Archive for June, 2011

Most popular children’s books, by age range, 20 – 27 June 2011

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Books for Babies and Toddlers

1
A Bit Lost A Bit Lost
Chris Haughton
Winner of the top children’s book award in Ireland in 2011 – the Bisto Award.
When Little Owl falls out of the nest he needs help to find his way home again. Luckily squirrel is keen to help but how does …
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2
Tabby McTat Picturebook and CD Tabby McTat Picturebook and CD
Julia Donaldson
The best-selling author and illustrator team of the Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have created a heart-warming story about loyalty and friendship. When Tabby McTat the busker’s cat gets separated from the busker he begins a new life on …
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3
Gilbert the Great (Board Book) Gilbert the Great (Board Book)
Jane Clarke
Award-winning illustrator Charles Fuge’s Gilbert is a charming picture book character – despite being a great white shark! The story of his touching friendship with Raymond the Remora is delightfully retold in this handsome board book version. …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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The Rhyming Rabbit The Rhyming Rabbit
Julia Donaldson
Award winning Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson has created a delightfully entertaining picture book that celebrates poems of all kinds. All the rabbits are sick of hearing the rhyming rabbit’s poems for every occasion. Forlornly, the rabbit sets off to find …
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2
The Boy Who Hated Toothbrushes The Boy Who Hated Toothbrushes
Zehra Hicks
Billy hates toothbrushes. He’s tried all kinds but refuses to use any of them! But then he loses a tooth and the tooth fairy leaves him something to make sure the rest of his teeth are never so dirty! How …
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3
Two Monkeys (World of Happy) Two Monkeys (World of Happy)
Giles Andreae
A gorgeous story that shows the importance of true friendship between two monkeys.  Will the monkey prince forget his servant friend in the end or not?Stylish and affordable books for children and parents alike.
One of an initial series of 13 …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

1
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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2
Dirty Bertie : Ouch! Dirty Bertie : Ouch!
Alan McDonald
Dirty Bertie – the boy with nose-pickingly disgusting habits – is back for another helping in A&E after an accident with a door, forgets his swimming trunks on a visit to Splash City, and proves that Know-All Nick doesn’t actually …
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3
Conker Conker
Michael Morpurgo
Prize-winning Michael Morpurgo packs in a range of big emotions in this beautifully written short novel for newly fluent readers and reissued for a new generation of children. Helped by his granny, Nick learns to see off the nasty bully …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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An Elephant in the Garden An Elephant in the Garden
Michael Morpurgo
Once again the former Children’s Laureate, Michael Morpurgo, weaves an intensely moving story about an extraordinary animal caught up in a very human war.  It’s World War Two in Germany, the animals in Dresden are to be killed because of …
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2
Little Manfred Little Manfred
Michael Morpurgo
Award-winning author and illustrator duo Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman have created a touching story about the way lives become entangled during conflict and how, unexpectedly, those ties can lead to enduring friendship. When Alex and her little brother Charlie …
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3
Penny Dreadful is a Magnet for Disaster Penny Dreadful is a Magnet for Disaster
Joanna Nadin
A bundle of awfulness! Penny Dreadful (not her real name) has an unfortunate habit of creating mayhem wherever she goes and whatever she does! Penny has some really brilliant ideas. The only trouble is, they often seem to go horribly …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Too Much Trouble Too Much Trouble
Tom Avery
Winner of the 2010 Frances Lincoln / Seven Stories Diverse Voices Children’s Book Award
This prize-winning story will grab readers’ attention from the opening moments and hold them spell-bound from then on. When Emmanuel and Prince are sent to England to …
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2
Journey to the River Sea 10th Anniversary Edition Journey to the River Sea 10th Anniversary Edition
Eva Ibbotson
Special 10th Anniversary Edition
Chosen by Anne Fine as one of her favourite reads.  A charming and magical adventure story that is full of wisdom, warmth and understanding. Orphaned Maia is sent off to stay with her relatives far, far away …
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Billionaire Boy Billionaire Boy
David Walliams
Shortlisted for the prestigious Sheffield Children’s Book Award 2011
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 …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Tall Story Tall Story
Candy Gourlay
Shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2011. Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2011: Favourite Story.
This is a debut novel packed with warmth, humour and quirkiness that will have you in fits of laughter one minute and …
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Unhooking the Moon Unhooking the Moon
Gregory Hughes
Shortlisted for the prestigious Branford Boase Award 2011. 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 …
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Six Days Six Days
Philip Webb
Enter a fantastic contest to appear in Philip Webb’s next book.  Each
copy of Six Days is printed with its own unique 5-digit code.  Children
can enter their unique code and email address and smartphone users can
go direct to …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

