April eNewsletter

April brings a glorious shower of great reads for kids. We’ve more spring in our step than a jack-in-the-box as we bring you the best of the best for your brood of blossoming readers. Whatever their tastes, ages or abilities we have a truly exciting array of books for boys and girls to enjoy anywhere from the bus to school to bedtime! Read on for more.

No Fooling! – April Books of the Month

Top titles to tantalise every taste jostle jubilantly on our BOM bookshelf this month. Books like:

The Giant Jumperee (3+) – The first collaboration by picture book royalty Julia Donaldson and Helen Oxenbury- Our MEGA Picture Book of the Month. Read-a-long repeatable loveliness, perfect for sharing with pictures. The Barefoot Book of Children (5+) – A stunningly illustrated, jubilant celebration of what makes us different and what unites us all. – ‘A wonderful book.’ Mrs Dewsbury… – ‘Wonderful… very informative Sam Briggs (and mum).
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Books! Books! Books! (7+) by Mick Manning – A unique book that lets the reader discover some of the amazing treasures Inside the British Library the greatest on Earth. Good Dog McTavish (9+) by Meg Rosoff – This characteristically sharp and witty comedy of modern life about a dog who saves his new family, not from fire or external threat, but from themselves.
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Back to Blackman! – Malorie Blackman, Author of the Month

With her heart-rending story of love and space exploration Chasing the Stars out in paperback this month, there’s no better time to dive into the wondrous world of Malorie Blackman. She is also the author of the groundbreaking and award-winning Noughts and Crosses series which has had a brilliant makeover with some new jackets. Her unique blend of wit, thrill and emotional realism have won her acclaim and young fans the world over. We heard that one avid reader even spent her lunch money on Malorie’s books rather than eat! We don’t suggest you do this. Instead, check out the special category and choose your next favourite ever read!

April the Firsts! – Debuts of the Month

Here they are, this month’s fabulous first-timers just in time for Spring! We particularly love:

Old Macdonald Heard a Parp (3+) by Olaf Falafel – A side-splitting sing-a-long tribute to a very noisy famous farm!

The Hate u Give (YA) by Angie Thomas – ‘A novel that will be remembered as a classic of our time… even if you don’t love books you are going to love this.’ John Green.

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What an Egg-cellent selection

Chocolate aside there is still time to pick up some Easter themed reading choices… see the shelf below.

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Some Awesome April Highlights

Such a busy month this month but below are a few books we think are unmissable.

The Ravenmaster’s Boy (11+) Mary Hoffman – Bring Tudor history to life with this novel described by Hilary Mantel (Wolf Hall) ‘as a dark but charming Tudor tale.’ The Snowdonia Chronicles (13+) by Sara Mussi – Merlin-esque mythology in the modern world full of adventure and a love story of legendary proportions. The Pavee and the Buffer Girl (11+) by Siobhan Dowd – Vivid, affecting and, though it has more than its share of sadness, ultimately uplifting. This is a book to treasure.
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Shortlist Superstars! The Carnegie and Greenaway Book Awards

One of the hottest awards for children’s literature, the Carnegie and the Greenaway Medals honour the very best of the best in books for kids. We’re delighted to feature the sparkling shortlist of story-telling hopefuls who have satisfied the judges’ strict criteria. Take a look between the covers of our special category and choose your own medal-winners!

A Class of their Own! – UKLA Awards

The UK Literary Literacy Association (UKLA) book awards are the only awards judged exclusively by active classroom teachers. Covering age groups from 3+ to YA, these awards honour the books that teachers believe to be the best at every stage in a young reader’s life. And it’s not just the teachers; the pupils have their say too! We’re delighted to sponsor these awards and very excited for you to see the shortlists. Just click here to get started.

So they Sent Me a Dear Zoo 35th Anniversary Edition!

Delightful and fun, Rod Campbell’s interactive story of one child’s search for the perfect pet is 35 this year!

