Archive for May, 2014

Lovereading4kids Top 3 books by age range 19 – 26 May 2014

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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The Very Noisy House The Very Noisy House
Julie Rhodes
One of our Books of the Year 2013 – now out in paperback A dog barking, a cat meowing, a baby screaming – all of these are set off in a chain reaction when the little old lady who lives …
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It Wasn't Me It Wasn’t Me
Oliver Jeffers
Mostly the Hueys get along just fine. But occasionally, they do NOT!  When a big fight breaks out everyone says they are not to blame. Strangely, none of them can even remember what they are fighting about! In his simple …
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Bing: Something for Daddy Bing: Something for Daddy
Ted Dewan
With short, repetitive texts, bold, bright artwork and appealing characters, Bing offers both parent and child an enjoyable reading experience and a simple, reassuring guiding principle – that, whatever happens, it’s just a Bing thing, a normal occurrence, and nothing …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Sugarlump and the Unicorn Sugarlump and the Unicorn
Julia Donaldson
May 2014 Book of the Month  Julia Donaldson, former Children’s Laureate and author of The Gruffalo tells a magical tale of a horse whose wishes come true – thanks to the magic of a unicorn. Sugarlump is a rocking horse; …
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Up For The Cup Up For The Cup
Simon Bartram
A brilliant story of the unbreakable football bond between father and son, interspersed with essential football facts – strips, goal-celebrations and more – plus famous footballers to spot. …
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A is for Awesome A is for Awesome
Dallas Clayton
A Is for Awesome is an alphabet book with an edge.  Bursting with colour, energy and life, each spread offers a rhythmic phrase and an abundance of artwork illustrating the featured letter. The message of dreaming big and living life …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Queen Sardine Queen Sardine
Kate Willis-Crowly
May 2014 Debut of the Month   A brilliantly quirky and humourous story with illustrations throughout.  What’s more surprising than finding a cat in your bath…? Finding a talking cat in your bath, particularly when your mum won’t let …
Download free opening extract
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The Moonshine Dragon The Moonshine Dragon
Cornelia Funke
Interest Age 5-8 Reading Age 5+ When a tiny dragon escapes from the pages of the story he has been reading, Patrick can hardly believe his eyes. But when a White Knight on a charger follows, Patrick soon finds himself …
Download free opening extract
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Ug-A-Lug Four Cavemen and a Prehistoric Pencil Ug-A-Lug Four Cavemen and a Prehistoric Pencil
Jill Lewis
May 2014 Book of the Month Award-winning Simon Rickerty illustrates this deliciously dotty story. Four cavemen find a pencil and have absolutely no idea what they should do with it. After some discussion and several false starts, the cavemen come …
Download free opening extract

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 …
Download free opening extract
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Aliens Stink! Aliens Stink!
Stephen Cole
How would you feel if you suddenly came face to face with an alien? Tim is used to being bullied at school for all kinds of reasons but can he stand up to aliens? When Tim is kidnapped and taken …
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Meeting Cezanne Meeting Cezanne
Michael Morpurgo M.B.E.
This is a gentle, evocative story of a young Parisian boy’s summer in 1960s rural Provence. This book is beautifully illustrated inside and out by one of France’s finest illustrators. …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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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 …
Download free opening extract
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Brilliant Brilliant
Roddy Doyle
May 2014 Book of the Month  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 …
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Nathalia Buttface and the Most Embarrassing Dad in the World Nathalia Buttface and the Most Embarrassing Dad in the World
Nigel Smith
May 2014 Debut of the Month  Nathalia Buttface and the Most Embarrassing Dad in the World is a genuinely laugh-out-loud story for 9+ readers, with tons of heart, and with a theme that every child can relate. After all we …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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The Glass Bird Girl The Glass Bird Girl
Esme Kerr
May 2014 Debut of the Month  An engrossing school adventure story packed full of mystery and rich in atmosphere. Orphaned Edie is rescued from a miserable stay with cousins because she can be useful in discovering exactly what is happening …
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Smart Smart
Kim Slater
A truly astonishing debut novel affecting, uplifting and beautifully written, Kim Slate has created an unforgettable hero in Kieran Woods, whose internal deliberation and astute observations will make any reader desperate to see him succeed in his mission for justice. …
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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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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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The Everest Files The Everest Files
Matt Dickinson
May 2014 Book of the Month  A thrilling journey to the dark side of Everest, it follows 18-year-old Ryan Hart, on a gap year adventure working for a charity in Nepal. Dark forces are at play on the lethal slopes …
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Seven Second Delay Seven Second Delay
Tom Easton
May 2014 Book of the Month  A story that crackles with tension as Mila tries to outwit her captors whose technology has her in their grip. Living on Isles, a vividly imagined futuristic world, Mila had hoped to find a …
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The Fault in Our Stars The Fault in Our Stars
John Green
The movie of The Fault in Our Stars is due for release on 20 June 2014 – read the book before you see the film!  Deservedly No 1 on the New York Times best seller list, this heart-catching novel is …
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Two exciting school events your child shouldn’t miss

