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
J.T. Michaels discusses Jimmy Chartron and the Lost Keystone, his first book in an epic fantasy series of an ancient war.
In this episode, I talk with the highly sought-after speaker and children’s book author Trudy Ludwig! We discuss her new book, Brave Every Day.
Award-winning writer and filmmaker Chris Wieland talks about his first book in the Kat Dylan Mysteries, The Crabtree Monsters.
Your favorite author and illustrator, Bob Shea talks about the importance of reading for fun and his latest funny picture book, I Am a Baby.
Julio Torres and Julian Glander, talk about their picture book I Want to Be a Vase. This book makes for an important conversation starter on identity.
WGA-winning and Emmy-nominated comedy writer Glenn Boozan talks about her picture book for adults: There Are Moms Way Worse Than You!
Two amazing guests talk about The Welcoming Library, an initiative that sparks conversations on immigration through the reading of picture books.
In this episode, Aaron Blabey, the #1 New York Times Bestselling Australian author with around 30 million books in print, talks about The Bad Guys movie.
New York Times bestselling author Shannon Hale talks about her new picture book, This Is Not For You, and the implications of applying genders to book.
In this episode, Bianca talks with bestselling author Gregory Maguire about his latest novel for kids, Cress Watercress, the fertile imagination behind Wicked.