Lovereading4kids most popular books, by age range, 15 – 22 May 2016

May 23rd, 2016

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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What's the Opposite? What’s the Opposite?
Oliver Jeffers
Award-winning Oliver Jeffers’s endearingly simple Hueys are always asking interesting questions to help them find out more. This time they want to know more about opposites. Some opposites are easy. Everyone knows that Down is the opposite of Up, that …
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Slug Needs a Hug Slug Needs a Hug
Jeanne Willis
Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month, April 2016  Best-selling Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross have created many fabulous picture books together. Here, the weedy and whiny little slug is just longing for a hug! How can he make his mum …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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Chasing the Stars Chasing the Stars
Malorie Blackman
May 2016 Book of the Month An innovative, ambitious page-turner in which the inimitable Malorie Blackman has entwined two of her great passions – Shakespeare’s Othello and science fiction – to create a thrilling outer-space-set epic that tingles with romance, …
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Whisper to Me Whisper to Me
Nick Lake
May 2016 Book of the Month  This electrifyingly smart story of a teen girl’s struggle with a tormenting voice in her head is a masterwork of contemporary YA.
There’s a murderer on the loose in Cassie’s New Jersey hometown, the so-called …
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Unrivalled Unrivalled
Alyson Noel
May 2016 Book of the Month. Oozing with ambition, glamour and more ruthless Hollywood backstabbing than you can shake a designer stiletto at, this is the sassy first instalment of Alyson Noël’s Beautiful Idols series.Everyone in LA either is, or …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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The First Hippo on the Moon The First Hippo on the Moon
David Walliams
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month May 2016 Best-selling  David Walliams and Tony Ross have teamed up for a great hippo space adventure. Sheila is a hippo with BIG ideas. Specifically, she is determined to be the first hippo on …
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The Bear and the Piano The Bear and the Piano
David Litchfield
Shortlisted for the English Picture Book Award 2016 – Longlisted for the inaugural Klaus Flugge Prize, an important new illustration prize for children’s books. Winner of the Illustrated category of The Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2016.
March 2016 Debut of the …
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Supertato Veggies Assemble Supertato Veggies Assemble
Sue Hendra
May 2016 Book of the Month You won’t find a dafter or more entertaining picture book than this new outing for Supertato, the spud with super powers! It’s anarchy in the supermarket when the peas – evil to their core – …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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The Mouse Who Reached the Sky The Mouse Who Reached the Sky
Petr Horacek
May 2016 Book of the Month Little Mouse has spotted something red and shiny hanging from a branch, and decides it’s a marble. She can’t reach it by herself so fetches first Mole – who thinks it’s a balloon – …
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Captain Pug Captain Pug
Laura James
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month May 2016   A deliciously madcap doggy adventure for Pug, the pampered dog of the even more pampered Lady Miranda. When Lady Miranda determines that Pug will be the ship’s captain when they go …
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The Secret Pirate The Secret Pirate
Elli Woollard
Lil might look like an ordinary schoolgirl, but under her jumper and vest she’s a pirate! When the thoroughly rotten Stinkbeard arrives Lil flies into battle against him, because Lil is a pirate who’ll do what is right, if it …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Dotty Detective Dotty Detective
Clara Vulliamy
May 2016 Book of the Month  Dot’s story is told in a unique diary format of hilarious Tweet-style observations, selfie pics (artworked by Clara), under the duvet moments back at ‘HQ’ (Dot’s bedroom) and clues that Dot finds and sticks …
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The Indian in the Cupboard The Indian in the Cupboard
Lynne Reid Banks
Lynne Reid Banks’s much-loved book has all the ingredients of a perfect children’s story. Nine-year old Omri is given two important gifts for his birthday: a plastic Indian figure from his friend Patrick and a metal cupboard from his brother.  …
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My Brother is a Superhero My Brother is a Superhero
David Solomons
Children’s Book of the Year, The British Book Industry Awards 2016 – Overall winner of Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2016 – Shortlisted for The Branford Boase Award 2016.
July 2015 Debut of the Month  Oh the anguish! Luke is a comic-reading …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Hidden Oracle Hidden Oracle
Rick Riordan
May 2016 Book of the Month
In the hands of Rick Riordan, aka ‘Storyteller of the Gods’, Greek myths provide the starting points for the very best contemporary adventures. Apollo is star of this new series, though he’s not very godlike: …
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Haunters Haunters
Thomas Taylor
The dead and the living exist side by side in this thrilling time-travelling adventure. In David’s recurrent dream, Eddie seems real and it seems like he’s got something to tell David. That’s scary enough but then David gets picked up …
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The Tree That Sat Down The Tree That Sat Down
Beverley Nichols
Part of a magical series loved by readers for generations, Beverley Nichols’s gentle fantasy adventure will entrance and entertain today’s children just as it did their parents and grandparents. Judy and her granny live in an enchanted wood and run …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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The Girl of Ink & Stars The Girl of Ink & Stars
Kiran Millwood-Hargrave
‘Here be dragons’ it says  on old maps, but Isabella finds creatures even more terrifying in the unchartered lands of Joya, the island that is her home. Joya is a place of limited horizons and hidden stories: the governor has …
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House of Secrets House of Secrets
Chris Columbus, Ned Vizzini
Hold onto your hats. Acclaimed film director, producer and screenwriter Chris Columbus has swapped the big screen for books with House of Secrets, the first book in a brand new trilogy, which he has co-written with Ned Vizzini of MTV’s …
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Over the Line Over the Line
Tom Palmer
Interest Age 10+ Reading Age 8   Football never dies – even during the darkest days of the First World War. Tom Palmer tells the true story of the Footballers’ Battalion. Accused of cowardice because they are out playing football instead …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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Nightwanderers Nightwanderers
C. J. Flood
From the Branford Boase award-winning author of Infinite Sky comes this smartly-plotted page-turner about intense friendship and discovering unexpected strengths.
Shy Rosie had “never had a true friend” until Titania – Ti – comes along. “Big-boned and fearless-looking”, Ti is everything …
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Off the Page Off the Page
Jodi Picoult, Samantha Van Leer
May 2016 Book of the Month This companion novel to the bestselling Between the Lines also works wonderfully as a life-affirming standalone novel, and features a sprinkling of full-page colour illustrations that exude the feel-good nostalgic ambiance of traditional fairy …
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Maladapted Maladapted
Richard Kurti
This second novel from the author of Monkey Wars is a thought-provoking thriller with all the adrenalin-boosting action of Alex Rider and high stakes dystopian drama of The Hunger Games.
Cillian is a teen prodigy whose world is overturned when he survives a …
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Haydays – Hay Literary Festival’s Children Fest – 26 May to 5 June 2016

May 19th, 2016

From Julia Eccleshare, Lovereading4kids editorial expert and Director of this year’s Hay Fever.

