Chalk and Ink: The Podcast for Teachers Who Write and Writers Who Teach

Kate Narita

Chalk and Ink is a biweekly podcast that interviews teachers who write and writers who teach. Are you looking for inspiration to develop and deepen your writing and/or teaching practice? If so, then listen to the experts who make it their practice to become better writers and teachers every day. An episode will publish every other Friday during the school year. If you'd like to connect after listening, please find me on Twitter @KateNarita or visit my website www.katenarita.com Happy listening!

3-2-1 Write! With Sally Engelfried
Oct 21 2022
3-2-1 Write! With Sally Engelfried
Today Sally Engelfried talks about productive weekends, innovative ways to use a writer’s notebook, and how to find a story’s emotional core. Please help me spread the word by sharing the podcast on social media, writing a review wherever you listen to your podcasts, and/or sharing this episode with family, friends and colleagues.Maybe you’re not into promotion but you want to give me a boost and buy me a latte. It’s easy. Go to buymeacoffee.com/chalkandink and with one single click you can support the podcast-no subscription necessary.In addition to being an amazing author and educator, Sally Engelfried is very generous. She’s creating a five-minute video for Patreon supporters. Become a Chalk + Ink Patreon supporter and check it out.Sally also generously donated a 30-minute classroom or library visit to a lucky podcast listener and a signed book to another lucky podcast listener. There are several ways to enter: 1) Tweet or retweet this episode and be sure to tag Sally and me, 2) Go to www.katenarita.com/podcast and make a comment on this episode’s post, 3) Make a comment about the episode on our Chalk + Ink Facebook page; and 4) Become a Chalk + Ink Patreon supporter. Patreon supporters are automatically entered into each giveaway. In order to enter the giveaway, complete one of these actions by midnight on Friday, October 28th. The winner will be announced on Friday, November 4th, on the podcast as well as on Twitter and on our Facebook page.Finally, I want to give a shout out to Sarah Brannen for Chalk + Ink’s podcast art. If you haven’t read Sarah’s book, Uncle Bobby’s Wedding, check it out. It’s on the ALA 2021 Rainbow List and Bank Street's Best Children's Books 2021. Support the show
Just Say Yes and Do the Work With Cindy Rodriguez
Oct 7 2022
Just Say Yes and Do the Work With Cindy Rodriguez
In this episode with Cindy Rodriguez, we talk about the importance of embracing opportunities, growth mindset, and developing relationships in and out of the classroom.Please help me spread the word by sharing the podcast on social media, writing a review wherever you listen to your podcasts, and/or sharing this episode with family, friends and colleagues.Maybe you’re not into promotion but you want to give me a boost and buy me a latte. It’s easy. Go to buymeacoffee.com/chalkandink and with one single click you can support the podcast-no subscription necessary.In addition to being an amazing author and educator, Cindy Rodriguez is very generous. She’s creating a five-minute Let’s Write video that educators can use in their classrooms. Become a Chalk + Ink Patreon supporter, you can have access to Ruth’s video as well as videos by April Jones Prince, Marcie Flinchum Atkins, Zetta Elliott, Erin Dealey, René Colato Laínez, Michelle Cusolito, Ruth Behar and Lisa Stringfellow. Cindy also generously donated a 30-minute classroom or library visit to a lucky podcast listener and a signed book to another lucky podcast listener. There are several ways to enter: 1) Tweet or retweet this episode and be sure to tag Cindy and me, 2) Go to www.katenarita.com/podcast and make a comment on this episode’s post, 3) Make a comment about the episode on our Chalk + Ink Facebook page; and 4) Become a Chalk + Ink Patreon supporter. Patreon supporters are automatically entered into each giveaway. In order to enter the giveaway, complete one of these actions by midnight on Friday, October 14th. The winner will be announced on Friday, October 21st, on the podcast as well as on Twitter and on our Facebook page. Finally, I want to give a shout out to Sarah Brannen for Chalk + Ink’s podcast art. If you haven’t read Sarah’s book, Uncle Bobby’s Wedding, check it out. It’s on the ALA 2021 Rainbow List and Bank Street's Best Children's Books 2021. Support the show
Solitude, Storytelling, and Surprises With Ruth Behar
Sep 23 2022
Solitude, Storytelling, and Surprises With Ruth Behar
