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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  • Summer Reading and “the Healing Power of Story”

    August 5th, 2021  |  25 mins 37 secs
    children's books, education, kids literature, parenting, sayantani dasgupta, scholastic, summer reading

    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.

  • Celebrating Pride Month With Leah Johnson and Molly Knox Ostertag

    June 28th, 2021  |  29 mins 29 secs
    lbtqia+, lgbtqia+ books, pride month, scholastic

    In this episode, we celebrate Pride Month with new queer romances by award-winning YA authors Leah Johnson (Rise to the Sun) and Molly Knox Ostertag (The Girl From the Sea).

  • Room to Dream: Exploring the Asian American Experience With Kelly Yang and Dr. Don Vu

    May 13th, 2021  |  47 mins 1 sec
    aapi, asian american and pacific islander, children's book, children's literature, dr. don vu, front desk, kelly yang, reading, room to dream, scholastic, suzanne mccabe, three keys

    In this episode, we spotlight Asian American heritage and the immigrant experience with author Kelly Yang and educator Don Vu.

  • From Fear to Hope: Covering the Pandemic in our Classroom Magazines

    April 29th, 2021  |  37 mins 53 secs
    children's books, classroom magazines, education, lauren tarshis, scholastic, teachers

    Lauren Tarshis remembers the responsibilities that fell to her on March 11, 2020, when the coronavirus pandemic was declared, and schools around the country began to shift to virtual learning. Lauren is the editor-in-chief and publisher of Scholastic Classroom Magazines.

  • To Fly Among the Stars: Celebrating Women in Science

    March 18th, 2021  |  41 mins 23 secs
    books, children's book, dr. ronke olabisi, kids lit, literature, rebecca siegel, scholastic, scholastic reads podcast, science, steam, women's history month

    Do you know a little girl who dreams of becoming an astronaut, a fighter pilot, or an aeronautical engineer? In this episode, we celebrate the achievements of women who dared to follow their own dreams at a time when they were laughed at and dismissed.

  • The Making of Twins: A Conversation With Varian Johnson and Shannon Wright

    February 23rd, 2021  |  21 mins 21 secs
    books, children, reading, scholastic, teaching

    In this episode, author Varian Johnson and illustrator Shannon Wright talk about Twins, their new graphic novel for middle-graders.

  • Celebrating World Read Aloud Day

    February 2nd, 2021  |  22 mins 37 secs
    books, education, malcolm mitchell, pam allyn, reading, scholastic, scholastic reads, world read aloud day

    For 12 years, World Read Aloud Day has challenged participants to grab a book, find an audience, and read aloud. The global effort is now celebrated in 173 countries and counting.

  • Anti-racism Resources for Your Home and Classroom

    January 28th, 2021  |  33 mins 28 secs
    anti-racism education, children, parents, scholastic, teachers

    In this episode, we focus on anti-racism education in the classroom and at home. Host Suzanne McCabe talks with Dr. Gholdy Muhammad and Monique Melton.

  • Stillwater: Marvel in the Moment

    December 17th, 2020  |  21 mins 45 secs
    apple tv, books, education, kids, mindfulness, parents, reading, school, stillwater, teachers

    Host Suzanne McCabe talks with Mallika Chopra, an author, speaker, and wellbeing expert who serves as the mindfulness consultant on the TV series, and award-winning children's book illustrator and artist, Jon J Muth.

  • 100 Years of Reading: Celebrating Scholastic’s Legacy

    November 11th, 2020  |  34 mins 2 secs
    books, education, kids, parents, reading, scholastic, school, teachers

    Today, we're celebrating Scholastic's 100th anniversary with President, Chairman, and CEO Dick Robinson.

  • Immigrant Stories: A Conversation With Latinx Authors Aida Salazar and Francisco Stork

    October 2nd, 2020  |  31 mins 38 secs
    books, hispanic heritage month, latinx authors, reading, scholastic

    In this episode, we're celebrating Hispanic Heritage with two of our favorite Latinx authors, Aida Salazar and Francisco Stork.

  • Reading Aloud With Scholastic Authors: A Fall Preview

    September 9th, 2020  |  36 mins 5 secs
    books, books for kids, education, parents, read aloud, scholastic, teachers, young adult books

    When you hold a new book in your hands, the rest of the world seems to fade away. Lots of great titles from Scholastic are hitting the shelves this fall, bringing the promise of adventure to our young readers. We wanted to give you a preview of the books you can look forward to, so we invited some of our authors including Kelly Yang and Tami Charles to read aloud.

  • The Baby-Sitters Club Debuts on Netflix

    July 13th, 2020  |  21 mins 19 secs
    ann m martin, baby sitters club, books, bsc, netflix, reading, scholastic, tv

    “It all started at the very beginning of seventh grade.” Sound familiar? To millions of Baby-Sitters Club fans, Kristy Thomas, Claudia Kishi, Mary Anne Spier, Stacey McGill, and Dawn Schafer are favorite childhood friends. In this episode, the breakout stars of the new Netflix TV show answer questions from our Scholastic Kid Reporters. We also spotlight author Ann M. Martin, who created the beloved book series.

  • Through My Eyes: Ruby Bridges on the Struggle for Racial Justice

    June 24th, 2020  |  40 mins 9 secs
    black lives matter, civil rights, education, families, kids, parents, reading, ruby bridges, scholastic

    On November 14, 1960, Ruby Bridges integrated the all-white William Frantz Public School in her New Orleans neighborhood. She was six years old. Ruby’s courageous journey helped pave the way for Black and brown students across the United States to gain access to educational opportunities that had been denied to them for centuries.

  • Celebrating Pride Month With Debut Novelist Leah Johnson

    June 18th, 2020  |  35 mins 6 secs
    children, kids, leah johnson, lgbtqia+, parents, pride, scholastic

    In this episode, debut author, Leah Johnson talks with host Suzanne McCabe about growing up in Indiana, becoming a fiction writer, and “giving queer folks the happy ending they deserve.”

  • Helping Kids and Parents Cope With Covid-19 Anxiety

    May 7th, 2020  |  19 mins 49 secs
    anxiety, anxiety disorders, at home learning, coronavirus, covid-19, distance learning, eli lebowitz, emotional health, family, kids, mental health, pandemic, yale child study center

    During the pandemic, many of us have experienced feelings of fear, anxiety, and loss. These feelings extend to children, too, who are learning new lessons at home and wondering what the future holds. We explore what parents and educators can do to help kids cope with uncertainty and continue to learn and thrive.