Archive for October, 2015

Orangutan Awareness Week Creative Writing Competition

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

Lovereading4kids have teamed up with National Geographic Kids to support Orangutan Awareness Week (9 – 15 November 2015) and offer young writers the chance to win some amazing prizes including a £50 Lovereading4kids voucher.

See below for more information or visit ngkids.co.uk/prize-planet/win-awesome-orangutan-prizes

Good Luck.

South Ken Kids Festival 16 – 22 November 2015

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

From Monday 16 to Sunday 22 November 2015, the Institut français in London will be hosting the 18th South Ken Kids Festival. This year’s edition features more than 40 public events including workshops, talks, films, live music, theatre, and book signings with no less than 25 writers and illustrators.

 

Londoners will have the chance to meet favourites such as Quentin Blake, the festival’s patron, Axel Scheffler and Tony Ross, as well as French stars Claude Ponti, Marie-Aude Murail, and Barroux. We are also teaming up with the Children’s Bookshow’s guests Michael Rosen and Bernardo Atxaga. The line-up also includes poets Joseph Coelho and Gabby Dawnay and illustrators Sam Usher, Magali Le Huche, Emily Hughes, Alex Barrow and Delphine Perret. The Festival is happy to work closely with 20 French and British publishers, and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of one of them: l’École des loisirs. Some of its best authors, including Claude Ponti, Stephanie Blake, Michel Van Zeveren and Marie-Aude Murail, will make the trip to fete this French trend-setter in children’s publishing. Key events of the Festival, the Drawing Duos will be returning with dream pair Tony Ross and Claude Ponti joining forces to celebrate Alice in Wonderland, in partnership with the British Library. Axel Scheffler will be sparring with Beatrice Alemagna, artist Bridget Marzo will be matching her paintbrushes with Belgian Michel Van Zeveren’s pens, and Quentin Blake will face his special guest Bruno Heitz.

Other highlights include a special event around literary hero Charles Dickens with acclaimed writer Marie-Aude Murail, organised in collaboration with the Dickens Museum. Impro!, our live drawing and jazz improvisation event will see festival illustrators appearing on stage to the sound of Airelle Besson’s trumpet. This year’s festival places a particular emphasis on multilingualism and translation. Award-winning translator Sarah Ardizzone will be running workshops for schools with authors Barroux and Marjolaine Leray, as will the wonderful Koalako bilingual theatre company. The Spectacular Translation Machine will be moving to the Institute following its stint in Edinburgh. The Secret Fire written both in French and in English by C.J. Daughtery and Carina Rozenfeld will offer young adult readers a chance to discover more about writing in two languages.

There will also be film screenings at Ciné Lumière and free activities taking place in the new Bibliothèque Quentin Blake, the renovated Children’s Library of the Institut français, and exhibits on show from artist in residence Delphine Perret and photographer Jake Green. In addition to the public events, the Institute also offers a wide range of activities for pupils. Over 30 schools will attend events at the Institute or host workshops with festival guests in their classrooms. Children can also participate in our nationwide drawing competition by creating a book that starts with the line “If I were an animal”.

For more information and to book tickets visit:  www.southkenkidsfestival.co.uk

REVIEWERS OF THE MONTH – September 2015

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

Yet again tough decisions  have been made.  The reviews supplied by our kids panel for titles published in September have, as always, been fantastic.  So without further delay I’m delighted to introduce you to our reviews of the month for September 2015.


YOUNG READERS CATEGORY

Sabina Beinart-Smith, age 7 .  

Sabina could not get her nose out of the beautiful MANGO AND BANBANG: THE NOT-A-PIG by Polly Faber & Clara Vulliamy. She thought it was really funny and had great fun reading it with mummy and daddy.  Sabina said it was so funny it even made her daddy laugh!

We loved Sabina’s review because she showed us how much fun and laughter mummies and daddies can get from books too.


Here are a few book inspired questions we put to Sabina.

If the planet was under attack from book munching monsters and you could save only one book, which one would it be?

Circus Shoes by Noel Streatfield. I’m reading it now and it’s very long, so it would keep me going for a while.

What do you love most about being a book reviewer?

Reading the books!

If you could be one character from a book for a day who would you be?

Santa from Circus Shoes because she’s curious about things, just like me.

