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Karina and Matthew talk about back-to-school anticipation, exceptional ways to get to school, and the resilience and determination each student possesses.

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 by Miranda Paul and Baptiste Paul, illustrated by Isabel Muñoz

I Am Farmer: Growing an Environmental Movement in Cameroon by Miranda Paul and Baptiste Paul, illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon

The Field by Baptiste Paul, illustrated by Jacqueline Alcántara

Thanku: Poems of Gratitude edited by Miranda Paul, illustrated by Marlena Myles

Little Libraries, Big Heroes by Miranda Paul, illustrated by John 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 by Pablo Cartaya

The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez

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