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Lovereading4kids most popular children’s books, by age range, 2 – 9 December 2013

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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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 …
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Little Big Mouth Little Big Mouth
Jeanne Willis
December 2013 Book of the Month “Fat Faced, Jelly Bellied, Worm Tailed” – these are some of the insults that Little Green Monster selects to hurl at a newcomer to school. But Little Green Monster has made a very big …
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Little Children's Bedtime Music Book Little Children’s Bedtime Music Book
Fiona Watt
A wonderful introduction to different musical instruments, and how they sound on their own and together. …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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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 …
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Moo! Said Morris Moo! Said Morris
Jon Lycett-Smith
December 2013 Book of the Month This is a laugh-out-loud funny story – but, be warned, it doesn’t come quietly!It tells the tale of Morris, a mouse for whom squeaking isn’t enough. He’d rather say ‘moo!’ In fact he’d rather …
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Mr Wuffles! Mr Wuffles!
David Wiesner
December 2013 Book of the Month A cat story with a difference! When Mr Wuffles finds a toy space ship he can’t resist playing with it but, as he tips and tosses it, the results for the aliens inside it …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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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 …
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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 …
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Monsters Monsters
Russell Hoban
John loves drawing monsters. Red monsters. Purple monsters. Spotted monsters. Furry monsters. Any kind of monster. And then he draws just a monster’s tail. And that takes up four big pieces of paper….Can John control his monsters? Of course, the …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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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 …
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck
Jeff Kinney
The Wimpy Kid is back! In one of the most hotly-anticipated children’s book releases of the year, the hilarious, globally-bestselling and award-winning Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, sees Book 8 hit our shelves. …
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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 …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Lost Journals of Benjamin Tooth Lost Journals of Benjamin Tooth
MacKenzie Crook
December 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 …
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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 …
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The Windvale Sprites The Windvale Sprites
MacKenzie Crook
There’s something unusual astir following the giant storm! Asa Brown discovers a creature that looks like a dragon fly but turns out to be much stranger in his garden pond. Asa’s discovery leads him a journal which, in turn, leads …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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The Lion of Sole Bay The Lion of Sole Bay
Julia Jones
December 2013 Book of the Month Inspired by the historical events of the Battle of Sole Bay which took place off the coast of Suffolk in 1672, author Julia Jones weaves a modern day adventure story, full of pace that …
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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 …
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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 …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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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
December 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

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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 …
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Tape Tape
Steven Camden
This stunning debut novel by acclaimed spoken-word artist Steven Camden tells two stories which take place twenty years apart but which are connected by one old cassette tape. Ryan and Ameliah each tell their story. Both are suffering unhappiness following …
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Duncan Pile, author of the Nature Mage series takes an innovative approach to the final book in the trilogy

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Independent author Duncan Pile has taken an innovative approach to publication of his Nature Mage Series, a traditional fantasy story with teenage main characters. He is releasing it in stages and invited fans to join an online community where they can post inspired or derived creative writing and artwork of their own. Originally designed for readers, the Nature Mage Community has attracted the interest of teachers, who see it as an exciting tool for teaching creative writing, artwork, social media awareness and ICT skills simultaneously!

http://www.naturemage.com/

Ockbrook School in Derbyshire has made involvement in the community part of their annual curriculum for year nine, and other schools are now showing a similar interest. Duncan is passionate about engagement with readers, encouraging them to cultivate their own creative talents. The Nature Mage Community enables him to do exactly that, whether

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by direct reader involvement or through a school’s use of the website and the author visits that result from it. The community invites readers to post derived writing, back-stories for characters, scenes that are yet to be written, poetry, artwork, animations and videos. Every post can be ‘liked’, commented on, and as the site is fully social media integrated, shared on Facebook, Twitter and Google+. There is also a forum, where anything related to the series can be discussed.

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hit 10,000 sales – quite an achievement for a self-published author! Here at Lovereading4kids, we saw the potential in Nature Mage, the first book in the series, and awarded it Debut of the Month in February 2012. We are happy to see our confidence was well-placed!

Duncan is a firm believer that authors and publishers need to engage with the digital revolution if they wish to retain their place in the industry. He offers an e-book coaching service for aspiring authors, the details of which can be found at www.duncanpilecoaching.com

To contact Duncan about use of the Nature Mage Community, or to arrange a school visit, email him at naturemage.online@gmail.com


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