Archive for November, 2013

Most popular children’s books, by age range for week ending 24 November

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Books for Babies and Toddlers

The Slightly Annoying Elephant The Slightly Annoying Elephant
David Walliams
One of our Books of the Year 2013 – November 2013 Book of the Month   Best selling author and TV star David Walliams has a gift for great jokes. There’s a ring at the door and Sam finds an elephant …
Download free opening extract
This Rabbit, That Rabbit This Rabbit, That Rabbit
Jane Porter
November 2013 Book of the Month  This rabbit, that rabbit…fat rabbit, flat rabbit – this is a book starring two fabulous rabbits. (And an armadillo!).  A great way to introduce simple word play to young children to encourage early literacy. …
Download free opening extract
Jolly Snow Jolly Snow
Jane Hissey
November 2013 Book of the Month    In the classic Old Bear, Jane Hissey’s stunning illustrations of the inhabitants of the toy cupboard are brought to life. Now they are back for a new adventure. This time they are waiting for …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 3+ readers

Octopus's Garden Octopus’s Garden
Ringo Starr
November 2013 Book of the Month  Based on the lyrics of the world famous Beatles song, this glorious picture book follows five children on a magical journey through the Octopus’s garden. The playful Octopus takes them on a wondrous …
Download free opening extract
Spaghetti with the Yeti Spaghetti with the Yeti
Charlotte Guillain, Adam Guillain
Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2013 – September 2013 Book of the Month    George is off on an adventure – to find the yeti and to feed it spaghetti! George travels along a little mountain path and meets …
Download free opening extract
Snowflakes Snowflakes
Cerrie Burnell
Bbeebies presenter Cerrie Burnell gets to the heart of what it feels like to be an outsider in this touching and sensitive story about a little girl adjusting to a new way of life. Newly arrived from the city to …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 5+ readers

Snug Snug
Michael Morpurgo
Interest Age 5-8  Reading Age 6 Former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo has a gift for telling stories about animals and how they touch the lives of children. Snug is Lisa’s cat and always has been as he arrived at the …
Download free opening extract
Alice Through the Looking Glass Alice Through the Looking Glass
Emma Chichester Clark
Lewis Carroll’s enduring classic tale, which has enchanted readers of all ages for more than a hundred years, is brought alive for a new generation in this exquisite picture book by the highly-regarded illustrator Emma Chichester Clark.  She has carefully …
Download free opening extract
Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp
Philip Pullman
Award-winning Philip Pullman has long treasured this feisty and magical story from The Arabian Nights. When the young Aladdin rubs a dirty old lamp a genie appears and offers the boy three wishes. Riches? Happiness? Excitement? Three wishes should bring …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 7+ readers

Penny Dreadful and the Horrible Hoo-hah Penny Dreadful and the Horrible Hoo-hah
Joanna Nadin
More tales of mishap and misadventure from the incorrigible but hilarious Penny Dreadful. This is the 7th title in the Penny Dreadful series and includes three stories in one book.
The first, Penny Dreadful is a Magnet for Disaster, was shortlisted …
Download free opening extract
Wartman Wartman
Michael Morpurgo
Interest Age 7-12  Reading Age 7  Beautiful new edition of a bestselling title from household name Michael Morpurgo. Dilly has a wart.  He’d rather have broken his leg or been ill but no he had to get a wart!  Follow …
Download free opening extract
The Secret Garden The Secret Garden
Frances Hodgson Burnett
One of the best loved stories in children’s literature, The Secret Garden brings nature alive in the story of how Mary Lennox, a lonely, unhappy and spoilt child is transformed by finding her way into a hidden garden. Brought to …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 9+ readers

Lost Journals of Benjamin Tooth Lost Journals of Benjamin Tooth
MacKenzie Crook
November 2013 Book of the Month    An 11 year old self-declared scientist, botanist and genius, Benjamin Tooth keeps a journal in which he records all that his does. These include his strange inventions, some of which will not seem so …
Download free opening extract
The Ransom of Dond The Ransom of Dond
Siobhan Dowd
November 2013 Mega Book of the Month  Suffused with all that is best in story-telling traditions, this poignant story with a pleasing twist in its telling is perfectly and briefly told by the late, award-winning Siobhan Dowd and perfectly complemented …
Download free opening extract
Haunters Haunters
Thomas Taylor
The dead and the living exist side by side in this thrilling time-travelling adventure. In David’s recurrent dream, Eddie seems real and it seems like he’s got something to tell David. That’s scary enough but then David gets picked up …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 11+ readers

