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How To Raise A Reader

Oct 10, 2019

The challenge of raising a reader have changed in the digital age, when children have multiple distractions at their fingertips.

The editor of the New York Times Book Review has teamed up with the Times’ children’s books editors on a new book about how to inspire the love of reading in young people, from infants to teenagers.

Today on All Sides with Ann Fisher: New York Times Book Review editor and co-author of “How to Raise a Reader,” Pamela Paul, talks about her philosophy of teaching a child to love the act of reading.


Children's And Young Adult Literature

Jul 12, 2019
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Children and young adult literature has changed througout the decades. 

The very first children's books were printed and sold in 1740. The earliest children's books were designed to teach kids moral behavior.

From Little Women to modern-day series such as The Palace Chronicles, this genre has been educating and encouraging young people to read.

Today on All Sides, children's and young adult literature through the years, where it started and where the genre is going.

This weekend, you can see a production of "Little Women" in Schiller Park. 

Margaret Peterson Haddix will be speaking at the Thurber House on Saturday. 

The Youth, Guns, And Gun Violence

May 28, 2019

A 14-year-old boy was fatally shot last week near a Columbus elementary school. The suspect is another boy, just 13. 

Tragedies like these are all too common as gun violence is now the second leading cause of death for American children. 

Today on All Sides, where children get guns and what moves them to shoot others.


A new state marriage law prohibiting children under the age of 17 from marrying in Ohio took effect Monday.

I know she died, but when is Grandma coming back?

Why is your skin darker than Mommy's?

Why do we live here but Daddy doesn't?

Are you the tooth fairy?

Anyone with kids in their life knows what it's like to be surprised by a tough question. It can come at any time, often when you least expect it: at breakfast, at bedtime or from the back seat.

How The Opioid Epidemic Impacts Foster Care In Ohio

Oct 11, 2018
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Opioid addiction continues to deplete Ohio’s communities and is driving up the number of children entering foster care. It’s been a year since the Ohio Attorney General’s office granted money for 30 Days to Family Ohio to address the issue.

30 Days to Family Ohio was created to move children from foster care to family care in the shortest time possible. In its second year, the program is looking for more funding and county involvement.

Today on All Sides, we check in on the initiative and scope of foster care in Ohio.

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Consider two families: one in eastern Ohio’s Tuscarawas County, and another just a few miles away in Carroll County.

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More than 100,000 Ohio children, and more than 1 million children under the age of five nationwide, are at risk of going uncounted in the 2020 Census.

Immigration arrest at a garden center in Ohio.
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Two of the largest workplace immigration raids yet under the Trump administration, carried out just weeks apart in Ohio, have upended the lives of hundreds of children caught in the middle.

Updated at 4:28 p.m. ET

The Trump administration's decision to separate children from their families as a way to curb illegal immigration is adding fuel to an already fiery debate over immigration.

A group of House Democrats converged on an immigration detention facility in New Jersey on Sunday, days before a planned vote by House Republicans next week. Meanwhile, Trump administration officials alternately took credit and sought to distance the administration from the family separation policy.


Today we take a look at a new CPR Kiosk at John Glenn Columbus International Airport, a new report on drowning fatalities among children, and how keep your food safe from hazardous bacteria and viruses while eating outdoors. 

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Monday that the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security will partner to prosecute anyone illegally crossing the southwest border and separate children from parents.

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Children with sensory difficulties, and others on the autism spectrum can struggle with the amount of sheer stimulation and social interaction the holidays bring. How can parents, family, and society at large, best navigate the festive season for these kids? Guest host Clare Roth discusses ideas for hosting sensory-friendly celebrations, accessible holiday events in the Columbus area, and more.


A new annual report on poverty indicates nearly 15 percent of Ohioans lived at or below the federal poverty line in 2015, down from 16.4 percent in 2011.

Autistic teenage girl
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According to the CDC, about one in six American children have one or more developmental disabilities. These conditions can impair speech, learning, language and behavior. Caring for these youth can be expensive and time-consuming, and many families in Ohio who have children with a developmental disability struggle to get the resources they need. Today we'll talk about what is being done in Ohio to serve children with developmental disabilities and the challenges their families face accessing resources.