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Win an All Day Family Pass worth £92 to Hoo’s Kids Book Fest 11 May

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Hoo’s Kids Book Fest, The Luton Hoo Walled Garden – Sunday 11 May 2014

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The five acre Luton Hoo Walled Garden is nearly 250 years old and is located on the historic, family-owned Luton Hoo Estate. It was designed by the famous landscape architect Lancelot “Capability” Brown for the 3rd Earl of Bute.  On 11 May Hoo’s Kids Book Fest sees a host of great children’s authors gathering here to entertain and amuse.

Highlights include 2014 World Book Day illustrator Alex T. Smith and fantastic author Caryl Hart telling silly stories and drawing live from their joint series, Foxy Tales, which is bursting with ridiculous scrapes and slapstick humour. Come and meet bestselling author Angie Sage as she talks about the Araminta Spook series. Calling all Beast Quest fans! Help the good wizard Aduro to free the beasts from Malvel’s evil spell. Take part in a Beast Quest Tournament… Get a sneak peek of Adam Blade’s new series, Sea Quest! Christopher Lloyd will bring his giant What on Earth? Wallbook – aimed at making Big History as accessible as possible to the widest possible age range.

Join Clara Vulliamy as she reads and draws from Dixie O’Day in The Fast Lane, introduces her characters Dixie and Percy and shows the japes they get up to at the wheel of their red sports car. Clementine Beavauis author of the Sesame Seade series will be entertaining children of eight and upwards with her fantastic series about a Sleuth on Skates!  Also attending are Catherine Johnson, author of A Nest of Vipers, Piers Torday, creator of The Last Wild, Robert Muchamore, the internationally bestselling author of CHERUB, and Sophie McKenzie, author of the hugely popular Missing sequence.

Make sure that you join Gary Northfield for his comic creation workshops, where you can learn some top-secret, comic-creating tips whilst producing a comic strip of your own. Also Roald Dahl Funny Prize winner Jim Smith, creator of the hilarious Barry Loser series, unleashes how to get the last laugh in an extra ‘keel’ hour of stories, belly laughs and burps. Jim will teach you how to draw Barry and his mates. The Roald Dahl Museum crew invites you to join in with their Dirty Beasts and Revolting Rhymes storytelling sessions. This is your chance to star as a pig in Roald Dahl’s version of the The Three Little Pigs or help with Tummy Beast sound effects!

For more information visit www.hoosbookfest.com and to book tickets go to http://www.wegottickets.com/festivals/f/7273 .

