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Mid August Kids Summer Reading

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

With the school holidays coming to an end why not have one last look at our Summer Reading category and pick a great book to end the Summer? Also don’t forget to enter our competition to win a kindle eReader.

Coming Soon! – Pre-publication Exclusives

Nothing excites us more than introducing you to great new books BEFORE everyone else gets to hear about them. This month, be the first to discover:

Our MEGA this month is The Grunts in Trouble (7+) by Philip Ardagh with fantastic pictures by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler. A crazy, unusual and slightly disgusting family, a homemade caravan and a whole load of hilarious trouble! From IPG Publisher of the Year Nosy Crow.

PLUS!!! – Nosy Crow Give-away!!look out this month for our new Nosy Crow competition where three lucky winners can get £50 worth of Nosy Crow Apps and Books!


Time to get ready For School!…

Whether it’s for the start of the new school year, or a little extra preparation at home, our Back to School section is crammed with ideas and useful tips to engage your kids and get them one step ahead. After a great big summer makeover, it now features all the latest dictionary and other reference titles to give your kids the leg-up they need. New this year is a pre-school home learning category to give your child a bit more confidence before they start school in September.

Vintage Favourites – Lovereading4kids Children’s Classics

Our much loved Children’s Classics section has had a huge boost this month from a newly launched imprint “Vintage Children’s Classics”. With the release of 20 Vintage must-haves for kids and a special ‘World of Stories’ Website created around the books, it really is a fabulous ride down nostalgia River for us adults, and a pot of gold for kids. Vintage has produced a beautiful, timeless and irresistible range of classic reads with stunning cover designs that will entice you to open them. A further ten will follow the 20 launch titles later this year with more to follow. PLUS we’re giving you the chance to win all 20!! Just click on any book in the Classics section. Why not start collecting them now?

Echoing the classic E Nesbit novel, Five Children and It, this new story from this mega-selling author, winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize Jacqueline WIlson, Four Children and It, is a funny, moving and heart-warming story of four children who discover a way to make wishes come true.

Forget the Maybe’s, here are the MUSTs

Also glimmering with new additions this month is our brilliant Bookshelf Essentials Category. It’s a comprehensive compilation of must-reads for kids of all ages, listed by age range and many have free extracts for you to try out before you buy! We particularly love:


The Factory-Made Boy The Hilarious Adventures of a Factory-Made Boy

Christine Nostlinger

Secondary Age range - 7+ readers
Hilarious and touching story about a boy … erm … made in a factory! – the first book ever published by publishing ace, Anderson Press. 



The Baby and Fly Pie

Melvin Burgess


Primary Age range - 9+ readers
Imaginative tale of family, friendship and survival against the odds from one of the best writers of contemporary children’s fiction. 



The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas



Primary Category - 11+ readers

With over 1 million copies sold worldwide, this heart-wrenching tale is a modern classic with a powerful message. 


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they say … well we don’t know about that, but we know there are some stonkingly good picture books out there! We’ve put them all into one handy section so that you and your little ones can enjoy hours of story-time fun. Check out what is new this month.

Don’t Stop Horsing About – we’re Pony Mad!

Especially for the pony loving kids among you, we have added even more great titles to our section dedicated to stories inspired by our equine friends. See the whole collection here. Our favourite this month is:

Laura Marlin Mysteries 3: Kentucky Thriller (9+) by Lauren St. John – a thoroughbred friendship cemented in the murky, underground world of race-fixing.

From Page to Screen

Winner of the Branford Boase award in 2008, as Before I Die, this incredible book for children aged 14+ asks ‘what would you want to do if you knew you were going to die?’ So inspiring is it, that it has been made into an uplifting and emotional, but adventurous and witty film called: Now is Good, which is scheduled for release in mid September and stars among others Dakota Fanning and Jeremy Irvine. So, now’s the time to read this inspiring and cathartic novel before you see the film.

Happy Reading and see you all in September.


August Mid Month Children’s Book Update

Friday, August 20th, 2010

As Summer draws to a close don’t miss these last few weeks to get your children reading some new and interesting books. Our Summer Reading section is a terrific first stop on the site. Also do have a look at our special Back to School section to keep one eye on the new term as well. Read on to find out more.

