Episode 104: A chat about chapter books

August 4, 2023

In episode 104 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast:

A Chat About Chapter Books

Megan and Allison discuss the ins and outs of chapter books for kids, from the first step beyond school readers to independent reads for 6-8 year olds. Plus, Allison has the heads up on a terrific new school-based program for budding reporters.

Books we mention

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Bookmail and TBR pile

‘Shadow Catchers’ by Kristy Murray. Illustrated by Karen Blair 

‘Who’s Afraid of the Light’ by Anna McGregor 

‘The Letterbox Tree’ by Rebecca Lim and Kate Gordon 

‘We are Matildas’ by Shelley Ware, illustrated by Serena Geddes

‘The Odds: The Power of Being Odd’ by Matt Stanton

‘When Clouds Touch Us’ by Thanhha Lai 

Chapter books for kids

‘The Wish Sisters’ (series) by Allison Rushby. Illustrated by Karen Blair

‘Willa & Woof’ (series) by Jacqueline Harvey

‘Little Lunch’ by Danny Katz. Illustrated by Mitch Vane

‘The Isabelle Stories’ by Jane Godwin. Illustrated by Robin Cowcher

‘Football Fever’ by Kristin Darrell

‘League Of Lllamas’ (series) by Aleesah Darlison. Illustrated by Simon Greiner

‘Introducing D’Lila LaRue’ by Nette Hilton. Illustrated by A. Yi 

‘Ratbags’ (series) by Tim Harris. Illustrated by Shiloh Gordon

‘Furball’ by Adrian Beck

‘Sadie’ (series) by Lana Spasevski. Illustrated by Joanie Stone

‘Itty Bitty Kitty’ (series) by Maddy Mara. Illustrated by Neomie Geonet Landry

‘Harriet Hound’ by Kate Foster. Illustrated by Sophie Beer

‘The Besties’ (series) by Felice Arena. Illustrated by Tom Jellet

‘What Zola Did’ (series) by Melina Marchetta. Illustrated by Deb Hudson

‘Aussie Kids’ (series) by various authors

‘The Wild Life’ (series) by Philip and Laura Bunting

‘Polly and Buster’(series) by Sally Rippin

‘Naughty Dragons Make Trouble’by Natalie Jane Prior. Illustrated by Simon Howe

‘Monty’s Island’ (series) by Emily Rodda

‘The Wolves of Greycoat Hall’ by Lucinda Gifford

‘Turtle Trackers’ (and others in series) by Samantha Wheeler

‘Zoe, Max and the Bicycle Bus’ by Steven Herrick

‘Our Autralian Girl’ (series) by various authors

‘The Secrets of Magnolia Moon’ (series) by Edwina Wyatt

‘Vincent and the Grandest Hotel on Earth’ by Lisa Nicol

‘Fizz The Police Dog’ (series) by Lesley Gibbes

‘Zac Power’ (series) by H.I. Larry

‘D-Bot Squad’ (series) by Mac Park

‘Princess in Black’ (series) by Shannon Hale. Illustrated by Dean Hale

‘Marge in Charge’ (series) by Isla Fisher. Illustrated by Eglantine Ceulemans

‘Fancy Nancy’ by Jane O’Conner. Illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser

‘Hey Jack’ (series) by Sally Rippin. Illustrated by Stephanie Spartels

‘Billie B Brown’ (series) by Sally Rippin. 

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