Archive for November, 2009

Most popular children’s books, by age range, 22 – 29 Nov 2009

Monday, November 30th, 2009

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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The Bedtime Collection The Bedtime Collection
Wendy Cooling
A visual treat, this is a rich collection of original stories, rhymes and pictures from some of the best-known and best-loved authors and illustrators of today including Jacqueline Wilson, Michael Morpurgo, Shirley Hughes, Quentin Blake and Malorie Blackman. Each of …
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Who's Driving? Who’s Driving?
Leo Timmers
This is a delightful new take on the classic fable of the hare and the tortoise. Full of shining cars and screeching tyres, it’s a picture book for drivers of all ages, young and old. So many different cars and so …
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The Snowlies Find a Letter The Snowlies Find a Letter
Corinne Mellor, Ashe Ericksson
An absolutely enchanting pop-up story book. Enter a world of dark pine forests, purple skies and icy lakes. Children will fall in love with the magical snowlies – forest fairies – as they journey across the arctic to deliver a …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up 1001 Children’s Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up
Julia Eccleshare & Quentin Blake
Fall down the rabbit hole, take flight into Neverland, or follow the yellow brick road to the Emerald City; we all remember what it was like to disappear into the imaginary worlds of the most magical and fantastic type of …
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Lulu's Christmas Lulu’s Christmas
Camilla Reid
All the excitement of Christmas is crammed into this interactive picture book showing all the things Lulu has to do to get ready for the big day. And young readers will love pulling the tab to help her decorate the …
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The Penguin Who Wanted to Find Out The Penguin Who Wanted to Find Out
Jill Tomlinson
This is a perfect story for animal lovers young and old, filled with tenderness and love combined with a subtle humour. Soft focus illustrations take readers right into the cold world of the penguins living in Antarctica. The beautiful pictures …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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The Best of Times The Best of Times
Michael Morpurgo
Beautifully told and exquisitely illustrated, this is a gem of a book.
Michael Morpurgo weaves a magical story about the unusual way a prince
finds to make his princess happy and so to save her life. Emma
Chichester Clark’s illustrations capture the subtle …
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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

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The Snow Goose The Snow Goose
Paul Gallico
Radio 4 Open Book listeners recently crowned The Snow Goose ‘The book most deserved to be re-read’ – the novel by Paul Gallico. It will be dramatised on Radio 4 in 2010
Shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award 2009. Breathtaking illustrations …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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FLIPS: Faraway Tree Stories (Nintendo DS) FLIPS: Faraway Tree Stories (Nintendo DS)
Enid Blyton
The Enchanted Wood is one of Enid Blyton’s most memorable and truly imaginative stories, capturing a world where almost anything can happen if you just believe in the magic of nature and its creatures. Three stories from the Enchanted Wood …
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Grubtown Tales: Stinking Rich and Just Plain Stinky Grubtown Tales: Stinking Rich and Just Plain Stinky
Philip Ardagh
Winner of the 7 – 14 yr old category of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2009.
You cannot fail to find the town of Grubtown and its inhabitants hysterically funny. What goes on defies belief but if you’ve read books by …
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New and Collected Poems for Children New and Collected Poems for Children
Carol Ann Duffy
A stunning collection of poems for children by the Poet Laureate. Carol Ann Duffy’s collection opens with ‘The Words of Poems’, which is a perfect introduction to the feast of delights found within this anthology. Duffy’s poems encompass everything from …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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FLIPS: Artemis Fowl (Nintendo DS) FLIPS: Artemis Fowl (Nintendo DS)
Eoin Colfer
Eoin Colfer’s terrific series featuring the teenage criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl has been acclaimed as ‘Die Hard with fairies’! Now that his father has disappeared Artemis must take charge and rebuild his family fortune. Full of lots of interactivity this …
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A Dinosaur Ate My Socks A Dinosaur Ate My Socks
Eric Brown
Space fantasy, dinosaurs and a trip back in time are the elements in this dramatic story about some homework that goes a bit wild. Millie and Mouse disagree about their homework on dinosaurs: Millie who loves them thinks it will …
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FLIPS: Cathy Cassidy (Nintendo DS) FLIPS: Cathy Cassidy (Nintendo DS)
Cathy Cassidy
Friends and relationships are the hallmarks of Cathy’s stories as she portrays her characters and their friendships particularly well. The plot lines are easy to get into and there’s often a subliminal message too within the story. They’re cracking, fast-paced …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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A Perfect Ten A Perfect Ten
Chris Higgins
Winner of the Young Minds Book Prize 2009.
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 …
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The Graveyard Book (illustrated by Chris Riddell) The Graveyard Book (illustrated by Chris Riddell)
Neil Gaiman
Winner of the prestigious Teenage Book of the Year Award 2009.
Winner of Best Novel at the Hugo Awards 2009.
2009 winner of the prestigious Newbery Medal.
Spooks galore in this brilliant and fantastic story of life in the graveyard. When Baby …
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The Vanishing of Katharina Linden The Vanishing of Katharina Linden
Helen Grant
Shortlisted for the prestigious Teenage Book of the Year Award 2009.
This debut novel is a great page-turner with an endearing story that’s full of rich detail and beautifully written. It has a terrific sense of place. Although the narrator …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Stolen Stolen
Lucy Christopher
This controversial debut is a moving drama about kidnapping, isolation and survival and an extraordinary psychological thriller that will steal the minds of those who read it. Sensitive, intelligent and gripping, Stolen is a contemporary story which will force the …
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Solace of the Road Solace of the Road
Siobhan Dowd
Shortlisted for the prestigious Costa Children’s Book Award 2009 – the winner will be announced in early January.

Shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2009
Beautifully written and achingly moving, Solace of the Road is the poignant and desperate story …
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Nation Nation
Terry Pratchett
Shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2009
Hugely entertaining, this is a fully envisaged fantasy adventure, which makes serious points about the importance of the past from the master storyteller and author of the hugely popular Discworld series. Survival! Mau’s …
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Children’s books for Christmas including interactive books on Nintendo DS…

Friday, November 27th, 2009

November is nearly done and Christmas inches ever closer. So make present choosing easy by looking at our brilliant gifts and  stocking fillers, specially chosen by our team of editorial experts. Also new for December is an incredibly exciting new reading concept – books to read on the Nintendo DS!

Is it a Game, is it a Book? – It’s both!

For a lot of parents games consoles, like the DS, are a living nightmare. They eat into kids free time and do little to help with reading. But ‘times are a changin’ for EA, one of the leading games producers has created the revolutionary FLIPS™ range. Load up the DS cartridge and you will find 6 – 8 interactive books from top name authors including Eoin Colfer, Cathy Cassidy and Enid Blyton.

What’s more EA has used their gaming experience to make turning the pages in these books as compelling as playing Super Mario… We are very excited about this revolution, particularly as we truly believe that this could be the impetus to get reluctant readers hooked on books –

find out more for yourselves today.

Meet the most delightful mice around

Brambly Hedge meets The Borrowers. Tumtum and Nutmeg are simply the most delightful mice living in Nutmouse House  and they now have 4 amazing books written about them by Emily Bearn. We think they are future classics and from the feedback we’ve received since they launched we know, those of you who have discovered them, love their adventures as well.  Find out more in our special series of the month and the new book about their Christmas Adventure.

Books of the Month for December

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Classic Children’s Books make timeless presents

Perfect as gifts, or to indulge your family, is a fabulous range of children’s classics – hardback or paperback, illustrated or non illustrated, small or large format, there is something here to suit every taste and budget. They really are gifts to treasure and return to throughout life. Why not visit our classics section today…

Other treats not to miss for Christmas – mini banners

Teenage Prize Winners just announced

We are unique in that we feature shortlists and prize winners from a veritable feast of prestigious awards and as a result our Children’s Book Awards section is one of THE most popular areas of the site. This month is no exception with 3 important prizes just announced, the most recent of which is the Teenage Book of the Year. This award is known for featuring uncompromising fiction that teens love and this year was no exception. The winner was the simply excellent and now multi-award winning The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. We have free opening extracts of this and all the other runners and riders. Find out more….

