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Children’s Books, Most popular Opening Extracts, by age range, 13 – 20 June 2010

Monday, June 21st, 2010

Books for Babies and Toddlers

1
WOW Said the Owl WOW Said the Owl
Tim Hopgood
Shortlisted for the Best Pre-School Award, Early Year Awards 2009
Owl decides to wake up during the day and sleep at night. A very odd thing for an owl to do. But he discovers the world of colour and he’s in …
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2
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 …
Download free opening extract
3
Ernest Ernest
Catherine Rayner
A brilliant joke lies at the heart of prize-winning illustrator Catherine Rayner’s Ernest. Ernest is a LARGE Moose. So large that, even though he tries squashing and squeezing, he just can’t fit all of himself into a book. Luckily he …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Usborne Very First Reading 1: Pirate Pat Usborne Very First Reading 1: Pirate Pat
Mairi Mackinnon
Pirate Pat allows the very beginner reader to take part in a lively and exciting story, using short sentences and simple words made up of only the letters s a t p i n m d. Parent or carer reads …
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2
Usborne Very First Reading 2: The Dressing Up Box Usborne Very First Reading 2: The Dressing Up Box
Mairi Mackinnon
This the second in Usborne’s Very First Reading series introduces the letters g o c k ck e u r. The sentences are a little longer than in book 1 and your child reads more words overall. The repetition of …
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Usborne Very First Reading 4: Dog Diary Usborne Very First Reading 4: Dog Diary
Mairi Mackinnon
Dog Diary introduces the letters j qu v w x y z zz. Your child will now be familiar with all the letters of the alphabet in their most regularly-pronounced forms, making it possible to read over 300 everyday words. …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Marvin Redpost 1: Kidnapped at Birth Marvin Redpost 1: Kidnapped at Birth
Louis Sachar
The first of 8 great adventures about an ordinary boy with a big heart and a strong desire to work things out even when they’re complicated. Meet Marvin Redpost. He has red hair and blue eyes. And he is left …
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2
Horrid Henry and the Football Fiend: Early Reader Horrid Henry and the Football Fiend: Early Reader
Francesca Simon
A brilliant story with football as the backdrop to the story about Horrid Henry, his little brother, Perfect Pete and of course not forgetting Moody Margaret. Henry is as determined as ever to get his own way and will stop …
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3
Titch and Mitch 1: Shipwrecked! Titch and Mitch 1: Shipwrecked!
Garth Edwards
Titch and Mitch are two delightful pixies who survive being shipwrecked and end up on an island that’s full of extraordinary animal characters. As they meet more and more friends they go off on some wonderful but sometimes frightening adventures …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 7+ readers

1
Magical Mischief Magical Mischief
Anna Dale
A bookshop stuffed full of unexpected and witty magic is a delight for Arthur when he first befriends Mr Hardbattle, the shop’s owner. But, as Mr Hardbattle soon explains, magic doesn’t help when you are trying to run a shop …
Download free opening extract
2
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 …
Download free opening extract
3
Super Soccer Boy and the Snot Monsters Super Soccer Boy and the Snot Monsters
Judy Brown
Super soccer boy Harry Gribble uses his fantastic football skills to solve a mystery. It’s a fun, wacky story packed with lots of pictures throughout and a perfect combination of football and superheroes that will absorb even the most reluctant …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Takeshita Demons Takeshita Demons
Cristy Burne
Winner of the inaugural Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Award 2009
A thrilling contemporary adventure wittily shot through with the powerful fantasy stories of the old demons from the Japanese past. Miku knows about the demons from growing up in Japan where …
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2
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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3
Goodnight Mister Tom Goodnight Mister Tom
Michelle Magorian
Chosen as the Puffin Modern Classic 1980 – 1989
A wonderful debut novel from an author who is now widely acknowledged as one of the great children’s novelists of our time. A storyline that will pull on the heartstrings more than …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Young Sherlock Holmes: Death Cloud Young Sherlock Holmes: Death Cloud
Andrew Lane
MEGA BOOK OF THE MONTH – JUNE 2010. Two dead bodies. One unforgettable hero. The beginning of a legend. Followers of the young James Bond and junior spy Alex Rider will enjoy the adventures of school boy Sherlock Holmes who …
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2
The Battle of the Sun The Battle of the Sun
Jeanette Winterson
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Jack’s dramatic kidnapping on his twelfth birthday. Jack’s been
selected as the Radiant Boy and the evil Magus needs to get his hands
on him so that he can turn London into a city …
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Tall Story Tall Story
Candy Gourlay
This is a debut novel packed with warmth, humour and quirkiness that will have you in fits of laughter one minute and in tears the next as the author explores a touching sibling relationship and the clash of two very …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

