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Exquisitely Ever After

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Welcome to Exquisitely Ever After, a podcast about reading children’s literature to cultivate kind, intelligent, and successful kids. Host Christina Phillips-Mattson is a writer, educator, and mother of two little boys who received her Ph.D. in children’s and young adult literature from Harvard University. The purpose of this podcast is to help parents, caretakers, and teachers make informed, high-quality book choices for their children by learning how the books we read to our children are affecting their brains, their social-emotional development, and the way they interact with the world around them.

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Welcome to Exquisitely Ever After, a podcast about reading children’s literature to cultivate kind, intelligent, and successful kids. Host Christina Phillips-Mattson is a writer, educator, and mother of two little boys who received her Ph.D. in children’s and young adult literature from Harvard University. The purpose of this podcast is to help parents, caretakers, and teachers make informed, high-quality book choices for their children by learning how the books we read to our children are affecting their brains, their social-emotional development, and the way they interact with the world around them.

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This podcast isn’t just for parents. Anyone who has a connection to a child will benefit. Knowing how to make great additions to Baby Shower gifts, birthday gifts for children, and even books and activities to keep on hand for when the nieces and nephews visit. I love this informative and in depth view of child development and psychology as it ties into the books they read and how they read. Highly recommend!

iTunes Ratings

2 Ratings
Average Ratings
2
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Great for people who care about kids

By V V 3 - May 23 2020
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This podcast isn’t just for parents. Anyone who has a connection to a child will benefit. Knowing how to make great additions to Baby Shower gifts, birthday gifts for children, and even books and activities to keep on hand for when the nieces and nephews visit. I love this informative and in depth view of child development and psychology as it ties into the books they read and how they read. Highly recommend!

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Rank #1: Episode 20: (Special Episode!) Ask Me Anything - Your Questions, Answered!

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In this special final episode of Season 2, I answer YOUR questions about children’s literature and reading to children.  We cover topics such as the importance of reading in the Early Years; what books will hook an 9-year-old reader; how to prepare a child for the arrival of a new baby; and how to teach your child to read using early reader books.  Happy Reading and I’m looking forward to talking to you in Season 3!

Click HERE for the TRANSCRIPT, the FULL LIST OF BOOKS mentioned in this episode, and all FREE PRINTABLES. 

Click HERE to join our mailing list! 

Get in touch via email: christina@exquisitelyeverafter.com

Get in touch on Instagram: @exquisitelyeverafter

All other information can be found in the blog post for this episode: 

https://exquisitelyeverafter.com/episode20/

If you liked this episode, please subscribe, leave a review, and tell your friends!  Happy Reading!

Exquisitely Ever After is a podcast about reading children’s literature to cultivate kind, intelligent, and successful kids.  Host Christina Phillips-Mattson is a writer, educator, and mother of two little boys who received her Ph.D. in children’s and young adult literature from Harvard University. 

Dec 22 2020

35mins

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Rank #2: Episode 19: The Twelve BOOKS of Christmas

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On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a gorgeous stack of books beneath the tree!  We’re counting down to Christmas with 12 of my family’s favorite Christmas books.  In this episode, we discuss the best Christmas books for children, from board books for infants and toddlers to picture books preschoolers and kindergarteners.  I also recommend a couple of interactive Christmas picture books to read with your child, as well as some classic Christmas picture books—and some twists on classic Christmas picture books—for the whole family to enjoy.

Click HERE for the TRANSCRIPT, the FULL LIST OF BOOKS mentioned in this episode, and all FREE PRINTABLES. 

Click HERE to join our mailing list! 

Get in touch via email: christina@exquisitelyeverafter.com

Get in touch on Instagram: @exquisitelyeverafter

All other information can be found in the blog post for this episode: 

https://exquisitelyeverafter.com/episode19/

If you liked this episode, please subscribe, leave a review, and tell your friends!  Happy Reading!

