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Bright Wings: Children’s Books to Make the Heart Soar
58 minutes | Jan 13, 2022
Episode 24: Contemporary Middle Grade Fiction With Claire Swinarski
Join the conversation with author Claire Swinarski as we discuss how it is possible to write realistic, contemporary middle grade fiction--with a mainstream publisher--and still have content that points readers to truth and goodness. Claire shares how important it is to tackle tough topics with middle schoolers in a hopeful, virtuous, and non-boring way. We discuss What Happens Next and The Kate In Between. We consider the advantages of parenting in a style to either protect or to equip our children with their reading. Here is a booklist of great contemporary middle grade fiction!
47 minutes | Dec 7, 2021
Episode 23: Favorite Christmas Picture Books, 2021
Is there any Season with more marvelous picture books?! Let's discover a few more together! Join the conversation with Amanda Knapp and Charity Hill as they swap Christmas picture book favorites. Do Charity and Amanda feel guilty about the Christmas + presents connection? What does Charity think about the gift-giving and "the true meaning of Christmas"? Find new and meaningful books to to engage your family this Christmas season. Alert! First 8 minutes discusses a child's struggle regarding belief/disbelief in Santa.Please support Bright Wings by purchasing books through these links:Gorgeous, printable booklist pdf of Favorite Christmas Picture Books with links.Book list link to bookshop site, which lacks a few titles from ^this list.Enjoy this short video made for Well-Read Mom in 2020--I tell you about a few more heartfelt favorites! (You many want to watch it on 1.25 speed ;)
40 minutes | Nov 19, 2021
Episode 22: Best Early Readers and Beginning Chapter Books
What kind of books are we looking for when our child first learns to read? First, Charity demystifies some of the lingo surrounding early readers. (What are early readers? WHY early readers? What are transitional books? ) Charity will tell you what she really thinks about Junie B. Jones, Ivy + Bean, and the Magic Tree House Series. She shares her recommendations on early chapter books. Charity will help you frame a solution for your precocious reader, your very young child with the very high reading level. Please enjoy the extensive book list for the best early readers and beginning chapter books!ANDPlease use this book list for your PRECOCIOUS READER!(Note: Charity receives a percentage of the book sales made through these links. Thank your for off-setting the costs of this podcast!)
63 minutes | Nov 3, 2021
Hollowed Out: A Parent-Teacher Conference With Jeremy Adams
Are you ready to have the biggest parent-teacher conference of your life? Listen as Jeremy Adams describes the pandemic of vacuity that is afflicting our young people. A decorated and most-beloved CA teacher, Jeremy Adams is the author of Hollowed Out: A Warning About America's Next Generation. He demonstrates the "uniquely perilous" position of our young people. What is he seeing in his classroom that is so different from 5-10 years ago? Why are teens "friendless and depressed...lost in a miasma of alienation and stupefaction"? Why are they uncurious, stunted, and uninformed? And most importantly what can we pour into them so they are no longer "hollow"?Purchase Jeremy Adams' Hollowed Out: A Warning About America's Next GenerationRead "The Death of Gratitude In the American Classroom," by Jeremy Adams, originally published in The Public Discourse.Also:The Rise of Zoombies: Lifeless, Detached Students Have Returned to My ClassroomMy Late Father Was A Great Teacher. He Wouldn't Last a Week In the Modern Classroom.Keeping Our Youngest Generation From Becoming the Lost GenerationThe Antidote! Links!1000 Hours OutsideThe Family Dinner Project. Check out their research and ideas.
33 minutes | Oct 12, 2021
Episode 20: How To Go To The Library
At listener request, Charity answers some of your most practical and theoretical questions about going to the library. Should you go to the library? What should you do about story time? Can going to the library with toddlers be fun? How do you navigate that situation? How do you choose what books to bring home? What are your parameters for decision-making? How do I find a book that isn't in the catalogue? What the dickens is the difference between Libby and Hoopla?! Answers to these questions--and stories shared by Charity Hill--await you.
