KID’S LIT PODCAST: Scholastic Reads
In addition to resources like reviews, blogs and lists of notable books and award nominees for evaluating and selecting books for a collection, podcasts can also play a vital role in helping to choose. The podcasts supplied by Scholastic Reads includes interviews with authors, like Dav Pilkey’s Using Humor to Get Kids Reading podcast, in-depth discussions on literature, like why fairytales have endured for thousands of years in the Once Upon a Fractured Fairytale podcast, must-have reads, educational tips for librarians/teachers/parents, and addressing real-life issues, like library funding, etc. Scholastic Reads is an excellent resource to use as a complement to others because it not only supplies Scholastic books to consider for purchase, but also educates librarians (and teachers/parents) on how to discuss a particular book, encourage kids to read, etc.
What is interesting about podcasts as well is that it can be used a resource for adults, but also as a supplement for kids. Although many kids might not have the attention span, or interest, in listening to these educational podcasts or author interviews, some might; and, either way, listening to how an author thought about and developed a story is an excellent way for kids to understand literature not just through characters, plot, etc., but as a creation of someone else’s mind. Additionally, as talked about in the article “How Audiobooks Can Help Kids Who Struggle with Reading,” some podcasts can work as storytellers. Unlike audiobooks, which is essentially reading aloud, podcasts “are created to be heard,” and therefore, supply oral stories and tales that are better being told rather than being written on a page.
Flanagan, Linda. 2016, Oct. 23). How audiobooks can help kids who struggle with reading. Retrieved from: https://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2016/10/23/how-audiobooks-can-help-kids-who-struggle-with-reading/