Reading With Your Kids Podcast

Jedlie Circus Productions, Inc

Reading With Your Kids is all about encouraging parents to read with their kids, and cook with their kids, and do activities with their kids, and experience tv, movies and music together. In other words, our podcast is all about helping parents build stronger relationships with their kids. read less
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From Tiny Flies to Mighty Dinosaurs: Exploring the Magic of Kids' Books
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From Tiny Flies to Mighty Dinosaurs: Exploring the Magic of Kids' Books
In this episode of Reading with Your Kids, host Jed Doherty had  delightful conversations with two talented kid's book authors and illustrators - Kim Hillyard and Alycia Pace. The discussions covered a wide range of topics, from the power of picture books to inspire emotional intelligence and mental well-being, to the importance of kindness and community in children's stories. Kim Hillyard shared the exciting journey of creating her debut picture book, "Mabel and the Mountain," which follows a tiny fly's determination to climb a huge mountain. Kim spoke about the confidence she gained in simplifying her illustrations, and how the book's themes of resilience and self-belief can help young readers. Jed and Kim also explored the emotional impact of picture books, and how sharing vulnerable moments with children can be a powerful bonding experience. Alycia Pace then joined the conversation to discuss her new board book, "How to Put a Dinosaur to Bed." Alycia explained how the book aims to help children empathize with their parents' bedtime struggles, using a playful, role-reversal approach. The two also delved into Alycia's creative process, from her vibrant color palette to the inspiration she draws from her travels and experiences. Throughout the episode, Jed and the guests offered valuable insights for parents and grandparents supporting young artists. They emphasized the importance of focusing on storytelling and emotional expression, rather than technical perfection, and shared tips for encouraging originality and heart in children's artwork. Overall, this episode of Reading with Your Kids is a must-listen for anyone interested in the world of children's literature and the power of books to connect families and foster creativity. Click here to visit our website - www.ReadingWithYourKids.com  Follow Us On Social Media - www.facebook.com/readingwithyourkids  @ReadingWithYourKids on Instagram @JedlieMagic on X
Mischievous Crows, Adventurous Pudge, and Hip Hop Dreams: A Diverse Lineup of Children's Book Creators
2d ago
Mischievous Crows, Adventurous Pudge, and Hip Hop Dreams: A Diverse Lineup of Children's Book Creators
In this episode of Reading with Your Kids, host Jed Doherty had the pleasure of speaking with several talented kid's book authors and illustrators. First up were sisters Janet Lord and Julie Paschkiss, who collaborated on the picture book "Crick Crack Crow." Janet wrote the story, while Julie brought the mischievous crow to life through her vibrant illustrations. The siblings discussed their creative process and the special connection they share as co-creators. Next, Jed welcomed John Krause, author of the Pudge Amazon middle-grade book series. Krause shared how his childhood nickname "Pudge" inspired the main character, a resourceful and adventurous young boy. The Pudge Amazon books explore themes of friendship, self-identity, and problem-solving, with Krause drawing from his own experiences as an introverted kid. Finally, Jed spoke with Paula Banks, author of the "Dream Big, Peyton's Hip Hop Adventure" picture book series. Banks created the confident and creative character of Peyton as a way to live out her own childhood dreams and overcome the self-esteem issues she faced growing up. The books celebrate self-expression, representation, and the power of following your passions. Throughout the episode, the guests discussed the importance of building children's confidence, addressing mental health topics like anxiety, and using storytelling to inspire the next generation.  Click here to visit our website - www.readingwithyourkids.com  Follow us on social media - www.feacebook.com/readingwithyourkids  @ReadingWithYourKids on Instagram @JedlieMagic on X
The Power of Storytelling: How Kid's Books Can Bring Families Together
3d ago
The Power of Storytelling: How Kid's Books Can Bring Families Together
In this episode of Reading with Your Kids, we had the pleasure of speaking with two talented kids' book authors and illustrators - Carter Higgins and Ryeigh A Starr. Carter Higgins joined us to celebrate her delightful picture book "Round and Round the Year We Go," which celebrates the changing seasons and the joy of reading with kids. Carter shared how her experience as a school librarian influenced her approach to creating books that feel like a cozy story time experience. We also had the chance to chat with Ryleigh A Starr, the author behind the Australian Animals Children's Book Series. Ryleigh's series features unique Aussie creatures like koalas, kangaroos, and platypuses, as well as the diverse landscapes of Australia. Ryleigh's passion for reading and storytelling shines through, as she's developed an engaging subscription model that delivers 30 new stories each month, complete with read-along videos to help struggling readers. Both Carter and Ryleigh emphasized the importance of school and public libraries as spaces that foster a love of reading, free from the pressures of tests and reports. They shared heartwarming anecdotes about connecting with students and helping them progress at their own pace, whether through simple, repetitive texts or more challenging novels. Overall, this episode was a delightful exploration of the creative process behind kids' books, the power of storytelling to bring families together, and the vital role that libraries play in nurturing young readers. Whether you're a parent, educator, or just a lover of great kids' books, you're sure to find inspiration and insights in this conversation.  Click here to visit our website - www.readingwithyourkids.com  Follow us on social media - www.facebook.com/ReadingWithYourKids @ReadingWithYourKids on Instagram @JedlieMagic on X
