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Lovereading4kids Top 3 books by age range 21 – 28 June 2015

Monday, June 29th, 2015

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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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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The Yes The Yes
Sarah Bee
An empowering picture book which will encourage all young readers to be bolder and braver than they ever thought they could be.  The Yes loves his soft and comfy home. But he has other places to go and other things …
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Nursery Rhymes Nursery Rhymes
Felicity Brooks
A beautiful, sumptuous gift edition perfect for a Christening, naming ceremony or first birthday. Beautifully illustrated with the charming artwork of Richard Johnson packaged in a sturdy slipcase protecting the cover, makes this a gift to treasure for many years. …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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Mindwalker Mindwalker
A. J. Steiger
June 2015 Debut of the Month  An enthralling and profoundly exciting dystopian novel; set aside plenty of reading time, as once you start you just won’t want to stop. It’s fascinating when an author explores a possible future, this particular …
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Conversion Conversion
Katherine Howe
June 2015 Book of the Month  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 …
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It's About Love It’s About Love
Steven Camden
June 2015 Book of the Month It’s About Love is a kind of Romeo and Juliet story. Two young people, from different sides of their town and with different backgrounds, meet studying film at college, and are instantly drawn to …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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It's a Groovy World, Alfredo It’s a Groovy World, Alfredo
Sean Taylor
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month, June 2015  Can’t dance? Ever felt you are just not one of the cool team? Then you’ll love Alfredo! Marty tells Alfredo the frog that the world is groovy, that the world is dancing …
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Daddy Lion's Tea Party Daddy Lion’s Tea Party
Mark Sperring
June 2015 Book of the Month  Daddy Lion has decided it’s the perfect day for a tea party – a quiet little tea party, just him and his cubs. The cubs want to invite the other animals but Daddy Lion says …
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Sir Lilypad Sir Lilypad
Anna Kemp
June 2015 Book of the Month   From the creators of the best-selling The Worst Princess comes another funny, appealing picture book. Our hero, Sir Lilypad, has big ambitions – he wants to save a princess, and if he grows a bit in …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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The Most Wonderful Thing in the World The Most Wonderful Thing in the World
Vivian French
Venice provides the background for this delightful fairy-tale. Its king and queen realise that their daughter needs a husband to be king when she’s queen. But how to choose one? Find the young man who can show you the most …
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The Rats of Meadowsweet Farm The Rats of Meadowsweet Farm
Dick King-smith
Interest Age 5-8  Reading Age 6+ The rats of Meadowsweet Farm are a pretty ugly lot, but their leader, the King Rat, is gruesome.  He’s as big as a small dog and twice as vicious. The farmer is revolting in a …
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Tiny Tiny
Nicola Davies
Longlisted for the 2015 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal   This is simply an outstanding book. Nicola Davies and Emily Sutton explain the life and purpose of microbes clearly and lucidly for very young children, through simple language and beautiful illustrations. Using …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Uncle Gobb and the Dread Shed Uncle Gobb and the Dread Shed
Michael Rosen
June 2015 Book of the Month  Malcom’s Uncle Gobb is really irritating, and not just because he keeps shouting ‘the boy needs to do more homework’. When Gobb Education starts taking over their school, and Uncle Gobb sets up the …
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Car-Jacked Car-Jacked
Ali Sparkes
Readers are plunged straight into the action in Ali Sparke’s new thriller: Jack and his parents are on holiday when their car is stolen, with him still on the back seat. The car-jacker turns out to be a kinder, more …
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The Beast of Grubbers Nubbin The Beast of Grubbers Nubbin
Guy Bass
Stitch Head and the residents of Castle Grotteskew are back for another adventure – hoorah! They’re struggling to keep order in the castle which has become home to 100 ravenous human orphans – not even the Creature’s ‘entertrainment’ show can …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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The Forbidden City The Forbidden City
John McNally
June 2015 Book of the Month   OK, pay attention – you’ll need to concentrate because the action in the Infinity Drake series moves at the speed of light: Infinity Drake, aka Finn, gaming fan, just about to turn thirteen, and …
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From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
E.L. Konigsburg
June 2015 Book of the Month  This is everything a classic children’s book should be: it’s exciting, funny, has terrific central characters, a mystery to solve, and a truth – particular to childhood – to be revealed. Claudia Kincaid is fed …
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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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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Being a Girl Being a Girl
Hayley Long
‘There is no right way to be a girl or rubbish way to be a girl’, says Hayley Long, explaining the purpose of this positive and hugely reassuring guide for young girls. It’s a message that can’t be repeated often …
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The King's Shadow The King’s Shadow
Philip Womack
Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month, June 2015  Hidden away in the Land of the Broken King, Johnny and Anna are being held prisoner. Bravely, Simon and Flora enter the hidden kingdom to search for their missing siblings. It’s a …
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Buffalo Soldier Buffalo Soldier
Tanya Landman
Winner of the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal
The Judges comment “We were particularly impressed with how Buffalo Soldier explored what it means to be truly free: the evolving idea of freedom is an essential part of this gripping, often traumatic …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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Poppy in the Field Poppy in the Field
Mary Hooper
Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month, May 2015   A welcome return for Poppy, the brave young nurse in World War One. Poppy thinks her heart will break when she finds that Freddie whom she loves so much is to marry …
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Minus Me Minus Me
Ingelin Rossland
Intriguing, stimulating and full of energy, this is a thought provoking read…it also contains a hidden sting in the tale. 12 year old Linda lives in Norway, she is popular, athletic and fast approaching her 13th birthday. Linda discovers she …
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Silverskin Silverskin
Joan Lennon
The bleak but beautiful ancient village of Skara Brae on Orkney is the setting for this original and intriguing novel, and an atmosphere of otherness pervades the story. Lennon brings together the original inhabitants of the village with Rab, a …
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Kids Summer Reading email update