Tell your friends about Lovereading and get money off books

Do you know anyone who would love Lovereading? Why not tell them about us using our handy recommendation engine? For the next few months for every friend who becomes a Lovereading member we’ll award you 5 LoveHearts; our way of saying thank you for spreading the word on Lovereading.

Each LoveHeart is worth £0.50. You can build up a collection of LoveHearts in your account, and choose when you want to convert them into a book voucher – redeemable at our online shop. It’s easy to see how many LoveHearts you have. Just login to your account.

This month’s Highlights

Exclusive Opportunity to Discover Pre-Publication Titles

September and October is traditionally the time when the established authors release their new books and we feel very privileged to be cleared to run some exclusive pre-publication extracts on some eagerly awaited new novels. Below are three that we

think should not be missed.

Reckless – Cornelia Funke

11+ and 14+ An extraordinary fantasy thriller set between two worlds linked by a mirror: the real world of today and a dark fairytale place, where modern technology has disastrously mixed with magic, resulting in war and corruption. It is utterly compelling.

Annexed – Sharon Dogar

14+ With absolute clarity, compassion and accuracy, Annexed, told through the voice of Peter van Pels, offers its readers an entirely new perspective on the most famous diary ever written. Anne’s diary tragically ends suddenly, but Annexed takes the reader on into Auschwitz and into the concentration camp at Mathausen where Peter died.

Lies – Michael Grant

14+ The Human Crew pitched against the Mutants in a fast paced, alternate reality teen thriller which Stephen King described as “torrential narrative” and “great fiction”.

Lies is the 3rd in the Gone series and we have them all on Lovereading4kids.

Graphic Novels – bringing books to life

Graphic novels have really taken off in the last few years. Much more than comics they have been shown to helpreluctant readers start to love books and for confident readers, the illustrations can bring a new dimension to the reading experience. On Lovereading4kids we have a whole section ofthe site dedicated to this growing genre split by age and this month don’t miss the graphic novel version of Anthony Horowitz’s new supernatural series Raven’s Gate.

Fascinating Facts – understand more about the world around you

Our Fascinating Facts category includes titles that children of all ages can really get their teeth into and enjoy whilst also filling up their brain with useful facts to help them better understand our amazing world. New this month for 7+ readers we have the vividly illustrated Infinity series helping to understand nature and the world around us and for 5+ the Henry’s House that is full of information on everything from Romans to Space!

We also have dozens of other titles for all ages so get clicking and discovering today.

Help is at hand for budding writers The new Children’s Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook is out…

If you’re a budding children’s writer or illustrator, this annual publication is an essential companion and overview of the publishing industry. With a wealth of practical information and articles by leading authors, illustrators and media experts, this book will answer your every question, from copyright issues to the latest trends in fiction.

Back to School – get a head start on the new academic year

While your children are enjoying their holidays, it’s a good idea to keep one eye on the future. Our Back to School category has been revamped with all the dictionaries, bilingual and reference titles you’ll need to give kids, of any age, a flying head start when the new academic year begins.

Exclusive Book prizes up for grabs

Wimpy Kid film prizes, £100 worth of school reference books and exclusive signed picture books are just some of the brilliant prizes up for grab this month.

Find out more in our Free Prize Draws area and remember to come back every month to have a chance to win.

Always wanted to be a Children’s Author? … The Times Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition.

Are you a secret storyteller? Now’s the time to let your talent out into the open! The Times and Chicken House are on a mission to find another great undiscovered children’s writer, whose novel will be published by Chicken House around the world. Closing date for entries is last mail delivery October 29, 2010. The prize includes a £10,000 advance and is too good an opportunity to let go by. Dig out those old ideas and get writing!

Now in its 4th year they are looking for new entries. All details can be found here:

100 free books to give away – first clicked first served!

We have 100 copies of The Wickedest Witch to giveaway. Children aged 9+ will be enthralled by this gripping story with fantastic names for all the witches – Diabolica Nightshade, Tiffany Toadlick and Cakula von Drakula to name but a few and the illustrations add a lovely dimension.

The sequel is published in October, it’s called White Wand and we have a pre-pub extract exclusively on Lovereading4kids. What are you waiting for?

