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Lovereading4kids. Top 3 books, age range, 9 – 16 November 2014

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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The Lion Book of Nursery Rhymes The Lion Book of Nursery Rhymes
Julia Stone
November 2014 Book of the Month  Every child needs a collection of nursery rhymes and this collection of favourites with their clear and unfussy illustrations makes an excellent starting point for parents and children alike. Helpfully, the rhymes have been …
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Mr Wuffles! Mr Wuffles!
David Wiesner
A cat story with a difference! When Mr Wuffles finds a toy space ship he can’t resist playing with it but, as he tips and tosses it, the results for the aliens inside it are very scary! Feeling motion sick …
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The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark
Jill Tomlinson
This is one of the all time classics of young children’s fiction and this beautiful gift box set includes the picture book and an adorable true-to-character plush toy of Plop. A lovely, calming bedtime read with a wonderful uplifting finish. Perfect …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Once Upon an Alphabet Once Upon an Alphabet
Oliver Jeffers
November 2014 Book of the Month  Award-winning illustrator Oliver Jeffers has created an outstanding alphabet book which goes far beyond the traditional expectations of such a book. In additional to each letter having its own, beautiful Oliver Jeffers illustration, every …
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The Cat, the Dog, Little Red, the Exploding Eggs, the Wolf and Grandma's Wardrobe The Cat, the Dog, Little Red, the Exploding Eggs, the Wolf and Grandma’s Wardrobe
Christyan Fox, Diane Fox
November 2014 Book of the Month  A deliciously funny version of the familiar story of Little Red Riding Hood. Cat tries to read Little Red Riding Hood, one of his most-favourite stories, to his friend Dog. But Dog is a …
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Rita's Rhino Rita’s Rhino
Tony Ross
November 2014 Book of the Month  A funny tale all about the joys and perils of keeping a pet in a flat when animals aren’t allowed.  How Rita manages to do this is brilliant and it makes for an hilarious …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Where The Poppies Now Grow Where The Poppies Now Grow
Hilary Robinson
This moving poetic text matched with warm-hearted illustrations captures the lives of two friends and the parts they played in the enormous military campaign of the First World War. From their early days playing together through to their old age …
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Horrid Henry's Tricky Tricks Horrid Henry’s Tricky Tricks
Francesca Simon
This gift book of 10 stories is the culmination of celebrations for the 20th anniversary year for Horrid Henry, the nation’s favourite naughty little boy. Horrid Henry is a character loved by boys and girls in equal measure and this …
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Twit Twit
Stephen Cole
Poor little Twit is always having mean tricks played on him by his big brothers, Boggle, Bumf and Baffle.  One trick too far and Twit is left stuck in a hole where Norma the vole comes to is rescue.  The …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Atticus Claw Learns to Draw Atticus Claw Learns to Draw
Jennifer Gray
November 2014 Book of the Month  A cat with a difference! Atticus Claw may look like any other tabby cat but, when some famous works of art go missing, Atticus Claw – once a cat burglar but now a police …
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The Matchbox Mysteries The Matchbox Mysteries
Sally Gardner
November 2014 Book of the Month  Jam-packed tales full of hilarity, excitement and fun but this latest in the Wings and Co. series from Sally Gardner, winner of the Costa Book Award 2013, and acclaimed artist, David Roberts is even …
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The Christmas Truce The Place Where Peace Was Found The Christmas Truce The Place Where Peace Was Found
Hilary Robinson
Amid the horror of the fighting in the First World War, there was one moment of unexpected and surprising harmony. On Christmas Eve 1914 the soldiers from opposing sides of No Man’s Land joined together in the singing of a …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Haunters Haunters
Thomas Taylor
The dead and the living exist side by side in this thrilling time-travelling adventure. In David’s recurrent dream, Eddie seems real and it seems like he’s got something to tell David. That’s scary enough but then David gets picked up …
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The Book of Storms The Book of Storms
Ruth Hatfield
November 2014 Book of the Month  Creatively chilling, this debut novel takes the whimsically charming idea of talking to animals and turns it on its head. Eleven year old Danny, with his new found link to an ancient and dangerous …
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The Imaginary The Imaginary
A. F. Harrold
November 2014 Book of the Month   A richly visualised story which explores imaginary friends and the very special role they play in children’s lives. Amanda and her imaginary friend Rudger have the best of times playing together. While Amanda’s mother …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Awful Auntie Awful Auntie
David Walliams
Best-selling David Walliams is back on top form with Awful Auntie. Stella Saxby is the unfortunate owner of the awful auntie! Throughout her life, the dreadful aunt Alberta has squandered the family fortunes. Following the death of Stella’s parents, Alberta …
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War Horse War Horse
Michael Morpurgo
This special edition of War Horse commemorates the 100th Anniversary of the beginning of the First World War, and features a brand new introduction by Michael Morpurgo and cover artwork by Rae Smith, designer of the National Theatre’s production of …
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The Bomber Dog The Bomber Dog
Megan Rix
August 2013 Book of the Month – Shortlisted for the Red House Children’s Book Awards 2014, younger readers category.  The Bomber Dog is a gripping and heartwarming story for 9+ readers about a brave puppy who joins the paratroopers during …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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The Manifesto on How to be Interesting The Manifesto on How to be Interesting
Holly Bourne
November 2014 Book of the Month   Bree hides away behind her blog that few people read.  So, if she writes about things people do want to read will it change her life to one of excitement and popularity? That’s when …
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Atlantia Atlantia
Ally Condie
A beautifully tense dystopian read where deception and intrigue lurk at every corner. The author builds her story slowly but surely, settling you in to this very different world of an underwater city and allowing you to understand the processes …
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The Bane Chronicles The Bane Chronicles
Cassandra Clare
November 2014 Book of the Month Ever wanted to know why Magnus Bane is banned from Peru? Or what he got up to during the French Revolution? Or what he bought Alec Lightwood as a birthday present? This title features …
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Top 3 Books, by age range on Lovereading4kids 2 – 9 December 2012

