Children's Books Podcast

Author guests, kids' book reviews
& book club chats from UK schools

TUNE INTO THE TALES BY MAIL PODCAST TO HEAR WHAT OTHER CHILDREN THOUGHT OF OUR BOOK CLUB PICKS!

We'll chat to the authors of our featured reads and our school Pod Squad will share their book reviews! Tales by Mail is closing down, but our final podcast episode (to go alongside our June Powerful Me themed box) will be available to listen to in July.


1JUNE 2022 POWERFUL ME EPISODE
In which the pod squad discuss Onyeka and The Academy of the Sun and The Unmorrow Curse and chat to our guest authors Tola Okogwu and Jasmine Richards about their brilliant books.

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2APRIL 2022 IN THE POST EPISODE
In which the Pod Squad share their thoughts about The Boy in the Post and Ajay and the Mumbai Sun and grill our guest authors Holly Rivers and Varsha Shah about their brilliant books!

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3FEBRUARY 2022 PERIL AT THE PARTY EPISODE
In which the podsquad grill our guest authors Simon James Green and Adam Hills about Sleepover Takeover & Rockstar Detectives. Plus we find out what happens when Simon got hypnotised and enjoy a drum solo by Adam!

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4DECEMBER 2021 ON A QUEST EPISODE
In which the Pod Squad share their thoughts about The Chime Seekers and Sisters of the Lost Marsh and quiz authors Ross Montgomery and Lucy Strange about their brilliant books for 8-12 year olds. Plus, we'll share some of our top tips for books to read in 2022!

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5OCTOBER 2021 VERY NICE VILLAINS EPISODE
In which the Pod Squad discuss their thoughts about His Royal Hopeless and Rules for Vampires and quiz authors Chloe Perrin and Alex Foulkes about their brilliant books for 8-12 year olds. Plus we recommend another fantastic book and tell you about our new subscriptions for younger readers!

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6AUGUST 2021 THE STRANGER THE BETTER EPISODE
In which the Pod Squad discuss their thoughts about Crowfall and The Peculiar Tale of the Tentacle Boy and quiz authors Vashti Hardy and Richard Pickard about their brilliant books for 8-12 year olds. Plus there's a special guest appearance from the author and illustrator of the Pizazz series, Sophy Henn!

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7JUNE 2021 LANDS TO GET LOST IN EPISODE
In which the Pod Squad discuss their thoughts about The Nightsilver Promise and The Children of the Quicksands and quiz Annaliese Avery and Efua Traore about their brilliant books for 8-12 year olds.

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8APRIL 2021 OUT IN THE WILDERNESS EPISODE
In which the Pod Squad discuss their thoughts about Melt and The Weather Weaver and quiz Ele Fountain and Tamsin Mori about their brilliant books for 8-12 year olds. Plus there's a special guest appearance from Josh Lacey, to tell us more about bonus book: Hope Jones Saves the World.

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9FEBRUARY 2021 HISTORICAL HEROES EPISODE

In which the Pod Squad discuss their thoughts about The Queen's Fool and Darwin's Dragons and quiz Ally Sherrick and Lindsay Galvin about their brilliant books for 8-12 year olds. Plus there are reading recommendations from the Tales by Mail team.

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10DECEMBER 2020 WHIMSICAL WORLDS EPISODE

In which the Pod Squad discuss their thoughts about The House and the Edge of Magic and The Marvellous Land of Snergs and quiz Amy Sparkes and Veronica Cossanteli about their brilliant books for 8-12 year olds. Plus there are reading recommendations from the newest members of the Tales by Mail team.

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11OCTOBER 2020 MAGIC MENAGERIES EPISODE

In which the Pod Squad chat about The Creature Keeper and The Midnight Guardians and quiz Damaris Young and Ross Montgomery about their brilliant books for 8-12 year olds. Plus there are reading recommendations from the Tales by Mail team!

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12AUGUST 2020 OFF THE MAP EPISODE

In which the Pod Squad share their thoughts about Wonderscape and Sky Pirates and quiz the authors about their brilliant books for 8-12 year olds. Plus there are readings from Jennifer Bell and Alex English and book recommendations!

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13JUNE 2020 MANSION HOUSE MYSTERIES EPISODE

In which The Tales by Mail Pod Squad discuss The House on Hoarder Hill and Jack's Secret Summer and quiz the authors about their brilliant books for 8-12 year olds. PLUS reading recommendations to tide you over until your next Tales by Mail box arrives!

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14INTRODUCTORY EPISODE

In which we chat to debut author Anna Hoghton about her magical new book The Mask of Aribella, discover the favourite reads of lots of brilliant children's writers (including Anna James, Peter Bunzl, Vashti Hardy and many more!) and find out why the children of Zouch Academy in Wiltshire love reading so much!

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WE NEED YOUR SCHOOL BOOK GROUP!

We're looking for school book groups to join the Pod Squad (our team of awesome young readers) and host future podcast chats. Ask your teacher to fill out our application form, using the button below.

Review YOUR favourite book!

Record yourself telling us (and our book-loving listeners) about your favourite read. We'll pick the best childrens' book reviews to feature in our future podcasts. Use the button below for tips on how to record your review.

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