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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.

    Immigrant Stories: A Conversation With Latinx Authors Aida Salazar and Francisco Stork

    Immigrant Stories: A Conversation With Latinx Authors Aida Salazar and Francisco Stork

    In this episode, we’re celebrating Hispanic Heritage with two of our favorite Latinx authors. First, host Suzanne McCabe talks with Aida Salazar about how one word, “deportation,” led to her heart-wrenching new novel, Land of the Cranes. Aida is also the author of The Moon Within, which won an International Latino Book Award for middle-grade fiction in 2019.


    Then Francisco Stork, the author of such acclaimed YA titles as The Memory of Light and Marcelo in the Real World, talks about his latest novel, Illegal. This page-turning thriller follows Sara Zapata and her brother, Emiliano, and their desperate escape from Mexico to the U.S. Illegal is a sequel to Francisco’s earlier novel, Disappeared.


    You can learn more about Land of the Cranes, Illegal, and all of our latest fiction and nonfiction at scholastic.com/kids. For a catalog of diverse books for readers of all ages, click here.
    To check out the Scholastic Student Vote, a virtual mock-election that has been running since 1940, visit scholastic.com/election.

    • 31 min
    Reading Aloud With Scholastic Authors: A Fall Preview

    Reading Aloud With Scholastic Authors: A Fall Preview

    When you hold a new book in your hands, the rest of the world seems to fade away. Lots of great titles from Scholastic are hitting the shelves this fall, bringing the promise of adventure to our young readers.


    We wanted to give you a preview of the books you can look forward to, so we invited some of our authors to read aloud. First, Tami Charles reads All Because You Matter, her love letter to Black and brown children. (2:31)


    Next, Christina Soontornvat takes us inside the pages of Icing on the Snowflake, the latest title in her popular chapter book series, Diary of an Ice Princess. Christina’s adventures for elementary school readers start with a simple premise: What if Frozen’s Elsa went to regular school? If you have any Elsa fans in your house, this is the series for them! (6:41)


    We also hear from Brazilian author Vitor Martins. He shares an excerpt from his new queer romance, Here the Whole Time. This story about the magic of first love explores the insecurities that many teens feel around body image. (11:12)


    Then, Kara McDowell reads from her new novel for young adults, One Way or Another. It’s a poignant story about a girl who learns to face her debilitating anxieties as she navigates a relationship with her best friend and longtime crush. (17:55)


    For 8- to 12-year-olds who enjoy horror and spooky mysteries, Daka Hermon reads from her suspense-filled debut, Hide and Seeker. (25:39)


    Last but not least, middle-grade favorite Kelly Yang reads the opening pages of Three Keys, the highly-anticipated sequel to her debut best-seller, Front Desk. (31:52)


    You can learn more about these titles and all of our latest fiction and nonfiction at scholastic.com/kids.


    To check out the Scholastic Student Vote, a virtual mock-election, that has been running since 1940 visit scholastic.com/election.


    Special thanks:

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

    • 36 min
    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

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44 Ratings

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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