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Most popular Opening Extracts, by age range, 20 – 27 Sep 2009

Monday, September 28th, 2009

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Flip Flap Flop Flip Flap Flop
Mary Cartwright
Perfect for ‘reading’ in the bath; penguins slip and slide, swim and glide and  flip and flap agreeably through the pages.
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That's not my frog That’s not my frog
Fiona Watt
Shortlisted for Baby Book Award, Early Year Awards 2009
Irresistible to inquisitive fingers, the strokeable features within each book in the ‘That’s not my…’ series help an owner to know more about an animal.  In That’s Not My Frog, the frog’s …
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The Big Night-night Book The Big Night-night Book
Georgie Birkett
Shortlisted for the Baby Book Award, Early Year Awards 2009

With cuddly touch and feel pages this board book will provide comfort to the smallest toddler.  With a blanket to cuddle, curtains to open, PJs to feel and furry Ted to …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Tom's Tree Tom’s Tree
Gillian Shields
A truly uplifting story about love, hope and the importance of patience.  Tom plants a seed and imagines what it will be like as it grows – the trunk is a tall mast of a ship with dragons hiding in …
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Oliver Who Travelled Far and Wide Oliver Who Travelled Far and Wide
Mara Bergman
Winner of the Pre-School Award, Early Year Awards 2009

Through the terrific rhyming text and bold illustrations Oliver discovers that, though small, he is indeed mighty as he lives through his fears in this glorious, rollicking work of imagination. A picture …
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The Tail of the Whale The Tail of the Whale
Ellie Patterson, Christine Pym
Shortlisted for the Pre-School Award, Early Year Awards 2009
An absolutely delightful debut from a brilliant new talent in the form of Christine Pym.  Dive into this exquisitely decorative picture book of a bright underwater world, rich with colour and full …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Nelson Mandela's Long Walk to Freedom Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom
Nelson Mandela, Chris Van Wyk
Nelson Mandela’s inspirational life story has been adapted into a wonderfully child-friendly version. It tells of his childhood as an ordinary boy in a village and how his belief in democracy was already strongly developed while a student. Mandela’s fight …
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The BFG The BFG
Roald Dahl
This is a delightful, funny and exciting story about a special friendship between two people from different worlds – a giant and a child. As the story develops it shows how trust and love develops between them. It also …
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The Tear Thief The Tear Thief
Carol Ann Duffy
This is a warm, poignant and beautifully illustrated story set in a magical world where the tears of children arising from every emotion are of a different colour. An underlying thought-provoking message about emotions lies at its heart. The multi-coloured …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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The Best of Times The Best of Times
Michael Morpurgo
A story that is by turns heart-wrenching but also ultimately uplifting as the protagonist in the story, a recently married Prince must find a way to bring love and laughter out of the sorrow and tears that his Princess feels.
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Tollins: Explosive Tales for Children Tollins: Explosive Tales for Children
Conn Iggulden
It’s Peter Pan with attitude as Conn Iggulden, creator of the phenomenal bestseller The Dangerous Book for Boys, introduces an explosive and magical new fictional world of the Tollins – flying creatures that aren’t fairies! – all beautifully illustrated in …
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Mark Haddon
Everything about this deliciously improbable adventure is almost completely daft – and that’s the fun of it all. When Charlie sets up his walkie-talkie in the staff room he doesn’t hear gossip about the pupils as he had expected. Instead, …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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The Robbers The Robbers
Josh Lacey
Peter is minding his own business depositing his savings in a bank when there’s a ‘hold-up’.  Can Peter’s quick thinking surprise and overcome the robbers in order to save his and other people’s money.  Edge of your seat writing for …
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I Spy: The Constantinople Caper I Spy: The Constantinople Caper
Graham Marks
An absolutely gripping spy adventure packed full of mystery, intrigue and high paced drama. It combines the action-packed exploits of Alex Rider, with the historical advnetures of Young Indiana Jones, in a classic story of one boy’s fight to find …
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A Misfitz Mystery: Two Tigers on a String A Misfitz Mystery: Two Tigers on a String
Josh Lacey
Humour and pace are the hallmarks of Josh Lacey’s writing (Grk series and Bearkeeper) and this new series (this is the second title) makes this an absolute must read for 9+ year olds.  The Misfitz are four children who share …
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The Pain Merchants (The Healing Wars) The Pain Merchants (The Healing Wars)
Janice Hardy
Part one of a powerful historical fantasy full of politics, magic and enchantment. The Healing Wars tells of the unusual powers of fifteen year old orphan, Naya. In a world where many have special power, Naya stands out from the …
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The Return of Johnny Kemp The Return of Johnny Kemp
Keith Gray
A really gripping thriller for teenage boys.  Short and fast-paced, it’s the story of Johnny Kemp, a boy that no one is prepared to mess with, until that is, Dan manages to get him excluded from school.  But now he’s …
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Threads Threads
Sophia Bennett
Fresh, witty and wholly contemporary, prize winning Threads won The Times/Chicken House writing competition in 2009. How three teenage friends with completely different interests – one’s into fashion, one plans to save the world and one is a budding young …
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The Traitor Game The Traitor Game
B R Collins
Winner of for the 2009 Branford Boase Best Debut Novel Award

