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Lovereading4kids most popular books, by age range, 17 – 24 June 2012

Monday, June 25th, 2012

Books for Babies and Toddlers

1
Archie Archie
Domenica More Gordon
June 2012 Debut of the Month.
From an important and exciting new author/illustrator – a hugely original new talent – comes a riot of canine fun, bound to attract appreciative tail-wagging from dog fans! Featuring a royal guest star at the end it’s …
Download free opening extract
2
The Best Kind of Kiss The Best Kind of Kiss
Margaret Allum
A stunning book with plenty of kisses on every page – from fluffy kisses and big kisses to lip smacky and snuggly cuddly mummy kisses – there’s a kiss for every moment. But the best kiss of all for the …
Download free opening extract
3
Zog (Paperback and CD-Audio) Zog (Paperback and CD-Audio)
Julia Donaldson
Winner of the Galaxy Children’s Book Award 2010.
Book and CD edition. The creators of the best-selling Gruffalo have invented a delightful new character – Zog the little dragon who always wants to do best at school. Zog’s determination to win …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 3+ readers

1
The King of Quizzical Island Digs Through the World The King of Quizzical Island Digs Through the World
Gordon Snell
Age 3+. This is one of the loveliest picture books that’s been published in 2011 to share with your toddler.  In the extraordinary adventures of the King of Quizzical Island, the King decides he must prove to his citizens that …
Download free opening extract
2
Have You Ever Ever Ever? Have You Ever Ever Ever?
Colin McNaughton
Talented duo Colin McNaughton and Emma Chichester Clark have teamed up to create a witty and original introduction to some very favourite characters from nursery rhymes and popular songs. The cat and the fiddle, incy wincy spider, the four and …
Download free opening extract
3
L is for London L is for London
Harriet Rowe
From daredevil doubledeckers leaping over Tower Bridge to drunken barristers unable to stand up to toast the king, this pocket A-Z is filled with fun and quirky facts about London.  Titles already published in the A is for Alphabet series …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

1
The Great Dog Disaster The Great Dog Disaster
Katie Davies
June 2012 Book of the Month. If you’re looking for entertainment and a wildly funny adventure then any one of the Katie Davies stories is perfect.  It’s told from the perspective of 9 year old Anna, a young girl with …
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2
O is for Olympics O is for Olympics
Ned Elliott
Numerous amazing and little known facts about the Olympics will inform and amuse children in equal measure. From a heroic marathon runner in 490 BC to one who sneaked a lift in 1904, this A-Z brings to life the epic …
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3
The Monster Machine The Monster Machine
Nicola L. Robinson
June 2012 Book of the Month. Have monster fun with the making of monsters and what they do next! Topped up with the right ingredients of slugs, toenail clippings, earwax, spiders and some special glue, the monster-making machine churns out …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 7+ readers

1
Sam Silver, Undercover Pirate 1 : Skeleton Island Sam Silver, Undercover Pirate 1 : Skeleton Island
Jan Burchett, Sara Vogler, Leo Hartas
June 2012 Book of the Month.
This is the first in a fantastic new series that we guarantee will get even the most reluctant reader reading! It combines everything that boys and girls aged 7+ will love including time-travelling, treasure hunting …
Download free opening extract
2
Little Manfred Little Manfred
Michael Morpurgo
June 2012 Book of the Month. 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 …
Download free opening extract
3
The Dragonsitter The Dragonsitter
Josh Lacey
May 2012 Book of the Month. A hilarious story full of useful tips for any dragon-minder. When Eddie’s Uncle Morton goes off on an urgent mission he leaves his dragon behind with Eddie as the babysitter. But a dragon is not …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 9+ readers

1
Tiger Wars Tiger Wars
Steve Backshall
June 2012 Book of the Month. Wildlife specialist Steve Backshall, presenter of the Award winning TV show Deadly, brings the threat tigers are under sharply into focus in this thrilling eco-adventure. Saker and Sinter are two teenagers on the run from …
Download free opening extract
2
Earthfall Earthfall
Mark Walden
June 2012 Book of the Month. Rich in dazzlingly but sinister technology with Grendels, Drones and Hunters on the attack, this headlong adventure of how a group of kids fight against it is a thrilling corkscrew of a story. Miraculously …
Download free opening extract
3
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
Catherynne M. Valente
June 2012 Debut of the Month and eBook of the Month.
A witty and original prize-winning debut ‘fairy’ novel that has won the hearts of readers across the US. Once an ordinary 12 year old, nothing is ever ordinary again for September …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 11+ readers