To celebrate this landmark, in the life of one of the most popular lift-the-flap adventures for little fingers, there is a wonderfully special 35th Anniversary Edition which would be a much-loved addition to any bedroom bookshelf and something they’ll love to read with their own kids when the time comes! Find out more.

Tomorrow’s Number Ones Today! – April Pre-Pubs

Get ahead of the game with free extracts of a superlative selection of brilliant books before they hit the shops! Don’t miss:

Timmy Failure the Cat Stole My Pants (7+) by Stephan Pastis – Dastardly dealings for the world’s best worst detective to solve in the 6th book of this mega-selling series. The Girl in Between (11+) by Sarah Carroll – A deeply moving story of family, homelessness, loneliness and grief and the ghosts that won’t let us go.
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Putting the ‘cool’ in ‘School’ – The School of Series (7+)

School has never been so much fun with this awesome series. With two books so far, taking readers on a journey of learning in the worlds of Art and Music. In 40 fun lessons, you’ll discover how to write, listen to and love music; or how to create and understand more about wonderful pieces of art.

Both are a must for every home and a great aid to independent learning or something to share! Find out more.

Series of the Month! – Mango & Bambang (7+)

One Reader Reviewer said about Mango and Bambang: The Not-a-Pig; “I couldn’t get my nose out of it!”. And neither could we. One of our staff picks of 2015 it is a wonderful, witty and original tale of friendship and adventure with characters so loveable, you’ll consider them friends.

Since then, the series has gone from strength to strength and is set to become a modern classic. If you haven’t discovered it yet, you’re in for a treat! Click here to start.

Top Drawer! – The Picture Books of David Litchfield

Avid Indiana Jones and Star Wars fan, the young David Litchfield spent hours drawing and drawing. Time well spent! His debut picture book The Bear and the Piano won the Waterstones Prize and was one of our Books of the Year 2016. It’s a big-hearted tale of the power of friends and family over fame and fortune.

New for April is Grandad’s Secret Giant, a book about believing, belonging and big secrets! Find out more.

Julia Eccleshare April selections

Sharing is caring! Especially when it’s top recommendations from our very own Editor-at-large Julia Eccleshare. Check out her April top tips for great reads below.

Actual, Factual and Fantastic! – Fascinating Facts category

In a world with so much to know, from the small to the very large, is it any wonder we seem to be refreshing our ‘fact-abulous’ Fascinating Facts Category every month? April is no exception with even more factual forays into fascination to blow your mind. And perfect timing for the Easter holidays particularly if you have a reluctant reader as factual books can often provide the stimulus to get kids reading.

Don’t miss: Lesser Spotted Animals (7+) by Martin Brown, a colourful, clever, funny and informative introduction to all the animals you’ve never heard of! Find it and more, here.

Get Out of Here! – Out and About Category

With the Easter holidays here or soon to start and the promise of brighter weather ahead, what better time to take a peek at our Out and About category? It’s awash with great ideas to get kids outdoors and having fun! This month, check out Rosie Revere’s Big Project Book for Bold Engineers by Andrea Beaty (7+) and enter a draw to win copies (and other goodies) of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, Michael Rosen’s wonderful tale of an adventurous, fearless family day out.

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This is a Must! – Essential Reading for Kids Category

We love recommending the best books for children of all ages. Often, these include the latest fantastic reads to hit the shelves. However, there are some books that stand the test of time and speak to kids, generation after generation. This is our category dedicated to the must-reads for children, whatever their age. Books like: Each Peach Pear Plum (3+) Janet & Allan Ahlberg, a fun, interactive, read-aloud ‘I-Spy’ search for famous fairytale folk from the creators of Peepo! (3+). Find out more.

A Man for all Seasons – Walter de la Mare
One of the greatest poets of the 20th Century and author of the children’s classic Peacock Pie, Walter de la Mare’s work has been turned into wonderful picture books by illustrator Carolina Rabei. In a series follows the seasons of the year, Carolina has painted the words to Summer Evening, Snow, Silver and The Ride-by-Nights. Truly transportative and a great way to introduce children to the power of poetry. Find out more.

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