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.

E12: Back to School

Karina and Matthew talk about back-to-school anticipation, exceptional ways to get to school, and the resilience and determination each student possesses. Joining are special guests Miranda Paul and Baptiste Paul, authors of Adventures to School: Real-Life Journeys of Students from Around the World, illustrated byIsabel Muñoz.

This episode is sponsored by AstroNuts Mission One: The Plant Planet by Jon Scieszka and illustrated by Steven Weinberg (published by Chronicle Books) and Book Riot Insiders.

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Miranda Paul (website)

Baptiste Paul (website)

Hooray for Teachers (Kidlit These Days Ep. 4)

Save School Libraries! (Kidlit These Days Ep. 6)

The Dot Song Motions Guide – Emily Arrow & Peter H. Reynolds (YouTube)


Mentioned in the Interview:

Adventures to School: Real-Life Journeys of Students from Around the World byMiranda Paul and Baptiste Paul, illustrated byIsabel Muñoz

I Am Farmer: Growing an Environmental Movement in CameroonbyMiranda Paul andBaptiste Paul, illustrated byElizabeth Zunon

The FieldbyBaptiste Paul, illustrated byJacqueline Alcántara

Thanku: Poems of Gratitudeedited byMiranda Paul, illustrated byMarlena Myles

Little Libraries, Big HeroesbyMiranda Paul, illustrated byJohn Parra

Picture Books:

School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex, illustrated by Christian Robinson

The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds

Goodbye, Friend! Hello, Friend! By Cori Doerrfeld

School People (poems selected by) By Lee Bennett Hopkins, illustrated Ellen Shi

Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal

Nimoshom and His Bus by Penny M. Thomas, illustrated by Karen Hibbard

The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Rafael Lopez

The King of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

Middle Grade:

Beatrice Zinker: Upside Down Thinker by Shelley Johannes

For Black Girls Like Me by Mariama J. Lockington

The Next Great Paulie Fink by Ali Benjamin

Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish byPablo Cartaya

The First Rule of PunkbyCelia C. Perez

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