Talking About Books for Kids is a new podcast hosted by Jaqueline Douge, a pediatrician, mother, writer, blogger, child advocate, and book reader. Intended for anyone looking to more fully engage with children’s literature, the podcast has a special focus on highlighting diversity (or discussing lack thereof) in children’s publishing. Each episode takes a critical look at the industry while interviewing diverse authors and celebrating their work. The episodes are accessible online and in iTunes. Presently the site hosts 16 book/author episodes, plus an interview with Kaya Thomas, creator of We Read Too, a book directory mobile app that features books for children and teens with main characters of color written by authors of color. In the interview, Thomas shares how she combined her love of reading and coding to create a resource for diverse books, how coding allows the creation of digital resources to expand access to resources in any form, why it’s important that all children read about people different from themselves, and how she engages with the community for book suggestions.
The award-winning Novel EffectiPadapp brings stories to life, promotes literacy, sparks imagination, and provides enjoyment for children aged 12 and under. The app follows the voice of users as they read aloud from children’s storybooks, and responds at just the right moment with music, sounds, and character voices.
On June 8, from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (ET), children can join educators from the National Gallery of Art and the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art for an enjoyable hands-on Art Tales Live: Online Storytime program.
From Alexander Hamilton to Ida B. Wells, writers and their works have had a huge impact on how people see the world. The American Writers Museum is inviting teachers to submit entries from their students in the museum’s second annual OnWord Student Writing Competition. Students’ work should be based on this prompt: Using writing as a catalyst to create change in the world, would you empower, inspire, or disrupt?