The Summer holiday period provides a brilliant opportunity to get your children hooked on some new books and with our hand-picked, age-based Summer Reading selections you are spoilt for choice. Scroll down to see our personal recommendations for you or read on for lots more children’s book news.
Yep! Yet again you can stay ahead of the trend with exclusive extracts of the next big things before they hit the shelves! Check out:
Monster by C J Skuse (13+) –Deliciously creepy and humourous horror. ‘It’s so good, I’d recommend it to people I don’t like’ – Kevin Brooks.
The Wolf Wilder (9+) Katherine Rundell – Snowbound story of revolution, adventure and standing up for what you believe in.
Demon Road (13+) by Derek Landy – mind-blowing, shakingly-suspenseful supernatural thriller from a world leader in the genre.
Julia Eccleshare, Lovereading4kids Editor-at-Large and Guardian Children’s Editor is well placed to spot the very best in children’s writing. Every month she passionately shares her top tips for kids. See what’s hot for August and peruse all her past picks in our special category.
Award-winning journalist and passionate storyteller Holly Bourne combines a forensic attention to detail with a hugely creative and immersive style to create brilliant character led and relatable stories for teens.
Sometimes our top monthly picks deserve an extra mention. Science fans will devour Anna Claybourne’s Story of Science, a must for curious minds and a wonderful book that puts the ‘fun’ in fundamental.
Zoe Sugg’s heartwarming and insightful debut; Girl Online, draws on her own experiences with anxiety, cyber-bullying and all the other rollercoaster obstacles that make being a teenager so difficult.
It received huge acclaim and, from 13 August, is available in paperback. Tuck it into your bag and dip into it wherever you are! There are few better voices for teens out there. Best of all, the sequel is out in October. See more here.
The Book It! as well as main Cheltenham Book Festival programmes have now been revealed. To see what’s on and to create your Wish List, visit Cheltenham Festival website. Tickets will go on sale to Cheltenham Festival Members on 26 August and to the general public on 2 Sept.
We are very proud to be sponsoring one of the major children’s events at this year’s Book It with Michael Morpurgo. A perfect event for the whole family but particularly 7+ year olds.
Statistically, more boys than girls are reluctant readers. This section is crammed with books that will fire their imaginations and form a life-long love of reading. This month check out:
Ted Rules the World (5+) by Frank Cottrell Boyce – What would you do if you were Prime Minister. Spot on hilarious comedy.
You’ve enjoyed your kids loving their last read, but now that it’s finished, where do you look for the next one? This section suggests other authors, based on their faves, that they’ll love just as much.
For Instance: Michaeal Morpurgo fans should check out Storm Horse by Nick Garlick – an emotive and moving storm-tossed story. And Tom Gates fans will love Danger is Still Everywhere: Beware of the Dog by David O’Doherty – a brilliantly funny handbook to avoiding all kinds of lurking dangers. See the special category for lots more suggestions.
Helping young readers who struggle with dyslexia is a passion of ours, so this month we’ve added a whole bunch of eager titles to this smashing section, filled with accessible titles that’ll grow their confidence and keep them coming back for more. Start here.
Following hot on the heels of the pulse-raising adventure story Eagle Trail, Robert Rigby has penned another truly absorbing, heart-stopping WW2, boys-own book. Codename Eagle is a survival mission like no other, nail-biting, exhilarating and emotional – from an author who specializes in heroes (See his London 2012 series, you’ll see what we mean!).
We’ve discovered a brilliant new edition of a book on memory that has done hugely well for us since it was first published in 2007. Having spent the summer using their minds a little less than while at school, this completely new edition is perfect for pupils and dare we say it members of staff too to get back into the school year with a flourish. Full of cool tricks and fun exercises to help you hone memory to super-hero standards, it is the perfect book for anyone who wants to improve their study skills and make their memory the best it can be. Perfect for 8-12 year olds.
For younger readers and for kids who don’t enjoy reading then do introduce them to Dr Seuss. The books are enormous fun and educational; the rhyming makes it easier to read and one of the titles (and the personal favourite in the Lovereading4kids office), Green Eggs and Ham only has 50 words in it. Find out more here and don’t miss the chance to win a selection of Dr Seuss titles featuring the original illustrations.
If you’re a parent anticipating your little one’s very first day at school this September, you’re probably more nervous than they are! Settle your nerves with our selection of books perfect to help them prepare for the big day. Little Hedgehogs Big Day by Heidi Howarth is a perfect place to start, helping them dispel the fears of being big enough for ‘big’ school.
Shane Hegarty’s debut novel; Darkmouth captured the imagination of the whole industry and, after a frenzied auction at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in 2013, he was able to leave his job and concentrate on writing full time. Good job too because now you can get your hands on Darkmouth 2: Worlds Explode. It’s monstrously funny, action filled, and packed with heart. Find out more.
And that’s our late summer news here at Lovereading4kids. See you next month when we’ll be back to school with a bang and a bag full of books!