Free to enter competitions with brilliant prizes…

This month we have some 12 book boxed sets of Classic Illustrated titles, signed copies of the delightful Tumtum and Nutmeg, Lauren Child prints and even a FREE Nintendo DS complete with FLIPS e-books. Visit our Free Prize Draws section for all the information and get entering today. Good luck.

Happy Lovereading

Most popular Children’s opening Extracts 15 -22 Nov

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Lovereding4kids Top 10

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Grubtown Tales: Stinking Rich and Just Plain Stinky Grubtown Tales: Stinking Rich and Just Plain Stinky
Philip Ardagh
Winner of the 7 – 14 yr old category of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2009.

You cannot fail to find the town of Grubtown and its inhabitants hysterically funny.  What goes on defies belief but if you’ve read books by …
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Mrs Cockle's Cat Mrs Cockle’s Cat
Philippa Pearce
This magical story weaves a delightful fantasy around a simple and touching story of a lost cat. Mrs Cockle lives at the top of a very tall house which has a useful trap door that opens directly onto the roof. …
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The Best of Times The Best of Times
Michael Morpurgo
Beautifully told and exquisitely illustrated, this is a gem of a book.
Michael Morpurgo weaves a magical story about the unusual way a prince
finds to make his princess happy and so to save her life. Emma
Chichester Clark’s illustrations capture the subtle …
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The Death-defying Pepper Roux The Death-defying Pepper Roux
Geraldine Mccaughrean
Prize-winning Geraldine McCaughrean has turned her deft hand to a brilliantly witty and fast moving story about a boy who wants to defy his destiny. Pepper is an unusual name and Pepper Roux is an unusual child especially since, according …
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Really Really Big Questions about life, the Universe and everything Really Really Big Questions about life, the Universe and everything
Stephen Law, Nishant Choksi
100 Really Really Big Questions is an unusual and fun introduction to philosophy that explores life’s important but often unanswered questions. Readers will be able to explore the history of thought and the great thinkers and learn how to think …
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The Vanishing of Katharina Linden The Vanishing of Katharina Linden
Helen Grant
Shortlisted for the prestigious Teenage Book of the Year Award 2009.
This debut novel is a great page-turner with an endearing story that’s full of rich detail and beautifully written.  It has a terrific sense of place.  Although the narrator …
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A Perfect Ten A Perfect Ten
Chris Higgins
Winner of the Young Minds Book Prize 2009.
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 …
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The Penguin Who Wanted to Find Out The Penguin Who Wanted to Find Out
Jill Tomlinson
This is a perfect story for animal lovers young and old, filled with tenderness and love combined with a subtle humour.  Soft focus illustrations take readers right into the cold world of the penguins living in Antarctica. The beautiful pictures …
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Crocodile Tears: An Alex Rider novel Crocodile Tears: An Alex Rider novel
Anthony Horowitz
As exciting as ever with even more action and suspense, boy hero Alex Rider is back for his eighth spectacular adventure.  When Alex finds himself in great danger he turns to MI6 for protection. They are willing to help – …
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A Dinosaur Ate My Socks A Dinosaur Ate My Socks
Eric Brown
Space fantasy, dinosaurs and a trip back in time are the elements in this dramatic story about some homework that goes a bit wild. Millie and Mouse disagree about their homework on dinosaurs: Millie who loves them thinks it will …
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New November Children’s Books and a first look at Christmas

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Books make perfect presents for children – they get the excitement of a rip-roaring story; you get the warm glow of watching them develop their reading skills. And with only seven weeks to go until the big day now’s the time to start choosing. If you’re not sure which titles will go down best, download some free Opening Extracts and take a sneak peak at some of the very best new stories.

