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Reach Out and Read
32 minutes | Oct 14, 2021
Reading in the NICU: Reclaiming Parenting of Newborns
Newborn Intensive Care Units are physically and emotionally daunting for new parents. With many of the typical parenting roles supplanted by medical necessity, parents can be at a loss for how to reconcile this new reality. But there is another way parents can care for their children that’s equally important. Dr. Carmina Erdei, a neonatologist and the medical director of the Growth and Development Unit at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, joins us to talk about how reading and talking to preemies can help offer parents the chance to reclaim at least some of their role, and foster healthy growth and relationships at the same time.
34 minutes | Sep 30, 2021
Books Without Words? Explaining Wordless Picture Books
Reading without words? We generally associate reading with text, but reading *pictures* can offer a rich and delightful opportunity for insight and literacy growth as well. Though often overlooked, wordless picture books are more accessible for pre-verbal and pre-literate children, and they can provide an enhanced interactive reading experience for a wider audience. Caldecott winning author and illustrator David Wiesner—aka ‘the father of the wordless picture book’—joins us to talk about the history, importance, and creative process behind wordless picture books.
35 minutes | Sep 16, 2021
Back to School: Making Human Connections a Priority
As we transition back to school during an ongoing pandemic, we hear a lot about a ‘covid learning slide’, which adds to the stress of a return. But, is that really how we should be framing this? There’s another way to think about all this. Boston Public Schools Principal Julia Bott, and Helen Westmoreland, the Director of Family Engagement at National PTA, join us to share how parents and caregivers can recalibrate their expectations through a focus on nurturing human connections.
35 minutes | Sep 2, 2021
Detoxifying Stress: Resiliency, Relationships, and Reading Together
“Toxic stress defines the problem. Relational health defines the solution.” This is the core of the recent revision to the American Academy’s policy statement on toxic stress, and co-author Dr. Andrew Garner joins us to explain how we need to move beyond adverse childhood experiences to discuss and support positive childhood experiences. The number one element? The presence of safe, stable, and nurturing relationships, which proactively build the resilience needed to cope with future adversity.
32 minutes | Aug 19, 2021
Best Beginnings: Book Sharing from Birth
A baby’s brain is forming thousands to millions of neuronal connections per minute, absorbing new information in the first six months. This is the perfect opportunity to start a shared reading routine, right from birth. But are overwhelmed, sleep-deprived parents ready to add one more thing to their plate? Dr. Anna Miller-Fitzwater joins us to talk about Reach Out and Read’s “Back to Birth” program, and how to make reading with infants practical and achievable for new parents.
32 minutes | Aug 5, 2021
Sometimes You Have to Lie
‘Ole Golly says there is as many ways to live as there are people on the earth’. So says Harriet in “Harriet the Spy”, the brainchild of author Louise Fitzhugh. Today we dive in deeper with one of literature’s most beloved ‘quirky’ kids, with a discussion of how Harriet and Louise broke the mold of children’s literature. Guest host Dr Perri Klass speaks with Leslie Brody, author of the highly acclaimed new biography “Sometimes You Have to Lie: The Life and Times of Louise Fitzhugh, Renegade Author of Harriet the Spy”.
32 minutes | Aug 5, 2021
When parenting, teaching, or caring for kids, there can be a fine line between those with a readily identifiable diagnosis, and those who are just plain “different”. Dr. Perri Klass and Dr. Eileen Costello, co-authors of “Quirky Kids: Understanding and Supporting Your Child With Developmental Differences”, join us to talk about quirky kids, and the joys and challenges they can bring to families.
36 minutes | Jul 22, 2021
From Book Desert to Reading Oasis
Have you heard of book deserts? Nearly half of our nation’s children live in one: neighborhoods that lack public libraries and bookstores and where more than half of low-income children live in homes where books are an unaffordable or unfamiliar luxury. Dr. Molly Ness, an Associate Professor in the Dept. of Education at Fordham University, and Alvin Irby of Barbershop Books, join us to talk about how to not only alleviate book deserts, but create book ‘oases’ that set children and families up for success.
38 minutes | Jul 8, 2021
Opening Up the Book on Reach Out and Read
It’s clear that Reach Out and Read has become a significant part of American pediatrics. And while operating on such a large scale can generate incredible results, challenges also crop up. We’re going to ‘open up the book’ on our organization with someone who is uniquely positioned to do — Reach Out and Read CEO Brian Gallagher joins us to talk about where the organization is today, where we’re going, and what opportunities and obstacles we might face along the way. And also, a podcast first for us: breaking news!
