Archive for May, 2012

Most popular books on Lovereading4kids 13 -20 May 2012

Monday, May 21st, 2012

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Mayfly Day Mayfly Day
Jeanne Willis
Its message is one to treasure.  Mayfly lives for only one day. Is she sad? No, everything about that one day is to be celebrated. Mayfly sees buds burst open, she sees babies being born; she feels breezes blowing and …
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Peppa Pig: Peppa Meets the Queen Peppa Pig: Peppa Meets the Queen

Join Peppa Pig as she goes to the Palace and gets to meet the Queen! Miss Rabbit is invited to the Palace to get an honour and Peppa and her friends are going too! It’s a wonderfully celebratory day out …
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Pip and Posy: The Big Balloon Pip and Posy: The Big Balloon
Axel Scheffler
April 2012 Book of the Month. Best known for creating the pictures for the Gruffalo, Axel Scheffler has created a perfect story for pre-school. How can Pip’s friends cheer him up when his beautiful red balloon goes POP! ? Luckily Posy …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Where the Wild Things are Where the Wild Things are
Maurice Sendak
Jacqueline Wilson, February 2012 Guest Editor: “The text is very minimal but perfect – and the illustrations are glorious. This isn’t a scary book in the slightest, though the monsters are grotesque, equipped with very sharp teeth and pointy claws.  Little Max …
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Charlie and Lola: We Completely Must Go to London Charlie and Lola: We Completely Must Go to London

Best-selling Charlie and Lola and their best friends Marve and Lotta are very excited to be going on a trip to London! They gaze up at Buckingham Palace and wonder which is the Queen’s Bedroom, they look in wonder at …
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The Worst Princess The Worst Princess
Anna Kemp
May 2012 Book of the Month.
A funny new picture book from the team behind the successful Dogs Don’t Do Ballet and Rhinos Don’t Eat Pancakes! Girls everywhere will be cheering for Sue in this story of determination and derring-do. The galloping, tongue-in-cheek rhyming text …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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HM Queen Elizabeth II: Diamond Jubilee HM Queen Elizabeth II: Diamond Jubilee

This is a very special Ladybird souvenir edition to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth II. …
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Me, the Queen and Christopher Me, the Queen and Christopher
Giles Andreae, Tony Ross
A touching and funny story about a 7 year-old girl’s adventure having tea with the Queen. Told with Giles Andreae’s trademark warmth and humour, but with an added poignancy when the Queen meets Christopher, Freya’s brother, this is a perfect …
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The Perfect Pet Shop (Early Reader) The Perfect Pet Shop (Early Reader)
Vivian French
A delightful animal story, perfect for early readers. There’s nearly a pet shop disaster when a noisy puppy won’t stay quiet at night time. How will the other animals ever get to sleep? Maybe telling stories will do the trick? …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Dotty Inventions And Some Real Ones Too Dotty Inventions And Some Real Ones Too
Roger Mcgough
May 2012 Book of the Month.  Best-selling poet Roger McGough hits some real Eureka! moments in this cheerfully wacky picture book full of fabulously ingenious inventions. Professor Dotty Dabble is a great inventor so is sure she’ll win the National …
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Eeek! The Runaway Alien Eeek! The Runaway Alien
Karen Inglis
April 2012 Book of the Month.
A boy, an alien and football – without any shadow of doubt it’s a match made in heaven for boys in particular and if you have a reluctant reader in the house aged from 6-9 …
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Homecoming Homecoming
Michael Morpurgo
Michael Morpurgo, former Children’s Laureate and the award-winning author of War Horse, has written a beautifully evocative story which celebrates the beauty of a place and the pain it creates when that beauty is under threat. Michael always liked to …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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White Dolphin White Dolphin
Gill Lewis
May 2012 Book of the Month.
Bestselling Gill Lewis’s new story tells of the amazing, life-affirming powers of dolphins.  Kara’s life is in a mess; her mum has disappeared, she is in trouble at school and her father is about to …
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The Sleeping Army The Sleeping Army
Francesca Simon
May 2012 Book of the Month. Freya is an ordinary girl living in modern Britain, but with a twist: people still worship the Viking gods. One evening, stuck with her dad on his night shift at the British Museum, she …
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Twelve Minutes to Midnight Twelve Minutes to Midnight
Christopher Edge
April 2012 Book of the Month. A thriller with a fast-paced cinematic style, Twelve Minutes to Midnight is an electrifying story from an exciting new author featuring a feisty 13 year old heroine. It is the first book in a must-read …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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A Dog Called Homeless A Dog Called Homeless
Sarah Lean
May 2012 Debut of the Month. This is an outstandingly assured debut novel from a sparkling new talent.  When Cally Fisher sees her dead mother, real as anything, no one believes her. So Cally stops talking – what’s the point …
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Hero on a Bicycle Hero on a Bicycle
Shirley Hughes
May 2012 Book of the Month. Best-selling illustrator Shirley Hughes writes beautifully in this gripping story set during World War Two. Living in Italy during the occupation by the Germans, Paolo and his sister Constanza long to do something for the …
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A Waste of Good Paper A Waste of Good Paper
Sean Taylor
A moving, first person story that captures the frustrations and pent-up fury of a boy with a lot of problems. Jason has been told to write something in his new journal everyday. The trouble is there is nothing he wants …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Changeling Changeling
Philippa Gregory
May 2012 MEGA Book of the Month. Best-selling Philippa Gregory’s first book for teenagers is a thrilling story of malice and betrayal, courage and passion. Tricked out of her inheritance by her greedy and duplicitous brother, Isolde must swap ruling …
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Slated Slated
Teri Terry
May 2012 Debut of the Month.
This is a debut novel not to miss. It’s an original and haunting psychological thriller that’s packed with intense mystery and secrets that will have you gripped from the very first page.  It’s the story of Kyla …
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When It Happens When It Happens
Susane Colasanti
May 2012 Book of the Month.
A terrific romantic comedy drama for all those searching for The One! Sara and Tobey couldn’t be more different. She is focused on getting into her first-choice college; he wants to win Battle of the …
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Award winner, free prize draws and sneak peek of new June books…

