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!

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