Rudolph the Red-nosed Reader

Lovereading4kids has compiled a list for Santa that has something for everyone, with great ideas for gift books and stocking fillers. They’re sure to make your children merry and bright for Christmas and a good long time afterwards. And don’t forget there’s 25% of most books and free delivery on every order over £20!

Author of the Month – the inimitable Stephen Davies

Stephen is a unique character – he works as a missionary in West Africa, preaching, accompanying cattle drives and giving advice on crops and health. We’ve brought together a selection of his brilliant kids’ books suitable for 7+ readers and his new title, Hacking Timbuktu, for 9+ readers in which a young computer whizz gets mixed up in the daring robbery of an ancient temple!

Books of the Month – outstanding quality new children’s books

We’ve got a whole host of really excellent new books for November, from established names like Anthony Horowitz with his brand new Alex Rider title and Jeanette Winterson, with her stunning first foray into children’s books, to rising stars like Emily Bearn and John Smelcer. All are exceptionally imaginative and well written – there’s never been so much talent in the children’s book world!

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Debuts of the Month – Fresh new reading talents

Jane Airhead by Kay Woodward

Inspired by Jane Eyre, Charlotte goes looking for a dashing modern day Mr. Rochester for her lovely mum; she finds one, but is he for real?

Winter Shadow by Richard Knight & Richard Johnson

A wonderful story of a little girl who finds an abandoned wolf cub and how they become inseparable as they grow up together.

Can you tell your Arabesque from your Grand Plie?

The Ballet Academy is our Series of the Month, perfect for any
7+ year old who loves to dance and who wants to read stories
that fuel that passion. We also have a wonderful, and essential, illustrated companion volume that provides a real insight into the world of ballet

and what young dancers need to know. Why not ‘jete’ over to have a look?

Children’s Classics – timeless tales for Christmas

There are certain stories your kids will enjoy just as much as you did as a child. So take a look at our Children’s Classics area on Lovereading4kids, where you’ll find collections of classics to suit every taste and they won’t break the bank either. Whether it’s the sumptuous Templar illustrated hardbacks, the Oxford great value small format hardbacks, the Walker Illustrated paperbacks or the Puffin paperbacks, they all make perfect gifts.

Fantastic new stories for dyslexic and reluctant readers

Books make perfect Christmas presents – and not just for confident readers. We’ve added a dozen new titles to our very popular Dyslexia category on the site to coincide with Dyslexia Awareness Week from 1st to 7th Nov, and we’ve also refreshed our Reluctant Reader section. If your children struggle to read, or just seem disinterested, there could well be a short, sharp and entertaining book here to foster a new enthusiasm for reading.

Three book awards to be announced – all first class fiction

The Teenage Book Prize continues to raise awareness of the very best writing for young adults. This year’s shortlist features some gloriously imagined characters and vividly painted worlds, both grittily real and wildly fantastical. Download some free Opening Extracts of books by such inspirational authors as Neil Gaiman, Paul Dowswell and Mal Peet.

Roald Dahl’s Funniest Book prize shortlist shouldn’t be missed – the winner will be announced in mid November alongside the winner of the Young Minds Book prize. All the shortlisted titles together with ‘try before you buy’ extracts are on Lovereading4kids.

Gift Vouchers – the Christmas present that can’t go wrong!

If you just can’t choose which books to buy your young cherubs or God cherubs for Christmas, then try a Lovereading4kids Gift Voucher. You can be confident that when your kids visit the site there will be a wonderful selection of books for them to have fun choosing from.

Happy Reading!

