Archive for February, 2017

Mid-February eNewsletter

Monday, February 20th, 2017

Half term already! Read on for lots more kids’ book recommendations, from children’s book experts like Julia Eccleshare and catch up on the latest book related news. And parents with young children need to have a look at our charmingly brilliant Illustrator of the Month Sophy Henn.


February’s Children’s Highlights

Our highlights can point you on the path of perfect reads for kids of all ages that might have gone under your radar this month. Brilliant books like:

Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley (YA) – Devastatingly honest, powerful and emotional coming of age tale of self-knowledge and the trials of sexual identity.

The Night Gardener by Terry & Eric Fan (3+) – In delicate images and compositions, this breathtaking book makes us see the beauty of the world around us. And more on the shelves below.


Bring Non-Fiction to life

The What On Earth? Series from Christopher Lloyd bring facts to life! Each book contains a fold-out timeline, with intricate illustrations and bitesize pieces of information, which show the complete story of a range of popular non-fiction subjects including Science, History, Sport, Shakespeare and Nature.

Find out more about these books in our special category. And visit the whatonearthbooks website to download a FREE Activity Book which contains ten creative learning activities linked to the books in the Wallbook Collection. You can also buy the whole set in a brilliant slipcase edition – it’s stunning.

One. Step. Ahead, Baby!

This is your chance to read a free, fantastic first few chapters of brilliant books BEFORE they hit the shelves. 

The Fearless Travellers’ Guide to Wicked Places by Pete Begler (9+) – Beautiful, terrifying and in part comic magical fantasy about being true to who you are.

Black Moon by L.A. Weatherly (YA) – Thrilling, breathtaking conclusion to the Broken Trilogy. An expertly-crafted dystopian adventure, crammed with suspense, espionage, courage and romance.


A Love Story Like No Other

We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan (YA) – Our MEGA Book of the Month, a first collaboration between two major award-winning novelists. ‘A wonderful love story, told in prose, featuring two very damaged young people who blossom when they find one another. A gem.‘ (Rosa 17).

The authors first met at a dinner to celebrate their respective books being shortlisted for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal. Soon after the two of them began sending chapters back and forth on WhatsApp.


Julia’s Jubilations! – Julia Eccleshare Recommends

Who better than the Guardian Children’s Books Editor who also happens to be our Editor-at-Large to suggest the books that are truly worth reading right now for kids of all ages? See what Julia Eccleshare has in store for us this month.


Talent to Draw On

Relatively new kid on the block, the work of Morag Hood has already won her acclaim and the love of very young children and parents everywhere. Her first story; Colin and Lee, Carrot and Pea is a brilliant tale of unlikely friendship and was one of our Books of the Year 2016. Her latest title is When Grandad was a Penguin, a charming, original and quirky swapping-places story that is hilarious and wonderfully surreal. Find them here.

Great Scot! – Scottish Teenage Book Prize shortlist

Drawn from a sky-scraping pile of hopefuls, the shortlist for this highly coveted award is a mere three books long! With the winner announced on 1 March, you have just enough time to read them all and judge for yourself! Find out more here.

What Now? – “If they Like, They’ll Love”.

They’ve devoured a whole series by a favourite author and are hungry for more. But where can they turn to find their next great read? Our If They Like, They’ll Love section introduces them to other authors who are right up their street.

For instance; fans of Percy Jackson will love Who Let the Gods Out by Maz Evans (11+) – First in a four part series full of hilarious and addictive adventure bringing classical gods to the 21st Century! We can’t wait for more.

If they like The Fault in our Stars by John Green they’ll love The Memory Book by Lara Avery. If they like Geek Girl by Holly Smale they’ll love Waiting for Callback by Perdita and Honor Cargill. If they like books by Jacqueline Wilson they’ll love Born to Dance by Jean Ure.
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New vivid other-world YA series

Josh Martin is an author dedicated to writing for young adults. He is fascinated by fantasy, environment, gender studies and strong heroines. His stunning new series for teens embodies all of these and more.

is a dystopian exploration of society and the trails of growing up. It’s perfect for fans of The Hunger Games and promises to be just as popular. Find the first in the series here.

A Fantastical feast of espionage, revenge, rebellion and romance

What started with Rebel of the Sands (13+) continues with Traitor to the Throne. Steeped in magic and myth, this series tingles with tension and the potent appeal of a heroine whose wit and power never let up.

