Tom Palmer’s book launch for Wings: Flyboy

April 28th, 2016

We were lucky enough to be invited by Lovereading4kids to attend the official book launch of Tom Palmer’s Wings series at RAF Hendon.

First, we went to the main museum and saw some planes. After that we went to the Grahame-White Hangar and saw the wonderful Sopwith Camel, which is the focus of his book Flyboy. Under this astonishing plane, Tom did his talk about Flyboy.

From his talk we learnt many things such as:

  • He researched people like Hardit Singh Malik, who was the first Sikh pilot to fly in the Royal Flying Corps.
  • Tom is the RAF Museum’s Writer in Residence.
  • Two more books will follow in this series.

After this we got our books signed and had a photo with Tom.

We had more time to explore the museum before we had Afternoon Tea. We had enormous scones filled with strawberry jam and clotted cream.

  

After three taps of a glass, Tom did a little speech about his books. We learnt that his publisher’s books (Barrington Stoke) are great for dyslexic children and children who suffer from eye stress. They make it easier for them to read the books by using yellow paper, a special large font and big spaces.

Thank you Tom Palmer, Barrington Stoke and especially Louise and Shelley at Lovereading4kids.

By Daniel and Alexander.

If you live in Scotland watch out for Bookbug Week

April 22nd, 2016

Bookbug Week 2016 will take place between 16 and 22 May, with hundreds of free story, song and rhyme events for families with babies and young children held across the country. The theme this year is Bookbug Around the World, an international theme that will inspire children and adults to explore songs and rhymes from around the globe.

Bookbug encourages mums, dads and carers to talk, cuddle, sing, and share stories and rhymes with their children from birth. Bookbug provides every child in Scotland with four free packs of books, and runs free Bookbug Sessions with stories, songs and rhymes for children and their families. Funded by the Scottish Government, Bookbug is Scottish Book Trust’s Early Years Programme.

Bookbug Week 2016 will see free around the world themed events taking place in every local authority in Scotland, with special appearances from some of the UK’s best-loved children’s authors and illustrators. This year’s flagship event will take place at The Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre in Stirling on Monday 16 May.

Schools and nurseries across the country can tune in to watch a fun-filled Authors Live event with Ed Vere, streamed live from the BBC’s studios in Glasgow on Thursday 19 May. Some fantastic Bookbug prizes will also be up for grabs in on-line competitions throughout the week.

For more info about Bookbug week visit www.scottishbooktrust.com  or pop into your local library.

Most popular children’s books by age range 10 – 17 April 2016

April 18th, 2016

Books for Babies and Toddlers

1
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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A Great Big Cuddle A Great Big Cuddle
Michael Rosen
One of our Books of the Year 2015 – A Reader Review Panel Pick of the Year 2015 – chosen by Robyn Chorely, aged 5- Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month, September 2015  Children’s Laureates Chris Riddell and Michael Rosen …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

