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Author Allison Tait and teacher-librarian-author Megan Daley, co-founders of the Your Kid’s Next Read community, talk books and reading for children of all ages. From board books and picture books, to junior fiction, middle-grade novels and YA blockbusters, they’ll help you find the perfect next book for the young readers in your life. Plus, practical tips on getting (and keeping) kids reading and writing, a whole lot of fun and … YKNR book question bingo.

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Episode 14: Extending advanced readers 7+

In episode 014 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast: Extending advanced readers 7+ This week, Allison and Megan are tackling one of the most popular Bingo questions ever – choosing books for advanced readers aged 7+.  Allison raves about a book for 14-year-old boys, as well as a new picture book, while Megan has…

Episode 13: Book Week Made Easy

In episode 013 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast: Book Week Made Easy Love it or hate it, Book Week is coming. Whether you’re a parent/carer, teacher, librarian, author or other interested party, CBCA Book Week (23-27 August) is fast approaching. With feet in several camps, Megan and Allison share their tips for taking…

Episode 12: Best gift books for kids of all ages

In episode 012 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast: Best gift books for kids of all ages Choosing the perfect book gift for a special occasion can be fraught, particularly if you don’t know the young reader very well. Megan and Allison share their go-to books to gift kids of all ages – right…

Episode 11: Must-read books by First Nations creators

In episode 011 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast: Must-read books by First Nations creators It’s NAIDOC Week (4-11 July 2021) and Megan has been hard at work curating a list of amazing books by First Nations authors and illustrators for kids of all ages! She and Allison share some of their faves, plus…

Episode 10: How to start a book club

In episode 010 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast: How to start a book club Book clubs can be a great way to engage readers of all kinds, but where (and how) do you start? Megan shares some brilliant tips for finding members, choosing books and even what kind of food to serve (yes,…

Episode 9: Should I worry about re-reading?

In episode 009 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast: Should I worry about re-reading? Some kids like to re-read books they love – to the point where you might worry they’ll wear a rut in the bookshelf. But is it something to be concerned about? Allison and Megan look at the reasons kids like…

Episode 8: Engaging a reluctant reader

In episode 008 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast: Engaging a reluctant reader When your kid simply doesn’t like to read, it can be difficult for them – and for you. Megan and Allison look at ways to find the right book at the right time to help engage a reluctant reader. Allison shares…

Episode 7: Great true stories for kids

In episode 007 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast: Great true stories for kids Finding ‘true stories’ for kids can be a minefield when it comes to content and themes. Megan and Allison have some recommendations to help you navigate. Plus, Allison looks at where we go wrong when encouraging kids to write, Megan…

Episode 6: Should I order from school bookclub?

In episode 006 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast: Should I order from school bookclub? Kids love the school bookclub catalogue, but parents often ask Megan, as a teacher-librarian, if what’s on offer is any good. She and Allison have some thoughts on this, as well as culling books from your library, caring for…

Episode 5: Moving on from ‘funny books’

In episode 005 of Your Kid’s Next Read podcast: Moving on from ‘funny books’ Is your kid stuck in a ‘funny book’ rut? Is that a problem? Megan and Allison discuss one of the big questions in kids’ reading, and look at ways to keep the ‘funny’ even as your kids get older. Megan has…

Episode 4: Encouraging kids to read non-fiction

In episode 004 of Your Kid’s Next Read podcast:  Encouraging kids to read non-fiction Megan discovers a brand-new book to help kids learn about sharing, while Allison is reading a memoir about Australia’s first children’s author. Wondering how to encourage kids to read non-fiction books? Megan has the answers and we delve into magazines for…

Episode 3: Great Graphic Novels

In episode 003 of Your Kid’s Next Read podcast:  Great graphic novels Megan has found two new books that made her cry, while Allison is sharing a new novel by one of Allison Rushby’s favourite authors. We look at the rise and rise and rise of graphic novels and recommend some favourites.  Quick tips to…

Episode 2: Books for 7 year olds

In episode 002 of Your Kid’s Next Read podcast:  Books for 7 year olds Megan has made a Russian honey cake featuring 500g of honey, while Allison is wondering why cooking with kids is not fun. Discover why so many parents are urgently seeking books for 7-year-old readers and why 14-year-old boys are so hard…

Episode 1: What to read after Harry Potter?

In episode 001 of Your Kid’s Next Read podcast: What to read after Harry Potter? Starting off with one of the biggest questions in the Your Kid’s Next Read community, Allison and Megan look at how to deal with the Harry Potter hangover. Discover quick tips for reading picture books out loud, as well as…

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