An extraordinary fantasy novel from a supremely talented debut novelist. Set partly in a boys’ school and also in another world that is both fierce and dangerous, it has themes …
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Pastworld Pastworld
Ian Beck
Take a thrilling journey into the past in this clever time slip mystery which, written in different voices from different times, takes its readers from a dystopian future to a Dickensian past. Caleb is on a tourist trip to the …
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A Trick of the Dark A Trick of the Dark
B R Collins
Prize winning B.R Collins’ A Trick of the Dark is a gripping supernatural thriller which explores the darker sides of adolescence. Annis sees her older brother Zach crushed and broken when the walls of a ruined house fall on to …
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Most popular children’s books, by age range, 13 – 20 Sep 2009

Monday, September 21st, 2009

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Flip Flap Flop Flip Flap Flop
Mary Cartwright
Perfect for ‘reading’ in the bath; penguins slip and slide, swim and glide and flip and flap agreeably through the pages.
If you’re looking for other great books for this age range then go to our Babies and Toddlers category. …
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That's not my frog That’s not my frog
Fiona Watt
Shortlisted for Baby Book Award, Early Year Awards 2009
Irresistible to inquisitive fingers, the strokeable features within each book in the ‘That’s not my…’ series help an owner to know more about an animal. In That’s Not My Frog, the frog’s …
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Row, Row, Row Your Boat Row, Row, Row Your Boat

A brilliant take on the classic nursery rhyme Row row row your boat gently down the stream that’s perfect for even the youngest toddler because of its board book format. Here two toddlers row, rock, scream and roar their way …
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Tom's Tree Tom’s Tree
Gillian Shields
A truly uplifting story about love, hope and the importance of patience. Tom plants a seed and imagines what it will be like as it grows – the trunk is a tall mast of a ship with dragons hiding in …
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The Tail of the Whale The Tail of the Whale
Ellie Patterson, Christine Pym
Shortlisted for the Pre-School Award, Early Year Awards 2009

