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Lovereading4kids most popular books, by age range, 20 – 27 November 2016

Monday, November 28th, 2016

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Gordon's Great Escape Gordon’s Great Escape
Sue Hendra
November 2016 Book of the Month  Hurrah for Gordon the Balloon! Gordon’s life story, including time at balloon-school learning just what a balloon does, his first true love whose pets are porcupines and his important role in rescuing his friends …
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Wolves Wolves
Emily Gravett
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | 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 …
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Dinosaur Roar! Single Sound Board Book Dinosaur Roar! Single Sound Board Book
Henrietta Stickland
Dinosaur roar, dinosaur squeak! This fabulous rhyming book of opposites is deservedly recognised as a classic and this new edition comes complete with a fantastic dinosaur sound. A herd of dinosaurs of all shapes, sizes and temperaments race or lounge …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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The Sun is Also a Star The Sun is Also a Star
Nicola Yoon
November 2016 Book of the Month
In a Nutshell: Race against time | Racing hearts | The difference a day makes |   Intense tale of fate, fraught families and migrant lives told over the twelve hour period in which a teenage girl …
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The Diabolic The Diabolic
S. J. Kincaid
In a Nutshell: Intergalactic Identity Epic     Action and intrigue abound in this high-stakes, high-concept sci-fi thriller from the acclaimed author of Insignia.
Nemesis is a Diabolic. They ‘look like us, but they aren’t truly human beings.’ They’re predators who must kill …
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Dear Charlie Dear Charlie
N. D. Gomes
November 2016 Debut of the Month
In a Nutshell: Shocking school shooting | Heartache behind headlines    A thoroughly thought-provoking tale of a family’s struggle with grief and guilt in the aftermath of an atrocious act committed by a loved one.
It’s …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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The Christmas Eve Tree The Christmas Eve Tree
Delia Huddy
Get into the Spirit of Christmas!  This absolutely beautiful book will really instil the true Christmas spirit in all who read it. Planted carelessly, the little fir tree has no chance to grow, so stays small and stunted. No wonder …
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Snowflake in My Pocket Snowflake in My Pocket
Rachel Bright
Get into the Spirit of Christmas! This charming story of a little squirrel’s first adventure in the snow is also a gentle reflection on the things we should really treasure. Little Squirrel lives in an oak tree with wise old …
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Blue Penguin Blue Penguin
Petr Horacek
November 2016 Book of the Month   There are some breathtakingly beautiful illustrations in Petr Horacek’s new picture book, and a story to bring a lump to the throat. Blue Penguin does the same things that the other penguins do but, …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Magnificent Creatures Magnificent Creatures
Anna Wright
In a nutshell: patterns and personalities in the animal world captured in words and beautiful pictures.
This beautiful book will inspire children to look at the world around them with new eyes. Anna Wright is fascinated by the extraordinary patterns and …
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Pandora Pandora
Victoria Turnbull
Victoria Turnbull is a very gifted picture book creator and Pandora is a beautiful story of friendship, hope and renewal. All alone, in a land of broken things, lives Pandora, a little fox. She spends her time gathering and repairing …
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Penguin Problems Penguin Problems
Jory John
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month November 2016      Ever thought you had problems? Try being a Penguin! There’s too much snow, it’s too cold, the sea has too …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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The Giant's Necklace The Giant’s Necklace
Michael Morpurgo
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month November 2016    Former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo’s short story is a small gem. Part adventure, part ghost story it slips easily between past and present as a little girl, determined to collect all …
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The Snow Cat The Snow Cat
Holly Webb
In a nutshell: a seasonal story of snow, cats and happy endings!
Young readers will very much enjoy Holly Webb’s typically touching new story, in which a mischievous cat works magic across the generations. Bel is staying with her grandma in …
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The Fox and the Star The Fox and the Star
Coralie Bickford-Smith
October 2016 Debut of the Month  This is such a charming and gloriously delightful short tale, about friendship, facing your fears and looking beyond the obvious. The Fox and the Star is a visually stunning story book; the illustrations are fabulous, …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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There May be a Castle There May be a Castle
Piers Torday
November 2016 Book of the Month
In a nutshell: the unbeatable power of the imagination  |   Piers Torday’s beautifully written book is an extraordinary allegory, a story of courage and love, and of the life-affirming importance of stories. It’s Christmas …
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The Song from Somewhere Else The Song from Somewhere Else
A. F. Harrold
A Julia Eccleshare Book of the Month November 2016   Award-winning A.F. Harrold blends reality and imagination in a moving and thought-provoking story about friendship, loneliness and being brave when things are difficult. Bullied at school and unsupported at home, …
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Winter Magic Winter Magic
Amy Alward, Emma Carroll, Berlie Doherty & others
Get into the Spirit of Christmas!   I’ve always thought books were magical.  It’s always a wonder that a simple combination of words can have such meaning, take us on so many adventures. This short story collection encapsulates that belief perfectly. …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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The Midnight Gang The Midnight Gang
David Walliams
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | November 2016 Book of the Month  | In a nutshell: comedy capers on the NHS from everyone’s favourite storyteller!
The spirit of Roald Dahl lives on in David Walliams, and Dahl’s influence …
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An Eagle in the Snow An Eagle in the Snow
Michael Morpurgo
November 2016 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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Spirit of the Jungle Spirit of the Jungle
Bear Grylls
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | October 2016 Book of the Month  | In a nutshell: jungle survival in the footsteps of Mowgli  |  More than 120 years after publication of The Jungle Book, and following the …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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Black Light Express Black Light Express
Philip Reeve
November 2016 Book of the Month
In a nutshell: dazzling journeys into other worlds  |   Philip Reeve continues to turn us all into railheads in his glorious new sci-fi adventure. The follow up to Railhead, this is set in a gleaming …
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The Lie Tree: Illustrated Edition The Lie Tree: Illustrated Edition
Frances Hardinge
A beautiful illustrated gift edition of Frances Hardinge’s 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 local caves she had recently visited …
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Reckless III: The Golden Yarn Reckless III: The Golden Yarn
Cornelia Funke
November 2016 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: mesmerising tale of love and adventure set in a dark fairy tale world  |  Cornelia Funke has an extraordinarily fertile imagination, which is fed and inspired by the old fairy …
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Friday, November 25th, 2016

