Archive for October, 2013

November is Michael Morpurgo Month …

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

M.Murpurgo_Sticker-200November 2013 sees a month-long celebration of Michael Morpurgo’s wonderful stories, marking his 70th birthday this year. See all the 30 books in our special section. And don’t miss the chance to win lots of his novels including a couple of signed ones in our exclusive competition. Remember

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to come back regularly to see ‘the book of the day’. We also have some brilliant reviews of Michael’s books from our ‘Kids Reader Review Panel’.

Also to mark Armistice Day, in a special event at the National Theatre in London on Sunday 10 November 2013, Michael Morpurgo will be reading his heart-warming short story, The Best Christmas Present in the World and extracts from War Horse.

Click here to find out more information.

To find out more about Michael Morpurgo Month see his Facebook page or the Twitter hashtag #MorpurgoMonth. Or visit for exclusive videos and downloads and the chance to win signed copies of the books, an iPad and even a school visit from Michael himself!

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Okay, so the Hallowe’en costumes are sorted and there are bowls of sweets to ward off tricksters. The fireworks are safely stored in a metal box and you’re all set. Forward planning. Now you’re thinking about Christmas, aren’t you? Admit it. Hard not to with the TV ads and shop displays out earlier and earlier every year.

Well, we’re here to help. No pressure, it’s not even November yet we know, but we DO have an amazing selection of great Christmas titles for kids and young adults of all ages, shapes and tastes. So, if you did want to get ahead with the Christmas shopping, Lovereading4kids is a great place to start

Feeling Firsty? – Signed First Editions

Just over a month left of our brilliant Signed-First Editions prize draw! There’s still a chance to get your hands on our selection of rare, signed 1st edition copies of great titles by great authors such as David Walliams, David Almond and more. Oh, and a signed first edition would make an extra special gift, you know for someone you care about. Visit our special category to get started!

November is Michael Morpurgo Month …

M.Murpurgo_Sticker-200November 2013 sees a month-long celebration of Michael Morpurgo’s wonderful stories, marking his 70th birthday this year. See all the 30 books in our special section. And don’t miss the chance to win lots of his novels, including a couple of signed ones, in our exclusive competition. Remember to come back regularly to see ‘the book of the day’ and the brilliant reviews of Michael’s books from our ‘Kids Reader Review Panel’. Also to mark Armistice Day, in a special event at the National Theatre in London on Sunday 10 November 2013, Michael Morpurgo will be reading his heart-warming short story, The Best Christmas Present in the World and extracts from his beloved novel, War Horse. Click here to find out more information.

He’s Makin’ a list …

… and we’re checking it … daily! Our book elves are hard at work gathering the best of Christmas reads together and sorting them by age, so that your path to the perfect present is even easier. Visit our Christmas category to see them all.

Mid-October email update

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

With Half term and Hallowe’en coming up and and yes, even Christmas fast advancing, Lovereading4kids is here to help you choose the most brilliant books for any child that you know, from baby to teenager. And don’t miss the chance to win loads of exclusive and valuable signed first edition children’s books!

Signed 1st Editions Up For Grabs!!

A signed copy of a book is a special thing and a prized possession. A Signed First Edition? Even better! Over the next two months we are giving you the chance to win a huge range of them including from BIG name writers such as David Walliams, Patrick Ness and David Almond. We’ll be adding more new signed titles in November, so you can keep on winning! Click here to find out more and get entering.

An Unmissable Debut

October 2013 Mega Debut of the Month Missing Ellen is a poignant and thought-provoking novel about friendship and loss. Natasha Mac a’Bháird captures the roller-coaster emotions that engulf Maggie after her best friend Ellen is gone.

Cool For School! – Cool Books

Okay, so tell most kids that Maths and Science are ‘cool’ and they’ll look at you like you’re mad. But, you don’t have to be Brian Cox to know that there’s lots of ‘cool’ stuff to see, if only someone could make iteasy. TaaDaa! Check out the new selection of ‘Cool Books’, makingthe mind-blowing accessible and stuff from school, cool!

Cool Maths by Tracie Young – 50 fantastic facts for kids of all ages (and even adults whose Maths is a little rusty!). Cool Maths will help you work your way out of every day situations in a way that you’ll never forget.

