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Lovereading4kids. Most popular children’s books, by age range, 23 – 30 October 2016

Monday, October 31st, 2016

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Gordon's Great Escape Gordon’s Great Escape
Sue Hendra
November 2016 Book of the Month  Hurrah for Gordon the Balloon! Gordon’s life story, including time at balloon-school learning just what a balloon does, his first true love whose pets are porcupines and his important role in rescuing his friends …
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Wow! Said the Owl Wow! Said the Owl
Tim Hopgood
Owl decides to wake up during the day and sleep at night.  A very odd thing for an owl to do.  But he discovers the world of colour and he’s in awe.  A really lovely and original picture book.
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The Crocodile Who Didn't Like Water The Crocodile Who Didn’t Like Water
Gemma Merino
Longlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2014  Could it be that this little crocodile isn’t a crocodile at all? He might just be a DRAGON! A funny, unique and uplifting story from a debut author-illustrator and perfect for giving a …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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Lie Kill Walk Away Lie Kill Walk Away
Matt Dickinson
A non-stop, action packed, thrilling tale of a race to save humanity from a deadly virus. 15 year old Rebecca Eden and 16 year old Joe Fontana tell their own tales in alternate very short punchy chapters. Each has suffered …
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The Deviants The Deviants
C. J. Skuse
October 2016 Book of the Month |  In a Nutshell: Revelations | Revenge | Rebuilding relationships
Masterfully suspenseful rollercoaster of a read, with a genuinely jaw-dropping finale.
Once thick as thieves and known as “The Fearless Friends”, the light of Ella, Max, …
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As I Descended As I Descended
Robin Talley
September 2016 Book of the Month
In a Nutshell: Deadly Ambition |  Scheming with Spirits |  Descent into Darkness
Thrilling, chilling, supernaturally-charged retelling of Macbeth set in a prestigious southern state high school.
While Lily can’t wait to try out her antique Ouija …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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There's a Snake in My School! There’s a Snake in My School!
David Walliams
October 2016 Book of the Month    David Walliams has his finger firmly on the funny bone of the nation’s youth, and little children will love this story of school turned upside-down by an unexpected visitor. It’s bring-your-pet-to-school day, and a …
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We Found a Hat We Found a Hat
Jon Klassen
A Julia Eccleshare Book of the Month October 2016   Award-winning Jon Klassen is as witty, engaging and subtle as ever in this delightful story with a very big theme but told in only a very few words. Two Turtles find …
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Time Now to Dream Time Now to Dream
Timothy Knapman
There’s a dreamlike quality to this beautiful picture book. Two young children, painted by Helen Oxenbury with typical sensitivity, leave the safety of their garden to explore the forest when they hear a mysterious noise coming from the trees. Taking …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Queen Munch and Queen Nibble Queen Munch and Queen Nibble
Carol Ann Duffy
Queen Munch has cheeks as red as tomato ketchup, eyes the colour of chutney and a laugh as loud and deep as the moo of a cow on its way to be milked; Queen Nibble on the contrary, is as …
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They All Saw a Cat They All Saw a Cat
Brendan Wenzel
October 2016 Book of the Month A stylized, colourful picture book that highlights the power of perception and will gently introduce young readers to the concept that we all see the world a little differently. It harnesses not only the visual …
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Motor Miles Motor Miles
John Burningham
October 2016 Book of the Month  There’s a perfect simplicity to this book, the work of a picture book genius. Miles is a difficult dog, won’t come when called, doesn’t like walks or other dogs, barks too much. The only …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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The Fox and the Ghost King The Fox and the Ghost King
