20 episodes

A family podcast about classic children’s books and the impact they have on us long into adulthood. In each episode, we talk about one popular children's book from the past, uncovering the unique story behind the story. While sitting down with famous, award-winning authors, we investigate the timeless themes in kids’ books.

Remember Reading Podcast HarperCollins Publishers

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    • 4.9, 101 Ratings

A family podcast about classic children’s books and the impact they have on us long into adulthood. In each episode, we talk about one popular children's book from the past, uncovering the unique story behind the story. While sitting down with famous, award-winning authors, we investigate the timeless themes in kids’ books.

    The One and Only Ivan (ft. Katherine Applegate, Mr. Schu, & Rosanne Parry)

    The One and Only Ivan (ft. Katherine Applegate, Mr. Schu, & Rosanne Parry)

    Did you know The One and Only Ivan was based on a real-life gorilla? Ivan lived in a mall in Tacoma, Washington for many years before being transferred to Zoo Atlanta. On this episode, we'll talk to author, Katherine Applegate, on why the circumstances inspired her to write the Newberry Medal winning book that's a soon to be major motion picture. The first time John Schumacher, or Mr. Schu, read this book, it changed his life. Listen to his story and how he, as Ambassador of School Libraries for Scholastic, incorporates it into his classroom visits. We'll also talk with Rosanne Parry, the author of A Wolf Called Wander, about getting into the mindset of an animal—in her case, a wolf—and the special bond we have with nature.

    To learn more about The One and Only Ivan, visit: https://bit.ly/3cKC0KI
    Do you have a story about how a classic book changed your life? Tweet @readingpod or email us at readingpod@harpercollins.com. Learn more at rememberreading.com. Until next time!

    • 36 min
    Frog and Toad (ft. Adrianne Lobel, Susan Hirschman, Pete Oswald, & Sergio Ruzzier)

    Frog and Toad (ft. Adrianne Lobel, Susan Hirschman, Pete Oswald, & Sergio Ruzzier)

    There's no place like home in this cozy, quirky children's book series about a frog, a toad, and their special friendship, written and illustrated by Arnold Lobel. On the show, we catch up with Adrianne Lobel, Arnold's daughter, to learn more about her father and the inspiration behind this classic story. We'll also talk to his longtime editor, Susan Hirschman, as well as some famous illustrators who were inspired by Arnold's work. Pete Oswald, illustrator of The Angry Birds movie and The Food Group series, has fond memories of the books growing up, and now his children are loving Frog & Toad. Illustrator Sergio Ruzzier, illustrator of Roar Like a Dandelion, loves Arnold Lobel's work so much, he has an original drawing from the late author.

    To learn more about Frog and Toad, visit bit.ly/2WuOUr6
    Do you have a story about how a classic book changed your life? Tweet @readingpod or email us at readingpod@harpercollins.com. Learn more at rememberreading.com. Until next time!

    • 37 min
    The Secret Garden (ft. Katherine Paterson & Sara Pennypacker)

    The Secret Garden (ft. Katherine Paterson & Sara Pennypacker)

    We may be former kids, but sometimes, it takes a little imagination to remind us what it was like to be a child. Find yourself a secret place as we discuss the unique power of imagination and The Secret Garden. On the show, we'll talk to Katherine Paterson about how The Secret Garden actually inspired her to write Bridge to Terabithia. We'll also talk to Sara Pennypacker, author of Pax and Here in the Real World, about her own secret places as a child.

    To learn more about The Secret Garden, visit https://bit.ly/3eGBuiZ
    Do you have a story about how a classic book changed your life? Tweet @readingpod or email us at readingpod@harpercollins.com. Learn more at rememberreading.com. Until next time!

