Archive for May, 2010

Most popular children’s books, by age range, 16 – 23 May 2010

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Not Me! Not Me!
Nicola Killen
This is an utterly delightful picture book from a bright new talent found by a publisher who seeks out new talent from the MA Illustration course in Cambridge. The clever interaction of the illustrations with some very simple text make …
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I'm the Best I’m the Best
Lucy Cousins
Lovely bold illustrations capture Dog’s boundless and boastful enthusiasm. Dog loves his friends; he thinks they are brilliant but he also thinks that he is the best. How Dog’s friends show him how loveable he is, even if he is …
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Charlie and Lola's Clothes Charlie and Lola’s Clothes
Lauren Child
Favourite characters Charlie and Lola show off the clothes they love in this attractive, brightly coloured board book. Gloves, socks, bobble hats, a dress and trousers – all are almost touchable in these bold illustrations. …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Harry and Hopper Harry and Hopper
Margaret Wild
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2010.
Harry and his dog Hopper have done everything together ever since Hopper was a jumpy little puppy. But one day the unthinkable happens and Hopper will never be there again. But Harry is …
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Christian, the Hugging Lion Christian, the Hugging Lion
Justin Richardson, Peter Parnell
An amazing, heart-warming and true story of how a lion cub grows up as a pet and ends up returned to his real home in the wilds of Kenya. When Ace and John see Christian the lion cub in Harrods, …
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Crocodiles are the Best Animals of All Crocodiles are the Best Animals of All
Sean Taylor
Shortlisted for Roald Dahl’s Funny Prize 2009.
This is a real romp of a read with bright humorous illustrations accompanying a rich, rhyming text that children will enjoy reading alone and with their parents, time and time again.  Crocodile demonstrates …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Horrid Henry and the Football Fiend Horrid Henry and the Football Fiend
Francesca Simon
A World Cup Selection. A new collection of stories about Horrid Henry and his little brother, Perfect Pete. Henry
is as determined as ever to get his own way and will stop at nothing to
achieve his ends. Above all, he won’t …
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The Dunderheads The Dunderheads
Paul Fleischman
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2010.
Miss Breakbone is a fearsome teacher: she shouts, she confiscates, she makes kids cry. Until the Dunderheads – an unlikely band of kids, with extraordinary hidden talents, decide to teach Miss Breakbone a …
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Leon and the Place Between Leon and the Place Between
Angela Mcallister
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2010.
When Leon goes to the magic show, he is the only one who believes. His brothers and sisters are in for a big surprise however: this is no ordinary show and Abdul Kazam …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Fantastic Football 2010 Fantastic Football 2010
Clive Gifford
Packed with facts and figures and handsomely produced, Fantastic
Football makes perfect pre-World Cup reading. Everything about previous
World Cups – who won, who lost, shock results and highlights about the
superstars who created the thrilling moments is told in photos, charts
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The World at Our Feet Football Poems The World at Our Feet Football Poems
Paul Cookson
A terrific little book that’s full of poems about football. Many kids think poems are not for them, but perhaps with football fever in the air, as it is at the moment you can persuade them otherwise.  This collection is …
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Not Bad for a Bad Lad Not Bad for a Bad Lad
Michael Morpurgo
This wonderful story was inspired by a conversation that Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman had about a prison at Hollesley Bay in Suffolk that Michael Foreman remembered from growing up nearby. Into this Michael Morpurgo weaves his story of …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Hazel's Phantasmagoria Hazel’s Phantasmagoria
Leander Deeny
This is a stunning first novel, with exceptional quality writing and a uniquely imaginative plot. The author has combined the rich, gifted imagination of Lewis Carroll and Maurice Sendak with the child/adult crossover appeal of Mark Haddon. The plot is …
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Spider Moon: Part of the DFC library Spider Moon: Part of the DFC library
Kate Brown
The dramatic illustrations of this powerful graphic novel convey the tension of a world in which a prophesy looks horribly likely to come true. The fates have decreed that Bekka’s world will be destroyed by the falling sky which will …
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The Kane Chronicles: The Red Pyramid The Kane Chronicles: The Red Pyramid
Rick Riordan
Best-selling author Rick Riordan who created Percy Jackson has once again created some non-stop thrilling action in this headlong adventure as the Egyptian past comes alive and threatens two present day children.
Carter and Sadie, the children of world famous Egyptologist …
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Unhooking the Moon Unhooking the Moon
Gregory Hughes
One absolutely, indisputably MEGA story!
This highly recommended title is a beautifully written, utterly original, funny and bittersweet tale about two newly orphaned kids who embark on an epic road trip to New York to find their long lost uncle. …
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The Vanishing of Katharina Linden The Vanishing of Katharina Linden
Helen Grant
Shortlisted for the CLIP Carnegie Medai 2010.
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 is only 10 years old, …
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The Graveyard Book (illustrated by Chris Riddell) The Graveyard Book (illustrated by Chris Riddell)
Neil Gaiman
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2010.
Spooks galore in this brilliant and fantastic story of life in the graveyard. When Baby Bod escapes a murderer intent on killing his whole family, he is taken in by the graveyard ghosts. …
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Keeper Keeper
Mal Peet
Reissued to coincide with the World Cup in South Africa in 2010, this is the extraordinary debut novel from multi-award winning author Mal Peet.  Set in South America, this compelling adventure is told as an interview between a top sports …
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Paper Towns Paper Towns
John Green
Award winning author John Green’s fresh-voiced novel is an utterly gripping story that gives a roller-coaster, unputdownable read. Strongly set with all the details of life in high school, at its heart is the powerful relationship between Quentin and Margo, …
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If I Stay If I Stay
Gayle Forman
Gripping, heartrending and ultimately life-affirming, If I Stay is a haunting novel about the power of love and loss – a story that won’t quite let you go. It will make you appreciate all that you have, all that you’ve …
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Jamelia Urges UK Parents “Tell More Tales!”