Exquisitely Ever After is a podcast about reading children’s literature to cultivate kind, intelligent, and successful kids.  Host Christina Phillips-Mattson is a writer, educator, and mother of two little boys who received her Ph.D. in children’s and young adult literature from Harvard University. 

Dec 17 2020

39mins

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Rank #3: Episode 18: Owl At Home and Good Night Owl (Bedtime Book Series: Part 3)

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In this third installment of our Bedtime Book Series, we are discussing two excellent, engaging, brain-building bedtime books in tandem: Arnold Lobel’s Owl At Home and Greg Pizzoli’s Good Night Owl because one has directly influenced the other.  We talk about how Greg Pizzoli found inspiration in many of the amusing scenarios, cozy illustrations, and even some of the turns of phrase that are found in Arnold Lobel’s collection of stories about his Owl.  Drawing attention to the connection between books is not only interesting and fun to do as a reader, but it’s also a good way to subtly introduce your child to the concept of intertextuality.  Demonstrating how stories can relate to each other helps to hone your child’s comparison skills and can also help your child later on when she is asked in school to put a work of fiction in historical, social, or literary context.  It’s key for her success as a reader if your child can start seeing the interconnectivity among books, stories, and characters and start discovering how literature works early on in her reading life.

Click HERE for the TRANSCRIPT, the FULL LIST OF BOOKS mentioned in this episode, and all FREE PRINTABLES. 

Click HERE to join our mailing list! 

Get in touch via email: christina@exquisitelyeverafter.com

Get in touch on Instagram: @exquisitelyeverafter

All other information can be found in the blog post for this episode: 

https://exquisitelyeverafter.com/episode18/

If you liked this episode, please subscribe, leave a review, and tell your friends!  Happy Reading!

Exquisitely Ever After is a podcast about reading children’s literature to cultivate kind, intelligent, and successful kids.  Host Christina Phillips-Mattson is a writer, educator, and mother of two little boys who received her Ph.D. in children’s and young adult literature from Harvard University. 

Dec 11 2020

33mins

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Rank #4: Episode 17: Best Books About Shapes

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Today’s episode is all about shapes!  Learning about shapes is foundational to your child’s cognitive development; by teaching your children about shapes from an early age, you are helping: to augment their communication skills, to develop their pre-reading and writing skills, to enhance their creative skills, to develop their logical thinking skills through sorting, and to give them an understanding of the basics of geometry.  In this episode, we discuss concept books that will help you teach your younger children to identify and label shapes as well as books for your older children that simply have fun with shapes.  I also recommend a few toys and activities that you can do with your child to supplement these shape books.  Happy Reading!

Click HERE for the TRANSCRIPT, the FULL LIST OF BOOKS mentioned in this episode, and all FREE PRINTABLES. 

Click HERE to join our mailing list! 

Get in touch via email: christina@exquisitelyeverafter.com

Get in touch on Instagram: @exquisitelyeverafter

All other information can be found in the blog post for this episode: 

https://exquisitelyeverafter.com/episode17/

If you liked this episode, please subscribe, leave a review, and tell your friends!  Happy Reading!

Exquisitely Ever After is a podcast about reading children’s literature to cultivate kind, intelligent, and successful kids.  Host Christina Phillips-Mattson is a writer, educator, and mother of two little boys who received her Ph.D. in children’s and young adult literature from Harvard University. 

Dec 03 2020

44mins

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Rank #5: Episode 16: You Belong Here (Bedtime Book Series: Part 2)

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One of the tests of a book for me is: Do I see myself giving this book to someone I love and admire?  And if so, will their child also love it and benefit from it?  You Belong Here, a picture book in verse written by M. H. Clark and illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault easily passes that test and so it’s one of my go-to books to give to expecting parents and grandparents or any person who is just so excited to give a child that sense of belonging.  This is the bedtime book that I read to both of my children when they were infants, so it holds a special place in our family.  You Belong Here is both a beautiful celebration of belonging to a particular person or family or home and also about having a place in humanity and belonging to the world.  There is a deliberate vagueness in both the image and the text that allows for imagination, which also makes You Belong Here more universal and inclusive of all families, whatever form they might take.  Additionally, this book is a good choice to read to your infants because it taps into what appeals to their developing minds and hearts.  Every time I read this book (which has been a lot in the past four years!), I marvel at its ingenuity and its general loveliness.  I hope you and your children love it, too!