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

With June comes a bright burst of brilliance on the book front and a huge dollop of fun for fans of reading everywhere. So, get in the mood for summer with our stonking new Summer Reads category, start looking now and make the summer hols a real page-turner. There’s so much to love in our ‘sea of books’, for all ages and abilities this month, we’re calling it a “Title-Wave”!

    

Summer Support for Struggling Readers

Even if you or your children struggle a little with reading we can still help with recommendations to foster a love of books and reading over the summer. With the help of Barrington Stoke, the foremost publisher of dyslexia friendly and reluctant reads we have picked a selection of great reads on the shelf below for different ages and interest levels and for more just visit our Dyslexia Friendly and Reluctant Reader categories on the site.

In addition, Red Squirrel picture books from Barrington Stoke are specifically aimed at parents who may struggle with reading to share with youngsters.

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Get them to Love reading early with Campbell Books

Sharing and talking about books with babies and toddlers is an important step in their journey to becoming life-long readers and we think there is no better place to start on this journey than with some of the wonderful books from Campbell.

Campbell is a specialist maker of books for babies and toddlers that parents, grandparents and friends can buy with confidence, knowing that children will love and want to read them again and again. Find out more in our special category.

A Taste of What’s to Come – Pre Pubs for June

Every month we give you a chance to sample great new titles before they’re published. Why should June be any different?

My Brother is a Superhero by David Solomons – An excellent adventure story with real heart, that’s also properly funny. The Potion Diaries by Amy Alward – Classic heroic saga given the social media treatment. Brilliantly conceived. Pathfinder: A Tod Hunter Moon Adventure (11+) by Angie Sage – Septimus Heap author has created an awesome heroine and a complex fantasy story.
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Minus Me by Ingelin Rossland – Addictive, hard-hitting, and honest life and death tale for teens. Because You’ll Never Meet Me (ya+) by Leah Thomas – A unique friendship that moves into unexpectedly dark and dangerous waters.
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Frankweiler’s Files are Mixed Up. AND they’re 50!

That’s right. It’s 50 years since From The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konningsburg (9+) was first published.

One of the most beloved kids’ books of all time, it is deservedly adored as much now as ever. Dominating young minds like a secret childhood adventure, it’s a stand-alone work of brilliance. See what our Reader Reviewers think of it and prepare for a real treat!

   

A New Great Reason to Rhyme!

We think no nursery should be without this new luxury edition of the best known children’s rhymes. Felicity Brooks’ collection includes Humpty Dumpty, Hey Diddle, The Grand old Duke and many more and will have you taking a melodious trip down nostalgia lane before you know it. This one’s a keeper. Something they’ll read to their own kids one day.

What’s Next? – If they like they’ll love

One good deed deserves another. But finishing a great book can leave kids wondering where to look. Look no further. Our If they Like, they’ll Love category will point you and them straight to the books they’ll dig.