In this episode, Ruth Behar and I talk about solitude, storytelling and surprises.If Chalk + Ink has made you a better author and/or educator, please fill out this form so I can feature you on our 50th episode.It would be great if this season, the number of downloads per episode would double compared to the second season. Please help me spread the word by sharing the podcast on social media, writing a review wherever you listen to your podcasts, and/or sharing this episode with five colleagues.Maybe you’re not into promotion but you want to give me a boost and buy me a latte. It’s easy. Go to buymeacoffee.com/chalkandink and with one single click you can support the podcast-no subscription necessary.In addition to being an amazing author and educator, Ruth Behar is very generous. She’s creating a five-minute Let’s Write video that educators can use in their classrooms. Become a Chalk + Ink Patreon supporter, you can have access to Ruth’s video as well as videos by April Jones Prince, Marcie Flinchum Atkins, Zetta Elliott, Erin Dealey, René Colato Laínez, Michelle Cusolito, and Lisa Stringfellow. Ruth also generously donated a 30-minute Zoom classroom or library call to a lucky podcast listener and a signed book to another podcast listener. There are several ways to enter: 1) Tweet or retweet this episode and be sure to tag Ruth and me, 2) Go to www.katenarita.com/podcast and make a comment on this episode’s post, 3) Make a comment about the episode on our Chalk + Ink Facebook page; and 4) Become a Chalk + Ink Patreon supporter. Patreon supporters are automatically entered into each giveaway. In order to enter the giveaway, these actions must be completed by midnight on Friday, September 16th. The winner will be announced on Friday, September 23rd, on the podcast as well as on Twitter and on our Facebook page.It’s homework time. Have you ever thought to yourself, “Nope. Nunca. Not going to happen,”? If so, then you have something in common with Beto, the main character in Cindy Rodriguez’s delightful new picture book Three Pockets Full. Give it a read before Cindy’s interview releases on Friday, October 7th.Many thanks to Sarah Brannen for Chalk + Ink’s podcast art. Happy listening!Support the show
Diving Deep Into Struggles, Successes, and Synergy With Michelle Cusolito
Sep 9 2022
Diving Deep Into Struggles, Successes, and Synergy With Michelle Cusolito
I’m so excited to dive deep into our first interview of the season with marvelous Michelle Cusolito.In this episode we talk about the importance of writing with our students, the power of picture book dummies, and how stepping outside of our comfort zone enriches our creativity. If Chalk + Ink has made you a better author and/or educator, please fill out this form so I can feature you on our 50th episode.It would be great if this season, the number of downloads per episode would double compared to the second season. Please help me spread the word by sharing the podcast on social media, writing a review wherever you listen to your podcasts, and/or sharing this episode with five colleagues.Maybe you’re not into promotion but you want to give me a boost and buy me a latte. It’s easy. Go to buymeacoffee.com/chalkandink and with one single click you can support the podcast-no subscription necessary.In addition to being an amazing author and educator, Michelle Cusolito is very generous. She’s creating a five-minute Let’s Write video that educators can use in their classrooms. Become a Chalk + Ink Patreon supporter, you can have access to Michelle’s video as well as videos by April Jones Prince, Marcie Flinchum Atkins, Zetta Elliott, Erin Dealey, René Colato Laínez and Lisa Stringfellow. Michelle also generously donated a 30-minute “Ask Me Anything,” Zoom call to a lucky podcast listener. There are several ways to enter: 1) Tweet or retweet this episode and be sure to tag Michelle and me, 2) Go to www.katenarita.com/podcast and make a comment on this episode’s post, 3) Make a comment about the episode on our Chalk + Ink Facebook page; and 4) Become a Chalk + Ink Patreon supporter. Patreon supporters are automatically entered into each giveaway. In order to enter the giveaway, these actions must be completed by midnight on Friday, September 16th. The winner will be announced on Friday, September 23rd, on the podcast as well as on Twitter and on our Facebook page.It’s homework time. Have you ever wanted to travel to Cuba? If so, you’ll like this assignment. Pick up a copy of Letters from Cubaby Ruth Behar. Once you start reading, you’ll find yourself in the terrifying position of being Jewish in Poland on the eve of World War II, traveling by yourself on a ship across the Atlantic, and disembarking in Cuba.Thanks for listening!Support the show
Season Three Opener: Top Ten Luminous Literacy Workshop Tips
Aug 26 2022
Season Three Opener: Top Ten Luminous Literacy Workshop Tips
