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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  • Helping Children Thrive: A Conversation With Dr. Linda C. Mayes

    May 16th, 2024  |  35 mins 37 secs
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    In this episode, Dr. Mayes talks with host Suzanne McCabe about the reasons for this disturbing trend and explores how we, as a society, can address the challenges our children are facing.

  • From Intention to Impact: How to Create More Inclusive Environments

    April 3rd, 2024  |  34 mins 44 secs
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    We hear a lot about DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) policies these days. But the work is often misunderstood, and even disparaged. In this episode, Lindsey Cotter, Chief Inclusion Officer at Scholastic, and Malia C. Lazu, Founder and CEO of the consulting firm Lazu Group, discuss ways to create more inclusive environments.

  • We Dream a World: Celebrating Black History Month With Yolanda Renee King

    February 7th, 2024  |  18 mins 54 secs
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    In honor of Black History Month, Yolanda Renee King talks with host Suzanne McCabe about her new picture book, We Dream A World: Carrying the Light From My Grandparents Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King. Yolanda is joined in the studio by her editor, Andrea Davis Pinkney, who is vice president and executive editor of Scholastic Trade Publishing.

  • Authors Neal Shusterman and Sharon Cameron Share Stories of Hope From the Holocaust

    January 23rd, 2024  |  34 mins 57 secs
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    In honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, we spotlight two Scholastic authors who depict everyday acts of heroism in their latest novels about the Holocaust.

  • Celebrating Hispanic Latine Heritage Month With Dr. Maria Armstrong

    October 6th, 2023  |  26 mins 49 secs
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    In this episode, we celebrate Hispanic Latine Heritage Month with Dr. Maria Armstrong.

  • 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.