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A biweekly podcast about the joy and power of reading, the books we publish for children and young adults, and the authors, editors, and stories behind them. We’ll explore topics important to parents, educators, and the reader in all of us.
||CleanDav Pilkey: Using Humor to Get Kids Reading||Laughter is a universal language, and Dav Pilkey speaks it fluently. The award-winning author and illustrator of the Captain Underpants series joins us in the studio this week to introduce his newest series, Dog Man, and to talk about why funny books ar||1/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHoliday book fair: Must-have books for 2016||The holidays bring many wonderful thing to Scholastic, chief among them, the employee book fair! There's something for readers of every age, from picture books, coloring books, and cookbooks, to how-to books, graphic novels, and memoirs. In this episode,||12/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPam Muñoz Ryan: Getting Readers to Turn the Page||Pam Muñoz Ryan, the celebrated and critically acclaimed author of Esperanza Rising, The Dreamer, and Riding Freedom, among many others, joins us in the studio today with her editor, Tracy Mack, to talk about her writing process, the genesis of her la||12/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJames Patterson: Saving Lives with Libraries||Libraries are the heart of a school, but many suffer from chronic under-funding. Author James Patterson is working to change that. In this episode, he joins us to discuss his pledge to donate $1.75 million to school libraries for the second year in a row.||11/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Dream Jumper" and the Rise of Graphic Novels||Graphic novels are having a moment. Inspired by the rise of this popular genre, we asked Greg Grunberg, actor and author of the recently released Dream Jumper, to share the story of his inspiration. Illustrator Lucas Turnbloom also discusses his role in t||11/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBooks with Scare Power: Dan Poblocki on "Shadow House"||Just in time for Halloween, Dan Poblocki, author of the new multiplatform series Shadow House, joins us to talk about the origins of his spooky tales. The series comes with an app, which is perfect for young readers. In the episode, Dan (pictured here wit||10/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBarry Cunningham and M.G. Leonard Talk Books (and Beetles!)||15 years ago, Scholastic partnered with Chicken House, a publishing company based in the UK begun by publisher Barry Cunningham. In this episode, Barry, perhaps best-known for being the original acquiring editor of a little book called Harry Potter and t||10/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChildren's Books to Help Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month||Maria Dominguez, executive editor at Scholastic en Español, and Nancy Mercado, editorial director of Scholastic Press, share their experiences reading and editing Spanish-language or Latino-culture-driven children's books in celebration of Hispanic Herit||9/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBack to School with Judy Newman||For generations, teachers have been using Scholastic Reading Club to help their students foster a lifelong love of reading. Judy Newman, President of Scholastic Reading Club, joins us to talk about the unique business, its book-selection process, and her||9/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Baby-sitters Club Turns 30||Thirty years ago this month, readers were first introduced to the founding members of The Baby-sitters Club: Kristy, Claudia, Mary Anne, and Stacey. With nearly 250 titles in print, and new graphic novel adaptations by Raina Telgemeier, The Baby-sitters C||8/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStories of Survival With Lauren Tarshis||Lauren Tarshis, author of the bestselling I Survived series, explains why her stories of survival resonate so deeply with young readers. Her thrilling tales about such momentous events as the sinking of the Titanic and the bombing of Pearl Harbor allow he||8/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEdwidge Danticat: Beating the Darkness||In this episode, we’re joined by Edwidge Danticat, whose work recounts the stories of Haitians and Haitian-Americans. Her haunting YA novel, Untwine, tells the story of an unbreakable bond between twin sisters of Haitian descent. Guest: Edwidge Dant||7/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDrag Teen with Jeffery Self||June is Pride Month, so we’re dragging it up with Jeffery Self! Jeffery is the author of Drag Teen, his debut YA novel. The book follows a high school senior (and aspiring drag queen) on a quest to go to college. Jeffery is joined by his editor, acclaim||6/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWe Have Diverse Books||In this episode, Arthur A. Levine, Vice President and Publisher of Arthur A. Levine Books, joins us to talk about the authors, topics, and books that he has championed throughout his career. Authors Francisco Stork (Marcelo in the Real World, The Memory||6/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Scholastic Art & Writing Awards||In this episode, we're talking about