Podcast #7: Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters by John Steptoe

An Interview with Jennifer Baker

For my seventh Dream Gardens podcast I interviewed writer, editor, and educator Jennifer Baker about Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters by John Steptoe, a picture book for children inspired by the folktales  and landscape of Zimbabwe. It is Cinderella-like story about two sisters whose search for a mysterious king leads to many strange encounters and a discovery that what’s in your heart matters most of all. Jennifer is a panel organizer for the non-profit organization We Need Diverse Books, and host of the podcast Minorities in Publishing. Her website is called Jennifer N. Baker, which can be found at www.jennifernbaker.com.

All podcasts are now also available on iTunes and Stitcher. The next podcast will be published on February 15th, 2017.

Podcast #6: Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

An Interview with Priya Chhaya

For my sixth Dream Gardens podcast, I interviewed historian and author Priya Chhaya about Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. It is a historical children’s novel about a young girl living in German occupied Denmark in 1943. She finds herself unexpectedly thrown into the dangerous world of the underground resistance when her Jewish friend’s family must escape to Switzerland before they are rounded up by Nazi soldiers. Priya’s website is called Priya Chhaya, A Certain Point of View, which can be found at priyachhaya.com. Her blog, …this is what come next, can be found at thisiswhatcomesnext.com. The next podcast will be published on February 1st, 2017.

Podcast #5: The Tripods Trilogy by John Christopher

An Interview with Erin Browne

For this fifth Dream Gardens podcast I interviewed author, speaker, teacher and consultant Erin Brown about the science fiction middle grade novel The Tripod Trilogy by John Christopher. Consisting of three books – The White Mountains, The City of Gold and Lead, and The Pool of Fire – the trilogy  is set in a dystopian future and tells the story of a young boy, Will Parker, and his battle against an army of tripods that have conquered not only the Earth but also the minds of his fellow human beings. Erin’s blog, Thup!, can be found at erinbrownconroy.wordpress.com.

The next podcast will be published on January 15th, 2017.

Podcast #3: Book Spotlight – Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai

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In lieu of an interview, this Dream Gardens podcast is a book spotlight of the middle grade novel Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai, a semi-autobiographical tale of a young Vietnamese refugee girl and her adjustment to the loss of her homeland and her father, as well as her struggles to negotiate through the strangeness and occasional hostility of her new American home.

The next podcast will be posted on December 15th, 2016.

Podcast #2: The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart

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An Interview with Julie Hembree

For my second Dream Gardens podcast I interviewed librarian and educator Julie Hembree about  The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart, a heart-felt middle grade adventure novel about a young boy’s quest for meaning on the frigid slopes of Mount Rainier. Julie’s blog, Bulldog Readers and Bobcats Blog, can be found at bellbulldogreaders.edublogs.org .  To learn more about the Books to Africa Partnership Julie discusses in the interview, go to bookstoafrica.weebly.com.

The next podcast will be published on December 1st, 2016.