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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.

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Your Kid’s Favourite Read 2023: Chapter Books

Your Kid’s Favourite Read 2023: Chapter Books

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

Last year, we came up with one epic ‘Best Books of 2022’ list (see it here), but this year the group has grown in size by thousands again, so I’ve decided to 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 early chapter books for kids aged 5-7 years old. Those little books that have a huge impact on beginner readers.

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*.

PS: You might need a cup of tea for this one…

 

Your Kid’s Favourite Read 2023: Chapter Books

As nominated by the members of the Your Kid’s Next Read community. For early readers aged 5-7.

MOST NOMINATED

 

Best chapter books 2023Billie B. Brown (series) by Sally Rippin

School of Monsters (series) by Sally Rippin (art by Chris Kennett)

Elephant and Piggie (series) by Mo Willems

 

Best chapter books 2023Dog Man (series) by Dav Pilkey

The Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey

(“My five year old is loving this series at the moment!” – Amy)

 


 

Best chapter books 2023Hey Jack (series) by Sally Rippin

Babysitters Little Sister (series) by Ann Martin and Katy Farina

Smarty Pup (series) by Anh Do (ill. by Anton Emdin)

Hot Dog (series) by Anh Do (ill. by Dan McGuiness)

 

Best chapter books 2023The Wish Sisters (series) by Allison Rushby (ill. by Karen Blair)

Ninja Kid (series) by Anh Do (ill. by Jeremy Ley)

Lulu Bell (series) by Belinda Murrell (ill. by Serena Geddes)

Zac Power (series) by H. I. Larry (ill. by Ash Oswald)

 

Best chapter books 2023Aussie Kids (series) by various authors and illustrators

Isadora Moon (series) by Harriet Muncaster

Sadie (series) by Lana Spasevski (art by Joanie Stone)

Zoey and Sassafras (series) by Asia Citro (ill. by Marion Lindsay)

 

Best chapter books 2023Dragon Masters (series) by Tracey West

(“...were the big hook to start reading chapter books for my then 7yo.” – Jen)

Puppy Place (series) by Ellen Miles

Castronauts (series) by Drew Brockington

 

Best chapter books 2023Monsties (series) by Zanni Louise and Kyla May

Baloney and Friends (series) by Greg Pizzoli

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

The Notebook of Doom (series) by Troy Cummings

 

Best chapter books 2023Narwhal and Jelly (series) by Ben Clanton

The Wild Life (series) by Laura Bunting and Philip Bunting

Meet Ella (series) by Rebecca McRitchie (ill. by Danielle McDonald)

Friendly Bee (series) by Sean Avery

 

Best chapter books 2023Ollie and Bea (series) by Renee Treml

The Adventures of Sophie Mouse (series) by Poppy Green (ill. by Jennfer A. Bell)

Etta and the Octopus by Zana Fraillon (ill. by Andrew Joyner)

Owl Diaries (series) by Rebecca Elliott

 

Best chapter books 2023Rabbit & Bear (series) by Julian Gough (ill. by Jim Field)

Billy and the Mini Monsters (series) by Zanna Davidson (ill. by Melanie Williamson)

Squishy McFluff (series) by Pip Jones

Unicorn Diaries (series) by Rebecca Elliott

 

Best chapter books 2023The Isabelle Stories (series) by Jane Godwin (ill. by Robin Cowcher)

Polly and Buster (series) by Sally Rippin

Itty Bitty Kitty (series) by Maddy Mara (ill. by Noemie Gionet Landry)

Fish Kid (series) by Kylie Howarth

 

Best chapter books 2023Juliet Nearly A Vet (series) by Rebecca Jonson (ill. by Kyla May)

What Zola Did (series) by Melina Marchetta*

Ella Diaries (series) by Meredith Costain (ill. by Danielle McDonald)

Princess in Black (series) by Shannon Hale, Dean Hale (ill. by LeUyen Pham)

 