1
Lady Midnight Lady Midnight
Cassandra Clare
April 2016 Book of the Month From the creator of the Mortal Instruments series and Infernal Devices trilogy comes this epic first instalment of the author’s highly anticipated The Dark Artifices series.
Lady Midnight is populated with pretty much every kind of …
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The Art of Not Breathing The Art of Not Breathing
Sarah Alexander
April 2016 Debut of the Month Five years have passed since Elsie’s twin brother vanished into the sea on their birthday. Her parents and brother are still broken by their loss and Elsie feels like half of her is missing, …
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Chasing the Stars Chasing the Stars
Malorie Blackman
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, danger, distrust and jealousy.
Olivia (Vee) and …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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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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Before I Wake Up... Before I Wake Up…
Britta Teckentrup
April 2016 Book of the Month A little girl’s dreams take her and a friendly lion on a magical journey. Together they fly over meadows, swim deep in the sea with whales and jellyfish, and explore woods where they play …
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The Bear and the Piano The Bear and the Piano
David Litchfield
Winner of the Illustrated category of The Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2016.
March 2016 Debut of the Month A young bear cub finds a piano in the forest and after a first hesitant ‘PLONK’, he returns to it every day for …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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The Seaside Puppy The Seaside Puppy
Holly Webb
Holly Webb writes gentle, warm-hearted adventures that young readers absolutely love and there is lots for them to enjoy in this story. Laura’s summer is set to be a bit of a wash out – she lives in a seaside …
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Prehistoric Actual Size Prehistoric Actual Size
Steve Jenkins
As the title makes clear, this fascinating book illustrates prehistoric creatures at actual size or, where the creature was simply too big to fit on the page, a part of the animal at actual size. On the first spread, the …
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There's a Tiger in the Garden There’s a Tiger in the Garden
Lizzy Stewart
Grandma’s back garden turns into a jungle full of adventure in this striking picture book, Nora is bored, so her grandma suggests she play in the garden, there might, she says, be a tiger there. Nora is scornful, but as …
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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
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 an alien arrives in his tree-house and …
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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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Love from Paddington Love from Paddington
Michael Bond
Much-loved Paddington shares accounts of his adventures and his thoughts about his life in London in a series of letters to his Aunt Lucy in The Home for Retired Bears in Lima, Peru. As might be expected, Paddington has 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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Jolly Foul Play Jolly Foul Play
Robin Stevens
April 2016 Book of the Month Gosh, but the Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries are jolly good reads! After their adventures on the Orient Express, crime-solving friends Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are back at school for a new term. From …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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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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The Astounding Broccoli Boy The Astounding Broccoli Boy
Frank Cottrell Boyce
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2016 Best Story – Andrea Reeces’s Pick of the Year 2015 This is Frank Cottrell Boyce’s first standalone novel since Cosmic in 2008 and it’s been well worth the wait. The smallest and …
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Stargirl Stargirl
Jerry Spinelli
An incredibly touching story about a girl who dared to be different. A wonderfully original and memorable read for it makes you realise that tweens and teens work too hard these days to conform and be the same in order …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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We are All Made of Molecules We are All Made of Molecules
Susin Nielsen
April 2016 Debut of the Month Stewart and Ashley are about as different as it’s possible to be.  He’s super smart, happy to use words like ‘plethora’ in everyday conversation, but socially a little inept. She’s queen of the popular …
Download free opening extract
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Desolation Desolation
Derek Landy
April 2016 Book of the Month  No-one writes teen horror with anything like the wit, gory panache and comic timing of Derek Landy. His Demon Road stories are definitely not for the faint-hearted: fourteen people have been disembowelled, ripped apart …
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The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen
Susin Nielsen
From the author of Lovereading4kids favourite We Are All Made of Molecules, this is another book that grips from the first chapter, a heart-breaking story that will nonetheless make readers laugh and leave them feeling better about the world. Henry’s …
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For Every Child With A Big Dream

April 15th, 2016

A special feature on Toby Little author of Dear World, How Are You?

 

Reading changes lives. We hear that saying quite a lot, it’s on book vouchers in the shops, on posters in schools, on pictures shared on social media, looking to inspire us. In our case, reading changed our lives rather dramatically!

 

When Toby was five years old, he brought home a book from school, called “A Letter to New Zealand” (by Alison Hawes). It describes the journey a letter takes. Toby hadn’t heard of New Zealand, so we looked it up on a map. Then we went to bed. The next morning, walking to school, Toby asked if he could write a letter to New Zealand, followed almost immediately, with the confidence and enthusiasm of a 5-year-old: “Can I write a letter to every country in the world?

 

What follows is a long story, which we’ll have to cut short! Five letters got written, then 10, then 15, then 20…and Toby wasn’t stopping. The early letters are about two sentences long, each letter taking nearly an hour to write. For each letter, we look up the country or area, and Toby asks questions which are of interest to him. So, a letter might ask “are sultanas called sultanas because they are for the sultan?“, or it might ask “are you ever scared of going to school?

