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  1. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    A Conversation with Patricia McCormick
    While all YA authors focus in some way on the process of young people coming of age, very few do so with the depth and versatility you will find in the novels of Patricia McCormick. Tune in to hear the story behind her latest novel, Never Fall Down, the harrowing and heartbreaking account of Khmer Rouge survivor Arn Chorn-Pond.
  2. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    A Conversation with Walter Dean Myers
    If there is anyone in the world of children’s and young adult literature who could be described as a living legend, it’s Walter Dean Myers. Tune in to hear how his own experiences as a reader have shaped his approach to storytelling, what he seeks to offer young people through his writing, and the thinking behind a select handful of his novels – books that incorporate concepts as varied as magical realism, the social contract, and oral histories with our nation’s war veterans.
  3. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   K – 5  |  Podcast Episode
    All About Elections
    This episode focuses on presidential elections.
  4. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   K – 5  |  Podcast Episode
    Amazing Aviators
    Take flight with Emily as she highlights books about historical figures in aviation and chats with Candace Fleming, author of Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart.
  5. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   K – 5  |  Podcast Episode
    A Tribute to Abraham Lincoln
    Emily presents three very different books about Lincoln and hosts a roundtable discussion with the authors of these books to delve deeper into Lincoln's remarkable life.
  6. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Activity & Project
    A Trip to the Museum: From Picture to Story
    Visit a museum or art gallery (either online or in person) with children and teens, helping them find inspiration for a story based on a piece of art that they particularly enjoy or relate to.
  7. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Activity & Project
    Beguiling Billboards: Finding Inspiration along the Road
    For this activity, teens study “Pass It On” billboards created by The Foundation for a Better Life either online or on-the-go, and create an original billboard and inspirational phrase for a person of their choosing.
  8. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   3 – 6  |  Activity & Project
    Books Will Take You There!
    While enjoying a book that features a journey, children write postcards from the perspective of the main character for each stop along the trip.
  9. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   K – 5  |  Podcast Episode
    Celebrating Grandmothers
    Explore books that celebrate relationships with grandmothers and learn how even across different cultures a grandmother's love is the same.
  10. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   K – 5  |  Podcast Episode
    Celebrating Women Brave and Strong
    Check out these books about two exceptional but nearly-forgotten women—Mighty Jackie: The Strike-Out Queen and Brave Harriet: The First Woman to Fly the English Channel.

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