Best chapter books 2023School of Fish (series) by Louis Shea

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

Captain Underpants (series) by Dav Pilkey

Cat Kid Comic Club (series) by Dav Pilkey

 

To The IceTo The Ice by Thomas Tidholm (ill. Anna-Clara Tidholm)

My 5 year old has loved TO THE ICE as shared read-aloud stories. They’re a mix between a picture book and early chapter book (more words than an early reader but colour illustrations).” – Andy

Mighty Robot (series) by Dav Pilkey (ill. by Dan Santat)

 

Best chapter books 2023Willa and Woof (series) by Jacqueline Harvey

Ivy and Bean (series) by Annie Barrow (ill. by Sophie Blackall)

Dragon Girls (series) by Maddy Mara

Pearl And Friends (series) by Sally Odgers (ill. by Adele K. Thomas)

 

Best chapter books 2023Monty’s Island (series) by Emily Rodda (ill. by Lucinda Gifford)

Fartboy (series) by Adam Wallace (ill. by James Hart)

The Pet Keeper Fairies (series) by Daisy Meadows (ill. by Georgie Ripper)

Cat & Cat Adventures (series) by Susie Yi

 

Best chapter books 2023Squidge Dibley (series) by Mick Elliott

My seven year old has recently been quite obsessed.” – Anna

Milly-Molly-Mandy (series) by Joyce Lankester Brisley

Mango and Bambang (series) by Polly Faber and Clare Vulliamy

 

Best chapter books 2023How To Make A Pet Monster (series) by Lili Wilkinson (ill. by Dustin Spence)

Fairy Forest School (series) by Olivia Brook

The Secret Explorers (series) by DK

Real Pigeons (series) by Andrew McDonald (ill. by Ben Wood)

 

Best chapter books 2023Little Ash (series) by Ash Barty, Jasmin McGaughey (ill. by Jade Goodwin)

Secret Coders (series) by Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes

Diary of a Minecraft Zombie (series) by Zack Zombie

The Magic School Bus (series) by Joanna Cole (ill. by Bruce Degen)

 

Best chapter books 2023Hello Twigs (series) by Andrew McDonald and Ben Wood

National Geographic Kids Weird But True (series)

Daisy Dreamer (series) by Holly Anna (ill. by Genevieve Santos)

Press Start (series) by Thomas Flintham

 

Best chapter books 2023Luma and the Pet Dragon (series) by Leah Mohammed

We read these together with Ms 7 reading some aloud.” – Aileen

Pig The Pug (series) by Aaron Blabey

Tashi (series) by Kim Gamble and Anna Fienberg

 

Best chapter books 2023The Tales of Mr Walker by Jess Black (ill. by Sara Acton)

Pow Pow Pig (series) by Anh Do (ill. by Peter Cheong)

The Littlest Penguin and the Phillip Island Penguin Parade by Jedda Robaard

Ella and Olivia (series) by Yvette Poshoglian and Danielle McDonald

 

Best chapter books 2023I Hero (series) by Steve Skidmore and Steve Barlow

A less-wordy type of choose-your-own-adventure books. Mr 7 says they are better than CYOA books because they only have one successful path through the story – he spends hours trying to make the correct series of choices to find it!”Anna

Magic Tree House (series) by Mary Pope Osborne (ill. by Salvatore Murdocca)

 

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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: 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 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

The moment I first thought about being a writer

The moment I first thought about being a writer

How do readers grow into writers?

It’s a big question, with many parts, and it gnawed away at me for a while until I decided to do something about it.

Over on the Your Kid’s Next Read Substack today, you’ll find an epic post I wrote for our paid subscribers that attempts to answer that one big question.

Fortunately for me, nine of Australia’s best children’s authors were happy to take up the challenge to help me: Alice Pung, Nova Weetman, Tristan Bancks, Zanni Louise, Belinda Murrell, Jacqueline Harvey, Kristina Nannestad, Emily Gale, and Rebecca Lim.