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

Read on for news of two exciting interactive author events planned for the Summer Term involving a Guiness TM World Record attempt with Michael Rosen and a take-over of an English lesson by Anthony Horowitz, author of the phenomenal Alex Rider series.

Anthony Horowitz is taking over YOUR English lesson!

He’s the author of the No.1 bestselling Alex Rider books and the Power of Five series. He’s responsible for getting a generation of kids reading, has constantly championed the importance of reading for pleasure and was granted an OBE for services to literature in 2014!

Now, Anthony Horowitz is staging a takeover of an English lesson. Join him on 16 June from 14:00 – 15:00 for an interactive webcast hosted by top TV presenter Barney Harwood!

This is your chance to put your questions to Anthony and hear him read from Russian Roulette, the deadly prequel to the Alex Rider series, out in paperback 5 June. This event is suitable for children aged 10+ and will also be available on demand afterwards.

Click here to sign up, ask a question and get your Russian Roulette cross-curricular resource. anthony horowitz live

Do you wantto goon aBear Hunt?

Join the World’s Largest reading lesson GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS TM attempt.

Bear-Hunt-homeWalker Books and The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) are celebrating 25 years of We’re Going On A Bear Hunt, by attempting to break a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDSTM Title for the Largest reading lesson, to raise money for Read for RNIB Day. At 10am on TUESDAY 15TH JULY 2014 Walker Books will host a giant reading lesson starring Michael Rosen, the author of the beloved picture book.

Over 1,000 children will come together at Charter Hall, Colchester, to take part in this unique fun- packed Bear Hunt reading lesson created especially for the occasion. To make this a national celebration, the event will be live-streamed on jointhebearhunt.com/RNIBfor all children to watch and take part.

Four special remote venues will host in-house screening events with their local schools, these are: Seven Stories in Newcastle, Discover Story Centre in Stratford, East London, The Story Museum in Oxford and Birmingham’s New Central Library – so the Largest reading lesson will be enjoyed by brave bear hunters nationwide. On the day each child involved will be asked to donate £1 to Read for RNIB Day to help open up a world of reading and make more books accessible to blind and partially sighted children.

To sign up to take part in the event and for exclusive school activity packs, visit jointhebearhunt.com/RNIB

Mid May email update

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

With the half term fast approaching read on for our carefully selected recommendations for greats reads for children of every age, a shelf bursting with books being published in June that you can start reading NOW via some exclusive extracts, a few suggestions for Father’s Day (15 June BTW) and don’t miss the chance to win a £50 book voucher at the bottom of the email …

June Pre-Publication exclusives

Such a range and variety of pre-publication exclusives this month. All are excellent but 3 real favourites in the office are…

3rd in Goblin Quest Series (9+) Philip Reeve’s award-winning Goblins are back for a third brilliantly funny adventure and this time they venture forth from Clovenstone Castle. Chicken Mission (7+) is the first in a new series by award-winning Jennifer Gray, author of Atticus Claw. Meet some chickens with a taste for adventure and some very unusual skills! And The Most Powerful Boy in the Universe (7+) Kids TV presenter turned author, Matt Brown, tells the clever, imaginative and pretty gross time travelling tale of 10 yr old Compton Valance.

 

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Father’s Day 15 June

Good Ol’ Dad. He doesn’t ask for much. He just quietly goes around being great. Telling brilliant jokes and dancing really well in public.

