Lovereading4kids most popular books, by age range, 18 – 25 September 2016

September 26th, 2016

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Tabby McTat Picturebook and CD Tabby McTat Picturebook and CD
Julia Donaldson
A Lovereading4kids ‘Great Read’ you may have missed 2011 selection.
The best-selling author and illustrator team of the Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have created a heart-warming story about loyalty and friendship. When Tabby McTat the busker’s cat gets separated …
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Again! Again!
Emily Gravett
Prize-winning Emily Gravett has hit the jackpot again with a brilliant and original picture book that will delight adults as much as children. Everyone knows that the best bedtime stories can be read again and again and again… But sometimes, …
Download free opening extract
3
Good Night Like This Good Night Like This
Mary Murphy
As every parent knows, a good ‘night night, snuggle down’ book is invaluable, and Good Night Like This is a particularly lovely take on the theme.  It’s night-time and the baby animals are being tucked into bed, half page flaps …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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What's a Girl Gotta Do? What’s a Girl Gotta Do?
Holly Bourne
August 2016 Book of the Month  | In a Nutshell:  Feminism | Friendship | Fighting back |Inspirational and insanely funny, this third and final book in the Normal trilogy is a motivating must-read manifesto for young women, not to mention …
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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs
The movie tie-in version of the bestselling Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And a strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home …
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The Thousandth Floor The Thousandth Floor
Katharine McGee
September 2016 Debut of the Month
In a nutshell: glamour | scandal | romance  Set 100 years in the future in a world of unimaginable luxury and wealth, Katherine McGee’s slick, savvy debut explores an age-old theme: money doesn’t make you …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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The Tiger Who Came to Tea The Tiger Who Came to Tea
Judith Kerr
A wonderful story, about believing in the unexpected and magical. When a tiger turns up on the doorstep one day, the little girl and her mother just welcome him right in and offer him tea. He sits neatly at the …
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Tabby McTat Tabby McTat
Julia Donaldson
Best-selling author and illustrator Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have teamed up again to create a heart-warming story about loyalty and friendship. When Tabby McTat the busker’s cat gets separated from the busker he begins a new life on his …
Download free opening extract
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Wide-Awake Hedgehog Wide-Awake Hedgehog
Rosie Wellesley
September 2016 Book of the Month  Isaac the hedgehog made his debut in The Very Helpful Hedgehog which was much liked at Lovereading4kids. He’s back in a new adventure just right for this time of year, the pages saturated in …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Grandpa Was an Astronaut Grandpa Was an Astronaut
Jonathan Meres
September 2016 Book of the Month |  In a Nutshell: Grandparents | Fun | Poignant |
Interest Age 5-8  Best known for his hilarious World of Norm books, Jonathan Meres has here written a very different sort of book. Grandpa was an …
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The Diary of a Killer Cat The Diary of a Killer Cat
Anne Fine
A cat’s eye view of the world is not exactly the same as a humans! Tuffy’s got no problems with the trail of delicious victims he brings into the house. A bird, a mouse – they are both delicious. In …
Download free opening extract
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A Child of Books A Child of Books
Oliver Jeffers, Sam Winston
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month September 2016   Award-winning storyteller and artist Oliver Jeffers and typographic fine artist Sam Winston have created an extraordinarily adventurous and original picture book which, through words and pictures, takes children on a journey of …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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My Mum's Going To Explode! My Mum’s Going To Explode!
Jeremy Strong
Pure, unadulterated entertainment but beware, you may laugh so much that you can’t stop!!  Young readers with a sense of humour will devour it in a sitting and those without a sense of humour at the beginning will be filled …
Download free opening extract
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Jinks and O'Hare Funfair Repair Jinks and O’Hare Funfair Repair
Philip Reeve
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month September 2016  Bestselling Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre have created a fabulous feisty new heroine in Emily who is determined to be as helpful as she possibly can be to Jinks and O’Hare the …
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Mango & Bambang: Tiny Tapir Trouble Mango & Bambang: Tiny Tapir Trouble
Polly Faber
September 2016 Book of the Month  Polly Faber and Clara Vulliamy’s Mango and Bambang stories are perfect for newly independent readers. There are four funny, entertaining stories in each collection, short enough to be read easily in one go and …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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The Wolf Wilder The Wolf Wilder
Katherine Rundell
Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award and September 2016 Book of the Month  Wolves, wildness and freedom are at the heart of this thrilling story. Wolf wilders are employed to reintroduce wolves unfortunate enough to be brought up as pets …
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2
Eye of the Wolf Eye of the Wolf
Daniel Pennac
Born worlds apart – a wolf from the North and a boy from Africa. The wolf has lost nearly everything on his way to the zoo, including his eye and his pack. The boy too has lost much and seen …
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Kensuke's Kingdom Kensuke’s Kingdom
Michael Morpurgo
Michael’s parents buy a yacht, and take him off to sail round the world. Washed overboard in a fierce storm, Michael finds himself on the shore of a remote island – and soon discovers he’s not alone. Kensuke, a former …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Shadowsmith Shadowsmith
Ross MacKenzie
September 2016 Book of the Month
In a nutshell: good versus evil, spiders, finding courage
Ross MacKenzie won the Blue Peter Best Story Award for The Nowhere Emporium and Shadowsmith is another heart-racing adventure. Kirby’s mum was hurt when a freak storm …
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An Eagle in the Snow An Eagle in the Snow
Michael Morpurgo
A ‘what if’ story based on a true life events, full of descriptions of heroism and selflessness: for any good writer this would make excellent material for a book, but in Michael Morpurgo’s hands, it’s pure gold. Barney is leaving …
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Amazing Abby: Drama Queen Amazing Abby: Drama Queen
Emma Moss
In a nutshell: friendship | fun | growing up in the 21st century  |   Bubbly Abby takes centre stage in the second book in this new series for young girls. Abby has a starring role in the school’s production of …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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The Wrong Train The Wrong Train
Jeremy De Quidt
In a Nutshell: Sinister short stories
Sublimely spine-tingling, this evokes all the dread of an ominous tap-tap-tapping on your door in the dead of night.
Picture this. You rush to catch your usual train but your relief at making it in time …
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Such Stuff A Story-Maker's Inspiration Such Stuff A Story-Maker’s Inspiration
Michael Morpurgo
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month July 2016  Award-winning former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo gives all those who love his books a fascinating behind-the-scenes introduction to how he came to write twenty of them. While each story and the inspiration …
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The Haunting of Jessop Rise The Haunting of Jessop Rise
Danny Weston
September 2016 Book of the Month
In a Nutshell: Historical haunting | Eerie intrigue | Sinister secrets
Chilling historical novel in which an orphan becomes entangled in a web of supernatural goings-on and family secrets.
It’s 1853 and, following the death of his …
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The Wicked Young Writers Award for 2017 is open for entries!