Melon-choly No More: Learning to Ride and Reconnect
5d ago
Melon-choly No More: Learning to Ride and Reconnect
Hey there, book lovers! We've got a juicy episode for you today, packed with fruity fun and heartwarming family moments. First up, we chatted with Mike Boldt about his new picture book "Cantaloupe and Honeydew Ride a Bike." It's a sweet story about two melon pals learning to pedal their way through life's challenges. Mike shared some behind-the-scenes scoop on his creative process, including how he came up with the idea of personifying these fruity friends. He even spilled the beans on his unique illustration technique, combining real fruit photos with hand-drawn expressions. Pretty cool, right? But wait, there's more! We also had Tracy C Gold on the show to talk about her touching book "Call Your Mother." This one's a real tear-jerker, folks. Tracy's book celebrates the special bond between mothers and children, from babyhood all the way to becoming a parent yourself. We dove into some deep stuff too, like how to support kids with artistic dreams and the importance of practice over perfection. Both authors shared some solid advice for aspiring writers and illustrators out there. Oh, and get this - we learned that writing children's books isn't just about creativity. There's a whole business side to it, with publishers looking for books that fit specific themes or holidays. Who knew? Throughout the episode, we sprinkled in some personal stories about family relationships, the joys (and challenges) of parenting, and the value of intergenerational connections. It's the kind of heartwarming content that'll make you want to pick up the phone and call your mom right after listening. So, whether you're a parent, a teacher, or just someone who loves a good children's book, this episode's got something for everyone. It's all about bikes, books, and the importance of staying connected with the people we love. Happy reading, everyone! Click here to visit our website - www.readingwithyourkids.com  Follow us on social media - www.facebook.com/readingwithyourkids  @ReadingWithYourKids on Instagram @JedlieMagic on X
Reading Without Limits: The Power of Accessible Literature
1w ago
Reading Without Limits: The Power of Accessible Literature
Hey there, book lovers and tech enthusiasts! Today's episode is a real eye-opener about how technology is revolutionizing reading for everyone, especially kids with learning differences. We kicked things off with Ayan Kishore from Benetech, who's doing amazing work with Bookshare. Imagine a free online library with over 1.3 million books, all accessible to kids who struggle with traditional reading. We're talking text-to-speech, customizable fonts, and even refreshable Braille displays. It's not just cool tech – it's life-changing stuff that's boosting reading comprehension for kids with dyslexia and other challenges. Next up, we chatted with Dr. Adeia Theodore about her heartwarming book "I Would Love You Still." She reminded us how crucial it is to show our kiddos unconditional love, even when they're driving us bonkers. Plus, she dropped some knowledge about the long-term benefits of reading to our little ones – better vocabularies, school readiness, you name it! Last but not least, Jason Broughton from the National Library Service blew our minds with what they're offering. We're talking free access to talking books, Braille materials, and even the world's largest Braille music collection. And get this – they're working on e-Braille devices that can display images through touch. The future is now, folks! Throughout the show, we hit on some big themes: the power of personalized learning, breaking down barriers to education, and using tech to level the playing field for all readers. Whether you're a parent, teacher, or just someone who loves a good book, this episode is packed with info on how we can make reading accessible and enjoyable for everyone. So, grab your favorite e-reader (or good old-fashioned book) and dive into this episode. Trust me, it'll change how you think about reading and technology! Click here to visit our website - www.readingwithyourkids.com  Follow us on social media - www.facebook.com/ReadingWithYourKids  @ReadingWithYourKids on Instagram @JedlieMagic on X
Squawks and Scribes: Exploring Language and History in Kids' Literature
Jul 12 2024
Squawks and Scribes: Exploring Language and History in Kids' Literature
