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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 31: Beach Reads for Kids

In episode 31 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast: Beach Reads for Kids This week, Megan Daley and Allison Tait are all about encouraging reading over the summer with a great selection of beach reads for kids of all ages. Plus, Megan shares her insider knowledge for helping kids meet summer reading goals, and…

Episode 30: Books for teen boys

In episode 030 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast: Books for teen boys How do you keep teen boys reading? Why do they stop and what will make them start again? Allison and Megan discuss the age-old question of books for boys aged 13+. Plus, tips for kids who want to write comics and graphic…

Episode 29: Outdoor adventuring

In episode 029 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast: Outdoor Adventuring This week’s episode is all about the Great Outdoors. Megan and Allison discuss books that support outdoor activities, as well as book that encourage kids to get into nature. Plus, tips for nature journaling and choosing authors for your Book Week 2022 visits –…

Episode 28: Bedtime reading for older kids

In episode 28 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast: Bedtime reading for older kids At what age do you stop reading aloud to kids? And what do you read to older kids if bedtime reading is still a thing? Allison and Megan explore readalouds for older kids. Plus, Allison has two new booklists to share…

Episode 27: Teacher Gifts

In episode 27 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast: Teacher Gifts In the last of our end-of-year gift-giving episodes, Megan and Allison are talking about teacher gifts. Plus, Allison has tips for helping kids deal with ‘writer’s block’ and Megan shares some beautiful insights into writing from Australian author Kate Gordon. Books we mention Click…

Episode 26: Festive Season Gift Giving

In episode 26 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast: Festive Season Gift Giving Whether it’s end of term celebrations or other festive occasions, the season of gift giving is upon us – and books are the perfect gift! Megan and Allison look at how to choose books that will actually be read, how to…

Episode 25: Christmas Special

In episode 25 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast: Christmas Special With supply and postal distribution chains disrupted, Megan and Allison are planning ahead for the festive season with a list of books about Christmas, from brand-new must-haves to old favourites. Plus, Megan has tips for creating a book Advent Calendar and Allison has some…

Episode 24: YA for Tweens

In episode 24 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast: YA for Tweens While there is an entire ‘middle-grade’ (8-12) section of the bookshelf available, many younger readers (tweens), particularly advanced readers, want to move up. They want to read what older kids are reading and, often, they’ve read the library dry of the books deemed…

Episode 23: should I discourage ‘easy’ reading?

In episode 23 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast: What should you do when young readers insist on reading books you think are too ‘easy’ for them? Megan and Allison look at whether to discourage ‘easy’ reading and encourage more challenging books, or not. Plus, Megan answers questions about becoming a teacher-librarian, and Allison has…

Episode 22: School Holiday Reads

In episode 022 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast: School holiday reads Keeping kids reading in the holidays requires a bit of planning. Megan and Allison share tips for choosing books for school holidays, Plus YKNR has new t-shirts, Megan has advice about extending books beyond the page. Books we mention Click on the…

Episode 21: Books About Books

In episode 021 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast: Books About Books Books about books, books inside books… this week, Allison Tait and Megan Daley are celebrating children’s literature featuring books – from picture books to YA novels. Plus, Allison’s got tips for parents who’d like to get kids creating, not consuming, and Megan has…

Episode 20: Classics for Kids

In episode 020 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast: Classics for Kids Getting kids started on ‘the classics’ can be great for their vocabulary and knowledge of context, history and the building blocks of a literary life – but when should you introduce them, and how? Megan Daley and Allison Tait discuss these perplexing questions,…

Episode 19: Puberty books for tweens

In episode 19 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast: Puberty books for tweens From birds and bees to changing bodies, Allison Tait and Megan Daley recommend puberty books for tweens – and the adults in their lives. Plus, Megan looks at how to include a makerspace in school libraries and Allison encourages kids to write…

Episode 18: Cookbooks for Kids

In episode 018 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast: Cookbooks for Kids Allison Tait and Megan Daley look at why cookbooks are great for kids (beyond the delicious creations) and have recommendations for everyone from tots to teens. Plus, we look at why reading out loud is essential – and not just to develop reading skills,…

Episode 17: What’s the story with school readers?

In episode 017 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast: What’s the story with school readers? Love them or hate them (and so many parents seem to fall in the latter camp), school readers are an essential part of your child’s reading journey. Megan Daley and Allison Tait dive into school readers, looking at why they’re…

Episode 16: Which e-reader should I buy my kid?

In episode 016 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast: Which e-reader should I buy my kid? E-readers are great for accessibility and convenience, but which one is best for kids? Megan has tips for how to buy an e-reader that will integrate with your school or public library as well as book purchases. Plus,…

Episode 15: All about book launches

In episode 015 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast: All about book launches What exactly goes on at a book launch and why would you take your kids to one? Megan and Allison take you inside the secrets of book launches and look at how to find them and who should attend (spoiler: everyone). …

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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