Remember Reading Podcast

HarperCollins Publishers

A family podcast about classic children’s books and the impact they have on us long into adulthood. In each episode, we talk about one popular children's book from the past, uncovering the unique story behind the story. While sitting down with famous, award-winning authors, we investigate the timeless themes in kids’ books.

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Hailed by the New York Times as "witty and original," One Crazy Summer is a moving & funny story about three sisters looking for their mother in 1960s California. It's also a book that brings up issues that almost mirror current events today, tackling problems kids see around themselves. On this episode, we'll talk to acclaimed author Rita Williams-Garcia about what inspired her to write the Newbery Honor and National Book Award winning story - a contemporary classic that deals with everything from abandonment, to unfair policing, and the Black Panthers - why representation matters, and more. We'll also be joined by authors Janae Marks (From the Desk of Zoe Washington), Paula Chase (Turning Point), and Lisa Moore Ramée (Something to Say), three writers who read One Crazy Summer as adults, and had it stick with them. To learn more about One Crazy Summer, visit: bit.ly/2Yn09T0 Do you have a story about how a classic book changed your life? Tweet @readingpod or email us at readingpod@harpercollins.com. Learn more at rememberreading.com. Until next time!

Aug 26

36 min

Did you know The One and Only Ivan was based on a real-life gorilla? Ivan lived in a mall in Tacoma, Washington for many years before being transferred to Zoo Atlanta. On this episode, we'll talk to author, Katherine Applegate, on why the circumstances inspired her to write the Newberry Medal winning book that's a soon to be major motion picture. The first time John Schumacher, or Mr. Schu, read this book, it changed his life. Listen to his story and how he, as Ambassador of School Libraries for Scholastic, incorporates it into his classroom visits. We'll also talk with Rosanne Parry, the author of A Wolf Called Wander, about getting into the mindset of an animal—in her case, a wolf—and the special bond we have with nature. To learn more about The One and Only Ivan, visit: https://bit.ly/3cKC0KI Do you have a story about how a classic book changed your life? Tweet @readingpod or email us at readingpod@harpercollins.com. Learn more at rememberreading.com. Until next time!

Jun 10

37 min

There's no place like home in this cozy, quirky children's book series about a frog, a toad, and their special friendship, written and illustrated by Arnold Lobel. On the show, we catch up with Adrianne Lobel, Arnold's daughter, to learn more about her father and the inspiration behind this classic story. We'll also talk to his longtime editor, Susan Hirschman, as well as some famous illustrators who were inspired by Arnold's work. Pete Oswald, illustrator of The Angry Birds movie and The Food Group series, has fond memories of the books growing up, and now his children are loving Frog & Toad. Illustrator Sergio Ruzzier, illustrator of Roar Like a Dandelion, loves Arnold Lobel's work so much, he has an original drawing from the late author. To learn more about Frog and Toad, visit bit.ly/2WuOUr6 Do you have a story about how a classic book changed your life? Tweet @readingpod or email us at readingpod@harpercollins.com. Learn more at rememberreading.com. Until next time!

May 13

38 min

We may be former kids, but sometimes, it takes a little imagination to remind us what it was like to be a child. Find yourself a secret place as we discuss the unique power of imagination and The Secret Garden. On the show, we'll talk to Katherine Paterson about how The Secret Garden actually inspired her to write Bridge to Terabithia. We'll also talk to Sara Pennypacker, author of Pax and Here in the Real World, about her own secret places as a child. To learn more about The Secret Garden, visit https://bit.ly/3eGBuiZ Do you have a story about how a classic book changed your life? Tweet @readingpod or email us at readingpod@harpercollins.com. Learn more at rememberreading.com. Until next time!

Apr 22

32 min

Whether she's actually "drawing" curtains with marker or literally "dressing" a chicken in clothes, Amelia Bedelia is silly and yet... so very practical. She's a maid who's not so great at, well, being a maid, and we love her for it. On this episode, we talk to Meg Cabot, author of The Princess Diaries, who says the humor in Amelia Bedelia is special and something we need more of in our children's books today. We'll also speak with Herman Parish, Peggy Parish's nephew, who took over writing the Amelia Bedelia series when Peggy died. He tells us about the real "Amelia Bedelia" and his experience with the iconic children's book character. To learn more about Amelia Bedelia, visit http://bit.ly/33xW7Zt Do you have a story about how a classic book changed your life? Tweet @readingpod or email us at readingpod@harpercollins.com. Learn more at rememberreading.com. Until next time!