1
Next Next
Keith Gray
June 2012 Book of the Month. Brilliantly written, each of the stories in this thought-provoking and surprisingly entertaining collection asks what happens next? Award winning authors including Malorie Blackman, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Philip Ardagh and Keith Grey explore the question, what …
Download free opening extract
2
The Adjusters The Adjusters
Andrew Taylor
June 2012 Book of the Month. A chilling story of perfect children, medically transformed! Newly arrived in a new town and in a new school it doesn’t take Henry long to discover that something is wrong. Very wrong. How can …
Download free opening extract
3
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

1
Theodore Boone 3: the Accused Theodore Boone 3: the Accused
John Grisham
June 2012 Book of the Month. Bestselling John Grisham’s needle-sharp writing is brilliantly on display in this detective story centring on 13 year old Theodore Boone. The son of lawyers, Theo is an expert in how the law works. It’s knowledge …
Download free opening extract
2
At Yellow Lake At Yellow Lake
Jane McLoughlin
June 2012 Debut of the Month. Full of tension, this is a gripping debut novel with vibrant characters caught up in a complex interweaving of stories all of which are played out on the faraway shores of Yellow Lake. Etta finds …
Download free opening extract
3
A Monster Calls A Monster Calls
Patrick Ness
Winner of the 2012 Carnegie Medal AND 2012 Kate Greenaway Medal. This is the first time, in the Awards 75 year history, that one book has won both prizes!
Rachel Levy chair of the 2012 CILIP Carnegie judging panel said: “A …
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Lovereading4kids Summer Reading Selections

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Yes, it really is mid June and once the flurry of (hopefully not too wet) year end school fetes and sports days are over, you and your children will have the long ‘summer’ to look forward to; which is a perfect time to get your kids loving to read. To help, do visit our new special Summer Reading and Summer Activity section on Lovereading4kids…

 

Carrying a Torch… for the 2012 Olympics

The ‘Greatest Show on Earth’ is coming to London and we’re celebrating with a medal-winning collection of books to get your kids inspired.

See our Olympic category below but for 7+ sports fans, don’t miss
Look Inside: Sports by Rob Lloyd Jones – a gigantic, fun flap book packed with inside information about all the sports taking place at the 2012 games. We love this!

Coming soon – July Exclusives to Get Your Teeth Into…

If you were lucky enough to win one of the 100 copies of Vampire Hunters we gave away, linked to the release ofVampire Fighters this month, then why not let us know what you thought? In the meantime… here is an exclusive taster of some terrific books due to hit the shelves NEXT month:

 

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E-Gads!! – eBooks of the Month

 

Kids love new things so if they are lucky enough to have a Kindle or iPad then why not use Lovereading4kids to fill it. We have EVERY format of eBook available to buy. This month we have two very special books available as eBooks (and as real books too!):

The Girl who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (11+) by Catherynne M. Valente. It’s a fabulous debut about friendship with danger, adventure, magic and much, much more!

Stealing Phoenix (14+) by Joss Stirling – a must for fans of paranormal romance.

Carnegie & Greenaway Medal Winner!

The winners of the Carnegie & Greenaway Medals this year, awarded for children’s fiction and illustration respectively, have just been revealed. The announcement of this year’s award was an historic moment in children’s literature as Patrick Ness’ A Monster Calls has done the unique double of winning both the Carnegie Medal and the Kate Greenaway Medal, and if that wasn’t enough, Patrick also won the Carnegie last year with Monsters of Men. Jim Kay’s haunting illustrations in A Monster Calls are truly spectacular.

A Monster Calls, which is a perfect read for teens, and all of the shortlisted titles are on the site in our special category for this prestigious prize. You can also keep up to date with all the children’s literary winners throughout 2012 in our ‘Book Awards’ section including the recently announced shortlist for the Branford Boase best debut novel.

