If one of your New Year’s Resolutions is to get your kids reading more then don’t miss our tips to do just that on our Facebook Page as a great book really is the best antidote for cold days indoors and video game dependence. For recommendations this month why not start with our Books of the Year, our Experts Favourite Picks of 2015 …
Picture Book Pre Pub Purrfection! – Lionheart (3+) by Richard Collingridge
From the author of the beautiful wintery adventure When it Snows, comes a fabulous new tale about courage and exploring the unknown. Lionheart is a delightfully illustrated adventure which will make your youngster’s eyes light up as you read with them.
Truly magical and other worldly, yet grounded in reality and self-assurance, this is a wonderful addition to any nursery shelf.
|Hamish and the Neverpeople by Danny Wallace.
Quirky, original, clever, fast-paced and very funny indeed, this book, 2nd in the series will be another huge hit.
|Simon Thorn and the Wolf’s Den by Aimee Carter.
A new series. Imaginative and vivid with themes of bravery and loyalty perfect for fans of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson.
|Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton.
A rollicking romp of a debut, the first in a trilogy, is an intoxicating blend of steam punk-esque Western and Arabian epic
Ghost Writer! – Joseph Delaney’s ‘Spook’s’ Series
Part of the Starblade Chronicles, the Spook’s series by Joseph Delaney is a ghostly, epic, light vs dark fantasy adventure, riddled with supernatural beings, battles and the will to survive. It is a lightning-burst of a read that will have you white-knuckled until you reach the thrilling end.
A New Darkness is the first in this gripping ghost-hunt, devoured by our Kids Reader Reviewers and with an ending that will have you clambering for the sequel. Luckily, the second,The Dark Army is released this month! For more info click here.
Reading can be a challenge for some, but we are dedicated to helping reluctant readers to love reading. So, fresh for 2016, we have a challenge for you. Why not have a look at our superlative section of graphic novels. These filmic gems are so evocative and can be a different reading experience from long pages of writing so perfect for even the most reluctant or struggling reader. They can escape into their own world with titles such as the brilliantly visualized versions of the bestselling spy series featuring Alex Rider (9+) from Anthony Horowitz. Click here to get started!
Barrington Stoke specialises in ‘cracking reading’, publishing super-readable children’s books that break down the barriers that can stop kids getting into reading. Their first-rate short fiction brings together the very best children’s authors and illustrators in the UK with a host of unique accessibility features to offer cracking reads accessible to more children including those with dyslexia or visual stress. You can see all the latest books in our Super Readable and Dyslexia Friendly category but below we have also brought together the 2015 Books of the Year plus this month you also have the chance to win one of 3 signed copies of Gawain Greytail and the Terrible Tab by Cornelia Funke.
Unmissable Prize Draws
This month we have some amazing free to enter prize draws that we would be remiss not to draw your attention too!
First up you can win a SIGNED hardback copies of the hilarious Awful Auntie by David Walliams!
Next we have SIGNED copies of the Dyslexia Friendly picture book Gawain Greytail and the Terrible Tab by super author Cornelia Funke!
And finally the whole family could go and see the brilliant Horrible Histories live on stage!
All you need to do is click and enter.
The unusual and powerful debut by Maria Turtschaninoff has, we have found out recently a fascinating story behind it that we thought more people would like to know about. It began in 2007 when the author went to see an exhibition in Helsinki on Mount Athos, an all-male monastic community, which still prohibits women from visiting its peninsula. She felt this was the ultimate hypocrisy, as the monks worship the Holy Virgin, a woman.
The experience was the catalyst for her to create The Red Abbey Chronicles where the worship of the Virgin Mother by women creates an exclusively female stronghold. Turtschaninoff said “I want Maresi to enlighten every reader, normalising that women are powerful, strong, intelligent and most importantly, that they matter.” Click here to find out more.
If your child is a fan of the brilliant (and Award winning) Geek Girl series by Holly Smale then we can highly recommend Accidental Superstar (11+) by Marianne Levy.
Offering a fresh take on the rags-to-riches archetype, this highly entertaining novel is laden with laughs and touching insights into friendship and family life. One of our Kids Reader Reviewers summed it up by saying ‘This book is properly funny! I could not put it down!’
And that, book fans, is January at Lovereading4kids. We’ll be back next month with more recommendations to keep you lost in words! Happy Reading!
P.S. Don’t miss the shortlisted titles for the Blue Peter Book Award and the chance to vote for the winner which will be announced on World Book Day (3 March 2016).
P.P.S. Just published is a book that our teen and YA (and even some sneaky adults) reader review panel members absolutely ‘devoured’. Alison Goodman’s The Dark Days Club combines the high society world of Jane Austen with the supernatural underworld of Cassandra Clare to create an epic and addictive series. Find out more today