Scholastic’s Kids and Family Reading Report is a national survey of children ages 6–17 and their parents that explores attitudes and behaviors around books and reading.

Andrea Davis Pinkney

In this episode, I’m joined by author, Vice President, and Editor-at-Large at Scholastic, Andrea Davis Pinkney. We talk about what the most recent report means for us as parents– and there’s a lot for us in there!

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • why we need to build home libraries, and how to do that without breaking the bank
  • what kids are really hoping they’ll find in the books they read
  • how to make our kids readers for life (listen until the end for five ‘Reading Resolutions’)

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Episode 77
Poppy

Poppy

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The second in author Avi’s Tales of Dimwood Forest Series, this tale features a large cast of animal characters, including Poppy, a shy mouse and Mr. Ocax, a great-horned owl and the authority of the forest. As Poppy begins to question the unjust authority of their woodland world, she embarks on an adventurous tale and finds inner bravery. Note: Sensitive kids might be upset by the deaths of a couple of animal characters. This is second in the series, but we recommend starting here anyway- even if you only read this one!

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Bud, Not Buddy

Bud, Not Buddy

FROM SARAH:

"It's funny how ideas are, in a lot of ways they're just like seeds. Both of them start real, real small and then... woop, zoop, sloop... before you can say Jack Robinson, they've gone and grown a lot bigger than you ever thought they could." This is one of my top recommendations for teens. An absolutely unforgettable read-aloud.

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

It's 1936, in Flint, Michigan. Times may be hard, and ten-year-old Bud may be a motherless boy on the run, but Bud's got a few things going for him...

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A Poem for Peter

A Poem for Peter

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This lyrical and moving picture book biography tells the story of  Ezra Jack Keats, the man who gave us The Snowy Day. Longer form and best for older kids and teens, this is a picture book you can't grow too old for!

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The Red Pencil

The Red Pencil

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FROM THE PUBLISHER:

Life in Amira's peaceful Sudanese village is shattered when Janjaweed attackers arrive, unleashing unspeakable horrors. After losing nearly everything, Amira needs to find the strength to make the long journey on foot to safety at a refugee camp. She begins to lose hope, until the gift of a simple red pencil opens her mind -- and all kinds of possibilities.

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Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down (Jane Addams Honor Book (Awards))

Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down (Jane Addams Honor Book (Awards))

$17.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

Andrea Davis Pinkney uses poetic, powerful prose to tell the story of these four young men, who followed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s words of peaceful protest and dared to sit at the "whites only" Woolworth's lunch counter.

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Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters

Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters

$9.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus and sparked a boycott that changed America. Harriet Tubman helped more than three hundred slaves escape the South on the Underground Railroad. Shirley Chisholm became the first black woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
The lives these women led are part of an incredible story about courage in the face of oppression; about the challenges and triumphs of the battle for civil rights; and about speaking out for what you believe in--even when it feels like no one is listening.

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Bird in a Box

Bird in a Box

$8.00

**Description from Amazon: In a small upstate New York town during the Great Depression, three children--Hibernia, Willie, and Otis--are about to meet.Hibernia dreams of becoming a famous singer and performing at Harlem's swanky Savoy Ballroom.Willie is recovering from a tragedy that prevents him from becoming a junior boxing...

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The Watsons Go to Birmingham: 1963

The Watsons Go to Birmingham: 1963

$3.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

When the Watson family--ten-year-old Kenny, Momma, Dad, little sister Joetta, and brother Byron--sets out on a trip south to visit Grandma in Birmingham, Alabama, they don't realize that they're heading toward one of the darkest moments in America's history. The Watsons' journey reminds us that even in the hardest times, laughter and family can help us get through anything.

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Elijah of Buxton

Elijah of Buxton

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FROM THE PUBLISHER:

Eleven-year-old Elijah lives in Buxton, Canada, a settlement of runaway slaves near the American border. He's the first child in town to be born free, and he ought to be famous just for that. Unfortunately, all that most people see is a "fra-gile" boy who's scared of snakes and talks too much.

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The The Madman of Piney Woods

The The Madman of Piney Woods

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Benji and Red couldn't be more different. They aren't friends. They don't even live in the same town. But their fates are entwined. A chance meeting leads the boys to discover that they have more in common than meets the eye. Both of them have encountered a strange presence in the forest, watching them, tracking them. Could the Madman of Piney Woods be real?

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Happy Dreamer

Happy Dreamer

$17.99

**Description from Amazon: Picture book and creativity guru Peter H. Reynolds brings us a universally poignant celebration of the colorful spectrum of what it means to dream and the many ways to find happy! While the world tells us to sit still, to follow the rules, and to color inside the lines, Happy Dreamer celebrates all ...

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Refugee

Refugee

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**Description from Amazon: JOSEF is a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany. With the threat of concentration camps looming, he and his family board a ship bound for the other side of the world . . .ISABEL is a Cuban girl in 1994. With riots and unrest plaguing her country, she and her family set out on a raft, hoping to fi...

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Why Am I Me?

Why Am I Me?

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**Description from Amazon: Presented as a thoughtful, poetic exchange between two characters -- who don't realize they are thinking and asking the very same questions -- this beautiful celebration of our humanity and diversity invites readers of all ages to imagine a world where there is no you or me, only we.If the first ste...

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