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.
Each month we publish blogs and several newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in April.
Eric Carle, Picture Writer: The Art of the Picture Book is a 32-minute portrait of Eric Carle, creator of more than 70 books for children, including the bestselling classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar. In this documentary, Carle methodically layers a tissue paper collage of the caterpillar, pours over thumbnail sketches, and ruminates on drafts of his books.
Women Who Changed the World, an iOS app by education developer Learny Land, takes students on a journey through history alongside 15 brilliant and brave women—from aviators to scientists, artists to civil rights activists.