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.

Scholastic Reads on social media


  • 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.

  • Listening to Kid Reporters: Life During the Pandemic

    April 16th, 2020  |  20 mins 52 secs
    children, coronavirus, covid-19, global health crisis, kids, kids press, pandemic, scholastic

    In this episode, host Suzanne McCabe, who is the editor of Scholastic Kids Press, talks with five Kid Reporters about life during the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Furious Thing: YA Author Jenny Downham on the Power of Gaslighting

    March 5th, 2020  |  18 mins 54 secs
    jenny downham, reading, scholastic, ya, young adult novel

    In her latest novel, Furious Thing, Jenny Downham discusses the insidious nature of gaslighting, the power of one 15-year-old girl’s anger, and the risk of speaking up about those feelings.

  • The Librarian of Congress: Why Representation Matters

    February 12th, 2020  |  19 mins 46 secs
    black history month, books, children, diversity, dr. carla hayden, inclusion, kids, librarian of congress, literature, reading, scholastic

    In this episode, we chat with Librarian of Congress, Dr. Carla Hayden about the importance of representation for our young readers.

  • The Power of World Read Aloud Day

    January 23rd, 2020  |  30 mins 36 secs
    be a better parent, carmen agra deedy, dav pilkey, family, kids, lester laminack, literacy, pam allyn, parenting, parents, peter reynolds, reading, scholastic, scholastic reads, teachers, world read aloud day