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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  • Aaron Blabey and The Bad Guys

    July 1st, 2022  |  28 mins 37 secs
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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.

  • Muted: A Conversation With Author Tami Charles

    October 19th, 2021  |  24 mins 23 secs
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    In this episode, author Tami Charles joins host Suzanne McCabe to talk about her latest book, Muted. The young adult novel in verse introduces readers to three aspiring musicians: Denver, Dali, and Shaq. The gifted Black teens are coping with high school, family, and friends in rural Delaware Valley.

  • Celebrating Hispanic & Latine Heritage Month

    September 28th, 2021  |  43 mins 49 secs
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    In this episode, we celebrate Hispanic & Latine Heritage Month with some favorite Scholastic authors Sonia Manzano, Pam Muñoz Ryan and Justin A. Reynolds and illustrator Pablo Leon.

  • The Day Our World Changed: Remembering 9/11

    September 8th, 2021  |  38 mins 25 secs
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    In this episode, award-winning author Alan Gratz discusses the 9/11 attacks and the complicated fallout in the United States and abroad after that fateful day. Alan’s latest book, Ground Zero: A Novel of 9/11, helps young readers understand what it was like to be in Lower Manhattan when two airplanes struck the Twin Towers, and how the attacks led to a 20-year war in Afghanistan.

  • Back to School, Back Together: Classroom Resources for Teachers and Students

    August 24th, 2021  |  36 mins 53 secs
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    A new school year is upon us, and students are returning to the classroom—some for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic was declared in March 2020. How can educators and families navigate an uncertain landscape?

  • Summer Reading and “the Healing Power of Story”

    August 5th, 2021  |  25 mins 37 secs
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    According to the Scholastic Teacher & Principal School Report, more than 60% of educators notice a learning loss among students—also known as the “summer slide”—at the start of the academic year. Educators overwhelmingly agree that reading books when school is out supports students’ academic success.