    • 31 min
    Amelia Bedelia (ft. Meg Cabot & Herman Parish)

    Amelia Bedelia (ft. Meg Cabot & Herman Parish)

    Whether she's actually "drawing" curtains with marker or literally "dressing" a chicken in clothes, Amelia Bedelia is silly and yet... so very practical. She's a maid who's not so great at, well, being a maid, and we love her for it. On this episode, we talk to Meg Cabot, author of The Princess Diaries, who says the humor in Amelia Bedelia is special and something we need more of in our children's books today. We'll also speak with Herman Parish, Peggy Parish's nephew, who took over writing the Amelia Bedelia series when Peggy died. He tells us about the real "Amelia Bedelia" and his experience with the iconic children's book character.

    To learn more about Amelia Bedelia, visit http://bit.ly/33xW7Zt
    Do you have a story about how a classic book changed your life? Tweet @readingpod or email us at readingpod@harpercollins.com. Learn more at rememberreading.com. Until next time!

    • 27 min
    Monster (ft. Tiffany Jackson & Phoebe Yeh)

    Monster (ft. Tiffany Jackson & Phoebe Yeh)

    We’re sitting in on the trial of Steve Harmon, the protagonist of Walter Dean Myers’ groundbreaking novel Monster. Though first published in 1999, Monster remains as topical and unsettling now as ever before. Join us as we talk with two people whose lives were changed by Myers’ work—his long-time editor, Phoebe Yeh, and bestselling YA author Tiffany D. Jackson—and work through the questions that made Monster shine. What makes a monster? Who decides? And what happens to kids trapped in a system that labels them as irredeemable? We also talk about Myers' influence on the We Need Diverse Books movement in the children's literature.

    **DISCLAIMER: This episode explores tough topics relating to the juvenile justice system experience that parents and teachers may want to review before sharing with children.**

    To learn more about Monster, visit http://bit.ly/2UHy7Ro
    The Monster audiobook featured on this episode is brought to you by Listening Library, an imprint of Penguin Random House: http://bit.ly/2uuwoEp
    Do you have a story about how a classic book changed your life? Tweet @readingpod or email us at readingpod@harpercollins.com. Learn more at rememberreading.com. Until next time!

    • 30 min
    The Chronicles of Narnia (ft. Douglas Gresham & Eoin Colfer)

    The Chronicles of Narnia (ft. Douglas Gresham & Eoin Colfer)

    Open the wardrobe door and climb into the magical world of Narnia! Join us as we discuss one of the most famous children's book series of all time, The Chronicles of Narnia as well as C.S. Lewis, the brilliant man behind the beloved books. On the show, we talk with C.S. Lewis' stepson, Douglas Gresham about his experience with the late writer. Gresham shares anecdotes about his parents—how their love, romance, and kindness changed his life forever. We also talk with Eoin Colfer, author of the bestselling Artemis Fowl series! He tells us about how Narnia influenced his work and how, much like C.S. Lewis, he never intended on writing a series at all.

    To learn more about The Chronicles of Narnia, visit http://bit.ly/36f93Dd
    Do you have a story about how a classic book changed your life? Tweet @readingpod or email us at readingpod@harpercollins.com. Learn more at rememberreading.com. Until next time!

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
101 Ratings

101 Ratings

MarieLovesToRead ,

A podcast for ME!

Finally, a podcast for me! As a child growing up in the 70’s, contemporary books were the classics from the 50’s, 60’s and before, mostly the books from my mother’s childhood. But these were the books that taught me to read and LOVE reading! I was the child that looked forward to the summer reading program...when I checked out at the library my stack of books went all the way up to my chin! And I usually had them read before the due date. But what, as an adult, I love about this podcast is not only the remembrance but the contemporary books they inspire. As a preschool teacher inspiring new readers this is especially important. Thank you for giving me validation that reading is as important today as it was when I was a child.

lhesterman ,

Listen to this wonderful kidlit podcast!

Hands down! This is my new favorite #kidlit podcast. It features classics, new works, author interviews, inspiration AND helps me build a great display! I’m so happy to see these retro reads being celebrated! Thanks SO MUCH @readingpod! 📚❤️

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