1
The Sky is Everywhere The Sky is Everywhere
Jandy Nelson
This is a debut novel that once read will never be forgotten. It’s a vibrant, deeply romantic novel that will bring tears to your eyes but it will also bring laughter through the tears! It’s also funny, sexy and deeply meaningful. …
Download free opening extract
2
The Cardturner The Cardturner
Louis Sachar
The worldwide bestselling author of Holes takes readers on a journey right into the extraordinary and obsessive world of bridge. Don’t be put off by this central theme before having a read of the extract on Lovereading4kids. Alton Richards is …
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3
White Crow White Crow
Marcus Sedgwick
Described as a modern gothic thriller, complete with angels and devils, it’s a tale of two girls and their friendship in a long, hot, tense summer, but it is also interwoven with a 17th century tale of bizarre experiments into …
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Children’s Summer Reading, Prize winners the latest Conspiracy title and much more….

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

With Sports Day, end of year plays and exams, June is a busy month for school children but with many weeks of holidays not far away to look forward to now is the perfect time to get into the reading habit. So to help, this email update is bursting with brilliant selections including an absolutely stunningly special 65th anniversary slipcase edition of the original Thomas the Tank Engine book.

Read on to find out more about our personal favourites or scroll down to see some summer reading selections that will get your kids as excited about reading as they are about ice creams, outdoor swimming, and running like crazy around the park.

Pre-publication exclusive – White Crow by Marcus Sedgwick

Described as a modern gothic thriller, complete with angels and devils, it’s a tale of two girls and their friendship in a long, hot, tense summer, but it is also interwoven with a 17th century tale of bizarre experiments into the afterlife. Perfect for fans of the The Twilight series but much more sinister and impeccably written!

This Month’s Highlights not to miss

Prize Winners for June

This month sees winners of two new children’s book prizes and the shortlist of another.

New this year was the Orange Youth Prize where a group of 6 teens were asked to pick their favourite Orange Prize winner of the last 15 years. The winner has just been announced and it went to the powerful story of a young holocaust survivor by Anne Michaels – Fugitive Pieces.

Also just announced is the shortlist for the most prestigious Debut novel in the children’s publishing world, The Branford Boase Award. It’s also gratifying here at Lovereading4kids that we have our finger on the pulse as we have already previously featured most of the books on the shortlist, when they were originally published. You’ll find them all grouped together in our Prize Winners section.

Finally, the Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Award is a literary award that promotes writing from different cultural perspectives. The deserving inaugural winner is Takeshita Demons a rollicking adventure story about what happens when a crowd of spooky demons invade the lives of two ordinary school girls.

Get your kids thinking creatively and win!

The Usborne Young Writers’ Award encourages children to choose a story starter (written by established kid’s authors) and finish the story themselves.

The deadline for entries isn’t until 20 October, so there’s plenty of time to write something really cracking! www.usborne.com/youngwritersaward to find out more.

Conspiracy 365 – Cal’s adventure continues

This terrific series of 12 books, published one a month during 2010, continues with this the sixth title in a page-turning adventure which began when 15 year old Callum was hunted down by a crazed man carrying a deadly warning. Find out more about these books and catch up with the series to date.

Scroll down to see our Summer Reading selections for the age ranges you have said you are interested in or visit the website to see all our Summer Reading titles.

Click here to change your favourite age ranges.

