From puns to personification, young readers tuning in to the Buttons & Figs podcasts will develop a love of all the amazing things they can do with words. Wordplay helps children make sense of the world by allowing them the freedom to play with meaning, sounds, and ideas. It is a way to inspire children to think critically and express creatively. Each Buttons & Figs podcast features some form of wordplay inspired by a book, song, or poem. Occasionally nonsense artists share writing and wordplay advice for children, but mainly listeners will hear original children’s wordplay writing and be invited to participate in a wordplay recording challenge. Children can listen to the podcasts for free on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or SoundCloud.
Devon Scott and Samantha Harris, two class of 2021 medical students in Southern California, have created a book, entitled Why We Stay Home, to help children understand why their worlds have changed dramatically in the last few months and why it has been important to stay home during that time.
Finding the right words to discuss race and racism with children can be challenging, but images can help. An article written by members of the Youth and Families team in the Art Institute of Chicago offers ideas about how to use picture books and artworks to talk about race and affirm children’s identities.
Behind My Mask / Detras de me cubrebocasis a pedagogical tool to engage bilingual youth in conversations around identity and emotions amid the COVID-19 global pandemic. Written in English and Spanish, the book includes reflective activities about emotions and promotes the use of masks.