1
Life An Exploded Diagram Life An Exploded Diagram
Mal Peet
This is a brilliant coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of the
Cold War and events leading up to the Cuban Missile Crisis.  The story is told in flashback by Clem when he is living and working in
New York …
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2
Double or Quits Rachel Riley's Year of (almost) Taking Control Double or Quits Rachel Riley’s Year of (almost) Taking Control
Joanna Nadin
A fantastically fat and sparkly bind-up of two riotous Rachel Riley books … Back to Life and The Facts of Life. …
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When I Was Joe When I Was Joe
Keren David
Shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2011. Highly Commended for the Teenage Book Prize 2010. An edgy and contemporary thriller about the life changing dangers of knife crime – and that’s just for the witness. When Ty tells the police …
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Most popular children’s books, by age range, 12 – 19 June 2011

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Books for Babies and Toddlers

1
A Bit Lost A Bit Lost
Chris Haughton
Winner of the top children’s book award in Ireland in 2011 – the Bisto Award.
When Little Owl falls out of the nest he needs help to find his way home again. Luckily squirrel is keen to help but how does …
Download free opening extract
2
Tabby McTat Picturebook and CD Tabby McTat Picturebook and CD
Julia Donaldson
The best-selling author and illustrator team of the Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have created a heart-warming story about loyalty and friendship. When Tabby McTat the busker’s cat gets separated from the busker he begins a new life on …
Download free opening extract
3
Pandamonium Pandamonium
Dan Crisp
Fantastic illustrations and humorous text follw the antics of the escaped zoo animals as they cause pandamonium. Children will delight in watching the zoo keeper sleep as the animals
around him cause pandamonium! Fantastic illustrations by award-winning
artist Mark Chambers …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 3+ readers

1
The Rhyming Rabbit The Rhyming Rabbit
Julia Donaldson
Award winning Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson has created a delightfully entertaining picture book that celebrates poems of all kinds. All the rabbits are sick of hearing the rhyming rabbit’s poems for every occasion. Forlornly, the rabbit sets off to find …
Download free opening extract
2
The Boy Who Hated Toothbrushes The Boy Who Hated Toothbrushes
Zehra Hicks
Billy hates toothbrushes. He’s tried all kinds but refuses to use any of them! But then he loses a tooth and the tooth fairy leaves him something to make sure the rest of his teeth are never so dirty! How …
Download free opening extract
3
Elmer's Special Day Elmer’s Special Day
David Mckee 

Just launched is an Elmer’s Special Day App! – click on the button on the right to find out more.
This book is a wonderful celebration not just of the fun that can be had when everyone “all joins in” but …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

1
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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2
An Imaginary Menagerie An Imaginary Menagerie
Roger Mcgough
Shortlisted for the Independent Booksellers Book Award 2011
Roger McGough’s poetry dances off the pages in this delicious anthology which he has illustrated as well as written. True to its title there are poems for all kinds of animals from an …
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3
Dirty Bertie : Ouch! Dirty Bertie : Ouch!
Alan McDonald
Dirty Bertie – the boy with nose-pickingly disgusting habits – is back for another helping in A&E after an accident with a door, forgets his swimming trunks on a visit to Splash City, and proves that Know-All Nick doesn’t actually …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 7+ readers