September 23rd, 2016

SEVENTH YEAR OF WICKED YOUNG WRITER AWARDS IN SUPPORT OF THE NATIONAL LITERACY TRUST

  • Author-illustrator Cressida Cowell returns as Head Judge
  • Entries now being accepted until 13 March 2017
  • To submit entries visit www.WickedYoungWriterAwards.com

wywa-master-artwork-updateTHE WICKED YOUNG WRITER AWARDS, created and sponsored by the award-winning musical Wicked in association with the National Literacy Trust (www.literacytrust.org.uk), is pleased to announce that the acclaimed author and illustrator of the How to Train Your Dragon books, Cressida Cowell, will return as Head Judge for the awards for the third consecutive year. Jonathan Douglas, Director of the National Literacy Trust, will also be returning as part of the judging panel.

 

Launched in 2010, this is the seventh year of the acclaimed Awards. The initiative raises money for the National Literacy Trust who campaign to improve public understanding of the vital importance of literacy.

 

This year, the Awards will be launched with two Story Surgery events: at the Young Adult Literature Weekender at the Southbank, London on 15 and 16 October, for 13+ year olds, and at the StoryStock Festival at the Lyric Hammersmith, London on 27 and 28 October, for 7-12 year olds. Young people will be able to take part in special, free workshops with published writers including young adult writers Nicole Burstein, Tamara MacFarlane and Lisa Williamson.

 

The Awards will work in partnership with Young Writers, CLPE (the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education), First Story, Just Imagine, NAWE (National Association of Writers in Education) and Pobble.

 

Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cornwall is Patron of the Awards, set up to encourage and recognise excellence in writing, and creativity, and help develop literacy and writing talent in young people between the ages of 5 and 25. Since launching, over 25,000 young people have entered original and thought-provoking pieces of writing that consistently reflect the interests, concerns and deepest thoughts of young people, providing a first-look at the emerging voices of a new generation.

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How to Train Your Dragon author and illustrator Cressida Cowell commented, “Last year’s finalists addressed really big issues – war, homelessness and prejudice. There was an incredible range of styles and an array of brilliantly original voices, but they all had this in common: they made us judges feel something.”

 

Michael McCabe, Executive Producer of Wicked said, “We are incredibly proud of this project and greatly indebted to Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall, Michael Morpurgo and Cressida Cowell for their support. Their passionate commitment to encouraging creative writing and improving literacy standards amongst young people in the UK is an inspiration to us all.

 

As in previous years, entrants can enter one of five different age categories; 5-7, 8-10, 11-14, 15-17, 18-25. In addition, the 2017 Awards sees the second year of the FOR GOOD AWARD for Non-Fiction, encouraging 15-25 year olds to write essays or articles that recognise the positive impact that people can have on each other, their communities and the world we live in. This category celebrates the WICKED: FOR GOOD philanthropic programme, which supports the work of multiple charities.

 

Entrants can submit their writing by visiting www.WickedYoungWriterAwards.com, where they will also find writing tips and resources from the Award judges.

Mid-September email update

September 19th, 2016

Mid-September already and with Summer holidays a fading memory why not choose a new exciting book or author for your child to get into this autumn? We can, hand on heart, say we have something for every age and taste, selected and reviewed by our editorial experts and for some, also reviewed by kids too. Click here to start exploring..

