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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.

May 19, 2024

This episode of Reading With Your Kids focused on promoting children's mental health and well-being. Guest Alison McGrath discussed her picture book "Walter and the Worry Test," which teaches kids skills from cognitive behavioral therapy to manage worries and anxiety. She explained that negative thoughts can impact feelings and behaviors if left unchallenged. While childhood anxiety is rising, many schools still lack resources like counselors to help kids develop social-emotional skills and feel safe.

Author and librarian Robert Broder shared the inspiration for his book "Reading Together," looking back on transitioning from early readers to chapter books with his daughter. This experience of sharing stories together was formative for building their relationship. Broder went on to co-found the children's publisher Ripple Grove Press with his wife after brainstorming the idea while traveling for work.

Both Robert and Jed praised public libraries as invaluable community hubs providing far more than books. They offer technology access, workshops, and a safe space for all. While libraries have evolved with technology, their role serving people of all backgrounds remains essential. 

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