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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.

Apr 2, 2024

This episode of Reading with Your Kids featured conversations with two authors of middle grade novels. Stephanie Brick discussed her book "The Secret Doors of Cannondale," about an outcast girl who discovers secret portals to magical worlds. Brick drew inspiration from her childhood love of exploring secret passageways and hideouts. She and Jed Doherty talked about how co-reading books can help kids build resilience through discussing themes like self-esteem and loss. Adam Gidwitz then shared about his spy thriller "Max in the House of Spies," inspired by true stories of children rescued from Nazi Germany. The authors and Jed discussed the importance of understanding different perspectives in history and fiction. They also talked about using books to have meaningful conversations about current issues like refugee crises. Both authors reflected on how researching and writing their novels changed their own views on understanding complex characters and situations.

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