Friday, May 18th, 2012

With SATS, GCSEs and A Levels this is a testing time for children and parents – but don’t forget to keep them reading great books – the perfect educational treat! Read on for new and exciting children’s books and features. Plus don’t miss some of this month’s highlights shown below….

 

 

 

We have sprung a blossoming bloom of new categories on the site this month to make the search for your kids’ next great read even more exciting!

Carnegie & Greenaway Book Awards

The Carnegie and Greenaway Medals are arguably the two most prestigious awards in children’s literature. The former is for fiction and the latter for picture books. We’ve pulled together all the shortlisted titles for each award in one diamond mine of a category. Start your journey with A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (14+) – an exquisitely written story of loss, growing up and being different – which is uniquely (this year at least) shortlisted for BOTH prizes! Winners are announced on 14 June. But why not find your winner first?

Is it a book or a wallchart? – Wallbooks are both!

The What on Earth? Wallbook of Sport (7+) by Christopher Lloyd has everything you want to know about all sports from the original Olympics to the present day, all crammed into the attractively busy pages of this vast wall chart which amazingly can also be read like a book. There are also titles on the History of Everything and Natural History Also visit our website to find details of where you can see 8 metre long versions of these amazing books as they tour the country.

 

Coming soon – Be the First to Read

We have a hugely strong selection of ‘coming soon’ (in June) titles with a free Opening Extract of each of them exclusively on Lovereading4kids this month! Just click on a title in our pre-publication bookshelf below. A real highlight in the Lovereadingoffice is Philippa Gregory’s debut YA novel, The Changeling – an epic medieval series full of dark myths, secrets, adventure, intrigue and a touch of romance. Adults will love it as much as teenagers.

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Our fluffy Series of the Month, Little Grey Rabbit

If you haven’t yet, please do have a look at these delightful, classic and much-loved tales for kids aged 3+ that have been re-launched in beautiful editions. We have loved getting to know them again!

Don’t miss three great chances to win

Have you entered any of our three great competitions this month? Tied into our section featuring the fabulous children’s books of award-winning fledgling publisher Nosy Crow, 3 lucky winners can win an exciting selection of books and apps. Click here to enter.

PLUS! We also have 5 awesome brand new Horrid Henry T-Shirts to give away to coincide with the forthcoming publication of Henry’s latest exploits – Horrid Henry’s Monster Movie. Here’s the link … Go there, do that and get the T-shirt!

And we have a 100 book giveaway of Matt Dickinson’s 11+ thriller Mortal Chaos to get readers in the mood for the release of his second, Deep Oblivion (published in July), which you can read an extract of in our Pre-Publication ‘coming soon’ section today.

A great new look for an old teenage spy

Since Stormbreaker was published in 2000, Anthony Horowitz’s Alex Rider has become a literary sensation. Now with brand new soft-feel covers we think this is the perfect time to introduce Alex Rider to a new generation. His first wave of readers will be doing A-levels by now and leaving school – ready for a whole new bunch of 9+ year olds to get hooked on the heart-stopping, adrenalin-packed action that is Alex’s world.

Out and About

New in our section dedicated to the great outdoors include: A First Book of Nature by Nicola Davies – introducing children to Britain’s natural beauty. From beach combing and stargazing; watching squirrels, ducks and worms to making special treats for your garden birds. Exquisite.

 

The Early Bird Catches the (Book) Worm!

Early Readers is one of our favourite sections! It’s a bumper crop of great fun books to share with kids and get them inspired to read on their own. Click here for more.

Two treats for teenage readers

Brave New Section! Dystopian Fiction

Dystopian Fiction: there’s so much of it about and so much of it is so good that we have decided to put it all in one handy section! Now your teens (11+ & 14+) can get their fill of this dark, popular genre!

It’s life but not as we know it! Dystopian fiction only really hit the headlines in the last year with The Hunger Games trilogy. In fact an early adopter some four years ago was Michael Grant’s publication of Gone, the first in a brilliant sequence that is still going strong with the final episode coming in 2013. Most of these books are available as real and eBooks including a personal favourite The Hunt by Andy Fukuda.

