Cardboard Box Adventures Show Podcast

The Cardboard Box Adventures Show Podcast, hosted by CBA author Don M. Winn is all about raising readers through fostering imagination, developing a love of story, and embracing learning diversity.

Join Don Winn as he discusses tips, topics, and inspirations that will help parents and educators in their quest to raise readers. See below for links to archived shows. Look for more shows coming soon!

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Social and Emotional Help for Kids with Dyslexia

Social and emotional support helps kids with dyslexia succeed in school and in life.  Academy Award-winning director, Peggy Stern, discusses how her great new web series, The Super d! Show, provides this support. And get a glance behind-the-scenes as I interview some of the dyslexic students who star in the show.

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Over 55,000 kids in America have committed suicide in the last 7 years due to bullying. Guests  Amanda M. Thrasher, the award-winning author of The Greenlee Project, and Kirk Smalley, from the organization Stand for the Silent, discuss the harsh realities of bullying and how parents, teachers, and kids themselves can turn the tide on bullying.

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Why is it that some parents choose homeschooling? How does it work for kids with dyslexia or ADD? Can it really lay the foundation for future success? Join me as I sit down with homeschooled kids, their parents, and even graduates who are taking on college and the workforce. Find out why over one million kids in the US are homeschooled today.

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Explicit Multi-sensory Literacy

66% of students fail to reach grade proficiency in reading by the 4th grade. Guests Henry Sinclair Sherrill and Peggy Price describe explicit, multi-sensory literacy as well as early literacy skill-building techniques that benefit children from birth to kindergarten through a research-based professional development program called BUILDING BLOCKS FOR LITERACY®.

Photo of Dave Allred, illustrator of the Sir Kaye the Boy Knight chapter books for reluctant readers and the Space Cop Zack picture books.

Interview with Illustrator Dave Allred

Why do illustrations have such an impact on  our emotions? How does one become an illustrator? What does it mean to one illustrator in particular, Dave Allred, illustrator of my picture book, Superhero, among many others, to be able to draw for a living? How can illustrations help reluctant  and struggling readers learn to love to read?

Photo of The Eldridge Conspiracy, a children's chapter book by Don M. Winn for reluctant readers and drawings of three characters from the book.

Helping Reluctant Readers

How can parents and teachers help reluctant readers learn to love stories enough to motivate them to learn to read well? What is a hero of self-reference, and how can such heroes help? Join me as I interview teacher and librarian, Kristine Hall, as we discuss how using books like the Sir Kaye series can help reluctant readers learn to love to read.