   

September Highlights

This is where we slide in a few cheeky must-reads that may have slipped under your radar. A one stop shop to some hidden delights! This month, try:

Fire Witch by Matt Ralphs (9+) – Sequel to highly acclaimed Fire Girl (Read the Reader Reviews!). A blend of history and fantasy and a tense and thrilling journey into bravery, fear, love and the supernatural.

Bake Me a Story by Nadiya Hussain (6+) – Bringing the family together in the kitchen. 15 stories and recipes by inspirational bake-off winner Nadiya Hussain. Love the stories, bake the food! Delicious!

Tom’s Midnight Garden (9+) is a Graphic Novel! – We just have to tell you about this stunning reworking by renowned graphic artist Edith Pearce. Faithful to the original, accessible, and stunningly illustrated. A perfect gift for all the family.

A Modern-Day Alice in Wonderland – Magic and colour abound in Tahereh Mafi’s enchanting tale, Furthermore (9+). Just as confounding and beguiling as Wonderland, our heroine is even called Alice! But our Alice is on a quest to prove her worth in a world that has ostracised her for being different.

Oh My Goth! The Isadora Moon Books are just perfect for newly independent readers, the adventures of half vampire, half fairy, Isadora Moon and her friend Pink Rabbit are amaze-wing, fang-tastic stories with a wonderful truth beneath them.

Do you dream of that curtain call to perform on the big stage? Are you born to dance, sing and act? Or do you know someone who is? Because this fantastic new series Star Club by Natasha Mac a’Bháird is for anyone who dreams of life on the boards! The first title is Hannah in the Spotlight.

Oh Boy! – Great Books for Boys Refresh

Boys can be reluctant readers, but we know what they like! These are the books that boys will be drawn to, sorted in age groups so you can find them in a trice! Check out:

The Building Boy by Ross Montgomery – A beautiful and touching picture book, with its foundations firmly in family relationships. I Saw Anaconda by Jane Clarke – A romping, rhyming, hungry, hilarious and wonderfully yukky lift-the-flap adventure. George Pearce and His Huge Massive Ears by Felix Massie – A brilliantly bonkers tale about finding the strength of your inner voice. Caged by Theresa Breslin – Fighting, surviving, treachery, trust. A powerful novel set in the shady world of cage-fighting.

Top-Notch Picture books from Top-Notch Authors and Artists

Say you only had room for THREE picture-books on the shelf (chance would be a fine thing, right?), we reckon these are the three we’d just have to have. The Tale of the Castle Mice by Michael Bond, a warm, humourous and nostalgic tale from the creator of Paddington Bear; Motor Miles by John Burningham (who celebrates his 80th this year!), an enigmatic tale of joy and the power of freedom. And Plenty of Love to Go Round by Emma Chichester Clark, whose loveable Plumdog must overcome jealousy when a new cat moves in next door! What do you think?

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Chapter book perfection! – Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre

Stories with pictures throughout take a magical combination, an aligning of the stars, the perfect partnering of pen and paint. Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre are a shining light in the story-telling nebula, with favourites like Pugs of the Frozen North, (with talking snow), Jinks O’Hare, Funfair Repair and, scarily delicious, Cakes in Space. Inspiring adventure stories in a strange, yet recognisable setting are their trademark and will be devoured by kids from seven up. And we mean ALL the way up!

Barmy, Brilliant Books by Richard Byrne

You’re reading a story about a girl and a dog and suddenly the book you’re reading swallows the dog! Keep your head together; you have to save that mutt! Richard Byrne has cleverly turned the reading experience around a bit. In a most satisfying way.

In his second book, We’re in the Wrong Book! (5+), you’ll travel through loads of different books until you and the main characters find the right one.

Awesomely imaginative, unique and fun, you can find them here.

Rhyme Time with Gavin Puckett

You’d think that a man called Gavin ‘Puckett’ would shy away from rhymes altogether! But not Gavin. This welsh comedian is a rhyming bard with a side-splitting knack for hilarious horsey happenings.

Dream big with the vivacious Hendrix, a guitar-wielding ‘rocking’ horse; shoot for the stars with the slowest racehorse in Surrey, Murray; and follow your nose to find the omnivorous and gaseous, Colin the Carthorse! The Hoof is in the pudding!

Superb Short Stories for Kids

Short stories can be perfect for some children and this month we strongly urge you to travel into the wonderful world of Dragons at Crumbling Castle by Terry Pratchett – a collection of imagination explosions for young readers!

Also, don’t miss Counting Stars by David Almond –  a superb collection of stories about family, growing up, love, loss, and the resilience of the human heart.

Gripping Historical Fiction

Breathtaking yet at times brutal, Hill of the Angels is a story based on real historical events in the 17th Century seen through the eyes of two innocent young girls. In a country consumed by hate can their friendship survive?

Gillian Cross, author of the Demon Headmaster series said of the book ‘A dramatic and moving exploration of the gulf between faith and fanaticism.’