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Pip and Posy: The Snowy Day Pip and Posy: The Snowy Day
Axel Scheffler
Best-selling Axel Scheffler’s delightful characters Pip and Posy are back for a new adventure. The two friends love playing in the snow together until a difference of opinion causes them to start to quarrel. How will they get back to …
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Matilda's Cat Matilda’s Cat
Emily Gravett
Award-winning Emily Gravett has come up with another witty gem. Specialising in simplicity and relying on readers taking their cues from her characters, here Matilda’s cat makes it plain that she does NOT like all the things Matilda wants her …
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One Gorilla A Counting Book One Gorilla A Counting Book
Anthony Browne
Award-winning former Children’s Laureate Anthony Browne takes readers on a counting journey from 1 Gorilla through other monkeys such as chimpanzees, mandrills and baboons before reaching 10 Lemurs. From them, he leaps to himself and all humans showing how all …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Goldilocks Goldilocks
Allan Ahlberg
‘One of Julia Eccleshare’s Stand-out Children’s Book of the Year 2012’A brilliant book which is full of original stories all of which are variations on the familiar story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Each retelling becomes more and more …
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Oh No, George! Oh No, George!
Chris Haughton
Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2012. Chris Haughton’s distinctive artwork perfectly accompanies the innocent charm of affable George, a dog trying to be good – with hilarious results! This is the second picture book from rapidly rising star …
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The Fearsome Beastie The Fearsome Beastie
Giles Paley-Phillips
April 2012 Book of the Month.
Winner of The People’s Book Prize 2012, a national competition aimed at discovering new and unknown works: a truly democratic book prize decided exclusively by the public.
This is a terrific little picture book that parents …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Horrid Henry's Christmas Presents Horrid Henry’s Christmas Presents
Francesca Simon
Horrid Henry loves getting Christmas presents but he’s not so keen on giving them. That’s because, he hasn’t got them to give! However, Henry comes up with a very clever plan firmly based on the principle, it’s the thought that …
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The Snake Who Came To Stay The Snake Who Came To Stay
Julia Donaldson
Interest Age 5-8 Reading Age 6+. When Polly sets up an animal home for pets, she doesn’t anticipate quite how many problems she may face! But then, she doesn’t know she is going to be asked to look after a …
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The Tobermory Cat The Tobermory Cat
Debi Gliori
Once upon a time…best-selling illustrator Debi Gliori tells a witty story about cats poking fun at fame and asking if it really has any merit. All the towns on Mull have cats with special attributes, such as being able to …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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The Monster Snowman The Monster Snowman
Gillian Cross
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ Jack and his friends build the greatest, scariest snowman in the whole world – until it comes alive! An entertaining and clever story by an award- winning author and illustator, Ross Collins. Also suitable …
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Who Could That be at This Hour? Who Could That be at This Hour?
Lemony Snicket
Bestselling Lemony Snicket’s fast-talking writing is brilliantly on display in this wise cracking detective story which is full of references to the great detective writers of the past. Thirteen year Snicket is apprenticed to S. Theodora Markson, a second rate …
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Fox Friend Fox Friend
Michael Morpurgo
Interest Age 7-12 Reading Age 7+ From the multi award-winning and bestselling author, a beautifully re-packaged, 4u2read version, of this moving story of a girl and an injured fox cub. …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Twelve Minutes to Midnight Twelve Minutes to Midnight
Christopher Edge
December 2012 Book of the Month. A thriller with a fast-paced cinematic style, Twelve Minutes to Midnight is an electrifying story from an exciting new author featuring a feisty 13 year old heroine. It is the first book in a must-read …
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: the Third Wheel Diary of a Wimpy Kid: the Third Wheel
Jeff Kinney
The best-selling Wimpy Kid charts new aspects of his life in his trademark frank and highly humorous diary. From reflecting on the time before he was born to his struggles to find a date for the Valentine Day’s Dance and …
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Dark Lord : The Teenage Years Dark Lord : The Teenage Years
Jamie Thomson, Dirk Lloyd
Winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2012 – aged seven to fourteen. This is wonderfully original, completely mad but according to a 10 year old boy we gave it to is one of the funniest books he’s read all …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Ghost Knight Ghost Knight
Cornelia Funke
November 2012 Book of the Month A thrilling ghost story set in a boarding school situated right in the heart of Salisbury Cathedral. Eleven year old Jon Whitcroft doesn’t want to be packed off to boarding school and is sure …
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Liar and Spy Liar and Spy
Rebecca Stead
One of Julia Eccleshare’s Stand-out Children’s Book of the Year 2012
Award-winning Rebecca Steed tells a wonderfully touching story with great