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Munch Bunch launches the "Munch Time" storytelling competition “Superstar” mum Jamelia is calling on parents to put pen to paper and create their very own children’s story, as Munch Bunch launches the “Munch Time” storytelling competition.

Munch Bunch launches the “Munch Time” storytelling competition
As a Munch Bunch survey reveals that the best children’s bedtime story of all time is The Very Hungry Caterpillar, the “Munch Time” storytelling campaign urges families to enjoy some storytelling time together. What is more, 11 creative parents judged to have submitted the most fantastic fables to the competition will win the chance to see their story turned into a book as well as meet Jamelia and receive a cash prize.

Jamelia explains how much she enjoys storytime with her children, “The Munch Time storytelling campaign is a great way to encourage mums and dads to spend time with their kids and share stories. I know my daughters love being told stories; they’re always thrilled by something I’ve made up for them, and it really seems to help with their reading, writing and creativity”.

The Munch Bunch survey further reveals that although three quarters of parents read to their children, one in 10 say they have not done so for at least six months. However, eight in 10 believe reading books will help them become a well-rounded individual. Parents blamed household chores (35%), cooking dinner (31%) and long office hours (21%) for getting in the way of spending quality time with their children.

Dr Richard Woolfson, Child Psychologist, comments on the survey results, “As the survey shows, modern life often means families feel they do not have time to indulge in storytelling but it can be so rewarding. It inspires children’s imaginations while strengthening their attention span and creativity. For parents, it is the perfect way to spend precious quality time with their kids.

The “Munch Time” storytelling competition closes on 25th June 2010. To enter the competition and find out more about Munch Time, visit http://www.munchbunch.co.uk/parents/win/

Football fever, Judy Moody, Grubtown Tales and much more.

Monday, May 17th, 2010

With the May half term not far away, why not take a look at some of our new features on the kids site and choose some amazing reads to keep your children engrossed in a book and not a video game. We have books with a footie theme, graphic novels that aren’t comics, some great ideas to do outside and the shortlists for two of the biggest book awards in the children’s market….

World Cup 2010 – could it kick-off your kids’ reading?

We’ve brought together some picture books and novels for kids of all ages to enjoy whilst the World Cup is on. Each one has football as its theme and perhaps even the most reluctant readers will get reading on the back of football. Visit our special page of stories about the beautiful game, and use World Cup fever to help your kids love reading too.

