Archive for November, 2010

Children’s books for Christmas

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Christmas is a time of great excitement and fun but sometimes the shopping and organising can really get in the way of that festive feeling. Here at Lovereading4kids our aim is to take all of that stress away with our one stop, age ranged, shop to the best books to buy this Christmas for all ages of children. You can also use our unique Book Price Comparison Engine to find the best price as well!

The incomparable Chris Riddell December Author and Illustrator of the Month

Living in Brighton with his wife, three children and an invisible dog Chris Riddell has, (from his Garden shed), written and illustrated some simply beautiful, enchanting, wildly inventive and funny children’s books. They include numerous richly entertaining picture books; Alienography and the story of Ottoline for 7+ year olds, and for 11+ year olds ,multi award winner, The Graveyard Book, written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Chris. He has also garnered so many book awards (including the coveted Kate Greenaway – twice – that we are frankly surprised he has room in his shed! That aside we are hugely excited and proud to make him our Author and Illustrator of the Month. Find out more about his wonderful books today…

Sally Grindley our final Guest Editor of 2010

Our Guest Editor is also an award winning author and has published over 100 books from picture story books to poignant, powerful and emotive stories for older readers. Her latest book is Bitter Chocolate for 9+ year olds, which you can read a free opening extract of along with a number of our favourite titles written by Sally. And, exclusively with Lovereading4kids, as our Guest Editor, Sally has kindly agreed to share with us those books that have influenced and inspired her. We hope you enjoy both her titles and her Guest Editor selections…

Small – but perfectly formed – some Christmas stocking fillers

We’ve selected a small but perfectly formed handful of stocking fillers for this year – why not check out for youngsters, Aliens Love Panta Claus and Moomins Little Buggy Book, for young readers Outside In, Yuck’s Crazy Christmas and How to Survive Christmas Chaos with Horrid Henry, for 9+ readers the latest Mr Gum and How to make a Universe with 92 Ingredients and finally, for older readers take a look at the stunning Twilight series in a Limited Edition livery.

Costa Children’s Book Award Shortlist

Fantasy, magic, coming of age and a retelling of the most famous diary story in the world make up this. We are proud to say we had already picked up on the titles well, before they were selected, and we have free Opening Extracts for you to download to get your children hooked.

Each one is utterly compelling with some great storytelling that will engage readers in some challenging and sometimes provocative situations. Find out more in our Prize Winners section…

Books of the Month for December

Alien Storm

A.G. Taylor

A gripping science-fiction adventure pits a group of kids with super powers against a mysterious Russian billionaire. Infected by an extraordinary virus from a meteor storm, Sarah, Robert and the younger children in their charge are now at risk from those who want to exploit their super skills. All set to escape from Australia to a new life far away from danger is halted when Nikolai Makarov suddenly enters their world. His plan is deadly. Can the children stop him?

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Mean Streets: The Chicago Caper

Graham Marks

Combining the action-packed exploits of Alex Rider with the historical adventures of a Young Indiana Jones, Mean Streets is a gripping story of conspiracy and kidnap. After having recovered from his adventure in Constantinople, Trey is staying at the Circle M Ranch outside Topeka, Kansas, owned by his Gramps, the original T Drummond MacIntyre.

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Matched

Ally Condie

Introducing a rare new talent and almost certainly one of the biggest Young Adult debuts of the year this is the first in an utterly compelling, visionary and imaginative series that is set to be a sensation. The book is already an international phenomenon with rights being sold in a fierce bidding war at auction in over twenty eight languages. Film rights have been snapped up by Disney. .

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Two Series of the Year – perfect as Christmas Gifts

A most unfortunate series!

Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events sold pretty much more than any other children’s book (yes even more than Harry Potter!) in hardback so we were very excited when the publisher announced they were to be released in great value paperback.

Now all 13 are available. Why not get the whole set? – readers of 7-10 will love the story of the Baudelaire family.

A year of high octane adventure

For slightly older readers and particularly boys Conspiracy 365 is a brilliant series which has had a book released every month since January.

Follow the teenage hero Cal and his adventure to uncover the truth about his father’s death but he must stay alive for 365 days to do it! The final installment has just come out.

Both of these series would make a brilliant Christmas gift.

Roald Dahl Funny Prize winners

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Finally, before you scroll down to see just a small selection of our Christmas books – or visit the site to see them all – don’t forget to have a look at our exclusive free prize draws and competitions section. It is packed full of exclusive book prizes that frankly we have to put in a locked cupboard to stop them walking out of the Lovereading office!

We have £100 limited Edition box sets and signed books galore – so what are you waiting for? – get clicking.

