The B&N YA Podcast
By Crystal Stone,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Interview style podcast brings in authors of famous novels.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this podcast.
Episodes dive deep into the literary world, speaking to authors of young adult novels to discuss the story writing process, themes in storytelling, and how to love the words you write. Authors of popular books such as The Lightning Thief discuss their stories and processes in depth, which could be a useful tool for teachers to use in the classroom.
Authors like Tomi Adeyemi give motivational words for aspiring and young writers, including how to overcome different writing blocks and obstacles. Some episodes also discuss the positive messages written into the books themselves such as friendship and overcoming hardships as most of them are coming of age novels.
Positive Role Models
Episodes feature a wide range of positive role models, especially for kids and young adults interested in reading and writing. Authors frequently discuss inspiring and motivational stories to help young writers and shine light on the positive messages within their stories.
Authors brought in to discuss their novels come from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. Many of the stories discussed also center diverse perspectives from across the world.
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Violence & Scariness
Minimal references to overtly violent or scary themes, only when relevant to the story being discussed.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some references to romance, only briefly when relevant to the novel being discussed.
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Minimal to no use of negative language or swear words.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Minimal to no references to drinking, drugs, or smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents Need to Know that THE B&N YA PODCAST brings in authors of young adult novels to discuss their stories, the writing process, and themes within their novels. Episodes are geared towards fans of the authors or books that are being discussed. Most books that are discussed are for young adults and teens. Episodes could be great to listen to as a family, especially if there is a story you and your child read together. Episodes are also interesting for children who love to read and write as they learn about the writing process and how to identify themes within stories. Some episodes talk to authors who have written more mature works, discussing topics such as murder. Parents may want to look at episodes before letting younger kids listen on their own.
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What’s It About?
Authors like Rick Riordan, Rainbow Rowell, and others come to THE B&N YA PODCAST to discuss their most recent novels in genres like fantasy, sci-fi, comedy, and coming of age stories to give listeners an in depth look at the storytelling process. Episodes are made with both the fans of the novels and writers in mind, as authors give advice for writing and navigating the publishing world.
Is It Any Good?
Motivational and insightful words alongside behind the scenes of some of the best selling young adult novels make each episode of this podcast interesting and fun. Although it's not currently producing new episodes,The B&N YA Podcast is great for kids and adults who are fans of the books being discussed - or if they're just interested in reading and writing.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about how THE B&N YA PODCAST brings in authors of some of our favorite books to discuss the thought process and writing behind the stories. What is it like to hear an author discuss their intentions and motivations behind a book? Does that change anything about how you read or understand the story?
In some episodes, authors discuss what they see as the key themes of their novels. How do you identify themes within novels? Do you identify any themes that were not discussed?
Many authors discuss overcoming writer's block and learning to love the work they do. Do you struggle with writer's block? What helps you in your own storytelling process?
- Release date: May 10, 2018
- Genre: Storytelling
- Average Run Time: 39 minutes
- Website: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/category/teen/ya-podcast/
- Host: Melissa Albert
- Publisher: Barnes and Noble
- Pricing structure: Free
- Topics: Arts and Dance, Book Characters, Friendship
- Last updated: February 27, 2023
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