Archive for May, 2015

Mid May email Update

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Mid May already and not long to the next bank (and school) holidays. Definitely the perfect time to have a look at our Marvellous May hand-picked selections to choose your child’s next perfect read. 11+ readers will love the very topical Demons of Dunkirk by Paul Nolan. An unputdownable adventure story woven around the evacuation at Dunkirk and then the D-Day landings.

Free tickets to Author events at Hay Fever

If you’re able come to the biggest book festival in the UK and probably the world, … Hay (23 – 31 May), we’d love to see you at our chill-out Lovereading4kids Browse-a-Book Zone in the Make and Take tent. We also have a very limited number of tickets for our sponsored author events to give away to Lovereading4kids on a first come, first served basis.

Events include Liz Pichon and Tom Gates (23 May), Malorie Blackman, James Dawson, Louise O’Neill and Non Pratt (25 May), Arabella Weir and Holly Smale (28 May), and Chris Riddell (30 May). Pop by and see us, we’ll be there all week! More details click here.

Have Fun … Play … and Learn with Brain Factor

Brain Factor is a brilliant new series of picture quizzes that introduces children to the world around them. The unique fan design allows you to read a question and then simply slide out the next card to see the answer.

There are four age ranged titles to launch the series and you’ll find them perfect for popping in a bag or in the car so you can pull it out and entertain the kids whenever you need and they are a great alternative to them playing on a screen. We rate them very highly.

Leading the Reading – Pre Pubs of the Month

You can be the first to see that great new title with our exclusive Opening Extract downloads that let you get a peek at the latest hot books before they hit the shelves. Awesome. Books like:

The Usborne Official Astronaut’s Handbook (9+) Reach for the stars! Tim Peake, European Space Agency astronaut and the first Brit to join the International Space Station this autumn, has written a foreword to this fascinating book and says ‘This exciting guide will tell you a bit more about what it’s like to live and work in space… and why getting there and back is such a tough job..’ We also have 100 copies of a 24 page sampler of this extraordinary, stellar and aspirational insight into the life of a space traveller to give away – but you need to enter before 21 May.

Uncle Gobb and the Dread Shed by Michael Rosen – Tries to make interesting things boring. And fails. You’ll love it. (7+) The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow by Katherine Woodfine – Superlative, shop-based sleuthing with a sweet-tooth. (9+) The Forever Man by Eoin Colfer – 3rd in the W.A.R.P Series. Time-travelling adventure from the author of Artemis Fowl. (9+) How to be Bad by E Lockhart – New from author of We Were Liars. A road trip to Miami breaks hearts and tests friendships. (YA)
 

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Daddy! My Daddy! – Father’s Day 21 June

Railway Children quotes aside. ‘Come on now, dry those tears’. It’s Father’s Day next month and one particular favourite of ours (hint) is I Love: Dad by Camilla de le Bedoyere (5+) – Love is all around us. Exploring all the reasons to love your dad. (fear not – there’s one for Mums too).

Classic Revivals from Jack Townend

We have to say a huge thank you to the V&A as they have decided to republish four richly drawn, hilarious and immersive children’s classics by Jack Townend which are a delight for 3+ children and parents alike.

Joining A Railway ABC and A Story About Ducks are the equally delightful Jenny the Jeep and Ben.

Seriesly Speaking – Cute Alert!

It’s raining cats and dogs. Well, puppies and kittens to be precise. May’s series of the month from Holly Webb is awash with cute and loveable animals getting themselves in and out of all sorts of scrapes. There are over 30 books in all and it’s a great series to get young readers increasingly confident in independent reading.

And, if you love Holly Webb’s Animal Stories you’ll adore this new app perfectly designed to appeal to children 5+ The app includes a personalised avatar-pet, over twenty games and activities, a library and an exclusive short story! There are no adverts and it’s absolutely free! Find out more info on the individual book pages.

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Bedtime Reads Refresh

‘A book at bedtime’ just got a whole lot more exciting, as we’ve given our stunning Bedtime Reads category a thorough spring clean. Even more fabulous and colourful adventures await you and your little ones. Click here to see the lot, or go straight for our latest fave Wendy and the Wallpaper Cat (3+) by Jason Hook & Ilaria Demonti – Beautifully illustrated and magically imaginative sleep help book.

Like Michael Morpurgo … they’ll love these

So they liked that last series. But it’s over now. What do you do? Go to our If You Like, You’ll Love section. That’s what. Chock full of grip-tastic titles right up their street. This month we have two new authors that will be loved by fans of Michael Morpurgo.