Undercover Reads!

The very best in Young Adult Fiction – books so great they’ll be reading them by torchlight under the duvet after lights-out… Among the new great titles this month is: The Anti Prom by Abby McDonald. A truly funny story of three very different girls on one crazy prom night! Perfect timing as we near the end of the school year.

Happy reading and see you in June.

P.S. Last weekend Nicolette Jones in The Sunday Times described one of our Books of the Month, White Dolphin, as ‘lyrical, emotive, engrossing’- it’s a book not to be missed and if you’ve not yet grabbed a copy of Gill Lewis’ debut Sky Hawk then you’re missing a treat.

P.P.S. With the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee just a week or two away don’t forget to visit our special section full of books to get kids into the spirit of the occasion.

Great new reads for toddlers to teens – May 2012

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Hey hey, welcome to May! This month we have virtual shelves full of great books to inspire your kids to lovereading. You could start by telling them that J. M. Barrie, creator of the ever-young Peter Pan, was a May baby. Born in 1860, a lonely child (the 9th of 10 siblings!), Barrie created a fantasy world that has captured the hearts of kids and adults ever since. Here’s what else is new this month…

Author of the Month, Cassandra Clare

If your teens love reading and haven’t discovered Cassandra Clare yet, now is a great time! The Tolkien and Austen lover is the author of two brilliant series. ‘Infernal Devices’ is a dark, dangerous and romantic urban fantasy in a Victorian London filled with vampires and werewolves. ‘Mortal Instruments’ explores an alternate, parallel world filled with shape-shifting demons. Fans of Twilight will think they’ve died and gone to Heaven! Get all of the books in these amazing series by visiting Lovereading4kids today.

Books of the Month

Our bookshelf this month is packed with great reads for all tastes and ages. Get started now and find your kids a fabulous new adventure this month.

Plus for the fast-growing army of e-readers, don’t miss our eBook of the Month, The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda (14+) Hunger Games-type action-packed survival against the odds.

Get Competitive! Great chances to Win

We’ve three great competitions this month. Tied into our section featuring the fabulous children’s books of award-winning fledgling publisher Nosy Crow, 3 lucky winners can win an exciting selection of books and apps. Click here to enter.

PLUS! We also have 5 awesome brand new Horrid Henry T-Shirts to give away to coincide with the forthcoming publication of Henry’s latest exploits – Horrid Henry’s Monster Movie. Here’s the link … Go there, do that and get the T-shirt!

And we have an 100 book give-away of Matt Dickinson’s 11+ thriller Mortal Chaos to get readers in the mood for the release of his second, Deep Oblivion (published in June), which you can read an extract of in our Pre-Publication section today.

That’s a First! – Debuts of the Month

Whatever you do don’t let your teenagers miss our MEGA Debut of the Month
Black Heart Blue by Louisa Reid (14+). A novel which packs a heart stopping punch. Sixteen year old twins Hephzi and Rebecca are about as different from each other as they could be. In this harrowing survival tale of family ties, hopes and dreams.

Below are our other top debuts for May:

A Dog Called Homeless

Sarah Lean

(9+) Heartbreakingly beautiful, tender story of heartache and hope, doubt and courage, silence and song.
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Hitler’s Angel

William Osborne

(11+) Courage and danger in a page-turning thrill ride that readers will devour!
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Secret Breakers : The Power of Three

H. L. Dennis

(11+) Code-breaking, secrecy and adventure … DaVinci Code for kids!
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Slated

Teri Terry

(14+) Gripping, absorbing, dystopian psychological thriller.
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Rabbiting on! – Series of the Month, Little Grey Rabbit

Hooray! These delightful, classic and much-loved tales for kids aged 3+ have been re-launched in beautiful editions and we have loved getting to know them again! You’ll be glad you clicked.

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

Well, we couldn’t ignore the Diamond Jubilee (Gawd bless yer majesty)! So, we have compiled a small selection of titles to celebrate. Our absolute favourite is Horrid Henry meets the Queen by Francesca Simon, which should really be called: ‘The Queen meets Horrid Henry’! Sparks fly as you can imagine! …

Writing Competitions for Young and Old

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that inspires new talent and this month there are TWO great competitions for budding writers:

The Wicked Young Writers competition rewards creative writing by young people from the ages of 5 to 25 and is judged by former

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Children’s Laureate, Michael Morpurgo. Visit the website to get started!

And for slightly older writers: the Times / Chicken House New Writers Award. An annual search for original ideas, a fresh voice and a story that children will love. Anyone who has written a novel for children aged 7-18 can submit a manuscript. Click here to find out more about entering.

See below for a bookshelf of previous winners and runners up who were also published by Chicken House.

And finally, definitely worth a look … Sean Taylor, best known as an illustrator, has released his debut YA fiction title, A Waste of Good Paper (11+). Drawing from his own experiences, this is a searingly honest and touching work. Think The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.

Well, that’s all folks! May in a basket! Scroll down to see more book recommendations in the age ranges you have said you are interested in. If you want to change them just log in to your account.

 

See you in June for some summer fun. Til’ then, Happy Reading!


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