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Top 10 Children’s Books on Lovereading4kids 20 – 27 January 2013

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Lovereading4kids.co.uk Top 10

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Stick Dog Stick Dog
Tom Watson
January 2013 Debut of the Month
Originally self-published as an e-book, Stick Dog has been a bestseller in the US throughout 2011 and is now published in the UK.
With hilarious illustrations and pitch-perfect humour which appeals to both child and …
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Little Manfred Little Manfred
Michael Morpurgo
January 2013 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

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The Great Galloon The Great Galloon
Tom Banks
A Piece of Passion from the Editor, Sara O’Connor – The Great Galloon immediately made me want to grab a mop and fight alongside the comical crew. With plenty of adventures and “goodnight points” instead of chapters, I defy you …
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Fluff the Farting Fish Fluff the Farting Fish
Michael Rosen
Perfect for every child who’s just beginning to read alone, this hilarious tale is a roller coaster ride of fame and fortune and the possible resulting disasters. Elvie longs for a dog but gets a goldfish instead! Undeterred from following …
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Granny Samurai, the Monkey King and I Granny Samurai, the Monkey King and I
John Chambers
January 2013 Debut of the Month
There are loads of great laughs in this wild story of a granny with a difference. Samuel Johnson who ‘scribes’ this story has the misfortune to turn up at a new school and find himself …
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Far Rockaway Far Rockaway
Charlie Fletcher
January 2013 Book of the Month Best-selling Charlie Fletcher cleverly intertwines stories within stories in this dramatic and ambitious adventure. When Cat is slammed into by a fire truck crossing a road in central Manhattan, the blow to her …
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Billionaire Boy Billionaire Boy
David Walliams
Hugely entertaining, this captivating story is also thought provoking about the perils of having way too much money. Joe Spud is the richest twelve-year-old in the world; he has everything his heart desires – except happiness. As one disaster follows …
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The Spin The Spin
Rebecca Lisle
January 2013 Book of the Month A magical and action packed adventure in a cleverly created other world packed full of delightful characters. Orphaned Stormy works at the lowest level in the castle kitchens but he has dreams and aspirations …
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Fox Friend Fox Friend
Michael Morpurgo
Interest Age 7-12 Reading Age 7+ From the multi award-winning and bestselling author, a beautifully re-packaged, 4u2read version, of this moving story of a girl and an injured fox cub. …
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Night of the Howling Hound Night of the Howling Hound
Sam Hay
Undead Pets is a terrific series, particularly for boys and reluctant readers. This is the third one. Joe is just an ordinary boy until he makes a wish on a spooky Egyptian amulet… Now he’s the Protector of undead pets… …
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Mid-January email update

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Did you know that children who read over and above the reading they do at school, perform better at school? So why not take a few minutes to browse Lovereading4kids and choose some great books? We have dozens of hand-picked age ranged crackers including a special category for reluctant readers; read on to find out more.Not (yet) Off The Press! Pre-Publication Extracts

 

As always, we have a few sneak peeks at brand new titles for you to try before they even go to press. And for a lot of the titles we already have reviews from our Kids Reader Panel, to complement the experts’ views – click on a cover to see what they thought.

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Appy New Year – from Digital Leaf

 

With the profusion of tablet computers and smart phones we wanted to feature the publisher Digital Leaf who are creating stories, both as books and apps, that bring whole families together promoting the ideas of health, happiness and love. See the shelf below for some of their multi-format titles.

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Special focus on Reluctant Readers

If you have a child who could be described as a ‘reluctant reader’ then we have a great section of books, handily split into age-ranges, perfect to get them hooked on books. These books will inspire, encourage and enthrall your reluctant kids to get into reading and enjoy years and years of engrossing stories. Click here to find out more …

A book that started an award winning partnership

20 years ago Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler worked on their first book called A Squash and Squeeze, a laugh-out-loud story based on a song from BBC Children’s Television. This beautiful limited print run 20th anniversary edition, complete with early drawings from Axel’s sketchbook and a specially written foreword from Julia herself is a joy to own and read to a new generation of children.

Not – lost in translation

 

The Marsh Award for Children’s Literature in Translation has recently announced its shortlist.

Our favourites are In the Sea there are Crocodiles by Fabio Geda, a harrowing story of a young boy travelling from his home in Afghanistan to Italy and The Midnight Palace by Carlos Ruiz Zafron, a fast moving tale of mystery and adventure set in 1930s Calcutta. The winner is announced on 23 January 2013.

