Episode 92: 10 Minutes with Jane Godwin

July 22, 2023

In episode 92 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast:

10 Minutes with Jane Godwin

Allison spends 10 minutes with YKNR favourite author Jane Godwin, talking about her new junior fiction series The Isabelle Stories, and writing across age groups and finding those ‘oh, of course’ moments. Plus, Allison Rushby has a brand-new series, Megan is talking about Erasure Poetry and Allison Tait has a hot tip for authors.

Books we mention

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Bookmail and TBR pile

‘Ten Blocks to the Big Wok: a Mandarin counting book’  by Ying-Hwa Hu (early childhood, lower primary)

‘Growing Green’ by Daniela Sosa (lower primary, middle primary)

‘The Tale of Peter Rabbit Picure Book edition’ (ear;y childhood)

‘The Hats of Marvello’ by Amanda Graham. Illustrated by Lavanya Naidu (middle primary)

‘Pearly and Pig and the Lost City of Mu Savan’  by Sue Whiting (middle primary)

‘Football Fever: Next Level’ by Kristin Darell (lower pprimary, middle primary)

10 Minutes with Jane Godwin

YKNR favourite Jane Godwin worked for many years as the children’s publisher at Penguin Books Australia and is a highly acclaimed author of over thirty books for children, across all styles and ages. Her work is published internationally and she has received many commendations, including the Queensland Premier’s Award (Children’s Books), the Aurealis Award and the Animal Welfare Award, as well as a long list of shortlistings. Her latest work includes a new junior fiction series called The Isabelle Stories, and we had a chat about that, among other things.

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

Teachers’ Notes here

Quick tips

Allison HIGHLY recommends getting Canva

Megan talked about Erasure, a form of found poetry or found object art created by erasing words from an existing text in prose or verse and framing the result on the page as a poem. Hear all about our favourite poetry books in Episode 51 of the podcast. 


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