Archive for September, 2011

Children’s Book Awards and Festivals… Mid September Update

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Now you’ve got your children back to school, why not take a few minutes to choose some great books that will have them rushing through their homework so they can read a few more pages before lights out. It could even be our MEGA Book of the Month this month, a book that will touch the heart of readers of all ages from Booker Prize winner Roddy Doyle – A Greyhound of a Girl. Read on to find out more…

Don’t miss out on some amazing debut novels

One of the best bits of our jobs is getting to read books from first time authors. The stories always jump of the page. This month we have 8 stunning debuts for childrens of all ages.

Visit our Debut books category to find out more

The Long and Short of it – Guardian Children’s Book Award Shortlist

The eagerly awaited shortlist for the Guardian Award for Children’s Literature is announced in October and we’re glad we don’t have to choose between them! With all titles featured on the site, the 8 contenders are a collection of everything that is great in children’s books for kids aged 7-17.

Our favourites are the stunningly original My Name is Mina by David Almond, the side splitting Return to Ribblestrop by Andy Mulligan and the mesmerising My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher.

Why not take a peek at the hopefuls in our Book Awards section and find your favourite!

Roald Dahl Funny Prize

There is nothing like a funny book to captivate a child’s interest so don’t miss the books selected for the unique Roald Dahl Funny Prize. There are two categories; one for 6 and under and the for 7-14 year olds. Every title on the shortlist is terrific and deservedly takes its place there so prepare yourself for some rip-roaring belly-laughs, sniggers and chortles. Have a laugh on us today…

News of two Children’s book festivals

If you live, or find yourself, in South West England then do try to make time to go with your children to two wonderful book festivals. 23 September – 2 October is The Bath Festival of Children’s Literature and 7 – 16 October is Book It! at the Cheltenham Literature Festival. Both are packed with exciting author and book events.

Find out more by visiting the book festival websites.

Have your Children discovered Spiderwick?

In Spiderwick Estate, twins Simon and Jared and their older sister Mallory discover a world of faeries and strange magical world, filled with surprises, bumps and bucket loads of adventure! These stories are suspenseful and scary (but not too scary) and ryeal page-turners, with children as young as 7 held spellbound to the final page. We have these new paperbacks, along with the illustrated hardback titles, in a special section. Find out more today…

Tony DiTerlizzi, co-author of the series, has also just released a new book, The Search for Wondla, which is a brilliant space-age alien adventure for kids aged 9+ – it’s well worth a look so why not read the free opening extract on Lovereading4kids right now!

It’s Good to have Favourites! – More ‘Author Favourites’

It’s our favourite and it looks like it’s your favourite too. Our ‘Author Favourites’ section lists titles chosen by great authors as their personal favourite books. This month, we list the favourites of three iconic children’s authors: Philip Pullman, Michael Morpurgo and Michael Rosen. Visit the page to see their choices!

Start Them Young! – Early Readers

We have had great feedback about our Early Readers section, which we are very happy about. It has loads of great fun books for you to share with your children and help build their confidence to read alone. With a hugely diverse selection, neither you nor the kids will ever get bored. What’s more, the basket is getting even bigger with more new titles added this month, including the timeless Princess and the Pea. Click here and (literally) get started!

That’s it for September – see you again in October when we are so looking forward to Halloween!

P.S. – If you are ever stuck for a book to read then try our age categorised ‘Essentials’ section – an addition this month is the delightful All About Alfie from Shirley Hughes…

P.P.S. – Our Back to School feature on the site will remain there for another couple of weeks so if you want guidance on useful reference books your kids might need then have a quick look now.

New Children’s Books for Spetember

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011


Welcome to September from all of us at Lovereading4kids! This month we have hundreds of great titles for kids of all ages to get stuck into from our Picture Book Picnic category full of books for babies and toddlers to our Undercover Reads for teens. Read on to discover what’s hot off the press this month


Special Powers, Crime-Fighting and Time Travel

Our thrilling Author of the Month this month is Sophie McKenzie. The former journalist started writing novels after being made redundant and has been showered with awards ever since. Her latest book, Sister, Missing, is the twist-packed sequel to (multi award-winning) Girl, Missing in which a 14 year old girl is kidnapped. Two years later, her nightmare continues when her little sister disappears on a family holiday. As gripping as it is disturbing, it’s a great read for anyone aged 12+. Sophie is also author of the brilliant Medusa Project series – the thrilling adventures of a team of teens with psychic powers. The 5th in the series Double Cross was published in June.