Michael Morpurgo
A Julia Eccleshare Book of the Month October 2016  Award-winning Michael Morpurgo weaves a charming and witty story around sport and history as they have come together in the recent twin triumphs of the City of Leicester with the discovery …
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The Witch's Vacuum Cleaner The Witch’s Vacuum Cleaner
Terry Pratchett
Special Slipcased Edition | In a nutshell: inventive | readable | hilarious   |  This collection of 14 rip-roaringly funny stories is a great way to introduce children to Terry Pratchett – indeed, each story is just the right length for bedtime reading – …
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The Pumpkin Project The Pumpkin Project
Katie Smith
Winner of ITV Lorraine’s Top Tales 2016 | In a nutshell: growing vegetables grows confidence and puts nasty Penelope in the shade
Katie Smith’s story beat 3000 others in Lorraine’s Top Tales competition on ITV, winning the approval of Lorraine …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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The War Next Door The War Next Door
Phil Earle
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month October 2016  A pacey new story set in Storey Street featuring a cast of outrageous characters doing a host of amazing and extraordinary things. Masher’s dad is determined to get his greedy hands …
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The Secret of Nightingale Wood The Secret of Nightingale Wood
Lucy Strange
October 2016 Debut of the Month    Debut author Lucy Strange tells a touching story, rich in atmosphere and with a strong historical background capturing a young girl’s need for courage and her way of finding it. Henry’s (short for …
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The Christmasaurus The Christmasaurus
Tom Fletcher
Get into the Spirit of Christmas! A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month October 2016   Celebrity Dad of the Year 2016, Tom Fletcher brings Christmas and Dinosaurs together in a warm hearted, rollickingly magical story inspired by his love of …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Clover Moon Clover Moon
Jacqueline Wilson
October 2016 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: gripping historical drama with an irresistible heroine |       Clover Moon is a typical Jacqueline Wilson heroine: she’s bright, more than able to think for herself and stands up to the …
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Spirit of the Jungle Spirit of the Jungle
Bear Grylls
October 2016 Book of the Month  | In a nutshell: jungle survival in the footsteps of Mowgli  |  More than 120 years after publication of The Jungle Book, and following the new live action film version, Bear Gryll’s adventure story …
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Blink and You Die Blink and You Die
Lauren Child
October 2016 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: Nobody beats Ruby Redfort! |      Blink and You Die is the very last book in Lauren Child’s superb Ruby Redfort girl detective series, and what a finale it is! Someone, someone …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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The Wrong Train The Wrong Train
Jeremy De Quidt
In a Nutshell: Sinister short stories
Sublimely spine-tingling, this evokes all the dread of an ominous tap-tap-tapping on your door in the dead of night.
Picture this. You rush to catch your usual train but your relief at making it in time …
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One One
Sarah Crossan
Winner of the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2016. Joint Winner of the CLiPPA 2016 (CLPE Children’s Poetry Award). Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Awards. Shortlisted for the Children’s category of the Books are My Bag Readers Awards 2016.
Award-winning Sarah Crossan …
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Reckless I: The Petrified Flesh Reckless I: The Petrified Flesh
Cornelia Funke
Best-selling 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. Searching for his missing father, Jacob Reckless steps through the mirror into a strange, …
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Lovereading4kids most popular books, by age range, 10 – 17 January 2016

