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Hosted by Charnaie Gordon, Here Wee Read: A Bookish Podcast celebrates diverse and inclusive books for kids and adults. In addition to interviewing kid lit and adult writers and illustrators on occasion, you’ll be updated on the latest bookish headlines and hear 30-second book reviews. This podcast is especially good for parents, caregivers, homeschoolers, librarians, and teachers who have the desire to diversify their bookshelves.

Episode 10
December 30, 2021

Just Us Books: Chatting Books with Wade & Cheryl Hudson

Just Us Books, Inc. was founded in 1988 by Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson. Wade serves as president and CEO of the company. His career as a writer spans more than three decades and has resulted in more than 25 published books for children and young adults. Wade serves on several community boards and... read more
Episode 9
December 16, 2021

Poetry Matters: Up Close and Personal with Author & Poet Nikki Grimes

Nikki Grimes does not consider herself a bona fide storyteller, but, as she told an audience at the Library of Congress, she is happy to own the title Poet. Born and raised in New York City, Nikki began composing verse at the age of six and has been writing ever since that time. A bestselling... read more
Episode 8
December 1, 2021

Santa in the City Illustrator Reggie Brown

Reggie Brown loves drawing vivid scenes of Black children and families that include expressive, unforgettable characters that make children and adults want to read and re-read those stories. He enjoys bringing to life in illustrations the stories of the immigrant experience; discrimination and racism; growing up in an underserved community; perseverance and hard-work; military families;... read more
Episode 7
November 16, 2021

A Friend Like You: Frank Murphy, Kayla Harren, and Charnaie Gordon

Frank Murphy is a teacher who writes and a writer who teaches. He has taught a wide variety of grades at the elementary for more than 28 years. A history buff, former basketball coach & Sixers fan, and popular speaker, Frank is the author of many fun historical fiction/biography books for young readers. As a... read more
Episode 6
November 3, 2021

30 – Practice Finishing: An Intimate Conversation with Lamar Giles About Books, Staying the Course, and Fatherhood

Lamar Giles is a well-published author and a founding member of We Need Diverse Books. His most recent novels include NOT SO PURE AND SIMPLE his first Contemporary Coming-of-Age Story (HarperTeen/HarperCollins) and Middle-Grade Fantasy THE LAST MIRROR ON THE LEFT (Versify/HMH), the sequel to his 2019 hit THE LAST LAST-DAY-OF-SUMMER. Lamar is a two-time Edgar... read more
Episode 5
October 19, 2021

Everybody in the Red Brick Building: Up Close and Personal with Anne Wynter

Anne Wynter is originally from Houston, Texas, and currently lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, their two children, and a cat. In addition to writing children’s books, she’s written more than a dozen short plays that have been produced around the country. Anne earned a degree in drama from Washington University in St. Louis,... read more
Episode 4
October 5, 2021

Operation Sisterhood: Chatting Books with Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich

Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich is the author of several children’s books, including 8th Grade Superzero, Two Naomis, co-authored with Audrey Vernick, which was nominated for an NAACP Image Award, It Doesn’t Take A Genius, Operation Sisterhood, Above and Beyond: NASA’s Journey to Tomorrow, and the picture books Someday Is Now and Mae Makes A Way. She is... read more
Episode 3
September 22, 2021

I is for Immigrants: A Conversation with Selina Alko

Award-winning writer-illustrator Selina Alko now spends her days melding words and mixed-media art to convey stories of hope and inspiration—as well as an alternative viewpoint. Growing up in Vancouver, British Columbia with a Turkish Jewish father who spoke seven languages and taught painting, and a Jewish mother who worked in the family’s century-old metal recycling... read more
Episode 2
September 8, 2021

Laundry Love with Patric Richardson

Patric Richardson is a longtime lover of beautiful textiles, developing as a child both an appreciation for wonderful clothes and amazing, service-focused department stores like Parson’s and Stone & Thomas in eastern Kentucky and West Virginia. He was voted best dressed in eighth grade and again in high school, and his obsession with clothes continued.... read more
Episode 1
September 3, 2021

Laila Ali: Being the Best Version of Yourself

Laila Ali is a world-class athlete, fitness & wellness advocate, TV host, home chef, founder of the Laila Ali Lifestyle Brand, and mother of two. The daughter of late beloved global icon and humanitarian, Muhammad Ali, she is a four-time undefeated boxing world champion, whose stellar record includes 24 wins (21 of which were “knockouts”)... read more