Why not show how much you appreciate all he does with one of our specially picked, perfect gift titles for Father’s Day?

See more on the website, but our Kids Reader Reviewer Panel loved Nathalia Buttface and the Most Embarrassing Dad in the World (9+) by Nigel Smith – cringeworthy and hilarious, you’ll laugh so loud people will ‘look at you funny’ on the bus.

Also, a book that we think Dad’s will love is Wild Wood by Jan Needle, a riotous parody where he can take a romp through his childhood memories and observe the villains of Wild Wood and Mr Toad, Ratty and Mole from ‘The Wind in the Willows’ with new eyes. You will find it on Lovereading.co.uk.

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Brazilliant! – World Cup 2014

It’s going to be one heck of a carnival and we will almost certainly not be the last ones standing, but the World Cup is a great excuse to inspire the footie-mad in your family to read more with our fanatically hand-picked collection of fact and fiction footie titles dedicated to the ‘Beautiful Game’. Perfect to keep them reading while they wait for the kick-off whistle.

Try this on for size … If they like they’ll love

Has your child or teenager read everything by their favourite author and they are not sure what to read next? Our recently launched If they Like they’ll Love section is proving a huge hit and can point you in the right direction! This month, lovers of Wimpy Kid and Alien stories will love Stephen Cole’s hugely engrossing Aliens Stink!– a wonderfully surprising and enjoyable, Earth-saving adventure.

From Page to Silver Screen – Books that Make Movies

The Fault in Our Stars (14+) by John Green is the latest brilliant young adult book to make the grade and be adapted for cinema – no surprise there as it is one of the most compelling books you’ll read.

No.1 on The Sunday Times Bestseller List and a heart catching, bitter-sweet story of love and adversity, the film is out in June so there’s time to read the book first if you’ve not already done so. If you do make it to the movies, you may want to take a hanky or someone with a broad shoulder to cry on!

Have you met The Hueys?

We just have to mention the amazing series for 2-4 year olds from international bestselling, award-winning author/illustrator, Oliver Jeffers, creator of How to Catch a Star and Lost and Found. The Hueys are fabulously quirky and loveable (AND make-able) characters that will teach your little ones about, well just about everything really!



 

 

 

None The Number
The Hueys love numbers. 0 ..1..2..3.. wait! 0? Is ‘none’ a number? A witty and entertainingly educational debate ensues!
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The New Jumper

Hilarious story about individuality. All Hueys are the same … until one of them knits himself a new jumper! How will the others react?
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It Wasn’t Me!
A fabulously fun story about how pointless most arguments are. The Hueys are fighting, but nobody even knows why!
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And parents of 3+ readers shouldn’t miss introducing their children to the delightful picture book version of T.S. Elliott’s Poem Macavity – it’s 75 years (or 525 cat years!) since it’s first publication.

Final bite of Fukuda’s Vampire trilogy

Andrew Fukuda’s highly acclaimed dystopian series draws to its thrilling close with the final chapter in the trilogy.

The Trap is the heart-stopping finale to a vivid, inventive and addictive series that began with The Hunt and was followed by The Prey. If you haven’t already dipped your teeth in, get all three now!

Sword, Juno, Gold D-Day 70th Anniversary

D-Day on June 6 1944 was the decisive moment in the ending of WW2. Find out more in D-Day by Henry Brook, comprehensive and fascinating it uses real-life experiences from those involved in the planning and execution of D-Day.

This is one of three books included in a special box set called True Stories of the Second World War published in association with the Imperial War Museum.

Giddy Up! – new books for Pony Mad readers

Looking for books to satisfy a pony mad child? Look no further than Lovereading4kids for an awesome selection of classics and contemporary tales from Black Beauty and The Silver Brumby to modern stories such as Tilly’s Pony Tails. And this month we have some new arrivals in the stable. Star Horse by Jane Smiley is a touching story about coping with change. In The Princess and the Foal by Stacy Gregg a foal is the key to dreams and happiness. Finally Dear Fred from K.M. Peyton is based on a real jockey called Fred Archer.

