Archive for October, 2010

Children’s Books – Mid October News update

Friday, October 15th, 2010

October is such a busy month for children’s publishers as they release the titles they feel are perfect to give as gifts this Christmas – so we in turn have been hard at work reading 100s of books to pick the best ones for you. We also have three exceptional exclusive ‘pre publication’ extracts of books, a first glimpse of our Christmas selections and a few fun books for kids of all ages to help Halloween go with a ‘bump’. Read on to find out more..

This month’s highlights not to miss

You Saw it here First…. Pre Publication exclusives

Alien Storm A G Taylor

9+ & 11+

The Young Sherlock Holmes 2: Red Leech Andrew Lane


Boys Don’t Cry Malorie Blackman


Get kids to Love Reading with Egmont’s Best Books Guide

Leading children’s publisher Egmont is one we think should be a household name. With phenomenal classic and contemporary authors on their list, we always like to keep tabs on what they’re doing. You’ll find classics like Tintin, Enid Blyton, Babar, The Velveteen Rabbit, and Thomas the Tank Engine alongside some of the best contemporary authors and illustrators of today including Michael Morpurgo, Andy Stanton (of Mr.

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So when you’re buying books for your kids and you’re not sure what to choose, then look for an Egmont Book as it won’t disappoint Now they’ve released a special ‘Best Books Guide’ – which is free to download on the site this month. What better opportunity for us to shout about Egmont from the rooftops than with a special section of our favourites from their Best Books Guide, broken down by age-range, from toddlers to teenagers. Find out more and enjoy.

Christmas is coming – in under 70 days!

Taxes and Father Christmas – both inevitable and both easier to deal with, if you are organised. So, why not look at our special Christmas section on Lovereading4kids to find all the gift books you need.

Split by age range, we have the best Gift books for toddlers to teens and a new section called ‘Great Books of 2010 you may have missed’. And don’t forget to start cooking your Christmas cake and feeding it lots of brandy…

Jonathan Stroud – Bartimaeus series

Mixing horror, humour, fantasy and magic, the Bartimaeus series of books by Jonathan Stroud make perfect reading not just for fans of fantasy but also for teenagers. The 4th book, The Ring of Solomon, is a stand-alone prequel to the other three titles in the Bartimaeus sequence. Read free Opening Extracts of them all today.

And more Books to help things go Bump in the Night

At last, cold dark nights means it’s nearly Hallowe’en. Get your children in the mood for trick or treating with our special selection of books.

We have titles to suit all age ranges right up to 14+ readers such as a chilling sequel to Dracula, Bloodline by Kate Cary (cue demonic laughter!)

Conspiracy 365 – The Adventure continues

With the release of the October title, there are only 2 more to go until the thrilling conclusion. For those of you not already familiar with the Conspiracy 365 series, it is a cracking new and explosive 12 book series to keep kids turning the pages throughout 2010, with one fast-paced thriller published each month of the year.

The stories follow the adventures of a boy named Cal, on the run from the same relentless criminals who killed his father.

Guardian Children’s Book Award – success for Michelle Paver

Our very own Julia Eccleshare was chair of the judges and she said

“Whatever the individual judges thought about fantasy before they began Ghost Hunter – and some admitted to hating it! – they were immediately captivated by Michelle’s brilliantly created world, her wonderfully dramatic story and her powerful story-telling. They loved the way she described the world she has been fashioning throughout the series.”

Ghost Hunter is dazzling entertainment, seamless story-telling and is the stunning 6th and final episode, bringing the bestselling ‘The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness’, which began so dramatically with Wolf Brother, to a close. Find out more today….

That’s it for October. We hope you enjoy the coming half term break and come back from it refreshed to cope with all the excitement and events November and December bring.

Happy Reading…

New Children’s Books for October

Monday, October 4th, 2010

Hello again from the team here at Lovereading! We have found some absolute gems this month that will keep your children enthralled and inspired by reading great stories in imaginative worlds. If your child has a birthday this month, why not consider a Wind in the Willows theme? It was missing his son’s seventh birthday in October 1907 that inspired Kenneth Grahame to write a series of letters describing the adventures of a certain Toad, Rat, Mole and Badger.

Read on to discover some real treats and

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the shortlists for three prestigious book awards which have just been announced. We have a free Opening Extracts of them all…

Author and Illustrator of the Month extraordinaire – Quentin Blake

October’s Illustrator and Author of the Month is a giant of children’s Literature. If you haven’t heard his name you will have seen his drawings and so will your kids! Quentin Blake is just about as big as it gets in children’s literature, he was the first ever Children’s Laureate, and was described by the Guardian as a “national institution. He also famously teamed up with Roald Dahl to create some of the most loved illustrations for the best loved stories in the world.

We are delighted to feature his work, as both author and illustrator, on the site this month and hope that you will enjoy exploring it with your kids. As Melanie McDonagh at the Telegraph put it: “I’ve never met a child who didn’t love Quentin Blake”.

Re-Vamped – Limited Edition Twilight Books

Four Twilight titles are getting re-robed this month in a new white cover design with a vampish red edged pages. Any twilight fan will love these striking new jackets, perfect as a gift or as a treat to yourself.

The four limited-edition titles: Twilight – New Moon – Eclipse and Breaking Dawn, will be published by Atom on 14 October.

Off the Shelf – Our Fabulous Books of the Month

Listen Up! – Little Tim Collection,

Our Audio Book of the Month

5+, 7+.

A real treat this. Stephen Fry breathes glorious life into the classic stories of a young boy’s adventures on the open waves. Great for keeping kids quiet on long car journeys!