Write Stuff – Creative Writing for Boys and Girls

Nothing quite beats being able to write your own story and we’ve discovered two great books that encourage kids to nurture their imaginations to do just that. There’s one for boys and one for girls.

They are a must for all budding writers and great fun for anyone! Buy a copy and unleash your child’s inner J. K. Rowling.

 

Side-Splits and Cheeky Grins! Jelly Pie – from Egmont

Those hardworking bookworms at Egmont Books have launched a sparkling new imprint dedicated to giving 6+ year olds some seriously laugh-out-loud fun. It’s called ‘Jelly Pie’ and will feature books from, among others, the hilarious Andy Stanton of Mr Gum fame.

The first is Barry Loser: I am (Not) a Loser by Jim Smith, a madcap must-read for boys.

 

Children’s Author Grows Up!

Thomas Taylor’s first book was a delightful picture book for toddlers called Little Mouse and the Big Cupcake – but then he grew up. Not really! – but he decided to write a novel; in fact he’s written two so far. They’re published this month and they both get the thumbs up from us. Dan and the Dead, perfect for 9+ year olds, is packed with humour and adventure whilst Haunters is an unusual ghost story combined with a thrilling time-travelling adventure.

Thomas’ claim to fame prior to becoming an author is that he is also the illustrator of the original cover of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. How cool is that!

More categories worth a look this month, with new books:

Walker Canongate Classics and cross-over reads for teens and Young Adults. New for June:

Carry Me Down by M. J. Hyland – a book about truth through the eyes of a 12 year old in an adult’s body. Unique writing.
The Book of Lies by Mary Horlock – a gripping story of friendship and betrayal, which proves that no truth is as simple as it seems.

Undercover Reads More great new books for teens. Out this month: The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind by Meg Medina, an evocative story with a rich South American setting and a touch of magic.

Early Readers

Our Early Reader category has proved extremely popular and you’ll find one or two new ones added this month. Each one has colour illustrations on every page. They’re great for giving kids the confidence to read by themselves and to nurture a real love of books – a terrific bridge, too, between picture books and longer fiction.

P.S. Nosy Crow is a new, independent, vibrant and – within its first year – an award winning publisher of children’s books and apps. Find out more about some of the books in their exciting range in a special section we’ve created to celebrate their first year.

Scroll down for some Summer Reading selections and see you in July for more great new books for children from Toddlers to Teens.

Lovereading4kids Top Children’s Books, by age range 10 – 17 June 2012

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Books for Babies and Toddlers

1
Archie Archie
Domenica More Gordon
June 2012 Debut of the Month.
From an important and exciting new author/illustrator – a hugely original new talent – comes a riot of canine fun, bound to attract appreciative tail-wagging from dog fans! Featuring a royal guest star at the end it’s …
Download free opening extract
2
Zog (Paperback and CD-Audio) Zog (Paperback and CD-Audio)
Julia Donaldson
Winner of the Galaxy Children’s Book Award 2010.
Book and CD edition. The creators of the best-selling Gruffalo have invented a delightful new character – Zog the little dragon who always wants to do best at school. Zog’s determination to win …
Download free opening extract
3
I Love My Daddy I Love My Daddy
Giles Andreae
An amusing, touching and heart-warming look at the special relationship between father and child from the bestselling Giles Andreae, perfectly portrayed by Emma Dodd’s charming and vibrant artwork. It is the sister picture book to the award-winning I Love My …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 3+ readers

1
The Best Kind of Kiss The Best Kind of Kiss
Margaret Allum
A stunning book with plenty of kisses on every page – from fluffy kisses and big kisses to lip smacky and snuggly cuddly mummy kisses – there’s a kiss for every moment. But the best kiss of all for the …
Download free opening extract
2
Have You Ever Ever Ever? Have You Ever Ever Ever?
Colin McNaughton
Talented duo Colin McNaughton and Emma Chichester Clark have teamed up to create a witty and original introduction to some very favourite characters from nursery rhymes and popular songs. The cat and the fiddle, incy wincy spider, the four and …
Download free opening extract
3
Good Night, Gorilla Good Night, Gorilla
Peggy Rathmann
All young readers will delight at knowing the trick the animals play on the unsuspecting zoo keeper! It’s bedtime and the zoo keeper sets off to lock the animals up for the night. But, the gorilla has a clever plan. …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

