Archive for April, 2013

Mid April email update

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Welcome to our mid-month round-up of what is new, exciting or noteworthy on Lovereading4kids this April. Your children can start reading books before they are published, join our reader review panel or just browse the site for dozens of hand-picked great reads…

Pre-Publication Exclusives!

Your chance to hear about some great books for your kids before they hit the shelves – some of which have already been reviewed by our Reader Review panel – just look out for the reader spectacles icon. If you want your child to be involved see below.


Out of the Mouths of Babes… Reader Review Panel

To complement our expert reviewers, such as Julia Eccleshare of the Guardian, we have amassed a glorious gaggle of kids and teenagers to give their independent and real views on the books that they put themselves forward to read and review.

This is the best way to get honest, topical views from kids at the ‘coalface’ and we hope a brilliant tool, along with our own expert opinion, for helping you choose new titles with your children. If you have a child who’s keen to join our Lovereading4kids reader review panel then get in touch giving the name, age and gender of your child along with an address to post the review copy to.


Medals of Honour! – The Carnegie Greenaway Awards shortlist

Voted for by children’s librarians the Carnegie and Greenaway Medals are the UK’s oldest and arguably most prestigious awards for writing and illustration for young people. Last year A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness set a precedent by winning BOTH medals! We are delighted to feature all of 2013’s shortlisted books.

And while we’re on the red carpet watch out for

The Little Rebel Children’s Book Award. With a shortlist of just four announced this month, these awards honour ‘radical’ fiction aimed at 0-12 year olds.

Our favourites are a picture book called Wild Child by Jeanne Willis and a novel for 8+ readers, The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket by John Boyne (author of the The Boy in Striped Pyjamas).


Before Arthur was King

The legend of King Arthur continues to fascinate both young and old and in Young Knights of the Round Table, Julia Golding tells a fast-paced, time-travelling fantasy adventure based on the legends of King Arthur that is cleverly relevant to contemporary life too.

We love it and some 9-11 year olds from our independent reader review panel loved it too.

This Party’s a Picnic! – A Picture Book Party

New name same great, much-loved books for younger kids!

Our popular Picture Book Picnic section is now, for 2013, a celebratory ‘Picture Book Party‘ and it’s teeming with beautiful and engaging picture-books for you and your little ones to enjoy!

See some of our favourites on the shelves below…


WW2 through animals’ eyes

Every now and then a writer comes along with a unique way of storytelling and when that happens we like to let you know about it. Meet Megan Rix, author of historical novels for kids, where events in history are given a unique perspective through animals. Based on true facts about the plight of them in London during the war, her novels are deeply moving and will strike a chord with animal lovers.

Her latest: Victory Dogs is out now, but don’t miss her debut novel The Great Escape a gripping World War II tale of the survival of animals left behind in the Blitz.

A Fresh view on Dyslexia

Our Dyslexia-Friendly category has had a boost this month in celebration of the number one publisher of books for dyslexic readers, Barrington Stoke, who is 15 years old this year. The Interest age and the Reading age for each title is provided in order to make the perfect read that much easier to find. See the bookshelves below for some examples with lots more on the website.


Two supernatural series’ not to miss

Have your teens heard of Cassandra Clare, author of two passionate and powerful supernatural series’ full of vampires, werewolves and shape-shifters? The first in The Mortal Instruments series, set in modern day New York, City of Bones has been made into a film due out in May – and there are 5 books in that series to get your teeth into (bad vampire joke). She has also penned a prequel trilogy, set in Victorian London called The Infernal Devices – and the final, Clockwork Princess, is out in paperback this month. See the book shelf below …


Join Mariella in solving mysteries

Finally news of a brand new series for 7+ girls from award winning author illustrator Kate Pankhurst. Called the Mariella Mysteries the first two, The Ghostly Guinea Pig and A Cupcake Conundrum are out now.

Wittily told in words and pictures the Mariella Mystery’s heroine is a totally amazing nine year old detective who sets about solving mysteries by following clues in entertaining and action packed adventures.

No mystery is too complex for Mariella. Find out more about this brilliant new series today.

Help an Author Make Better Social Introductions

kids-social-linksAt Lovereading4kids we love authors most of all, as they create the brilliant children’s books that we get to tell you all about. So, to help them share more of their thoughts with their readers we have built a uniquely useful new system that shows their latest Facebook posts and Tweets on their Lovereading4kids author and book pages.

But, we can only show the posts and tweets if we have the correct information. So, why not help any children’s authors you know, or follow, by checking their author page on Lovereading4kids to see whether the Facebook posts and Tweets are appearing. If they are there are handy buttons to let the author know what is missing and what you can do about it – simples. N.B. All links are verified before being uploaded to the author pages.

