Hot off the press! – You’ll notice a new addition to LoveReading4Kids…

June 19th, 2017

The KRiB – The Kids Review & Interview Bookclub – an online world of exciting book related shows presented by a flurry of book crazy kids, featuring viewer reviews, competitions, kid’s culture broadcasts, celeb author interviews and an exciting genre based book search library.


The KRiB celebrates authors, publishers, booksellers, libraries and
young readers, spreading the word about the coolest books everyone
should be reading!

The KRiB TV aims to raise literacy levels and to give all kids, whether they love reading or not, an entertaining platform that unites them, builds their confidence and inspires them to see the connection between books and their own lives.

A tour of The KRiB’s pages, will take the viewer from the entertaining ‘KRiB TV’ page, where you can watch video reviews of new releases, to insightful ‘Conscious Kids’ location broadcasts exploring the messages authors give us about modern life, to the educational
‘KRiB Skool’ which offers exciting presenting and acting courses, to
the motivational ‘Vlogs’ page where you can audition to become a KRiB
TV presenter and interview your favourite authors!

So we invite everyone to visit thekrib.tv

June 19th, 2017

As the summer holidays loom, smiling on a sunny horizon, we are here to provide happy hours of brilliant reading to fill children’s heads with priceless memories, in the open air or inside on rainy days. Check out our lovingly hand-picked Summer Reading section, divided into age ranges so that you can find exactly what you’re looking for! Happy Days.

     

On the Award Board! – Carnegie and Greenaway Awards Winner 2017

What do Rosemary Sutcliff, CS Lewis, Quentin Blake and Raymond Briggs have in common? They’ve all won a Carnegie & Greenaway gong, that’s what! And don’t miss a new version of Rosemary Sutcliff’s ‘Carnegie of Carnegies’ Black Ships Before Troy.

And just announced are the 2017 winners. The Greenaway award for illustration went to the delightful There is a Tribe of Kids by Lane Smith.The Carnegie for best novel went to Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. The inspirational novel is based on a true story from the Second World War. Why not find out more and check out the high quality shortlists as well.

More Pre-Publication Exclusives!

What’s better than reading extracts of a new book as soon as it’s out? Reading them before it’s out. That’s what!

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Top Tips for June Bugs

This month’s must-reads according to the one and only Julia Eccleshare, our Editor-at-Large for everyone from toddlers to teens! See what’s caught her eye this month.

Did You Miss This? – Mid-Month Highlights

Every month we try to guide you to some of the best books about that you may have missed. This month we love:

After the Fire (YA) by Will Hill – Inspired by the Waco siege in Texas 1993 when 82 members of the Branch Davidian sect and four US government agents died in a firefight after a long siege. Reader Reviewer Talia, 15, said ‘A powerful novel about corruption, secrets … questioning everything you’ve ever known. Beautiful and unique, it will stay with you …

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Dogger’s Day! – Dogger by Shirley Hughes is 40

Winner of the Book Trust Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015, Shirley Hughes, 90 years young this month, is a national treasure with over 200 children’s books under her belt. Her humourous and beloved classic Dogger, first published 40 years ago, is still tugging at heart strings today. There’s a beautifully redesigned paperback edition of Dogger complete with a CD audio read by lifelong fan and TV actress Olivia Colman. Joining it in early July is a stunning hardback edition, which includes a personal letter and Introduction from Shirley Hughes herself, who reflects on the origins of the real life Dogger and how much joy this story has brought to her and her readers over the past 40 years. It’s a classic for adults and children alike. Find out more.

Out of the Mouths – Reader Recommended Highlights by Kids

What better endorsement for a book than from other kids? These are the titles our kids Reader Reviewer panel members loved the most. Enjoy!

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What’s Next?  – If they like, they’ll Love

You know how this works by now. They’ve finished the latest book or series by their favourite author. We fill the gap with recommendations right up their street. DAB!

If they like Katherine Rundell, Lauren St John or Polly Ho-Yen they’ll love Running on the Roof of the World by Jess Butterworth. If they like Lisa Williamson, Jenny Downham or Sarah Crossan they’ll love Troublemakers by Catherine Barter.
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If they like Rainbow Rowell or John Green they’ll love Truth or Dare by Non Pratt. If they like Holly Bourne they’ll love Who Runs the World by Virginia Bergin. If they like Robin Stevens or Katherine Woodfine they’ll love The Last Duchess by Laura Powell.
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Sorting Hat Trick! – Harry Potter ‘House’ Editions

20 Years since The Philosopher’s Stone was first published, four highly collectable hardback editions of this groundbreaking story have been lovingly prepared. Each limited edition hardback features the individual house crest of Slytherin, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw or Gryffindor on the jacket and line illustrations exclusive to that house.  Click here. If you are too late buying the hardbacks there are also paperback editions which look almost as lovely. Or, enter our free prize draw to win the set worth £59.99! It’s a must for Potter fans!

                                  

Alex can Never Die! – New Alex Rider Adventure, Never Say Die

17 years on from his first rip-roaring adventure, Stormbreaker, Alex Rider is still going strong! We are mega excited that this world-dominating series has a brand new action-packed, stylish adventure to get stuck into!

