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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.

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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.

    Celebrating Hispanic & Latine Heritage Month

    Celebrating Hispanic & Latine Heritage Month

    In this episode, we celebrate Hispanic & Latine Heritage Month with some favorite Scholastic authors. First, Sonia Manzano revisits her 2015 memoir, Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx.


    You may know Sonia as Maria, the beloved character she played on Sesame Street for more than 30 years. Growing up in a struggling Puerto Rican family in the 1950s, Sonia wondered how she could contribute to a society that didn’t see her. “I felt invisible,” she says. Her story of resilience and hope continues to inspire readers of all ages.


    Host Suzanne McCabe also talks with Pam Muñoz Ryan, the award-winning author of Esperanza Rising and several other celebrated novels. Pam discusses the genesis of her latest book, an enchanting novel for middle-graders called Mañanaland. The mythical tale introduces readers to a brave boy named Max, who learns what it means to help people fleeing danger and persecution.


    In the final segment, author Justin A. Reynolds and illustrator Pablo Leon introduce their new graphic novel, Miles Morales: Shock Waves. It is already a hit with young Marvel fans. “Maybe you’re not able to have web slingers and scale the city walls,” Justin tells kids, “but your voice can travel just as far.”

    • 43 min
    The Day Our World Changed: Remembering 9/11

    The Day Our World Changed: Remembering 9/11

    In this episode, award-winning author Alan Gratz discusses the 9/11 attacks and the complicated fallout in the United States and abroad after that fateful day. Alan’s latest book, Ground Zero: A Novel of 9/11, helps young readers understand what it was like to be in Lower Manhattan when two airplanes struck the Twin Towers, and how the attacks led to a 20-year war in Afghanistan.


    Ground Zero features nine-year-old Brandon, who finds himself in an elevator in the North Tower when an explosion jolts him and the other passengers sideways. His father is working at Windows on the World, a restaurant that occupies one of the top floors of the building.


    The novel also introduces readers to Reshmina, an 11-year-old Afghan girl who, in 2019, is living with her family in a remote, mountainous region of the country, where U.S. and Afghan National Army soldiers are battling the Taliban.
    “Afghans did not do this attack,” Reshmina says to a U.S. soldier when he recalls 9/11. “You are seeking revenge against the wrong people.”


    In Ground Zero, Alan deftly explores the parallels between Brandon and Reshmina’s lives, and shows why we, as a country, need to ask tough questions about our actions, both past and present. Alan is the New York Times best-selling author of Refugee, Allies, and Code of Honor, among several other titles.


    Resources:
    Meet Alan Gratz: In his latest middle-grade novel, the best-selling author of 17 titles for young readers spotlights the September 11 attacks.


    Encountering History: In this webinar, Scholastic Magazines+ editors and a classroom teacher offer ways to address the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks with upper-elementary students.


    Resources for Teaching 9/11 for Grades 3 - 12: Articles, videos, and lesson plans from the editors of Scholastic Magazines+ help teachers discuss the 9/11 attacks in the classroom.


    Anniversary in the Schools Webinar: Join students and teachers from around the world to commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9/11 by registering for the 9/11 Memorial & Museum’s free Anniversary in the Schools program.


    “Empty Sky”: Read a 2011 essay recalling the 9/11 attacks in Lower Manhattan by Scholastic Reads host Suzanne McCabe.


    Special Thanks:
    Producer: Bridget Benjamin
    Associate producer: Constance Gibbs
    Sound engineer: Daniel Jordan
    Music composer: Lucas Elliot Eberl


    Coming Soon:
    Honoring Hispanic Heritage
    A Conversation With Muted Author Tami Charles

    • 38 min
    Back to School, Back Together: Classroom Resources for Teachers and Students

    Back to School, Back Together: Classroom Resources for Teachers and Students

    A new school year is upon us, and students are returning to the classroom—some for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic was declared in March 2020. How can educators and families navigate an uncertain landscape? To help everyone get off to a great start, the Yale Child Study Center + Scholastic Collaborative have created “Back to School, Back Together,” an online hub with SEL (Social and Emotional Learning) resources, stories of resilience, and expert insights.


    In this episode, Lauren Tarshis, who is Senior Vice President, Editor-in-Chief, and Publisher of Scholastic Magazines, as well as the author of the best-selling I Survived series, talks with host Suzanne McCabe about “Back to School, Back Together.” The site was designed, Lauren says, “to help teachers feel fortified, optimistic, ready.”


    Three teachers, Janine Hsieh, Shaniqua Ashby, and Chrissy Casey, also join Suzanne to talk about  ClassroomsCount™, a platform that Scholastic recently launched to help educators in communities around the country raise funds for books and resources for their students.


    Resources:
    Back to School, Back Together: SEL resources and expert insights from the Yale Child Study Center + Scholastic Collaborative to help educators and students heading back to the classroom.


    ClassroomsCount™: Learn how educators can raise funds to purchase books and resources from Book Clubs, The Teacher Store, The Scholastic Store, and Scholastic Magazines+.


    A Lending Library With Love: Teacher Chrissy Casey, who is featured in this episode, helps promote a love of reading among kids of all ages in the Malvern, Pennsylvania, area.


    Bringing Books to Kids: Find out more about Casey’s Book Mobile and her ClassroomsCount™ fundraiser.


    Special Thanks:
    Producer: Bridget Benjamin
    Associate producer: Constance Gibbs
    Sound engineer: Daniel Jordan

    • 36 min
    Summer Reading and “the Healing Power of Story”

    Summer Reading and “the Healing Power of Story”

    According to the Scholastic Teacher & Principal School Report, more than 60% of educators notice a learning loss among students—also known as the “summer slide”—at the start of the academic year. Educators overwhelmingly agree that reading books when school is out supports students’ academic success.