See below for four scrumdiddlyumptious recipe ideas based on Roald Dahl books

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HARINGEY CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD SHORTLIST 2017

Friday, November 25th, 2016

What is the HCBA?

haringeyThe Haringey Children’s Book Award is now in its 3rd year, set up by the librarian community in Haringey to promote literacy across the borough through interaction between schools. The award aims to get more children reading and share fantastic books with them that they may have not noticed. Organised via school bookgroups, children from (mostly) school years 5 – 7 read the shortlist of books, do various activities on them, and then join altogether for workshops and the award ceremony itself, where they vote on the winner. We are seeing a growing community of schools taking part, with 10- 15 schools each year. Our vision is to eventually see all Haringey schools take part in some way.

2017 Shortlist
The Best Medicine by Christine Hamill, Little Island Books Catching Falling Stars by Karen McCombie, Scholastic
Cogheart by Peter Bunzl, Usborne
The Imaginary by AF Harrold & illustr. Emily Gravett, Bloomsbury Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill, Piccadilly Press
Strange Star by Emma Carroll, Faber & Faber

Previous winners
2016 SF Said for ‘Phoenix’ 2015 Gill Lewis for ‘Scarlet Ibis’

 

The HCBA Award Ceremony

The award ceremony will be at Heartlands High School, Haringey (N22 7ST) on the afternoon of Monday 24th April 2017. We would like to welcome all authors, illustrators, publishers & associates to join us for the ceremony. Please let us know if you would like to attend by using the email below.

The award ceremony itself is a fantastic afternoon – last year saw a keynote speech from MP Catherine West, book signings by 9 authors and a Q&A from 3 of the shortlisted authors. Since voting by participating children takes place at the ceremony, organisers genuinely have no idea as to the winner of the award which is very exciting!

Authors

We would love authors to run a workshop for of 30 children approx on the morning of the award ceremony at the same venue. This is funded through an Arts Council grant via ‘Haringey Literature Live’. Authors will be further contacted by Kate Pemberton about furter details. Please also let us know if you have space in January – March for school visits, as participating schools sometimes like to do this themselves.

Publishers

Please can you send publicity material for the shortlisted titles to the address below. Award ceremony attendance is around 100 – 150 students and we do like to give attendees a few goodies to take home / to their schools.

