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.

E20: Seeing Homelessness

Karina and Matthew talk about the homelessness epidemic, how homelessness affects children, and the need for greater representation of poverty and homelessness in children’s literature. Joining is special guest Alicia D. Williams, author of Genesis Begins Again.

This episode is sponsored by Dough Boys, another #BooksForTheMiddle by Paula Chase and by Book Riot Insiders.

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National Center on Family Homelessness

Understand Homelessness

National Alliance to End Homelessness

National Coalition for the Homeless

StandUp for Kids

Family Promise

Alicia D. Williams


Picture Books:

The Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena; illustrated by Christian Robinson

Still a Family by Brenda Reeves Sturgis; illustrated by Jo-Shin Lee

A Shelter in Our Car by Monica Gunning; illustrated by Elaine Pedlar

Middle Grade:

Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes

The Benefits of Being an Octopus by Ann Braden

Parked by Danielle Svetcov

The Exact Location of Home by Kate Messner

The Bridge Home by Padma VenkatramenLet us know what books or topics you’ve been sharing this week, 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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