Scholastic Reads, a new biweekly podcast about children’s books and the joy and power of reading, features in-depth interviews with bestselling children’s book authors and illustrators, editors, and other experts, who provide their insights about writing, publishing, and trends in children’s books, as well as their personal book recommendations in “ask an editor” episodes. The first podcast—“The Magic of Harry Potter”—was released in December 2015. Listen to literacy expert Pam Allyn, Founding Director of LitWorld, weigh in on how Hogwarts and the lessons Harry Potter teaches can be valuable for educators. Among the upcoming episodes are “Every Child a SuperReader” and “Book Trends of 2016.”
Few American artists loom larger than Langston Hughes. He wrote novels, plays, short stories, films, librettos, children’s verse, newspaper columns, translations, and memoirs, and edited several important anthologies. But most of all, he remained a poet. From “Dreams” to “Let America Be America Again,” he explored social conscience and class difference with lyric beauty and music.
Pithy and powerful, poetry is a popular art form at protests and rallies—from the civil rights movement to Black Lives Matter. The poems of protest, resistance, and empowerment on the Poetry Foundation’s website call out and talk back to the inhumane forces that threaten from above.
As part of its work to change the narrative about race in America, the Equal Justice Institute (EJI) extensively researched the period between the Civil War and World War II, when more than 4,000 African Americans were lynched in this country. EJI published its findings in the report Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror. With support from Google, EJI has created Lynching in America, a freedigital interactive experience inspired by the original report.