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The Parent Scoop - bringing research and knowledge to parents, from parents.

Hosted by Ameena Ghaffar-Kucher, Ed.D., education professor and mom of two. 

The Parent Scoop is produced by Marko Kucher (Ameena's husband and partner). The podcast's theme music - Jazz Baba - features their teenage son, Josef Kucher, on guitar. The artwork for the podcast was created by their daughter, Laila Kucher, in collaboration with her dad.

Apr 23, 2020

This week’s episode enters the world of books and storytelling to explore ways of talking about social identities and difference with our children. 

Our parent guest on this episode is Mathangi Subramanian, Ed.D., award-winning author, activist, and adoptive parent. We talk about books and storytelling as a way to both broaden our children's worlds and imaginations, and also serve as a gateway to social justice issues.

*Episode notes*

  • Books as mirrors and windows / Diversifying children’s literature
  • Responding to questionable/stereotypical content in books 
  • The benefits of reading aloud to (older) children (gateway to social justice conversations)
  • Reading fiction and nonfiction 
  • Fostering creativity


  • Recognizing that kids know more that we think
  • Modeling social justice 
  • How to engage (and re-engage) in conversations about social justice with your kids