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The Reader’s Heart Podcast

Di: Jennifer LaGarde
  • Riassunto

  • Conversations with kid lit creators about how children’s literature connects readers’ hearts to story, the world and one another.
    Copyright 2023 All rights reserved.
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  • The Reader's Heart | Guest: Chrystal D Giles
    Apr 16 2024

    In this episode, Chrystal D Giles joins Jennifer LaGarde to discuss the power of children's literature to shape readers' hearts and provide guidance in navigating the world. Chrystal shares her experiences as a young reader and how she now gravitates towards contemporary realistic fiction that tackles social and cultural topics. They also discuss Chrystal's book, Not An Easy Win, which follows the journey of a 12-year-old boy named Lawrence as he learns to play chess and navigates complex emotions and family dynamics. The conversation highlights the importance of representation and the impact of books in helping children understand and process their own experiences. They also explore the role of technology and the value of finding healthy alternatives, as well as the significance of strong grandparent characters in children's literature. Chrystal shares her upcoming projects and the joy she finds in school visits and connecting with young readers.

    Show notes and other information related to this episode (including a discount code from Bookelicious) can be found here.

    Chapters

    00:00 Introduction and Reader's Heart

    03:02 Not An Easy Win

    06:02 Representation and Shame

    09:31 Technology and Healthy Alternatives

    13:18 Grandma's Role

    21:00 Future Projects

    25:10 School Visits and Impact

    27:31 Conclusion

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    30 min
  • The Reader's Heart | Guest: Chris Baron
    Apr 9 2024

    In this conversation, Chris Baron chats with Jennifer about the power of children's literature in shaping readers' hearts and helping them navigate tough situations. Chris shares his own experiences as a reader, giving a shoutout to his 3rd grade teacher, and how books became a stable presence in his life. They also discuss the influence of comics on both their readers' hearts. Chris shares the inspiration behind his book The Gray and its themes of mental health, self-acceptance, and the role of technology. Chris talks about the importance of empathy and storytelling in connecting with young readers. He also shares his upcoming projects, including an anthology of passover stories for middle grade readers.

    Show notes and other information related to this episode (including a discount code from Bookelicious) can be found here.

    Chapters:

    00:00 Introduction and Roles as a Reader and Writer

    04:23 The Power of Children's Literature

    11:36 Discussion of The Gray

    23:00 Themes in Chris Baron's Books

    31:43 Upcoming Projects

    34:32 Conclusion and Gratitude

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    36 min
  • The Reader's Heart | Guest: Chris Barton
    Apr 2 2024
    In this conversation, Chris Barton joins Jennifer to chat about his reading habits, research process for nonfiction books, and the importance of balancing serious topics with joy in children's literature. They discuss the role of personal experiences in writing and the impact of books in helping children cope with tragedy. Chris shares his love for book dedications and the inspiration behind his webcast on the topic. They also touch on upcoming projects.

    Show notes and other information related to this episode (including a discount code from Bookelicious) can be found here.

    Chapters

    Chapters

    00:00 Introduction and Fan Moment

    00:54 Connecting Story to a Reader's Heart

    01:37 Chris Barton's Reading Habits

    03:03 Setting Reading Challenges

    04:27 The Research Process for Nonfiction Books

    06:34 Balancing Serious Topics with Joy

    08:34 Making Historical Events Relevant and Safe for Kids

    09:48 Personal Experiences and Writing for Young Readers

    11:39 Children's Literature as a Guide Through Life

    13:11 The Influence of Personal Experiences on Writing

    14:14 The Role of Reading in Coping with Tragedy

    17:23 Meeting Favorite Authors

    18:27 Recommendation for Jennifer Ziegler's Book

    19:16 The Importance of Joyful Reading

    20:41 The Power of Graphic Novels and Personal Reading Preferences

    23:34 Nonfiction as a Joyful Pursuit

    24:46 The Fascination with Book Dedications

    29:51 Working on Multiple Books Simultaneously

    31:43 Upcoming Books and Projects

    34:46 The Book Dedications Podcast

    38:19 Conclusion

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    38 min

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Conversations with kid lit creators about how children’s literature connects readers’ hearts to story, the world and one another.
Copyright 2023 All rights reserved.

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