New fans can find the whole lot here. But catch up quick! In Never Say Die, the latest title, Alex is back at his daring best! As Reader Reviewer Sam Harper (12yrs) put it; ‘Alex is tested to the limit in his most thrilling adventure yet … Alex is most definitely back and I promise you will not be disappointed.

We Give Two Hoots! – Perfect Picture Books

Publisher Two Hoots is home to some of the most gifted authors and illustrators around today and produces beautiful, characterful books to be read and loved again and again. Check them out below.

Fancy a Spell in the World of Forgotten Magic?

Archie Green always wanted a life of adventure. Just after his 12th birthday, it arrived! Enter the mysterious and immersive world that is DD Everest’s Archie Green Series! Perfect for 9+ readers.

Thrown into an underground world beneath Oxford streets by a mysterious package, Archie’s life will never be the same again. In his latest adventure, Archie Green and the Raven’s Spell, he must navigate a treacherous world, where no-one can be trusted, to protect his friends and find his destiny. Find out more.

Joan Lennon Wants to Write Forever

And we hope she does! Her quirky style has led to some great reads for all ages. Fans of fantasy and adventure with a human heart will love Silver Skin (11+), a heady mix of sci-fi, historical thriller and romance, which will stay long in the mind of the reader.

Also, don’t miss Walking Mountain (11+), a fantastic adventure filled with unexpected turns, unusual characters and important lessons about courage, trust and the power of friendship. Find out more.

Get your kids to Look Beyond their world

Stories are a great way for children to better understand other cultures, diversity and varied life experiences.

So, it’s great when a publisher, Macmillan Children’s Books, curates a special list of titles that give readers a look into the lives of unfamiliar and new voices: from the war-torn streets of Syria and unconventional family structures to experience of life as a teenager with autism. Click on a cover to find out more.

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Time to start planning the Summer Reading

Have a look at the shelves below for some of our favourites or visit the special category on the site to see them all.

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And that just about wraps up June from us! See you next month for more great reads to soak up the sun with!

Look Beyond Your World

June 15th, 2017

Look Beyond Your World with Macmillan Children’s Books and discover a range of important and varied voices.

This overarching campaign spans seven books that explore diversity, other cultures and varied life experiences. We are keen to encourage broad reading for children aged eight to fourteen years old. The Look Beyond Your World campaign hopes to work with schools, libraries and bookshops to ensure maximum word of mouth, and draw important discussions to the fore.

Look Beyond Your World contains titles from seven key Macmillan Children’s Books authors: Sam Angus, Floella Benjamin, Sita Brahmachari, Emma Donoghue, Elizabeth Laird, Rachael Lucas and Kim Slater – with a combined sales track of over 1 million copies TCM.

Each of these authors has a new story to tell in 2017, giving readers a look into the lives of unfamiliar and new voices: from the war-torn streets of Syria and unconventional family structures to experience of life as a teenager with autism. We are proud to share these stories with the world, and even prouder to represent this range of experiences.

The Look Beyond Your World campaign encourages audiences, schools, libraries and bookshops to think a little differently and look beyond our own world to others. The campaign is targeted at Key Stages 2 and 3, but should appeal to all.

Discussion booklets are available to aid engagement with the campaign, along with materials including bookmarks, posters and supporting resources such as book synopses and author information. The campaign will run through May – September 2017.

If you would like to find out more about how you can get involved in the campaign, please email Kat McKenna at kat.mckenna@macmillan.com.

June 2017 eNewsletter

June 6th, 2017

With a recent survey from the National Literacy Trust showing Children’s love of reading is at an all-time high; what better month to serve up some awesome recommendations for young book fans? (Alex Rider!) Now, what else did we have to tell you?? Oh yes. That’s it. There’s a new Alex Rider, Never Say Die, story out. No biggie (not). Read on for more …

Booking Up for June! – Books of the Month

We’ve scoured the shelves for the best of the best books for your young bookworms this month. We particularly love:

Who Runs the World (YA) by Virginia Bergin – A futuristic and thought-provoking landscape where the world is filled with care and men are extinct. Or are they? Wave Me Goodbye (7+) by Jacqueline Wilson – dramatic, emotional, characterful page-turning tale of displacement and survival. Vintage Wilson! Letters from the Lighthouse (9+) by Emma Carroll – A brilliantly handled story of wartime displacement, childhood and overcoming prejudice. Highly recommended.
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Harry Potter ‘House’ Editions of the Philosopher’s Stone

                                  

Going, Going Gong! – Book Award News!

It’s red carpet time for some prestigious books awards this month. The YA Book Prize rewards top-notch writing for teens and young adults, inspiring young people to read and buy books. From a shortlist of extraordinary quality, the winner was Orangeboy by Patrice Lawrence. The Klaus Flugge Prize for illustration, dedicated to putting new talent in the spotlight is chaired by our very own Julia Eccleshare. Check out the shortlist and choose your own favourite.

June Bugs! – Debuts of the Month

A flurry of fantabulous first-timers for kids to find their favourite! Don’t miss:

Phantom Limbs (YA) by Paula Garner – A Poignant and profound contemporary romance about love and friendship for fans of Jandy Nelson. Makes for compulsive reading.

