Episode 8: Engaging a reluctant reader

March 8, 2023

In episode 008 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast:

Engaging a reluctant reader

Engaging reluctant readers is not easy. Megan and Allison look at ways to find the right book at the right time to help engage a reluctant reader. Allison shares a fun idea for sparking your kid’s writing fire, and Megan has tips for helping kids choose their own books. Plus, they discuss their uncanny resemblance to Ed Sheeran and Beyonce. No, really.

Books we mention

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Bookmail and TBR pile

‘The Good Times Of Pelican Rise: Save The Joeys’ by Samone Amba (out 27 July)

‘Mina and the Whole Wide World’ by Sherryl Clark (ill. Briony Stewart) (out 2 July)

‘Are You There, Buddha?’ by Pip Harry (out 30 June)

‘Ginger Meggs’ by Tristan Bancks

‘Tell Me Why’ by Archie Roach (YA edition)

Engaging reluctant readers

Encouraging and Engaging Reluctant Readers by Megan Daley for Planning with Kids

21 Awesome Books for Reluctant Readers by YKNR founders, Megan Daley, Allison Tait and Allison Rushby

‘Raising Readers: How to nurture a child’s love of books’ by Megan Daley (see Chapter Six: Reading Challenges’)

Quick tips

How to spark your kid’s writing fire by Allison Tait



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Engaging reluctant readers