the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades 7–12. Created in 1923 by Scholastic founder Maurice R. "Robbie" Robinson, th||6/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMaking the Summer Leap||In this episode, literacy expert Pam Allyn joins us to talk about summer learning and how we can turn the dreaded “summer slide”—the learning loss children experience when they’re out of school—into the “summer leap,” a time filled with opp||5/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLibrarians: Making Hearts Large Through Story||We’re celebrating School Library Month with three of the most dedicated librarians we know. John Schumacher (the famous “Mr. Schu”) and Scholastic librarian Deimosa Webber-Bey talk with us about why they became librarians, the crucial task of findin||4/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCecil’s Pride: The Life of a Lion King||Craig Hatkoff and his daughter Isabella join us to talk about Cecil’s Pride: The True Story of a Lion King, their stunning new picture book. Craig and Isabella give us a behind-the-scenes look at the famed lion’s life and death, and explain how their||4/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSame But Different: Holly Robinson Peete||Actor, author, philanthropist, and rockstar mom Holly Robinson Peete joins us to talk about her new book, Same But Different: Teen Life on the Autism Express, which she co-wrote with her twins, RJ and Ryan Elizabeth. The book explores the funny, pai||4/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPhyllis Hunter: Reading Is a Civil Right||Literacy expert Phyllis C. Hunter joins us to talk about what inspires her (Jennifer Hudson, passionate teachers, and the musical Hamilton), and to share advice on how to help children become avid readers. Guests: Phyllis C. Hunter is an internation||4/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKate Beaton: A Princess, a Pony, and Punchlines||Just in time for Women’s History Month, Kate Beaton joins us to talk about her bestselling picture book, The Princess and the Pony, writing female characters, and her work on the wildly popular Hark! A Vagrant comic strip. Editors Cheryl Klein and Emil||3/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSonia Manzano: Shaping a Life Story||Author and actress Sonia Manzano, along with editor Andrea Davis Pinkney, discuss the making of Sonia's coming-of-age memoir, Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx. Sonia joined the cast of the acclaimed television series Sesame Street in||3/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKids on the Campaign Trail||The Scholastic News Kids Press Corps is the country’s oldest and largest student reporting program. This year, our team of young journalists is out on the campaign trail, meeting candidates and covering caucuses, primaries, and debates. In this episod||2/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSharon Robinson: Breaking Barriers||Sharon Robinson, daughter of baseball great Jackie Robinson, joins us to discuss her new book, The Hero Two Doors Down: A Story of Friendship Between a Boy and a Baseball Legend. Plus, we hear from filmmaker Ken Burns about his new documentary, Jackie Rob||2/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Power of Picture Books||Scholastic editor Liza Baker joins us to talk about Scholastic's new awareness campaign, “The Story Starts Here,” which emphasizes the importance of reading to children from day one. Plus, Stephen Savage (Where’s Walrus and Penguin?) joins us to dis||2/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBook Trends for 2016||What are the big trends in children’s literature for 2016? Look out for superheroes, graphic novels, diverse characters and mythology! Experts David Allender and Preeti Chibberr share their projections for the coming year. Guests: David Allender: Ed||1/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEvery Child a Super Reader||Literacy experts Pam Allyn and Ernest Morrell join us to talk about their new book, Every Child A Super Reader. The book helps parents and educators develop seven key strengths in young learners, transforming them into “Super Readers”—avid, p||1/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKids’ Books Holiday Hotline||Giving the gift of reading isn’t always easy, especially when you have a reluctant reader on your holiday shopping list. Experts David Allender and Preeti Chhibber answer parents’ questions about their trickiest book-buying challenges. Plus, we interv||12/17/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Magic of Harry Potter||What makes the Harry Potter series so special? How did it become the most popular in all of children’s literature? Cheryl Klein talks about her work as continuity editor on the series and shares harrowing stories about keeping the manuscript secret. Lit||12/14/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
LOVE this podcast
From the secrets of Harry Potter to the importance of literacy, this podcast covers the best of the book world. I love it and would definitely recommend to anyone, not just educators. Bonus: Suzanne McCabe's voice is mesmerizing!
Great conversations about books for kids and getting kids to read! Love the mix of personalities.
The host and her guests have great conversations about books and reading.