This month fans of Cathy Cassidy or Jacqueline Wilson should get clicking over to Cherry Blossom Dreams (9+) by Gwyneth Rees – one of our editorial experts Andrea Reece said of it ‘The plot is incident-packed and Sasha’s emotional journey equally interesting. This is a rewarding story for young readers.’

Teens! – Rock the Boat, Why Don’t YA?

Well, that’s what Teens are for aren’t they? But this “Rock the Boat” is actually a new imprint from One World, crammed with carefully selected titles to inspire older readers. Fiction and Non-fiction titles sit side-by-side in the publisher’s desire to give Teens and Young Adults a journey of discovery. 3 books have caught our eye particularly this month as part of their Rock the Boat launch list:

Conversion by Katherine Howe – A chilling, simmering blend of relatable school drama with a sinister and persistent pinprick of unearthliness throughout. Mindwalker by A.J. Steiger – Enthralling and profoundly plausible dystopian tale with a gloriously sinister edge. Minus Me by Ingelin Rossland – Challenging observations about death and what could be beyond, this is a sad, yet ultimately hopeful and captivating tale.
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Last Blood! – The Final Battle of Department 19

It’s almost unbearable to announce the final instalment in what has to be one of the best series in the “fight against ancient Vampires” genre (if such a genre actually exists, which we’re not sure it does). Be under no illusions,the whole future of humanity is at stake here and the pressure will give you wonderfully sleepless nights. If you haven’t hitched a ride on this quest of good against evil yet. Here are all five, soul-shaking books for you.

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EccleSHARE the Love – Julia Eccleshare’s Top Picks

We love this category. The top picks for kids by our long-time resident expert Julia Eccleshare. See the shelf below for her favourites from June.

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It’s ALIIIIIIVE!! – Stitch Head 5

Set to become a firm favourite with readers aged 8+, Stitch Head is a spookily funny 5 book series about a mad professor’s forgotten creation. A great big, gothic adventure for fans of Lemony Snicket or Marcus Sedgwick’s Raven Mysteries , foam-filled with freakish fun.

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Great Lives, Expertly Illustrated – Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom

What a sensational idea. Take culture-defining artists and create accessible enriching and beautifully conceived books for kids to learn about their lives. Not our idea, sadly. Nope. Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom got there first and they have produced some stunning and enlightening titles about great lives, from Shakespeare, via Charles Dickens, to The Beatles.

How long is a Stocking? 70 Years Long!

Yup. Can you believe it? Pippi Longstocking, who joined us at the Hay Festival in May, is 70 years young this year. And not a ladder in sight.

To celebrate the longevity of these fabulous tales and their eponymous heroine, we have pulled together a whole category of Pippi’s adventures for you to dive gleefully into and if you have a birthday party coming up this summer why not make it a Pippi Longstocking one? We have some party downloads to inspire you in the special Pippi category. Enjoy!

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Read to Remember – WWI & WW2 Stories

The World Wars have left an indelible legacy. Important lessons, a dark scar over human history and some incredible stories. We think it’s vital to teach children about these things and have put together a special category filled with some of the inspiring and transportative fiction that has its roots in this part of our history. Among recent additions are:

Whistling in the Dark by Shirley Hughes (11+) – Air-raids, rations and the Blackout all through the eyes of a teenager in a bustling 1940s Liverpool.

Poppy in the Field by Mary Hooper (13+) – A two book series of and immersive journey of a young Nurse on the front in WWI. Courage, heartbreak and human endeavor.

Kids Book Festival news

Planning for the kids’ summer holidays? What better way to fill their days (and minds) than a visit to these Literary Festivals all set in the great outdoors: The Curious Arts Festival (17-19 July), Niddfest (24-26 July) or Hoo’s Kid’s Book Fest (29 July) OR encourage them to enter the Raworth’s Young Writers’ Competition and find your budding bestseller!

And that, book fans, is June at Lovereading4kids. Happy Reading until next month, when we’ll be back with more stars for your Summer. And don’t forget this coming week is Independent Booksellers’ Week so do try and support your local bookshop if you can.

P.S. Alice in Wonderland is 150 next month so don’t forget to throw a party on Alice day on 4 July – click here to find out how to throw a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party and much much more.

P.P.S. Discover more about Chris Riddell, the new Children’s Laureate, in his own special category – a perfect companion for summer reading.

