Hey-hey, welcome to May! We have loads of great books for your kids to dive into this summer and loads to help you inspire them too! 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 the fantasy world that has captured the hearts of kids and adults ever since. And here are our heart-catchers for you and your family this month…
An alfresco bundle of brilliant books adorns our shelf once again this month. Look out for the GLASSES ICON which tells you that a book has been reviewed by our independent Children’s Reader Review Panel in addition to our Lovereading experts.
COMPETITION Alert! – Win Big
The Saga of Eric the Viking (7+) – we’ve 5 fabulous SIGNED copies of the 30th Anniversary (blimey that went fast!) edition of Terry Jones’s much-loved Eric the Viking Saga to give away.
A Treat for Dyslexic Readers – We’re giving out SIGNED books from the Barrington Stoke dyslexia section. Choose the age-range that suits you and win! There will be 3 winners for each age range.
Megan Rix’s WW2 Animal Adventures – featured last month, these are amazing tales of courage under fire from the unique perspective of plucky animals. We have signed copies as prizes.
Walker Picture Books – From our colourful Picture Book Party Section a chance to win a goody bag packed with great fun Picture Books for your little ones.
As the blossom fills the trees, May is just the month to bring you the brand new work from the blossoming minds of some great first-time writers. Look out for the GLASSES ICON which tells you that a book has been reviewed by our independent Children’s Reader Review Panel in addition to our Lovereading experts. The office favourites are Wendy Quill is a Crocodile’s Bottom for 7+ and The Extincts for 9+ but, rest assured, every one of them is a cracking read.
We are so excited about the paperback release of this bestseller from Tracy Beaker creator, Jacqueline Wilson.
This funny, heart-warming story of four children, who discover a way to make wishes come true, echoes the classic E. Nesbit novel, Five Children and It. It’s a brilliant read not just for those who loved the original, but for a whole new generation of eager fans!
The Branford Boase Award is given annually to the author of an outstanding debut novel for children. Uniquely, it also honours the editor of the winning title. This year’s shortlist has just been announced.
Our very own Julia Eccleshare is one of the judges and she said ‘The 62 submissions came from 19 different publishers. This is proof that children’s books in the UK are in a very healthy state, with publishers keener than ever to discover and nurture new talent.’
As discovering and nurturing new talent is one of our key objectives at Lovereading4kids we love sharing news of this award with you.
Make sure you visit our Branford Boase category to see all the shortlisted titles – the winner is announced early July.
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Why!! – ‘There Was An Old Lady’ … is 40!
The fly-swallowing lady of legend who has had us all singing from the nursery to parenthood turns 40 this month! Pam Adams’ timeless classic is one of the ingenious Books With Holes, whose bouncy illustrations and clever die-cut holes make them a must for every child. Click here to have a peep … Please don’t try to swallow a horse at home.
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