Click HERE for the TRANSCRIPT, the FULL LIST OF BOOKS mentioned in this episode, and all FREE PRINTABLES. 

Click HERE to join our mailing list! 

Get in touch via email: christina@exquisitelyeverafter.com

Get in touch on Instagram: @exquisitelyeverafter

All other information can be found in the blog post for this episode: 

https://exquisitelyeverafter.com/episode16/

If you liked this episode, please subscribe, leave a review, and tell your friends!  Happy Reading!

Exquisitely Ever After is a podcast about reading children’s literature to cultivate kind, intelligent, and successful kids.  Host Christina Phillips-Mattson is a writer, educator, and mother of two little boys who received her Ph.D. in children’s and young adult literature from Harvard University. 

Nov 19 2020

23mins

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Rank #6: Episode 15: Goodnight Moon (Bedtime Book Series: Part 1)

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There is no other book more closely associated with bedtime in children’s literature than Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Clement Hurd, which is why it is our first choice for our Bedtime Book Series.  In today’s episode, we talk about why Goodnight Moon isn’t just an academic favorite, but how this weird little book is actually quietly revolutionary and appeals to the interests and needs of even the smallest children.  What’s more, we discuss how Goodnight Moon benefits your child’s cognitive and emotional development, in addition to helping him actually go the you-know-what to sleep, which is the ultimate and noble goal of all bedtime books!

Click HERE for the TRANSCRIPT, the FULL LIST OF BOOKS mentioned in this episode, and all FREE PRINTABLES. 

Click HERE to join our mailing list! 

Get in touch via email: christina@exquisitelyeverafter.com

Get in touch on Instagram: @exquisitelyeverafter

All other information can be found in the blog post for this episode: 

https://exquisitelyeverafter.com/episode15/

If you liked this episode, please subscribe, leave a review, and tell your friends!  Happy Reading!

Exquisitely Ever After is a podcast about reading children’s literature to cultivate kind, intelligent, and successful kids.  Host Christina Phillips-Mattson is a writer, educator, and mother of two little boys who received her Ph.D. in children’s and young adult literature from Harvard University. 

Nov 12 2020

34mins

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Rank #7: Episode 14: The Gruffalo

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Today’s episode is actually the response to the most frequently asked question I’ve received since I started this podcast: “What is your favorite children’s book?”  In this episode, I explain just why Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s The Gruffalo is brilliant, engaging, brain-building and deserves a place at the top of your list, too. 

And don’t forget to click HERE to see our Gruffalo Family Halloween Costume! 

Click HERE for the TRANSCRIPT, the FULL LIST OF BOOKS mentioned in this episode, and all FREE PRINTABLES. 

Click HERE to join our mailing list! 

Get in touch via email: christina@exquisitelyeverafter.com

Get in touch on Instagram: @exquisitelyeverafter

All other information can be found in the blog post for this episode: 

https://exquisitelyeverafter.com/episode14/

If you liked this episode, please subscribe, leave a review, and tell your friends!  Happy Reading!

Exquisitely Ever After is a podcast about reading children’s literature to cultivate kind, intelligent, and successful kids.  Host Christina Phillips-Mattson is a writer, educator, and mother of two little boys who received her Ph.D. in children’s and young adult literature from Harvard University. 

