Raising Readers

This week I’m sharing a wonderful new book that all Australian parents and carers need to get their hands on. (Teachers too, because you’ll learn heaps – and also have an excellent resource you can recommend.)

Rather chuffed to be asked to write a segment about verse novels.

Raising Readers‘ is an ambitious project, inspired by the lovely Kristina Schultz, at UQP, and undertaken by award-winning children’s librarian, and queen of kid-literature, Megan Daley, aka Children’s Books Daily. I cannot believe that they’ve pulled it off – not just in compiling the information, but making it so user-friendly and easy to navigate. They amaze me! It looks gorgeous (Jo Hunt has designed my three verse novel covers – and this one is almost as beautiful.πŸ˜‰) and it truly is an interesting and effortless read. You get the sense you’re sitting down for a chat with Megan – without the gourmet food. (And you get to absorb her wisdom at a slightly less frenetic pace than IRL. (Megan is a dynamite and everyone who knows her loves her.))

Megan writes;

“I find being a parent a very hard job at times and every stage of child-rearing seems to be filled with guilt. I do, however, feel confident that I will be able to look back and say, ‘But I read to them and gave them the joy of books’ and know that I did my best.”

‘Raising Reader’s is Megan’s gift to other parents, to help them unlock that magical world of books with their children.

At which point I will insert the Table of Contents, and my job is done. Because how you can read through these topics and not NEED this book!

Such a brilliant resource, as you can see! I was rather chuffed to be asked to write the segment about verse novels. (There’s even a mention of me in the section about author visits.😊)

From the section on Poetry, by Natalie Jane Prior;

Nothing enriches a child’s understanding of how language works more than poetry. Reading it teaches children to think outside the square, to see things from unexpected angles.

I can’t argue with that.

‘Raising Readers’ will be released in Australia in April. As author Rebecca Sparrow says, “This is not a book. It’s a magic key which will unlock a love of stories and reading within your child.”

I recommend it! #thatisall

You’ll find this week’s Poetry Friday round-up at Carol’s Corner.

And don’t forget to follow the Progressive Poem, organised by Irene Latham, and kicking off on Matt’s blog on 1st April. (He’s no fool!) Day Two will be right back here again. What fun! Can’t wait to see what Matt throws out for me to play with.


  1. Congratulations on being part of this book, Kat. It looks wonderful as your description celebrates. And, oh, line two of the Progressive Poem! I’ll be watching as I’m there with line five! I know your autumn is beginning, a season I love. Even though many of us are looking forward to spring, we will enjoy what you share, too.

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    • Thanks, Linda. The Progressive Poem is always such fun. I thought I was brave taking Day2 – but now I’m thinking it’s a good thing. Jump in and get it done before I overthink it! (I’m sure Matt will give me something fun to work with.) By Day6 we can both sit back and enjoy watching it unfold. πŸ™‚

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  2. This book sounds fabulous! I’m drooling over the table of contents and wondering how much it would cost to ship to the US. And I love that you have made a contribution with your work around poetry! Best of luck on the Progressive Poem!

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  3. You’re right. I DO want to read this book…and gift this book. Any idea if it will be available world wide? Its refreshing to see Poetry & Verse Novels in this as well as the importance of author visits. Sometimes, I still need to explain that verse novels are worth the try. Great job giving us a peek at the book. I hope I can get a copy.

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  4. This book is an AMAZING resource! I love how she organized the chapters. Those how-to lists must be loads of fun! Congrats on having a part in this and helping to share the love of reading!


  5. Kat, I do like the chapter titles in the book that you are sharing at PF. I asl like the subtitle, How to be an excellent book gifter because it most likely will lead people to start buying books for children. I always like to do that to share the appreciation for books. You are a brave soul to be in the starting line for the Progressive Poem. April here we come!


    • Megan is a great gifter of books! I always loved getting books! Especially for Christmas – because you knew it was there for you to dip into, after the busy of the day. Yay for the Progressive Poem and everyone’s projects for Poetry Month.


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