Most popular Children’s Opening Extracts 8 – 15 Nov 2009

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Lovereading4kids.co.uk most popular books by age range

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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The Chicken Thief The Chicken Thief
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Lulu's Christmas Lulu’s Christmas
Camilla Reid
All the excitement of Christmas is crammed into this interactive picture book showing all the things Lulu has to do to get ready for the big day. And young readers will love pulling the tab to help her decorate the …
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My Animals My Animals
Xavier Deneux
Stylish imagery in black and white (with a cleverly done tiny hint of colour on each page) introduces some familiar animals in a highly original way. Perfectly placed holes for little fingers will encourage readers to engage closely with each picture as …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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The Penguin Who Wanted to Find Out The Penguin Who Wanted to Find Out
Jill Tomlinson
This is a perfect story for animal lovers young and old, filled with tenderness and love combined with a subtle humour. Soft focus illustrations take readers right into the cold world of the penguins living in Antarctica. The beautiful pictures …
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Who's Driving? Who’s Driving?
Leo Timmers
This is a delightful new take on the classic fable of the hare and the tortoise. Full of shining cars and screeching tyres, it’s a picture book for drivers of all ages, young and old. So many different cars and so …
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Mr Pusskins Best in Show Mr Pusskins Best in Show
Sam Lloyd
Winner of the 6 and under category in the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2009.
Pusskins is a larger-than-life character and it comes as no surprise that it has been shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funniest book prize!! There is fun and …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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The Best of Times The Best of Times
Michael Morpurgo
Beautifully told and exquisitely illustrated, this is a gem of a book.
Michael Morpurgo weaves a magical story about the unusual way a prince
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Tumtum and Nutmeg: A Christmas Adventure Tumtum and Nutmeg: A Christmas Adventure
Emily Bearn
It’s Christmastime and the loveable characters Tumtum and Nutmeg are back for a new set of adventures. When they hear bad news about Christmas they set off for the Toy Kingdom to make sure that everyone gets the happy Christmas …
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My Brilliant Book! My Brilliant Book!
Michael Broad
Short of a good book to read, Sam decides that writing his own is the only way to really enjoy a story. Vibrantly illustrated, Sam’s flights of fancy – aliens, a world full of sweets, a trip to the wildwest …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Really Really Big Questions about life, the Universe and everything Really Really Big Questions about life, the Universe and everything
Stephen Law, Nishant Choksi
100 Really Really Big Questions is an unusual and fun introduction to philosophy that explores life’s important but often unanswered questions. Readers will be able to explore the history of thought and the

great thinkers and learn how to think …
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Grubtown Tales: Stinking Rich and Just Plain Stinky Grubtown Tales: Stinking Rich and Just Plain Stinky
Philip Ardagh
Winner of the 7 – 14 yr old category of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2009.

You cannot fail to find the town of Grubtown and its inhabitants hysterically funny. What goes on defies belief but if you’ve read books by …
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Mrs Cockle's Cat Mrs Cockle’s Cat
Philippa Pearce
This magical story weaves a delightful fantasy around a simple and touching story of a lost cat. Mrs Cockle lives at the top of a very tall house which has a useful trap door that opens directly onto the roof. …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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The Death-defying Pepper Roux The Death-defying Pepper Roux
Geraldine Mccaughrean
Prize-winning Geraldine McCaughrean has turned her deft hand to a brilliantly witty and fast moving story about a boy who wants to defy his destiny. Pepper is an unusual name and Pepper Roux is an unusual child especially since, according …
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The Unfinished Angel The Unfinished Angel
Sharon Creech
Prize-winning author Sharon Creech tells a magical story that’s truly original, touching and funny of an unusual friendship between an unusual angel and Zola who find themselves sharing a tower high in the Swiss Alps.
The story is told by Angel …
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Under the Weather: Stories About Climate Change Under the Weather: Stories About Climate Change
Tony Bradman
Perfectly pitched for younger readers, this is a timely collection of stories about an urgent matter that will affect everyone’s future. The stories have a global perspective with different authors tackling the different consequences of the world warming up. Crucially, …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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The Vanishing of Katharina Linden The Vanishing of Katharina Linden
Helen Grant
Shortlisted for the prestigious Teenage Book of the Year Award 2009. The winner will be announced on 18th November 2009.