The City of Secret Rivers (9+) by Jacob Sager Weinstein – A breath-taking magical adventure on the banks of London’s underground rivers crackling with originality and energy.

Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index (YA) by Julie Israel – A tear-jerking, soul-stirring, heart-warming story about losing a sister, and the ensuing aftermath of grief and mystery.

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Laugh Out Loud Adventure – Dingles All Over!

Meet Danny Dingle, would-be inventor and comic book obsessive. With his best friend Percy McDuff, he embarks on raucous and hilarious adventures! Angie Lake’s brilliant series is perfect for readers aged 9+. The Metal-Mobile and The Supersonic Submarine are fabulous, fart-powered, non-stop fun! 3rd title The Jet of Justice, a madcap and irrepressible romp is out in August. But, guess what? If you’ve read the first two before then, you can get a sneaky extract by clicking here!

Farewell to Discworld – Tiffany Aching Novels by Terry Pratchett

Meet Tiffany Aching! One of Terry Pratchett’s most memorable and formidable characters in the Discworld Series. Follow a truly unique witch through the complex and hilarious landscape, as she grows up in real time with every book. The nine-year-old in The Wee Free Men is in her late teens by The Shepherd’s Crown, which was completed in 2015 and was Terry Pratchett’s final work.

The collection is a perfect introduction for tweens and teens to the Discworld series. Find out more.

Pop Idol – Father’s Day 2017

With Father’s Day just around the corner check out our ideas for the perfect gift to say “Daddy Cool” this year.

Uncommonly Good! – The Uncommoners Series by Jennifer Bell (9+)

After working in Foyle’s bookshop and talking to children a lot, Jennifer Bell turned her extraordinary imagination to her own writing with wonderful results!

Her Uncommoners series is an avalanche of magic, mystery and adventure to fill the largest Hogwarts shaped holes – and then some! Following our June 2016 Debut of the Month, The Crooked Sixpence comes The Smoking Hourglass, a spellbinding fight against dark forces in an underground world. Click here to get started!

   

Series of the Month! – Ivy Pocket by Caleb Krisp (9+)

Ivy Pocket is an irresistible heroine on a strange supernatural adventure. She made such an impression on us that Anyone but Ivy Pocket was one of our Books of the Year 2015.

This month the plucky, optimistic, incorrigible, delusional and utterly bonkers Ivy is back in Bring me the Head of Ivy Pocket. It’s a heady foray into deep danger and the magnificently infuriating, chess-master-intelligent Ivy will need to summon all her courage. Click here for more.

Don’t Desert Gobi! – Finding Gobi by Dion Leonard

Named after the desert she was found in by ultra-marathon competitor and author Dion Leonard, Gobi is an extraordinary dog whose story has already touched many.

Finding Gobi is a story of hope and courage; of life-changing lessons learned and the unbreakable connection between man and dog. A connection that was lost and miraculously found again. Neither Dion or Gobi will ever be the same again and, perhaps, neither will you. Click here for more.

Teen Series of the Month – Cherub

Don’t be fooled by the title; there’s nothing angelic about the crack young spy team ‘CHERUB’. CHERUB is not James Bond. These kids live in the real world. They slip under the radar of adults to catch terrorists. Officially, these kids do not exist.

The series that kicked off with The Recruit crackles with tension and high-octane drama so if you haven’t spied this series yet, become a ‘recruit’ today. CHERUB needs you!. New Guard is the latest jaw-dropping title to the series.

It’s Party Time! – Picture Book Party Refresh

Our love of picture books knows no bounds and this month there are even more illustrious illustrated journeys to share.

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Scroll down for our hand-picked selections of June books in the age ranges you have said you would like to be kept up to date with. To change them just Log in to your account.

Children’s love of reading at all-time high, research shows

June 5th, 2017

Children’s love of reading is at an all-time high according to a survey of more than 42,000 pupils.

To mark the 20th anniversary of the National Literacy Trust’s (NLT) Young Readers Programme – the first national initiative of its kind – the charity has published data showing that more than three quarters of primary school children (77.6%) enjoy reading, the highest ever recorded by the NLT. It also showed that 10-year-olds who enjoy books have a reading age 1.3 years higher than their peers who do not, rising to 2.1 years for 12-year-olds and 3.3 years for children aged 14.

The NLT will also publish on its website ’20 Years of Children’s Choices’ which celebrates the most popular books chosen over the last two decades by the children who have taken part in the project.  The first year of the programme (1997) saw Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (Bloomsbury) top the list. Subsequent favourites included Skellig by David Almond (Hodder Children’s Books) the following year, The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and Axel Sheffler (Macmillan Children’s Books) in 1999 with Anthony Horowitz’s Stormbreaker (Walker Books) riding high in 2000. Last year’s winner was Bake Me a Story by Nadiya Hussain and illustrated by Clair Rossiter (Hodder Children’s Books).

Liz Pichon’s The Brilliant World of Tom Gates (Scholastic) was chosen as the most inspirational children’s read of 2011. Pichon has supported the scheme for many years, delivering storytelling sessions in numerous primary schools.