Up to Date! – Favourite Fairy Tales Retold (14+)

Favourite fairy tales get the Zoe Marriott treatment in two stunning re-workings. Taking the latent messages of the timeless tales Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella, setting them in enigmatic Japan and reworking them from a feminist perspective, Marriott combines powerful storytelling and lucid writing that will beguile and empower young readers.

Find Barefoot on the Wind and Shadows on the Moon here.

Another Dimension! – Worldwalker Trilogy (YA)

Josephine Angelini’s spellbinding Worldwalker Trilogy is a wonderfully unique story of difference and magic with a captivating cast of characters and alluring plot turns. The first book in the series Trial by Fire was loved by our Reader Reviewers and anyone wanting a journey into a darkly magical reality with important resonances to our own, will burn to read all three. Find them here!

Kids Book Festival Autumn Round Up

Book festival treats galore for kids and teens this month with a chance to win David Walliams and Michael Morpurgo box sets from the Get Creative Family Arts Festival (throughout October) and just for teenagers there’s YA Shot in Uxbridge (22 October).

Time to ‘Scoop’ a deal

New Children’s Book Magazine ‘Scoop’ has just launched and to get £5 reduction on the annual subscription just use the secret code word ‘Literacy Families Launch’. Find out more on their sparkly new website.

That’s all for now – see you in October.

P.S. Do you know a 14 – 18 year old who loves books? Maybe they would like to be a judge on a prestigious Book Award? Find out more before 28 October.

P.P.S. Don’t forget to have the chance of winning shelf loads of exclusive book goodies in our Free Prize Draws including a money can’t buy Twirlywoos Goody Bag!

Lovereading4kids most popular books, by age range, 11 – 18 September 2016

September 19th, 2016

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Tabby McTat Picturebook and CD Tabby McTat Picturebook and CD
Julia Donaldson
A Lovereading4kids ‘Great Read’ you may have missed 2011 selection.
The best-selling author and illustrator team of the Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have created a heart-warming story about loyalty and friendship. When Tabby McTat the busker’s cat gets separated …
Download free opening extract
2
Again! Again!
Emily Gravett
Prize-winning Emily Gravett has hit the jackpot again with a brilliant and original picture book that will delight adults as much as children. Everyone knows that the best bedtime stories can be read again and again and again… But sometimes, …
Download free opening extract
3
Good Night Like This Good Night Like This
Mary Murphy
As every parent knows, a good ‘night night, snuggle down’ book is invaluable, and Good Night Like This is a particularly lovely take on the theme.  It’s night-time and the baby animals are being tucked into bed, half page flaps …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for Young Adults

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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs
The movie tie-in version of the bestselling Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And a strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home …
Download free opening extract
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As I Descended As I Descended
Robin Talley
September 2016 Book of the Month
In a Nutshell: Deadly Ambition |  Scheming with Spirits |  Descent into Darkness
Thrilling, chilling, supernaturally-charged retelling of Macbeth set in a prestigious southern state high school.
While Lily can’t wait to try out her antique Ouija …
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The Thousandth Floor The Thousandth Floor
Katharine McGee
September 2016 Debut of the Month
In a nutshell: glamour | scandal | romance  Set 100 years in the future in a world of unimaginable luxury and wealth, Katherine McGee’s slick, savvy debut explores an age-old theme: money doesn’t make you …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 3+ readers

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The Tiger Who Came to Tea The Tiger Who Came to Tea
Judith Kerr
A wonderful story, about believing in the unexpected and magical. When a tiger turns up on the doorstep one day, the little girl and her mother just welcome him right in and offer him tea. He sits neatly at the …
Download free opening extract
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Gruffalo Crumble and Other Recipes Gruffalo Crumble and Other Recipes
Julia Donaldson
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month September 2016  Young cooks will love first to create and then to feast on delights such as Fox’s Sandwiches, Scrambled Snake and the awesome Gruffalo Cake and. The twenty four recipes are easy to …
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Wide-Awake Hedgehog Wide-Awake Hedgehog
Rosie Wellesley
September 2016 Book of the Month  Isaac the hedgehog made his debut in The Very Helpful Hedgehog which was much liked at Lovereading4kids. He’s back in a new adventure just right for this time of year, the pages saturated in …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Grandpa Was an Astronaut Grandpa Was an Astronaut
Jonathan Meres
September 2016 Book of the Month |  In a Nutshell: Grandparents | Fun | Poignant |
Interest Age 5-8  Best known for his hilarious World of Norm books, Jonathan Meres has here written a very different sort of book. Grandpa was an …
Download free opening extract
2
The Diary of a Killer Cat The Diary of a Killer Cat
Anne Fine
A cat’s eye view of the world is not exactly the same as a humans! Tuffy’s got no problems with the trail of delicious victims he brings into the house. A bird, a mouse – they are both delicious. In …
Download free opening extract
3
A Child of Books A Child of Books
Oliver Jeffers, Sam Winston
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month September 2016   Award-winning storyteller and artist Oliver Jeffers and typographic fine artist Sam Winston have created an extraordinarily adventurous and original picture book which, through words and pictures, takes children on a journey of …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Jinks and O'Hare Funfair Repair Jinks and O’Hare Funfair Repair
Philip Reeve
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month September 2016  Bestselling Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre have created a fabulous feisty new heroine in Emily who is determined to be as helpful as she possibly can be to Jinks and O’Hare the …
Download free opening extract
2
My Mum's Going To Explode! My Mum’s Going To Explode!
Jeremy Strong
Pure, unadulterated entertainment but beware, you may laugh so much that you can’t stop!!  Young readers with a sense of humour will devour it in a sitting and those without a sense of humour at the beginning will be filled …
Download free opening extract
3
Mango & Bambang: Tiny Tapir Trouble Mango & Bambang: Tiny Tapir Trouble
Polly Faber
September 2016 Book of the Month  Polly Faber and Clara Vulliamy’s Mango and Bambang stories are perfect for newly independent readers. There are four funny, entertaining stories in each collection, short enough to be read easily in one go and …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 9+ readers