Oct 29 2020

29mins

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Rank #8: Episode 13: Reading The Rainbow - Best Color Books (Part 2)

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In Part 2 of our color series we discuss books that will help you teach your Preschoolers, Pre-Kindergarteners, and Kindergarteners about the color spectrum and basic color theory, including the concept of primary colors, secondary colors, and mixing colors.  Additionally, I recommend picture books that use the concept of color to help your child embrace his or her individuality and promote tolerance and acceptance.  Included in this episode are also ideas for hands-on supplemental color activities for you to do with your child that will help you solidify these concepts in your child’s mind and provide you both with some fun ways to pass the time if you are social-distancing as much as possible this year.

Click HERE for the TRANSCRIPT, the FULL LIST OF BOOKS mentioned in this episode, and all FREE PRINTABLES. 

Click HERE to join our mailing list! 

Get in touch via email: christina@exquisitelyeverafter.com

Get in touch on Instagram: @exquisitelyeverafter

All other information can be found in the blog post for this episode: 

https://exquisitelyeverafter.com/episode13/

If you liked this episode, please subscribe, leave a review, and tell your friends!  Happy Reading!

Exquisitely Ever After is a podcast about reading children’s literature to cultivate kind, intelligent, and successful kids.  Host Christina Phillips-Mattson is a writer, educator, and mother of two little boys who received her Ph.D. in children’s and young adult literature from Harvard University. 

Oct 22 2020

39mins

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Rank #9: Episode 12: Best Color Books for Toddlers

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Today’s podcast episode is Part 1 of a two-part series on books about colors.  This week we are focusing on books that will help you teach your young children to identify and label colors.  Naming colors can be tricky for kids under 5 years of age because children usually learn the names of nouns before they learn descriptive words about those nouns, like words that describe color or size or quantity.  This week, we discuss the best practices for teaching your child colors, progressing from being able to recognize the color word, to identifying/pointing out the corresponding colored item, and finally to verbally label and describe an object using the color word.  I also give you some ideas for color activities and brain-building toys that you can use to supplement what your child will learn from these colorful concept books. 

Click HERE for the TRANSCRIPT, the FULL LIST OF BOOKS mentioned in this episode, and all FREE PRINTABLES. 

Click HERE to join our mailing list! 

Get in touch via email: christina@exquisitelyeverafter.com

Get in touch on Instagram: @exquisitelyeverafter

All other information can be found in the blog post for this episode: 

https://exquisitelyeverafter.com/episode12

If you liked this episode, please subscribe, leave a review, and tell your friends!  Happy Reading!

Exquisitely Ever After is a podcast about reading children’s literature to cultivate kind, intelligent, and successful kids.  Host Christina Phillips-Mattson is a writer, educator, and mother of two little boys who received her Ph.D. in children’s and young adult literature from Harvard University. 

Oct 16 2020

44mins

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Rank #10: Episode 11: 5 Spooktacular Halloween Books to Read With Your Child

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October is officially here and that means that Halloween is just around the corner!  In this first episode of Season 2, I’m recommending 5 of my favorite Halloween books to read to kids in the days leading up to October 31st.  While, admittedly, there are some terrible, cutesy, vapid Halloween books out there—I mean, let’s be honest, how many pumpkin books does the world need?—there are also some really excellent books that are festive and perfect for Halloween in addition to being great for your child’s brain and social-emotional development.  Happy October and Happy Reading!

Click HERE for the TRANSCRIPT, the FULL LIST OF BOOKS mentioned in this episode, and all FREE PRINTABLES. 

Click HERE to join our mailing list! 

Get in touch via email: christina@exquisitelyeverafter.com

Get in touch on Instagram: @exquisitelyeverafter

All other information can be found in the blog post for this episode: 

https://exquisitelyeverafter.com/episode11/

If you liked this episode, please subscribe, leave a review, and tell your friends!  Happy Reading!

Exquisitely Ever After is a podcast about reading children’s literature to cultivate kind, intelligent, and successful kids.  Host Christina Phillips-Mattson is a writer, educator, and mother of two little boys who received her Ph.D. in children’s and young adult literature from Harvard University. 

Oct 08 2020

37mins

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