Episode 91: YKNR Highlights Reel

July 21, 2023

In episode 91 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast:

Your Kid’s Next Read Highlights Reel

Allison and Megan share a selection of highlights from recent discussions in the Your Kid’s Next Read community – and add their two cents worth. From dictionaries for kids to books about calligraphy, there are some interesting books to discover!

Books we mention

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Bookmail and TBR pile

 ‘Ratbags: Naughty for Good’ by Tim Harris. Illustrated by Shilh Gordon (lower primary, middle primary) 

‘The Isabelle Stories: Izzy and Bell’ by Jane Godwin (volume 1). Illustrated by Robin Cowcher (lower primary) 

‘Dorothy’ by Jordon Collins. Illustrated by Myo Yim 

‘Tiny Tradies’ by Tami Sussman. Illustrated by Tom Jellett

‘Hoops’ by Matt Tavares

Highlights from the Your Kid’s Next Read community

Looking for dictionaries for kids? Try These…

Your never-fail, good old pocket Oxford! ‘Pocket Oxford Dictionary and Thesaurus’ by Oxford Dictionaries

‘Roald Dahl Dictionary’ by Susan Rennie

‘The Dictionary of Difficult Words’ by Jane Solomon

‘Dictionary of Word Origins’ by John Ayto

‘Noongar Boodja Waangkan: noongar first words’ by Jayden Boundry. Illustrated by Yyrown Waigana

‘The Word Spy’ by Ursula Dubosarsky. Illustrated by Tohby Riddle

Cows on Farms Mad Kid? Try These (but leave ‘Animal Farm’!)…

‘This is the Mud’ by Kat Apel. Illustrated by Warren Crossett (contact Kat here for sales)

‘Bird in the Herd’ by Kat Apel. Illustrated by Renee Treml

‘The Sheep-Pig’ by Dick King-Smith

‘Sleep Tight Farm: A Farm Prepares for Winter’ by Eugenie Doyle. Illustrated by Becca Stadtlander

‘The Old Truck’ by Jarret Pumphrey

‘Farm Boy’ by Michael Morpurgo

‘Clancy the Courageous Cow’ by Lachie Hume (out of print, hunt down at your local library)

‘A Year on Our Farm’ by Penny Matthews. Illustrated by Andrew McLean.

Calligraphy Mad Kid? Try These (and don’t get the quill and ink!)…

‘Art Maker: Modern Calligraphy’ by Peter Taylor

‘The Complete Book of Calligraphy & Lettering: A comprehensive guide to more than 100 traditional calligraphy and hand-lettering techniques’ by Cari Ferraro, Eugene Metcalf, Arthur Newhall, John Stevens

‘Hand Lettering for Beginners: Simple Techniques. Endless Possibilities’ by Sarah Ensign

Hunt down ‘The Lettering Book’ and ‘The Lettering Book Companion’ – must-haves from the 1990s!

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Nature and Navigating Mad Kid? Try These…

‘The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs’ by Tristan Gooley

‘The Mapmaker Chronicles’ by A.L. Tait

And do check out all our books on outdoor adventuring in Episode 29 of the podcast

Quick tips

Allison talked about creating mini books as a visual record of what you have read over a year – check out examples on all the social media channels.

Megan talked about the difference between readers and library books, you can dive a bit deeper into this in her Reading Ready webinar.


Connect with your show hosts

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The YKNR community on Facebook here. 

Meet Allison Rushby, the third member of #teamyknr. Find out about Allison and her books here.