Episode 136: Behind The Books #3 (Advocate)

December 27, 2023

In episode 136 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast:

Behind The Books #3: Meet The Advocate

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

In this episode, she chats to Jenny Stubbs, the 2023 recipient of the prestigious Nan Chauncy Award, about the changing face of teacher-librarians, taking books out of libraries, and what advocacy looks like.

About Jenny Stubbs

Jenny StubbsJenny Stubbs is President of Book Links, Coordinator of CBCA Qld Readers Cup, Director of StoryArts Festival Ipswich and Book Links StoryArts Brisbane Conference.

She has been recognised for her commitment to literacy and engagement through reading and writing including winning the Dromkeen Librarians Award, the Dame Annabelle Rankin Award, the Johnno Award and the Nan Chauncy Award.

In 2013 she established Write Links to support emerging writers.

More about Book Links: The Centre for Qld Literature

More about StoryArts Festival Ipswich

More about Qld Readers Cup

Jenny’s recommendation

Her Majesty’s League of Remarkable Young Ladies by Alison Stegert (March 2024)



Race To The End Of The World (The Mapmaker Chronicles #1) by A. L. Tait

The First Summer of Callie McGee by A. L. Tait

The Your Kid’s Next Read newsletter

The Beehive by Megan Daley and Max Hamilton


Summer reading-based activities for kids

Connecting with Trees A downloadable PDF activity sheet by Trace Balla

Matt Stanton’s ‘How To Draw’ videos

Rewilding Kids Australia by Melissa Mylchreest


Book lists you may have missed

Books About Motorcycles (picture books, junior fiction, middle grade)

Books about gardens (for kids of all ages)

Books about dinosaurs (for kids of all ages)

Books about dragons (for kids of all ages)


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Your Kid's Next Read Behind The Books Jenny Stubbs