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What 14 years of blogging has taught me

What 14 years of blogging has taught me

As of today, I’ve been blogging for 14 years.

That’s right, my blog is not only a teenager but well and truly entering the ‘difficult’ years.

Which fits. It’s a lot surlier and harder to get started now than it was when I wrote my first post on 22 January 2010.

It’s also changed a lot since those early days.

My first post was all about how my move to the country had resulted in a lot more cooking in my life. Young children, fewer takeaway choices, and there I was, living in the Pink Fibro on the south coast. You can read it here – I keep it on this website because purely because of its place in my blogging history.

Speaking of blogging history, I haven’t written a blogoversary post like this for a few years. Not since my 10 Favourite Posts From 10 Years Of Blogging post.

As a contrast, you can read about the 12 things I learned in my first year of blogging here.

Or the 4 things I learned in my fourth year of blogging here.

Anyway, basic crux is that I’m a bit overdue one of these.

 

The two key things I’ve learned in 14 years of blogging

 

The first thing I realised when I sat down to write this post is how much my blogging style has changed over the years.

In the early days, I just blurted it all out, no subheads, no spacing, a dodgy image and pressed send.

But along the way I learned that subheads are essential for reading on the internet. And most of us just want to be able to skim the text and find what we want.

So I’ve broken all of my thoughts about this momentous occasion down into two key points for you, dropped in some keywords (yes, I learned about SEO along the way as well) and have whipped up a tidy social image because Canva came along and changed my life.

Fourteen years is a long time. I’m glad I learnt a few tricks along the way.

But of all the things I’ve learned, there are two key secrets.

 

Consistency is key

I’ve always said that that one of the best things about blogging is the recording of your own history – your thoughts, your voice, your influences, your life at any given time.

In the earliest days of this blog, I wrote every single day and when I read back some of those posts now (they’re not all here anymore) I can see Book Boy and Book Boy Jr as they were at two or five or seven or nine.

I am reminded of tiny moments in our lives that would be forever lost without the discipline of blogging.

For it is about discipline. It’s about observation and training yourself to spot ideas and finding your writing voice – but most of all it’s about the discipline of putting words on a page (screen though it may be) and creating a writing habit.

Today, my blog is much more focused on my author life.

I share my writing knowledge, I share my love of children’s books and reading, I bring together lists of books to help others discover Australian authors and literature, I offer those same authors a space to write their own thoughts and promote their own books.

My blog is different, but it’s still here.

As writers turn to platforms like Substack and Medium or look for places to share their words, I return here, time and time again.

Yes, video content has taken over, yes, things are ever-changing, but I am lucky to receive hundreds and hundreds of visitors every day to this website, drawn by the deep well of words in my thousands of posts.

I’ve used different social media platforms to help spread the word about my blog over the years, but, as we all know, they come and go – while my words remain.

Here.

Secrets of blogging

 

Community is everything

As my focus has shifted from freelance writing to writing novels, from hands-on parenting of small children to being the rock lighthouse that older kids need, from a podcast for writers to a podcast that supports those encouraging young readers (and writers), I come back here to my home on the internet.

And to the people who are here with me.

From the beginning, I have been lucky enough to have had the support of an engaged and enthusiastic community of readers, who have cheered on the publication of my nine novels, as well as the two non-fiction books that have been launched on this blog.

I thank each and every one of you, whether you’ve been here right from the start or you started reading today.

I’m not showing up every day in this space like I once did.

But I’m still showing up.

 


 

a l tait profileAre 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. My latest novel THE FIRST SUMMER OF CALLIE McGEE is out now. 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, tune in to the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast and sign up for the Your Kid’s Next Read newsletter

Are you a writer? Find out more about my online writing courses here.

Subscribe to my newsletter for updates, insights and more amazing writing advice.

Or check out So You Want To Be A Writer (the book), where my co-author Valerie Khoo and I have distilled the best tips from hundreds of author and industry expert interviews. Find out more and buy it here.

There’s a lot, I know, but then, 14 years is a long time. 

Write 5000 words with me in January!

Write 5000 words with me in January!

It’s that time of year when our thoughts turn to words like GOALS, CHANGE and DREAMS.

If your dream is to write – ‘write more’, ‘write that novel’, ‘write something’, ‘get serious about writing’ or words to that effect – I’ve got the kickstart you need.

