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Foreword: A podcast of Island Readers & Writers
13 minutes | May 10, 2022
EXTRA EXTRA! On the Road with the King of Ragtime
In this special Foreword mini-episode we sit down with IRW Director of School Programs Alison Johnson and Steve Costanza, author & illustrator of The King of Ragtime, at the Henry D. Moore Library in Steuben, ME. Steve & Alison reflect on their 5-school tour of Washington County and share with us what it's like to be back in-person at school assemblies, their most memorable moments with students, and their experience traveling hundreds of miles along the Maine coast with a piano. SHOWNOTES: The podcast episode Alison quotes is the On Being podcast, "For the Eight Year Old in You," an interview with Kate DiCamillo, and a must-listen. You can read more about the Maple Leaf Rag and listen to it here. The music at the end of this episode is Steve Costanza playing Scott Joplin's Fig Leaf Rag at the Henry D. Moore Library, May 7, 2022.
32 minutes | Apr 21, 2022
ENCORE: Author/illustrator Steve Costanza on ”King of Ragtime: The Story of Scott Joplin”
In advance of Stephen Costanza's five-school tour with IRW in early May, we're re-releasing this episode of Foreword. Author/illustrator Stephen Costanza talks his newest picture book, "King of Ragtime: The Story of Scott Joplin." You can see Stephen perform in person at the Henry D. Moore library in Steuben, ME on Saturday, May 7, 2021, 7:00pm. Visit IRW's events calendar for details. This episode originally aired on September 8, 2021.
18 minutes | Apr 8, 2022
2.2 Reading Outside the Box...Literally with Hazel Stark
Welcome back to Season 2 of the Foreword podcast: Reading Outside the Box, where we ask our listeners to think about who, what, where and how they read—and implore them to explore the wide and wonderful world of children's literature! On Episode 2 we talk to Hazel Stark of Maine Outdoor School, who describes the beauty and benefit of learning outdoors. Show Notes About Our Guest Hazel Stark is Co-Founder and Naturalist Educator at Maine Outdoor School, where she connects her community and classrooms to the outdoors through custom educational experiences. Hazel is a Registered Maine Guide and holds a Bachelor's degree in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic and a Professional Science Master's degree in Resource Management and Conservation from Antioch University New England. You can find her at maineoutdoorschool.org and on WERU on Saturday mornings at 9:30 am where she hosts the Nature of Phenology program, and shares what’s happening in nature each week, all year long. About Foreword Foreword is a podcast of Island Readers & Writers (IRW), a nonprofit in Southwest Harbor, ME with a mission to inspire a love of reading and learning in children. Foreword podcast was created in 2020 by Taylor Mace, and is written, hosted, and produced by Kelsey Buckley.
24 minutes | Mar 24, 2022
2.1 Reading without Words with David Wiesner
Welcome back to Season 2 of the Foreword podcast: Reading Outside the Box, where we ask our listeners to think about who, what, where and how they read—and implore them to explore the wide and wonderful world of children's literature! Episode 1 is an interview with David Wiesner, who talks about becoming an illustrator, his love of story, how to read a wordless picture book, and reminds us that picture books are for everyone. Show Notes About Our Guest David is an illustrator and writer of children's books, and he is particularly known for picture books that tell stories without words. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, and is the author of three Caldecott-awarded titles, Tuesday, The Three Pigs, and Flotsam. About Foreword Foreword is a podcast of Island Readers & Writers (IRW), a nonprofit in Southwest Harbor, ME with a mission to inspire a love of reading and learning in children. Foreword podcast was created in 2020 by Taylor Mace, and is written, hosted, and produced by Kelsey Buckley.
15 minutes | Nov 19, 2021
Exploring Vernal Pools with Author Kimberly Ridley
Science writer and children's book author Kimberly Ridley talks to Foreword about how and where to explore vernal pools, a springtime phenomenon in New England that is teeming with all sorts of exciting creatures!
20 minutes | Sep 12, 2021
Author Alexandra Hinrichs
Maine author, historian and librarian Alexandra Hinrichs talks her latest project, the picture book biography The Traveling Camera: Lewis Hine and the Fight to End Child Labor.