The Boy on the Porch The Boy on the Porch
Sharon Creech
November 2013 Book of the Month   Award-winning Sharon Creech has an exceptional ability to write tenderly. In this touching modern fairy story she captures the rewards of love freely given to children. When John and Marta find a little boy …
Download free opening extract
Why Can't I Tickle Myself? Why Can’t I Tickle Myself?
Gemma Elwin Harris, Bear Grylls, Miranda Hart, Sir David Attenborough
Children have a knack of asking great, but challenging, questions: How far away is space? Why can’t I tickle myself? What makes me? But how are we supposed to answer them? Imagine if we could turn to a leading expert …
Download free opening extract
War Horse War Horse
Michael Morpurgo
BOOK OF THE DAY – 1st NOVEMBER  Michael Morpurgo’s tender story of Joey, a brave hearted farm horse who finds himself caught up in the horrors of war, cleverly conveys both the violence and the occasional compassion, which occurs during …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 14+ readers

When the Guns Fall Silent When the Guns Fall Silent
James Riordan
In an excellent time-slip story, James Riordan brings the action and tragedy of the First World War vividly to life. Jack’s grandfather is a war hero with medals to prove it. But he will never talk about what he did …
Download free opening extract
The Isobel Journal: Just a Northern Girl from Where Nothing Really Happens The Isobel Journal: Just a Northern Girl from Where Nothing Really Happens
Isobel Harrop
November 2013 Debut of the Month Readers will empathise with this witty and honest journal of a girl getting to grips with impending adulthood. You’ll find mini novels within the whole interspersed with sketches, photos and captions.  It is a …
Download free opening extract
The Midnight Dress The Midnight Dress
Karen Foxlee
The Midnight Dress weaves a mesmerising story of love, loss and longing to the very last page. Full of anger and tension and yet this is a novel to sit down with and admire the lyrical storytelling but prepare yourself …
Download free opening extract

Lovereading4kids Christmas email update

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Schools everywhere are starting to make Christmas decorations and maybe you’re busy making costumes for that nativity play? We love Christmas time. Who doesn’t? But it can be stressful trying to get inspiration for great gifts. That’s where we come in. You don’t have to get out the tinsel, tree and Christmas CD just yet, but a little forward planning goes a long way. Look no further for great value-for-money presents that your kids will love forever

10% Discount and Free Postage… Happy Christmas!!

kids site 10percent xmas13… don’t forget, that you can claim 10% off all the orders you place this year by using your personal voucher code SHLD8-UEBZJZC3.

The (signed) First Nowell – Signed First Editions

Don’t forget that we still have some amazing Signed copies (some of which are First Editions) of fabulous books by big name authors like David Walliams, David Almond, Julia Donaldson, Neil Gaiman and Patrick Ness – to name just a few – up for grabs in our festive competition. They’ll be gone soon, so click here now for a chance to get someone a thoughtful and unique present they’ll cherish. STOP PRESS … just arrived in the office three stunning, War Horse Special Editions with illustrations by Rae Smith, signed by Michael Morpurgo and the illustrator – a real rarity!

Usborne Again! …. Usborne’s 40th Birthday

usborne-40th-birthday-balloon1After the successful launch of Usborne Day in shops all over the UK last month, we have compiled a special category full of our favourite Usborne books. Take a look at the enormous range of this powerhouse publisher and use the celebrations as the perfect excuse to buy someone special a gift … you know. For Christmas. Which is next month. Did we mention?

Make it a Classic Christmas – Children’s Classics

The old ones genuinely ARE the best sometimes! We have collated all the best classic children’s books through the ages into one great big nostalgic trip down memory lane – and in a wide range formats to suit every purse and taste. Beautifully presented and expertly illustrated, these timeless stories make fabulous, thoughtful and everlasting gifts. So why not start buying into a Collection of Classics right now…the Egmont Heritage range is truly gorgeous and growing.