Lovereading4kids. Most popular books, by age range, 14 – 21 April 2014

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Elmer Elmer
David Mckee
Elmer, everyone’s favourite patchwork elephant, is 25! Elmer the colourful patchwork elephant has been a nursery favourite since this first book was published in 1989. This is a special 25th Anniversary edition.Andersen Press invites YOU to join in with Elmer’s …
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Tilly and Friends: Who's Hiding? Tilly and Friends: Who’s Hiding?
Polly Dunbar
Tilly and her Friends have lots of fun playing hide-and-seek behind the sturdy flaps on every page.
The Tilly and Friends TV series, produced by Walker Productions and JAM Media and based on the picture books by Polly Dunbar, is currently airing …
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Say hello like this! Say hello like this!
Mary Murphy
Perfect for joining in, this is a delightfully noisy book celebrating all the different and special ways that animals say ‘Hello’. Dogs are loud, cats are proud and the donkey is just plain silly. A bouncy rhyming text captures the …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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The Way to the Zoo The Way to the Zoo
John Burningham
April 2014 Book of the Month Award-winning John Burningham tells a touching story of a little girl and the special friends she makes in the night time. When Sylvie finds a door in her bedroom she discovers a secret passage …
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The Dark The Dark
Lemony Snicket
Shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2014 – One of our Books of the Year 2013
Possibly destined to be THE TOP PICTURE BOOK of 2013. Bestselling Lemony Snicket gives an original, delightful and empowering take on the familiar theme of …
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Big, Bad Owl Big, Bad Owl
Steve Smallman
Big, Bad Owl is a fabulously funny, tongue-in-cheek picture book from bestselling author and master of comedy, Steve Smallman. Children will love the quirky illustrations of the various animals and birds who try to get owl out of a grump …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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The Ice Bear The Ice Bear
Jackie Morris
Stunning illustrations capture the warm emotions of this magical story and juxtaposes them perfectly with the winter landscape of the white bears and the hunters who live in it. When Raven steals a white bear cub and delivers him to …
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Bug Detective Amazing facts, myths and quirks of nature Bug Detective Amazing facts, myths and quirks of nature
Maggie Li
April 2014 Book of the Month Search high and low to discover interesting facts, track down odd information and dispel myths about the insect world. This interactive illustrated approach to nature guides suitable for 5 years upwards is packed full of …
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Eddie's Kitchen And How to Make Good Things to Eat Eddie’s Kitchen And How to Make Good Things to Eat
Sarah Garland
A birthday party needs to be got ready in a hurry! Mum has forgotten that it is Grandad’s birthday but luckily Eddie is on hand to help. Eddie loves cooking and he knows exactly what Grandad likes best. Mum has …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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The Boy Who Climbed into the Moon The Boy Who Climbed into the Moon
David Almond
With his typical brilliance, award-winning David Almond weaves magic and reality together in this touching and inventive story about how Paul, a lonely boy living in a basement flat in a huge tower block, plans his great adventure. Paul believes …
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Life Stinks! Life Stinks!
Peter Bently
Packed with comical characters, battles, puns and poo, this hilarious new series from Peter Bently, a Roald Dahl Funny Prize winner, will be irresistible to boys and girls aged six to eight years. Knightmare, follows the misadventures of a trainee …
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Landing On My Feet The Adventures of Poohka the Cat Landing On My Feet The Adventures of Poohka the Cat
Adelaide Godwin
Written by debut author Adelaide Godwin, it’s an odyssey of a feline kind, packed full of feline bravery, endurance and epic adventure that will delight early readers everywhere but equally a tremendous story for parents to share with their kids. …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Brave Brave
Wendy Constance
April 2014 Debut of the Month – Winner of The Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition 2013 Set some 17000 years ago where tribes fought tribes and rubbed shoulders with sabre-tooth cats and mammoths, there was danger at every turn, yet …
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Circus of Thieves and the Raffle of Doom Circus of Thieves and the Raffle of Doom
William Sutcliffe
A funny and fast-paced adventure with a brilliant cast of eccentric characters and a great setting in a circus. Adventurous Hannah lives in a very, very dull village with parents who think safety comes before excitement. When she meets Billy …
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Scarlet Ibis Scarlet Ibis
Gill Lewis
Award-winning children’s author and nature writer Gill Lewis is back with her eagerly anticipated fourth novel, Scarlet Ibis. Beautifully written, it is the moving story of a young girl – Scarlet – struggling to hold her family together against the …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Rooftoppers Rooftoppers
Katherine Rundell
Overall Winner and Winner of Fiction for 5-12’s category 2014 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize
Winner of the Blue Peter Book of the Year 2014 – Best Story
Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2014
Abandoned as a baby, Sophie’s determination to find …
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Line of Fire Diary of an Unknown Soldier August - September 1914 Line

of Fire Diary of an Unknown Soldier August – September 1914
Barroux
Line of Fire is one of the most extraordinary – and beautiful – books about the First World War. This diary of an unknown French soldier tells of his experiences in the very early days of the fighting at the …
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Brilliant Brilliant
Roddy Doyle
A profound story about the effect of despair on society is touched with magic and humour by best-selling Roddy Doyle. When a black dog comes out of the clouds and settles itself in Dublin everyone’s family is affected in one …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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We Were Liars We Were Liars
E. Lockhart
This is a truly special book that any teen, YA or adult reader will devour in a sitting. It will hook you in and the ending will surprise. We have all read good books but even with those there are …
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Cuckoo Song Cuckoo Song
Frances Hardinge
Frances Hardinge creates a brilliant sense of menace in this chillingly dark fairy story . Something sinister, beyond just getting wet, happens to Triss when she falls into the Grimmer. Something that causes her to change in all kinds of ways …
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The Year of the Rat The Year of the Rat
Clare Furniss
Heartbreak is made bearable by humour in this gripping and touching story of sixteen year old Pearl, struggling to keep going after the death of her mother. Pearl’s mum dies after giving birth to The Rat as Pearl designates her …
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Most popular children’s books, by age range, 25 Sep – 2 Oct 2011

