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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.

    The Baby-Sitters Club Debuts on Netflix

    The Baby-Sitters Club Debuts on Netflix

    “It all started at the very beginning of seventh grade.” Sound familiar? To millions of Baby-Sitters Club fans, Kristy Thomas, Claudia Kishi, Mary Anne Spier, Stacey McGill, and Dawn Schafer are favorite childhood friends. In this episode, the breakout stars of the new Netflix TV show—Sophie Grace (Kristy), Momona Tamada (Claudia), Malia Baker (Mary Anne), Shay Rudolph (Stacey), and Xochitl Gomez (Dawn)—answer questions from our Scholastic Kid Reporters.


    We also spotlight author Ann M. Martin, who created the beloved book series. Host Suzanne McCabe spoke with Ann in 2016, amid celebrations of the 30th anniversary of the best-selling series, which began in 1986 with the publication of Kristy’s Great Idea.


    You can learn more about The Baby-Sitters Club book series, including the graphic novels, here and the Netflix TV show here.


    Special thanks:

    Music composer: Lucas Elliot Eberl
    Producer: Bridget Benjamin
    Associate producer: Mackenzie Cutruzzula
    Sound engineer: Daniel Jordan

    • 21 min
    Through My Eyes: Ruby Bridges on the Struggle for Racial Justice

    Through My Eyes: Ruby Bridges on the Struggle for Racial Justice

    On November 14, 1960, Ruby Bridges integrated the all-white William Frantz Public School in her New Orleans neighborhood. She was six years old.


    Ruby’s courageous journey helped pave the way for Black and brown students across the United States to gain access to educational opportunities that had been denied to them for centuries.


    Sixty years later, “Black Lives Matter” has become a rallying cry for an end to the systemic racism that continues to harm African Americans nationwide. Ruby is still speaking out and still speaking up. In 1995, she created the Ruby Bridges Foundation, which is dedicated to fostering respect and equality for people of all races and backgrounds. She talks with children everywhere about the disease of racism, which she says is “a disease of the heart.”


    In this episode, Ruby talks with host Suzanne McCabe about the events that led her parents to risk the hostility of segregationists for a better life and how her story can help today’s young people bring about lasting change and equality.


    To learn more about the Ruby Bridges Foundation, go to rubybridges.com, and follow Ruby on Instagram at @RubyBridgesOfficial.


    If you’d like to share Ruby’s story with your students, you can order her 1999 memoir, Through My Eyes, here. Click here to access the Power of Story, a catalog of diverse books for readers of all ages.


    Special thanks:
    Music composed by Lucas Elliot Eberl
    Produced by Bridget Benjamin
    Associate produced by Mackenzie Cutruzzula
    Sound mix, editing and recording by Colin Poellot

    • 40 min
    Celebrating Pride Month With Debut Novelist Leah Johnson

    Celebrating Pride Month With Debut Novelist Leah Johnson

    Change is in the air, and we're delighted to bring a fresh new voice to the podcast. Debut author Leah Johnson is here to talk about You Should See Me in a Crown, her joyful, hilarious young adult novel about the irrepressible Liz Lighty.


    As a queer, Black teen in a prom-obsessed Midwestern town, Liz thinks that it’s impossible to fit in. But when she meets the new girl at school—who is also her competition for prom queen—everything changes.


    In this episode, Leah talks with host Suzanne McCabe about growing up in Indiana, becoming a fiction writer, and “giving queer folks the happy ending they deserve.”


    Learn more about Leah and You Should See Me in a Crown.


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

    • 35 min
    Helping Kids and Parents Cope With Covid-19 Anxiety

    Helping Kids and Parents Cope With Covid-19 Anxiety

    During the pandemic, many of us have experienced feelings of fear, anxiety, and loss. These feelings extend to children, too, who are learning new lessons at home and wondering what the future holds. They may be worried about family members and their own safety while trying to keep up with schoolwork, which is looking very different these days.


    What can parents and educators do to help kids cope with uncertainty and continue to learn and thrive? In this episode, host Suzanne McCabe talks with Dr. Eli Lebowitz, an associate professor at the Yale Child Study Center and director of their Program for Anxiety Disorders.


    In 2018, Scholastic and the Child Study Center formed a collaborative to explore how literacy can be used to foster resilience among children and families. You can find additional information about the collaborative and explore their coronavirus resources here.


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

    • 19 min
    Listening to Kid Reporters: Life During the Pandemic

    Listening to Kid Reporters: Life During the Pandemic

    In this episode, host Suzanne McCabe, who is the editor of Scholastic Kids Press, talks with five Kid Reporters about life during the coronavirus pandemic. She asks young journalists in Louisiana, New York, North Carolina, Texas, and the Philippines how they are coping with the global health crisis and what “the new normal” means to them. Scholastic Kids Press, which was founded in 2000, is an award-winning program of journalists between the ages of 10 and 14 who write "news for kids, by kids." The program is open to students around the world.
     
    Special thanks:



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

    • 20 min
    Furious Thing: YA Author Jenny Downham on the Power of Gaslighting

    Furious Thing: YA Author Jenny Downham on the Power of Gaslighting

    In her latest novel, Furious Thing, Jenny Downham discusses the insidious nature of gaslighting, the power of one 15-year-old girl’s anger, and the risk of speaking up about those feelings. Downham is also the author of Unbecoming, You Against Me, and Before I Die, which was made into a 2012 movie, Now Is Good, starring Dakota Fanning.

    • 18 min

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44 Ratings

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Great conversations about books for kids and getting kids to read! Love the mix of personalities.

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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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