1. The Empathetic Penguin, Peanut with guest author Aruna Lepore Maccabee and Marccella 43:19

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Teaching our children about empathy in their early stages of life is very important to any parent. However, it takes talented and passionate people to create these feelings in those around them at any age. This week’s guest, Aruna M. Lepore, is a shining example of this with her children’s book, Peanut the Penguin. The origin of Peanut has been inspired by the penguins of Cape Town, South Africa, to her roots in Trinidad, located in the Caribbean Islands. Follow us as we discover how a penguin who loves to sing inspires children and parents alike to understand empathy and how we can empower others to do the same.

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Maccabee is a husband of 19 yrs, father of two boys, Army vet, voice actor, writer, and podcast co-host of Beyond the Pen. Growing up in the theater and working as a voice actor, script analysis has been a critical skill he's been perfecting over the years. This skill has allowed him to look past what the author wants you to see and discover the truth between the words and the printed paper. Every story is unique, and so are the authors.

Marccella, a self-proclaimed bookworm, is an advocate for authors and their unique voices. Since learning to read at aged 6, Marccella could be found in the library with her nose in a good book. As an avid reader, Marccella recognized that there was untapped potential in the author community and was decidedly committed to creating valuable spaces to have conversations with writers of all genres. As a result, Marccella united with Maccabee (her brother from another mother) to further her vision of expanding the reach of authors and their audience.