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Lifelines: Books That Bridge the Divide
40 minutes | Oct 20, 2019
Episode 22: Finding a Range of Diverse Books
In this episode, Saadia Faruqi will share recommendations for picture books about people of color living regular lives, and Ann Braden will share her conversation with Dr. Krista Aronson, founder of the Diversity Book Finder.
35 minutes | Oct 6, 2019
Episode 21: Picture Books on Grief and #ClassroomBookADay
Today, Saadia Faruqi will share recommendations for picture books about grief and then Ann Braden will share her conversation with educator, Jillian Heise, founder of #ClassroomBookaDay, an initiative encouraging educators to read aloud one picture book a day in their classrooms.
38 minutes | Sep 22, 2019
Episode 20: Around the World & An Identity Unit
In Episode 20, Saadia Faruqi will share recommendations for books that take place in other parts of the world. Then, Ann Braden will share her conversation with educator Jen Vincent about the Identity Unit she used with her students to begin the school year.
35 minutes | Sep 8, 2019
Lifelines Episode 19 - Books with Grit and Determination
This is Episode 19, our first episode of season 4. Today, Saadia Faruqi will share recommendations for books that have a theme of perseverance. Then, Ann Braden will share her conversation with the School Library Journal news editor Kara Yorio who recently wrote an article about students facing housing insecurity.
32 minutes | Apr 14, 2019
Episode 18: Welcoming New Americans
This episode focuses on welcoming new Americans. Saadia Faruqi will share her book recommendations and then Ann Braden will share her conversation with Kirsten Cappy, the heart and brains behind the I’m Your Neighbor project as well as Curious City, which offers free kidlit programming for educators.
42 minutes | Mar 31, 2019
Episode 17: Getting Books into Kids' Hands Over the Summer
Today Saadia Faruqi will recommend some good books with African-American main characters, and then Ann Braden will share her conversations with three different educators, Chris Tuttell, Elizabeth Kyser, and Kerri Moccia, who all have found a way to get books into kids hands over the summer.
42 minutes | Mar 17, 2019
Episode 16: Learning from Other Cultures
Today, Saadia will share recommendations for books that help us make cultural diversity part of our environment and and then Ann will share her conversation with librarians Wendy Garland and Todd Burleson who got to experience a cultural exchange of their own with a trip to United Arab Emirates.
32 minutes | Mar 3, 2019
Episode 15 - Bookshelves That Respect LGBTQ Students
Today our focus is on ensuring that LGBTQ students see themselves on our bookshelves. Saadia will share recommendations for good books with LGBTQ characters and then Ann will share her conversation with author K. A. Holt, who recently released a survey that explores the dynamics involved when educators want to put diverse titles on their shelves but are worried there might be consequences.
55 minutes | Feb 17, 2019
Episode 14: Ensuring African American Students See Themselves
Today instead of having separate segments, we’re going to share one good meaty interview with Matthew Winner, a school librarian, the host of the Children’s Book Podcast, and a writer.
26 minutes | Feb 4, 2019
Episode 13: Books that Build Deeper Empathy Around Mental Health
Saadia Faruqi shares recommendations for good books that help us empathize more deeply with those dealing with mental illnesses, whether it’s ourselves or someone else. Then Ann Braden shares her conversation with librarian Kathie MacIsaac, a librarian in Manitoba and a mover and shaker in the online middle grade community.
52 minutes | Dec 2, 2018
Episode 12: A Conversation Between Saadia Faruqi and Ann Braden
Two weeks ago, Saadia Faruqi and Ann Braden got to meet in person for the very first time, and they decided to interview each other to find out all the things they wanted to know — and hopefully that you wanted to know, too. So, this episode has no book recommendations and no separate segments — it’s just one meaty interview with two book people who care a lot about bridging divides.
39 minutes | Nov 18, 2018
Episode 11 - Culturally Responsive Thanksgiving Books
Saadia Faruqi recommends culturally appropriate and non-traditional Thanksgiving books, and Ann Braden shares her interview with public librarian Sam Maskell. Finally, it concludes with information about the non-profit First Book, which works to get books into the hands of kids who can’t afford them.
36 minutes | Nov 4, 2018
Episode 10: Reaching Kids Living in Poverty -- Part TWO
This is the second part of our 2-part special on reaching kids in poverty. Saadia Faruqi recommends middle grade and YA books about the reality of poverty, and Ann Braden shares the conclusion of her conversation with 5th grade educator Kristin Crouch. Kristin is uniquely positioned to help us bridge the class divide having broken the cycle of generational poverty to become an educator. In this part of the conversation she shares some book recommendations of her own and talks about what teachers can do to be true allies for kids who are struggling.
35 minutes | Oct 21, 2018
Episode 9 - Reaching Kids in Poverty -- Part ONE
Today's episode is part one of a two-part special on reaching kids in poverty. Saadia Faruqi will share recommendations of great picture books that discuss the realities of poverty. Then, Ann Braden will share the first half of her conversation with 5th educator Kristin Crouch. Kristin is uniquely positioned to help us bridge the class divide. She will discuss her experience growing up in a family struggling to make ends meet, how she broke out of the cycle of poverty, and how she now works to support her students who are dealing with the same struggles.
34 minutes | Oct 7, 2018
Episode 8: Saadia Recommmends Great Non-Fiction Biographies
In this episodes, Saadia Faruqi takes over the podcast and recommends a ton of great non-fiction biographies.
29 minutes | Sep 23, 2018
Episode 7: Refugee Picture Books
Saadia Faruqi shares recommendations for picture books featuring refugees and immigrants. Then, Ann Braden shares her conversation with public library director Laura Arnhold. Finally, we close with information about the Welcoming Library, a fabulous educational resource that brings communities together in conversation around the topic of immigration.
20 minutes | May 27, 2018
Lifelines Episode 6 - Good Books About Ramadan and an Interview with Librarian Jennifer Haight
This is Episode 6 and it’s our last episode of Season 1 (we’ll be back for Season 2 in the fall, so make sure you subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher so you don’t miss it!). Today, Saadia will focus her “Books You’ve Never Heard Of” segment on good books about Ramadan, and then Ann will share her conversation with public librarian Jennifer Haight. Finally, Ann will reflect on the role books can play in combating ignorance.
34 minutes | May 14, 2018
Episode 5: Welcoming "The Other"
Saadia Faruqi discusses the book Wishtree by Katherine Applegate and gives recommendations for other books about welcoming those who have been made to feel like “an other.” Ann Braden shares her conversation with elementary librarian Christina Carter, and then talks about what we can do when people are unwelcoming to others.
31 minutes | Apr 29, 2018
Episode 4: Tackling Tough Topics
In today's episode Saadia Faruqi will discuss the brilliance that is Jason Reynolds, and then Ann Braden will share her conversation with middle school librarian Mary Linney. Finally, Ann will reflect on the way we approach trauma at a personal and societal level–and what that means for the classroom.
30 minutes | Apr 16, 2018
Episode 3: National Poetry Month
In today’s episode, Saadia Faruqi shares some good novel-in-verse recommendations in her segment “Books You’ve Never Heard Of," and Ann Braden shares her conversation with Juliet Lubwama, a high school senior and 2017 National Student Poet. Finally, Ann shares an inspiring example of one way to approach poetry if the thought of writing it yourself triggers a certain terror.
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