Episode 26: Festive Season Gift Giving

March 26, 2023

In episode 26 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast:

Festive Season Gift Giving


Books are the perfect gift for every festive season occasion! Megan and Allison look at how to choose books that will actually be read, how to make box sets and bind-ups count, and how to manage extended family gift-giving. Plus, Megan shares tips for keeping kids on track with school reading, and Allison has three videos with tips for young writers.


Books we mention

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Bookmail and TBR pile

‘Kensy and Max: High Voltage’ by Jacqueline Harvey

‘Follow Your Feelings: Lucy and Sad’ and ‘Follow Your Feelings: Max and Worry’ by Kitty Black. Illustrated by Jess Rose

‘Book of Curious Birds’ by Jennifer Cossins

‘Big Love’ by Megan Jacobson and Beck Feiner

‘What Do You Do to Celebrate’ by Ashleigh Barton and Martina Heiduczek

‘A Year in Fleurville’ by Felicita Salta

Festive Season Gift Giving

Graphic Novels for Reads 7-10 years

 ‘The Underdogs’ by Kate and Jol Temple. Illustrated by Shiloh Gordon

‘Anders and The Comet’ by Gregory McKay

‘Amulet’ (series) by Kazu Kibuishi

‘Pawcasso’ by Remy Lai

French Translation Graphic Novel Suggestion for 10+

‘Cici: The Adventures of a Writer in Training’ by Joris Chamblain. Illustrated by Aurélie Neyret 

‘Cici: Lost and Found’ by Joris Chamblain. Illustrated by Aurélie Neyret 

Book Series for Teens

‘The Road to Winter’ by Mark Smith

Other Gift Ideas

Creative Writing Quest for Kids (online course by Allison Tait)

Write the World notesbooks

Book Geek for notebooks, pencils and a range of writerly goodness

Get a spreadsheet going – this one from Nicole Avery of Planning with Kids is perfect.

Your Kid’s Next Read Book Suggestion Lists   

2021 Best books for 0-18 months

2021 Best books for 2-4 year olds

2021 Best Books for 5-7 years

2021 Best books for 8-10 year olds

2021 Best books for 10-12 year olds

2021 Best Books for 12-14 year olds

Megan Daley’s Top 20 Lists

Best Books for Babies

Best Books for Toddlers

Best Books for Newly Independent Readers 

Best Books for Middle Primary Readers 

Best Books for Middle Grade Readers

Best Books for Young Adults

Best Books for Adults

Quick tips

Three short videos with three writing tips for kids by Allison Tait 

How to read like a writer by Allison Tait

Keeping your child engaged with school readers by Megan Daley


This episode of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast is sponsored by Book Geek.  YKNR listeners can enjoy a 10% discount at any time with the code YKNR. Terms and conditions apply.

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Books for festive seasons gift giving for kids