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Mid-February email update

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Welcome to our February mid-month update. Full of special features about books in a huge range of categories … Art, Poetry, Great Reads for Boys and Blue Peter to name a few. Read to find out more..Pre-Publication titles to start reading now

As always, we have an exciting selection of Pre-Publication exclusives to bring you this month, so you can read what’s hot before it’s released! And guess what? They feature handy reviews from our brilliant new Reader Review Panel to help you choose. Smashing!

One for 11+ readers not to miss is the pulse pounding sequel to Million Dollar Gift from Ian Somers, The Hidden Gift. Ross Bentley, a teenager with telekinetic powers discovers a whole new world of people with ‘super powers’ but not all of them use their skills for ‘good’.



Art of The Matter! – Get into Art


With the Easter holidays looming sunnily on the horizon, why not plan some time for art and artists and include a trip to a local art gallery perhaps? It’s a great way to fire their imagination for painting and drawing. To help them get the most out of it we have some great ‘How to’ books for a variety of ages, and other lovely books that will ‘help the whole family get into art’ …


Two not to miss are How to talk to Children about Art and How to Talk to Children about Modern Art. They are books for grown-ups to share with their children and help to explain what to look for in a painting; with cleverly colour-coded text for three age ranges 5-7, 8-10 and 11+. They’re so good an Art History student has just seen the books and wished her parents had used them with her when she was younger!

And don’t miss our competition to win a copy of The Art Book for Children from Phaidon. We have 3 up for grabs.

Oh to be a leaf on the Poet Tree

From funny to poignant, poetry can really speak to us … at any age. Our section dedicated to verse for children has had a revamp this month and is teeming with great poetry books.

New this month (among others) are the hilarious collections: What do you Call a One-Eyed Dinosaur and What Happens When the Queen Burps.


Lovereading helps kids to…Well, love reading

We like to think that kids get inspired at very young ages to love books, so we wanted to share a few gems we have recently come across that we think can do just that.

First published in 1950 Ant and Bee are back! These delightful and much-loved characters are instantly recognisable to many parents and grandparents today. Ant and Bee teach children to read via word

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recognition and encourage story sharing
with siblings and parents – Anthony Horowitz admits that these classics were the books that taught him how to read and we think it’s high time they were re-discovered by a new generation of readers.

Also Rhyming picture stories are great for getting kids hooked into reading. Two favourites of ours this month are Tabitha Posy Was Ever So Nosy and Mrs MacCready Was Ever So Greedy both by by Julie Fulton.

Doing it ‘Boy’ the Book … Great Books for Boys

In spite of the terrible pun, we are really proud of our section dedicated to age categorised great reads for young boys! Fresh for 2013, this category, packed with tales of derring do and stuff that boys love to read about, has had a revamp and features some cracking new titles. Click here to find out more…

Favourite February eBooks

What ever eReader you have we can get you the eBook format to match with a single click on Lovereading4kids. Go to any book page and just look at the ‘Other Formats’ box in the top right hand corner. See the shelf below for a few of our favourites and there are many, many more on the website.


Time to stop Horsing About!

If you have child who lives and breathes horses and ponies then you simply can’t miss our special category dedicated to stories inspired by our equine friends. We have lots of great stories and our favourite this month is The One Dollar Horse, out in paperback and eBook now, from Blue Peter prize-winner Lauren St John. It’s a thrilling rags-to-riches story of one girl and her dream.

Bring WW2 to life for 7+ readers

Award winning Mick Manning has created two books, based on the real stories told to him, by his parents of their experiences in World War Two, that really bring the period to life for 7+ readers. Tail-End Charlie and Taff in the Waff are wonderfully innovative books full of illustrations of artifacts and documents of the time. A wonderfully dramatic and engaging introduction to its subject.

World Book Day 7 March 2013

7 March 2013 will be a global celebration of children’s books and among other things, it’s a great opportunity to spend the £1 vouchers your kids will be given between now and then by their school to support your local book shops! There are eight titles from big name authors such as Tony Robinson, Shirley Hughes and Francesca Simon. Look out for the voucher and Click here to find your local book shop.

Blue Peter Book Award


Linked to World Book Day is the Blue Peter Book Award – extra special as the winners are chosen by the TV shows viewers. The six books shortlisted will now be judged by more than 200 young Blue Peter viewers drawn from 10 schools across the UK. See all six books in our special category.

