Episode 163: Winter reads

June 26, 2024

In episode 163 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast:

Winter reads

Winter is reading season and Allison and Megan are exploring books that will help young readers lean into the chill – and books that will take them to warmer places. Plus, a reading challenge for teens and a holiday tip to keep kids in touch with books.

Books we mention

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Bookmail and TBR pile

‘Then and Now’ by Datsun Tran 

‘Ingenious Insects’ by Sarah Allen 

‘Juno Jones, Epic Explorer # 5’ by Kate Gordon. Illustrated by Sandy Flett

Brock the Croc by Adrian Beck and Dean Rankine

History Hunter (series) by Mark Greenwood

The Dragon’s Treasure

The Vanishing



Winter Reads

Help kids make the most of winter reading time (tips)

Episode115: The joy of escape reads

Episode 31: Beach reads for kids


Picture books

Sophie Scott goes South by Alison Lester 

The Snowy Day’ by Ezra Jack Keats

‘Where the Snow Angels Go’ by Maggie O’Farrell

‘If Winter Comes, Tell It I’m Not Here’ by Ciraolo Simona

‘Snow’ by Sam Usher

‘Sleep tight farm : a farm prepares for winter’ by Eugenie Doyle

Snow Wombat’ by Susannah Chambers. Illustrated by Mark Jackson 

A Bear and a Tree’ by Stephen Michael King 

‘Bear and Chook’ by Lisa Shannahan and Emma Quay

The Sea in Me by Cody Simpson, Jess Black, illustrated by Amandine Thomas

Magic Beach by Alison Lester

Jetty Jumping by Andrea Rowe




All through the Year’ by Jane Godwin. Illustrated by Anna Walker  

‘The ABC Book of Seasons’ by Helen Martin and Judith Simpson. Illustrated by Cheryl Orsini

‘Walking with the Seasons in Kakadu’ by Diane Lucas. Illustrated by Ken Searle 

‘Seasons : an introduction to First Nations seasons’ by Munya Andrews. Illustrated by Charmaine Ledden-Lewis 


Junior fiction

Showerland: Feel the Freeze by Nat Amoore and James Hart

‘Clementine Rose And The Paris Puzzle’ by Jacqueline Harvey

‘Clementine Rose And The Perfect Present’ by Jacqueline Harvey


Middle grade

Pearly and PIg and the Great Hairy Beast by Sue Whiting

Truly Tan: Baffled by Jen Storer

Elementals: Ice Wolves by Amie Kaufman 

The Wintrish Girl by Melanie La’Brooy 

The Wolf’s Howl by A. L. Tait

The Call of the Wild by Jack London

White Fang by Jack London

‘Tea Dragon Society’ by K. O’Neill

‘Winter turning’ (Wings of Fire) by Tui Sutherland

‘Festival of Crisp Winter Glories’ (Kingdom of Silk) by Glenda Millard

‘Alice-Miranda In The Alps’ by Jacqueline Harvey

‘Kensy And Max: Full Speed’ by Jacqueline Harvey

‘The Winter Door’ by Isobelle Carmody (Series: The Gateway Trilogy) 

‘The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe’ by CS Lewis

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

Elsewhere Girls by Nova Weetman and Emily Gale

Pippa’s Island (series) by Belinda Murrell

When Rain Turns to Snow’ by Jane Godwin 

Anything by Kate DiCamillo including:


The Raymie Nightingale Collection

‘Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane’

‘The Magician’s Elephant’

‘Flora & Ulysses’

‘The Tale of Despereaux’

Join The Warm Winter Read challenge


Quick tips

Encourage winter reading






As promised, a picture of Megan’s kitchen table, with its spread of books.

And we forgot to mention…

We’re having an amazing Zoom event in July – more details next week, but you can find all the information and tickets here:

RAISING WILD READERS: A FREE YKNR event with Australian Children’s Laureate Sally Rippin


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


Connect with your show hosts

Facebook | Allison Tait | Megan Daley

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The YKNR community on Facebook here. 

Meet Allison Rushby, the third member of #teamyknr. Find out about Allison and her books here.


Winter reads for kids