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Your Kid’s Next Read #Bookstive list for readers 8-10

Your Kid’s Next Read #Bookstive list for readers 8-10

Looking for books to give as gifts for readers aged 8-10 this festive season?

Look no further.

Every year I ask the Your Kid’s Next Read Facebook community to share the ONE book they’re buying as a gift in different age groups, so I can pull them together in one handy book list.

This year, we’re calling them the Your Kid’s Next Read #Bookstive lists and this one is the list of gift books for 8-10 year olds. (Find links to book lists for younger readers at the end of this post.)

It’s a collection of recommendations from the group as well as from team members Megan Daley, Allison Rushby and me. Click the title of the book to read more about it, and to purchase*.

Hope it helps!

 

Your Kid’s Next Read #Bookstive list for readers aged 8-10

 

A Glasshouse of Stars by Shirley Marr

 

Books for 8 year oldsThe Travelling Bookshop (series) by Katrina Nannestad

 

The Little Wave by Pip Harry

 

The Land Of Stories by Chris Colfer

 

Runt by Craig Silvey

 

Books for 8 year oldsMiss Penny Dreadful and The Midnight Kittens by Allison Rushby

 

The Sugarcane Kids and The Red-Bottomed Boat by Charlie Archbold

 

National Geographic Almanac 2023

 

Landing With Wings by Trace Balla

 

Books for 9 year oldsThe Reindeer and The Submarine by Beverley McWilliams

 

Frankie Best Hates Quests by Chris Smith

 

How To Be The New Person by Anna Branford

 

Dusty In the Outwilds by Rhiannon Williams

 

Books for 9 year oldsI Am A Book, I Am A Portal To The Universe by Stephanie Posavec, ill. by Miriam Quick

 

Pearlie and Pig and The Great Hairy Beast by Sue Whiting

 

Lonely Planet Kids Atlas of Dogs

 

Eddie Woo’s Magical Maths by Eddie Woo

 

Books for 9 year oldsZadie Ma and The Dog Who Chased The Moon by Gabrielle Wang

 

Sherlock Bones (series) by Renee Treml

 

The Unstoppable Flying Flanagan by Felice Arena

 

Football Fever (series) by Kristin Darell

 

More #Bookstive

YKNR #Bookstive list for readers 0-3

YKNR #Bookstive list for readers 4-6

YKNR #Bookstive list for readers 6-8

 

Allison Tait Your Kid's next ReadAre you new here? Welcome to my blog! I’m Allison Tait, aka A.L. Tait, and I’m the author of middle-grade series, The Mapmaker Chronicles, The Ateban Cipher, and the Maven & Reeve Mysteries. You can find out more about me here, and more about my books here.

If you’re looking for book recommendations for young readers, join the Your Kid’s Next Read Facebook community, and tune in to the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast!

 

*This post contains affiliate links. See contact page for details.

Your Kid’s Next Read #Bookstive list for readers 6-8

Your Kid’s Next Read #Bookstive list for readers 6-8

Every year I ask the Your Kid’s Next Read Facebook community to share the ONE book they’re buying this festive season in different age groups, so I can pull them together in one handy book list.

This year, we’re calling them the Your Kid’s Next Read #Bookstive lists and this one is the list of gift books for 6-8 year olds (

It’s a collection of recommendations from the group as well as from team members Megan Daley, Allison Rushby and me. Click the title of the book to read more about it, and to purchase*.

Hope it helps!

YOUR KID’S NEXT READ #BOOKSTIVE LIST FOR READERS AGED 6-8

 

What Zola Did (series) by Melina Marchetta, ill. by Deb Hudson

 

My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Barnett

 

Books for 6 year oldLittle Ash (series) by Ash Barty, Jasmin McGaughey, ill. by Jade Goodwin

 

Willa And Woof (series) by Jacqueline Harvey

 

Furball: Spy Cat by Adrian Beck.