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, 6 – 13 June 2010

Monday, June 14th, 2010

Books for Babies and Toddlers

1
WOW Said the Owl WOW Said the Owl
Tim Hopgood
Shortlisted for the Best Pre-School Award, Early Year Awards 2009
Owl decides to wake up during the day and sleep at night. A very odd thing for an owl to do. But he discovers the world of colour and he’s in …
Download free opening extract
2
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 …
Download free opening extract
3
Ernest Ernest
Catherine Rayner
A brilliant joke lies at the heart of prize-winning illustrator Catherine Rayner’s Ernest. Ernest is a LARGE Moose. So large that, even though he tries squashing and squeezing, he just can’t fit all of himself into a book. Luckily he …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 3+ readers

1
Usborne Very First Reading 1: Pirate Pat Usborne Very First Reading 1: Pirate Pat
Mairi Mackinnon
Pirate Pat allows the very beginner reader to take part in a lively and exciting story, using short sentences and simple words made up of only the letters s a t p i n m d. Parent or carer reads …
Download free opening extract
2
The Night Iceberg The Night Iceberg
Helen Stephens
A touching story of a magical night time adventure as a little girl jumps aboard an iceberg. Grumpy at having to share everything with her new sister, Tofta wants the iceberg to be just for her. But the penguin who …
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3
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 …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 5+ readers

1
Titch and Mitch 1: Shipwrecked! Titch and Mitch 1: Shipwrecked!
Garth Edwards
Titch and Mitch are two delightful pixies who survive being shipwrecked and end up on an island that’s full of extraordinary animal characters. As they meet more and more friends they go off on some wonderful but sometimes frightening adventures …
Download free opening extract
2
Marvin Redpost 1: Kidnapped at Birth Marvin Redpost 1: Kidnapped at Birth
Louis Sachar
The first of 8 great adventures about an ordinary boy with a big heart and a strong desire to work things out even when they’re complicated. Meet Marvin Redpost. He has red hair and blue eyes.

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Horrid Henry and the Football Fiend: Early Reader Horrid Henry and the Football Fiend: Early Reader
Francesca Simon
A brilliant story with football as the backdrop to the story about Horrid Henry, his little brother, Perfect Pete and of course not forgetting Moody Margaret. Henry is as determined as ever to get his own way and will stop …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 7+ readers

1
Magical Mischief Magical Mischief
Anna Dale
A bookshop stuffed full of unexpected and witty magic is a delight for Arthur when he first befriends Mr Hardbattle, the shop’s owner. But, as Mr Hardbattle soon explains, magic doesn’t help when you are trying to run a shop …
Download free opening extract
2
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 …
Download free opening extract
3
Super Soccer Boy and the Snot Monsters Super Soccer Boy and the Snot Monsters
Judy Brown
Super soccer boy Harry Gribble uses his fantastic football skills to solve a mystery. It’s a fun, wacky story packed with lots of pictures throughout and a perfect combination of football and superheroes that will absorb even the most reluctant …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 9+ readers

1
Goodnight Mister Tom Goodnight Mister Tom
Michelle Magorian
Chosen as the Puffin Modern Classic 1980 – 1989
A wonderful debut novel from an author who is now widely acknowledged as one of the great children’s novelists of our time. A storyline that will pull on the heartstrings more than …
Download free opening extract
2
The Babysitters' Club: The Summer Before The Babysitters’ Club: The Summer Before
Ann M. Martin
The bestselling ‘Babysitters Club’ is given a prequel in this brand new title capturing the hopes and fears and above all the friendship of Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia and Stacey. Each has their own family and personal issues; all are …
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3
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 …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 11+ readers

1
Young Sherlock Holmes: Death Cloud Young Sherlock Holmes: Death Cloud
Andrew Lane
MEGA BOOK OF THE MONTH – JUNE 2010. Two dead bodies. One unforgettable hero. The beginning of a legend. Followers of the young James Bond and junior spy Alex Rider will enjoy the adventures of school boy Sherlock Holmes who …
Download free opening extract
2
Tall Story Tall Story
Candy Gourlay
This is a debut novel packed with warmth, humour and quirkiness that will have you in fits of laughter one minute and in tears the next as the author explores a touching sibling relationship and the clash of two very …
Download free opening extract
3
The Moonstone Legacy The Moonstone Legacy
Diana De Gunzburg, Tony Wild
Beginning where Wilkie Collins’ classic left off, it’s hard to believe The Moonstone Legacy is a debut for the quality of the writing is exceptional and has a real timeless quality about it. The story itself is a terrific mix …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

