July Newsletter

July Newsletter

Welcome to the Reading With Your Kids Newsletter. In the last month, we’ve talked to a lot of amazing authors, and we have even more coming up on the schedule. Read along to see what we’ve got cooking.

What’s Coming Up on Reading With Your Kids?

We have a lot of exciting authors coming up on the schedule, so here’s a sneak preview of what we have on the docket for the next few weeks.

National recording artist Rhett Miller

Former White House correspondent Ben Feller

Barbara Tibbetts – Look Book Scavenger Hunt series

Live from Home School Convention Part Two

What you might have missed in June

Helena Ku Rhee – Rosa’s Song

John Parra – Growing An Artist

Brian Biggs – My Hero

A replay of our award-winning 2021 Juneteenth episode

Jason Broughton – Director of the National Library Service for the Blind

and Print Disabled

Our New Series

We are happy to announce a new series dedicated to the craft and business of writing. With this series, we hope to educate both new and experienced writers on the entire process of making a book from conception to publication. Our first episode features a conversation with Newbury medalist Rajani LaRocca about writing with emotion. Email [email protected] for a free invitation to watch.

If you’re interested in appearing on the podcast, visit https://readingwithyourkids.com/guests/

Cooking With Your Kids

Are you looking for something to do as a family? We’re here to help. This month’s family activity is from Snackable Science Experiments by Emma Vanstone. Whether you’re looking for new recipes or just ways to make your current recipes more scientific, this is for you. If you enjoy this recipe, be sure to check out the full book, which is out now through Page Street Publishing.


  • Cookie dough
  • Melted chocolate, sprinkles, or other decorations (optional)



  • Medium baking sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Plastic dinosaur or other toy animals



  • Preheat oven to 355 ° F (180° C). Line a medium baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Divide cookie dough into about 12 evenly sized balls and squash them down so they are flat.
  • Clean the plastic dinosaurs’ feet and press them firmly into the dough so you have a footprint shape.
  • Bake the cookies in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown. If the footprints fade too much after baking, press the dinosaurs’ feet in the cookies again while they are hot.
  • You can either leave the cookies as they are or fill the footprints with melted chocolate or sprinkles.

More Fun

Bake some cupcakes and cover them with thick icing, then press the dinosaurs’ feet into the icing to give you footprint cupcakes.

Learning Points

  • If you find a real animal print, measure the length and width of several prints — you might find the front feet are bigger as they support more of the animal’s weight.
  • Count the number of toes and look for claw marks.
  • If you see lots of prints, you could even measure the length between prints to give you the stride of the animal.
  • Did you know some dinosaurs had different numbers of toes on their front and back feet?


The Reading with Your Kids Podcast offers several promotions to help celebrate your book with the world. With a network of over 95,000 followers on social media and walking billboards nationwide, RWYK offers a great opportunity to help advertise your work. For inquiries about any of our programs, email [email protected] or go to readingwithyourkids.com and click on the authors click here button at the top of the page.

Author Highlight

This month, we’d like to highlight our friend, the dean of all things STEM and STEAM, Jennifer Swanson. We sat down to talk about biomimicry, carbon footprints, and what goes into writing a science book. To read the full profile, go to readingwithyourkids.com/author-highlight

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