The Runaways by Megan Rix. Shortlisted for the 2015 Red house Children’s Book Award two elephants and an old Border collie are the stars of Megan Rix’s wonderfully heart-warming new WW1 animal story. Our Kids reader reviewers loved these books – Sam Harper said ‘a perfect mix of heart warming friendship and thrilling adventure’. Dog Ears by Anne Booth. There are apparently 700,000 young carers in the UK and this sensitively-told, compassionate story puts them in the spotlight. Anna tries hard at school and at home, where things are not easy as her Mother is suffering post-natal depression so Anna confides in Timmy her dog. This is both engaging and thought-provoking.
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Even More Essential Reading

At every age, there are some books that we feel everyone should read! So here at Lovereading4kids we put them all in one place for you to take your pick of the cream of previously published children’s literature. This month we have added Holes by Louis Sachar (11+) – It is one of Roddy Doyle’s favourite books too – brilliant, original and life enhancing storytelling – and right up there with Lord of the Flies.

Rhyme’s the Reason – Poetry Section

Refreshed and bursting with verse, our poetry section is designed to give kids hours of fun and expand their enjoyment, knowledge and skill. With a message from former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen, the category is definitely worth a rifle. Click here for more. And do look out for the CLPE Poetry shortlisted titles in the Poetry Section.

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Julia Eccleshare Shares!

Resident expert Julia Eccleshare has selected her top tips this month for young readers. Their next great adventure is just a click away.

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Too funny to miss

Fans of Judy Moody absolutely must click here to find out about books by Clementine Beauvais where silly jokes and madcap adventures are the order of the day in this very funny and highly illustrated royalty-themed series for younger readers.

The first two are called The Royal Babysitters and The Royal Wedding Crashers and Clementine has written a special blog about 10 of the best French Children’s books translated into English

Showing Kids the Write Way – Write your own adventure stories (7+)

We just had to tell you about a brilliant, inspiring and inventive book that is designed to help kids aged 7+ to create and write their own stories. Write Your Own Adventure Stories is a write-in book which leads them on a steadily building journey until they are confidently creating characters, dialogue and plot. Set their imaginations free and watch them blossom. Perfect for the summer holidays and those rainy days when it’s no fun to be outside.

And speaking of writing … Send in Your Manuscripts! Seize the Day! – If you have a children’s book you have written lurking in a drawer or you know someone who’s too shy to blow their own trumpet, the Times Chicken House Children’s book competition is now open for 2016 entries. Go on. Take the leap!

The Littlest Action Hero – Infinity Drake

Adventure heroes like to hear the words “9mm”, if it refers to their Uzi. But what if it’s their height? Screen-writer John McNally’s singular series: Inifinity Drake (9+), adored by our Reader Reviewers, is both funny, and nerve-shatteringly thrilling.

A world of lethal danger and high octane adventures, from a very different (and tiny) perspective. Second in this mind-blowing series is out now.

YA Reading Fest

Talking troubleNon Pratt, if you haven’t heard, is a publisher-cum-author and a leading light in YA Fiction. Her bitter-sweet contemporary relationship tales get right to the centre of what it is to be young today. Check out Trouble and Remix: funny, touching, terrifying and real, both of them. Then come and see her at one of our Hay Festival events!

The ‘Bane’ of Your LifeA perfect gift for Shadowhunter fans, Cassandra Clare has brought out a lavishly illustrated version of The Bane Chronicles. Engrossing and enlightening, emotionally enveloping short stories which our panel of teen reviewers absolutely loved. Read what they had to say.

A Gem of a trilogy … The Moonstone Legacy by Diana De Gunzburg and Tony Wild is an action-packed adventurous tale with an added magical touch of the mystical dancing across the pages. A treat of three books in one, we follow brave and capable Lizzy as she struggles to break a family curse. Short punchy chapters and beautiful descriptive detailing make this extremely readable.

Full Marks for Horror Chilling and thrilling, like watching TV from behind the sofa, Graham Marks’ additions to the Red Eye Series for kids aged 13+ are scaring, daring and hair-raising. Latest to join the horror show is Bad Bones, an unravelling nightmare that will have them hiding under the duvet and unable to stop reading. See all Red Eye titles here.

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And that is it for May. We’ll be back with more great titles and ideas for your little treasures in June.

Lovereading4kids Top 3 books, by age range, 10 – 17 May 2015

Monday, May 18th, 2015

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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My Daddy My Daddy
Julia Hubery
However dads look, whatever they do, YOUR dad is the best, and he thinks you’re great too! This fun and playful celebration of all dads, everywhere, is now available as a chunky board book with a shiny foiled cover. The …
Download free opening extract
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The New Jumper The New Jumper
Oliver Jeffers
Now this fabulously quirky group of characters is introduced to younger readers in these toddler friendly board books from the internationally bestselling, award-winning author/illustrator, Oliver Jeffers, creator of How to Catch a Star and Lost and Found.
The thing about the …
Download free opening extract
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None the Number None the Number
Oliver Jeffers
Award-winning Oliver Jeffers unusual and delightful family have a typically original approach to counting- including introducing the concept of none. The Hueys love numbers from 0-10. The kind of things they love include 1 light blue phone, 5 party hats, …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for Young Adults