She said: “I’m often contacted by parents who tell me how their kids were reluctant readers and how seeing them with their noses in a book – sometimes for the first time – makes them both happy. Helping children to find the books that they enjoy is so important, as reading should be a pleasure that will hopefully stay with them for life.”

Jonathan Douglas, director of the NLT, said: “We are thrilled that our research has found children’s enjoyment of reading to be at an all-time high. When children enjoy reading and have books of their own, they do better at school and later in life, so we must continue to do everything we can to inspire children to fall in love with reading for a lifetime.”

A recent evaluation found that, after taking part, reading enjoyment levels rose for 93% of participants and reading attainment levels rose for 92%.

In February, the NLT exposed a “literacy crisis” with  86% of constituencies (a total of 458 out of 533) contain at least one ward with literacy issues.

For more information, visit literacytrust.org.uk or read the full report here.

Share tales over tea to raise money for literacy

May 26th, 2017

The National Literacy Trust and Boots Opticians are calling on book lovers and baking enthusiasts to help give disadvantaged children the literacy skills they need to succeed, by holding a Tales and Teapots party.

 

The fundraising initiative, which was developed by Boots Opticians, launched last year when hundreds of people held parties across the UK. It encourages friends, family and colleagues to come together and share books they’ve enjoyed over a slice of cake, while raising money to support the National Literacy Trust’s work in the UK.

 

This year Tales and Teapots is being supported by author and Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain, who has provided an exclusive recipe for party hosts and is encouraging baking and book fans across the country to get involved. Nadiya said:

 

“Hold a Tales and Teapots party and celebrate two of my favourite things – books and baking!  The funds you raise will go to an incredibly worthwhile cause – the National Literacy Trust’s work to give disadvantaged children books and a path to a successful future. I love sharing stories with my children and I hope there will be many parties across the UK to ensure that all children have the opportunity to enjoy reading and the world of stories too.”

 

Tea party hosts can register for a free party pack, which contains posters, invitations, balloons and decorations, at literacytrust.org.uk/talesandteapots. Recipes and other useful resources will also be available on the website.

 

The National Literacy Trust and Boots Opticians have been working together since May 2015 to highlight the links between eye health and literacy. Their partnership aims to improve the literacy skills and life chances of the UK’s most disadvantaged children.

 

Amy Grilli, Project Manager at the National Literacy Trust said: “For many of us, sitting down to enjoy a good book with a cup of tea is one of life’s simple pleasures, but for one child in seven in the UK there are no books of their own to read at home.

 

A Tales and Teapots party is a great chance to catch up with friends and share your favourite stories, while helping the National Literacy Trust inspire more children to enjoy reading. After a successful first year, we are delighted to be working with Boots Opticians on this exciting initiative again and hope to see even more people enjoying parties this June.”

 

Demonstrating their commitment to the initiative, every one of Boots Opticians’ 600* practices across the UK will host a Tales and Teapots party on 2 June 2017. Everyone who hosts a party and sends in their donations before 30 June 2017 will have the chance to win exciting prizes, including a fantastic box of books from Walker Books.

 

The money raised at Tales and Teapots parties across the country will give children and young people books to keep and empower them with the literacy skills they need to improve their employability and reach their full potential.

 

To sign up for a free party pack, visit literacytrust.org.uk/talesandteapots.