Here’s a hint of the questions I asked them:

Was the love of reading there from the beginning or did it develop over time? Was there a particular book that inspired you to write? A particular person? Can you the moment you first thought about writing your own stories? What has been the key to developing your writing voice?

You’ll find the full post here.

And here’s a tiny insight. Click each author’s name to find out more about them – and where that first moment has taken them.

Can you remember the moment you first thought about or began writing your own stories, or was it something that crept up on you over time?

 

 

Alice Pung on writingAlice Pung: “In Grade 3, a substitute teacher named Mr Galloway said to me “Keep writing Elizabeth you’ll burn a hole through that page”.

It was the first time someone had recognised I was good at this, and even though he got my name wrong, I always remember that moment of recognition.”

 

 

 

Nova Weetman on writingNova Weetman: “I had an old black typewriter as a kid and I wrote Agatha Christie-style murder mysteries on it.

I only ever wrote the first few pages, because I was never very good at plotting.

By grade six I was fairly adamant that I’d pursue writing as an adult, and I wrote seriously all through high school.”

 

 

 

Tristan Bancks on writingTristan Bancks: “I remember being in school plays when I was 5, 6, 7 years old. And starting to write my own little skits that I’d perform with other kids at a thing called ’The Primary Proms’ which happened once a term.

“So, I started out writing with performance in mind.

“I have stories I wrote in my Anything Goes Book in fourth grade like ‘My Life as a Mars Bar’, which I share with kids when I visit schools. It’s must-read stuff.”

 

 

Zanni Louise on writingZanni Louise: “I always told stories for as long as I can remember. When my dad brought home a typewriter when I was five I wrote some of them up and shared them in a folder with friends and family. I even got a Principal’s sticker!

“I still have those stories. I used to always write plays for my cousins and brothers to perform at Christmas too.”

 

 

 

Belinda Murrell on writingBelinda Murrell: “I was about seven when I first started writing my own stories, poems, and plays. I remember this was a step on from imaginary games where I’d act out scenes from books I loved, or my own stories and daydreams.

“My early stories were filled with fairies, giants, witches, and lots of adventure.”

 

 

 

Jacqueline Harvey on writingJacqueline Harvey: “I wrote stories in high school but it was really at University that I thought I would love to become a children’s author.

“It took a long time to realise that dream but it was there ticking away for ages.”

 

 

 

Kristina Nannestad on writingKristina Nannestad: “The desire to write stories crept up on me. I was an avid letter writer from my late teens onwards – I loved making my recipient laugh – and I wonder if that’s where my love of writing began.

“I used to be a primary school teacher and sometimes I wrote a play or a little book when I could not find exactly what I wanted to use in the classroom.

“When I first became serious about writing stories for children, I tried to write picture books but my stories always grew too long and complicated. So here I am, writing novels.”

 

 

Emily Gale on writingEmily Gale: “I always wanted to but I could only ever write the beginnings of stories. That’s why I wrote a lot of poetry in my teens – it brought the satisfaction of finishing something. They were all little stories, of course, and they were my way of trying out different styles — I had no idea of how to find my own voice.

“But I didn’t write short stories or novels because I wouldn’t let myself go far enough into the woods — I didn’t want to get lost, or get the story “wrong”, so I’d just polish the opening to death, give up and start something new.

“I thought of myself as a writer but not a storyteller, and I had some strange hang-ups such as thinking that if I couldn’t magically write a novel, without taking lessons or even reading about how other people did it, then I wasn’t a proper writer.

“But having my first baby was the catalyst for change: I decided it was now or never and that I’d have to work out how to structure a story.”

 

 

Rebecca Lim on writingRebecca Lim: “I was seven, and coming up with these stories illustrated with wonky coloured pencil sketches all the time. Back then, you’re too young to think of it in terms of being a potential, actual job, but I just knew that I couldn’t stop writing stories.

“It was a compulsion, and still is.”

 

 

 

Nine authors on how they became writers

 

Read the full article here.

 

Are you a writer? Can you remember when you first thought about being a writer?

 


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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