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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.

    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
    The Librarian of Congress: Why Representation Matters

    The Librarian of Congress: Why Representation Matters

    In this episode, we chat with Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden about the importance of representation for our young readers. Dr. Hayden is the first woman and first African American to serve as the Librarian of Congress, the world’s largest library. She also discusses the Library’s Rosa Parks exhibit that immerses visitors in Parks’ reflections, handwritten notes, and photos.


    Additional Resources:
    Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words exhibit features rarely seen materials that offer an intimate view of Rosa Parks and documents in her life and activism.


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

    • 19 min
    The Power of World Read Aloud Day

    The Power of World Read Aloud Day

    World Read Aloud Day is annual celebration that encourages kids, parents, and educators everywhere to grab a book, find an audience, and read aloud. On today’s episode, we’ll be talking with two literacy experts, Pam Allyn and Lester Laminack about the many benefits of reading aloud.


    Plus, you’ll hear exciting read alouds from authors like, Dav Pilkey, Carmen Agra Deedy, and Peter Reynolds. Don’t forget to read aloud on February 5!


    Special thanks:



    Music composed by Lucas Elliot Eberl
    Produced and edited by Bridget Benjamin
    Associate Produced by Mackenzie Cutruzzula
    Sound mix and recording by Daniel Jordan
    *Suzanne McCabe is the Editor of Scholastic Kids Press

    • 30 min
    Scholastic Employees Share Their Holiday Traditions

    Scholastic Employees Share Their Holiday Traditions

    Happy holidays from all of us in the Scholastic Family! On this episode, we asked our employees to share their fondest holiday memories. You'll hear about Christmas read-alouds, a Chanukah grab bag, and even a fashion show on Eid al-Fitr. 


    Guests:



    Kevin Kirschner: Nephew of host Suzanne McCabe
    Mark Seidenfeld: Vice President and Deputy General Counsel
    Talia Seidenfeld: Assistant Editor
    Patti Vaughan: Convention Manager, Corporate Conventions
    Raisa Masood: Internal Communications Coordinator
    Amanda Erbe: Scholastic Kid Reporter


    Special thanks:



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

    • 19 min
    Expanding an Existing World

    Expanding an Existing World

    Acclaimed author, Maggie Stiefvater describes Call Down the Hawk, the first book in a brand-new trilogy, as a “big, strange, weird novel” full of all of the things she likes in both novels and life. This includes art, magic, music, and mythology.


    Call Down the Hawk follows Ronan Lynch, a character who can take things out of his dreams and bring them into real life, and Jordan Hennessy, an artist, a thief, and maybe something else.


    If you’re a fan of young-adult literature, you’re probably familiar with Maggie’s work. She is the New York Times best-selling author of The Raven Cycle, The Shiver Trilogy, and The Scorpio Races.


    On this episode, we'll talk with her and award-winning author Scott Westerfeld about what it’s like to expand a fictional universe for eager fans. Scott is the author of The Uglies Series, The Leviathan Trilogy, and Impostors, among many other titles.


    Special thanks:



    Music composed by Lucas Elliot Eberl
    Produced and edited by Bridget Benjamin
    Associate Produced by Mackenzie Cutruzzula
    Sound mix and recording by Daniel Jordan
    *Suzanne McCabe is the Editor of Scholastic Kids Press

    • 26 min
    Alyssa Milano on Hope and Middle School

    Alyssa Milano on Hope and Middle School

    You may remember Alyssa from her hilarious role on Who’s the Boss? In addition to being an actress, Alyssa is an activist, and now a children’s book author. She recently wrote Hope: Project Middle School. On this episode she joins us to discuss her new novel and the power of hope. We're also joined by Scholastic Kids Press reporter Alula Alderson who recently interviewed Alyssa on her book tour in Los Angeles. Alula also talks about what Hope: Project Middle School means to her as a current middle school student. 


    Guests: 

    Alyssa Milano:


    Actress and activist Alyssa Milano has spent almost her entire life in the public eye. A famous child actor, she has continued to work throughout her adulthood in both television and film, most notably starring in the wildly popular television series Who's the Boss? and Charmed. Alyssa is also a lifelong activist and is passionate about fighting for human rights around the world. In 2003, UNICEF invited Alyssa to become a National Ambassador in recognition of her charitable work on behalf of children. Ever since then, Alyssa has been a champion of children's rights, working closely with UNICEF to raise money and awareness and provide aid to the children who need it most all over the world. Alyssa also speaks to kids in schools around the country about the importance of voting and teaches them how to fill out a ballot because she believes it's never too early to be civic-minded. Most recently, Alyssa is known for popularizing the #MeToo hashtag on Twitter, sparking the massive viral movement. She was named one of the 2017 Persons of the Year in Time magazine alongside other prestigious activists. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two kids.


    Alula Alderson: A Scholastic Kids Press reporter since 2017, Alula Alderson covers a variety of topics including entertainment, the enviornment, and history. 


    Additional Resources:

    Learn more about Hope: Project Middle School by Alyssa Milano and Debbie Rigaud, illustrated by Eric S. Keyes here.


    Learn more about the Scholastic Kids Press here. 


    Special thanks:


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


    *Suzanne McCabe is the Editor of Scholastic Kids Press

    • 19 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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