It's the end of the summer season and the beginning of fall which for teachers and students is bittersweet. The laid back summer feeling slips away and the frantic fall frenzy rushes in. But the good news is after compiling last season’s top ten tips for a luminous literacy workshop, I can’t wait to pack up my beach bag and head back to the classroom. Here they are:10-Plan to Play from Jyoti Rajan Gopal and René Colato Laínez9-Grammar Worksheets Be Gone from Whitney LaRocca and Jeff Anderson8-Integrate Sensory Learning from April Jones Prince and Marcie Flinchum Atkins7-Magic Mirrors All Around from Kate Messner and Tina Athaide6-Outline Occultism from Zetta Elliott5-Abracadabra Nanowrimo from Lisa Stringfellow4-Extra! Extra! Read All About It from Kristen Nordstrom and Rukhsanna Guidroz3-Bust Out of Binary Boxes from Michael Leali2-Listen to Your Students from Pernille Ripp1-Highlight Moments of Magic from Erin DealeyWant to support the podcast? Click here to buy me a cup of coffee or click here to become a Patreon supporter.  No money. No problem. Fill out this form and tell me how Chalk + Ink has made you a better teacher and/or writer so we can celebrate our success on our 50th episode. Too shy to share your experience on a podcast? No worries! Please write a review on your podcast platform (Apple, Google, Stitcher etc.) so that other listeners can find us.On the next episode, we’ll be chatting with author and writing instructor Michelle Cusolito. Be sure to check out her books Flying Deep and Diving Deep before the interview. I want to give a shout out to Sarah Brannen for Chalk + Ink’s podcast art. If you want to make the most out of these last few summer weeks, be sure to check out Sarah’s A Perfect Day for some summertime fun.Questions? Contact me on Twitter @KateNarita or fill out my contact form.Happy listening!Support the show
Season Two Finale: Top Ten Writing Tips
May 27 2022
Season Two Finale: Top Ten Writing Tips
I’ve compiled the top ten writing tips from this season’s guests to help get listeners psyched up for a creative, productive summer. This episode embodies the reason this podcast exists. You count. You matter. Your creativity counts. Your happiness matters. It’s time to pour all the energy you channel into teaching during the school year into your creative process. Whether you are a budding or a blooming writer, these tips will help you deepen your creative practice.Tip Number Ten: Write Alongside Your Students Featuring Carole Boston Weatherford, Kate Messner, and Jyoti Rajan Gopal.Tip Number Nine: Write Someplace New Featuring Michael Leali, René Colato Laínez,  Whitney LaRocca, and Jeff Anderson.Tip Number Eight: Keep Notebooks Featuring Whitney LaRocca and Loree Griffin Burns.Tip Number Seven: Dummy It Out Featuring April Jones Prince and Marcie Flinchum Atkins.Tip Number Six: Plot It Out Featuring Zetta Elliott and Rukhsanna Guidroz.Tip Number Five: Featuring Michael Leali, Veera Hiranadani, and Lisa Stringfellow.Tip Number Four: Interview Someone Featuring Kristen Nordstrom and Tina Athaide.Tip Number Three: Blog About It Featuring Pernille Ripp.Tip Number Two: Bust Out of Those Boxes Featuring Laurel Paula Jackson, Loree Griffin Burns, and Tina Athaide.Tip Number One: Practice What You Preach Featuring  April Jones Prince,  Erin Dealey, and Pernille Ripp.Hey, before you go, I have a favor to ask. Chalk + Ink has one review on Apple. One is a whole lot less than 2,000. When you have one of those long, slow, summer moments, please take a minute to leave a positive review. Help spread Chalk + Ink joy.Have you read Melissa Stewart and Sarah Brannen’s Summertime Sleepers yet? If not, why not? It’s the perfect book to help you enjoy summer’s slower pace. Plus, you’ll be supporting Sarah, who does our podcast art.I can’t wait to talk with you again on August 26th, 2022. Until then, happy writing everyone!Support the show
Interview with Author and Educator, Jyoti Rajan Gopal
May 13 2022
Interview with Author and Educator, Jyoti Rajan Gopal
Today, Jyoti Rajan Gopal and I talk about the power of changing one word in a manuscript, exploring various storytelling modalities, and the magic of making a manuscript sound like music.As many of you know, my beloved dog, Buck, passed away a week ago. Normally, I don’t record interviews with him in the room. But when Jyoti and I recorded this episode, I knew my days with him were numbered. So, I let him stay with me. He was completely quiet until the end of the episode when he barked. Normally, I would have cut it out. I even had Jyoti repeat her recommendations; however, when it came time to produce the episode, I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t cut him out. So, if you want to turn