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Maya Smart on Transforming Education and the Power of Reading



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This episode comes out for free on 10/22/22.

Ryan talks to Maya Smart about her new book Reading for Our Lives: A Literacy Action Plan from Birth to Six (which you can pick up at the Painted Porch Bookshop), how she developed the ideas in the book over a span of 10 years, how she fell in love with reading, and more.

Maya Smart is an author and journalist. Throughout her career, she’s written hundreds of articles, including breaking news stories, book reviews, features, and op-eds for a wide range of publications. She’s addressed audiences ranging from 200 to 2,000 at conventions, commencements, and literary events. Along the way, Maya interviewed NY Times bestselling authors like Zadie Smith, Jacqueline Woodson, Angie Thomas, Salman Rushdie, and Colson Whitehead; been a community fellow with the Center for Innovation in Race, Teaching, and Curriculum at the University of Texas; and served on the boards of book festivals, library foundations, and literacy initiatives. Maya holds workshops and speaks publicly on topics that revolve around reading, education, and advocating in support of literacy for all. She also publishes book lists, literacy activities, and other free family resources weekly on

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