 

Somewhere around 40 letters, we started to realise that he really wasn’t going to quit. Somewhere around 100, we thought that it might actually be possible. It took Toby just over four months, many, many hours, several pencils and a lot of questions to write to every country in the world. The responses told us of magical places where people shook out their shoes to check for scorpions, of elaborate greeting rituals, of research projects all over the world (including the South Pole), and how children and adults live their lives.

 

When Toby asked a class of 5-year-olds in Ashgabat about their local monuments, they organised a class trip to explore them. When Toby asked about local food, we got sent a recipe, which we made and tasted, trying to find poffertje pans and purple yam (not for the same recipe!) We ended up reading books by international children’s authors, danced around the house to Brazilian music, watching online videos of traditional Zulu dances and practised out Xhosa clicks…our family life turned into one great adventure of armchair exploration.

 

People joined the journey via Toby’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/writingtotheworld), and in May 2015, we got an email we never expected. In essence, it said “Hi, this is Penguin Publishers…we heard about your project – would you like to write a book?” – only they said it more eloquently. Choosing letters for the book was both fun and difficult – there were so many! Together, we tried to find a balance of continents, countries, ages, jobs, and topics. The result got published in “Dear World, How Are You?” in March 2016, starting a whole new chapter in Toby’s journey. People are getting touch
telling us they use Toby’s book in their classrooms, read it with their children, or they read it themselves, when they want to remember that, right at the bottom of it, the world is a beautiful place, with amazing, kind and caring people in it.

 

When Lovereading created and shared an image of Toby’s book with international monuments and landmarks, it sparked the idea of Toby’s book “seeing the world”, and people have started to share pictures of “Dear World, How Are You?” out and about.

 

Did we ever think it would come to this? Not in a million years. Right at the very start, Toby said he wanted to make the world a better place – because, he reasoned, if we know more about the world and other people, we care more. Toby dedicated his book “To everybody who helped me with my project, and to every child with a big dream.” Maybe we all need to dream a little bit bigger.

School Summer Update

April 14th, 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

Boswell Book Festival. Dumfries House, Ayrshire 6-8 May

April 12th, 2016

We’ve a bumper programme of exciting children’s events and activities taking place at this year’s Boswell Book Festival. Not just children but families will find something to enjoy – both in and around Dumfries House.  Some kick off in schools before the Festival and then pop up in all shapes and sizes in several unique locations, all the way through the Festival weekend.

Over the years, the Festival has widened and deepened its offering for children both in and out of the Ayrshire schools. We are very excited this year to be pairing up with the Engineering School at Dumfries House to launch our first full Festival weekend for children, Bozzy’s Book Bang – a journey of exploration in words and activities through Earth, Water, Air and Fire: from Nick Sharratt’s Laughter Laboratory and Kjartan Poskitt’s Murderous Maths to Adam Murphy’s interviews with the reanimated zombie corpses of Science Superheroes Marie Curie and Charles Darwin.

A set of illustrated panels of the Four Elements with accompanying text, the work of P2 and P3 at Auchinleck, St. Patrick’s and Ochiltree Primary Schools mentored by exciting new illustrator Eilidh Muldoon and best-selling writer Vivian French will be on show for the first time.

See boswellbookfestival.co.uk for full details of all children’s and family events.

