In this episode, we speak with author and educator Melissa Hart. We talk about her new book, Better with Books: 500 Diverse Books to Ignite Empathy and Encourage Self-Acceptance in Tweens and Teens. She discusses her inspiration for writing the book, role of bibliotherapy, book recommendations, librarians as great resources for children’s books and role of diverse literature to ignite empathy and encourage self-acceptance.
Melissa Hart is the author of Better with Books: 500 Diverse Books to Ignite Empathy and Encourage Self-Acceptance in Tweens and Teens (Sasquatch, 2019) and the award-winning middle-grade novel Avenging the Owl (Sky Pony, 2016). She’s contributing editor at The Writer Magazine, and her essays have appeared in Real Simple, Working Mother, Woman’s Day, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, and numerous other publications. She teaches for the MFA in Creative Writing program at Southern New Hampshire University, and lives in Oregon with her husband and 12-year-old daughter. Find her on Twitter and Instagram at @WildMelissaHart. You can also find her at melissahart.com.
Books mentioned in this episode:
The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis
The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Patterson
Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart
If I Ever I Get Out of Here by Eric Gansworth
Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
Gaby, Lost and Found by Angela Cervantes
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Lights Camera Action by Emily Thomas
Some Kind of Happy by Claire Legrand
Ghost by Jason Reynolds
Sugar by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper
The Watsons Go To Birmingham -1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
Roll with It by Jamie Sumner
To learn more about the books discussed in this episode check out your local library or bookstore.