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Trouble Trouble
Non Pratt
Shortlisted for The Branford Boase Award 2015
****Non Pratt is appearing alongside fellow YA authors, James Dawson and Malorie Blackman in a special event at Hay Fever, sponsored by Lovereading4kids!  An unmissable line-up of YA talent for your delectation. In this session, guaranteed …
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The Last Summer of Us The Last Summer of Us
Maggie Harcourt
May 2015 Debut of the Month   Three young friends set out on a summer road trip, each one carrying secrets and sorrows. Squashed into a battered old car, fuelled by warm beer and pub pies, they bicker and tease, with …
Download free opening extract
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More Than This More Than This
Patrick Ness
Shortlisted for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal – One of our Books of the Year 2014 – 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, …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Soon Soon
Timothy Knapman
Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month, May 2015  Patrick Benson’s superb illustrations bring to life this touching adventure for a baby elephant. Early one morning the little elephant Raju sets off with his mother. On their way they see off …
Download free opening extract
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Monsters Love Underpants Monsters Love Underpants
Claire Freedman
May 2015 Book of the Month  Best-selling underpants are back! It all began with Aliens who love underpants. Then the Dinosaurs and Pirates showed that they do too. And now it turns out that even though the Monsters come from all …
Download free opening extract
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What the Jackdaw Saw What the Jackdaw Saw
Julia Donaldson
Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month, May 2015  When Jackdaw tries to invite all his friends to his birthday party he can’t understand why first the octopus and then the horse, the cat and the squirrel are all touching their …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Don't Forget Tiggs! Don’t Forget Tiggs!
Michael Rosen
May 2015 Book of the Month   This tale of the busy Hurrys may well strike a chord with families everywhere. Mr and Mrs Hurry are always rushing, but especially in the mornings. One day they dash off to their respective jobs …
Download free opening extract
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World Food Alphabet World Food Alphabet
Chris Caldicott
May 2015 Picture Book of the Month  One of the best ways to get to know another culture to your own is through its food. In his book photographer and founder of the World Food Café Chris Caldicott uses the …
Download free opening extract
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Sir John the (Mostly) Brave Sir John the (Mostly) Brave
Johnny Smith
What’s in a name, asks this new series of madcap adventures for young readers.  John Smith is fed up with being teased for having the most boring name in the world, until his granddad lets him into an amazing secret: …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Pip Bartlett's Guide to Magical Creatures Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures
Maggie Stiefvater, Jackson Pearce
May 2015 Book of the Month  Pip Bartlett can talk to animals, which is impressive enough, but her world is full of magical creatures, meaning she’s conversing with unicorns, griffins, hobgrackles et al. Following an unfortunate incident with some unicorns …
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23 Things to Do Before You are 11 1/2 23 Things to Do Before You are 11 1/2
Mike Warren
May 2015 Book of the Month There’s a wide range of things to make in this fun book, from building your own toolbox – the first project, naturally – to making a wormery and a simple spinning motor.  For each one …
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I Never Liked Wednesdays I Never Liked Wednesdays
Roger Mcgough
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 7  “When I was young, I lived in Liverpool and my best friend was a boy called Midge.” In this lovely little book Roger McGough describes a couple of the adventure he had with Midge. …
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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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Demolition Dad Demolition Dad
Phil Earle
May 2015 MEGA Book of the Month  Jake Biggs’s dad works in demolition.  All week long he knocks down buildings from the cockpit of his crane, but at weekends he becomes Demolition Man, twenty stone of Man Mountain in a …
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The Magnificent Lizzie Brown and the Mysterious Phantom The Magnificent Lizzie Brown and the Mysterious Phantom
Vicki Lockwood
May 2015 Book of the Month  Young readers who like their mystery stories tinged with a bit of Victorian gothic are going to love this new detective series. Twelve year old Lizzie finally has enough of living with her brutish …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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We are All Made of Molecules We are All Made of Molecules
Susin Nielsen
May 2015 Debut of the Month  Stewart and Ashley are about as different as it’s possible to be.  He’s super smart, happy to use words like ‘plethora’ in everyday conversation, but socially a little inept. She’s queen of the popular …
Download free opening extract
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Jaguar Trials Jaguar Trials
Ruth Eastham
An expedition along the Amazon to find the legendary El Dorado provides an exotic setting for this rewarding adventure story. Thirteen-year-old Ben is in Brazil with his archaeologist father, but they are separated when their boat capsizes. Swept downriver Ben …
Download free opening extract
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The Sound of Whales The Sound of Whales
Kerr Thomson
Winner of 2014 Times/ Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition. This wonderful adventure story, winner of the Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition, is set on a beautiful Scottish island, where two teenagers – a Scottish boy and an American girl – find …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 13+ readers