down your sound, around an hour and five minutes, please do so. This episode is dedicated to him.It’s the end of the school year which means it’s time to wrap up Chalk + Ink’s second season. In two weeks, our final episode, “Top Ten Summer Writing Tips” will be available to download. So, there’s no homework unless you want to listen to your favorite episodes from this season and let me know which tips I should consider featuring in the season finale.If you have enjoyed this podcast or if this podcast has helped you in any way, please write a review on Apple or Spotify or wherever you listen to your podcasts. Reviews help other listeners discover our content.Finally, I want to give a shout out to Sarah Brannen for Chalk + Ink’s podcast art and congratulate her again on her Sibert Honor for Summertime Sleepers. Happy listening!Support the show
Interview with Debut Author and High School ELA Teacher, Michael Leali
Apr 15 2022
Interview with Debut Author and High School ELA Teacher, Michael Leali
The warm and inclusive, Michael Leali, talks about the danger of gendering books, how we miss out on the now when we try to “make up” for lost learning time due to the pandemic, and how readers rise to challenges.Michael Leali generously donated a signed copy of The Civil War of Amos Abernathy to a lucky podcast listener. There are several ways to enter: 1) Tweet or retweet this episode and be sure to tag @michaelleali and @katenarita, 2) Go to www.katenarita.com/podcast and make a comment on this episode’s post, 3) Make a comment about the episode on our Chalk + Ink Facebook page; and 4) Become a Chalk + Ink Patreon supporter. Patreon supporters are automatically entered into each giveaway. In order to enter the giveaway, these actions must be completed by midnight on Friday, April 22nd. The winner will be announced on Friday, April 29th, on the podcast as well as on Twitter and on our Facebook page.It’s homework time. The versatile and curious, Kate Messner, will be joining us on our next episode. Kate’s written so many wonderful books, it’s impossible to think about assigning only one. On the podcast we talk about History Smashers, The Next President, and Breakout. But, if you’re only going to read one title, the book that’s most fitting for this podcast is 59 Reasons to Write: Mini-Lessons, Prompts, and Inspiration for Teachers.Take a page out of GrapeApes' book and write a review of this show. Here's what GrapeApes' wrote on Apple Podcasts about Chalk + Ink, "I love this podcast and have gleaned so many helpful, inspiring tips and resources for both my writing and my classroom. My time spent listening is always richly rewarded; I can only listen to about one episode per week, because it takes me time to process and digest all the wonderful wisdom in each one! Kate Narita is such an accessible and insightful host, and her warm, enthusiastic rapport elicits the best techniques and tidbits from her diverse guests. Teacher-writers and writer-teachers, this is your podcast!” Please write a review on Apple or Spotify or wherever you listen to your podcasts and help me spread the word so more listeners will discover these interviews.Finally, I want to give a shout out to Sarah Brannen for Chalk + Ink’s podcast art and congratulate her again on her Sibert Honor for Summertime Sleepers. Support the show
Interview with the Director of Global Citizenship at Barefoot Books and Debut Author, Dr. Paula Laurel Jackson
Apr 1 2022
Interview with the Director of Global Citizenship at Barefoot Books and Debut Author, Dr. Paula Laurel Jackson
The positive and flexible, Dr. Paula Laurel Jackson, talks about the importance of quality vs. quantity, music as a universal first language, and global citizenship. It’s homework time. Have you ever wondered if LGBTQ+ people played an important part in the history of the United States? If so, be sure to pick up a copy of Michael Leali’s debut middle grade novel, The Civil War of Amos Abernathy. You’ll find yourself rooting for Amos and Chloe. Also, if you’re a structure enthusiast, this novel is a must read.When you’re listening to these interviews do you ever think, wow, this author seems like a fantastic educator, I wish she could teach my class for the day? Well, you’re in luck. If you become  Chalk + Ink Patreon supporter, you can have access to teaching videos by April Jones Prince, Marcie Flinchum Atkins, Zetta Elliott, Erin Dealey, René Colato Laínez and Lisa Stringfellow. It must cost a fortune to access these videos, right? Nope, just three dollars for each podcast episode. I’ll only be releasing four more podcast episodes this school year. That means for $12 you can bring all of these authors into your classroom. That’s what I call a sweet