I think it’s fair to say this is my favorite episode of the podcast we’ve ever done. 

You probably know Katherine Paterson as the author of books like Bridge to Terabithia, Jacob Have I Loved and the Great Gilly Hopkins, but if you’re not familiar with her essays about writing for children, you’re about to have your socks knocked off.

The way Ms. Paterson thinks about reading and writing books for kids blows me away. I’m in awe.

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • what she really thinks when she hears that parents/teachers are using books to improve or help their kids
  • how to figure out what a book actually “means”
  • how reading allows us a unique privilege to ‘eavesdrop on the soul’

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Episode 81
All the Light We Cannot See

All the Light We Cannot See

**Description from Amazon: WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II...

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Bridge to Terabithia

Bridge to Terabithia

**Description from Amazon: The story starts out simply enough: Jess Aarons wants to be the fastest boy in the fifth grade--he wants it so bad he can taste it. He's been practicing all summer, running in the fields around his farmhouse until he collapses in a sweat. Then a tomboy named Leslie Burke moves into the farmhouse...

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By C. S. Lewis: The Chronicles of Narnia Box Set: Full-Color Collector’s Edition

By C. S. Lewis: The Chronicles of Narnia Box Set: Full-Color Collector’s Edition

**Description from Amazon: Experience all of The Chronicles of Narnia with full color pictures throughout in this seven-book heavy-weight paperback box set. Readers of all ages-whether they are experiencing Narnia for the first time or returning once again to the magical world-will love seeing the creatures and landscapes of ...

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Gates of Excellence: On Reading and Writing Books for Children

Gates of Excellence: On Reading and Writing Books for Children

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**Description from Amazon: A collection of essays relating to the author's experience as a writer of novels for children, and her ideas on children's literature in general.

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The Great Gilly Hopkins

The Great Gilly Hopkins

**Description from Amazon: This timeless Newbery Honor Book from bestselling author Katherine Paterson about a wisecracking, ornary, completely unforgettable young heroine. Now a feature film starring Kathy Bates, Glenn Close, and Octavia Spencer! Eleven-year-old Gilly has been stuck in more foster families than she can reme...

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A Sense of Wonder: On Reading and Writing Books for Children

A Sense of Wonder: On Reading and Writing Books for Children

I know this book is out of print, but if you stumble on *any* essays by Katherine Paterson, I have this advice for you: snatch it up! This is my very favorite collection of thoughts about reading and writing books for kids. You can hear my interview with Katherine Paterson on episode 81 of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast.

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Jacob Have I Loved

Jacob Have I Loved

**Description from Amazon: The remarkable Newbery-winning classic about a painful sibling rivalry, and one sister’s struggle to make her own way.  Sara Louise Bradshaw is sick and tired of her beautiful twin Caroline. Ever since they were born, Caroline has been the pretty one, the talented one, the better sister. Even now...

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The Invisible Child: On Reading and Writing Books for Children

The Invisible Child: On Reading and Writing Books for Children

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**Description from Amazon: With the same perception, wit, and generosity that characterize her fiction, a much-honored writer shares her ideas about writing for children, as well as her passion for reading, her spiritual faith, and her conviction that the imagination must be nourished.

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The Master Puppeteer

The Master Puppeteer

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**Description from Amazon: Who is the man called Sabura, the mysterious bandit who robs the rich and helps the poor? And what is his connection with Yosida, the harsh and ill- tempered master of feudal Japan's most famous puppet theater? Young Jiro, an apprentice to Yosida, is determined to find out, even at risk to his own l...

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Jip: His Story

Jip: His Story

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**Description from Amazon: Winner of the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction They tell Jip he tumbled off the back of a wagon when he was small, and no one ever came back for him. He never had a reason to question this tale--but then a stranger shows up and begins asking about him around town. Who is this man, and could...

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My Brigadista Year

My Brigadista Year

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**Description from Amazon: In an engrossing historical novel, the Newbery Medal-winning author of Bridge to Terabithia follows a young Cuban teenager as she volunteers for Fidel Castro's national literacy campaign and travels into the impoverished countryside to teach others how to read.When thirteen-year-old Lora tells her p...

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Giving Thanks: Poems, Prayers, and Praise Songs of Thanksgiving

Giving Thanks: Poems, Prayers, and Praise Songs of Thanksgiving

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Newbery Medal winner Katherine Paterson and cut-paper artist Pamela Dalton give fans of all ages even more to be thankful for with Giving Thanks, a special book about gratitude. Katherine Paterson's meditations on what it means to be truly grateful and Pamela Dalton's exquisite cut-paper illustratio...

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