33 minutes | Jun 24, 2021
Raising Black Children
All parents face challenges somewhere along the journey of raising children. But some groups of parents deal with issues that don’t necessarily affect all. Drs Nia Heard-Garris and Nevin Heard join us to talk about how Black children in American navigate racial identity development and awareness, and how their parents can balance the desire to protect them — yet prepare for — the harsh reality of racism.
26 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
"William's Doll" and the Legacy of Charlotte Zolotow
The publication of Charlotte Zolotow’s picture book William’s Doll (1972) not only broke gender stereotypes, but became a landmark moment in American children’s literature. In a bonus episode of our “Inner Truths: LGBTQ” series, host Dr. Perri Klass speaks with Charlotte’s daughter, Crescent Dragonwagon (a prolific author herself), about the making of William’s Doll and her mother’s cultural impact as a writer and editor of books that have encouraged tolerance, kindness, and authenticity for generations of children.
33 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
Inner Truths, Part 2: The Research Behind LGBTQ+ Children’s Books
In Part 2 of our series on LGBTQ+ children’s books, we talk to Dr. Jamie Campbell Naidoo, a professor at the University of Alabama’s School of Library and Information Studies. We discuss how to evaluate LGBTQ+ books for kids, common portrayals of ‘rainbow families’ in children’s books, balancing accessibility and privacy issues for books around these topics, and, of course why, year after year, LGBTQ+ children’s books continue to be the most challenged genre.
34 minutes | May 27, 2021
Inner Truths: Crafting LGBTQ+ Children’s Books
LGBTQ+ children’s books play a crucial role in offering ‘mirrors and windows’ for all children and their caregivers, yet they remain not only hard to find, but often challenged by society. In Part 1 of our two-part series, we’ll explore the craft and creativity behind LGBTQ+ children’s literature with Lesléa Newman, author of 75 books including the well-known “Heather Has Two Mommies”, and Kyle Lukoff, author of “Call Me Max” and “When Aidan Became A Brother.”
37 minutes | May 13, 2021
Parenting from Prison: Maintaining Connections through Reading
While parenting can be challenging, can you imagine what it’s like doing so from behind bars? Even so, maintaining the parent-child relationship is critical to reducing the harm to children of having an incarcerated parent. We span the professional and personal of this subject, first with investigative journalist Ludwig Hurtado on the rise of reading-aloud programs at jails and prisons nationally. Then, Greg Williams and his daughter Melissa share their personal story of being separated by bars while reading and being read to, and how these programs shaped their relationship.
31 minutes | Apr 29, 2021
How We Read Now
When it comes to reading preferences, are you on Team Print or Team Digital? It turns out you may not have to pick sides. How we read matters, but why we make that choice may matter more. Dr. Naomi Baron, Prof. Emerita of Linguistics at the American University and author of How We Read Now, breaks down the impact of reading medium on learning and what strategies we can offer our children - and ourselves - in order to read effectively in all formats.
35 minutes | Apr 15, 2021
And the Winner is... Book Awards and Children's Literature
The shiny medallions prominently displayed on award-winning children’s books are familiar to many. But what’s behind those seals? How are the winners chosen? And, of course, what is it like to WIN one? Kathleen T Horning, well-known expert and member of numerous children’s book award committees, takes us behind the scenes of the process. Then we speak with Carole Lindstrom, author of this year’s Caldecott Medal winner, “We Are Water Protectors” (illustrated by Michaela Goade), to hear about her experience.
35 minutes | Apr 1, 2021
Different Stories: Developmental Differences and Reading Aloud
We know shared reading benefits all children, but for those with developmental differences it offers unique opportunities. Dr Monica Ultmann, the Director of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics at the Tufts Children’s Hospital in Boston, and Sally J. Pla, an award-winning children’s writer, join us to share their experiences, insights, and stories about reading with children who differ from typical.
35 minutes | Mar 18, 2021
Military Families: Resilience, Readiness, and Reading
Military families face situations that pose distinctive social and emotional challenges to the health and wellbeing of their children. First, AAP President Dr Lee Beers draws on her own past experiences in caring for military families and shares her approaches. Then the Kikta family joins us to share their personal, direct experience of how reading together helped them and their four children through multiple deployments.
34 minutes | Mar 4, 2021
The Secret To Reading With Young Children
We know reading aloud with children matters. But whether you’re experienced at it or if you’re not sure how to read well with young children, we can all learn from Dr. Andrea Zevenbergen. She joins us to break down the concept of Dialogic Reading, and offers advice on how to model, coach, and help offer effective guidance.
33 minutes | Feb 18, 2021
Philanthropy touches our lives on a daily basis, but the decision-making process by those who hold the so-called ‘purse strings’ can be seemingly shrouded in secrecy. We talked to Dr. Katie Beckmann from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and Ira Hillman from the Einhorn Collaborative, who took us behind the scenes to help demystify the world of philanthropy.
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