MIDDLE GRADE CATEGORY

Sam Harper, age 11.

Sam has been reviewing books for Lovereading4kids for over two years now and has read and reviewed a lot of books and has even had quotes from his reviews used by the publishers on the cover of books!  You know real books that people actually buy!!!  Very exciting indeed.  Now the review that we absolutely loved this month is for a title that was published sometime ago but we felt that the fantastic Lockwood & Co series by Jonathan Stroud just had to be brought to the attention of our panel and so we asked them to begin at the very beginning and review The Screaming Staircase. Sam absolutely loved it and found it impossible to put down as you’ll see from his great review.  He has since gone on to read book two in the series The Whispering Skull (-link:. )  and has the latest exciting installment, The Hollow Boy firmly at the top of his ‘to read’ pile.  We hope you enjoy it Sam.


If the planet was under attack from book munching monsters and you could save only one book, which one would it be?

The Big Book of How to Defeat Book Munching Monsters! But if that didn’t exist then I would go with Scorpia Rising, the final book in the Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz. It’s a brilliant ending to a fantastic series but it would be a really tough choice as I would want to save so many!

What do you love most about being a book reviewer?

It’s exciting when I see the books which I’ve reviewed on the shelves in shops and libraries. In a couple of cases my comments have been printed on the covers and that made me feel amazing.

If you could be one character from a book for a day who would you be?

I would love to be Sam, the boy with a million wishes, from The Big Wish by Brandon Robshaw. In the book Sam uses his wishes for really funny and weird things but I would use them to make myself tiny, to fight monsters and I could also wish to be any other book character, maybe for even longer than a day, in case I changed my mind!

TEEN/YA CATEGORY

Ayesha Ali, age 18.

Last but by no means least we come to Ayesha who simply fell in love with The Next Together by Lauren James. The combination of history, humour, sci-fi and romance was a big hit for Ayesha who felt that along with the versatilty of the story means it will appeal to anyone despite their usual reading preference.  Intrigued?  Then why not take a peek at her full review.

Do you re-read books? and if so which book have you read the most times and why?

I wish I could re-read more books, but I usually prefer to read new novels and explore new stories. If I re-read a book it is usually re-reading a film adaption so I can refresh my mind of the story before I watch the film!

What do you love most about being a book reviewer?

Aaah where do I start?! There are so many great things about being a book reviewer, for starters I get to read more books! It’s lovely to have the opportunity to read books that I wouldn’t usually pick up. This was definitely the case for The Next Together by Lauren James. As this was a debut book from Lauren James, I hadn’t heard much about it but as soon as I finished reading it, it jumped straight to the top of my “favourite books” list! It’s also a great opportunity to share my love for books with others, and meet new people and read about their opinions of a particular book!

If you could jump inside the world of a book for one day where would you go?

I’m definitely going to be cliché…. Hogwarts of course! The wizarding world is such a captivating world I could not give up an opportunity to visit! I would definitely have to stop off at the Hufflepuff common room (Team Hufflepuff all the way!), sit in a Divination class (because Professor Trelawney is one of my favourite characters!) and end my day with a cup of Butterbeer at the Three Broomsticks!

Thanks Ayesha and cheers!

We do hope you enjoyed meeting our September Reviewers of the Month. Each one of the fantastic members who contribute to our panel are a vital part of Lovereading4kids, providing us with honest reviews and opinions which, alongside reviews from our editorial experts also help you decide if this book is right for your intended reader.  What could be better than that?  So we thank them all for their hard work and the contribution they make to Lovereading4kids.   If you’d like to read more about our panel then please click here or if you fancy joining the panel and sharing your love of books too then simply click here and complete the short application form.

Come back next month to find out who will be awarded the title for October 2015.

Happy reading!

