Podcasts and Knowledge for the Sake of Knowledge

The podcasts I listened to were the Hornbook Podcast 2.3 – Special Guest Jamie Tan and the Scholastic Reads Amazing, Delightful, Happy Dreamer. 

In the Hornbook Podcast, Jamie Tan discusses her job as a publicist and the different cons she’s visited. I really enjoyed the insight into how the publishing world works. I also got a thrill out of listening to book people talk so passionately, and had a a little fan girl moment when they talked about YA author Alexandra Bracken. In the Scholastic Reads podcast, author Peter Reynolds talks about his book, Happy Dreamer, and redefining ADHD (he calls it an acronym for Amazing, Delightful, Happy Dreamer). This was a really interesting way to go about challenging social stigmas, and I definitely want to get my hands on this book now. I think that these podcasts complement other resources we’ve used, if only because the more information on books we’re exposed to, the better off we are. I didn’t know who Jamie Tan was before listening to the podcast, but it’s important for librarians to know the nuts and bolts of publishing. Understanding what goes on behind the scenes gives us a better idea of how books are marketed and exposed to the public. In turn, we can learn more about how we should be promoting books to our patrons. Now that I’m aware of the book Happy Dreamer, I can see what new picture books are doing to redefine a very common condition, ADHD, and promote these kinds of books to give children a different perspective.


2 thoughts on “Podcasts and Knowledge for the Sake of Knowledge

  1. Your description of the podcasts is adequate but, beyond your specifics comments about the content, how do you think podcast can complement (or not) other resources you use for review/selection? That was the question for today.


  2. I wasn’t sure exactly how to answer this question but thinking about it, I would say that the podcasts complement the resources we use in class. The book Picture This: How Pictures Work, helps readers understand how illustrations work within picture books. I could use that book, for example, to help me read Happy Dreamer and see how the author uses pictures to communicate his message of redefining what ADHD means. In that sense, I would say the podcasts and our resources complement each other.


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