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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 Employees Share Their Holiday Traditions

    Scholastic Employees Share Their Holiday Traditions

    Happy holidays from all of us in the Scholastic Family! On this episode, we asked our employees to share their fondest holiday memories. You'll hear about Christmas read-alouds, a Chanukah grab bag, and even a fashion show on Eid al-Fitr. 


    Guests:



    Kevin Kirschner: Nephew of host Suzanne McCabe
    Mark Seidenfeld: Vice President and Deputy General Counsel
    Talia Seidenfeld: Assistant Editor
    Patti Vaughan: Convention Manager, Corporate Conventions
    Raisa Masood: Internal Communications Coordinator
    Amanda Erbe: Scholastic Kid Reporter


    Special thanks:



    Hosted by Suzanne McCabe
    Music composed by Lucas Elliot Eberl
    Produced and edited by Bridget Benjamin
    Associate produced by Mackenzie Cutruzzula
    Sound mix and recording by Daniel Jordan

    • 19 min
    Expanding an Existing World

    Expanding an Existing World

    Acclaimed author, Maggie Stiefvater describes Call Down the Hawk, the first book in a brand-new trilogy, as a “big, strange, weird novel” full of all of the things she likes in both novels and life. This includes art, magic, music, and mythology.


    Call Down the Hawk follows Ronan Lynch, a character who can take things out of his dreams and bring them into real life, and Jordan Hennessy, an artist, a thief, and maybe something else.


    If you’re a fan of young-adult literature, you’re probably familiar with Maggie’s work. She is the New York Times best-selling author of The Raven Cycle, The Shiver Trilogy, and The Scorpio Races.


    On this episode, we'll talk with her and award-winning author Scott Westerfeld about what it’s like to expand a fictional universe for eager fans. Scott is the author of The Uglies Series, The Leviathan Trilogy, and Impostors, among many other titles.


    Special thanks:



    Music composed by Lucas Elliot Eberl
    Produced and edited by Bridget Benjamin
    Associate Produced by Mackenzie Cutruzzula
    Sound mix and recording by Daniel Jordan
    *Suzanne McCabe is the Editor of Scholastic Kids Press

    • 26 min
    Alyssa Milano on Hope and Middle School

    Alyssa Milano on Hope and Middle School

    You may remember Alyssa from her hilarious role on Who’s the Boss? In addition to being an actress, Alyssa is an activist, and now a children’s book author. She recently wrote Hope: Project Middle School. On this episode she joins us to discuss her new novel and the power of hope. We're also joined by Scholastic Kids Press reporter Alula Alderson who recently interviewed Alyssa on her book tour in Los Angeles. Alula also talks about what Hope: Project Middle School means to her as a current middle school student. 


    Guests: 

    Alyssa Milano:


    Actress and activist Alyssa Milano has spent almost her entire life in the public eye. A famous child actor, she has continued to work throughout her adulthood in both television and film, most notably starring in the wildly popular television series Who's the Boss? and Charmed. Alyssa is also a lifelong activist and is passionate about fighting for human rights around the world. In 2003, UNICEF invited Alyssa to become a National Ambassador in recognition of her charitable work on behalf of children. Ever since then, Alyssa has been a champion of children's rights, working closely with UNICEF to raise money and awareness and provide aid to the children who need it most all over the world. Alyssa also speaks to kids in schools around the country about the importance of voting and teaches them how to fill out a ballot because she believes it's never too early to be civic-minded. Most recently, Alyssa is known for popularizing the #MeToo hashtag on Twitter, sparking the massive viral movement. She was named one of the 2017 Persons of the Year in Time magazine alongside other prestigious activists. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two kids.


    Alula Alderson: A Scholastic Kids Press reporter since 2017, Alula Alderson covers a variety of topics including entertainment, the enviornment, and history. 


    Additional Resources:

    Learn more about Hope: Project Middle School by Alyssa Milano and Debbie Rigaud, illustrated by Eric S. Keyes here.


    Learn more about the Scholastic Kids Press here. 


    Special thanks:


    Music composed by Lucas Elliot Eberl
    Produced and edited by Bridget Benjamin
    Associate Produced by Mackenzie Cutruzzula
    Sound mix and recording by Daniel Jordan


    *Suzanne McCabe is the Editor of Scholastic Kids Press

    • 19 min
    Classroom Libraries: Finding a Book for Every Student

    Classroom Libraries: Finding a Book for Every Student

    Access to books, whether in or outside of the home, is not a reality for many children.


    According to the latest Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report™, classroom libraries are only available for 43 percent of school-age children. And only one-third of kids say that they have access to a classroom library with enough of the types of books they’d like to read.



    On this episode, we’re talking with two educators who are working to bridge this gap. 




    Guests:


    David C. Banks: 





    David is the president and CEO of the Eagle Academy Foundation. He and Scholastic have joined forces to curate collections of culturally relevant fiction, nonfiction, and biographies for perhaps the most under-represented group in literature: boys of color. This new classroom library, “Rising Voices,” celebrates the stories of Black and Latino boys. 