New Children’s Books for August

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

August is one of our favourite months. No school; hazy summer days; trees hanging with fruit. And the book-tree this month is positively bursting with ripe gems for kids of all ages. Did you know that Christopher Robin Milne (the inspiration behind his father AA Milne’s young friend to Winnie the Pooh and all the other animals of Hundred Acre Wood) was born in August?

It’s a great month then, to discover new titles and old favourites and where better to do so than Lovereading. We’ve highlighted some real gems below to suit a variety of ages but don’t forget our Summer Reading selection that is chock full of great reads for babies and toddlers right through to teenagers.

Author of the Month, Michael Grant

American born Michael Grant has taken the US by storm over the last year and now his UK fan base is growing fast too. All because of his addictive teen novel series ‘Gone’ – think Lord of the Flies combined with the hit TV show Heroes. So, with the second and third in the series, Hunger (in paperback) and Lies (in hardback), coming in September we thought it was the perfect opportunity to make him our Author of the Month.

So if you’re looking for an unputdownable read for a boy or a girl from 12 upwards then give them the first one – Gone – to read during August and they’ll then be ready for 2 and 3 in September.

Books of the Month for August

As we said above, our basket is crammed with fabulous titles this month for children of all ages to enjoy including books from Eoin Colfer, Alex Scarrow, Lauren St John, Nick Sharratt, Thomas Docherty and Mary Hoffman. It’s impossible to pick one out, but to whet your appetite; we have been very excited by Julia Donaldson’s Cave Baby – our MEGA book of the month! Julia (author of the much-loved The Gruffalo) has teamed up with award-winning illustrator, Emily Gravett, to create this fabulous tale, in which a hairy mammoth takes a cheeky little baby on a thrilling ride through a moonlit landscape populated by exotic animals. And, for slightly older readers a page-turning horsey tale from tiny publisher, Tortoise Books called Midnight on Lundy. Whether you’ve ever been to Lundy Island (it’s in the Bristol Channel) or not this novel for 7+ year olds is absolutely not to be missed. Finding nuggets such as this one away from the world of big publishing makes our job here at Lovereading all the more enjoyable.

“When I grow Up I want to be a Writer and an Artist” Our Illustrator of the Month – Rebecca Elliott

This quote from one of Rebecca’s school projects hinted at what was to come. Rebecca remembers endlessly boring her long-suffering family with ill-conceived stories she had written about rabbits wearing flat caps and aliens flying around in suitcases.

It has all paid off though, because that childhood dream is now a reality, with her first three picture books all published this summer; Cub’s First Winter, Milo’s Pet Egg and Just Because. Her work is a celebration of nature and she has drawn her inspiration from the beautiful Suffolk countryside, where she lives with her other great inspirations – husband Matthew and children, Clementine and Toby.

… and introducing! Our Debuts of the Month

Dark Life

Kat Falls

11+Two kids thrown together, in a World that has long been engulfed by rising oceans, to save a young brother and the whole underwater-dwelling community from evil criminals. A thrilling adventure!

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A Most Improper Magick

Stephanie Burgis

10+ A magical and dark tale of self discovery as one young witch sets out to save her family name. Her journey throws up much more than she bargained for in this page-turning adventure.

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White Chin

Marilyn Edwards

9+ This is the story of a wandering cat, told by the cat himself. It tells of cruel abandonment and scary adventures and a new life with a loving little girl called Kirstie. But that’s when things start to go wrong.

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Martha, No!

Edward Hardy

3+ Martha causes chaos wherever she goes paying no attention at all to Nanny saying No! A witty contemporary cautionary tale with a satisfying resolution.

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Spy Thrillers, Aliens, Dark Worlds and History, his Novels Have it covered! Guest Editor – Graham Marks

Graham has written everything from comic strips and film tie-ins to many critically acclaimed novels for children and young adults. He is also involved in the Usborne Young Writers’ Award. His work comprises page-turning, fast-paced thrillers in magical worlds and futuristic settings, certain to fire the imagination of the young reader.