1
The Great Dog Disaster The Great Dog Disaster
Katie Davies
June 2012 Book of the Month. If you’re looking for entertainment and a wildly funny adventure then any one of the Katie Davies stories is perfect. It’s told from the perspective of 9 year old Anna, a young girl with …
Download free opening extract
2
The Monster Machine The Monster Machine
Nicola L. Robinson
June 2012 Book of the Month. Have monster fun with the making of monsters and what they do next! Topped up with the right ingredients of slugs, toenail clippings, earwax, spiders and some special glue, the monster-making machine churns out …
Download free opening extract
3
The Fearsome Beastie The Fearsome Beastie
Giles Paley-Phillips
April 2012 Book of the Month.
Winner of The People’s Book Prize 2012, a national competition aimed at discovering new and unknown works: a truly democratic book prize decided exclusively by the public.
This is a terrific little picture book that parents …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

1
Sam Silver, Undercover Pirate 1 : Skeleton Island Sam Silver, Undercover Pirate 1 : Skeleton Island
Jan Burchett, Sara Vogler, Leo Hartas
June 2012 Book of the Month.
This is the first in a fantastic new series that we guarantee will get even the most reluctant reader reading! It combines everything that boys and girls aged 7+ will love including time-travelling, treasure hunting …
Download free opening extract
2
Little Manfred Little Manfred
Michael Morpurgo
June 2012 Book of the Month. 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,

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The Dragonsitter The Dragonsitter
Josh Lacey
May 2012 Book of the Month. A hilarious story full of useful tips for any dragon-minder. When Eddie’s Uncle Morton goes off on an urgent mission he leaves his dragon behind with Eddie as the babysitter. But a dragon is not …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 9+ readers

1
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
Catherynne M. Valente
June 2012 Debut of the Month and eBook of the Month.
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Earthfall Earthfall
Mark Walden
June 2012 Book of the Month. Rich in dazzlingly but sinister technology with Grendels, Drones and Hunters on the attack, this headlong adventure of how a group of kids fight against it is a thrilling corkscrew of a story. Miraculously …
Download free opening extract
3
Tiger Wars Tiger Wars
Steve Backshall
June 2012 Book of the Month. Wildlife specialist Steve Backshall, presenter of the Award winning TV show Deadly, brings the threat tigers are under sharply into focus in this thrilling eco-adventure. Saker and Sinter are two teenagers on the run from …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 11+ readers

1
Stealing Phoenix Stealing Phoenix
Joss Stirling
June 2012 eBook of the Month. This is a must read for any fan of paranormal romance. Phoenix belongs to the Community, a gang of thieves with paranormal powers. Yves Benedict, an American student visiting London, is her mark. But …
Download free opening extract
2
Next Next
Keith Gray
June 2012 Book of the Month. Brilliantly written, each of the stories in this thought-provoking and surprisingly entertaining collection asks what happens next? Award winning authors including Malorie Blackman, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Philip Ardagh and Keith Grey explore, what is death? …
Download free opening extract
3
The Adjusters The Adjusters
Andrew Taylor
June 2012 Book of the Month. A chilling story of perfect children, medically transformed! Newly arrived in a new town and in a new school it doesn’t take Henry long to discover that something is wrong. Very wrong. How can …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 14+ readers

1
Theodore Boone 3: the Accused Theodore Boone 3: the Accused
John Grisham
June 2012 Book of the Month. Bestselling John Grisham’s needle-sharp writing is brilliantly on display in this detective story centring on 13 year old Theodore Boone. The son of lawyers, Theo is an expert in how the law works. It’s knowledge …
Download free opening extract
2
At Yellow Lake At Yellow Lake
Jane McLoughlin
June 2012 Debut of the Month. Full of tension, this is a gripping debut novel with vibrant characters caught up in a complex interweaving of stories all of which are played out on the faraway shores of Yellow Lake. Etta finds …
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3
The Glimpse The Glimpse
Claire Merle
June 2012 Debut of the Month. We found this an utterly compelling debut novel. It is set in a disturbing near future where society is segregated according to whether people are genetically disposed towards mental illness. There’s a real passion …
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Patrick Ness does unique Children’s Prize Double

Friday, June 15th, 2012

A Monster Calls Patrick Ness

14 June 2012. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness has won the 2012 Carnegie Medal AND 2012 Kate Greenaway Medal. This is the first time, in the awards 75 year history, that one book has won both prizes!

