The Surprising Way Video Games Are Good for Kids
Slate’s parenting podcast on the cheat codes for parenting young gamers.
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On this episode: Jamilah, Elizabeth and Zak talk about their experience with video games — and then Elizabeth speaks with Ash Brandin, also known as @TheGamerEducator, about their tips for parenting young gamers.
Then the hosts issue recommendations, and respond to a listener letter asking for tips on the latest and greatest in books for young eyes and ears.
Zak recommends: Abigail Lapell
Elizabeth recommends: Free Run Wild My Child Treasure Hunt
Jamilah recommends: Swarm on Amazon Prime
Books for beginning readers:
E: Usborne My First Readers & Elephant & Piggie & Usborn Phonics Readers
Z: Richard Scarry’s Cars and Trucks and Things that Go, The Color Monster: a story about Emotions.
J: Can Read books, including Ty’s Travels and Amelia Bedelia
E: EL Deafo & This Was Our Pact & The Witch Boy (upper elementary & Middle) & Peter & Ernesto A Tale of Two Sloths (lower elementary)
J: Twins (lower elementary) The Baby Sitter’s Club (lower elementary)
Books about Loss:
E: One Wave At A Time & The Invisible String & When Dinosaurs Die & Circus Mirandus (older readers)
Z: Lilah Tov Good Night
J: A Kid’s Book About Death, The Sad Dragon
Just Really Good Books:
E: Hello Universe & We Dream of Space (both by Erin Entrada Kelly)& The Big Umbrella & Anything by Aaron Reynolds (Teddy’s favorite, see President Squid)
Z:The Napping House
J: The People Could Fly, Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters
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Podcast produced by Zak Rosen and Maura Currie.