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Sword of Light Sword of Light
Katherine Roberts
This cracking page-turning adventure is now available in paperback. The future of Camelot is in the hands of Arthur’s secret daughter, Rhianna. Utterly gripping, this is the start of a series for 10+ year olds by an award winning author. …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Maggot Moon Maggot Moon
Sally Gardner
Shortlisted for the Children’s Costa Award 2012. Sally Gardner tells a story that is rich in drama and ideas as Standish Treadwell, an unlikely hero, takes on the vicious forces of the repressive motherland in a novel set in …
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Reached Reached
Ally Condie
December 2012 Book of the Month The best-selling Matched trilogy takes off in a dangerous and shattering new direction as Cassia’s revolt and her determination to fight for what matters to her most comes to a head. Now the signs …
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Ketchup Clouds Ketchup Clouds
Annabel Pitcher
Award-winning author Annabel Pitcher’s new teen novel is a taut and dramatic adventure with a deep yearning at its heart. Ketchup Clouds vividly captures the terrifying roller coaster of emotion that envelopes Zoe when she gets caught in a tragic …
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December Children’s Christmas Books

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

A book as a gift for a child is thoughtful and magical and can leave a lasting impression. More than that… it’s a neat rectangle that’s REALLY easy to wrap! See our ”age ranged’ Christmas Gifts category and Great Reads of 2012 You May Have Missed section for lots of ideas! And remember all UK orders over £15 qualify for free postage.

