Children’s Books – Podcast 23

Hello and welcome to the Falkirk Libraries podcast with Tanya and Gavin
Today’s episode is all about children’s books, but there’s still lots for adults to enjoy, even if you haven’t got a wee person to get books for. Have a look on the library catalogue to request books discussed.

What we have been reading and listening to:
Tanya has been reading:
• Reading Dorothy L Sayers’ Strong Poison
• Listening to: Peace out – relaxation and mindfulness stories for kids Grant has been reading:
Gavin has been reading:
• Raw: My journey into the Wu-Tang by Lamont ‘U-God’ Hawkins.

New and forthcoming adult books:
• I am Heathcliff, Kate Mosse
• 84K, Claire North
• Displaced, Barbara Nadel
• Grime Kids, DJ Target

New and forthcoming children’s titles:
• The Cook and the King by Julia Donaldson (author), David Roberts (illustrator) (0 – 5 years)
• Daisy and the Trouble with School Trips by Kes Gray (6 – 9 years)
• Secrets of a Sun King by Emma Carroll (9 – 12 years)
• The Storm Keeper’s Island by Catherine Doyle (Teen)

DVD recommendations:
• Peter Rabbit – PG
• Rampage – 12
• The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie – 12

Our Reading Agony this week:
I borrow a lot of books, but I also like to buy some. Any tips for picking up reasonably priced books? – Most of the libraries sell withdrawn books, DVDs and audio books. The items are removed from our collections for various reason and are very reasonably priced.

Staff quotes of the day: I never knew that my staff wanted me to be a pretzel

Our discussion:  Fantastic children’s books for ages (very roughly) 10 – 13yrs
• Game Guides are particularly popular for this age group – see Minecraft or Fortnite
• Graphic novels are also an excellent way of getting them reading, especially the ones related to games or TV show. For example, Plants Vs Zombies, Teen Titans Go!, Pokemon, Yo-kai Watch.
• Manga – (for the older kids) My Hero Academia Manga series; the Assassination Classroom series; how to draw Manga books
• Tintin
• Follow your child’s interests, for example books about science
• Diary of a Wimpy Kid series
• Sky Hawk, Gill Lewis
• Mind Blind, Lari Don
• Rat Runners, Oision McGann
• Everything by Rick Riordan (e.g. the Percy Jackson series)
• For the upper part of the age range) Michael Grant’s Gone series
• How to Train Your Dragon series by Cressida Cowell
• Andy Griffiths’ The 13 Storey Treehouse series
• Harry Potter books
• James Patterson, Middle School series

Did you know? If you are looking for a kids’ or teens’ reading group, then get into your local library – most public libraries have them. At Falkirk Libraries we have Chatterbooks sessions (7 – 12yrs) in most of the libraries and a teenage reading group in Falkirk Library (ages 13 – 17yrs) where we have booky fun and chat about books that we love (or hate). – have a look on the website at or ask in your local library.

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