Mar 18

28 min

We’re sitting in on the trial of Steve Harmon, the protagonist of Walter Dean Myers’ groundbreaking novel Monster. Though first published in 1999, Monster remains as topical and unsettling now as ever before. Join us as we talk with two people whose lives were changed by Myers’ work—his long-time editor, Phoebe Yeh, and bestselling YA author Tiffany D. Jackson—and work through the questions that made Monster shine. What makes a monster? Who decides? And what happens to kids trapped in a system that labels them as irredeemable? We also talk about Myers' influence on the We Need Diverse Books movement in the children's literature. **DISCLAIMER: This episode explores tough topics relating to the juvenile justice system experience that parents and teachers may want to review before sharing with children.** To learn more about Monster, visit http://bit.ly/2UHy7Ro The Monster audiobook featured on this episode is brought to you by Listening Library, an imprint of Penguin Random House: http://bit.ly/2uuwoEp Do you have a story about how a classic book changed your life? Tweet @readingpod or email us at readingpod@harpercollins.com. Learn more at rememberreading.com. Until next time!

Feb 12

31 min

Open the wardrobe door and climb into the magical world of Narnia! Join us as we discuss one of the most famous children's book series of all time, The Chronicles of Narnia as well as C.S. Lewis, the brilliant man behind the beloved books. On the show, we talk with C.S. Lewis' stepson, Douglas Gresham about his experience with the late writer. Gresham shares anecdotes about his parents—how their love, romance, and kindness changed his life forever. We also talk with Eoin Colfer, author of the bestselling Artemis Fowl series! He tells us about how Narnia influenced his work and how, much like C.S. Lewis, he never intended on writing a series at all. To learn more about The Chronicles of Narnia, visit http://bit.ly/36f93Dd Do you have a story about how a classic book changed your life? Tweet @readingpod or email us at readingpod@harpercollins.com. Learn more at rememberreading.com. Until next time!

Jan 22

27 min

Looking back on some memorable moments of 2019. Which was your favorite? Tweet us @readingpod! Featured in this episode: -Stuart Little (Katherine Applegate) -Charlotte's Web (Jodi Kendall) -Bridge to Terabithia (Katherine Paterson) -Wayside School (Erin Entrada Kelly)

Jan 3

13 min

Most of us know Shel Silverstein as a prolific poet, but did you know he was also a songwriter? Among Shel's many talents, his ridiculous and profound wordplay amazes his readers from childhood long into adulthood. Today, he's known for his unique way of writing and displaying poems and as one of the most famous classic children's book authors of all time. On the show today, we're going to focus mostly on Where the Sidewalk Ends. We speak with Beth Ferry, author of acclaimed picture book, The Scarecrow, about how wordplay has impacted her writing success. We'll also catch up with poetry teacher, Rachel Eisler about her love of poetry, particularly Shel's, and how it plays in the classroom. Both guests read Shel's poetry for us, and it's poetry magic! To learn more about Shel Silverstein, visit www.shelsilverstein.com/ Link to The Scarecrow by Beth Ferry: bit.ly/2Z0JL8x Do you have a story about how a classic book changed your life? Tweet @readingpod or email us at readingpod@harpercollins.com. Learn more at rememberreading.com. Until next time!

Dec 2019

30 min

Have you ever really thought about just how *weird* going to sleep is? On today's show, we're talking about one of the most famous children's books of all time: Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown! The bedtime story's hypnotic rhythm stays with its readers from infancy long into adulthood. HarperCollins recently published The Important Thing about Margaret Wise Brown. It's a 42 page long picture book that celebrates the late author's legacy, as well as her 42 years of life, and it's written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Sarah Jacoby. On the show, Lindsay talks with them about why they love Goodnight Moon and how their research connected them to Margaret's special world. Later in the show, we'll talk about one of Margaret Wise Brown's unpublished manuscripts, Good Day, Good Night, that was illustrated by renowned author/illustrator, Loren Long, and published in 2017. He'll talk with us about writing for kids, adapting Margaret's work with admiration, and his unique experience as an artist with colorblindness. To learn more about Goodnight Moon, visit bit.ly/GoodnightMoonBook Link to The Important Thing About Margaret Wise Brown: http://bit.ly/2oSBtDt Link to Good Day, Good Night: http://bit.ly/2PV22mC Do you have a story about how a classic book changed your life? Tweet @readingpod or email us at readingpod@harpercollins.com. Learn more at rememberreading.com. Until next time!

