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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 28, 2024

This episode of Reading with Your Kids features conversations about children's literature, mental health, and self-acceptance. Guests William Hartwick and Francine Davila discuss their memoirs exploring personal journeys of healing through difficult life experiences. Hartwick shares how writing helped him process trauma and find self-love, represented through the metaphor of an "Invisible Backpack" carrying emotional burdens.

Helen Wu of Yeehoo Press discusses selecting books appealing to audiences in both the US and China, noting cultural differences in topics. Her company focuses on themes like STEM, hands-on learning, and diversity to foster global understanding.

Francine Davila returns to discuss her book "The Lonely Chameleon," exploring a character struggling with low self-esteem due to not fitting in. She shares overcoming bullying by accepting herself unconditionally in high school.

Overall, the conversations emphasize the power of self-love through challenging times and importance of inclusive, imaginative children's literature in building confident readers.

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