1
An Elephant in the Garden An Elephant in the Garden
Michael Morpurgo
Once again the former Children’s Laureate, Michael Morpurgo, weaves an intensely moving story about an extraordinary animal caught up in a very human war. It’s World War Two in Germany, the animals in Dresden are to be killed because of …
Download free opening extract
2
Penny Dreadful is a Magnet for Disaster Penny Dreadful is a Magnet for Disaster
Joanna Nadin
A bundle of awfulness! Penny Dreadful (not her real name) has an unfortunate habit of creating mayhem wherever she goes and whatever she does! Penny has some really brilliant ideas. The only trouble is, they often seem to go horribly …
Download free opening extract
3
Little Manfred Little Manfred
Michael Morpurgo
Award-winning author and illustrator duo Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman have created a touching story about the way lives become entangled during conflict and how, unexpectedly, those ties can lead to enduring friendship. When Alex and her little brother Charlie …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 9+ readers

1
A Million Angels A Million Angels
Kate Maryon
This is the third novel from Kate Maryon – a sparkling new voice for tween girls. Jemima has a wonderfully close relationship with her dad so when he’s posted off to Afghanistan how will she cope and who will look …
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2
Too Much Trouble Too Much Trouble
Tom Avery
Winner of the 2010 Frances Lincoln / Seven Stories Diverse Voices Children’s Book Award
This prize-winning story will grab readers’ attention from the opening moments and hold them spell-bound from then on. When Emmanuel and Prince are sent to England to …
Download free opening extract
3
Duty Calls : Dunkirk Duty Calls : Dunkirk
James Holland
Real-life action pumps through this wholly absorbing war time adventure. James Holland’s extensive knowledge of the history of the period gives him a rare ability to bring it vividly to life in a way that is both absolutely gripping and …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

1
Troubletwisters Troubletwisters
Garth Nix, Sean Williams
Two best-selling authors have teamed up to create this highly inventive, fast-paced new series. When twins Jack and Jaide receive a strange letter from Grandma X, a Grandma they have never heard of, they have little idea that they are …
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2
Six Days Six Days
Philip Webb
Enter a fantastic contest to appear in Philip Webb’s next book. Each
copy of Six Days is printed with its own unique 5-digit code. Children
can enter their unique code and email address and smartphone users can
go direct to …
Download free opening extract
3
Young Sherlock Holmes: Black Ice Young Sherlock

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Andrew Lane
The world’s favourite detective was already showing signs of his future exceptional talent for investigation as a child. Ignoring the obvious when he comes across his brother holding a knife and with a dead body in front of him, the …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

1
Life An Exploded Diagram Life An Exploded Diagram
Mal Peet
This is a brilliant coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of the
Cold War and events leading up to the Cuban Missile Crisis. The story is told in flashback by Clem when he is living and working in
New York …
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2
David David
Mary Hoffman
An epic story of art, passion and danger set in turbulent sixteenth-century Florence. This incredibly talented author, Mary Hoffman, uses her persuasive narrative skills to imagine the story
of Gabriele, an eighteen-year-old who, by becoming Michelangelo’s model,
finds himself drawn …
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3
Forgotten Forgotten
Cat Patrick
A teen story with a difference, London Lane seems like any normal high
school student except that she can’t remember the past – her brain is wiped
clean at 4.33 every day – and worse, she can see what is going to …
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Most popular children’s books, by age range, 5 – 12 June 2011

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Books for Babies and Toddlers

1
Tabby McTat Picturebook and CD Tabby McTat Picturebook and CD
Julia Donaldson
The best-selling author and illustrator team of the Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have created a heart-warming story about loyalty and friendship. When Tabby McTat the busker’s cat gets separated from the busker he begins a new life on …
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2
My First Gruffalo: Hello Gruffalo! Buggy Book My First Gruffalo: Hello Gruffalo! Buggy Book
Julia Donaldson
A first introduction to the best-selling Gruffalo for little hands. All the deliciously scary features of The Gruffalo are laid bare before the happy ending of his very unfriendly self is revealed. An ideal addition to any buggy. …
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I Want a Party! I Want a Party!
Tony Ross
Everybody’s favourite Little Princess is back for an entertaining new adventure. Bored by her life she longs to throw a party. Luckily the staff at the palace are willing to help her and soon the games, the food, the party …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