Nov 2019

27 min

This week, we’re tilting our paper crowns and gnashing our terrible teeth for Where the Wild Things by Maurice Sendak! Joining us in the wild rumpus is Dear Sweet Pea author Julie Murphy, podcast host Rebecca Sheir of Circle Round, and Sendak’s own editor and friend, Toni Markiet. In addition to firsthand accounts of Maurice, we’ll discuss the importance of accessing your emotions as well as the wildness of childhood, the power of imagination, and the comfort of home.

Oct 2019

27 min

Ramona Quimby is a pest. So... why do we *love* her? Ramona is an icon who helps kids understand the things we can't control like family dynamics and classroom rules. She also teaches us to speak up and question everything—even grownups. In this episode, we'll talk about the Ramona Quimby series and its legendary author, Beverly Cleary, who herself once struggled with reading. Guests Julie Murphy (Dumplin', Dear Sweet Pea), Rita Williams-Garcia (One Crazy Summer, Clayton Byrd Goes Underground), and Dan Yaccarino (Giant Tess, Five Little Pumpkins) join us to talk about Ramona's bold personality and how her pesky relationships with world around her paved the way for them as authors writing popular children's books in today's climate. They'll also talk about the important intricacies of coming of age books, their own complex characters and why its important to write about ordinary, relatable situations—something Beverly Cleary does so, so well. To learn more about Ramona Quimby, visit bit.ly/RRRamonaQ Do you have a story about how a classic book changed your life? Tweet @readingpod or email us at readingpod@harpercollins.com. Learn more at rememberreading.com. Until next time!

Sep 2019

41 min

One of the most banned books in history, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is still being checked out in libraries by kids (and adults!) today. On the show, we talk about why this book, despite its gruesome tales, is so important for childhood development. We sat down with bestselling, award-winning author J.A. (Jerry) White to talk about how Scary Stories helped him write the book, Nightbooks—it's about a boy who's kidnapped by a witch and must tell her scary stories every night. We’ll also talk with librarians and super fans, Betsy Bird and Ned Wells, about the power of imagination, the role of the horrifying, and how kids interact with the truly spooky. The schoolyard classic Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz is now a major motion picture written by Guillermo del Toro! Have you seen it yet?? Speaking of adaptations, Jerry's book is being adapted to Netflix! (http://bit.ly/2YvzJAF) To learn more about Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, visit http://bit.ly/SSforRR Do you have a story about how a classic book changed your life? Tweet @readingpod or email us at readingpod@harpercollins.com. Learn more at rememberreading.com. Until next time!

Aug 2019

28 min

Stuart Little is a famous mouse (or...is he?) best known for his small but mighty reputation. On this episode, we're talking about imagination, growing up, and the wonder that nature inspires as we discover Stuart Little "the story"—a beloved and at one time *banned* book—as well as Stuart Little, "the character"—a mouse who is also a human. We'll also talk about E.B. White's creative process and hear some of his real letters read aloud throughout the episode. Our guests include acclaimed authors, Katherine Applegate, ENDLING, ANIMORPHS, and Kathryn Lasky, TANGLED IN TIME, GUARDIANS OF GA'HOOL, who share a keen sense of nature and fantasy as well as a love for this popular children's book about a mouse-boy. To learn more about Stuart Little, visit http://bit.ly/StuartLittleBook Do you have a story about how a classic book changed your life? Tweet @readingpod or email us at readingpod@harpercollins.com. Learn more at rememberreading.com. Until next time!

Jul 2019

30 min

Life is unpredictable, and if you've ever read Katherine Paterson's popular children's book, Bridge to Terabithia, you may still feel a lingering grief from this tragically beautiful tale. On today's show, Lindsay talks to Katherine Paterson about the book's creation and its lasting effect on readers. Katherine walks us through the shockingly true and emotional story behind this story. Authors Laurel Snyder (Orphan Island) and Margaret Peterson Haddix (The Greystone Secrets) will discuss what the book means to them, personally and professionally, and how they've brought their own personal experiences into their stories. They'll also talk about the importance of reading books that scare you, no matter your age. Intercut with audio excerpts from the book, this episode will take you on an emotional journey through a book's important history, its cultural impact, and how we cope with life's great big unknowns. To learn more about Bridge to Terabithia, visit bit.ly/RRTerabithia Do you have a story about how a classic book changed your life? Tweet @readingpod or email us at readingpod@harpercollins.com. Learn more at rememberreading.com. Until next time!

