Fun-filled February is fizzing with fantabulous frolics for your family’s favourite fledglings. Whatever their age or ability, we have some ice-cracking recommendations to keep them aglow with inspiration this winter. Read on to see what’s hot for tots to teens this month.
Every month we identify the cream of the crop, so that you can be guaranteed a great read. This month, don’t miss:
Awful Auntie by David Walliams (9+) – One of the UK’s leading children’s writers on his very top form and full of ghosts, mystery and adversity! Plus you can win a signed book! And for teens, How Hard Can Love Be? by Holly Bourne – No one speaks to this audience better than Holly Bourne. This is a relatable, heart-rending, exhilarating and captivating relationship tale. Perfect for Valentine’s Day!
Yet again, we have scoured the shelves to bring you the very best of first time authors for children to fall in love with! especially MEGA DEBUT I am Bear by Ben Bailey Smith & Sav Akyuz (3+) – With funny word play and bold imagery, actor Ben Bailey Smith and artist Sav Akyuz introduce a trickster to remember.
Also Simon Thorn and the Wolf’s Den by Aimee Carter (9+) – Superbly satisfying, shapeshifting story of gifted kids and powerful adult adversaries. Super stuff! And Zoo Boy by Sophie Thompson (5+) – Hilarious and delightful animal-adventure debut from the Olivier award winning actress (yes, sister of Emma).
Valenteeny’s Day! – Sharing the love with your Youngsters!
As Wet Wet Wet once reminded us: “Love is all around”. Especially near Valentine’s Day. This year, why not share the love with these fantastic timeless tales for toddlers all celebrating the loveliness of love. Aaaah!
Just don’t expect a straight-forward answer in this recently discovered rhyming romp of a picture book from the one and only Dr Seuss of Cat in the Hat fame!
Firing their imaginations and helping them understand that decisions can be difficult, this is a thought-provoking and conversation initiating fun-filled foray that will doubtless be a firm favourite for years to come. Learn more here and have the chance to win a special Gift Edition of a Dr Seuss book.
Chocolate Box Girls Series of the Month!
We think it’s time to celebrate Cathy Cassidy’s brilliant, soulful and sweet series; Chocolate Box Girls as the final one is published in paperback. From the first title Cherry Crush, readers have loved following the hopes, dreams, trials and tribulations of this wonderful group of sisters. Our Kids Reader Reviewers adored them. “I loved (Cherry Crush) … so much, I borrowed the next book Summer Dream from the library!” (Jenny, aged 9). The sixth and final book, Fortune Cookie, in paperback now, is an insightful, captivating and thrilling end to the series. See the whole lot here.
A cracking bunch of goodies up for grabs, this month including:
Books by Rob Biddulph. The author of the awesome Grrrrr! (3+) is a firm favourite with kids and parents alike. Here’s a great chance to win signed copies of this modern kids’ classic! Find them all in our Free Prize Draws category.
From the author of Lovereading4kids favourite We Are All Made of Molecules, Susin Nielsen, this is another book from her that grips from the first chapter. The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen (13+) is a heart-breaking yet uplifting story of survival and recovery through friendship. Tackling tough subjects it still manages to make readers laugh and leave them feeling better about the world. Find out what our Teen Reader Reviewers thought…
One of the leading book awards for Children’s writing, the Blue Peter Book Awards, which aims to guide kids towards quality literature, is celebrating its 16th year! The 2016 shortlist is out now and it’s as strong as double-sided sticky-tape! Here’s some we prepared earlier:
Our category of favourite bedtime books to share with your kids had a refresh in January but these two slipped a little in the schedule but are out now. We love bedtime books and as George Bernard Shaw said: “Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself”. Among the new night-time stars is:
I Want a Bedtime Story by Tony Ross – Even the most demanding princess can discover the joy of reading for herself! and Dozy Bear and the Secret of Sleep – A calming story that uses tried-and-tested relaxation techniques to help both adult and child unwind at bedtime. And from the horse’s mouth, the author said: “This book is born out of many a night of desperation and panic trying to get my own child to sleep, I really hope it helps parents everywhere.”
And talking of Books for Bedtime …
Why not rediscover the work of superlative pen-smith, Jean Julien? The illustrious illustrator who created Hoot Owl (one of our Books of the Year 2015) has brought to life a new adventure for little ones.
Positively Blooming! – Wild Lily by K.M. Peyton
From the author of Flambards and more than 70 years since her first novel was published for a fee of just £75, K M Peyton sees her 70th novel published by the brilliant publisher David Fickling who also discovered Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. Wild Lily is vivid story telling at its very best. Readers will grab the hand of Peyton’s heroine, Lily, and experience every rush and whirl in this coming of age tale and literally grow up with her. Read more here.
Read on for our hand-picked selections of February 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