His most recent novel I Spy: The Constantinople Caper is a gripping adventure, combining the action-packed exploits of Alex Rider, with the historical adventures of Young Indiana Jones, in a classic story of one boy’s fight to find his father. An extract is available on the site and well worth a look! This Autumn he has two novels being released. The first is in September, Playing with Phyre and then the second in the I Spy series, Mean Streets.

Take a leisurely peek through his comprehensive and thrilling list of titles, as well as the wealth of authors and books that have inspired and influenced him throughout his life and career, which he kindly shares with us this month. Interestingly, one of his selections is a novel by John Buchan whose life and work, if you’re also a member of Lovereading, you’ll see we’re celebrating on the 70th anniversary of his death.

Back to School

While your children are enjoying their holidays, it’s a good idea to keep one eye on the future. Our Back to School category has been revamped with all the dictionaries, bilingual and reference titles you’ll need to give kids, of any age, a flying head start when the new academic year begins.

Great books made into brilliant films

This month sees the long-awaited film release of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, the first in the Jeff Kinney created series that has taken the US, and now the UK, by storm. The fantastic illustrations and hilarious story chart Greg’s life at a new school. Why not get your kids to read the book before seeing the film if only so they can knowledgeably tell their friends that “The book’s much better”! – You can even win a Wimpy Kid film goodie bag.

Conspiracy 365 – The Adventure continues…

For those of you not already familiar with the Conspiracy 365 series, it is a cracking new and explosive 12 book series to keep kids turning the pages throughout 2010. One book of this 12-part series is being published each month during the year, giving enough time to order a copy and race through it, heart-pounding, before waiting in suspense for the next episode. These fast-paced and heart-stopping short thrillers follow Cal, who is on the run after discovering that the people who killed his father are now after him as well. The monthly installments are an especially brilliant way to get your boys away from the games consol and buried in an un-put-downable read!

Great Books for Boys – we find them for you!

Talking of getting boys hooked on books, we have a great section on the site dedicated to helping you find titles to suit boys at every age-range. Simply go to the site and click on the appropriate age range for more information. An invaluable tool in the holiday season!

Kids Reluctant to Read? … Some Books to Get Them Started.

Similarly, there is a great section on the site offering suggestions for boys and girls who are reluctant to read. These titles – again listed by age group from 5+ to 14+ – are the ones we think are most likely to get young readers interested in, if not hooked on, reading and starting to enjoy and own their independent choices. Take a look and give it a try.

Get them Hooked! A Journey to Independent Reading for Early Readers…

In a stroke of brilliance, Usborne have released 15 new titles under the Very First Reading banner for children just starting on their reading journey. Each book in the series builds on the last, taking early readers on an adventure to independent reading. There are fantastically imaginative rhymes and pictures, and clever story formats so parents and kids can read together. Why not try them now so your child starts their first term at school in September ahead of the game?

Branford Boase Prize Winner – Lucy Christopher

Finally, we would like to send our congratulations to Lucy Christopher, winner of the much coveted and highly esteemed Branford Boase Children’s Debut Prize.

Her debut novel, Stolen (14+), is a love story like no other. Gemma is kidnapped from Bangkok airport and forced to live in the wild and desolate landscape of the Australian Outback. Her assailant, however, is motivated by obsessive love. Under the hot glare of the Australian sun, can he force Gemma to love him back, isolated as they are from the rest of the world? The book takes the format of a letter, written by Gemma to her captor reflecting on those strange and disturbing months in the wilderness. This is an extraordinary novel.

Well, that just about wraps up our August gift of information from the rich world of children’s literature. We hope we have inspired you to encourage your children to dive in and get reading and that you will continue to enjoy sharing that journey with them!

P.S – Don’t miss the chance of winning some brilliant book prizes by visiting out ‘Free Prize Draw’ section! Genre/pri where you can join in the Find Chaffy treasure hunt.

Read on to see our recommendations in your favourite age categories

Mid September Newsletter – Parenting Books

Friday, September 18th, 2009

What a busy month September is! As well as all the work to get kids back to school, the publishing world really picks up pace after

the summer break. In this mid month newsletter we have a brand new ‘parenting section‘ as well as exciting additions to Real Reads, Children’s Classics and a fresh range of dyslexia-friendly books.

