Posts Tagged ‘best children’s books’

October 1st email update

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Did you know that it was in October in 1851 (year of the Great Exhibition) that Moby Dick, Herman Melville’s classic cetacean adventure, was published? True story. Well, we’ve had a whale of a time, hunting the literary high seas for the best in books for your pod of youngsters, an’ we reckon we’ve harpooned us some whoppers an’ all! Read on for more…

Oct-overwhelming! – Books of the Month

If you actually built a real bookshelf to house all the amazing titles we’ve lovingly gathered as our books of the month this month, it would stretch all the way around the world Twice, (well not quite!). Imagine the size of the library! This month we esepcially love:

The House of Hades and The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan (12+) 4th and 5th in The Heroes of Olympus series. Greek myth meets reality in these mind-blowing adventures with many of the characters from the Percy Jackson books. And Five Children on the Western Front by KateSaunders (9+). An action-packed, funny and thoughtful novel inspired by the classic, Five Children and It by E Nesbit it is a book to truly fall in love with just like the original.

The Hero Pup by Megan Rix (7+). Animal lovers will adore the uplifting, powerful narrative of Megan Rix’s dog-eyed view of a troubled world. The Crocodile Under the Bed by Shirley Hughes (3+). From the creator of The Tiger who Came to Tea, a magical new classic that they’ll read to their children one day. And The Further Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat by Julia Donaldson (3+). Who better to take up this classic? Beautiful illustrations illuminate a charming adventure.

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October Free Prize Draws

Walker and Mumsnet have got together to produce a beautiful gift book of (prize-winning) bedtime stories and we are giving you the opportunity to win not just the books but also Limited Edition prints of the beautiful illustrations (by up and coming artists). We also have another 10 exclusive Lovereading Canvas bags (worth £9.99) up for grabs… surely this season’s must have accessory? Finally don’t forget to enter our Puffin competition where we have signed books and more up for grabs. Click here to find out more.

Who’s First? … Debuts of the Month

A good debut novel is a cause for joy, and we’ve a number to celebrate this month. Get out the bunting for:

MEGA DEBUT – A Little in Love by Susan E. Fletcher (14+). Mesmerising, atmospheric tale of love, sacrifice and redemption for the girls in les Miserables. Megan Abbott, said ‘Beautiful story, a must read!’ Also The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Lesley Walton (15+). Exquisite story of love and desire, uniquely told. Reviewer Isobel Read said ‘The characters are now etched on my heart’. And The Rise and Rise of Tabitha Baird by Arabella Weir (11+) A laugh-out-loud look at what it is to be a teenager.

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Books that Go Bump in the Night? Why, Yes, but ‘Witch’ one?

Enter, if you dare, our ghoulish, ghostly, goose-bump-inducing, Hallowe’en inspired section of books that will give kids of all ages a supernatural, spooky thrill… and have you carving pumpkins before the end of the month! We love:

Mountwood School for Ghosts by Toby Ibbotson (9+). Giggle-inducing, gruesome gallivanting from ‘not-so-good-at-ghouling’ ghosts. And Witchworld by Emma Fischel with illustrations by Chris Riddell (9+). A world of wizards, witches, ghouls and ghosts that isn’t so very different … from our own … hang about! Click below to see more of our Halloween favourites.

The Main Feature – Books that become Films

Last chance to read before your kids see the films. This month, look out for:

The Maze Runner by James Dashner (11+)
Adrenaline-pumping, mind bending, post-apocalyptic, epic that Hunger Games fans will devour. (film released 10October).

Hunger Games Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

“Quite possibly the best … novel for teenagers since Huxley’s Brave New World” The Times. (film released 20November).

Thy Kingdom Come – The Old Kingdom Trilogy by Garth Nix

Fans of the incredible, imagination-firing fantasy; The Old Kingdom Trilogy by Garth Nix (14+) have 2 reasons to jump for joy this month. The three original Old Kingdom titles are now available as eBooks, so the complex and magical fight against evil can be downloaded and carried in your pocket. Secondly, there’s a standalone prequel out. Clariel (14+) immerses the reader into the ancient and mystical world of the Old Kingdom’s crazy creature-filled landscape. Warning: if you read this, you’ll want all four!

No Referendum Required … Scottish Children’s Book Award

How nice to put politics aside and celebrate Scotland by diving into the rich pool of children’s writing north of the border. The awards are split into 3 age ranges: 3-7, 8-11 & 12-16, so there is something outstanding for everyone. See the whole field here and choose your favourites. Or put it to a vote? On second thoughts …

 

Are Books your Bag?

When do you first learn to love that “new book” smell? As a child, of course, in your local independent bookshop or library. So why not help support yours with a “Books are my Bag” bag. As desirable as our own Lovereading bag, this one has been designed by Tracey Emin for a nationwide campaign. There are loads of Books are my Bag connected events at bookshops all over the UK from 9-11 October. Click here to find what’s on near you so you and your kids can join in the fun.

Read on for the hand-picked selections in the age ranges you have said you want to receive. And don’t forget you can Login at any time if you would like to update your age range preferences.

P.S. Don’t forget 2 October was National Poetry Day – please do have a look at our special category.