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The Wolf Wilder The Wolf Wilder
Katherine Rundell
Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award and September 2016 Book of the Month  Wolves, wildness and freedom are at the heart of this thrilling story. Wolf wilders are employed to reintroduce wolves unfortunate enough to be brought up as pets …
Download free opening extract
2
Eye of the Wolf Eye of the Wolf
Daniel Pennac
Born worlds apart – a wolf from the North and a boy from Africa. The wolf has lost nearly everything on his way to the zoo, including his eye and his pack. The boy too has lost much and seen …
Download free opening extract
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Tom's Midnight Garden Graphic Novel Tom’s Midnight Garden Graphic Novel
Philippa Pearce
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month September 2016  Philippa Pearce’s classic novel of the 1950s is newly minted for today’s readers while retaining its sense of wonder and its ability to make the unbelievable – including travelling through time – …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Shadowsmith Shadowsmith
Ross MacKenzie
September 2016 Book of the Month
In a nutshell: good versus evil, spiders, finding courage
Ross MacKenzie won the Blue Peter Best Story Award for The Nowhere Emporium and Shadowsmith is another heart-racing adventure. Kirby’s mum was hurt when a freak storm …
Download free opening extract
2
An Eagle in the Snow An Eagle in the Snow
Michael Morpurgo
A ‘what if’ story based on a true life events, full of descriptions of heroism and selflessness: for any good writer this would make excellent material for a book, but in Michael Morpurgo’s hands, it’s pure gold. Barney is leaving …
Download free opening extract
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The London Eye Mystery The London Eye Mystery
Siobhan Dowd
This was only Siobhan Dowd’s second novel but it’s clear her talent as a superb storyteller is beyond question. Sadly, however she died in late 2007 so whatever you do don’t miss her four novels. Her first, A Swift Pure Cry, was shortlisted …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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Such Stuff A Story-Maker's Inspiration Such Stuff A Story-Maker’s Inspiration
Michael Morpurgo
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month July 2016  Award-winning former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo gives all those who love his books a fascinating behind-the-scenes introduction to how he came to write twenty of them. While each story and the inspiration …
Download free opening extract
2
The Haunting of Jessop Rise The Haunting of Jessop Rise
Danny Weston
September 2016 Book of the Month
In a Nutshell: Historical haunting | Eerie intrigue | Sinister secrets
Chilling historical novel in which an orphan becomes entangled in a web of supernatural goings-on and family secrets.
It’s 1853 and, following the death of his …
Download free opening extract
3
The Wrong Train The Wrong Train
Jeremy De Quidt
In a Nutshell: Sinister short stories
Sublimely spine-tingling, this evokes all the dread of an ominous tap-tap-tapping on your door in the dead of night.
Picture this. You rush to catch your usual train but your relief at making it in time …
Download free opening extract

Free KS2 literacy resource & chance to win a £10,000 library!

September 16th, 2016
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To do this we’ve created a free literacy resource for you to download. It’s focused on encouraging pupils to write in a succinct and memorable way for a particular audience which is a key part of the National Curriculum. And these reviews can be used to enter the competition.

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14 – 18? Love Books? Want to be a judge on a Book Award?

September 14th, 2016

The Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition 2017 are looking for young judge to help discover a new children’s bestseller

The Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition, the biggest children’s writing competition in the UK, is looking for a confident and passionate young judge with a demonstrable love of books to join the prestigious judging panel and help choose the winner.

Entrants must submit a 1-3 minute video about the book they would most like to persuade others to read. Aspiring judges aged 14-18 have until 28th October to make their short video, upload it to YouTube (or a similar site), and email a link to competitions@chickenhousebooks.com.

The winner will join the judging panel for the Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction competition which includes industry experts such as the Times arts editor and children’s books reviewer Alex O’Connell, and Barry Cunningham, the founder of Chicken House and the publisher who discovered J.K. Rowling.

The winner of the young judge competition will have six weeks to read approximately five shortlisted titles before joining the other judges at an exclusive members club in London for a day of judging in spring 2017. The prize also includes: (i) travel and accommodation for the winner and their parent/guardian to the London judging day, (ii) a £50 Waterstones voucher and (iii) five Chicken House titles of their choice.