Monday, January 18th, 2016

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Count with Maisy, Cheep, Cheep, Cheep! Count with Maisy, Cheep, Cheep, Cheep!
Lucy Cousins
Smiling, cheerful, independent, no wonder toddlers everywhere love Maisy, and she makes all early learning experiences fun and exciting. This story sees her helping Mummy Hen find her ten chicks, who are hiding around the farm. There are flaps on …
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Five Minutes' Peace Five Minutes’ Peace
Jill Murphy
There can’t be a mum in the country who doesn’t identify with Mrs Large, wrapped in her comfortable dressing gown, doing her best to get away from her children for just five minutes peace (and managing a scant three minutes …
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Grrrrr! Grrrrr!
Rob Biddulph
One of our Books of the Year 2015 -Andrea Reeces’s Pick of the Year 2015  Rob Biddulph’s prize-winning picture book Blown Away is near perfect, and his new book Grrrrr! is too! It’s the story of Fred, who is champion …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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Not If I See You First Not If I See You First
Eric Lindstrom
An incredibly uplifting, thought provoking and sharply beautiful debut. Once I started reading I couldn’t stop and when I turned the last page I could quite easily have turned back to the beginning and started all over again. The first …
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A Monster Calls A Monster Calls
Patrick Ness
Winner of the 2012 Carnegie Medal
Rachel Levy chair of the 2012 CILIP Carnegie judging panel said: “A Monster Calls” is an exquisite piece of writing. It is a beautifully economical, structurally brilliant and lyrically descriptive account of a challenging …
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The Red Abbey Chronicles: Maresi The Red Abbey Chronicles: Maresi
Maria Turtschaninoff
January 2015 Debut of the Month  What an unusual and powerful novel. The setting is an island in an unspecified fantasy world inhabited by a community of women who live separate from men, dedicating themselves to the worship of the …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Blue and Bertie Blue and Bertie
Kristyna Litten
January 2016 Book of the Month  The adventures of giraffes Blue and Bertie make a comforting, humourous story that explores themes of friendship, independence and embracing the unexpected. Bertie is content to spend his days with his herd, crunching leaves, …
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Odd Socks Odd Socks
Michelle Robinson
Everyone will enjoy this epic tale of true love and steadfastness, no less heroic or inspiring for starring a pair of woolly socks! Sosh and Suki are made for one another and their life on a fresh pair of feet …
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The Bus is for Us! The Bus is for Us!
Michael Rosen
Former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen will delight all readers with this hugely enjoyable and easy to chant rhyming picture book. Riding a bike, going far in a car or, when it starts to rain going in the train are all …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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How to Find Gold How to Find Gold
Viviane Schwarz
January 2016 Book of the Month  It has a publication date of January, yet How to Find Gold is already likely to top my list of picturebooks of 2016! Anna is a wonderful picturebook star: she’s eager to find gold …
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10 Ten-Minute Stories 10 Ten-Minute Stories
Various Authors
If your New Year resolution was to spend ten minutes a day reading to your children, then this attractive collection of fairy stories from around the world would be a very good book with which to start. It contains ten …
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The Girl with the Parrot on Her Head The Girl with the Parrot on Her Head
Daisy Hirst
Inventive and witty, this is a story that is full of ideas and imagining rather than neatly tying up loose ends. Told more through the pictures than the words, the story of Isabel’s happiness as she plays with her friend …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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The Dragonsitter to the Rescue The Dragonsitter to the Rescue
Josh Lacey
Josh Lacey’s Dragonsitter books pack really quite huge adventures as well as a lot of laughs into a very short extent, and are perfect for young readers. The Smith-Pickles are still baby-sitting Uncle Morton’s dragons and Eddie takes two, Ziggy …
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Timmy Failure We Meet Again Timmy Failure We Meet Again
Stephan Pastis
Loveable world-class detective Timmy Failure is back for a new adventure. And his business partner and side-kick Total, a.k.a. the polar bear is with him, too. Timmy’s problem is that not everyone – and certainly not those who try to …
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The Adventures of Miss Petitfour The Adventures of Miss Petitfour
Anne Michaels
One of our Books of the Year 2015 – A Staff Pick of the Year 2015, chosen by Shelley Fallows – December 2015 Debut of the Month There is something quite wonderful about indulging in your favourite cake, beautifully decorated …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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How to Look for a Lost Dog How to Look for a Lost Dog
Ann M. Martin
January 2016 Book of the Month  The heroine of Ann M Martin’s fine novel has a unique voice, and the story she tells is very touching. Rose (rows) has a diagnosis of autism and struggles to understand the unspoken social …
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Time Travelling with a Hamster Time Travelling with a Hamster
Ross Welford
January 2016 Debut of the Month  This clever, touching time travel adventure owes as much to The Railway Children as it does to Back to the Future! Al (for Albert, after Einstein) Chaudhury’s dad is dead but – and here’s …
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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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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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The Icarus Show The Icarus Show
Sally Christie
January 2016 Book of the Month   There’s something appealing just about the format and feel of this book – a small hardback, it looks inviting and eminently readable. And it is just that. Alex is getting by at school through …
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The 5th Wave The 5th Wave
Rick Yancey
A film tie-in version of The 5th Wave, a novel that packs a punch on every page with hope and despair in equal measure alongside life and death. It will leave you gasping for breath and keep you hooked to …
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Beswitched Beswitched
Kate Saunders
One minute Flora is dreaming on a train heading back to boarding school and the next a magic spell has spun Flora into the past.  She’s mysteriously swapped lives with a schoolgirl in 1935!  What a nightmare: no iPod, no …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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The Lie Tree The Lie Tree
Frances Hardinge
Andrea Reeces’s Pick of the Year 2015 – WINNER of the 2015 Costa Children’s Book Award – Shortlisted for the 2015 Guardian Children’s Book prize – Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month, May 2015  Award-winning Frances Hardinge is spellbinding is this …
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Spook's: A New Darkness Spook’s: A New Darkness
Joseph Delaney
Dreadful monsters abound in this new chapter of the Spook’s saga and as ever Delaney’s storytelling will catch many readers. Tom Ward is now the County’s Spook and when reports come in of a series of horrible murders it’s his …
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Never Evers Never Evers
Lucy Ivison, Tom Ellen
January 2016 Book of the Month  As warming as a cup of hot chocolate on a winter’s day, Never Evers is guaranteed to leave readers happy and smiling. The story of two groups of teenagers on a school ski trip …
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Top 10 most popular books on Lovereding 31 June – 6 July 2015

