Archive for March, 2014

Mid-March email update

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Welcome to the Lovereading4kids mid-March update. In this email we have the pick of upcoming April titles in our Exclusive Pre-Publication category, lots of exciting new books

and series to get your children loving books and, you can win a £50 Lovereading4kids voucher if you can identify the opening line of a book…

Knowing your opening lines could win you a £50 book voucher

1458564_601734129863669_1377291890_nGrowing up there are lines in a book that will jump out, transforming your imagination and taking you on an incredible adventure! We have therefore picked one of our favourite lines from a famous children’s book and we want you to tell us which one it is.

“The moment where you doubt you can fly, you cease for ever being able to do it”

To have a chance of winning a £50 Lovereading4Kids voucher, simply ‘Like’ us on our Facebook page and comment on our wall telling us the name of the book from the quote above. All the correct entries will be popped into a virtual hat, on 31 March 2014, and a winner will be chosen at random by 4 April. Good Luck.

March Earlier than you thought … April Pre-publication exclusives

As ever we have a plethora of extracts from great books for you to sneak a peak at before they are released and you can stay ahead of the game. We are all very excited about:

The Jolley Rogers and the Ghostly Galleon (6+) – by Jonny Duddle – swashbuckling, supernatural booty-hunting gallivanting in ghoulish waters. Also if you have a teenage book lover why not sign them up to our Teen/Young Adult Reader Review Panel and they could be reading and reviewing books before they are published for Lovereading4kids and Lovereading?


Dragonsitter Series by Josh Lacey

Hilariously funny, entirely original and jam packed with top tips for anyone thinking of looking after somebody’s dragon, this is one of those series’ that’s going to be a favourite for generations to come. We love them and we think your kids will too. The 4th one is just out and we have some terrific kids reader reviews too. See them all here.

Hate Reading? – Love Reading to your Kids

Michael Morpurgo believes: “It’s only by loving stories ourselves and by passing on that love that we create readers”. But, for adults with dyslexia insecurity about reading to their children can be heart-breaking. That’s why he’s collaborated, with the number one publisher of dyslexia friendly books, Barrington Stoke, to produce a series of picture books under the Red Squirrel imprint that grown-ups with dyslexia can enjoy with children and help them to love reading. The special easy-read font helps youngsters follow the text and recognize letter shapes. Take a look:

All I Said Was by Michael Morpurgo – Accessible and beautifully illustrated story about flight and the love of reading.

Itch Scritch Scratch by Eleanor Updale – Laugh-out-loud fun about the all too common problem of … (ssshhh) … NITS!

About Time… Time Hunters is back

Phew 7+ fans of this exciting series, following the time travelling adventures of Tom and his Egyptian cat Isis as they race through the centuries hunting magic amulets, don’t have to wait any longer as a load of new titles have just come out. See the shelf below.

It’s Horses … of Cours-es!

For all horse-crazy girls and boys out there, we have a section entirely dedicated to great stories and books for lovers of our equine friends.

They shouldn’t miss Fire Storm by Lauren St. John (9+), last in The One Dollar Horse trilogy and Joe and the Race to Rescue: A Boy and his Horses (7+, 9+) by Victoria Eveleigh. Find out more by visiting the website today and enter the Free Prize Draws to win signed copies.


Picture Book Party – like it’s 2014!

Together with the unparalleled Walker Books, we bring you some of the best and most beautifully illustrated picture books to share with your youngsters. Introducing concepts and ideas and instilling a love of stories at a young age, we love a good picture book! We’ve refreshed our Picture Book Party category for 2014 and it’s bursting with goodies. Come and see what’s new.

A-Maisy-ing – 3+ Science for tiny minds

Lucy Cousins’ fantastic Maisy has sold over 31 million storybooks worldwide, helping little people learn about music, gardens, counting, colours, reading, swimming, singing and so much more. Her latest adventure is an animal-activated science story, which you’ll love to read and they’ll love to listen to.

Maisy’s First World of Animals: A Maisy First Science Book by Lucy Cousins – Interactive, informative, inspiring … in our top-ten!

Discover new authors today

Taking a leaf out of our grown up site we have launched a new category called ‘If You Like You’ll love’ (no prizes for guessing what it does) but definitely the place to go if your child loves a big established author or character and would love to read something in a similar vein.

See below for this months selections and come back whenever you need more inspiration.

If you like John Green, you’ll loveGrasshopper JungleAndrew Smith

A sexy, sharp-eyed, funny and totally irreverent view of the world as told by sixteen year Austin.

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If you like Tom Gates, you’ll love

Wendy Quill Tries toGrow a Pet

Wendy Meddour

Wendy tells stories about herself and her friends that are hilarious, wacky and different..

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Erskine for more …

150Kathryn Erskine is a truly unique writer, unafraid to tackle the big issues like loss and autism, prejudice and fear, yet always communicating the great hope that underlies these difficult truths.

Two of her great books are Seeing Red, a thought-provoking historical novel tackling the important themes of race and responsibility in small-town America. And Mockingbird – a definitively moving story of loss, recovery and self-discovery … told from a completely different perspective.


Get Them Growing, Mending and Cooking … with Eddie

We love Sarah Garland’s fantastic Eddie’ series for 3+ and 5+ readers. Beautifully illustrated and cleverly told stories about the lively adventures of the eponymous Eddie, also teach kids the wonders of growing things in the garden, using tools and – with her latest, Eddie ‘s Kitchen: How to Cook Good Things to Eat – cooking! See the whole series here.

