Episode 129: 10 minutes with Sami Bayly

November 15, 2023

In episode 129 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast:

10 minutes with Sami Bayly

Allison interviews Sami Bayly, author and illustrator, about her new book ‘How We Came to Be – Creatures of Camouflage and Mimicry’, working in a new format and trying different things. Plus, ‘escape reads’ for kids and Megan shares the most popular series in her junior school library.


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Bookmail and TBR pile

 ‘Begin Again: The Story of How We Got Here and Where We Might Go by Oliver Jeffers

The Story Orchestra: The Planets by Jessica Courtney Tickle 

The Thieving Collectors of Fine Children’s Booksby Adam Perry 

Not Here to Make You Comfortablefrom Penguin Random House Australia

Fluff: Bullies Beware by Matt Stanton


The Best Children’s Book Series You’ve Never Read


10 minutes with Sami Bayly

interview with Sami BaylySami Bayly is the creator of five books so far.

Three are part of the Illustrated Encyclopedia series: Ugly Animals, Dangerous Animals and Peculiar Pairs in Nature.

Her latest series is How We Came to Be, and we had a chat bout book two in that series, How We Came To Be – Creatures of Camouflage and Mimicry. Find out more about Sami Bayly here

Interview with Sami Bayly

Quick tips

Escape Reads For Tweens And Teens (Book list)

‘Football Superstars’ series by Simon Mugford


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Interview with Sami Bayly