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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.

    To Fly Among the Stars: Celebrating Women in Science

    To Fly Among the Stars: Celebrating Women in Science

    Do you know a little girl who dreams of becoming an astronaut, a fighter pilot, or an aeronautical engineer? In this episode, we celebrate the achievements of women who dared to follow their own dreams at a time when they were laughed at and dismissed.


    First, host Suzanne McCabe talks with Rebecca Siegel, the author of To Fly Among the Stars: The Hidden Story of the Fight for Women Astronauts. Rebecca describes the early years of America’s space program, when 13 brave women trained in a secret, privately-funded program, hoping to earn their spot among the stars. These accomplished air racers, test pilots, and flight instructors later lobbied the White House and Congress to have women included in the astronaut program. Rebecca’s riveting tale about Jerrie Cobb, Janey Hart, and 11 other women serves as an inspiration for any girl who doubts that she can achieve whatever she sets her mind to.


    Suzanne also talks with Dr. Ronke Olabisi, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering at the University of California, Irvine. She tells listeners about her childhood dream of becoming an astronaut and how that led to her career as a biomedical engineer and inventor.


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


    Coming Soon:
    Honoring the Asian American Experience with Kelly Yang
    Music in Literature: Tami Charles and Lamar Giles

    • 41 min
    The Making of Twins: A Conversation With Varian Johnson and Shannon Wright

    The Making of Twins: A Conversation With Varian Johnson and Shannon Wright

    In this episode, author Varian Johnson and illustrator Shannon Wright talk about Twins, their new graphic novel for middle-graders. The story centers around Maureen and Francine Carter, twin sisters who are growing up—and growing apart as they enter middle school. The Carter sisters also happen to be Black. “Writing the girls in this way, where there’s not a big trauma arc, was a very intentional choice,” Varian says. “It’s almost like a political act.”


    Varian has written several critically-acclaimed novels, including The Great Greene Heist and The Parker Inheritance, which was named a Coretta Scott King Honor Book in 2019. He and Shannon describe the experience of creating their first graphic novel together and why they think Twins is such a hit with young readers.


    Resources:
    The Power of Story: Diverse Books for All Readers

    13 Black-Owned Bookstores to Know About

    Learn More About Author Varian Johnson

    Learn More About Illustrator Shannon Wright



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


    Coming Soon:
    Women and STEM

    • 21 min
    Celebrating World Read Aloud Day

    Celebrating World Read Aloud Day

    For 12 years, World Read Aloud Day has challenged participants to grab a book, find an audience, and read aloud. The global effort is now celebrated in 173 countries and counting.


    For the past decade, Scholastic has been the title sponsor of World Read Aloud Day, which was created by LitWorld, a global non-profit that fosters a love of reading in children everywhere.


    In this episode, host Suzanne McCabe talks with literacy expert and author Pam Allyn, who is the founder of LitWorld. She'll share ideas for educators and families who would like to participate in this year's celebration, which takes place on February 3.
    Malcolm Mitchell will describe his own reading journey. “I was a 19-, 20-year-old college student whom the world praised for my ability to catch a pass,” he says. “But in the bookstore, I was buying The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Exclamation Mark, and The Giving Tree to help teach myself how to become more literate.”
    Malcolm is now the best-selling author of The Magician's Hat and My Very Favorite Book in the Whole Wide World. His Share The Magic Foundation helps transform young lives through literacy. In his past life, Malcolm was a star wide receiver for the New England Patriots. He has a Super Bowl ring to prove it!


    Special Thanks:
    Music composer: Lucas Elliot Eberl
    Producer: Bridget Benjamin
    Sound engineer: Daniel Jordan


    Coming Soon:
    Coretta Scott King Honor Author Varian Johnson Talks About Twins, His Graphic Novel

    • 22 min
    Anti-racism Resources for Your Home and Classroom

    Anti-racism Resources for Your Home and Classroom

    In this episode, we focus on anti-racism education in the classroom and at home. Host Suzanne McCabe talks with Dr. Gholdy Muhammad, an associate professor of language and literacy at Georgia State University and the author of Cultivating Genius: An Equity Framework for Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy. Muhammad explains how researching Black literary societies from the 1800s inspires her work with students and teachers around the country. Monique Melton, an author, international speaker, and host of the Shine Brighter Together podcast, also offers her perspective on “what it looks like to actually explore, identify, and eliminate racism in every aspect of our society from the inside out.”


    **Special Thanks:
    **Music composer: Lucas Elliot Eberl
    Producer: Bridget Benjamin
    Sound engineer: Daniel Jordan


    **Coming Soon:
    **A Celebration of Black History

    • 33 min
    Stillwater: Marvel in the Moment

    Stillwater: Marvel in the Moment

    “Only those who try can achieve the impossible.” In this episode, we spotlight Stillwater, a new animated children's series from Apple TV Plus. Inspired by the beloved Zen shorts book series by Jon J Muth, the new series follows the adventures of three siblings whose neighbor happens to be a giant panda named Stillwater. Through his beautiful stories, the wise Stillwater helps the children cope with life's disappointments and sorrows, and hold onto their sense of joy and wonder.


    Host Suzanne McCabe talks with Mallika Chopra, an author, speaker, and wellbeing expert who serves as the mindfulness consultant on the TV series, and award-winning children's book illustrator and artist, Jon J Muth.


    Resources:
    You can learn more about Jon J. Muth here and about Stillwater, the new animated TV series from Apple TV+ here.


    Special thanks:
    Music composer: Lucas Elliot Eberl
    Producer: Bridget Benjamin
    Sound engineer: Daniel Jordan


    Coming Soon:
    Antiracism Resources for the Classroom

    • 21 min
    100 Years of Reading: Celebrating Scholastic’s Legacy

    100 Years of Reading: Celebrating Scholastic’s Legacy

    Today, we're celebrating Scholastic's 100th anniversary with President, Chairman, and CEO Dick Robinson. Dick's father, Maurice R. Robinson, known affectionately to generations of staffers as Robbie, founded the company in 1920, a venture that started with a small weekly newspaper has since grown into the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books. Generations of readers have fond memories of attending a Scholastic Book Fair on an autumn afternoon, or checking off a list of books to purchase on one of the many Scholastic Book Club order forms that arrived in classrooms.


    Kids have grown-up with, and obsessed over Clifford the Big Red Dog, Goosebumps, The Baby-Sitters Club, Harry Potter, and Captain Underpants. Stories by Suzanne Collins, the late Walter Dean Myers, Raina Telgemeier, Pam Muñoz Ryan, and Kelly Yang, to name a few, still captivate young readers. Scholastic News and Junior Scholastic are still staples in classrooms across the country, and Scholastic Kid Reporters are still out there getting stories that matter to them and their young readers.
    Last, but not least, young people still receive coveted Scholastic Art & Writing Awards each year, as they have done for nearly a century. Past recipients include Andy Warhol, Bernard Malamud, Kay WalkingStick and Mozelle Thompson. The list goes on, but we wanted to hear from Dick about his memories of his father, the early years at the company, and how he has remained true to his father's vision, that few things are more magical than children discovering themselves in the pages of a book.

    • 34 min

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47 Ratings

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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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