Episode 21: Books About Books

March 21, 2023

In episode 021 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast:

Books About Books

Allison Tait and Megan Daley celebrate children’s literature featuring books – from picture books to YA novels. Plus, Allison’s got tips for parents who’d like to get kids creating, not consuming, and Megan has some great suggestions for what to gift with books to create a special present. Finally, Allison’s son Joe has a local radio show and interviewed author Wai Chim on her time on Survivor here.

Books we mention

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Bookmail and TBR pile

‘The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Peculiar Pairs in Nature’ by Sami Bayly (middle primary – adult)

‘The Daring Reef Rescue’ by Rebecca Timms (lower primary – middle primary)

‘Coco and the Bee’ by Laura Bunting. Illustrated by Nicky Johnston (early childhood – lower primary). My full review of this series is here.

‘The Story of Us’ by Michael Wagner. Illustrated by Beck Feiner (gift book for all ages)

‘Book Nerd’ by Holly Maguire – gift book for all ages from Book Geek. Code CBD for 10% off your purchase.

Books About Books 

‘Lucy’s Book’ by Natalie Jane Prior. Illustrated by Cheryl Orsini (lower primary)

‘It’s a Story, Rory’ by Frances Watts. Illustrated by David Legge  (lower primary)

‘Parsley Rabbits Book About Books’ by Frances Watts. Illustrated by David Legge  (lower primary – currently out of print)

‘The Incredible Book Eating Boy’ by Oliver Jeffers (lower – middle primary)

‘Dog Loves Books’ by Louise Yates (early childhood)

‘It’s a book’ by Lane Smith (early childhood – lower primary)

‘The Children who Loved Books’ by Peter Carnavas (early childhood – lower primary)

‘The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore’ by William Joyce (lower primary – lower secondary)

‘Library Lion’ by Michelle Knudsen. Illustrated by Kevin Hawkes (lower primary)

‘How to Read a Story’ by Kate Messner (early childhood – lower primary)

‘I Hate Books!’ By Kate Walker. Illustrated by David Cox (lower primary)

 ‘Another Book About Bears’ By Laura Bunting. Illustrated by Philip Bunting (early childhood – lower primary)

The Thursday Next series By Jasper Fford  (YA – adult)

‘Mr Lemoncello’s Library’ By Chris Grabenstein (middle primary – middle grade)

Juno Jones series By Kate Gordon. Illustrated by Sandy Fleet (lower primary – middle primary)

Word Hunters series By Nick Earls. Illustrated by Terry Whidborne  (middle primary – upper primary)

The Ateban Cipher series by A. L. Tait (middle primary – middle grade)

‘The Book Thief’by Markus Zusak (YA – adult)

‘Inkheart’  by Cornela Funke (middle primary – middle grade)

‘When This Bell Rings’ by Allison Rushby (middle primary – middle grade)

‘Fahrenheit 451’ by Ray Bradbury (YA – adult)

Pages & Co series by Anna James (middle primary – upper primary)

Land of Stories series by Chris Colfer (middle primary – upper primary)

‘Words On Fire’ by Jennifer Nielsen (middle primary – upper primary)

‘Ban This Book’ by Alan Gratz (middle primary – upper primary)

‘The River and The Book’ by Alison Croggon (middle primary – upper primary)

‘The Book Scavenger’ by Jennifer Bertram (middle primary – upper primary)

The Library of Ever series by Zeno Alexander (middle primary – upper primary)

Quick tips

5 tips for parents to get kids creating not consuming by Allison Tait

What to gift with books? by Megan Daley. In this weeks quick tips, Megan talks about ‘adding a little something’ to a book gift and recommends Book Geek and Ruby Olive for adult gifts to pair with books. 

Photo Credit: Little Family Photo Co.

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Books about books: children's literature that features books