Episode 20: Classics for Kids

March 20, 2023

In episode 020 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast:

Classics for Kids

Getting kids started on ‘the classics’ can be great for their vocabulary and knowledge of context, history and the building blocks of a literary life – but when should you introduce them, and how? Megan Daley and Allison Tait discuss these perplexing questions, as well as looking at the role of school librarians and how to keep tweens engaged with reading.

Books we mention

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Bookmail and TBR pile

‘Sugar Town Queens’ by Malla Nunn (young adult)

‘How to Repaint a Life’ by Steven Merrick (young adult)

Australia Reads Special Editions (middle primary, upper primary)

‘The Beatryce Prophecy’ by Kate DiCamillo. Illustrated by Sophie Blackall. (middle grade)

‘Dragon Skin’ by Karen Foxlee (upper primary, middle grade)

‘Listified’ by Andrew Pettie. Illustrated by Andrés Lozano. (middle primary, upper primary, lower secondary)

Classics for Kids

‘Anne of Green Gables’ by Mariah Marsden (graphic novel format – middle primary, upper primary, middle grade)

‘The Secret Garden’ by Mariah Marsden (graphic novel format – middle primary, upper primary, middle grade)

‘An Adaptation of Little Women (Sort Of)’ (graphic novel format – middle primary, upper primary, middle grade)

‘And The Ocean Was Our Sky’ by Patrick Ness (illustrated text – middle primary, upper primary, middle grade)

 Sherlock Holmes (A Study In Scarlet) by Arthur Conan Doyle

White Fang’ by Jack London

‘The Call of the Wild’ by Jack London

The Outsiders’ by S. E. Hinton (yes, it’s a classic – 50+ years old now)

 ‘Fahrenheit 451′ by Ray Bradbury

The Catcher in the Rye’ by J. D. Salinger

Quick tips

Tips to Keep Your Tween Interested in Reading by Allison Tait

Five Things Your Child’s Teacher Librarian Wants You to Know by Lana Hallowes

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Classics for kids