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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Yup! 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!
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.
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.
A 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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