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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 2, 2024

Get ready for a bug-tacular episode of #ReadingWithYourKids! Roger McMullen discusses his new graphic novel Cicadapocalypse. He shares his fascination with cicadas that started after witnessing an emergence in Maryland as a teenager. Roger explains the unique 13-17 year life cycle of periodical cicadas and how they emerge in large numbers across different regions. He created Cicadapocalypse to educate children about cicadas in a fun way through the story of squirrels experiencing an emergence. Roger used an educational approach first to develop the narrative and then illustrated the book. The illustrations help immerse readers in the cicada world. We also take a listen back to a couple of our past buggy interviews. Anna Maria Rodriguez discusses her book Secrets of the Scuba Diving Spider. She shares the fascinating secret that one species of spider can build an air bubble and dive underwater to hunt and lay eggs. We also hear from Fernanda Lazaro who talks about The Tillson Bugger Adventures series. The books follow three friends who get into misadventures involving insects. In the second book, The Case of the Missing Mustache, centipedes cause terror in the characters' house.

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