The winners will be announced on a special edition of Blue Peter dedicated to children’s books on World Book Day Thursday 7 March 2013.

Mum’s The Word! – Mother’s Day (10 March)

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and the youngsters in your life will be racking their brains thinking of what to get you! Why not help them by suggesting one of these great gifts that you can share with them or check out the Mother’s Day category on Lovereading and suggest something from there they can spoil you with!


So that wraps up February at Lovereading4Kids. Here’s hoping for better weather round the corner and we’ll see you in March with yet more great reads for children.

Mid February Kids update

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

Welcome to our mid-month update, packed full of exciting extra features on Lovereading4kids. For teens there’s our Undercover Reads, for babies and toddlers you’ll find the cutest stories in our Picture Book Picnic section, Blue Peter has just announced its Book Award shortlist and there’s a brilliant pre-publication exclusive for 9+ readers….


Not Even in the Shops! – Pre-publication exclusive

Be the first to read: Wonder by R. J. Palacio (9+) – A heart-warming, heart-breaking and uplifting book about being different from everyone else, when inside you feel just the same. It’s being talked about in the same breath as the brilliant Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.~

Read our exclusive extract to find out what you think.

Get the Picture? – Our Picture Book Picnic Section

Our Picture Book Picnic section showcases some amazing picture books. There is a wonderful selection to choose from but our picks this month are:

A Bus Called Heaven by Bob Graham 3+ – A humorous, inspiring and colourful community tale.

Arthur’s Dream Boat by Polly Dunbar 3+ – Polly Dunbar is a real picture book favourite and has done it again with this enchanting, colourful dream adventure.

Oh NO, George! by Chris Haughton 2+ – A delightfully naughty dog who tries SO hard to be good, from the author of A Bit Lost!

After Lights-Out! – Undercover Reads

Some books are so good you can’t resist turning on the torch, sinking under the duvet and reading one more chapter! Our special section of books devoted to teens, Walker’s Undercover Reads, do just that. New this month:

Blink and Caution by Tim Wynne-Jones – Suspense thriller set in a dark, deadly world of crime.

Daylight Saving by Edward Hogan – A ghostly, dark and deliciously spine-tingling thriller.

Girl, Stolen by April Henry – Fast-paced, nail-biting thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat. Published in March but we have an exclusive pre-publication extract!

Badge of Excellence! – 2012 Blue Peter Book Awards

The shortlist of four books (for kids aged 6-12 years) for this coveted award has been announced and topics include: the 2012 Olympics, the Extreme World (spy technology to super volcanoes), a time-travelling schoolgirl and a family with dark secrets. We’re featuring all four on the site. The winners will be chosen by more than 200 Blue Peter viewers from over 10 different schools. Why not get your kids to choose their own winner? Click here to see the books.

And the Best Children’s Book of the last decade

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Theodore Boone are among the books vying for the title of best children’s novel of the last decade. BBC TV’s Blue Peter has released a shortlist of 10 titles and is asking viewers to vote for their favourite. The vote will be open until 4pm, 23 February, and the winning book will be announced on 1 March. Get involved by clicking here.

Don’t miss the ‘Biggest Book Show on Earth’

Featuring a stellar line-up of top authors and illustrators – including Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler, Eoin Colfer, Jacqueline Wilson, Cressida Cowell and Derek Landy, performing together for the first time and streamed LIVE into nurseries, schools, bookshops and libraries nationwide. This is ‘The Biggest Book Show on Earth’ and it’s part of World Book Day which in turn is the biggest celebration of authors, illustrators, books and reading of its kind. Register now at to watch the World Book Day online festival on 1 March (9.30-10am for Nursery and 11am-midday for Primary) plus you’ll find many more ideas on what you can do on World Book Day as well.

Also, don’t forget to look out for your child’s £1 World Book Day voucher, being distributed via schools. Kids can use them to pick one of EIGHT free new books or get £1 off a full-price book in your local bookshop.

Lovereading4Kids “Essentials” Section

We have made a list of the books we think all kids should read and have split them into age ranges so that you can easily find a next great read for your family. You may even find you get hooked yourself! Click here. This month, a new version of the classic The Hodgeheg by Dick King Smith (5+) is released – a great chance to revisit this beautiful bedtime story!

