The creative process of storytelling is both fascinating and inspiring. The stories we share and the ones we create play such a huge role in how we capture memories and shape the future. No one understands this better than Patricia (or Patti) Newman. Patti has a passion for telling stories, but her passion doesn’t stop there! I am excited for you to hear all of her thoughts on creativity!
Patricia Newman is the author of the Sibert Honor-winning Sea Otter Heroes: The Predators That Saved an Ecosystem as well as Zoo Scientists to the Rescue; Plastic, Ahoy! Investigating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and Neema’s Reason to Smile. With her books, she hopes to empower kids and to share stories about people who create change around the world. Patti is our first children’s author on the podcast, and her stories about social justice, careers, and the wide world around us are just fabulous. It is clear that Patti has the heart to use her creative gifts to empower our future scientists, business owners, and world leaders. We have so much to learn from her in today’s episode!
More creativity in this episode:
- Patti shares her unique point of view on children’s stories.
- Why Patti tends towards environmental themes in her books.
- The journey behind Neema’s story.
- Children are often very perceptive when it comes to more difficult topics.
- Patti shares stories of her own childhood.
- Making the leap from reading to writing is big but natural.
- Patti wants to teach children to connect what they have learned to the rest of the world.
- The main reasons why Patti picks her stories.
- We need to share with our children that their voices matter.
- It is easy to see creativity in fiction, but nonfiction requires it too!
Books are available online!
Reason 2 Smile
It’s always so tempting to travel! When my husband called me over the other day to check out a fantastic tour of Ireland that he found while looking at his tablet, it reminded me that I had not yet continued with the tale that I’d started in the podcast a while back, about the wonderful adventure we had last year, while touring around Great Britain and Ireland. So today I continue my story and I’m also going to let you listen in to a fun interview that I recorded on my trip, where I ask a host manager of a hotel for some information about Irish Coffee. Listen in- I really hope that you will enjoy the interview!
I’m occasionally a little shy, which I know is an odd admission for a podcaster, but on certain occasions, like trips abroad, it does tend to happen. Chatting to the local residents does tend to help me get over it, and this is one of the reasons that I really recommend that everyone takes some time to get to know the local people when traveling. In my experience, even taking the time for a brief chat can often prove to be the best part of an adventure! Listen in today to find out more about our tour of Great Britain and Ireland.
- Taking tours can be very demanding, so be sure to leave on time and try to be the first ones there at any major attraction.
- Some of the highlights of London.
- Traveling to Windsor Station- a grand, English, industrial revolution, Victorian-style building, much of which is now a tourist mall.
- Exploring the grounds of Windsor Castle.
- About Canterbury Cathedral and the Black Prince.
- The pastoral countryside was dotted with buildings with names like ‘The Croft’ and ‘The Old Mill’.
- The ancient castles and grand stone churches are reminders of Great Britain’s long and fascinating history.
- Touring the Royal Pavillion in Brighton.
- Gaining a sense of the magic of Stonehenge.
- Traveling in Cornwall.
- The Priory of Saint Ives in Cornwall.
- Taking a cruise up Plymouth Sound to Plymouth.
- Bath- often the setting for titillating tales of Regency society.
- Wales- a land of low mountains, tidy farms and signs with unpronounceable names.
- Crossing St George’s Channel to green, green Ireland.
- The history of Irish Coffee, a recipe to make it- and even how to drink it!
Enjoy some of my photos from the trip!