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Most popular children’s books, by age range, 19 – 26 April 2009

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Featured Books Age 0 – 5 Years

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The Way Back Home The Way Back Home
Oliver Jeffers
Shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award 2009. This is an absolutely delightful book that is sure to capture the
imagination of toddlers. Jeffers’ illustrations are an absolute
delight and together with the text tell an extraordinary and original
story about friendship and home. …
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2
Little Boat Little Boat
Thomas Docherty
Shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award 2009. Wonderfully detailed yet simple illustrations coupled with minimal text make this an absolutely fantastic picture book to enjoy with even the youngest toddler. Later this year, this title will be joined by an …
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3
Harris Finds his Feet Harris Finds his Feet
Catherine Rayner
Shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award 2009. Touching and inspiring, this is a beautiful story of a youngster finding his feet and being encouraged to forge his own way in the world by his remarkable Grandfather. Harris is a very …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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The Wind in the Willows - Illustrated Edition The Wind in the Willows – Illustrated Edition
Kenneth Grahame
Stunning is definitely the best word to describe this book that is bulging with superb illustrations that complement the moving story by Kenneth Grahame of Ratty, Moley and of course the irascible Toad.

It is part of the Walker Illustrated Classics, …
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2
Varmints Varmints
Helen Ward
Shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award 2009. The most overlooked threat in the world today is the loss of peace and tranquility. Can someone find the time and space to stop, think and plant the seeds of change before it’s …
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3
Tumtum and Nutmeg: Pirates' Treasure Tumtum and Nutmeg: Pirates’ Treasure
Emily Bearn
The enchanting and delightful mice Tumtum and Nutmeg are back for a third adventure. This time the two home lovers are off on a camping trip but soon things begin to go very wrong as they get swept down the …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

1
The Amazing Adventures of Curd The Lion and Us! in the Land at the Back of Beyond The Amazing Adventures of Curd The Lion and Us! in the Land at the Back of Beyond
Alan Gilliland
Reminiscent of the writing of Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear, this brilliant debut children’s novel is completely unputdownable as well as being almost uncategorisable. The author has succeeded in delivering on a book that incorporates a terrifically funny yet mysterious story, full …
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2
Secret Garden - Illustrated Edition Secret Garden – Illustrated Edition
Frances Hodgson Burnett
This absolute classic has entranced children the world over since its first publication in 1911. In this remarkable new hardback gift edition from Walker Books, Inga Moore’s beautifully observed illustrations capture the wonder of the garden coming alive again, bringing …
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3
Flood And Fang: Raven Mysteries Book One Flood And Fang: Raven Mysteries Book One
Marcus Sedgwick
Told from the bird’s eye view of a resident raven, this is a deliciously topsy-turvy comedy full of unusual details. The Otherhand family are far from normal and life in Otherhand Castle is distinctly strange. Edgar the raven cares little …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

1
The Stepsisters' Story The Stepsisters’ Story
Kaye Umansky
A romping comedy of catastrophes, this version of the Cinderella story comes straight from the mouths of the step sisters. They make no apology for their terrible behaviour as they greedily pursue their own ends while doing down their step …
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2
Fever Crumb Fever Crumb
Philip Reeve
This is one of the most eagerly anticipated novels of 2009 and here at Lovereading we’re lucky enough to have a chapter taster for you pre-publication. So why not check it out now.

Philip Reeve’s Mortal Engines quartet of a post-apocalyptic …
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Living with Vampires Living with Vampires
Jeremy Strong
Family problems of an unusual kind make life complicated for Kevin. With vampires for parents, he does his best to control them but things can’t help getting out of hand….Blood is their favourite drink so it isn’t surprising that they …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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The Ask and the Answer The Ask and the Answer
Patrick Ness
Tense, shocking and deeply moving, The Ask and the Answer is a terrifying novel of resistance under the most extreme pressure. The sequel to the highly acclaimed and prize-winning The Knife of Never Letting Go, the author who is also …
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2
Skellig - TV tie in edition Skellig – TV tie in edition
David Almond
This is a wonderfully eerie and magical story about believing in
something extra special and why it may make a difference. It’s full of
happiness and sadness but ultimately it’s incredibly fulfilling.
‘Touched with a visionary intensity, this strange life-affirming tale exercises every …
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3
The Knife of Never Letting Go The Knife of Never Letting Go
Patrick Ness
Shortlisted for the Carnegie Award 2009. 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.
A word …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