Lovereading4kids most popular children’s books, by age range, 13 – 20 October 2015

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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The Nonsense Show The Nonsense Show
Eric Carle
Julia Eccleshare’s October 2015 Book of the Month The much-loved Eric Carle’s The Nonsense Show more than lives up to its title! Using his trade-mark collage illustrations he has created spread after spread of surprising and unusual events. Humans and animals …
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A Great Big Cuddle A Great Big Cuddle
Michael Rosen
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month, September 2015  Children’s Laureates Chris Riddell and Michael Rosen combine here to create a beautiful collection of ebullient poems for the very young.  Michael Rosen’s close and affectionate observation of small children and the …
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Wolves Wolves
Emily Gravett
Celebrating 10th Anniversary of Wolves!  Rabbit borrows a book about wolves from the library. He can’t put it down! But soon a sinister figure with sharp claws and a bushy tail starts to creep right off the pages. You won’t …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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Monster Monster
C.J. Skuse
October 2015 Book of the Month  In an isolated boarding school, a group of girls settle in for the holidays.  Everyone else has gone home and there are rivalries and animosity between them – this definitely isn’t going to be …
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Zeroes Zeroes
Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, Deborah Biancotti
October 2015 Book of the Month A group of Californian teenagers with superpowers should be having the time of their lives, right? Wrong… This action-packed page-turner about the self-proclaimed Zeroes shows that superpowers come at a cost. In fact, Ethan’s …
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All Sorts of Possible All Sorts of Possible
Rupert Wallis
Rupert Wallis is not afraid to tackle big issues in his novels for teens, including mysteries of good and evil and, in this book, whether there’s a destiny that shapes our ends. Daniel is travelling with his father when their …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Aliens Love Dinopants Aliens Love Dinopants
Claire Freedman
October 2015 Book of the Month  Those pants-mad aliens are back for another bonkers and utterly irresistible episode of knicker-nicking! Lightning sends the aliens’ spaceship crash-landing into the deepest jungle where to their great surprise they discover a stash of …
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Happy! Happy!
Pharrell Williams
October 2015 Debut of the Month  ‘Happy! Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth!’ Pharrell William’s song is irresistible, guaranteed to cheer you up and fill you with optimism whatever your mood. Now he’s taken the words …
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Fairytales for Mr Barker Fairytales for Mr Barker
Jessica Ahlberg
A familiarity with fairy tales is useful to enjoy this charming little book to the full.  Lucy is reading to her dog Mr Barker but he’s not paying attention, in fact he’s soon off out through the window into – …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Imaginary Fred Imaginary Fred
Eoin Colfer
October 2015 MEGA Picture Book of the Month  There are so many adjectives you could use to describe this book – extraordinary, dazzling, original, funny, irresistible, quirky, imaginative, clever, stunning – but none go far enough.  A truly unique work …
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Vikings in the Supermarket Vikings in the Supermarket
Nick Sharratt
Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month, October 2015  Six bouncy poems each of which is richly illustrated by award-winning illustrator Nick Sharratt. Burt, Cora, Charlie, Selwin, Ida and Quentin are the six Vikings let loose on a delightful shopping spree …
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Take Away the A Take Away the A
Michael Escoffier
What a difference a letter makes! Without the G the glove falls in love; remove the K and the monkey makes money; without the A, the beast is best! It’s such a clever idea, one reading and you’ll be working …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Harper and the Scarlet Umbrella Harper and the Scarlet Umbrella
Cerrie Burnell
October 2015 Book of the Month  ‘Once there was a girl called Harper who had a rare musical gift. She heard songs on the wind, rhythms on the rain and hope in the beat of a butterfly’s wing.’ So begins …
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Pinocchio Pinocchio
Michael Morpurgo
Michael Morpurgo has created a fresh version of the classic story of Pinocchio, the wooden puppet with a terrible habit of telling lies who comes alive and has some incredible adventures. Here, Pinocchio tells his own story which, in his …
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School Ship Tobermory School Ship Tobermory
Alexander Mccall Smith
Alexander McCall Smith has taken the ever-popular set up for a proper children’s story – group of plucky kids, no parents – and added to the scope for adventure tenfold by setting it on a tall ship. Twins Ben and …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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The Boy Who Sailed the Ocean in an Armchair The Boy Who Sailed the Ocean in an Armchair
Lara Williamson
October 2015 Book of the Month  Lara Williamson writes books that are poignant and heart-warming, books unequivocally and unashamedly about love. Eleven year old Becket Rumsey is struggling to find the answers to some important questions: how to properly say …
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Grandpa's Great Escape Grandpa’s Great Escape
David Walliams
October 2015 Book of the Month  There’s no doubt that this will be at the top of the bestseller lists, at least until Christmas and probably well beyond. In a relatively short time David Walliams has built up a huge …
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An Eagle in the Snow An Eagle in the Snow
Michael Morpurgo M.B.E.
October 2015 Book of the Month   A ‘what if’ story based on a true life events, full of descriptions of heroism and selflessness: for any good writer this would make excellent material for a book, but in Michael Morpurgo’s hands, …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Lockwood & Co: the Hollow Boy Lockwood & Co: the Hollow Boy
Jonathan Stroud
October 2015 Book of the Month  Publication of a new Lockwood and Co adventure must qualify as one of the literary events of the year. Jonathan Stroud not only writes like a dream, he creates some of the most inventive, …
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Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer
Rick Riordan
October 2015 Book of the Month  Rick Riordan’s unerring ability to reach readers – including those generally described as reluctant – is evident in his new series. Once again he takes ancient myths as inspiration and with its flawed gods, …
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The Boy at the Top of the Mountain The Boy at the Top of the Mountain
John Boyne
Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month, October 2015  Bestselling John Boyne returns to the Second World War for The Boy at the Top of the Mountain, the story of the transformation of Pierrot. Pierrot lives in France. His mother is …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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One One
Sarah Crossan
September 2015 Julia Eccleshare’s Mega Book of the Month Award-winning Sarah Crossan tells an astonishing and difficult story with the surest of touches in this tender, funny and life affirming book. Grace and Tippi are twins. Not just twins but …
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The Devil's Angel The Devil’s Angel
Kevin Brooks
February 2015 Book of the Month – Interest Age Teen  Reading Age 8   Award-winning Kevin Brooks tells a gripping and thoughtful story about the irresistible appeal of a dangerous friendship. Jack is cruising along in year 10; not part of …
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Railhead Railhead
Philip Reeve
October 2015 Book of the Month  Set in a shining future world, where trains rumble not just through towns and countryside but across whole galaxies, Philip Reeve’s new novel drenches its readers with extraordinary scenes, images and ideas. Zen Starling …
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Philip Reeve – Railhead – Blog tour 20 October 2015