And talking of classics 56 Years Young! – ‘Mary-Mary’ Re-issued

The well-loved classic story collection about a little girl called Mary-Mary has been lovingly redesigned 56 years after its first publication. These old-school charming adventures, with original illustrations by Joan G. Robinson, are perfect for emergent readers … unless, of course, they are waiting for you to finish them after falling in love with them all over again. There really is something about Mary-Mary!

Classics Adapted through a Looking Glass

Part of the Best Loved Clasics Series – beautifully illustrated adaptation gift-books for younger readers.

We just love this wonderfully illustrated edition of Alice Through the Looking Glass brought to colourful life by none other than the supremely talented and award-winning Emma Chichester Clark. It is the sequel to her Alice in Wonderland, both of which are crammed with Lewis Carroll’s eccentric and vibrant characters.


Two Great new Free Prize Draws not to miss

Win Hobbit Goody Bags

With the 2nd in the Hobbit film trilogy, The Desolation of Smaug, due out on 13 December we think it’s the perfect time for children to read, or re-read this classic from 1937 and discover more about the films along the way in some terrific movie storybooks. We also have 3 Hobbit Goody bags stuffed with books and a DVD up for grabs. Find out more and enter today.

Win a DVD & Blu-ray of The Wind in the Willows!

To coincide with the 30th anniversary of the original The Wind in the Willows movie we have teamed up with FremantleMedia Home Entertainment, to offer 5 lucky readers the chance to win a DVD & Blu-ray of the digitally restored Original Movie plus The Complete Collection on DVD.

The Nature of Publishing – Fine Feather’s fabulous books

Fine Feather Publishing specialises in truly lovely nature books and other educational titles and items for young children. So, if you want something that they can enjoy every day as they go to bed, or wake up or play in their room, then these two are a great place to start:

ABC Wall Frieze – Perfect for the nursery or reception classroom, this beautiful imaginative 7 panel poster brings the outside world indoors AND helps them to learn the alphabet in a stunning wall frieze.

123 Nature Flash Cards – 20 fold-over cards, packed with entertaining number-related games, for teaching children first number concepts such as sizes, sorting, counting, matching, adding and taking away.

Reluctant Readers love Graphic Novels

Reluctant, dyslexic and struggling readers (12+) will be transformed by Cathy Brett’s hilarious imaginative and non-patronisingly empathetic growing-pains novel, Graphic. Imagine if Adrian Mole had expressed himself in drawings.

This is a charming and unique story of the dreams of youngsters and the trials and tribulations of love, life, and dealing with the school bully.

Finally – Our office is ablaze with wonderful Christmas Reads. Our special elves have spent months compiling the definitive collection of Christmas Books for kids and young adults of all ages. Something to treat your little helpers! See a small taster of what’s under our tree below – or visit our Christmas category to see them all. Happy Christmas.

November email update

Monday, November 11th, 2013

It’s November (already!) and in the blink of an eye, the bonfire night fire-crackers will be replaced by gold and silver Christmas-crackers. We can’t put better jokes in them, sadly but, as Christmas looms large over a frosty horizon, let us warm your cockles and please your budget with some great-value gift ideas for little Christmas Elves of all ages! Start now and get yourself some silent nights! …

And while we’re talking presents, an extra gift to you this Christmas is FREE postage (2nd class) on all orders over £15. Now that’s a winter warmer worth taking advantage of!

November Books of the Month

Smashing reads for youngsters, from Tots & Toddlers to Teens and ‘Tweeners, with some very useful gift ideas along the way!

The Ransom of Dond by Siobhan Dowd (9+, 11+) – Our top pick of the month is a previously unreleased gem from a late, great writer. This dark, folk-tale of dark curses, superstition and bravery is enchanting, delightful, terrifying and dazzling. It’s brilliantly complemented by some truly stunning illustrations by talented illustrator Pam Smy.

The Slightly Annoying Elephant by David Walliams & Tony Ross (Baby & Toddler). Two remarkable talents collaborate to create a truly magnificent, warm, witty and wonderful story that is set to become a classic. Octopus’s Garden by Ringo Starr and Ben Cort (3+) – Yep! THE Ringo Starr! A glorious picture-book adventure, based on Ringo’s very own Abbey Road pop classic.


