It was my honor to be included in a podcast with this mission statement:
“In this podcast, we share conversations with librarians, educators, and readers about the children’s books that can be bridges across our cultural divides…the books that can open minds and the books that can be the lifeline a child needs to remember they’re not alone.”
— Ann Braden and Saadia Faruqi
I spoke with Ann about the community that I work in, the challenges and advantages that we have to create new readers and books that are great entryways to reading.
“The connection can happen in so many different ways. It can happen with someone who is reading a really difficult book with endnotes and footnotes…or it can be as simple as a child opening up a picture book and connecting with the images.” –– Jennifer Haight
The podcast begins with recommendations from Saadia Faruqi about Ramadan. Saadia is a writer and mother who has a great depth of knowledge about children’s books.
- Books by Jason Reynolds
- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
- The First Rule of Punk by Celia Perez
- Ada Twist Scientist by Andrea Beaty
- The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
- The Origami Yoga Series and the Inspector Fly Trap Series by Tom Angleberger
- The Hazardous Tales by Nathan Hale
- Lowriders in Space by Cathy Camper
- Babymouse Series by Jennifer Holm