Questions answered and challenges resolved for parents

We all want our children to grow up well rounded and happy but there are lots of challenges facing parents on the way, from the youngest baby to the turbulent teenager, and no quick fix solutions. Books can help but there are so many available it’s hard to choose. So we’ve been speaking to parents and experts to find which have helped them. The best of these titles are now in our new Parenting Books category. Find out more today and we hope you find them useful.

This month’s highlights not to miss

Chronicles of Ancient Darkness win prizes with Lovereading Author of the Month Hilary McKay
Mustang Mountain

Epic, easy to read classic stories with just 64 pages

Real Reads are retellings of some of the world’s best-loved works of literature – skilfully shortened, simplified and illustrated so they keep true to the plot and feel of the original but can be enjoyed by less experienced or time-starved readers. We’ve added some new gems to the category for you to check out, including Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights.

A dozen fresh Dyslexia-friendly titles

Making good reads accessible to every child is one of our missions here at Lovereading4kids. So we are excited to announce 12 new titles to our Dyslexia category, all printed on cream paper with an easy to read typeface . To help you choose, the books are split into interest age sub-categories and, of course, you have free Opening Extracts as well as 25% off the RRP.

Seven superb Pre-Publication exclusives

We had to stop ourselves going rather mad with alliteration but it was hard with so many (seven) superb October titles to show to you ahead of the crowds. New titles from Michael Morpurgo and Geraldine McCaughrean to name just two. Find out more today and pre-order any that take your fancy.

Pre-School Prize winners

The Early Years Book Awards are one of the most prestigious in the pre-school area. They have awards for the best Books and Illustrators and unsurprisingly we have told you about most of them already on Lovereading4kids. However, you can now see all the shortlisted books in our “Prize Winners category“.

Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy – New Eoin Colfer book

30 years ago The Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy burst into our lives via the radio – and over the years it’s been a series of books, a TV show and even a film. Now 30 years on Eoin Colfer has picked up Douglas Adams’ mantle and has written a sequel ‘And Another Thing…‘ which is due out in October. Find out more about this and the hilarious original series of books in our special section and have a chance to win lots of pan galactic goodies.

Discover unpublished authors or find an audience for your own literary talents

Our sister website,, is a showcase for independently published authors who haven’t yet been picked up by major publishing houses. Browse the free Opening Extracts of the children’s category, and see if you can discover the next Michael Morpurgo or J K Rowling! We think we’ve found one already and he’s only 11 years old – Will Goddard – and his second novel The Golden Triangle is just out and the whole book is available to read exclusively through Lovewriting.

Or, have you or someone you know written a book? steers you through the publishing process and helps you find an audience. You can even create your own micro site to promote your own book.

Write a story for World Book Day 2010

Finally, how would your child like to finish a story started by Anthony Browne…or Francesca Simon, or Andy McNab or any of the amazing authors celebrating next year’s World Book Day? If you want to be part of the World Book Day Short Stories competition make sure your child’s school registers, before 2 Oct 2009. Click here to visit the website and forward the link to your childs school. Winning stories will be published in a special anthology in March 2010.

Lovereading4kids September Newsletter

Friday, September 4th, 2009

It’s the end of the summer holidays, which always seems to make kids grumpy. But it’s not all bad! Lovereading4kids has some wonderful reading adventures that kids can go on even in term time. Download free Opening Extracts of these books and find some stories to soften the blow of going back to school…

Author of the Month – the very brainy Hilary McKay

Hilary studied zoology and botany and worked as a biochemist before writing her first children’s novel,
The Exiles, which

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went on to win the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize. Since then her work has gone from strength to strength and we’re thrilled to feature her brilliant new story,
Wishing for Tomorrow, the official sequel to one of THE children’s classics of all time Little Princess. The publisher has also re-released with a sparkling new cover this all-time classic.

Our Illustrator of the Month – pet-loving Emma Dodd

Emma’s delightful picture books have been charming children and their parents for a few years now. Her quirky new story, Miaow Said the Cow, is seriously fun but don’t forget to check out the backlist too – Cool Cat and I thought I saw a Dinosaur to name just two.

Mustang Mountain by Sharon Siamon

This horsey series is perfect for girls aged 8+. These exciting stories are elegies to the natural world, and especially to the powerful, mystical wild horses that gallop the dramatic landscapes of her books.