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Utterly Lovely One Utterly Lovely One
Mary Murphy
This celebration of a baby’s loveliness overflows with warmth, playful humour, energy and love. It is a perfect read-aloud book that simply oozes affection and
positivity and celebrates every person, every animal, for who they are.
The message of love …
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Elmer and Super El Elmer and Super El
David Mckee
Elmer, the best-selling and most beloved elephant, is back for a new adventure. When Super El turns up with his super-costume all torn, Elmer knows just the person to fix it. But getting Super El to Aunt Zelda without the …
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That's Not My Elephant That’s Not My Elephant
Fiona Watt
Little fingers will love touching this book and laughing at all the things that show it is not an elephant! Ears that are too rough, a tail that is too tufty, toenails that are too bumpy. But what about the …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Again! Again!
Emily Gravett
Prize-winning Emily Gravett has hit the jackpot again with a brilliant and original picture book that will delight adults as much as children. Everyone knows that the best bedtime stories can be read again and again and again… But sometimes, …
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King Jack and the Dragon King Jack and the Dragon
Peter Bently
Award winning illustrator Helen Oxenbury’s illustrations brilliantly capture the rich childhood imagination of this exciting and brave adventure starring knights and dragons and all kinds of scary monsters. Brave King Jack and his friends Zak and the baby Caspar build …
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The Highway Rat The Highway Rat
Julia Donaldson
Best-selling author/ illustrator combination Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have teamed up for another great adventure. Many of the creatures that appear in The Gruffalo feature in this rollicking adventure of a greedy Highway Rat and how he is outwitted …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Nora The Girl Who Ate and Ate and Ate Nora The Girl Who Ate and Ate and Ate
Andrew Weale
Nora’s love of eating knows no bounds. Once she’s eaten all the food, she starts on her toys, her bed, her shoes and her socks….Will she ever stop? Suddenly, she’s had enough. A giant burp propels Nora up into space. …
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The Princess and the Pea (Early Reader) The

Princess and the Pea (Early Reader)
Sally Gardner
A classic story stylishly updated and perfect for first time readers. Sally Gardner retells this favourite tale of how a real princess can only be found by testing how delicate and sensitive she really is. Lively illustrations create a suitably …
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Meet the Gang  (Early Reader) Meet the Gang (Early Reader)
Francesca Simon
Honey, the delightful puppy, has to make her mark on the animal gang in Buffin Street. At first they are suspicious but loveable Honey soon wins their trust in this exciting adventure led by a cast of dogs, cats,

rabbits …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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The Field Guide - Spiderwick Chronicles The Field Guide – Spiderwick Chronicles
Holly Black, Tony DiTerlizzi
Book one of The Spiderwick Chronicles in which Mallory, Simon and Jared get acquainted with their new home but find many unexpected things. It all started when Jared Grace found their great uncle’s book filled with pictures of fantastic creatures – …
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Penny Dreadful is a Complete Catastrophe Penny Dreadful is a Complete Catastrophe
Joanna Nadin
Side-splittingly funny stories for young girls who are reading confidently. Penny Dreadful (not her real name) creates havoc wherever she goes and whatever she does! She has some really brilliant ideas, the only trouble is, they often seem to go …
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James and the Giant Peach James and the Giant Peach
Roald Dahl
Best-selling Roald Dahl has delighted children for half a century and this 50th anniversary edition celebrates that amazing feat. His titles show no sign of aging and thankfully they never will as all of them are timeless classics.
From the moment …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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My Name is Mina My Name is Mina
David Almond
One of the 8 titles longlisted for the Guardian Children’s Book Prize 2011.
Shortlisted for the prestigious Sheffield Children’s Book Award 2011.
Mina was Michael’s thoughtful, resourceful and spiky neighbour in David Almond’s prizewinning Skellig. This is the story of her …
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Muddle Earth Too Muddle Earth Too
Paul Stewart
Invention after invention propels this witty new Muddle Earth story by best-selling duo Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell. Joe turns up in Muddle Earth entirely by accident when he falls through a portal while trying to build a flat-pack wardrobe. …
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Sticky Ends Sticky Ends
Jeanne Willis
Twenty six fabulously funny modern cautionary tales are wittily illustrated by Tony Ross in this vivid and entertaining collection. The sticky ends of the title bring delightful surprises to verses about the truly disgusting nature of school dinners, the fate …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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A Greyhound of a Girl A Greyhound of a Girl
Roddy Doyle
MEGA BOOK OF THE MONTH.
Best-selling Roddy Doyle has written a wonderful, funny and warm-hearted family story about the dying of a granny which weaves together the lives of four generations and a little bit of ghostly mystery too. Mary’s relationship …
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Justin Thyme Justin Thyme
Panama Oxridge
This debut novel is a terrific blend of action, adventure, espionage and time travel set in the wilds of Scotland and featuring a 13 year old boy who believes that an anonymous gift he’s been given will enable him to …
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The Fear (The Enemy Series 3) The Fear (The Enemy Series 3)
Charlie Higson
Best-selling author Charlie Higson has created a chilling world in his thrilling Zombie series. Not only have all the adults – older siblings and parents – lost their minds and become hopeless has-beens but there is the horrific danger of …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean
David Almond
Award-winning David Almond breaks new boundaries in his storytelling of this remarkable tale. Billy Dean is an innocent child surrounded by decay and threatened with an undefined violence. In his unique voice, he tells his own story of survival, and …
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Lies Lies
Michael Grant
A compelling sequel to the best-selling Gone and Hunger, Lies is a dark, thrilling and thought-provoking adventure. It is set in a dystopian future where food is scarce and life is fragile; all those over fifteen have been annihilated leaving …
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Velvet Velvet
Mary Hooper
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Most popular Children’s Books, by age range, 21 – 28 Feb 2010

