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Video Interview with Bethany Hegedus: Growing Up with To Kill a Mockingbird

Posted by on Jan 14, 2018 in Video Interviews | 0 comments

Video Interview with Bethany Hegedus: Growing Up with To Kill a Mockingbird

  For the release of the picture book biography Alabama Spitfire: The Story of Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird (Balzer + Bray), Curious City wanted to capture how author Bethany Hedegus‘ lifelong relationship with To Kill a Mockingbird (HarperCollins) inspired what Kirkus Review called, “a labor of love.” Curious City traveled to Austin, Texas to interview Bethany under the iconic live oaks at The Writing Barn, Bethany’s campus dedicated to the creation of children’s literature.  We found the focus for the video in the very first sentence Bethany...

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Podcast: Fiercely: KidLit, Power and Feminism

Posted by on Jan 8, 2018 in Podcast | 0 comments

Podcast: Fiercely: KidLit, Power and Feminism

As we approach the anniversary of the Women’s March, what do we want to tell our kids about gender and power? What do we want to say about how the powerful can make us feel powerless? What do we want to tell them about the difference between power and empowerment? Do we want to have this conversation fiercely or quietly? Kids are born wise. Kidlit makes them wiser. Let’s share children’s books that speak of empowerment. Our thanks to Olga Peters from WKVT’s Green Mountain Morning for inviting us to podcast this conversation.     Beyond the Fence By Maria Gulemetova Illustrated by...

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Podcast: One-Girl Sensaciónes: Caribbean KidLit

Posted by on Nov 14, 2017 in #WeNeedDiverseBooks, Podcast | Comments Off on Podcast: One-Girl Sensaciónes: Caribbean KidLit

Podcast: One-Girl Sensaciónes: Caribbean KidLit

  In honor of the resilient women and girls of the Caribbean that were knocked off their feet by Hurricanes Irma and Maria and are still fighting to take care of families, friends, and their studies, we feature “One-Girl Sensaciónes,” bold characters and brilliant children’s books authors of Caribbean heritage. “Love is like the rain. It comes in a drizzle sometimes. Then it starts pouring and if you’re not careful it will drown you.”― Edwidge Danticat, Breath, Eyes, Memory We have borrowed the honorary title of “One-Girl Sensación” from Puerto Rican...

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Podcast: Inquire Within: Kidlit That Values Questioning

Posted by on Sep 25, 2017 in Children's Literature, Community Partnerships, Podcast | Comments Off on Podcast: Inquire Within: Kidlit That Values Questioning

Podcast: Inquire Within: Kidlit That Values Questioning

  “The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.” —Albert Einstein Einstein said, “curiosity has its own reason for existing.” I believe that the reason children’s books exist is to evoke that curiosity. While many books evoke, some books are quite eager to inspire a generation to ask the big questions. Whether scientific, philosophical, political or personal, these kidlit titles tell you that TO ASK is crucial.     What is Ada Twist’s very first word? “WHY?” No better word for a girl driven by discovery!  ...

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Podcast: A Fighting Chance: KidLit and Conflict

Posted by on Aug 29, 2017 in Children's Literature, Community Partnerships, Podcast | Comments Off on Podcast: A Fighting Chance: KidLit and Conflict

Podcast: A Fighting Chance: KidLit and Conflict

Having one of these days?  Or maybe 2017 just looks to you and your kids like one big shouting match. At whatever level (or age) you are processing the nationwide anger, come back to kidlit to see anger and conflict produced with open mouths and steaming ears.  There is something deeply satisfying (and urgently relevant) about reading conflict and experiencing a character’s path to resolution. From origami folding to racial discrimination these four books will teach you something about your neighbors and yourselves. This was a conversation with Chris Lenois of WKVT’s Green...

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