 

And finally … if you love writing as much as reading

If you have children aged 7 – 11 who love writing then read on as they can get involved with an exciting project to help write a book! It’s being organised by publisher Hotkey and runs from 21 January to 13 May 2013. Take a look at Shrunk by Fleur Hitchcock – you can read an exclusive extract right here – and if it sounds the sort of book you’d like to help the author write the sequel, then visit the secure website www.thestoryadventure.ning.com to register and get involved.

And teachers take note, as there will also be an opportunity to win a school visit from the author for the most active school!

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13) … TV’s Chris Evans is back with the 500 WORDS short story competition. Superstar judges will choose six winning stories to be broadcast live to millions on BBC Radio 2. Find out how to enter here and good luck!

So, Happy New Year from all of us at Lovereading4kids! Here’s to a fun-filled, page-turning 2013. See you in February with more ideas to keep them inspired.

Top 3 Books, by age range on Lovereading4kids 13 – 20 January 2013

Monday, January 21st, 2013

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Cuddle Bear Cuddle Bear
Claire Freedman
Meet Cuddle Bear – the unforgettable hero with hugs for everyone!
A perfect book for parent and child to share time and time again.
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A Squash and a Squeeze A Squash and a Squeeze
Julia Donaldson
Celebrating twenty years of a classic picture book pairing!
Julia Donaldson writes…Although the book you have in your hands is officially a 20th birthday edition, A Squash and a Squeeze is actually nearer forty! It started its life as a song …
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One Gorilla A Counting Book One Gorilla A Counting Book
Anthony Browne
Award-winning former Children’s Laureate Anthony Browne takes readers on a counting journey from 1 Gorilla through other monkeys such as chimpanzees, mandrills and baboons before reaching 10 Lemurs. From them, he leaps to himself and all humans showing how all …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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The Shape of My Heart The Shape of My Heart
Mark Sperring
January 2013 Picture Book of the Month
Bright images offer loads to look at for young readers to think about the shape of all the things around them in the world. Birds have a shape and so does food. But what …
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My Monster Mayhem My Monster Mayhem
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Mum's Cronky Car Mum’s Cronky Car
Anita Pouroulis
Unloved and unappreciated, Mum’s Cronky Car is on the verge of being scrapped and abandoned.Then one morning, on the school-run, the Cronk is living up to his name being overtaken by a disability scooter! Then out of nowhere he does …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Fluff the Farting Fish Fluff the Farting Fish
Michael Rosen
Perfect for every child who’s just beginning to read alone, this hilarious tale is a roller coaster ride of fame and fortune and the possible resulting disasters. Elvie longs for a dog but gets a goldfish instead! Undeterred from following …
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Oh Dear, Geoffrey! Oh Dear, Geoffrey!
Gemma O’Neill
January 2013 Debut of the Month
This beautifully written and wonderfully illustrated book is a tale about a rather tall and clumsy giraffe who struggles to make friends but eventually he finds he has plenty because he can show them something …
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Horrid Henry's Fearsome Four Horrid Henry’s Fearsome Four
Francesca Simon
Four best-selling Horrid Henry stories, each richly illustrated by Tony Ross, are gathered up in this bumper volume making a perfect gift book. The chaos of Horrid Henry’s birthday party; the shock of Horrid Henry’s underpants – as