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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I Like Fruit I Like Fruit
Lorena Siminovich
This is one of the most beautiful and touchy feely books I’ve seen for babies and toddlers for a while. Each spread depicts a colour and a fruit; for example, a strawberry and alongside it, the words and pictures of …
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I Like Bugs I Like Bugs
Lorena Siminovich
A delightful touchy-feely counting book that depicts numbers and bugs through collage. Whilst looking at some wonderfully vibrant insects as your toddler progresses through the book he/she can also begin to learn to count the number of insects on each …
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Nursery Rhyme Rainbow (board book) Nursery Rhyme Rainbow (board book)
Alison Jay
Beautiful illustrations with a delightful nostalgic feel bring to life the stories of a host of favourite nursery rhymes selected for their reference to different colours. Little Boy Blue dozes contentedly under a hay stack, the Owl and the Pussy …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Don't Want to Go! Don’t Want to Go!
Shirley Hughes
In her warm and readily recognisable illustrations, award winning illustrator Shirley Hughes always captures the small but important details of how young children feel.
When Mum is ill one day, Dad says Lily has to go to Melanie’s house, but Lily …
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Sylvia and Bird Sylvia and Bird
Catherine Rayner
Shortlisted for the Pre-school Award, Early Year Awards 2009
Sylvia is the only dragon in the whole world, and she is very
lonely… until one day, she meets Bird. Tiny and chirpy, so different
from the huge dragon, Bird somehow changes Sylvia’s life …
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Blue Chameleon Blue Chameleon
Emily Gravett
Prize winning illustrator Emily Gravett triumphs again in her witty story of how a lonely chameleon does what he does best in a desperate attempt to make a new friend. Changing colour comes naturally to the blue chameleon so he …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Bob and Barry's Lunar Adventures 2: A Right Royal Disaster Bob and Barry’s Lunar Adventures 2: A Right Royal Disaster
Simon Bartram
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The Pain and the Great One: Going Going Gone The Pain and the Great One: Going Going Gone
Judy Blume
The Pain (aka Jake Porter) is six years old. His sister, The Great
One (aka Abigail Porter), is eight. Like any siblings, they drive each
other mad but they have fun adventures. In funny, warm and characterful
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Spells Spells
Emily Gravett
Shortlisted for the 2010 Blue Peter ‘Most Fun with Pictures’ Award. The winner will be announced to coincide with World Book Day in March.
A stunning new picture book from Emily Gravett, full of witchcraft, wizardry and magic. We meet a …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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The Great Hamster Massacre The Great Hamster Massacre
Katie Davies
Winner of the Waterstone’s Book Award 2010
An entertaining behind-the-scenes look at family life in all its intricacies as it revolves around pet ownership and the drama that surrounds it. Nine year old Anna tells how she and her younger brother …
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The Minivers on the Run The Minivers on the Run
Natalie Jane Prior
This terrific new series for newly confident readers is action-packed and based around two irresistibly appealing characters – the glamorous Miniver sisters. They’re rich, they’re famous and they’re only two foot tall. Adopted at birth by the King of Artemesia, …
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The Badness of Ballydog The Badness of Ballydog
Garrett Carr
Can a town be full of badness? When Ewan is moved there against his will he can feel the force of something coming. Something unknown but something to be feared. May knows it too, and Andrew. Will anyone believe the …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Little Darlings Little Darlings
Jacqueline Wilson
Bestselling Jacqueline Wilson tells a fairy tale story of the unlikely intertwining of two very different families against a strong and realistic background. Destiny is growing up poor with her mum who does three jobs and struggles to pay the …
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The Boy Who Fell Down Exit 43 The Boy Who Fell Down Exit 43
Harriet Goodwin
Shortlisted for the 2010 Blue Peter ‘Book I Couldn’t Put Down’ Award. The winner will be announced to coincide with World Book Day in March.
Adventurous, charming and poignant by turns, The Boy Who Fell Down Exit 43 is a quirky …
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London Deep London Deep
Robin Price, Paul McGrory
This is a terrifically atmospheric page-turning adventure told through words and comic art. Set in the near future, in a flooded London where rival police forces – one for adults and one for kids – compete to keep the peace, …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Time Riders Time Riders
Alex Scarrow
This is a thrilling action adventure which hurtles across time and place at breakneck speed. Three children are on the bring of death: Liam is about to drown as the Titanic sinks in 1912, Maddy is on an aeroplane fitted …
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Day of the Assassins Day of the Assassins
Johnny O’Brien
A thrilling war-time adventure that is a perfect mix of historical
fact and fictional adventure, in which two boys are swept back in time
and thrown into the real event of the assassination of Archduke Franz
Ferdinand in Sarajevo in 1914, the catalyst …
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The Returners The Returners
Gemma Malley
The Returners is a gripping and thought-provoking thriller from the author of the equally provocative futuristic novels, The Declaration and The Resistance. What happens when your past catches up with you and you don’t like what you see? This powerful …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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No and Me No and Me
Delphine de Vigan
Deeply moving, this is the touching story of two teenagers from very different backgrounds whose friendship raises huge questions about what concepts of home and family really mean. Lou is bright and successful at school but her home is unhappy …
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Beautiful Creatures Beautiful Creatures
Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
A teen romance with a twist of danger and the supernatural told with a sure touch that makes it a headlong read from start to finish. Typical teenager Ethan is bored by his life growing