Top 3 books, by age range on Lovereading4kids 14 – 21 May 2017

May 22nd, 2017

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Grumpy Frog Grumpy Frog
Ed Vere
Join Grumpy Frog as he learns about compromise and tolerance, friendship and the power of saying sorry. A hilarious book with a twist in the tail about getting – and getting rid of – the grumps from New York Times …
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Elmer Elmer
David McKee
The wonderfully colourful story of Elmer the patchwork elephant has been a nursery favourite since this first book was published in 1989. A modern classic, the story of Elmer is known to millions, and continues to be one of the …
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Hello, Mr World Hello, Mr World
Michael Foreman
The future of the world is in our children’s hands says this beautiful and sensitive picture book. ‘Let’s be doctors’ say two little children in front of a dressing up box. In their white coats they meet their first patient, …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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Release Release
Patrick Ness
***Recommended for 16+ due to content.
May 2017 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: love, truth and the power of release  |  A gripping, soulful novel about a life-changing day, which will surely change the lives of those who …
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Encounters Encounters
Jason Wallace
May 2017 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: Alleged alien encounter inspired by true events |   An utterly absorbing novel based on the real-life phenomenon of a group of Zimbabwean schoolchildren claiming to have experienced an extra-terrestrial encounter.
With …
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After the Fire After the Fire
Will Hill
In a nutshell: tense, super-suspenseful novel based on harrowing real life events
After the Fire was inspired by the Waco siege in Texas 1993 when 82 members of the Branch Davidian sect and four US government agents died in a fire …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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King of the Sky King of the Sky
Nicola Davies
May 2017 Picture Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month May 2017  |
In a story full of hope against adversity, King of the Sky tells how flying a homing pigeon helps a young boy …
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The Treasure of Pirate Frank The Treasure of Pirate Frank
Mal Peet, Elspeth Graham
Unusually clever and skilfully told this pirate story has echoes of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt both in the way that the narrative grows and builds from page to page and in its lovely surprise ending. A young boy …
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Just Like Daddy Just Like Daddy
Lucy Freegard
May 2017 Debut of the Month
This charming picture book delivers messages that children always need to hear: that daddy loves them no matter what they do; that grown-ups are playful and sometimes silly too; that everyone makes mistakes, and if …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Superdad's Day Off Superdad’s Day Off
Phil Earle
May 2017 Book of the Month | Interest Age 5-8 |  In a nutshell: the best laid plans of mice and supermen …|  Stanley is as normal a kid as you can meet, but his dad, well, he’s a superhero, Dynamo …
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The Barefoot Book of Children The Barefoot Book of Children
Tessa Strickland, Kate DePalma
April 2017 Book of the Month  Innovative and inclusive, The Barefoot Book of Children empowers young readers to learn about the different lives of children around the globe.  Whilst being gently encouraged to ponder their own place in the world – …
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All Aboard the London Bus All Aboard the London Bus
Patty Toht
Both an engaging guidebook to the major sights of our capital city and a collection of new London poems, this is a lovely book to read aloud and to look at. Sam Usher’s attractive pen and watercolour illustrations catch the …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Timmy Failure: The Cat Stole My Pants Timmy Failure: The Cat Stole My Pants
Stephan Pastis
In a nutshell: Hilarious sleuthing with boy detective and his sidekick polar bear…  |   A new Timmy Failure book is always a cause for celebration and this is another glorious mix of humour, surrealism, incompetent detection – and chickens. Timmy is …
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King Coo King Coo
Adam Stower
May 2017 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month May 2017  |
A glorious romp of a story full of confusion and chaos but with a strong message about trusting yourself and standing up to bullies. …
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A Song for Will and The Lost Gardeners of Heligan A Song for Will and The Lost Gardeners of Heligan
Hilary Robinson
May 2017 Book of the Month |  This deeply moving story perfectly conveys the devastating impact of the First World War both on those who took part and those they left behind. Though the story is fiction, many of those …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Wave Me Goodbye Wave Me Goodbye
Jacqueline Wilson
In a nutshell: an evacuee story as imagined by the one and only Jacqueline Wilson
Queen of contemporary fiction, Jacqueline Wilson is now setting her stories in the past, but they’re not one bit less lively, immediate or relevant to young …
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Where the World Ends Where the World Ends
Geraldine McCaughrean
May 2017 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: beautifully written, totally original, mesmerising storytelling |
In the summer of 1727 a group of men and boys, there to harvest birds and eggs, were stranded on Warrior Stac, a pinnacle …
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Moonlocket Moonlocket
Peter Bunzl
In a nutshell: child-centred adventure where the action runs like clockwork.
Peter Bunzl continues the adventures of the stars of the hugely popular Cogheart in his new adventure which has all the charm and appeal of his debut. Robert is now …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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The Dark Prophecy The Dark Prophecy
Rick Riordan
May 2017 Book of the Month |  In a nutshell: epic adventure, story-telling genius
It’s not easy being immortal in Rick Riordan’s Greek-myth inspired sagas, and Apollo has every right to feel fed up in this one. As punishment for misdemeanours, he’s been …
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The Island at the End of Everything The Island at the End of Everything
Kiran Millwood-Hargrave
In a nutshell: beautifully told story of courage and hope and an unforgettable setting
Kiran Millwood Hargrave follows up her award-winning debut The Girl of Ink and Stars with a story set in the real world, though one still filled with a …
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Cogheart Cogheart
Peter Bunzl
Shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2017 |  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 …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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The Bombs That Brought Us Together The Bombs That Brought Us Together
Brian Conaghan
Winner of the Costa Book Awards, Children’s Book category, 2016
Charlie’s life should be pretty miserable: he lives in Little Town, where everyone spies on everyone else, and the population is caught between their oppressive rulers and violent criminals who …
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Between the Lies Between the Lies
Cathy MacPhail
In a Nutshell: Devastating deceits and sanity-shattering set-ups | Tense, twisty thriller in which a girl’s disappearance spirals into a snare of manipulation and lies..
Fourteen-year-old Jude has gone missing from Port Glasgow. No one has heard from her until she …
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Spellslinger Spellslinger
Sebastien de Castell
In a Nutshell: Witty fantasy anti-hero forges his own path
There’s trickery, traps, and action aplenty in this vividly conjured magical fantasy – the first in a series – about finding your place and discovering who you really are.
Soon-to-be-sixteen, Kellen is …
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Calling all Young Creative Writers

May 22nd, 2017

CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOPS SEEK BUDDING HISTORICAL WRITERS

AS 2017 YOUNG WALTER SCOTT PRIZE OPENS FOR ENTRIES

 

The Young Walter Scott Prize, the UK’s only creative writing prize for young people dedicated to historical fiction, is now open for entries. Budding young historical novelists aged between 11 and 19 have until 31 October 2017 to enter the creative writing competition, with a chance to win a £500 travel grant and a VIP invitation to one of the UK’s best book festivals.

