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Reading With Your Kids Podcast

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.


An Adventure Through The Windy City
Lori Orlinsky returns to the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast ti cekebrate her new #Childrens #PictureBook The Adventures of Lefty and Righty: The Windy City. Lori asks us if we ever wonder what happens to socks that get lost in the dryer? She invites us to join Lefty and Righty for the adventure of a lifetime as they sneak out of the laundry room with a destination in mind: a White Sox game! But with so much to do in The Windy City, will they make it to the game in time? Through their fun-filled day, they’ll discover the sights, sounds—and even the tastes–of Chicago, all while encountering a few surprises along the way! Click here to visit Lori's website -  Click here to visit our website - 
25:15 3/23/23
Let's Celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Day!
Author / photographer Sally Fetough is on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Day and her wonderful #ChildrensBook Jana's Brightly Coloured Socks. Sally tells us the book is inspired by her daughter who loves  to put her socks on all by herself and also happens to have Down syndrome. In Sally's book Jana  celebrates by collecting loads of brightly coloured socks as a gift from mum and dad. But what happens when Jana shows her favourite pair to everyone at school? This beautifully illustrated picture book celebrates diversity and inclusion and is sure to tickle your heart with joy as you join Jana on a full-filled adventure, learning about friendship and kindness. Click here to visit Sally's website -  Click here to watch MELTDOWN! The Walls That Separate! -  Click here to visit our website - 
25:26 3/21/23
Curses Aren't Real, Or Are They?
Malia Maunakea is on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate her #debut #MiddleGrade #Novel Lei and the Fire Goddess. Malia tells us this story takes place in the wonderful islands of Hawaii and introduces us to Lei, a 12 year old who is sure that the curses she hears about in her grandmother's retelling of Hawaiian folktales. Click here to visit Malia's website -  Click here to visit our website - 
25:53 3/19/23
A Different Kind Of Holden Caulfield
David Haynes is on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate the re-release of his #YA #Novel Right By My Side. David tells Jedlie and co-host Cassandra Maisonet he is honored that this book has been named a Penquin Classic. In the novel we meet a different kind of Holden Caulfield in fifteen-year-old Marshall Field Finney, an ordinary, sullen teenager who discovers storytelling as a way to ease his adolescent anger and family tensions. Living with his parents in “Washington Park,” a housing development outside St. Louis, Missouri in the 1980s, his high-strung mother walks out on him and his father, a flawed yet strong man who manages the local landfill. Marshall’s two best friends, one Black and one white, are his only allies, as they navigate school and family life together. Click here to visit David's website -  Click here to visit our website - 
25:47 3/18/23
A Dream Can Be Achieved
Brianna Clement is on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate her #PictureBook A Dream Can Be Achieved, Luxton, A Swimming Champion. Brianna tells us that this book reminds us that swimming can be a fun, safe and aspirational activity for babies and kids. Luxton began as an infant, learning to swim safely with Mom, Dad and friends at his swim school. His dream is to one day become such a great swimmer, he will compete in the Olympics. It's never too early to set goals and reach for your dreams! Click here to visit Brianna's website -  Click here to visit ur websiste - 
26:33 3/16/23
Chasing God's Glory
Author Dorina Lazo Gilmore Young is on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate her latest #ChildrensBook Chasing God's Glory. Dorina tells us this is a unique and delightful children’s book about how God’s glory can be found all around us every day. When Zayla asks her mom to describe God’s glory, Mama knows it’s time for an adventure! Together, Mama and Zayla discover how sunrises and dancing, daffodils and green peppers, kind words and loving hugs—and more!—are all reminders of God’s glory. Click here to visit Dorina's website -  Click here to visit our website -   
23:06 3/14/23
Go Left
New York Times bestselling creator Peter H. Reynolds and talented debut author Marc Colagiovanni are on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate an inspirational story about optimism, overcoming adversity, and forging your own path. "One day for no particular reason, nothing was going right. Absolutely positively, nothing was going right. So, I decided to go left..." This author & illustrator team join Jordan Sahley for a wonderful chat about their book that will inspire, affirm, and reassure readers at key milestone moments in every young reader's life.  Click here to visit our website – 