Rachel Levy chair of the 2012 CILIP Carnegie judging panel said: “A Monster Calls” is an exquisite piece of writing. It is a beautifully economical, structurally brilliant and lyrically descriptive account of a challenging episode in one child’s life.”

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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, denied much information by his family and treated as a weirdo by his class mates and a ‘special case’ by his teachers, Conor struggles to get to grips with the devastating emotions which threaten to overwhelm him.

How he finds the courage and strength to face the end when it happens is both utterly shattering and deeply satisfying. Costa Award winner Patrick Ness spins a tale from the final idea of much-loved Carnegie Medal winner Siobhan Dowd, whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself.

Find out more today…

Lovereading4kids most popular books, by age range, 3 – 10 June 2012

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Books for Babies and Toddlers

1
Archie Archie
Domenica More Gordon
June 2012 Debut of the Month.
From an important and exciting new author/illustrator – a hugely original new talent – comes a riot of canine fun, bound to attract appreciative tail-wagging from dog fans! Featuring a royal guest star at the end it’s …
Download free opening extract
2
I Love My Daddy I Love My Daddy
Giles Andreae
An amusing, touching and heart-warming look at the special relationship between father and child from the bestselling Giles Andreae, perfectly portrayed by Emma Dodd’s charming and vibrant artwork. It is the sister picture book to the award-winning I Love My …
Download free opening extract
3
Zog (Paperback and CD-Audio) Zog (Paperback and CD-Audio)
Julia Donaldson
Winner of the Galaxy Children’s Book Award 2010.
Book and CD edition. The creators of the best-selling Gruffalo have invented a delightful new character – Zog the little dragon who always wants to do best at school. Zog’s determination to win …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 3+ readers

1
The Best Kind of Kiss The Best Kind of Kiss
Margaret Allum
A stunning book with plenty of kisses on every page – from fluffy kisses and big kisses to lip smacky and snuggly cuddly mummy kisses – there’s a kiss for every moment. But the best kiss of all for the …
Download free opening extract
2
Have You Ever Ever Ever? Have You Ever Ever Ever?
Colin McNaughton
Talented duo Colin McNaughton and Emma Chichester Clark have teamed up to create a witty and original introduction to some very favourite characters from nursery rhymes and popular songs. The cat and the fiddle, incy wincy spider, the four and …
Download free opening extract
3
The King of Quizzical Island Digs Through the World The King of Quizzical Island Digs Through the World
Gordon Snell
Age 3+. This is one of the loveliest picture books that’s been published in 2011 to share with your toddler.  In the extraordinary adventures of the King of Quizzical Island, the King decides he must prove to his citizens that …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 5+ readers

1
The Monster Machine The Monster Machine
Nicola L. Robinson
June 2012 Book of the Month. Have monster fun with the making of monsters and what they do next! Topped up with the right ingredients of slugs, toenail clippings, earwax, spiders and some special glue, the monster-making machine churns out …
Download free opening extract
2
The Great Dog Disaster The Great Dog Disaster
Katie Davies
June 2012 Book of the Month. If you’re looking for entertainment and a wildly funny adventure then any one of the Katie Davies stories is perfect.  It’s told from the perspective of 9 year old Anna, a young girl with …
Download free opening extract
3
The BFG 30th Anniversary Edition The BFG 30th Anniversary Edition
Roald Dahl
This is a delightful, funny and exciting story about a special friendship between two people from different worlds – a giant and a child. As the story develops it shows how trust and love develops between them. It also shows …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

