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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

 

 

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Your Kid’s Favourite Read 2023: Junior Fiction

Your Kid’s Favourite Read 2023: Middle Grade

 

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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

 

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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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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

Your Kid’s Favourite Read 2023: Picture Books

Your Kid’s Favourite Read 2023: Picture Books

The Your Kid’s Next Read community is the size of a regional town these days – 31,000+ members. Each year, we ask the group to share their young readers’ favourite reads of the previous 12 months.

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.

This year, I’ve broken the lists into categories: picture books, early chapter books (5-7), junior fiction (6-9), middle grade (10-13) and young adult (14+).

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: Picture Books

As nominated by the members of the Your Kid’s Next Read community.

 

Most nominated

Best picture books 2023The Best Hiding Place by Jane Godwin and Sylvia Morris

 

 

 

Best picture books 2023Floof by Heidi McKinnon

 

 

 


 

Best picture books 2023Bev and Kev by Katrina Germein

(“Most borrowed picture book in the library.” – Kath)

Come Over To My House by Eliza Hull, Sally Rippin and Daniel Gray-Barnett

Dragon Post by Emma Yarlett

Baa Baa Black Belt by Gavin Aung Than

 

Best picture book 2023The Lucky Shack by Apsara Baldovino and Jennifer Falkner

(“Particularly loved by all of us here.” – Cristin)

The Book with No Pictures by B. J. Novak

How to Hatch a Dragon by Nick Bland

 

Best picture books 2023Snap by Anna Walker

(“…is a fantastic picture book. Deservedly award winning – different literacy focus every time I read it.”Georgina)

The Garden at the End of the World by Cassy Polimeni and Briony Stewart

Duck Goes Meow by Juliette MacIver and Carla Martell

 

best picture books 2023The Gargoyle by Zana Fraillon and Ross Morgan

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

Bowerbird Blues by Aura Parker

We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins

 

Best picture books 2023Neil, The Amazing Sea Cucumber by Amelia McInerney and Lucinda Gifford

(“Hilarious!” – Nathan)

The Digger and The Duckling by Joseph Kuefler

Where the Lyrebird Lives by Vikki Conley and Max Hamilton

 

Best picture books 2023The Book of Bok by Neil Armstrong and Graham Baker Smith

(“… a couple of years old but my youngest loves it a lot.” – Tina)

Dirt by Sea by Michael Wagner and Tom Jellett

(“… was a hit!” – Emma)

The Great Book-Swapping Machine by Emma Allen and Lisa Coutts (“We can’t get enough of this at our house.” – Kate)

 

Hard to find

Where's the dragon by Jason HookWhere’s The Dragon? by Jason Hook

(“My six year old has borrowed it from the school library at least four times.” – Lauren)

The Best Birthday Present Ever! by Ben Mantle

(“My seven year old loves it!Madara)

 

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Your Kid’s Favourite Read 2023: Chapter Books

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Your Kid's Next Read t-shirts and book bagsAre 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

Order signed copies of A.L. Tait books

Order signed copies of A.L. Tait books

It’s that time of year when our minds turn to books as gifts!

If you’re looking for Christmas, end-of-year, graduation, festive season or holiday gifts I’m here to help, with signed copies of any or all A.L. Tait novels awaiting your order!

That’s right. Signed copies, personally dedicated if you so wish, of the following (click the title to read more about each book):

 

The First Summer of Callie McGee

The Fire Star (Maven & Reeve Mysteries #1)

The Wolf’s Howl (Maven & Reeve Mysteries #2)

Race To The End Of The World (The Mapmaker Chronicles #1)

Prisoner Of The Black Hawk (The Mapmaker Chronicles #2)

Breath Of The Dragon (The Mapmaker Chronicles #3)

Beyond The Edge Of The Map (The Mapmaker Chronicles #4)

The Book Of Secrets (Ateban Cipher #1)

The Book Of Answers (Ateban Cipher #2)

 

CLICK HERE FOR ALL THE DETAILS AND TO ORDER SECURELY

 

Some fine print

Books are available to order only in Australia (sorry) and only until 14 December, 2023.

Each book costs $25 (including postage within Australia), and I’m happy to sign them personally to the recipient.

I’ve also got options for you to order all four books in The Mapmaker Chronicles series, both Ateban Cipher novels, and both Maven & Reeve Mysteries in different bundles.

Posting from the south coast of NSW, so allow up to five working days for delivery. Last orders 14 December at 5pm.

Thank you!

 

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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

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