Help a Children’s Author Make Better Social Introductions

Friday, April 12th, 2013

At Lovereading4kids we love authors most of all, as they create the brilliant books that we get to tell all of you parents about. So, to help them share more of their thoughts with their readers we have built a uniquely useful new system to link directly to their Facebook pages and Twitter feeds.


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we can only show the posts and tweets if we have the correct information – So, why not help any authors you know, or follow, by checking their author page on Lovereading4kids to see whether the Facebook posts and Tweets are appearing. If they are there are handy buttons to let the author know what is missing and what you can do about it – simples.


April Children’s Book Updates

Friday, April 5th, 2013

A Blooming Happy April from Lovereading4kids! Did you know that Hans Christian Andersen, was born in April over 200 years ago? Well, the fairytale continues! There are fabulous adventures, old and new, for your Little Mermaids and Brave Tin Soldiers to get stuck into. Read on to find out what else is new this month …

Blooming Brilliant Books of the Month

Our Books of the Month bookshelf is an April shower of specially selected, simply sensational, scintillating stories by star scribblers … don’t miss our MEGA Books of the Month – both are not to be missed and have been reviewed, and loved, by us and by our Reader Review Panel:

The Hit by Melvin Burgess 14+. – Thought-provoking, gripping young-adult thriller from the best-selling author of Junk AND The Dark by Lemony Snicket & Jon Klassen 5+ – Delightful, original and empowering take on the fear of the dark.


Wise Choice! – Author of The Month, Angie Sage

Sea-loving sailor of a boat named Muriel, April’s Author of the Month is Angie Sage. Angie is internationally renowned for her incredible series for kids aged 9+ (but we know 7 year olds who’ve loved them!) charting the adventures of eponymous hero, Septimus Heap. The 7th (and final) book in the series; FYRE, is out this month and you can find it with all the other six on our special section dedicated to Angie and her wonderful creation!

Check out too, some of the great reviews of the first one, Magyk, from our Kids Reader Review panel.

No April Fools! – Debuts of the Month

As always we have found some great first-time authors for your kids to discover this month. Look out for the Glasses Icon symbolising some brilliant Reader Reviews.

MEGA DEBUT ALERT!!! – Seriously, do not miss this magical and astounding debut: The Last Wild by Piers Torday 8+- (yes, his Dad Paul wrote Salmon Fishing in the Yemen) – a wonderfully imaginative tale of magical self-realisation and endless possibility. A truly lovely book for kids.


Let The Games Begin! Ideas for the Holidays and beyond …

The Easter Holidays are here! Hooray. But what happens when you run out of things to do to keep the little ones occupied? Fear not. We have some books dedicated to great holiday fun-and-games for all the family …

The Bumper Book of Family Games – Exactly what it sounds like. And Don’t Let the Pigeon Finish this Activity Book by Mo Willems 5+ – 272 pages of Fun and Games … great, crazy characters and hilarity. Perfect for your Spring chickens!

Great games to play in the non-competitive security of your loving family. What could possibly go wrong? Erm … did you give me my £200 for passing Go?

Outside Chance! – Out and About Section

Remember Kids’ Show: ‘Why Don’t You?’ and their weekly advice to ‘Get out and do something else less boring instead’. Well, with this in mind, we’ve a whole section dedicated to dragging your kids away from the TV, or other electronic devices, and outside having fun … unless it’s raining in which case we have indoor activity suggestions as well!

New this month: RSPB Children’s Guide to Nature Watching by Mark Boyd 5+, 7+ – a practical, exciting and comprehensive introduction to nature watching for children

Serious about Series’

We love a good series. There’s nothing better than finishing a gripping adventure knowing that the next instalment is in reach! This month, in addition to Angie Sage’s wonderful Septimus Heap, there are 2 more corkers for older and younger kids to enjoy:

Dirty Bertie by Alan MacDonald is Back!

10 years old this year the Dirty Bertie series, for kids from 5 years up, has a new tale of nose-pickingly disgusting capers for the chaotic Bertie and his horrible habits. We love these stories and so do our kids, particularly the boys. The whole bunch can be found here … but here’s the latest: Dirty Bertie: Toothy by Alan MacDonald – No ordinary trip to the dentist when the patient is Dirty Bertie and there’s an in-flight emergency on the way!

Gone‘ by Michael Grant.

Okay, we mentioned it last month but, hey! We’ve loved these crackingly thrilling books since the first one hit the shelves and we’ve had some terrific feedback during this month from teens which we wanted to share with you. The 6th and LAST book in the series is out now and if you haven’t yet discovered the; ‘Lord of The Flies for the X-Men generation’, genius of Michael Grant’s epic adventures then you can find them ALL here. Get them before its ‘Gone’! Privacy Policy Disclaimer