Lovereading4kids. Most popular children’s book’s, by age range, 3 – 10 April 2016

April 11th, 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 …
Download free opening extract
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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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Spot Loves Bedtime Spot Loves Bedtime
Eric Hill
A favourite with children now for generations, Spot never loses his charm. It’s bedtime, but Spot can’t settle down until he finds Teddy, who has gone missing.  Is Teddy in the toybox? The living room? Under the bed? At last …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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Lady Midnight Lady Midnight
Cassandra Clare
April 2016 Book of the Month From the creator of the Mortal Instruments series and Infernal Devices trilogy comes this epic first instalment of the author’s highly anticipated The Dark Artifices series.
Lady Midnight is populated with pretty much every kind of …
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Flawed Flawed
Cecelia Ahern
April 2016 Book of the Month  Set in a society in which those deemed ‘flawed’ are branded and ostracised, Celia Ahern’s debut YA novel will talk directly to its readers. Every teenager wants to be perfect, to fit in and …
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Chasing the Stars Chasing the Stars
Malorie Blackman
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, danger, distrust and jealousy.
Olivia (Vee) and …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 3+ readers

1
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 …
Download free opening extract
2
Before I Wake Up... Before I Wake Up…
Britta Teckentrup
April 2016 Book of the Month A little girl’s dreams take her and a friendly lion on a magical journey. Together they fly over meadows, swim deep in the sea with whales and jellyfish, and explore woods where they play …
Download free opening extract
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The Hole Story The Hole Story
Paul Bright
April 2016 Book of the Month  Holes generally get a bad press – after all they’re the last thing you want to find in a sock, pair of knickers, bag, bucket or boat! Perhaps this delightful book will win them …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Nature's Day: Out and About Nature’s Day: Out and About
Kay Maguire
Following on from the success of Nature’s Day, this beautiful activity book by the same author and illustrator shows children how to interact with their surroundings. …
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Prehistoric Actual Size Prehistoric Actual Size
Steve Jenkins
As the title makes clear, this fascinating book illustrates prehistoric creatures at actual size or, where the creature was simply too big to fit on the page, a part of the animal at actual size. On the first spread, the …
Download free opening extract
3
There's a Tiger in the Garden There’s a Tiger in the Garden
Lizzy Stewart
Grandma’s back garden turns into a jungle full of adventure in this striking picture book, Nora is bored, so her grandma suggests she play in the garden, there might, she says, be a tiger there. Nora is scornful, but as …
Download free opening extract

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 …
Download free opening extract
2
My Brother is a Superhero My Brother is a Superhero
David Solomons
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 an alien arrives in his tree-house and …
Download free opening extract
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Out for the Count Out for the Count
Anne Fine
Interest Age 5-8 Anne Fine is a very clever writer and this brilliant little story is an exploration of the resources of the human imagination and the iniquities of keeping animals in cages. Hugo is trying to persuade his dad …
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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 …
Download free opening extract
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth
Frank Cottrell Boyce
April 2016 Book of the Month With all the invention, originality and insight that is typical of his writing for children, Frank Cottrell Boyce takes the sad story of Laika, the first living creature to orbit Earth, and uses it …
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Jolly Foul Play Jolly Foul Play
Robin Stevens
April 2016 Book of the Month Gosh, but the Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries are jolly good reads! After their adventures on the Orient Express, crime-solving friends Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are back at school for a new term. From …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 11+ readers

1
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 …
Download free opening extract
2
The Astounding Broccoli Boy The Astounding Broccoli Boy
Frank Cottrell Boyce
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2016 Best Story – Andrea Reeces’s Pick of the Year 2015 This is Frank Cottrell Boyce’s first standalone novel since Cosmic in 2008 and it’s been well worth the wait. The smallest and …
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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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We are All Made of Molecules We are All Made of Molecules
Susin Nielsen
April 2016 Debut of the Month Stewart and Ashley are about as different as it’s possible to be.  He’s super smart, happy to use words like ‘plethora’ in everyday conversation, but socially a little inept. She’s queen of the popular …
Download free opening extract
2
Desolation Desolation
Derek Landy
April 2016 Book of the Month  No-one writes teen horror with anything like the wit, gory panache and comic timing of Derek Landy. His Demon Road stories are definitely not for the faint-hearted: fourteen people have been disembowelled, ripped apart …
Download free opening extract
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Underwater Underwater
Marisa Reichardt
April 2016 Debut of the Month This extraordinary, powerful book has life lessons for everyone, though its central character has lived through experiences that, fortunately, will be unknown to most of us. Morgan was witness to a terrible and traumatic …
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Win a beautiful set of Collins Modern Classics to share with a new generation of readers!

