Getting Started With Audiobooks (Plus Audiobook Recommendations For Preschoolers Through Teens)

Listening to audiobooks is a great way to pass the time on car rides or during long days at home, and we have some specific suggestions for HOW to get your kids hooked on listening to great books. In today’s episode we share ideas for getting started with audiobooks (even with very young children), plus some specific titles that we love for little kids and several more our bigger kids have been loving lately. As always, we wrap up the episode with what we’ve been reading and what YOU’ve been reading. Enjoy!

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Links we discussed:

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What we’re reading:

Sarah is reading All Creatures Great & Small by James Herriott (and loving it!). Allegra just finished Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys, and is thinking about starting A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith.

What you’re reading:

Jenna from British Columbia wrote to use to share what she and daughters Neva and Tessa are reading:

Email us at hello@kidliteratepodcast.com – we’d love to hear from you!

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Reading Habits (When, Where & How We Read)

If you’re listening, you probably identify as a reader. But do you give much thought to WHERE, WHEN, and HOW you read? Today’s episode is all about our family’s reading habits; with two grownups and three kids, we run the gamut between late-night marathon readers to early birds who read in the morning, and everything in between. In this episode we also chat about electronic vs. paper books, reading in bed vs. outside, and more. Plus we’ll share what we’re reading and what YOU’re reading. Join us!

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Links we discussed:

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What we’re reading:

What you’re reading:

  • Jaida wrote to share that she’s been listening to audiobooks lately, especially as a way to hear unfamiliar cultures and language pronounced by native speakers. She especially enjoyed Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

Email us at hello@kidliteratepodcast.com – we’d love to hear from you!

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Time Travel Through Books, TV & Movies

Whether it’s through an old attic, a mysterious tree house, or a speeding Delorian, the idea of traveling through time to another era makes for great storytelling. Inspired by a new television series that hooked us recently, we look at time travel as a genre: from why we love it to how different authors handle it. We offer some book, TV and movie suggestions for other fans of time travel and, of course, we also share what we’re reading and what YOU’ve been reading lately. Join us!

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Secrets Of Sulphur Springs

Thanks to Momtourage and the team at @DisneyChannelPR for inviting the Powers family to join the cast of Secrets of Sulphur Springs for a premiere of the brand new time travel mystery series on Disney Channel!

The series follows 12-year-old Griffin Campbell, whose world is upended when his family moves from Chicago to Louisiana to take ownership of an abandoned hotel property. Investigating rumors that the hotel is haunted, Griffin and his new friend Harper discover a secret portal that allows them to travel back in time and uncover clues about the town mystery.

Check out Secrets of Sulphur Springs on Disney Channel, in Disney Now, and on Disney Channel YouTube!

Photo Credit: Disney

Links we discussed:

We are part of the Amazon Affilates Program, which means if you click through one of our Amazon links and make a purchase, we earn a small commission at no additional cost to you. Thanks!

What we’re reading:

Sarah finished 5 Love Languages Of Children: The Secret To Loving Children Effectively, by Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell (listen to Episode 196 of The Mom Hour to hear it discussed!), and is now loving The Soul of America: The Battle For Our Better Angels by Jon Meacham

Allegra is reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, and is also working her way through Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by Jon Meacham

What you’re reading:

Jade, mom to Eva (8) and Anna (10), wrote to say that she’s reading Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. by Ron Chernow.

Eva is reading Katt vs. Dogg by James Patterson, The Candymakers and the Great Chocolate Chase by Wendy Mass, and If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late by Pseudonymous Bosch.

Anna is reading the Keeper Of The Lost Cities series by Shannon Messenger, and just finished How To Disappear Completely by Ali Standish

Email us at hello@kidliteratepodcast.com – we’d love to hear from you!

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What YOU’RE Reading (and New Year Reading Goals!)

Ready to read more in 2021? We’ve got you covered with listener-recommended books for everyone in the family, toddler through adult! Join us as we welcome in a new year of reading by sharing what’s new and what’s motivating us in our own reading lives, and then present YOUR book suggestions through emails and voicemails we’ve collected recently. You’ll hear from kids and grownups from around the world as they share what books they’ve been loving lately. Enjoy!

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Links we discussed:

Looking for book recommendations for babies through early elementary? Go check out friend of the podcast Katie, teacher and mom of three, and the creator of @littleslicesoflit on Instagram. Highly recommend!

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What we’re reading:

What you’re reading:

Here are the books mentioned by listeners, in the order you heard them on the podcast:

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Knitting, Beading, Paper Crafts & Sewing (And The YouTube Channels That Keep Us Making!)

With the holidays coming and winter upon us, crafting and making have taken over our house! Join us for a conversation full of recommendations for bringing maker arts into your home: we cover paper airplane making and origami, self-taught knitting, bead work, craft kits, and more. We also share resources for learning these handicrafts online, plus how our family organizes supplies for creative making. As always, we’ll share what we’re reading, too!

This is the final episode of 2020! We’ll take an extra week off over the holiday and be back the first Monday of 2021, on January 4. Talk to you then!

StoryWorth

This episode is sponsored by StoryWorth, a perfect gift for grandparents and other loved ones this holiday season. No shipping is required, and you can gift a subscription right up until Christmas (great for last-minute shopping!). Save $10 at storyworth.com/kidlit.

Links we discussed:

Several of the tutorials below are on YouTube, which we usually use only with supervision/parents in the room in our home. Do what works for you!

We are part of the Amazon Affilates Program, which means if you click through one of our Amazon links and make a purchase, we earn a small commission at no additional cost to you. Thanks!

What we’re reading:

What you’re reading:

We’re saving our submissions for WYR this week so that we can do a whole episode in January based on your book recommendations–keep those emails and messages coming!