Join my Write With Allison Tait group now to participate in the #Fresh5000 31-day writing and creativity challenge throughout January.

Every day there’ll be a new prompt to kickstart your writing word count for the year or a challenge to expand your creative thinking.

By the end of January, if you stick with me, you’ll have added at least 5000 words to your work in progress, and have filled your creative well in new ways, too!

Join Write With Allison Tait here.

 

What is Write With Allison Tait?

Write With Allison Tait is an online writing group, facilitated through a Facebook group, and featuring two live Zooms each month:

• The Access Al Areas, which is an ‘Ask Me Anything’, offering an opportunity to talk about your writing progress with me and other group members, and ask any burning questions you may have about writing, editing, publishing, book publicity, podcasting, building an author platform and anything else you can think of.

• The Industry Insider, which is an intimate Q&A with an industry expert. Previous guests have included

authors, such as Dervla McTiernan, Kate Forsyth, Natasha Lester, Graeme Simsion, Anna Spargo Ryan, Rachael Johns, Ashleigh Barton, Meredith Jaffe, Pamela Cook, Angela Slatter

publishers, editors and agents, including Laura Sieveking (Scholastic Australia), Sophie Hamley (Hachette), Nicola O’Shea (freelance editor), Annabel Barker (literary agent),

industry professionals, such as Michelle Barraclough (author websites), Rah Gardiner (author’s assistant and tech), Anna Featherstone (indie publishing expert)

All Zoom sessions are recorded and remain accessible for members of the group to watch at any time.

The program for 2024 is shaping up with a bestselling children’s author, award-winning screenwriter, literary agent, publisher, and more in the mix.

On top of our Zooms, I also run at least two Creative Challenges each year to help you make progress with your manuscript. In 2023, we did the #Fresh5000 (January), the #Spark7000 (July) and #HaveAGoMo (November).

 

Who is the group for?

The group is for writers of all kinds, carrying on my philosophy from my years with the So You Want To Be A Writer podcast that we learn something from every writer we hear from, and I bring my own broad-ranging expertise (children’s author, non-fiction author, freelance writer, podcaster and interviewer) to the table.

In 2023, members of the group have been published in picture books, middle-grade and YA fiction, as well as historical fiction, commercial women’s fiction, romance, and more.

Whether you’re writing your first novel and trying to get to The End, you’ve written a manuscript and you’re wondering what to do next,  you’ve published a book (indie or traditional) and you want to know how to spread the word about it, you’re trying to write novel #2, you want to know more about what publishers want or how the industry works, or you need the encouragement and motivation of being part of a group of like-minded people, this group is for you.

If you’ve ever wanted to pick my brains or sit down for a coffee with me, it’s also for you.

Membership is $29.95 a month.

Find out all the details and join here.

 

Testimonials

Checking in with Write with Allison Tait is an essential part of my writing routine.

“I love being a member of Al’s online writing group (Write with Allison Tait).

“In addition to chatting with like minded people who encourage and lift each other up, Al is a constant and vibrant source of insider writing and publishing tips. Al’s abundance of knowledge and enthusiasm for the writing craft means that she can answer any queries thrown her way – and if she doesn’t know, will make it her priority to find out.

“I love the engaging zoom meetings where we discuss individual triumphs and difficulties; as well as the informative sessions with specialist guests including well known authors, publishers, editors and more. Checking in with Write with Allison Tait is an essential part of my writing routine.” – Lisa Heidke 

 

A generous mentor who has a lot to offer

“I have been a member of Write with Allison Tait online writing group since May 2022. WWAT is an inclusive and encouraging writing community offering a range of benefits to members. This includes engagement with industry experts from whom I have gained invaluable insights into the writing process. 

“Accountability is another key feature. Regular check-ins, writing challenges, and goal-setting exercises have motivated me and provided a sense of camaraderie.  

“Allison is a generous mentor who has a lot to offer given her extensive experience as a author, writing teacher and blogger.” – Pauline Wilson 

Join us! 

 


writing group Allison TaitAre you new here? Welcome to my blog! I’m Allison Tait and you can find out more about me here and more about my online writing courses here.

For full details about Write With Allison Tait, my online writing community offering Inspiration, Motivation, Information and Connection, go here

Your Kid’s Favourite Read 2023: Young Adult

Your Kid’s Favourite Read 2023: Young Adult

It’s that time of year, when we ask the Your Kid’s Next Read community to share their young readers’ favourite reads of the previous 12 months.