An absolutely delightful debut from a brilliant new talent in the form of Christine Pym. Dive into this exquisitely decorative picture book of a bright underwater world, rich with colour and full …
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Tabby McTat Tabby McTat
Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler
Best-selling author and illustrator Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have teamed up again to create a heart-warming story about loyalty and friendship. When Tabby McTat the busker’s cat gets separated from the busker he begins a new life on his …
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The BFG The BFG
Roald Dahl
This is a delightful, funny and exciting story about a special friendship between two people from different worlds – a giant and a child. As the story develops it shows how trust and love develops between them. It also …
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Nelson Mandela's Long Walk to Freedom Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom
Nelson Mandela, Chris Van Wyk
Nelson Mandela’s inspirational life story has been adapted into a wonderfully child-friendly version. It tells of his childhood as an ordinary boy in a village and how his belief in democracy was already strongly developed while a student. Mandela’s fight …
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Bob's Best Ever Friend Bob’s Best Ever Friend
Simon Bartram
Simon Bartram’s Man on the Moon was one of the most memorable, witty, and intriguing picture books of recent times. Now at last, Bob, the man on the moon is back and he’s looking for a best ever best friend …
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The Best of Times The Best of Times
Michael Morpurgo
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The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award rewards the best in contemporary
children’s and young adult literature from all over the world. Michael
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Boom! Boom!
Mark Haddon
Everything about this deliciously improbable adventure is almost completely daft – and that’s the fun of it all. When Charlie sets up his walkie-talkie in the staff room he doesn’t hear gossip about the pupils as he had expected. Instead, …
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Tollins: Explosive Tales for Children Tollins: Explosive Tales for Children
Conn Iggulden
It’s Peter Pan with attitude as Conn Iggulden, creator of the phenomenal bestseller The Dangerous Book for Boys, introduces an explosive and magical new fictional world of the Tollins – flying creatures that aren’t fairies! – all beautifully illustrated in …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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I Spy: The Constantinople Caper I Spy: The Constantinople Caper
Graham Marks
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John Matthews, Caitlin Matthews
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The Robbers The Robbers
Josh Lacey
Peter is minding his own business depositing his savings in a bank when there’s a ‘hold-up’. Can Peter’s quick thinking surprise and overcome the robbers in order to save his and other people’s money. Edge of your seat writing for …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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The Enemy The Enemy
Charlie Higson
A thrilling story of survival against the odds in a world in which adults have been killed or brain-crazed leaving only children under fourteen and with no one to look after them. How a bunch of children survive as they …
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The Pain Merchants (The Healing Wars) The Pain Merchants (The Healing Wars)
Janice Hardy
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The Return of Johnny Kemp The Return of Johnny Kemp
Keith Gray
A really gripping thriller for teenage boys. Short and fast-paced, it’s the story of Johnny Kemp, a boy that no one is prepared to mess with, until that is, Dan manages to get him excluded from school. But now he’s …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Suzanne Collins
Hot on the heals of the adrenaline rush that was Hunger Games comes the equally excellent and relentles sequel Catching Fire. Katniss’s hopes of an easy life after she was top dog in the leathal game show are short-lived after …
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The Traitor Game The Traitor Game
B R Collins
Winner of for the 2009 Branford Boase Best Debut Novel Award

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Pastworld Pastworld
Ian Beck
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Mid September Newsletter – Parenting Books

Friday, September 18th, 2009

What a busy month September is! As well as all the work to get kids back to school, the publishing world really picks up pace after

the summer break. In this mid month newsletter we have a brand new ‘parenting section‘ as well as exciting additions to Real Reads, Children’s Classics and a fresh range of dyslexia-friendly books.

Questions answered and challenges resolved for parents

We all want our children to grow up well rounded and happy but there are lots of challenges facing parents on the way, from the youngest baby to the turbulent teenager, and no quick fix solutions. Books can help but there are so many available it’s hard to choose. So we’ve been speaking to parents and experts to find which have helped them. The best of these titles are now in our new Parenting Books category. Find out more today and we hope you find them useful.

This month’s highlights not to miss

Chronicles of Ancient Darkness win prizes with Lovereading Author of the Month Hilary McKay
Mustang Mountain

Epic, easy to read classic stories with just 64 pages

Real Reads are retellings of some of the world’s best-loved works of literature – skilfully shortened, simplified and illustrated so they keep true to the plot and feel of the original but can be enjoyed by less experienced or time-starved readers. We’ve added some new gems to the category for you to check out, including Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights.

A dozen fresh Dyslexia-friendly titles

Making good reads accessible to every child is one of our missions here at Lovereading4kids. So we are excited to announce 12 new titles to our Dyslexia category, all printed on cream paper with an easy to read typeface . To help you choose, the books are split into interest age sub-categories and, of course, you have free Opening Extracts as well as 25% off the RRP.

Seven superb Pre-Publication exclusives

We had to stop ourselves going rather mad with alliteration but it was hard with so many (seven) superb October titles to show to you ahead of the crowds. New titles from Michael Morpurgo and Geraldine McCaughrean to name just two. Find out more today and pre-order any that take your fancy.

Pre-School Prize winners

The Early Years Book Awards are one of the most prestigious in the pre-school area. They have awards for the best Books and Illustrators and unsurprisingly we have told you about most of them already on Lovereading4kids. However, you can now see all the shortlisted books in our “Prize Winners category“.

Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy – New Eoin Colfer book

30 years ago The Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy burst into our lives via the radio – and over the years it’s been a series of books, a TV show and even a film. Now 30 years on Eoin Colfer has picked up Douglas Adams’ mantle and has written a sequel ‘And Another Thing…‘ which is due out in October. Find out more about this and the hilarious original series of books in our special section and have a chance to win lots of pan galactic goodies.

