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🎧 The Reader's Heart | Guest: Ami Polonsky


Ami Polonsky is the first (but not the last!) guest on The Reader's Heart who is both a classroom teacher AND an author of books for young people. This duel role made her an incredible guest; although I always try to limit weekly episodes to 30ish minutes, I felt like I could have talked to Ami about books and reading for hours and hours! It didn't hurt that Ami also wrote one of my favorite books of all time: World Made of Glass - which we talk about in depth. If you haven't read this book yet, I can't possibly recommend it more enthusiastically! As I mentioned during our conversation, this is a book of my heart. I've read it several times and wept each and every time. I can't wait for you to hear our conversation. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!



  • GUEST: Ami Polonsky

Ami Polonsky works with 5th-8th graders and their teachers on reading and writing. She's also a mom and author, among other things. She is devoted to guiding children towards a love of books and helping create lifetime readers. She's the author of middle grade novels with big hearts such as: World Made of Glass, Spin With Me and Gracefully Grayson.



Please enjoy a special discount of 20% off the titles mentioned in this episode (or others of your choice) by visiting Bookelicious and using the code JENNIFERLAGARDE. Note: I do not make any money from the sales, but I am delighted that you get to save some!

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Rooted in the belief that our world needs the magic of children’s literature now more than ever, the Reader’s Heart podcast captures conversations with authors and illustrators about children's literature as a vehicle for empathy and joy in a dark world. I'm so excited about this project and it's my wish that it brings you as much light and hope as it has brought me.

Special thanks to Corinna Luyken for creating the beautiful illustration that will serve as the show's logo. I've always found Corinna's art so moving and she perfectly captured the spirit of what I am trying to do, which is to put warmth and love into the world during a time when so many are working to limit kids' access to the warmth and love inherent in children's literature. (Also, don't forget, you can use the discount above to buy Corinna's books from Bookelicious, too!)

Weekly episodes will drop on Tuesdays. Once you've had a chance to listen, I hope you will consider leaving The Reader's Heart a ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ review! Podcast reviews are one of the best ways to support your favorite shows and help others find these conversations.



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