This year, to make it easier to find what you’re looking for, we’ve broken our list up into categories share multiple lists of ‘favourite reads’ in different categories: picture booksearly chapter books (5-7), junior fiction (6-9), middle grade (10-13) and young adult (14+).

This very last post is all about young adult books, for readers aged 14+. There are some titles here that cross over with our middle-grade list, because kids come to reading at their own pace and stage.

Some of these books were published in 2023, some were not. One of the joys of a community like Your Kid’s Next Read is the ability for members to curate and create book lists that stretch way back through reading experiences, meaning any request or query results in a deep and thoughtful TBR pile on just about any subject.

Stand by also for Team YKNR’s favourite reads in 2023, coming soon.

These lists are great starting points when you’re looking for the next great read for your kid/s. Click the title to find out more about each book*.


YOUR KID’S FAVOURITE READ 2023: YOUNG ADULT

AS NOMINATED BY THE MEMBERS OF THE YOUR KID’S NEXT READ COMMUNITY. FOR READERS AGED 14+

 

Most Nominated

Best YA books 2023Completely Normal and Other Lies by Biffy James

 

 

 

 

Best YA books 2023Borderland by Graham Akhurst

 

 

 

 

Best YA books 2023Stuck Up & Stupid by Angourie Rice and Kate Rice

 

 

 


 

Best YA Books 2023Royals by Tegan Bennett Daylight

Dancing Barefoot by Alice Boyle

The Cruel Prince (Folk Of The Air series) by Holly Black

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

 

Best YA books 2023One Song by A. J. Betts

Set over one weekend and the intensity of what that entails.” – Louise

Solitaire by Alice Oseman

Only A Monster (series) by Vanessa Len

 

Best YA Books 2023When You Get The Chance by Emma Lord

My 14-year-old niece who had ‘gone off’ reading these past few years is back in the game after reading [this].” – Danielle

The Greatest Thing by Sarah Winifred Searle

 

 

Best YA Books 2023Grace Notes by Karen Comer

The End Of The World Is Bigger Than Love by Davina Bell

Always my biggest recommendation for this age group.” – Kylie

The Ranger’s Apprentice (series) by John Flanagan

 

Best YA Books 2023Arc of Scythe (series) by Neal Shusterman

Heartstopper (graphic novel series) by Alice Oseman

Tomorrow When The War Began by John Marsden

My son enjoyed it for Year 9 English and I was stoked to pass on my entire series!” – Renee

 

Best YA books 2023Inkflower by Suzy Zail

Percy Jackson (series) by Rick Riordan

The Hunger Games (series) by Suzanne Collins

Re-reading to prep for the release of the film.” – Briar

 

Best YA books 2023Neverlanders (graphic novel) by Tom Taylor and Jon Sommariva

Defy The Night (series) by Brigid Kemmerer

All of Brigid Kemmerer’s books.” – Hayley

 

 

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

Your Kid’s Favourite Read 2023: Picture Books

Your Kid’s Favourite Read 2023: Chapter Books

Your Kid’s Favourite Read 2023: Junior Fiction

Your Kid’s Favourite Read 2023: Middle Grade

 

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


 

A. L. Tait The First Summer of Callie McGeeAre 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. My latest novel THE FIRST SUMMER OF CALLIE McGEE is out now. 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, tune in to the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast and sign up for the Your Kid’s Next Read newsletter

Your Kid’s Favourite Read 2023: Middle Grade

Your Kid’s Favourite Read 2023: Middle Grade

It’s that time of year, when we ask the Your Kid’s Next Read community to share their young readers’ favourite reads of the previous 12 months.

This year, to make it easier to find what you’re looking for, we’ve broken our list up into categories share multiple lists of ‘favourite reads’ in different categories: picture booksearly chapter books (5-7), junior fiction (6-9), middle grade (10-13) and young adult (14+).

This post is all about middle-grade books, for readers aged 10-13 years old. There are some titles here that cross over with our junior fiction list, because kids come to reading at their own pace and stage.

Some of these books were published in 2023, some were not. One of the joys of a community like Your Kid’s Next Read is the ability for members to curate and create book lists that stretch way back through reading experiences, meaning any request or query results in a deep and thoughtful TBR pile on just about any subject.