Discover unpublished authors or find an audience for your own literary talents

Our sister website, Lovewriting.co.uk, is a showcase for independently published authors who haven’t yet been picked up by major publishing houses. Browse the free Opening Extracts of the children’s category, and see if you can discover the next Michael Morpurgo or J K Rowling! We think we’ve found one already and he’s only 11 years old – Will Goddard – and his second novel The Golden Triangle is just out and the whole book is available to read exclusively through Lovewriting.

Or, have you or someone you know written a book? Lovewriting.co.uk steers you through the publishing process and helps you find an audience. You can even create your own micro site to promote your own book.

Write a story for World Book Day 2010

Finally, how would your child like to finish a story started by Anthony Browne…or Francesca Simon, or Andy McNab or any of the amazing authors celebrating next year’s World Book Day? If you want to be part of the World Book Day Short Stories competition make sure your child’s school registers, before 2 Oct 2009. Click here to visit the website and forward the link to your childs school. Winning stories will be published in a special anthology in March 2010.

Most popular Children’s Books, by age range, 30 Aug – 6 Sep 2009

Monday, September 7th, 2009

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Say Hello to the Baby Animals Say Hello to the Baby Animals
Ian Whybrow
Stroke all the baby animals in the jungle in this attractive board book in which baby lion sets out to meet all the other baby animals around him. There’s a baby giraffe stretching up tall to eat the leaves at …
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Row, Row, Row Your Boat Row, Row, Row Your Boat

A brilliant take on the classic nursery rhyme Row row row your boat gently down the stream that’s perfect for even the youngest toddler because of its board book format. Here two toddlers row, rock, scream and roar their way …
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Amazing Baby: Look at Me! Amazing Baby: Look at Me!
Emily Hawkins
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Tabby McTat Tabby McTat
Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler
Best-selling author and illustrator Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have teamed up again to create a heart-warming story about loyalty and friendship. When Tabby McTat the busker’s cat gets separated from the busker he begins a new life on his …
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Tom's Tree Tom’s Tree
Gillian Shields
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Nelson Mandela, Chris Van Wyk
Nelson Mandela’s inspirational life story has been adapted into a wonderfully child-friendly version. It tells of his childhood as an ordinary boy in a village and how his belief in democracy was already strongly developed while a student. Mandela’s fight …
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The BFG The BFG
Roald Dahl
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The Icky, Sticky Snot and Blood Book The Icky, Sticky Snot and Blood Book
Steve Alton
Disgustingly informative, this is a touchy, feely guide to some of the most disgusting things in life. Open the flap and find out about blood and bones, travel on a roller coaster ride around the fast flowing systems that control …
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Bob and Barry's Lunar Adventures: The Disappearing Moon Bob and Barry’s Lunar Adventures: The Disappearing Moon
Simon Bartram
Bob, the Man on the Moon, has already had several prize-winning adventures. Now he and his extra special dog Barry are back in a new format for more surprises about a very special place. Bob and Barry have to use …
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Boom! Boom!
Mark Haddon
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Roald Dahl
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StoryWorld: The Storytelling Book (slipcase edition) StoryWorld: The Storytelling Book (slipcase edition)
John Matthews, Caitlin Matthews
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Hide and Seek Hide and Seek
Cathy Macphail
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Wishing for Tomorrow Wishing for Tomorrow
Hilary Mckay
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Threads Threads
Sophia Bennett
Fresh, witty and wholly contemporary, prize winning Threads won The Times/Chicken House writing competition in 2009. How three teenage friends with completely different interests – one’s into fashion, one plans to save the world and one is a budding young …
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Ghost Hunter: Book 6 Chronicles of Ancient Darkness Ghost Hunter: Book 6 Chronicles of Ancient Darkness
Michelle Paver
Dazzling entertainment, seamless storytelling, this is the stunning 6th and final episode, bringing the bestselling ‘The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness’, which began so dramatically with Wolf Brother, to a close.
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Timewalker Timewalker
Justin Stanchfield
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Back to Life Back to Life
Joanna Nadin
More hilarious exploits from the angst ridden teen diarist Rachel Riley. Fans of Louise Rennison’s character Georgia Nicolson will love this as will all those who have enjoyed the ups and down and ups again of Rachel’s life to date. …
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Airhead: Being Nikki Airhead: Being Nikki
Meg Cabot
Step right into the celebrity life of teenage supermodel Nikki. Apparently the golden girl of the catwalk Nikki looks like an absolute airhead but that’s just the surface. Underneath there’s nerdy Emmerson Watts who somehow got trapped in the wrong …
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The Traitor Game The Traitor Game
B R Collins
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Lovereading4kids September Newsletter