22:05 3/12/23
Cranium Critters
  Marie Weller and Paula Vertikoff are on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate their debut #Childrens #PictureBook Cranium Critters. Our guests tell us that in Cranium Critters: Paws at the Pause Place, children will meet Scout and Einstein, two lovable characters who represent different parts of the brain. Scout is the brain's safety pup, who is always on the lookout for potential danger and sends out alerts to the rest of the brain when she detects a threat. Einstein is the brain's head thinker and problem solver, responsible for thinking and decision-making. Through the adventures of Scout and Einstein, children will learn about the importance of the amygdala and prefrontal cortex in keeping us safe and helping us think and make decisions. They will also learn about the brain's fight, flight, and freeze response and how to manage their own "safety pups" when they misinterpret new information and become anxious. The book includes helpful suggestions for calming techniques, making it a valuable resource for parents and educators.   Click here to visit Marie and Paula’s website – Click here to visit our website –
27:49 3/11/23
The Lost Year
Katherine Marsh is on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate her powerful #MiddleGrade #Novel The Lost Year. Katherine tells us in the Lost Year we meet thirteen-year-old Matthew who is miserable. His journalist dad is stuck overseas indefinitely, and his mom has moved in his one-hundred-year-old great-grandmother to ride out the Covid pandemic, adding to his stress and isolation. But when Matthew finds a tattered black-and-white photo in his great-grandmother’s belongings, he discovers a clue to a hidden chapter of her past—one that will lead to a life-shattering family secret. Set in alternating timelines that connect the present day to the 1930s and the US to the USSR, Katherine Marsh’s latest novel sheds fresh light on the Holodomor—the horrific famine that killed millions of Ukrainians, which the Soviet government covered up for decades. Click here to visit Katherine's website -  Click here to visit our website - 
31:59 3/9/23
Heroes By A Hair
Borthers Jarrett and Jerome Pumphrey are on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate their new #GraphicNovel Link and Hud, Heroes By A Hair. The brothers tell us that Lincoln and Hudson Dupré are brothers with what grown-ups call “active imaginations.” Link and Hud hunt for yetis in the Himalayas and battle orcs on epic quests. Unfortunately, their imaginary adventures wreak havoc in their real world. Dr. and Mrs. Dupré have tried every babysitter in the neighborhood and are at their wits’ end. Enter Ms. Joyce. Strict and old-fashioned, she proves to be a formidable adversary. The boys don’t like her or her rules and decide she’s got to go. Through a series of escalating events―told as high-action comic panel sequences―the brothers conspire to undermine Ms. Joyce and get her fired. When they go so big that even Ms. Joyce can’t fix it, suddenly she’s out. Finally, success! Or is it? Click here to visit the Pumphrey Brother's website -  Click here to visit our website - 
26:54 3/7/23
This May Be Difficult To Read
Dr Calire Rubman is on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate her new book This May Be Difficult To Read. Dr Claire tells us this book is for all parents and will give them the information they need to help their kids develop a love of reading. Dr Claire knows we are living crazy, frenetic lives today. We work 40+ hours per week, shop, cook, clean, do laundry, eat dinner… And somewhere in the middle of all this chaos, we are our child’s first teacher.  Click here to visit Dr Claire's website -  Click here to visit our website - 
35:13 3/5/23
The Last Hours
Cassandra Clare is on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate the release of the newest edition of the "The Last Hours" series, "Chain of Thornes". This book shows Cornelia Carstairs attempting to save the city of London and her personal life. In today's episode, Cassandra talks about how she started writing novels, what having a strong female protagonist means to her, and why books help kids to see the world from other points of view. Click here to visit Cassandra's website -  Click here to visit our website - 
27:44 3/4/23
The Quilt Lady