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Savannah Grey: A Horror Story Savannah Grey: A Horror Story
Cliff Mcnish
If you’re looking for a real page-turner that will have you gasping for breath then this is it. It’s a horror story and a love story intertwined and 15 year old Savannah Grey is possibly the only person who can …
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Why does Lovereading4kids have a Great Books for Boys category?

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

You may have seen all the furor in the press recently over toys and books reinforcing gender stereo types – and maybe you are thinking why does Lovereading4kids have a Great Books for Boys section? – And indeed we were challenged by a member to justify it. You can read our full response below but the overriding reason was because it was clear from the emails we received in the office that it was needed by parents of boys who were struggling to get them engaged with parents. For us pragmatism overrides political correctness anytime.

Here is the email that challenged why we had a Great Books for Boys category.

To: customer_service@lovereading.co.uk

Subject: Website Form: Gender specific searches

Message posted by: Wendy

Hi,

Your website is a great resource. The ability to search by age and other categories is invaluable. However, I have to shake my head in despair that you allow books to be labelled as for boys or girls. It’s time this outdated stereotyping was phased out. If websites like yours did not reinforce them, or even made a public point of avoiding them, this would be beneficial for you, your readers and educational for those selecting the books. Publishers need help to wake up and acknowledge that labelling books in this way is something that belongs in the past.

http://www.lettoysbetoys.org.uk/letbooksbebooks/

Here is our response.