This month’s highlights

Just click on the banners below for instant access to our absolute top reads. In particular don’t miss Unhooking the Moon, our Mega Book of the Month, Philip Ardagh, who writes madcap mayhem for boys, or for girls classic Judy Moody.

Welcome to the DFC Library – another class of comic

The DFC was a high-quality, weekly comic featuring some of the very best storytellers and artists in the world – including Philip Pullman and Nick Sharratt. Boys and girls aged 8-12 absolutely loved it but sadly the plug has been pulled on it for the time being, so instead the owners of the DFC comic have brought together in book form three of the comic strips featured in the DFC. Called The DFC Library they’re great and you can check them all out here.

Four exciting new pre-publication exclusives

Worldshaker

Richard Harland

An extraordinary story about a mobile city – for Victoriana-loving, clanking engine-obsessed ‘Steampunk’ genre fans!

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Day of Deliverance

Johnny O’Brien

Jack Christie, adventurer extraordinaire is back for more time travel mysteries. This time Jack and his friend Angus must save Queen Elizabeth I from an early death!

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The Prince of Mist

Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Utterly gripping, this is a deliciously haunting and chilling tale for teens of dark magic and treachery, from the bestselling author of Shadow of the Wind.

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The Moonstone Legacy

Diana De Gunzburg, Tony Wild

Beginning where Wilkie Collins’ classic left off, it’s hard to believe this is a debut. It’s utterly gripping and the quality of the writing is exceptional. .

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What do teens think of Oranges!

As part of the 15th Anniversary celebrations a panel of six 17 and 18 yr olds have selected their favorite 6 books from the 14 winners and then they will need to choose an overall favourite which will be announced at the Orange ceremony 9 June. Find out the 6 favourites in our special Orange section on Lovereading.

Vote for your Queen of Teen

The Queen of Teen award is a very ‘girly’ but fabulous prize that recognises authors like Jacqueline Wilson and Louise Rennison, whose brilliant books have inspired 1000’s of girls to get into reading. Nominate your favourite today.

Voting closes in June and the award will be announced in September. Watch this space! Why not also check out a brilliant collection of short stories – Queen of Teen – with contributions from

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We hope you enjoy our book selections. We love books and try our best to pass that passion on through everything we do.

Happy reading

P.S If you haven’t already checked out the competition pages then now’s your chance: there are plenty of free to enter prize draws with exclusive book prizes.