Nancy Bodine is on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate her #ChildrensBook What Do You See? Nancy, who is known as the Quilt Lady,  tells us  What Do You See? Developing New Perspectives with Quilt Patterns is a colorful picture book featuring a diverse group of children interacting with inspirations for traditional quilt patterns. The children represent a wide range of heritages and abilities so that a young reader will see themselves in the characteristics of one or more child in the book. The book includes adult-led learning activities that give children concrete concepts for developing empathy, diversity appreciation, critical-thinking skills, creativity, and inclusion strategies. It also includes fun biographies and colorful finger puppets of each character in the book. The book contains scannable digital links to more learning activities related to learning fractions. Click here to visit our website - 
23:21 3/2/23
Ashes Visible and Invisible
Leslea Wahl returns to the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate Ashes, Visible and Invisible, the latest anthology from the authors at This is a collecton of ten Lent themed short stories that can help teens grow closer to God this season. The book is dedicated to St John Bosco, the Patron Saint of all youth. Click here to visit the Catholic Teen Book website -  Click here to visit our website - 
26:26 2/28/23
So You Want To Write A Children's Book?
Lauren Ranalli returns to the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to help aspiring #ChildrensAuthors turn their dreams into a reality. Lauren knows she can help you because she been through the journey herself and is the proud, award winning author of four children's books. In this interview she shares four essential tips all authors should follow. Click here to visit Lauren's website -  Click here to visit our website - 
34:45 2/27/23
My Sister Wants An Elephant
Author / Educator Lynne Podrat is on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate her delightful #PictureBook My Sister Wants An Elephant. Lynne is passionate about helping kids and families. Lynne tells us that My Sister Wants an Elephant is the true story of two siblings who team up together to convince their mother to let them own a couple of wild animals as pets, and a mother who just might be persuaded. Full of humor and fun, this book is a good lesson in not giving up on your dreams, no matter how truly wild they may be! Click here to visit our website - 
22:17 2/26/23
The Ice Cream Man
Glenda Armand and Kim Freeman sit down with co-host Cassandra Maisonet to celebrate their inspiring #PictureBook Ice Cream Man. The authors tell Cassandra that the book tells the inspiring story of Augustus Jackson, an African American entrepreneur who is known as "the father of ice cream." Augustus Jackson was born in 1808 in Philadelphia. While most African Americans were enslaved at that time, in Pennsylvania, slavery was against the law. But while Augustus and his family were free, they were poor. Augustus enjoyed helping his mom prepare meals for their family. He dreamed of becoming a professional cook, and when his mom suggested he may be able to make meals for the president one day, Augustus didn’t waste any time in making that dream a reality. In 1820, when he was only twelve years old, he set off for Washington, DC. He applied to work in the White House, where the head cook offered him a job as a kitchen helper. After five years of working hard, Augustus, or Gus, was promoted to cook. He went on to serve presidents James Monroe, John Quincy Adams, and Andrew Jackson. During his time at the White House, Augustus became an expert at making a popular egg-based dessert. He soon made an eggless version—known to us today as ice cream—and left the White House determined to make and sell the frozen treat to everyone, not just the wealthy. Gus headed back home to Philadelphia, and in 1830, he opened his very own ice cream parlor. Click here to visit our website - 
25:28 2/25/23
Growing Up Living In A School Bus
Author / Illustrator Chad Otis is on the #ReadingWithYour Kids #Podcast to celebrate his new #PictureBook The Bright Side. Chad tells us this is a true story based on his growing up living in a school bus. What seems like an oh so cool existence from the outside is not so ideal. Chad talks about the lonliness he felt traveling from one big box store parking lot to another and the difficulty living with food insecurity. Click here to visit Chad's website -  Click here to visit our website - 
32:45 2/24/23
Fifty Precious Words
Vivian Kirkfield is on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate her Fifty Precious Words Writing Compettition. Vivian tells us that some writers have been participating since the beginning. But others are here for the first time. Today she tells us a little of the back story of this contest. Entering writing contests helped launch Vivian's #Kidlit career, and she is delighted that this competition has helped launch the career's of ohers. Click here to visit Vivian's website -  Click here to visit our website - 
30:47 2/18/23
How Many Squirrels Are In The World?
