Mid-June email newsletter

The long days of summer are the perfect companion to a good book. Dive head first into our Summer Reading section, a cool refreshing pool of the best of the best in books for all ages and this year we have added in some terrific super readable short fiction, to spend the holidays broadening minds and horizons. Here’s a tiny taster…


Sneak Peek! – Pre-Publication Extracts

Another chance this month to read fantabulous (FREE) excerpts of new titles before they hit the shelves. Cool, huh?

Children of Icarus by Caighlan Smith. The tension is high, the writing is taut, and this sharp, strident fantasy for fans of The Hunger Games. Ned’s Circus of Marvels by Justin Fisher. Adventures don’t come more action-packed than this… Harry Potter will find that it hits the spot. How Not to Disappear by Clare Furniss. A beautiful, bittersweet story about family bonds, the cycle of life and love in all its forms.
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By Ecc! – Julia Eccleshare’s Top Tips for June

Guardian Children’s Editor and Lovereading4kids guru, Julia Eccleshare knows a thing or two about kids books. Here are her top tips for terrific titles this month.


Read Carpet! – Children’s Book Awards

STOP PRESS…Carnegie and Greenaway Awards Winners just announced

What do Arthur Ransome, CS Lewis, Quentin Blake and Raymond Briggs have in common? They’ve all won a Carnegie or Greenaway gong; that’s what! Arguably the most prestigious children’s book awards in the world, they celebrate the best tale-tellers in the land! and the winners of the 2016 prize were announced 1pm on 20 June.

The Greenaway Award for an illustrated title has gone to Chris Riddell for his work with Neil Gaiman to create the spellbindingly magical Sleeper and the Spindle. The Carnegie Award for outstanding writing went to the original and utterly gripping One by Sarah Crossan and it’s the first EVER verse novel to win. Congratulations to the winners and find out more about both books and the other titles that made the shortlist in our special category.

Different (brush) Strokes – The Klaus Flugge Prize

Brand new and a welcome addition to the Awards season, the Klaus Flugge Prize honours the most promising and exciting newcomers to children’s illustration. Named after one of the most influential voices in picture books, this is the place to find the next big thing in painted pages! See more.


Menagerie Mayhem! – The House on Hummingbird Island (9+)

Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager, managing an imaginary menagerie. Easier said than done, but horse-hoarding (she has five!) Sam Angus has! The House on Hummingbird Island, her second novel, is a colourful tale with a heroine reminiscent of a modern day Gerald Durrell. Bursting with character and full of secrets, it’s a thrilling read for anyone who loved Eva Ibbotson’s Journey to the River Sea.

We Give Two Hoots the Thumbs Up!

Hell-bent on creating beautiful, characterful books that stand the test of time, Pan Macmillan has launched brand new imprint Two Hoots. Featuring some of the most gifted authors and illustrators, this is one to watch!

Books like Colin and Lee, Carrot and Pea by Morag Hood a simple and engaging book that will actually help to get kids eating their veg! To celebrate the launch of the first four titles, we are giving you a chance to win a Two Hoots Goodie bag! Ta-wit-ta-WAHOO! Click here for more.

Get Out of Town! – National Trust Books for Kids

Calling all conservationists! The National Trust series of books for a broad range of ages are the perfect way to inspire a long-lasting love of the countryside and the confidence to explore and learn about the wonders outside their window. Books like:

National Trust: A Walk in the Countryside (3+) A wonderful outdoor adventure for toddlers. Elegant, educational and a great way to get close to nature.

National Trust: A Nature Sticker Book Hedgehogs, Hares and Other British Animals (5+). Sensational, sticker book fun. Put rabbits in their warren, fill the sea with dolphins and match babies with their mums. One to share and love!

The National Trust: 50 Things to Do Before You’re 11 ¾ (7+) #50things… Trending now and totally interactive, a pocket-sized companion with space for notes, doodles, leaves and pics. There’s even loads to do when it rains!

We think all of these are an absolute must for the summer holidays.