1
The Rhyming Rabbit The Rhyming Rabbit
Julia Donaldson
Award winning Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson has created a delightfully entertaining picture book that celebrates poems of all kinds. All the rabbits are sick of hearing the rhyming rabbit’s poems for every occasion. Forlornly, the rabbit sets off to find …
Download free opening extract
2
A Bit Lost A Bit Lost
Chris Haughton
Winner of the top children’s book award in Ireland in 2011 – the Bisto Award.
When Little Owl falls out of the nest he needs help to find his way home again. Luckily squirrel is keen to help but how does …
Download free opening extract
3
The Boy Who Hated Toothbrushes The Boy Who Hated Toothbrushes
Zehra Hicks
Billy hates toothbrushes. He’s tried all kinds but refuses to use any of them! But then he loses a tooth and the tooth fairy leaves him something to make sure the rest of his teeth are never so dirty! How …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 5+ readers

1
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 …
Download free opening extract
2
The Parent Swap Shop (Early Reader) The Parent Swap Shop (Early Reader)
Francesca Simon
A brand new story perfect for early readers particularly those who are sick and tired of being told what to do! Nag nag nag. Why can’t she have the kind of parents that let her eat
sweets all day? Or …
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3
Dirty Bertie : Ouch! Dirty Bertie : Ouch!
Alan McDonald
Dirty Bertie – the boy with nose-pickingly disgusting habits – is back for another helping in A&E after an accident with a door, forgets his swimming trunks on a visit to Splash City, and proves that Know-All Nick doesn’t actually …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 7+ readers

1
Too Much Trouble Too Much Trouble
Tom Avery
Winner of the 2010 Frances Lincoln / Seven Stories Diverse Voices Children’s Book Award
This prize-winning story will grab readers’ attention from the opening moments and hold them spell-bound from then on. When Emmanuel and Prince are sent to England to …
Download free opening extract
2
An Elephant in the Garden An Elephant in the Garden
Michael Morpurgo
Once again the former Children’s Laureate, Michael Morpurgo, weaves an intensely moving story about an extraordinary animal caught up in a very human war. It’s World War Two in Germany, the animals in Dresden are to be killed because of …
Download free opening extract
3
Little Manfred Little Manfred
Michael Morpurgo
Award-winning author and illustrator duo Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman have created a touching story about the way lives become entangled during conflict and how, unexpectedly, those ties can lead to enduring friendship. When Alex and her little brother Charlie …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 9+ readers

1
Penny Dreadful is a Magnet for Disaster Penny Dreadful is a Magnet for Disaster
Joanna Nadin
A bundle of awfulness! Penny Dreadful (not her real name) has an unfortunate habit of creating mayhem wherever she goes and whatever she does! Penny has some really brilliant ideas. The only trouble is, they often seem to go horribly …
Download free opening extract
2
Duty Calls : Dunkirk Duty Calls : Dunkirk
James Holland
Real-life action pumps through this wholly absorbing war time adventure. James Holland’s extensive knowledge of the history of the period gives him a rare ability to bring it vividly to life in a way that is both absolutely gripping and …
Download free opening extract
3
Billionaire Boy Billionaire Boy
David Walliams
Shortlisted for the prestigious Sheffield Children’s Book Award 2011
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 …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 11+ readers

1
A Million Angels A Million Angels
Kate Maryon
This is the third novel from Kate Maryon – a sparkling new voice for tween girls. Jemima has a wonderfully close relationship with her dad so when he’s posted off to Afghanistan how will she cope and who will look …
Download free opening extract
2
Six Days Six Days
Philip Webb
Enter a fantastic contest to appear in Philip Webb’s next book. Each
copy of Six Days is printed with its own unique 5-digit code. Children
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Young Sherlock Holmes: Black Ice Young Sherlock Holmes: Black Ice
Andrew Lane
The world’s favourite detective was already showing signs of his future exceptional talent for investigation as a child. Ignoring the obvious when he comes across his brother holding a knife and with a dead body in front of him, the …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 14+ readers

