Episode 7: Great true stories for kids

March 7, 2023

In episode 007 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast:

Great true stories for kids

Finding ‘true stories’ for kids can be a minefield when it comes to content and themes. Megan and Allison have some recommendations to help you navigate. Plus, Allison looks at where we go wrong when encouraging kids to write, Megan has tips for calming kids down for story time, and they get a little bit rock’n’roll.

Books we mention

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Bookmail and TBR pile

‘Shockingly Good Stories’ by R.A. Spratt

‘Tish’ by Edwina Wyatt

‘The Velvet City’ by Isobelle Carmody

‘Why do tigers have whiskers? And other cool things about animals’. Edited by Sunanda Creagh with the experts behind Curious Kids (published by Thames & Hudson and The Conversation)

‘Sister of the Bollywood Bride’ by Nandini Bajpai (13-18y years)

‘The Boy Who Stepped Through Time’ by Anna Ciddor

True stories for kids

‘Unmasked’ by Turia Pitt (younger readers edition)

‘Diary of a Young Naturalist’ by  Dara McAnulty

‘Tell Me Why’ by Archie Roach

‘Taking the Lead’ by David Hill

‘Stories for Kids Who Dare to Be Different’ by Ben Brooks

‘Little People, Big Dreams’   (series) by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara

‘Ugly’ by Robert Hoge (younger readers edition)

‘Aussie STEM stars’ series (various authors)

‘Young Dark Emu’ by Bruce Pascoe (younger readers edition)

‘Becoming’ by Michelle Obama (younger readers edition)

‘The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind’ by Bryan Mealer and William Kamkwamba

Quick tips

Encouraging kids to love writing: 5 mistakes (and how to fix them) by Allison Tait

Kids Creative Writing Quest by Allison Tait for the Writers Centre


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Megan Daley – Childrensbooksdaily.com


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True stories for kids