Episode 14: Extending advanced readers 7+

March 14, 2023

In episode 014 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast:

Extending advanced readers 7+

Choosing books for advanced readers aged 7+ – it’s one of the most popular questions in Your Kid’s Next Read.  Allison raves about a book for 14-year-old boys, as well as a new picture book, while Megan has a couple of non-fiction books kids will love. Plus, writing books for teens and simple Book Week costumes for kids.

Books we mention

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Bookmail and TBR pile

‘The Wolf’s Howl’ (A Maven & Reeve Mystery #2) by A. L. Tait

‘Becoming Muhammad Ali (A Novel)’ by James Patterson and Kwame Alexander

‘Seven Wherewithal Way’  by Samantha-Ellen Bound

Little One’ by Jane Godwin and Gabriel Evans

Backyard Birdies’  by Andy Geppert

Heroes, Rebels and Innovators: Inspiring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People from History’ by Karen Wyld and Jaelyn Biumaiwai

The Super Adventures of Ollie and Bea’ by Renee Treml



Butterfly chrysalis kit (ChickPea’s Butterfly kit gift)

‘Twig’ by Aura Parker

‘Sherlock Bones’ (series) by Renee Treml

So You Want To Be A Writer Block Party

Top 60 children’s books podcasts you must follow in 2021


Don’t miss the live zoom event to launch Allison’s new middle-grade novel, ‘The Wolf’s Howl’ (A Maven & Reeve Mystery #2).

This one is just for kids and she’ll share the secrets of creating brilliant stories, including:

  • where she gets her amazing ideas
  • how she breathes life into her vivid characters
  • the most important question she asks herself
  • how she creates page-turning adventures and baffling mysteries
  • and much more.

Tickets from Eventbrite


Extending advanced readers 7+

‘The Call of the Wild’ by Jack London

‘The Ranger’s Apprentice’ (series) by John Flanagan

‘Counting by 7s’ by Holly Goldberg Sloan

‘Wonder’ by R.J. Palacio

‘Horrible Histories’ (series) by Terry Deary

‘The Mapmaker Chronicles’ (series) by A. L. Tait

Lists on Children’s Books Daily by age range  (read up and down these lists as needed)

Your Kid’s Next Read facebook group recommendations

Lists by Allison Tait


Quick tips

12 writing books for teen writers by Allison Tait

Book Week Costumes for kids by Megan Daley

We library staff promise that we don’t organise the Book Week parade to torture parents, caregivers and teachers – we actually use it as promotion and celebration of books. Check out Megan’s blog post here and this is the book lanyard she mentions.


Find out more about your hosts here

Allison Tait – Allisontait.com

Megan Daley – Childrensbooksdaily.com

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Extending advanced readers 7+