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The Lie Tree The Lie Tree
Frances Hardinge
Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month, May 2015  Another deliciously creepy novel from Frances Hardinge, the award-winning author of Cuckoo Song and Fly By Night.
Plagued by an unspoken scandal, fourteen-year-old Faith Sunderly and her family are forced to flee their home …
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Bomber Bomber
Paul Dowswell
Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month May 2015   Young New York born US serviceman Harry Friedman signs up for the United States Army Air Force determined to fight for justice for fellow Jews. Still only 17 he is soon a …
Download free opening extract
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Skink No Surrender Skink No Surrender
Carl Hiaasen
This is a dive in head first and read until you’re dizzy book, so utterly brilliant and readable it’s scary! The totally bizarre and freakily sane Skink joins detective forces with Richard, who is looking for his cousin Malley after …
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Lovereading4kids Top 3 books, by age range, 4 -11 May 2015

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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The New Jumper The New Jumper
Oliver Jeffers
Now this fabulously quirky group of characters is introduced to younger readers in these toddler friendly board books from the internationally bestselling, award-winning author/illustrator, Oliver Jeffers, creator of How to Catch a Star and Lost and Found.
The thing about the …
Download free opening extract
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None the Number None the Number
Oliver Jeffers
Award-winning Oliver Jeffers unusual and delightful family have a typically original approach to counting- including introducing the concept of none. The Hueys love numbers from 0-10. The kind of things they love include 1 light blue phone, 5 party hats, …
Download free opening extract
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My Daddy My Daddy
Julia Hubery
However dads look, whatever they do, YOUR dad is the best, and he thinks you’re great too! This fun and playful celebration of all dads, everywhere, is now available as a chunky board book with a shiny foiled cover. The …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for Young Adults

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The Last Summer of Us The Last Summer of Us
Maggie Harcourt
May 2015 Debut of the Month   Three young friends set out on a summer road trip, each one carrying secrets and sorrows. Squashed into a battered old car, fuelled by warm beer and pub pies, they bicker and tease, with …
Download free opening extract
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Trouble Trouble
Non Pratt
Shortlisted for The Branford Boase Award 2015
****Non Pratt is appearing alongside fellow YA authors, James Dawson and Malorie Blackman in a special event at Hay Fever, sponsored by Lovereading4kids!  An unmissable line-up of YA talent for your delectation. In this session, guaranteed …
Download free opening extract
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Paper Towns Paper Towns
John Green
Award winning author John Green’s fresh-voiced novel is an utterly gripping story that gives a roller-coaster, unputdownable read. Strongly set with all the details of life in high school, at its heart is the powerful relationship between Quentin and Margo, …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Soon Soon
Timothy Knapman
Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month, May 2015  Patrick Benson’s superb illustrations bring to life this touching adventure for a baby elephant. Early one morning the little elephant Raju sets off with his mother. On their way they see off …
Download free opening extract
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What the Jackdaw Saw What the Jackdaw Saw
Julia Donaldson
Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month, May 2015  When Jackdaw tries to invite all his friends to his birthday party he can’t understand why first the octopus and then the horse, the cat and the squirrel are all touching their …
Download free opening extract
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Monsters Love Underpants Monsters Love Underpants
Claire Freedman
May 2015 Book of the Month  Best-selling underpants are back! It all began with Aliens who love underpants. Then the Dinosaurs and Pirates showed that they do too. And now it turns out that even though the Monsters come from all …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Don't Forget Tiggs! Don’t Forget Tiggs!
Michael Rosen
May 2015 Book of the Month   This tale of the busy Hurrys may well strike a chord with families everywhere. Mr and Mrs Hurry are always rushing, but especially in the mornings. One day they dash off to their respective jobs …
Download free opening extract
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World Food Alphabet World Food Alphabet
Chris Caldicott
May 2015 Picture Book of the Month  One of the best ways to get to know another culture to your own is through its food. In his book photographer and founder of the World Food Café Chris Caldicott uses the …
Download free opening extract
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Sir John the (Mostly) Brave Sir John the (Mostly) Brave
Johnny Smith
What’s in a name, asks this new series of madcap adventures for young readers.  John Smith is fed up with being teased for having the most boring name in the world, until his granddad lets him into an amazing secret: …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Pip Bartlett's Guide to Magical Creatures Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures
Maggie Stiefvater, Jackson Pearce
May 2015 Book of the Month  Pip Bartlett can talk to animals, which is impressive enough, but her world is full of magical creatures, meaning she’s conversing with unicorns, griffins, hobgrackles et al. Following an unfortunate incident with some unicorns …
Download free opening extract
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The Fastest Boy in the World The Fastest Boy in the World
Elizabeth Laird
Shortlisted for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal In a beautifully told story packed with emotion and action, Elizabeth Laird tells how eleven- year- old Solomon turns his dreams of becoming an International runner into reality. Solomon runs everywhere – and always especially …
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A Dog Called Flow A Dog Called Flow
Pippa Goodhart
Shortlisted for the Smarties Prize and the Kathleen Fidler Award.  Oliver is struggling at school, and the other children laugh at him.  What he really wants is a dog, a dog to love him loyally and uncritically; a dog to …
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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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The Astounding Broccoli Boy The Astounding Broccoli Boy
Frank Cottrell Boyce
April 2015 Book of the Month   Frank Cottrell Boyce is at Hay Fever!   What would you do if your skin suddenly turned a bright, broccoli shade of green? Join multi-award-winning author Frank Cottrell Boyce as he introduces the colourful cast …
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Demolition Dad Demolition Dad
Phil Earle
May 2015 MEGA Book of the Month  Jake Biggs’s dad works in demolition.  All week long he knocks down buildings from the cockpit of his crane, but at weekends he becomes Demolition Man, twenty stone of Man Mountain in a …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 11+ readers

