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03.1.19

Entrepreneur and Children’s Book Author Rana D’Orio Shares Her Entrepreneurial Career Path, Her Latest Book and Italian Food

Rana and Jane Maynard talk about how her new book What Does It Mean to Be American? came to be, and of course Rana shares one of her favorite recipes and a great kitchen tip. Read more

02.28.19

What Does it Mean to Be American? has been named among the best in family-friendly media, products and services by the Mom’s Choice Awards®

The Mom’s Choice Awards® is globally recognized for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. Around the world, parents, educators, retailers and members of the media look for the MCA mother-and-child Honoring Excellence seal of approval when selecting quality products and services for children and families. Read more.

02.15.19

What Does it Mean to Be American? This picture book says it better than any TV pundit or long-winded article. ~ coolmompicks.com

I actually choked up when I arrived at the illustration of a US naturalization ceremony; if you’ve never attended one, it’s one of the most powerful experiences I’ve ever had as a native-born citizen. Nina Mata Illustrations artwork…brought back all the raw emotion and excitement and tears and flag-waving in the wildly diverse Brooklyn courtroom that day. Read more.

01.27.19

A Digital Golden Rule Made Possible By Blockchain ~ beyondthebookcast.com

We’re casting a light on the whole industry. A publishing partner is going to be able to see how the toy sales are going and how the ed-tech licensing deals are going and how the video game sales are going. They can adjust their product offering because of that transparency. Read more.

11.01.18

Edit Your Life Podcast | Episode 140: Raising Good Citizens with Rana DiOrio

During this divisive moment in our country, how do we model good citizenship for our kids? In Episode 140 of Edit Your Life, Christine interviews Rana DiOrio, co-author of the forthcoming book What Does It Mean to Be American? Rana shares what inspired her to write the book, what she felt was missing in the children’s book publishing market, and how books can open the door to two foundational aspects of good citizenship: inclusivity and empathy. Listen to podcast.

10.25.18

Writing a book with my Republican friend taught me about ties that bind
By Rana DiOrio, co-author of What Does It Mean To Be American? (Sourcebooks April 2019)

Elad lives on the East Coast, and I live on the West Coast. He is a veteran of the US Army, and I have never served in the military. He is of Israeli descent, and I am of Italian descent. He has the point of view of a strong man, and I have the point of view of a strong woman. He leans right, and I lean left. Always up to a challenge, he accepted.

So much had happened to each of us during the time between dinner that night in 2010 and the day in 2016 when we agreed to nurture this lofty idea into existence together. We were both drawing on life experiences we never imagined at the time. Read more.

10.16.18

As an American born to immigrants, Love of Country has driven my life story
By Elad Yoran, co-author of What Does It Mean To Be American? (Sourcebooks April 2019)

My wife and I try to instill in our children not only patriotism and love of country, but also an understanding of why America is unique and sense of duty to give back in their own way to the country that has given us so much.
“What Does It Mean to Be American?” This is a question that has intrigued me as far back as I can remember and trying to answer it has been a theme of my life. In writing a book that explores this topic for children, I hope to spark curiosity in young children, my own included, that will lead to a lifetime of the same love of country that has driven my story. Read more

10.08.18

Let’s show children what it means to be American and inspire them to honor our democracy.
By Rana DiOrio, co-author of What Does It Mean To Be American? (Sourcebooks April 2019)

I’m of Italian descent and lean to the left politically. Elad is of Israeli descent and leans to the right politically. We balanced one another’s perspectives. We listened to one another and empathized with the other’s point of view. We were kind to one another and discussed and debated the messages we wanted to convey in a non-partisan manner. It is my hope that when children and their caring adults read the book together, they share that same respect and empathy with one another. Because we can’t teach children what it means to be American through academic lesson. We have to show them, literally, every day. Read more.