Archive for January, 2011

Most popular children’s books, by age range, 17 – 24 January 2011

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

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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Alison Jay's My First Board Books Slipcase Alison Jay’s My First Board Books Slipcase
Alison Jay
Four stunning board books introduce the alphabet, numbers, nursery rhymes and fairy stories to the very youngest readers.  The books are very robust and are presented in an equally robust slip case for the perfect gift for even the smallest …
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My Circus My Circus
Xavier Deneux
Full of stylish images, this is a chunky board book from the author of My Animals with cunning holes and cutaways that reveal the different and lively characters that perform at the circus. A clown, magician, jugglers and a tightrope …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Wolf Won't Bite! Wolf Won’t Bite!
Emily Gravett
Award winning Emily Gravett gives the wolf a chance in this visually bold and entertaining inversion of the story of three little pigs. Three brave little pigs tease the big scary wolf making him the butt of every circus trick. …
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Zoe and Beans: Where is Binky Boo? Zoe and Beans: Where is Binky Boo?
Chloe Inkpen, Mick Inkpen
Join the loveably lively Zoe and her devoted dog Beans in a world full of fun, friendship and magical adventures. It’s a case of hide and seek as Beans loses his favourite toy. …
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Norman the Slug with a Silly Shell Norman the Slug with a Silly Shell
Sue Hendra
Norman the slug longs to be a snail. If only he had a shell! What Norman wishes for, he gets, but it soon turns out that a shell isn’t such a good thing after all. Can Norman save himself and …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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How the World Works How the World Works
Christiane Dorion
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2011: Best Book with Facts*. Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2001: Best Book with Facts and Winner of the Best Overall Information Book in the Scholastic Education PLUS Read Me/ Best …
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2
Horrid Henry's Thank You Letter (Early Reader) Horrid Henry’s Thank You Letter (Early Reader)
Francesca Simon
Great story coupled with Tony Ross’ trademark illustrations in full colour on every page make this the perfect book to get both boys and girls enjoying the reading experience both on their own and with a member of the family.  …
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3
How the Weather Works How the Weather Works
Christiane Dorion
When will it next snow? This hands-on guide with opening flaps and pop-ups gives masses of information about how different weather conditions come about. Where does rain come from? Why does the wind blow? What is a climate?  Answers to …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Letters to Anyone and Everyone Letters to Anyone and Everyone
Toon Tellegen
Winner of the 2011 Marsh Award for Children’s Literature in Translation [translated by Martin Cleaver].
Discover an extraordinary treasury of letters in this wonderful collection of short stories from Toon Tellegen and beautifully illustrated with Jessica Ahlberg’s delicate touch.  Whether it’s …
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2
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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3
Cartoon Kid Cartoon Kid
Jeremy Strong
Loads of laughs in this new series from best-selling author Jeremy Strong.  Casper’s new teacher says everyone in the class is a superhero and together thy can fight injustice. Casper uses his drawing talent to become the Cartoon Kid. Teaming …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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The Pasta Detectives The Pasta Detectives
Andreas Steinhofel
Shortlisted for the 2011 Marsh Award for Children’s Literature in Translation.
This is a funny and original mystery starring two unlikely boy detectives, the mildly autistic Rico and the brainy but anxiety-ridden Oscar.  The story of The Pasta Detectives explores the …
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The Raven Mysteries 2: Ghosts and Gadgets The Raven Mysteries 2: Ghosts and Gadgets
Marcus Sedgwick
There is hilarious fun to be had in these mystery stories about the original, not to say odd, family who live in Otherhand Castle. Told by Edgar the Raven whose views are sharp even if his perspective is unusual, the …
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There's a Hamster in My Pocket There’s a Hamster in My Pocket
Franzeska G. Ewart
A warm-hearted family story in which problems are resolved and Yosser and her best friend Kylie together with Kylie’s pet hamsters must get to the bottom of someone’s strange behaviour and solve the mystery of the locked wooden box.  A …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Street Heroes: Runaways Street Heroes: Runaways
Joe Layburn
Street Heroes: Runaways is a fast-paced thriller that deals with
important issues while keeping readers gripped from start to finish. By
the aclaimed author of Ghostscape and Street Heroes it is in a nutshell ‘Heroes’ for children.  The Street Heroes …
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Lily Alone Lily Alone
Jacqueline Wilson
Published in Feb 2011.  You can pre-order this title in January.
Jacqueline Wilson’s storytelling powers are shown at their absolute best yet again in this brilliantly readable story in which Lily must contend with 3 younger siblings while her mother is …
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David's Story David’s Story
Stig Dalager
Shortlisted for the 2011 Marsh Award for Children’s Literature in Translation.
This is a harrowing account of a boy who finds himself alone in Poland, his parents having been taken away by the Nazis in WW2.  The story which is shocking …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Dancing Jax Dancing Jax
Robin Jarvis
There’s a dark power lurking in the empty house set down a long, lonely track. When a group of teenagers break in, they find a box of children’s books. Not any old books. There is something special about one book. …
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Mice Mice
Gordon Reece
A Piece of Passion from the Publisher of Mice, Maria Rejt:”Mice
is not a thriller that conforms particularly to what a bestselling
thriller purports to be these days – there are no serial killers, no
high-octane car chases, no baroque …
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3
Wereworld: Rise of the Wolf Wereworld: Rise of the Wolf
Curtis Jobling
Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2011
This is an absolutely cracking debut fantasy novel.  Every teenager should make time for it as it’s truly gripping and utterly original.  You’ll find yourself totally immersed from page one in a completely …
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Top 10 books from 2010 – for every age range