July email update

Friday, July 4th, 2014

School’s nearly out, book fans!! With the weeks stretching invitingly ahead we have some sizzling stories for everyone from toddlers to teens. Enjoyable reads for the pool, the seaside, the campsite, cricket pitch, car journeys or just the fun of it. And don’t miss our lovingly compiled Summer Reading and Summer Activity section for hand-picked holiday heroes from our editorial expert Julia Eccleshare who was recently made an M.B.E. for services to Children’s Literature.

Top Picks for July

Find a wonderful hiding spot to escape to, take one of our fabulous books of the month with you and enjoy. Repeat until September. Here’s three of our favourite Books of the Months to start with:

W.A.R.P. The Hangman’s Revolution by Eoin Colfer (9+). Time-tampering, spine-quivering, seriously stunning second in the series. Skulduggery Pleasant: Armageddon Outta Here by Derek Landy (9+). Prepare to hide under the covers with this cadaverously cool collection of stories. And a brilliantly hilarious picture book Supertato (3+) from Sue Hendra, the bestselling illustrator of Barry the Fish with Fingers.

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A stunning Anthology of War Stories from top authors

The Great War (9+). An anthology of vivid, inspirational and abidingly memorable stories from some of the world’s best authors inspired by a different object from the First World War. Each object illuminates an aspect of life during the war, and each story reminds us of the millions of individual lives that were changed forever by the fighting.

This is definitely a book for the whole family to share from youngster to great, great grand dad. And we have some signed copies to give away by the Illustrator Jim Kay, winner of the Carnegie Medal.

First Time for Everything…

And first-time authors for almost everyone! We’ve got such a wide range of delectable Debuts of the Month, it ‘cleaves credibility’…. (you won’t believe it. Ed)

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Cranium-Crumping Competitions

This month, pick-up paranormal prizes galore to celebrate the award-gilded series Department 19 by Will Hill. Win one of 5 copies of The Big Book of Amazing Activities – perfect for filling the holidays. PLUS! Win some exclusive artwork signed by author Mo Willems linked to the hilarious The Pigeon Needs a Bath. And more.

Before the Deerstalker and Pipe – Young Sherlock…

We do love a series. That excited anticipation of the next instalment; the delight in diving in to the newest book, knowing there are more to come; the bitter-sweet elation of finishing the final chapter.

This month we’ve re-tracked down the Young Sherlock Homes series (11+) by Andrew Lane, with some exciting new covers. Six lovingly-crafted capers that Conan-Doyle himself would covet and the long-awaited 7th is coming in September.

From Reading Together to Reading Alone

We think these are more exciting than free sweets and fizzy drinks, so we have a whole section featuring the brilliant books from the brainy bods at Orion.

Their Early Readers collection starts with books to share (Blue Early Readers) and moves on to books (Red Early readers) that kids can start to read alone as they become more confident, paving the way to independent reading and a life-time of wonderful journeys.


‘Rex Wrecked’… The Broken King

Philip Womack’s new, uncompromising fantasy adventure: The Broken King flies intoxicatingly through a vividly imagined, treacherous and magical world.

It’s been loved by our Kids Reader Reviewers and our own Julia Eccleshare. It’s perfect family reading and, what’s more, it’s the first in a planned series. Happy days!

A Hatful of (Animal) Magic

Animal lovers and those children who dream of being a vet when they grow up shouldn’t miss a magical new series. Revel in the delightfully zany adventures of Hattie -B a young, magical vet. If you’ve ever wondered where dragons go when they’re poorly, the answer is a mere click away. Aimed at girls aged 7+, any fairy tale or furry-friend fan will devour them. Click here for more.

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Hilarious and thought-provoking 9+ reading

Every now and then we like to single out someone who deserves the star treatment. Former pig-farmer, postie and primary school teacher, Ross Montgomery has a special gift. His writing is both hilarious and thought-provoking, accessible and ageless.

That said, anyone aged from around 9+ will especially love him. His latest: Tornado Chasers follows hot on the heels of Alex, the Dog and the Unopenable Door. Get them both. You won’t regret it.

40th Anniversary of Rubik’s Cube… huh?

Can it really be 40 years since the multi-coloured puzzle cube entered every household in the country and children everywhere swapped the stickers around and pretended they’d cracked it? Now kids have a unique chance to embark on an interactive journey into the science and maths behind the Cube – and much, much more – with a range of enjoyable and highly inventive books that will provide hours of entertainment and fun for even the most reluctant.

P.S. Curiouser and curiouser…for a full weekend of family fun and entertainment, how about checking out the Curious Arts Festival (18-20th July), set in the Wonderland of Pylewell Park in the glorious New Forest. Lovereading4kids members can book tickets with a special 25% discount, click here for more information and the booking page.

Top 10 books from 2010 – for every age range

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

No more snow, no more school holidays – but still plenty of brilliant books for your children, with free Opening Extracts to try on your kids before you buy them. In addition to Lovereading’s offer of 25% off the RRP we now have our own Book Price Comparison Engine that shows you the price of the book on up to a dozen other book sites as well …. Simples!…

January Promotions and Special Features not to miss…

‘Your’ Top 10s of 2010

What good is a new year without a look back at the last one? We have selected the 10 titles, from each age range, that have been the most popular in 2010. As ever there are some ‘usual suspects’ in terms of authors but a lot of fresh surprises – especially your love of trying new authors (which is good because we love discovering them).

Visit our special section today to see the full lists and we hope you enjoy catching up on any gems you might have missed.

Happy reading and look out for more new books and exciting features in February.


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