Archive for June, 2017

Hot off the press! – You’ll notice a new addition to LoveReading4Kids…

Monday, June 19th, 2017

The KRiB – The Kids Review & Interview Bookclub – an online world of exciting book related shows presented by a flurry of book crazy kids, featuring viewer reviews, competitions, kid’s culture broadcasts, celeb author interviews and an exciting genre based book search library.


The KRiB celebrates authors, publishers, booksellers, libraries and
young readers, spreading the word about the coolest books everyone
should be reading!

The KRiB TV aims to raise literacy levels and to give all kids, whether they love reading or not, an entertaining platform that unites them, builds their confidence and inspires them to see the connection between books and their own lives.

A tour of The KRiB’s pages, will take the viewer from the entertaining ‘KRiB TV’ page, where you can watch video reviews of new releases, to insightful ‘Conscious Kids’ location broadcasts exploring the messages authors give us about modern life, to the educational
‘KRiB Skool’ which offers exciting presenting and acting courses, to
the motivational ‘Vlogs’ page where you can audition to become a KRiB
TV presenter and interview your favourite authors!

So we invite everyone to visit thekrib.tv

Monday, June 19th, 2017

As the summer holidays loom, smiling on a sunny horizon, we are here to provide happy hours of brilliant reading to fill children’s heads with priceless memories, in the open air or inside on rainy days. Check out our lovingly hand-picked Summer Reading section, divided into age ranges so that you can find exactly what you’re looking for! Happy Days.

     

On the Award Board! – Carnegie and Greenaway Awards Winner 2017

What do Rosemary Sutcliff, CS Lewis, Quentin Blake and Raymond Briggs have in common? They’ve all won a Carnegie & Greenaway gong, that’s what! And don’t miss a new version of Rosemary Sutcliff’s ‘Carnegie of Carnegies’ Black Ships Before Troy.

And just announced are the 2017 winners. The Greenaway award for illustration went to the delightful There is a Tribe of Kids by Lane Smith.The Carnegie for best novel went to Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. The inspirational novel is based on a true story from the Second World War. Why not find out more and check out the high quality shortlists as well.

More Pre-Publication Exclusives!

What’s better than reading extracts of a new book as soon as it’s out? Reading them before it’s out. That’s what!

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Top Tips for June Bugs

This month’s must-reads according to the one and only Julia Eccleshare, our Editor-at-Large for everyone from toddlers to teens! See what’s caught her eye this month.

Did You Miss This? – Mid-Month Highlights

Every month we try to guide you to some of the best books about that you may have missed. This month we love:

After the Fire (YA) by Will Hill – Inspired by the Waco siege in Texas 1993 when 82 members of the Branch Davidian sect and four US government agents died in a firefight after a long siege. Reader Reviewer Talia, 15, said ‘A powerful novel about corruption, secrets … questioning everything you’ve ever known. Beautiful and unique, it will stay with you …

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Dogger’s Day! – Dogger by Shirley Hughes is 40

Winner of the Book Trust Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015, Shirley Hughes, 90 years young this month, is a national treasure with over 200 children’s books under her belt. Her humourous and beloved classic Dogger, first published 40 years ago, is still tugging at heart strings today. There’s a beautifully redesigned paperback edition of Dogger complete with a CD audio read by lifelong fan and TV actress Olivia Colman. Joining it in early July is a stunning hardback edition, which includes a personal letter and Introduction from Shirley Hughes herself, who reflects on the origins of the real life Dogger and how much joy this story has brought to her and her readers over the past 40 years. It’s a classic for adults and children alike. Find out more.

Out of the Mouths – Reader Recommended Highlights by Kids

What better endorsement for a book than from other kids? These are the titles our kids Reader Reviewer panel members loved the most. Enjoy!

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What’s Next?  – If they like, they’ll Love

You know how this works by now. They’ve finished the latest book or series by their favourite author. We fill the gap with recommendations right up their street. DAB!