A Magical unmissable trilogy

Back in 2014 the first book in Philip Womack’s Darkening Path Trilogy, The Broken King (11+), was loved by our expert and kid reviewers. Sam Harper, age 10 said ‘This was an exhilarating, dark adventure which kept me hooked from the first page to the last word’. It was followed by The King’s Shadow and just out is the thrilling conclusion, The King’s Revenge.

Find out more about these magical stories full of powerful images and unexpected consequences that are perfect for those who love magical adventure and for fans of Susan Cooper’s The Dark is Rising.

Don’t miss these wondertabulous words

Dictionaries don’t come more fun than this celebration of Roald Dahl, his books and the joy he took in gobblefunking (i.e. playing with words, inventing new words and meanings).

Dahl had an extraordinary understanding of what children like and used onomatopoeia to create words full of sounds that children love to say: lickswishy, wondercrump, phizz-whizzing and of course scrumdiddlyumptious are all featured in this ‘extra-usual’ dictionary. In fact, there are almost 8,000 words, real and made-real-by-Dahl, mostly words featured in his books, some just there for fun. It will encourage children to invent words themselves and liven up their writing and with colour illustrations by Quentin Blake on every page, this is squiffling in every way. A perfect addition to Dahl’s centenary celebrations.

Out and About – Books that Move you. Literally!

We love books that inspire us to get out and enjoy the open air. There’s a whole host of them in our Out and About section which is well worth a visit at this time of year! Brilliant books for broadening horizons. Books like:

City Trail Books. London, Paris and New York (7+) – Off the beaten track trailblazers for the streetwise and inquisitive. See each city from a different perspective!

Ultimate Guide to Mapping (9+) – Adding skills to a sense of adventure, a fun-filled foray into finding your way around.

Little Collectors Animal Art (5+) – A one-stop guide to finding, observing, collecting and exhibiting your discoveries, from shells and feathers to animal tracks and trails.

Back to the Front. 100 Years since the Somme

Marking the Centenary of the beginning (1st July) of The Battle of the Somme, one of the bloodiest battles in British history, we’ve added an exclusive selection of books to our World Wars category, which aim to educate kids about a vitally important time in our recent past that should not be forgotten.

Over the Line by Tom Palmer (11+) – (Reading Age 8+) – Camaraderie, sacrifice, heroism and a love of football. Unique and brilliant.

Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo (11+) – Top title for secondary school transitioners. Compelling and incredibly relatable (many of the soldiers were teenagers after all), a vivid, atmospheric and moving account of the experience of war.

Make time for Pratchett

Most famous for his Discworld series for fantasy loving grown-ups alot of people don’t realise he was also a simply wonderful children’s author. We are big fans of his Bromeliad Trilogy for 9+ readers and The Shepherd’s Crown which is perfect for 13+ readers


The Kids Are Alright! – Superfoods for Super children

Okay. There are a lot of faddy books for people keen to ride the wave of nutritional must-dos in this modern world of ours. However, here’s one that just makes sense, to us anyway. Superfood for Superchildren combines peer-reviewed scientific evidence with straightforward, mouthwatering recipes to help you provide low-sugar meals, free from refined carbs, to help you and your kids stay healthy, energised and happy.

More Summertime Kids Book festivals

Looking for bookish treats for the family this summer? The NEW Evesham Festival of Words (1-3 July) and Brentwood Children’s Literary Festival (22-30 July) are brimming with kids’ authors, the Chalke Valley History Festival (27 June-3 July) is bulging with living history activities and Hebden Bridge Arts Festival (24 June-3 July) is teeming with stories and storytellers.

And that wraps up this month at Lovereading4kids. We’re back next month with more top tips and expert recommendations to keep your kids loving reading. Scroll down to see more Summer Reading selections.

P.S. The Zoella Summer Book club has hit the spot for many teens and YA readers – we have seen a big uplift in interest – why not check out what our editorial experts think of the titles she’s selected. What’s certain is they are all great summer reads

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