Most popular children’s books, by age range, 2 – 9 May 2010

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Not Me! Not Me!
Nicola Killen
This is an utterly delightful picture book from a bright new talent found by a publisher who seeks out new talent from the MA Illustration course in Cambridge. The clever interaction of the illustrations with some very simple text make …
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I'm the Best I’m the Best
Lucy Cousins
Lovely bold illustrations capture Dog’s boundless and boastful enthusiasm. Dog loves his friends; he thinks they are brilliant but he also thinks that he is the best. How Dog’s friends show him how loveable he is, even if he is …
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Never Shake a Rattlesnake Never Shake a Rattlesnake
Michaela Morgan
Rollicking rhymes combine perfectly with Nick Sharratt’s trademark
witty illustrations in this thoroughly modern look at good behaviour! …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Up in the Tree Up in the Tree
Margaret Atwood
This is a delightfully simple and light-hearted story told with a poetic jauntiness written and illustrated by one of the foremost literary novelists writing today. Two children love their home in a tree, they can feel the wind rushing by …
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Christian, the Hugging Lion Christian, the Hugging Lion
Justin Richardson, Peter Parnell
An amazing, heart-warming and true story of how a lion cub grows up as a pet and ends up returned to his real home in the wilds of Kenya. When Ace and John see Christian the lion cub in Harrods, …
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Harry and Hopper Harry and Hopper
Margaret Wild
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2010.
Harry and his dog Hopper have done everything together ever since Hopper was a jumpy little puppy. But one day the unthinkable happens and Hopper will never be there again. But Harry is …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Ms Wiz RULES OK! Ms Wiz RULES OK!
Terence Blacker
The classroom will never be the same again for those who love the stories about Ms Wiz, a teacher with a difference. Her unusual ways of running her class are hilarious, chaotic, unlikely and very, very funny. …
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The Dunderheads The Dunderheads
Paul Fleischman
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2010.
Miss Breakbone is a fearsome teacher: she shouts, she confiscates, she makes kids cry. Until the Dunderheads – an unlikely band of kids, with extraordinary hidden talents, decide to teach Miss Breakbone a …
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Christian, the Hugging Lion Christian, the Hugging Lion
Justin Richardson, Peter Parnell
An amazing, heart-warming and true story of how a lion cub grows up as a pet and ends up returned to his real home in the wilds of Kenya. When Ace and John see Christian the lion cub in Harrods, …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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The Boy who climbed into the moon The Boy who climbed into the moon
David Almond
Author of the classic Skellig, and winner of the incredibly prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award, David Almond is a wholly original writer of magical and unusual stories that make anything and everything seem possible. Packed full of wonder and magic, …
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Not Bad for a Bad Lad Not Bad for a Bad Lad
Michael Morpurgo
This wonderful story was inspired by a conversation that Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman had about a prison at Hollesley Bay in Suffolk that Michael Foreman remembered from growing up nearby. Into this Michael Morpurgo weaves his story of …
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Mr Gum and the Cherry Tree Mr Gum and the Cherry Tree
Andy Stanton
Hilarious, delightful and utterly, utterly absurd, prize-winning Andy Stanton’s truly revolting hero Mr Gum and the extraordinary town of Lamonic Bibber where he lives are back in this riotous new adventure brought about by a little bit of Spring …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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The Kane Chronicles: The Red Pyramid The Kane Chronicles: The Red Pyramid
Rick Riordan
Best-selling author Rick Riordan who created Percy Jackson has once again created some non-stop thrilling action in this headlong adventure as the Egyptian past comes alive and threatens two present day children.
Carter and Sadie, the children of world famous Egyptologist …
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The Pasta Detectives The Pasta Detectives
Andreas Steinhofel
This is a funny and original mystery starring two unlikely boy detectives, the mildly autistic Rico and

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The Hidden World: The Remarkable Adventures of Tom Scatterhorn The Hidden World: The Remarkable Adventures of Tom Scatterhorn
Henry Chancellor
An exciting new adventure (the second) with an amazing and exotic setting for Tom after he goes back in the Scatterhorn Museum hoping for a good summer holiday. What Tom hadn’t banked on was the arrival of Pearl Smoot who …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Unhooking the Moon Unhooking the Moon
Gregory Hughes
One absolutely, indisputably MEGA story!
This highly recommended title is a beautifully written, utterly original, funny and bittersweet tale about two newly orphaned kids who embark on an epic road trip to New York to find their long lost uncle. …
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The Graveyard Book (illustrated by Chris Riddell) The Graveyard Book (illustrated by Chris Riddell)
Neil Gaiman
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2010.
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The Knife of Never Letting Go: Book 1 in the Chaos Walking Trilogy The Knife of Never Letting Go: Book 1 in the Chaos Walking Trilogy
Patrick Ness
Shortlisted for the 2009 Branford Boase Best Debut Novel Award
Shortlisted for the Carnegie Award 2009. Winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2008 and Booktrust Teenage Prize 2008.
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Monsters of Men: Book 3 in the Chaos Walking Trilogy Monsters of Men: Book 3 in the Chaos Walking Trilogy
Patrick Ness
This is a spine-tingling, page turning read. Heaped with well-deserved awards, the Chaos Walking Trilogy comes to a brilliant conclusion in Monsters of Men.
Set in a dystopian future in a world where all thoughts can be heard, Todd and Viola …
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Viola in Reel Life Viola in Reel Life
Adriana Trigiani
Full of a zest, this captures how a newcomer to Prefect Academy learns to enjoy the boarding school environment she thought she would hate. Viola provides a hugely entertaining account of Perfect and the people in it initially using her …
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If I Stay If I Stay
Gayle Forman
Gripping, heartrending and ultimately life-affirming, If I Stay is a haunting novel about the power of love and loss – a story that won’t quite let you go. It will make you appreciate all that you have, all that you’ve …
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