The Book of the Month

Ally Condie Reached. After much pre-publication word-of-mouth buzz the finale of the bestselling trilogy Matched series, which began with Matched and continued with Crossed, is now available. Find out the fates of Cassia, Xander and Ky in their fight to live the life they choose. A perfect gift for one of her growing legion of fans.

Get into the Christmas Spirit

Fantastic Christmas Stable written by Juliet David and illustrated by Steve Smallman. Learn and play with this unique colourful nativity book. Complete with opening flaps, amazing pop up visuals and additional press out figures to add to the scene; perfect for 5+ readers.


Read and Review books BEFORE they are published!

2013 is going to be a cracking year for children’s fiction if the pre-publication books we have seen in the office are anything to go by. See below for the best ones we have seen so far.

We are also looking for teenage book reviewers for two amazing titles. Ferryman by Claire McFall is is brooding love story with a hero who’s as wild as Heathcliff, as aloof as Mr Darcy and as desirable as Edward! Dead Romantic by C.J. Skuse shows us how finding the best bits of a boy is surprisingly difficult – especially when it’s a heart of gold that you truly, deeply want! Just visit the book pages to find out how to register your interest in reviewing one or both of these titles ahead of publication.

See the bookshelf below for more Pre-Publication exclusives with reviews by members of our Lovereading Reading Panel

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Second books due in the series – time to get reading!

January 2013 sees the release of the second novel in two exciting series’. Why not read an extract right here on Lovereading4kids to see if one or both of them are for you? Firstly, bestselling author Cornelia Funke, whose Inkheart was a world-wide phenomenon, has created a wonderful imaginary world peopled with a gigantic cast of original and outlandish characters for 11+ readers. The first in the series was Reckless the second is Fearless.

And, from Christopher Edge, a Victorian thriller for 9+ readers with a fast-paced cinematic style featuring a feisty 13 year old heroine. Twelve Minutes to Midnight was the first and the second is Shadows of the Silver Screen.

Go ‘beyond the page’ with Quentin Blake

Possibly best known as the illustrator of Roald Dahl’s children’s books titles in addition to his own sumptuous picture books, Quentin Blake’s Beyond the Page is a stunning, richly illustrated first-hand account of his life and work. Both a memoir and a treasury, celebrating his life and work, this is the perfect book for adults this Christmas, particularly those who have an interest in children’s illustration and those who have or are still sharing Quentin Blake picture books with their children or grandchildren.

Children’s Book Awards

This time of year there are two big Children’s Book Awards and we have all the details. The winner of the Specsavers Children’s Book of the Year will be announced on 4December; we are rooting for The Wolf Princess by Cathryn Constable. In addition there is the prestigious Costa Children’s Book Award, with winners due in January. Our favourite on the shortlist is Maggot Moon from Sally Gardner. Good luck to all the authors and see our Book Awards Category for all the shortlisted titles.

P.S. We are also looking for 10+ readers to review the book Sword of Light, the first in the magical Pendragon Legacy series, which is out in paperback in early 2013. Visit the book page to find out more.

