20 children’s books and podcasts for curious young minds

It’s no wonder the big world seems a little scary, especially for kids so young they can pretty much remember what life was like before the pandemic. This tale of a housewife bunny who can’t wait for his first adventure is a heartwarming, funny, and reassuring picture book perfect for preschoolers.

The Little Witch Who Can’t Spell – Marie Burlington (The O’Brien Press)

Take a little witch whose spells are mixed and add a powerful wizard’s wand. What do you get? Difficulty! A funny story, with lively illustrations; ideal for emerging readers.

Sesame Street Podcast

Revisit Sesame Street and introduce your kids to Elmo, the Cookie Monster and the whole gang. These short episodes teach patience and sharing, with catchy songs. If the kids like it, there are coloring pages, videos and educational games on the Sesame Street website.

Cosmic children

Has a parent escaped Cosmic Kids and Jamie in the past year? Probably not. And while colors and sounds can be boring to adult eyes and ears, these yoga and mindfulness videos deserve the hype, not only by capturing the attention of little eyes and ears, but by bringing them in. to stretch, move and lend wonderful way. There are also age-appropriate themes, from Pokémon to Goldilocks – and even bedtime yoga.

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse – Charlie Mackesy (Ebury Press)

This illustrated book by Charlie Mackesy is fast becoming a modern classic, illustrating the unlikely friendships between the four animal protagonists. It’s a beautiful tale about love and courage, loneliness and hope, suitable for ages 7-8 and up.

Mother tongue (s

Learn a little Punjabi, see how people from different cultures celebrate the middle of winter, and hear what children who speak two or more languages ​​have to say about words and their cultures. This RTÉ Podcast Series is a lovely introduction to modern Ireland and its many different families and languages, brought to you by children and their families.

The Giggler Treatment – Roddy Doyle (School)

Meet the Funny People – little creatures who will take revenge on adults who are mean to children. This book does what it says on the tin and is sure to cause both laughs and giggles.

For readers aged 8 to 12, or to read aloud for younger elementary school age.

Red Rover, Red Rover! Games of an Irish childhood (that you can Teach Your Children) – Kunak McGann (The O’Brien Press)

Borders, conkers, tilting the can … What was your favorite game when you were a kid? Take a trip down memory lane and bring your kids with you. This book features all the classics, rules, risk ratings, and more.

The 13 Story Cabin – Andy Griffiths (Macmillan)

The 13-story cabin and its suites are wonderfully weird and wacky and extremely popular with elementary school children. There’s a giant catapult, a secret underground lab, and a tank of man-eating sharks. What more could you ask for from a book?

Good night stories for rebellious girls

The book that became an instant bestseller is now available as a podcast. The short episodes introduce you to inspiring women, such as Rosa Parks and Malala Yousafzai, and allow you to chat with growing children about the injustices of the world and how people can make a difference.

Boy – Roald Dahl (Puffin)

No list of children’s books is complete without one or two books by Roald Dahl. Boy is different, in that it’s an autobiography, but still with all the charm and quirk we’d expect from the author – and complemented, as usual, with gorgeous illustrations by Quentin Blake. Expect everything from African adventures and school bullies to a chocolate factory tasting.

Sonia O’Sullivan: Great Irish Sports Stars – Natasha Mac a’Bháird (The O’Brien Press)

This book tells the story of Olympian and world champion runner Sonia O’Sullivan, from Cobh, County Cork, to the Olympics – a great read for girls who love sports or for any athletic child. of your life.

Exercise with Emer from RTÉ’s Home School Hub

From basketball tips to core and indoor training, the PE sessions on Home School Hub, with Emer O’Neill, are always available and are always great for burning energy after too much. of hours stuck inside on a rainy day.

Find them on Youtube or on the RTÉ Player and invite the whole family!

Breaking the Mold – Sinéad Burke (Wren & Rook)

This book, written by activist, activist, teacher and writer Sinéad Burke, is about believing in yourself, using your voice and finding your place in the world. A powerful book for any tween or teen who is working hard to find out who he is.

The Making of Mollie – Anna Carey (The O’Brien Press)

If you want to raise a rebel or just have a kid who is interested in history or politics, get yourself The Making of Mollie, a wonderful piece of historical fiction set in Dublin.

Follow Mollie, 14, from Drumcondra, as she sets out to bring some excitement into her life, discovers her sister is a secret suffragist, and ends up joining the movement.

The Extremely Embarrassing Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone – Jaclyn Moriarty

“I was ten years old when my parents were killed by pirates. It didn’t bother me as much as you might think, I barely knew my parents. These are the opening lines of The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone, which was one of my daughter’s favorite books in recent months.

It is about Brontë’s quest to carry out the instructions left to him in his parents’ will. There is magic, adventure, tension, a lot of humor and a lot of fun. And, thankfully, there are two other books by Jaclyn Moriarty as well, featuring some of the same characters – The Stolen Prince of Cloudburst and The Slightly Alarming Tale of the Whispering Wars.

Author and mother of three, Andrea Mara recommends:

The Summer I Robbed a Bank – David O’Doherty (Penguin Books)

“I bought it recently for my nine year old, and when he refused to start it early (because it’s not a book from any of the series he usually reads), I read to him. the first two chapters. It worked: he was addicted. We both burst out laughing at the narrator’s frustration at having a name that belongs (in his own words) to an 80-year-old man or a dog, and we wondered how a 12-year-old would end up. to rob a bank.

“The action takes place in Ireland, which also pleased my son very much. I love walking past his room at night, hearing him chuckle while reading. He’s almost finished the book and gives it “five out of five stars.”

Guardian of the Lost Cities – Shannon Messenger (Simon & Schuster Ltd)

“My 12 year old heard about this series from a friend at school and decided to give it a try. She absolutely loved the first book, and the good news is that there are nine books in the series, and they’re really, really big books – 800 pages each.

“Any parent who struggles to find new reading material for children will understand the joy of a substantial series.

“The books are about Sophie, a 12 year old teenage girl with a secret, and Fitz, a mysterious boy who appears in her life. These are fantastic and good adventures for, according to my daughter, Harry Potter and School of Good and Evil fans.

Illustrator and painter of children’s books, Chris Judge recommends:

Busy, Busy World – Richard Scarry (Golden)

“My two daughters, aged 7 and 4, are avid book lovers and have even let me read some of my own to them on occasion. We love to read new and old classics, but the one we keep coming back to is Busy, Busy World, by Richard Scarry. They roar with laughter at many stories and it’s jam-packed with detail. It was my absolute favorite when I was a kid, so it’s a pleasure to read these hilarious stories as an adult, with fresh eyes.

Sam and Dave dig a hole – Mac Barnett (Candlewick Press)

“This summer we returned to another favorite, called Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, from author Mac Barnett and illustrator Jon Klassen. It’s a brilliant, beautifully illustrated and funny book with a surprising ending.

About Elaine Morales

Check Also

Turkovich Family Wines owner featured on Visit California podcast

Chris Turkovich, owner of Turkovich Family Wines, was featured on a Visit California podcast focused …

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.