The podcast I listened to this week was Publishers Weekly PW KidsCast. These podcast were mostly author interviews, and could be helpful when librarians are reviewing material. Since each podcast only focuses on one author or particular novel, it could never be used as a sole resource, but it is a nice complement and break from reading journals.
The first podcast I listened to was PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Maggie Stiefvater, mostly because I am personally a huge fan. During this interview she talked about the final book of The Raven Cycle, which was about to come at the time of the podcast. It was interesting to hear a ‘”review” of the book from the author’s perspective.
The second podcast I listened to was PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Holly M. McGhee, where she discusses her book Matylda, Bright and Tender. This book is about a fourth-grader whose best friend passes away, and to hear the author’s perspective on how writing such a serious topic for children.
These podcasts help librarians literally hear the author’s thoughts on the books, and also provide more context about the material coming out. This can be useful when deciding whether to purchase the item and how to booktalk it.