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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.

Jun 23, 2024

This episode of Reading With Your Kids featured discussions about children's literature, cultural identity, and the writing process. First, Jacqueline Christine discussed her book "Mommy's Day Off" and how growing up in a Puerto Rican household influenced her writing. The conversation then turned to the importance of representing diverse families. Next, Janet Sumner Johnson introduced her middle grade novel "The Winterton Deception," which follows twin siblings who enter a spelling bee and uncover secrets about their wealthy family heritage.

Jed Doherty and the guests discussed several themes. They emphasized the importance of cultural representation in books and knowing one's identity and history. They also talked about respecting different perspectives and the need for forgiveness and understanding. When speaking with Johnson, they explored her writing process, including how she developed characters through backstories before realizing the plot. Johnson recommended techniques for aspiring authors like free writing to unlock creativity.

Overall, the episode provided insights into children's literature and focused on cultural identity, family dynamics, the writing process, and bringing diverse voices and stories to readers. The discussions emphasized bonding through shared and differing human experiences as well as giving second chances and embracing what unites communities.

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