30 minutes | Sep 29, 2021
Books Worth Reading: Review of Pax and Here in the Real World
As part of an ongoing initiative, Charity Hill reviews children's books. In this episode, Charity reviews two novels by Sara Pennypacker: Pax and Here In The Real World. In Pax, we find a deep relationship between a boy (Peter) and his partially domesticated fox (Pax), a search for a moral identity, and a quest to make peace. Finally, Charity wonders if the end is satisfying to a readership that craves an answer to Peter's search. Charity praises Here In the Real World for its masterful ability to propose problems (character vs. parents, character vs. friends, hope vs. cynicism, chivalry vs. feminism) with rich and nuanced responses. In both novels, Charity notices how Pennypacker uses the titles and the characters names to alert us to deep meaning.To purchase Here In the Real WorldTo purchase Pax
41 minutes | Sep 15, 2021
Episode 19: Mother Culture: Taking Care of Your Heart, With Marcie Stokman
Marcie Stokman, founder and president of Well-Read Mom, joins Charity for a conversation. Marcie tells of the need she saw that motivated her to found Well-Read Mom. Marcie and Charity share how deep reading, in a community of women, has impacted them. They talk about the "moral imagination" and how fiction shapes a sense of truth and goodness. Charity and Marcie urge you to "take care of our heart" as ingredient to mothering.A book list that includes some favorites from Charity and Marcie's families.How does reading help us "navigate complex social relationships" and the "empathetic responses that maintain them"? ANDAre we rendering ourselves intellectually and physiologically incapable of deep literacy? What can we do to save our minds?
35 minutes | Aug 23, 2021
Episode 18: Stories For Strong Girls
Stories of strong girls and women show us that there is something distinctive about being a girl, about being a woman. Good literature, with strong female characters, has so much to offer! We wonder what is distinctive about being a girl? What is the feminine genius? Does my daughter have a heroic role to play? Where is the literature that supports my daughter in developing her identity as a particular feminine genius? Hear how stories of feminine strength display courage "as the form of every virtue at its testing point."Please enjoy this booklist, full of fearlessly positive books about being a girl!
35 minutes | Aug 10, 2021
Episode 17: In Conversation With Julian Peters On Comics and Beauty, Part II
Finish the conversation between Julian Peters, comic artist of Poems to See By and Charity Hill. We reflect on Julian's visual interpretation of "Those Winter Sundays" by Robert Hayden from Poems To See By, the role of beauty in comics, and the suitability or unsuitability of adapting certain works of literature to comics.Please refer to this link to see Julian Peters' images of "Those Winter Sundays" on the blog.You can pursue all the rich content of Poems To See By by purchasing it through my affiliate link.To learn more about Julian Peters, visit his website.
45 minutes | Jul 29, 2021
Episode 16: In Conversation With Julian Peters On Comics and Beauty, Part I
Join the first part of the conversation with Julian Peters, comic artist of Poems to See By as he teaches Charity the differences between comics and illustrations. They reflect on two of Julian's visually interpreted poems from Poems To See By and consider international comic traditions, and the role of beauty in comics.Please refer to this link to see Julian Peters' images of "Musee des Beaux Arts" on the blog.You can pursue all the rich content of Poems To See By by purchasing it through my affiliate link.
19 minutes | Jun 14, 2021
Books Worth Reading: Review of The War That Saved My Life
As part of an ongoing initiative, Charity Hill reviews children's books. In this episode, Charity reviews Kimberly Brubaker Bradley's The War That Saved My Life. In the book review series, Charity offers praise, summary, and analysis of the text so that parents can decide which books are worth reading. Charity praises the quality writing and the powerful proposal within the narrative that evil can serve the purposes of good. Yet, Charity questions whether The War That Saved My Life is really a book that is psychologically appropriate for children under 13, given the abusive family relationships. Podcast includes brief references to violence.
24 minutes | May 25, 2021
Episode 15: Tall Tales or This World is Larger Than Life
Join Charity Hill's glee as she explores tall tales. She distinguishes what makes tall tales a distinct kind of story from fairy tales. Then, she explores why tall tales are fun--and funny! She wonders if its possible to love truth and still "play with it." She shows how delightful the disparity between reality and hyperbole can be. Then, Charity shares with us some of the best tall tales she has found--some old, some new! Book lists and book links below!Listen to Legend of Tall Talkin’ Sam by The Okee Dokee Brothers! They sing real good! ;)Episode 15: Tall Tales Or This World Is Larger Than Life BOOKLISTRattlebang Picnic by Margaret MahyMeanwhile, Back At the Ranch by Anne IsaacsEnjoy our websiteSee more featured books by following Bright Wings on Instagram
34 minutes | May 11, 2021
Episode 14: Poetry: Surprised By Joy!
