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Blue Peter Book Awards – just announced

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Peter’s Picked a Peck of Prized Titles!

Here’s one we mentioned earlier! The Blue Peter Book of the Year AND Book of the Decade have just been announced today. From a shortlist of 4 and 10 books respectively, and voted for by the children who love them, the winners of these coveted prizes from the nation’s favourite children’s TV show have been named. The hilarious Diary of A Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney has been voted best children’s books of the last 10 years and the spookily brilliant werewolf mystery, The Considine Curse by Gareth P Jones won the 2012 Blue Peter book of the year. Find out more about all the winners

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and shortlist today…. have emerged top of the field and you can find them and all the shortlisted books here.

Mid Feb Children’s book update

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Our mid month email is, once again, packed with new and exciting extra features to spice up your children’s reading. If they are environmentally minded then check out our revamped ‘Green Reads‘ category or if they want to get ahead of the pack try some of our ‘Pre-Publication Exclusives‘. Or just browse any of our many categories and download some free Opening Extracts to help you choose.

Conspiracy 365 – a year long action-packed adventure story!

Launched in January, Conspiracy 365 is such a a cool concept – a thrilling roller coaster adventure that unfolds over a whole year, with one episode published each month. February’s title is out now and there’s a great video trailer to really whet the appetite. So, get your children hooked (it’s not too late to catch up as each book is incredibly fast paced and under 200 pages long!) and they’ll be reading all the way through 2010.

Books to change the future – Green Reads

We at Lovereading4kids believe that books can change the world – that’s why we’ve put together a category of entertaining and informative books that will enthuse children of all ages about looking after their planet as they grow up. We’ve added lots more titles this month to turn your children green.

This Month’s Highlights – not to miss

Get them while they’re hot! Exclusive Pre-Publication titles

I Love My Mummy

Giles Andreae, Emma Dodd

For babies and toddlers – a simple and life-affirming book about all the wonders of mum!

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Don’t Want to Go!

Shirley Hughes

3+ Join young Lily as she finds out doing new things isn’t so scary as it seems – by the author of timeless picture book, Dogger.

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The Queen Must Die: Chronicles of the Tempus

K.A.S. Quinn

9+ Imagine E Nesbit crossed with Philip Pullman and you’ll have an idea how good this first episode of a major new trilogy, The Chronicles of Tempus, is going to be.

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Little Darlings

Jacqueline Wilson

9+ A story about two girls, one from a council estate, one with millionaire parents, who find in each other something they’ve been missing all their lives.

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Triskellion 3: The Gathering

Will Peterson

11+ The third and final instalment in this gripping paranormal adventure trilogy.

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No and Me

Delphine de Vigan

14+ Translated from the French original, this is a tense, brilliant novel about the true nature of home and homelessness.

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As good today as they’ve always been – our Essentials category

If your kids are stuck for something to read, there’s no better place to look than our ‘Bookshelf Essentials’ page, featuring some guaranteed timeless reads. Newly added this month is Rosie’s Walk, a whimsical tale of a little red hen and a sly fox that’s celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

And something we prepared earlier….

Blue Peter Book Award 2010 – young readers’ favourites

What makes the Blue Peter Book Awards special is that they’re decided by a panel of young readers and each category very much ‘does what it says on the tin’ with categories for ‘Most Fun with Pictures’, ‘Book you can’t put down’ and ‘Best Book with Facts’. So the books on the shortlist, all featured this month on Lovereading4kids, are pretty much guaranteed to thrill young readers. Have a look and download free extracts from the finest books and picture books of the last year. Find your favourites today…

Lovereading4kids January 2010 Mid Month update

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

After a slightly delayed start with the weather the pace of January has now picked up and we hope you are enjoying the newly designed Lovereading4kids newsletter is providing you with all the guidance you need when it comes to great books for kids. Read on to find out about the Blue Peter Book Award shortlist, Pre-Publication exclusives, the long-awaited paperback launch of Lemony Snicket and the new ‘Demi God’ on the block, Percy Jackson, whose film release is imminent!

Series of the Month – Percy Jackson

Imagine a world where the gods of Olympus are alive in the 21st century, and still fall in love with mortals and have children who might turn out to become great heroes like Theseus, Jason and Hercules. Percy is one of those kids, and his adventures have been transported to the silver screen in a film from the director of the Harry Potter movies. Due for release on 12 February, Percy Jackson will be the talk of the playground shortly so make sure your kids are on to it well ahead of the game.

Series of the Year – ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’

Lemony Snicket titles about the fated Baudelaire orphans were the 5th most popular books of the last decade and got more kids reading than Harry Potter. Now, at long last

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they are available to buy in great value paperback.

The stories are strange, even weird and so immersive and well-loved that we thought we’d make them our Series of the Year for 2010, which in turn might get a whole new generation of kids hooked! One to three are out now with the rest being published throughout 2010. Find out more…

This Month’s Highlights not to miss

Be first to the best new kids’ books – exclusive Pre-Publication

Out of Shadows – Jason Wallace

14+ A powerful book set in post-war 1980s Zimbabwe, where new foreign student Robert Jacklin learns that for some of his white classmates, the battles for leadership of ‘their’ country aren’t over at all…

Savannah Grey – Cliff McNish

11+ Savannah Grey is not having a great time, she’s only just settled in to her latest foster home when she discovers she has supernatural powers, and that the evil Ocrassa wants to use them to destroy the world!

