Archive for July, 2013

Mid July email update

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

The Summer holidays are here so read on for news of hand picked Summer Reading Selections, Pre-Publication exclusive Opening Extracts, and all that’s new and exciting in the world of children’s books.

Not Off The Press – Pre-Publication Exclusives for July

What’s better than giving you great titles hot off the press? … getting them to you before they’re published. That’s what! Browse this month’s pre-pubs all with Opening Extracts and in some instances we’ve managed to secure copies ahead of publication for our kids reader review panel to read and review for us, below. Our favourite is:

Angel Fever by L.A Weatherly (14+) Final Part of the Angel trilogy – a stunning and awe-inspiring tale of supernatural forces in a mortal world. If you’ve not yet found this series then take a look at the first one Angel which is one of our recommended Summer Reads.


Not that we’re Branford Boase-ting!

Talking of debuts the Branford Boase Award, which honours outstanding first-time writing for young people, has just been announced. We thought the shortlist was so outstanding, we created a special category to show them all off! Take a look now and find your children’s next favourite author! The judges clearly thought there was strength in depth too as for the first time, in addition to the Astonishing and magical, winner, The Boy and a Bear in the Boat, perfect for 7+ readers, they also selected A World Between Us (11+) by Lydia Syson to be Highly Commended. Read Opening extracts of them both today…

Fantastic Fives – The Power of Five Series of the Month for 11+ readers

Anthony Horowitz’ sinister and incredibly atmospheric series of the supernatural The Power of Five, reaches its conclusion this month with OBLIVION. All are now available in great value paperback or eBook – and the Summer is the perfect time to read them all! Our Kids Reader Review panel loved it as well.

From the Page to the Silver Screen

Harry Potter
, Hunger Games, The Hobbit, Eagle of the Ninth … the list of great children’s novels that have inspired blockbuster movies is almost endless. This year 2 titles are set to join their ranks. Why not get the book before you have to buy all that expensive pop-corn at the cinema?

Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters (9+) by Rick Riordan – the continued adventures of an unwitting demi-god. Part of a hugely popular and gripping series.! It hits the screen 7 August.

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (14+) Part One of the Mortal Instruments series this is a thrilling, urban fantasy of vampires, warlocks and shape-shifters that fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer will love to get their teeth into! You can see it from 21 August.

Finally if, after all the recommendations we have given you you are still looking for

that perfect next read do look at our Book Shelf Essentials category full of books we love that will be future contemporary classics.

That is July at Lovereading4Kids. Scroll down for a selection of perfect Summer Reads in the age ranges you have let us know you want to be kept up to date with and don’t forget to come back in August when we will add even more books to our Summer Reading category…

To view all the selections in each age range click to visit the category on the site…

Happy Summer Reading

July email update

Friday, July 5th, 2013

July is here and soon the summer holidays…and so is the pressure to find fun things to fill your kids’ endless time off! Fear not our Summer Reads category is packed with sun-kissed, seasonal titles for all ages and interests. And as a great plan-B just check out our Summer Activities category, filled with brilliant ‘things to do’ books Phew! Here’s what else is new this month…

July Books of the Month

We’ve trawled the oceans of children’s lit this month and our nets are simply bursting with great reads for all ages. We especially love Ghosts of the Forest (9+) by Steve Backshall a page-turning Rainforest adventure that will inspire the young to care for the environment. And if you like that try his earlier book Tiger Wars (9+), an exciting and vivid eco-adventure, highlighting the desperate importance of protecting wildlife. See the shelf below for more recommendations.


Miss Adventure! – Author of the Month, Louise Rennison

Louise Rennison is a Roald Dahl Award-winning, comedy genius. Her wonderfully relatable and hilarious books for teenage girls, have earned her acclaim with industry boffins and readers alike.

With an authenticity that only extensive research can give (ahem), her latest (mis) adventure for heroine Tallula Casey is The Taming of The Tights. This and all of her titles can be found in our special Author of the Month category…

Party at the Debut Disco!