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Crocodile Tears: An Alex Rider novel Crocodile Tears: An Alex Rider novel
Anthony Horowitz
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Tales of Terror from the Tunnel's Mouth Tales of Terror from the Tunnel’s Mouth
Chris Priestley
A spine chilling collection of short stories each of which will horrify but also delight readers with its creepy characters and unexpected occurrences. Robert starts back to school on the train alone but, when the train stops right in the …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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The Secret to Teen Power The Secret to Teen Power
Paul Harrington
‘The Secret’ is an international phenomenon that has inspired millions of people to live extraordinary lives. The Secret to Teen Power makes that material accessible and relevant for today’s over programmed, stressed-out teens in this fast-movingand changing 21st century world. …
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Wildthorn Wildthorn
Jane Eagland
Set in Victorian England, this is a thought-provoking and shocking debut story for teenagers and adults of how a young woman with an ambition to become a doctor (at a time when it was frowned upon for women to have …
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Auslander Auslander
Paul Dowswell
Shortlisted for the prestigious Teenage Book of the Year Award 2009. The winner will be announced on 18th November 2009.
A tense and dramatic story of growing up in Berlin during World War Two. When Piotr’s parents are killed …
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Children’s Christmas Books, Stocking fillers and Books of the Year

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

The Christmas lights have been turned on around the country and before you know it the round of Christmas parties will begin. So, before you get too busy to choose your little loved ones some brilliant books from our selections of Gifts, Stocking Fillers and Books of the Year, all handily split by age range and all with free ‘try before you buy’ extracts. Get ahead now, here at Lovereading4kids.

Guest Editor – the marvellous Geraldine McCaughrean

Three-time winner of the Whitbread Prize, winner of the Carnegie Medal and the very first recipient of the Blue Peter Book Award, Geraldine McCaughrean has written almost 150 books and plays. In 2006 she wrote the official sequel to JM Barrie’s Peter Pan: her adventure, Peter Pan in Scarlet, has already been translated into 38 languages. Her latest is an absolute corker of a book, The Death Defying Pepper-Roux. Incredibly fast-paced we guarantee no reader will fail to fall in love with this mad-cap character. As our Guest Editor this month find out more about her books and the ones that have influenced her on her own journey, from trainee teacher to literary heroine.

Other highlights this month

Books of the Month Author of the Month Illustrator of the month
Pooh Poetry prizes

A Publisher we tip for the top – tip-top books from Top That!

Top That! is an independent publisher with a reputation for creating incredibly exciting books – books that have something a little bit extra within their covers – that challenge and stimulate readers from toddlers right through to nearly teenagers. We’ve selected ten of their titles from three of their ranges.

Green Reads – books to give your kids greater global awareness

With the Copenhagen Summit on climate change coming up in December, now is a good time to get children (and parents!) thinking about the world they live in. Our Green Reads section has some really great books that engage children in the world around them and make themes like global warming accessible. Added to our existing titles are 3 new ones: Countdown to Disaster is a thrilling glimpse at colossal events, somenatural, some man-made, which could be the downfall of life as we know it. Under the Weather is a powerful collection of short stories looking at the personal perspective of climate change and Gaia Warriors explains the science and answers the commonly-asked questions about global warming.

Classics Illustrated –more exciting blasts from the past

These comic book versions of classic books, first published in the ’50s and ’60s, are a great way in to what can sometimes seem like tough stories to new readers. Among the titles we’ve added recently are such all-time favourites as Pinocchio for younger readers and Frankenstein for older readers. They’re also amazingly good value – less than £2 each on Lovereading4kids!

The world’s most irrepressible school boy is 90!

It’s hard to believe that Richmal Crompton began writing the Just William stories nearly a century ago – they are still as funny. Times might have changed but children will still roar with laughter at William’s exploits. So, visit our special Just William anniversary section to find out more and make sure when he turns 100 he’s still being read.

