Children's Book

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The '90s sitcom, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, ran for six seasons and launched Will Smith as a cultural icon. The show followed Smith as a fictionalized version of himself as he moved from Philadelphia to live with his aunt and uncle in the wealthy neighborhood of Bel-Air in Los Angeles.

An upcoming book series reimagines the story with a new character, a fresh princess named Destiny. Author Denene Millner is writing The Fresh Princess series and joined On Second Thought to discuss her work as an author.


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Laurel Snyder has made a career of picture books and middle-grade novels that don't shy away from the facts of life. Her newest novel, My Jasper June, follows Jasper and Leah as they embark on a summer of urban adventures and navigate the messy path between childhood fantasy and grown-up realities.


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The '90s sitcom, "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," ran for six seasons and launched Will Smith as a cultural icon. The show followed Smith as a fictionalized version of himself as he moved from Philadelphia to live with his aunt and uncle in the wealthy neighborhood of Bel-Air in Los Angeles.

An upcoming book series reimagines the story with a new character, a fresh princess named Destiny. Author Denene Millner is writing "The Fresh Princess" series and joined "On Second Thought" to discuss her work as an author.

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Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes were newlyweds and spectators at the annual Boston Marathon April 15, 2013. They were at the finish line, cheering on other runners, when the bombs went off. Downes lost his left leg, and Kensky eventually lost both legs.

The blast was followed by several surgeries, rounds of physical therapy and some dark days. That’s when the couple decided to add another member to their family. Rescue is their black labrador rescue dog. He is the subject of Downes and Kensky’s children’s book, “Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship.” Downes and Kensky are among the authors who will participate at the 2019 Savannah Book Festival. They talked to “On Second Thought” host Virginia Prescott about their traumatic experience and the inspiration for their children's book.


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Listener Nury Castillo-Crawford of Gwinnett County got in touch with On Second Thought after hearing a interview on mental health issues within immigrant communities. The guest on the show was an immigrant shielded from immigration through the federal DACA program. Nury wrote a book this year about her own experiences coming to this country as a young child from Peru. The children's book is called "3,585 Miles to be an American Girl".


Hey, Let's Read!

May 17, 2017
Ilustrated by Dian Wang

How do children’s books represent people of color? Authors and educators have organized a festival to raise awareness and celebrate books where children of color are heroes and heroines. “Hey, Let’s Read” is happening in Atlanta on May 20. We spoke with author  Patrice McLaurin and KaCey Venning, executive director of the “Hey Let’s Read" event.

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Heck, everyone loves tacos -- or so says the new children’s book, “Dragons Love Tacos Two.” In this sequel, the unthinkable occurs: every taco in the world disappears. And it’s up to dragons -- the biggest taco fans -- to remedy this catastrophe and save the tacos. We hear from the duo behind the book series: writer Adam Rubin and illustrator Daniel Salmieri.

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"Mr. Tuck And the 13 Heroes" is a new children's book about the first elementary school in Henry County to desegregate black and white students. In 1966, Fairview Elementary accepted thirteen students of color--an effort led by then principal, Brooks Tuck.

The author of the book is John Harris, whose father was friends with Mr. Tuck. We spoke with Harris along with the illustrator, his daughter Sophie Harris.