Archive for June, 2014

Top Ten Children’s Books on Lovereading4kids 15 – 22 June 2014

Monday, June 23rd, 2014 TOP 10

The Yoghurt Plot The Yoghurt Plot
Fleur Hitchcock
June 2014 Book of the Month    This is a completely hair-brained family-friendly adventure in which the combination of Bugg and Dilan, two brothers together with time-travel, yoghurts and gerbils somehow and inexplicably create a fast-paced story that 7+ year olds …
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Haunters Haunters
Thomas Taylor
The dead and the living exist side by side in this thrilling time-travelling adventure. In David’s recurrent dream, Eddie seems real and it seems like he’s got something to tell David. That’s scary enough but then David gets picked up …
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The 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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Chicken Mission: Danger in the Deep Dark Woods Chicken Mission: Danger in the Deep Dark Woods
Jennifer Gray
June 2014 Book of the Month  Award-winning Jennifer Gray launches a new series about chickens with a taste for adventure and some very unusual skills! When young Amy Clutterbuck gets a call to join the Elite Chicken Squad starting with …
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One Wish One Wish
Michelle Harrison
June 2014 Book of the Month   Enter an extraordinary magical world in which wishes can cause no end of trouble. When Tanya encounters the magical wishing tree she understands completely that she can only have one wish. Tanya already has …
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Smart Smart
Kim Slater
June 2014 Debut of the Month  Kieran watches the world carefully. He’s good at noticing things that others don’t which makes him an excellent detective. Born with learning difficulties and living with a violent stepfather, Kieran has a lot to …
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Horrid Henry Horrid Henry
Francesca Simon
Introducing Horrid Henry, the boy who throws food, snatches, pushes and, above all, HATES his younger brother Perfect Pete.  In a special twentieth anniversary edition, the very first four stories about Henry and his sweet-natured little brother Perfect Pete introduce …
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The Everest Files The Everest Files
Matt Dickinson
June 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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Russian Roulette Russian Roulette
Anthony Horowitz
June 2014 Book of the Month   Best-selling Anthony Horowitz doesn’t miss a beat in this thrilling new adventure that links back to his favourite hero, Alex Rider through the terrifying and gripping story of Yassen Gregorovich. Gregorovich is ruthless and …
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The Mouse Who Ate the Moon The Mouse Who Ate the Moon
Petr Horacek
A stunning and thought-provoking picture book with some clever use of cut outs and a flap. Little Mouse looks at the lovely round yellow moon and thinks how much she would love a slice of it for herself. Stepping out …
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June Summer Reading Recommendations

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Welcome to our mid month update. Read on for news of our 2014 Summer Reading Recommendations, Book Festivals especially for Kids over the Summer months and a lively bookshelf of July books you can start reading now and so, so much more. Happy Reading…

Scorching Pre-Publication Reads for July

So many great books coming in July for you to have a sneak preview of with exclusive extracts and quite a number have already been reviewed by our Kids Reader Review Panel. Our real favourites are the beautifully illustrated The Pilot and the Little Prince (9+), the intriguing picture book biography of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry author of the classic, The Little Prince. And the simply brilliant magical adventure that is The Broken King – 11+ readers won’t be disappointed. Check out the Opening Extracts today.


Summer Reads, Must Reads, Books for Boys!

The Summer holidays are almost upon us so why not get ahead and choose some Summer Reading and Summer Activity books to keep them busy and entertained regardless of the weather? And there’s our ‘Must Reads‘ category with titles that frankly we feel should be read by everyone like Junk (14+) by Melvin Burgess – controversial but honest and a credible, sympathetic eye-opener for teenagers and their parents. A new edition is out this month. Parents with boys should head over to our refreshed Great Books for Boys – you are spoiled for choice!

Book Now! – Kids Lit Festivals

Subtle puns aside … it’s the season for some wonderful literary festivals up and down the country. As the summer holidays stretch ahead of you and you wonder what on earth to fill their time with, let us guide you to some of these engaging and inspiring events. Three upcoming ones that are sure to hit the spot are detailed below.

Manchester Childrens’ Book Festival 26 June to 6 July – Reading, writing, blogging, making, dressing up & much, much more for toddlers to teens!

Penzance Literary Festival 16 to 20 July – ‘The best Lit Fest in the West’; mingling with residents, holiday-makers and visitors to share in the joy of words – spoken, written and sung.