 

Half term is almost here and with half term comes Haydays, the Hay Festival children’s festival. Nine days jam-packed with opportunities to enter the vibrant world of children’s books.

There are many delights to being the Director of a Haydays but the main one is that I know we can give all children the chance to enter the world of the stories that they love. Apart from the absolute pleasure of hearing about what it takes to be a writer or illustrator, or why fantasy worlds feed the imagination so well, or writing and illustrating, or the importance of family in stories, it is well-established that the children’s love of reading is fostered and enhanced by listening to an author and going behind the scenes of a story. Thus pleasure and education are intertwined to benefit all.

 

During the nine days of Haydays, there are over 100 events giving children the chance to hear favourite authors speaking about best-loved characters. Julia Donaldson launches the festival with a star cast, including herself, performing in a sneaky preview of her new character Detective Dog Nell, heroine of the forthcoming The Detective Dog before Francesca Simon, creator of Horrid Henry battles it out with Steven Butler, author of The Diary of Dennis the Menace to see which of their characters is the most utterly and horribly bad! Jacqueline Wilson will be introducing her delightful new story, Rent-a-Bridesmaid, and talking with me about her writing including the recent Hetty Feather titles and her anthology of animal stories, Paws and Whiskers. For older readers Holly Smale discusses Geek Girl and the importance of books for Young Adult readers and Malorie Blackman introduces Chasing the Stars, her retelling of Shakespeare’s Othello – with a difference!

 

Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell is appearing twice; he will unleash new drawings on his audience through a visualise in one event while in another he and a his friends, a group of new illustrators, will a great draw-off to equal anything that TV chefs can dream up. Pre-schoolers will love to celebrate 25 years of Elmer – dressed appropriately, of course – or the remarkable 150 years of Beatrix Potter. Roald Dahl’s glorious 100th will be marked by a debate pitching Miss Trunchbull against The Twits, the Grand High Witch and the bad, bad giants in The BFG in a mighty contest to see which is the most evil. Best-loved storyteller Michael Morpurgo is bringing his books to life through performances as is poet Roger McGough; both these much-loved writers show how children’s books reach out beyond children and to readers of all age groups.

 

And, if you’re looking for someone new to move onto, I’ve invited of host of brilliant new writers to unleash their stories for a new audience. These include David Solomons whose first book My Brother is a Super Hero has already won two major awards and M.G. Leonard’s highly original Beetle Boy which features a large Rhino Beetle as its central character. At Hay, M.G .is not only going to talk about the book but she is going to show a live rhino beetle, and some other impressive insects all of which will be carefully handled by Sarah Beynon who runs the nearby Bug centre.

 

And, if you ever tire of listening, in every corner of the Festival site there book based activities from crafts to performance for all ages.

 

At almost 30 years old, Hay prides itself on being a festival of ideas, culture and creativity as well as literature and Haydays matches that spirit perfectly. Come for a week or drop in for a day, there’s plenty to entertain the whole family every day.

 

For more information on the this year’s festival click here.

Shaun Tan – A Surrealist Vision A New Collection of Original Artwork

May 18th, 2016

From 11 May – 18 June 2016  at 22 Bury Street, St. James’s, London, SW1Y 6AL Children’s Book Artist Shaun Tan will be displaying a new collection of Original Artwork.

 

Shaun Tan is one of the great artistic talents working today with an extra-ordinary ability affording him a world-wide following. Shaun has been winning major awards for his graphic, illustrative and animation artwork since 1996.

 

His many accolades include the Dromkeen Medal, The Hugo Award, an Academy Award (Oscar), and The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. Illustrationcupboard Gallery is delighted to present a third and biggest solo-exhibition to date.

 

This extensive collection is all newly-released original artwork produced over many years including early published artwork work from The Bird King, sketches for Rules of SummerTales from Outer Suburbia and work for the Oscar – winning film The Lost Thing. They all show his personal and highly surrealist vision of the world to great effect. With over thirty artworks on display and for sale with a variety of price-points to suit every pocket there will be something for everyone. Signed books will also be available from the gallery and online book store. This event is a collector’s dream!

 

Neil Gaiman on Shaun Tan:

As an artist he combines real drawing skill with a profoundly off-kilter imagination, his characters, human and otherwise, are at the same time funny and enticing; as a writer and storyteller he creates stories, sometimes wordless, always told with an economy of words, which manage to be both alienating and embracing: a child on a beach finds an alien monster and brings it home, dealing with a Kafkaesque bureaucracy; an immigrant comes to live in a distant country where everything is different and inexplicable; a foreign exchange student is a tiny, leaf-like botanist; surreal images of depression and hopelessness almost, but do not, overwhelm a small girl, and at the last there is magic and hope. Tan’s vision is intensely personal, but not exclusionary. People love what he does.

 

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Mid-May email update

May 18th, 2016

Welcome to our mid-May update full of the latest, best and most exciting Children’s books. In addition to enjoying (we hope) our selections we would love you to help Lovereading4kids get to the next stage of the Virgin Media #VOOM 2016 competition by giving us your vote and do please share this competition link with friends and family too. Thank you v v much.

Sneak a Peek! – Pre-Publication Exclusives

Another chance to read bits of books before they’re even published. Cool. Have a look at: The King’s Revenge by Phillip Womack (11+) – 3rd in this dark, fast moving, magical reality, fantasy series about the quest to find a lost sibling. A great sequel to The Broken King and The King’s Shadow.

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Daddy Cool! – Father’s Day 2016

Every Dad has his day. Give him a gift to remember. A book to share with the kids. It beats another pair of socks, or novelty tie! We have a whole category of great ideas to browse, bursting with smashing ideas to make his day. Books like: A Brave Bear by Sean Taylor (3+) – an April Book of the Month and a lovely picture book about parent-child relationships. And the chance to win some lovely prizes.

Carn-eagerrrly awaited!

So the shortlists for the much coveted Carnegie and Greenaway Medals has been announced. The Carnegie features the best of the best in children’s fiction whilst the Greenaway covers books with pictures. These are our favourites:

Baby Beware! Cautionary Tales for Kids

So, we don’t necessarily have the same tales for kids that the Victorians thought were helpful. No axe men hiding under the bed or scissors chopping off sucked thumbs although some do very much remain in print even now as you will see from the bookshelf below! But there are a host of fun fables for youngsters with positive messages to choose from. Not least David Walliams’s The World’s Worst Children for instance which was a surprise arrival on the publisher’s desk not so very long ago!!! Ten cautionary tales and a delightfully dreadful cast of characters to tackle TV addicts, tale-tellers and more! See it and other life lessons for our little ones on the shelf below.

