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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.