Scholastic Reads

Episode Archive

Episode Archive

139 episodes of Scholastic Reads since the first episode, which aired on December 14th, 2015.

  • If You Lived During the Plimouth Thanksgiving Revisited

    November 10th, 2022  |  35 mins 32 secs
    chris newell, colonization, if you lived series, linda coombs, literacy podcasts, literature podcasts, native americans, native stories, passamaquoddy tribe, plimoth thanksgiving, plimouth rock, plymouth rock, podcasts, scholastic podcasts, thanksgiving, wampanoag scholars

    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
    dr. julia b. lindsey, education, educators, scholastic, science of reading, teachers

    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
    books, carmen agra deedy, children's books, claribel a. ortega, education, hispanic and latine heritage month, literature, reading, scholastic, sonia manzano

    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
    amy sarig king, attack of the black rectangles, banned books week, education, scholastic, schools, teachers

    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
    andrea davis pinkney, because of you john lewis, children's books, civil rights, john lewis, keith henry brown, nikema williams, scholastic, tybre fall

    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.

  • Aaron Blabey and The Bad Guys

    July 1st, 2022  |  28 mins 37 secs
    aaron blabey, bad guys, bad guys movie

    In the latest #ScholasticReads Podcast, author and illustrator Aaron Blabey talks about the creation of The Bad Guys, his hit book series with Scholastic.

  • It’s Summer! Grab a Book!

    June 21st, 2022  |  45 mins 12 secs
    children's books, parents, scholastic, summer reading, teachers

    It's summer time and that only means one thing at Scholastic--it's time to grab a book and read! Listen to some of our feature authors and hear about our reading partnership with Save the Children that's helping us get books into the hands of children in rural America!

  • “Be Who You Are” — A Conversation with Alex Gino

    June 9th, 2022  |  22 mins 19 secs
    alex gino, books, lgbtqia, pride month, scholastic

    In this episode, we’re celebrating Pride Month with Alex Gino. Alex is the acclaimed author of several queer and progressive middle grade novels, including Rick, You Don’t Know Everything, Jilly P!, and the newly-released Alice Austen Lived Here.

  • “Invisible No More” — Celebrating AAPI Month

    May 24th, 2022  |  31 mins 6 secs
    aapi month, book recommendations, books, education, family, parents, scholastic, teachers

    In this episode, we honor Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with authors Debbi Michiko Florence and Gita Varadarajan.

  • Social and Emotional Learning: What Is it and How Can it Help Kids?

    May 9th, 2022  |  28 mins 57 secs
    children, education, mental health, scholastic, sel, social emotional learning

    During the pandemic, an increasing number of children and adolescents have reported struggling with anxiety and depression. How can we help them process their emotions and get the support they need?

  • Holly Robinson Peete on Autism Acceptance

    April 26th, 2022  |  21 mins 49 secs
    autism acceptance, children's books, education, holly robinson peete, parents, scholastic

    In this episode, author and actress Holly Robinson Peete talks about her family’s journey with autism.

  • Cultivating Genius, One Stitch at a Time: Bisa Butler and Gholdy Muhammad

    March 10th, 2022  |  31 mins 51 secs
    books, children, education, reading, scholastic, women's history month

    In this episode, we celebrate Women’s History Month and the power of women to transform our world, one stitch at a time. Host Suzanne McCabe talks with Scholastic Kid Reporter Camille Fallen, 13, about a recent interview she conducted with acclaimed textile artist Bisa Butler and Dr. Gholdy Muhammad, an educator and the author of the bestselling Cultivating Genius: An Equity Framework for Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy.

  • Sharing Black Stories with Andrea and Brian Pinkney

    February 18th, 2022  |  16 mins 20 secs

    In this episode, author Andrea Davis Pinkney and her husband, illustrator Brian Pinkney, join host Suzanne McCabe to talk about their new picture book: Bright Brown Baby: A Treasury.

  • “An Echo of Love”—Celebrating World Read Aloud Day

    January 28th, 2022  |  17 mins 35 secs
    books, children, education, parenting, reading, scholastic, teaching, world read aloud day

    In this episode, we’ve made World Read Aloud Day a family affair. Author Tami Charles and her son, Christopher, join host Suzanne McCabe to discuss Tami’s picture book, All Because You Matter, which was named the Best Children’s Book of 2020 by Amazon. Next, author Varian Johnson and his daughters, Savannah and Sydney, read from Varian’s graphic novel, Twins, which was chosen as a top-10 graphic novel of 2021 by the ALA Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table. Then, author Aida Salazar and her children, Avelina and M.J. Santos, read from Aida’s brand-new picture book in verse, In the Spirit of a Dream: 13 Stories of American Immigrants of Color.

  • If You Lived During the Plimoth Thanksgiving

    November 23rd, 2021  |  25 mins 19 secs
    chris newell, colonization, if you lived series, linda coombs, literacy podcasts, literature podcasts, native americans, native stories, passamaquoddy tribe, plimoth thanksgiving, plimouth rock, plymouth rock, podcasts, scholastic podcasts, thanksgiving, wampanoag scholars

    In this episode, host Suzanne McCabe talks with Chris Newell, the author of If You Lived During the Plimoth Thanksgiving, a new book for children. With help from Wampanoag scholar Linda Coombs, Chris offers young readers a fuller understanding of this pivotal encounter in American history and shows the devastating toll that colonization took on Indian tribes along the Eastern coast.

  • Clifford the Big Red Dog Hits the Big Screen

    November 15th, 2021  |  24 mins 10 secs
    books, children's books, clifford movie, clifford the big red dog, family, parents, scholastic

    Clifford is hitting the big screen in Clifford the Big Red Dog, a new movie from Paramount Pictures. The film, which is also available for streaming on Paramount+, is directed by Walt Becker and produced by Jordan Kerner and Iole Lucchese, who is Chief Strategy Officer at Scholastic and President of Scholastic Entertainment. Caitlin Friedman, SVP and General Manager of Scholastic Entertainment, serves as Executive Producer.