Episode 73: 10 Minutes with Morris Gleitzman

June 3, 2023

In episode 73 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast:

10 Minutes with Morris Gleitzman

Allison spends 10 minutes (actually, much longer) interviewing award-winning, bestselling author Morris Gleitzman, talking about ‘Digging Up Dad’, his latest collection of short stories, as well as the secrets of engaging reluctant readers (and publicists), writing stories with heart and why kids need both light and dark stories.

Plus, Megan looks at how to turn a picture book into a lesson, and Allison has tips for finding new readers.

Books we mention

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Bookmail and TBR pile

‘The Best Hiding Place’ by Jane Godwin and Sylvia Morris 

‘Come Over to My House’ by Eliza Hull and Sally Rippin. Illustrated by Daniel Gray-Barnett

‘Whalesong’ by Kate Gordon 

‘Bowled Over’ and ‘In a Spin’ (Nice Garry series) by Nathan Lyon and Michael Wagner. illustrated by David Williams

‘Evie and Rhino’ by Neridah McMullin. Illustrated by Astred Hicks

‘Bored: Frog’s Mystery Twin’ by Matt Stanton 

‘The Bookseller’s Apprentice’ by Amelia Mellor 


See Allison (and more!) at the Berry Writers Festival

Auslan reading of ‘Come Over to My House’ 

10 mins with Morris Gleitzman

Morris Gleitzman is a bestselling Australian children’s author. His books explore serious and sometimes confronting subjects in humorous and unexpected ways. His titles include Two Weeks With The Queen, Grace, Doubting Thomas, Bumface, Give Peas A Chance, Extra Time, Loyal Creatures, Digging Up Dad and the series Once, Then, After, Soon, Maybe, Now and Always. Morris’s books are published in more than twenty countries. Find out more here. 

We spoke to Morris about Digging Up Dad, a collection of short stories that he describes as ‘Hopeful’.

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