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Summer Book Festival Fun for Children

Loads of festival fun for kids this summer at the Wealden Literary Festival (18-19 June) in Kent, Manchester Children’s Book Festival (16-25 June), Borders Book Festival (16-19 June) in Scotland, the Chalke Valley History Festival (27 June – 3 July) and Hebden Bridge Arts Festival (24 June- 3 July). For more information on all of these click here.

    

Ruby Redfort is Every Smart Kid’s Smart Kid!

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, in this “cool, punchy, stylish” (The Sun) series and a Book of the Month this month is Pick Your Poison, about which Lucy Evans (a Reader Reviewer aged 8) wrote: ‘My mum got so annoyed when I was reading it, because I never wanted to put it down, not even to go to bed!’.

Laura Martin is Upping the Scales!

Oh boy! There are few pacier, more chilling, extreme, dystopian adventures than The Edge of Extinction by Laura Martin (9+). An end-of-days, human-race-versus-giant-lizard survival epic, with a very personal quest for a hugely likeable and spirited heroine. Gold dust.

Superfairies To the Rescue!

Peaseblossom Woods doesn’t seem to go two minutes without an animal getting itself into a right old fix. Luckily, the Superfairies (5+) are on hand with their unique super skills, petal power and oodles of love!

The Superfairies series is by the author of the multi-million selling Princess Poppy. The emphasis is very much on kindness and helping others and it will charm young readers. With colour illustrations on every spread and a quiz at the end so you can find out which Super fairy you are, this is perfect for 5 to 8 year olds to read alone or share with a parent or older sibling.

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A Very Royal Holiday!

A brilliant voice in young person’s fiction, Clem Beauvais has a style that you can’t help falling in love with. Her Sesame Seade Mystery series won her huge acclaim and she is back with intergalactic whirlwind; The Very Royal Holiday (7+). It’s a wonderfully whacky follow up to The Royal Wedding Crashers and The Royal Bake Off and is a terrific flight of fancy and friendship, fun and frolics … oh, and hot chocolate on tap!

Jenny Chandler makes Cooking V Cool

Cool Kids Cook is the perfect book for budding Masterchefs. If you’re expecting kids’ food think again. Not a rice-krispie cake in sight in this fabulous, non-patronising book that aims to empower the growing number of youngsters interested in cooking. With skills and facts about food from the shop to the plate, they’ll learn how to eat healthily, shop cannily and table a complete meal for the whole family. Once they’re brimming with kitchen confidence, there are some more exotic dishes in there to show off with! A stylish, sophisticated book for pre-teens and beyond.

Making Space for Learning

Tim Peake, the British astronaut, who has reached out to almost every school kid in the country since he entered the Space Station last year, is on his way home soon. Why not get caught up in the ‘buzz’ (sorry, Mr. Aldrin) and take a look at our super selection for Space nuts? on the shelf below…

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What a Wonderful World! – the 360 Series (5+)

We love this new book that offers young boys and girls who love nature a wider view of the world. Above and Below by Patricia Hegarty (5+) opens doors into the amazing world of extraordinary animals above and below the surface. Amazing illustrations on a clever split page design allows children to examine the creatures that live there both above and below ground or sea and it also deftly illustrates the way animals share their habitats with each other. See more here.

Hello, Bok, Ahoj

Hello World A Celebration of Languages and Curiosities by Jonathan Litton (5+) is a charming and engaging introduction to over 150 different languages. As much an atlas as a language learning book Hello World is a clever way to stimulate children’s interest in the world and the many different peoples who share it and if they read it from start to finish, children will be able to say hello to people in every country in the world! See more here.

If you Must! – Essential Reads Category

This month we’ve refreshed our hugely popular Essential Reads category. These are the must-read books for kids (in our humble opinion). Among the new joiners to the top table in May is: The Puffin Book of Nursery Rhymes (3+) – a refresh of an award winning 1966 classic with illustrations by Raymond Briggs. 250 rhymes! Well-known favourites and hidden gems! See the whole shooting match.

Great Books to get Boys hooked on reading

This month our knee scraping category dedicated to the books that boys will find irresistible has had a refresh and is now even more bursting with brilliant adventure. Click here for more.

What Next? If they Like They’ll Love

Check out our If They Like They’ll Love category. It’s where we turn that frown upside down by helping you find authors just like the ones that they love so they won’t wonder where to turn when their favourite book ends.

If they Like Jacqueline Wilson they’ll love Raymie Nightingale by US author Kate Dicamillo. If they Like Percy Jackson they’ll love Curtis Jobling’s Max Helsing:Monster Hunter. If they Like The Gruffalo they’ll love Suzi Moore’s brilliantly funny and energetic Wolfish Stew.
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Julia Eccleshare’s Must Reads for May

Guardian Children’s Editor, Julia Eccleshare’s monthly top picks for May are here! This is the definitive list of the best books around for kids right now. Her favourite this month is: The Bubble Boy (9+) by Stewart Foster – a ‘Deeply moving … utterly gripping … stunning novel that makes you laugh and cry … an astonishing feat of storytelling’.

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And that, book fans, is May at Lovereading4kids. Keep up the good reading and we’ll be back in June with even more recommendations for the ravenous! You have our Word!

P.S. The British Book Industry Awards Children’s Book winner was My Brother is a Superhero by David Solomons – watch out for his new book, My Gym Teacher is an Alien Overlord, next month.

P.P.S Don’t miss oddles of book goodies from Elmer, Dr. Seuess and more in our Free Prize Draw category.