 

This prestigious prize has also programmed a series of Imagining History creative writing workshops, taking place across the UK in June and July, created specifically to give young people a chance to immerse themselves in historical places from the point of view of the writer.  The Young Walter Scott Prize writing competition and Imagining History workshops aim to inspire young writers to play with ideas, to explore the cracks between historical facts, and to become the historical novelists of the future.

 

Participants in the creative writing workshops will be encouraged to enter their stories for the prize, now in its third year.  Judges are looking for a piece of creative writing between 800 and 2000 words, inspired by any aspect of the past – an actual historical event, place or person. It simply has to be set in a time before the writer was born – a time recognisably different from the present.

 

Entries will be judged in two categories – 11 to 15 years and 16 to 19 years. The winners of each category win a £500 travel grant to enable them to visit the historic site of their choice anywhere in the UK, and a VIP invitation to the Borders Book Festival in Melrose, Scotland, in June 2018, to receive their prizes. Two runners-up in each category receive a book token, and all four winning stories are published in a special YWSP anthology book.

 

The 2016 YWSP winners Demelza Mason (15), from Wisbech in Cambridgeshire (winner in the 11-15 age group) and Alice Sargent (16), from Carmarthenshire, (winner in the 16-19 age group) will be presented with their prizes at Borders Book Festival on Saturday 17 June.

 

The Young Walter Scott Prize was set up two years ago by the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch, and is named after Sir Walter Scott, who as a boy sent to live in the Scottish Borders, set about exploring the countryside and listening to the stories of the people he met there. This inspired him to write, and to later become the most celebrated author of his time.

 

The workshops will led by writers and experts in interpreting historical places, who can help young writers see the past in new ways, and to begin writing or developing their work further. The YWSP is building partnerships with organisations such as the National Trust, Historic Environment Scotland and the Heritage Education Trust to create unique access-all- areas opportunities for young writers, all over the country.

For full details of workshop bookings and how to enter the prize, please visit the YWSP website or social media channels:

www.ywsp.co.uk  twitter @waltscottprize   facebook @walterscottprize  instagram walterscottprize

Mid-May eNewsletter

May 18th, 2017

Welcome to our mid-May update full of the latest, best and most exciting Children’s books. And whatever you do don’t miss the shortlist for the most prestigious children’s debut fiction award, the Branford Boase.

     

Mid-May Highlights

These are the hand-picked heroes of the month that you may have missed. We love: The Treasure of Pirate Frank (3+) illustrated by Jez Tuya – An imaginative tale of friendship, courage, sharing and treasure! And The Imagination Box Series (9+) by Martyn Ford – Mind-expanding, action-packed comedy adventures.

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A Little Bit of What YOU Like! – Reader Recommended Highlights

Who better to recommend books than the kids and teenagers who read them? These are the top tips from the horses’ mouth! Books like:

The Bombs That Brought Us Together (11+) by Brian Conaghan – Thought-provoking and entertaining dystopian drama. ‘I was so glued to this book’ (Jack, aged 11) The Crystal Run (11+) by Shelia O’ Flanagan – High-octane, heart-rending high-stakes fantasy quest with compelling action in a vividly evoked world. The Island at the End of Everything (9+) by Kiran Millwood-Hargrave – A beautifully told story of courage and hope full of memorable scenes and characters.
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Where the World Ends (9+) by Geraldine McCaughrean – An unmissable totally original, mesmerising story of love and faith; of myth and imagination. Lottie Solves a Mystery (5+) by Lucie Braveheart – A brilliant and different outdoorsy adventure story featuring real life rather than fantastical adventures.
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Gods and Monsters! Rick Riordan’s Trials of Apollo

Redefining the epic ancient god sagas for 9+ readers, Rick Riordan stands alone in the genre. The creator of Percy Jackson, the unwitting teenage demi-god with greatness thrust upon him, has turned his unique talent to imagining a full God among us.

A teenage Apollo, in disgrace for angering father Zeus, is cast down to modern day New York as a lowly teenager to face gargantuan and often hilarious tasks: with a little help from his friends! The series began with The Hidden Oracle and continues with The Dark Prophecy. Find out more

Get Infected! – Contagion by Teri Terry

Author of the international sensation, Slated, Teri Terry is deservedly regarded as the queen of the teenage psychological thriller. Her vivid imagination and the well-oiled wheels in the dark corners of her mind have been working overtime recently to produce her new extraordinary trilogy Dark Matter.

The first book, Contagion is a tale of survival against all odds in a desperately dangerous world of fear, alienation and suspicion. Find out more.

Award-winning Aubrey is back!

Horatio Clare’s first children’s book Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot  won the Branford Boase Award and Michael Morpurgo said of it ‘Well, this was a joy! Here is writing and storytelling at its best’.

The sequel Aubrey and the Terrible Ladybirds tells an entertaining tale of how Aubrey uses his gift of talking to animals to try and save the world! Funny and gripping! I loved this book! Lewis (10)… This book is awesome and gave me a different view about insects Erica (11). Find out more.