    Illysa Thomas:




    A kindergarten teacher at Empowerment Academy Charter School in Jersey City, New Jersey who is a Patterson Pledge grant winner. 



    Additional Resources:




    Rising Voices





    Patterson Pledge 





    Special thanks:





    Music composed by Lucas Elliot Eberl
    Produced and edited by Bridget Benjamin
    Produced and edited by Mackenzie Cutruzzula
    Sound mix and recording by Daniel Jordan




     

    • 25 min
    Spooky stories for Halloween

    Spooky stories for Halloween

    What’s that creaking sound down the hall? Did you feel a sudden chill in the air? And where is that haunting piano music coming from? 


    It’s Halloween-time! And we’re sure you’re getting into the spirit—scary noises and all. 


    To celebrate this spooky season, we’re talking with four authors who specialize in writing scary stories for kids!


    On this episode, you’ll hear from Victoria Schwab, Max Brallier, India Hill Brown, and R. L. Stine. We asked them what it is about spine-chilling books that’s so compelling for young readers. Each author also shares a spooky read-aloud from their latest book!  


    Additional Resources



    Learn more about the Cassidy Blake series by Victoria Schwab
    Learn more about the Acorn line Mr. Shivers series by Max Brallier
    Learn more about The Forgotten Girl by India Hill Brown
    Learn more about the Goosebumps series by R.L. Stine


    Guests:



    Victoria Schwab: Victoria is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen novels for readers of all ages, including City of Ghosts, the Shades of Magic series (which has been translated into over 15 languages), This Savage Song, and Our Dark Duet. Victoria can often be found haunting Paris streets and trudging up Scottish hillsides. Usually, she's tucked in the corner of a coffee shop, dreaming up stories. Visit her online at veschwab.com.
    Max Brallier: Max Brallier is the author of more than 20 books for children, including the Galactic Hot Dogs and The Last Kids on Earth middle-grade series. Under the pen name Jack Chabert, he is the creator and author of the Eerie Elementary series with Scholastic Branches. Max lives in New York City with his wife and daughter.
    India Hill Brown: India Hill Brown is a southern belle who recently moved back down south to North Carolina after living in NYC and working at HBO. Her day job is in social media, and her passion is writing. Her freelance work has been published in Teen Vogue, Essence, Sesi Mag, and The Everygirl. Visit her at booksandbighair.com or on Twitter at @booksandbighair.
    R.L. Stine: R.L. Stine's books have sold more than 300 million copies, making him one of the most popular children's authors in history. Besides Goosebumps, R.L. Stine has written series including: Fear Street, Rotten School, Mostly Ghostly, The Nightmare Room, and Dangerous Girls. R.L. Stine lives in New York with his wife, Jane, and his King Charles spaniel, Minnie. www.RLStine.com.


    Special thanks:



    Music composed by Lucas Elliot Eberl
    Sound mix and recording by Daniel Jordan
    Produced and edited by Mackenzie Cutruzzula


     

    • 37 min
    In Their Own Words: Sharon Robinson and Da Chen

    In Their Own Words: Sharon Robinson and Da Chen

     This week, we’re talking about the power of telling your own story. You’ll hear from two incredible authors. First is Sharon Robinson, the daughter of baseball legend Jackie Robinson. Sharon is the author of several works of fiction and nonfiction, including many widely praised nonfiction books about her father’s life. This year, she’s telling her OWN story in Child of the Dream — a memoir about one of the most important years in the Civil Rights Movement, 1963, when Sharon was just 13. 


    Later, we talk with Da Chen. Da is a New York TImes bestselling author who joins us to talk about his memoir for young readers, Girl Under a Red Moon. The deeply moving story focuses on Da’s older sister Sisi and their childhood growing up together during the Chinese Cultural Revolution.


    Additional Resources


    Learn more about Child of the Dream (A Memoir of 1963) by Sharon Robinson


    Learn more about Girl Under a Red Moon by Da Chen


    Guests:


    Sharon Robinson: daughter of baseball legend Jackie Robinson, is the author of several works of fiction and nonfiction. She has also written several widely praised nonfiction books about her father.


    Da Chen: Da Chen’s life is a true immigrant success story. A native of China, Chen grew up in a tiny village without electricity or running water. He was a victim of communist political persecution during the Chinese Cultural Revolution but then went on to study at the Beijing Languages and Culture University. Da arrived in America at the age of twenty-three with only $30 and a bamboo flute, and attended the Columbia University School of Law on a full scholarship. He lives in Southern California, with his family.


    Special thanks:



    Music composed by Lucas Elliot Eberl
    Sound mix and recording by Daniel Jordan
    Edited by Mackenzie Cutruzzula
    Produced by Emily Morrow


     


     


     

    • 44 min

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