Just So Festival, Rhode Hall, Cheshire 15 to 17 Aug – A journey of the imagination for the whole family. A magical weekend of creative adventures, workshops, storytelling … and something called a “Tribal Tournament” …

Classically Modern Faerie Tales

Michelle Harrison’s debut novel, The Thirteen Treasures (11+), the first of a series, won the Waterstones’ Children’s Book Prize. Classic in its telling, but modern in its setting, this bewitching series sucks you in, doesn’t let you go, and surprises you all the way. One Wish, prequel to the series and just out, takes readers back to discover the magical world. With naughty fairies, strange and foul witches, and a terrifying water hag, Harrison’s lyrical writing has the pages turning fast as the truth behind One Wish’s many secrets slowly unravels. One Wish is perfect for fans of The Never Ending Story, Inkheart and Coraline.


Series-ly Good! – Lovereading4Kids Series of the Month

Our ‘Must Read’ series this month is Mortal Instruments (14+) by Cassandra Clare. Proof that two-finger-typers can still make prolific novelists, Cassandra Clare (she wrote the immense: City of Bones and Infernal Devices ) has released the 6th and final chapter in this addictively compelling series for YA readers Teens City of Heavenly Fire sees our heroes sacrifice love and life to fight unimaginable evil and their own fears in the face of a darkly changing world.

Romantic and absolutely addictive paranormal series

And fans of Cassandra Clare might also want to click over to another paranormal YA writer Maggie Stiefvater who has penned a magnificent and haunting love story trilogy Shiver, Linger and Forever and now an equally gripping companion novel called Sinner which our Reader Panel loved – Esmé, age 14 said ‘This book is on fire.’ Discover more today.

It’s Not all Games…Actually, it is!

Inspired by the 2012 Olympics and published in time for the Commonwealth Games this year, Elizabeth Laird’s fabulous book The Fastest Boy in the World is out now. It’s a heart-stopping, heat-drenched and life-saving tale of rising to challenges and living your dreams.

Our Picture Book Party Just Got Bigger!

We’ve had some great feedback about our Picture Book Party section, dedicated to wonderful picture books for you and your younger kids to enjoy together. This month, a new party goer has joined the crowd:

The Mouse Who Ate the Moon by Petr Horacek (3+) – a beautiful ‘peep-through’ story book about a mouse, a tasty piece of the Moon and the importance of friendship.

Yes We Doodle Do! – A Doodling Masterclass!

Have you discovered the art of zen doodling? Zen Doodling and Zen Doodling Mandalas are inspiring, creativity releasing master classes into the tranquil world of the doodle, encouraging a sense of inner calm and the confidence to create great pictures and designs. Try it but be warned, it’s addictive.

Then let your kids have a go. Zen doodling is something that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

The Great Gadsby

Natasha Farrant’s 20 years working in children’s publishing and as a non-patronising understanding of pre-teen girls’ brains has led to a hugely engrossing series that has proved a great hit. We featured the first, After Iris, in 2013 and the second Flora in Love (11+) is just out and brilliantly captures the chaos of misunderstanding parents, misfiring affections and the mystery of a missing crush. See them both here and along with the great kids reader reviews.

Hail the Little Bookshop! – Independent Booksellers’ Week

indepbook-week-logoWe love independent bookshops and if we don’t support them we’ll lose them. Amazon may be convenient but it is no substitute for the passion and care of your local bookseller. That’s why we are delighted to remind you of this year’s Independent Booksellers’ Week (28 June – 5 July), a celebration of bookshops and reading groups all over the country. Visit the website to see what’s on near you.

Well, that’s a taste of what’s around for your June book bugs this month. Scroll down for a flavour from our just launched Summer Reading selection in the age ranges you have told us you want to be kept up to date with. Or visit the site to view ALL our Summer Reading titles selected by our editorial team including Julia Eccleshare, our children’s books guru, who incidentally has just been made an M.B.E. in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. We are very proud.

P.S. Don’t miss the chance to win loads of book goodies in our Free Prize Draws category including Dragon books linked to the 2nd How to Train your Dragon film which is out in July.

P.P.S. Finally Flood, a beautiful wordless picture book that will help young readers to understand the effects, these increasingly frequent natural disasters have on a normal family.

Littlefest at Penzance Lit Fest 16-20 July 2014

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Alongside the adult’s literary festival in Penzance this summer is Littlefest – turbo-charged with activities for kids. Events during school hours on weekdays are aimed at school audiences; there are also after-school sessions and Saturday activities, for children, young adults and parents, and for aspiring writers of children’s stories. Plus, a very special guest. In association with the Edge of the World Bookshop, the Gruffalo is coming to town! He will be hosting a teaparty on Friday afternoon at The Exchange.