    The Scholastic Summer Reading program was designed to help meet this need. The free, annual initiative keeps kids motivated to read all summer long, while expanding access to books. The program hosts virtual author events, provides e-books, and empowers kids to unlock a donation of 100,000 print books from Scholastic that are distributed in rural communities by Save the Children.


    In this episode, host Suzanne McCabe talks with Lizette Serrano and Dr. Sayantani DasGupta about the Scholastic Summer Reading program and how kids can enjoy all of the free resources on Scholastic Home Base. Lizette is the vice president of educational marketing and event planning at Scholastic. She has a wealth of experience motivating kids to read for pleasure—not just in the summer months, but all year long.


    Sayantani, who is a pediatrician by training, is the New York Times-bestselling author of Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond, a wildly-popular middle-grade fantasy series. Her latest book, a stand-alone novel from The Kingdom Beyond, is called Force of Fire. She teaches at Columbia University in the Graduate Program in Narrative Medicine, the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, and the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race.


    “If there’s ever been a time that all of us—young readers, teenage readers, adult readers—need the healing power of story, it’s this summer,” Sayantani says. “There is so much loss and confusion and anguish that we’ve all been through.”


    Resources:
    Scholastic Summer Reading: Gain access to a fun, free, and safe program for kids.


    Check out Home Base, a free 3D interactive world that celebrates favorite stories through book-based games, live author events, and a community of readers.


    Learn more about New York Times-bestselling author Sayantani DasGupta.


    **Special Thanks:



    **Music composer: Lucas Elliot Eberl
    Producer: Bridget Benjamin
    Associate Producer: Connie Gibbs
    Sound engineer: Daniel Jordan

    • 25 min
    Celebrating Pride Month With Leah Johnson and Molly Knox Ostertag

    Celebrating Pride Month With Leah Johnson and Molly Knox Ostertag

    In this episode, we celebrate Pride Month with new queer romances by award-winning YA authors Leah Johnson (Rise to the Sun) and Molly Knox Ostertag (The Girl From the Sea).


    Leah’s best-selling debut novel, You Should See Me in a Crown, is a 2021 Stonewall Honor Book and was the inaugural YA pick for Reese’s Book Club. Leah dedicates Rise to the Sun “to the Black girls who have been told they’re too much and to the ones who don’t believe they’re enough.”


    Molly describes The Girl From the Sea, a graphic novel about first love, as “absolutely the most self-indulgent book I've ever done, [with] a lot of delicious wish fulfillment.” It debuted on the Amazon YA bestseller list. Molly’s 2017 graphic novel, The Witch Boy, is being adapted into a feature film by Netflix.


    Rise to the Sun and The Girl From the Sea are both included in Shondaland’s Summer 2021 Reading List.


    Resources:



    Leah Johnson writes things: Learn more about this Midwestern author, essayist, and pop culture whiz.
    Molly Knox Ostertag: Delve into Molly’s comics, art, & animation.
    Read With Pride: Check out these essential LGBTQIA+ titles for young readers.


    Special Thanks:



    Producer: Bridget Benjamin
    Associate producer: Constance Gibbs
    Sound engineer: Daniel Jordan
    Music composer: Lucas Elliot Eberl


    Coming Soon:



    Diving Into Summer Reading
    Inside the Music Biz with Tami Charles

    • 29 min
    Room to Dream: Exploring the Asian American Experience With Kelly Yang and Dr. Don Vu

    Room to Dream: Exploring the Asian American Experience With Kelly Yang and Dr. Don Vu

    Kelly is the award-winning author of the bestselling Front Desk series for middle-graders. She has won numerous accolades for her work, including the 2019 Asian Pacific American Award for Children’s Literature. Kelly talks with host Suzanne McCabe about her writing journey and about Room to Dream, the latest title in her wildly popular series about the indomitable Mia Tang. It’s due out September 21.


    Kelly also describes the struggles that she faced immigrating to the U.S. with her parents when she was a child. “You don’t have to strip away everything about yourself to conform,” she says. “That was a hard lesson for me growing up because there were definitely times I felt that pressure.”


    Later in the episode, Dr. Don Vu, an educator with more than two decades of experience in the classroom, talks about his new book, Life, Literacy, and the Pursuit of Happiness: Supporting Our Immigrant and Refugee Children Through the Power of Reading.


    Educators and parents will want to hear Dr. Vu’s incredible insights into helping young students thrive as readers, writers, and learners. He also tells the moving story of his own family’s escape from Vietnam in 1975, when the city of Saigon fell to North Vietnamese forces. Dr. Vu’s experiences as a refugee growing up in California helped him develop empathy for families much like his, who arrive in America with little more than a dream.


    Resources:
    Front Desk: Learn more about author Kelly Yang and her books for young people.
    Life, Literacy, and the Pursuit of Happiness: Learn more about Dr. Don Vu and his new title for educators.
    19 Books by Asian & Pacific Islander Americans to Read All Year: Here are lots of great titles to share with the young readers in your life.


    Special Thanks:
    Producer: Bridget Benjamin
    Associate producer: Constance Gibbs
    Sound engineer: Daniel Jordan
    Music composer: Lucas Elliot Eberl


    Coming Soon:
    Celebrating Pride Month with authors Leah Johnson and Molly Knox Ostertag


    Inside the music biz with authors Tami Charles and Lamar Giles

    • 47 min

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From the secrets of Harry Potter to the importance of literacy, this podcast covers the best of the book world. I love it and would definitely recommend to anyone, not just educators. Bonus: Suzanne McCabe's voice is mesmerizing!

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