The prize also includes: 

  • travel and accommodation for the winner and their parent/guardian to the London judging day
  • a £50 Waterstones voucher
  • five Chicken House titles of their choice.


Barry Cunningham says: ‘We’re looking for original, engaging and exciting video entries; the more imaginative, the better. Demonstrate your love of children’s books, your passion for reading and your powers of persuasion and you could have a hand in finding a future bestseller!’

Full details of the young judge competition can be found at bit.ly/youngjudge17

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Lovereading4kids and Scoop are the places to go for children’s book reviews

September 14th, 2016

As you knowkids-sq-logo_with-strap_sm Lovereading4kids.co.uk is a website chock-full of fabulous children’s books with a big following of parents seeking out great book recommendations to share with their kids.  We understand that you want to find the most amazing new books and so at Lovereading4kids we select about 75 each month of what we consider to be the best new books for kids.  These are then reviewed by our editorial experts who are passionate about children’s books and really do know a good one when they read it.   Also and this is the important thing – some of these books are also reviewed by kids who are members of the Lovereading4kids reader review panel.

xyzotqd7Clearly at Lovereading4kids and Scoop we absolutely love children’s books and frankly sometimes fight over who gets to read and review the books (sad we know) and we are proud to be bucking the trend in which fewer and fewer national newspapers review children’s books.  We would happily let the newspapers use our expert reviews, with appropriate credit of course, but there are other ways to get reviews and that is from the kids themselves.  After all who better to give you the low down on a book than kids just like you!? We call our expert and child reviews ‘pieces of passion’ and the aim of the review is really to let others (parents and kids) know what got the reviewers excited and involved in the book.  We’re proud to be different and support the idea of passionate persuasive reviews.  In other words we love kids telling kids about books and how fab they are.  So at Lovereading4kids we have a fantastic bunch of young reviewers who are all as crazy about books as we are and we’re pleased to be working with Scoop to build awareness of great kids books.  The reader reviews you read on Lovereading4kids are straight from kids, good or bad we don’t edit as this takes away the honesty expressed by the reviewer and that’s what we want to pass on to you, the reader.  We do remove any spoilers though as we want you to be able to experience the book in your own, unique way.  After all when we read a story we make it our own.

If you fancy having a go at writing your own reviews then why not encourage your school to take part in The Big Book Review Competition?  They could #winalibrary from BookSpace (purveyors of the coolest library furniture) and you’d be in with the chance of having your reviews published on the Lovereading4kids website and maybe even in Scoop magazine too!

The inside scoop on SCOOP a new magazine for children aged 8 – 12

September 12th, 2016

Serving a feast of thought-fizzling fiction, features, creative competitions and awesome activities in every collectible forty-page issue! Launching 22nd September 2016 

xyzotqd7What?
Scoop is an exciting new monthly print magazine for children aged 8–12. Perfect for collecting, sharing and inspiring discussion and creativity, Scoop will publish ten times a year and feature:

★ Spellbinding stories, poetry and graphic fiction from top children’s writers and illustrators. Confirmed contributors include:
Neil Gaiman Eoin Colfer Laura Dockrill Abi Elphinstone
Emerald Fennell
David Roberts John Agard Catherine Johnson Gareth P. Jones Lucy Coats Chris Priestley A. F. Harrold Philip Womack
★Brain-boggling non-fiction covering current affairs, science, sport and MORE! ★Inspiring illustrations by leading artists
★Cool comic strips and cartoons
★Entertaining activities, puzzles and jokes
★Rousing reviews and recommendations
★Engaging reader contributions and competitions

Why?

The seeds of Scoop were sown when founder and publisher Clementine Macmillan-Scott discovered the Children’s Newspaper while researching a book for her mother, Juliet Nicolson. Inspired by its thought-provoking content and popularity (it sold 500,000 copies a week in its heyday), and by her own literary background, Clementine began to explore the possibility of creating a child-focused print platform for the twenty-first century – a collectible, gorgeously designed magazine that celebrates the creative spirit in this Golden Age of children’s literature and illustration. After months of planning and fundraising, Clementine assembled a small team of respected publishing and design professionals and formed Curious Publishing Ltd as a platform through which to publish Scoop.

How? 

Scoop will be available in print editions and primarily sold through subscription, but also available in selected independent bookshops from October. The digital strategy is also being developed to create a online platform. Subscriptions can be purchased from www.scoopthemag.co.uk from September. Scoop costs £40 for an annual family subscription for ten issues, and £160 for an annual school subscription (five copies of ten issues). Trial offers are also available to early subscribers.

Who? 

Founder and Publisher: Clementine Macmillan-Scott. Clementine was Coordinator of the Galle Literary Festival and the Galle Children’s Festival. She has worked in books all her life, except for a brief stint as a costume designer.
Editor-in-Chief: Sarah Odedina. Formerly Editor-in-Chief for Bloomsbury Children’s, where she oversaw Harry Potter, Sarah launched Hot Key Books and is now Editor-at-Large for Pushkin Press. ★Marketing and Publicity Direction: Joanne Owen. Joanne is a writer and reviewer who has previously held marketing roles at Bloomsbury, Macmillan, Walker and Nosy Crow.