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

T is for Trainsong

In some ways, the trains which ply the lines of the Great Network are just like the trains we know. They have locomotives, carriages, a buffet car; they run on rails, and pull up at platforms. But in other ways they are quite different. Each train has a brain; a mind of its own, housed in the sleek-hulled locomotive. The locos are born in the trainworks of the Corporate Families, but once their minds come online they stop being mere vehicles and become individuals, intelligent and self-aware. They choose names for themselves, sometimes delving into the deep archives of the Datasea to find phrases from the deep past which they feel best suit their character – the Lounge Lizard, the Weather Report, the Lie Detector, the Pretentious? Moi? They download maps of the Network and complicated schedules of the K-bahn Timetable Authority, and they are off, riding the rails, slamming through the K-gates. Their eyes are cameras, mounted on their hull and on the ceilings of the carriages they tow. Their hands are maintenance spiders – many-legged robots which wait in hatches on the loco’s hull until it needs them to climb out and make running repairs, or eject an unruly passenger. Their huge minds talk constantly to the small, semi-intelligent systems of the track and the stations, to the signal boxes and points. And in their memory banks they carry news from one world to the next. For the trains are the only things which can travel faster than light, so the only way to send information to someone on another planet is to carry it with you on a train, or send it in a train’s brain. The Network Empire would quickly cease to function if it weren’t for the trains, patiently updating the datasea of each world they cross with news from others, further up the line.

 

Some of the locos enjoy human company, chat to their passengers, and make human friends all over the Network. Others are reserved, busy with their own thoughts, their conversation limited to occasional passenger announcements. A few have been known to to write poetry or compose novels (He Was The Thunder, She Was The Rain, written by the freight train Crystal Japan while it made its lonely journeys up and down the Eastern Branch Lines, is a 27th Century classic, still widely read). A tiny minority have become unstable, and had to be forcibly retired. But what they all have in common is that they love their work; speed is freedom to them, and the interdimensional tingle as they slide through the K-Gates is bliss. That is why they almost all sing, their great, strange voices booming like whales, hooting like pipe-organs, repeating their own trademark musical phrases in countless variations so that passing trains will know them. People living miles from the K-bahn will hear them dimly through their sleep, and wake from dreams of wild journeys and far-off stations.