1
Gone Gone
Michael Grant
Gripping from the first moment on, this is a scary, an unputdownable and a brilliantly plotted fantasy. One minute all the adults are there – next they’re gone! Only the children remain and they are trapped, cut off from the …
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2
Beautiful Dead: Jonas Beautiful Dead: Jonas
Eden Maguire
This is the first of a proposed series of 4 books in the increasingly popular area of paranormal romance. Fans of Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series will love the intrigue, the excellent writing style, compelling characters coupled with a powerful mystery. …
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Creature of the Night Creature of the Night
Kate Thompson
Shortlisted for the Carnegie Award 2009 and shortlisted for the Bisto Irish Children’s Book Award. From multi-award winning author Kate Thompson comes another absorbing read, blazing an enthralling path between the stark realities of modern-day society and the fantasy for …
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Prize winning books and pre publication extracts

Friday, April 24th, 2009

April is always a particularly exciting time in the children’s book market. The shortlist for two of the most important prizes were announced earlier today, so we have delayed our usual mid month email to get the news to you as soon as possible. We also have plenty of other exciting news too.

Prize winnersStop Press.. Children’s Prize winning shortlists

The Carnegie Award is for the year’s best fiction and the Greenaway  for the best picture books and we have all the shortlisted books in our Prize Winners section. Gratifyingly, we have already featured a lot of the books and the whole shortlist makes impressive reading. On the Carnegie there are novels from established authors such as Frank Cottrell Boyce and Eoin Colfer through to a debut novelist Patrick Ness with his Knife of Never Letting Go. On the Greenaway shortlist you’ll find a wonderful variety and range of illustration styles. We don’t envy the judges’ job in choosing the winners. Find out more today…

DyslexiaNew category dyslexia-friendly books

Our ‘reluctant’ readers category, launched in 2008 was greeted with tremendous enthusiasm but we also received feedback from our members that we needed to go further. So, working with the charity Dyslexia Action and the publisher Barrington Stoke we have created a special section featuring 12 books for readers of around 9+ readers, but whose reading age is around 6+, and this is just a start. We will be adding to it as the year progresses and we hope it will become an invaluable resource for all those parents of children who are struggling with reading.

Start reading books before they are published

Our pre-publication area of the site is becoming increasingly popular as parents and children want to get ahead of the crowds by reading extracts of books before they are published.

This month we have 4 pre publication books including Revolver, the latest from Author of the Month Marcus Sedgwick


   

Revolver

Marcus Sedgwick

14+ A tense, psychological drama set in the snowy wilderness of the Arctic, where a boy confronts a stranger come to take revenge on his dead father.

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The Ask and the Answer

Patrick Ness

14+ Tense, shocking and deeply moving. This is the follow up to the award winning The Knife of Never Letting Go.

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Fever Crumb

Philip Reeve

9+ This is one of the most eagerly anticipated novels of 2009 it’s a prequel to the brilliant Mortal Engine series. So why not check it out now. 
 

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Lifegame

Alison Allen-Gray

11+ A topical thriller that captures the mood of the moment in terms of the controversial scientific advances that are becoming increasingly possible.
 

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top tenFind out what’s hot this week!

Another new feature on the site is one that enables you to see which books other Lovereading4kids members are looking at. It’s called our Top 10 and it updates every night with the ten most popular books on the site in the last week. Why not check it out on a regular basis to ensure you’re not missing some gems that other readers have discovered on the site?

