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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 26, 2024

Rajani LaRocca, Shannon Hitchcock and Amie Darnell Specht are on this episode of #ReadingWithYourKids to celebrate the power of story. We begin the episode by welcoming Rajani LaRocca back to the show. She is celebrating her new middle grade fantasy novel, Sona and the Golden Beasts. Rajani explained the setting and characters, including Sona who discovers an injured wolf pup and goes on a quest to save her mentor.

Jedlie asked Rajani about her writing process. She said she started with the emotions of indignation and affection for marginalized people. They discussed how media has agendas and the importance of parents talking with their kids about the media they consume. Rajani also shared details about the magic system in her book being collective magic formed through music and connection.

Next, Shannon Hitchcock and Amie Darnell Specht joined to discuss their new novel Dancing in the Storm. Shannon explained the story is about 12-year-old Kate who has been diagnosed with Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva (FOP). Amie further described FOP as a rare genetic disorder where the body forms sheets of bone over muscles, joints and ligaments.

Amie shared her experience growing up with FOP, including adaptations her parents allowed to let her be a kid as long as possible. Shannon then told how she learned of Amie's condition and decided to write a book together about a girl learning to live with FOP. They discussed the challenges of collaborating virtually during COVID-19.