In this, the fifth year, the Acorn will once again be the Festival Hub, with the downstairs cafe/bar providing the social centre for meeting up with friends and finding out about the day’s activities.

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Just So Festival Cheshire 15 – 17 August

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

The Just So Festival, 15 – 17 August 2014,  is an annual weekend-long camping festival at Rode Hall Estate in Cheshire, for children and their families. For further information and to book tickets visit

The festival provides a magical experience where art, music and literature are embedded and entwined in a beautiful and wondrous landscape. The Festival provides a broad range of musical, theatrical, and visual performances, workshops and installations within a safe, natural and magical setting. Every clearing and glade holds a new way to unleash creativity. Families discover and delight in the spectacular within the woodland environment during this weekend camping event.

Children will be entranced by storytellers; Adam Perrott, will talk about his new series The Odds which tells the story of a family of Meddlers (or Professional Pranksters) who delight in making mischief. Their job is to make life as miserable as possible for the people around them by playing pranks and tricks on them. Megan Peel introduces The Fabulous Phartlehorn…Bruno Pockley has a talent. A prodigious talent. But he’s only just discovering its worth… When Bruno is sniffed out by a specially trained Trumpenhund as having world-class phartling potential, it’s as if all his dreams have come true. Then he and his classmates are taken to the court of the Knights Trumplar in the Kingdom of Phartesia, where they’ll learn to play the ancient Phartlehorn for a performance of epic proportions. Starry-eyed, the children are determined to prove themselves to the magnificent Duke of Phartesia and his beguiling daughter. However, things are not always as they appear – and when Bruno and his friend Grace stumble upon the sickening truth about the Knights Trumplar, the wind is quite literally taken out of their sails. And Poet, comic, singer, ukulele-player and glasses-wearer, John Hegley has an entertaining poem for every letter of the alphabet. In his A to Z of people, pets and potatoes, meet the inquisitive Quibble, Guillemot the bird and the Christmas Caterpillar who surprises Santa.

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2014 Manchester Children’s Book Festival 26 June – 6 July

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and the Manchester Writing School at MMU are delighted to present the 2014 Manchester Children’s Book Festival. The main Festival programme will run from 26 June to 6 July with over 40 free and ticketed events on offer at venues across the city.

You can find out more, browse the full programme of activities, and book your tickets on the website: or by calling the box office on 0843 208 0500.

The Festival starts with two days of activity celebrating Multi-cultural Manchester through a variety of exhibitions and taster sessions exploring music, poetry and languages – followed on Saturday 28 June with the FREE Festival Family Fun Day – a full day of interactive events and activities at Manchester Metropolitan University. The showcase Fun Day event is a special performance from Oliver and the Seawigs by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre – and you can get involved making your own sea wigs and sea monkeys, and join the grand “sea wigs parade”.

Throughout the main week of the Festival, there are after school and early evening events all over Manchester including Guy Bass at the Central Library, Kate Pankhurst at Waterstones Deansgate, Justin Somper at the Powerhouse, Andrew Cope and the People’s History Museum and Chorlton Library, Liz Kessler at the Portico Library – and Steve Cole, Ali Sparkes and David Almond all appearing at Manchester Metropolitan University, reading from and talking about their books, and meeting readers and answering questions from the audience.

The Festival concludes with a weekend of big events. On Saturday 5 July Cathy Cassidy will be welcoming guests to a vintage afternoon tea with the Chocolate Box Girls at the Midland Hotel, Michael Morpurgo will be at MMU for a special performance of Private Peaceful, and Darren Shan will also be at MMU for an evening event showcasing his Zom-B series. On Sunday 6 July, Tom Palmer will be launching his new book Over the Line with a dual-venue event at the National Football Museum and IWM North – and Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy hosts the official Festival closing event: musical afternoon tea at the Townhouse Hotel – with special prizes to be won in a book quiz.

There are also lots of ways to get involved ahead of and during the Festival with Trailblazer arts and crafts activities and International Reading and Writing Relay, as well as an extended programme of workshops in schools, with many free and subsidised places offered to groups on projects such as Tweets from the Trenches, Migrating Passions, Mother Tongue Other Tongue, Comic Smart and Walking in their Shoes: Responding to Anne Frank.

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