Email us at hello@kidliteratepodcast.com – we’d love to hear from you!

Our Family’s Favorites Lately (Books, Audiobooks, Movies, YouTube Channels, Apps & More!)

Today’s episode is a BIG roundup of the books, movies, and other media our family has been loving lately. We cover everything from little kid tablet games to YouTube art tutorials, sci-fi books to documentary series. And, as always, we share what we’ve been reading AND what you’ve been reading. Join us!

StoryWorth

This episode is sponsored by StoryWorth, a perfect gift for grandparents and other loved ones this holiday season. No shipping is required, and you can gift a subscription right up until Christmas (great for last-minute shopping!). Save $10 at storyworth.com/kidlit.

We are part of the Amazon Affilates Program, which means if you click through one of our Amazon links and make a purchase, we earn a small commission at no additional cost to you. Thanks!

Links we discussed:

In the order we discussed them…

What we’re reading:

What you’re reading:

Valerie wrote to say that she and 7-year-old Samantha have been enjoying the Wildwood Chronicles series by Colin Meloy.

Email us at hello@kidliteratepodcast.com – we’d love to hear from you!

Magazine Subscriptions For Kids & Teens

Magazine subscriptions make great holiday gifts (or anytime-gifts!), and we’re here to round up our favorites for preschoolers on up through teens. Plus we share what we’ve been reading (or, in Sarah’s case, not reading) and what YOU’ve been reading. Join us!

Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls

This episode is sponsored by Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls, the best-selling book and podcast (now in its fourth season!). Look for the podcast wherever you like to listen, and thanks to Rebel Girls for sponsoring our show!

We are part of the Amazon Affilates Program, which means if you click through one of our Amazon links and make a purchase, we earn a small commission at no additional cost to you. Thanks!

Links we discussed:

What we’re reading:

  • Allegra is reading Artemis by Andy Weir
  • Sarah is STILL reading The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kid, but shared a tip about checking out different types of books from the library–things like cookbooks and home decor books

What you’re reading:

Kristen, Katie and Caleb wrote to us back in the summer, and shared what they were reading then.

Email us at hello@kidliteratepodcast.com – we’d love to hear from you!

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How Kids Get The News

This year, breaking news and current events have been hard to avoid–2020 just keeps on delivering unbelievable twists and turns. Join us for Episode 19 of Kidliterate, where we look at a few ways kids can stay informed without getting bored or overwhelmed, and how families can discuss the news together in a way that works for everyone. Plus, we talk about what we’re reading and what YOU’re reading. Enjoy!

Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls

This episode is sponsored by Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls, the best-selling book and podcast (now in its fourth season!). Look for the podcast wherever you like to listen, and thanks to Rebel Girls for sponsoring our show!

We are part of the Amazon Affilates Program, which means if you click through one of our Amazon links and make a purchase, we earn a small commission at no additional cost to you. Thanks!

Links we discussed:

What we’re reading:

What you’re reading:

Madison wrote to us to say that her one-year-old loves Dinosaurumpus (Tony Mitton), We’re Going On A Bear Hunt (Helen Oxenbury), and The Snail And The Whale (Julia Donaldson). She’s reading The Magic Tree House series (Mary Pope Osborn) aloud to her three-year-old, and enjoying Hamilton and Peggy! A Revolutionary Friendship (L.M. Elliott). Thanks for listening, Madison and family!

Email us at hello@kidliteratepodcast.com – we’d love to hear from you!

Video Games & Virtual Reality (Featuring Guest Co-Host Reid)

For a family who doesn’t do a ton of screen-based entertainment during the week, we have a lot to say about gaming! In Episode 18 of Kidliterate, Sarah and Allegra are joined by 10-year-old Reid for a look at video game console systems, the upsides to social gaming (especially in a pandemic!), and which games our family loves lately. We also talk about the virtual reality headset our family purchased in 2019, and where it fits into the gaming and entertainment picture. As always, we share what we’re reading lately, and what you’ve been reading too. Enjoy!

Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls

This episode is sponsored by Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls, the best-selling book and podcast (now in its fourth season!). Look for the podcast wherever you like to listen, and thanks to Rebel Girls for sponsoring our show!

We are part of the Amazon Affilates Program, which means if you click through one of our Amazon links and make a purchase, we earn a small commission at no additional cost to you. Thanks!

Links we discussed:

What we’re reading:

What you’re reading:

Catherine, Amelia and Lucy are listening from Melbourne, Australia! They love The Treehouse Series by Andy Griffiths and The Very Cranky Bear Hardcover by Nick Bland (we forgot to mention it, but Catherine herself is reading Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan)

Email us at hello@kidliteratepodcast.com – we’d love to hear from you!

Not-So-Scary Halloween Books, Movies & Games

It’s October, and we’re excited to celebrate Halloween all month long with books, movies, TV series, games, and activities. Join us in our post-hiatus return for an all-Halloween chat to get you inspired for the month ahead. And, as always, we’ll share what we’ve been reading lately. Enjoy!

Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls

This episode is sponsored by Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls, the best-selling book and podcast (now in its fourth season!). Look for the podcast wherever you like to listen, and thanks to Rebel Girls for sponsoring our show!

We are part of the Amazon Affilates Program, which means if you click through one of our Amazon links and make a purchase, we earn a small commission at no additional cost to you. Thanks!

Links we discussed:

What we’re reading:

What you’re reading:

Send us an email (hello@kidliteratepodcast.com) or a voicemail about what YOU are reading these days, and we might feature your family on the podcast! Be sure to tell us kids’ names and ages along with the books they recommend (and we love to hear what parents are reading, too!).

Email us at hello@kidliteratepodcast.com – we’d love to hear from you!

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