Episode 11 – Philosophies on Fiction Part 1, a.k.a. Utopia Through Children’s Television

In this episode we talk about why we appreciate fantasy literature for children, and why it’s okay for children’s fiction to be a little bit scary.

Elisa’s Winks & Drinks

nd wilson scary stories

“Why I Write Scary Stories for Children” – A very interesting article by author N.D. Wilson on the topic of whether children should read things that are frightening, and what purpose fiction can serve in their lives. (Thank you to Elisa’s sister Emily for the recommendation!)

cookie dough tea

Celestial Seasonings Cookie Dough Sleigh Ride herbal tea – weirdly delicious

Jenn’s Winks & Drinks


Read-Aloud Revival podcast This is a wonderful podcast, and this week we’re recommending episode 44,  “Magic and Fear in Children’s Books,” an interview with N.D. Wilson.


well read wine

Well Read wine (red blend) – It’s red, it’s good, it’s inexpensive, it’s got a cozy book nook on the label…Are you on your way to get some RIGHT NOW?

Fantasy Recommendations

Here are some suggestions for youth/young adult fantasy (besides Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia, and The Lord of the Rings, of course):

Fablehaven by Brandon Mull

The Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson

Bone graphic novels by Jeff Smith

Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

Amulet graphic novels by Kazu Kibuishi

Mouse Guard by David Petersen

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Hi, I'm Elisa. I am a wife and mother and former foster mama and writer and sometime-speaker and friend and daughter and small business co-owner and lover of stories and baker of cookies.

I’m Jenn. I’m married to an awesome guy, and we have four really cute kids. I’ve been called an anglophile. I love books, movies, the piano, and popcorn. And wine. And coffee.


Our intrepid producer Erin, who keeps us organized, inspired, and smiling. She also takes our pictures. We'd basically be lost without her.

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