deal.Dr. Paula Laurel Jackson generously donated a copy of The Perfect Party and a free thirty-minute virtual author visit to a lucky podcast listener. There are several ways to enter: 1) Tweet or retweet this episode and be sure to tag @LPaulaJackson and @katenarita, 2) Go to www.katenarita.com/podcast and make a comment on this episode’s post, 3) Make a comment about the episode on our Chalk + Ink Facebook page; and 4) Become a Chalk + Ink Patreon supporter. Patreon supporters are automatically entered into each giveaway. In order to enter the giveaway, these actions must be completed by midnight on Friday, April 8th. The winner will be announced on Friday, April 15th, on the podcast as well as on Twitter and on our Facebook page.Do you have a minute? Please write a review on Apple or Spotify and help me spread the word so more listeners will discover this podcast.Finally, I want to give a shout out to Sarah Brannen for Chalk + Ink’s podcast art and congratulate her again on her Sibert Honor for Summertime Sleepers.
Interview with Author and Educator, Rukhsanna Guidroz
Mar 18 2022
Interview with Author and Educator, Rukhsanna Guidroz
The brave and reflective, Rukhsanna Guidroz, talks about the importance of bringing newspapers into classrooms, the power of a color-coded plot grid, and how engaging in social media can open up career doors. Are you in the mood for a party with guests from all over the world? Then, pull up a chair and read The Perfect Party by Laurel Jackson and you’ll be all set for our next episode.Please consider becoming a Chalk + Ink Patreon supporter. For just three dollars an episode, you can have access to teaching videos from April Jones Prince, Marcie Flinchum Atkins, Zetta Elliott, Erin Dealey, René Colato Laínez and Lisa Stringfellow. Teachers, let’s be honest. The last month of school can be tough. But if you become a Patreon supporter, these amazing author educators will help lighten your end-of-the-school-year load.Rukhsanna Guidroz generously donated a picture book critique to a lucky podcast listener. There are several ways to enter: 1) Tweet or retweet this episode and be sure to tag Rukhsanna and me, 2) Go to www.katenarita.com/podcast and make a comment on this episode’s post, 3) Make a comment about the episode on our Chalk + Ink Facebook page; and 4) Become a Chalk + Ink Patreon supporter. Patreon supporters are automatically entered into each giveaway. In order to enter the giveaway, these actions must be completed by midnight on Friday, March 25th. The winner will be announced on Friday, April 1st, on the podcast as well as on Twitter and on our Facebook page.Are you still reading? Please write a review and help me spread the word so more listeners discover this podcast.As always, a huge shout out to Sarah Brannen for Chalk + Ink’s podcast art and a huge congratulations to her for winning the Sibert Honor for Summertime Sleepers. Support the show
Interview with Middle School ELA and Technology Teacher and Middle Grade Author, Lisa Stringfellow
Mar 4 2022
Interview with Middle School ELA and Technology Teacher and Middle Grade Author, Lisa Stringfellow
The tenacious and talented, Lisa Stringfellow, talks about the importance of setting goals and being accountable to ourselves, how word choice and sentence length determine voice, and why it makes sense to involve students in our professional writing journeys.Have you ever wanted to learn how to surf? Then, pick up a copy of Samira Surfs by Rukhsanna Guidroz. Once you start reading, you’ll find many sweet spots within the novel’s pages and if you’re really adventurous, like Samira, you just might find a sweet spot on a surfboard.When you’re listening to these interviews do you ever think, wow, this author seems like a fantastic educator, I wish she could teach my class for the day?  Well, you’re in luck. If you become  Chalk + Ink Patreon supporter, you can have access to teaching videos by April Jones Prince, Marcie Flinchum Atkins, Zetta Elliott, Erin Dealey, René Colato Laínez and today’s guest, Lisa Stringfellow. It must cost a fortune to access these videos, right? Nope, just three dollars for each podcast episode. I’ll only be releasing six more podcast episodes this school year. That means for $18 you can bring all of these authors into your classroom. That’s what I call a sweet deal.Lisa Stringfellow generously donated a copy of a A Comb of Wishes to a lucky podcast listener. There are several ways to enter: 1) Tweet or retweet this episode and be sure to tag Lisa and me, 2) Go to www.katenarita.com/podcast and make a comment on this episode’s post, 3) Make a comment about the episode on our Chalk + Ink Facebook page; and 4) Become a Chalk + Ink Patreon supporter. Patreon supporters are automatically entered into each giveaway. In order to enter the giveaway, these actions must be completed by midnight on Friday, March 11th. The winner will be announced on Friday, March 18th, on the podcast as well as on Twitter and on our Facebook page.Are you still listening and wishing you could show your support for the podcast but there’s no way you have $3 to donate for each episode? No worries! Write a review and help me spread the word so more listeners will discover this podcast.Finally, I want to give a shout out to Sarah Brannen for Chalk + Ink’s podcast art and congratulate her again on her Support the show