Well, that’s all from us this month. See you in March for World Book Day and Lovereading4kids’ bookshelves will yet again be full of great hand-picked children’s books – all designed to get your kids to Lovereading! Click here to get a few tips, if you need them.

P.S. If your kids aren’t already hooked on the gripping, futuristic Hunger Games series, then get them to read these awesome adventures before the equally awesome film is released on 23 March. And while you’re at it why not enter our competition giveaway – we have copies of the trilogy and the special ‘Making of the Film’ book to give away! Click here.

Children’s Classics, Prize Winners and books for reluctant readers

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

In addition to Lovereading4kids keeping you abreast of lots of new books from established and debut authors we wanted to let you know about three special sections that have just gone live (due to numerous reader requests) and we think you’ll love.

ClassicChildren’s Classics

The first is one dedicated to Classic Children’s Books from Alice (in Alice in Wonderland) to Zeus (in Tales of Greek Heroes). From great value hardbacks from Oxford and large format illustrated paperbacks from Walker Books to Puffin’s delightfully packaged paperbacks there’s a format for every time and place and as you collect them you’ll find they make a marvellous library for your child’s bookshelf. Find out more today.

Essential Reading

Essential ReadingThe second are what we call Essential Reading. Eagle-eyed readers will realised we launched this last year but for 2009 we’ve refreshed the list. It’s the perfect place to go if you are stuck for a book to buy next for your child. Split by age range it features dozens of titles, that are all fabulous reads and have a timeless quality about them. Our highlight of the month for this section has to be The Little White Horse, which has come back to prominence with the launch of the hugely successful film The Secret of Moonacre.

Reluctant readersBooks for reluctant readers

Last but by no means least, if you have any children that aren’t overly keen about picking up a book to read, perhaps they even struggle as a reader, then have a look at our Reluctant Readers category. Working with the Literacy Trust, we’ve packed it with books recommended by parents and teachers who found them useful for encouraging hesitant readers. We hope it helps!

Start reading books before they are published

We have some excellent pre-publication stories this month for your kids to discover before the playground crowds. Just download some free Opening Extracts to read together:

Litterbug Doug by Ellie Bethel – 5+ readers

A fun story about a lazy, wasteful boy who hates recycling… only Michael Recycle, Planet Earth’s Super Green Hero can save the day!

Raven Mysteries by Marcus Segewick – 7+ readers.

A really funny new Gothic series about a very strange family, told from the point of a raven. We’re always pleased when an author with an established fan base begins writing for a younger audience, particularly someone as talented as Marcus.

Running on the Cracks by Julia Donaldson for 9+ readers.

A heart-stopping debut thriller from an award-winning picture book author about a girl who runs away from home to escape life and investigate the secret behind her dead father’s feud with his family.

Princess Plot by Kirsten Boie – 11+ readers.

Jenna has just won the starring role in a film about a princess – but when she gets whisked off to the shoot, she becomes caught up in a real-life royal mystery! This is a stunningly original debut.


Auslander by Paul Dowswell – 14+ readers.

Peter grows up in a Warsaw orphanage, but with his Aryan blond hair and blue eyes, he is soon adopted by a German professor. But Peter refuses to be the perfect Hitler-jugend.It’s chilling and thought-provoking in equal measure.

Blue PeterPotential Prize Winners

The name Blue Peter conjures up memories for parents and children everywhere but did you know they organise a very influential children’s book prize?. To find the shortlisted titles in the three sections of the award – ‘the best book with facts’, ‘the book I couldn’t put down’ and ‘the most funny story with pictures’ – go to our Prize Winners section and decide which are your favourites to win. The winners of the sections will be announced on World Book Day 5 March.

Money offSpread the word about Lovereading4kids and get money off books!

Finally, We know that as a parent you appreciate the guidance that Lovereading4kids provides in finding some amazing new children’s books to keep the reading-ball rolling But don’t forget to tell all your friends and family about it too, also recommending your friends to join up can earn you discounts on books!

P.S Oh and one last thing, time waits for no man, or child for that matter, so why not take a moment to review the age categories you have asked us to keep you up-to-date on. After all, kids get older too and may be you’re no longer receiving the most appropriate age ranges for your kids. Just click this link and login to your account page.

P.P.S A reminder too about our free prize draws page that we launched recently. If you’ve not dropped in to that page this month then why not take a look. Privacy Policy Disclaimer