Children’s Prize Winners – hot off the press

The winners of two prestigious children’s Book Awards, the shortlists for which we’ve previously featured, have been announced this week. Roald Dahl’s Funny Book Award winners were, in the 6 and under category, Mr Pusskins Best in Show and in the 7 and over category, Grubtown Tales: Stinking Rich and Just Plain Stinky. All the winners and the shortlisted titles are in our Prize Winners area. Cracking titles every one of them.

Don’t let the kids have all the best presents. Make a Wish (list) today

Don’t forget your needs too; Lovereading is ready and waiting with a range of reading we think you will love. Why not make a wish list and give it to your ever-loving, and you too might get some Christmas presents you really want this year!

Exclusive prizes up for grabs, find out more today….

This month, like every month, we have some terrific book goodies to be won in our ‘free to enter’ prize draws. For toddlers we have a gorgeous limited edition glove puppet or some Lucy Cousins books, for slightly older readers we have some special 10 slipcase sets of Oxford Classics and very excitingly some signed sets of the Alex Rider backlist titles. Visit our Free Prize Draws page to find out more and enter.

We hope you have a lot of fun of choosing loads of Christmas presents on Lovereading4kids. Below you’ll find a taster by age range of our Christmas selection. However, to view our complete Christmas range go direct to one of our three Christmas sections – Gifts, Stocking

Fillers or Books of the Year.

Happy Lovereading!

Lovereading4kids – Most popular children’s books 1 – 8 Nov 09

Monday, November 9th, 2009

Lovereading4kids Top 10

1
The Unfinished Angel The Unfinished Angel
Sharon Creech
Prize-winning author Sharon Creech tells a magical story that’s truly original, touching and funny of an unusual friendship between an unusual angel and Zola who find themselves sharing a tower high in the Swiss Alps.
The story is told by Angel …
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2
Under the Weather: Stories About Climate Change Under the Weather: Stories About Climate Change
Tony Bradman
Perfectly pitched for younger readers, this is a timely collection of stories about an urgent matter that will affect everyone’s future. The stories have a global perspective with different authors tackling the different consequences of the world warming up. Crucially, …
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3
Green Smoke Green Smoke
Rosemary Manning
A touching and magical adventure story, Green Smoke tells how Susan meets a very special dragon while on her summer holiday in Cornwall. R. Dragon is 1,500 years old. He’s green and scaly and has two golden-yellow horns but he’s …
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4
The Vanishing of Katharina Linden The Vanishing of Katharina Linden
Helen Grant
Shortlisted for the prestigious Teenage Book of the Year Award 2009.  The winner will be announced on 18th November 2009.
This debut novel is a great page-turner with an endearing story that’s full of rich detail and beautifully written.  It …
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5
The Chicken Thief The Chicken Thief
Beatrice Rodriguez
An entertainingly illustrated wordless picture book story which will be loved by all ages. When the daring fox comes by and steals the chicken away from under the noses of her friends Bear and Rabbit, he sets off a dramatic …
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6
Mrs Cockle's Cat Mrs Cockle’s Cat
Philippa Pearce
This magical story weaves a delightful fantasy around a simple and touching story of a lost cat. Mrs Cockle lives at the top of a very tall house which has a useful trap door that opens directly onto the roof. …
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7
The Secret to Teen Power The Secret to Teen Power
Paul Harrington
‘The Secret’ is an international phenomenon that has inspired millions of people to live extraordinary lives. The Secret to Teen Power makes that material accessible and relevant for today’s over programmed, stressed-out teens in this fast-movingand changing 21st century world. …
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8
Diary of a Wimpy Kid 4: Dog Days Diary of a Wimpy Kid 4: Dog Days
Jeff Kinney
Here at Lovereading4kids we are delighted to bring you a hot-of-the-press extract of Greg’s latest wimpy adventures. Rest-assured this eagerly awaited next instalment lives up to expectations.  So get ready to split your sides laughing as Greg struggles with all …
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9
A Traveller in Time A Traveller in Time
Alison Uttley
One of the first, and finest, of all time-slip stories that travels between the 16th century and pre-war 20th century Britain.  It is alive with the sounds and the smells of both centuries making it an incredibly mysterious yet compelling …
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10
Really Really Big Questions about life, the Universe and everything Really Really Big Questions about life, the Universe and everything
Stephen Law, Nishant Choksi
100 Really Really Big Questions is an unusual and fun introduction to philosophy that explores life’s important but often unanswered questions. Readers will be able to explore the history of thought and the great thinkers and learn how to think …
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Children’s most popular books 25 Oct – 1 Nov 2009