Friday, September 4th, 2009

It’s the end of the summer holidays, which always seems to make kids grumpy. But it’s not all bad! Lovereading4kids has some wonderful reading adventures that kids can go on even in term time. Download free Opening Extracts of these books and find some stories to soften the blow of going back to school…

Author of the Month – the very brainy Hilary McKay

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Our Illustrator of the Month – pet-loving Emma Dodd

Emma’s delightful picture books have been charming children and their parents for a few years now. Her quirky new story, Miaow Said the Cow, is seriously fun but don’t forget to check out the backlist too – Cool Cat and I thought I saw a Dinosaur to name just two.

Mustang Mountain by Sharon Siamon

This horsey series is perfect for girls aged 8+. These exciting stories are elegies to the natural world, and especially to the powerful, mystical wild horses that gallop the dramatic landscapes of her books.

Chronicles of Ancient Darkness by Michelle Paver

Dazzling, edge-of-your-seat entertainment from the first book, Wolf Brother, all the way through to the sixth and concluding part, Ghosthunter. Torak’s last adventure sees him travel up into the mountains to vanquish the terrifying Soul-Eaters.

This series is absolutely not to be missed by anyone aged 9 or over.

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First-time fantastic – our Debuts of the Month

Traitor Game – B R Collins

An extraordinary, award-winning novel about the problematic relationship between two school boys, interwoven with an elaborate fantasy world they have created, called Evguard.

Threads – Sophia Bennett

A funny, vibrant, and very contemporary story about three young friends – a budding starlet, an eco-warrior, and a fashionista – who pool their individual talents to help a young refugee girl.

This month’s Guest Editor – the not-at-all-ordinary Joanna Nadin

Joanna describes her childhood as tragically normal, but she’s certainly made up for it by becoming an incredibly interesting and brilliant writer. Her Rachel Riley diaries are as funny and well-observed as Adrian Mole’s. Find out which authors have influenced her work – Frank Cottrell Boyce and Kevin Brooks to name but two.

Help your kids hit the new school year running, with Back to School books

Embrace the new school year and give your child a head start! Our Back to School section has all the dictionaries, thesauri, atlases and foreign language books to help engage and inform your child. Whether your child is a toddler or a teenager, there are different titles for every age from pre-school to sixth form, and all at a 25% discount.

That’s all for now. We hope you have fun exploring the website and discovering new books, and that you find some great stories to take your kid’s mind off the inevitable return to school… and homework!