And while we are on the subject of activities we have dusted off and dried out our Out and About category so given the Easter holidays are not too far away, have a look around for lots of books featuring fun and educational things to do outside now the weather is getting a little better.

More WW1 books to help them not forget

Our WW1 category is becoming increasingly popular as parents and schools discover this easy to access library of highly relevant books.

This month we have added 3 new titles, see below, which all bring new views on WW1 to help young people today better understand this tragic conflict.


So that is it for March. We will be back in April with more spectacular Spring reads.

Happy Reading

P.S. If you have children who love books jam packed with lots of action and adventure then DO NOT MISS our MEGA Debut of the Month Infinity Drake: the Sons of Scarlattiby John McNally. Our reader review panel raved over it.

P.P.S. In case you missed it last week the ebullient Tony Robinson won his second Blue Peter Book Award for Weird World of Wonders: World War II (7+) and Katherine Rundell triumphed in the Best Story category with her exciting and tender adventure called Rooftoppers (9+). See all the shortlist in our special Blue Peter category.

P.P.P.S. Our Free Prize Draw section is crammed with chances of winning brilliant booky prizes that money can’t buy – don’t forget to enter before the month end.

Lovereading4kids 1st March Email Update

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

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Indulge Yourshelf. Books of the Month

Every month, we scour what’s out there to bring you the very best books for kids of all ages, tastes and abilities. March’s heroes are on the shelf below but definitely don’t miss The Finisher (11+) a thrilling fantasy adventure story and the first children’s book from number one bestselling author David Baldacci. Or Dandelion Clocks (11+) by Rebecca Westcott. Reviewed and universally loved, a heart-warming, heart-rending and humorous tale of coping with adversity.


March Free Prize Draws

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Monster and Chips. A must for fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid. 10 lucky people will win the 1st and 2nd books (the 3rd: Food Fright is out at the end of March) in this delightfully disgusting series.

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. We have some cracking goodie bags based around this timeless favourite as it celebrates its 25th anniversary.

Very Hungry Caterpillar. 20 March sees the anniversary of this perennially hungry and favourite larval Lepidoptera and we have some truly special goody bags to win.

Divergent Series. Soon to be a hit teen movie (UK release 4 April), this is a chance to win copies of this heart-pounding, dystopian urban adventure before the story hits the silver screen. If you’ve not read them yet then check out.

Grasshopper Jungle. To compliment Andrew Smith’s complex and ground-breaking, genre-bending, and intense coming-of-age teen novel, we have 5 sets of signed books, T shirts and travel-card holders to make their day with!

Spring Chickens! – March Debuts of the Month

…and, as you know, we like nothing more than discovering the best new authors and sharing them with you. Favourite glittering debutants this month are

MEGA Picture Debut of the Month Hog in the Fog: A Harry & Lil Story (3+, 5+) by Julia Copus, an adventure story about friendship, teamwork and teatime, told in “fizzingly original rhymes”. It’s the first of a number featuring Harry the Hog and Candy Stripe Lil, the mouse our book experts and Reader Reviewers loved…find out more and be enchanted.

And Infinity Drake: The Sons of Scarlatti (9+, 11+) by John McNally – An enthralling adventure of an ordinary boy in a very, very extraordinary situation.

Other great choices are on the shelf below.


Mum’s the Word – Mother’s Day 30 March

It’s just around the corner, and hopefully they’re already thinking of how to make Mum’s day a special one … perhaps. Some titles you could ‘suggest’ are:


Happy Days… A Treat for ‘Fonz’ Fans


From ‘Fonz’ to fiction. Henry Winkler has turned his hand to children’s writing and has come up with something even cooler than his TV alter ego. Scream. Go wild for the brilliant Hank Zipzer series.

Inspired by his own struggles with dyslexia (and now a successful CBBC series), they are the adventures of a bright boy in the 4th Grade with learning difficulties. The latest two adventures (7+) are The Curtain Went Up, My Trousers fell Down and Who Ordered the Baby? Definitely Not Me.


A series to get your claws into…

7+ readers will love the Atticus Claw series of books featuring the madcap adventures of a real Ex Cat burglar! Perfect for fans of Humphrey the Hamster and other funny animal adventures, the hilarious but loveable rogue Atticus will keep readers guessing as he tries to decide whether his cat burglar days are over for good!


The Write Stuff? – Henrietta Branford Writing Competition

In conjunction with the Branford Boase Award for children’s writing, the Henrietta Branford Writing Competition is open to any budding writer under the age of 19 who lives in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Last year’s winner Dave Shelton (A Boy in a Boat) has penned the start of a story and entrants must finish it in no more than 1,500 words. 6 winners will be chosen to attend the Branford Boase Award party in London on 10 July. Closing date for entries is 18 April. CLICK HERE For more info.

And while we are on the subject of awards just annouced are the Longlisted titles for THE most prestigious children’s book awards; The Carnegie Medal and Kate Greenaway Awards. See the shelves below for our favourites – visit our special category to see them all.

Kate Greenaway Book Award


Carnegie Medal

P.S. Also just out is the 3rd book (conveniently called Third Term at L’Etoile) in the glamorous series for 9+ girls set in stage school from TV star Holly Willoughby and her sister Kelly. Privacy Policy Disclaimer