Kidlit These Days

Hosted ByJenn Northington & Matthew Winner

Kidlit These Days is your kidlit connoisseurs pairing the best of children’s literature with what’s going on in the world today.

E1: #1: The Wall in the Middle of This Podcast

Karina and Matthew talk about the border wall between Mexico and the United States, one Idaho school staff and their alarming choice of Halloween costumes, and how a group of Latinx authors stepped in with an offer few would refuse. Joining are special guests Meg Medina (Merci Suarez Changes Gears), Jenny Torres Sanchez (The Fall of Innocence), and Guadalupe Garcia McCall (All the Stars Denied).

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Photos of Idaho teachers in costume

Superintendent Dr. Josh Middleton responds

An Open Letter to the Middleton School District from Authors in the Latinx in Kidlit Community


Picture Books:

Dreamers by Yuyi Morales

The Wall in the Middle of the Book by Jon Agee

Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré by Anika Aldamuy Denise, illustrated by Paola Escobar

Middle Grade:

Someone Like Me: How One Undocumented Girl Fought for Her American Dream by Julissa Arce

Based on Julissa’s memoir, My (Underground) American Dream: My True Story as an Undocumented Immigrant Who Became a Wall Street Executive

Let us know what books you’ve loved about immigration and immigrants, or if you have a suggestion or book recommendation for an upcoming episode. Find us on email (, Twitter (@KarinaYanGlaser and @MatthewWinner), or Instagram (@KarinaIsReadingAndWriting and @MatthewCWinner).

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