1
The Cardturner The Cardturner
Louis Sachar
The worldwide bestselling author of Holes takes readers on a journey right into the extraordinary and obsessive world of bridge. Don’t be put off by this central theme before having a read of the extract on Lovereading4kids. Alton Richards is …
Download free opening extract
2
The Sky is Everywhere The Sky is Everywhere
Jandy Nelson
This is a debut novel that once read will never be forgotten. It’s a vibrant, deeply romantic novel that will bring tears to your eyes but it will also bring laughter through the tears! It’s also funny, sexy and deeply meaningful. …
Download free opening extract
3
What I Saw and How I Lied What I Saw and How I Lied
Judy Blundell
Winner of the prestigious American National Book Award – Utterly gripping and beautifully told, this is a stunning rite of passage novel, set just after WW2, full of powerful and conflicting emotions, which captures the dramatic shift from child to …
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Most popular Children’s Books, by age range, 31 May – 6 June 2010

Monday, June 7th, 2010

Books for Babies and Toddlers

1
WOW Said the Owl WOW Said the Owl
Tim Hopgood
Shortlisted for the Best Pre-School Award, Early Year Awards 2009
Owl decides to wake up during the day and sleep at night. A very odd thing for an owl to do. But he discovers the world of colour and he’s in …
Download free opening extract
2
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 …
Download free opening extract
3
Ernest Ernest
Catherine Rayner
A brilliant joke lies at the heart of prize-winning illustrator Catherine Rayner’s Ernest. Ernest is a LARGE Moose. So large that, even though he tries squashing and squeezing, he just can’t fit all of himself into a book. Luckily he …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 3+ readers

1
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 …
Download free opening extract
2
Usborne Very First Reading 1: Pirate Pat Usborne Very First Reading 1: Pirate Pat
Mairi Mackinnon
Pirate Pat allows the very beginner reader

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to take part in a lively and exciting story, using short sentences and simple words made up of only the letters s a t p i n m d. Parent or carer reads …
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3
The Night Iceberg The Night Iceberg
Helen Stephens
A touching story of a magical night time adventure as a little girl jumps aboard an iceberg. Grumpy at having to share everything with her new sister, Tofta wants the iceberg to be just for her. But the penguin who …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 5+ readers

1
Titch and Mitch 1: Shipwrecked! Titch and Mitch 1: Shipwrecked!
Garth Edwards
Titch and Mitch are two delightful pixies who survive being shipwrecked and end up on an island that’s full of extraordinary animal characters. As they meet more and more friends they go off on some wonderful but sometimes frightening adventures …
Download free opening extract
2
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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3
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

1
Magical Mischief Magical Mischief
Anna Dale
A bookshop stuffed full of unexpected and witty magic is a delight for Arthur when he first befriends Mr Hardbattle, the shop’s owner. But, as Mr Hardbattle soon explains, magic doesn’t help when you are trying to run a shop …
Download free opening extract
2
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 …
Download free opening extract
3
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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Featured Books for 9+ readers

1
Tall Story Tall Story
Candy Gourlay
This is a debut novel packed with warmth, humour and quirkiness that will have you in fits of laughter one minute and in tears the next as the author explores a touching sibling relationship and the clash of two very …
Download free opening extract
2
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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3
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

1
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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2
Young Sherlock Holmes: Death Cloud Young Sherlock Holmes: Death Cloud
Andrew Lane
MEGA BOOK OF THE MONTH – JUNE 2010. Two dead bodies. One unforgettable hero. The beginning of a legend. Followers of the young James Bond and junior spy Alex Rider will enjoy the adventures of school boy Sherlock Holmes who …
Download free opening extract
3
The Battle of the Sun The Battle of the Sun
Jeanette Winterson
A rollercoaster of a seventeenth century adventure begins with
Jack’s dramatic kidnapping on his twelfth birthday. Jack’s been
selected as the Radiant Boy and the evil Magus needs to get his hands
on him so that he can turn London into a city …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 14+ readers

