Scholastic Reads

Our podcast about children’s books and the joy and power of reading

About the show

Scholastic's 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.

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  • Celebrating Pride Month With Author Simon James Green

    June 27th, 2023  |  19 mins 28 secs
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    In this episode, we’re celebrating Pride Month with British author and screenwriter Simon James Green.

  • Celebrating 100 Years of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

    June 8th, 2023  |  30 mins 6 secs
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    In this episode, Hannah Jones, Deimosa Webber-Bey, and Henry Trinder join host Suzanne McCabe to talk about A Thousand Familiar Faces.

  • Parachute Kids: Celebrating AANHPI Heritage Month With Betty C. Tang

    May 11th, 2023  |  22 mins
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    In this episode, we’re celebrating Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with New York Times bestselling comic artist Betty C. Tang. Betty talks with host Suzanne McCabe about her extraordinary new graphic novel, Parachute Kids.

  • Iceberg: Author Jennifer A. Nielsen Reimagines the Sinking of the Titanic

    April 12th, 2023  |  22 mins 55 secs

    Jennifer A. Nielsen has written a great one! In this episode, she talks with host Suzanne McCabe about Iceberg, her new middle grade novel. It’s already a best-seller.

  • I Kick and I Fly: A Conversation With Author and Activist Ruchira Gupta

    March 9th, 2023  |  24 mins 24 secs

    In this episode, host Suzanne McCabe talks with Ruchira Gupta, a journalist, author, and activist who is ensuring a future for girls who otherwise might not have one.

  • Dreamer: Akim Aliu Talks About His New Graphic Novel and Racism in the Hockey World

    February 10th, 2023  |  22 mins 3 secs

    In this Black History Month episode, Akim talks with host Suzanne McCabe about Dreamer, his new graphic memoir for 8- to 12-year-olds. Co-authored by Greg Anderson Elysée, the book is illustrated by Karen De La Vega and Marcus Williams, and published by Scholastic Graphix and Kaepernick Publishing.

  • Owl Diaries: Rebecca Elliott on Reading Aloud and Eva the Owlet

    January 30th, 2023  |  21 mins 42 secs

    In this episode, Rebecca talks with host Suzanne McCabe about the runaway success of Owl Diaries and Eva the Owlet, the upcoming adaptation from Apple TV+.

  • The Tower of Life: Remembering the Holocaust

    January 25th, 2023  |  27 mins 32 secs

    Chana Stiefel is the award-winning author of more than 30 books for children. In this episode, she talks with host Suzanne McCabe about Yaffa Eliach’s remarkable story told in the picture book The Tower of Life, and why it’s so important for young people to learn about the Holocaust.

  • The Power of Mentoring

    January 11th, 2023  |  28 mins 53 secs

    One way is through mentoring. Scholastic’s nationwide mentorship program helps students boost their literacy skills while creating meaningful bonds with caring individuals. Our read-aloud mentoring program, which comes with books and teaching guides, is called R.E.A.L. — READ, EXCEL, ACHIEVE, and LEAD.

  • If You Lived During the Plimouth Thanksgiving Revisited

    November 10th, 2022  |  35 mins 32 secs
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    In 2021, host Suzanne McCabe posed those questions to Chris Newell, an award-winning educator and author, and a proud citizen of the Passamaquoddy tribe in Maine. In this episode, Chris returns to talk about Native American Heritage Month and what it means to him.

  • The Science of Reading: Turning Research into Practice with Dr. Julia B. Lindsey

    October 27th, 2022  |  22 mins 41 secs
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    In this episode, Dr. Julia B. Lindsey talks with host Suzanne McCabe about the science of reading and how she recommends putting it into practice. Dr. Lindsey is a leading expert on foundational skills and early reading. Her new book for educators is called Reading Above the Fray: Reliable, Research Based Routines for Developing Decoding Skills.

  • Celebrating Hispanic and Latine Heritage Month With Carmen Agra Deedy, Sonia Manzano, and Claribel A. Ortega

    September 30th, 2022  |  51 mins 25 secs
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    In this episode, we’re celebrating Hispanic and Latine Heritage Month with three favorite Scholastic authors.

  • Honoring Banned Books Week with Amy Sarig King

    September 19th, 2022  |  22 mins 47 secs
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    In this episode, award-winning author Amy Sarig King talks with host Suzanne McCabe about Attack of the Black Rectangles, her new novel for middle graders. The book, which takes on censorship and intolerance, is based on an experience Amy had in her Pennsylvania town.

  • “Make Good Trouble” — Remembering U.S. Representative John Lewis

    July 18th, 2022  |  24 mins 56 secs
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    In this episode, we’re honoring John Lewis, the civil rights hero and Congressman who died in 2020. The bond that Lewis forged with young Tybre Faw is the subject of a new picture book by best-selling author Andrea Davis Pinkney. Illustrated by Keith Henry Brown, the book is called Because of You, John Lewis: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship. Later in the episode, U.S. Representative Nikema Williams shares her memories of Lewis and explains how Tybre and other young people are following in the courageous leader’s footsteps.