 

RAILHEAD by Philip Reeve – is the long-awaited new novel by Carnegie and Guardian Book Award winner Philip Reeve. It’s a book that he has been thinking about for ten years and that is hotly anticipated by fans, reviewers and the book-trade. It is a gripping story written for both teens and adults alike, with the epic sweep and emotional pull of Philip Pullman’s Northern Lights. The film rights to RAILHEAD have been sold to Warner Brothers.
RAILHEAD is the story of Zen Starling, a petty thief and self-confessed ‘railhead’ who loves to ride the rails to nowhere. It is set in a far-flung galaxy connected by thousands of gates, linked by indestructible rails – The Great Network, where hundreds of sentient trains criss-cross the universe in seconds. Zen Starling is chosen by the mysterious and powerful Raven to steal something that has the power to bring everything in this galaxy and the next to an end.

Bloomsbury Children’s Books launch the Harry Potter Spotter competition

Friday, October 9th, 2015

To celebrate the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling, illustrated by Jim Kay, Bloomsbury Children’s Books is launching the Harry Potter Spotter competition in association with children’s charity, Kids in Museums.

The Harry Potter Spotter competition launches on Friday 9th October. It challenges people of all ages to seek out and photograph an image from the book placed in museums around the country and share via social media. Working with Kids in Museums, Bloomsbury has placed 12 Jim Kay prints in 12 different museums around the UK and Ireland. With a clue to solve at each venue participants must find these images, take a photo of themselves with it and share via Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #HarryPotterSpotter.

Here are all the images being hunted for

Here are all the images being hunted for

Jim Kay has always been a fan of museums saying; ‘Museums are one of my favourite places to visit. The objects they contain tell the story of ourselves and our world, and I find them endlessly inspiring and fascinating. My illustrations owe so much to museum collections, it’s an honour to know they will appear in the places that made me want to become an artist.’

One overall winner will receive a family ticket to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter plus a Harry Potter tote bag, a Jim Kay signed print and a copy of the Deluxe Illustrated Edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (RRP: £150). 12 additional prize winners, one from each museum, will receive a Harry Potter tote bag, a Jim Kay signed print and a  copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Illustrated Edition (RRP: £30). Participants only need to spot one print to enter.

The Harry Potter Spotter competition launches on Friday 9th October and closes at midnight on Sunday 1st November. Visit http://www.harrypotter.bloomsbury.com/uk/harry-potter-spotter-competition for full details of the competition.

The twelve museums taking part in the Harry Potter Spotter competition are:

Beamish Museum – www.beamish.org.uk

Derby Museum – www.derbymuseums.org

Egypt Centre, Swansea – www.egypt.swan.ac.uk

Falmouth Art Gallery – www.falmouthartgallery.com

Hampton Court Palace – www.hrp.org.uk

Manchester Museum – www.manchester.ac.uk/museum

Museum of Childhood, Edinburgh – www.edinburghmuseums.org.uk

Museum of London – www.museumoflondon.org.uk

National Gallery of Ireland – www.nationalgallery.ie

Norwich Castle – www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/Visit_Us/Norwich_Castle

River and Rowing Museum, Henley-On-Thames – www.rrm.co.uk

V&A Museum of Childhood – www.vam.co.uk/moc

October enewsletter

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

October is a great month for kids. There are muddy puddles to jump in, leaves to kick, conkers to, well, ‘conker’ and Hallowe’en books to read and costumes to make. But that’s not all! It’s a bumper month for Children’s literature and we’ve been busy compiling the very best in recommended reads for kids of all ages, tastes and abilities. What’s more, we’re delighted to be sponsoring the highlight event of the Children’s Book It! programme at the Cheltenham Literary Festival. We Love October! Read on for more.

October Fest! – Books of the Month

Here they are! The best books for kids available this month. Don’t miss:

For younger children Imaginary Fred (3+) by by Eoin Colfer & Oliver Jeffers – MEGA Picture Book of the Month – Poignant and genre defining brilliance from two of the finest children’s book creators on the planet. Pure genius. And The Nonsense Show 3+ by Eric Carle – The Hungry Caterpillar creator turns his unique hand to a series of very silly events. Guaranteed to make children laugh and think!