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

Lovereading4kids.co.uk Top 10

1
No Such Thing As Dragons No Such Thing As Dragons
Philip Reeve
Carnegie Medal winner Philip Reeve weaves a brilliant adventure story set long ago when the myth of the dragon held many in paralysing fear. Ansel serves Brock, the famous dragon slayer who makes his living by slaying creatures whose very …
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2
The Best of Times The Best of Times
Michael Morpurgo
Beautifully told and exquisitely illustrated, this is a gem of a book. Michael Morpurgo weaves a magical story about the unusual way a prince finds to make his princess happy and so to save her life. Emma Chichester Clark’s illustrations …
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3
The Secret to Teen Power The Secret to Teen Power
Paul Harrington
‘The Secret’ is an international phenomenon that has inspired millions of people to live extraordinary lives. The Secret to Teen Power makes that material accessible and relevant for today’s over programmed, stressed-out teens in this fast-movingand changing 21st century world. …
Download free opening extract
4
The Unfinished Angel The Unfinished Angel
Sharon Creech
Prize-winning author Sharon Creech tells a magical story that’s truly original, touching and funny of an unusual friendship between an unusual angel and Zola who find themselves sharing a tower high in the Swiss Alps. The story is told by …
Download free opening extract
5
Diary of a Wimpy Kid 4: Dog Days Diary of a Wimpy Kid 4: Dog Days
Jeff Kinney
Here at Lovereading4kids we are delighted to bring you a hot-of-the-press extract of Greg’s latest wimpy adventures. Rest-assured this eagerly awaited next instalment lives up to expectations. So get ready to split your sides laughing as Greg struggles with all …
Download free opening extract
6
Spells Spells
Emily Gravett
A stunning new picture book from Emily Gravett, full of witchcraft,
wizardry and magic. We meet a frog trying his utmost to turn himself
into a handsome prince from a torn up spell book, resulting in
inevitably confusing consequences. It has the same …
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7
Horrid Henry Wakes the Dead Horrid Henry Wakes the Dead
Francesca Simon
Everybody’s favourite bad boy is back for a new set of shocking adventures. Horrid Henry and his brother Perfect Peter will squabble over anything and everything – and, as his fans will know, his behaviour is getting worse! At home …
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Ghost for Sale Ghost for Sale
Terry

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Deary
Terry Deary, one of the best known children’s authors writing today has written a scary yet funny short novel that is dyslexia friendly. 9+ year olds will find the storyline terrific yet the reading age for it is a little …
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Crocodile Tears: An Alex Rider novel Crocodile Tears: An Alex Rider novel
Anthony Horowitz
THIS BOOK WILL BE RELEASED ON PUB DATE – 12TH NOVEMBER. PLEASE PRE-ORDER
As exciting as ever with even more action and suspense, boy hero Alex Rider is back for his eighth spectacular adventure. When Alex finds himself in great danger …
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10
Really Really Big Questions about life, the Universe and everything Really Really Big Questions about life, the Universe and everything
Stephen Law, Nishant Choksi
100 Really Really Big Questions is an unusual and fun introduction to philosophy that explores life’s important but often unanswered questions. Readers will be able to explore the history of thought and the great thinkers and learn how to think …
Download free opening extract

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