13 episodes

The Beginning of Your Life Book Club is a blog and podcast celebrating the transformative power of children’s literature and the magic of picture books.

The Beginning of Your Life Book Club Emily Akins

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    • 4.9 • 15 Ratings

The Beginning of Your Life Book Club is a blog and podcast celebrating the transformative power of children’s literature and the magic of picture books.

    The End of the Beginning

    The End of the Beginning

    Series Finale! The end of one thing + the beginning of another. Celebrating the last 100 years + looking to the future. Letting go + going on. And … there’s nothing else like a picture book.

    Loren Long
    Diane Capriola
    Shaina Birkhead
    Matthew Winner 

    Little Tree
    Cinder-Eyed Cats
    Mommy, Please Don't Go To Work
    Little Shop of Stories
    Decatur Book Festival 
    Every Child a Reader
    Rabbit hOle
    Mr Rogers

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    • 31 min
    The Power of Perspective

    The Power of Perspective

    Artists, authors, autism and an episode where I take a closer look a different view.

    GUESTS: Felicia Bryan and Eliyanna Kaiser

    References and Further Reading:
    Bank Street College of Education
    The Enduring Appeal of Where the Wild Things Are
    There’s a Mystery There
    The Surprising Ingenuity Behind “Goodnight Moon”
    What Writers Can Learn from Goodnight Moon
    Line Up the Books
    Autism Speaks
    Your Personal Penguin
    Drag Queen Story Hour
    Jacqueline Woodso

    • 33 min
    Next Stop: Magic

    Next Stop: Magic

    One of my guiding questions about the magic of books is - well, it’s kind of weird. Follow along to see where it takes us.

    Julie Bliven
    Courtney Hinshaw
    Shaina Birkhead
    Kelly Baker
    Matthew Winner
    Diarra "Crckt" Leggett
    Clare Hollander

    What Kinds of Books Excite a School Librarian
    The Children’s Book Podcast
    Will Schwalbe
    Reid’s Read-Alouds
    Boomerang Brings Back the Book Bus
    Making A Difference Through Children’s Outreach

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    • 28 min
    First Book

    First Book

    It’s back to the beginning of life as we think about first books, family identity, & the all important read-aloud.

    Winford & Judy Akins
    Jenny Horsley
    Janice Dobbs
    Mary Gallagher
    Grace Stedje-Larsen
    and of course Julia and Clara

    First Book
    Imagination Library
    Reach Out & Read KC
    Barbershop Books
    TED Talk w/ Alvin Irby
    Teach a Child to Read With Children’s Books
    The Read-Aloud Handbook
    The Read-Aloud Family
    Reading Magic
    13 Words

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    • 29 min
    The Mighty Page Turn

    The Mighty Page Turn

    "You'll know it's time to turn the page when you hear this sound." But wait. It's so much more than a page turn. 

    Lauren Ranalli
    Dr. Debbie Reese
    Julie Bliven 
    Vanessa Nielson

    For REFERENCES and a TRANSCRIPT visit www.TheBeginningofYourLifeBookClub.com

    • 27 min
    Mirrors and Windows

    Mirrors and Windows

    But wait. What if you are surrounded by so many mirrors that you can’t imagine anything beyond your own world? What if you have so many windows you never see yourself?

    Dr. Debbie Reese
    Nicole Johnson
    Matthew Schmidt
    Charlotte Anderholt

    Diversity in Children’s Literature
    American Indians in Children’s Lit
    We Need Diverse Books
    Books to Avoid - Knots on a Counting Rope
    How to Read a Racist Book to Your Kid
    A Single Story

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    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

StorybookTree ,

A New Favorite in our Home!

This podcast is so endearing and has become a new favorite in our home! The topics in each episode make my bookish heart so happy and even has my oldest daughter asking to listen to more. Thank you Emily for spreading the love of picture books and making the podcast world more beautiful! ❤️

StephStew85 ,

Family and Books -- Two of My Favorite Things!

My son and I share a sentimental connection to books and reading. For me, this podcast is all about how we find meaning and connection with others through books. I've learned so much and really enjoyed each episode. I also appreciate that different vantage points are considered and explored. The host includes commentary from her children, as well as guests that have cultural experiences that differ from her own. Really looking forward to more episodes and *crosses fingers* many more seasons to come :)

lizzard_of_odds ,


What an awesome topic to explore! Children’s literature has the potential to sew the seeds of imagination and creativity - it can spark a lifelong love affair with books and with learning. We often forget how essential this relationship is and how it can impact a child’s curiosity - could anything be more important than curiosity? Thank you for shining the light on such a magical topic!

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