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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  • 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

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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

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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

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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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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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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.

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

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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!

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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!).

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Summer Reading

It’s time to talk summer reading! We discuss how we find books to read over the summer, how to motivate reluctant readers and whether our family uses reading challenges or incentives, and one special tradition that kicks off summer reading in our family every year. And, as always, we talk about what we’re reading and what YOU all are reading.

Kidliterate will be on summer break until August. Talk to you then!

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Birthday Gifts For All Ages

Books and other media make for great gifts! In Episode 15 we offer 10 birthday gift ideas for kids from preschool through teen–most of them from the realms of learning and literacy. We also chat about quarantine birthdays and, of course, what we’re reading lately. 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 third season!). Look for the podcast wherever you like to listen, and thanks to Rebel Girls for sponsoring our show!

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Our Family’s Favorites Lately (Podcasts, TV, Audiobooks, Apps & More!)

We have recommendations to share across a bunch of genres this week! Listen for a grab bag episode full of podcast, audiobook, television, app, and video game recommendations from our family to yours–plus, as always, we share what WE’re reading and what YOU’re reading. Join us!

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  • Listener Rachel from Georgia emailed us her son Eli’s synopsis of Evil Spy School, by Stuart Gibbs

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History Through Books

There are so many ways to learn history through reading–and it doesn’t have to be boring! In Episode 9 of Kidliterate we share our favorite biographies and memoirs, historical fiction, and classic fiction, and why we both prefer to get our history lessons through compelling stories. Join us!

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