Lovereading4kids most popular children’s books by age range 7 – 14 May 2016

May 16th, 2016

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Slug Needs a Hug Slug Needs a Hug
Jeanne Willis
Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month, April 2016  Best-selling Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross have created many fabulous picture books together. Here, the weedy and whiny little slug is just longing for a hug! How can he make his mum …
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Blown Away Blown Away
Rob Biddulph
Winner of the 2015 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize  A brilliant adventure for a bold Penguin who gets swept up, up and away on a brand new kite on a windy day. Penguin’s original and richly-imagined adventure is beautifully told and …
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What's the Opposite? What’s the Opposite?
Oliver Jeffers
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month, July 2015  Award-winning Oliver Jeffers’s endearingly simple Hueys are always asking interesting questions to help them find out more. This time they want to know more about opposites. Some opposites are easy. Everyone knows …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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Not If I See You First Not If I See You First
Eric Lindstrom
May 2016 Debut of the Month An incredibly uplifting, thought provoking and sharply beautiful debut. Once I started reading I couldn’t stop and when I turned the last page I could quite easily have turned back to the beginning and …
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Chasing the Stars Chasing the Stars
Malorie Blackman
May 2016 Book of the Month An innovative, ambitious page-turner in which the inimitable Malorie Blackman has entwined two of her great passions – Shakespeare’s Othello and science fiction – to create a thrilling outer-space-set epic that tingles with romance, …
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The Outliers The Outliers
Kimberly McCreight
May 2016 Debut of the Month The Outliers is one of those twisty thrillers that run on paranoia. It will send readers’ heartbeats soaring as their fears for the safety of central character Wylie increase, and they realise there is …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Supertato Veggies Assemble Supertato Veggies Assemble
Sue Hendra
May 2016 Book of the Month You won’t find a dafter or more entertaining picture book than this new outing for Supertato, the spud with super powers! It’s anarchy in the supermarket when the peas – evil to their core – …
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The Bear and the Piano The Bear and the Piano
David Litchfield
Shortlisted for the English Picture Book Award 2016 – Longlisted for the inaugural Klaus Flugge Prize, an important new illustration prize for children’s books. Winner of the Illustrated category of The Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2016.
March 2016 Debut of the …
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Storytime: The Extremely Greedy Dragon Storytime: The Extremely Greedy Dragon
Jessica Barrah
The village of Little Chiddling is in turmoil – there’s a sleeping dragon on the railway line! Young Georgie decides she’ll try and wake it, after all there’s a reward of £100 up for grabs. The dragon is hungry and …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Captain Pug Captain Pug
Laura James
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month May 2016   A deliciously madcap doggy adventure for Pug, the pampered dog of the even more pampered Lady Miranda. When Lady Miranda determines that Pug will be the ship’s captain when they go …
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The Mouse Who Reached the Sky The Mouse Who Reached the Sky
Petr Horacek
May 2016 Book of the Month Little Mouse has spotted something red and shiny hanging from a branch, and decides it’s a marble. She can’t reach it by herself so fetches first Mole – who thinks it’s a balloon – …
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The Secret Pirate The Secret Pirate
Elli Woollard
Lil might look like an ordinary schoolgirl, but under her jumper and vest she’s a pirate! When the thoroughly rotten Stinkbeard arrives Lil flies into battle against him, because Lil is a pirate who’ll do what is right, if it …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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My Brother is a Superhero My Brother is a Superhero
David Solomons
Children’s Book of the Year, The British Book Industry Awards 2016 – Overall winner of Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2016 – Shortlisted for The Branford Boase Award 2016.
July 2015 Debut of the Month  Oh the anguish! Luke is a comic-reading …
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Pugs of the Frozen North Pugs of the Frozen North
Philip Reeve
May 2016 Book of the Month Award winning author partners Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre head north for their latest adventure. Shen the cabin boy is abandoned by his shipmates when their ship is stranded in the ice. He’s …
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Dotty Detective Dotty Detective
Clara Vulliamy
May 2016 Book of the Month  Dot’s story is told in a unique diary format of hilarious Tweet-style observations, selfie pics (artworked by Clara), under the duvet moments back at ‘HQ’ (Dot’s bedroom) and clues that Dot finds and sticks …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Hidden Oracle Hidden Oracle
Rick Riordan
May 2016 Book of the Month
In the hands of Rick Riordan, aka ‘Storyteller of the Gods’, Greek myths provide the starting points for the very best contemporary adventures. Apollo is star of this new series, though he’s not very godlike: …
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Haunters Haunters
Thomas Taylor
The dead and the living exist side by side in this thrilling time-travelling adventure. In David’s recurrent dream, Eddie seems real and it seems like he’s got something to tell David. That’s scary enough but then David gets picked up …
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The Tree That Sat Down The Tree That Sat Down
Beverley Nichols
Collins Modern Classics are relaunched with gorgeous new covers, bringing these timeless story to a new generation. …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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The Girl of Ink & Stars The Girl of Ink & Stars
Kiran Millwood-Hargrave
‘Here be dragons’ it says  on old maps, but Isabella finds creatures even more terrifying in the unchartered lands of Joya, the island that is her home. Joya is a place of limited horizons and hidden stories: the governor has …
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House of Secrets House of Secrets
Chris Columbus, Ned Vizzini
Hold onto your hats. Acclaimed film director, producer and screenwriter Chris Columbus has swapped the big screen for books with House of Secrets, the first book in a brand new trilogy, which he has co-written with Ned Vizzini of MTV’s …
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Percy Jackson and the Greek Heroes Percy Jackson and the Greek Heroes
Rick Riordan
The fabulous Percy Jackson himself takes the reader back, to roughly 4,000 years ago and tells the stories of twelve Greek Heroes. This isn’t about Percy, however his unique voice shines through as he tells the tales in his own …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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Alone Alone
D.J. Brazier
Gosh, this is a full on adventurous tale about hope and survival! Then there’s the beautiful friendship between a boy and an otter cub which really gives this story heart and soul. Sam tells his own tale, after the small …
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Off the Page Off the Page
Jodi Picoult, Samantha Van Leer
May 2016 Book of the Month This companion novel to the bestselling Between the Lines also works wonderfully as a life-affirming standalone novel, and features a sprinkling of full-page colour illustrations that exude the feel-good nostalgic ambiance of traditional fairy …
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North Face North Face
Matt Dickinson
An adventurous rescue attempt out on the north face of Everest, sits alongside the tale of a Tibetan family as they flee for their lives. ‘North Face’ is the second in The Everest Files Series with 18 year old Ryan …
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The Daily Mail Chalke Valley History Festival, Hebden Bridge Arts Festival

May 15th, 2016

The Daily Mail Chalke Valley History Festival 27 June – Sunday 3 July 2016

 

Chalke Valley History Festival is a true celebration of the past. For one week at the end of every June, a normally sleepy corner of England – in the fields of South-West Wiltshire – comes alive to sound of Merlin engines, cannon-fire, muskets and music.

For many attending the Daily Mail Chalke Valley History Festival one of the highlights each year is the series of spectacular air displays, which take place at intervals over the two weekend days. There can be few more stunning places to watch the historic aircraft overhead than in the Chalke Valley and, with many planes already confirmed for this summer’s show, this year’s displays promise to be particularly special. The list includes: the only Avro Lancaster (on both days) flying in the UK, a Fairey Swordfish, an Auster, a Curtiss P-40 Kittyhawk, a Hawker Hurricane, a Supermarine Spitfire XIX, a Supermarine Spitfire IX, a Vought F4U Corsair and a Yakovlev Yak-3.   Commenting on the huge range of events lined up for this year, co-Chair of the Festival James Holland said: “This year we have a wider range of subjects, more diverse speakers, incredible historic aircraft, and a truly spectacular living history show with World War II tank battles, Vikings, Romans, a totally authentic scale section of First World War trench and a fabulous 1940s Blitz Party. To have the likes Mark Knopfler on stage talking about and playing his history songs and eminent historians like Niall Ferguson speaking, while at the same time there are a vast number of activities and other events for people of all ages, from battles to historic cookery, is incredibly exciting.”