Adventure on the world’s highest peak

61 years on from Hillary and Tenzing conquering Everest the mountain still draws climbers and has recently created news of its own with the tragic death of some Sherpas and the threat of strikes. And this drama is very apparent in our Book of the Month The Everest Files (11+), the first title in Matt Dickinson’s new series for teens and young adults. It features 18 year old Ryan who is on his gap year and gets drawn in to a deadly plot.

And that is May at Lovereading4kids. We’ll be back next month with a whole bunch of great ideas for more summer reading.

P.S. If your children love Alex Rider then visit alexrider.com/horowitzlive and find out how Anthony Horowitz could take over your child’s English lesson in June!

Lovereading4kids. Top 3 books by age range, 4 – 11 May 2014

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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The Very Noisy House The Very Noisy House
Julie Rhodes
One of our Books of the Year 2013 – now out in paperback A dog barking, a cat meowing, a baby screaming – all of these are set off in a chain reaction when the little old lady who lives …
Download free opening extract
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Bing: Something for Daddy Bing: Something for Daddy
Ted Dewan
With short, repetitive texts, bold, bright artwork and appealing characters, Bing offers both parent and child an enjoyable reading experience and a simple, reassuring guiding principle – that, whatever happens, it’s just a Bing thing, a normal occurrence, and nothing …
Download free opening extract
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It Wasn't Me It Wasn’t Me
Oliver Jeffers
Mostly the Hueys get along just fine. But occasionally, they do NOT!  When a big fight breaks out everyone says they are not to blame. Strangely, none of them can even remember what they are fighting about! In his simple …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Sugarlump and the Unicorn Sugarlump and the Unicorn
Julia Donaldson
May 2014 Book of the Month  Julia Donaldson, former Children’s Laureate and author of The Gruffalo tells a magical tale of a horse whose wishes come true – thanks to the magic of a unicorn. Sugarlump is a rocking horse; …
Download free opening extract
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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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Have You Seen My Dragon? Have You Seen My Dragon?
Steve Light
Enter a fascinating, ornately drawn cityscape and help a boy find his dragon while counting objects from hot dogs to traffic lights. A little boy has lost his pet dragon amongst a huge city, and is travelling all over town …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Queen Sardine Queen Sardine
Kate Willis-Crowly
May 2014 Debut of the Month   A brilliantly quirky and humourous story with illustrations throughout.  What’s more surprising than finding a cat in your bath…? Finding a talking cat in your bath, particularly when your mum won’t let …
Download free opening extract
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Ug-A-Lug Four Cavemen and a Prehistoric Pencil Ug-A-Lug Four Cavemen and a Prehistoric Pencil
Jill Lewis
May 2014 Book of the Month Award-winning Simon Rickerty illustrates this deliciously dotty story. Four cavemen find a pencil and have absolutely no idea what they should do with it. After some discussion and several false starts, the cavemen come …
Download free opening extract
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The Moonshine Dragon The Moonshine Dragon
Cornelia Funke
Interest Age 5-8 Reading Age 5+ When a tiny dragon escapes from the pages of the story he has been reading, Patrick can hardly believe his eyes. But when a White Knight on a charger follows, Patrick soon finds himself …
Download free opening extract

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 …
Download free opening extract
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Aliens Stink! Aliens Stink!
Stephen Cole
How would you feel if you suddenly came face to face with an alien? Tim is used to being bullied at school for all kinds of reasons but can he stand up to aliens? When Tim is kidnapped and taken …
Download free opening extract
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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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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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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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My Brother's Secret My Brother’s Secret
Dan Smith
May 2014 Book of the Month Growing up in Germany at the beginning of the Second World War, Karl Engel imagines the role he might play in fighting for his country. Joining the Hitler Youth movement will be his first …
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Brilliant Brilliant
Roddy Doyle
May 2014 Book of the Month  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 …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 11+ readers