Curd the Lion
Essential Reading
Series of the Month
Author of the Month

Childrens classicsClassic books make perfect gifts

And you’re looking for the perfect gift then why not consider our superb range of Classics. Great to read aloud to children and enjoyed, by children and adults, time and time again. We have paperback classics from Penguin, some great value little hardbacks from Oxford and from Walker a sumptuous collection of illustrated paperbacks. Each month, we’re adding to the list with newly released titles so check it out on a regular basis and add titles to your collection.

CoralineGreat films come from Brilliant Books

Finally you may have seen that Neil Gaiman’s book Coraline has been made into a film that is due for release on 7 May. So, why not read the book beforehand or try the graphic novel version to get the whole story.

PS – don’t forget our competitions page – lots of goodies to giveaway this month.

Most popular books, by age range, 12 – 19 April 09

Monday, April 20th, 2009

Featured Books Age 0 – 5 Years

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The Snowman The Snowman
Raymond Briggs
This is one of the all time favourites of any nursery and certainly a book to turn back to time and time again whether you’re a child or an adult. No words, just the most wonderful pictures telling a …
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2
Daydream Dan Daydream Dan
Sarah Garson
This is a debut picture book from an exciting new talent.  A
delightful book that both parent and child will warm to as the plotline
is something that both will relate to.  That dreaded ‘I’m not day
dreaming’ as your child is quite …
Download free opening extract
3
The Way Back Home The Way Back Home
Oliver Jeffers
This is an absolutely delightful book that is sure to capture the
imagination of toddlers.  Jeffers’ illustrations are an absolute
delight and together with the text tell an extraordinary and original
story about friendship and home. …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 5+ readers

1
Barefoot Book of Earth Tales Barefoot Book of Earth Tales
Dawn Casey
This stunning collection of stories from around the world, which celebrate the importance of the world we live in, is supported by inspiring hands-on activities to encourage all to protect and preserve our world as much as we are able. …
Download free opening extract
2
Tumtum and Nutmeg: Pirates' Treasure Tumtum and Nutmeg: Pirates’ Treasure
Emily Bearn
The enchanting and delightful mice Tumtum and Nutmeg are back for a third adventure. This time the two home lovers are off on a camping trip but soon things begin to go very wrong as they get swept down the …
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3
Winnie The Twit Winnie The Twit
Laura Owen
Fun to read and well-matched by their illustrations, these four short stories tell of yet more dramatic and hilarious adventures for Winnie the Witch and her cat Wilbur. Winnie variously tries to find the perfect pet, to fix things with …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

1
The Amazing Adventures of Curd The Lion and Us! in the Land at the Back of Beyond The Amazing Adventures of Curd The Lion and Us! in the Land at the Back of Beyond
Alan Gilliland
Reminiscent of the writing of Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear, this brilliant debut children’s novel is completely unputdownable as well as being almost uncategorisable.  The author has succeeded in delivering on a book that incorporates a terrifically funny yet mysterious story, full …
Download free opening extract
2
Secret Garden - Illustrated Edition Secret Garden – Illustrated Edition
Frances Hodgson Burnett
This absolute classic has entranced children the world over since its first publication in 1911.  In this remarkable new hardback gift edition from Walker Books, Inga Moore’s beautifully observed illustrations capture the wonder of the garden coming alive again, bringing …
Download free opening extract
3
Fungus The Bogeyman Fungus The Bogeyman
Raymond Briggs
This is a book that is enduringly funny, wonderfully poignant and at times quite rude. Beautifully described through stunning illustrations and hand written text is the story of the bogey men – and in particular Fungus – who live …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