Kids July Book Festival News

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

This July sees 3 Great Book Festivals that Kids (and parents) will love

CURIOUS ARTS FESTIVAL at Pylewell Park, New Forest 17-19 July

NIDDFEST LITERARY FESTIVAL at Pateley Bridge, North Yorks, 24-26 JULY 2015

HOO’S KIDS BOOK FEST at Luton Hoo Walled Garden, Wednesday 29 July

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ALSO WHY NOT ENTER RAWORTH’S YOUNG WRITERS’ COMPETITION?

Read on for more detail on each of them …

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CURIOUS ARTS FESTIVAL at Pylewell Park, New Forest 17-19 July

Schools out and what better start to the summer holidays than a packed schedule to delight little ones as well as inspire older children. Aside from the magic of camping in the beautiful grounds of Pylewell Park, storytelling, films, writing workshops, puppet making, poetry trails, life drawing, bat walks and breathing lessons, film club and bedtimes stories will keep them happily occupied from dawn to dusk.

Bestselling children’s writer and winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, Piers Torday presents his enchanting new book The Wild Beyond, the final heart-stopping instalment of the Dark Wild Trilogy. This is the story of a boy named Kester. He has brought the animals of his world back from the brink of disaster, and he believes there is hope on the other side. A must-attend for all those who wish they had better parents, born storyteller David Baddiel will be reading from his first children’s book The Parent Agency, an epic wish-fulfilment adventure for every child – and the child in everyone. Gripping and brilliantly funny.

Curiouser and Curiouser: Alice in Wonderland is the story of the summer – we will be celebrating with our own Alice in Wonderland Tea Party. Costumes a must so don’t forget to pack yours! Join author Huw Powell for a talk about Spacejackers and pirates, and another swashbuckling adventure for Jake Cutler and friends, popular with 9 year olds and up. Apparently Huw never does up the top button on his shirt and always wears 2 pairs of socks. We will be checking! Phillip Ardagh has written much-loved bestselling children’s books like The Grunts and the Eddie Dickens Trilogy, adored by 7-14 year olds. He’s collaborated with the likes of Paul McCartney, and Axel Scheffler’s illustrations feature in his books.

Writing workshop for 9 year olds +,with the wonderful Nicky Singer, author of Feather Boy, a modern classic and extraordinary tale of self-empowerment, legend and death about Robert Nobel, the school pariah who triumphs over his own fears and the school bully. Join Abi Elphinstone, an author who spent her childhood building dens and hiding in trees, for a talk about her new book, the Dreamsnatcher. A fantastic, magical debut novel about Moll a twelve year old girl drawn into a world of secrets, magic and adventure. Perfect for fans of JK Rowling and Eva Ibbotson.

Graphic novelist and animator Sydney Padua, talks hand drawing, computer animation and comics and about her cool graphic novel The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer.

Don’t miss: Kids’ film and cartoon club on Saturday and Sunday 9am – 11am in the East End Tent. Puppet making with puppet master Allison Ouvry in a hands-on workshop for children and parents. Bedtime stories in The Children’s Tent is the place to be at 7.30pm. Wind down and drift off with Curious Arts Festival favourite Paul Blezard. Also, story-telling with Jay Barnett at 4pm on Saturday, poetry trails and creative craft workshops running all weekend.

For tickets and more information visit www.curiousartsfestival.com/for-children.

 

NIDDFEST LITERARY FESTIVAL 24-26TH JULY 2015

NiddFest – a new family friendly festival celebrating nature in writing – have announced their inaugural programme of events set in the glorious landscape of the Yorkshire Dales. With up to 20 events spread out over the weekend of 24-26 July, the festival promises a thought-provoking weekend packed with talks, outdoor adventures and activities for all ages.

Children of all ages are invited to participate at NiddFest with events to suit even the littlest visitors. Saturday 25 July will see a morning of arts, crafts and face painting, with ‘Best Bug’ awards for the cleverest crafters.

5-11 year olds will be invited to an exciting afternoon in the woods, including woodland games and activities, a lesson on building the perfect outdoor den and hot chocolate and marshmallows around the campfire. For families, a day trip to Studfold Adventure Trail is on offer. Set in a hidden valley in Upper Nidderdale, this full day adventure has a focus on bugs and all things creepy crawly!

