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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  • 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
  • Scholastic Employees Share Their Holiday Traditions

    December 23rd, 2019  |  19 mins 48 secs
    744002, books, christmas, education, eid al-fitr, family, hanukkah, holidays, parenting, teaching
  • Expanding an Existing World

    December 12th, 2019  |  26 mins 38 secs
    744002, call down the hawk, maggie stiefvater, scott westerfeld, the leviathan trilogy, the raven cycle, the scorpio races, the shiver trilogy, the uglies series
  • Alyssa Milano on Hope and Middle School

    December 3rd, 2019  |  19 mins 11 secs
    744002, activism, alyssa milano, books, bullying, education, kids, parenting, school, teaching
  • Classroom Libraries: Finding a Book for Every Student

    November 22nd, 2019  |  25 mins 49 secs
    744002, books, education, kids, parents, reading, school, teachers
  • Spooky stories for Halloween

    October 24th, 2019  |  37 mins 36 secs
    books, education, halloween, kids, parenting
  • In Their Own Words: Sharon Robinson and Da Chen

    October 11th, 2019  |  44 mins 30 secs
    books, civil rights, education, nonfiction, parenting, teaching
  • It Takes Guts: Raina Telgemeier and Eli Lebowitz

    September 23rd, 2019  |  34 mins 30 secs
    books, books for kids, childrens books, comics, graphic novel, literature, reading
  • Dav Pilkey talks Dog Man and "Do Good"

    August 26th, 2019  |  26 mins 52 secs
    books, childrens books, literature, parenting, reading, teaching
  • The Scholastic Summer Read-a-Palooza

    August 1st, 2019  |  31 mins 15 secs
    books, education, literature, parenting, reading, research, teaching