Hey there, book lovers! Today we've got a real treat for you - two amazing authors talking about their fascinating new children's books. First up is Gabriella Aldeman, chatting about her bilingual book "Squawk of Spanish." This heartwarming story follows Max, a kid struggling to speak Spanish despite his bilingual household. Gabriella dives into the challenges of translating the book, the importance of embracing imperfection in language learning, and how to help kids gain confidence in speaking another language. She even shares some personal anecdotes about her own family's bilingual journey. Then we've got 17-year-old Michael Hoffen, who's just released "Be a Scribe" - a book based on a 3,500-year-old Egyptian text! Michael talks about how he got into translating hieroglyphics at just 14 (mind-blowing, right?), and shares some super cool facts about ancient Egyptian culture and language. Did you know our alphabet is actually derived from hieroglyphs? Mind. Blown. Both authors touch on some universal themes that'll resonate with families everywhere - like parents wanting a better life for their kids, and the importance of respect and healthy choices. They also give us a peek into the fascinating world of book translation and publishing. Whether you're a history buff, a language lover, or just looking for some great new kids' books, this episode's got something for everyone. It's a reminder that great stories can come from anywhere - whether it's a modern bilingual household or an ancient Egyptian scroll. So grab your little ones, curl up with a good book, and remember - whether you're speaking Spanish, English, or hieroglyphics, the most important thing is to keep trying and have fun! Click here to visit our website - www.readingwithyourkids.com Follow us on Social Media www.facebook.com/readingwithyourkids  @ReadingWithYourKids on Instagram @JedlieMagic on X
From Elves to Einstein: Exploring Education in Entertainment
Jul 11 2024
From Elves to Einstein: Exploring Education in Entertainment
Hey there, podcast fans! Get ready for an exciting episode of Reading with Your Kids featuring not one, but two awesome guests. First up, we've got Jerry Kolber from Atomic Entertainment, the mastermind behind the hit kids' podcast "Who Smarted?". Jerry dishes on how they're making learning fun for kids and parents alike with their daily 15-minute episodes covering everything from science to pop culture. But wait, there's more! We also chat with YA fantasy author M.B. Mooney about his epic new book "Shield of the King". Mooney takes us into the world of Elowin, a young elf navigating a complex world where heroes aren't always what they seem. It's a story that'll get teens and parents talking about some big ideas in a totally engaging way. Both guests share some great insights on creating content that sparks curiosity and critical thinking in kids. We dive into the challenges of finding heroes in today's divided world and how fantasy can help us explore tough topics. Plus, there's some fun chat about world-building and the joys of podcasting. Whether you're a parent looking for educational content, a teen fantasy fan, or just someone who loves a good story, this episode's got something for you. We even get some behind-the-scenes peeks at upcoming projects from both guests. So grab your headphones and get ready for a double dose of inspiration and entertainment. It's all about fostering creativity, encouraging learning, and having fun along the way. Don't miss this jam-packed episode of Reading with Your Kids! Click here to visit our website - www.readingwithyourkids.com  Follow us on social media www.facebook.com/readingwithyourkids @ReadingWithYourKids on Instagram @JedlieMagic on X
Beyond the Pages: Creating Inclusive Spaces Through Kids' Books
Jul 9 2024
Beyond the Pages: Creating Inclusive Spaces Through Kids' Books
In this heartwarming episode of "Reading With Your Kids," we dive into the world of Kids' books that tackle important social issues. First up, we chat with Shannon Anderson about her new book "B is for Belonging." Shannon shares how this alphabet book explores the concept of belonging versus fitting in, inspired by Brené Brown's work. She emphasizes the importance of creating a classroom environment where kids feel safe to be themselves and take creative risks. Shannon also gives us a sneak peek into her upcoming books, including "I Love Blueberries" and "Speak Up with Your Beak Up." We discuss the evolving landscape of education and the need for innovation in teaching methods. Next, we welcome Angela DeGroot, author of "Not Pop Pop." This touching story, based on real-life observations, follows a young boy who mistakes a homeless man for his grandfather at the library. Angela explains how the book gently introduces kids to the concept of homelessness and encourages empathy.   We explore the power of small acts of kindness and the importance of seeing the humanity in everyone, regardless of their circumstances. Angela shares tips for parents on how to discuss sensitive topics like homelessness with children, emphasizing the need for reassurance and understanding. Both authors highlight the crucial role of picture books in starting difficult conversations with kids. They stress the importance of fostering a sense of belonging, whether in classrooms, families, or communities. This episode is packed with insights on creating inclusive environments, challenging stereotypes, and nurturing empathy in young readers. It's a must-listen for parents, teachers, and anyone interested in using children's literature to build a more compassionate world. Don't forget to check out "B is for Belonging" and pre-order "Not Pop Pop," releasing August 27th!
