September 16, 2023

In episode 120 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast:

We Have Some Thoughts

Allison and Megan have some thoughts about respecting children’s literature and its authors, school libraries and literacy in Australia, plus Megan shares a great tip about how picture books can be used to share student learning.

This Younger Readers adaptation of ‘Songlines’ comes from the critically acclaimed, best-selling First Knowledges series, by Margo Neale and Lynne Kelly with striking illustrations by Archibald winner Blak Douglas. Find it here

How do you find your way around, get your food and drink, connect with your friends and
family? How do you know the right and safe way to do things, or how to make things?

Before the white people came to the continent, all Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples knew how to do all these things – and much, much more.

Margo Ngawa Neale and Lynne Kelly invite you on a journey through the oldest, biggest library of knowledge on Earth. This knowledge isn’t held in books: you will find it in Songlines of the land, sea and sky. Learn about history, art, song, science and more in this engaging and inviting introduction to Indigenous traditional knowledges, how they apply today and how they can help all people thrive into the future.

Books we mention

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Bookmail and TBR pile

Elephant and Piggie series by Mo Willems, including ‘Should I Share my Ice Cream’ and ‘Elephants Cannot Dance’ 

‘Beware the Argula’ by Kirsty Burga  

‘Good Morning, My Deer’ by Mel Amon.Illustrated by Sophie Beer 

‘Nightsong’ by Sally Soweol Han

‘Creatures of Camouflage and Mimicry’ by Sami Bayly

Bingo Question

‘Waving from the Kid’s Table’by Allison Tait

Quality children’s literature is essential for building literacy skills, and yet children’s authors are often overlooked for awards, interviews and media coverage. In fact, I often joke that we are at the ‘kid’s table at the wedding’ when it comes to these things – shoved in a corner while the ‘grown ups’ get on with their posh events. Anyone who’s ever met me will know that I’m not that good at sitting in the corner (cue: Dirty Dancing references) and look for ways to advocate and promote children’s literature in any way I can.

Allison Tait


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