Episode 31: Beach Reads for Kids

April 1, 2023

In episode 31 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast:

Beach Reads for Kids

This week, Megan Daley and Allison Tait are all about encouraging reading over the summer with a great selection of beach reads for kids of all ages. Plus, Megan shares her insider knowledge for helping kids meet summer reading goals, and Allison has a couple of lists of writing competitions for young writers (including tips on why they’re great).

Books we mention

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Bookmail and TBR pile

A Whole Lot of Lemonade Jones by Davina Bell. Illustrated by Karen Blair (readers 6+)

Remember the Rainbows by Sam Turnball. Illustrated by Marta Antelo (readers 5+)

Boss Ladies of Sport by Phillip Marsden (readers 5+)

The Ghost Locket by Allison Rushby (readers 11+)

Bingo Question

Violet Mackerel series by Anna Branford. Illustrated by Sarah Davis

Magnolia Moon series by Edwinna Wyatt. Illustrated by Katherine Quinn (readers 7-10)

Alice Miranda series by Jacqueline Harvey (readers 9-11)

Pages and Co. series by Anna James (readers 9-11)

Land of Stories series by Chris Colfer (readers 9-12)

The Land of Roar series by Jenny McLachlan. Illustrated by Ben Mantle (readers 9-12)

Pippa’s Island series by Belinda Murrell (readers 10 – 13)

Murder Most Unladylike series by Robin Stevens (readers 10 – 13)

The Mapmaker Chronicles series by A.L. Tait (readers 10 – 13)

The Penderwicks: a Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits and a Very Interesting Boy by Jeanne Birdsall (readers 10 – 13)

Marcie Gill and the Caravan Park Park by Monica McInery (readers 10 – 13)

Eliza Vanda’s Button Box by Emily Rodda (readers 10 – 13)

The Shop at Hoopers Bend by Emily Rodda (readers 10 – 13)

The Secrets We Keep’, ‘The Secrets We Share’, The Edge of Thirteen by Nova Weetman (readers 11 – 14)

The Fire Star series by A.L. Tait (readers 11-15)

Surf Riders Club series by Mary Van Reyk (readers 13+)

Every Breath series by Ellie Marney (readers 13+)

Aurora Rising series by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (readers 13+)

Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley (readers 14+)

Quick tips

Writing competitions for kids from Alphabet Soup and Melinda Tognini.

Reading Widely by Allison Tait on Planning with Kids


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