1
Ribblestrop Ribblestrop
Andrew Mulligan
In this quirky and original debut there’s never a dull moment.  Even before the student’s turn up to the school, you can tell is no ordinary place. The building is semi-ruined (some dormitories don’t even have a roof ), the …
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2
The Well Between the Worlds The Well Between the Worlds
Sam Llewellyn
From the pen of a very talented author whose writing is of the highest quality comes a book that is full of magic and intrigue, myth and environmentalism in a land that was once green and pleasant but whose land …
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3
Skulduggery Pleasant: The Faceless Ones Skulduggery Pleasant: The Faceless Ones
Derek Landy
Prize winning Skulduggery Pleasant is back for a third thrilling adventure. Along with his side-kick Stephanie, Skulduggery, the skeleton detective, must stand up to the Faceless Ones in a typically dramatic, dangerous and funny new adventure. The world of Skulduggery …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

1
Skellig - TV tie in edition Skellig – TV tie in edition
David Almond
This is a wonderfully eerie and magical story about believing in
something extra special and why it may make a difference.  It’s full of
happiness and sadness but ultimately it’s incredibly fulfilling.
‘Touched with a visionary intensity, this strange life-affirming tale exercises every …
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2
Dragonfly Pool Dragonfly Pool
Eva Ibbotson
A wonderful, magical adventure spins out of a school story with a
difference. Tally doesn’t want to leave her father and her aunts and go
away to boarding school. But Delderton Hall is a very special school
with interesting staff and pupils and …
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3
Unique Unique
Alison Allen-Gray
This debut novel, published back in 2004 has only just hit our radar screen at Lovereading4kids with the publication of her second novel Lifegame. We’ve been so blown away by the brilliance of Unique that we just had to tell …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

1
Gone Gone
Michael Grant 

STOP PRESS – Read the whole book here online now  (book is available free from 8 – 22 April) or just click the download extract button above to get a cliff-hanger taster from the first two chapters.
 
Gripping from the first …
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2
Beautiful Dead: Jonas Beautiful Dead: Jonas
Eden Maguire
This is the first of a proposed series of 4 books in the increasingly popular area of paranormal romance.  Fans of Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series will love the intrigue, the excellent writing style, compelling characters coupled with a powerful mystery.  …
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3
Falling Falling
Sharon Dogar
Falling is a dark and dangerous multi-layered love story between an Asian girl and a white boy, in which the past and present collide. It’s the gripping second teenage novel from Sharon Dogar, the critically acclaimed author of Waves.  Intensely …
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Most popular books, by age range, 7 – 13 April

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

Featured Books Age 0 – 5 Years

1
Daydream Dan Daydream Dan
Sarah Garson
This is a debut picture book from an exciting new talent.  A
delightful book that both parent and child will warm to as the plotline
is something that both will relate to.  That dreaded ‘I’m not day
dreaming’ as your child is quite …
Download free opening extract
2
Little Boat Little Boat
Thomas Docherty
Wonderfully detailed yet simple illustrations coupled with minimal text make this an absolutely fantastic picture book to enjoy with even the youngest toddler.  Later this year, this title will be joined by an equally fun title from Thomas Docherty called …
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3
Charlie and Lola: Look After Your Planet Charlie and Lola: Look After Your Planet
Lauren Child
A green message within a beautiful picture book. Loveable Charlie and Lola give all kinds of useful tips about the contribution they, and all other children, can make to looking after our planet. In Lauren Child’s witty illustrations, Charlie and …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

1
Tumtum and Nutmeg: Pirates' Treasure Tumtum and Nutmeg: Pirates’ Treasure
Emily Bearn
The enchanting and delightful mice Tumtum and Nutmeg are back for a third adventure. This time the two home lovers are off on a camping trip but soon things begin to go very wrong as they get swept down the …
Download free opening extract
2
Barefoot Book of Earth Tales Barefoot Book of Earth Tales
Dawn Casey
This stunning collection of stories from around the world, which celebrate the importance of the world we live in, is supported by inspiring hands-on activities to encourage all to protect and preserve our world as much as we are able. …
Download free opening extract
3
Her Mother's Face Her Mother’s Face
Roddy Doyle
The first picture book from award winner Roddy Doyle is a
heart-warming and gently reassuring tale about moving on and growing
up.  The writing is quite sublime and the luscious illustrations by
Freya Blackwood compliment the words beautifully. …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