Most popular children’s books, by age range, 3 – 10 Jan 2011

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Stripy Horse, Time for Bed Stripy Horse, Time for Bed
Jim Helmore, Karen Wall
Stripy Horse is a hugely lovable animal in children’s book publishing at the moment and we’re thrilled to see the publisher has decided to create some sturdy board books for babies and toddlers featuring this character who has, until now …
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How to Catch a Star How to Catch a Star
Oliver Jeffers
A prize winning illustrator with a reputation for spare illustrations
which pack a huge emotional punch. A little boy so loves the stars that
he decides to set off and try to catch one. But catching a star is not
as easy as …
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The Puffin Mother Goose Treasury The Puffin Mother Goose Treasury
Raymond Briggs
The welcome return of a modern classic, this Treasury should be a gift for every newborn. Prize-winning illustrator Raymond Briggs’ wonderful illustrations capture the humour, pathos, poignancy and downright silliness of some of the best known nursery rhymes and riddles …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Zoe and Beans: Where is Binky Boo? Zoe and Beans: Where is Binky Boo?
Chloe Inkpen, Mick Inkpen
Join the loveably lively Zoe and her devoted dog Beans in a world full of fun, friendship and magical adventures. It’s a case of hide and seek as Beans loses his favourite toy. …
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Why Is The Sky Blue ? Why Is The Sky Blue ?
Susan Varley, Sally Grindley
This is our personal favourite in terms of Sally Grindley’s picture books here at Lovereading4kids.  It tells the story of rabbit and donkey.  Rabbit is very inquisitive and is always asking questions about everything! He wants to know why the …
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When I Dream of ABC When I Dream of ABC
Henry Fisher
Wonderfully dreamy and fantastical illustrations – opera singing mermaids, shy dragons and even chocolate drinking vampires – combine with simple text to encourage children to learn their ABC.  Perfect as a bedtime read as after the parent has gone it’s …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Harry and the Dinosaurs Roar to the Rescue! Harry and the Dinosaurs Roar to the Rescue!
Ian Whybrow
Wonderfully humourous illustrations coupled with a fun storyline sees Harry and his bucketful of dinosaurs run to the rescue when he discovers someone he knows has been robbed.  Harry is an endearing character that boys and girls all love. …
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A New Room for William A New Room for William
Sally Grindley
A beautifully moving picture book that deals delicately with a marriage break up and moving house, A New Room for William is a sensitive portrayal of the thoughts and emotions of a little boy in the midst of a dramatic …
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How the World Works How the World Works
Christiane Dorion
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2011: Best Book with Facts*. Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2001: Best Book with Facts and Winner of the Best Overall Information Book in the Scholastic Education PLUS Read Me/ Best …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Letters from an Alien Schoolboy Letters from an Alien Schoolboy
Ros Asquith
This is the first in a terrific new series for 7+ year olds – both boys and girls.  Packed with some hilarious illustrations and the story itself is a real page-turner.  It features an alien who comes to spy on …
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Cartoon Kid Cartoon Kid
Jeremy Strong
Loads of laughs in this new series from best-selling author Jeremy Strong.  Casper’s new teacher says everyone in the class is a superhero and together thy can fight injustice. Casper uses his drawing talent to become the Cartoon Kid. Teaming …
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The Iron Man The Iron Man
Ted Hughes
A stunning new version of a much-loved children’s classic with stunning and unusual illustations from Laura Carlin. Part modern fairy tale, part science fiction myth, The Iron Man describes the unexpected arrival in England of a mysterious giant “metal man” …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Billionaire Boy Billionaire Boy
David Walliams
Hugely entertaining, this captivating story is also thought provoking about the perils of having way too much money. Joe Spud is the richest twelve-year-old in the world; he has everything his heart desires – except happiness. As one disaster follows …
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Whispers in the Graveyard Whispers in the Graveyard
Theresa Breslin
This is a gripping supernatural thriller and one of those rare books that makes the reader want to put life on hold for as long as it takes to finish it.  The writing is breathtakingly good and whilst tackling some …
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Alien Storm Alien Storm
A.G. Taylor
A gripping science-fiction adventure pits a group of kids with super powers against a mysterious Russian billionaire. Infected by an extraordinary virus from a meteor storm, Sarah, Robert and the younger children in their charge are now at risk from …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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When You Reach Me When You Reach Me
Rebecca Stead
Winner of the 2010 Newbery Medal, Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2011, this is a brilliantly fresh and original story with a puzzle at its heart. When Miranda’s best friend Sal is punched in the stomach by another …
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Unhooking the Moon Unhooking the Moon
Gregory Hughes
Winner of the BookTrust Teenage Book Prize 2010 and shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2010.
One absolutely, indisputably MEGA story!
This highly recommended title is a beautifully written, utterly original, funny and bittersweet tale about two newly orphaned kids …
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Street Heroes: Runaways Street Heroes: Runaways
Joe Layburn
Street Heroes: Runaways is a fast-paced thriller that deals with
important issues while keeping readers gripped from start to finish. By
the aclaimed author of Ghostscape and Street Heroes it is in a nutshell ‘Heroes’ for children.  The Street Heroes …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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The Replacement The Replacement
Brenna Yovanoff
Full of romance and danger, this is an arresting adventure that slips effortlessly between our world and the dark world of the paranormal. Mackie Doyle is not what he seems. Despite his apparently normal life, Mackie is a Replacement; he …
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Matched Matched
Ally Condie
Introducing a rare new talent and almost certainly one of the biggest Young Adult debuts of the year this is the first in an utterly compelling, visionary and imaginative series that is set to be a sensation. The book is …
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Wereworld: Rise of the Wolf Wereworld: Rise of the Wolf
Curtis Jobling
Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2011
This is an absolutely cracking debut fantasy novel.  Every teenager should make time for it as it’s truly gripping and utterly original.  You’ll find yourself totally immersed from page one in a completely …
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Children’s books for Christmas