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The Glass Bird Girl The Glass Bird Girl
Esme Kerr
May 2014 Debut of the Month  An engrossing school adventure story packed full of mystery and rich in atmosphere. Orphaned Edie is rescued from a miserable stay with cousins because she can be useful in discovering exactly what is happening …
Download free opening extract
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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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Cuckoo Song Cuckoo Song
Frances Hardinge
May 2014 Book of the Month  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 …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Seven Second Delay Seven Second Delay
Tom Easton
May 2014 Book of the Month  A story that crackles with tension as Mila tries to outwit her captors whose technology has her in their grip. Living on Isles, a vividly imagined futuristic world, Mila had hoped to find a …
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More Than This More Than This
Patrick Ness
May 2014 Mega Book of the Month  This exceptional new novel from multi-award-winning Patrick Ness will, once again, delight his readers with a superbly written, enthralling and provocative story that raises the most profound questions of adolescence – and answers …
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The Everest Files The Everest Files
Matt Dickinson
May 2014 Book of the Month  A thrilling journey to the dark side of Everest, it follows 18-year-old Ryan Hart, on a gap year adventure working for a charity in Nepal. Dark forces are at play on the lethal slopes …
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May 2014 discover what is new on Lovereading4kids this month…

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Did you know that Peter Pan creator JM Barrie was born in May? … Well we have a Neverland of great reads for Tinkerbells and Lost Boys of all ages and tastes this month. We can’t promise to keep you forever young but we can keep your kids forever enthralled with brilliant writing, which in turn will inspire them to Lovereading. Here’s what’s hot this month…

A Little of What you Love … Kids Books of the Month

With so much to choose from, finding a new book can be daunting – try our lovingly compiled recommendations handily split into age-ranges to make your choices even easier. Teen readers shouldn’t miss our MEGA Book of the Month – the exceptional and provocative novel, More Than This from the multi-award winning Patrick Ness, now in paperwork, or the gripping and shocking We Were Liars by E Lockhart which our Reader Review panel raved about – ‘Brilliant‘ – ‘Couldn’t put it down‘ – ‘Something special and unique‘.

Finally, youngsters will delight in the Picture Book Sugarlump and Unicorn, a magical tale of wishes coming true by the much-loved author of The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson.

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It’s Festival Season!

Fabulous literary festivals are blooming the length and breadth of the country now summer is beckoning.

Scotland hosts the Borders Book Festival in Melrose, Wales welcomes visitors to Hay Festival again, jam-packed with big names, interesting topics, launches and loads of fun for kids.

And in England there are children’s book festivals in Harrogate and Luton Hoo. Find out more about this year’s events here.

 


Darling Buds … May Debuts of the Month

Every first-time author is a potential life-long-friend in the making and, as always, we have a bookshelf brimming with brilliant debuts for your kids to dive in to. Our super favourites this month are; the heartfelt and captivating The Year of the Rat (14+) by Clare Furniss and the thought-provoking and moving story bringing the WW1 vividly to life, Valentine Joe (9+) by Rebecca Stevens.

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Not that we’re Branford Boase-ting!

… And talking of debuts, the shortlist for the Branford Boase Award, which honours outstanding first-time writing for young people, has just been announced. We thought it was so outstanding, we created a special category to show them all off! (and 5 of the 7 have already been reviewed by our reader panel) Take a look now and find your children’s next favourite author!

Quite an Impression! – Michael Morpurgo Paints a Brand New Story

Our popular Art and Artist section has a fantastic new addition this month.

As well as great books to help children “learn” and “do”, there are also many wonderful art-themed novels.

Master storyteller Michael Morpurgo’s latest: Meeting Cezanne harnesses the beauty of the great artists work in the life changing tale of one boy’s summer rural France. See it and the whole section here.


Oh! What a Lovely War … WW1 in Print

War. What is it good for? Well, nothing. Although, in this 100th anniversary of the start of WW1, we’ve noticed just how much great literature has come out of the horror of war and how children of all ages can learn about the events and human stories arising from such difficult times. New to the gang and loved by us is:

The Amazing Tale of Ali Pasha (9+) by Michael Foreman – Courage and friendship in the face of utter destruction. A wonderful journey from one of our former Guest Editors.

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ALSO, DON’T MISS! War Hero Bear (9+) Best-selling children’s author Jenny Robertson explores the themes of friendship and trust in this moving and inspirational story, based on the true events of one of the most amazing stories of animal heroism ever.


