The Rainbow Hunt

Let's all go hunting for rainbows!

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  • Fawn Zwickel - Appreciating the Greatest Generation

    Kathy chats with Fawn Zwickel, co-author of "From Omaha Beach to Nuremberg: A Memoir of World War II Combat and the International Military Tribunal", which details her grandfather’s war experiences.

Stay at Home and Start a Journal

As we all stay at home during this pandemic, one creative outlet is to start a journal. Just what is a journal - and are their any rules to writing a journal? Our friend Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer chatted with Kathy and offered both kids and adults some interesting tips! Listen below 

A Message From Kathy

“How are you feeling?” is a question we’re asking a lot since the world became aware of the Covid-19 virus (Novel Coronavirus).

This worldwide health emergency has brought us together while keeping us away from each other. At WXPN we are taking precautions: events have been cancelled; many people are working from home, and we’re all super aware of washing our hands and wiping off surfaces to help minimize chances of spreading this virus.

Schools are closed throughout our Kids Corner listening area. It feels like snow days, but with less fun and more responsibility. Families are focused on avoiding spreading the virus among elderly and vulnerable family members. Every day it seems we’re being asked to make more changes in our lives because of Covid-19.

This is a time when adults are frightened, and kids may feel confused about their own feelings and their role in this crisis. On Kids Corner, we are opening our phones every Tuesday and Wednesday to talk with kids about issues they will be facing in the next few months. On nights when we’re not taking calls, we’ll bring you some of our most interesting and useful Kids Corner segments along with some of our favorite musical guests.

As always, we’ll present something the whole family can enjoy, since we’re all in this together.

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Everything’s coming up rainbows
and we’re not talking about the ones in the sky.

The Rainbow Hunt is a grassroots community project that has taken off around the world, as families find unique ways to deal with the CoViD-19 pandemic. The idea is for kids (and adults) to hang rainbows in their window or somewhere visible outside their home. Then, families ‘hunt’ for those rainbows when out and about, taking walks or ‘drives to nowhere’ during the government-mandated social distancing - making sure they stay at least six feet away from those not from their household. 

Here at Kids Corner, we want to take it one step further! Draw or create your rainbow - and before you display it - snap a picture, then send it to us using the form below. We'll add it to our Instagram feed - which can be found on our front page and here:

So - let's fill the Kids Corner community with rainbows!! 


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Spring is almost here - and that means SPRING CLEANING!

As part of our spring cleaning chores around the Kids Corner offices, we will be emptying out the Kids Corner Prize Closet to make room for new items this summer - and someone will be the lucky recipient of all that hard work! One lucky listener - selected at random - will receive a box full of music, books and more! 

To enter for your chance to win - simply complete the form below! 

The Kids Corner Contest is open until 11:59pm Friday, April 3, 2020. One entry per email address. Winner will be notified by email Monday, April 6 by Noon EDT. All information submitted to this contest will be purged once a winner has been selected, as per COPPA rules. 


On the first Wednesday of every month, Kids Corner librarian Joe Hilton joins us to talk books - and also announce that month's selection for the Kids Corner Book Club.  You can also visit the Kids Corner Bookmobile for more great reading suggestions! Click the READ MORE button under any book and RATE IT (1-5 stars, 5 stars being GREAT!)








Science Is Everywhere - and every Thursday on Kids Corner, we explore the science within, around and above - on SCIENCE THURSDAY!

The first Thursday of each month our sky guy Derrick Pitts, chief astronomer of the Franklin Institute Science Center joins us to help us better understand the mysteries of Deep Space. On the second Thursday of each month Dr. Lisa Chirlian shares another experiment as we dive into some Kitchen Chemistry. On the third Thursday of each month, it's a visit from our All-Natural Science Guy Mike Weilbacher, executive director of the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education. Together we explore Green Acres; the wide and wonderful world of natural science all around us! Finally, on the final Thursday it's YOUR turn as Kathy asks kids to call and teach her something they've learned in their science class studies! 

It's all about science - every Thursday on Kids Corner! 





October: The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
September: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
August: Holes by Louis Sachar
July: Little House On The Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
June: Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
May: Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild
April: Love That Dog by Sharon Creech
March: Lyddie by Katherine Paterson
February: Roll Of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
January: Agony of Alice by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Princess Labelmaker To The Rescue!
by Tom Angleberger (Series)

The Origami Rebel Alliance students at McQuarry Middle School are in a fight with Principal Rabbski about Fun Time a terrible standardized test preparation program brought by the school district to improve test scores. Fun Time has now replaced all their enjoyable extracurriculars. Grades 4-6

Watch Your Step: Merits Of Mischief
by T.R. Burns (Series)

Seamus Hinkle is the top troublemaking student at the Kilter Academy where the principal is not interested in reforming delinquents but to foster troublemaking.When the Kilter Academy students go on retreat with their parents, Seamus may discovers the true mission of Kilter Academy. Grades 4-6

All Four Stars
by Tara Dairman

Gladys Gatsby is a foodie who has taught herself to cook because her parents prefer junk food. A food editor offers Gladys a job reviewing a fancy dessert restaurant in New York City, not knowing that she is only eleven-years-old. How will she get there without her parents finding out? Grades 5-7

Memory Maze
by Gordon Korman (Series)

Middle schooler Jackson Opus is a hypnotist with telepathic mind control abilities and all types of people want to use him. Jax and his parents have been forced into hiding but he sees a way out when a dying multimillionaire approaches him with an offer he can’t refuse for a possible better life. Grades 4-6

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