1
The Cardturner The Cardturner
Louis Sachar
The worldwide bestselling author of Holes takes readers on a journey right into the extraordinary and obsessive world of bridge. Don’t be put off by this central theme before having a read of the extract on Lovereading4kids. Alton Richards is …
Download free opening extract
2
The Sky is Everywhere The Sky is Everywhere
Jandy Nelson
This is a debut novel that once read will never be forgotten. It’s a vibrant, deeply romantic novel that will bring tears to your eyes but it will also bring laughter through the tears! It’s also funny, sexy and deeply meaningful. …
Download free opening extract
3
What I Saw and How I Lied What I Saw and How I Lied
Judy Blundell
Winner of the prestigious American National Book Award – Utterly gripping and beautifully told, this is a stunning rite of passage novel, set just after WW2, full of powerful and conflicting emotions, which captures the dramatic shift from child to …
Download free opening extrac

New Children’s Books for June

Friday, June 4th, 2010

Hi again from Lovereading4kids! Two great authors, both brilliant in very different ways, were born this month around 80 years ago – Maurice Sendak (of Where the Wild Things Are fame) in 1928, and Anne Frank, whose posthumously published diaries captured the world’s heart, in 1929. But here’s some more recent incredible books that you may not have heard so much about but we think you’ll love…

A bumper batch of Books of the Month

Young Sherlock Holmes is our MEGA Book of the Month, the first in a new series of stories by Andrew Lane, a self-confessed super fan of the original Conan Doyle books. The first introduces us to the brilliant but troubled teenager who will one day grow into the sleuth we know and love! This series has the potential to get well and truly under the skin of 11+ year olds rather in the way Charlie Higson’s Young Bond series has done. We think it will be huge.

There are also a blindingly brilliant range of other Books of the Month for June – pick a couple and you and your children are bound to be bowled over by the quality of writing.






















Author of the Month – the amazing Louis Sachar

Louis Sachar is the award-winning mega-popular author who took the world by storm with Holes. He started writing in 1976 but didn’t become a full time author until 1989 (that’s perseverance for you). His latest compelling story is The Cardturner, a fantastically imaginative and romantic story about Alton and his blind, ageing uncle. Young readers are immediately attracted to Louis Sachar’s novels for his great and unusual stories and for his exceptional understanding of some of the challenges of growing up. Discover more of his superb books today…

Get to know the brilliant Tim Hopgood our Illustrator of the Month

Tim had been talking about creating kids’ picture books for years before he finally locked himself in a room and got round to making it happen. His stories are wonderfully imaginative, and his illustrations are a delightful mixture of different media and full of bold colours. Check out Tim’s latest, Wow! Said the Owl and Tip Tap went the Crab.

A Former Children’s Laureate is this month’s Guest Editor

This month’s Guest Editor is the former children’s Laureate and storytelling genius Michael Morpurgo. His books inspire a love of reading in children and they have been turned in to films and West End stage

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Find out more about his own books – two new ones published this month – and the ones that have inspired him…

First-time fantastic – our Debuts of the Month

Tall Story

Candy Gourlay

A sweet and funny book about a girl who meets her brother for the first time, and he’s taller than she expected – eight feet tall!

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The Sky is Everywhere

Jandy Nelson

This is a very thoughtful story about a girl trying to deal with grief and romantic confusion after her sister dies suddenly. Our pick so far this year for Debut of the Year.

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Kisses for Lula

Samantha Mackintosh

Poor old Lula is almost sweet 16 and never been kissed – this is a great book about teenage crushes, creeps, and cringe-worthy catastrophes.

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The Moonstone Legacy

Diana De Gunzburg, Tony Wild

A mysterious and intriguing story about a young girl who sets out to discover the truth about her mother’s tragic death and the ‘sequel’ to Wilkie Collins’ Moonstone.

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The Last Summer of the Death Warriors

Francisco X. Stork

A buddy novel of the highest – two mismatched friends help each other to become all they can be. Utterly compelling.

