Episode 134: Behind The Books #1 (The Bookseller)

December 17, 2023

In episode 134 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast:

Behind The Books #1: Meet The Bookseller

 In this special summer mini-series, Allison takes you behind the books and behind the scenes of the Australian children’s publishing world.

First up, an interview with bookseller Paul Macdonald from The Children’s Bookshop in Sydney about what booksellers do – and a terrific list of book recommendations for those last-minute gifts. 

About Paul Macdonald

What does a bookseller do?Paul Macdonald owns the award-winning The Children’s Bookshop which has been a Sydney literary institution since 1971. Paul has a Master of Education, working almost 20 years as a teacher of Upper Primary and Secondary.

He has won numerous awards in teaching such as a Quality Teacher Award and The Premiers English Scholarship. Paul won the inaugural Maurice Saxby Award in 2012 for his contributions to raising the profile of teen fiction. Paul Macdonald also was the winner of the 2016 Lady Cutler award for services to children’s literature and literacy in Australia.

Paul not only manages The Children’s Bookshop but is also a consultant working with numerous schools focusing on building reading cultures and he is currently completing his PhD focusing on Australian Young Adult literature.

Paul is the co-author of the CBCA Notable picture book The Hole Idea and has written several other academic texts.

Visit The Children’s Bookshop for more.

Paul’s recommendations

Your Head’s Not the Place to Store Problems by Josh Pyke and Stephen Michael King

In my garden by Kate Mayes and Tamsin Ainslie

We Could Be Something by Will Kostakis

Scar Town by Tristan Bancks

Millie Mak the Maker by Alice Pung and Sher Rill Ng (interview with Alice Pung about the book in episode 121)

This Camp is Doomed by Anna Zobel



The First Summer of Callie McGee by A. L. Tait (Buy signed copies here for Christmas)

The Your Kid’s Next Read newsletter

The Beehive by Megan Daley and Max Hamilton


Bonus book lists

Escape Reads for Tween and Teens

The Best Children’s Book Series You’ve Never Read

24 Books for Tween Boys with ‘Nothing To Read’

Your Kid’s Next Read Best Books of 2022


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Your Kid's Next Read Behind The Books Bookseller: what does a bookseller do