Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (ft. J.A. White & Betsy Bird)
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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! ( To learn more about Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, visit Do you have a story about how a classic book changed your life? Tweet @readingpod or email us at Learn more at Until next time!
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