 

How To Make A Picture Book by Elys Dolan

 

Books for 6 year oldHow We Came To Be: Surprising Sea Creatures by Sami Bayly

 

Koori Princess by  Anita Heiss

 

Amazing Animal Journeys by Jennifer Cossins

 

The Big Book of Exhibits by Marita Bullock and Joan-Maree Hargreaves, Illustrated by Liz Rowland

 

Books for 6 year oldWhat Snail knows by Kathryn Apel

 

Rewilding Kids Australia by Melissa Mylchreest

 

Action Dude by Andy Riley

 

Hot Dog by Anh Do, ill. Dan McGuinness

 

books for 6 year oldThe Shop Train by Josie Wowolla Boyle, ill. By Paul Seden

 

Nice Garry (series) by Nathan Lyon, Michael Wegner, ill. David Williams

 

Ollie and Bea (series) by Renee Treml

 

The Courage of Magnolia Moon by Edwina Wyatt, ill. by Katherine Quinn

 

Books for 6 year oldThe Odds by Matt Stanton

 

Mertales (series) by Rebecca Timmis

 

Hana’s Hundreds of Hijabs by Razeena Omar Gutta, ill by Manal Mirza

 

 

YKNR #Bookstive list for readers 0-3

YKNR #Bookstive list for readers 4-6

 

Allison Tait Your Kid's next ReadAre you new here? Welcome to my blog! I’m Allison Tait, aka A.L. Tait, and I’m the author of middle-grade series, The Mapmaker Chronicles, The Ateban Cipher, and the Maven & Reeve Mysteries. You can find out more about me here, and more about my books here.

If you’re looking for book recommendations for young readers, join the Your Kid’s Next Read Facebook community, and tune in to the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast!

 

*This post contains affiliate links. See contact page for details.

Your Kid’s Next Read #Bookstive list for readers 4-6

Your Kid’s Next Read #Bookstive list for readers 4-6

Every year I ask the Your Kid’s Next Read Facebook community to share the ONE book they’re buying this festive season in different age groups, so I can pull them together in one handy book list.

This year, we’re calling them the Your Kid’s Next Read #Bookstive lists and this one is the list of gift books for 4-6 year olds (find the YKNR #Bookstive list for readers 0-3 here).

It’s a collection of recommendations from the group as well as from team members Megan Daley, Allison Rushby and me. Click the title of the book to read more about it, and to purchase*.

Hope it helps!

 

YOUR KID’S NEXT READ #BOOKSTIVE LIST FOR READERS AGED 4-6

 

Do Not Open This Book (series) by Andy Lee, ill. by Heath McKenzie (4+)

 

School of Monsters (series) by Sally Rippin (4+)

 

Picture books for ChristmasBillie and the Blue Bike by Ambelin Kwaymullina (4+)

 

Beast Feast by Emma Yarlett (4+)

 

 

Santa Post by Emma Yarlett (4+)

 

It Fell From The Sky by Eric and Terry Fan (4+)

 

Picture books for ChristmasA is for Bee by Ellen Heck (4+)

 

Emergency! Emergency! Vehicles to the rescue by Rhian Williams, ill. Tom Jellett (4+)

 

 

The Wild Life (series) by Laura Bunting, ill. by Philip Bunting (4+)

 

Be Careful, Xiao Xin! by Alice Pung, ill. Sher Rill Ng (4+)

 

Picture books for ChristmasWild Bush Days by Penny Harrison, ill. By Virginia Gray (4+)

 

Charlie’s Whale by Libby Gleeson, ill. by Hannah Somerville (4+)

 

 

Ceremony by Adam Goodes, Ellie Laing, ill. by David Hardy (4+)

 

Bush Magic by Kylie Howarth (4+)

 

Books for ChristmasRabbit & Bear (series) by Julian Gough, ill. by Jim Field (5+)

 

Cranky Chicken (series) by Katherine Battersby (5+)

 

 

The Muddy Chef by Penny Whitehouse (5+)

 

Come Over To My House by Eliza Hull, Sally Rippin, ill. by Daniel Gray-Barnett (5+)

 

Picture books for ChristmasThe Best Hiding Place by Jane Godwin, ill. Sylvie Morris (5+)

 