Older readers need to check out Timmy Failure: Sanitized for your Protection (9+) by Stephan Pastis – With a cover chosen by fans, the latest in a beloved, hilarious detective series. Anything BUT a failure! Or The Boy Who Sailed the Ocean in an Armchair (9+) by Lara Williamson – poignant, heart-warming tale about the struggle to find answers to some of life’s important questions.  ‘I adored this book! It was so sweet and warmed me all the way down to my toes.‘ (Rosa Boran, kids Reader Reviewer)

Finally older teens will love Monster (YA) by CJ Skuse – A supernatural heart-stopping thrill-ride with a sardonic humour, just right for teen readers. Grisly, nail-biting fun!

See the shelves below for even more choice.

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Julia Eccleshare Shares – October Picks

Guardian Children’s Editor and Lovereading4kids Editor at large, Julia Eccleshare has poured her passion for children’s literature into a monthly list of top picks for kids. Her October selection is brimming with brilliance. There are mountains, Vikings, Octopuses, Polar Bears and much more! Join the party, here.

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Ghostly Greatness! from Jonathan Stroud (9+)

The new title in the amazing Lockwood & Co series this month is one of the literary events of the year! If you’re not familiar with this spectre-filled series, you’re in for a treat.

The Screaming Staircase starts the thrill-ride, with suspense, humour and real terror. Book 2, The Whispering Skull was chosen as one of the Top 10 Books of 2015 by our readers and browsers and the 3rd, The Hollow Boy is set to get pulses racing this month. Don’t just take our word for it. See what our Reader reviewers had to say, here.

Oh My Goth!

With 2 books already taking the world by storm, the 3rd book in this awesome Goth Girl series (9+) by Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell has been much anticipated.

Loved by children and showered with awards (including the Costa Children’s Book Award 2013), this deliciously strange and gothic adventure is a must read for eager readers! The Ghost of a Mouse and The Fete Worse than Death are now joined by The Wuthering Fright and you can get them all, here!

Dyslexia Friendly Category Refreshed!

As it’s Dyslexia Awareness Week 5 – 11 Oct. we have given our special category, full of books detailed both by interest age and reading age for children and teens with Dyslexia, a refresh , with hoards of wonderful tales from the likes of Michael Rosen, Michael Morpurgo, Eleanor Updale and many more. Check it out here.

Prizes Galore!

Another month and another Free Prize Draw category full of exciting book goodies waiting to be won. From delightful Alice 150th postcards and Goody bags full of books through to signed gift editions of classics it’s well worth a clickgo on then.

And the Winner is? … Upcoming Book Awards

And the Winner is? … Upcoming Book Awards

It’s award season! Look out for two massive events in the children’s literary calendar this month. First, the Guardian Children’s Prize Shortlist will be announced we have all eight of the the longlist titles, on the site already including our office favourite, Five Children on the Western Front. Secondly, the Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize winner will be announced next month. See all the shortlisted books here. Educational. Inspirational. Fun!

New Title from Carnegie Winner!

Teen and YA readers! Do not miss the astonishing, awesome and thought-provoking new book by Carnegie Medal winner (and horse whisperer) Tanya Landman. Taking inspiration from personal experience and human stories from history, her unique style has won praise and love from readers and fellow authors alike. Hell and High Water is a tale of high seas, danger and prejudice; with a hero whose every fear you will feel and whose bravery will inspire. Find it here.

Battle of the Boyne – John Boyne’s WWII books (11+)

Part of our Books for Boys category (but girls love them too!) John Boyne’s engrossing, very human tales are inspired by the struggles of life during the Second World War. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (11+) was, of course, made into a highly acclaimed film and is a tale of survival and friendship in the harshest of worlds. His latest title is: The Boy at the Top of the Mountain (11+), a powerful story about the influence of false narrative and the search for truth. Read more here.

