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🎧 The Reader's Heart | Guest: Kyle Lukoff


While I've only published three of them, so far, I've recorded many more episodes of The Reader's Heart. That said, this episode with Kyle Lukoff is among my favorites. Not only do I adore and admire Kyle's work, but talking with him felt exactly like how I want these episodes to feel: like two friends chatting about things that matter, that make them curious and that they care very deeply about. With that in mind, not only do I hope you love this conversation as much as I do, but I also hope you feel like you're sitting at the table with us. Happy listening!



  • GUEST: Kyle Lukoff

Kyle Lukoff writes books for kids and other people. His books have won numerous awards including The Charlotte Huck and Stonewall awards for When Aidan Became a Brother. His middle grade debut, Too Bright To See was a Newbery Honoree, a Stonewall Award winner and was named a finalist for the National Book Award. His numerous other books include Awake, Asleep, Different Kinds of Fruit, If You’re a Kid Like Gavin, Mermaid Days and the Max and Friends series. Kyle is one of my favorite humans writing books for young people today and I am delighted to have him as a guest on The Reader's Heart.



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!

Awake, Asleep by Kyle Lukoff and Nadia Alam

If You're a Kid Like Gavin by Kule Lukoff, Gavin Grimm and J Yang

Different Kinds of Fruit by Kyle Lukoff

Too Bright To See by Kyle Lukoff

When Aidan Became a Brother by Kyle Lukoff and Kaylani Juanita

The Mermaid Days Series by Kyle Lukoff and Kat Uno

The Max and Friends Series by Kyle Lukoff and Luciano Lozano

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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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