My Deadly Boots by Carl Merrison, Hakea Hustler, ill. by Samantha Campbell (5+)

 

 

Farmhouse by Sophie Blackall (5+)

 

My Strange Shrinking Parents by Zeno Sworder (5+)

 

How Do You Say I Love You? by Ashleigh Barton, ill. by Martina Heiduczek (4+)

 

 

Allison Tait Your Kid's next ReadAre you new here? Welcome to my blog! I’m Allison Tait, aka A.L. Tait, and I’m the author of middle-grade series, The Mapmaker Chronicles, The Ateban Cipher, and the Maven & Reeve Mysteries. You can find out more about me here, and more about my books here.

If you’re looking for book recommendations for young readers, join the Your Kid’s Next Read Facebook community, and tune in to the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast!

 

*This post contains affiliate links. See contact page for details.

Your Kid’s Next Read #Bookstive list for readers 0-3

Your Kid’s Next Read #Bookstive list for readers 0-3

Every year I ask the Your Kid’s Next Read Facebook community to share the ONE book they’re buying this festive season in different age groups, so I can pull them together in one handy book list.

This year, we’re calling them the Your Kid’s Next Read #Bookstive lists and this one is the list of gift books for 0-3 year olds.

It’s a collection of recommendations from the group as well as from team members Megan Daley, Allison Rushby and me. Click the title of the book to read more about it, and to purchase*.

Hope it helps!

 

Your Kid’s Next Read #Bookstive list for readers aged 0-3

See Touch Feel (A first sensory book to share with your baby) by Roger Priddy (0+)

 

Picture books for ChristmasSing Me The Summer by Jane Godwin, ill. Alison Lester (1+)

 

Welcome, Little One by Sophie Beer (1+)

 

Wombat by Philip Bunting (1+)

 

My Country (board book) by Ezekiel Kwaymullina, ill. Sally Morgan (1+)

 

Playtown (series) by Roger Priddy (18mths+)

 

A Tiny Light by Alison Lester (2+)

 

Picture books for ChristmasSnap! by Anna Walker (2+)

 

Walking Your Human by Liz Ledden, ill. by Gabriella Petruso (3+)

 

All of the factors of why I love tractors by Davina Bell, ill Jenny Lovlie (3+)

 

Plume Festival Seeker by Tania McCartney (3+)

 

All The Words I Need To Know by Jane Godwin, ill. Andrew Joyner (3+)

 

11 Words for Love by Randa Abdel-Fattah, ill. Maxine Beneba Clarke (3+)

 

Picture books for ChristmasFreddy the Not-Teddy by Kristen Schroeder, ill. Hilary Jean Tapper (3+)

 

Whisper on the Wind by Claire Saxby, ill. Jess Racklyeft (3+)

 

Dirt by Sea by Michael Wagner, ill. Tom Jellett (3+)

 

Bluey: Bluey and Bingo’s Fancy Restaurant Cookbook (3+)

 

Say Hello by Jane Godwin, ill. Jane Reiseger

 

Picture books for ChristmasWhat to say when you don’t know what to say by Davina Bell, ill. Hilary Jean Tapper (3+)

 

Stellarphant by James Foley (3+)

 

Diary Of A Rescued Wombat by Jackie French, ill. Bruce Whatley (3+)

 

Allison Tait Your Kid's next ReadAre you new here? Welcome to my blog! I’m Allison Tait, aka A.L. Tait, and I’m the author of middle-grade series, The Mapmaker Chronicles, The Ateban Cipher, and the Maven & Reeve Mysteries. You can find out more about me here, and more about my books here.

If you’re looking for book recommendations for young readers, join the Your Kid’s Next Read Facebook community, and tune in to the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast!

 

*This post contains affiliate links. See contact page for details.

Six must-listen podcast interviews about writing

Six must-listen podcast interviews about writing

Old habits are hard to break and, while I’m not co-hosting So You Want To Be A Writer podcast this year, I still get an itch every now and then (okay, I admit, quite regularly) to interrogate another writer about their creative process and their work.

