Kidlit These Days

Kidlit These Days is your kidlit connoisseurs pairing the best of children’s literature with what’s going on in the world today.

Episode 45Our Most Anticipated Books of 2021

Nicole and Matthew talk about their most anticipated books of 2021 and are joined by Mango and Marigold Press founder Sailaja Joshi.

Episode 44Stay Safe

Nicole and Matthew talk about the collective pandemic experience with special guest LeUyen Pham, author and illustrator of Outside, Inside.

Episode 43How To Talk About the Hard Stuff

Nicole and Matthew discuss talking with kids about challenging topics with special guest Jelani Memory, co-founder and CEO of A Kids Book About.

Episode 42Kidlit Holiday Gift Guide

Nicole and Matthew share a selection of the books they've recommended most this year.

Episode 41Talking to Kids about the Election

Nicole and Matthew talk about the election, political leadership, and using your voice to bring about democratic change.

Episode 40Calling on the Strength of Our Ancestors

Nicole and Matthew talk about ancestral strength, and interview special guest Tami Charles, author of All Because You Matter, illustrated by Bryan Collier.

Episode 39Self-Publishing and Getting It Right

Nicole and Matthew talk about self-publishing demands and opportunities, and welcome special guest Suhani Parikh, author of Shreya's Very Own Style.

Episode 38School in the Cloud

Nicole and Matthew talk about cloud-based schooling, self-organized learning environments, and school reimagined in fantasy fiction.

Episode 37Graphic Novels from Lived Experiences

Nicole and Matthew talk about #ownvoices representation in comics, pocket culture, and welcome special guest Paul Meyer.

Episode 36Celebrating ADA 30

Nicole and Matthew celebrate the 30th anniversary of the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Joining is special guest Keah Brown.

Episode 35A Different Kind of Back-To-School

Nicole and Matthew discuss how the coronavirus is affecting decisions to reopen schools and what school will look like in the fall.

Episode 34OwnVoices, Heard and Valued

Nicole and Matthew discuss the creation and use of the #OwnVoices hashtag, representation of diversity in kidlit, and the value of storytelling through lived experience.

Episode 33What To Do With All of Those Statues

Nicole and Matthew discuss historically problematic statues, how legal does not always mean moral, and we reflect on the kidlit authors whose works have helped to secure space for underrepresented voices. 

Episode 32Anti-Racist Play List, Part Two

Nicole and Matthew discuss racial literacy and implementing an anti-biased/anti-racist framework in schools, with help from a bookshelf playlist of stories to keep folks talking. Joining is special guest Tiffany Jewell.

Episode 31Anti-Racist Play List, Part One

Nicole and Matthew discuss doing the work of anti-racism, sitting with discomfort, and building children's aptitude toward empathy and social justice  with help from a bookshelf playlist of stories to keep folks talking.