April 8th, 2016

This year, HarperCollins 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, we’ve got an esteemed list of beloved stories that we’d like to bring to a generation of younger readers to treasure and enjoy.

With this in mind, we’re looking for loyal ambassadors of the above books to write in and tell us why you love that specific story and why it needs to be read by a new generation.

Simply send an email to kids.marketing@harpercollins.co.uk with the subject line ‘Modern Classics’ containing your name and address, by the 30 April for a chance to win an entire set of the above books. We have 3 sets to give away.  The winners will be chosen at random and the books will be delivered as they publish throughout 2016.

The Collins Modern Classics publishing in 2016 include the following:

  • Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
  • The Tree that Sat Down by Beverley Nichols
  • The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks
  • Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers
  • A Stitch In Time by Penelope Lively
  • The Rescuers by Margery Sharp
  • The Sword in the Stone by T H White
  • Kingdom by the Sea by Robert Westall
  • Journey to Jo’Burg by Beverley Naidoo
  • The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
  • Street Child by Berlie Doherty
  • Jennie by Paul Gallico
  • More coming in 2017

Good Luck

 

April eNewsletter

April 5th, 2016

April has more spring than a gamboling lamb this month. Bouncing with brilliant book ideas and more, we have pulled out all the stops to recommend some top notch reads for your blossoming readers of all tastes, ages and abilities. In the month that hosts World Book Night, there’s an exciting array of books for boys and girls to enjoy anywhere from the bus to school to bedtime! Read on for more.

Frank Talking! – Frank Cottrell Boyce. Author of the Month

Remember the awesome, uplifting, incredible opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony? Frank Cottrell Boyce wrote it. He did! He’s also written some cracking books for kids including the award winning Millions.

With a Guardian Children’s Fiction prize under his belt, his books are top-drawer: Books like, The Astounding Broccoli Boy (9+) – a hugely enjoyable tale of an unlikely superhero. His latest, Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth, is an hilarious and thought-provoking, out-of-this-world adventure about family, friendship and appreciating everything that you have. See these and all his other titles here!

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Cream of the Crop! – April Books of the Month

All of the best books for kids this month, lovingly hand-picked and compiled into one easy section for you to choose from. Books like:

Knights of the Borrowed Dark by Dave Rudden (9+) Fans of Eoin Colfer and Rick Riordan will love this new Heroic adventure series set in a shadowy world of dark magic. As one of our Kid Reviewers said … ‘An absolutely awesome fantasy book’

and

Flawed by Cecilia Ahern – The debut YA novel from mega selling adult novelist set in a world where perfection is everything. This will really get you thinking!

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First things First! – Debuts of the Month

Finding a new favourite author is a joy for kids and for us – it makes present buying so much easier! These are the best of the newbies who are set to be much loved companions!

A real favourite is We Are All Made of Molecules (13+) by Susin Nielsen – One of our Books of the Year in 2015 and now in paperback. A wonderful, relatable teen tale. ‘… happy, funny, sad, tear-jerking and thought-provoking. I enjoyed the way it dealt with important issues in a light-hearted style.’ (Thora, aged 13).

Also, don’t miss The Reluctant Journal of Henry K Larsen, Nielsen’s second eagerly awaited novel which is a heart-breaking story that manages to make readers laugh and leave them feeling better about the world.

And…

Nibbles the Book Monster by Emma Yarlett (3+) – Exquisitely illustrated, hungry romp through some favourite fairytales … but Nibbles seems to have munched his way through some of the pages – it’s awesome. The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner (YA) – Southern gothic story about small-town small-mindedness, religious fanaticism, family demons and the redemptive power of friendship. This is a gem!
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Get Out! – Out and About

Now is the time to get kids enjoying the great outdoors! Some of the best memories are made on hazy days in the open air. This category gives kids compelling reasons to put down the tablet and venture out. Check out, Nature’s Day Activity Book written by Kay Maguire and illustrated by Danielle Kroll (5+, 7+) a stunning book showing children how they can interact with their surroundings.