11+ Superhumans: Meteorite Strike – A G Taylor

Robert and Sarah survive a terrible alien virus, only to find themselves captured by a rogue organisation that wants to experiment on them like lab rats because of the strange psychic powers they’ve suddenly started to develop.

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been well documented that girls seem to perform better at school than boys; but more recent development theories suggest we ought to be challenging the myths about boys’ ‘underachievement’ and encouraging their talents. So, take a look at our Parenting category which has some great new books for you about keeping children stimulated while learning, and ensuring they don’t fall behind or get discouraged. As a parent, New Year is the perfect time to provide plenty of encouragement and support.

Classic stories that are as good today as ever

Our ‘Bookshelf Essentials‘ category features timelessly brilliant books that every child from every generation can gain from by reading. We’ve just refreshed the list with some tremendous classics including The Church Mouse, Greyfriars Bobby and in its 40th anniversary year, Rosie’s Walk. If your kids are stuck

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for what to read next, take a look at our impressive selection – broken down by age range – it could also be a wonderfully nostalgic experience for you.

And something we prepared earlier….

Blue Peter Book Award 2010 – young readers’ favourites

What makes the Blue Peter Book Awards special is that they’re decided by a panel of young readers and each category very much ‘does what it says on the tin’ with categories for ‘Most Fun with Pictures’, ‘Book you can’t put down’ and ‘Best Book with Facts’. So the books on the shortlist, all featured this month on Lovereading4kids, are pretty much guaranteed to thrill young readers. Have a look and download free extracts from the finest books and picture books of the last year. Find your favourites today…

Now the snow, for most, has pretty much gone we hope you can get back to all the important things you might have missed – but don’t forget to keep using Lovereading4kids for guidance to keep your children stocked with the best books for them.

New children’s books for February

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

We have a veritable treasure trove of books to introduce to you this month, so much so we’ve been burning the midnight oil even more than usual to make our selection for you.

From the latest Prize Winners to some sensational Books of the Month, the most avid to the most reluctant reader will find something tantalisingly good. 

Author of the Month Siobhan Dowd

Author of the Month is the extraordinarily talented Siobhan Dowd, whose life was sadly cut short in 2007. We’re featuring all four of her incredibly moving novels, including her last one, Solace of the Road that she finished writing just before her death and is published this month. Also, do take a peek at the Trust that has been set up in her memory, to help disadvantaged children enjoy reading.

Photo credit Siobhan at Killarney, 2006: G. Morgan

Darwin Day 12 February 2009

To tie-in with all the excitement of the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth, we have a wide range of inspirational books to celebrate one of the greatest scientists ever to live, and the founding father of the theory of evolution.

Discover a Debut Author today!

Why not ‘discover someone new’ by reading our Debuts of the Month? Damian Kelleher’s Life Interrupted is a warm novel about a teenager facing the worst and surviving. Secondly, meet teenage agony aunt extraordinaire in Amy Green by Sarah Webb.

Prize Winning Books

Prize Winning BooksThe overall winner of the prestigious Costa Award was announced a day or two ago. It rarely goes to the children’s book category winner and sadly this year it didn’t again. But just to remind you the children’s category winner was Just Henry by Michelle Magorian, so if you’ve yet to take get a taster why not click here and read an extract of this soaring and uplifting book. Also in the world of forthcoming awards, you can discover all the books on the shortlist of the Blue Peter Book Awards right here.

February Books of the Month

Our choice for Books of the Month was an incredibly difficult decision this month with such a strong range of titles to choose from but we believe we’ve selected something to suit everyone’s taste.

The Henderson boys11+: Henderson’s Boys – Robert Muchamore

An incredibly powerful and pacy adventure thriller about kids working for the British Secret Service during World War II by Robert Muchamore, the mega-bestselling author of the Cherub series.

The Sandfather9+: The Sandfather – Linda Newbery

This is a gripping read about a 13-year-old boy who is excluded from school and goes to spend a period of reflection on the coast with his aunt.

0-5: Dogs – Emily Gravett

A delightful picture book celebrating all kinds of dogs, big and small, stroppy and soppy, with a twist in its tail!

9+: Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Jeff Kinney

A New York Times bestselling series – part brilliant story, part blank journal for you to fill in, and part interactive game and there’s a film starring the Wimpy Kid scheduled for release in 2010.

14+: Malice – Chris Wooding

Enter this terrifying parallel world if you dare! From the dramatic 3-D cover onwards, everything about Malice is original and just a little bit different. Cleverly told as both a novel and a graphic novel.


0-5: Matty Takes Off – Miriam Moss

A gloriously charming and funny picture book about a bear and his tidy house. Perfect for bedtime reading.

101 ways to get your child to read

Finally World Book Day is coming round again on 5 March, and publisher Barrington Stoke has teamed up with the Quick Reads initiative to bring out a wonderful new short book for parents entitled, 101 ways to get your child to read. It’s full of great tips and we rate it highly.

I’m sure you’ll agree there’s plenty for your children to get their teeth into in terms of some wonderful reading so why not visit Lovereading4kids and select the books with them before doing anything else. Privacy Policy Disclaimer