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Topics that help the rising generation discover literature and experience the world around them. Worlds Awaiting is a weekly program for grownups who care about children hosted by children's literature expert, Rachel Wadham, Education and Juvenile Literature Librarian at the BYU Library. Guests include authors, experts, teachers and parents. Listen to the show on Saturdays at 7 pm EST/ 4 pm PST.

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Topics that help the rising generation discover literature and experience the world around them. Worlds Awaiting is a weekly program for grownups who care about children hosted by children's literature expert, Rachel Wadham, Education and Juvenile Literature Librarian at the BYU Library. Guests include authors, experts, teachers and parents. Listen to the show on Saturdays at 7 pm EST/ 4 pm PST.

    Writing Process, Financial Literacy, and Popular Music

    Writing Process, Financial Literacy, and Popular Music

    Writing Process
    Behind every book there is a writer responsible for all the little details, world building and characterization that are loved by many. Every writer has their own unique process to complete such a feat. Rachel loves talking to authors about what their individual path and process is. So she's in the studio today with author Sharlee Glenn to talk about her writer’s journey.
     
    Storytime
    Libraries are known for their storytimes and we are too. Each week at around 15 minutes past the hour, tune in to hear book reviews or live readings of picture books or poetry. Today we have Joella Peterson reviewing the picture book "The Princess and the Warrior" by Duncan Tonatiuh. 
     
    Financial Literacy
    Understanding money and finances is an essential tool for being an adult. While children learn many different things in school as they grow up, financial literacy is not often emphasized or in some cases even taught. Today Rachel is on the phone with financial literacy expert, Gregg Murset.
     
    Popular Music
    Music classes vary from school to school. Some may focus more on learning musical instruments, while others spend more time on music theory. But no matter what type of music class, current popular music is not often seen. Today we have Brittany May, a music education professor, in the studio.
     
    Libarians' Table 
    Today we are around the librarians' table with Andy Spackman, and Lety Camacho, business librarians here at BYU. They are here to share their individual experiences parenting their reading children. 

    Historical Fiction, Telling Stories, and Language Impairments

    Historical Fiction, Telling Stories, and Language Impairments

    Non-Fiction versus Historical Fiction
    Children can benefit greatly from understanding history. Especially when they learn about the past cultural events that have shaped the world that they live in today. There are many different ways to learn about history. From history classes, non-fiction books like biographies, and even historical fiction. Today Rachel has on the phone Lauren Tarshis an author of historical fiction.
     
    Storytime
    Libraries are known for their storytimes and we are too. Each week at around 15 minutes past the hour, tune in to hear book reviews or live readings of picture books or poetry. Today we have a reading of two poems: “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” by William Wordsworth and “Nature” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
     
    Telling Stories
    Stories are a very important part of the development of a child. Children usually begin telling stories on their own, although they might not realize it. Our job is to help them engage with their own stories and embrace them. Today I’m in the studio with storyteller and educator Randy Evenson.
     
    Language Impairments
    Growing up and learning how to socialize with the world can be hard for any child. But it’s especially hard if a child has a language impairment. Many parents do not know how to spot it or where to go to get the help a child needs. That’s why Rachel has Martin Fujiki and Bonnie Brinton in the studio today. They are both speech pathologists, and professors’ of communication disorders.
     
    Librarians' Table
    Today we are around the librarians' table with Elizabeth Smart, and Emily Darowski, academic librarians here at BYU. They are here to explain the process of scholarly communication. 

    Historical Fiction, Family Reading, and Physical Fitness

    Historical Fiction, Family Reading, and Physical Fitness

    Historical Fiction
    Learning about history can be a powerful tool for a child. Today Rachel has author Candace Fleming on the phone. In the past she’s written biographies, but recently she’s released two historical fiction books for children; “Eleanor Roosevelt’s is in my garage” and “Ben Franklin is in my bathroom”.  
     
    Storytime
    Libraries are known for their storytimes and we are too. Each week at around 15 minutes past the hour, tune in to hear book reviews or live readings of picture books or poetry. Today we have Reed Wolfly reading the picture book "Quangle Wangle's Hat" by Edward Lear. 
     
    Family Reading
    Literacy may grow in the classroom, but the seed is planted in the home. Parents play an integral role in helping their children develop a passion for reading. Rachel is in the studio today with Joe Hadfield. He’s the director of online communications here at BYU and more importantly, he’s a dad. 
     
    Physical Fitness
    Children learn a lot at school that can be applied well into their adult lives. Learning how to write a persuasive essay can help them write persuasive pitches in their future jobs. Knowing how to do quick, simple mathematical equations in their heads can help them make decisions when comparing prices or creating a budget. But what long term benefits come out of physical education classes? Today we have physical education professor David Barney in the studio.
     