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Christmas is a time of great excitement and fun but sometimes the shopping and organising can really get in the way of that festive feeling. Here at Lovereading4kids our aim is to take all of that stress away with our one stop, age ranged, shop to the best books to buy this Christmas for all ages of children. You can also use our unique Book Price Comparison Engine to find the best price as well!

The incomparable Chris Riddell December Author and Illustrator of the Month

Living in Brighton with his wife, three children and an invisible dog Chris Riddell has, (from his Garden shed), written and illustrated some simply beautiful, enchanting, wildly inventive and funny children’s books. They include numerous richly entertaining picture books; Alienography and the story of Ottoline for 7+ year olds, and for 11+ year olds ,multi award winner, The Graveyard Book, written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Chris. He has also garnered so many book awards (including the coveted Kate Greenaway – twice – that we are frankly surprised he has room in his shed! That aside we are hugely excited and proud to make him our Author and Illustrator of the Month. Find out more about his wonderful books today…

Sally Grindley our final Guest Editor of 2010

Our Guest Editor is also an award winning author and has published over 100 books from picture story books to poignant, powerful and emotive stories for older readers. Her latest book is Bitter Chocolate for 9+ year olds, which you can read a free opening extract of along with a number of our favourite titles written by Sally. And, exclusively with Lovereading4kids, as our Guest Editor, Sally has kindly agreed to share with us those books that have influenced and inspired her. We hope you enjoy both her titles and her Guest Editor selections…

Small – but perfectly formed – some Christmas stocking fillers

We’ve selected a small but perfectly formed handful of stocking fillers for this year – why not check out for youngsters, Aliens Love Panta Claus and Moomins Little Buggy Book, for young readers Outside In, Yuck’s Crazy Christmas and How to Survive Christmas Chaos with Horrid Henry, for 9+ readers the latest Mr Gum and How to make a Universe with 92 Ingredients and finally, for older readers take a look at the stunning Twilight series in a Limited Edition livery.

Costa Children’s Book Award Shortlist

Fantasy, magic, coming of age and a retelling of the most famous diary story in the world make up this. We are proud to say we had already picked up on the titles well, before they were selected, and we have free Opening Extracts for you to download to get your children hooked.