Celebrating American Dreams: STEM, Inclusivity, and KidLit!
Jul 4 2024
Celebrating American Dreams: STEM, Inclusivity, and KidLit!
This Fourth of July episode of "Reading with Your Kids" celebrates American values and diversity through children's literature. Host Jed Doherty interviews author Bob McKinnon about his new book "America's Dreaming," which addresses the challenges faced by new students in schools and promotes inclusivity. McKinnon discusses his initiative to donate 100 "Welcome Wagons" to schools, fostering a sense of belonging for the 5 million kids who change schools annually. The episode also features Laura W. Carter and Anna Doherty, the author-illustrator team behind "A Steminist Force." This STEM-focused children's book highlights women's contributions to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Carter, a high school teacher in Huntsville, Alabama, shares her inspiration for the book and discusses the importance of exposing young girls to STEM careers. Doherty, the illustrator, provides insights into the creative process and the significance of incorporating art into STEM education. The duo also teases their upcoming project, "What Will I Be from A to Z," an alphabet book exploring various career options for children. Throughout the episode, the importance of welcoming newcomers, appreciating those who make a positive impact, and promoting empathy is emphasized. The guests discuss how children's books can serve as powerful tools for fostering understanding, inspiring creativity, and encouraging young readers to pursue their dreams. This Independence Day special edition of "Reading with Your Kids" reminds listeners of core American values such as inclusivity, innovation, and the pursuit of knowledge. It showcases how children's literature can play a crucial role in shaping young minds and building a more welcoming, diverse, and scientifically literate society. Click here to visit our website - www.ReadingWithYourKids.com  Follow us on social media www.facebook.com/readingwithyourkids  @ReadingWithYourKids on Instagram @Jedliemagic on X
Empowering Neurodivergent Kids
Jul 2 2024
Empowering Neurodivergent Kids
In this enlightening episode of Reading With Your Kids, host Jed Doherty explores neurodiversity through children's literature. The show features two segments focused on dyslexia and ADHD, providing valuable insights for parents, educators, and children alike. The first segment welcomes Lynn and Jon Greenberg, the mother-son team behind "Robbie the Dyslexic Taxi and the Airport Adventure." Jon shares his personal journey with dyslexia, emphasizing how proper diagnosis and tailored education helped him overcome challenges. The Greenbergs discuss the importance of early intervention, advocating for children's needs, and fostering creativity in neurodivergent learners. In the second segment, Elly Both joins from Singapore to discuss her book "A Kids Book About ADHD." Both, diagnosed with ADHD in her 40s, explains how her late diagnosis inspired her to write a book helping children understand and embrace their unique brain differences. She emphasizes the importance of fostering creativity and self-understanding in kids with ADHD. Key topics covered include:     Understanding dyslexia and ADHD as neurodivergent conditions     The importance of early diagnosis and intervention     Advocating for children's educational needs     Fostering creativity in neurodivergent learners     Breaking down stigma and negative labels associated with learning differences     Supporting neurodiverse students in schools     Various management options for ADHD, including medication and non-medication approaches This episode provides valuable resources for families navigating neurodiversity, promoting understanding, acceptance, and support for children with dyslexia and ADHD. By featuring authors who have personal experience with these conditions, Reading With Your Kids offers authentic perspectives and practical advice for helping neurodivergent children thrive. Click here to visit our website - www.readingwithyourkids.com  Follow us on social media www.facebook.com/readingwithyourkids  @ReadingWithYourKids on Instagram @JedlieMagic on X
Why Teen Mental Health Matters and What You Can Do About It
Jun 27 2024
Why Teen Mental Health Matters and What You Can Do About It
