3 great podcasts I love to listen to

3 podcasts I love to listen to (that your kids might love to)I’ve discovered podcasts this year and often listen to one on the way home from school on the bus. These three podcasts are my favourites so far.

1. Dear Hank and John.

This weekly podcast is marketed as a ‘comedy podcast about death’, and author John Green and his brother Hank sure deliver a podcast full of comedy, dubious advice, and all the latest news on everything from Mars to AFC Wimbledon.

I love this podcast because of its humour and references to pop culture. I also like how John reads a short poem at the start of each podcast. I would recommend it for listeners 14+.

The brothers have a YouTube channel (The Vlogbrothers) which I also enjoy, and learn a lot from.

2. Sleek Geeks

This is a great podcast where two geeks (Dr Karl Kruszelnicki and mathematician Adam Spencer) discuss all things science and maths. Packed with facts, questions, and a healthy dose of humour, this is one of my favourite podcasts. There are 44 episodes to enjoy.

3. Dr Karl on Triple J

In this weekly podcast, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, Zan Rowe and various guests answer science questions from Triple J listeners. I love this podcast because I learn so many interesting facts from it. If you enjoy Dr Karl’s books (as I do), or are interested in science at all, you’ll love this podcast.

What are your favourite podcasts?

NB: I listen to podcasts through iTunes, so I’ve linked to them there, but there are different podcast streaming services you can use and Google is the best way to find them.

5 books ‘for girls’ that boys might like

5 books for girls that boys might like. A list from kid book blogger Book Boy | bookboy.com.auWhenever I write a book review where the main character is a girl, I get emails or comments about the fact that I’m a boy reading ‘books for girls’.

I don’t really think of it like that. To me, a good book is a good book.

Anyway, here’s a little round-up of some of those books. Your boys might like them, too.

Click the link to read my review.

The Other Christy (9+)

Friday Barnes Girl Detective (10+)

Counting by 7s (10+)

Thirst (10+)

The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee (8+)

You might also like this post about books for boys featuring awesome girls – a list based on books that I had read and recommended.

Review: Chance Of A Lifetime

The Izzy Folau series, reviewed by a kidThis week’s book review comes from Book Boy Junior, aged 10.

Title: Chance Of A Lifetime (Izzy Folau series, book #1)

Author: David Harding with Izzy Folau

Publisher: Random House Australia

About the book: This book is about two very different boys in a rugby union rep team. One of them, Sione, doesn’t want to be there at all, while the other, Daniel, wants to win at all costs. The story is about what happens when they meet – and when they meet Wallabies player Izzy Folau.

What I thought: I really liked this book because I am playing my first season of rugby union. It’s very entertaining and exciting, because of the descriptions of the rugby games.

My favourite characters in the book were Sione, who is really calm and has a great step, and, of course, Izzy Folau, who even offers some training tips about passing in the book.

I would recommend this book for ages 8+. You don’t need to be interested in rugby union to enjoy it, but I think it would help.

Buy Chance Of A Lifetime here.