1
Life An Exploded Diagram Life An Exploded Diagram
Mal Peet
This is a brilliant coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of the
Cold War and events leading up to the Cuban Missile Crisis. The story is told in flashback by Clem when he is living and working in
New York …
Download free opening extract
2
Forgotten Forgotten
Cat Patrick
A teen story with a difference, London Lane seems like any normal high
school student except that she can’t remember the past – her brain is wiped
clean at 4.33 every day – and worse, she can see what is going to …
Download free opening extract
3
Starcrossed Starcrossed
Josephine Angelini
Destiny brought them together. The Gods will keep them apart. This is the book of the summer to get love-struck by!
‘a gorgeous, haunting saga that completely swept me away. OMGods, I
can’t wait to read more’ – Lauren Kate, author …
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New recommended reads for Children June 2011

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

Greetings June Bugs! Did you know that it was on 26 June 1284 that the Pied Piper is said to have lured the children of Hamelin to a watery end? Don’t worry – the only end we’ll lead them to is a literary one! We’ve got a bumper basket filled with great titles and exciting reads for all ages, from toddlers to teens, this month. Read on for more information about what’s new at Lovereading4Kids this summer.

STOP PRESS… Julia Donaldson is the New Children’s Laureate

The Children’s Laureate is a vital role, especially in todays video game and tv dominated culture. So we are delighted to let you know that Julia Donaldson, creator of the Gruffalo, has just been announced as a sucessor to Anthony Browne.

Coincidentally we also have her latest book on the site the hilarious Rhyming Rabbit. Find out more today…

Jumping in ‘Peet’ First! – Mal Peet, Our Author of the Month

Our multi award-winning Author of the Month this month is the brilliant Mal Peet. Inspired by Shakespeare’s Othello, his 2009 novel Exposure (a topical novel about fame and football) won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize. His latest title, Life: An Exploded Diagram is an intricate and brilliant coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of the Cold War that has already garnered fabulous praise.

As part of our Author of the Month category we are featuring all of Mal’s books on the site and all have extracts which you can download and read to see if you like thems.

 

Guest Editor – Michael Morpurgo

We are delighted to welcome back Michael as our Guest Editor this month. Author of the modern classics War Horse and Why the Whales Came, he is one of the most prolific children’s writers. Perhaps his passion for animals and city farms has given Michael the inspiration for his amazing catalogue of literature for kids of all ages? He has two novels published this month. An Elephant in the Garden is a brilliantly touching novel about a family during the war, who must not only save themselves but also their pet … er … elephant. Little Manfred, again set in wartime, is both heart-warming and heart-breaking with beautiful illustrations from his friend, the phenomenally talented Michael Foreman!

Passionate about encouraging children, Michael has agreed to share with us not only his own favourite books but also his 10 rules for becoming a writer.

First steps – Our Debuts of the Month.

 

The Boy Who Hated Toothbrushes

Zehra Hicks

3+ Vibrant, fun and sparkly book for 3 year olds and up – It’s tooth-love!

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Duty Calls : Dunkirk

James Holland

9+ The realities of an horrific war and the bravery it inspires, through the eyes of an 16 year old soldier.

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Too Much Trouble

Tom Avery

12+ Touching adventure tale of two brothers all alone in the world

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Starcrossed

Josephine Angelini

14+ Haunting epic, where true love must do battle with ancient Gods and their feuds.

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Forgotten


Cat Patrick

14+ What if you could see the future but not remember the past?

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Green Teens! Exodus, Zenith and Aurora – Our Teen Series of the Month

We love this unique and topical adventure from award-winning author Julie Bertagna, which comes to its brilliant end with the publication of the third in the trilogy, Aurora. In a drowned world, the search for a future is a terrifying fight for survival. The mighty ice caps at the poles are in meltdown, the seas have risen and land has disappeared forever beneath storm-tossed waves…. Exodus, Zenith and Aurora tell the incredible story of young people with the will to make their own new beginnings in the harshest of worlds.