1
The Amazing Adventures of Curd The Lion and Us! in the Land at the Back of Beyond The Amazing Adventures of Curd The Lion and Us! in the Land at the Back of Beyond
Alan Gilliland
Reminiscent of the writing of Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear, this brilliant debut children’s novel is completely unputdownable as well as being almost uncategorisable.  The author has succeeded in delivering on a book that incorporates a terrifically funny yet mysterious story, full …
Download free opening extract
2
The Day I Swapped My Dad For Two Goldfish The Day I Swapped My Dad For Two Goldfish
Neil Gaiman
Visually dramatic, this is a hugely entertaining adventure perfectly tinged with an alarming subtext.  Desperate to have his friend’s two goldfish, a boy swaps his father for them – despite the warning from his sister. Predictably, Mum is not pleased …
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3
Flood And Fang: Raven Mysteries Book One Flood And Fang: Raven Mysteries Book One
Marcus Sedgwick
Told from the bird’s eye view of a resident raven, this is a deliciously topsy-turvy comedy full of unusual details. The Otherhand family are far from normal and life in Otherhand Castle is distinctly strange. Edgar the raven cares little …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 9+ readers

1
Skulduggery Pleasant: The Faceless Ones Skulduggery Pleasant: The Faceless Ones
Derek Landy
Prize winning Skulduggery Pleasant is back for a third thrilling adventure. Along with his side-kick Stephanie, Skulduggery, the skeleton detective, must stand up to the Faceless Ones in a typically dramatic, dangerous and funny new adventure. The world of Skulduggery …
Download free opening extract
2
The Well Between the Worlds The Well Between the Worlds
Sam Llewellyn
From the pen of a very talented author whose writing is of the highest quality comes a book that is full of magic and intrigue, myth and environmentalism in a land that was once green and pleasant but whose land …
Download free opening extract
3
Ribblestrop Ribblestrop
Andrew Mulligan
In this quirky and original debut there’s never a dull moment.  Even before the student’s turn up to the school, you can tell is no ordinary place. The building is semi-ruined (some dormitories don’t even have a roof ), the …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 11+ readers

1
Skellig - TV tie in edition Skellig – TV tie in edition
David Almond
This is a wonderfully eerie and magical story about believing in
something extra special and why it may make a difference.  It’s full of
happiness and sadness but ultimately it’s incredibly fulfilling.
‘Touched with a visionary intensity, this strange life-affirming tale exercises every …
Download free opening extract
2
Jake Highfield: Chaos Unleashed Jake Highfield: Chaos Unleashed
Alec Sillifant
A fast-paced and thrilling spy story that is also a debut novel, Chaos Unleashed tells how school boy Jake becomes an outsider when the Academy turns against him and he finds himself having to use all his skills and training …
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3
Dragonfly Pool Dragonfly Pool
Eva Ibbotson
A wonderful, magical adventure spins out of a school story with a
difference. Tally doesn’t want to leave her father and her aunts and go
away to boarding school. But Delderton Hall is a very special school
with interesting staff and pupils and …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 14+ readers

1
Gone Gone
Michael Grant 

STOP PRESS – Read the whole book here online now  (book is available free from 8 – 22 April) or just click the download extract button above to get a cliff-hanger taster from the first two chapters.
 
Gripping from the first …
Download free opening extract

2
Girl Meets Cake Girl Meets Cake
Susie Day
A darkly comic romance about love, friendship, lies and gingerbread men! Heidi’s mad online life collides hysterically with her real one in a laugh-out-loud, über-cool teen novel.  Georgia Nicolson fans will adore this hilarious headlong teen-blog. …
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3
Beautiful Dead: Jonas Beautiful Dead: Jonas
Eden Maguire
This is the first of a proposed series of 4 books in the increasingly popular area of paranormal romance.  Fans of Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series will love the intrigue, the excellent writing style, compelling characters coupled with a powerful mystery.  …
Download free opening extract

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