Cool Science by Daniel Tatarsky – Hours of entertainment for the whole family, a book filled to the brim with fantastic science feats that are easy to learn and impossible to forget.

Ghost Writers!! – Special Hallowe’en Section

No tricks, just TREATS! – We love Hallowe’en so much we’ve a whole ghoulish section creaking with ghostly, gunky, fright-night favourites for kids of all ages. It’s become our favourite haunt, so click here for a shot at ghoul…

End of the World! – Samuel Johns vs. The Devil

samuel-johnson-spdBeing a teenager can often feel like it’s you against the World. But what if it was you against the Underworld? John Connolly’s fantastic series featuring teen hero Samuel Johnson struggling to combat the greatest evil in the universe … not to mention, trouble with girls, parents, friends and lesser demons! These are great books for 11+ readers and the latest, the third in the series, The Creeps is just out. This rip-roaring, engrossing, perilous teen adventure of courage was loved by our Reader Review Panel – visit the book page to see what they thought.

Lemons are Red! That’s NOT fiction!

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Key publishing has just released its launch lists. Two titles, both of which are amazingly engaging and brilliantly thought-out non-fiction books for children. There is something for all interests, but two have really floated our boat, this month!

The Artistic Ape by Desmond Morris – Combines a deep understanding of human behaviour and a love of art to chart the evolution of artistic endeavour over 3 million years.

Being a Boy by James Dawson – An uncensored look at puberty for teen boys, covering social pecking order, sex and the perils of being a boyfriend. You have been warned!

Long Live the Undead! – Zom-B series from Darren Shan

Bestselling master of horror series for young adults, Darren Shan, is six books in to his incredibly gripping, gory and addictive ZOM-B series. He has been translated into over 30 languages and sold more than 25 million copies worldwide. We defy any 14+ adventure and horror-loving reader not to love his brilliant, engrossing and humourous un-dead adventures. The 5th Zom-B Baby by Darren Shan is out in Hardback. The 3rd Zom-B City just released in great value paperback.

A Graphic Future of Dark Satanic Mills

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and then something really special comes along and we get very excited! Brothers Marcus and Julian Sedgwick have created a cautionary, futuristic, very British, graphic novel adventure that could well be the Wizard of Oz of its time. We think it’s a must for all kids over 12 years. It is a complex and beautiful, light, dark and compelling story of prejudice, violence, fundamentalism and freedom. We love it and our teen reader review panel did too, with one of them saying, it is thrilling and I love the fact that it is futuristic too. I can tell that a lot of hard work has been put in this book because the pictures and the writing is perfect’.

Children’s Classics

Is it time you started collecting a library of children’s classics for your children or grandchildren? Christmas is the perfect time to give them as gifts. If so, you’ve come to the right place. Have a look at our special Classics Category and especially The Egmont Heritage list which includes some of the most highly acclaimed and bestselling children’s books of all time. Published in beautiful, high-quality hardback editions, with cloth quarter binding, head and tail bands and ribbon, the Egmont Heritage range will build into a library of some of the most famous titles in children’s literature. Some of our favourites are below.

World War One remembered

In 2014 it will be 100 years since WW1 began and even though there are now no people alive today who experienced it first-hand, its impact on the world is still apparent today. Over the next 4 years a lot of books will be published for children, and WW1 will appear more prominently in the school curriculum, so we will be selecting our favourites, both fiction and non-fiction. We hope it will inspire children never to forget the sacrifices made by their forbears. Why not check out our special category now.

Finally … Not That We’re Wishing for Winter, but …

Well, the nights are drawing in and the winter has some really fun stuff to look forward to, not least of all: Bonfire Night and Christmas! So, why not get in the mood for colder times, with this wonderful story:

Snowflakes by Cerrie Burnell (of CBeebies fame) & Laura Ellen Anderson – An enchantingly beautiful story about making friends and new beginnings and just being who you are.

And that is October at Lovereading4Kids and if you’re one of those wonderfully organised people who begin to think about Christmas presents in October then check out our Christmas category, which has just gone now live, for some inspiration!

