Archive for August, 2013

Mid August Summer Reading

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

The creator of Mary Poppins, Pamela Lyndon Travers, was born in 1899 and if you are off flying kites on your Summer Holidays don’t forget to stock up on some great reading from our special category. Plus, read on for news of books coming in September for which we have some exclusive tasters ahead of the game and much more…

Coming Soon! – Pre-publication Exclusives

Nothing excites us more than introducing you to great new books BEFORE everyone else gets to hear about them and especially this month as it is an amazing selection of sensational books we just love. See the shelf below for some exclusive previews.


Guardian Fiction Prize 2013 – Shortlist

By now you’ll be familiar with our very own Julia Eccleshare, and hopefully read many of her reviews on the site. Well, Julia is a judge of this year’s Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize – she is also the Children’s Books Editor of the Guardian. This year’s shortlist has just been announced and it features 4 titles, all of which are both entertaining and inspiring. Have a look at the hopefuls, on the shelf below and visit the site to see the longlist of 8 titles – each one well worth a read …

More Awards? Och Aye! – Scottish Children’s Book Award

Book of doomThe Scottish Book Trust Book Awards 2013 shortlist is here! The Award, which sees the free copies of the shortlist given to kids during Scottish Book Week, is split into three age categories: “Bookbugs” (3-7 yrs), “Younger Readers” (8-11 yrs) & “Older Readers” (12-16 yrs).

One of our favourites is the hilarious Afterworlds: Book of Doom, a cracking fantasy for 11+ readers. Discover more in our Book Awards category.

eBooks of the Month

Children’s eBooks used to be a bit thin on the ground but over the last few months that has radically changed so, perhaps it’s time you visited our eBooks section, where you can get a wide range of eBook formats? On the shelf below are 3 of our particular favourites this month.


Kicking Summer into Touch – Books for Footie Fans!

Yes! Like it or not, the new football season is up and running and to help your footie mad kids gear up for the party, we have a new section piled higher than the locker-room towel bin with great books on everything football. So for all those football loving reluctant, keen or struggling readers in your household, look no further than this section to find a gem of a read.


And with Boys in mind our refreshed Books for Boys category really is a book list that is worth exploring – below is a taster or visit the site to see the full, age ranged, selections.


It’s Party time for Picture books!

Parents of toddlers wanting to instill a love of reading should definitely visit our Picture Book Party category packed with the best picture books from the genius publisher Walker. And this month we have picture book goody bags available as prizes! This month’s Picture Book Party treats are:

Back to School

Out There

We Back To School jokesare not shouting about this but – School will restart in September so we have dusted off our Back to School category to give you a one stop shop of the best dictionaries, atlases and language books from the number one school reference publisher Oxford to get them back in the groove ahead of the first day of term. But to sweeten the pill for the kids we thought they might like the side-splitting ‘funniest back to school joke book ever’ ahead of the new term and for their school bag as we firmly believe you learn better with a smile on your face!

Move over Bella, Edward and Jacob

Book of doom

You’ve had Zombies, Vampires, Werewolves and Ancient

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Gods. Now, welcome to the world of the Angels! Angels are evil.

To young assassin Alex, the only good one is a dead one. Until Willow comes along and turns his world upside down. L. A. Weatherly’s compelling and contemporary trilogy (13+) has taken the world by storm and is a paranormal thrill-ride of danger, horror, adventure and romance.

You can find them all here and see the great feedback from our teen reader review panel.

Out There – A book for teens written by a teen

Out There

Imagine living in a city shielded by a bubble in which you’ve been brought up to think the Earth is a desolate place, that men are evil and destructive, which is why there aren’t any. Would you believe it?

Out There is a page-turning dystopian fantasy written, amazingly by a 15 year old girl. We think once you have read the Opening Extract you’ll want to read the whole book.

Finally, news of two Literary Festivals with events for kids where we have some tickets for each one to give away to some lucky readers. They’re at Windsor 16 – 29 September 2013 and in Henley on 5 – 6 October 2013. You can find out who’s hot at the festival in our special Blog and how to win tickets to some of the events.

And that fellow bookworms, is August from Lovereading4kids. See you next month as school and shorter evenings loom large, when we’ll have plenty more adventures to keep you smiling!

P.S. Don’t miss the chance to enter some, or all of our Free to Enter prize draws with exclusive book goodies up to for grabs.

Kids Literature Fesitvals

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Win tickets to Exclusive Book events at Windsor Book Festival 16-29 Sept. and Henley Book Festival 30 Sept. – 6 Oct.

Windsor Festival 16 – 29 September

Celebrating music, literature and the arts, Windsor Festival once again unlocks an enchanting series of high quality events which allows everyone to enjoy Windsor’s finest venues. The highly respected arts festival will be located among and around the grounds of Windsor Castle and will take place from 16 – 29 September.


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A must for all Diary of a Wimpy Kid fans and great family entertainment. At 2:00 PM Saturday, 21 September 2013 watch exclusive clips of author Jeff Kinney talking about the books, his involvement in the films and showing how he draws the characters, whilst host Alastair Watson brings the books to life with fun activities, including The Wimpy Kid Draw-Along and The Wimp Wars! Quiz. We have 2 pairs of tickets to giveaway.

Visit for further information or follow @WindsorFestival on Twitter.

Henley Festival 30 September – 6 October

Making the most of Henley-on-Thames’ status as the perfect place for a family trip, this year’s Henley Literary Festival has a great line-up of children’s events over the weekend of 5-6 October.