Jun 2019

38 min

"Wayside School is a really warm happy place where everyone accepts everyone..." This week, we’re in conversation with bestselling, award-winning author of the Wayside School series, Louis Sachar (also author of Holes) to talk about the origins of Sideways Stories from Wayside School and its zany staff, including his own literary cameo. We’ll also sit with special guests Erin Entrada Kelly, Hello, Universe and Dan Gutman, My Weird School series, to talk about diversity in kidlit, allowing child readers to laugh at adults, and embracing the power of weird. To learn more about Wayside School, visit bit.ly/RRWayside Do you have a story about how a classic book changed your life? Tweet @readingpod or email us at readingpod@harpercollins.com. Learn more at rememberreading.com. Until next time!

May 2019

24 min

Beverly Cleary is a living legend and one of the most beloved children's book authors of our time. She's the prolific writer of The Mouse and the Motorcycle, The Ramona Quimby series, and many other famous children's books, but did you know that, when she was younger, she *hated* reading? In today's episode, we talk about Beverly Cleary's resistance to reading and how The Mouse and the Motorcycle was created for reluctant readers like her former self. Tune in as we talk with Leslie Connor, author of the acclaimed kids book, The Truth as Told By Mason Buttle, about fantasy, writing, alternative education, and how in some cases, the thing that inhibits us most can turn out to one day be our biggest strength. To learn more about The Mouse and the Motorcycle, visit bit.ly/MouseRR Do you have a story about how a classic book changed your life? Tweet @readingpod or email us at readingpod@harpercollins.com. Learn more at rememberreading.com. Until next time!

Apr 2019

33 min

A Series of Unfortunate Events begins with a warning... that this story is NOT for the faint of heart. Readers are determined to go on and prove their bravery. Listen as we talk to Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket, on how he developed SUE and how fans have expressed deep connections with the harrowing circumstances of which its characters, The Baudelaire Siblings, are dealt. Soman Chainani, author of The School for Good and Evil series, joins us to talk about the kindred voice he felt for Lemony Snicket as well as his love of fairytales. We also get into evil itself and how a villain coming back again and again is an important lesson for kids. Also joining us is Handler's editor, Susan Rich who explains how the story was presented to her by Handler. She reflects on her reaction to the concept and why the series enchants its readers. To learn more about A Series of Unfortunate Events, visit http://bit.ly/SUE_RR Do you have a story about how a classic book changed your life? Tweet @readingpod or email us at readingpod@harpercollins.com. Learn more at rememberreading.com. Until next time!

Mar 2019

25 min

Ella Enchanted is a modern day fairytale that has captured the hearts of many—so many, in fact, that it has legions of loyal fans! The story is celebrated for its feminist undertones and romance #goals. In this episode, author Gail Carson Levine shares the story behind the Ella Enchanted book as well as some touching fan mail. You'll also hear from Huffington Post culture writer and Ella super-fan, Claire Fallon, and other fans like Lorraine Boissoneault, Charlotte Stauffer, and Laura Hankin. And later, Gail's editor, Rosemary Brosnan, joins us to give us a little behind-the-scenes insight. Gail now has a follow up to Ella Enchanted called Ogre Enchanted. Check it out: http://bit.ly/2Br4Tf3 Do you have a story about how a classic book changed your life? Tweet @readingpod or email us at readingpod@harpercollins.com. Learn more at rememberreading.com. Until next time!

Feb 2019

26 min

Do you remember reading Charlotte's Web? In this episode, Lindsay uncovers the famous children's book about a pig and a spider and discovers author EB White's story behind this Newbery award-winning book. Authors Jodi Kendall (The Unlikely Story of a Pig in the City) and Lisa Greenwald (TBH: This is So Awkward) reflect on themes of loss and friendship and how a tough topic like grief, handled with care, makes Charlotte's Web a special book for kids. Do you have a story about how a classic book changed your life? Tweet @readingpod or email us at readingpod@harpercollins.com. Learn more at rememberreading.com. Until next time!

Jan 2019

27 min

Introducing Remember Reading, a podcast about classic children's books coming January 2019. In the show, host Lindsay Jacobsen searches to discover the meaning of a classic book. You'll hear from readers, the authors themselves—from archived interviews or in person with us in the studio—as well as contemporary, award winning authors as they reflect on the famous children's books that inspired them. Subscribe and be the first to know when our pilot episode airs. And hey, we want to hear what YOU remember reading. Submit your story of your favorite classic story via Twitter @readingpod or emailing us at readingpod@harpercollins.com. Visit rememberreading.com to learn more!

Dec 2018

1 min

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