Stand by also for Team YKNR’s favourite reads in 2023, coming soon.

These lists are great starting points when you’re looking for the next great read for your kid/s. Click the title to find out more about each book*.


 

YOUR KID’S FAVOURITE READ 2023: MIDDLE GRADE

AS NOMINATED BY THE MEMBERS OF THE YOUR KID’S NEXT READ COMMUNITY. FOR READERS AGED 10-13.

 

Best middle grade books 2023Waiting for the Storks by Katrina Nannestad

We Are Wolves by Katrina Nannestad

Runt by Craig Silvey (ill. by Sara Acton)

Keeper of the Lost Cities (series) by Shannon Messenger

 

Best middle grade books 2023Skandar (series) by A. F. Steadman

To say my bookworm devoured this is an understatement.” – Louise

Nevermoor (series) by Jessica Townsend

Desperate for the next book...” – Fiona

 


 

Best middle grade books 2023August & Jones by Pip Harry

Sunshine on Vinegar Street by Karen Comer

Selfie by Allayne L. Webster

The Lost Library by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead

 

Best middle grade books 2023The Rebels of Mount Buffalo by Helen Edwards

A Murder Most Unladylike (series) by Robin Stevens

Miss Penny Dreadful (series) by Allison Rushby

Saltwater Boy by Bradley Christmas

 

Best middle grade books 2023Scar Town by Tristan Bancks

I put this on my 11-year-old’s Kindle after it was posted [in YKNR] and he hasn’t looked up since.” – Jane

Understanding Molly by Kelly-Anne Norman

A really interesting book whose main character has ADHD and ODD.” – Sara

 

Best middle grade books 2023The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom

She read it for school, but it’s the book she’s still talking about.” – Corrie

Brotherband (series) by John Flanagan

Two Wolves by Tristan Bancks

 

Best middle grade books 2023A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson**

My daughter (12) really enjoyed it.”  – Michelle 

Cop & Robber by Tristan Bancks

Lion: A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley

 

Best middle grade books 2023How To Be Prime Minister (And Survive Grade 5) by Carla Fitzgerald

A huge hit here.” – Anna

Rocky by Amanda O’Shea

The Last Dragonslayer (series) by Jasper Fforde

 

Best middle grade books 2023The Turnkey (series) by Allison Rushby

Chloe (graphic novels series) by Greg Tessier

Descendants (series) by Melissa De La Cruz

Twisted Fairytales (series) by Holly Hook

 

Best middle grade books 2023The Secret Library of Hummingbird House by Julieanne Negri

My 11 year old loved it.” – Clare

The Ghost Locket by Allison Rushby

Wylah The Koorie Warrior (series) by Richard Pritchard and Jordan Gould

 

Best middle grade books 2023Most Dangerous by Steve Sheinkin

My son loved it.” – Mayumi

Holes by Louis Sacher

Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell

 

Best middle grade books 2023The Good Thieves by Katherine Rundell

[Our favourites are] all recommendations we received from YKNR, which we are thankful for.” – Rebecca

The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell

The Explorer by Katherine Rundell

 

Best middle grade books 2023The Ranger’s Apprentice (series) by John Flanagan

We are nearly finished the series of 12 and my 10-year-old son is refusing to take a break between each book…” – Louise

Alex Rider (series) by Anthony Horowitz

Tomorrow When The War Began by John Marsden

 

Best middle grade books 2023The Wintrish Girl by Melanie La’Brooy

My 11 year old is eagerly awaiting the second instalment!” – Thora

Millie Mak The Maker by Alice Pung (ill. by Sher Rill Ng)

The Hotel Witch by Jessica Miller

 

Best middle grade books 2023Kay’s Anatomy by Adam Kay (ill. by Henry Paker)

(“A friend gave it to us for [my son’s] ninth birthday and it took us a while to get to it, but when we did, we both devoured it and have gifted it to others regularly since.” – Louise)

The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams

 

 

Best middle grade books 2023The First Summer of Callie McGee by A. L. Tait

The War That Saved My Life by Kimberley Brubaker Bradley

Twitch (series) by M. G. Leonard

I, Spy by Rhian Tracey

 

Best middle grade books 2023Astonishingly Good Stories (series) by R. A. Spratt

My son adores R. A. Spratt.” – Lana

Hamlet is Not Ok by R. A Spratt

The Lorikeet Tree by Paul Jennings

 

