Archive for September, 2010

Most popular children’s books, by age range, 12 – 19 Sep 2010

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Books for Babies and Toddlers

Little Bear's Little Boat Little Bear’s Little Boat
Eve Bunting
Tender and true, this is a beautiful story about Little Bear’s loss as he grows too big for the little boat he loves. Since he can no longer fish from the boat or dream in it, he searches for another …
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Cave Baby Cave Baby
Julia Donaldson
Best-selling author of The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson has teamed up with prize-winning illustrator Emily Gravett to create a wonderfully witty story about a cheeky little Cave Baby. When the Cave Baby scribbles on the walls of his cave he is …
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Alison Jay's Question Blocks Alison Jay’s Question Blocks
Alison Jay
A perfect gift for a newborn baby. Four stunning board books nestle in this beautiful box. Each poses a question. Who is That?, What is Yellow?, Where is

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Featured Books for 3+ readers

The Ice Bear The Ice Bear
Jackie Morris
Stunning illustrations capture the warm emotions of this magical story and juxtaposes them perfectly with the winter landscape of the white bears and the hunters who live in it. When Raven steals a white bear cub and delivers him to …
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Iris and Isaac Iris and Isaac
Catherine Rayner
Prize-winning illustrator Catherine Rayner has produced a new outstanding title. Polar bears Iris and Isaac fall out over sharing their nest. Each stomps away in a Big Bear Huff but soon both find that they don’t enjoy anything half as …
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Zog Zog
Julia Donaldson
The creators of the best-selling Gruffalo have invented a delightful new character – Zog the little dragon who always wants to do best at school. Zog’s determination to win gold stars leads him into loads of mishaps but luckily he …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

The Three Little Witches Storybook (Early Reader) The Three Little Witches Storybook (Early Reader)
Georgie Adams
Perfect for reading aloud and sharing with children, these Early Reader chapter books are punctuated by catchy rhymes and speech bubbles, and with their bright, funny pictures and lively design they are hugely appealing. They’re perfect for children from 5-7. …
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Mr Chicken Goes to Paris Mr Chicken Goes to Paris
Leigh Hobbs
Mr Chicken has left his safe world sets off on a global adventure. He’s on a whistle-stop tour of Paris and, like a good tourist, he’s doing all the famous sites, accompanied by his French friend, Yvette. But it’s not …
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The Hodgeheg The Hodgeheg
Dick King-smith
This is an absolutely charming modern classic from one of Britain’s all-time favourite authors. There is no-one more impressive when it comes to animal stories than Dick King-Smith and this one is our favourite. The Hodegheg has everything – humour, …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

Boom! Boom!
Mark Haddon
Everything about this deliciously improbable adventure is almost completely daft – and that’s the fun of it all. When Charlie sets up his walkie-talkie in the staff room he doesn’t hear gossip about the pupils as he had expected. Instead, …
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Letters from an Alien Schoolboy Letters from an Alien Schoolboy
Ros Asquith
This is the first in a terrific new series for 7+ year olds – both boys and girls. Packed with some hilarious illustrations and the story itself is a real page-turner. It features an alien who comes to spy on …
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Slog's Dad Slog’s Dad
David Almond
Award-winning author/ illustrator team David Almond and Dave McKean have followed up The Savage with an equally stunning new book told

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Featured Books for 9+ readers

No Such Thing As Dragons No Such Thing As Dragons
Philip Reeve
This is the author’s first stand alone novel since the spectacular Here Lies Arthur,
winner of the 2008 Carnegie Medal. Reeve’s brilliant imagination has
conjured up a dragon story in the grand tradition of children’s fantasy
fiction, but one that is spectacularly different …
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To the Extreme To the Extreme
David Gatward
A fun adventure about facing your fears with high quality graphic novel-style illustrations depicting the action throughout and gripping narrative with stacks of fun facts. Particularly suitable for reluctant readers who prefer non-fiction/fact books. FYI, the series, also entices them …
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Skulduggery Pleasant: Mortal Coil Skulduggery Pleasant: Mortal Coil
Derek Landy
Best-selling Skulduggery Pleasant has taken the world by storm. A hugely entertaining mix of fear and fun in a magical community where the strangest things seem to happen for unpredictable reasons, this fifth volume tells a new chapter in the …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