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

Lovereading Top 10

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All the Little Pieces All the Little Pieces
Jilliane Hoffman
June 2015 Book of the Month.
All the Little Pieces should come with a warning label: this is not a light easy read, it’s disturbing, sad, unsettling and… addictive. You are launched straight into the terrified thoughts of a young woman …
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The Looking Glass House The Looking Glass House
Vanessa Tait
‘The Looking Glass House’ is a bright, bold work of fiction, simply told yet holding a complicated ring of truth. Alice Liddell, the young inspiration for Lewis Caroll is the great-grandmother of the author of this novel. Alice’s keepsakes have …
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The Last 10 Seconds The Last 10 Seconds
Simon Kernick
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 6 May 2010.
Simon Kernick is fast becoming one of the top crime writers in Britain today and at Lovereading we have been fans for a long time. Here we have another …
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Find Me Find Me
Laura van den Berg
June 2015 Debut of the Month.
A sensitive debut novel by a young American author, previously praised for her short stories, Find Me belongs to the somewhat topical recent school of hopeful dystopias and reminded me of both Sarah Pinborough’s The …
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The Replacement The Replacement
Patrick Redmond
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title.
An accomplished psychological thriller that uncovers the layers of deceit and human delusion at the heart of families and which at times reaches the sharp brilliance of Ruth Rendell’s similar tales about the unseen side of …
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To Kill A Mockingbird To Kill A Mockingbird
Harper Lee
You may have read this but it certainly deserves another read.  It’s the sort of book that becomes more profound with each reading.  It is quite simply brilliant, a tale of prejudices and injustice in small town America which should …
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The Cartel The Cartel
Don Winslow
Maxim Jakubowski’s June 2015 Book of the Month.
Winslow’s The Power of the Dog which I once reviewed for The Guardian was a truly epic tale of the war against drugs that felt suffocating and sweaty and scary. This lengthy sequel …
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Fifty Shades of Grey Fifty Shades of Grey
E. L. James
The book everyone’s been talking about, now a major motion picture. Young and innocent Anastasia Steele doesn’t quite know what to make of the smouldering industrialist Christian Grey when she interviews him for her student paper. Things get both troubling …
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (150th Anniversary Edition with Dame Vivienne Westwood) Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (150th Anniversary Edition with Dame Vivienne Westwood)
Lewis Carroll
From her catwalk shows inspired by the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party to her world famous twisted take on Britishness, Dame Vivienne Westwood has always seen the world through the looking glass. Now she has illustrated her favourite children’s story by …
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The Accident Season The Accident Season
Moira Fowley-Doyle
July 2015 NewGen Debut of the Month.
Each October Cara’s family must endure the accident season when for four weeks, no matter how much their mother tries to protect them, covering every surface in padding, removing electrical gadgets, hiding knives, they …
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Lovereading4kids Book Experts

Friday, April 10th, 2015

The Lovereading family of book recommendation sites are different from many online book sites as we have real book experts selecting and reviewing the books. We passionately believe that Lovereading4kids’s absolutely superb ‘expert voices’, with their own specialities, are invaluable in helping parents discover the best books for their children. Find out more about them below.

Lovereading4kids is different from many online book sites as we have real book experts selecting and reviewing the books. We passionately believe that Lovereading4kids’s absolutely superb ‘expert voices’ are invaluable in helping parents discover the best books for their children. Find out more about them below.

Julia Eccleshare M.B.E

Julia Eccleshare has spent her working life to date within children’s books as a critic, an editor, an author and a commentator. Apart from her current role as Editorial contributor and advisor to Lovereading4kids, she is the children’s editor of the Guardian.

