewers, tweens, and teens. As always, we round out the episode with book recommendations inspired by what we’re reading AND what you’re reading with your kids these days. Join us!



    Links we discussed:

    We mentioned our past episode on Survivor vs. The Amazing Race

    Sarah and Allegra love listening to Office Ladies to supplement our watching of the American version of The Office

    The World’s A Little Blurry, the Apple TV+ documentary about Billie Eilish, has mature content but was such a great watching experience for parents/teen together

    All Creatures Great & Small, on PBS, is family-friendly but possibly a little slow for kids

    Gravity Falls (Disney Plus)

    We Bare Bears (Netflix)

    Wandavision (Disney Plus)

    Nailed It! (Netflix)

    The West Wing (Amazon, HBO)

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    What we’re reading:

    Sarah is reading Keep Sharp: Build a Better Brain at Any Age by Sanjay Gupta

    Allegra is about to start This Tender Land: A Novel by William Kent Krueger

    What you’re reading:

    Joyce, mom to a 5-year-old and 3-year-old is loving Rodham: A Novel, by Curtis Sittenfeld

    With Max, age 5, she’s reading aloud Magic Tree House: Merlin Missions and Ivy & Bean

    They’ve enjoyed audiobooks The Lighthouse Family series by Cynthia Rylant; Winterbourne Home for Vengeance and Valor by Ally Carter; and the Henry Huggins books by Beverly Cleary

    Joyce’s 3-year-old’s current favorite picture books are Madeline, Seven Silly Eaters by Mary Ann Hoberman, and the Pigeon books by Mo Willems

    Email us at hello@kidliteratepodcast.com – we’d love to hear from you!

    • 23 min
    Cookbooks, Cooking Shows & Apps, And More Food Media

    Cookbooks, Cooking Shows & Apps, And More Food Media

    Let’s talk about food and cooking–and the media that helps us make and eat yummy stuff! In Episode 27 we share our favorite ways to get kids inspired in the kitchen, from magazines to cookbooks, TV shows to apps. Allegra talks about a multi-course, internationally-inspired meal she recently made from scratch for a school project, and, as always, we round out the episode with what we’re reading and what YOU’re reading. Join us!



    Links we discussed:

    Highlights Magazine

    Subscription Box Services

    KidStir

    Raddish Kids

    America’s Test Kitchen Kids

    Cookbooks

    American Girl Baking

    Favorite Cakes

    Masterchef Junior Cookbook

    TV Shows

    MasterChef Junior

    Kids Baking Championship

    Top Chef Junior

    Chopped Junior

    Apps

    Toca Kitchen

    Toca Kitchen Monsters

    Toca Kitchen Sushi

    NYTimes Cooking App (Apple | Google)

    Gadgets & Gifts

    Small chefs knives, like these that we’ve had for years

    Wilton Decorating Piping Tip Set

    Other episodes we mentioned

    Magazine Subscriptions For Kids & Teens

    TV Shows To Watch As A Family

    We are part of the Amazon Affilates Program, which means if you click through one of our Amazon links and make a purchase, we earn a small commission at no additional cost to you. Thanks!



    What we’re reading:

    Sarah is reading Untamed by Glennon Doyle

    Allegra is reading Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari and The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

    What you’re reading:

    Amibeth emailed us a great list of book recommendations based on what she is reading to, and with, her three boys, ages 6 and 3 (twins!):



    Connor (Age 6):



    Zoey and Sassafras series by Asia Citro

    Real Pigeons series by Andrew McDonald

    Dragon Masters series by Tracey West

    Pet Shop Private Eye series by Colleen AF Venable

    13-story Treehouse Series by Andy Griffiths

    Read Alouds to Connor:



    Frank Einstein Series by Jon Scieszka

    Encyclopedia Brown by Donald Sobol

    Samantha Spinner and the Super Secret Plans by Russell Ginns

    Magic Misfits by Neil Patrick Harris

    Read Alouds with all 3 kids:



    Toys Go Out series by Emily Jenkins

    Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White

    Mouse and the Motorcycle Series by Beverly Cleary

    I (mom, Amibeth) am reading:



    Sophie Kinsella books

    Nora Ephron’s Heartburn

    Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple

    The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

    Email us at hello@kidliteratepodcast.com – we’d love to hear from you!

    • 24 min
    Getting Started With Audiobooks (Plus Audiobook Recommendations For Preschoolers Through Teens)

    Getting Started With Audiobooks (Plus Audiobook Recommendations For Preschoolers Through Teens)

    Listening to audiobooks is a great way to pass the time on car rides or during long days at home, and we have some specific suggestions for HOW to get your kids hooked on listening to great books. In today's episode we share ideas for getting started with audiobooks (even with very young children), plus some specific titles that we love for little kids and several more our bigger kids have been loving lately. As always, we wrap up the episode with what we've been reading and what YOU've been reading.

    • 25 min
    Reading Habits (When, Where & How We Read)

    Reading Habits (When, Where & How We Read)

    If you're listening, you probably identify as a reader. But do you give much thought to WHERE, WHEN, and HOW you read? Today's episode is all about our family's reading habits; with two grownups and three kids, we run the gamut between late-night marathon readers to early birds who read in the morning, and everything in between. In this episode we also chat about electronic vs. paper books, reading in bed vs. outside, and more. Plus we'll share what we're reading and what YOU're reading.

    • 28 min
    Time Travel Through Books, TV & Movies

    Time Travel Through Books, TV & Movies

    Whether it's through an old attic, a mysterious tree house, or a speeding Delorian, the idea of traveling through time to another era makes for great storytelling. Inspired by a new television series that hooked us recently, we look at time travel as a genre: from why we love it to how different authors handle it. We offer some book, TV and movie suggestions for other fans of time travel and, of course, we also share what we're reading and what YOU've been reading lately.

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
68 Ratings

68 Ratings

A Bushel and a Peck ,

Love the topics!

As a mom just entering the stage of introducing more media to my kids, this podcast has so many great recommendations. The audiobook episode inspired me to figure out the Libby app through my public library, and now the kids and I are able to listen to delightful kid books in the car. I like that this podcast spans all forms of media and dips into technology and game topics too.

sh.perman ,

Love it!

My daughter and I started listening to this when we painted her room while home during the Coronavirus. I love The Mom Hour and Sarah is amazing as always! Allegra is so incredibly impressive!!! Kudos to Allegra for jumping into this and to Sarah for clearly doing a great job at navigating this!

JaidaMN ,

Lovely, super helpful mother-daughter project!

Sarah is one of my favorite podcasters so it is no surprise that this new podcast she produces with her daughter is excellent. The two team up to share media recommendations relevant to family and kids and I always come away with a new book, app or show to try out. Allegra is very mature and well-spoken but nothing about this show sounds overly rehearsed. Highly recommend for the recommendations as well as a great example of a mother-daughter relationship.

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