Authored By Us™

Authored By Us™

Authored By Us™ is a weekly podcast where we meet the authors behind the children's books telling the stories about characters of color and of different cultural experiences. Each week, join our host, author, Zenzi Hodge, as we turn the pages of these bookshelf gems and hear from their authors who understand that stories of diverse experience truly come to life when Authored By Us.

Recent Episodes

The Discussion: A Necessary Dialogue for Change - Cedric Threatt

May 26, 2021

How many friends do you have? Do they all look like your or are they different from you? Do you share the same thoughts, goals, and values? Author Cedric L. Threatt shows us the importance of sitting down and talking with so…

You Can Become a Doctor Too - Dr. Christina T. Rosenthal

May 19, 2021

Before Career Day at his school, Art and his classmates believe becoming a doctor is impossible. After listening to the doctors, this all changes. Join us as we talk with author, Dr. Christina T. Rosenthal as she shares her…

Do You See the Monster Under My Bed? - Chinwe Mbonu

May 12, 2021

Many children around the world have often wondered what lies underneath their beds at night. In this story, Chuka and his Dad try to uncover what lurks in the darkness underneath his bed. Join Chuka and Dad for the ride to s…

Guest: Chinwe Mbonu

The Talk: A Conversation Between a Black Father and His Son

May 5, 2021

Many will never know what it’s like for black fathers to have The Talk … When a black father and his son sit down to talk, deep, and often difficult, stories flow between them. The hope and pride that a father feels when he …

I Have a Secret! ¡Tengo un Secreto!: Yunito’s Adventures-Las Aventuras de Yunito - Maritere Rodriguez Bellas

April 28, 2021

"Shhh… I have a secret and I don’t want anyone to know about it. I’m starting school and I am so happy that my teacher only asks us to share our first name. If she asked for my last name I think everyone might find out what…

What Can I Be? STEM Careers from A to Z - Tiffani Teachey

April 21, 2021

As children we were often asked what we wanted to be when we grew up. Sometimes, the careers we picked did not turn out to be what we ended up doing in adulthood; and other times, we made selections not fully knowing what w…

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Why Authored By Us Matters™

Reading is more than fundamental. It’s gift that opens up the imagination and exposes the reader to worlds they could never imagine. On January 20,…