She has co-edited and is the author of a number of books including the Rough Guide to Teenage Literature, the fascinating and insightful Beatrix Potter to Harry Potter: Portraits of Children’s Writers, which is a celebration of a century of children’s literature, as well as Treasure Islands: the Woman’s Hour Guide to Children’s Books. She also spent some considerable time as a children’s fiction editor in UK publishing. She has been a selector to the Children’s Books of the Year, a guide to the best books published annually, a member of the advisory board of a children’s book club and for some while was children’s books editor of The Bookseller. She regularly appears as a judge or Chair of judges on some of the major children’s book prizes including the Whitbread (now called the Costa) and the Nestle among others.

Andrea Reece Andrea Reece has spent all her working life in children’s books. Her first job was at Transworld Publishers back in the 1980s where, amongst other things, she ran the fan club for readers of the smash hit teen series Sweet Dreams. She went on to work for other children’s publishers, large and small, and with authors including David Almond, Nick Butterworth, Mick Inkpen and Michael Morpurgo. In 2005 she set up children’s independent Catnip Publishing Ltd., publishing Richard and Judy favourite Scaredy Squirrel in the process, and went on to run Books for Keeps, the children’s books journal. She is very used to odd looks from people on trains and buses who see her reading children’s books, and is still as excited as ever to discover a new children’s author. Apart from being one of the Lovereading4kids editorial experts alongside Julia Eccleshare she is also director of the children’s and young people’s programme of the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival.

Joanne Owen

Joanne Owen’s lifelong love of reading and writing began when she was growing up in Pembrokeshire, and very much wished that witches (and Mrs Pepperpot) were real. An early passion for culture, story and folklore led Joanne to read archeology and anthropology at St John’s, Cambridge, after which she worked as a bookseller, and led the UK children’s book buying team for a major international retailer. During this time, Joanne also wrote children’s book previews and features for The Bookseller, covering everything from the value of translated fiction, to the contemporary YA market. Joanne later joined Bloomsbury’s marketing department, where she had the pleasure of working on epic Harry Potter launches at Edinburgh Castle and the Natural History Museum, and launching Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book. After enjoyable spells as Marketing Director for Macmillan Children’s Books and Consumer Marketing Manager for Walker Books, Joanne went freelance, primarily working for multi-award-winning independent children’s publisher, Nosy Crow.

Alongside her publishing career, Joanne has written several books for children/young adults. She’s now a fulltime reviewer, workshop presenter and writer, working on YA novels with a strong basis in diverse folklore from around the world, as well as fiction for younger readers (in which witches are very much real).

Liz Robinson

Mail Attachment-1Liz’s love of science fiction and fantasy began at a very young age when her Mum introduced her to Edward Lear and C. S. Lewis, she shook their hands and still tiptoes off to escape reality by exploring magical new worlds. The Warlord Chronicles by Bernard Cornwell opened the door to Historical Fiction and she has walked through time ever since.

Liz worked as a Police Civilian for twenty years (in order as a Comms Officer, Criminal Intelligence Analyst, Briefing Officer and Crime Reduction Advisor), she therefore counts herself as a somewhat expert armchair detective and derives much pleasure in popping the villain behind bars, even if she finds she has to release them soon after. She loves to scare herself silly with psychological thrillers and horror and swing into action and adventure tales. Liz started writing expert reviews for Lovereading in February 2014 and while she (quite literally sometimes) gobbles up books of any genre, has added the exciting new world of Young Adult fiction to her top reads.

People have been known to be extremely envious when they hear that Liz reads for a living, if she were in their shoes, she would be too!

Who is Andrea Reece?

Monday, December 8th, 2014

Andrea Reece has spent all her working life in children’s books. Her first job was at Transworld Publishers back in the 1980s where, amongst other things, she ran the fan club for readers of the smash hit teen series Sweet Dreams.

She went on to work for other children’s publishers, large and small, and with authors including David Almond, Nick Butterworth, Mick Inkpen and Michael Morpurgo. In 2005 she set up children’s independent Catnip Publishing Ltd., publishing Richard and Judy favourite Scaredy Squirrel in the process, and went on to run Books for Keeps, the children’s books journal.

She is very used to odd looks from people on trains and buses who see her reading children’s books, and is still as excited as ever to discover a new children’s author. Apart from being one of the Lovereading4kids editorial experts alongside Julia Eccleshare she is also director of the children’s and young people’s programme of the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival.

