Scholastic senior librarian Deimosa Webber-Bey recently made appearances on three different podcasts to talk about all things summer reading and Scholastic Summer Read-a-Palooza. So pop in those ear buds, hit subscribe, and take a listen!
- Books Between: This is a middle grade podcast that helps teachers, parents, and librarians connect kids ages 8–12 to books they’ll love. It's hosted by Corrina Allen, a mother of two girls, and 5th grade teacher based in Syracuse, NY. On this episode, starting at the 15:10 minute mark, Corrina and Deimosa chat about the "summer slide" and findings from the Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report, how Deimosa found herself working at Scholastic, the benefits of letting kids choose books themselves, and how the Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Challenge is helping to improve book access.
- Reading With Your Kids: This podcast is dedicated to encouraging parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and anyone who is caring for a child, to spend more time reading together. Hosted by Jed Doherty, the show features interviews with award-winning, bestselling children’s authors from around the world. On this episode, Deimosa breaks down the Scholastic Summer Read-a-Palooza, data from the Kids & Family Reading Report on summer reading, and explains to Jed the benefits of families reading aloud together and how the popularity of comics and graphic novels is on the rise, especially with striving readers.
- Talking About Books for Kids is a podcast hosted by pediatrician Jaqueline Douge that explores diverse books for kids and teens through conversations with authors and those that love reading children's literature. On this episode, Deimosa talks about her love of books, her background as a teacher, how her education career inspired her to become a librarian, and her role at Scholastic! (And of course, she talks about our Read-a-Palooza efforts this summer.)
Like what you heard, and want to join the fun? It's not too late to sign up for the Scholatic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Challenge! Kids can make an account any time at scholastic.com/summer and start entering their summer reading minutes. And, if your reader has been hitting the books all summer, those minutes can still count in the Challenge, thanks to Minute Mania Month. This year, as part of the Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Give Back, all minutes read and entered in the Challenge help to unlock book donations from Scholastic to kids with limited access through United Way locations across the country!