Best middle grade books 2023The Mud Puddlers by Pamela Rushby

Enola Holmes (series) by Nancy Springer

Epic Zero (series) by R. L. Ullman

Impossible Creatures by Katherine Rundell

 

Best middle grade books 2023Queenie in Seven Moves by Zanni Louise

Max Einstein (series) by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein

The War I Finally Won by Kimberley Brubaker Bradley

Lockwood & Co by Jonathan Stroud

 

Best middle grade books 2023Kip of the Mountain by Emma Gourlay

Percy Jackson (series) by Rick Riordan

Amari and the Night Brothers (series) by B. B. Alston

Harry Potter (series) by J. K. Rowling

 

Best middle grade books 2023Special Forces Cadets (series) by Chris Ryan

Wonderscape by Jennifer Bell

City Spies by James Ponti

Ali Cross by James Patterson

 

Best middle grade books 2023Dogs of the Deadlands by Anthony McGowan (ill. by Keith Robinson)

E-Boy by Anh Do (ill. by Chris Wahl)

Klawde Evil Alien Warlord Cat (series) by Emily Chenoweth

Eragon (Inheritance Cycle series) by Christopher Paolini

 

Best middle grade books 2023Adventures on Trains (series) by M. G. Leonard, Sam Sedgman (ill. Elisa Paganelli)

Heroes of Olympus (series) by Rick Riordan

Friday Barnes (series) by R. A. Spratt

The Trials of Apollo (series) by Rick Riordan

 

Best middle grade books 2023Daughter of the Deep by Rick Riordan

Crookhaven (series) by J. J. Arcanjo

All The Wrong Questions (series) by Lemony Snicket

The Monkey Who Fell From the Future by Ross Welford

 

You might also like

Your Kid’s Favourite Read 2023: Picture Books

Your Kid’s Favourite Read 2023: Chapter Books

Your Kid’s Favourite Read 2023: Junior Fiction

 

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**NB: publisher’s recommended reading age is 14+ 


 

Allison Tait on why children's literature mattersAre 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. My latest novel THE FIRST SUMMER OF CALLIE McGEE is out now. 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, tune in to the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast and sign up for the Your Kid’s Next Read newsletter

Your Kid’s Favourite Read 2023: Junior Fiction

Your Kid’s Favourite Read 2023: Junior Fiction

It’s that time of year, when we ask the Your Kid’s Next Read community to share their young readers’ favourite reads of the previous 12 months.

This year, to make it easier to find what you’re looking for, we’ve broken our list up into categories share multiple lists of ‘favourite reads’ in different categories: picture books, early chapter books (5-7), junior fiction (6-9), middle grade (10-13) and young adult (14+).

This time, it’s junior fiction, for readers aged 6-9 years old. (Yes, there’s a bit of crossover age-wise with chapter books, because kids come to reading at their own pace and stage.)

Some of these books were published in 2023, some were not. One of the joys of a community like Your Kid’s Next Read is the ability for members to curate and create book lists that stretch way back through reading experiences, meaning any request or query results in a deep and thoughtful TBR pile on just about any subject.

Stand by also for Team YKNR’s favourite reads in 2023, coming soon.

These lists are great starting points when you’re looking for the next great read for your kid/s. Click the title to find out more about each book*.

 

YOUR KID’S FAVOURITE READ 2023: JUNIOR FICTION

AS NOMINATED BY THE MEMBERS OF THE YOUR KID’S NEXT READ COMMUNITY. FOR READERS AGED 6-9.

MOST NOMINATED

best junior fiction books 2023The Travelling Bookshop (series) by Katrina Nannestad (ill. by Cheryl Orsini)

(“Our whole family loved this series.” – Jenn)

Weirdo (series) by Anh Do (ill. by Jules Faber)

Dragon Girls (series) by Maddy Mara

 

Best junior fiction books 2023The Wild Robot (series) by Peter Brown

Runt by Craig Silvey (ill. by Sara Acton)

 

 


 

 

Best junior fiction books 2023Anna Hibiscus (series) by Atinuke

Goosebumps (series) by R. L. Stine

(“My nine year old’s favourite series at the moment.” – Kylie)

Olga (series) by Elise Gravel

 

Best junior fiction books 2023Friday Barnes (series) by R. A. Spratt

(“My nine year old’s favourite.” – Danielle)

