Episode 126: Christmas Book Round Up

October 25, 2023

In episode 126 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast:

Christmas Books 2023

Megan has the keys to the podcast as Allison loses her voice, and takes full advantage with a list of new Christmas books for 2023 and links to classics and favourites. Plus, subscriptions for educators to consider for 2024.

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‘Through My Eyes: Alex’ by Rosanne Hawke. Series editor Lyn White 
‘Borderland’ by Graham Akhurst and ‘Borderland’ Teachers’ Notes 
‘Medieval Monsters and Other Creatures’ by Timothy Ide
‘The Harry Potter Wizarding Almanac’
‘Grandma’s First Tattoo’ by Phillip Gwynne and Tony Flowers

Bingo Question: Christmas Book Round Up

Picture Books

‘Plume Christmas Elf’ by Tania McCartney
‘Christmas Days in the Sunshine’ by Byll and Beth Stephen (The Teeny Tiny Stevies). Illustrated by Simon Howe
‘At Christmas You Get What You Get and You Don’t Get Upset!’ by Heath McKenzie
‘An Aussie Christmas Gum Tree’ by Jackie Hosking. Illustrated by Nathaniel Eckstrom 

Cheese and crackers, it’s Christmas! Bluey

‘Bluey Advent Calendar Book Collection: 24 story and activity books’ 
‘Bluey: Where’s Bluey? At Christmas’
‘Bluey Christmas Craft’ 
‘Bluey: Merry Christmas Colouring’ 
‘Bluey 12 Days of Christmas’ 
‘The Elf on the Shelf’s Night Before Christmas’ by Chanda A Bell
‘Santa Post’ by Emma Yarlett (fold out letters)
‘Here Comes a Merry Christmas’ by Justine Clarke, Arthur Baysting and Peter Dasent. Illustrations by Heath McKenzie  
‘A Christmast Present for Roo’ by Sophie Sayle. Illustrated by Daron Parton
‘Ayla’s Christmas Wish’ by Pamela Jones and Lucia Masciullo

Ayla’s family is preparing for a hot Christmas in their dry country town. But something is missing.

‘We don’t have a snowman!’ says Ayla.

How will Ayla’s family make her wish come true?

Inspired by hay bale art in towns across Australia, from Tarrington in Victoria’s West to rural Kalbar in South East Queensland!

Junior Fiction and Middle Grade

‘The Christmas Wish’ (Wish Sisters #5) by Allison Rushby
‘Coco and the Christmas Beetle’ by Laura Bunting. Illustrated by Nicky Johnston
‘Alice-Miranda and The Christmas Mystery’ by Jacqueline Harvey
‘The Boy Who Slept Through Christmas’ by Matt Lucas. Illustrated by Forrest Burdett
‘Junipers Christmas’ by Eoin Colfer. Illustrated by Chaaya Prabhat

In Ep 25 of the podcast, we share whole bunch of classics and old favourites as well as 2021 releases. In Ep 78 of the podcast we look at the best of 2022 festive season releases.

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