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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Stick Dog Stick Dog
Tom Watson
January 2013 Debut of the Month
Originally self-published as an e-book, Stick Dog has been a bestseller in the US throughout 2011 and is now published in the UK.
With hilarious illustrations and pitch-perfect humour which appeals to both child and …
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Little Manfred Little Manfred
Michael Morpurgo
January 2013 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 Alex …
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Fox Friend Fox Friend
Michael Morpurgo
Interest Age 7-12 Reading Age 7+ From the multi award-winning and bestselling author, a beautifully re-packaged, 4u2read version, of this moving story of a girl and an injured fox cub. …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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The Spin The Spin
Rebecca Lisle
January 2013 Book of the Month A magical and action packed adventure in a cleverly created other world packed full of delightful characters. Orphaned Stormy works at the lowest level in the castle kitchens but he has dreams and aspirations …
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Granny Samurai, the Monkey King and I Granny Samurai, the Monkey King and I
John Chambers
January 2013 Debut of the Month
There are loads of great laughs in this wild story of a granny with a difference. Samuel Johnson who ‘scribes’ this story has the misfortune to turn up at a new school and find himself …
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Billionaire Boy Billionaire Boy
David Walliams
Hugely entertaining, this captivating story is also thought provoking about the perils of having way too much money. Joe Spud is the richest twelve-year-old in the world; he has everything his heart desires – except happiness. As one disaster follows …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Far Rockaway Far Rockaway
Charlie Fletcher
January 2013 Book of the Month Best-selling Charlie Fletcher cleverly intertwines stories within stories in this dramatic and ambitious adventure. When Cat is slammed into by a fire truck crossing a road in central Manhattan, the blow to her …
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Shiverton Hall Shiverton Hall
Emerald Fennell
January 2013 Debut of the Month
A boarding school story with a difference. With its imposing entrance and spooky appearance Shiverton Hall more than lives up to its chilling name. When Arthur Bannister arrives on a scholarship he finds himself dealing …
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Unleashed Mind Over Matter Unleashed Mind Over Matter
Ali Sparkes
January 2013 Book of the Month
Prize winning Ali Sparkes has created a fresh new action-packed series about a group of children with special powers. This is the second in the series. Each novel is brimming with adventure and danger; the …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Ketchup Clouds Ketchup Clouds
Annabel Pitcher
January 2013 Book of the Month
Award-winning author Annabel Pitcher’s new teen novel is a taut and dramatic adventure with a deep yearning at its heart. Ketchup Clouds vividly captures the terrifying roller coaster of emotion that envelopes Zoe when she …
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Burning Bright Burning Bright
Sophie Mckenzie
January 2013 Book of the Month
In this high-octane sequel to Falling Fast, River, still passionately in love with Flynn, finds herself more and more confused and anxious by his violent behaviour. Time and again she forgives him knowing some of …
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The Fault in Our Stars The Fault in Our Stars
John Green
January 2013 Book of the Month Deservedly No 1 on the New York Times best seller list, this heart-catching novel is fuelled by the rawest emotions deftly handled but never falsely diluted. The role a book plays in their lives …
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Top 10 Children’s Books 6 – 13 January 2013

Monday, January 14th, 2013

Lovereading4kids Top 10

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Little Manfred Little Manfred
Michael Morpurgo
January 2013 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 Alex …
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Stick Dog Stick Dog
Tom Watson
January 2013 Debut of the Month
Originally self-published as an e-book, Stick Dog has been a bestseller in the US throughout 2011 and is now published in the UK.
With hilarious illustrations and pitch-perfect humour which appeals to both child and …
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The Spin The Spin
Rebecca Lisle
January 2013 Book of the Month A magical and action packed adventure in a cleverly created other world packed full of delightful characters. Orphaned Stormy works at the lowest

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The Shape of My Heart The Shape of My Heart
Mark Sperring
January 2013 Picture Book of the Month
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Fluff the Farting Fish Fluff the Farting Fish
Michael Rosen
Perfect for every child who’s just beginning to read alone, this hilarious tale is a roller coaster ride of fame and fortune and the possible resulting disasters. Elvie longs for a dog but gets a goldfish instead! Undeterred from following …
Download free opening extract
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Fox Friend Fox Friend
Michael Morpurgo
Interest Age 7-12 Reading Age 7+ From the multi award-winning and bestselling author, a beautifully re-packaged, 4u2read version, of this moving story of a girl and an injured fox cub. …
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Twelve Minutes to Midnight Twelve Minutes to Midnight
Christopher Edge
December 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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Far Rockaway Far Rockaway
Charlie Fletcher
January 2013 Book of the Month Best-selling Charlie Fletcher cleverly intertwines stories within stories in this dramatic and ambitious adventure. When Cat is slammed into by a fire truck crossing a road in central Manhattan, the blow to her …
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Granny Samurai, the Monkey King and I Granny Samurai, the Monkey King and I
John Chambers
January 2013 Debut of the Month
There are loads of great laughs in this wild story of a granny with a difference. Samuel Johnson who ‘scribes’ this story has the misfortune to turn up at a new school and find himself …
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The Fault in Our Stars The Fault in Our Stars
John Green
January 2013 Book of the Month Deservedly No 1 on the New York Times best seller list, this heart-catching novel is fuelled by the rawest emotions deftly handled but never falsely diluted. The role a book plays in their lives …
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New Year New exciting Children’s books for 2013

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

The great J.R.R. Tolkien would have been 121 years old this month and with the recent film release of the first part of The Hobbit, his famous tale of a large-footed unlikely hero, our only resolution is to show you what’s new and exciting for your little Halflings this New Year. Happy 2013 from Lovereading4kids!

