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Tuesday, September 24th, 2013


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BIG RED BATH by Julia Jarman, was launched at Half Moon Young People’s Theatre on 20 September 2013. Animal characters enchanted an audience of pre-schoolers with a mix of dance, word play, bubbles and songs by We Were Evergreen, an alternative indie-electric pop trio.

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For a list of venues in Full House Theatre’s UK tour visit or

Julia Eccleshare said of the book
‘Have a splashy good time with this robust board book that makes bathtime fun. Ben and Bella enjoy the bath so much that all the animals join in too! A real story told in a jolly rhyming text.’

Lovereading Mid-Month update

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Perhaps you didn’t see it, but a recent report highlighted in the press confirms what we all know. Children who read for pleasure do better at maths, vocabulary and spelling, compared to those who rarely read. So read on for more brilliant recommended reads to keep them entertained and better educated and spread the word.

A brilliant book not to miss

Neil Gaiman & Chris Riddell have created a spellbinding, colourful fantasy of dinosaurs and space-travel, saving the universe, having a laugh … and popping out for milk. It is called Fortunately, The Milk and it is so good we have made it our MEGA BOOK of THE MONTH!! We think it will be loved by so many – 6-10 year old readers in particular. Why not download a Free Opening Extract and decide for yourself. Also 14+ readers shouldn’t miss our TEEN Mega Book of the Month – Patrick Ness’s More than This which we waxed lyrical about in our early September email.

October Pre-Publication Exclusives

With the summer now behind us publishers are getting their ducks in a row with titles due for publication in October that they believe will be their big titles for Christmas – we’ve selected our favourites in our Pre-Publication category. See the shelf below and start choosing favourite read that’s not even on the shelves yet!


Get Animated! And make your own movies

Ok, now this is REALLY cool. Animation Studio is a book and starter-pack which can teach kids to write, design, story-board and shoot their own animated movies. All they need is this book and a mobile phone or digital camera. Told you it was cool. Our reader panel loved it as well, one said ‘We would give it 100 stars because it is so good’. You can see the stop motion movies they made on our site.

Weasily’ The Funniest Picture Book of the Year!

Every now and then something really special comes along and makes our day, because we get to tell you about it! Debutant James Thorp has produced one of the funniest picture books ever! called The Weasel Puffin Unicorn Baboon Pig Lobster Race it is an hilarious, inventive and whacky way to teach children about fair play. But don’t just take our word for it. Author of the kids’ favourite; Hippospotamus, Jeanne Willis said: ‘No author likes to read picture books funnier than their own – I’m afraid this is one. It’s a stonker!‘. Enjoy!

Better The Devil!

The Good Little Devil and Other Tales by Pierre Gripari was first published in France in the ’60s and since then these incredibly funny stories, which are as popular in France with adults as they are with children, have been handed down from generation to generation. Beautifully illustrated and exceptionally memorable they create a world where everything is completely absurd and makes perfect sense. We love them and hope you do too.


Fangs for the Fun!

Think that the whole vampire thing has been done to death? (pardon the pun). Think again! There’s a brand new sucker on the scene, in a fun series for younger kids that we think your kids will love! We certainly do. Aimed at readers aged 7+ these zany, pun-packed vampire-spy adventures will spook, grip, tickle and fire the imagination. Click here for more.

Francesca Simon – Breaking the Norse Code

Francesca Simon, author of the humorously horrid and globally loved Horrid Henry books, has just released the second in her brilliant Norse Gods series for 7 to 12 year olds. After the battles of The Sleeping Army, Norse Gods have returned to Asgard, but no-one’s noticed! The Lost Gods is the hilarious, rollicking and clever sequel. With the gods waning in popularity they come to earth to seek celebrity.

Eoin Colfer calls it ‘Breathtaking, magical storytelling’ The first, The Sleeping Army, is also just out in paperback.


Septelmer! Elmer is Back

Fans of David McKee’s brilliant adventures of Elmer the multi-coloured elephant will be tickled tartan to hear there is a brand new one to dive into! Click on the link below for more, OR discover the whole series on the website.

Elmer and the Whales by David McKee (0-5yrs) – Unexpected ocean-bound adventures and some big new friends for Elmer.


Young Writers for Young Readers – Guardian/Hot Key Prize Winners

The Hot Key Book Prize for Young Writers rewards unpublished writers aged 18-25 who write for young people. The prize is given in two categories: books for readers aged 9-12 and 13-19. What a great idea! The entries for 2013 have just closed, so budding writers who haven’t submitted an oeuvre will have to wait until next year. Now, however is the perfect chance to read last year’s winners. The Rig by Joe Dulce (14+) – Imaginative, gripping and terrifying sci-fi-jail-break rollercoaster with an action hero to rival Jason Bourne and Vivian Versus The Apocalypse by Katie Coyle (13-19) chillingly plausibly dystopian survival story. Hunger games, Schmunger games!

Double Debut Delight

This month we are featuring two brilliant debuts. Iremonger: Heap House (9+) is a the first in a superb gothic trilogy which will appeal to fans of Lemony Snicket. Full of fantasy and magical realism our Reader Review Panel loved it – ‘It’s exciting and has a brilliant cliffhanger ending I’m itching to read the next one.’

And Soulmates by Holly Bourne (14+). ‘an impossible choice between the end of the world, or a life without love…’ A young author with a fearless freshness. Perfect for fans of Louise Rennison, Sophie McKenzie and Cassandra Clare.

