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KidLit Classics is a podcast dedicated to celebrating classic children's literature. It is an ode to childhood reading and the kidlit community. Each episode I chat with one guest from the kidlit industry - be it author, bookseller, educator, publishing professional - about the children's book that sparked their love of reading, got them involved in the kidlit community, or is just the one they love the most. We take a deep dive into each guest's chosen book, discussing what it's about, why it's so special, how it influenced children's literature and literary culture, and finish with a dramatic reading and a brief chat about the guest's own work. If you are loving the podcast, why not Buy Me A Coffee ... Each donation helps with the time and effort involved in preparing, recording, editing, producing, distributing and marketing the episodes - ensuring we're sustainable and can continue supporting the kidlit community.

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KidLit Classics is a podcast dedicated to celebrating classic children's literature. It is an ode to childhood reading and the kidlit community. Each episode I chat with one guest from the kidlit industry - be it author, bookseller, educator, publishing professional - about the children's book that sparked their love of reading, got them involved in the kidlit community, or is just the one they love the most. We take a deep dive into each guest's chosen book, discussing what it's about, why it's so special, how it influenced children's literature and literary culture, and finish with a dramatic reading and a brief chat about the guest's own work. If you are loving the podcast, why not Buy Me A Coffee ... Each donation helps with the time and effort involved in preparing, recording, editing, producing, distributing and marketing the episodes - ensuring we're sustainable and can continue supporting the kidlit community.

    Allison Rushby talks Mog's Christmas, KidLit Classics Podcast S2 Episode 19

    Allison Rushby talks Mog's Christmas, KidLit Classics Podcast S2 Episode 19

    Special Christmas Episode! About this episode’s KidLit Classic:
    Judith Kerr's Mog picture books, first released in the 1970s, and continuing well into the 2000s, have become staple picture book classics and the titular, permanently befuddled character Mog has been named as one of the most influential cats of her generation.

    In this Christmas special of Kidlit Classics, children's author Allison Rushby discusses why these cosy, warm-hearted, relatable and very funny books stand the test of time, memories of Mog, and why Mog is so lovable. We also discuss classic Christmas books and Allison's own Christmas book, The Wish Sisters, plus her 20+ year career through a variety of genres, categories and age groups.


    About Allison Rushby:
    Allison is the author of numerous books for children, teens and adults, and part of the trio that hosts the Your Kid's Next Read community, mainly managing the 30,000+ member Facebook group.


    Connect with Allison: Website: https://allisonrushby.com/
    Instagram: @allisonrushbyauthor
    Your Kid's Next Read website here
    YKNR Facebook group here

    Connect with host Sam-Ellen Bound: Instagram @samellenb / Website www.samanthaellenbound.com

    Buy Mog's Christmas here
    Buy The Christmas Wish here
    Buy Miss Penny Dreadful and the Mermaid's Locks here

    Key titles mentioned in Podcast:
    The Invisible Leash by Patrice Karst
    Lockwood and Coby Jonathan Stroud
    The World of the Unknown: Ghosts by Christopher Maynard


    Enjoying KidLit Classics? Like, share, subscribe, leave a review! Interested in being a guest? Get in touch with me via my contact page, or send an email to boundpublishingservices@gmail.com.

    Credits:
    Opening and Outro music:
    ‘Funny Whimsical Music’ by MoodMode, accessed via Storyblocks. Purchased and used under Storyblocks’ Royalty-Free Individual License Agreement.

    Sound files:
    All used under the Pixabay Music License Agreement.
    ‘Cold Snowfall Ambience’ by GioeleFazzeri

    Thanks for listening!
    Stay up to date - Instagram @Samellenb
    https://www.samanthaellenbound.com/kidlitclassicspodcast

    • 52 min
    Fionna Cosgrove talks Goosebumps // KidLit Classics Podcast S2 Episode 18

    Fionna Cosgrove talks Goosebumps // KidLit Classics Podcast S2 Episode 18

    Halloween Special! About this episode’s KidLit Classic:

    Goosebumps, first released in the 1990s by R.L. Stine, has become a phenomenon of popular culture, the second biggest-selling children's series of all time. Its winning combination of funny, spooky, creepy, and icky body horror made readers out of many young children.

    Connoisseur of the creepy, children's author Fionna Cosgrove, discusses horror for kids, why Goosebumps is such a cultural icon, and memories of a 90s book-loving childhood. We have a chilling reading, and Fionna talks about releasing her own spooky middle grade Choose-You-Own-Adventure books. Reader beware, you're in for a scare ...

    About Fionna Cosgrove:
    Fionna had her work published in multiple anthologies and won several writing competitions before she published her middle grade Twisted Trails series in 2023, and has a MG spooky mystery coming out in 2024with Dragonfly Publishing. She is the creator of the horror-themed bookstagram @are_you_afraid_of_the_books

    Connect with Fionna: Website: www.fionnacosgrovewriter.com

    Connect with host Sam-Ellen Bound: Instagram @samellenb / Website www.samanthaellenbound.com

    Buy Goosebumps here
    R.L. Stine's website here
     

    Key titles mentioned in Podcast:
    Are You Afraid of the Dark (tv show)
    Small Spaces Quartet by Katherine Arden
    The Deadly Daylight by Ash Harrier
    Fright Watch by Lorien Lawrence


    Enjoying KidLit Classics? Like, share, subscribe, leave a review! Interested in being a guest? Get in touch with me via my contact page, or send an email to boundpublishingservices@gmail.com.