Leading childrens’ authors Piers Torday and Michelle Harrison will be reading from their award winning books on Saturday 25 July. Michelle’s event will be followed by the prize giving for the NiddFest Poetry Prize, open to all Yorkshire schoolchildren. Winners will receive their awards from Carol Ann Duffy.

BEYOND THE FESTIVAL TENT

Visitors will be encouraged to step beyond the traditional festival venue and explore the dramatic landscape of Upper Nidderdale. Highlights from the outdoor programme including a morning of foraging with wild food expert Chris Bax, a walk along the banks of the river Nidd to learn about the fragile ecosystem, and a safari to the far reaches of Upper Nidderdale to explore the wild moorland, and a birding walk with Mark Cocker, following his talk on humankind’s relationship with birds.

Ticket prices vary with prices starting from just £7 per event and discounts for children under 18. All tickets will be available to purchase from the festival box office in Nidderdale from Friday 24th July. For more information and to view the full programme, please visit www.niddfest.com/programme

 

Hoo’s Kids Book Fest: A Summer Day Wednesday 29 July 2015 at Luton Hoo Walled Garden LU1 4LF

Hoo’s Kids Book Fest takes on a new look for 2015 with three smaller events held between March and October. Book your tickets for two very special events for all the family in the magical Walled Garden!

 

Pandas, Doughnuts and the Queen’s Handbag, Steve Antony – 12.00-1.00 pm

Since his first picture book debuted in 2014, Steve Antony has become the hottest talent around – his first book, The Queen’s Hat, has been shortlisted for the Waterstones Book Prize and has just won the Evening Standard’s Oscar’s First Book Prize.

Learn to draw a panda who loves good manners (and doughnuts!), read stories together and get a sneak peek of Steve’s next book, The Queen’s Handbag.

Boy. Wizard. Hero. Celebrating the Harry Potter Books – 2.00-3.00 pm

Have you ever wanted to explore the magical world of the Harry Potter books? Join our ‘Professor of Potter’ and his plucky assistant as they bring to life the characters, creatures, spells and adventures from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. A fun and interactive event for all the family whether you are new to the books or a dedicated fan. Certificates and postcards for all who attend.

Come and share the magic!

 

Plus art activities, fun and entertainment!

Artist Vanessa Stone will be cutting up materials and involving children in something very spectacular! Local illustrator Livi Gosling, who loves creating amazing maps, will be joining us for interactive fun! Professor Pango Mango, the Wandering Poet will be making us all laugh with his wonderful words and delightful ditties! With books from the independent Chorleywood Bookshop come and join us for a great day out in the magical Luton Hoo Walled Garden where there will also be refreshments, food, books, and plants for sale and family fun for everyone!

 

Tickets available at www.lutonhooestate.co.uk/events

 

CALLING ALL BUDDING WRITERS! ENTER RAWORTH’S YOUNG WRITERS’ COMPETITION

The search is on to find the next JK Rowling, Jane Austen or Stephen King!

Harrogate International Festivals, Raworths Solicitors and LendMeYouLiteracy have teamed up to deliver an exciting children’s creative writing competition, with the theme ‘Every Object has a Story’.

Entries can include a short story, poem or piece of descriptive writing under 500 words. The competition is open to two age groups, 8-11 years old (Y4-7) and 12-15 years old (Y8-10).

The overall winner of each age group will receive £50 book vouchers, a giant bundle of books for their school library, an exclusive author visit to their class, and the chance to read their winning piece live on Stray FM. The ten shortlisted stories will also be shared online at LendMeYourLiteracy.com, giving young authors the chance to share their work with a worldwide audience. Closing date for entries is Friday 31st July and winners will be announced in September.

Carmelita Ardren, head of Raworths Family Law says: “We’re very excited to be part of this hunt to unearth young talent and offer such a hands-on way to engage young people. As patrons of the Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival, it’s fantastic to be offering young people in the region a chance to get involved in the world of writing. Who knows what fantastic new writers we’ll discover?”

Simon Blower at LendMeYourLiteracy said: “Writing is crucial for all ages, not just in terms of developing literacy, but it engages imaginations, helps young people express themselves, and boosts confidence.”

GET INVOLVED!