Interview with Salvadoran Author and Early Childhood Educator, Rene Colato Lainez
Feb 18 2022
Interview with Salvadoran Author and Early Childhood Educator, Rene Colato Lainez
The resilient and persistent, René Colato Laínez, talks about the magic of cardboard castles, how books are portals into difficult discussions, and the creative power of libraries.Are you in the mood for a Caribbean getaway? Then, you’ll like this assignment. Pick up a copy of debut author, Lisa Stringfellow’s, Comb of Wishes. Once you start reading, you won’t want to stop.What’s your favorite coffee drink? Mine is a decaf latte from Starbucks with coconut milk. It costs $5 but it helps me stay awake on my commute. Maybe this podcast helps you stay awake on your commute or maybe it keeps you engaged at home when you’re doing housework or maybe it helps the miles go by when you’re out for a run. Whatever the case, please consider becoming a Chalk + Ink Patreon supporter. If you become a friend of the podcast, it only costs $3 an episode, which is way less than a grande decaf latte. Plus, you get access to awesome writing workshop videos created by podcast guests.René Colato Laínez generously donated one of his amazing books to a lucky podcast listener. There are several ways to enter: 1) Tweet or retweet this episode and be sure to tag Rene and me, 2) Go to www.katenarita.com/podcast and make a comment on this episode’s post, 3) Make a comment about the episode on our Chalk + Ink Facebook page; and 4) Become a Chalk + Ink Patreon supporter. Patreon supporters are automatically entered into each giveaway. In order to enter the giveaway, these actions must be completed by midnight on Friday, February 25thth. The winner will be announced on Friday, March 4th, on the podcast as well as on Twitter and on our Facebook page.If you can’t get enough of Valentine’s Day, keep spreading love by reviewing this show. Your review will help others discover this podcast.Finally, I want to give a shout out to Sarah Brannen for Chalk + Ink’s podcast art and congratulate her again on her Sibert Honor for Summertime Sleepers. Support the show
Interview with Creative Writing Instructor and Newbery Honor Winner, Veera Hiranandani
Feb 4 2022
Interview with Creative Writing Instructor and Newbery Honor Winner, Veera Hiranandani
Congratulations to all the Chalk + Ink guests who received 2022 ALA awards. Let’s start with today's guest,  Veera Hiranandani! Her book How to Find What You’re Not Looking For won the Sydney Taylor Book Award and the Jane Addams Peace Award. Congratulations to Alicia D. Williams. Her picture book Shirley Chisholm Dared: The Story of the First Black Woman in Congress won the Jane Addams Peace Award for Younger Children. I also want to congratulate Carole Boston Weatherford. Her book, Unspeakable, illustrated by Floyd Cooper, won a Caldecott Honor, a Sibert Honor, a Jane Addams Peace Award Honor, and the Coretta Scott King Book Author Award and the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award. Finally, I want to shower congratulations on Melissa Stewart and Sarah Brannen, the creator of the Chalk + Ink logo, for winning a Sibert Honor for their book Summertime Sleepers. Congratulations everyone! Thank you all for gifting us such wonderful books.The honest and reflective,  Veera Hiranandani, talks about the power of 15 minutes, the importance of respecting one another during the critique process, and how stories help us explore possible ways we can change.In preparation for our next episode, please be sure to read My Shoes and I (Mis zapatos y yo) and Waiting for Papá (Esperando a Papá) by René Colato Laínez. Both books tell two different immigrant stories. Before I interviewed him, I thought perhaps his own story inspired one book and a student’s story inspired the other book. While that's partially correct, it is not the whole story. If you want to know part of René’s history before listening to the interview, read René’s excerpt in That Mad Game: Growing Up in a War Zone: An Anthology of Essays from Around the Globe edited by J.L. Powers.
