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For all when the father NPR news Los Angeles are there things you never expected to miss while stuck at home during this pandemic like the sounds of your office here's NPR's Noel king with one solution to this very specific problem okay by this point a day at the office seems like a distant memory and you might miss the routine you might miss the energy you get from your colleagues or do you miss being annoyed interrupted that's right we already he works for the kids creative agency in Berlin we really do miss those annoying human sounds I have been in the office that you keep you motivated and keep you light inspired when he and his colleagues started working from home they realize that things seemed a little quiet so they made a website to bring the office closer there you can hear a water cooler bubbling that coworker who takes very passionately miss you Steve Inskeep or the human sounds that you might not even realize were there but now they leave a sneeze shaped hole in your heart Valentin Kelly worked on the graphic design for the website I miss the office dot EDU I actually like the pink ball noise in the real world like it's way too extreme but all my little computer speakers it becomes quite soon with the office noise generator lets you click on parts of the room you want to hear so if you're feeling lonely you can add a couple coworkers who are represented by abstract shapes but if the neighbors humming is driving you crazy subtracted I really like the guy chewing loudly he would have complained about it but it's good for you because now his food Fred where he says the control is what makes this project work office sounds are often quite annoying but with this website you can just turn off you have that power that's why this is suiting whereas in real life is actually a bit more Teigen Ising so here's hoping we'll be back at work soon and as annoyed as ever perhaps like many parents you've been hoping to get your kids reading more during this time but what to select here now as host twenty mostly ask twenty to Giles of the founder and director of the Virginia children's book festival for a couple of suggestions just the title of this first one makes me think that we should hold read it it's called the don't worry box by Todd Parr and it's for kids three to six years old tell us about it it's it takes different situations in which a child might be worried whether it's at school or in the dark or when you were alone or with other people there are so many different ways for kids to worry and Todd really he's so comforting his books are such a comforting presence and at the end of every book he writes a little notes and he says at the end you know if worrying doesn't help you if you're worried talk to someone you love about it and you'll feel better the end love Todd and it just feels like such a big hug and kids are worried these days and they may not even know what they're worried about you have a number of books for older readers as well including the witches by Roald Dahl but you know what his books can also be kind of scary at times and this one is about a world where witches really exist and they hate children yes and so right now actually my husband is reading that to my seven year old and my six year old daughter the thing about that book is that Roald Dahl actually sets it up so that children who are hearing the story you're reading the story sort of gas what's happening next he never really leaves a huge cliffhanger for the children to be scared of it's only humorous the way they guess what happens and it's his descriptions are so funny that there's so much humor in there that it's hard to spend the whole time being scared this is a wonderful time for parents to share their favorite books with their kids and to bring some quality time and at the end of the day that's something that I have found with my children being home and we're teaching them we think that we are giving them so much time and we are physically giving them so much time but it's not the same quality of time that the children want from us so at the end of the day the children want to be connected in a different way than they've been connected during school time or anything like that and type C. my husband reading this book with my two girls they're just so involved and so excited and it's just wonderful to see them like that at the end of the day there's also a classic on your list sterling north rascal which was not published back in nineteen sixty three I he wrote about his childhood in Wisconsin how do you think today's kids can relate to that actually I think this is sort of the perfect time for them to relate to it I had tried to read it to my son a couple years ago and he wasn't incredibly interested but now that he is at home all the time sterling north character is at home along with his father and that's the important part of his life and so he makes a friend of this baby raccoon that he rescues and it's really about you do what you do when you are sort of alone you know his his older brother is off at war and it's just him and his father so there's a bit of isolation there and I will say it's given my son the idea to build a canoe in our living room which I'm not sure I'm ready for that to happen but I'll say that right now if you want to share a classic with your children this is really a wonderful time and he's really taking it a very different way than he did a couple years ago and we have one more memoir to talk about this one is a graphic novel by robin Hobb called almost American girl what about this book appeals to you this particular graphic novel is very rich in text and it can read like a of a regular novel and what appeals to me also about this is it's also the struggle of you know a girl a teenage girl as she found her through her identity and has to leave friends behind and discover herself and a lot of those things also read things I think kids maybe feeling but not able to say I can't imagine being a middle school or high school and being away from my friends to help give me that identity and that's it must be a very difficult time for that age group and so I feel like this book will really bring them a sense of comfort and familiarity with what they're going through themselves and it is it's very readable and you know what I'm thinking about what you're talking about in saying that we should be reading together as family members the parents along with their children and that goes for older children too so a young teenager or tween who's reading almost American girl perhaps it's a way to talk about feelings and emotions about this time if we're all reading it together absolutely and the parent doesn't necessarily have to be the one reading it's as important to be the listener as it is to be the reader but we can do it together and it really will open up some doors for us to talk about things that maybe we don't know how to express and when we're home together all the time we we really need to learn how to express or who knows what that is and that's the truth that was NPR's twenty mostly speaking with plenty of Giles who writes a children's book column for NPR.

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