Full guidelines and a Storybox of objects to inspire creative minds for competition entries (as pictured) can be found online at LendMeYourLiteracy.com/raworthsyoungwriters

Lovereading4kids most popular books by age range 7 – 14 June 2015

Monday, June 15th, 2015

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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The Yes The Yes
Sarah Bee
An empowering picture book which will encourage all young readers to be bolder and braver than they ever thought they could be.  The Yes loves his soft and comfy home. But he has other places to go and other things …
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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 …
Download free opening extract
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Nursery Rhymes Nursery Rhymes
Felicity Brooks
A beautiful, sumptuous gift edition perfect for a Christening, naming ceremony or first birthday. Beautifully illustrated with the charming artwork of Richard Johnson packaged in a sturdy slipcase protecting the cover, makes this a gift to treasure for many years. …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for Young Adults

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Mindwalker Mindwalker
A. J. Steiger
June 2015 Debut of the Month  An enthralling and profoundly exciting dystopian novel; set aside plenty of reading time, as once you start you just won’t want to stop. It’s fascinating when an author explores a possible future, this particular …
Download free opening extract
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Conversion Conversion
Katherine Howe
June 2015 Book of the Month  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 …
Download free opening extract
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Because You'll Never Meet Me Because You’ll Never Meet Me
Leah Thomas
This is a story of impossible friendship and hope from a brilliant new speculative fiction writer. …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Sir Lilypad Sir Lilypad
Anna Kemp
June 2015 Book of the Month   From the creators of the best-selling The Worst Princess comes another funny, appealing picture book. Our hero, Sir Lilypad, has big ambitions – he wants to save a princess, and if he grows a bit in …
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Daddy Lion's Tea Party Daddy Lion’s Tea Party
Mark Sperring
June 2015 Book of the Month  Daddy Lion has decided it’s the perfect day for a tea party – a quiet little tea party, just him and his cubs. The cubs want to invite the other animals but Daddy Lion says …
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It's a Groovy World, Alfredo It’s a Groovy World, Alfredo
Sean Taylor
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month, June 2015  Can’t dance? Ever felt you are just not one of the cool team? Then you’ll love Alfredo! Marty tells Alfredo the frog that the world is groovy, that the world is dancing …
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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 …
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My Dad Still Thinks He's Funny My Dad Still Thinks He’s Funny
Katrina Germein
Isn’t it part of a dad’s job description to come out with cheesy sayings, that he thinks are really funny, but which make everyone else groan? Ask this dad what time it is, and he’ll tell you it’s time you …
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Cezanne and the Apple Boy Cezanne and the Apple Boy
Laurence Anholt
The story of the summer young Paul Cézanne spent with his father is an exciting one in itself: he accompanied his father – a man he hardly knew – on painting expeditions, camped in the mountains, and watched his father …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Uncle Gobb and the Dread Shed Uncle Gobb and the Dread Shed
Michael Rosen
June 2015 Book of the Month  Malcom’s Uncle Gobb is really irritating, and not just because he keeps shouting ‘the boy needs to do more homework’. When Gobb Education starts taking over their school, and Uncle Gobb sets up the …
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Shouldn't You be in School? Shouldn’t You be in School?
Lemony Snicket
Madcap fun and mystery in this somewhat eccentric yet addictive series from the huge bestselling author of A Series of Unfortunate Events.  This is Book three in the critically acclaimed four-part mystery series.

