‘World Book Day and March is ‘hare’! And a Wonderland of ‘wordery’ awaits you this month. A top-notch tea party of jabber-rocking reads to send you on a whole new world of adventures, as we look forward to Spring. From tots to teens and everything in between, we’ve just the thing to keep your children loving reading. We hope your children had a great WBD. Why not share your experiences at @lovereadingkids?
Sunk! By Rob Biddulph (3+) – Characterful, swashbuckling, High-seas adventure for Penguin Blue and friends.
Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers who Changed the World (8+) – Our non-fiction B.O.M: inspiring, informative and gloriously illustrated celebration of female role models for the next generation.
My Name is Victoria (9+) by Lucy Worsley – Unique childhood friendship tale in the grand setting of the British monarchy, by one of TV’s favourite experts!
Following Ophelia by Sophia Bennett (11+) – Poverty, paint and heady romance. Glamour and excitement among the dirt and distress of the Pre-Raphaelite world.
Every Hidden Thing (13+) by Kenneth Oppel – Dusty adventure, danger and romance abound in this energetic, elegant and engrossing period piece. And look out for the paperback edition of remarkably original The Nest coming in April.
Optimists Die First (13+) by Susin Nielsen – ‘A wonderful novel. There is tragedy, but it’s sweetened it with laugh-out-loud moments and a great understanding of what it is to be a teenager.’ (Rosa, Reader Reviewer).
The Silver Unicorn (7+) by Jessica Ennis-Hill – Inspirational, magical adventure tale, another first in a planned series, of ordinary people doing extraordinary things: from someone who should know!
Black Cats and Butlers (9+) by Janine Beacham – Darkly different, hugely enjoyable, witty mystery, the first in a planned series called Rose Raventhorpe Investigates.
See You in the Cosmos (9+) by Jack Cheng – An unforgettable, poignant and inspiring story of a boy’s brave journey for the truth.
It’s always good to learn something mind-blowing. That’s why we’ve revamped our Fascinating Facts category! It’s more crammed than Dhaka (the world’s most populated city, don’t ya know?) with noggin-expanding nuggets for kids of all ages. We’ve split them into handy age-appropriate sections, so you can get straight to the right sort of ‘OMG!’. Try 101 Brilliant Things for Kids to do with Science by Dawn Isaac: creative and occasionally outrageous ideas for the scientifically curious. Click here to find it and all the new finds in our facts family.
Everyone who’s anyone knows it’s SCIENCE that makes the world go around! Time to celebrate that. 10 – 17 March is British Science Week. How do I get involved you ask? – Clicking here. That’s how. Become a ‘Citizen Scientist’, join activities, or even run your own event! You’ll need a good book in your lab-coat though. Try George’s Marvellous Experiment by Roald Dahl: a must-have book for budding scientists, it features (completely safe) do-at-home experiments with simple, easy-to-follow, illustrated instructions to fire your passion! Find out more. Also check out our Fascinating Facts category where you will find some other fun and relevant reads too
This month we’re positively showing off with the calibre of prizes up for grabs. Sorry about that. Ignore our smugness and try and win a copy of Worst Years of my Life, part of the Middle School series by James Patterson and shortly to be a major film. Or a copy of The Pavee and the Buffer Girl by Siobhan Dowd signed by the illustrator, Emma Shoard. Finally, you could be skipping away with copies and beautiful prints from Mac Barnett’s Triangle (3+) – a perfectly paced, picture perfect book for pre-schoolers. Click here for more!
What is it about the permanently peckish wriggly little chap that has captured our imagination for so long? Maybe it’s his voracious and varied appetite (who wouldn’t admire the eating of a lollypop and salami in one sitting?). Or perhaps we admire and envy the cocoon he gets to sleep the binge off in. Or the beautiful butterfly he leaves it as? Whatever the reason, it’s VHC Day on 20 March and you can celebrate with us, here!
Booked up for Mother’s Day?
Mum’s the word in our book! That’s why we believe that all Mums deserve to be shown just how much we love and appreciate them. And what better way than a well-chosen book? We’ve done a lot of the work for you to be honest. All you have to do is browse our top ideas and see which one suits her best!
Just announced are two prestigious children’s book awards. The Blue Peter Book Awards, uniquely voted for by children, went to Podkin One Ear by Kieran Larwood and the winner of the Best Book with Facts was Survivors by David Long.
Also, the winner of The Scottish Teenage Book Prize was announced 1 March and the deserved winner was Black Cairn Point by Claire McFall.
P.S. 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 wonderful stories for young children. Books like award-winning Where Bear? (3+) and the hilarious take on toddler tantrums: Pom Pom Gets the Grumps. Find out more.
P.P.P.S How well do you know your children’s stories? Could you identify books and authors from just the opening line? Take our World Book Day Quiz and find out.