Lovereading4kids top 3 books, by age range, 27 September – 4 October

Monday, October 5th, 2015

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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A Great Big Cuddle A Great Big Cuddle
Michael Rosen
DON’T FORGET NATIONAL POETRY DAY! Thursday 8th October, 2015
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month, September 2015  Children’s Laureates Chris Riddell and Michael Rosen combine here to create a beautiful collection of ebullient poems for the very young.  Michael Rosen’s close …
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Imaginary Fred Imaginary Fred
Eoin Colfer
October 2015 MEGA Picture Book of the Month  An extraordinary collaboration between Irish Children’s Laureate, Eoin Colfer, and picture book superstar, Oliver Jeffers makes for a dazzlingly original colour gift book.
Awaiting Lovereading4kids review. …
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The Nonsense Show The Nonsense Show
Eric Carle
Julia Eccleshare’s October 2015 Book of the Month The much-loved Eric Carle’s The Nonsense Show more than lives up to its title! Using his trade-mark collage illustrations he has created spread after spread of surprising and unusual events. Humans and animals …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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Monster Monster
C.J. Skuse
October 2015 Book of the Month  In an isolated boarding school, a group of girls settle in for the holidays.  Everyone else has gone home and there are rivalries and animosity between them – this definitely isn’t going to be …
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The Lone City 2: The White Rose The Lone City 2: The White Rose
Amy Ewing
The enticing second Lone City novel continues to reveal more about the fascinating and thrilling dystopian world previously unveiled in The Jewel. The White Rose plunges straight into the middle of tense and dramatic action, immediately capturing your attention (and …
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Sophie Someone Sophie Someone
Hayley Long
September 2015 Book of the Month  Sophie Nieuwenleven’s story is shocking, so she tells it in the only way she can – in code, using random code worms to keep any nubby parkers on their togs. Sophie’s parents have been …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Twit to Who? Twit to Who?
Smriti Prasadam-Halls
A Piece of Passion from editor, Boxer Books  The idea of owls and the dark, dark night has always been a magical one. Owls are known for being wise and watchful and there is something immediately peaceful and comforting about …
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Aliens Love Dinopants Aliens Love Dinopants
Claire Freedman
October 2015 Book of the Month  Those pants-mad aliens are back for another bonkers and utterly irresistible episode of knicker-nicking! Lightning sends the aliens’ spaceship crash-landing into the deepest jungle where to their great surprise they discover a stash of …
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Molly Maybe's Monsters: The Dappity Doofer Molly Maybe’s Monsters: The Dappity Doofer
Kristina Stephenson
September 2015 Book of the Month   Molly Maybe lives in Smallsbury, a sleepy town where nothing much ever happens.  At least, not above ground! Underneath is a magical world, and the only way to get to it is via …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Vikings in the Supermarket Vikings in the Supermarket
Nick Sharratt
DON’T FORGET NATIONAL POETRY DAY! Thursday 8th October, 2015
Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month, October 2015  Six bouncy poems each of which is richly illustrated by award-winning illustrator Nick Sharratt. Burt, Cora, Charlie, Selwin, Ida and Quentin are the six …
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Thorfinn and the Awful Invasion Thorfinn and the Awful Invasion
David MacPhail
September 2015 Book of the Month  Thorfinn is a charming boy, polite, tidy and he makes a lovely cup of tea. Unfortunately, he’s a Viking and this particular skill set doesn’t do anything to impress his family or neighbours – …
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Big Book of Science Things to Make and Do Big Book of Science Things to Make and Do
Leonie Pratt
September 2015 Fascinating Facts Book of the Month  This excellent book is full of fun activities for children that will not only keep them entertained for hours, but will also give them a really useful introduction to the world of …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Mister Cleghorn's Seal Mister Cleghorn’s Seal
Judith Kerr
September 2015 Julia Eccleshare’s Mega Book of the Month  The much-loved author of The Tiger Who Came to Tea has written and illustrated a delightful new story that is perfect for all the family. When lonely Mr Cleghorn adopts Charlie, …
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Harper and the Scarlet Umbrella Harper and the Scarlet Umbrella
Cerrie Burnell
October 2015 Book of the Month  ‘Once there was a girl called Harper who had a rare musical gift. She heard songs on the wind, rhythms on the rain and hope in the beat of a butterfly’s wing.’ So begins …
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The Ogre of Oglefort The Ogre of Oglefort
Eva Ibbotson
Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2010. Shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2010. A Richard and Judy Children’s Book Club selection 2011 – Fluent Readers
Irresistibly ridiculous, this is a wonderful and enchanting romp from a master storyteller. …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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The Boy Who Sailed the Ocean in an Armchair The Boy Who Sailed the Ocean in an Armchair
Lara Williamson
October 2015 Book of the Month  Lara Williamson writes books that are poignant and heart-warming, books unequivocally and unashamedly about love. Eleven year old Becket Rumsey is struggling to find the answers to some important questions: how to properly say …
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An Eagle in the Snow An Eagle in the Snow
Michael Morpurgo M.B.E.
October 2015 Book of the Month The powerful new novel from the master storyteller – inspired by the true story of one man who might have stopped World War II, it bears all the hallmarks of the next Morpurgo classic …
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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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Listen to the Moon Listen to the Moon
Michael Morpurgo M.B.E.
September 2015 Book of the Month   A beautiful and captivating tour de force of family, love, war and forgiveness, this is a major new novel from the author of War Horse and Private Peaceful, Michael Morpurgo and is set in …
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The Wolf Wilder The Wolf Wilder
Katherine Rundell
September 2015 Book of the Month  Wolves, wildness and freedom are at the heart of this thrilling story. Wolf wilders are employed to reintroduce wolves unfortunate enough to be brought up as pets in rich households back into the wild, …
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Lockwood & Co: the Hollow Boy Lockwood & Co: the Hollow Boy
Jonathan Stroud
October 2015 Book of the Month  Publication of a new Lockwood and Co adventure must qualify as one of the literary events of the year. Jonathan Stroud not only writes like a dream, he creates some of the most inventive, …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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One One
Sarah Crossan
September 2015 Julia Eccleshare’s Mega Book of the Month Award-winning Sarah Crossan tells an astonishing and difficult story with the surest of touches in this tender, funny and life affirming book. Grace and Tippi are twins. Not just twins but …
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Thirteen Chairs Thirteen Chairs
Dave Shelton
A spine-tingling collection of fearful stories, cleverly framed by an equally chilling storytelling device. Twelve story tellers sit around the table leaving one chair empty and one story still to be told. Each lit only by a single candle, one …
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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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Jonathan Stroud – Lockwood book launch