I do love a nitty gritty podcast interview about writing.

Fortunately for me, writers are still happy to talk to me.

My ’10 minutes with…’ interviews for Your Kid’s Next Read podcast are proving incredibly popular – and NEVER last ten minutes (apparently I just can’t let go of a good conversation, who knew?).

Plus, I’ve been lucky that Dani at Words And Nerds podcast says yes when I send an email saying ‘I’m thinking I’d like to chat to X…’

The thing I love most about interviewing other authors is that I learn something each and every time.

Here are five recent interviews that I found illuminating.

 

Writing a ‘read it again’ picture book

Alison Lester on creating picture booksThere was a bit of fangirling, I confess, when I interviewed Alison Lester for episode 075 of Your Kid’s Next Read.

I had interviewed Alison previously for So You Want To Be A Writer (you can hear this, much longer, interview here), but, with only 10 minutes to chat, I wasted no time in drilling down into the secrets of creating ‘read it again’ picture books.

Alison is so generous with her creative knowledge. Listen here 

 

 

Creativity and crossing categories

Allison Rushby creative writing across categoriesAllison Rushby is the much-less-chatty third member of Team Your Kid’s Next Read. While Megan and I waffle on weekly for Your Kid’s Next Read podcast, Al remains in the background, keeping us humming along.

I considered it a coup, then, to wrangle her for an interview for Words And Nerds – an interview in which I interrogated her (in a most loving way) about how she gets away with writing everything from junior fiction to commercial women’s fiction with great success and apparent ease.

Listen here

 

 

Engaging reluctant readers

Morris Gleitzman how to write for kidsIn ep 073 of Your Kid’s Next Read podcast, I spent 10 minutes (actually, much longer) with award-winning, bestselling author Morris Gleitzman, talking about ‘Digging Up Dad’, his latest collection of short stories.

We also dig (see what I did there?) into the secrets of engaging reluctant readers (and publicists), writing stories with heart and why kids need both light and dark stories.

One of our most popular episodes ever. Listen here. 

 

 

Creativity, memoir and mental illness

Anna Spargo Ryan on creativity and mental illnessIt’s always a pleasure when I get to chat to Anna Spargo-Ryan, but this interview for Words and Nerds podcast is next level.

Anna and I dive deep into her creative process, mental illness, the ins and outs of writing a memoir, cats and, er, navels.

Listen here

 

 

 

Big themes in middle-grade fiction

Nova Weetman on getting feelings on the pageYou only need to listen to a few episodes of Your Kid’s Next Read to know that Nova Weetman figures in our top ten author recommendations. Megan and I are big fans of her thoughtful, sensitive, intelligent contemporary novels for middle-grade readers.

In this interview in episode 71, Nova and I discuss her latest novel THE JAMMER, big themes in middle-grade fiction, how to get the feels on the page and determining ‘age appropriateness’ for young readers.

Listen here

I’m also lucky that other podcasters like to talk to ME about writing. In fact, I recently had a terrific chat with Joanne Morell for episode 40 of The Hybrid Author podcast.

 

Writing in your real life

How to start writing while you still have a day jobJoanne and I talked about So You Want To Be A Writer (the book), how authors can make the most of their writing time around other commitments, being kind to your writing self and more!

The secrets of writing with the time you have, not the time you wish you had.

Listen here

 

 

Other writing interviews

Other recent interviews are those conducted for my Write With Allison Tait group Industry Insider Zoom events. These include:

• a brilliant chat with international bestselling author Kate Forsyth about Deep Point of View (and how to make it work on the page),

• an insightful discussion with Sophie Hamley, former literary agent now non-fiction publisher at Hachette and bestselling author under the name Sophie Green about the inner workings of the publishing industry

• expert advice from literary agent Annabel Barker about getting published in children’s literature

And more!

Those (video) interviews are archived in the group for easy access and I’m gradually sharing highlights on my YouTube channel here.

[For immediate access to full interviews and to attend our next Industry Insider Zoom event with Natasha Lester on Monday 14 November 2022, join Write With Allison Tait now! ]

 

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