For-Eva Love … The Brilliant Books of Eva Ibbotson

If you haven’t already been touched by the writing of Eva Ibbotson, be prepared to meet one of the greatest children’s authors of our time. Until her death in 2010 aged 85, Eva dedicated her life to writing wonderful stories. She sat at her desk overlooking a leafy street, writing and rewriting until each page was perfect. Her husband took up snail breeding in the garage! Eva is probably best known for her Journey to the River Sea, which is set not far from Manaus where England play their first Football World Cup match but, in addition see two of other favourites below which have also just been given delightful new cover treatments.

The Dragonfly Pool

Survival and friendships tested to the limit in a war-time boarding school story with a difference (9+).
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Journey to the River Sea

Set in South Africa, a journey of the spirit, as well as the globe. A warm and joyous read. (9+)”
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The Star of Kazan

An ‘Anastasia’-type tale of abandonment, love, birthright rags-to-riches and true identity. (9+)
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Read on for the hand-picked selections in the age ranges you have said you want to receive. Login if you would like to update your age range preferences.

Children’s Spring & Summer Book Festivals 2014

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Just as Summer brings out the ice cream (and sun cream) it also brings a fresh crop of exciting book festivals around the country. To make sure you don’t miss out we thought we would create a special blog of the ones Lovereading4kids will be involved within May and June 2014.

The four key ones are:

Hoo’s Kids Book Fest, The Luton Hoo Walled Garden Sunday 11 May 2014 hoosbookfest.com

Hay Festival 22 May – 1 June 2014 Hayfestival.org

Harrogate Children’s Festival 29 May -1 June 2014  harrogateinternationalfestivals.com/family-events

Brewin Dolphin Borders Book Festival 12-15 JUNE 2014  bordersbookfestival.org

Find more details for each one below – please note this information will be updated regularly as we receive it.

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

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 .

Hay Festival 22 May – 1 June 2014

Hay Festival takes place in the staggering beauty of the Brecon Beacons National Park during summer half term from 22 May – 1 June. Join great writers and great thinkers from around the world and discover the new ideas driving the arts and sciences, politics and history. This year’s programme explores the resonant anniversaries of the fall of the Wall and the end of the baby boom, the climax of the Crimean war and the starts of both world wars. Hay examines the history that has made Britain; a history of trade and conflict, of technical innovation and progressive daring. Explore the world through the international fiction of Toni Morrison, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Cees Nooteboom, Javier Cercas, Gong Ji-Young, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Carlos Acosta, Tim Winton, Siri Hustvedt and Lorrie MooreMervyn King, Ha-Joon Chang and Craig Calhoun debate the global economy; David Reynolds, Margaret Macmillan, Sebastian Faulks, Louisa Young, Niall Ferguson, Jeremy Paxman, Helen Dunmore and Sebastian Barry weave accounts of the Great War in fact and fiction; Nobel Prizewinners John Gurdon and Tim Hunt and the Podfather, Tony Fadell head a series of investigations into the latest developments in science and technology; the 450th birthday of William Shakespeare is celebrated with a series of conversations about his work with Toni Morrison, Jerry Brotton, Stephen Fry, Judi Dench and Richard Eyre. And it being Hay, there is great food from Sam & Sam Clark, Mary Berry and Antonio Carluccio; great laughter with Jennifer Saunders, Al Murray, Frank Skinner and Bill Bailey, and great music with Cerys Matthews, Toumani Diabate and Hugh Masekela.

Hay has a jam-packed programme for families and children for the full ten days of the summer half term with great writers for all ages. Meet the inventors of favourite characters including super-star authors Julia Donaldson (it’s the Gruffalo’s 15th birthday this summer), Oliver Jeffers,  Korky PaulEd Vere and Jez AlboroughJacqueline Wilson (with anthology Paws & Whiskers), Francesca Simon (Horrid Henry is 20 this year!), Cressida Cowell (with her new tome The Incomplete Book of Dragons), Lauren Child (on illustration and Clarice Bean), Henry Winkler with his My Way! tour, Michelle PaverLiz Pichon (creator of Tom Gates), Jeremy StrongCathy Cassidy, and Chris Riddell and Paul Stewart who have a new Edge Chronicles book out. For older fiction lovers Charlie HigsonCassandra Clare and Meg Rosoff, Michael Morpurgo, Anthony Horowitz, and Darren Shan. The festival is packed withworkshops for families and children of all ages, from theatre with the Royal Shakespeare Company to music-making with Cool Fossil Music, from muddy walks with Wild Wye Web to tweeting verse with the RSPB.

