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What you will—and won't—find in this podcast.
Each episode connects to a book title from the A Kids Book About series, which aims to inform and spark discussion with kids and their grown ups about relevant topics like racism, gender inequality, anxiety, and change. Guests of each episode are the authors from these books and give practical advice on how to discuss, approach, and work through each topic.
Empowers kids to learn about and discuss a wide range of topics that impact their lives: body image, gender issues, social media and technology, acceptance. Episodes aim to normalize discussions around difficult issues like depression, shame, and sexual abuse. Encourages kids to help and support others experiencing difficult emotions and situations through empathy and action. Communication, compassion, courage and curiosity are key themes throughout.
Positive Role Models
Guests are adults and kids from diverse backgrounds in relation to race and ethnicity, gender, ability, and sexuality. Information and first-hand experiences are shared, providing kids with diverse perspectives and lived experiences that vary from their own. For example, Jelani Memory – founder of A Kids Book About – talks about his experience with racism as a Black man in America.
Episodes explicitly discuss diverse representation in relation to race and ethnicity, gender, ability, age, and sexuality. Content is shared by authentic sources who have first-hand experiences related to the topics. For example, a teacher who uses a wheelchair shares the importance of accessibility in schools and a survivor of sexual abuse shares the importance of speaking up and saying something if a listener experiences or witnesses sexual assault.
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Violence & Scariness
Topics such as death, sexual abuse, racial violence, and anti-Asian hate are discussed in some episodes. These topics are discussed carefully and educationally. Content isn't graphic or explicit. There's an advisory message at the beginning of episodes with challenging content and kids are encouraged to listen and discuss with an adult. Some topics may be triggering to listeners
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that A Kids Book About: The Podcast is created based on the A Kids Book About book series. Each episode focuses on relevant and challenging topics for kids: racism, body image, change, gender issues, and more. Subject matter could potentially be sensitive to kids and families based on their previous experiences or beliefs. Though some topics may be more intense than others – anti-Asian violence, sexual abuse, the Tulsa race massacre – all difficult episodes provide a word of caution beforehand and encourage kids to listen with an adult. No matter what the topic, kids and adults are encouraged to start a conversation with hopes in normalizing and de-stigmatizing emotions, experiences, and real-life issues people of all ages face in life. Empathy, communication, compassion, courage and curiosity are prominent themes. Adults and kids have the opportunity to learn together through listening and discussing new information and personal connections.
Is It Any Good?
This valuable podcast focuses on relevant and timely topics presented in a developmentally appropriate way to its listeners. A Kids Book About: The Podcast guests provide a window into diverse lived experiences allowing kids and families to hear and discuss topics they will likely encounter at some point either at school, through media, or at home.
The range of topics allows kids to listen to the episodes that interest and engage their curiosity. There are several episodes focused on emotions and feelings (i.e. failure, curiosity, bravery, shame), a few on identity (i.e. gender, disability), others covering experiences (i.e. divorce, anti Asian-hate, depression), and many covering concepts (i.e. feminism, money, change). The episodes bring language and a deeper understanding of topics that kids are often exposed to but might not have the tools or resources to access further information about. Although the content may feel uncomfortable or difficult for kids and parents to discuss, the podcast provides a way to open the door to further conversations with kids. The sound quality, length, and structure of each episode allow for easy listening and access.
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