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Donalyn Miller (The Children's Book Podcast #507)

May 7, 2019



Happy Teacher Appreciation week! I hope you’re sharing a whole lot of love for those individuals who work with our young minds each and every day. Schools are magical places and for many they are the source of countless formative memories in our journey of growing up and into the world. So… I recently started a new podcast with Karina Yan Glaser, New York Times bestselling author of the VANDERBEEKERS series. It’s called KIDLIT THESE DAYS, it’s produced by Book Riot, and on the show Karina and I examine the intersection between current events and children’s literature. We’re sort of your kidlit connoisseurs, shining a light on what’s going on in the world and the books that can help us navigate through it.


On our most recent episode we celebrated teachers both in the classroom and in our favorite books. The episode also features an interview with Corrina Allen, host of the Books Between Podcast and a 5th grade classroom teacher in New York. I’d love for you all to go check that episode out and you can find a link in the show notes below just by scrolling down on your podcast listening device.


As a sort of bonus, it brings me great pleasure to share this interview with you today. Donalyn Miller (@donalynbooks) is renowned in education for her work in literacy and as an unflinching, unparalleled advocate for readers. Donalyn and I discuss the important role of teachers in raising readers, and she shares a moving story about a teacher who inspired her while she was in high school. Never have I felt closer to Donalyn than after this conversation.


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