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Children’s books last minute Christmas gifts

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

It’s nearly time for schools to break up and for us all to start planning our Christmas festivities – but if you need a few more presents then Lovereading4kids is a brilliant place to look. We have wonderful selections of Gift Books and Stocking Fillers for all ages. 

But if you are still stuck for choice here’s a small selection of personal favourites selected by the team here where you may just find the perfect book or books you’re looking for:

Jeremy thinks, books shortlisted for prizes are always worth reading and definitely worth giving as presents. There are two big prizes with recently announced shortlists and we have them all on Lovereading4kids. The Costa Children’s Award winner will be announced on 6 Jan and the Marsh Award for books translated into English will be announced on 16 Jan. Read a Free Opening Extract to find the right one for you.

Louise recommends you take a look at our special ‘Ology’ section. Ologies have become a publishing phenomenon and we have been featuring them all year. The latest book is Spyology with its wealth of real and imaginary information – it will absorb children (and parents) for hours.

Kasey believes, it wouldn’t be Christmas without the classic story A Christmas Carol. Everyone will love this gorgeous and sumptuously illustrated new unabridged edition, from the small but perfectly formed publishing house, Templar – this edition of A Christmas Carol is an absolute dream of a gift.
the DFC the DFC Finally, Peter who like his namesake has never grown up!, suggests a gift subscription of The DFC. Created by the publisher who brought you Northern Lights and featuring stories by Philip Pullman and other award winning authors – The DFC will ignite every child’s imagination. If you or your children love reading comics but maybe not books then sign up today we have some money saving offers for Lovereading4kids members and exclusive prizes to be won!

Happy Christmas to you all – Lovereading4kids

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Friday, December 12th, 2008

Featured Books Age 0 – 5 Years

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Santa's Littlest Helper Travels The World Santa’s Littlest Helper Travels The World
Anu Stohner
Curl up on those cold starry winter nights and enjoy a magical Christmas story with Santa’s littlest helper who saves the day when everyone around him gets ill. It’s a Christmas story with a twist and with some stunningly colourful …
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The Pencil The Pencil
Allan Ahlberg
This book is an hilarious and unmissable treat! One day there is just a lonely pencil…It begins to draw – a boy, a dog, a cat and then a house and streets for them to play in. But everyone wants …
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Look Out, Stripy Horse! Look Out, Stripy Horse!
Jim Helmore, Karen Wall
Hot on the hooves of the stripy horse’s first prize-winning adventure, Who Are You Stripy Horse? comes a wonderfully humorous and delightful tale of mischief, mayhem and monkeys and not forgetting of course, stripy horse. It’s a must for lovers …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Yuck's Supercool Snotman Yuck’s Supercool Snotman
Matt And Dave
Loved by boys and girls of 5+ but particularly boys. Two horribly disgusting adventures will be found within the covers of this latest Yuck adventure – Yuck’s Supercool Snotman and Yuck’s Dream machine. Seriously yuckable but utterly spellbinding. …
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The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Basil The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Basil
Wiley Miller
A wonderful debut from an incredibly talented wordsmith and illustrator. Fans of The Wizard of Oz and James and the Giant Peach will love Basil and his erstwhile adventures. Basil is an ordinary boy living a very ordinary life in a lighthouse, …
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Alice In Wonderland (slipcase edition) Alice In Wonderland (slipcase edition)
Lewis Carroll, Rodney Matthews
The story is timeless and can be read at so many different levels, but this lavish slipcased edition is quite simply stunning and will bring to the reader a very different Wonderland – even more fantastical and a little darker …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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The Birthday Book The Birthday Book
Michael Morpurgo
This is a sumptuous collection of stories and verse compiled by Michael Morpurgo, beautifully illustrated by Quentin Blake and published in aid of The Prince’s Foundation for Children and Arts and to celebrate the Prince of Wales’s 60th birthday. It’s …
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A Christmas Carol: The Graphic Novel (Quick Text) A Christmas Carol: The Graphic Novel (Quick Text)
Charles Dickens
This is the full story in quick modern English for a fast-paced read. The original Christmas tale is brought to life in this colourful graphic novel adaptation. It is the second Charles Dickens title from Classical Comics and probably his …
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Whitaker's World Of Weird Whitaker’s World Of Weird
Tracey Turner
Attractively produced, this is a neat pocket book stuffed full of extraordinary facts about all kinds of unusual things. Set against a background of strong photographic images, the sections in this book cover many things including Weird Encounters, Weird Behaviour …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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A Christmas Carol with A Christmas Tree (illustrated by Robert Ingpen) A Christmas Carol with A Christmas Tree (illustrated by Robert Ingpen)
Charles Dickens
This gorgeous and sumptuously illustrated new edition of the completely unabridged A Christmas Carol is an absolute dream of a gift. The illustrations are by the award-winning artist Robert Ingpen who has successfully captured the atmosphere of Victorian London and …
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The Magic Thief The Magic Thief
Sarah Prineas
This is an absolutely captivating debut fantasy adventure. Full of magic and trickery, this is the story of a wizard and his new apprentice trying to discover why the magic in their city is fading and how they must …
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Girls Are Best Girls Are Best
Sandi Toksvig
Women gladiators, women in the Bayeaux Tapestry, women inventors – Sandi Toksvig uncovers them all in her light-hearted approach to the serious message of this book – women have always done amazing things but have mostly been overlooked by history. …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Power Of Five: Necropolis Power Of Five: Necropolis
Anthony Horowitz
Yet again Anthony Horowitz has come up trumps with an edge-of-the-seat thriller with some brilliantly spun twists that will keep you guessing right up to the very end. The female protagonist is brilliantly portrayed – the first time, we think …
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When The Snow Fell When The Snow Fell
Henning Mankell
Shortlisted for the Marsh Award for Children’s Literature in Translation. The winner will be announced on 20 January 2009.
A touching story of growing up and discovering what really matters. Joel makes three New Year’s resolutions: To see a naked lady, …
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A Really Short History Of Nearly Everything A Really Short History Of Nearly Everything
Bill Bryson
Full of extraordinary discoveries and wonder at the world we live in, this is a thrilling scientific journey through history. It raises and answers many of the questions young readers ask about how the greatest scientific discoveries were made and …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Before I Die Before I Die
Jenny Downham
Winner of the Branford Boase Award 2008. This is a haunting yet