Most popular children’s books, by age range, 24 – 31 Aug 09

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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This is my Duck This is my Duck
Felicity Brooks
Quack! Quack! goes the duck every time you press the button and the very youngest readers will press the button many, many times over. And they can also stroke duck’s fluffy feathers and feel his shiny beak and slippery webbed …
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Say Hello to the Baby Animals Say Hello to the Baby Animals
Ian Whybrow
Stroke all the baby animals in the jungle in this attractive board book in which baby lion sets out to meet all the other baby animals around him. There’s a baby giraffe stretching up tall to eat the leaves at …
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Where's Spot? (Board Book) Where’s Spot? (Board Book)
Eric Hill
This chunky board book edition of Eric Hill’s classic first lift-the-flap book receives a new brightly coloured cover. The simple text and colourful pictures will engage pre-readers as they lift the picture flaps in search of Spot. A No.1 bestseller …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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The Rabbit Problem The Rabbit Problem
Emily Gravett
An outstandingly original and entertaining book packed full of rabbitty details and a feast of novelty features that makes it all the more fun to read again and again and again. The Rabbit Problem shows what happens after Lonely sends …
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Gruff the Grump Gruff the Grump
Steve Smallman
Kindness works like a magic charm on the grumpy old Gruff, a growly, grizzly grump of a bear. When Gruff the Grump unexpectedly does something kind and rescues a rabbit stuck in a tree, the rabbit repays him by bringing …
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Call Me Gorgeous Call Me Gorgeous
Giles Milton
Stunning illustrations show the most arresting features of all sorts of animals – the pointy teeth of a crocodile and the long curving neck of a flamingo – all of which are fitted together to create a wonderful invented creature. …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Nelson Mandela's Long Walk to Freedom Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom
Nelson Mandela, Chris Van Wyk
Nelson Mandela’s inspirational life story has been adapted into a wonderfully child-friendly version. It tells of his childhood as an ordinary boy in a village and how his belief in democracy was already strongly developed while a student. Mandela’s fight …
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The Icky, Sticky Snot and Blood Book The Icky, Sticky Snot and Blood Book
Steve Alton
Disgustingly informative, this is a touchy, feely guide to some of the most disgusting things in life. Open the flap and find out about blood and bones, travel on a roller coaster ride around the fast flowing systems that control …
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Henry's House: Egyptians Henry’s House: Egyptians
Philip Ardagh and Mike Gordon
Go back in time with Henry, his dog Mothball and his friend Jaggers. Together the three of them find out all they can about how the Egyptians lived. They meet the Pharaoh, learn about the Egyptian gods and goddesses and …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Boom! Boom!
Mark Haddon
Everything about this deliciously improbable adventure is almost completely daft – and that’s the fun of it all. When Charlie sets up his walkie-talkie in the staff room he doesn’t hear gossip about the pupils as he had expected. Instead, …
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Bob and Barry's Lunar Adventures: The Disappearing Moon Bob and Barry’s Lunar Adventures: The Disappearing Moon
Simon Bartram
Exciting moon adventures for Bob, the man on the moon, and his dog Barry. Bob’s job is to look after the moon but it isn’t always easy especially when the magician Alacazamo suddenly makes it disappear! Can Bob and Barry …
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The Rainbow Orchid: The Adventures of Julius Chancer - Vol One The Rainbow Orchid: The Adventures of Julius Chancer – Vol One
Garen Ewing
The Rainbow Orchid is an ambitious blend of classic storytelling and cinematic artwork in which adventure, historical drama and legend are seamlessly intertwined. If you like your comics full of mystery and adventure and you love the worlds of …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Ghost Hunter: Book 6 Chronicles of Ancient Darkness Ghost Hunter: Book 6 Chronicles of Ancient Darkness
Michelle Paver
Dazzling entertainment, seamless storytelling, this is the stunning 6th and final episode, bringing the bestselling ‘The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness’, which began so dramatically with Wolf Brother, to a close.

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Angel Cake Angel Cake
Cathy Cassidy
Friends and relationships are the hallmarks of Cathy’s novels as she portrays her characters and their friendships particularly well. The plot lines are easy to get into, there’s always a

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Wolven Wolven
Di Toft
A howlingly hairy summer adventure – Picture a boy, his eccentric grandparents and a pet dog that is a kind of special werewolf in reverse, all living on the edge of a strange and eerie wood. Now imagine that this …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Timewalker Timewalker
Justin Stanchfield
Full of intrigue, this is a terrific time-twist adventure with a dramatic plot that keeps its tension to the end. When sleepwalking along a lonely road near the quiet town of Antler, Sean meets a strange girl who is being …
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Threads Threads
Sophia Bennett
Fresh, witty and wholly contemporary, prize winning Threads won The Times/Chicken House writing competition in 2009. How three teenage friends with completely different interests – one’s into fashion, one plans to save the world and one is a budding young …
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Missing, Believed Crazy Missing, Believed Crazy
Terence Blacker
Fun to read, this is a cleverly constructed narrative of different voices all telling their version of the same story. Students at Cathcart College, an exclusive boarding school, plan a novel way of raising money for charity. The kidnapping is …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Grass Grass
Cathy Macphail
A thrilling, fast-paced, high octane story that is brilliantly spun out by the queen of teen thrillers Cathy Macphail as she captures how Leo gets caught up in the terrifying gang warfare that rules his town in Scotland. Leo and …
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Back to Life Back to Life
Joanna Nadin
More hilarious exploits from the angst ridden teen diarist Rachel Riley. Fans of Louise Rennison’s character Georgia Nicolson will love this as will all those who have enjoyed the ups and down and ups again of Rachel’s life to date. …
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What I Saw and How I Lied What I Saw and How I Lied
Judy Blundell
Winner of the prestigious National Book Award.
Utterly gripping and beautifully told, this is a stunning rite of passage novel full of powerful and conflicting emotions, which captures Evie’s dramatic shift from child to adult in pinpoint sharp, painful detail. Excited …
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