25 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 Presents

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    • 4.9 • 111 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.

    Representation Matters! (ft. Cynthia Leitich Smith & Ellen Oh)

    Representation Matters! (ft. Cynthia Leitich Smith & Ellen Oh)

    Representation matters, especially in children’s literature and stories that represent Native American people. In this episode, we focus on Heartdrum, an imprint about stories by Native American creators who publish stories with an emphasis on the present and future of Indian Country, and on the strength of young Native American heroes. Author-curator Cynthia Leitich Smith (Muscogee Creek), author and co-founder of We Need Diverse Books, Ellen Oh, and HarperCollins editor Rosemary Brosnan discuss how the Heartdrum project came to fruition and a sample of the beautifully diverse stories now available to young readers.

    To learn more about Heartdrum, visit Diversebooks.org/programs/heartdrum

    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!

    [:01] In her book, Jingle Dancer, Cynthia Leitich Smith depicted Native American girls and women, who are underrepresented in children’s literature.

    [5:01]The books by authors of color that impacted Cynthia and Ellen as children.

    [7:40] In her series, Indian Shoes, it was important to Cynthia the characters be in contemporary, urban settings.

    [10:57] When publishers shifted away from multiculturalism and inclusion, Cynthia successfully pivoted and created paranormal stories including the Feral series.

    [13:23] The progressive ideas that fuel We Need Diverse Books make the organization much more than a hashtag.

    [15:42] Ellen, Cynthia, and Rosemary Brosnan instigated the creation of Heartdrum, the first native imprint at a major publisher.

    [21:36] The Sea in Winter by Christine Day is one of the first books published by Heartdrum.

    [26:14] Current trends in contemporary children’s literature and future opportunities for Heartdrum.

    [29:44] Ellen describes her motivation for writing her very personal latest book, Finding Junie Kim.

    [32:02] Ancestor Approved is a collection of stories and poetry that showcases the diversity within Indian Country and pairs new and established authors.

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    • 36 min
    I Can Read! Books (ft. Corey Tabor & Kelly Starling-Lyons)

    I Can Read! Books (ft. Corey Tabor & Kelly Starling-Lyons)

    The treasured I Can Read! collection began with the beloved Little Bear in 1957 and is still going strong today! On the show, we discuss the series’ origins, its stories, and what’s ahead for the books. You’ll hear from Tamar Mays, an editor at HarperCollins, as well as from authors Corey Tabor (Fox the Tiger) and Kelly Starling-Lyons (Ty’s Travels) as they dive into what makes the I Can Read! books so magical for children beginning their journey as readers.

    To learn more about the I Can Read! series, visit icanread.com

    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!

    • 12 min
    Recap: Best of 2020!

    Recap: Best of 2020!

    After an incredibly difficult year, we reflect on the number of ways classic children's books can help kids and adults get through tough times.

    Featured in this episode:
    -The Secret Garden (Katherine Paterson)
    -One Crazy Summer (Janae Marks, Lisa Moore Romae, Paula Chase)
    -The One and Only Ivan (Roseanne Parry)

    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!

    • 13 min
    The Carrot Seed (ft. Tim Miller & Greg Pizzoli)

    The Carrot Seed (ft. Tim Miller & Greg Pizzoli)

    First published in 1945, "The Carrot Seed" is a beloved story about growing a carrot... but more than that, it’s about how far patience and perseverance can get you. In this episode, we're digging into the timeless classic, written by Ruth Krauss and illustrated by Crockett Johnson, and chatting about the book's simple, direct, yet evocative style that's resonated with readers for over 75 years. We'll also be joined by author and illustrator Tim Miller (Tiny Kitty, Big City) and illustrator Greg Pizzoli (Two Little Trains) for whom the book was a big influence.

    To learn more about The Carrot Seed, visit: bit.ly/2DMZuDy

    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
    One Crazy Summer (ft. Rita Williams-Garcia, Janae Marks, Paula Chase & Lisa Moore Ramée)

    One Crazy Summer (ft. Rita Williams-Garcia, Janae Marks, Paula Chase & Lisa Moore Ramée)

    Hailed by the New York Times as "witty and original," One Crazy Summer is a moving & funny story about three sisters looking for their mother in 1960s California. It's also a book that brings up issues that almost mirror current events today, tackling problems kids see around themselves. On this episode, we'll talk to acclaimed author Rita Williams-Garcia about what inspired her to write the Newbery Honor and National Book Award winning story - a contemporary classic that deals with everything from abandonment, to unfair policing, and the Black Panthers - why representation matters, and more. We'll also be joined by authors Janae Marks (From the Desk of Zoe Washington), Paula Chase (Turning Point), and Lisa Moore Ramée (Something to Say), three writers who read One Crazy Summer as adults, and had it stick with them.

    To learn more about One Crazy Summer, visit: bit.ly/2Yn09T0

    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!

    • 35 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
111 Ratings

111 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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