This summer at the Daily Mail Chalke Valley History Festival there will be a wider range of living history activities than ever before. The centrepiece of this year’s programme will be the spectacular Second World War displays which will include multiple tanks in action, guns and infantry, all working together. At the weekend will also be a tough SOE and Commando training course, on which participants can be put through their paces and learn some of the skills needed to operate in Nazi-occupied Europe. Another major focus will be on King Alfred’s Battle for Wessex. There will be a week of activities at the ever-popular Anglo-Saxon settlement, with more than 100 re-enactors, as well as a recreated Viking longship. Covering some two thousand years of history, there will also be an impressive list of demonstrations and displays to choose from, with lots of family-based inter-active events, including Anglo-Saxon Bread Making, Musketry in the American War of Independence, a Battle of Waterloo Diorama with the BBC’s Peter Ginn and Mark Evans, and Tudor Fast Food.

Continuing the success of last year’s Pop-Up History programme, 2016 will also see a series of fun, fact-filled, informal talks at various locations around and throughout the Festival. These will be interactive and free half-hour talks where audiences will be encouraged to ask questions and feel involved. Talks will be given by living historians, speakers and experts who will talk on a wide range of topics – from a shipwreck off the Dorset coast to steam trains, and from fabrics of the First World War to the efficacy of the Cromwell tank.   At this year’s festival there will be a scale section of a First World War trench. Built by a team of experts and local volunteers, using authentic methods and materials, plus official period manuals, as well as drawing upon the testimonies of those who built and fought in them, this will be as close a representation of what a First World War trench was like as is possible. To mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme, there will be a service at the Trench from 7.15am on Friday 1st July, led by the Bishop of Salisbury.

Running alongside the main programme, the Festival for Schools sees thousands of pupils, from primary school to sixth formers, visit during the first half of the week on special days dedicated to different year groups. Aimed at Years 6, 10 and 12, a wide range of curriculum based subjects will be discussed by eminent historians on subjects as varied as The Vietnam War, The History of Medicine, Radio Women: History through the BBC, 17th Century Witchcraft, and Stalin’s Great Terror. Experts will be on hand to show and explain the secrets of the past, encouraging students to learn and to get involved. Guest speakers for 2016 include Ben Kane, Professor Hew Strachan, Dr Kate Murphy, Peter Caddick-Adams and local adventurer Charlie Walker. On the evening of 2nd July and as part of Dress Up Saturday, with a Spitfire and Hurricane flying over, it will be time to get your dancing shoes on for The Chalke Valley History Festival Blitz Party. There will be live music all night, from beautiful Bombshell Belles, the legendary London Swing Orchestra, and the delicious D-Day Darlings, with a scrumptious wartime-inspired supper served up by Victoria Blashford-Snell and a barrage of drinks at the bar.

New at the Festival this year is the Children’s Creative History Tent, which will provide art and craft activities for children aged 6 – 12 throughout the weekend and will be where children can create their own exciting historical object to take home. The History Tellers will also be giving free talks – primarily aimed at children – using props and costumes, and recounting tales from our rich historical past. There will be plenty of stalls for some well-earned retail therapy, plus both glamping and camping for those wishing to stay near the site. Book signings will be arranged by Festival partner Waterstones.

The Daily Mail Chalke Valley History Festival will take place in Ebbesbourne Wake, near Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP5 5JH. For more details about the Festival, please visit the website www.cvhf.org.uk. Tickets can be purchased from here or by calling 01722 781133.

 

Hebden Bridge Arts Festival 2016 24 June – 3 July

We love books in Hebden Bridge! Even though our beautiful independent bookshop and library were flooded on Boxing Day we still kept on reading. The Bookcase is up and running and half of the library is back again and this summer’s festival features lots of fine words:

Read it!

A stilted ringmaster invites young readers from 3+ to the Town Hall for a day of adventure!

First up, Curtis Jobling, an award-winning children’s author and illustrator, responsible for the best-selling Wereworld fantasy series, and acclaimed picture books such as Old MacDonald Had A Zoo and The Sheep Won’t Sleep. He’s also the creator and designer of numerous much loved animated series, including Bob the BuilderFrankenstein’s Cat and Raa Raa the Noisy Lion. Join him for a talk that covers all of his work as a cartoon creator and word wrangler. Expect thrilling storytelling, live illustration, ridiculous facial hair and lashings of silliness.

 

Then it’s….

Adventure Time!

Ever kicked your football into the garden of doom, or made a wish on a magic biscuit tin?

No? Then come along and find out what happens when you do…

All you need to bring with you is your imagination, and let award-winning author Phil Earle do the rest. An adventure packed hour.

MOVE OVER Wimpy Kid!

Join award-winning author Anthony McGowan and meet his hapless hero, Dermot Milligan.

Expect laughter, tall tales and gross-out moments a plenty. It’s an hour you won’t want to miss…*donuts not included*

for young adults….

Junk 20 years on & the YA explosion

Never has Young Adult fiction been more popular or wide reaching. Join Carnegie medal winning author and godfather of YA fiction Melvin Burgess, Liz Flanagan whose debut YA novel Eden Summer is out now and Tony McGowan, (Henry Tumour, The Knife that Killed Me’)

Teenage Kicks

Join three of the UK’s finest YA writers and discover why this is the most exciting audience to write for. Our panel includes Melvin Burgess, whose novel ‘Junk’, practically invented the genre, multi award-winning Anthony McGowan, and Liz Flanagan, whose YA debut, Eden Summer, set in Hebden Bridge,is garnering rave reviews.

 

To celebrate Charlotte Bronte’s 200th birthday, contemporary bestseller Tracy Chevalier talks about a collection of short stories she’s edited which are inspired by the immortal words from Jane Eyre ‘Reader I Married Him’. She is joined by Salley Vickers, who talks about her short story contribution.

Simon Armitage is coming to town to read his poems about rain on Monday 27 June in the Ted Hughes Theatre at Calder High School. We’re also launching an anthology of flood writing entitled Watermarks at the Bookcase on 29 June and again at the Portico library in Manchester on 5 July.