Chronicles of Ancient Darkness by Michelle Paver

Dazzling, edge-of-your-seat entertainment from the first book, Wolf Brother, all the way through to the sixth and concluding part, Ghosthunter. Torak’s last adventure sees him travel up into the mountains to vanquish the terrifying Soul-Eaters.

This series is absolutely not to be missed by anyone aged 9 or over.

A veritable feast of Books of the Month to suit every age and palate

For 3 + readers

For 3 + readers
For 5 + readers
For 7 + readers
For 7 + readers

For 9 + readers
For 11 + readers

For 11 + readers
For 14 + readers

Pay less for your next read with our Book Price Comparison Engine

A truly great book is priceless. But assuming you don’t have that much to spend, find the best recession-beating deals with our Book Price Comparison Engine. It searches dozens of online retailers and displays prices, and postage costs for any book. Lovereading’s 25% discount may be cheapest; sometimes you’ll buy cheaper elsewhere. Either way, you’ll be glad you checked! Amazon prices appear automatically on every book page – just click the ‘Compare Book Price’ button to find all the other on-line suppliers.

First-time fantastic – our Debuts of the Month

Traitor Game – B R Collins

An extraordinary, award-winning novel about the problematic relationship between two school boys, interwoven with an elaborate fantasy world they have created, called Evguard.

Threads – Sophia Bennett

A funny, vibrant, and very contemporary story about three young friends – a budding starlet, an eco-warrior, and a fashionista – who pool their individual talents to help a young refugee girl.

This month’s Guest Editor – the not-at-all-ordinary Joanna Nadin

Joanna describes her childhood as tragically normal, but she’s certainly made up for it by becoming an incredibly interesting and brilliant writer. Her Rachel Riley diaries are as funny and well-observed as Adrian Mole’s. Find out which authors have influenced her work – Frank Cottrell Boyce and Kevin Brooks to name but two.

Help your kids hit the new school year running, with Back to School books

Embrace the new school year and give your child a head start! Our Back to School section has all the dictionaries, thesauri, atlases and foreign language books to help engage and inform your child. Whether your child is a toddler or a teenager, there are different titles for every age from pre-school to sixth form, and all at a 25% discount.

That’s all for now. We hope you have fun exploring the website and discovering new books, and that you find some great stories to take your kid’s mind off the inevitable return to school… and homework!

Kids pre publication exclusives, back to school feature and more

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

As August draws to a close and we all hope for good weather for the Bank Holiday don’t forget books when it comes to keeping your children occupied and happy in the holidays. Much more absorbing and rewarding than any game console and we have dozens and dozens of brilliant ones to recommend.

Strike gold before the crowds – Pre-publication exclusives

Threads by Sophia Bennett

A vibrant and thought-provoking story for fashion-conscious girls of 11+. Shortlisted for the Times/Chicken House Fiction Award, this is not just a great book, it’s pure gold.

Ernest by Catherine Rayner

A stunning picture book with minimal text about a rather large moose written and illustrated by the winner of the 2009 Kate Greenaway Medal..

Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela

A wonderfully illustrated children’s version of the inspirational book by hero of our time, Nelson Mandela, perfect for 5+.

Tollins: Explosive Tales by Conn Iggulden

A magical book of short stories for 7+ readers about some creatures called ‘Tollins’ (just don’t ever call them fairies!)…

Boom by Mark Haddon

7+ readers A nuclear-powered hundred-ton adventure about two boys who determine to find out what secret plan their teachers are up to. From the author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime

Get closer to Authors with our new feature

New this month has been our Guest Editor genre. It’s proved very popular so,  if you’ve not yet checked it out then you’re in for a treat. Quite apart from Ali Sparkes’ wonderful adventures for 9+ year olds she has also selected her favourite books that have inspired her writing.

Please tell your school about Lovereading4schools

With the new academic year comes the inevitable new ‘booklist’ from your children’s school. It will probably be on a piece of paper in your child’s school bag and chances are it will get lost and even if it doesn’t the thought of trawling through a bookshop to find them is rather daunting. It’s a different story however, if your school has already signed up to the Lovereading4schools. This free to use site lets the school create reading lists which you can access and order from in the ‘click of a mouse’ – and 5% of what you spend goes back to the school for them to build their library – can’t say fairer than that. Find out more today and if you like it please make sure to tell your school….