Read to Win! – Our June Competitions

We like nothing more at Lovereading than being able to give books away for free and this month we have some absolutely cracking free prize draws for you to try your luck in! We have already mentioned the 100 copies of Dead Man’s Cove by Lauren St John (get reading now as the sequel is out shortly) and the Read with Biff, Chip and Kipper sets – but did you know that the late Reverend Awdry, creator of Thomas the Tank Engine, would be 100 this month and we have a £130 set of books up for grabs? Finally fans of I am No 4 and Young Sherlock Holmes should get clicking as well…

The House of Elliott

Talented writer and illustrator Rebecca Elliott knew from an early age that her love of writing and art would fuse together. Her much acclaimed book Zoo Girl (for 3+) is a beautiful picture book blending the

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appeal of animals with the heart-warming message of friends and family. Also published this month is Sometimes, a touching tale of the love between brother and sister and the overcoming of disability to have a fun-filled life. Click here for more info.

W. Awdry gets his Century!

You may have gathered by now that The Reverend W. Awdry, creator of Thomas the Tank Engine, would have been 100 on 15 June this year! To celebrate the work of this late, great author and his much loved creation, a 42nd title, by his son Christopher who took up the Thomas baton some years ago, is due for release in tribute.

What’s more, a special centenary box set of Reverend Awdry’s original 26 titles is also out. It’s a must-have – in fact a must for kids and adults alike! We think it’s a great one to give to Dad on Father’s day. We also have one of the amazing £130 boxed sets to give away – so enter the free prize draw today.

 

Where-wolf? Here Wolf! – Wolven: Bad Wolf Rising

Having given away 100 copies of the first in the Wolven Series by Di Toft, we are big fans of this fun and exciting werewolf series for kids aged 9+. We hope you are too, because the 3rd in the series, Bad Wolf Rising, is out now and is another great adventure for wolven friends, Woody and Nat, as they battle evil and try to stop the rise of a bad wolf-pack. Catch up with the action here…

Well, that’s all for this month. We hope you get great weather and great reading in June and we’ll see you again in sweltering July! Before that, though, don’t forget that Father’s Day is 19 June. We have loads of gift ideas to help you here!

Give Dad a gift he can keep forever.

Happy Reading

Most popular children’s books, by age range, 1 – 7 June 2011

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Books for Babies and Toddlers

1
Hullabaloo Hullabaloo
Gordon Volke
A wonderfully humorous picture storybook that kids will have great fun joining in with the animals. From a donkey called Drew, to hopping bunnies with grass to chew, this
rowdy group of animals at the zoo are making a hullabaloo! …
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Pandamonium Pandamonium
Dan Crisp
Fantastic illustrations and humorous text follw the antics of the escaped zoo animals as they cause pandamonium.  Children will delight in watching the zoo keeper sleep as the animals
around him cause pandamonium! Fantastic illustrations by award-winning
artist Mark Chambers …
Download free opening extract
3
Tabby McTat Picturebook and CD Tabby McTat Picturebook and CD
Julia Donaldson
The best-selling author and illustrator team of the Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have created a heart-warming story about loyalty and friendship. When Tabby McTat the busker’s cat gets separated from the busker he begins a new life on …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 3+ readers