If they like Katherine Rundell, Lauren St John or Polly Ho-Yen they’ll love Running on the Roof of the World by Jess Butterworth. If they like Lisa Williamson, Jenny Downham or Sarah Crossan they’ll love Troublemakers by Catherine Barter.
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If they like Rainbow Rowell or John Green they’ll love Truth or Dare by Non Pratt. If they like Holly Bourne they’ll love Who Runs the World by Virginia Bergin. If they like Robin Stevens or Katherine Woodfine they’ll love The Last Duchess by Laura Powell.
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Sorting Hat Trick! – Harry Potter ‘House’ Editions

20 Years since The Philosopher’s Stone was first published, four highly collectable hardback editions of this groundbreaking story have been lovingly prepared. Each limited edition hardback features the individual house crest of Slytherin, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw or Gryffindor on the jacket and line illustrations exclusive to that house.  Click here. If you are too late buying the hardbacks there are also paperback editions which look almost as lovely. Or, enter our free prize draw to win the set worth £59.99! It’s a must for Potter fans!

                                  

Alex can Never Die! – New Alex Rider Adventure, Never Say Die

17 years on from his first rip-roaring adventure, Stormbreaker, Alex Rider is still going strong! We are mega excited that this world-dominating series has a brand new action-packed, stylish adventure to get stuck into!

New fans can find the whole lot here. But catch up quick! In Never Say Die, the latest title, Alex is back at his daring best! As Reader Reviewer Sam Harper (12yrs) put it; ‘Alex is tested to the limit in his most thrilling adventure yet … Alex is most definitely back and I promise you will not be disappointed.

We Give Two Hoots! – Perfect Picture Books

Publisher Two Hoots is home to some of the most gifted authors and illustrators around today and produces beautiful, characterful books to be read and loved again and again. Check them out below.

Fancy a Spell in the World of Forgotten Magic?

Archie Green always wanted a life of adventure. Just after his 12th birthday, it arrived! Enter the mysterious and immersive world that is DD Everest’s Archie Green Series! Perfect for 9+ readers.

Thrown into an underground world beneath Oxford streets by a mysterious package, Archie’s life will never be the same again. In his latest adventure, Archie Green and the Raven’s Spell, he must navigate a treacherous world, where no-one can be trusted, to protect his friends and find his destiny. Find out more.

Joan Lennon Wants to Write Forever

And we hope she does! Her quirky style has led to some great reads for all ages. Fans of fantasy and adventure with a human heart will love Silver Skin (11+), a heady mix of sci-fi, historical thriller and romance, which will stay long in the mind of the reader.

Also, don’t miss Walking Mountain (11+), a fantastic adventure filled with unexpected turns, unusual characters and important lessons about courage, trust and the power of friendship. Find out more.

Get your kids to Look Beyond their world

Stories are a great way for children to better understand other cultures, diversity and varied life experiences.

So, it’s great when a publisher, Macmillan Children’s Books, curates a special list of titles that give readers a look into the lives of unfamiliar and new voices: from the war-torn streets of Syria and unconventional family structures to experience of life as a teenager with autism. Click on a cover to find out more.

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Time to start planning the Summer Reading

Have a look at the shelves below for some of our favourites or visit the special category on the site to see them all.

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And that just about wraps up June from us! See you next month for more great reads to soak up the sun with!

Look Beyond Your World

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

Look Beyond Your World with Macmillan Children’s Books and discover a range of important and varied voices.

This overarching campaign spans seven books that explore diversity, other cultures and varied life experiences. We are keen to encourage broad reading for children aged eight to fourteen years old. The Look Beyond Your World campaign hopes to work with schools, libraries and bookshops to ensure maximum word of mouth, and draw important discussions to the fore.

Look Beyond Your World contains titles from seven key Macmillan Children’s Books authors: Sam Angus, Floella Benjamin, Sita Brahmachari, Emma Donoghue, Elizabeth Laird, Rachael Lucas and Kim Slater – with a combined sales track of over 1 million copies TCM.

Each of these authors has a new story to tell in 2017, giving readers a look into the lives of unfamiliar and new voices: from the war-torn streets of Syria and unconventional family structures to experience of life as a teenager with autism. We are proud to share these stories with the world, and even prouder to represent this range of experiences.