Tintin and The Rainbow Orchid – Brilliant graphic adventures

If you loved Tintin as a child pass the love onto your own children with the beautiful 3 in 1 editions that have been recently re-released to coincide with the 100th year of Herge’s birth. And, if Tintin proves a hit you and your kids are sure to get hooked on The Rainbow Orchid too; an ambitious graphic-novel combining classic storytelling with cinematic artwork à la Tintin. If you’re quick you might even land a prestigious first edition, which in years to come just might be worth a bob or two. What we can absolutely guarantee is a brilliant rollercoaster ride.

This Month’s Highlights – Not to be missed

Free to enter competitions to win lots of Book Goodies

We always have lots of exclusive competitions on Lovereading for kids. Most of them are free to enter – so what are you waiting for! This month you could win, a family ticket to the British Museum, a family ticket to the spooky Wookey Hole cave and lots of signed books. Find out more today.

Happy reading and if you are still stuck for a great read then do try our Books of the Month. Our favourites this month are: for 3+ readers the stunningly illustrated Call me Gorgeous by Giles Milton. For 7+ readers the simply hilarious Dissapearing Moon by Simon Bartram and finally for 14+ readers the thrilling Grass by Catherine McPhail.

Children’s recommendations for August

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

Hello again! We hope your kids are enjoying their holidays. But if they’ve started showing even the slightest symptoms of boredom, now is the time to act! Lovereading4kids has got everything you’ll need to calm them down and keep them happy.

Rabbit of the Month – Emily Gravett

Author of the Month is the talented Emily Gravett, who spent 8 years living on the road as a new age traveler before starting to create her beautiful picture books. Her latest, Rabbit Problem, follows two rabbits through one exhausting year as they take on different seasonal challenges and try to cope with their ever-expanding family! And, don’t forget to check out the rest of Emily’s books, each and every one of them a delight to behold for toddler and parent alike.

Eleven from heaven – our brilliant Books of the Month

For 3 + readers

Call Me Gorgeous Giles Milton:

A stunning debut picture book which is a feast for the eyes and a puzzle for the brain.

Eeeek, Mouse!

Lydia Monks: A Colourful and imaginative illustrated tale from a very talented artist.

Gruff the Grump

Steve Smallman: A lovely story about a Bear, who reluctantly helps a rabbit and eventually become friends.

For 5 + readers
For 7 + readers
For 9 + readers

The Disappearing Moon

Simon Bertram: A cosmic new series starring Bob and Barry, the famous ‘Men on the Moon’.

Henry’s House: Egyptians

Philip Ardagh A brand new fun-packed, fact-packed non-fiction series for 5-7s.

The Comet of Doom Karen Walace:

A thrilling tale from the time of Moctezuma; can Chantico save his uncle from execution?

The Last Straw

Jeff Kinney: Third in the brilliantly imaginative ‘Wimpy Kid’ series mixing cartoons, jokes and great writing.

For 11 + readers
For 14 + readers


Justin Stanchfield: ‘E.T. meets Terminator’ in this masterful gripping sci-fi adventure! 4410

Missing Believed Crazy

Terence Blacker : A clever crime caper about some kids who fake a kidnap to raise money for charity!

Grass Catherine Mcphail: Riveting novel about a child who witnesses a gangland murder, and then has to deal with the insidious consequences.

Back to Life

Joanna Nadin: Fifth hilarious installment of Rachel Riley’s diaries. Fans of Louise Rennison’s Georgia Nicolson will love it!

Debuts of the Month – the future stars of children’s writing

14+: Darke Academy is the first book of a new series. A scholarship student, Cassie Bell, begins her time at an elite paranormal academy – but what sinister secrets are some of the other students sitting on? Knowing too much could prove deadly…

9+: Wolven by Di Toft is a dark fantasy about a boy living on the edge of a strange wood, whose new dog starts growing human ears – a little like a werewolf in reverse…

Our spangle-clad Guest Editor – Ali Sparkes

Before becoming a much-loved children’s author, Ali Sparkes worked as a singer, journalist, broadcaster and the spangle-clad assistant to a juggling unicyclist. Here as our first Guest Editor on Lovereading4kids, Ali has shared with us the authors and books that have inspired her writing – so find out which colourful stories are behind this colourful character! Ali’s incredible new novel, Dark Summer, is also just out.