Happy Reading

Most popular children’s books, by age range, 21 – 28 Nov 2010

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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When I Dream of ABC When I Dream of ABC
Henry Fisher
Wonderfully dreamy and fantastical illustrations – opera singing mermaids, shy dragons and even chocolate drinking vampires – combine with simple text to encourage children to learn their ABC.  Perfect as a bedtime read as after the parent has gone it’s …
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Christmas Time Christmas Time
Alison Jay
Come on a journey through Alison Jay’s magical festive world! Discover all the things that make Christmas the most special time of the year and see if you can spot two lucky children who are on their own Christmas Eve …
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The Story of the Little Mole - The Sound Book The Story of the Little Mole – The Sound Book
Werner Holzwarth
The best-selling Little Mole has been delighting or displeasing readers according to their taste in toilet humour for a couple of decades. All young children will adore this sound version which adds an important dimension to the story of Little …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Dog Loves Books Dog Loves Books
Louise Yates
Winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2010 (Funniest Book for Children aged Six and Under).
Shortlisted for the Independent Booksellers’ Book Prize 2010.
The magic of books and reading is perfectly illustrated in this joyful picture book. Dog loves books …
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Goodnight Tiptoe Goodnight Tiptoe
Polly Dunbar
As with all Walker Books titles this doesn’t just have a fabulous story to it but it’s beautifully printed and bound in paperback on quality paper – it really makes a wonderfully affordable gift for babies and toddlers. Goodnight Tiptoe …
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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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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Farther Farther
Grahame Baker-Smith
Graham Baker-Smith’s debut Leon and the Place Between was shortlisted for the prestigious Greenaway Medal in 2010. Farther is the first book that he’s written and illustrated himself and it’s utterly captivating.  The text is so beautifully placed and inextricably …
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Quentin Blake's Magical Tales Quentin Blake’s Magical Tales
John Yeoman, Quentin Blake
Beautifully told, the fourteen folk stories in this collection are taken from around the world giving a slice of different kinds of magic from different times. In all there are elements of enchantment, transformation and trickery as the kind and …
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3
Grow Your Own Monsters Grow Your Own Monsters
Nicola Davies, Simon Hickmott, Clive Boursnell
A practical guide to growing all kinds of unusual plants – not the ordinary, good looking ones that most people choose to grow! Voodoo Lilies, Venus Fly Traps, Squirting Cucumbers and Abyssinian Bananas are just some of the exotic and …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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A Boy Called M.O.U.S.E. A Boy Called M.O.U.S.E.
Penny Dolan
An evocative and thrilling tale, set in a richly colourful Dickensian world, featuring a small boy, Mouse, whose parents are lost at sea, and whose life is threatened by the claims of his money-grabbing and debt-ridden Uncle and he is …
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Bink & Gollie Bink & Gollie
Kate DiCamillo, Alison McGhee
With deliciously spare text and delightful cartoons, the way friends Bink and Gollie, two very different girls both with very strong views(!), manage to be supportive of each other and also to give each other space to do their own …
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Lost Dogs Lost Dogs
Garrett Carr
Ballydog may well be a weird, weird town (in Ireland as it happens) with weird  characters, and monsters giving it that supernatural touch but this is a great read.  The author is a terrific storyteller and has clearly had a …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Billionaire Boy Billionaire Boy
David Walliams
Hugely entertaining, this captivating story is also thought provoking about the perils of having way too much money. Joe Spud is the richest twelve-year-old in the world; he has everything his heart desires – except happiness. As one disaster follows …
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Alien Storm Alien Storm
A.G. Taylor
A gripping science-fiction adventure pits a group of kids with super powers against a mysterious Russian billionaire. Infected by an extraordinary virus from a meteor storm, Sarah, Robert and the younger children in their charge are now at risk from …
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3
The Iron Man The Iron Man
Ted Hughes
A stunning new version of a much-loved children’s classic with stunning and unusual illustations from Laura Carlin. Part modern fairy tale, part science fiction myth, The Iron Man describes the unexpected arrival in England of a mysterious giant “metal man” …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Unhooking the Moon Unhooking the Moon
Gregory Hughes
Winner of the BookTrust Teenage Book Prize 2010 and shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2010.
One absolutely, indisputably MEGA story!
This highly recommended title is a beautifully written, utterly original, funny and bittersweet tale about two newly orphaned kids …
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Withering Tights Withering Tights
Louise Rennison
Winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2010 (Funniest Book for Children aged Seven to Fourteen). Laugh out loud at this launch title of a brilliant new series by Queen of Teen author Louise Rennison. Tallulah Casey, cousin of the …
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My Name is Mina My Name is Mina
David Almond
For everyone who loved David Almond’s Skellig, My Name is Mina is its prequel written over 10 years after Skellig was published to such acclaim.  Skellig remains one of THE bestselling and well known novels of the last decade.

So here, …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Matched Matched
Ally Condie
Introducing a rare new talent and almost certainly one of the biggest Young Adult debuts of the year this is the first in an utterly compelling, visionary and imaginative series that is set to be a sensation. The book is …
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The Truth About Leo The Truth About Leo
David Yelland
Shortlisted for the Young Minds Book Award 2010
Full of insight, this is a deeply moving story about how a child handles a parent with a serious problem.
Leo’s life with his father is a mess but there is no way …
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You Against Me You Against Me
Jenny Downham
Prize-winning Jenny Downham’s debut novel Before I Die was the profoundly moving story of the death of a teenager. Told with immense insight and compassion it showed Jenny’s talent for understanding the energetic positivity of teenagers; how, for them, the …
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