Reckless Reckless
Cornelia Funke
Best-selling author Cornelia Funke whose Inkheart was a world-wide phenomenon has created a wonderful new

imaginary world peopled with a gigantic cast of original and outlandish characters. Searching for his missing father, Jacob Reckless steps through the mirror into a …
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Scat Scat
Carl Hiaasen
Totally topical, Scat is a brilliant fast-moving eco-aware thriller set in the swamps of Florida. Nick and Marta get sucked into the world of corrupt oil prospectors and fanatical eco-activists when Mrs Starch, a formidably horrible teacher at Truman School, …
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Unhooking the Moon Unhooking the Moon
Gregory Hughes
Shortlisted for the prestigious Teenage Book Prize 2010, the
winner of which will be announced on 1st November 2010. The shortlist
of six includes: Halo by Zizou Corder, Nobody’s Girl by Sarra Manning,
The Enemy by Charlie Higson, Revolver by …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

A Trick of the Dark A Trick of the Dark
B R Collins
Prize winning B.R Collins’ A Trick of the Dark is a gripping supernatural thriller which explores the darker sides of adolescence. Annis sees her older brother Zach crushed and broken when the walls of a ruined house fall on to …
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Almost True Almost True
Keren David
A thrilling adventure in which the stakes are dangerously high, Almost True is an emotional roller coaster. When someone is shot dead on the doorstep instead of him, fourteen year old Ty, already under police protection since witnessing a murder,

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The Legacy The Legacy
Gemma Malley
What started with The Declaration and continued with The Resistance is brilliantly brought to conclusion in The Legacy. A thrilling finale in which Anna and Peter and their friends risk all to expose the truth behind the quest for Longevity. …
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New Children’s Books for September

Saturday, September 4th, 2010

Summer is drawing to a close, in fact for some of us Autumn is well and truly with us so as you return from your holidays, spare a thought for the characters created by September baby William Golding in Lord of The Flies, who are still stuck on their tropical island! Also born in September was legendary detective novelist, Agatha Christie. Well, we’ve been doing some detecting of our own, hard on the case to find a great list of suggested reads for kids of all ages as they get ready to go back to school. Hope you and the children enjoy selecting your reading choices as much as we have done choosing them!

Our Magical Author of the Month – Cornelia Funke

cfcfUntil now, possibly best known in the UK for her Inkheart series, our multi award-winning author of the month in September is the fabulously named magical reality wizard, Cornelia Funke. She has written much, much more than just the Inkheart books, however, and her other titles – brimming with rich fantasy and adventure – are all well worth a look for readers of 8 upwards. However, what she has just completed and is published globally on 15th September is Reckless. An extraordinary fantasy thriller set between two worlds linked by a mirror: the real world of today and a dark fairytale place, where modern technology has disastrously mixed with magic, resulting in war and corruption. It is original and utterly compelling and we do urge any child of 11+ (and even adults) to experience the storytelling power of Cornelia Funke. Just go to the site and have a browse. It’s so good we’ve also made it our MEGA Book of the Month so get onto Lovereading and check it out!

Books of the Month

September’s basket is crammed with fantastic books for kids of all ages and with our easy to use site, you’ll be able to find something in seconds! Eddie’s Toolbox is our favourite picture book of the month for 3+ year olds whilst for older readers Slog’s Dad by the multi-award winning David Almond is also the talk of the office.

