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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  • Muted: A Conversation With Author Tami Charles

    October 19th, 2021  |  24 mins 23 secs
    books, muted, scholastic, tami charles, teens, young adult books

    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
    books, hispanic heritage month, justin a. reynolds, latinx authors, marvel, pablo leon, pam muñoz ryan, reading, scholastic, sonia manzano, suzanne mccabe

    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
    children's books, parenting, reading, scholastic, scholastic podcast, september 11

    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
    classroomscount, lauren tarshis, scholastic, scholastic magazines

    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
    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.