11 episodes

Host Jordan Lloyd Bookey speaks with authors and reading enthusiasts to explore ways to build a stronger culture of reading in our communities. They'll dive into their personal experiences, inspirations, and why their stories and ideas are connecting so well with kids.

The Reading Culture Beanstack

    • Arts
    • 4.7 • 53 Ratings

Host Jordan Lloyd Bookey speaks with authors and reading enthusiasts to explore ways to build a stronger culture of reading in our communities. They'll dive into their personal experiences, inspirations, and why their stories and ideas are connecting so well with kids.

    Oh, the Humanity: Grace Lin on Art and the Human Experience

    Oh, the Humanity: Grace Lin on Art and the Human Experience

    Grace Lin (The Year of the Dog, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon) shares her thoughts on the value art provides to those who experience it and those who create it, and how it contributes to getting us in touch with our own humanity.

    • 36 min
    Truth From Fiction: Adam Gidwitz on Plato, the Devil, and the BFG

    Truth From Fiction: Adam Gidwitz on Plato, the Devil, and the BFG

    Adam Gidwitz (A Tale Dark and Grimm, The Inquisitor's Tale) talks about his journey to finding truth through literature and how he found his own voice to tell the truths he's learned.

    • 36 min
    Replay - Cultivating Story: Meg Medina on the importance of storytelling in life, writing, and the fight against book bans

    Replay - Cultivating Story: Meg Medina on the importance of storytelling in life, writing, and the fight against book bans

    We revisit our episode with Meg Medina Meg Medina (Merci Suárez series) where we spoke about the role storytelling plays in her life, from writing to passing on her culture to the fight against book bans.

    • 37 min
    They Already Know: Kate DiCamillo on Helping Kids Find Hope in Darkness

    They Already Know: Kate DiCamillo on Helping Kids Find Hope in Darkness

    Kate DiCamillo (Because of Winn-Dixie, The Tiger Rising) talks about exploring the hard parts of life to show kids there is always hope.

    • 42 min
    Voice Through Verse: Renée Watson on Poetry as Empowerment

    Voice Through Verse: Renée Watson on Poetry as Empowerment

    Renée Watson (Piecing Me Together, Ryan Hart series) teaches us about the power of poetry in children's literature, and how the medium gives kids an outlet to find their voice and speak up.

    • 34 min
    Voice Training: Zetta Elliott on Reckoning with Your Past and Disrupting the Future

    Voice Training: Zetta Elliott on Reckoning with Your Past and Disrupting the Future

    Zetta Elliott (Dragons in a Bag series) shares how her experience growing up Black in suburban Canada impacted her reading, and ultimately her writing voice. She'll tell us about discovering her heritage, finding her voice and disrupting the world of children's literature.

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
53 Ratings

53 Ratings

BAMS Library ,

Well Made and Worth Sharing

This is a fantastic podcast, highlighting popular, children and teen authors. Episodes highlight the authors experiences and writing process. This is a great podcast to share with students who are studying the authors highlighted. It’s also a great way for students and teachers to interact with Beanstack. Highly recommended.

MrsASch ,

Worth your time

This podcast is worth every minute. As a parent and an ELA special needs teacher, I am learning more here than in some of my professional development courses!

jenndolat ,

Love Listening

What a great opportunity to hear what authors have to say about writing. As an elementary school teacher, I’m always looking for ways to help my students connect with books and authors. This has been great.

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