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The Alex Rider stories – still thrilling after 10 years!

Anthony Horowitz’s reluctant teen superspy has been entertaining young readers for a decade, so to coincide with the paperback of Crocodile Tears perhaps now’s the time for a new generation of book lovers to discover him as well as his existing ones. All the books have cool new jackets to celebrate the birthday and are as fresh and exciting as they were when they were first published – so why not get your children hooked on reading, with Alex Rider now!

Series of the Month – magic and mayhem with Charlie Bone

Charlie Bone and the Red Knight, the eighth tantalising episode of the series, is out now. So get ready for the finale and greatest adventure yet featuring the Welsh children with magical powers.

Find out more about the Red Knight series in our special section today…

Very first reads for the readers of the future

Usborne have released 15 new titles for children just starting their reading journeys. Each book in the series builds on the last taking early readers on an adventure to independent reading. With fantastic imaginative rhymes and pictures, and clever story formats so parents and kids can read together, these books may just get some children to really love reading. Try them now so your child is hooked on reading as they start their life at school in September.

A book for deserving dads – our Father’s Day selection

If dad has been good this year – taking the kids to the park, doing his share of cleaning, and putting up shelves when he’s been asked to – then why not reward him on Father’s Day with a book!

Our top tip is Daddy Lost his Head, a fabulously surreal tale with illustrations by Quentin Blake.

Out and About – have some summer adventures via Lovereading4kids

We are pleased to present a new crop of books dedicated to outdoor adventures and city walks. Among them are Make it Wild, a book that shows how to use natural, renewable materials to make all kinds of cool stuff, and Adventure Walks for Families – both of them perfect as inspiration for leisure activities for all the family over half term and through the summer holidays.

Puffin – story experts for the last 70 years…

As part of Puffin’s 70th birthday celebrations we’re featuring some of their Puffin Modern Classics, one representing each of the seven decades.

These are timeless stories that have inspired generations of young readers, and will delight your children too! Why not cast your vote for your favourite Puffin Book – find out more in our Puffin Modern Classics section on Lovereading4kids.

New for 3+ readers, the delightful Picture Kelpies

Scottish publisher Floris Books are passionate about creating beautiful books for 3+ readers. We have a selection of 3 this month. Find out more…

That should be plenty for you to be getting on with. With teenage crushes, supersleuths, knights and angels, there’s scope for boundless summer adventures. Just visit Lovereading4kids and download some free Opening Extracts to see which your kids will love.

P.S Finally, there’s just time to tell you that the Hay Literary Festival is on at the moment. There’s a cracking line-up of authors as well as our very own Lovereading4kids editorial expert, Julia Eccleshare on 5 June. Click here to find out more about the event.

P.P.S – don’t forget to check out the competition page – there’s lots to win and a reminder too that with the Football World Cup in South Africa just about to start why not inspire the children over half term with some great football themed stories – there’s something for every age.

Most popular Children’s Books, by age range, 24 – 31 May 2010

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Books for Babies and Toddlers

1
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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2
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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3
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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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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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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2
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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3
The Lion Book of Two minute Bedtime Stories The Lion Book of Two minute Bedtime Stories
Elena Pasquali
This book is a lovely collection of short bedtime stories from around the world.  Including ones by Aesop and Hans Christian Andersen and from countries as far and wide as Mauritius and Iran, the stories are retold in simple words …
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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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2
A Birthday Surprise: A Pocket Money Puffin A Birthday Surprise: A Pocket Money Puffin
Sue Bentley
Full of magical excitement this is a charming story which tells how Martina helps Splash, the little puffin who loses his way returning from his first magic mission, to find his way home. Martina’s friendship with Splash gives her the …
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3
Crazy Hair Crazy Hair
Neil Gaiman
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2010.
A father and child discover the joys of his crazy hair in this
brilliant picture book. Bonnie tries to tame her father’s hair, but to
no avail, as birds and beasts of every type jostle …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

1
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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2
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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3
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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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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2
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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3
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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Featured Books for 11+ readers

1
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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2
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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3
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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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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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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2
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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3
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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