Helen Swinyard
Library Manager
Heartlands High School
Station Road
London N22 7ST

helen.swinyard@heartlands.haringey.sch.uk

Lovereading4kids most popular children’s books, by age range, 13 – 20 November 2016

Monday, November 21st, 2016

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Wolves Wolves
Emily Gravett
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | 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 …
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Gordon's Great Escape Gordon’s Great Escape
Sue Hendra
November 2016 Book of the Month  Hurrah for Gordon the Balloon! Gordon’s life story, including time at balloon-school learning just what a balloon does, his first true love whose pets are porcupines and his important role in rescuing his friends …
Download free opening extract
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The Storm Whale The Storm Whale
Benji Davies
A beautiful slipcase edition of The Storm Whale and The Storm Whale in Winter from the award-winning author and illustrator Benji Davies. Follow Noi’s story in these poignant and moving books, now in a slipcase – the perfect gift for …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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The Sun is Also a Star The Sun is Also a Star
Nicola Yoon
November 2016 Book of the Month
In a Nutshell: Race against time | Racing hearts | The difference a day makes |   Intense tale of fate, fraught families and migrant lives told over the twelve hour period in which a teenage girl …
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Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy
Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, Robin Wasserman
In a Nutshell: Epic illustrated short stories |  A colossal collection of illustrated short stories about the star of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series.
Previously released separately in eBook format, this lavish volume of short stories makes a great gift for …
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The Diabolic The Diabolic
S. J. Kincaid
In a Nutshell: Intergalactic Identity Epic     Action and intrigue abound in this high-stakes, high-concept sci-fi thriller from the acclaimed author of Insignia.
Nemesis is a Diabolic. They ‘look like us, but they aren’t truly human beings.’ They’re predators who must kill …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 3+ readers

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The Christmas Eve Tree The Christmas Eve Tree
Delia Huddy
Get into the Spirit of Christmas!  This absolutely beautiful book will really instil the true Christmas spirit in all who read it. Planted carelessly, the little fir tree has no chance to grow, so stays small and stunted. No wonder …
Download free opening extract
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Snowflake in My Pocket Snowflake in My Pocket
Rachel Bright
Get into the Spirit of Christmas! This charming story of a little squirrel’s first adventure in the snow is also a gentle reflection on the things we should really treasure. Little Squirrel lives in an oak tree with wise old …
Download free opening extract
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Robin's Winter Song Robin’s Winter Song
Suzanne Barton
Beautifully illustrated, this buoyant and cheerful story captures Robin’s delight as the new season arrives! There’s a chill in the air and all of Robin’s friends are flying away to somewhere warmer. They make winter sound scary, greedy and cold. …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Penguin Problems Penguin Problems
Jory John
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month November 2016      Ever thought you had problems? Try being a Penguin! There’s too much snow, it’s too cold, the sea has too …
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Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World
Kate Pankhurst
It’s impossible not to be inspired by this picture book and the great women featured in it: their stories are told across bright spreads, which are enticing to look at, and packed with information all presented in a way that …
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Magnificent Creatures Magnificent Creatures
Anna Wright
Anna Wright’s stunning introduction to non-fiction and the natural world is enlivened by her gorgeously sophisticated and fun art style which mixes pen and ink, watercolour and fabric collage.
Lovereading Review to follow. …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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The Snow Cat The Snow Cat
Holly Webb
In a nutshell: a seasonal story of snow, cats and happy endings!
Young readers will very much enjoy Holly Webb’s typically touching new story, in which a mischievous cat works magic across the generations. Bel is staying with her grandma in …
Download free opening extract
2
The Fox and the Star The Fox and the Star
Coralie Bickford-Smith
October 2016 Debut of the Month  This is such a charming and gloriously delightful short tale, about friendship, facing your fears and looking beyond the obvious. The Fox and the Star is a visually stunning story book; the illustrations are fabulous, …
Download free opening extract
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The Giant's Necklace The Giant’s Necklace
Michael Morpurgo
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month November 2016    Former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo’s short story is a small gem. Part adventure, part ghost story it slips easily between past and present as a little girl, determined to collect all …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 9+ readers