Each one is utterly compelling with some great storytelling that will engage readers in some challenging and sometimes provocative situations. Find out more in our Prize Winners section…

Books of the Month for December

Alien Storm

A.G. Taylor

A gripping science-fiction adventure pits a group of kids with super powers against a mysterious Russian billionaire. Infected by an extraordinary virus from a meteor storm, Sarah, Robert and the younger children in their charge are now at risk from those who want to exploit their super skills. All set to escape from Australia to a new life far away from danger is halted when Nikolai Makarov suddenly enters their world. His plan is deadly. Can the children stop him?

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Mean Streets: The Chicago Caper

Graham Marks

Combining the action-packed exploits of Alex Rider with the historical adventures of a Young Indiana Jones, Mean Streets is a gripping story of conspiracy and kidnap. After having recovered from his adventure in Constantinople, Trey is staying at the Circle M Ranch outside Topeka, Kansas, owned by his Gramps, the original T Drummond MacIntyre.

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Matched

Ally Condie

Introducing a rare new talent and almost certainly one of the biggest Young Adult debuts of the year this is the first in an utterly compelling, visionary and imaginative series that is set to be a sensation. The book is already an international phenomenon with rights being sold in a fierce bidding war at auction in over twenty eight languages. Film rights have been snapped up by Disney. .

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Two Series of the Year – perfect as Christmas Gifts

A most unfortunate series!

Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events sold pretty much more than any other children’s book (yes even more than Harry Potter!) in hardback so we were very excited when the publisher announced they were to be released in great value paperback.

Now all 13 are available. Why not get the whole set? – readers of 7-10 will love the story of the Baudelaire family.

A year of high octane adventure

For slightly older readers and particularly boys Conspiracy 365 is a brilliant series which has had a book released every month since January.

Follow the teenage hero Cal and his adventure to uncover the truth about his father’s death but he must stay alive for 365 days to do it! The final installment has just come out.

Both of these series would make a brilliant Christmas gift.

Roald Dahl Funny Prize winners

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Most popular children’s books, by age range, 21 – 28 Nov 2010

