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
Bridge to Terabithia
By C. S. Lewis: The Chronicles of Narnia Box Set: Full-Color Collector’s Edition
The Great Gilly Hopkins
A Sense of Wonder: On Reading and Writing Books for Children
Jacob Have I Loved
The Invisible Child: On Reading and Writing Books for Children
Gates of Excellence: On Reading and Writing Books for Children
The Master Puppeteer
Jip: His Story
My Brigadista Year
Giving Thanks: Poems, Prayers, and Praise Songs of Thanksgiving

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