Episode 155: 10 minutes with Joel McKerrow

May 1, 2024

In episode 155 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast:

10 minutes with Joel McKerrow

Allison spends 10 minutes with Joel McKerrow, chatting about poetry, kids and creativity, and his debut graphic novel URBAN LEGEND HUNTERS. Plus, Megan shares 5 things your school librarian wants you to know, and Allison is raving about a new picture book

Books we mention

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Bookmail and TBR pile

‘Right Way  Down and other Poems’

‘Little People, Big Dreams: Beyonce by  Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara, Jade Orlando

‘Little People, Big Dreams: Taylor Swift’ by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara, Borghild Fallberg

‘Little People, Big Dreams: Kylie Minogue’ by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara, Rebecca Gibbon

Ultra Violet: Down To Business by Cristy Burne and Rebel Challenger

What Stars Are For by Margeaux Davis


10 minutes with Joel McKerrow

Interview with Joel McKerrowJoel McKerrow is an award winning writer, keynote speaker, creativity specialist, children’s author, educator and, having performed for hundreds of thousands of people throughout the world, is one of Australia’s most successful performance poets.

In this time Joel has released seven spoken word/music albums, six published books of poetry and has just released his first Junior Fic/Graphic novel, URBAN LEGEND HUNTERS with publisher Larrikin House.

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Junior fiction graphic novelUrban Legend Hunters: The Dreaded Mr Snipe

There is something sinister stirring in the town of Shadow Grove. Something that requires the talent, training and dedication of professional urban legend (aka monster) hunters.

It’s a shame we don’t have any of those…

Meet storyteller Jeremy who loves telling tales that will make your blood curdle, fearless Samantha Small and Bad Boris, who may is anything but bad!

This is not a fairytale. This is a hair-raising, spine-tingling, heart-pounding, hilarious adventure that is sure to scare the snot right out of you.

Think you’re brave enough? Why don’t you take a seat around the campfire so you can hear the urban legend about the terrifying tale of THE DREADED MR SNIPE.

Perfect for readers who love adventure, fun and spooky stories all mashed into one big poetic mystery!

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Joel’s recommendations

Lockwood and Co (series) by Jonathan Stroud

Treasure in the Lake by Jason Pamment

Ember and the Island of Lost Creatures by Jason Pamment

Lightfall (series) by Tim Probert


Quick tips

Click name for illustrator shops

Sami Bayly

Gus Gordon

Emma Quay

Jess Racklyeft

Freya Blackwood

Sarah Allen

Margeaux Davis

Cheryl Orsini


5 things you should know about school libraries

Our books

The Mapmaker Chronicles series by A. L. Tait

The Ateban Cipher (duology) by A. L. Tait

The Maven & Reeve Mysteries by A. L. Tait

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

The Beehive by Megan Daley

Teacher, Teacher (anthology), edited by Megan Daley

Raising Readers by Megan Daley


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Interview with Joel McKerrow