Saturday morning sees Gareth Edwards tell the story of a badger that is determined to eat The Very Disgusting Sandwich while its sing-along time when Jan Dobbins brings A Farmer’s Life for Me to the festival. On the Sunday Clara Vulliamy unveils Dixie O’Day, created with her mother Shirley Hughes, and Sharky & George, children’s party organisers to the stars, bring their interactive new book to Henley. All that plus plenty of events for the parents, including Giles Coren, India Knight and Melvyn Bragg.


This year’s Henley Literary Festival has a great line-up of children’s events over the weekend of 5-6 October. On the Sunday Clara Vulliamy unveils Dixie O’Day, created with her mother Shirley Hughes, and Sharky & George, children’s party organisers to the stars, bring their interactive new book to Henley. To have a chance of winning 2 pairs of tickets click here.

To order tickets direct please contact the BOX OFFICE – 0118 9724700 or go online to

Click here for news of how you can win tickets to the ‘Grown Up’ versions of these festivals!

August email update

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

August is here and the holidays continue! Did you know that Hans Christian Andersen died in August 1875? Well he did, BUT our bumper-box of brilliant books for kids this month is no fairy tale! In fact, we’ve given our special Summer Reads section a brand new refresh, so the rest of the holidays can be filled with stories and activities to keep them happy ’til school starts again. Boo! Here’s what else is new…

August Books of the Month

Handily divided by age-range, our bookshelf of brilliant books for babies to big kids is packed with bright ideas this August! We absolutely love:

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by the uber-brilliant Oliver Jeffers – Imaginative and hilarious fun that will have kids playing with crayons in a whole new way! A welcome addition to our newly refreshed Great Books for Boys section too.

And, for older readers of 9+, Michelle Paver requires little introduction, being the author of the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series, the first of which was Wolf Brother. Michelle’s new series Gods and Warriors set in the Greek Bronze Age, is equally brilliant. The first two The Outsiders and The Burning Shadow are out now.


Reader Reviewers Needed!

Do you know anybody aged 5 through to late teen who simply loves books and would like the chance to join the Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel? If so, please let us know – just visit our ‘Reader Review sign up page’ enter a few details and we’ll then be in touch from time-to-time with details of yet to be published titles that will then be sent through to read and review. Thank you.

Get Out! – Summer Activity Category

Don’t forget, we have a whole category (Summer Activity Books) dedicated to fun activities for kids: ‘making and doing’ indoors and out. It’s an all-weather, one-stop-shop for things to thrill kids of all ages: and it’s part of our newly refreshed Summer Reading Section. See the shelf below for a few favourites or visit the site to see them all.


Guest Editor – Lauren St John

Our Guest Editor this month grew up on a huge farm in Zimbabwe, with a host of animals, from horses to Elephants and Giraffes! Add to this her brilliant imagination, her love of a good mystery and her sense of fun and it’s no wonder that she writes great, adventurous mystery tales featuring all sorts of beasts. Her books are hugely popular with kids (aged 11+) and we are featuring them, as well as some of her own favourite books. Her latest Rendezvous in Russia is the 4th in the popular Laura Marlin series, a breathtaking; mystery adventure with sinister goings-on in glamourous surroundings.

Feeling Firsty? – Fabulous First-Time Writers!

We love discovering brand new talent and great debut titles for kids. Here’s what we’ve unearthed this month. The office favourite, partly because of its extraordinary title, is Alex, the dog and the Unopenable Door (9+):


Click and Win – It’s COMPETITION time!

Some people have a horseshoe or a rabbit’s foot for luck … all you need is a mouse! Here’s some of the great prizes up for grabs this month:

For the younger readers we have Prizes Galore at the Picture Book Party! We have 5 Goody Bags as prizes – but do you know how heavy the world’s largest cup cake is? We also have some goody bags full of CBeebies Tilly and Friendsbooksup for grabs.

For 7+ we have 5 sets of the Stargirl Academy books a new fairy-world series for young girls.

For 11+ readers we have 10 hardback copies of a brilliant new fantasy book called The Bell Between Worlds, which is also an eBook of the Month, and a set of the

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newly jacketed Power of Five Series as prizes.

14+ readers shouldn’t miss the chance to win copies of Throne of Glass and its sequel Crown of Midnight, the first two in the hottest teen fantasy series around, featuring assassin Celaena or prizes linked to City of Bones from the hugely popular Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare which has been made into a film which is out on 21 August!

And finally, fact loving animal lovers should enter our Steve Backshall competition to win one of 5 DEADLY GOODY BAGS.

Fantastic Fives – Series of the Month for 11+ readers

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

Real Inspiration for Young Adult Readers

Every now and then something very special comes along and speaks to young adults in ways that no others can, inspiring them with stories that capture their imaginations for the rest of their lives. Elizabeth Wein’s WWII dramas for readers aged 14+ are two such books. A must for teens who love to read:

Code Name Verity – shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2013, a compelling, vivid, heart-thumping tale of friendship in adversity. And Rose Under Fire – a beautifully told, gripping journey from innocence to experience, of the wings of hope and courage under fire. Quite brilliant!

Game of Thrones? – Pah! Try Volsunga!

Carnegie Medal winner, Melvin Burgess has delved deep into his dark imagination and created a stunningly brutal dystopian world. The Volsunga Series, for at least 14+ readers (first published in 1999!)is the tale of two warring families in a London in ruins. It runs thick with blood, treachery, sex, torture, revenge and retribution. And all this from an author whose favourite book as a child was Wind In The Willows! It is both cruel and magnificent, a unique blend of mythology and sci-fi and a great read for the teen psyche. Click on the book jackets for more …

Well ahead of its time you could say but Melvin’s reason for writing was this – There was a real shortage of exciting, difficult, dangerous books for young people – the sort of thing your parents wouldn’t care to recommend to you. I hope Bloodtide will fill that gap. I wanted it to shock, stir you up, lift you up and bring you down”. Privacy Policy Disclaimer