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The Song from Somewhere Else The Song from Somewhere Else
A. F. Harrold
A Julia Eccleshare Book of the Month November 2016   Award-winning A.F. Harrold blends reality and imagination in a moving and thought-provoking story about friendship, loneliness and being brave when things are difficult. Bullied at school and unsupported at home, …
Download free opening extract
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The Midnight Gang The Midnight Gang
David Walliams
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | November 2016 Book of the Month  | In a nutshell: comedy capers on the NHS from everyone’s favourite storyteller!
The spirit of Roald Dahl lives on in David Walliams, and Dahl’s influence …
Download free opening extract
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There May be a Castle There May be a Castle
Piers Torday
November 2016 Book of the Month
In a nutshell: the unbeatable power of the imagination  |   Piers Torday’s beautifully written book is an extraordinary allegory, a story of courage and love, and of the life-affirming importance of stories. It’s Christmas …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 11+ readers

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An Eagle in the Snow An Eagle in the Snow
Michael Morpurgo
November 2016 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, …
Download free opening extract
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Spirit of the Jungle Spirit of the Jungle
Bear Grylls
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | October 2016 Book of the Month  | In a nutshell: jungle survival in the footsteps of Mowgli  |  More than 120 years after publication of The Jungle Book, and following the …
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Mistletoe and Murder A Murder Most Unladylike Mystery Mistletoe and Murder A Murder Most Unladylike Mystery
Robin Stevens
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | November 2016 Book of the Month  A festive feast of ghastly goings on for fans old and new of the A Murder Most Unladylike series. Astute, smart and daring they may …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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Reckless III: The Golden Yarn Reckless III: The Golden Yarn
Cornelia Funke
November 2016 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: mesmerising tale of love and adventure set in a dark fairy tale world  |  Cornelia Funke has an extraordinarily fertile imagination, which is fed and inspired by the old fairy …
Download free opening extract
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The Light That Gets Lost The Light That Gets Lost
Natasha Carthew
In a Nutshell: Raw revenge | Exploitative institution  |  Brightening bonds  |   An unforgettable novel about revenge, abuses of authority and the redemptive power of friendship.
After witnessing his parents’ murder, Trey is sent to bleak Camp Kernow, a correctional institution for …
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I'll be Home for Christmas I’ll be Home for Christmas
Benjamin Zephaniah, Non Pratt, Marcus Sedgwick, Cat Clarke & others
In a nutshell: heartfelt stories of home by top authors| Home – it’s a powerful concept, never more so than at Christmas. In association with homeless charity Crisis – £1 from every copy sold goes to them – publisher Stripes …
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Christmas Books

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

It’s Mid-November (already!) and in the blink of an eye, the bonfire night firecrackers have been replaced by shop fronts full of sparkly lights. So, as Christmas looms large over a frosty horizon, let us warm your cockles and please your budget with some great value gift ideas for little Christmas Elves of all ages! And free 2nd class postage on all UK orders over £20!

Fizz, Bang! – November Highlights

With all the great new books this month here are a couple of the literary rockets and roman candles that may have whooshed over your heads and we think it would be a huge shame for your kids to miss. Books like:

Double Down by Jeff Kinney (7+) – The Wimpy Kid is back for an 11th time! Sharp as ever and full of scenes that will have children doubled-up with laughter.

Girl Online: Going Solo by Zoe Sugg (11+) – The 3rd instalment in super-realistic teen tribulations from visionary vlogger, Zoella.

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare (YA) – Demon hunting, courage, friendships and a massive dollop of self-discovery!

Fool-proof Festive Finds for Kids!

Christmas is coming! Let us help you turn your festive Fear to festive Cheer and give kids you know gifts that last forever!

A good book is a flight of fancy, a fantastic personal journey and can spark the imagination. And it’s pretty good value too! Win, win! See some highlights below or click here to see all our seasonal recommendations broken down by age range.

“Books for Book Lovers” – New ‘Walker Studio’ Imprint

A good book engages all the senses. This new imprint from leading independent children’s publisher, Walker Books, is focused on design, high-quality illustration and superlative content. Books that will entice readers from a distance and fill them with the urge to hold, open and devour them (metaphorically speaking!). It brings one-of-a-kind books together in one place and celebrates a love for the printed book.

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2016’s Final Fruits – Julia Eccleshare’s Last Selection of the Year

This is it, the last list of stellar must-reads for kids from Guardian Children’s Book Editor Julia Eccleshare. Don’t panic, though, it’s only the last list of 2016! Click here to find out what’s hot this side of Christmas.