    Credits:
    Opening and Outro music:
    ‘Funny Whimsical Music’ by MoodMode, accessed via Storyblocks. Purchased and used under Storyblocks’ Royalty-Free Individual License Agreement.

    Sound files:
    All used under the Pixabay Music License Agreement.
    'Forest Swamp' by Pixabay

    'Wolf Howling' by Universefield

    'Howl Echo' by Pixabay

    'Snarls and Growls' by VoiceBosch


    Thanks for listening!
    Stay up to date - Instagram @Samellenb
    https://www.samanthaellenbound.com/kidlitclassicspodcast

    • 53 min
    Tracey Dembo talks Princess Smartypants & The Paperbag Princess // Kidlit Classics Season 2 Episode 17

    Tracey Dembo talks Princess Smartypants & The Paperbag Princess // Kidlit Classics Season 2 Episode 17

    About this episode’s KidLit Classic:
    The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Muncsh, and Princess Smartypants by Babette Cole, are two classic 1980s picture books that played with fairytale conventions and presented princesses as strong, resourceful and clever, with just a little bit of sass.

    Children's picture book author Tracey Dembo discusses how these two books won a place in her heart with their humour, lively illustrations, strong messages, and matter-of-fact subversion of what a 'princess' should be. We have a dramatic reading, and Tracey takes us through the process and launch of having her two new picture books come out one month apart.

    About Tracey Dembo:
    Tracey has a strong interest in children’s early learning and development, and is passionate about igniting children’s imaginations and helping our future leaders to find their own voice. She is the author of 2023 picture books This Book is a Time Machine and An A-Z of Dreaming Differently.

    Connect with Tracey: Instagram: @traceydembo / Website: https://traceydembo.com/

    Connect with host Sam-Ellen Bound: Instagram @samellenb / Website www.samanthaellenbound.com

    Buy The Paper Bag Princess here
    Buy Princess Smartypants here

    Key titles mentioned in Podcast:
    The Princess in Black (series) by Shannon Hale
    Bethan Woolven picture books
    That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown by Cressida Cowell

    Enjoying KidLit Classics? Like, share, subscribe, leave a review! Interested in being a guest? Get in touch with me via my contact page, or send an email to boundpublishingservices@gmail.com.

    Credits:
    Opening and Outro music:
    ‘Funny Whimsical Music’ by MoodMode, accessed via Storyblocks. Purchased and used under Storyblocks’ Royalty-Free Individual License Agreement.

    Sound files:
    Please see https://www.samanthaellenbound.com/post/tracey-dembo-talks-the-paper-bag-princess-princess-smartypants-kidlit-classics-s2-episode-17 for full list of sound credits.
    Thanks for listening!
    Stay up to date - Instagram @Samellenb
    https://www.samanthaellenbound.com/kidlitclassicspodcast

    • 43 min
    Allison Tait talks Callie's Castle, KidLit Classics Podcast S2 Episode 16

    Allison Tait talks Callie's Castle, KidLit Classics Podcast S2 Episode 16

    About this episode’s KidLit Classic:
    Callie's Castle, by NZ-Aussie kidlit legend Ruth Park, was published in1974, the first book about Callie Cameron, her family, their big old house, and the perils of growing up.

    Children's author, podcaster and kidlit specialist Allison Tait discusses how Callie was a character she instantly connected with, and how this story - with its big heart, empathy, and understanding of family dynamics - is one that has subtly influenced her own work. We have a dramatic reading, and Allison talks about her new contemporary #LoveOZMG, her writing trajectory, and the 'business' of being a writer.

    About Allison Tait:
    Allison Tait (A.L. Tait) is the internationally published bestselling author of multiple middle-grade adventure series and now her first contemporary novel, The First Summer of Callie McGee. Allison is also a multi-genre writer, creative writing teacher and speaker. She is co-host of the top-rating Your Kid’s Next Read podcast and former co-host of the So You Want To Be A Writer podcast.

    Connect with Allison: Instagram: @allisontaitwriter / Twitter: @altait / Website: https://allisontait.com/
    Join Your Kid's Next Read group on Facebook
    Listen to Your Kid's Next Read podcast

    Connect with host Sam-Ellen Bound: Instagram @samellenb / Website www.samanthaellenbound.com

    Buy Callie's Castle here

    Mentioned in Podcast:
    Tiny Tradies by Tami Sussman
    Anchored by Debra Tidball
    Clutch by M.G.Leonard

    Enjoying KidLit Classics? Like, share, subscribe, leave a review! Interested in being a guest? Get in touch with me via my contact page, or send an email to boundpublishingservices@gmail.com.

    Credits:
    Opening and Outro music:
    ‘Funny Whimsical Music’ by MoodMode, accessed via Storyblocks. Purchased and used under Storyblocks’ Royalty-Free Individual License Agreement.

