The Power of Kids' Books

The Power of Kids' Books

What if kids’ books were recognized as POWERFUL catalysts for empowering and inspiring change? Join kids’ book coach, Dori Durbin for "The Power of Kids Books" every Tuesday as she interviews business, speaking, coaching and professional experts who have “kid-sized” their adult content into engaging and life-changing kids’ books! If you’re an expert or a parent looking for inspiration or a new way to share an amazing book to share, listen to "The Power of Kids' Books" to change the way you SEE and USE kids’ books forever!


March 26, 2023 30 min

Listen to today's episode, "Education for All: Megan Prendergast's Book 'Included' for Fostering Inclusion in the Classroom" as Licensed School Counselor, children's book author, and mama, Megan Prendergast talks with Dori Durbin. Megan also shares:

  • About Megan
  • Megan's heart for inclusion
  • What motivated her to write
  • What is okay to ask?
  • Book read of "Included"
  • How her book has affecte...
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Listen to today's episode, "Unlocking Effective Communication with Autistic Children: Insights from 'Let's Talk' author Lisa Jacovsky" as Psychologist, podcaster, children's book author, and mama, Lisa Jacovsky joins Dori Durbin. Lisa also shares:

  • What is the "No Limits" Podcast
  • Lisa's books on Autism
  • Common Autism misconceptions 
  • Why Lisa focuses on Autism
  • How kids' and adult&a...
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Listen to today's episode, "Discovering Caring in ‘Lani Rae's Marvelous Hair”’: A Conversation on Kids' Books and Identity with Yesenia Rodriguez"  as Cosmetologist and mama, Yesinia Roderiguez joins Dori Durbin. Yesinia also shares:

  • About Yesenia
  • About hair and kids
  • Reading of "Lani Rae’s Marvelous Hair"
  • Identity and hair
  • Childhood cancer
  • On being an independent (indie) author
  • How to use Yeseni...
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Listen to today's episode, "The Rainbow After the Storm: Understanding Miscarriage and Celebrating New Life with Lindsey Leask"  as former Elementary Educator and current mama, Lindsey Leask joins Dori Durbin. Lindsey also shares:

  • About Lindsey
  • How she moved from grief to action
  • What is a "Rainbow Baby"
  • How Lindsey hope her book will help
  • Reading of "I am a Rainbow Baby"
  • Handling her fears
  • Effects of...
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Experts and parents... what do you wish kids knew about your expertise?

Listen to today's episode, "What Essential Things Kids Should Know Before Getting a Puppy: Insights from Shaylyn Matthews"  as Pyrenees & Pyre-doodle Breeder and Home School Mama  Shaylyn Matthews joins Dori Durbin.  Shaylyn shares:

  • Why She Got a Pyrenees and Into Dog Breeding 
  • The Pyre...
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Listen to today's episode, "Transforming Reading into a Fun and Active Experience: An Interview with Jackie Freeman on 'Bend Your Knees, Louise'"  as Educator, author, and Mimi  Jackie Freeman joins Dori Durbin. Jackie also shares:

  • About Jackie
  • Why write a book about pickle ball
  • Reading of 'Bend Your Knees, Louise"
  • Deciding on an avatar
  • How her book made community change 
  • Her love of words
  • How her Mo...
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Listen to today's episode, "How "The Kindness Machine" reaches and teaches with Christina Dankert"  as Second Grade Teacher and author  Christina Dankert joins Dori Durbin. Christina also shares:

  • How her book was born
  • Her family's involvement in her book
  • How to use her book
  • Christina's big purpose
  • Her future writing plans
  • How professionals should write kids' books
  • Where reading gaps show in scho...
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Listen to today's episode, "How Passion and Mission  Can Create International Change with Shawnee Penkacik"  as Christian Nonprofit Strategy Coach, author, and mom of 12 Shawnee Penkacik joins Dori Durbin to share how bullying led to writing "Carleigh and the Bullies: I am Enough in Christ" as well as:

  • What is a Non-profit Strategy Coach
  • What is "Mercy's Light Family"
  • Life with 12 kids
  • How bu...
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Listen to today's episode, "How You Can Empower Your Teen to Say, "It'$ My Money" with Patrina Dixon"  as Personal Finance Expert and Owner and Founder of It’$ My Money joins Dori Durbin. Patrina also shares:

  • What is "It$ My Money"?
  • Why Teens Need Her Book
  • Understanding Budgeting
  • Making Choices with Money
  • How Parents Can Help Teens $
  • Where Money Habits Start
  • How Her Book Affected Her Business
  • Nex...
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Listen to today's episode, "Why "My Friend Toothy" will KICKSTART Your Kids' Toothbrushing with Stacey Laviolette"  as mom, photographer, and children's book author Stacey Laviolette  joins Dori Durbin to share how Stacey's daughter's weak enamel inspired a quest to reduce the frustrations of tooth brushing and dental visits.  Stacey also shares: 

  • Stacey's career and family
  • All ab...
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Listen to today's episode, "Seeing Beyond the Surface: Jill Monaco's "Miranda's Mirror" for Teaching Girls About Inner Beauty"  as  children's book author, life coach, speaker, and professional voiceover narrator Jill Monaco  joins Dori Durbin and shares how her whole book idea came like a flood after nap on an airplane ride home and how Jill's "Miranda's Mirror" reflects ...

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Listen to today's episode, "How Jedlie Took His Books From the Stage to Page to Make "Real Magic” as Jed Doughtery a.k.a. "Jedlie" the host of the "Reading with Your Kids" podcast and Educational Magician shares how his time performing on stage led to his creation of his kids' book "Real Magic." In this episode hear:

* How his background led to writing
* How his stage e...

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Listen to today's episode, "Why Storytelling Just May Be Genetic"  with Dori Durbin host of the "The Power of Kids' Books" podcast , Children's Book Author, Illustrator, and Kids' Book Coach shares how her past contributed to this Podcast. In this episode hear:

* How Dori's background led to the podcast
* The why of storytelling
* Is storytelling genetic?
* Charlie R...

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Listen to today's episode, "How 'Nobody Kills Uncle Buster and Gets Away with It'" with Susan Koehler" as Author and Educator (and so much more), Susan Koehler joins Dori Durbin to share how her own teaching kids to write inspired her to write middle grade kids' books including  "Nobody Killed Uncle Buster and Gets Away With It" ... how her passion has expanded her writing career and mor...

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Listen to today's episode, "Getting Kids' Wheels Turning about Disabilities with Shameka Andrews" as Disability Advocate and Consultant  and  kids' book author, Shameka Andrews joins Dori Durbin to share how her own observations, her life with Spina Bifida, and her passion to empower disabled individuals led to her creation  of her own kids picture book, "Butterfly on Wheels." In this episode,  he...

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Listen to today's episode, "Teaching Kids that Mistakes are "A-Okay with Calvin Wayman" as Entrepreneur, TedEx Speaker, author and recent kids' book author, Calvin Wayman joins Dori Durbin to share how his own childhood, his kids, and his passion to empower others led to his creation  of his own kids book, "Mistakes are A-Okay, Maggie Mae." In this episode,  hear Calvin share:

* His desir...

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Listen to today's episode, "Simple Steps to Making Teens F.I.E.R.C.E. with Erin Tarr" as Confidence Coach for teen and tween girls, creator of the fierce&flourish empowerment program, youth confidence thought leader, best-selling author, keynote speaker, educator and confidence coach, Erin Tarr joins Dori Durbin to share how her Amazon Best-selling book "Your F.I.E.R.C.E. Life: 6 Simple Steps to Daily Confid...

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