     

Why Wait? – More May Pre-Publication Exclusives

Dip your toe in the wondrous waters of ‘wow’-inducing works before they hit the shelves! Books like:

Troublemakers (13+) by Catherine Barter – A searingly heart-breaking coming-of-age tale set against an all too plausible backdrop of terrorism and political darkness. After the Fire (YA) by Will Hill – Inspired by the Waco siege in Texas 1993 and one of the most gripping and suspenseful books they’ll read all year. Never Say Die (11+) by Anthony Horowitz  – Alex Rider is back for more adrenaline-filled, action-packed, stylish and addictive adventures.
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Pictures Win Prizes! The Klaus Flugge Prize for Illustration

Klaus Flugge is one of the greats of children’s publishing. Born in 1934, in 1976, he set up his own publishing company, Andersen Press, named in tribute to none other than Hans Christian Andersen. He continues to champion bold, original and creative talent with a prize to honour the best of them. The Klaus Flugge Prize rewards the most promising and exciting newcomer to children’s book illustration and the shortlist has just been announced! Find out more and don’t miss the chance to win all the shortlisted titles.

Patchwork Works! – Elmer the Elephant

27 May is Elmer Day! First published a whopping 28 years ago, David McKee’s multi-coloured and much-loved, Elmer the Elephant is still a firm favourite among 2-5-year-olds!

There are so many wonderful, colourful and educational stories to choose from. Plus, all the stories come in a variety of formats; from buggy books and button pressing books, to touch and feel versions. There’s a lot of elephants to go around! Get more.

What Next? If they Like They’ll Love

Our If They Like They’ll Love category points the way to other authors just like the ones your kids love, so they won’t wearily wonder where to turn when their favourite book ends.

If they like Frank Cottrell Boyce they’ll love The Incredible Billy Wild (9+) by Joanna Nadin. If they like Jon Klassen they’ll love The Cave (3+) by Rob Hodgson. If they like Sarah Crossan they’ll love Countless (13+) by Karen Gregory.
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If they like Louise Rennison they’ll love Chloe Snow’s Diary (13+) by Emma Chastain. If they like Squishy Mcfluff they’ll love Cowboy Pug by Laura James.
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Good Enough for Julia!

Lovereading4kids Editor-at-Large Julia Eccleshare is well placed to identify the best books for budding readers out there right now. Click here to see what’s caught her eye this month.

Living like Clockwork – The Cogheart Adventure Series (9+)

A tick-tocking and often airborne adventure that sees a girl searching for her missing father. Accompanied by a clockwork fox (designed by her dad before he went missing).

The Cogheart Series by Peter Bunzl have been described by our reader reviewers as ‘ … a thrilling, magical journey of adventure … (that) will leave you spinning’ (Isabella, aged 11) and ‘A steampunk fantasy … that had me gripped with its brilliantly woven characters and cast of mechanical wonders’ (Rohan aged 10).

Latest title Moonlocket is out now and you can find it here.

     

No Binoculars Needed!

 The Big Bird Spot (5+) by Matt Sewell

Wildlife artist Matt Sewell’s very first children’s book is a super fun foray into the world of birds. From deserts to woodland and oceans to mountains you’ll love trying to spot the hidden birds (it’s harder than you think) and learning loads about them.

Colourful, vividly detailed and with so much to see, it’s a book to treasure time and time again.

Every Dad has his Day – This Year it’s 17 June! Father’s Day

A day for all dads to get the love they deserve, Father’s Day is just a month away. What better way to show you care than a good book and the peace and quiet to read it in? Or just the book. Up to you. We have a superlative selection of super ideas for Dads and you can find them here!

Well Versed! – Our Poetry Section, Refreshed

Our poetry section is filled to the brim with words to inspire kids of all ages, covering all kinds of subjects from the fun to the philosophical. This month we’ve added to the party with fabulous new titles like: All Aboard the London Bus (5+) by Patty Toht  a jump on, jump-off ride through London and: All the Wild Wonders, Poems of our Earth (7+) by Wendy Cooling, a clever exploration of the wonders and the woes of the world.  There’s something for everyone. Click here to get started.

The Spellslinger Series (YA) is Pure Magic!

Fans of The Guardians of the Galaxy or The Dark Tower will NOT want to miss this! The head-spinning first book of a spell-binding new series! Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castell is a YA fantasy novel that keeps you guessing on every page, filled with wit and adventure and strong characters that you’ll love to follow. Oh, and just a bit of magic too! Rich and compelling and bursting with tricks, it’ll have you on the edge of your seat. Find out more.

Let your child become a Superhero

The Superhero Handbook (7+) written by James Doyle and illustrated by Jason Ford is an unusual information activity book that cleverly mixes science learning with the allure of superhero-dom. The book contains all you need to set yourself up as a superhero, from finding your secret identity to employing a sidekick, plus 20 innovative activities to help you do everything from making yourself invisible to learning to defy gravity. And each activity comes with a ‘Superhero Secret’ showing you the top secret science behind each one. It’ll make for a truly super summer!’

Well, that’s May at Lovereading4 Kids! See you next month for some summery selections for your tribe.

P.S. Don’t miss the chance to win a family pass to The Daily Mail Chalke Valley History Festival, worth £40!, that is running 26 June – 2 July in Wiltshire. It’s full of exciting and absorbing activities for schools and families.

P.P.S Join in the adventures of The Famous Five, relaunched for their 75th birthday and have the chance to win a complete set of 21 books!!