Lauren 16, one of our Reader Reviewers said  ‘The plot twists are frequent and beyond anything I could have imagined, making for a wonderfully unpredictable and unforeseen story that will surely satisfy even the wildest of imaginations.’

Take a Gobb Stop! Michael Rosen’s Uncle Gobb is BACK!

Former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen’s uproarious series about the boy Malcolm and the un-get-rid-of-able and incredibly strange Uncle Gobb was described by one of our Reader Reviewers as ‘talking to me rather than me reading it’ (Amisha 13). That’s about as good as it gets, we reckon!

The latest title is: Uncle Gobb and the Green Heads which sees both Gobb and Malcolm going to extraordinary, hilarious and mega lengths to get rid of each other. Don’t miss it!

More Delightful Picture Books from Rob Biddulph

Observer Magazine art director by day, creator of silly stories and pictures by night, Rob Biddulph is a favourite presence on children’s bookshelves the world over. His first book Blown Away won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2015 and we loved his glorious self-discovery tale; Odd Dog Out.

Now he has a new adventure to thrill us with and we have an exclusive extract for you Sunk!, sees the return of Penguin Blue in a swashbuckling new adventure about pirates, treasure, and friendship. Find out more.

Out of the Mouth of Babes. Reader Reviews

Who better than kids to recommend the books for kids? These are the honest opinions of children and if candidly shared with the kids will help you choose their next great read. Books like:

Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth (9+) – ‘Exciting and full of adventure’, ‘… there’s no putting it down’, ‘… a funny, heartwarming tale’. Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles – ‘combines fantasy, romance, tragedy and teenage desire into one amazing read that I am still unable to forget.’ Rebekah 14. Broken Heart Club (9+) by Cathy Cassidy – the author has a gift for capturing the turbulent emotions of young adolescents… no longer children, yet not very adult.
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The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart (9+) by Stephanie Burgis – A delicious fantasy adventure with a fine mix of dragons, heroines and – chocolate! I Can Only Draw Worms (3+) by Will Mabbitt – A counting book and picture book like no other. ‘Brilliantly simple idea, fabulously executed’ (Parent Review).
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Page Boys! – Great Books for Boys Category

This month is our Great Books for Boys category which now has even more boys’ own adventures and tales that might appeal to boys, especially those that struggle to find a way in too reading. Of course, girls may love them too! New this month:

House of Robots: Robots Revolution by James Patterson (9+) – Super readable secondary-school robot rumpus! And we have THREE fantastic goody bags filled with Middle School treats as prizes in a free to enter competition linked to the upcoming film The Worst Years of My Life.

And Radio Boy (9+) Award-winning broadcaster Christian O’Connell’s hugely entertaining debut novel is power charged!


Flip Flap to create hilarious combinations

The publisher Nosy Crow has created some very silly but compelling books that will charm the whole family and in particular young toddlers. Open a page to find one animal – but flip the top half or flap the bottom half and hilariously unique combinations are created such as the goreleon, half gorilla half chameleon, or the equally bright parrakog – half parakeet, half frog! New this month is Flip Flap Dogs.


Where’s Wally? He’s Here! And He’s 30!!

Can you believe that the stripy topped lad that we love to look for is 30 this year? Well, it’s true.  The worldwide phenomenon started 30 years ago with the classic picture book. Now there’s a celebratory, gold and shiny 30th-anniversary edition with even more fun features. Find out more and find Wally!

Book it in the Diary! – World Book Day 2017

We LOVE World Book Day! More than 15 million £1 book tokens given to children to exchange for wonderful books to read from award-winning authors. You can find this year’s list of available books here, so all you need to do is go to your local bookseller (find your local bookshop here) and swap your token for one of the TEN exclusive, new and completely free World Book Day books! Lovereading? Love World Book Day!

And that is February at Lovereading4kids. We’ll be back in March, with a spring in our step, with even more hand-picked recommendations for kids of all ages!

P.S. Mother’s Day Recommendations Just a little heads-up as Mother’s Day is just around the corner in March that a book can be a thoughtful, affordable and lasting gift. For gifts from little ones, we would like to recommend:

Bing: Something for Mummy by Ted Dewan (3+) – It seems that making something nice for Mum is a Bing Thing too!

February 2017 eNewsletter

Monday, February 6th, 2017

Frosty February is a book-filled festival of fun for the young. We’ve got plenty of ‘Thaw’tful recommendations to warm the hearts of burgeoning book-fans everywhere! Read on for what else is hot this month.

