Episode 40: Making Space for Reading

April 10, 2023

In episode 40 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast:

Making Space for Reading

How do you make space for reading? When schedules are busy, reading can go by the wayside: Allison and Megan look at ways to make space in your kid’s schedule for reading – and creating inviting spaces to make it happen. Plus, Allison shares a new list of books about gender identity for kids of all ages, and Megan has tips for getting the most out of picture books. 

Books we mention

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Bookmail and TBR pile

‘Finding Jupiter’ (ARC) by Kelis Rowe

‘Flight’ magazine by Paperbird

‘This is My Dad’ by Dimity Powell. Illustrated by Nicky Johnston 

’50 Questions to Ask Your Teens’ by Daisy Turnbull


Click here for the all the details of the launch party for ‘This is My Dad’ at Where the Wild Things Are bookshop, West End, Saturday 9th April.

Join Dimity Powell and award-winning teacher librarian, Megan Daley as they embark on Leo’s journey of discovery. Following an illuminating discussion about the story behind the story, Dimity will share Leo’s tale aloud and invite youngsters to join in some free art and craft activities. Treat your tastebuds to Leo’s favourite snack before getting your book personally

signed by the author.


Quick tips

21 Children’s and YA Books About Gender Identity by Nevo Zisin. 

From Allison Tait: There’s been a lot of discussion in the media, online and, well, everywhere of late about gender, specifically gender identity.

As with most discussions about most subjects, I’m a big believer that understanding is the key and that books can go a long way to fostering that understanding.

Books can say so much. The list (here) was created by Nevo Zisin, author of Finding Nevo and The Pronoun Lowdown, and features books about gender identity for kids of all ages.


 Getting the Most from Picture Books by Megan Daley


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