In this episode of "Reading with Your Kids," host Jed Doherty interviews life coach Loree Bischoff about empowering teenagers. Bischoff discusses her book "Common Sense Happiness" and a new online life coaching course for teens called TLC. The TLC course teaches important skills often overlooked in schools, like emotional intelligence, positive mindset, and personal responsibility. With rising rates of depression, anxiety, and other issues among youth, Bischoff saw a need to address the whole child. Her TLC course guides teens through modules on self-esteem, motivation, emotional fitness, and values. Using video and activities, it seeds the "garden of their minds" with empowering beliefs and healthy habits. Parents are encouraged to have open conversations with teens to build trust. Doherty shares how discussing values and choices benefited his daughter's college path. With proper guidance, teens can critically think through impactful decisions like higher education. Rather than a one-size-fits-all system, Bischoff advocates adapting to each child's needs. Her TLC program equips teens to stand on their own through self-awareness, vision, and character development. It provides the foundation many lack when facing a complex world of media influence and life transitions. Click here to visit Loree's website - www.tlccourse.com  Click here to visit our website - www.readingwithyourkids.com Follow us on social media  www.facebook.com/readingwithyourkids  @ReadingWithYourKids on Instagram  @jedlieMagic on X
Everything You Need to Know About Writing Diverse Stories for Kids
Jun 23 2024
Everything You Need to Know About Writing Diverse Stories for Kids
This episode of Reading With Your Kids featured discussions about children's literature, cultural identity, and the writing process. First, Jacqueline Christine discussed her book "Mommy's Day Off" and how growing up in a Puerto Rican household influenced her writing. The conversation then turned to the importance of representing diverse families. Next, Janet Sumner Johnson introduced her middle grade novel "The Winterton Deception," which follows twin siblings who enter a spelling bee and uncover secrets about their wealthy family heritage. Jed Doherty and the guests discussed several themes. They emphasized the importance of cultural representation in books and knowing one's identity and history. They also talked about respecting different perspectives and the need for forgiveness and understanding. When speaking with Johnson, they explored her writing process, including how she developed characters through backstories before realizing the plot. Johnson recommended techniques for aspiring authors like free writing to unlock creativity. Overall, the episode provided insights into children's literature and focused on cultural identity, family dynamics, the writing process, and bringing diverse voices and stories to readers. The discussions emphasized bonding through shared and differing human experiences as well as giving second chances and embracing what unites communities. Click here to visit our website - www.readingwithyourkids.com  Follow us on our socials www.facebook.com/readingwithyourkids  @ReadingWithYourKids on Instagram & Tiktok @jedliemagic on X
Puppies, Kitties & Pelicans, Oh My!
Jun 21 2024
Puppies, Kitties & Pelicans, Oh My!
This episode of Reading With Your Kids featured two authors introducing us to their children's books that celebrate human-animal bonds and culture. Bethany Murgia, author of "Wagnificent", shared how her graphic novel was inspired by her dog. She discussed researching dog behavior and domestication to portray the dog's perspective accurately through illustrations. Murgia described creating a series to focus on empathy and understanding between species. Jedlie brought up experiences growing up with many dogs and interviewed Murgia about the challenges of writing graphic novels. They imagined families enjoying "Wagnificent" through read-alouds and conversations about nonverbal communication. A N Stewart, author of "Bill Bailey, Please Come Home", discussed how her New Orleans-based children's book series highlights the city's culture, music, and strong neighborhood ties. She reflected on the impact of Hurricane Katrina and COVID-19, including business closures and a growing disconnect among residents. Stewart emphasized the role of art and music in bridging divides and promoting critical thinking across generations and cultures. Both authors celebrated finding community and making connections through shared experiences, even with differences in beliefs. The conversation provided insight into the authors' personal inspirations and journeys to publication. Click here to visit our website - www.readingwithyourkids.com  Follow Us On Our Socials - www.Facebook.com/readingwithyourkids  @ReadingWithYourKids on Instagram & Tik Tok @jedliemagic on X