Podcast

Lifelines: Books That Bridge the Divide

Lifelines: Books that Bridge the Divide

 

 

“In this podcast, we share conversations with librarians, educators, and readers about the children’s books that can be bridges across our cultural divides…the books that can open minds and the books that can be the lifeline a child needs to remember they’re not alone.”

— Ann Braden and Saadia Faruqi

Meet the Hosts: 

Saadia Faruqi 

Ann Braden

 

Saadia Faruqi

Saadia is a Pakistani-American author, an interfaith activist, cultural sensitivity trainer, and a mother of two.

 

Ann Braden

Ann is a middle grade author, a community organizer, a former middle school teacher and a mother of two

 


Together we believe:

  • That there is diversity all around us, and we all benefit when we open our minds to see it.
  • That everyone has the right to feel seen and heard.
  • That the voices of minority groups – racial, religious and socioeconomical – must be amplified at all costs
  • That we need all voices at the table.
  • That books with diverse characters and settings can teach readers a lot of about the world as well as about themselves.
  • That books have the power to be a bridge across the cultural divide.
  • That fiction has the power to change the universe.

If this podcast resonates with you, please subscribe on Stitcher or iTunes.

And please spread the word: tell your friends, and leave a rating on iTunes or Stitcher so that others can find it. The more people who are thinking about these books and how we can bridge our cultural divides, the better.

If you’re an educator or librarian and have ideas about great ways to use books to bridge cultural divides, we’d love to hear from you! Together we can discuss what ideas you think should be included in a future episode, and we can explore potentially setting up an interview. Our goal is to have all voices at the table!

You can reach out to me on Twitter or here.

And you can reach out to Saadia on Twitter or through her website.

 


Episodes & Show Notes

 

In Episode 10 (the second part of our 2-part special on reaching kids in poverty) Saadia Faruqi recommends middle grade and YA books about the reality of poverty, and Ann Braden shares the conclusion of her conversation with 5th grade educator Kristin Crouch. Kristin is uniquely positioned to help us bridge the class divide having broken the cycle of generational poverty to become an educator. In this part of the conversation she shares some book recommendations of her own and talks about what teachers can do to be true allies for kids who are struggling.

To access the list of books, check out the Episode 10 Show Notes.

 

In Episode 9 (part one of our 2-part special on reaching kids in poverty) Saadia Faruqi recommends picture books about the reality of poverty, and Ann Braden shares the first half of her conversation with 5th grade educator Kristin Crouch. Kristin is uniquely positioned to help us bridge the class divide. She discusses her experience growing up in a family struggling to make ends meet, how she broke out of the cycle of poverty and became a teacher, and how she now works to support her students who are dealing with the same struggles. 

To access the list of books, check out the Episode 9 Show Notes.

 

In Episode 8, Saadia Faruqi takes over the podcast and recommends a ton of great non-fiction biographies.

To access the list of books, check out the Episode 8 Show Notes.

 

In Episode 7, Saadia Faruqi recommends some of her favorite picture books featuring refugees and immigrants. Then, Ann Braden shares her conversation with Library Director Laura Arnhold. Finally, we talk about the Welcoming Library, a fabulous educational resource that brings communities together in conversation around the topic of immigration.

To access the list of books discussed and key links from the episode, check out the Episode 7 Show Notes.

 


This is Episode 6 and it’s our last episode of Season 1 (we’ll be back for Season 2 in the fall, so make sure you subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher so you don’t miss it!). Today, Saadia will focus her “Books You’ve Never Heard Of” segment on good books about Ramadan, and then Ann will share her conversation with public librarian Jennifer Haight. Finally, Ann will reflect on the role books can play in combating ignorance.

To access the list of books discussed and key links from the episode, check out the Episode 6 Show Notes.

 

In Episode 5, Saadia Faruqi will discuss WISHTREE by Katherine Applegate and discuss other books that focus on welcoming those who are seen as “The Other.” Then Ann Braden will share her conversation with elementary school librarian Christina Carter. Finally, Ann will reflect on what we can do with people are unwelcoming to someone.

To access the list of books discussed and key links from the episode, check out the Episode 5 Show Notes.

 

In Episode 4, Saadia Faruqi will discuss the brilliance that is Jason Reynolds, and then Ann Braden will share her conversation with middle school librarian Mary Linney. Finally, Ann will reflect on the way we approach trauma at a personal and societal level–and what that means for the classroom.

To access the list of books discussed and key links from the episode, check out the Episode 4 Show Notes.

 

In Episode 3, in honor of National Poetry Month, Saadia Faruqi shares some good novel-in-verse recommendations in her segment “Books You’ve Never Heard Of,”and Ann Braden shares her conversation with Juliet Lubwama, a high school senior and 2017 National Student Poet. Finally, Ann shares an example of one way to approach poetry if the thought of writing it yourself brings about total terror.

To access the list of books discussed and key links from the episode, check out the Episode 3 Show Notes.

 

In Episode 2, Saadia Faruqi shares some good book recommendations about South East Asia and refugee issues in her segment “Books You’ve Never Heard Of.” And Ann Braden shares her conversation with Kiran Waqar, a high school senior and a member of the slam poetry group “Muslim Girls Making Change”. They discuss the power of seeing yourself in the pages of a book and the incredibly rise of youth voices we’re currently seeing in our country with the March for Our Lives and beyond.

To access the list of books discussed and key links from the episode, check out the Episode 2 Show Notes.

 

In Episode 1, Saadia Faruqi shares some good book recommendations about kids struggling with poverty in her segment “Books You’ve Never Heard Of.” And Ann Braden shares her  conversation with elementary school librarian, Eileen Parks. Many of the students that Eileen’s library serves come from families that are struggling to make ends meet. Also, since the majority of the community is white, children of color can easily feel isolated. She discusses some of the issues she faces in working to serve all of her students.

To access the list of books discussed and key links from the episode, check out the Episode 1 Show Notes.