Wild at Heart! – Illustrator of the Month, Catherine Rayner

We are delighted that our illustrator of the month in September is the multi award

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winning Catherine Rayner. Inspired both by the many pets in her Edinburgh home (from horse to goldfish, guinea pig to cat!) and by the wilder animals in Edinburgh Zoo, Catherine has published a wonderful selection of books featuring loveable characters such as: Augustus the tiger, Norris the bear, Ernest the moose and Harris the hare. Catherine’s books are crammed with warm, colouful and wonderful illustrations and are great for all children aged 4+. Have a browse for yourself on the Lovereading site. We’re happy to bet that you’ll fall in love!

Out of This World! Our Guest Editor – Simon Bartram

Simon Bartram is the creator of the loveable Bob, The Man on The Moon and a number of other must reads too for children. Bob is, of course, the man who goes to the moon every day and keeps it tidy for the tourists! Bob is beginning to be quite important in this Universe: already there are two picture books about him, also some longer books about his adventures with his new friend Barry – these short chapter books are perfect for 6+ year olds, and now there’s even a play about him. We are featuring all his books on the site so have a browse, fall in love with Bob and get your kids hooked! In addition, Simon has very kindly agreed to be our Guest Editor this month and to share with you some of the fabulous books by other authors that have inspired him in his life so far. Take a peek.

That’s a First! – Debuts of the Month

Foxly’s Feast

Owen Davey

A visual treat for children aged 3+. Foxly is hunting for things to include in his feast. He visits the farmyard, the fish pond and the rabbit’s burrow. It looks like the animals are in danger, but there’s more to Foxly than meets the eye!

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Alex Keller

This is a ‘Steampunk’ adventure by debut author Alex Keller. It’s packed with murderous inventions, two desperate runaways and one mad dad! Readers of 10+ looking for an exciting plot full of twists and turns will love it!

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H.I.V.E Series by Mark Walden – Our Series of the Month

hiveOur featured series of the month in September is the wonderfully gripping H.I.V.E series. When you know that ‘H.I.V.E’ stands for ‘Higher Institute of Villainous Education’, it is easy to imagine the wonderful world that author Mark Waldon has created, and the page-turning adventures within it. The stories all centre around young Otto Malpense and his fellow students of villainy as they set off on several page-turning adventures from arctic training to global domination. You’ll love these books and so will your kids!

Skullduggery in our Competition?

sdpYes, actually! We are running a great competition all this month with lots of book ghoodies to give away especially the latest book in the Skullduggery Pleasant series Mortal Coil. If you already haven’t met Skullduggery Pleasant, he is a wise-bracking detective, powerful magician, master of dirty tricks and burglary (all for the greater good, of course!) – oh, yeah and he’s also dead! He is accompanied on his adventures by the wonderfully blunt and outspoken Stephanie, his 12 year old sidekick. These brilliant books by Derek Landy are multi-award winning fiction for kids aged 9+. We have signed copies of the lastest in the series and great T-shirts to give away, so look out for them at!

Have A Scrumdiddlyumptious Roald Dahl Day In 2010!

Finally, September 13th is Roald Dahl Day (but feel free to celebrate any time you like throughout September!). There are hundreds of events happening all around the country to get kids celebrating the World’s No.1 storyteller (see for yourself at We at Lovereading are wholeheartedly supporting this annual initiative and will have some Roald Dahl goodie bags to give away teeming with some of his books.

And it doesn’t end there. You can get your school involved too. Does your classroom or library have what it takes to be Roald Dahl Revolting Readers? Join the Roald Dahl Reading Relay today!

“The WHAT?“

The challenge is for kids to read three Roald Dahl books between September and December 2010. All participants can download a Roald Dahl Reading Relay Diary and, on completion of reading three Roald Dahl books, an ‘I’m a Roald Dahl Revoting Reader’ certificate! You can download everything you need to get started, as well as the Roald Dahl Challenge calendar at

Easy Peasy! Especially as once you’ve read one of Roald Dahl’s fantastic books, you’ll want to read them all! Privacy Policy Disclaimer