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Reading With Your Kids is all about encouraging parents to read with their kids, and cook with their kids, and do activities with their kids, and experience tv, movies and music together. In other words, our podcast is all about helping parents build stronger relationships with their kids.

May 28, 2024

This episode of Reading With Your Kids begins with two of our favorite guests Scott Rothman and Pete Oswald. Scott and Pete return to the show to celebrate their new children's book "Bubblegum Bison Needs a Bath." Rothman is the author and Oswald is the illustrator. They have collaborated on five books together and love working as a team. Rothman writes in a visual style that lends itself well to Oswald's humorous illustrations.

The guests discussed the creative process of writing and illustrating picture books. Scott tells us how much he loves seeing Pete's  illustrations, which often include hidden jokes and details. They brainstormed ideas for future books involving the adventures of Blue Bison and Bubblegum Bison.

The second half of the episode featured author Courtney Cino celebrating her book "The Lights That Stay." This story inspires children with themes of growth, resilience, and self-esteem. Cino emphasized the importance of helping kids visualize themselves achieving goals in the future. Courtney believes families reading books together is a way to bond  and have meaningful conversations.

Cino's background in biotech marketing provided insights into the similarities between creating compelling visual stories in that field and writing picture books. Both require carefully refining content to concisely convey important messages through words and images.

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