Also, learn about the plight of the bumblebee with Bee and Me by Alison Jay published by the awesome Old Barn, a Publisher of the Month in 2015.

Animal Magic! – The Wildwitch Series (9+)

When Lene Kaaberbol’s first Wildwitch title Wildfire hit the shelves, kids everywhere were enthralled by the story and the wonderful heroine at its heart. Reader reviewers exclaimed: “… a truly amazing story” and “I loved it so much, I read it all in one go”. Well, ‘out of the mouths’ and all that! The 2nd title, Oblivion is out this month and just like the first, it connects with our human need for tales of heroism and bravery. Dive head first into this modern classic, but try not to read it too quickly. The wait until the Summer for no.3 will be unbearable!

Eccle-share the love! – Julia Eccleshare’s Top Picks for April

Taking the ‘share’ in her name seriously, Guardian Children’s Book Editor and friend of Lovereading, Julia Eccleshare has agreed to share her top tips for great reads every month. Here’s who’s eating at the top table this month:

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Love Across and Among the Stars

Coming later this month from the pen of the multi-million copy selling author of Noughts and Crosses Calorie Blackman,  comes a heart-rending story of love and space exploration set in 2164 AD around the 600th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth.

Chasing the Stars is a brilliant reworking of one of Shakespeare’s plays which in turn is one of the oldest and greatest love stories ever told. You can read an exclusive early extract now right here.

Geek Girl Fest!

The phenomenon that is Geek Girl by ex model Holly Smale continues to get bigger and better and we love it! The 5th in the series, Head Over Heels, is just out and we thought it a perfect time to showcase them all.

Meet Dinosaurs Face to Face

As the title makes clear, this fascinating book illustrates prehistoric creatures at actual size or, where the creature was simply too big to fit on the page, a part of the animal at actual size, like the head of a velociraptor. The collage-style illustrations are beautiful in themselves, and this book really has the wow factor that we think will make it an instant hit.

P.S. – Jungle Book is Back!

With the much awaited release of the A-list star-studded Jungle Book film, don’t miss our special category dedicated to all things Jungle Book. Kipling’s timeless classic gets new life in a memory-lane love-in for you and your man-cubs! Find out more in our special category.

Meet the winners of the Orangutan Foundation Children’s Writing Competition!

March 21st, 2016

Last October we announced Lovereading4kids involvement and support of the Orangutan Awareness Week writing competition. The judging panel received over 300 entries and said they were enormously proud and impressed with the creativity and insight expressed in each of them.

Each child wrote a story or poem to the theme of ‘The Orangutan’s World’, and every entry did a fantastic job at highlighting the problems that orangutans and their rainforests face. Selecting the winners was an incredibly difficult undertaking as the standard was so high, but our guest judge Joanna Lumley was finally able to select her favourites!

We are delighted to announce that Morgan Davidson, Angeline Islam, and Toby Mawer have won the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes (respectively) for the 6-9 Year Old category, and Eloise Blakey, Jacob Bicker, and Orla Dalby have won the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place (respectively) for the 10-13 Year Old category! Congratulations to all!  Special mentions also went to Hannah Tudor, Daniel Pilling, Imogen Caughan, George Astill and Catherine Douneen.

 

The prize winners have not only won a number of incredible prizes, and you can read both 1st place winners below.

Joanna Lumley said  ‘Keep on writing and thinking and believing. Soon, you will inherit the earth and your dear goodness will keep it safe.’

Winner of the 6 – 9 Year old category Morgan Davidson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winner of the 10 – 13 Year old category Eloise Blakey


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