Book your September!

With our Books of the Month for September you will find a glut of great reads for all ages and abilities. But if you have a nine year old then do not miss our funny and warm-hearted MEGA Book of the Month from the brilliant Roddy Doyle – A Greyhound of a Girl book. See all the Books of Months by clicking here.

Share the Love! – Spread the word and get rewards!

We hope you love our children’s book website and we’d like to reward you for spreading the word about our site to your friends. Recommend our site to other book loving parents and you can collect ‘Love-hearts’ for money off your next purchase. Click here to find out how it works and start reaping rewards! Recommending just one person in September will get you £2 of Lovehearts to start, or add to your collection and you will also get £1 of Lovehearts for each new friend that registers with Lovereading4kids. Find out more today…


Picture Perfection … Illustrator of the Month – David McKee

Prolific illustrator and children’s author David McKee has been at it since 1964 and has been at the top of his paint palette ever since! He started out selling cartoons to newspapers while still at school and 45 years later is the author and illustrator of hundreds of books. Best known for his own Elmer series, David’s latest gem is Elmer and Super El, a beautifully colourful adventure for fun-loving kids aged 5 and under. Why not have a look at this and his other many fabulous books here – they’re great additions to every child’s bookshelf.


Nuts about Children’s Books! – Our Guest Editor, David Almond

Winner of the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2010 for outstanding contribution to children’s literature, our Guest Editor this month is the imaginative and brilliant David Almond. Growing up in a large family where story-telling was the norm, David’s first book, Skellig, made a massive impact.

Since then his sensitive, timeless stories about faith and the complexities of childhood have become firm favourites of young readers up and down the country. We are delighted that he has taken the time to hang out with us this month and share some of the tales and books that have influenced his life.

It’s a First! – Our Debuts of the Month

No Use Crying

Zannah Kearns

Colourful and engaging – a young girl searches for her true identity.

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Dark Inside

Jeyn Roberts
An End-of-Days tale of courage and survival in the face of a diabolical, destructive virus.

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Kathryn James

Dark, mysterious story of two clashing cultures and friendship tested to the limit.

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Deborah White

Magical reality, history, mystery, fantasy and romance. What’s not to love?

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Words in the Dust

Trent Reedy

A coming of age tale set in modern Afghanistan – a breath-taking, beautiful and eye-opening debut.

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History Keepers: The Storm Begins

Damian Dibben

Think Harry Potter meets Doctor Who – a new hero has arrived!

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Amazing Esme

Tamara Macfarlane

Holiday capers in a castle fairground. Who’d have thought leaving the circus could be so much fun!

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My Bear Griz

Suzanne McGinness

Fabulously fun playtime adventures for a little boy … and his pet grizzly bear. Obviously!

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Term of Endearment – Our Back to School Section

Our Back to School section has undergone a big summer makeover and is now ready for the rush! It has all you will need to send them back for the new term with some of the most up-to-date dictionaries, thesauruses and atlases from the No. 1 publisher of Back to School titles, Oxford University Press. Organised by school year group, it is easy to find exactly what you need.

And for those heading off to nursery school then look no further than the new Biff, Chip and Kipper reading at home series, which apart from some great storybooks, have just released some brilliant flashcards.

That’s one less thing to worry about. Now, where did they leave their satchels….?

So, that’s September at Lovereading4kids. kids home page As they go back to school and you get some more time on your hands, why not choose some books for yourself

too at our ‘grown-ups’ site main site home page We’re always happy to see you. Meanwhile we’ll be back in October with more great ideas.

P.S – Don’t miss the chance to get your hands on copies of the latest Gothic horror tale Midwinter Blood from Marcus Sedgwick and the 3rd Jack Christie adventure from Johnny O’Brien – we have 100 of each to give away but be quick the competitions close on 15 September.

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