Sustainable Reading – Stories for a Fragile Planet, our Green Read of the Month

Author and poet, Kenneth Steven brilliantly retells 10 stories from different cultures that highlight the importance of protecting the Earth.

A Silly Picture! – A Great Picture Book of the Month

Once upon a time, George, a handsome but sensible boy, fell in love with Jess, a pretty but silly girl. After meeting Jess’ silly family, George wonders if marrying her is a sensible thing to do after all! – Great, silly fun!

You Saw it here First…. Pre Publication exclusive

The Ring of Solomon

Jonathan Stroud

11+ & 14+

Fans of his Bartimaeus books will devour this – a cracking adventure brimming with magic, intrigue and a treasure trove of brilliant characters.

Alien Storm

A G Taylor

9+ & 11+

Pure escapism; this is a thrilling story of mind blowing super-powers, conspiracy and adventure in the fight of good over evil.

The Young Sherlock Holmes 2: Red Leech

Andrew Lane


Another great adventure for Young Sherlock as he sifts through the truth, lies and intrigue of a murder case forcing him to rethink everything he trusts.

Boys Don’t Cry

Malorie Blackman

14+ & NG

An un-put-down-able tale from an award winning author, which sees a young man – on the eve of his A-Level results – left literally holding the baby changing his life forever.

Our Brilliant Debut of the Month: and

Finding Sky by Joss Stirling: Made aware of her power as a “savant” by the handsome and mysterious Zed, Sky is kidnapped by a family of powerful criminals and the race is on to get her back!

The Clockwork Three by Matthew Kirby: a mesmerizing story of chance, friendship, and courage of three children brought together as a consequence of a chance encounter on the street and a green violin.

Made aware of her power as a “savant” by the handsome and mysterious Zed, Sky is kidnapped by a family of powerful criminals and the race is on to get her back!

Conspiracy 365 – The Adventure continues

With the release of the October title, there are only 2 more to go until the thrilling conclusion. For those of you not already familiar with the Conspiracy 365 series, it is a cracking new and explosive 12 book series to keep kids turning the pages throughout 2010, with one fast-paced thriller published each month of the year.

The stories follow the adventures of a boy named Cal, on the run from the same relentless killers who killed his father.

Series of the Month – Raven Mysteries Marcus Sedgwick

Great ‘Goth Froth’ for readers aged 7+. A deliciously dark and funny series of adventures with the weird and wonderful Otherhand family and the pet raven Edgar at their centre.

The first, Flood and Fang, has just come out in paperback and the fourth, Vampires and Volts, is just out in hardback.

Book It! Cheltenham 8 – 17 October

Staying on the festival theme … We always like to keep you posted about forthcoming book festivals at lovereading4kids. The Book-It! Festival in Cheltenham takes place between the 8 and 17 October. It is one of the oldest and best loved literature festivals in the world, with lectures, poetry readings, children’s events, interviews, storytelling, book groups, writing workshops and education projects – loads for the whole family to get involved with. There are far too many authors to mention but we have outlined our favourites on the site: so why not go to Lovereading4kids and take a quick peek before booking your tickets.

Our very own book expert Julia Eccleshare is chairing three events over the weekend of the 8 –9 October, firstly with Sharon Dogar who has written an utterly compelling novel called Annexed which tells the story of Peter, the boy who was in hiding with Anne Frank, from his point of view, John Boyne who wrote The Boy in Striped Pyjamas and David Benedictus who has written a sequel to Winnie the Pooh.

Six of the Best –Teenage Book Awards Shortlist

The Book Trust Teenage Book Awards winner will be announced in November so this month is a great chance to select your personal winner from the shortlist of six. You will find free Opening Extracts to download from all six shortlisted titles at Lovereading4kids and a very international list it is too, covering: ancient Greece, a disease-ridden London, Malaga, New York, the Arctic Circle and post-independence Zimbabwe. Teenage protagonists struggle in search of their identity, and sometimes for their very survival. You’re bound to find at least one your kids will love!

Not Just Vampires! – Guardian Children’s Book Awards

The shortlist for the Guardian Children’s Book Awards has also just been announced. While the headlines are dominated by the apparently all-consuming attraction of vampires, children’s authors are writing books about all sorts of things, particularly for the nine-pluses, which is where attracting readers’ attention and reeling them in is so vital. This batch of great engaging books deals with subjects friendship, arduous adventure, holocaust, stone-age demons as well as witty magical reality, ogres and wizards. The winner will be announced on 8 October, but why not head to Lovereading for a sneak preview?

Riproaring Belly Laughs, Sniggers and Chortles – Roald Dahl Funny Prize

Continuing the Award theme, The Roald Dahl Funny Prize shortlist, for the 2010 prize, has also been announced. Always packed with humourous gems for two age groups (Under 6 and 7-14), this popular prize will again delight this year. There are dogs in tutus, elephants with umbrellas, stupid sharks, not-so-scary monsters and Einstein’s pants! – and that’s just scratching the surface! We are featuring all of the shortlisted authors on the site before the winners are announced in November, so take a little time and treat yourself to some very happy reading! Find out more…

Rhyme Time – National Poetry Day – 7 October

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October is National Poetry Day in the UK. Your kids’ schools may already be doing something around this – there are many events going on all over the country – and we are certainly excited! Why not take a peek at our Poetry and spend some time with the kids and a poem or two? There is something for children (and adults for that matter) of all ages and it’s a great way to introduce your kids to some fabulous rhythm and rhyme. Why not give it a peek!

So, that’s it for this month. We hope you will continue to visit Lovereading and help us help you find great, engaging and fulfilling reads for your children. Nothing sparks the imagination quite as much as a good book. They can stay with you forever. Privacy Policy Disclaimer