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

No more snow, no more school holidays – but still plenty of brilliant books for your children, with free Opening Extracts to try on your kids before you buy them. In addition to Lovereading’s offer of 25% off the RRP we now have our own Book Price Comparison Engine that shows you the price of the book on up to a dozen other book sites as well …. Simples!…

January Promotions and Special Features not to miss…

‘Your’ Top 10s of 2010

What good is a new year without a look back at the last one? We have selected the 10 titles, from each age range, that have been the most popular in 2010. As ever there are some ‘usual suspects’ in terms of authors but a lot of fresh surprises – especially your love of trying new authors (which is good because we love discovering them).

Visit our special section today to see the full lists and we hope you enjoy catching up on any gems you might have missed.

Happy reading and look out for more new books and exciting features in February.

Most popular children’s books, by age range, 3 – 10 Jan 2011

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Stripy Horse, Time for Bed Stripy Horse, Time for Bed
Jim Helmore, Karen Wall
Stripy Horse is a hugely lovable animal in children’s book publishing at the moment and we’re thrilled to see the publisher has decided to create some sturdy board books for babies and toddlers featuring this character who has, until now …
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How to Catch a Star How to Catch a Star
Oliver Jeffers
A prize winning illustrator with a reputation for spare illustrations
which pack a huge emotional punch. A little boy so loves the stars that
he decides to set off and try to catch one. But catching a star is not
as easy as …
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The Puffin Mother Goose Treasury The Puffin Mother Goose Treasury
Raymond Briggs
The welcome return of a modern classic, this Treasury should be a gift for every newborn. Prize-winning illustrator Raymond Briggs’ wonderful illustrations capture the humour, pathos, poignancy and downright silliness of some of the best known nursery rhymes and riddles …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

1
Zoe and Beans: Where is Binky Boo? Zoe and Beans: Where is Binky Boo?
Chloe Inkpen, Mick Inkpen
Join the loveably lively Zoe and her devoted dog Beans in a world full of fun, friendship and magical adventures. It’s a case of hide and seek as Beans loses his favourite toy. …
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2
Why Is The Sky Blue ? Why Is The Sky Blue ?
Susan Varley, Sally Grindley
This is our personal favourite in terms of Sally Grindley’s picture books here at Lovereading4kids.  It tells the story of rabbit and donkey.  Rabbit is very inquisitive and is always asking questions about everything! He wants to know why the …
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3
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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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Harry and the Dinosaurs Roar to the Rescue! Harry and the Dinosaurs Roar to the Rescue!
Ian Whybrow
Wonderfully humourous illustrations coupled with a fun storyline sees Harry and his bucketful of dinosaurs run to the rescue when he discovers someone he knows has been robbed.  Harry is an endearing character that boys and girls all love. …
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A New Room for William A New Room for William
Sally Grindley
A beautifully moving picture book that deals delicately with a marriage break up and moving house, A New Room for William is a sensitive portrayal of the thoughts and emotions of a little boy in the midst of a dramatic …
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3
How the World Works How the World Works
Christiane Dorion
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2011: Best Book with Facts*. Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2001: Best Book with Facts and Winner of the Best Overall Information Book in the Scholastic Education PLUS Read Me/ Best …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

1
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 …
Download free opening extract
2
Cartoon Kid Cartoon Kid
Jeremy Strong
Loads of laughs in this new series from best-selling author Jeremy Strong.  Casper’s new teacher says everyone in the class is a superhero and together thy can fight injustice. Casper uses his drawing talent to become the Cartoon Kid. Teaming …
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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 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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Whispers in the Graveyard Whispers in the Graveyard
Theresa Breslin
This is a gripping supernatural thriller and one of those rare books that makes the reader want to put life on hold for as long as it takes to finish it.  The writing is breathtakingly good and whilst tackling some …
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3
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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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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When You Reach Me When You Reach Me
Rebecca Stead
Winner of the 2010 Newbery Medal, Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2011, this is a brilliantly fresh and original story with a puzzle at its heart. When Miranda’s best friend Sal is punched in the stomach by another …
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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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3
Street Heroes: Runaways Street Heroes: Runaways
Joe Layburn
Street Heroes: Runaways is a fast-paced thriller that deals with
important issues while keeping readers gripped from start to finish. By
the aclaimed author of Ghostscape and Street Heroes it is in a nutshell ‘Heroes’ for children.  The Street Heroes …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

1
The Replacement The Replacement
Brenna Yovanoff
Full of romance and danger, this is an arresting adventure that slips effortlessly between our world and the dark world of the paranormal. Mackie Doyle is not what he seems. Despite his apparently normal life, Mackie is a Replacement; he …
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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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3
Wereworld: Rise of the Wolf Wereworld: Rise of the Wolf
Curtis Jobling
Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2011
This is an absolutely cracking debut fantasy novel.  Every teenager should make time for it as it’s truly gripping and utterly original.  You’ll find yourself totally immersed from page one in a completely …
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