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"I grab my book bag. Hey ... what's that sound? There's a bee in my book bag. This is REALLY bad!" Sounds like a tale easy to understand. You find a bee in your book bag, I think you know what to do. But not so fast, wait until you read a bit more and learn that the bee has a side to tell tha…

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With over 35 books, we could have picked any one of these gems for this week's episode featuring best selling author Kwame Alexander, but The Crossover is where it all started for our host, Zenzi Hodge. Tune in for a Conversation with Kwame Alexander as we explore his creative messages for young r…

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Sept. 30, 2021

Chef Toussaint

Welcome to Season 2 of Authored By Us! We are "cooking" up some creative and entertaining fun with this week's author David Miller as he shares his new book, Chef Toussaint. Chef Toussaint isn't just a whiz in the kitchen, he brings together his love of food, family, and history together in this …

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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 someone in order to know what’s really on their mind. “The Discussion: A Nece…

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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 book, You Can Become a Doctor Too.

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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 see what they find. Your child may feel empowered by the child in this story…

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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 looks at his son teeters on the edge of his fears about the world and his n…

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Have you ever questioned your skill sets, your value, yourself? This presentation looks at "Imposter Syndrome" - not just what it is, but whether or not it is something we should allow to impact us. We will look at how you can S.H.I.N.E. and sabotage the "imposter" before you sabotage yourself.

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"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 my secret it." What happens when a young boy not only doesn't want to spe…

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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 was available to us. This week's author, Tiffani Teachey, wants to make sur…

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When we think of diversity, we often think of how one looks or sounds to identify the "difference." But what about those hidden elements that impact us on the inside, thus causing someone to behave differently or even learn differently. LiLi is a smart and caring little girl but due to her sensor…

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Javvon was living the life of a normal middle-schooler. He had an annoying little sister, a loyal best friend, his first crush, and of course, daily encounters with the school bully. Normal, right? That's until Javvon acquired super powers and went on a mission to protect his neighborhood, save …

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It's hard enough being the new kid and when you don't speak the same language as everyone else you standout even more - and not in a good way. In her new book, I Am Not Being Lazy, I Just Don't Understand, Gina Paul shares a story based on her experiences as she and her family immigrated to Brook…

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While books may contain stories, not all stories are found in books. The tradition of storytelling is deeply rooted in the history and culture of people throughout the diaspora and around the globe. And there is a difference between reading a story and telling a story, a distinction we will hear …

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Zara's weekly hair washing ritual with her mother is anything but mundane. While she may not look forward to the discomfort which accompanies the washing and combing of her hair, she enjoys the time she spends with her mother learning about her heritage and her HAIRITAGE. Hairstyles some simple, …

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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 u…

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Storytelling is a tradition in African and Caribbean culture and How Red Ants Got Their Color is a story within a story. Author I. Carol Husbands shares a telling tale not just about a father and daughter enjoying a picnic interrupted by the ants but the story is beautifully set with the picturesq…

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Being bullied is the pits! This is something that Max and Levi have experienced individually but when their paths collide and they have to encounter the school bully, they become fast friends and learn that not only are they stronger together, they learn that their friendship is their superpower. …

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Feb. 16, 2021

A Good Day Julie Carter

We tend to depart the presence of loved ones by sending wishes to "Have a Good Day," without thinking what that really means and also assuming that their day begins once they have left our presence. Join author Julie Carter as she shares her book, A Good Day as it chronicles the daily routine of "…

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What started as a class assignment became an expression of creativity and pride, and has now been produced as Tacardra Rountree's latest book, "Hello Queen." Powerfully written with words of empowerment and beautifully illustrated with the custom work of acclaimed artist, Audrey “Sala Adenike” Jet…

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Children are always picking things up and parents have to make sure they are picking up the right things. This is the focus of "Someone is Watching You," by author Omar Chin. From the moment of birth, a child relies on its parent for nurturing and that nurturing is for both the body and the soul.…

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Colors are everywhere and author Joanne Moorehead is making sure that young children not only learn their colors but learn a love for words and reading in the process. Joann's colorful board book takes its inspiration from ROY G BIV, which we learned is not a person but the acronym for the actual …

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"Do you know what makes a man? I am not so sure I understand." This is the question asked by a young boy earnestly searching for the ingredients for his "manhood recipe." But what we learns is more value than just a few characteristics as the people in his life give him vision and inspiration as…

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Christopher is living it up as a 'tween but he is about to learn that there is a lot more to life. As he witnesses the impact that social injustice has on his community, his friends, and his family, Christopher is compelled to make a change, and he is bring others along with him. In this compelli…

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