Art Direction: LOVERS Agency (Alex Ostrowski and Arthur Carey). ★Original Co-founders: Anna Baddeley and Philip Womack.

For further information, please sign up at scoopthemag.co.uk ★Email: joanne@scoopthemag.co.uk Follow us on Twitter: @scoop_the_mag ★ Instagram: @scoopmag 

Most popular Children’s Books, by Age Range, 4 – 11 September 2016

September 12th, 2016

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Tabby McTat Picturebook and CD Tabby McTat Picturebook and CD
Julia Donaldson
A Lovereading4kids ‘Great Read’ you may have missed 2011 selection.
The best-selling author and illustrator team of the Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have created a heart-warming story about loyalty and friendship. When Tabby McTat the busker’s cat gets separated …
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Again! Again!
Emily Gravett
Prize-winning Emily Gravett has hit the jackpot again with a brilliant and original picture book that will delight adults as much as children. Everyone knows that the best bedtime stories can be read again and again and again… But sometimes, …
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Meltdown! Meltdown!
Jill Murphy
Jill Murphy, creator of the classic Five Minutes Peace here makes the worst (read most public) kind of toddler tantrum into a blissfully funny picture book. A trip to the supermarket starts well with toddler Ruby in high spirits and determined …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs
The movie tie-in version of the bestselling Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And a strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home …
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Beck Beck
Mal Peet, Meg Rosoff
*** Suitable for ages 16+
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month September 2016 In turns brutal and passionate, Beck is an utterly compelling story of survival and romance which will catch the breath of all readers and inspire them to fight against …
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As I Descended As I Descended
Robin Talley
September 2016 Book of the Month
In a Nutshell: Deadly Ambition |  Scheming with Spirits |  Descent into Darkness
Thrilling, chilling, supernaturally-charged retelling of Macbeth set in a prestigious southern state high school.
While Lily can’t wait to try out her antique Ouija …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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The Tiger Who Came to Tea The Tiger Who Came to Tea
Judith Kerr
A wonderful story, about believing in the unexpected and magical. When a tiger turns up on the doorstep one day, the little girl and her mother just welcome him right in and offer him tea. He sits neatly at the …
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Tabby McTat Tabby McTat
Julia Donaldson
Best-selling author and illustrator Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have teamed up again to create a heart-warming story about loyalty and friendship. When Tabby McTat the busker’s cat gets separated from the busker he begins a new life on his …
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Gruffalo Crumble and Other Recipes Gruffalo Crumble and Other Recipes
Julia Donaldson
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month September 2016  Young cooks will love first to create and then to feast on delights such as Fox’s Sandwiches, Scrambled Snake and the awesome Gruffalo Cake and. The twenty four recipes are easy to …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Grandpa Was an Astronaut Grandpa Was an Astronaut
Jonathan Meres
September 2016 Book of the Month |  In a Nutshell: Grandparents | Fun | Poignant |
Interest Age 5-8  Best known for his hilarious World of Norm books, Jonathan Meres has here written a very different sort of book. Grandpa was an …
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The Diary of a Killer Cat The Diary of a Killer Cat
Anne Fine
A cat’s eye view of the world is not exactly the same as a humans! Tuffy’s got no problems with the trail of delicious victims he brings into the house. A bird, a mouse – they are both delicious. In …
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A Child of Books A Child of Books
Oliver Jeffers, Sam Winston
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month September 2016   Award-winning storyteller and artist Oliver Jeffers and typographic fine artist Sam Winston have created an extraordinarily adventurous and original picture book which, through words and pictures, takes children on a journey of …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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My Mum's Going To Explode! My Mum’s Going To Explode!
Jeremy Strong
Pure, unadulterated entertainment but beware, you may laugh so much that you can’t stop!!  Young readers with a sense of humour will devour it in a sitting and those without a sense of humour at the beginning will be filled …
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Mango & Bambang: Tiny Tapir Trouble Mango & Bambang: Tiny Tapir Trouble
Polly Faber
September 2016 Book of the Month  Polly Faber and Clara Vulliamy’s Mango and Bambang stories are perfect for newly independent readers. There are four funny, entertaining stories in each collection, short enough to be read easily in one go and …
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Jinks and O'Hare Funfair Repair Jinks and O’Hare Funfair Repair
Philip Reeve
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month September 2016  Bestselling Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre have created a fabulous feisty new heroine in Emily who is determined to be as helpful as she possibly can be to Jinks and O’Hare the …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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The Wolf Wilder The Wolf Wilder
Katherine Rundell
September 2016 Book of the Month  Wolves, wildness and freedom are at the heart of this thrilling story. Wolf wilders are employed to reintroduce wolves unfortunate enough to be brought up as pets in rich households back into the wild, …
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Eye of the Wolf Eye of the Wolf
Daniel Pennac
Born worlds apart – a wolf from the North and a boy from Africa. The wolf has lost nearly everything on his way to the zoo, including his eye and his pack. The boy too has lost much and seen …
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Kensuke's Kingdom Kensuke’s Kingdom
Michael Morpurgo
Awarding winning storyteller Michael Morpurgo spins a spellbinding yarn of survival in modern classic. Michael and his dog Stella Artois are swept overboard from their parents’ ship and swept up onto the shore of a nearby island. Michael puts all …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Shadowsmith Shadowsmith
Ross MacKenzie
September 2016 Book of the Month
In a nutshell: good versus evil, spiders, finding courage
Ross MacKenzie won the Blue Peter Best Story Award for The Nowhere Emporium and Shadowsmith is another heart-racing adventure. Kirby’s mum was hurt when a freak storm …
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Cogheart Cogheart
Peter Bunzl
September 2016 Debut of the Month
In a nutshell: tick-tocking frequently airborne adventure   From its opening scene aboard an airship harpooned in mid-air, Cogheart is filled with fabulous visual images and a tangible sense of adventure. It follows the story …
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An Eagle in the Snow An Eagle in the Snow
Michael, M. B. E. Morpurgo
A ‘what if’ story based on a true life events, full of descriptions of heroism and selflessness: for any good writer this would make excellent material for a book, but in Michael Morpurgo’s hands, it’s pure gold. Barney is leaving …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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The Haunting of Jessop Rise The Haunting of Jessop Rise
Danny Weston
September 2016 Book of the Month
In a Nutshell: Historical haunting | Eerie intrigue | Sinister secrets
Chilling historical novel in which an orphan becomes entangled in a web of supernatural goings-on and family secrets.
It’s 1853 and, following the death of his …
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The Wrong Train The Wrong Train
Jeremy De Quidt
In a Nutshell: Sinister short stories
Sublimely spine-tingling, this evokes all the dread of an ominous tap-tap-tapping on your door in the dead of night.
Picture this. You rush to catch your usual train but your relief at making it in time …
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Such Stuff A Story-Maker's Inspiration Such Stuff A Story-Maker’s Inspiration
Michael Morpurgo M.B.E.
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month July 2016  Award-winning former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo gives all those who love his books a fascinating behind-the-scenes introduction to how he came to write twenty of them. While each story and the inspiration …
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Playful story of a friendship under pressure wins inaugural Klaus Flugge Prize

