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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  • A Song, a Feminist Princess, and a Conversation with Julia Donaldson

    November 29th, 2017  |  17 mins 47 secs
    books, childrens books, julia donaldson, kid lit, picture books, reading
  • We the People

    November 17th, 2017  |  39 mins 32 secs
    children's books, civics, civics education, education, elementary education, parenting, teaching
  • Talking Wonderstruck with Brian Selznick

    November 9th, 2017  |  34 mins 21 secs
    brian selznick, children's books, family movies, kid lit, wonderstruck
  • I Exist: Why Representation in Children's Books Matters

    October 26th, 2017  |  27 mins 45 secs
    books, children's books, diversity, literature, reading, representation, we need diverse books
  • Everything is a Metaphor: A Conversation with Maggie Stiefvater

    October 2nd, 2017  |  32 mins
    books, children's literature, literature, maggie stiefvater, ya books, young adult books
  • Art, Tragedy, and Ghost Stories: A Conversation with Daniel José Older

    September 21st, 2017  |  25 mins 44 secs
    books, daniel jose older, reading, teens, we need diverse books, ya, young adult books

    This week, we're joined in the studio by Daniel José Older, author of the New York Times bestselling Shadowshaper, an urban fantasy for young adults that follows the adventures of Sierra Santiago, a Brooklyn teen with supernatural powers.

  • Getting Families Engaged in the Classroom

    September 7th, 2017  |  33 mins 17 secs
    education, parenting, parents, teacher, teaching

    Research tells us that when families are engaged in their children's learning, great things happen. But what does it look like when families and educators are working together? To find out, we're talking with Dr. Karen L. Mapp from the Harvard Graduate School of Education (and co-author of Powerful Partnerships: A Teacher’s Guide to Engaging Families for Student Success).

  • Summer Short: Middle Grade Read-Alouds

    August 24th, 2017  |  14 mins 13 secs
    books, children's books, parenting, read aloud, reading

    This week, we’re excited to share another short episode full of read-alouds with you! Here at Scholastic, we know that reading aloud with your child is one of the most important things you can do to, and it shouldn’t stop once they can read on their own.

  • Summer Short: Picture Book Read-Alouds

    August 10th, 2017  |  19 mins 9 secs
    books, children's books, parenting, picture book, read aloud, reading

    This week, we have something special — and a little different. We know from research that reading aloud is one of the best ways to turn kids into lifelong readers, and over the past 40 plus episodes, we’ve asked A LOT of talented authors to read aloud from their work. Today, we’ve stitched our picture book read-alouds together into one short episode that’s perfect for your 3- to 8-year-old!

  • Making Magic with Wings of Fire

    July 27th, 2017  |  27 mins 41 secs
    books, children, children's books, education, parenting, reading, teaching

    This week, we're talking with author Tui Sutherland about her New York Times and USA Today bestselling series, Wings of Fire.

  • 25 Years of Goosebumps

    July 13th, 2017  |  31 mins 10 secs
    books, children, children's books, education, goosebumps, parenting, reading, rl stine

    In July 1992, Scholastic introduced a monthly book series by R.L. Stine called Goosebumps with Goosebumps: Welcome to Dead House. Twenty-five years (and several generations of frightened kids later), Goosebumps is now one of the best-selling children's series of all time with more than 350 million English language books in print. To celebrate this milestone, we invited R.L. Stine into the studio to reflect on the last 25 years and to give us a look at what's still to come for the master of horror.

  • Telling the Stories of Refugees

    June 23rd, 2017  |  59 mins 12 secs
    books, children's books, current events, education, literature, parenting, refugee crisis, refugees, world events

    Actors Mandy Patinkin and Kathryn Grody, and author Alan Gratz join us this week to talk about the refugee crisis, and how they are giving voice to the children affected.

  • Openly, Honestly Bill: Bill Konigsberg on Reading and Writing with Pride

    June 8th, 2017  |  34 mins 8 secs
    children's books, children's literature, lgbtq, pride month

    Award-winning author Bill Konigsberg joins us in the studio for this week's episode, just in time to celebrate Pride Month.

  • Writing About War for Young Readers

    May 25th, 2017  |  34 mins 59 secs

    Memorial Day is a time of reflection and patriotism. But we recognize that it can sometimes be challenging to explain what we're celebrating — and the realities of war — to children. In this episode, we talk with authors C. Alexander London (Dog Tags and Tides of War series), Kate Messner (Rolling Thunder), and Lauren Tarshis (I Survived series) who share with us why and how they write about war for their young readers.

  • Meet the Kids Press

    May 11th, 2017  |  36 mins 13 secs
    kids press

    This week, we're introducing you to four members of the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps. Each year, 10- to 14-year-olds around the world are selected to be a part of the award-winning program. These young journalists report news for kids, by kids, covering breaking news, entertainment, and sports events from their hometowns and on the national stage. With us this week are kid reporters Esther Appelstein, Adedayo Perkovich, Titus Smith III, and Maxwell Surprenant, to talk about their experience during the past year. We're also joined in the studio by Michael Cappetta, a Scholastic News Kids Press Corps alumnus who is now a producer at NBC Universal, who shares some memories of his experience as a Kid Reporter.

  • Emma Donoghue Plus One

    May 4th, 2017  |  23 mins 4 secs
    books, children's books, education, emma donoghue, reading

    This week, we're talking with Emma Donoghue (author of the award-winning novel for adults Room), about her first book for children, The Lotterys Plus One. She's joined by her editor, Arthur A. Levine, to talk about the process of transitioning from writing for adults to writing for children; where the inspiration for Sumac Lottery and her big, unruly family came from; and the role Emma's own chlidren play in her creative process.