Irresistible Reading – James Patterson’s Middle School Series

Passionate about helping kids to enjoy reading and one of the biggest-selling writers of all time, James Patterson is a very good thing in our book! We just love his Middle School Series for kids aged 9+. Perfect for Wimpy Kid fans, these are fast-paced, funny, adventurous page-turners. The latest title is; Dog’s Best Friend, which is brilliant. Don’t just take our word for it, read the Reader Reviews! Oscar aged 8 said; “This is a laugh your socks off book with lots of wacky hijinks and cheeky puns”. Find out more.

Stockings are all booked up this year!

Ever heard of ‘big-sock shock’? It’s the anxiety caused by an empty stocking. Fear not fellow sufferers, we have just the thing to fit. Perfect pressies to light up their faces from Santa’s little helpers.

Prying Eyes, Eyeing the Prize! – Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize.

As prizes for children’s writing go, they don’t come bigger. The shortlist for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2016 was announced this month.

Four fabulous novels vie for the top honours in an unenviable job for the judges. Why not check out the hopefuls here and judge for yourself?

Wizard World Spin-Offs!

JK Rowling’s Wizard World is filled with magical curiosities. Now fans can celebrate and explore with two spellbinding titles.

First, J. K. Rowling’s Wizarding World: A Pop-Up Gallery of Curiosities will provide a lasting, truly interactive and ornamental 3D showcase of some of the best-loved peculiarities from the Harry Potter movies. And talking of films, don’t miss the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, movie scrapbook! It’s an artifact-filled adventure through the latest Newt Scamander movie.

Happy Hamster Birthday Humphrey!

Can you believe it? Humphrey the Hamster (9+) is 10! What better time to catch up with the hilarious adventures of the classroom pet? It being November an’ all, a good place to start might be Christmas According to Humphrey, which you can find here!

100 Years of Wow! – Chronologica (9+)

From the makers of Whitaker’s Almanack, an addictive, informative and unrivalled journey through time, from the foundation of Rome to the creation of the internet. Chronologica The Incredible Years That Defined History (9+) is an entertaining and beautifully illustrated glimpse into where we are and what’s gone before us. Find out more here.

Next Steps! – If They Like, They’ll Love

The final page has turned on the last in a series by a favourite author. Where do you turn now? Well, here actually!

If they like Patrick Ness they’ll Love The Light that Gets Lost by Natasha Carthew. An unforgettable novel about revenge, abuses of authority and the redemptive power of friendship.

And if they are fans of The Hunger Games series they’ll Love the dark fantasy that is Diabolical by Cynthia Leitich Smith, part of the Tantalize Series.

Boy Zone!

Nope, not the 90s Irish ‘take-home-to-meet-your-mum’ – boy band. This is about our brilliant Great Books for Boys category, which has been injected with new blood this month. New yet classic blood like; The Tigerboy by Ted Hughes (9+), a tale of difference and self-realisation from a former Poet Laureate.

Can’t Read, Won’t Read? – Think Again!

One of our missions is to help reluctant readers to gain the confidence to love reading and discover wonderful stories. That’s why we’ve dedicated a whole category to the fantastic books that are designed to help with exactly that! Books like:

Diary of a Trainee Rock God by Jonathan Meres (9+) and Jake McDonald – First-class, fact-filled story of ambition and aiming high.

And

The Sticky Witch by Hilary McKay (7+) – A gooey ‘let’s get out of here!’ tale of witchy hospitality and reluctant guests.

Book Week Scotland!

Nov 21-27 sees a week-long celebration of books and reading! People will be coming together in libraries, schools, community venues and workplaces to share and enjoy. They’ll be joined by many of Scotland’s leading authors, poets, playwrights, storytellers and illustrators to bring a packed programme of events and projects to life. Don’t miss the ‘Authors Live’ broadcast with Charlie and Lola and Ruby Redfort creator Lauren Child. This and much, much more! Find out how you can get involved, here.

November email update

Friday, November 4th, 2016

November, with its crisp dark nights and the afterglow of fireworks scattering magic in the air just long enough for hearts to fill with wonder and excitement in the lead up to Christmas, is one of our favourite months! One of our other favourite things is helping you find the perfect fodder for your book hungry youngsters! So, here are our top tips for some cracking reads this winter and maybe a few little things to fill your stockings too! Read on for more.

A November to Remember! – Books of the Month

The fireworks may have fizzled, but our bookshelf is still bursting with colour. Here are the sparklers:

There May Be a Castle by Piers Torday (9+) – Beautifully written allegory about courage, love and the unbeatable power of imagination.