September 12th, 2016

9781407146416Nicholas John Frith has won the inaugural Klaus Flugge Prize for the most exciting and promising newcomer to children’s picture book illustration. He won for his book Hector and Hummingbird (Alison Green Books), about a spectacled bear and his noisy best friend.

‘The shortlist featured six skilful and talented illustrators but Hector and Hummingbird is something very special’ said Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell, judge for this new prize, ‘We were particularly impressed with the way Nicholas John Frith creates the characters of Hector and Hummingbirdthrough his illustrations, and the relationship between them is completely convincing. It’s certainly a very stylish book to look at, but the characterisation won it for us. Children will love these two heroes, it’s a book with heart!’

Frith explains he found inspiration for the characters close to home: ‘Hector, a bear who appreciates peace and quiet, is based on my wife, who is distinctly Hector-like when she comes home after a busy day at work and has to cope with me, desperate to chat à la Hummingbird after a day alone in my home studio!’ He thanked his wife, Amy, in his acceptance speech for ‘her patience, support and understanding’, adding ‘I’m not an easy man to live with whilst I’m working on a book- without you I wouldn’t be doing this!’

He also named mid-century illustrators Dahlov Ipcar and Roger Duvoisin as important influences. Like them, Frith used a demanding technique known as preseparation, creating separate pieces of art for each colour used in the book. The result is illustration that feels both nostalgic and thoroughly contemporary.

The Klaus Flugge Prize was founded to honour publisher Klaus Flugge, a supremely influential figure in picture books, who this year celebrates the 40th anniversary of his publishing house Andersen Press. Klaus Flugge discovered and nurtured many of today’s most distinguished illustrators including Chris Riddell, fellow judge Tony Ross, and David McKee, creator of Elmer the Elephant. Mark Hendle, Managing Director of Andersen Press said, ‘Over his long career, Klaus has discovered and nurtured countless talented illustrators, and it is extremely fitting that he has decided to establish a prize that recognises and celebrates exciting new talent in children’s illustrated books.’

Reflecting on the prize and the winner, Tony Ross said: ‘Judging illustration is always subjective, and often tricky, especially when the overall standard is high, as it was with the first Klaus Flugge Award, so Klaus, I hope you are as happy with the winner as we are.’

The other judges were Professor Martin Salisbury Course Leader, MA Children’s Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art, and Ferelith Hordon, former chair of the CILIP Carnegie Kate Greenaway Medals and editor of Books for Keeps. Julia Eccleshare, children’s books editor of the Guardian, children’s director of the Hay Festival and head of Public Lending Right policy and advocacy was chair of the judges.

Nicholas John Frith received his award at a ceremony in London on Tuesday 6th September 2016 and was presented with a cheque for £5,000 by Chris Riddell.


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