The Charlie Small books are a buccaneering adventure series that will grip even reluctant readers. Charlie is an 8-year-old explorer who has lived for over 400 years. He winds up in some fantastical places, but his mum isn’t worried – he’s sure to be home in time for tea. 7+ readers will love it.

For 9+ year olds and animal lovers of all ages, Lauren St John’s novels featuring animals of Africa are absolutely not to be missed. The latest one Elephant Tales is both heart-warming and heart-wrenching by turns.

Back to school – a head start for the new academic year

,The new school year comes around as inevitably as tax return time does. Better then to embrace it and give your child a head start! On our Back to School section you’ll find Dictionaries, Thesauri, Atlases and Foreign language books – suitable for every age from Reception class to the 6th form. And all at a 25% discount.

Books that inspired millions of readers – Children’s Classics

Generations of avid readers have been inspired by the timeless stories in our Children’s Classics section. We’ve added a few more this month including some gorgeous great value hardbacks including Huckleberry Finn, an illustrated paperback edition of Hans Christian Andersen and a number of Puffin paperbacks including Wuthering Heights, Kidnapped and What Katy Did.

Classic Illustrated – new genre on Lovereading4kids

Former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo recently said that he was a reluctant reader as a child, but that these Classics Illustrated graphic novel versions of classics like Oliver Twist drew him in and led him on to read the original books later in life. On Lovereading4kids you can find this series of beautifully illustrated classics and they are sure to engage kids in the power of stories.

So download some free Opening Extracts, and choose some absorbing books to soak up some of your kids’ residual summer holiday energy!

Children’s books – August 08 Mid Month update

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

Summer ReadsAs the summer holidays draw to a close keep your children’s literary interest high with some of our superb Summer Reading selections. Scroll down to see our recommendations in the age ranges you have told us you are interested in.

Now getting older is something none of us can avoid – so do please tell us if your children have now changed age categories and we can adjust the book selections we send you. Changing age selections is v easy. Just click the My Account button, in the top right hand corner of the website. You can then see and change any of your details.

Focus on Reluctant Readers

Do you have a child that sometimes struggles to get interested in books? Well at Lovereading4kids we want to make sure every child, however reluctant or struggling to begin with, is given the chance to become a voracious bookworm. And publishersBarrington Stoke, have some of the very best books to get your child excited about books and reading. Please have a look at this launch selection of books for reluctant and struggling readers and download some free Opening Extracts. You can buy them with a 25% discount off the RRP.

This Month’s Highlights

Debut of the month Traitor Game Author of the Month - Sally Gardner Debut - Greek Ransom
Angus Thongs and Perfect Snogging - Prize Draw Puffin Classics New Voices from Walker Books

Barefoot Books Young Storyteller competition

Barefoot CompIf your children have got a gift for telling stories themselves, help them make a film for the Barefoot Books Young Storyteller competition and you

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could win a trip to New York or £1,000 of books for the school library! Find out more today

Pre-Publication Books

Finally, there’s a whopping 6 Pre-publication books for you and your children to catch a sneaky peek of before anyone else:

Michelle Paver

The 5th book in the brilliant Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series.

The Mysterious Benedict Society
Trenton Lee Stewart

Could be a new Harry Potter. A group of young friends working together to solve fiendish puzzles.

A World Away
Pauline Francis

A moving story of Nadie, a American Indian ‘savage’ who faces traumatic tests of survival.

The Reckoning
James Jauncey

A thriller in which a teenage boy becomes entangled in murderous goings on.

The Kiss of Death
Marcus Sedgwick

A captivating Gothic novel set in 18th century Venice.

The Resistance
Gemma Malley

The sequel to her stunning dystopian novel The Declaration.

Download some free Opening Extracts of these wonderful stories with your kids, and find out which ones will really make the rest of their summer memorable. And remember, you can buy all your children’ books with a 25% discount on Lovereading4kids. Privacy Policy Disclaimer