Please visit www.Hayfestival.org for more information.

To book tickets go to: http://www.hayfestival.com/wales/index.aspx?skinid=2&currencysetting=GBP&localesetting=en-GB&resetfilters=true

Harrogate Children’s Festival – 29 May .. 1 June 2014

History, Science and Art will come alive in the 2014 Harrogate Children’s Festival featuring the UK’s finest entertainers and authors. Ignite your child’s big imagination with a series of captivating shows, as the Festival introduces the magical world of the Spiegeltent – Europe’s oldest travelling tent – for unforgettable mini-adventures. Enter the mirrored walls to discover book treats ranging from Charles Dickens to Dennis the Menace, and the Wimpy Kid to Winnie the Pooh.

Join Steven Butler, author of Diary of Dennis the Menace, for a sneaky peak into the chaotic life of the naughtiest boy in the Beano! Expect lots of fun and games (maybe even a prank or two!) as Steven brings to life the world Dennis of Menace.

The Take Away Theatre Company will be turning back the years at this year’s Festival.  ‘A Dash Through Dickens’ is a frantic, irreverent and hilarious jaunt through the life and works of Charles Dickens.  Audiences will see the likes of Ebenezer Scrooge, Mr Pickwick and Nancy from Oliver as they have never seen them before…or ever will again.  As well as a fascinating insight into Dickens and his books, audiences will experience (and sometimes be disgusted by) what it was REALLY like to live in Victorian Britain!

Bookworm Babies are invited to join Seven Stories for imaginative, exploratory play with books for babies!  Discover the best books for your baby in this fabulous session for the very small. Interactive songs and playing with sensory material is all part of the fun as we share stories that little ones will love and encourage early childhood development.

A must for all Diary of a Wimpy Kid fans and great family entertainment. Host Alastair Watson brings the books to life with fun activities including The Wimpy Kid Draw-Along and The Wimp Wars! Quiz. The event also includes exclusive clips of author Jeff Kinney talking about the books, his involvement in the films and showing how he draws the characters.

For more information visit www.harrogateinternationalfestivals.com/family-events/.

Brewin Dolphin Borders Book Festival 12-15 JUNE 2014

As part of Homecoming Scotland 2014 some of the world’s best writers, communicators and entertainers will be appearing in Melrose from 12-15 June, including household names such as Jennifer Saunders, Paddy Ashdown and Steve Backshall.

The festival looks simultaneously to the past and to the future, with speakers on great historical events as well as on the future of Scotland.  Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown will talk about his vision of Scottishness, Britishness, and the unique nature of the Union; and a passionate debate will be held on Scottish independence with two veteran parliamentarians.  Commemorating the First World War centenary, Allan Little will talk about the spark that ignited it, Katie Adie recalls the women of the home front, and Dave Anderson, playing Sir Harry Lauder, will Keep Right On to the End of the Road!

The festival opens with a magnificent line-up of Paddy Ashdown, Steve Backshall, Kate Adie, Jennifer Saunders and Lynda La Plante on Thursday 12 June.  On Friday 13 June, the winner of the fifth £25,000 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction will be announced, with at least three of the shortlisted six authors in attendance to hear the result and taking part in a separate panel discussion on historical fiction.  On Sunday 15, another anniversary is celebrated – the publication of Sir Walter Scott’s great, innovative novel, Waverley – created just a mile or so from Melrose.  A dramatized adaptation written specially for the festival by Alan Caig Wilson will star Phyllida Law, John Sessions and David Robb.

Elsewhere in the programme, younger audiences will be entertained by the wildly popular television presenter Steve Backshall, who comes to Borders for the first time with his new fiction series for children.  Another popular broadcaster, Simon Mayo, will be regaling older children with his stories featuring 14-year-old science nut Itchingham Lofte.  Other children’s writers include Andy Stanton (Mr Gum), Simon Chapman, Lauren St John, Ross Collins, and Lari Don.

For further information visit  http://www.bordersbookfestival.org/  and to book tickets see http://www.bbfboxoffice.co.uk/.


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