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The Sound of Whales The Sound of Whales
Kerr Thomson
Winner of 2014 Times/ Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition. This wonderful adventure story, winner of the Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition, is set on a beautiful Scottish island, where two teenagers – a Scottish boy and an American girl – find …
Download free opening extract
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We are All Made of Molecules We are All Made of Molecules
Susin Nielsen
May 2015 Debut of the Month  Stewart and Ashley are about as different as it’s possible to be.  He’s super smart, happy to use words like ‘plethora’ in everyday conversation, but socially a little inept. She’s queen of the popular …
Download free opening extract
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Jaguar Trials Jaguar Trials
Ruth Eastham
An expedition along the Amazon to find the legendary El Dorado provides an exotic setting for this rewarding adventure story. Thirteen-year-old Ben is in Brazil with his archaeologist father, but they are separated when their boat capsizes. Swept downriver Ben …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 13+ readers

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The Lie Tree The Lie Tree
Frances Hardinge
Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month, May 2015  Another deliciously creepy novel from Frances Hardinge, the award-winning author of Cuckoo Song and Fly By Night.
Plagued by an unspoken scandal, fourteen-year-old Faith Sunderly and her family are forced to flee their home …
Download free opening extract
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Paper Towns Paper Towns
John Green
A special hardback edition of John Green’s fresh-voiced novel is an utterly gripping story that gives a roller-coaster, unputdownable read. Strongly set with all the details of life in high school, at its heart is the powerful relationship between Quentin …
Download free opening extract
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Bomber Bomber
Paul Dowswell
Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month May 2015   Young New York born US serviceman Harry Friedman signs up for the United States Army Air Force determined to fight for justice for fellow Jews. Still only 17 he is soon a …
Download free opening extract

Monday, May 11th, 2015

hay feverMay. Rhymes with ‘hay’. And it’s Hay Fever time. But, we’re not talking about streaming eyes and ruined picnics. Nope. We’re full of fever for the Hay Literary Festival where we are proud sponsors of a number of events. We’d love to see you there between 21 – 31 May at the Lovereading4kids Browse-a-Book Zone. We have authors galore lined up and LOADS more too and we are eternally indebted to BookSpace who have lent us the coolest library furniture on the planet! Check out what we’re up to here and read on for what else is drifting on our hazy book breeze this month.

May’s Hoorays! – Books of the Month

And the fever reaches new heights on our B.O.M bookshelf this month. Awesome adventure for all ages, abilities and interests. Don’t miss our MEGA B.O.M Demolition Dad by Phil Earle (9+) – Father and son love, pride, adventure … and wrestling! Or Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures by Maggie Stiefvater (9+) – fun, quirky, imaginative and whimsically magical. From the celebrated author of the Shiver (YA) trilogy.

Plus Hard Nuts of History: Kings and Queens by Tracey Turner (7+) a great, fun way to get a young mind enthused in history. It is chock full of entertaining and witty fact-filled text and hilarious full-colour illustrations.

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May the Best Win – This Free Prize Draws

How much do you think we love you? Guess. Only enough to continue our fabulous goody-bag giveaway celebrating the 20th anniversary of global favourite; Guess How Much I love You?! Also, this month a chance to get your clutches on a bag of fun stuff celebrating the darkly hilarious and monstrously funny; Darkmouth by Shane Hegarty (9+). And a goody bag packed with the amazing picture books of Oliver Jeffers.

