Away From Keyboard: Taking Gaming Offline

Episode 67 · June 21st, 2018 · 24 mins 39 secs

About this Episode

As video games continue to captivate kids around the world, Scholastic AFK—or "Away From Keyboard"books aim to harness that gaming passion, and convert it into a literacy tool.

To learn more about this initiative, we sat down with Michael Petranek, an executive editor at Scholastic, and Matthew J. Kirby, the author of the Assassin's Creed: Last Descendants series.

They tell us about what they love about gaming as well as some of the many benefits these books provide to growing readers: they encourage time away from screens, while also supporting reading and literacy by keeping fans engaged in the worlds they love.

Additional resources:


  • Michael Petranek is an executive editor at Scholastic
  • Matthew J. Kirby is the author of Last Descendants: An Assassin's Creed Novel Series

Special thanks:

  • Music composed by Lucas Elliot Eberl
  • Sound mix and editing by Daniel Jordan
  • Produced by Emily Morrow