1
Little Manfred Little Manfred
Michael Morpurgo
June 2012 Book of the Month. 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 …
Download free opening extract
2
The Dragonsitter The Dragonsitter
Josh Lacey
May 2012 Book of the Month. A hilarious story full of useful tips for any dragon-minder. When Eddie’s Uncle Morton goes off on an urgent mission he leaves his dragon behind with Eddie as the babysitter. But a dragon is not …
Download free opening extract
3
Horrid Henry's Monster Movie Horrid Henry’s Monster Movie
Francesca Simon
June 2012 Book of the Month. Horrid Henry loves scary movies! The problem is Perfect Pete hates them. And so do mum and dad. How will Henry ever get to see The Vampire Zombie Werewolf ? As ever, in this …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

1
Sam Silver, Undercover Pirate 1 : Skeleton Island Sam Silver, Undercover Pirate 1 : Skeleton Island
Jan Burchett, Sara Vogler, Leo Hartas
June 2012 Book of the Month.
This is the first in a fantastic new series that we guarantee will get even the most reluctant reader reading! It combines everything that boys and girls aged 7+ will love including time-travelling, treasure hunting …
Download free opening extract
2
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
Catherynne M. Valente
June 2012 Debut of the Month and eBook of the Month.
A witty and original prize-winning debut ‘fairy’ novel that has won the hearts of readers across the US. Once an ordinary 12 year old, nothing is ever ordinary again for September …
Download free opening extract
3
Earthfall Earthfall
Mark Walden
June 2012 Book of the Month. Rich in dazzlingly but sinister technology with Grendels, Drones and Hunters on the attack, this headlong adventure of how a group of kids fight against it is a thrilling corkscrew of a story. Miraculously …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 11+ readers

1
The Adjusters The Adjusters
Andrew Taylor
June 2012 Book of the Month. A chilling story of perfect children, medically transformed! Newly arrived in a new town and in a new school it doesn’t take Henry long to discover that something is wrong. Very wrong. How can …
Download free opening extract
2
A Dog Called Homeless A Dog Called Homeless
Sarah Lean
May 2012 Debut of the Month. How a young girl finds hope and a way forward after the death of her mother and the collapse of her familiar life is a deeply touching story. Cally stops talking when no one believes …
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3
Stealing Phoenix Stealing Phoenix
Joss Stirling
June 2012 eBook of the Month. This is a must read for any fan of paranormal romance.  Phoenix belongs to the Community, a gang of thieves with paranormal powers. Yves Benedict, an American student visiting London, is her mark. But …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Changeling Changeling
Philippa Gregory
June 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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Next Next
Keith Gray
June 2012 Book of the Month. Brilliantly written, each of the stories in this thought-provoking and surprisingly entertaining collection asks what happens next? Award winning authors including Malorie Blackman, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Philip Ardagh and Keith Grey explore, what is death? …
Download free opening extract
3
At Yellow Lake At Yellow Lake
Jane McLoughlin
June 2012 Debut of the Month. Full of tension, this is a gripping debut novel with vibrant characters caught up in a complex interweaving of stories all of which are played out on the faraway shores of Yellow Lake. Etta finds …
Download free opening extract

 

New kids books for June

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

Greetings June Bugs! Did you know that it was on June 30th, 1990, while stuck on a delayed train, that J. K. Rowling had the idea to create Harry Potter? Well, we have been working as hard as the elves at Hogwarts to give you a bumper basket filled with great titles and exciting reads for all ages this month. Read on or visit the site for what’s new at Lovereading4Kids this summer.

Hot Stuff – June Books of the Month

Our bumper bookshelf is brimming with great books for all ages to get this summer kicked off in style! Special mention goes to:

MEGA Book of the Month: From the Number One writer of historical fiction for adults, Philippa Gregory, comes her debut novel for teens and young adults. Changeling (14+) is the first in an epic medieval series full of dark myths, secrets, bags of adventure, and a touch of romance. Also don’t miss Next (14+), a superb collection of stories from top teen-fiction writers including among others Malorie Blackman, Philip Ardagh and Jonathan Stroud answering the question, “what happens after you die?” Brilliant.

Also look out for The Accused (11+) from John Grisham. Theodore Boone, teenage lawyer, is back for a 3rd adventure. And Sam Silver, Undercover Pirate We LOVE this new series

of time-travelling, swashbuckling adventure as much as 7 year old Theo who has written a review for us. Browse our age-ranged Book of the Month bookshelf below.