Author of the Month Sally Gardner

Fresh from winning this year’s Costa Award with Maggot Moon, Sally Gardner has not rested on her many laurels but has cracked on and written a captivating new novel for 14+ readers inspired by the fairytale, The Tinderbox. Tinder is a gripping, bloody and bold story telling how a young and romantic soldier finds true love by overcoming every kind of magic and trickery in the world through a mixture of bravery and cunning while also trying to hold fast to goodness and truth. You can discover this and all of her older titles in our special section.

Fresh Fall – November’s Debut of the Month

Just one this month but a real not to miss for any 11+ reader. The Isobel Journal: Just a Northern Girl from Where Nothing Really Happens by Isobel Harrop.

Enchanting and poignant readers will emphasise with this witty and honest journal of a girl getting to grips with impending adulthood. This book is a must-have for all hipster teenagers and anyone who appreciates the raw creativity of youth.


First Signs? – Win Signed Firsts! …

By now you’re no stranger to our great big Signed First Edition Prize Draw. If not we’ve been giving you the chance to win some amazing cherish-for-life signed 1st editions of great books by big name children writers. What’s more, we’ve added lots of NEW titles like Patrick Ness and Julia Donadlson. But hurry as the the prize draws close at the end of the month. If you click here, you can find out what’s up for grabs. What are you waiting for?

Win, Win! – More November Free to Enter Prize Draws

You know we love a give-away at lovereading4kids! Here’s what else is in the prize drawer this month:

Dark Satanic Mills – a Book of the Month and a unique chance to win one of 10 limited edition signed prints to accompany this complex, dark and intriguing graphic novel.

It’s a Lovely Hoiliday with MaryWin the Mary Poppins Experience! – In the shadow of Disney’s imminent film “Saving Mr Banks”, we’re giving away a copy of the Essential Modern Classic version of Mary Poppins, as well as a BLU ray copy of the film. Click here to enter. Good Luck!


Ant and Bee are back!

Angela Banner first wrote Ant and Bee as a way to teach her son how to read. The first book in the series was published in 1950. Since then, Angela has written 22 Ant and Bee books.

Original author and creator Angela Banner has re-illustrated the Ant and Bee books and Egmont UK are proud to be bringing these cherished classics back into print in 2013. Discover more today.

Flavour of the Month is Michael Morpurgo

Yes. November is Michael Morpurgo month. A skilled writer, Morpurgo’s tales capture the heart and shine a unique light on the human condition. So much more(purgo) than War Horse, we are giving you the chance to get to know more(purgo) of his other writing and also to WIN exclusive signed copies.

Also linked to Armistice Michael Mopurgo will be reading extracts from his beloved novel, War Horse, at an event called Anthems For Peace is at the National Theatre, London, on Sunday 10th November. Find more information here and see our World War One Category of Books.

Great writers in Shorts

Chris Van Allsburg’s famous illustrations in The Mysteries of Harris Burdick have inspired for more than twenty-five years. Now, by award winning US authors, including Louis Sachar, Stephen King, Jon Scieszka and Chris Van Allsburg himself, have reinterpreted them into 14 vivid short-stories. Each uses a different illustration as a starting point and between them they create an extraordinary collection that form a cohesive and captivating read. Get your copy today. Also makes a wonderful Christmas gift.

A Book To Tickle Your Curiosity…

Take real questions from inquisitive kids and get some well-loved national experts such as David Attenborough, Heston Blomenthal and Dame Kelly Holmes to answer them and you’ve got a great fun book that will amaze you and your kids.

The first was called Why Can’t I Tickle Myself and just out in this great series of books is Does My Goldfish Know Who I am? Both are perfect Christmas quiz books.

P.S. Finally any 11+ reader shouldn’t miss Liar and Spy by Rebecca Stead that has recently beaten off stiff competition to win the Guardian Fiction Prize 2013 – find out more about the winner and the rest of the shortlist in our special section.

P.P.S – make reading a riot of laughs by having a look at all the shortlisted books for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2013 – the winner will be announced 10 December.

Read on for more handpicked books in the age ranges you have let us know you wish to be kept unto date with. Click here to change any selections.
Oh – and before we forget – if you are Facebook Fan – do have a look at our newly launched Lovereading4kids Facebook page. If you like it ‘Like it’ and spread the word or follow us on Twitter – thank you. Privacy Policy Disclaimer