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The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones
Will Mabbitt
June 2015 Debut of the Month  Mabel Jones is sleeping soundly when a sudden noise wakes her up. It’s Omynus Hussh, silent loris and pirate, there to press gang her into service to the captain of the Feroshus Maggot, mad wolf …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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The Forbidden City The Forbidden City
John McNally
June 2015 Book of the Month   OK, pay attention – you’ll need to concentrate because the action in the Infinity Drake series moves at the speed of light: Infinity Drake, aka Finn, gaming fan, just about to turn thirteen, and …
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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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From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
E.L. Konigsburg
June 2015 Book of the Month  This is everything a classic children’s book should be: it’s exciting, funny, has terrific central characters, a mystery to solve, and a truth – particular to childhood – to be revealed. Claudia Kincaid is fed …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Gone Gone
Michael Grant
Gripping from the first moment, this is a scary, an unputdownable and a brilliantly plotted fantasy. One minute all the adults are there – next they’re gone! Only the children remain and they are trapped, cut off from the outside …
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Being a Girl Being a Girl
Hayley Long
‘There is no right way to be a girl or rubbish way to be a girl’, says Hayley Long, explaining the purpose of this positive and hugely reassuring guide for young girls. It’s a message that can’t be repeated often …
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Hope in a Ballet Shoe Orphaned by War, Saved by Ballet: An Extraordinary True Story Hope in a Ballet Shoe Orphaned by War, Saved by Ballet: An Extraordinary True Story
Michaela DePrince, Elaine DePrince
The amazing true story of how an orphan from Sierra Leone has become a major US ballet star. Michaela DePrince’s life began in a country wracked by conflict. Her parents died when she was a baby. Placed in an orphanage …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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Silverskin Silverskin
Joan Lennon
The bleak but beautiful ancient village of Skara Brae on Orkney is the setting for this original and intriguing novel, and an atmosphere of otherness pervades the story. Lennon brings together the original inhabitants of the village with Rab, a …
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Game on Game on
Bali Rai
Young footballer Baljit, the hero of Bali Rai’s Dream On, is preparing for a trial with Liverpool FC’s youth squad – something he’s dreamed of all his life. But there’s lots else going on in Baljit’s life – his girlfriend …
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The Lie Tree The Lie Tree
Frances Hardinge
Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month, May 2015  Award-winning Frances Hardinge is spellbinding is this hugely entertaining and dramatic Victorian thriller. When Faith’s father dies suddenly she knows she must try to find out exactly what he was hiding in the …
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Most popular books on Lovereading4kids 25 – 31 May 2015

Monday, June 1st, 2015

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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The Slightly Annoying Elephant The Slightly Annoying Elephant
David Walliams
Best selling author and TV star David Walliams has a gift for great jokes. There’s a ring at the door and Sam finds an elephant demanding admittance. Sam does not want the outsize intruder in his house but it turns …
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Again! Again!
Emily Gravett
Prize-winning Emily Gravett has hit the jackpot again with a brilliant and original picture book that will delight adults as much as children. Everyone knows that the best bedtime stories can be read again and again and again… But sometimes, …
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The Odd Egg The Odd Egg
Emily Gravett
Winner of the 2009 Best Illustrated Book Awards.
Board Book edition. Witty, stylish and surprising, The Odd Egg is a jewel of a book. All the birds have laid an egg – except for duck. How smug the chicken, the …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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Have You Seen My Monster? Have You Seen My Monster?
Steve Light
In the follow-up to Steve Light’s Have You Seen My Dragon?, this gorgeously illustrated shape book, with fun search-and-find opportunities throughout will delight kids.  In this one a little girl wanders through a country fair, searching for her monster friend. …
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Fantastic Mr Fox Fantastic Mr Fox
Roald Dahl
Ideal as an early introduction to Roald Dahl just as a child is starting to read alone because it’s a short story by comparison to some of his others. Filled with quirky black and white illustrations by the wonderful Quentin …
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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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Darkmouth Darkmouth
Shane Hegarty
May 2015 Debut of the Month   Darkmouth might appear to be a normal seaside town, but it’s really not the kind of place you’d want to go on holiday. In fact Darkmouth is a Blighted Village, one of the last …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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The Imagination Box The Imagination Box
Martyn Ford
May 2015 Debut of the Month Could this Imagination Box be the greatest toy on earth?  Join 10 year old Timothy as he is given the chance to decide just this when he discovers the imagination box. It is a …
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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 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 …
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Gone Gone
Michael Grant
Gripping from the first moment, this is a scary, an unputdownable and a brilliantly plotted fantasy. One minute all the adults are there – next they’re gone! Only the children remain and they are trapped, cut off from the outside …
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The Magnificent Lizzie Brown and the Devil's Hound The Magnificent Lizzie Brown and the Devil’s Hound
Vicki Lockwood
Exploring the adventure and thrill of the Victorian circus setting, the series is exceptionally well written, leaving the reader hanging for every page, and desperate to see Lizzie triumph in the face of adversity. It’s got a rich mix of …
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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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Demons of Dunkirk Demons of Dunkirk
Paul Nolan
This is an unputdownable adventure story woven around the evacuation at Dunkirk and then the D-Day landings but from a different angle in that the boy in the story is a conscientious objector but can the help he brings to …
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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 …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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The Moonstone Legacy Trilogy The Moonstone Legacy Trilogy
Diana De Gunzburg, Tony Wild
An action-packed adventurous tale for young adults 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 from the age of 14 as she struggles …
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Remix Remix
Non Pratt
****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 to be lively and engaging, the …
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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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