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Young, Loaded And Fabulous Young, Loaded And Fabulous
Katherine Kingsley
Addictive, scandalous and glamorous fiction from a brand new author writing for sophisticated teens! As its title implies this is not for the faint-hearted. If you’re up for a wild read where clubbing or holidaying in St Tropez is the …
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Eclipse Eclipse
Stephenie Meyer
The much-anticipated 3rd novel in the captivating saga of vampire romance that began with Twilight, continued with New Moon. Friendships are stretched beyond breaking point and love choices must be made that are a matter of life and death and …
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Friday, December 5th, 2008

Featured Books Age 0 – 5 Years

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The Gruffalo Pop-up Theatre Book The Gruffalo Pop-up Theatre Book
Julia Donaldson
Not only can you read and reread the much loved story of the Gruffalo in this complete work of art but you can open the pop-up stage to act out the adventures of the little brown mouse, or even create …
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Dog Biscuit Dog Biscuit
Helen Cooper
A sumptuously illustrated and heart-warming adventure about a little girl who turns into a dog – or does she? Find out in this wonderful new adventure from award winning author/illustrator, Helen Cooper. …
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My Grandpa's Amazing Inventions My Grandpa’s Amazing Inventions
Richard Johnson
This is a wonderfully inspirational picture book for any young child. Grandpa is an inventor and has been invited to enter a competition to win the ‘greatest invention prize’. Of course he wins it but that’s not all for something …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Yuck's Supercool Snotman Yuck’s Supercool Snotman
Matt And Dave
Loved by boys and girls of 5+ but particularly boys. Two horribly disgusting adventures will be found within the covers of this latest Yuck adventure – Yuck’s Supercool Snotman and Yuck’s Dream machine. Seriously yuckable but utterly spellbinding. …
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Lost Happy Endings Lost Happy Endings
Carol Ann Duffy
Shortlisted for the prestigious 2008 Greenway. A wonderfully
lyrical story about the search for the happy endings that are needed to
make the perfect story. Beautiful illustrations bring the story to life. …
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The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Basil The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Basil
Wiley Miller
A wonderful debut from an incredibly talented wordsmith and illustrator. Fans of The Wizard of Oz and James and the Giant Peach will love Basil and his erstwhile adventures. Basil is an ordinary boy living a very ordinary life in a lighthouse, …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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The Birthday Book The Birthday Book
Michael Morpurgo
This is a sumptuous collection of stories and verse compiled by Michael Morpurgo, beautifully illustrated by Quentin Blake and published in aid of The Prince’s Foundation for Children and Arts and to celebrate the Prince of Wales’s 60th birthday. It’s …
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Kaspar Kaspar
Michael Morpurgo
A wonderfully emotional but heart-warming tale from the pen of one of the foremost writers for children. Brilliantly interwoven in historical fact at the time of the sinking of the Titanic is the story of Kaspar the Savoy cat, who …
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A Christmas Carol: The Graphic Novel (Quick Text) A Christmas Carol: The Graphic Novel (Quick Text)
Charles Dickens
This is the full story in quick modern English for a fast-paced read. The original Christmas tale is brought to life in this colourful graphic novel adaptation. It is the second Charles Dickens title from Classical Comics and probably his …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Girls Are Best Girls Are Best
Sandi Toksvig
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The Magic Thief The Magic Thief
Sarah Prineas
This is an absolutely captivating debut fantasy adventure. Full of magic and trickery, this is the story of a wizard and his new apprentice trying to discover why the magic in their city is fading and how they must …