May eNewsletter

May 5th, 2017

Welcome to May at Lovereading4kids, where there’s a sniff of summer in the air and a refreshing breeze in our book-ship’s sails!  In the month that saw the birth of Peter Pan creator J.M. Barrie, we have a forever-young selection of brilliant book recommendations to tinkle the bells of any young reader. Read on for more.

‘May’ we Suggest? – Books of the Month

A bookshelf more inviting than a big bucket of blossom this month! Great escapes for tots, toddlers, tiddlers, teens and tweenies! We love:

Windfall (12+) by Jennifer E Smith  – witty friendship tale about kindness, excess, adventure and unrequited love admired by our Reader Reviewers ‘Heartwarmingly good!’ – Megan ‘Sweet and sad’ – Jenny.

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Darling Buds! – May’s Debuts of the Month

More fantastic first timers vying to become firm favourites! This month, we love:

MEGA DEBUT The Girl in Between (11+) by Sarah Carroll – A deeply moving story of family, homelessness, loneliness and grief and the ghosts that won’t let us go. Haunting and unforgettable.

Llama United (7+) Scott Allen – Impossible dreams and hilarious adventures of unlikely football heroes.

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Every Smart Kid’s Smart Kid! – Ruby Redfort Series (9+)

Everyone loves a good spy adventure and as heroines go, 13-year old super sleuth Ruby Redfort is pretty unique. Lauren Child’s loveable eponymous secret agent is a genius code cracker and very adept at finding herself in extreme danger! Latest title, Blink and You Die, is the eye-opening finale to this un-put-down-able series and is out in paperback now. Click here for more.

His Word is Our (James) Bond – Steve Cole’s Young Bond Series (11+)

Before the man became the legend, before the boy became the man. This is the take-the-world by storm series that charts the adventures of the young James Bond. The early days of Ian Fleming’s legendary spy brimming with danger, intrigue and explosive action. Latest title Red Nemesis is a nail-biting and all too personal journey to the brink! Click here for more.

Famous Five at Seventy-Five!

75 years since Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the dog first found excitement and adventure wherever they went, Enid Blyton’s quintessential series is being relaunched. All 21 books have been given a new cover look and the titles themselves sensitively edited for today’s reader and are just as heart-stopping and impactful as they ever were.

We are giving away a set of all 21 in a celebratory competition so click here for more info and your chance to win. High Five!

     

Why Wait? – May Pre-Publication Exclusives

A superior selection of sneak peeks this month includes:

Crazy House (YA) by James Patterson – thrilling and thought-provoking mistaken identity tale of crime, punishment and the strong bond of siblings.

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The Plight of Others – Books about Refugees

Hard to imagine having to leave everything you know and seek a new home in a foreign land. To lose everything and rebuild. These are the stories of the people who’ve done just that. People just like us. Parents; siblings; friends.

They are personal experiences (My Name is Not Refugee by Kate Milner), communal stories told on a boat (A Story Like the Wind by Gill Lewis) and collections of stories that highlight Human Rights atrocities (Here I Stand by Amnesty International).  They are the stories that need to be told. Find out more.

Getting our Facts Straight!

Whatever age you are, it’s always great to find out something mind-blowing!  Our factaculous Fascinating Facts category, has had a refresh this month and is jam-packed with even more noggin nourishing nuggets for kids to know.

If you have kids that are always asking; “Why?” and “How?” and find yourself stumped for an answer, this category is your new best friend! Find out more.

Boy Zone!

Nope, not the ‘90s Irish – take-home-to-meet-your-mum – boy band. This is about our brilliant Great Books for Boys category, which has been injected with new blood this month. Even more superlative adventures that are perfect for boys of all ages all in one place. And girls will love them too! Click here for more.

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Nursery Crimes! –  ‘Sky Private Eye’ series (5+) by Jane Clarke

We love this clever series for very young readers where baking, detection and fairy tales are all whisked together in this appealing story to make a tasty picture book.

Follow the mystery-solving Sky as she is joined by some favourite fairytale and nursery rhyme characters to get to the bottom of some of the nursery world’s most dastardly crimes.

Oh My Goth! – Goth Girl by Chris Riddell

Chris Riddell is Children’s Laureate and a supreme illustrator. He’s the creator of the fabulous Ottoline series and a master of quirky and surreally wonderful story-telling. If you haven’t discovered Goth Girl (7+), you’re in for a treasure box of characterful fun!

There are three imaginative, witty dramas in the series and if you read them now, you’ll be ready for the brand new title due out in the autumn! Find out more.

Friends Forever, Enemies Never

If you have teenage children, it can be hard watching them go through all the trials and tribulations that life can hurl at them. Nicola Morgan’s The Teenage Guide to Friends is essential reading for teens and parents alike, tackling the all-important subjects of making and keeping friendships, as well as what to do when they break down (as they do). It’s a truly illuminating read that you will want to dip into over and over again. Get it here

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P.S. Don’t miss the chance to win a family pass to The Daily Mail Chalke Valley History Festival, worth £40!, that is running 26 June – 2 July in Wiltshire. It’s full of exciting and absorbing activities for schools and families.


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