Spring chickens! – May Debuts of the Month

A brilliant bright bevvy of first-time authors for you to discover this month. See them all here. Then stalk them. Two definitely not to miss are Darkmouth by Shane Hegarty (9+) – Book one in a new series, full of monsters it’s exciting, very readable and mixes action, along with lots of humour. And The Imagination Box by Martyn Ford (9+). Could the Imagination Box be the greatest toy on earth? First in an exciting new trilogy.

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V-Sign! – VE Day – 8 May

70 years ago, Allied forces triumphed over Hitler’s Nazi Germany and gained freedom and victory for Europe in WW2. It came at a huge cost but the world was a better place. We have a section of books for kids that mark this anniversary with the aim of keeping alive the memory of those who lived through great adversity. We recommend:

Bomber by Paul Dowswell (11+) – Courage, fear, camaraderie. Edge of your (ejector) seat air escapades. Or The Machine Gunners by Robert Westall (11+) – 40 years since it was first published and still one of the best war books ever written for children.

WW1 Poppy – Women on the Front line

Mary Hoopper’s Poppy series (13+) is a richly entertaining read, with a heroine that young girls will follow with gusto.

It offers a brilliant insight into how utterly and dramatically the lives of women changed during the conflict, as well as a touch of heartwarming romance. Brilliantly researched and inspired by real-life events, this is great for inspiring young readers.

And the Winner Is! – Children’s Book Awards

Two gongs up for grabs on the writing red carpet his month. First, The Irish Children’s Book Award. Previous winners include: Oliver Jeffers, John Boyne, Eoin Colfer and Chris O’Dowd. Also, have a butchers below at the combatants chomping at the bit to lift the Branford Boase this year.

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Game of Thrones – Overthrown! New Series for young G.O.T Fans

Do you have a 9 year old that has heard of Game of Thrones but you are (quite rightly) aware it isn’t a book for someone that young? We have a solution in the form of a new series called The Order of the Furnace by Alex Keller.

This epic, dark and other-worldly series begins with Rebellion – a gruelling and dangerous survival tale for a female knight and her misfit friends through a world of peril and unimaginable evils. A world where honour and friendship are hard to find.

The World’s Best Treehouse just got BETTER!

Crazy, inventive, imaginative and mischievous Aussie writing duo, Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton tickled many a kid with their hilarious creation of The 13 Storey Tree House, where anything is possible. Terry and Andy have so much fun in their ideal treehouse, they never get any work done.

Well now they’re doomed, because they’ve just added 13 more storeys. Get your climbing shoes on and come on up to The 26 Storey Treehouse!

Boring school? Nope. Boarding School

Boarding school fiction is back! And leading the charge is Esme Kerr’s brilliantly, authentically observed, hugely enjoyable and rich tales from Knights Haddon School.

The Glass Bird Girl and newest title Mischief at Midnight, have been heralded by our kids Reader Review panel members as: “like being in another time”, “wonderful”, “remarkable”, “full of laughs and drama” and “an extremely intriguing read”.

Paper Towns comes to Tinsel Town! – Film/Book tie in

We love it when a great book gets turned into a great movie. Lets face it, it doesn’t always happen that way, but this month there’s a lot to look forward to. Paper Towns (13+) by John Green (of Fault in our Stars fame) is a thoughtful, insightful and hilarious road trip & coming-of-age story and the film starring Cara Delevigne is out next month.

Also, look out for the biggest of Boys’ own adventures The Big Game (9+) by Dan Smith, which is out this month.

Read on for this month’s hand-picked selections in the age ranges in which you have said you are interested. Login to your account if you want to update them.



P.S. Being an astronaut has always been a popular potential job for a lot of children … well now Usborne has published The Official Astronaut’s Handbook in association with the UK Space Agency where you can discover exactly what it takes to make it. Excitingly, we have one hundred 24 page samplers summarising the book to give away before it is published on 1 June. Click here to find out more.

Hay Fever: Hay Festival 23 – 31 May

Sunday, May 10th, 2015

LOVEREADING4KIDS AT HAY FESTIVAL MAY HALF TERM 23-31 May 2015  

 

Lovereading4kids is delighted to announce that we have agreed a major sponsorship deal with Hay Festival which will include a dedicated Lovereading4kids Reading Zone, a series of talks and workshops for dyslexic/reluctant readers, collaborations with publishers to provide themed days, as well as sponsorship of four major children’s author events featuring Liz Pichon and Tom Gates, Malorie Blackman, James Dawson and Non Pratt, Holly Smale and Arabella Weir, and Chris Riddell. And We are eternally indebted to BookSpace who have lent us the coolest library furniture on the planet!

 

The Lovereading4kids Browse-A-Book-Zone will be situated in the Make and Take Tent in the HAY FEVER children’s area throughout the entire festival. It will be a fun and cool place for children and their families to chill out during breaks between ticketed events. There will be Lovereading4kids members of staff on hand to encourage children and parents to browse books, explore the website, register as members and recommend suitable books for age groups, ability and interest.