    Sound files:
    All used under the Pixabay Music License Agreement.
    'Fantasy Magic' by Lite Saturation

    Transcript:
    coming soon
    Thanks for listening!
    Stay up to date - Instagram @Samellenb
    https://www.samanthaellenbound.com/kidlitclassicspodcast

    • 51 min
    Emily Gale talks Charlotte Sometimes, KidLit Classics Podcast S2 Episode 15

    Emily Gale talks Charlotte Sometimes, KidLit Classics Podcast S2 Episode 15

    About this episode’s KidLit Classic:

    Charlotte Sometimes, by Penelope Farmer, was published 1969, the third and best-known of the Aviary Hall trilogy. A time-slip novel that explores identity, loss, and grief, it became somewhat famous when Robert Smith from The Cure adapted many of its lines into a song of the same name.

    Children's author and kidlit advocate Emily Gale discusses her deeply personal connection with Charlotte Sometimes, how we latch onto fictional characters as children, the rich prose and themes, how structure and content in children's books has changed, the magic of time-slip novels, and the importance of supporting the kidlit industry.

    About Emily Gale:
    Emily has worked in the book industry for over twenty years in various roles, including as an editor, book buyer, consultant to a literary agent, and as part of a high school library team. An award-winning YA and MG author, her latest work includes Elsewhere Girls, co-written with Nova Weetman, and The Goodbye Year.

    Connect with Emily: Instagram: @emilygalebooksetc / Website: https://emilygalebooks.com/

    Connect with host Sam-Ellen Bound: Instagram @samellenb / Website www.samanthaellenbound.com

    Buy Charlotte Sometimes here

    Mentioned in Podcast:
    Frog & Toad by Arnold Lobel
    Playing Beatie Bow by Ruth Park
    Tumbleglass by Kate Constable
    Where the Lyrebird Calls by Kim Kane
    Elsewhere Girls by Emily Gale & Nova Weetman
    Your Kids Next Read podcast

    Enjoying KidLit Classics? Like, share, subscribe, leave a review! Interested in being a guest? Get in touch with me via my contact page, or send an email to boundpublishingservices@gmail.com.

    Credits:
    Opening and Outro music:
    ‘Funny Whimsical Music’ by MoodMode, accessed via Storyblocks. Purchased and used under Storyblocks’ Royalty-Free Individual License Agreement.
    Sound files:
    All used under the Pixabay Music License Agreement.
    'owl hoots and distant dog bark' by pixabay 
    'In beautiful dark mood' by SamuelFrancisJohnson 
    'Night Ambience' by Pixabay 


    Thanks for listening!
    Stay up to date - Instagram @Samellenb
    https://www.samanthaellenbound.com/kidlitclassicspodcast

    • 48 min
    Rowan Simpkin from the National Centre for Australian Children's Literature talks Pastures of the Blue Crane / KidLit Classics S2 Episode 14

    Rowan Simpkin from the National Centre for Australian Children's Literature talks Pastures of the Blue Crane / KidLit Classics S2 Episode 14

    About this episode’s KidLit Classic:
    Pastures of the Blue Crane is a 1964 #LoveOzYA written by Hesba Brinsmead. It is a classic coming-of-age story infused with the Australian landscape and racial issues of the time.

    In this episode, National Centre for Australian Children's Literature volunteer Rowan Simpkin discusses how this book's quintessential 'Australian-ness' appealed to her as a coming-of-age story, about the way it invokes landscape and explores racial prejudice, and of the enormous importance of institutions dedicated exclusively to children's literature.

    About NCACL:
    The National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature is a comprehensive collection of resources about Australian authors, illustrators, publishers and their creative works.

    The collection includes over 53,000 books and holds a unique part of Australia's cultural and literary heritage.

    Connect with NCACL: Twitter: @NatCentAusChLit / Website: https://www.ncacl.org.au/ 
    Connect with host Sam-Ellen Bound: Instagram @samellenb / Website www.samanthaellenbound.com

    Find out more about Hesba Brinsmead here

    Buy Pastures of the Blue Crane here

    Books Mentioned in Podcast:
    Colin Thiele
    Finding Our Heart by Thomas Mayo
    Beach Birds by Bridget Farmer

    Contemporary Books Similar to POTBC:
    The Quicksand Pony & The Snow Pony by Alison Lester

    Enjoying KidLit Classics? Like, share, subscribe, leave a review! Interested in being a guest? Get in touch with me via my contact page, or send an email to boundpublishingservices@gmail.com.


    Credits:
    Opening and Outro music:
    ‘Funny Whimsical Music’ by MoodMode, accessed via Storyblocks. Purchased and used under Storyblocks’ Royalty-Free Individual License Agreement.

    Sound files:
    All used under the Pixabay Music License Agreement.
    'office ambience' by Chelly01
    'staff canteen background' by agonda

    Transcript:
    coming soon


    Thanks for listening!
    Stay up to date - Instagram @Samellenb
    https://www.samanthaellenbound.com/kidlitclassicspodcast

    • 33 min

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