The Look Beyond Your World campaign encourages audiences, schools, libraries and bookshops to think a little differently and look beyond our own world to others. The campaign is targeted at Key Stages 2 and 3, but should appeal to all.

Discussion booklets are available to aid engagement with the campaign, along with materials including bookmarks, posters and supporting resources such as book synopses and author information. The campaign will run through May – September 2017.

If you would like to find out more about how you can get involved in the campaign, please email Kat McKenna at kat.mckenna@macmillan.com.

June 2017 eNewsletter

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

With a recent survey from the National Literacy Trust showing Children’s love of reading is at an all-time high; what better month to serve up some awesome recommendations for young book fans? (Alex Rider!) Now, what else did we have to tell you?? Oh yes. That’s it. There’s a new Alex Rider, Never Say Die, story out. No biggie (not). Read on for more …

Booking Up for June! – Books of the Month

We’ve scoured the shelves for the best of the best books for your young bookworms this month. We particularly love:

Who Runs the World (YA) by Virginia Bergin – A futuristic and thought-provoking landscape where the world is filled with care and men are extinct. Or are they? Wave Me Goodbye (7+) by Jacqueline Wilson – dramatic, emotional, characterful page-turning tale of displacement and survival. Vintage Wilson! Letters from the Lighthouse (9+) by Emma Carroll – A brilliantly handled story of wartime displacement, childhood and overcoming prejudice. Highly recommended.
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Harry Potter ‘House’ Editions of the Philosopher’s Stone

                                  

Going, Going Gong! – Book Award News!

It’s red carpet time for some prestigious books awards this month. The YA Book Prize rewards top-notch writing for teens and young adults, inspiring young people to read and buy books. From a shortlist of extraordinary quality, the winner was Orangeboy by Patrice Lawrence. The Klaus Flugge Prize for illustration, dedicated to putting new talent in the spotlight is chaired by our very own Julia Eccleshare. Check out the shortlist and choose your own favourite.

June Bugs! – Debuts of the Month

A flurry of fantabulous first-timers for kids to find their favourite! Don’t miss:

Phantom Limbs (YA) by Paula Garner – A Poignant and profound contemporary romance about love and friendship for fans of Jandy Nelson. Makes for compulsive reading.

The City of Secret Rivers (9+) by Jacob Sager Weinstein – A breath-taking magical adventure on the banks of London’s underground rivers crackling with originality and energy.

Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index (YA) by Julie Israel – A tear-jerking, soul-stirring, heart-warming story about losing a sister, and the ensuing aftermath of grief and mystery.

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Laugh Out Loud Adventure – Dingles All Over!

Meet Danny Dingle, would-be inventor and comic book obsessive. With his best friend Percy McDuff, he embarks on raucous and hilarious adventures! Angie Lake’s brilliant series is perfect for readers aged 9+. The Metal-Mobile and The Supersonic Submarine are fabulous, fart-powered, non-stop fun! 3rd title The Jet of Justice, a madcap and irrepressible romp is out in August. But, guess what? If you’ve read the first two before then, you can get a sneaky extract by clicking here!

Farewell to Discworld – Tiffany Aching Novels by Terry Pratchett

Meet Tiffany Aching! One of Terry Pratchett’s most memorable and formidable characters in the Discworld Series. Follow a truly unique witch through the complex and hilarious landscape, as she grows up in real time with every book. The nine-year-old in The Wee Free Men is in her late teens by The Shepherd’s Crown, which was completed in 2015 and was Terry Pratchett’s final work.

The collection is a perfect introduction for tweens and teens to the Discworld series. Find out more.

Pop Idol – Father’s Day 2017

With Father’s Day just around the corner check out our ideas for the perfect gift to say “Daddy Cool” this year.

Uncommonly Good! – The Uncommoners Series by Jennifer Bell (9+)

After working in Foyle’s bookshop and talking to children a lot, Jennifer Bell turned her extraordinary imagination to her own writing with wonderful results!

