Episode 17: What’s the story with school readers?

March 17, 2023

In episode 017 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast:

What’s the story with school readers?

Love them or hate them (and so many parents seem to fall in the latter camp), school readers are an essential part of your child’s reading journey. Megan Daley and Allison Tait dive into school readers, looking at why they’re a tool, not a destination, and how ‘learning to read’ and ‘learning to love literature’ sit side by side in your child’s reading life. Plus, we’ve got tips for author talks, how to play with stories and some brilliant bookmail.

As this weeks episode of the podcast goes live, it is CBCA Book Week! However you’re celebrating in Covid times, we hope you are able to enjoy it! You can join in the Your Kid’s Next Read Book Week parade this Friday in the Your Kid’s Next Read Facebook group. Megan recently spoke with the good folk from Twinkl about Book Week and shared her favourite book of all time, ‘Home’ by Narelle Oliver. Read more on the Twinkl website here.

Books we mention

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Bookmail and TBR pile

‘Ada and the Galaxies’ by Alan Lightman and Olga Pastuchiv. Illustrated by Susanna Chapman

‘Drover’ by Neridah McMullin and Sarah Anthony

‘Anything But Fine’ by Tobias Madden

‘Shadowghast’ by Thomas Taylor

‘Grace’s Escape’ by Louise Park 

‘The What on Earth Institute of Wonder’ by Lisa Nicol

‘Maxine’ by Bob Graham


School Readers

‘Raising Readers: How to nurture a child’s love of books’ by Megan Daley

‘School of Monsters’ series by Sally Rippin. Illustrated by Chris Kennett

‘The Cat On The Mat Is Flat’ by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton

‘The Big Fat Cow Goes Capow’ by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton

‘Duck In A Truck In The Muck’ by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton

‘Rascal Takes Off ‘ by Paul Jennings. Illustrated by Bob Lea

For more options, head to Megan’s ‘Best Books for Newly-Independent Readers’ shopping page.


Quick tips

Tips for authors doing author talks by Allison Tait

A Library Playspace Because #playmatters by Megan Daley

Spaces to Create, Play and Wonder by Megan Daley


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Allison Tait – Allisontait.com

Megan Daley – Childrensbooksdaily.com

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Understanding school readers