For more information and to book tickets visit: www.hebdenbridgeartsfestival.co.uk

Manchester Children’s Book Festival, Brewin Dolphin Borders Book Festival, Wealden Literary Festival

May 9th, 2016

Manchester Children’s Book Festival June 16 – 25 2016 

 

THIS year’s Manchester Children’s Book Festival will feature none other than reggae-loving children’s TV favourite Rastamouse. Rastamouse and his creator, Michael De Souza, will be appearing at the Festival Family Fun Day on Saturday, June 25.

Also appearing at the free event will be author Philip Reeve and illustrator Sarah McIntyre, who will be sharing their latest book, Pugs of the Frozen North. They will be hosting all sorts of wintery fun, and the “Winter Wonderland” theme will continue with a “Snow Labyrinth” experience, an Ice Corner and a snow room!

Festival Director Kaye Tew said: “Over the years, the Manchester Children’s Book Festival has brought some of the best children’s writers to the city while at the same time providing an invaluable opportunity for children from all backgrounds to meet and be inspired by their literary heroes, fuelling their creativity and unlocking their potential.

“Authors and events are being confirmed by the day now and the full programme will be ready to announce soon.”

Manchester Children’s Book Festival runs from June 16 to June 25. For more information, visit www.mcbf.org.uk

The Brewin Dolphin Borders Book Festival 16-19 June

The Borders Book Festival, sponsored by Brewin Dolphin, has over 100 events in its programme for all ages, and on a wide variety of topics, all taking place over the weekend of 16th-19th June 2016.

Primary schools from across the Scottish Borders will attend the Schools Gala Day on Thursday 16th, and there will be an exciting new strand of events on Friday 17th, thefuture@bbf, with an afternoon of live music, creative writing, theatre, poetry and film/TV recording workshops, entirely programmed by local youth organisations.

There will be even more opportunities to take part as well as spectate this year, with a variety of live music and theatre performances and workshops, a street market, tented food village, gin and wine tastings, performances by Scottish Opera, and kids craft and activity workshops.

The ever-popular Family Day pass will be available, where for £35, four family members can enjoy a number of events on either the Saturday or Sunday.  It’s the ideal way to make the most of the SBHA Family Book Festival supported by Arts & Business Scotland.

The newly-opened Borders Railway offers a new way of getting to the festival for visitors from outside the area, with festival signage showing the way for walkers from Tweedbank Station 1.5 miles away, and a shuttle for those who prefer not to walk.

Box Office (opens 27 April 2016): 0844 357 1060     www.bordersbookfestival.org

Wealden Literary Festival 18-19 June

The first Wealden Literary Festival – a two-day event celebrating landscape, nature and place is being held on June 18-19 in the heart of the Garden of England. The festival, which has won the backing of award-winning landscape and travel writer Robert Macfarlane, is being held in the renowned gardens and woodland at Boldshaves, Woodchurch, near Tenterden.

Wealden Literary Festival is the brainchild of outdoor and nature enthusiasts Laura and Andrew Willan, of Tenterden. It will be an inspiring and fun festival for all ages with talks by nationally-acclaimed writers and speakers alongside hands-on outdoor activities exploring the natural world including wildlife safaris and nature trails. There will also be art installations and specialist craft stalls alongside a wide range of artisanal food stalls taking advantage of the best of local produce.

Admission to the festival site is free for younger visitors, under 14 years. There will be free Children’s Activities including a workshop with Matthew Appleby, author of The Children’s Garden, and a chance to learn bushcraft skills with the Meek Family, plus art classes with Naomi Howarth whose book, The Crows Tale, was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize.

Early booking is recommended for the talks and programmed activities, including free Children’s Activities, as places are limited.

On Sunday, 19 June, festival goers will be able to join author, broadcaster, naturalist and environmentalist Mark Cocker on a Wildlife Safari. From 9am, Mark will lead a small group through a tour of the surroundings of Boldshaves Gardens to reveal the wildlife at out fingertips.