Visiting authors, editors, publishers and reviewers will drop in to offer advice and guidance in their areas of expertise.  The Lovereading4kids Browse-A-Book-Zone will have special shelves to inspire a love of reading including books for Reluctant Readers, Dyslexia Friendly books, Great Books for Boys, Classics, Picture books and contemporary novels by age range and interest age. We will also be providing activity booklets, stickers, colouring sheets and giveaways. We will be organising several insightful and engaging workshops by dyslexia specialists, authors and publishers, (in association with Culture Step Wales, Barrington Stoke and Dyslexia Action), in the Scribblers Hut for children who are experiencing difficulties, to encourage, support and inspire a love of reading as well as sessions for teachers, parents and librarians on inspiring dyslexic and struggling readers, with 1:1 sessions available afterwards.

 

LIZ PICHON AND TOM GATES (23 May 11.30am) 7+ years Yes! No…(Maybe) Expert doodler, maker of excuses and hilarious storywriter Tom Gates is back in Yes! No…(Maybe), the eighth amazing instalment in this brilliant and multiple-award-winning series. Test your knowledge with Liz Pichon as she takes you on a tour of the brilliant and crazy world of Tom Gates – and learn how to doodle just like Tom.

 

MALORIE BLACKMAN, JAMES DAWSON AND NON PRATT (25 May 4pm) YA Love Hurts. An unmissable line-up of YA talent for your delectation.  In this session, guaranteed to be lively and engaging, the four fabulous writers range over many topics that concern their readers, including love – the subject of an anthology called Love Hurts, edited by Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman, to which James and Non have all contributed. Chaired by Jonathan Douglas, Director of the National Literary Trust.

 

HOLLY SMALE AND ARABELLA WEIR (28 May 11.30am) 10+ years Geek Girl and Tabitha Baird. Holly Smale, creator of the award-winning and bestselling Geek Girl books, talks about All That Glitters, the latest in the series starring accident-prone heroine Harriet Manners. She is joined by actress, writer and comedian Arabella Weir whose novel The Endless Trials of Tabitha Baird, second in the series, has also recently been published. A lively and irreverent discussion guaranteed.

 

CHRIS RIDDELL (30 May 4.30pm) 8+ years Wildly inventive and richly entertaining, Chris Riddell is the genius behind a vast range of children’s books that children and adults will revisit time and time again.  There’s Alienography, the Ottoline and Goth Girls series, and for older readers, The Graveyard Book, and The Sleeper and the Spindle, written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Chris.  He also illustrated The Edge Chronicles and Russell Brand’s Pied Piper of Hamelin.  He has twice won the coveted Greenaway medal and still manages to produce political cartoons for The Observer. See him in action in a live drawing tour around the wonderful world of Chris Riddell.

 

For more information and to book tickets visit www.hayfestival.com/wales/hayfever

 