Ben Gundersheimer (known onstage as MISTER G) is on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate his latest #ChildrensBook How Many Squirrels Are In The World? It’s hard to say which has been more of a driving force for Ben Gundersheimer: music or storytelling. Throughout his career the two crafts have intertwined, propelling him as a performer and author. By age nine he was writing his own original songs, and as the son of children’s book author/illustrator Karen Gundersheimer, composing stories was a constant activity as well. Ben went on to receive a scholarship from Berklee College of Music, travel the world as a singer/songwriter, and earn a Master of Education degree. During his student teaching days he engaged his fourth graders through music, and it was this experience that transformed him into MISTER G, inspiring him to relaunch his career to focus on performing for children and families. Click here to visit Ben's website -  Click here to visit our website - 
26:32 2/14/23
Take A Trip To Luna Park
Author - Illustrator Jeff Lindberg is on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate his #ChildrensBook Coney, A Trip To Luna Park. Jeff tells us this story takes us back to the turn of the last century, back to the original hey day of the Iconic New York City Amusement Park. Jeff shares his inspiration for the story and shares valuable tips for all illustrators and aspiring illustrators. Click here to visit Jeff's website - Click here to visit our website -
28:18 2/4/23
World Made Of Glass
Ami Polonsky is on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate her #MiddleGrade #Novel World Made Of Glass. Ami tells us this book is set back in 1987 and tells the story of 12 year old Iris who is trying to act normal at school, going through the motions and joking around with her friends. But nothing is normal, and sometimes it feels like she’ll never laugh again. How can she, when her dad is dying of a virus that’s off-limits to talk about? When she knows that soon all she’ll have left of her kind, loving dad are memories, photos, and a binder full of the poems they used to exchange? In a sea of rage and grief, Iris resolves to speak out against the rampant fear, misinformation, and prejudice surrounding AIDS—and find the pieces of Dad that she never knew before. Along the way, Iris might just find new sides to herself. Click here to visit Ami's website - Click here to visit our website -
27:24 2/3/23
Naked Butt Busts Out!
Super Jane Smith is on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate her fun & funny #PictureBook Naked Butt Busts Out. Jane tells us that Cheeky bunny Naked Butt just wants to be himself, but when being yourself literally means baring it all, Naked Butt finds everyone wants him to cover up his tail again. Especially his momma! So Naked Butt tries his best to keep his true self tucked under shirts and shorts. But when Naked Butt’s clothes start feeling itchier and scratchier and tighter and tighter, will he be able to keep himself under wraps? Or will Naked Butt BUST out? With big laughs and lots of heart, Naked Butt Busts Out! celebrates the importance of being yourself and the rewards of baring it all. Click here to visit the Super Jane website - Click here to visit our website -
25:27 2/2/23
World Read Aloud Day
Jedlie, the host of the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast celebrates #WorldReadAloudDay 2023 by reading aloud two of his #PictureBooks, The Great Maritini and REAL Magic. The Great Maritini tells the story of Sam, a talented and somewhat clumsy magician who is known as The Great Maritini. Despite his many, hilarious on stage mistakes he is able to perform tremendous transformations. And then one day Sam discovers what the greatest transformation really is. If you want your kids to be kind and caring be sure they listen to this story. And they will want to listen to REAL Magic which is based on a true story. Be sure to invite your kids to this special episode of the podcast. They will thank you for it. Click here to visit our website -
20:33 2/1/23
The Healing Power Of Art