Most popular Children’s books, by age range, on Lovereading4kids 1 – 8 May 2016

May 9th, 2016

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Elmer and the Rainbow Elmer and the Rainbow
David Mckee
A story about Elmer, everyone’s favourite patchwork elephant, now available as a sturdy, paddedboard book to delight his many fans. This one is a classic story about sharing and giving. Books featuring Elmer and his friends are universally acknowledged as essential …
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Mog and Me and Other Stories Mog and Me and Other Stories
Judith Kerr
Mog is made for board books. Judith Kerr’s illustrations look particularly attractive on the square white boards, and toddlers will love these four little stories of ordinary, everyday adventures. Mog and the little boy have fun together playing in the …
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I Want a Bedtime Story I Want a Bedtime Story
Tony Ross
After all these years the Little Princess still rules the palace and its inhabitants – including the queen, the admiral and the prime minister. The king is away and she wants a bedtime story, but none of the grown-ups’ stories …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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The Outliers The Outliers
Kimberly McCreight
May 2016 Debut of the Month The Outliers is one of those twisty thrillers that run on paranoia. It will send readers’ heartbeats soaring as their fears for the safety of central character Wylie increase, and they realise there is …
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Not If I See You First Not If I See You First
Eric Lindstrom
May 2016 Debut of the Month An incredibly uplifting, thought provoking and sharply beautiful debut. Once I started reading I couldn’t stop and when I turned the last page I could quite easily have turned back to the beginning and …
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Chasing the Stars Chasing the Stars
Malorie Blackman
May 2016 Book of the Month An innovative, ambitious page-turner in which the inimitable Malorie Blackman has entwined two of her great passions – Shakespeare’s Othello and science fiction – to create a thrilling outer-space-set epic that tingles with romance, …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Supertato Veggies Assemble Supertato Veggies Assemble
Sue Hendra
May 2016 Book of the Month You won’t find a dafter or more entertaining picture book than this new outing for Supertato, the spud with super powers! It’s anarchy in the supermarket when the peas – evil to their core – …
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The First Hippo on the Moon The First Hippo on the Moon
David Walliams
May 2016 Book of the Month Best-selling  David Walliams and Tony Ross have teamed up for a great hippo space adventure. Sheila is a hippo with BIG ideas. Specifically, she is determined to be the first hippo on the Moon. …
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A Brave Bear A Brave Bear
Sean Taylor
April 2016 Book of the Month  The characters may be bears, but the parent/child relationship depicted in this lovely picture book will be familiar to all readers. It’s hot so a little bear suggests to his dad that they should …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Captain Pug Captain Pug
Laura James
May 2016 Book of the Month
A deliciously madcap doggy adventure for Pug, the pampered dog of the even more pampered Lady Miranda. When Lady Miranda determines that Pug will be the ship’s captain when they go for an outing on …
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The Secret Pirate The Secret Pirate
Elli Woollard
Lil might look like an ordinary schoolgirl, but under her jumper and vest she’s a pirate! When the thoroughly rotten Stinkbeard arrives Lil flies into battle against him, because Lil is a pirate who’ll do what is right, if it …
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The Mouse Who Reached the Sky The Mouse Who Reached the Sky
Petr Horacek
May 2016 Book of the Month Little Mouse has spotted something red and shiny hanging from a branch, and decides it’s a marble. She can’t reach it by herself so fetches first Mole – who thinks it’s a balloon – …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Flyboy Flyboy
Tom Palmer
April 2016 Book of the Month   Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ Tom Palmer’s new story starts on a football pitch and then, via a clever bit of ghost story, gives readers the experience of the skill and bravery required to …
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My Brother is a Superhero My Brother is a Superhero
David Solomons
Shortlisted for The Branford Boase Award 2016. Overall winner of Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2016.
July 2015 Debut of the Month  Oh the anguish! Luke is a comic-reading super-hero expert, but he’s gone for a wee at the crucial moment when …
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The Amazing Dinosaur Detectives The Amazing Dinosaur Detectives
Maggie Li
May 2016 Book of the Month Attractive, friendly illustrations and an interactive approach make this a fun introduction to dinosaurs. In the company of a group of ‘dinosaur detectives’ readers can explore the world of dinosaurs and pick up a …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Knights of the Borrowed Dark Knights of the Borrowed Dark
Dave Rudden
April 2016 Book of the Month Move over Harry Potter, there’s a new orphan on the block, ready to take on monsters and stand up for what’s right and decent. Until he’s 13, Denizen Hardwick (full marks to the author for …
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Haunters Haunters
Thomas Taylor
The dead and the living exist side by side in this thrilling time-travelling adventure. In David’s recurrent dream, Eddie seems real and it seems like he’s got something to tell David. That’s scary enough but then David gets picked up …
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The Tree That Sat Down The Tree That Sat Down
Beverley Nichols
Collins Modern Classics are relaunched with gorgeous new covers, bringing these timeless story to a new generation. …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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The Girl of Ink & Stars The Girl of Ink & Stars
Kiran Millwood-Hargrave
‘Here be dragons’ it says  on old maps, but Isabella finds creatures even more terrifying in the unchartered lands of Joya, the island that is her home. Joya is a place of limited horizons and hidden stories: the governor has …
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A Seven Letter Word A Seven Letter Word
Kim Slater
April 2016 Book of the Month Finlay is articulate, an excellent Scrabble player, which makes it so frustrating that the seven letter word that defines him is stammer. He’s always found it hard to speak, but since his mum suddenly …
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Half a Creature from the Sea Half a Creature from the Sea
David Almond
An anthology of dark, powerful and moving short stories from master storyteller and author of the internationally award-winning Skellig, David Almond, inspired by his childhood in the North-East of England. It features coming of age stories on the theme of …
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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
Set in a bleak world and reminiscent of Orwell’s 1984, The Bombs That Brought Us Together is nonetheless a funny, tender, surprising and uplifting novel.
Charlie’s life should be pretty miserable: he lives in Little Town, where everyone spies on everyone …
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The Lie Tree The Lie Tree
Frances Hardinge
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2016 Book Award in the 12 – 16 year old category.
WINNER of the 2015 COSTA BOOK OF THE YEAR and Winner of the Costa Children’s Book Award  Award-winning Frances Hardinge is spellbinding is this hugely entertaining …
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Alien Rain Alien Rain
Ruth Morgan
Alien Rain is an incredibly gripping adventure thriller that 10+ year olds will devour. Bree, the main protagonist is a teen girl who is hugely brave and yet the insecurities that all teens feel is also at the fore.  The …
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May eNewsletter

May 6th, 2016

Welcome to May at Lovereading4kids, where there’s a sniff of summer in the air and a refreshing breeze in our book-ship sails! Let us be your guide through an ocean of top recommendations for righteous reads for kids of all ages. Read on for more.

‘May’ we Suggest? – Books of the Month

A bookshelf more bountiful than a cherry blossom this month, with great escapes for all ages from tots to teens and beyond! Don’t miss:

Captain Pug by Laura James (5+) – Glorious new series for those just picking up the reading bug and for adults to share too. Pug is ready for a sea adventure! Smart sailor suit? Tick. Jam tarts for breakfast? Tick. No fear of water? Erm.

Chasing the Stars by Malorie Blackman (YA) – Othello set in outer space, with Othello as a teenage girl… Like the play it is a heart-rending story of love jealousy with a special Maloroe twist. An adventure you just have to make space for!

The Broken Heart Club by Cathy Cassidy (9+) – Entrancing and incredibly relatable story of friendship and the turbulent motions of the pre-teen world.

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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:

Lucy Locket: Online Disaster by Emma Moss (9+) – Innovative, fun, positive and affirming fiction. Pitch-perfect fiction for aspirational vloggers.

The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight (YA) – 1st in a fantastic new trilogy. Imaginative, slightly supernatural thriller teeming with twists, turns, tension, and a tad of teen romance.

Little Bits of Sky by S. E. Durrant (9+) – A memorable, moving tale about growing up, making friends and finding a home. “I was astonished it was a debut. It feels extraordinarily authentic’ (MD of Nosy Crow publishing).

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Brand New Branford! Branford Boase Shortlist

The holy grail of gongs for first time writers of children’s fiction and now in its 16th year, the Branford Boase Award was the brainchild of Lovereading editorial expert and Guardian Children’s Books Editor, Julia Eccleshare. It celebrates the legacy of Henrietta Branford and Wendy Boase, and honours the vital importance of fostering fantastic writing for young people. Check out the shortlist below and choose your own winner!

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Pictures Win Prizes! The Klaus Flugge Prize for Illustration

Klaus Flugge is a hitherto unsung hero of picture books, launching the careers of Chris Riddell, David McKee, Tony Ross, Satoshi Kitamura and many others. Now, he continues to champion bold, original and creative talent with a brand new prize on the book block rewarding the most promising and exciting newcomer to children’s book illustration. We are delighted that Lovereading gurus, Julia Eccleshare and Andrea Reece are involved in running this wonderful new award. Watch this space for more!

Patchwork Works! – Elmer the Elephant

First published a whopping 27 years ago, David McKee’s multicoloured and much-loved, Elmer the Elephant is still a deserved favourite among discerning 2-5 year olds and their mums and dads! 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. And new this year Elmer Day on 28 May. Find out more and don’t miss the chance to win amazing Elmer prizes in our free prize draw.

