The Beginning of Your Life Book Club
By Emily Akins
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The Beginning of Your Life Book Club is a blog and podcast celebrating the transformative power of children’s literature and the magic of picture books.
||CleanEpisode 12 - The End of the Beginning||Series Finale! The end of one thing + the beginning of another. Celebrating the last 100 years + looking to the future. Letting go + going on. And … there’s nothing else like a picture book. GUESTS: Loren Long Diane Capriola Shaina...||2/4/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11 - The Power of Perspective||Artists, authors, autism and an episode where I take a closer look and a different view. GUESTS: Felicia Bryan and Eliyanna Kaiser References and Further Reading: Bank Street College of Education The Enduring Appeal of Where the Wild...||1/27/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10 - Next Stop: Magic||One of my guiding questions about the magic of books is - well, it’s kind of weird. Follow along to see where it takes us. GUESTS: Julie Bliven Courtney Hinshaw Shaina Birkhead Kelly Baker Matthew Winner Diarra "Crckt" Leggett Clare Hollander ...||1/21/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9 - First Book||It’s back to the beginning of life as we think about first books, family identity, and the all important read-aloud. GUESTS: Winford and Judy Akins Jenny Horsley Janice Dobbs Mary Gallagher Grace Stedje-Larsen and of course Julia...||1/14/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8 - The Mighty Page Turn||"You'll know it's time to turn the page when you hear this sound." But wait. It's so much more than a page turn. GUESTS: Lauren Ranalli Dr. Debbie Reese Julie Bliven Vanessa Nielson REFERENCES: American Picturebooks from Noah’s...||1/6/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7 - Mirrors and WIndows||But wait. What if you are surrounded by so many mirrors that you can’t imagine anything beyond your own world? What if you have so many windows you never see yourself? GUESTS: Dr. Debbie Reese Nicole Johnson Matthew Schmidt Charlotte...||12/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6 - Differences||When words and pictures come together, there’s magic. But, wait. What if you can’t read or hear the words? What if you can’t see the pictures? GUESTS: Karen Smith Tara Miles Courtney Hinshaw REFERENCES & FURTHER...||12/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5 - Storytime||Reading together creates a sacred and important meeting space for us to bond. But wait. If we're going to say that books are magic, is it always good magic? GUESTS: Vanessa Nielson, Courtney Hinshaw, Megan Dowd Lambert, Alastair Heim, Alice Ozma,...||12/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4 - Words and Pictures||Picture books are comprised of words and pictures … but they’re really made up of so much more than that. GUESTS: Daniel Miyares Lauren Vaughan Yockel Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop ADDITIONAL AUDIO: Audio of Avi’s acceptance speech is...||11/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3 - Time Travel||Here is the second of the two beginnings I've chosen for my exploration - and for this we'll use the magic of time travel. GUESTS: Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop and, of course, Julia and Clara REFERENCES: Free Within Ourselves: The...||11/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2 - Life Begins With Books||Here is the first of two beginnings for my exploration on children's literature + something else that's magic. GUESTS: Kelly Baker Will Schwalbe REFERENCES: Child Psychology: A Very Short Introduction by Usha Goswami Dr. T. Berry...||11/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1 - Book Club||In this episode you will meet the people in my book club(s), learn the inspiration for this podcast’s name, and find out the correct way to sing “Caps! Caps for Sale! 50 cents a cap!” GUESTS Judy and Winford Akins Damon Akins Will...||11/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Beginning of Your Life Book Club - Trailer||The Beginning of Your Life Book Club will launch in November - National Picture Book Month! Subscribe now so you won't miss Episode 1!||9/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
A New Favorite in our Home!
This podcast is so endearing and has become a new favorite in our home! The topics in each episode make my bookish heart so happy and even has my oldest daughter asking to listen to more. Thank you Emily for spreading the love of picture books and making the podcast world more beautiful! ❤️
Family and Books -- Two of My Favorite Things!
My son and I share a sentimental connection to books and reading. For me, this podcast is all about how we find meaning and connection with others through books. I've learned so much and really enjoyed each episode. I also appreciate that different vantage points are considered and explored. The host includes commentary from her children, as well as guests that have cultural experiences that differ from her own. Really looking forward to more episodes and *crosses fingers* many more seasons to come :)
What an awesome topic to explore! Children’s literature has the potential to sew the seeds of imagination and creativity - it can spark a lifelong love affair with books and with learning. We often forget how essential this relationship is and how it can impact a child’s curiosity - could anything be more important than curiosity? Thank you for shining the light on such a magical topic!