Dear Wendy

We are delighted you find Lovereading4kids a useful resource. We are sorry though you take issue with our Books for Boys category. We did think long and hard about the pros and cons of creating a Books for the Boys category but from the early days of Lovereading4kids, a site providing parents with guidance on what their kids might like to read, we had sufficiently regular customer service queries from parents requesting advice and guidance on good books for boys to read. Some of whom had quite reluctant readers and wanted reassurance that a title they chose was likely to get a positive response. So we took the decision to set up the ‘books for boys’ category. Since then we’ve have had feedback saying how helpful the category is.

However, we absolutely concur that books aimed specifically at either boys or girls because ‘for the girls’ or ‘for the boys’ is mentioned in the title, or colour of the cover for example is not something that should be happening. But to create a special category as we have done and curate it with a range of books that gives parents confidence and guidance has shown to be incredibly useful.

In addition, all the titles that feature in the Books for the Boys category also feature in categories by relevant age ranges and in fascinating Facts if they are non-fiction titles. They might also feature in other categories too if appropriate where no gender preference is made.

Finally, we are very clear within the category that girls might equally enjoy the books in the Books for Boys category. As we say on the category home page:

“We’ve created a special category of books, broken down by age range, which our experts think will be enjoyed enormously by boys. It might be purely because there’s plenty of exciting action and fast-moving plots in the story and that the book will grab the reader’s attention before they’ve even finished the first page or perhaps the characters in the story are mostly boys. Please don’t think however, that we’re excluding girls from having an interest in these books. We know there are plenty of girls who also enjoy books that are more aimed at boys”.

Please don’t hesitate to get back in touch if you have any further queries.

Children’s Summer Reading for July

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Our Summer Reading selection has been hand-picked by Julia Eccleshare, our ‘expert voice’ behind all the brilliant book choices here at Lovereading4kids and, she is also the Children’s Books Editor of The Guardian.

Read on to find out more and to discover who has just won the prestigious Branford Boase Award for a debut novel. It’s a novel we’ve been raving about even before it was published last year.

The best children’s Summer Reading

Julia Eccleshare said, ‘this year has been such fun putting together a list of titles to get children, from toddler to teenager, inspired to read over the Summer Holidays’. We’re sure children of all ages will have a great deal of fun reading every one of them. Some are from well-known and well-loved children’s authors, others are from exciting new authors. They are all without exception fantastic reads.

Our Summer Reading section is conveniently broken down by age or just scroll down to the bottom of this email to see our personal favourites from the summer reading selection based on the age ranges you have told us you want to know more about.

If you want even more of a choice you could try our special sections for, reluctant readers, books that are dyslexia friendly, our Fantastic Fiction category or check out those titles we regard as ‘Must Reads’. As a parent you may even feel summer is the time to get your child hooked on a character that you yourself enjoyed as a child? – so, have a look at our Classics section or the wonderful timeless adventures of Tintin and his canine friend Snowy – re-launched in June 2009.

Branford Boase Winner just announced

Prize-winners are always a safe bet too, not least the winner of the Branford Boase debut award that has just been announced – The Traitor Game by B R Collins – is an ambitious teenage novel about the problematic relationship between two school boys, interwoven with an elaborate fantasy world they have created.

Children’s writing competition

Does your child enjoy writing or are you looking for a way to get your kids writing as well as reading during the holidays, then look no further than a terrific writing competition – the Usborne Young Writers’ Award – you’ll find details of it in our ‘Fantastic Fiction’ page.

The Rainbow Orchid:

The Adventures of Julius Chancer

An ambitious graphic-novel combining classic storytelling with cinematic artwork à la Tintin. A brilliant roller coaster adventure for boys and girls of all ages.

Ghost Hunter

Michelle Paver

The 6th and final book of the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series – for edge of the seat action, adventure and mystery there is no equal.

Darke Academy 1:

Secret Lives

The first book of a brand new series. Cassie Bell begins her time at an elite paranormal academy with more than it’s share of sinister secrets. Fans of the Twilight series shouldn’t miss it.