    Librarians' Table
    Today we are around the librarians' table with Elise Silva and Suzanne Julian, librarians at the BYU library. They are here to explain what it means to be an instruction librarian. 

    Teen Reading, Historical Fiction, and STEM

    Teen Reading, Historical Fiction, and STEM

    Teen Reading
    Being able to express ourselves with the written word is critical in this day and age. It is particularly important for our teens, who are learning and developing as writers. We are so excited to have Penny Kittle on the phone today. She is an author and a great advocate for helping our teens engage with writing. 
     
    Storytime
    Libraries are known for their storytimes and we are too. Each week at around 15 minutes past the hour, tune in to hear book reviews or live readings of picture books or poetry. Today we have Mazie Cryer reviewing the picture book "Rosie Revere Engineer" by Andrea Beaty. 
     
    Historical Fiction
    Understanding history is an important part of being human. We can learn from the actions of past generations and hopefully not repeat past mistakes. One way children learn about history and the world around them is through historical fiction novels. We’re in the studio today with author Jennifer Nielsen.
     
    STEM
    Children learn so many different things at school. These diverse subjects help create a well rounded child, ready to explore the world with all the tools necessary to be successful. Today we'd love to dive deeper into the subjects of STEM: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. That’s why Rachel has James Porter from the Christa McAuliffe space center in the studio.
     
    Librarians' Table
    Today we are around the librarians' table with Andrew and Emily Garrett, student librarians’ at BYU. They are here to talk about how they analyze children's literature. 

    Creative Writing, Music Literacy, and Reading with DNS

    Creative Writing, Music Literacy, and Reading with DNS

    Creative Writing
    Making a work of fiction is an extremely creative process. Characters, scenes, plots, settings, all of them have to come from somewhere. Writers’ are constantly on the lookout for inspiration throughout all aspects of their lives. Today we have in the studio Heather Price, whose not only a librarian but also a writer.
     
    Storytime
    Libraries are known for their storytimes and we are too. Each week at around 15 minutes past the hour, tune in to hear book reviews or live readings of picture books or poetry. Today we have Ally Lybbert reviewing "Who Could That Be At This Hour?" by Lemony Snicket. 
     
    Music Literacy
    While many people view literacy as simply reading and writing, literacy actually reaches a broad range of disciplines. For example, math literacy. Being literate in math enables students to problem solve, reason, and analyze information. Today however we want to dive into the world of music literacy. That’s why we have Brittany May in the studio, a professor here at BYU who specializes in music education.
     
    Reading with DNS
    Here on Worlds Awaiting, we care deeply about literacy and nurturing a passion for learning in every child. However, some children have more challenges than others. Rachel is in the studio today with Vicki Ehlen, an author and director of the Wonderwood Academy, a school for children with Down Syndrome
     
    Librarians' Table
    Today we are around the librarians' table with Andy Spackman, and Lety Camacho, business librarians here at BYU. They're here to chat about presentation skills that they teach at the Marriott School of Business as librarians. 

    Illustrator's Process, READ Dogs, Children's Theater

    Illustrator's Process, READ Dogs, Children's Theater

    Illustrator's Process
    The journey from an idea in an author’s head to a published book can be a long one. There are a lot of steps required, from simply writing a first draft to multiple revisions. And when it’s a picture book, artwork and character design is added into the mix on every single page. Every illustrator has their own unique process to creating their part of a picture book. Today Rachel has in the studio Bethanne Anderson, an illustrator and professor at BYU. She's here to share her process. 
     
    Storytime
    Libraries are known for their storytimes and we are too. Each week at around 15 minutes past the hour, tune in to hear book reviews or live readings of picture books or poetry. Today we have a reading of Lewis Carroll's poem "The Jabberwocky". 
     
    READ Dogs Program
    Some people say that a dog is a man’s best friend. But for many children dogs have become so much more than that. In fact, dogs all over Utah are helping children develop critical literary skills. Today Rachel has in the studio Kathy Klotz, the executive director for the READ Dogs program. 
     
    Behind the Scenes of Children's Theater
    Attending a live theater performance can be a thrilling experience for adults and children. However there is a lot of preparation that occurs behind the scenes to make sure that magic happens. Today Rachel has in the studio Julia Ashworth, a professor of theater education who creates fantastic theater for children. 
     
    Librarians' Table
    Today we are around the librarians' table with Patrina Garza, and Phuong Vu, librarians from Salt Lake County. And we are also joined by Heather Novotny a school librarian from the McGillis School. They are here to chat about the importance of representing the "other" within children's literature. 

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