Interview with Authors and Educational Consultants, Jeff Anderson and Whitney La Rocca
Jan 21 2022
Interview with Authors and Educational Consultants, Jeff Anderson and Whitney La Rocca
This episode is all about community building and becoming successful writers. Jeff Anderson and Whitney La Rocca talk about how their strengths complement one another, how focusing on students’ success breeds more student success, and the importance of getting the first draft on paper. In preparation for our next episode with Newbery Honor Winner, Veera Hiranandani, please be sure to check out How to Find What You’re Not Looking For. Stenhouse Publishers generously donated a copy of  Patterns of Power or Patterns of Wonder to a lucky podcast listener. There are several ways to enter: 1) Tweet or retweet this episode and be sure to tag Jeff, Whitney and me, 2) Go to www.katenarita.com/podcast and make a comment on this episode’s post, 3) Make a comment about the episode on our Chalk + Ink Facebook page; and 4) Become a Chalk + Ink Patreon supporter. Patreon supporters are automatically entered into each giveaway. Each one of these actions is the equivalent of one entry which means people could have up to four entries for each giveaway. In order to enter the giveaway, these actions must be completed by midnight on Friday, January 28th. The winner will be announced on Friday, February 4th, on the podcast as well as on Twitter and on our Facebook page.Please leave a review wherever you listen to your podcasts. Reviews are a gift for me and for others because reviews help people discover this podcast.Finally, I want to give a shout out to Sarah Brannen for Chalk + Ink’s podcast art. Sarah’s latest book, Uncle Bobby’s Wedding, earned a starred review from Kirkus.Happy listening!
Interview with Author and Educator, Erin Dealey
Jan 7 2022
Interview with Author and Educator, Erin Dealey
In this episode, the honest and humorous, Erin Dealey, talks about how picture books are like theater, finding moments of magic in students' writing, and following our dreams.In preparation for our next episode with Jeff Anderson and Whitney La Rocca, check out POPcast: A Patterns of Power Podcast. All of the episodes are fantastic, but it will take you less than forty minutes to listen to these two episodes: “Patterns of Power: Invitation to Notice,” and “Stepping Through a Patterns of Wonder Lesson: Part One.” I can’t wait to talk with Jeff and Whitney on Chalk + Ink! Erin Dealey generously donated one of her fabulous books to a podcast listener, a picture book critique, and a 30-minute Skype visit to a podcast supporter. There are several ways to enter: 1) Tweet or retweet this episode and be sure to tag me and Zetta, 2) Go to www.katenarita.com/podcast and make a comment on this episode’s post, 3) Make a comment about the episode on our Chalk + Ink Facebook page; and 4) Become a Chalk + Ink Patreon supporter. Patreon supporters are automatically entered into each giveaway. Each one of these actions is the equivalent of one entry which means people could have up to four entries for each giveaway. In order to enter the giveaway, these actions must be completed by midnight on Friday, January 14th. The winner will be announced on Friday, January 21st, on the podcast as well as on Twitter and on our Facebook page.Does hearing about all of Erin Dealey’s giveaways make you feel generous, too? Please leave a review wherever you listen to your podcasts. Reviews are a gift for me and for others because reviews help people discover this podcast.Finally, I want to give a shout out to Sarah Brannen for Chalk + Ink’s podcast art. Sarah’s latest book, Uncle Bobby’s Wedding, earned a starred review from Kirkus. I look forward to chatting with you again soon. Happy listening!