Nearly Easter already … doesn’t time fly when you and your children are reading brilliant books … read on for news of Out and About titles and Book Festivals to help you find new and fun things to do in the holidays, a sneak peek at some April titles AND don’t miss the chance to win shelf-loads of exclusive book goodies in our Free Prize Draws.
This is where you get to read tantalising snippets of the best new titles before they’ve even hit the shelves! Awesome. This month, don’t miss:
Half Lost by Sally Green (12+) – utterly compelling imagined-world quest tale filled with magic and deadly danger, the finale of a brilliant trilogy.
Maladapted by Richard Kurti (13+) – From BAFTA nominated author of Monkey Wars, another brilliantly thought-provoking tale about the power of science. Survival, intrigue, conspiracy all abound. Cracking stuff!
Flawed by Cecelia Ahern – Debut YA novel from bestselling adult author that raises interesting questions about society, and personal responsibility… this will get young people reading and thinking.
Off the Page (13+, YA) by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer – Following on from their exhilarating debut Between the Lines, the mother-daughter combo have produced a tender, imaginative, brilliant read that our teen reviewers described as: ‘filled with smiles and hope’, ‘crazy beautiful’ and ‘sure to leave you smiling from ear to ear’.
Chaos Descends. In a Good Way!
Shane Hegarty’s much loved and highly acclaimed Darkmouth series has a new adventure, with the 3rd book Chaos Descends out in early April.
This series is monstrously funny, action filled, and packed with heart, Finn and his seaside gateway to nastier worlds will ignite yet more passionate praise singing from avid readers (9+), who voted the last book, Worlds Explode, a Reader Review Panel Pick of the year 2015. Find the whole series here and ahead of the third one there’s time to read the first two, so what are you waiting for?
We have been ‘dying’ to share this with you but it has been under embargo – but take it from us it will be worth the wait. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare (YA) is the beginning of her epic new series full of darkness, revenge, courage and self-realisation in a world of faeries and demons. Find out more and read a Free Opening Extract right here today.
World Book Day Winners! – Blue Peter Book Awards
On World Book Day (what better time?) the winners of one of the leading book awards for children’s writing were announced. The Blue Peter Book Awards aims to guide kids towards quality literature and we think they’ve done just that! See for yourselves in our winners’ gallery!
Discover treats for Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival in Kent (Bank Holiday weekend 1-3 May) where we are proud to be partners to the whole event and in particular we are sponsoring Chris Riddell in ‘Ask the Laureate’. You can also find goodies galore at the Barnes Children’s Literature Festival (14-15 May) and at Chiplitfest in Chipping Norton (21-24 April).
The Carnegie Greenaway Book Awards are among the world’s most prestigious awards for children’s literature. Former winners include greats such as: C.S. Lewis, Quentin Blake, Arthur Ransome and Raymond Briggs. Packed with quality, this year’s shortlist is a dazzling display of story-telling dexterity. Take a peek and judge for yourself!
YA Book Readers take note
The shortlist of ten books has just been announced for the YA Book Prize 2016. Unsurprisingly we have featured many of them on Lovereading4kids but if we had to pick a few favourites we would have to support the spellbinding The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge, the sensitive, often funny The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson or the original and utterly gripping One by Sarah Crossan. One and The Lie Tree are also shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal.
Get the Picture?
Our Picture Book Party category has had a Spring Refresh and is bursting with the best and brightest picture books. Books like Alphonse, That is Not Ok to Do! by Daisy Hirst, author of the inventive and witty The Girl with a Parrot on her Head, out in paperback this month. Our young Reader Reviewers thought it was ‘colourful’ and ‘funny’. See the shelf below for more delightful picture books that you will love as much as your little ones.
For action-packed stories, combining real-life adventure with a touch of magic, Chris Hoy’s Flying Fergus series is hard to beat. Teamed up with top kids author Joanna Nadin they have created a new series of books that our Reader Reviewers loved ‘The book was fabulous! I really enjoyed reading it’ ‘It was humorous, I would definitely recommend this book‘ and with the mix of large print size and fantastic illustrations, we think they are also great to get the most reluctant of readers excited. Find out more.
There’s no one better or more passionate than Julia Eccleshare to guide you to the best books for kids. Here’s what she’s going crazy for this month!
You all know about Worst Witch, the boarding school fantasy stories by Jill Murphy. Well, let us introduce Witch Watch by Sibeal Pounder.
With crazy situations, a cast of irresistible characters, jokes, wordplay and just the right amount of dress and shopping detail, this is an original and hugely enjoyable read. There are 3 magical titles in the series and we’re sure you’ll be spellbound!
More pet adventures in these two Jessie Wall titles for early readers. Wonderfully imaginative and magically illustrated, follow Philomena, The Cat who thinks she’s a Dog and Geronimo, The Dog who thinks He’s a Cat. Thought-provoking stuff to share with kids aged 5+.
Finding Space – To Infinity and Beyond!
There has never been a better time to be interested in Space.
While Tim Peake inspires kids the world over with his endeavours on the MIA space station, why not check out The Usborne Official Astronaut’s Handbook (9+), or for younger readers; Busy People: Astronaut (4+) a great addition to the series about the lives of people at work. Finally, get looking up with Cool Astronomy (7+) by Malcolm Croft. Start exploring here!
Award-winning writer and filmmaker, Matt Dickinson has turned his passion for mountain climbing into a mesmerizing, cliff-hanging, jagged and mountainous adventure series called The Everest Files for teen and YA readers. Follow the courageous Ryan Hart, as he conquers way more than the slopes in these edge-of-your-seat reads. The Everest Files and just out The North Face. Discover more.
With the release of the Jungle Book movie, which looks AWESOME by the way, we have put together a pile of great titles including the original timeless story by Rudyard Kipling. See them all here – there’s even a completely blow-your-mind title for grown-ups.
It must be! Because we have optimistically re-awakened our popular ‘Out and About’ category, filled with fantastic books to get the kids (and you) enjoying activities in the open air. New to the crop this year is Cool Nature by Amy Jane Beer (7+) a fact-filled and inspiring tome for kids of all ages or to get kids away from screens and outdoors, and this clever activity pack will do just that. And for a younger audience Nature Art is guaranteed to do the same. See these and others in our special category.
Finally, if your kids loved Wonder by R. J. Palacio or My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher then we have a book not to be missed. The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin follows 12-year old Suzy as she tries to come to terms with the sudden death of a friend.
One of our Reader Reviewers summed it up perfectly. ‘A really unique book with a very different story and style of writing … I absolutely loved it.’
And that, book worms, is March at Lovereading4kids. See you next month. Happy Reading.