Calling All Wimpy Kid Fans

wimpykidshowFinally, all Wimpy Kid fans shouldn’t miss an exciting event at the upcoming Windsor Book Festival this Saturday 21 September event at Windsor where you can 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. Click here to find out more and how to get tickets.

And that wraps up September at Lovereading4kids. We’ll be back in October with more great books, ideas and give-aways for bookworms of all ages.

Happy Reading!

September email newsletter

Friday, September 6th, 2013

Welcome to September! It’s the month that Eric Hill, children’s author and creator of Spot the Dog was born and, in 1937, The Hobbit was first published. So, to help your children on their literary adventures just have a look around Lovereading4kids for a library full of recommendations. Here’s what’s new this month…

September Books of the Month

We have a burgeoning bucket of Books of the Month this September Have a look at the shelf below but we urge you not to miss our Teen Mega Book of the Month More Than This (14+) from, multi award, winning Patrick Ness. A superbly written, enthralling and provocative story around the profound questions of adolescence.


Mega Meg! – Author of the Month: Meg Rosoff

Author of many much-loved and prize-winning books for children aged 12+. Born in the USA, Meg Rosoff has adopted good old Blighty as her home, and we are very pleased she has! Take a moment to discover her brilliant, incisive and honest writing. She tells us that what she really wants to be when she grows up is; ‘the head gardener in Regents Park’ … knowing her, she may just do it, too. Her latest, Picture Me Gone is a brilliantly atmospheric coming-of-age road-trip where the journey can be more revealing than its destination.

Are Books Your Bag?

BOOKS ARE MY BAG is a nationwide campaign, supported by a raft of book loving celebrities, to focus on bookshops that Lovereading is very proud to support as we have always looked to emulate, online, the amazing service that local bookshops give readers – and now more than ever they need your support.

So, on 14 September bookshops nationwide will be throwing a Big Bookshop Party to mark the launch of Books Are My Bag. Why not get involved by visiting your local book shop to buy a book – perhaps after having a look at some recommended reads on Lovereading4kids or Lovereading. There are sure to be lots of exciting events going on.

Visit Lovereading4kids to find your local bookshop or the Books Are My Bag website for more info.

Double Debut Delight

This month we are featuring two brilliant debuts. Iremonger: Heap House (9+) is a the first in a superb gothic trilogy which will appeal to fans of Lemony Snicket. Full of fantasy and magical realism our Reader Review Panel loved it – ‘It’s exciting and has a brilliant cliffhanger ending I’m itching to read the next one.’

And Soulmates by Holly Bourne (14+). ‘an impossible choice between the end of the world, or a life without love…’ A young author with a fearless freshness. Perfect for fans of Louise Rennison, Sophie McKenzie and Cassandra Clare.

Winning Ways … September Competitions!

We’ve 2 great prizes up for grabs this month:

Stars & Stars: Stealing the Show (9+) by Laura & Luke Jennings – Fun, thrilling, insightful, catty adventures in a Performing Arts boarding school.. Think Glee! We have 5 sets of both books to give away.

How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff – The awesome novel form our Author of The Month has also been made into a movie! We have copies of the book AND a £25 cinema voucher to give away. The film is out in October so you’ve time to read the book first!

A Fabulous SuCHESStion! – Chess for Children

As the nights draw in, here’s something to fire their imagination, focus their minds and give them a great, enjoyable skill they’ll use for the rest of their lives. Welcome the new Chess champion in your family! We’re already rooked … sorry, hooked.

The Batsford Book of Chess for Children is brilliant and full of character-based, fun and an educational introduction to everything chess.

‘D’ is for ‘Dahl’. ‘D’ is for ‘Day’ … 13Sept. is Roald Dahl Day!

roald_dahl_day_logoYup! A whole day dedicated to the brilliant, well-loved and unrivalled creations of the late, great Roald Dahl with this year’s theme being Mischief and Mayhem. There’s loads to get involved with. You can dress up for the day, plunder your party pack and join the characterful Puffin Virtually Live for starters! It’s also the 30th anniversary of The Witches (one of our faves!) and the 25th anniversary of Matilda. We’ve got special editions of both for you to celebrate with!

Life before Mortal Instruments

Proof that two-finger-typers can still make prolific novelists, Cassandra Clare (She’s the one who wrote the book City of Bones which is now the hot Summer Film … impressed now?) has turned out another spectacular series for teen readers. Infernal Devices is set in a Victorian England threatened by Demons.

Shadow-hunting, passion, enchantment, danger and sass: this is a real belter of a series. The final chapter; Clockwork Princess is out now in paperback, but you can discover the whole lot here.



Hungry after Hunger Games – Try the Lorien Legacies

Four books, one Earth and a battle to save humanity. Written for young adults but with the power to grip older ones just as much, we LOVE this dystopian earth-endangered series by Pittacus Lore that began with the book, now film, I am Number Four. Now, Pittacus Lore is a Loric Elder, from the Planet Lorien, which is three hundred million miles away. He is approximately ten thousand years old. He has been to earth hundreds of times, and he is here now. Now you know.


Time to Read – Bridge the Gap between pictures and words

time-to-read-jkt_spdA perfect series to bridge the gap between picture books and reading books. Ideal for helping kids find their confidence and love of reading with a mix of pictures and text, the Time To Read series is packed with easy-to-read, fun and simply presented stories. Get the picture? Visit the site to see all four books in the range.

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