Books We Would Have Loved as Kids

Episode Summary

This week we reflect on modern books we would have loved to read as children, how our perspective on some books has changed with age, and the impact a great audiobook can have on us as both authors and readers. We also discuss “writing on shuffle” (or our own preferences for writing plot linearly or jumping between scenes).

Episode Notes

Books mentioned (affiliate links):
When My Name Was Keoko, by Linda Sue Park
A Single Shard, by Linda Sue Park
The Adventures of Captain Underpants, by Dav Pilkey
Raina Telgemeier’s graphic novels
Roller Girl, by Victoria Jamieson
When Stars Are Scattered, by Victoria Jamieson & Omar Mohamed
New Kid, by Jerry Craft
Class Act, by Jerry Craft
The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton
Hair Love, by Matthew A. Cherry
Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut, by Derrick Barnes
American Born Chinese, by Gene Yang
When You Reach Me, by Rebecca Stead
Liar and Spy, by Rebecca Stead
The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas
On the Come Up, by Angie Thomas
Charlotte’s Web, by E.B. White
Gregor the Overlander, by Suzanne Collins
See You in the Cosmos, by our very own Jack Cheng
For Black Girls Like Me, by Mariama J. Lockington
Panda-Monium, by Stuart Gibbs

See You on the Bookshelf: The Audiobook, Jack Cheng's podcast about creating the audiobook for 'See You in the Cosmos'

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators:

SCBWI-Michigan Chapter

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Produced by Josie Schneider and Corey Schneider
Music by Duck Duck Chicken