Poetry? Really? Do we have to?! This episode proposes that poetry will surprise you with joy. We discuss how poetry changes our experience of time, deepens our experience of meaning, and sparks joy. Charity discusses two Greek words used regarding time: chronos and kairos. Poetry is an instantiation of kairos time, time-as-meaningful. Discover new poetry and rediscover familiar poetry.Enjoy new poetry selections from our booklist!
13 minutes | May 3, 2021
Books Worth Reading: Review of the Midwife's Apprentice
As part of an emerging initiative, Charity Hill reviews children's books. In this episode, Charity reviews Karen Cushman's Newberry Winner (1996) The Midwife's Apprentice. In the book review series, Charity offers praise, summary, and analysis of the text so that parents can decide which books are worth reading. We wonder if The Midwife's Apprentice really delivers the empowering message it intends to bring to birth.
51 minutes | Apr 19, 2021
Episode 13: Gardening as Humanizing with Katherine Leaño
In this interview with Katherine Leaño, you'll be encouraged to embrace the paradox of your humanity. You'll hear how gardening can help you and your children become more human, rested, integrated, and creative. You'll be challenged to make your backyard a different kind of "oasis." Find rest and inspiration with this episode's booklist! It's stunning.Enjoy being connecting with Bright Wings Children's Books on Instagram.Katherine wants you to have access to some of her supporting information as you think about gardening and being outside:Free play, NPR Articlehttps://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=19212514Gardeninghttps://www.urbanharvest.org/gardens/https://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/PHZMWeb/https://www.southernexposure.com/growing-guides/ArtThe Prairie is My Garden by Harvey Dunn (art)
14 minutes | Apr 12, 2021
Books Worth Reading: Review of Fancy Nancy Series
Is the Fancy Nancy series a series worth reading? We wonder "How can glitter be compatible with depth, with meaning?" What is a parent to do with an intelligent little girl's need for sparkle? We review the Fancy Nancy series to help you discern the best way to fill that glitter-shaped hole in every little girl's heart.
7 minutes | Apr 5, 2021
Episode 12: What A Family Can Do
After reviewing Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorensen, I was more aware of the miracles of in our every day circumstances. I share with you an encounter between my family and our orthodontist which shows how miracles are part of the (extra)ordinary. Listen to hear how fiction can shape what we see and how we receive it.
9 minutes | Mar 29, 2021
Books Worth Reading: Review of Miracles on Maple Hill
As part of a new initiative, Charity Hill reviews specific children's books. In this episode, Charity reviews Virginia Sorensen's 1956 Newberry winner Miracle on Maple Hill. In the book review series, Charity offers praise, summary, and analysis of the text so that mothers and fathers know enough to decide which books are worth reading.
35 minutes | Mar 22, 2021
Episode 11: Family Spirituality and Fiction
Charity Hill interviews Margaret Bereit regarding how fiction can shape family spirituality. What do you value that is real but "invisible"? How can fiction help to make what is unseen more tangible to your children?Enjoy some of Margareit Bereit's favorite books. Think further with Amanda Knapp's essay.Connect for more conversation.
40 minutes | Mar 8, 2021
Episode 10: Resilience!
Charity Hill interviews Trisha Galvan LPC and LCPC on the beautifully human word "resilience," a word worth exploring. Trisha defines what resilience looks like and discusses the importance of community to framing a resilient response to difficulty. Trisha also suggests a return to attachment for older children, to ground them for resilient behaviors as teens and young adults. To promote resilience in your family, Charity shares several fictional works, both picture books and middle grade fiction: It Could Always Be Worse by Margot Zemach, The Cow in the House by Harriet Ziefert, A Chair For My Mother by Vera Williams, The Rag Coat by Lauren Mills, The Fire Cat by Esther Averill, Sylvester and the Magic Pebble and Dr. DeSoto by William Steig, Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan, Call It Courage by Armstrong Sperry, and Little Britches by Ralph Moody. Charity also encourages you to set aside time to tell your own stories of resilience to your children.Please enjoy essays at our blog.Enjoy book reviews and reflections at Instagram.
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