The Sun is also a Star by Nicola Yoon (13+) – Timely and breathtakingly smart story about love, identity, displacement and the changing relationships between young adults and their parents.

Reckless III The Golden Yarn by Cornelia Funke (11+) – Imaginative. Mesmerizing adventure through dark fairy tale worlds that will ‘make you breathless’ (Reader Review

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First Words

It’s a fine duo of fledgling fablers this month as we celebrate the best of the best in debut titles.

Dear Charlie (YA) by N. D. Gomes – A big-hearted book that doesn’t shirk from tackling big issues, emotions and questions – how do we survive and recover a sense of hope through the most destructive personal tragedies?

The Liszts (5+) written by Kyo Maclear and illustrated by Julia Sarda. Wonderfully dark, even gothic, completely original, wonderful to look at, funny and intriguing, this is one to add to your list of must-haves.

Fancy Winning Limited Edition Signed Books?

Don’t miss your chance to win exclusive signed copies of brilliant books. We’ve already brightened cloudy days with signed editions of books like Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World, Chris Riddell’s eccentrically charming, Ottoline and the Purple Fox, The Racehorse Who Wouldn’t Gallop by Clare Balding and Young Bond: Strike Lightning. There will be more and more chances to win more and more great titles, so: “if at first … ” and all that. Just keep coming back for more!

Out of the Mouths! – Reader Review Highlights

Here they are, the best book about right now as chosen by our highly discerning group of young reviewers. Books like:

The Road to Ever After by Moira Young (9+) – ‘Step into a world of adventure, magic and friendship. I loved this book, once you have read it you will remember it forever.’ (Anya Fuller, aged 9).

Christmas! – Have you Booked?

It’s the same every year. The mad rush to find the right gifts for the kids. Whatever you get them, you run the risk that once the paper is ripped off and what’s inside is not the next big thing anymore, it’s gathering dust under the bed with the Connect 4, a mini skateboard, some Lego and the discarded clothes of a mermaid doll. You know what you need? You need the peace of mind that you get from giving a jolly good book! Click here for inspiration.

 

Seasonal Delights from Matt Haig

Last year Matt Haig brought us a brand new Christmas story, A Boy Called Christmas, his tale of how a weedy little boy called Nikolas became the jolly bearded figure we know as Father Christmas.

This year he follows it up with another festive treat, The Girl Who Saved Christmas, a magical story of hope, faith and Father Christmas with an evergreen message for one and all.

These are wonderful seasonal adventures, exciting, often very funny though not without its darker moments, and never sentimental.

Treat time for Toddlers

November sees a plethora of beautiful new picture books – see below for three highlights…

Bedtime Reads Refresh

Books at bedtime are such a vital part of growing up. A treat for parents and children alike. This colourful category celebrates the best in books to share and this month; there are even MORE to choose from.

Like; Goodnight World (3+) by Debi Gliori, a lovely lullaby to bid the day ‘goodnight’ and cuddle up with Mum or Dad.

Stories Without Words

Wordless picture books can create an incredible story experience, leaving the nuances of interpretation to the reader. The drawings inspiring children and parents to find their own narrative. Have a look at Owl Bat Bat Owl by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick (Baby & Toddler), a witty, warm friendship tale.

Picture Perfect Pet… It’s a Dog’s Life

Kate Prendergast’s incredible wordless picture-stories speak a thousand words, combining a loveable character with beautiful observations of the world around us. A delight to read again and again. Meet ‘Dog’, the eponymous hero! In Dog on a Train, he tries to reunite ‘Boy’ with his favourite hat. But will he find him in the midst of rush hour madness? Dog on a Digger and is another compelling comic adventure for our cunning canine, cleverly told with pictures. Books for 3+yrs readers to cherish!

Well, I did NOT know That!

Whatever age you are, it’s always great to find out something mind-blowing! That’s why we’ve compiled a Fascinating Facts category; jam packed with noggin expanding nuggets for kids of all ages.

Parents of kids aged 9+, for example, should look at The Survivors: And Other Incredible Stories of Extreme Survival by David Long (9+), an astonishing selection of real-life survival stories.
Book the Cinema! – Film Tie-Ins

Every now and then great books get made into great films. Some greater than others! This category is about the books that inspired some of your favourite films. And you know what they say! “The Books is (always) better!”. Books like, Molly Moon’s Incredible Book of Hypnotism (9+) by Georgia Byng, a rags to happiness tale of the power of dreams.


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