Her Uncommoners series is an avalanche of magic, mystery and adventure to fill the largest Hogwarts shaped holes – and then some! Following our June 2016 Debut of the Month, The Crooked Sixpence comes The Smoking Hourglass, a spellbinding fight against dark forces in an underground world. Click here to get started!

   

Series of the Month! – Ivy Pocket by Caleb Krisp (9+)

Ivy Pocket is an irresistible heroine on a strange supernatural adventure. She made such an impression on us that Anyone but Ivy Pocket was one of our Books of the Year 2015.

This month the plucky, optimistic, incorrigible, delusional and utterly bonkers Ivy is back in Bring me the Head of Ivy Pocket. It’s a heady foray into deep danger and the magnificently infuriating, chess-master-intelligent Ivy will need to summon all her courage. Click here for more.

Don’t Desert Gobi! – Finding Gobi by Dion Leonard

Named after the desert she was found in by ultra-marathon competitor and author Dion Leonard, Gobi is an extraordinary dog whose story has already touched many.

Finding Gobi is a story of hope and courage; of life-changing lessons learned and the unbreakable connection between man and dog. A connection that was lost and miraculously found again. Neither Dion or Gobi will ever be the same again and, perhaps, neither will you. Click here for more.

Teen Series of the Month – Cherub

Don’t be fooled by the title; there’s nothing angelic about the crack young spy team ‘CHERUB’. CHERUB is not James Bond. These kids live in the real world. They slip under the radar of adults to catch terrorists. Officially, these kids do not exist.

The series that kicked off with The Recruit crackles with tension and high-octane drama so if you haven’t spied this series yet, become a ‘recruit’ today. CHERUB needs you!. New Guard is the latest jaw-dropping title to the series.

It’s Party Time! – Picture Book Party Refresh

Our love of picture books knows no bounds and this month there are even more illustrious illustrated journeys to share.

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Children’s love of reading at all-time high, research shows

Monday, June 5th, 2017

Children’s love of reading is at an all-time high according to a survey of more than 42,000 pupils.

To mark the 20th anniversary of the National Literacy Trust’s (NLT) Young Readers Programme – the first national initiative of its kind – the charity has published data showing that more than three quarters of primary school children (77.6%) enjoy reading, the highest ever recorded by the NLT. It also showed that 10-year-olds who enjoy books have a reading age 1.3 years higher than their peers who do not, rising to 2.1 years for 12-year-olds and 3.3 years for children aged 14.

The NLT will also publish on its website ’20 Years of Children’s Choices’ which celebrates the most popular books chosen over the last two decades by the children who have taken part in the project.  The first year of the programme (1997) saw Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (Bloomsbury) top the list. Subsequent favourites included Skellig by David Almond (Hodder Children’s Books) the following year, The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and Axel Sheffler (Macmillan Children’s Books) in 1999 with Anthony Horowitz’s Stormbreaker (Walker Books) riding high in 2000. Last year’s winner was Bake Me a Story by Nadiya Hussain and illustrated by Clair Rossiter (Hodder Children’s Books).

Liz Pichon’s The Brilliant World of Tom Gates (Scholastic) was chosen as the most inspirational children’s read of 2011. Pichon has supported the scheme for many years, delivering storytelling sessions in numerous primary schools.

She said: “I’m often contacted by parents who tell me how their kids were reluctant readers and how seeing them with their noses in a book – sometimes for the first time – makes them both happy. Helping children to find the books that they enjoy is so important, as reading should be a pleasure that will hopefully stay with them for life.”

Jonathan Douglas, director of the NLT, said: “We are thrilled that our research has found children’s enjoyment of reading to be at an all-time high. When children enjoy reading and have books of their own, they do better at school and later in life, so we must continue to do everything we can to inspire children to fall in love with reading for a lifetime.”

A recent evaluation found that, after taking part, reading enjoyment levels rose for 93% of participants and reading attainment levels rose for 92%.

In February, the NLT exposed a “literacy crisis” with  86% of constituencies (a total of 458 out of 533) contain at least one ward with literacy issues.

For more information, visit literacytrust.org.uk or read the full report here.


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