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Categories – Books for Father’s Day

A new category, Daddio! And, as you’ve probably guessed, it’s a category filled with picture books to melt any Dad’s heart and all make great gift ideas for Dad this Father’s Day (June 17th).

June’s Guest Editor – Philip Reeve

He’s brilliant and clever and loved by older children and fellow authors alike … And he’s our Guest Editor this month!! Philip Reeve created the brilliant steampunk post-apocalyptic Predator Cities series that won him fans all over the place.

These four imaginative, rich and thrilling adventures have now been given some amazing new jackets and really should be on the shelf (or eReader) of any 12+ reader. Find out more about the series and some of Philip’s own favourite books here…

 

Quench a ‘First’ – Debuts of the Month

We love helping you find new talent and here’s what we’ve unearthed this month. Our favourite? – the charming, tender and very funny ‘Beauty and the Geek’ story, Geekhood by Andy Robb (14+). Also for teens, and part of our Dystopia category on Lovereading, is the shocking, brilliant The Glimpse from Claire Merle. See our debut bookshelf below for the full selection.

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Picnic Season’s Here – Picture Book Picnic!

Our hugely popular Picture Book Picnic category is back and it’s packed with yet more colourful books to share with your little ones. Look out for Little Beaver and the Big Front Tooth and The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? This month, there’s also the chance to WIN a bustling Goody Bag of books from Walker Books.

Just the Beginning of the Winning! – Another Summer Give-Away!

We have 5 SIGNED copies to give away of the fabulous, A Dog Called Homeless by Sarah Lean (9+), featured as a Debut of the Month in May – a unique and heartbreakingly beautiful story of hope, doubt, courage and song.

As part of our Poetry category refresh we have a limerick writing competition linked to the hilarious There was an old fellow from Skye by Antony Wootten.

 

Win the whole Branford Boase shortlist!


The coveted Branford Boase Award for the author and editor of an outstanding debut novel for children will be announced on 5 July. The shortlist of fantastic kids’ titles can be found here so you can pick your own winner!

And we have 3 copies of every title on the shortlist to be won in our exclusive competition. So get clicking!

 

OMG – The BFG is 30!


To coincide with the 30th anniversary of the publication of Roald Dahl’s The BFG, Puffin books has created some wonderful activities to celebrate. The promotion is called ‘Dream BIG’ and they’re inviting children to write and/or illustrate ‘Dream Jar labels’ and submit them for the chance to win ‘dream come true’ prizes. Entries opened 1 June 2012.

Click here for more details and you can also request some Whizzpopping Party Packs.

 

Fresh Talent – Categories that have been refreshed this month

We’re always trying to keep our categories stocked to the brim with new titles for you and this month’s highlights are:

Essential Reading Must-reads for kids of all ages. Have a look at Good Night Gorilla by Peggy Rathman – perfect bedtime reading for kids aged 3+.

Dyslexia Friendly We want to make confident readers of all children, in all age groups. This section, specifically for dyslexic readers, has had a total make-over. Loads of new titles and a whole, brand new section for kids aged 7+.

Next Great Read? If you liked Percy Jackson or Artemis Fowl, you’ll love


EggPercy Jackson meets Treasure Island in The Chronicles of Egg a swash-buckling, high octane, humourous adventure on the turbulent high seas. It’s set to be a real favourite and not to be missed, so grab a copy now!

New Songs from Julia Donaldson’s ‘Songbirds’ Phonics Series

Featured in January, we are very proud to feature the Phonics Reading series from children’s Laureate, Julia Donaldson. It’s a proven method for helping young children develop their reading skills and this month we have 2 new titles to join the throng!

Leroy and Other Stories AND Where Were You, Bert? and Other Stories. Each one has 6 great, vibrantly illustrated stories with tips for parents on helping kids get the most out of reading development.

A series we’ve really ‘Fallen’ for… Series of the Month

Our magical, celestial and simply BRILLIANT series of the month is Fallen by Lauren Kate Four books, for 12+ readers, bursting with battle, adventure, love, angels, eternals and mythical beings. The first three titles – Fallen, Torment, and Passion – are joined this month by brand new, final book Rapture. If you haven’t come across this all-consuming series yet, you’re in for a heavenly treat!