Wolf Girl (series) by Anh Do (ill. by Jeremy Ley)

Grandpa’s Great Escape by David Walliams

 

best junior fiction books 2023Deadly D & Justice Jones (series) by Scott Prince and David Hartley

(“My son discovered this series this year and loved it.” – Christina)

Tom Appleby Convict Boy by Jackie French

You Choose (series) by George Ivanoff

 

Best junior fiction books 2023Miss Penny Dreadful (series) by Allison Rushby (ill. by Bronte Rose Marando)

The 13-Storey Treehouse (series) by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton

(“My six year old is enjoying these books.” – May)

The Ella Diaries (series) by Meredith Costain and Danielle McDonald

 

best junior fiction books 2023The Adventures of a Girl called Bicycle by Cristina Uss

Boy vs Beast (ebook series) by Mac Park

Usborne Money for Beginners by Eddie Reynolds, Marco Bonatti, Matthew Oldham

Dog Man by Dav Pilkey

 

Best junior fiction books 2023Crookhaven (series) by J. J. Arcanjo

(“…were a huge hit with my nine year old.” – Larissa)

Ham Helsing (series) by Rich Moyer

Netball Gems (series) by Bernadette Hellard and Lisa Gibbs

 

Best junior fiction books 2023The Worst Week Ever (series) by Eva Amores and Matt Cosgrove

(“Has been a huge hit in my house.” – Jackie)

Guinea Dog (series) by Patrick Jennings

The Baby-Sitters Club (graphic novels series) by Ann Martin and Raina Telgemeir

 

Best junior fiction series 2023The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone (Kingdoms and Empires series) by Jaclyn Moriarty (ill. by Kelly Canby)

(“My almost-eight-year old daughter LOVED this series and has shared it with all her friends and her teacher! We read together initially and now she is re-reading the whole series herself.” – Han)

Emmie & Friends (graphic novels series) by Terri Libenson

Enola Holmes (graphic novels series) by Serena Blasco and Tanya Gold

 

Best junior fiction books 2023Pigs Might Fly by Emily Rodda

(“My 8 year old has read it over and over again this year.” – Naomi)

5 Worlds (series) by Mark Seigel and Alexis Seigel

Landing With Wings by Trace Balla

 

Best junior fiction books 2023Mr Bambuckles Remarkables (series) by Tim Harris (ill. by James Hart)

(“Mr8’s standout reads.” – Sarah)

Ramona (series) by Beverly Cleary

The Enchanted Wood (series) by Enid Blyton (ill. by Mark Beech)

 

Best junior fiction books 2023Ninja Kid (series) by Anh Do (ill. by Jeremy Ley)

(“Our reluctant reader has been converted to reading by himself by [this] series.” – Dot)

The Worst Witch (series) by Jill Murphy

Pages & Co (series) by Anna James

 

best junior fiction books 2023Wilderlore (series) by Amanda Foody

The Notebook of Doom (series) by Troy Cummings

Ella and Owen (series) by Jaden Kent (ill. by Iryna Bodnaruk)

The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer

 

Best junior fiction books 2023Wayside School (series) by Louis Sachar

Flat Stanley (series) by Jeff Brown

Flat Stanley’s Worldwide Adventures (series) by Sara Pennpacker, Jeff Brown, Mickey Pamintuan

Megabat (series) by Anna Humphrey

 

best junior fiction books 2023The Wizard of Oz (Oz Collection series) by L. Frank Baum, Ruth Plumly Thompson

(“All 14 of them! Totally whimsical and at this age they don’t question all the contradictions he writes, haha.” – Louise)

The Naughtiest Unicorn (series) by Pip Bird (ill. by David O’Connell)

Polly Pecorino – The Girl Who Rescues Animals (series) by Emma Chichester Clark

 

best junior fiction books 2023The Song of Lewis Carmichael by Sofie Laguna (ill. by Marc McBride)

Big Tree by Brian Selznick

Odder by Katherine Applegate (ill. by Charles Santoso)

 

 

Best junior fiction books 2023Dragon Masters (series) by Tracey West

The Christmasaurus (series) by Tom Fletcher

Star Wars (graphic novel series)

 

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


 

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. My latest novel THE FIRST SUMMER OF CALLIE McGEE is out now. 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, tune in to the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast and sign up for the Your Kid’s Next Read newsletter

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