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

By Shelley Fallows

It was a sunny, autumnal evening and the visitors of Daunt Bookshop in Chelsea gathered together to celebrate with author Jonathan Stroud  the publication of the 3rd title in his rather wonderful Lockwood & Co series.  Thankfully supplies of salt, iron, lavender or rapiers were not required as the ghosts (for the time being) were safely captured within the pages of Stroud’s books.

I have to admit that I hadn’t encountered the strange, spooky world of Lockwood & Co until we recently shared the first title in the series, The Screaming Staircase, with our review panel members. They enjoyed it immensely and the series has been highly rated by our very own Andrea Reece.  My interest was ignited. I am however, rather easily scared and so it was with some apprehension that I began reading The Screaming Staircase as I travelled by train to the launch party.  I needn’t have worried because although suitably spooky, Jonathan writes with such skill that I was eagerly turning the pages to discover what happens next.  It was with some surprise that I looked up in what seemed only moments after my journey began to discover the train arriving at Victoria.

A book launch is great fun.  Not only do you actually get to meet the author, if you’re really lucky you may also experience the delight of hearing them read from the book itself.  There is something very special about hearing an author read their own words.  Jonathan was the perfect host, reading us a snippet from his latest instalment, The Hollow Boy (published on the 24th Sept)  and then taking the time to sign books and meet everyone who had arrived.

I met many wonderful book lovers, authors and bloggers.  A young booklover called Toby was immediately absorbed in his copy of The Hollow Boy in a quiet corner of the bookshop. I told him I had just begun reading The Screaming Staircase and he informed me that although it was great, he thought The Whispering Skull (book 2)  was the best.  The evening was a great success and it was with some trepidation that I headed out into the night and made my way back to Victoria Station.  Once upon the train my nose was once more deeply absorbed in The Screaming Staircase making my walk home from the station (in the dark!) rather exciting to say the least.  Thoughts of Spectre’s, Wraiths and Raw-bones filled my head and it was a relief when I finally unlocked my front door and retreated inside.

I have to say I have enjoyed The Screaming Staircase immensely, it is an absorbing, exciting story for kids and adults alike.  Lockwood is a very endearing, enigmatic hero and I just loved our feisty narrator, Lucy Carlyle.  There is also a sneak peek of the 2nd book in the series The Whispering Skull at the end which is now very firmly on my ‘to buy’ list (thanks for the recommendation Toby) and I can’t wait to read it.  Ah, isn’t it wonderful when you discover a new series…


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