Alicia Londos is on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate her #ChildrensBook The Mermaid Who Found Her Home. In addition to celebrating her book, Alicia talks to us about the healing power of art. Alicia tells us that we might not realize is that art can tap into what’s going on inside, something that you love, something that is bothering you, or something you want to change. Art can take us back in time. It can take us to a place we need to address and can help us dig deeper into what is really happening. Click here to visit Alicia's website - Click here to visit our website -
25:42 1/31/23
Help Ringo Tame His Temper
Sarah Beliza Tucker returns to the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate her new #ChildrensBook Help Ringo Control His Temper. Joining us from her Catamaran anchored off the coast of Crooked Island in the Bahamas Sarah tells us this is the latest in her Adventures of Harry and Friends #CharacterEducation series. She also tells us that she plans on creating a new series based on her Ringo character. The Adventures of Harry & Friends grew from Sarah’s award winning, ‘Harry & Friends Black Belt Principles Character Education Program.’ Martial arts schools from around the world have been applying and teaching these life skills to their youngest students from the ages of 3 to 8 years old, Since 1999. Sarah explains that Martial Arts Schools are famous for helping children develop confidence, discipline, respect and many other valuable life skills. Through this incredible book series you can access the same resources used by martial arts schools worldwide to teach character education to your child at home. Click here to visit Sarah’ website – Click here to visit our website –
27:50 1/30/23
The Inkwell Chronicles
J D Peabody is on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate his debut #MiddleGrade #Fantasy #Novel The Inkwell Chronicles. J D tells us that is this novel we will siblings Everett and Bea. When their father goes missing after a mysterious train crash the siblings find a curious pen in their dad’s belongings, and its magical ink begins to rewrite their once ordinary lives. J D also talks about the years journey he experienced writing the first of this new series. Click here to visit J D’s website – Click here to visit our website –
27:12 1/29/23
How The Dinosaurs Went Extinct
Ame Dyckman & Jenn Harney are on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate their super silly and hilarious #PictureBook How Dinosaurs Went Extinct, A Safety Guide. Based on this interview I wouldn't be surprised if the dinosaurs laughed themselves into extinction. This is one of the funniest interviews ever. Did you know that the Tyranesaurus Rex went extinct because he didn't change his underwear? Warning, be prepared to laugh a lot! Click here to visit Ame's website - Click here to visit Jenn's twitter - Click here to visit our website -  
33:05 1/28/23
Yoshi Sea Turtle Genuis
Author and World Record Endurance Swimmer Lynne Cox is on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate her beautiful new #Childrens #PictureBook Yoshi, Sea Turtle Genius. Lynn tells us that this book will introduce us to Yoshi, a sea turtle, on her remarkable journey as she swims farther than any animal in recorded history--23,000 miles!--to return to the beach where she first hatched, to lay her own eggs.  Inside every loggerhead turtle is genius: the ability to find their first home, no matter how far away. Follow one, from her birth on a beach in her trip across an ocean filled with sharks and seahorses and much her rescue from a net by a fisherman, who names her her rehabilitation at an her record-breaking swim across the Indian Ocean to the beach on which she hatched, to lay her eggs. Lynne also tells us about her amazing swimming career.  Click here to visit Lynne's website - Click here to visit our website -
28:03 1/27/23
It's Great To Be Me!
Melissa Ahonen is on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate "It's Great To Be Me!" Her collection of daily affirmations for kids. Melissa tells us that self-love, confidence, and belief in oneself can be a challenge.  That is why she  wrote It’s Great to Be Me. She believes that everyone young and old needs to know it's the little things that make them special and that every day, it’s great to be them. We are also joined by Parvati Markus who is celebrating her #Children's book: Isabella Castaspella Click here to visit Melissa's website - Click here to visit Parvati's website - Click here to visit our website -
24:25 1/26/23