23 minutes | Jul 29, 2021
Author/illustrator Eliza Wheeler
Eliza Wheeler, author/illustrator of Home in the Woods and Miss Maple's Seeds among many others, talks about her career, work and inspiration.
27 minutes | May 26, 2021
Gigi Georges, author of "Downeast: Five Maine Girls and the Unseen Story of Rural America"
An interview with Gigi Georges, author of the new release Downeast: Five Maine Girls and the Unseen Story of Rural America
20 minutes | Apr 28, 2021
Caldecott-winning author/illustrator Sophie Blackall
Children's book author and illustrator Sophie Blackall talks about the inspiration behind If You Come to Earth and her two forthcoming picture books: Negative Cat and The Beatryce Prophecy by Kate DiCamillo.
16 minutes | Feb 16, 2021
Author Samara Cole Doyon
Author Samara Cole Doyon talks her Coretta Scott King honor-winning book, Magnificent Homespun Brown, the inspiration for the poem, her heritage and her forthcoming children's book.
21 minutes | Feb 3, 2021
"Let's Celebrate Ashley Bryan!"
Dan Mills, director of the Bates Museum of Art, talks about the exhibition "Let's Celebrate Ashley Bryan!", featuring his fine art and original illustrations. Dan talks about Ashley's life and career, and how to view the exhibition virtually. Listen to the interview then view the exhibition here: https://www.bates.edu/museum/ashley-bryan/
28 minutes | Nov 11, 2020
Gibson Fay-LeBlanc with tips for writers
Gibson Fay-LeBlanc, writer, poet and executive director of the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance, talks challenges facing writers today, tips for beginning writers, great kids' books coming out of the Maine publishing scene and more!
19 minutes | Oct 28, 2020
Challenges facing Maine libraries
Kara Reiman, children's literacy specialist at the Maine State Library (MSL), talks about the challenges librarians are facing during the pandemic, how the MSL supports schools and families, and more!
24 minutes | Oct 14, 2020
Author Elizabeth Atkinson on "Fly Back, Agnes" and middle school struggles
Author Elizabeth Atkinson talks about her latest middle-grade novel, "Fly Back, Agnes," which was awarded the 2020 International Book Award for Children's Fiction; overcoming the struggles of middle school and how she comes up with her quirky characters. For "Fly Back, Agnes" readers who want to read the special epilogue to the story, and educators who would like to Zoom with Elizabeth, visit her website at elizabethatkinson.com or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
38 minutes | Sep 30, 2020
Abdi Nor Iftin on his refugee experience and new memoir
Author Abdi Nor Iftin discusses his harrowing adolescence as a refugee in Somalia and Kenya, the unexpected injustices he discovered living in the United States and his memoir, Call Me American, recently adapted for middle-graders and young adults.
26 minutes | Sep 16, 2020
Anica Mrose Rissi on her latest YA novel, writing tips and story time
Author Anica Mrose Rissi talks about her newly-published young adult novel Nobody Knows But You, shares her tips for writing and reads part of her most recent picture book Love, Sophia on the Moon.
12 minutes | Sep 2, 2020
Back to school book recommendations
Island Readers & Writers (IRW) volunteer and children's book lover Jenna Beaulieu shares her picks featured on our summer reading list: A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Joy McCullough; The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu; and Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang.
22 minutes | Aug 19, 2020
The power of books with Debra Lay
Dr. Debra Lay, IRW Board of Directors president and library director of the Vose Public Library, talks the power of books, her career as an educator and library director, and the book that shaped her adolescence.
23 minutes | Aug 5, 2020
Val Peacock of Rural Aspirations
Val Peacock, education design specialist with the nonprofit organization Rural Aspirations Project, talks about Community Learning for ME, a collaborative effort that aims to support students, families and educators during the uncertainty surrounding education in the time of the pandemic. Online resources and professional development opportunities available at www.communitylearningforme.org.
21 minutes | Jul 22, 2020
Russ Cox talks illustrating
Maine author/ illustrator Russ Cox talks about how his career as an illustrator began, his illustration process, and the benefits of destroying a new sketchbook.
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