Cover image of Spellbound


Hosted by Melissa Thom, Spellbound is a podcast that guides you through the magic of children's books - from early years, all the way through to young adult readers.

Weekly hand curated podcast episodes for learning

Popular episodes

All episodes

Warning: This podcast has few episodes.

This means there isn't enough episodes to provide the most popular episodes. Here's the rankings of the current episodes anyway, we recommend you to revisit when there's more episodes!

Podcast cover

Episode 5: Great Books For Children Aged 7-9 Years

Guest Dan Northover Senior Lecturer in Primary Education at @UWEBristol. @ESRC Funded PhD Educational Researcher at @UniofExeter. Former Primary School Teacher. All views personal. twitter.com In this episode, we explore some of the best books for children aged between around 7-9 years old, and look at some of the popular themes that bring children back to them again and again. We also talk to Dan Northover, Senior Primary Lecturer from The University of the West of England in Bristol, Year 6 Teacher, Bewick Abel Thompson, and bestselling author, Gill Lewis. We kicked things off by chatting to Dan again in the Spellbound studio…


2 Jun 2020

Rank #1

Podcast cover

Episode 4: Chapter Books for 6+

Guests Jane Carter twitter.com Joe Berger Illustrator/cartoonist/writer twitter.com Joe Berger John McLay Kids Book Scout. Organiser of Children’s Books Events in Bath and beyond. Author. Repped by @BathLitAgency. I am not a Dentist. @TheBathHive twitter.com The Bath Hive UWE primary literacy expert, Jane Carter returns to discuss some of the best early chapter books for children (around 6+ yrs), when children are ready to read on their own. Melissa and Jane talk about the importance of reading for pleasure and of course, share some of their favourite books. Melissa also visit author and Guardian illustrator and cartoonist, Joe Berger, in his Bristol studio and welcomes children’s literary scout, John McClay, into the studio for a chat.


3 Mar 2020

Rank #2

Podcast cover

Episode 3: Supporting Children Starting School

Guests Jane Carter twitter.com Max Minerva’s Marvellous Books & More Come and discover marvellous books and more at Bristol’s new independent bookshop. twitter.com Max Minerva's Bookshop: North Bristol's Independent Bookshop Rachel Bright Books Plant powered Possibilitarian. Good life loving Word Herder, Artist & Professional Optimist. Author of Love Monster, The Lion Inside & other stories twitter.com Welcome to The World of Rachel Bright » Latest Books by Author and Illustrator Rachel Bright Melissa welcomes UWE primary specialist, Jane Carter, back into the Spellbound studio. They talk about the importance books play in all aspect of (primary) school life - from preparing them for what to expect and beyond. Melissa also pops along to independent book store, Max Minervas in Bristol and chats to children’s author, Rachel Bright, who has written several books for children, including Love Monster, The Lion Inside and The Koala Who Could. Rachel is also the winner of the Evening Standard Oscar’s Book Prize and the Sainsbury’s Book Award.


3 Mar 2020

Rank #3

Podcast cover

Episode 02: Exploring Picture Books

Melissa welcomes University of the West of England (UWE) Senior Primary Lecturer (and all round kids’ lit expert), Jane Carter into the Spellbound studio to talk about some of the best picture books for young children, aged around 3 to 5 years old. They talk about the impact of reading on health and wellbeing, types of books to read at this age and some of their favourites. Melissa also heads off to London to chat to wonderful children’s illustrator, Kaye Umansky - Kaye reads a few excerpts from some of her books for younger children.


3 Mar 2020

Rank #4

Most Popular Podcasts

Podcast cover

Episode 01 (Pilot): Starting Very Early On

In this pilot episode, Melissa chats to children’s literature expert, Lucy Shepherd; founder of Barefoot Books, Tessa Strickland and Director of the Bath Children’s Literature Festival, Gill McClay. Links Spellbound Branford Boase Book Awards The Blue Peter Book Awards The Costa Book Awards The Waterstones Children's Book Prize The CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Children's Book Awards 14 wonderful libraries that will make every kid a reader Waterstones Bookshop Foyles Bookshop The Bath Children's Literature Festival Barefoot Books Children's writer and illustrator


2 Jun 2019

Rank #5