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Frankenstein - retold by Gill Tavner Frankenstein – retold by Gill Tavner
Mary Shelley
When Frankenstein unleashes forces beyond his control, an epic battle of friendship and horror begins between man and monster – and as it reaches fever pitch a tragic chain of events occurs.
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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The Knife of Never Letting Go The Knife of Never Letting Go
Patrick Ness
Winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2008 and Booktrust Teenage Prize 2008.
The electrifying and unflinching young adult debut novel about the impossible choices of growing up by award-winning fiction writer Patrick Ness. This title is part of Walker Books’ …
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A Perfect Ten A Perfect Ten
Chris Higgins
Chris Higgins’ writing rivals the likes of Cathy Cassidy and Jacqueline Wilson. She’s an author truly in tune with the teen psyche. This is her fourth novel and she gets better and better with each new storyline. The characterisation is …
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Airhead Airhead
Meg Cabot
From the creator of Allie Finkle and The Princess Diaries comes a brand new novel featuring two very different girls, one a superbrain and the other a supermodel. They have absolutely nothing in common until something extraordinary happens. …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Before I Die Before I Die
Jenny Downham
Winner of the Branford Boase Award 2008. This is a haunting yet truly amazing read but don’t read it too young. Definitely not for someone less than 14 years old. If you knew you were going to die what would …
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The Meaning Of Life The Meaning Of Life
Joanna Nadin
Laugh out loud funny from the first page, The Meaning of Life, will be devoured by teenagers and adults in equal measure just as the Diaries of Adrian Mole hit the spot for a different generation. A spot-on teenage voice …
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Twilight Twilight
Stephenie Meyer
Deeply seductive and irresistibly compelling, this is an extraordinary love story that will stay with you long after you’ve finished it. It’s the first in the Twilight series and is a captivating sage of vampire romance. The 2nd …
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Brilliant Books for Children this Christmas

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

It’s now December and there can be no getting away from it, presents need to be bought and, of course, books make the perfect present for any child of any age. So why not take the strain out of what to buy by taking a look at our selections of the best Gift Books and Stocking Fillers all of which we think will make brilliant presents. From toddlers to teenagers Lovereading4kids has it covered and for even more choice see our Books of the Year.

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Scroll down to see just a selection of Christmas books, by age range, or visit the site to see the full range or read on for some December Highlights.

Author of the Month Cornelia Funke

Cornelia dreamt of being an Astronaut when she was child, but after finding out it involved military training she went on to be a social worker helping deprived children. It was here she discovered the types of stories that gripped children’s imaginations. She has now written over 40 books and she is perhaps best known for the Inkheart trilogy. The final book Inkdeath is just out and Inkheart has been turned into a brilliant movie due for release in January. Discover more of her superb writing by clicking here…

Walker New Voices – a year of fantastic fiction

We have been supporting these amazing new children’s writers all year – and one of them The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness has claimed two high profile prizes. The December title is The Society of S by Susan Hubbard. A young girl, Ariella, discovers that everything she knew about her family is a lie, and a deep, dark truth lies beneath.

 

And don’t forget, if after looking and downloading any number of the thousands of free Opening Extracts, you still can’t decide whch books to buy as gifts, we have a simple solution – send a Lovereading4kids Book voucher. Just click the Gift Vouchers tab and the rest is child’s play.

Happy Christmas


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