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Reading With Your Kids is all about encouraging parents to read with their kids, and cook with their kids, and do activities with their kids, and experience tv, movies and music together. In other words, our podcast is all about helping parents build stronger relationships with their kids.

Jul 4, 2024

This Fourth of July episode of "Reading with Your Kids" celebrates American values and diversity through children's literature. Host Jed Doherty interviews author Bob McKinnon about his new book "America's Dreaming," which addresses the challenges faced by new students in schools and promotes inclusivity. McKinnon discusses his initiative to donate 100 "Welcome Wagons" to schools, fostering a sense of belonging for the 5 million kids who change schools annually.
The episode also features Laura W. Carter and Anna Doherty, the author-illustrator team behind "A Steminist Force." This STEM-focused children's book highlights women's contributions to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Carter, a high school teacher in Huntsville, Alabama, shares her inspiration for the book and discusses the importance of exposing young girls to STEM careers.
Doherty, the illustrator, provides insights into the creative process and the significance of incorporating art into STEM education. The duo also teases their upcoming project, "What Will I Be from A to Z," an alphabet book exploring various career options for children.
Throughout the episode, the importance of welcoming newcomers, appreciating those who make a positive impact, and promoting empathy is emphasized. The guests discuss how children's books can serve as powerful tools for fostering understanding, inspiring creativity, and encouraging young readers to pursue their dreams.
This Independence Day special edition of "Reading with Your Kids" reminds listeners of core American values such as inclusivity, innovation, and the pursuit of knowledge. It showcases how children's literature can play a crucial role in shaping young minds and building a more welcoming, diverse, and scientifically literate society.

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