Well, that just about wraps it up from us this month! We really hope you and your kids find something great to get the summer started and look forward to seeing you in July.

Happy Reading!

P.S. – Children love the writings of Michael Morpurgo – well, grown-ups now is your chance to find out more about the author in our MEGA Book of the Month on Lovereading, Michael Morpurgo : War Child to War Horse. It’s 50% biographical and 50% fiction and 100% brilliant.

P.P.S. We are so pleased that one of our favourite picture books this year, The Fearsome Beastie by Giles Paley-Phillips and published by Maverick Arts Publishing has just won the Children’s People’s Book Prize. Have a look today and we are sure you’ll see why.

Lovereading4kids most popular books, by age range, 30 May – 5 Jun 2012

Wednesday, June 6th, 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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Zog (Paperback and CD-Audio) Zog (Paperback and CD-Audio)
Julia Donaldson
Winner of the Galaxy Children’s Book Award 2010.
Book and CD edition. The creators of the best-selling Gruffalo have invented a delightful new character – Zog the little dragon who always wants to do best at school. Zog’s determination to win …
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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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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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The Monster Machine The Monster Machine
Nicola L. Robinson
June 2012 Book of the Month. Have monster fun with the making of monsters and what they do next! Topped up with the right ingredients of slugs, toenail clippings, earwax, spiders and some special glue, the monster-making machine churns out …
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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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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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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Horrid Henry's Monster Movie Horrid Henry’s Monster Movie
Francesca Simon
June 2012 Book of the Month. Horrid Henry loves scary movies! The problem is Perfect Pete hates them. And so do mum and dad. How will Henry ever get to see The Vampire Zombie Werewolf ? As ever, in this …
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Horrid Henry Meets the Queen (Early Reader) Horrid Henry Meets the Queen (Early Reader)
Francesca Simon
For all Horrid Henry fans here’s the perfect book to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.  Bestselling Horrid Henry celebrates the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in his own special way… When Perfect Pete is asked to greet the Queen and present her …
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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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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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The Dragonsitter The Dragonsitter
Josh Lacey
May 2012 Book of the Month. A hilarious story full of useful tips for any dragon-minder. When Eddie’s Uncle Morton goes off on an urgent mission he leaves his dragon behind with Eddie as the babysitter. But a dragon is not …
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Little Manfred Little Manfred
Michael Morpurgo
June 2012 Book of the Month. 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 …
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Muddle Earth Too Muddle Earth Too
Paul Stewart
Invention after invention propels this witty new Muddle Earth story by best-selling duo Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell, now in paperback. Joe turns up in Muddle Earth entirely by accident when he falls through a portal while trying to build …
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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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The Messenger Bird The Messenger Bird
Ruth Eastham
May 2012 Book of the Month.
Cleverly interweaving a modern day storyline with one from the 1940s, it’s the story of Nathan who must find out what the link is between his father’s recent disappearance and that of Lily, an ex-Bletchley Park employee, before it’s too late …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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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 Dog Called Homeless A Dog Called Homeless
Sarah Lean
May 2012 Debut of the Month. How a young girl finds hope and a way forward after the death of her mother and the collapse of her familiar life is a deeply touching story. Cally stops talking when no one believes …
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The Kane Chronicles: The Serpent's Shadow The Kane Chronicles: The Serpent’s Shadow
Rick Riordan
May 2012 Book of the Month.
This is the third and final book in this awesome and electrifying Kane Chronicles series that is set in ancient Egypt. Carter and Sadie have their biggest and most important quest yet; to defeat the …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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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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Insurgent Insurgent
Veronica Roth
May 2012 Book of the Month. This is heart-pounding dystopian fiction at its very best.  Insurgent is the thrillingly dark sequel to the New York Times bestselling debut, Divergent.  No teenager should miss these great reads. Will have fans of The …
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The Hunger Games The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins
Jacqueline Wilson, February 2012 Guest Editor: “I don’t usually go for blockbuster dystopian stories – but this trilogy is imaginatively conceived and well written and a genuine page-turner. Sixteen year old Katniss takes part in a terrifying annual televised game where teenagers fight …
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