Ye Gods! Rick Riordan’s at it Again!

Rick Riordan is a magician, majestically mixing the world of myth with the modern. He is a master wordsmith and a cloaked ninja of an educator! Demi-god teen hero, Percy Jackson took the world by storm, and now those crazy Olympians are at it again!

The Trials of Apollo (9+) series sees a disgraced Apollo stripped of his immortality and sent to Earth as a vulnerable teenage boy. How does a four-thousand-year old deity survive in New York? Well, you’ll just have to read it, won’t you! Find the first book Hidden Oracle here. The paperback of Percy Jackson and the Greek Heroes is also just out.

Get Coding and Blog your Socks Off!

With the rise of YouTube superstars and the increasing tech-savvyness of our children, come two books that will be right up their street.

Super Skills: How to be a Blogger and Vlogger in 10 Easy Lessons (7+) by Shane Birley focuses on the skills needed to prepare and produce content as well as how to stay safe online.

Get Coding (9+) by Young Rewired State is a fun and accessible window into the world of coding, apps and website building. Perfect manuals for the modern mogul!

What Jackie Did! – 2 Brilliant Books by Jacqueline Wilson

Firm favourite and former Children’s Laureate, Jacqueline Wilson has a gazillion fans the world over. This month, why not try two top titles? In a reworking of Susan Coolidge’s classic What Katy Did, there’s the story of Katy (9+), a carefree, life-loving girl whose life is changed forever by a debilitating accident. PLUS! New book, Rent a Bridesmaid (9+) is a fabulously funny, beautifully illustrated story about the power of friendship. Find out more.

House of Secrets Finale! – Great Series by Chris Columbus and Ned Vizzini

Blockbuster film director Chris Columbus knows how to tell a good story. With Ned Vizzini, he has created a breakneck, jam-packed, rollercoaster of an end-of-world adventure series in House of Secrets. Fans will be delighted and perhaps a little sad that the series now thunders to a heart-stopping close with the release of Clash of the Worlds, the 3rd and final saga in this epic adventure. But, all is not lost, a brand new series Ned’s Circus of Marvels by debut novelist Justin Fisher is coming this summer and we think fans of House of Secrets will love it.

Not Long Enough! – Julia Donaldson Month

Is there anyone more prolific than Julia Donaldson in the wonderful world of Children’s Books? This month, we are featuring all of her modern classics, loved by kids and adults up and down the country. But where to start? Room on the Broom, The Gruffalo? Stick Man? Maybe we should ask around. See what the ladybird heard!

Make Reading Fun with Dr. Seuss

There is no greater pleasure than sharing a love of learning to read with your kids. Where better to begin than the crazy madcap world of Dr. Seuss? More kids have found reading is fun because books like Cat in the Hat, Fox in socks and Green Eggs and Ham, and they have entered the hearts of generations since the first came out nearly 60 years ago. They are published in brand new editions this month alongside:What Pet Should I Get? (3+), a wonderfully rhyming, nonsensical trip to the pet shop; and Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories (3+), a brand new, freshly coloured collection of forgotten tales that you’ll want to read again and again. Also don’t miss the chance to win amazing prizes in our free prize draw.

Happy Birthday Ma’am!

As the Queen begins the celebrations for her 90th birthday this year, we are featuring the fabulous, hilarious books for 3 to 6 year olds by Steve Antony that tell of the frenzied search for the Queen’s lost possessions. Following the ‘wild swan’ chases for The Queen’s Hat and The Queen’s Handbag, the 3rd in the series The Queen’s Present is released soon. Find out more here.

Diamond Brothers from Anthony Horowitz… Priceless fun!

Meet the world’s most defective detectives! From Anthony Horowitz, the author of the world-storming Alex Rider books, this superlatively silly series for readers aged 9+. Adult readers will notice that all these fantastic romps featuring possibly the world’s most poxy private eyes are parodies of the stories of Raymond Chandler and Dashiel Hammett. Kids will just roll about laughing at the relentless jokes and brilliantly absurd adventures! Start the adventure with The Diamond Brothers in the Falcon’s Malteser. Enjoy!

School Summer Update

May 4th, 2016

With Easter now behind us and the Summer Term upon us we wanted to let you know about two exciting book-related events you can integrate into lessons and have the chance to win some seriously amazing prizes! Read on for more…

It’s time to get F with the BG

As the Steven Spielberg BFG film is coming out in July we think now would be a whizz-popping time to read Roald Dahl’s The BFG with your class. And this is made even easier with the help of some new Officially Phizz-Whizzing Free Lesson Plans you can download.

Whether pupils have read it before or are discovering the Big Friendly Giant’s story for the first time, the free resources, created by the experts at Penguin Schools and TeachIt Primary, follow the plot so it’s easy to read-along. With Literacy and PSHE objectives, they explore the themes of friendship, dreams and believing… and there’s a GIANT colour in too.

Download your free pack here and start celebrating 100 years of Roald Dahl by visiting RoaldDahl_com/Teach.

Also the wonderful people at Penguin have given us a class set of Roald Dahl goody-bags and a full set of the books for the classroom, along with some Wondercrump lolly pops. This prize draw is free to enter. just click here to enter.

More free Puffin resources

And for even more information and interaction with books for teachers and pupils check out Puffin Books Virtually Live where you will find a series of free interactive webcasts from Puffin’s bestselling authors. On this website you can find a selection of previous webcasts which you can watch on-demand, as well as details of forthcoming webcasts with authors. You can also register to receive regular updates from them.

Classics never go out of style

Win a beautiful set of Collins Modern Classics to share with a new generation of readers!

This year, HarperCollins under the banner of Collins Modern Classics, is republishing a whole host of timeless classics for a new generation of readers to enjoy! From the strict-but-fair Mary Poppins to the unforgettable story of Street Child that inspired Dr Bernardo to found his famous children’s homes, it is an esteemed list of beloved stories that we’d like to bring to a generation of younger readers to treasure and enjoy.

Why not be an ambassador for one or more of the launch titles and have a chance to win an entire set of the new books!

All you need to do is to send an email to kids.marketing@harpercollins.co.uk by the 30 April with the subject line ‘Modern Classics’ containing your name and address, and saying why you love one of the classics they are republishing and why it needs to be read by a new generation. Click here for the list of titles and for more details of how to enter the free prize draw.

We hope all the activities you are planning for the Summer Term go swimmingly and do remember to log in to your Lovereading4schools account to create or brush up your reading lists so you, in turn, can let so parents know about some great book recommendations for the Summer Holidays.

Happy Reading


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