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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.

Jun 7, 2024

Jed Doherty welcomed author Lynn Brunelle and illustrator Jason Chen to Reading With Your Kids to celebrate "Life After Whale". Lynne explains that the book was inspired by her curiosity about what happens to a whale's body after it dies. She discovered that the decomposing whale creates an entire ecosystem, allowing thousands of creatures to survive through interconnected food chains. Jason discusses his illustration process, which began with visual research like photographs from Lynn's initial research and visits to whale skeletons. He aims to make the invisible visible, such as showing the inside of a blue whale. Jason also includes diagrams to illustrate complex concepts like chemicals leaching from whale bones. The creatives emphasize how the book teaches about scale - it compares the immense size of blue whales to everyday objects children can understand. Lynne notes a blue whale is as long as several school buses or could contain as many children lined up as its length. Jason considers how to depict scale clearly in his illustrations for young readers. Both Lynne and Jason hope to spark curiosity in children about the natural world. They discuss using the book to start conversations with questions and finding ways to engage children's imagination. Jason also shares some exceptional advice on how parents can inspire and support their children’s art.

We also welcomed Sandy Whiting to the show to celebrate her new book, "Meatball Man Head Detective: Case of the Missing Pepper Shaker". Sandy explains that the story features a meatball detective named Meatball Man who solves mysteries in the town of City with his friends Breadstick and Chi Stick. She discusses developing the story concept through creative role playing with her own children during a family dinner.

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