A Shelf Above! – February Books of the Month

Every month, we identify the top titles for kids from tots to teens. A great read, guaranteed! This month, don’t miss:

We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan (YA) – Our MEGA Book of the Month, a first collaboration between two major award winning novelists. ‘A wonderful love story featuring two very damaged young people who blossom when they find one another. A gem.‘ (Rosa 17)

Flip Flap Dogs by Nikki Dyson (0-3) – Crazy canine combinations will have you all giggling in this flip-flap fun board book for babies and toddlers.

Uncle Shawn and Bill and the Almost Entirely Unplanned Adventure by A. L. Kennedy (7+) – hilarious and heartwarming animal rescue adventure by a Costa award-winning author and the start of a brilliant new series.

All About Mia by Lisa Williamson (13+) – Another insightful and unputdownable teen drama from the author of The Art of Being Normal.


Learning the power of Love

With Valentine’s Day looming, we’ve got some sweet suggestions to share the lurve.

Like the wonderful Bing: Bing Loves Flop, a charming list of reasons to love someone and a perfect way to celebrate the important people in your life. Or, I Love You by Clemency Pearce, a super celebration of the power of love.

Fab. Feb. Firsts! – Debuts of the Month

Yet again, we have scoured the shelves to bring you the very best of first time authors for children and teenagers to fall in love with!

Radio Boy (9+) – From leading breakfast radio star Christian O’Connell comes a brilliant and laugh-out-loud story of an ordinary boy with an extraordinary secret radio show. It is a hugely entertaining shoot-for-the-stars tale of friendship, ambition and standing up for what’s right.

Who Let the Gods Out by Maz Evans (11+) – A rollicking, super funny, first. A supernatural series to savour – well past bedtime!

The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles (YA) – ‘I loved this book …This book has it all; fantasy, contemporary, romance, action, darkness, family. If you only read one book this year, let it be this one.’ (Talia 15)

Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit (13+) – A powerful and deeply moving WW2 story, highly recommended for mature, resilient readers.


The Best Things Are Free! – Prize Draw Round-Up

Some smashing freebies to get your mits on this month. Not least of all: signed copies of the amazing, absurd and anarchic Tree House series by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton; PLUS, 5 copies of the hilarious Bolds by Julian Clary and many others. Click here to try your luck!

Top Drawer! Illustrator of the Month – Sophy Henn

Brighton-based illustrator Sophy Henn escaped an accidental career in advertising to indulge her loves of tea and drawing. She now attends to both in her home where she happily writes and illustrates wonderful stories for young children.

Her two latest Pom Pom Gets the Grumps and Edie are both delightful, hilarious and heartwarming and if you haven’t discovered her we recommend you do now.

Who would have thought worms would be so funny!

I Can Only Draw Worms is an hilariously surreal and superbly silly new picture book that will have children (and adults!) laughing out loud, holding their sides, and snorting in public.

Visually striking, enticingly simple and genuinely funny; Will Mabbitt has, without a doubt, created something curiously unique and extraordinarily bizarre.

Let’s Hear it for the Boyce! Frank Cottrell Boyce

A former Author of the Month (April 2016) and famed for his wit, warmth and superb sense of story, Frank Cottrell Boyce is a writer whose experience spans many formats. He even wrote the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony! Winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, we love all of his imaginative stories for kids. Launched in paperback this month is:

Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth (9+) – Inventive, insightful and original story about the meaning of ‘home’.

Coming Soon… Start reading them now

Extract your digits and download an extract! Get free extracts of super stories BEFORE they’re even published! Why not try:

Following Ophelia by Sophia Bennett (13+) – A dazzling, vibrant and colourful journey into the scandalous world of Pre-Raphaelite art. Waking in Time by Angie Stanton (YA) – Grief, secrets, promises and a handful of time travel twists. What’s not to love? A favourite of our Reader Review Panel. Pigeon P.I. by Meg Mclaren (3+) – A lighthearted detective story featuring a pigeon who solves crimes with the help of his feathered friends.

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P.S. Grown-ups might like to have a look at the winner of the Costa Book of the Year, Days without End by Sebastian Barry, but our favourite remains the entertaining and highly original winner of the Costa Children’s Book of the Year The Bombs That Brought Us Together by Brian Conaghan. Privacy Policy Disclaimer