October email update

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

It’s October! Autumn leaves falling, Hallowe’en costumes and pumpkin hollowing; dark nights and cozy duvets, hot soups and bed-time stories. But, obviously it’s important to have something for the Kids too! That’s where we come in. We’ve got a mountain of great adventures for children of all ages, abilities and interests: everything you need to keep them fired up ’til fireworks night! Read on for more …

October Books of the Month

You know us, our bookshelf is always teeming with titles for toddlers right through to teens … and October is no exception! See the bookshelf below but first … here are the heroes; October’s MEGA Books of the Month…

Demon Dentist

David Walliams

(9+) – Jaw-achingly funny and thrilling tale of courage in the face of teeth-chattering evil!

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Philippa Gregory

(11+) The gripping, epic, dark and romantic mediaeval adventure continues – for fans of The White Queen.

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She is Not Invisible

Marcus Sedgwick

(14+) – A brother and sister embrace courage over adversity, disability and overseas.

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The Killing Woods

Lucy Christopher

(16+) – An emotionally charged, beautifully told story of loss of innocence and the tangled games that teenagers play.

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Boxer Tricks! – Publisher of the Month, Boxer Books

We don’t always have a Publisher of the Month, no. But this month we want to give a massive and fervent ‘nod’ to 6 year old Boxer Books. In that short time they have become one of the leading international publishers of fabulous books for kids and you can find them all in our special section on our own website… or see a few real favourites on the shelf below.


A Pinch and A Punch, October’s Firsts’ of the Month

With so many great first-timers this month, it’s hard to pick a favourite. Have a look and try for yourself! – but have to admit, we do really love Missing Ellen by Natasha Mac a’Bhaird (12+). It’s a tense and tender portrayal of friendship and loss: beautifully written and completely addictive.


Horse Play – Books for the Pony Mad!

‘Daddy, can I have a pony?’ A question few fathers want to hear. Well we have something that comes a close second and may keep you saddle bound showjumpers at bay (poor pun we know) for a while: a whole section crammed with horse-based stories that the Pony Mad clan will love. Recent additions include There Must Be Horses by Diana Kimpton (9+, 11+) – a real page-turner, but be prepared it is also an emotional rollercoaster that will have you verging on tears and laughing with joy. And My Friend Flicka by Mary O’Hara – a horsey classic, beautifully re published by Egmont.

Little Gems – Great Books for 5+ year olds

Publisher Barrington Stoke has a brilliant selection of books they’ve called ‘Little Gems’. Aimed at struggling 5+ year old readers, they are a wonderful one-stop shop of satisfying

stories for your little ones, helping them develop into independentreaders. Here are two that we’ve picked out for special mention:

My Friend’s a Gris-Kwok by Malorie Blackman. – Wonderfully imaginative, shape-shifting mischief! Snug by Michael Morpurgo – From an author that needs no introduction, a beautifully illustrated animal, countryside tale.

Life isn’t Lonely, I Call My Fridge Tony

You know that we are big fans of poetry and our special Poetry Category is very popular with you too. This month we are honouring comedian and poet, John Hegley. One of our favourites at Lovereading, we think it’s time we shared his brilliant, simple, hilarious and poignant genius with you and your kids! I’m a Poetato* by John Hegley (8+, 11+). It’s a very funny, zany, witty and topical collection for children, which adults will also adore.

‘Booky’ dates for your Diary

Usborne Identity …. Usborne Day, 5 Oct

Much loved children’s publisher, Usborne is 40 years old this month! To celebrate there’ll be fantastic giveaways and great deals in local bookshops all over the country. Hit your local bookshousborne-40th-birthday-balloon1p on Saturday 5 October and don’t leave until you and your kids get an Usborne treat!

Spelling Success – Dyslexia Awareness Week

brit-dys-asscWe are firm believers in championing access to great literature but in a dyslexia friendly form. You only have to look at our extensive Dyslexia Category and you’ll see what we mean. So, we are delighted to be able to tell you about Dyslexia Awareness Week 14-20 October. There are lots of ways to get involved, raise awareness, show support and raise money for this fantastic initiative. Click here for more.

Finally don’t miss 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!

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