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Reach Out and Read is On the Air

Engaging conversations with experts in childhood health and literacy.

A podcast centered on the belief that children’s books build better brains, better family relationships, and happier, healthier children and societies. Join us as host Dr. Dipesh Navsaria, a pediatrician with a children’s librarianship degree dives into a wealth of varied early childhood health and literacy topics with expert guests examining the many facets of supporting the parent-child relationship as key to early success.

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Episode 1 “Diversity in Children’s Literature”

We know that books serve as mirrors to children, providing reflections of themselves, as well as windows, letting them see others and their experiences. We know that a broad, diverse range of depictions helps children see that from a young age. However, we also know that the range of diversity in children’s books is nowhere near as rich as it could and should be.

On this special, inaugural episode of the Reach Out & Read Podcast, we’re joined by Dr. Monique Jindal, an internal medicine and pediatrics physician at Johns Hopkins, and Meg Medina, author of the Newbery Medal–winning book Merci Suárez Changes Gears. They’ll be discussing the importance of diversity in children’s literature and lives.

There’s also a special bonus episode with Ashley Lukashevsky, illustrator of Antiracist Baby, who will share her creative process and craft with us in writing and illustrating children’s books with diversity in mind.

Episode 2 – Disparities and Social Determinants of Health

As the Flint, Michigan water crisis played out within government and the media, it became readily apparent that a major factor in the crisis was that the communities most affected were largely poor, mostly minorities, and without political power. Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, the doctor who uncovered Flint’s water crisis and led its recovery efforts, joins us to talk about disparities and social determinants of health.

Meet the Host

To the best of our knowledge, there is only one pediatrician anywhere who got a master’s in library science in the middle of his medical training, all to learn more about children’s literature. That is our host, Dr. Dipesh Navsaria. A practicing pediatrician in Wisconsin, Dr. Navsaria is the Medical Director of ROR Wisconsin, co-chair of the Early Literacy Subcommittee of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Council on Early Childhood, and many other initiatives involving the psychosocial world of children, their families, and society, from policy to parenting support. An associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, he lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with his wife, two children, two cats, a dog, and backyard chickens. He has a deep-seated dependence on wearing bowties, of which he owns far too many…but all of which he can tie without a mirror, in under a minute!

Meet the host of the ROR Podcast

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