The Growing Readers Podcast
The Children’s Book Review is a resource devoted to children’s literature and literacy. In the Growing Readers Podcast, we produce author and illustrator interviews focused on the best books for kids of all ages to help you grow readers.
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An inspiring picture book that tells the story of Rashida Tlaib, one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress, and her family. Perfect for readers of books that celebrate trailblazing women and social activists as well as those looking for an introduction to civic engagement and how government works.
“Hey Adam, is the president Mom’s boss now?”
When Yousif Tlaib asks about his mom’s new job in Congress, his older brother, Adam, fills him in—with some help from Rashida Tlaib herself. As he tells his mom’s story, Adam reveals information about how elections and our government work, what it means to break barriers, what motivates their mama to work for justice for all, and how love and family have guided them through this historic time in our country.
From growing up in Detroit—the eldest of fourteen siblings and the first in her immigrant family to graduate from high school—through her journey into community activism and then local politics, to eventually becoming one of the first Muslim Congresswomen and an influential national figure, Rashida Tlaib’s inspiring story shows kids that they, too, can do great things and make a difference.
The Growing Readers Podcast
Author Antwan Eady talks about his stunning and uplifting picture book, Nigel and the Moon—this year’s selection for Jumpstart’s Read for the Record.
An all-time favorite author, Newbery Medalist Katherine Applegate, talks about her latest stunning novel, Odder, the story of an intrepid sea otter.
In this episode, super talented and award-winning picture book creator Molly Idle talks about her new and poignant story Witch Hazel.
Two incredible award-winning guests, author Trudy Ludwig and illustrator Kathryn Otoshi, about their picture book Calling the Wind: A Story of Healing and Hope.
Sisters Cara Mentzel and Tony-award-winner Idina Menzel talk about their debut picture book Loud Mouse: How a Little Mouse Found Her Big Voice.
In this episode, I talk with the incredible Dr. Ibram X. Kendi about his nonfiction book for caregivers, How to Raise an Antiracist.
In this episode, I talk with the super fun and fan-favorite children’s book author, Josh Funk, about his picture book My Pet Feet.
Dan Gemeinhart, author of the acclaimed novel The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise, discusses his newest middle grade novel, The Midnight Children.
Matt de la Peña and Corinna Luyken talk about their picture book, Patchwork, a deeply moving ode to the complexity and uniqueness of every child.
Jaimal Yogis and Vivian Truong talk about their graphic novel City of Dragons: The Awakening Storm! They answered many of your questions!