Discovering a new writer is one of the great pleasures of literature. This month we have unearthed three real corkers for teenage readers and… don’t miss our MEGA debut and tip for the top: Nowhere by Jon Robinson. Loved by us and by our kids reader review panel, this is a pulsating, original and unique teen thriller.


Summer Fate – Try Your Luck with our July Competitions

Judith Kerr Goody Bags worth £50!! The brilliant children’s book illustrator Judith Kerr has just turned 90 and to celebrate we are giving away 10 great goody bags brimming with her classic animal stories including a copy of CREATURES, a treasure trove of illustrations and memorabilia that gives an unforgettable insight into one of THE most talented illustrators of the 20th century.

Dragonsdome Chronicles. Lucinda Hare’s rich and captivating fire-winged series has sparked the imaginations of thousands of kids (9+) and we have Signed books and exclusive artwork to giveaway!

Chocolate Box Girls, Cathy Cassidy’s bestselling contemporary books for girls (11+), leave a lasting impression. Irresistible and insightful, we have 3 sets of 4 SIGNED books to giveaway. Click here now!

Dork Diaries. Rachel Renee Russell’s Dork Diaries (9+) are all about friendship, fun and embracing the ‘inner you’. We all have an inner dork! There are 3 sets up for grabs.

Super Sevens! – Time Hunters: Series for 7+ Readers

Time-Hunters-Logo-200At last a time travel adventure series for younger readers. If your kids are aged 7+, this time-travelling quest is humourous, exciting and gripping and will have them hooked on reading for life! All four current books in the series are just out and can be found here. The first is:

Gladiator Clash by Chris Blake – gripping AND educational adventure quest of an ordinary boy in an extraordinary world! Don’t forget to check out some great kids reviews of the series too.

Some book categories not to miss

This month two of our most popular categories have been given a booky ‘fresh lick of paint’ and we think are definitely worth a visit if you are looking for some great books this Summer. First our Dyslexia Friendly reads from Barrington Stoke – all with Interest Age and Reading Age so you can’t go wrong. And the perfectly seasonal Out and About – full of books to help your children make the most of summer days outside.

Read on for the hand-picked selections in the age ranges you have said you want to receive. Click here if you would like to update your age range preferences.

Hot Key Books Young Writers Prize Returns For A Second Year

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Hot Key Books is delighted to announce its Young Writers Prize – that searches for unpublished young writing talent for children from around the world – will return for a second year. Sharing a commitment to supporting authors, we are pleased to be joined by Kobo, a global leader in eReading, to honour this year’s winners and make their work available at

The Prize looks to uncover new writing talent between the ages of 18 and 25, who submit their work in either of two categories: 9-12 and young adult (for ages 13-19). Last year saw over 350 entries from writers all over the world with two winners scooping the chance to be published by Hot Key Books. Their novels, The Rig by Joe Ducie and Vivian Versus the Apocalypse by Katie Coyle are to be released in print and digital formats this September.

The winners will be selected by a panel of judges, including Director of the National Literacy Trust Jonathan Douglas, Guardian Children’s Books Editor Julia Eccleshare, Kobo’s Merchandiser of Children’s Books Antonia Fowler, Hot Key Books Publisher Emily Thomas, authors Fleur Hitchcock and Matt Whyman, bookseller Katie Clapham from Storytellers, Inc. and bloggers from Serendipity Reviews and We Sat Down along with consultation with school children from Globe School, London and St John’s School in Buckinghamshire.

Each winner will be given editorial support, the chance to be published by Hot Key Books with a £10,000 advance and ten shortlisted finalists will also be given a Kobo eReader. Winners will also benefit from added exposure via Kobo’s eBookstore ( and all entrants will have the opportunity to publish their work through the company’s self-publishing platform Kobo Writing Life. Through Kobo, the winners will have an opportunity to be promoted

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be running our Young Writers Prize for the second year. It is imperative for the publishing business, and our readers, that we are constantly looking for new talent and what better way to do that than to encourage first time authors. Working with Kobo on the prize this year also indicates our absolute commitment to publish in all formats so readers can access fantastic storytelling however and wherever they choose to.” Privacy Policy Disclaimer