So, before you pack your suitcases or stuff the family car, remember that books can be taken anywhere in the world, they don’t need batteries, and they don’t mind the odd dropped blob of ice cream… perfect. Happy Reading

April email newsletter update

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Happy April from Lovereading4kids! Did you know that it was whilst rowing on the Thames at Oxford in April 1862, Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) began to tell the three Liddell sisters the story that would become Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland? Well the fantastic adventures continue on Lovereading4kids where we have a library full of amazing books to get lost in. Read on to find out what is new this month…

Blooming Brilliant Books of the Month

April’s bookshelf is a deluge of hand-picked sensational, scintillating stories (so no change there then) … and don’t miss the books that have been reviewed, and loved, by us and by our Kids Reader Review Panel.

For parents with younger children we highly recommend First Words and Pictures With Chimp and Zee by Catherine & Laurence Anholt, a colourful and energetic book to help encourage children to explore the world of language. And from a most talented children’s book artist, John Burningham, The Way to the Zoo, a delightful mixture of animals and mischief that will ignite the imagination of children.

And, if your 11+ readers are brave enough then the terrifying 5th instalment in Charlie Higson’s Zombie series is out. It’s called The Fallen. We have all 5, of course, on Lovereading4kids so new readers won’t miss out.

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April Free Prize Draws

If you like free book goodies then look no further than our Free Prize draw category on Lovereading4kids. This month we have Goody Bags full of beautiful picture books, courtesy of Walker Books in celebration of their Picture Book Party and the lovely people at Andersen Press have given us loads of Elmer books and other goodies in a lovely tote bag to give away now he is 25 years young! We also have a full set of the Worst Witch Books (some of them even signed!) by Jill Murphy. Find out more by visiting the Free Prize Draw category.

No April Fools! – Debuts of the Month

A real feast of first-timers for older readers this month and look out for the Glasses Icon symbolising we have some brilliant kids reader reviews in addition to our expert review on the title.

Special mention needs to go

to Winner of The Times/Chicken House Prize, perfect for fans of Michelle Paver’s Wolf Brother, Brave (9+) from Wendy Constance. And for all fans of The Wimpy Kid series who are now 12+ don’t miss the irreverent, brilliantly funny and cringe-worthy Private Blog of Joe Cowley by comedian Ben Davis.

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More Books of Note for April

It goes without saying that all the books we’ve selected this month are very special but there are a few that are the talk of the Lovereading office, and we just have to share them with you twice over.

Parents and children shouldn’t miss A Railway ABC and A Story about Ducks both written and illustrated by Jack Townend. First published during World War Two and long out of print but have been brought back to life by V&A Publishing, an offshoot of the Victoria and Albert Museum. Gently humorous and whimsical text coupled with lithograph illustrations, these books will captivate the reader.

5+ Readers can get hooked on the first in a brilliant, all-action adventure pirate mystery The Jolley-Rogers and the Ghostly Galleon from the newly chosen Harry Potter illustrator, Jonny Duddle..

Or Zeraffa Giraffa from Dianne Hofmeyr. An amazing true story of the first giraffe to leave Africa and sent as a gift by the Ottoman Viceroy of Egypt to King Charles X of France in 1826.

7+ readers who love animals (and cats in particular) will revel in Landing On My Feet: The Adventures of Poohka the Cat from debut author Adelaide Godwin. Rather like The Incredible Journey It’s an odyssey of a feline kind, packed full of adventures that will really excite children.

Finally, 9+ readers should click over to Ironheart from Allan Boroughs. A fast-paced science fiction fantasy, set in a dystopian future – after a devastating flood. It is full of twists and turns and of the ‘in’ thing, steampunk.

The Bard’s 450th Anniversary

Still fresh, relevant and as popular as ever, 2014 sees a number of celebrations for the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth (23 April).

To give our support we have created a special category and we think the perfect book to help 7+ readers get closer to the Bard is Shakespeare: A Three Dimensional Expanding Pocket Guide.. Visit the category to find out more.

 

Get creative this Easter holidays

Our Arts and Artists category is full of books to help you appreciate art but more excitingly how to create it. But even more exciting is that it has had a 2014 revamp and now has lots of new titles especially ones in the How to Draw series where you can learn to draw everything from famous London landmarks to Steampunk characters! Click to get creative today.

And don’t forget our selection of things to do over the Easter holidays outdoors in our Out and About newly refreshed category.

Are you ready for the 3rd term?

‘a brilliant story of friendship and school life’ ‘I absolutely loved this book…I couldn’t put it down!’

Loved by our Kids Reader Reviewers 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, is out now. Click to find out what all the fuss is about.


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