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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When I Dream of ABC When I Dream of ABC
Henry Fisher
Wonderfully dreamy and fantastical illustrations – opera singing mermaids, shy dragons and even chocolate drinking vampires – combine with simple text to encourage children to learn their ABC.  Perfect as a bedtime read as after the parent has gone it’s …
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Christmas Time Christmas Time
Alison Jay
Come on a journey through Alison Jay’s magical festive world! Discover all the things that make Christmas the most special time of the year and see if you can spot two lucky children who are on their own Christmas Eve …
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The Story of the Little Mole - The Sound Book The Story of the Little Mole – The Sound Book
Werner Holzwarth
The best-selling Little Mole has been delighting or displeasing readers according to their taste in toilet humour for a couple of decades. All young children will adore this sound version which adds an important dimension to the story of Little …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Dog Loves Books Dog Loves Books
Louise Yates
Winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2010 (Funniest Book for Children aged Six and Under).
Shortlisted for the Independent Booksellers’ Book Prize 2010.
The magic of books and reading is perfectly illustrated in this joyful picture book. Dog loves books …
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Goodnight Tiptoe Goodnight Tiptoe
Polly Dunbar
As with all Walker Books titles this doesn’t just have a fabulous story to it but it’s beautifully printed and bound in paperback on quality paper – it really makes a wonderfully affordable gift for babies and toddlers. Goodnight Tiptoe …
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3
The Ice Bear The Ice Bear
Jackie Morris
Stunning illustrations capture the warm emotions of this magical story and juxtaposes them perfectly with  the winter landscape of the white bears and the hunters who live in it.  When Raven steals a white bear cub and delivers him to …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Farther Farther
Grahame Baker-Smith
Graham Baker-Smith’s debut Leon and the Place Between was shortlisted for the prestigious Greenaway Medal in 2010. Farther is the first book that he’s written and illustrated himself and it’s utterly captivating.  The text is so beautifully placed and inextricably …
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Quentin Blake's Magical Tales Quentin Blake’s Magical Tales
John Yeoman, Quentin Blake
Beautifully told, the fourteen folk stories in this collection are taken from around the world giving a slice of different kinds of magic from different times. In all there are elements of enchantment, transformation and trickery as the kind and …
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3
Grow Your Own Monsters Grow Your Own Monsters
Nicola Davies, Simon Hickmott, Clive Boursnell
A practical guide to growing all kinds of unusual plants – not the ordinary, good looking ones that most people choose to grow! Voodoo Lilies, Venus Fly Traps, Squirting Cucumbers and Abyssinian Bananas are just some of the exotic and …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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A Boy Called M.O.U.S.E. A Boy Called M.O.U.S.E.
Penny Dolan
An evocative and thrilling tale, set in a richly colourful Dickensian world, featuring a small boy, Mouse, whose parents are lost at sea, and whose life is threatened by the claims of his money-grabbing and debt-ridden Uncle and he is …
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Bink & Gollie Bink & Gollie
Kate DiCamillo, Alison McGhee
With deliciously spare text and delightful cartoons, the way friends Bink and Gollie, two very different girls both with very strong views(!), manage to be supportive of each other and also to give each other space to do their own …
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3
Lost Dogs Lost Dogs
Garrett Carr
Ballydog may well be a weird, weird town (in Ireland as it happens) with weird  characters, and monsters giving it that supernatural touch but this is a great read.  The author is a terrific storyteller and has clearly had a …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Billionaire Boy Billionaire Boy
David Walliams
Hugely entertaining, this captivating story is also thought provoking about the perils of having way too much money. Joe Spud is the richest twelve-year-old in the world; he has everything his heart desires – except happiness. As one disaster follows …
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Alien Storm Alien Storm
A.G. Taylor
A gripping science-fiction adventure pits a group of kids with super powers against a mysterious Russian billionaire. Infected by an extraordinary virus from a meteor storm, Sarah, Robert and the younger children in their charge are now at risk from …
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The Iron Man The Iron Man
Ted Hughes
A stunning new version of a much-loved children’s classic with stunning and unusual illustations from Laura Carlin. Part modern fairy tale, part science fiction myth, The Iron Man describes the unexpected arrival in England of a mysterious giant “metal man” …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Unhooking the Moon Unhooking the Moon
Gregory Hughes
Winner of the BookTrust Teenage Book Prize 2010 and shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2010.
One absolutely, indisputably MEGA story!
This highly recommended title is a beautifully written, utterly original, funny and bittersweet tale about two newly orphaned kids …
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Withering Tights Withering Tights
Louise Rennison
Winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2010 (Funniest Book for Children aged Seven to Fourteen). Laugh out loud at this launch title of a brilliant new series by Queen of Teen author Louise Rennison. Tallulah Casey, cousin of the …
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3
My Name is Mina My Name is Mina
David Almond
For everyone who loved David Almond’s Skellig, My Name is Mina is its prequel written over 10 years after Skellig was published to such acclaim.  Skellig remains one of THE bestselling and well known novels of the last decade.

So here, …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Matched Matched
Ally Condie
Introducing a rare new talent and almost certainly one of the biggest Young Adult debuts of the year this is the first in an utterly compelling, visionary and imaginative series that is set to be a sensation. The book is …
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The Truth About Leo The Truth About Leo
David Yelland
Shortlisted for the Young Minds Book Award 2010
Full of insight, this is a deeply moving story about how a child handles a parent with a serious problem.
Leo’s life with his father is a mess but there is no way …
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You Against Me You Against Me
Jenny Downham
Prize-winning Jenny Downham’s debut novel Before I Die was the profoundly moving story of the death of a teenager. Told with immense insight and compassion it showed Jenny’s talent for understanding the energetic positivity of teenagers; how, for them, the …
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