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The Three Little Pirates (Early Reader) The Three Little Pirates (Early Reader)
Georgie Adams
Meet Trixy, Tammy and Trig, three little girl pirates who have a big adventure!  A delightful splash of ocean fun and adventure. Perfect for reading
aloud or for children to enjoy alone, with lots of bright funny
pictures, maps to …
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The Boy Who Hated Toothbrushes The Boy Who Hated Toothbrushes
Zehra Hicks
Billy hates toothbrushes. He’s tried all kinds but refuses to use any of them! But then he loses a tooth and the tooth fairy leaves him something to make sure the rest of his teeth are never so dirty! How …
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Gorilla Gorilla
Anthony Browne
Greenaway winner in 1983.Wonderfully inventive story and almost tear-jerking at times but with a happy ending.  The illustrations are both detailed and colourful and children will delight in them. I’m sure for some parents it really touches a nerve as …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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The Diary of a Killer Cat The Diary of a Killer Cat
Anne Fine
A cat’s eye view of the world is not exactly the same as a humans! Tuffy’s got no problems with the trail of delicious victims he brings into the house. A bird, a mouse – they are both delicious. In …
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The Parent Swap Shop The Parent Swap Shop
Francesca Simon
A brand new story perfect for early readers particularly those who are sick and tired of being told what to do!  Nag nag nag. Why can’t she have the kind of parents that let her eat
sweets all day? Or …
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Funnybones Funnybones
Allan Ahlberg
Three white-boned skeletons have a great night out when they set forth with the express intention to “frighten somebody”. Big skeleton, little skeleton and dog skeleton live in the dark, dark cellar of a dark, dark house on a dark, …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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One Dog and His Boy One Dog and His Boy
Eva Ibbotson
Award winning Eva Ibbotson’s poignant and beautiful last book celebrates a boy’s passion for a dog. All Hal has ever wanted is a dog but his parents refuse to contemplate the idea. A dog would mess up their beautiful house …
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Too Much Trouble Too Much Trouble
Tom Avery
This prize-winning story will grab readers’ attention from the opening moments and hold them spell-bound from then on. When Emmanuel and Prince are sent to England to live with their uncle, Emmanuel is put in charge. But, when you are …
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Jeff Kinney
The 1st in the brilliant Wimpy Kid series that has taken the US, and now the UK by storm. The illustrations and story hillariously chart Greg’s life at a new school.
It’s not essential to read the books in order but …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Sophie and the Shadow Woods : The Goblin King Sophie and the Shadow Woods : The Goblin King
Linda Chapman, Lee Weatherly
Exciting new six book character-led series for 7+ girls who love adventure! Very few people ever enter the Shadow Woods, for these woods are like no
others. Hidden deep within them is the Gateway to the Shadow Realm, a
dark …
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Sky Hawk Sky Hawk
Gill Lewis
Rich in atmosphere and full of heart, Sky Hawk is an intense and touching story of how protecting a rare bird forges a deep and special friendship between two children. The osprey is Iona’s secret but she trusts Callum to …
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Penny Dreadful is a Magnet for Disaster Penny Dreadful is a Magnet for Disaster
Joanna Nadin
A bundle of awfulness! Penny Dreadful (not her real name) has an unfortunate habit of creating mayhem wherever she goes and whatever she does! Penny has some really brilliant ideas. The only trouble is, they often seem to go horribly …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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A Monster Calls A Monster Calls
Siobhan Dowd, Patrick Ness
MEGA BOOK OF THE MONTH….
Prize-winning Patrick Ness displays brilliant new skills of sensitivity in this hauntingly touching story of how a boy deals with the looming threat of his mother’s death from cancer. Haunted by a monster in his dreams, …
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The Taming of Lilah May The Taming of Lilah May
Vanessa Curtis
This cleverly written novel is told with sensitivity and humour and introduces a new anti-heroine in Lilah May.  Clever and sassy Lilah is finding is hard to keep her anger under control but it’s only been like this since her …
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Six Days Six Days
Philip Webb
Enter a fantastic contest to appear in Philip Webb’s next book.  Each
copy of Six Days is printed with its own unique 5-digit code.  Children
can enter their unique code and email address and smartphone users can
go direct to …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Forgotten Forgotten
Cat Patrick 

A teen story with a difference, London Lane seems like any normal high
school student except that she can’t remember the past – her brain is wiped
clean at 4.33 every day – and worse, she can see what is going to …
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Starcrossed Starcrossed
Josephine Angelini
Destiny brought them together. The Gods will keep them apart. This is the book of the summer to get love-struck by!
‘a gorgeous, haunting saga that completely swept me away.  OMGods, I
can’t wait to read more’ – Lauren Kate, author …
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Life An Exploded Diagram Life An Exploded Diagram
Mal Peet
This is a brilliant coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of the
Cold War and events leading up to the Cuban Missile Crisis.  The story is told in flashback by Clem when he is living and working in
New York …
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