Lovereading4kids Top 3 books, by age range, 27 April – 4 May 2015

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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The New Jumper The New Jumper
Oliver Jeffers
Now this fabulously quirky group of characters is introduced to younger readers in these toddler friendly board books from the internationally bestselling, award-winning author/illustrator, Oliver Jeffers, creator of How to Catch a Star and Lost and Found.
The thing about the …
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Slug Needs a Hug Slug Needs a Hug
Jeanne Willis
April 2015 Book of the Month – Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month  Best-selling Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross have created many fabulous picture books together. Here, the weedy and whiny little slug is just longing for a hug! How …
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Baby's Very First Slide and See Animals Baby’s Very First Slide and See Animals
Fiona Watt
April 2015 Book of the Month   This chunky, colourful little board book is just the thing to develop early faculties including hand-eye co-ordination and fine motor skills.  Cheerful animals are depicted in bright colours on each page, and sturdy sliders …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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Conversion Conversion
Katherine Howe
A fascinating book that captures your imagination for its entirety and then releases it to explore new thoughts and feelings, this is a wonderfully clever foray into the difficulties faced by young women on the cusp of adulthood. The story …
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Finding Audrey Finding Audrey
Sophie Kinsella
Audrey’s family life is reassuringly normal. There’s her Daily Mail reading mum, computer game addicted big brother, and well-meaning dad trying, and generally failing, to say the right thing.  It’s sharply observed comedy, and very funny. Audrey has problems though …
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A Monster Calls A Monster Calls
Patrick Ness
Winner of the 2012 Carnegie Medal
Rachel Levy chair of the 2012 CILIP Carnegie judging panel said: “A Monster Calls” is an exquisite piece of writing. It is a beautifully economical, structurally brilliant and lyrically descriptive account of a challenging …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Pizza for Pirates Pizza for Pirates
Adam Guillain, Charlotte Guillain
April 2015 Book of the Month  From the team who created the Roald Dahl Funny Prize shortlisted Spaghetti with the Yeti comes a brand new picturebook, and it’s another tasty treat! This time young George has a wonderful plan to sail …
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You Can't Take an Elephant on the Bus You Can’t Take an Elephant on the Bus
Patricia Cleveland-Peck
April 2015 Book of the Month – Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month  There’s lots of laughs here! An elephant on a bus, a whale on a bike, a hippo in a hot air balloon – none of these is …
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Soon Soon
Timothy Knapman
Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month May 2015 – May 2015 Book of the Month From the illustrator of Owl Babies comes a new classic – the stunning story of a baby elephant, Raju, and his mother who take an …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Sir John the (Mostly) Brave Sir John the (Mostly) Brave
Johnny Smith
What’s in a name, asks this new series of madcap adventures for young readers.  John Smith is fed up with being teased for having the most boring name in the world, until his granddad lets him into an amazing secret: …
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Don't Forget Tiggs! Don’t Forget Tiggs!
Michael Rosen
May 2015 Book of the Month   This tale of the busy Hurrys may well strike a chord with families everywhere. Mr and Mrs Hurry are always rushing, but especially in the mornings. One day they dash off to their respective jobs …
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The Unlikely Outlaws The Unlikely Outlaws
Philip Ardagh
Reading Age 6-9 Interest Age 7-10  There are actually four stories for the price of one in this chunky little book. It brings together three of Philip Ardagh’s jolly adventures of the Green Men of Gressingham. The Green Men (brown …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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The Fastest Boy in the World The Fastest Boy in the World
Elizabeth Laird
Shortlisted for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal In a beautifully told story packed with emotion and action, Elizabeth Laird tells how eleven- year- old Solomon turns his dreams of becoming an International runner into reality. Solomon runs everywhere – and always especially …
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Pip Bartlett's Guide to Magical Creatures Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures
Maggie Stiefvater, Jackson Pearce
May 2015 Book of the Month  Pip Bartlett can talk to animals, which is impressive enough, but her world is full of magical creatures, meaning she’s conversing with unicorns, griffins, hobgrackles et al. Following an unfortunate incident with some unicorns …
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A Dog Called Flow A Dog Called Flow
Pippa Goodhart
Shortlisted for the Smarties Prize and the Kathleen Fidler Award.  Oliver is struggling at school, and the other children laugh at him.  What he really wants is a dog, a dog to love him loyally and uncritically; a dog to …
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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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The Astounding Broccoli Boy The Astounding Broccoli Boy
Frank Cottrell Boyce
April 2015 Book of the Month   Frank Cottrell Boyce is at Hay Fever!   What would you do if your skin suddenly turned a bright, broccoli shade of green? Join multi-award-winning author Frank Cottrell Boyce as he introduces the colourful cast …
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The Accidental Prime Minister The Accidental Prime Minister
Tom McLaughlin
April 2015 Debut of the Month  We’ve all thought it: a twelve-year-old boy could do an MP’s job at least as well as the present lot, probably better. That’s the premise in Tom McLaughlin’s debut novel, only the twelve-year-old in …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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If You Were Me If You Were Me
Sam Hepburn
April 2015 Book of the Month Two young people from very different backgrounds star in this crime mystery. Aliya’s family have fled to England from Afghanistan, chased out by the Taliban. Dan lives in London with his parents, reluctantly helping …
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The Middle of Nowhere The Middle of Nowhere
Geraldine Mccaughrean
Shortlisted for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal – One of our Books of the Year 2014 – Shortlisted for The Little Rebels Children’s Book Award 2014   Award-winning Geraldine McCaughrean captures a far off landscape and a far off time in her fabulously …
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3
The Sound of Whales The Sound of Whales
Kerr Thomson
Winner of 2014 Times/ Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition. This wonderful adventure story, winner of the Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition, is set on a beautiful Scottish island, where two teenagers – a Scottish boy and an American girl – find …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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Tinder Tinder
Sally Gardner
Shortlisted for the 2015 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal – Shortlisted for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal  Award-winning Sally Gardner tells a gripping, bloody and bold story drawing on the traditions of fairy stories of all kinds and especially Hans Christian Andersen’s The …
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The Lie Tree The Lie Tree
Frances Hardinge
Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month, May 2015 – May 2015 Book of the Month  Another deliciously creepy novel from Frances Hardinge, the award-winning author of Cuckoo Song and Fly By Night.
Plagued by an unspoken scandal, fourteen-year-old Faith Sunderly and her …
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Persist Persist
Melvin Burgess
Interest Age Teen  Reading Age 7  In just 54 short pages Melvyn Burgess creates a drama that encompasses a whole life. Trapped in a coma, Marianne doesn’t know who she is anymore, and no longer feels like a person at …
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