Pinch and a Punch…Books of the Month

Christmas may have gone, but our shelves are jostling and rejuvenated with great reads for kids of all ages and abilities: One of our hot tips (actually our reader-reviewers’ hot tip) is:

Ketchup Clouds from Annabel Pitcher. One reviewer said ‘Wow. Ketchup Clouds is without question one of the best books I have ever read. This is one of those books that you start to read, and three hours later look up from and realize the whole world looks different.’ Visit the site to read more reader reviews.

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Wild Thing! – Guest Editor, Matt Dickinson

 

He’s one of only 5 British climbers to scale the North face of Everest, he’s won awards for film-making in some of the most inhospitable places on Earth and he’s the author of the amazing, high-octane and thought-provoking Mortal Chaos series. The latest title Speed Freaks is a January Book of The Month. We love this series – and given the feedback from our Lovereading4kids review panel we’re not wrong. See some of their comments below:
Josh Travers (14) ‘I can honestly say that anybody who has not read this book is truly missing out on one of the best fictional adventures of their lifetime.’

Ellen McTeague (11) ‘This book is so clever and a very exciting read with short chapters

Morgan Steigmann (13) ‘This book is probably the most action-packed novel I have ever read’

For Matt, facing his most testing challenge to date, he’s agreed to be our Guest Editor this month! Click here to find out more

New Year New Talent – January Debuts

There is nothing better than discovering a brand new author with a fabulous debut, and we’re kicking off the New Year with a glittering collection of first-footers: Special mention goes to Boonie, Sorrowline and Into That Forest which have garnered some amazing reviews from our Lovereading4kids reader review panel.

Boonie

Richard Masson

(12+) Gripping, vivid dystopian thrill ride from an imagination that knows no bounds.

Sorrowline

Niel Bushnell

(11+) Refreshingly original, mind-blowing time-travel novel like no other.

Into That Forest

Louis Nowra

(11+) Haunting, captivating and extraordinary. It reads like a true story.

Other new debuts this month are:

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Series Stuff! – January Series’ of the Month…

To kick off the New Year, we haven’t just got one Series of the Month, we’ve a whole series of them!…. Well only two actually, but they’re real humdingers!

Pendragon Legacy by Katherine Roberts (10+). Page-turning, sword-brandishing,

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be-witching and be-wizarding Camelot adventure series. Two books so far and one on the way… and find out what our Lovereading4kids reviewers thought of the books.

Blade by Tim Bowler (14+) Startlingly original and as sharp as its hero’s name suggests, this four book series is an absolute must for teen lads and will bring hours of quiet to your home… that is, until they run downstairs to tell you all about it.

 

Dark, Dangerous Romantic Reads for Teens

First Secrets and Sapphires (At Somerton), the sweeping new period drama from Leila Rasheed. Think Downton Abbey meets Gossip Girl.

Also an evocative reimagining of Wuthering Heights, with a extra magic twist called Black Spring by Alison Croggon.

And don’t miss the book of the film Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl A teen romance, with a twist of supernatural danger and and you can win a £25 Odeon cinema voucher!

Read them in secret…go on…treat yourself!


The Costa Winning – Costa Book Prize

 

The good people at Costa give 5 lucky authors a huge (coffee) break at this time every year with the highly sought after Costa Book Prize. The winner of the Children’s award has just been announced; it was also our personal favourite as we mentioned last month.

Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner (14+) A unique dystopian tale of friendship, moon-landings and the truth about dyslexia. Our young reviewers loved it too, find out more today.

Fabbiha Choudhury. ‘I absolutely loved it and cannot commend it more highly. Absolutely superb!’ Josh Travers. ‘This totally original story is brilliant from beginning to end and each gripping chapter urges you to keep reading’

And talking of Dyslexia…

Don’t forget our special category that is chock-full of dyslexia friendly books. Our book-range from those boffins at Barrington Stoke are categorised by Interest Age and Reading Age so that you and your kids can find the perfect, confidence-inspiring reads for them, whatever their ability. For instance:

My Name is O by Sam Enthoven. With an ‘Interest Age‘ of 11+ and a ‘Reading Age‘ of 8+, this is an accessible and thrilling fantasy-tale of courage, choice and individuality in a world of control and expectation.

Other favourites of 2012 are in the shelf below…

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Scroll down for more recommendations in the age ranges you have told us you are interested in.

Happy Lovereading in 2013


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