Most popular Children’s Books, by age range, 9 – 16 September 2012

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Too Noisy! Too Noisy!
Malachy Doyle
‘Biscuits and cakes!’ or ‘Spiders and Snakes!’  All readers will love way they can change the pictures in this clever picture book. On every spread there’s a flap which can be opened to reveal some nice or something disgusting. Every …
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I Want a Pet I Want a Pet
Lauren Child
Charlie and Lola’s award-winning author creates some wonderful scenes in her witty story about a child who wants a pet. Mum, Dad, Grandma and Grandpa all have very strong views about pets. Together, and for different reasons, they dismiss the …
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Mayfly Day Mayfly Day
Jeanne Willis
September 2012 Book of the Month. Its message is one to treasure. Mayfly lives for only one day. Is she sad? No, everything about that one day is to be celebrated. Mayfly sees buds burst open, she sees babies being …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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The Man from the Land of Fandango The Man from the Land of Fandango
Margaret Mahy
September 2012 Book of the Month. Award-winning Margaret Mahy’s deliciously original creation cavorts across the pages of this exuberant picture book. Told in rhyming a text, the story is set in the wonderful land of Fandango where there’s dancing and …
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What's the Time, Mr Wolf? What’s the Time, Mr Wolf?
Debi Gliori
September 2012 Book of the Month. This enchantingly original story inspired by the well-known playground tag game, this is also perfect for practising telling the time.  Mr Wolf is revealed to be not so big and not so bad as …
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Room on the Broom Sound Book Room on the Broom Sound Book
Julia Donaldson
September 2012 Book of the Month. The witch and her cat are a delightful duo and their cheerful story is given terrific additionality by the wonderful sounds that accompany them in this edition. Listen to the cat purr, the wand …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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The BFG 30th Anniversary Edition The BFG 30th Anniversary Edition
Roald Dahl
This is a delightful, funny and exciting story about a special friendship between two people from different worlds – a giant and a child. As the story develops it shows how trust and love develops between them. It also shows …
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Superworm Superworm
Julia Donaldson
September 2012 Book of the Month. Award-winning Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo, tell a romping story of Superworm, a new hero on the block. Good old Superworm! Using his special superpowers, he can rescue Beetle when …
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The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit
Emma Thompson
September 2012 Book of the Month. Emma Thompson, Oscar-winning actress and screen writer, is a long time admirer of Beatrix Potter’s tales and this title is inspired by the original title. Thompson has a talent for creating engaging narratives with …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Where My Wellies Take Me Where My Wellies Take Me
Michael Morpurgo, Clare Morpurgo
September 2012 MEGA Book of the Month. Best-selling author Michael Morpurgo’s touching story of a young girl’s exploration of the countryside provides a lyrical link for this rich and varied collection of poems about the countryside which have been selected …
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The Odds The Odds
Adam Perrott
September 2012 Book of the Month. The Odd family delight in making mischief, and playing tricks on each other, or on the unsuspecting residents of the town of Trott. But they meet their match in the Plopwells – a seemingly …
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Pippi Longstocking Pippi Longstocking
Astrid Lindgren
September 2012 Book of the Month. Pippi Longstocking, Astrid Lindgren’s nine-year-old heroine, burst onto the bookshelf in 1945 and has remained a firm favourite with children the world over. Here her story is illustrated with flair and humour by Lauren …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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The Grunts In Trouble The Grunts In Trouble
Philip Ardagh
September 2012 Book of the Month. Meet the Grunts! Mr and Mrs, their cat Ginger Biscuit, two donkeys Clip and Clop and Sunny, a child Mr Grunt stole off a washing line as a present for Mrs Grunt. The Grunts …
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Ribblestrop Forever! Ribblestrop Forever!
Andy Mulligan
September 2012 Book of the Month. The school where hilarious things happen, is back.  Not surprisingly, there are some pretty hair-raising adventures as a result and the setting provides an unusual vision of school and the activities that go on …
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Shrunk! Shrunk!
F. R. Hitchcock
September 2012 Debut of the Month.
With Jupiter in one pocket and a meteorite in the other, both shrunk by him, Tom knows he has a strange power which produces some surprising and dramatic results. How Tom, who already lives …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Gods and Warriors Gods and Warriors
Michelle Paver
September 2012 MEGA Book of the Month. By the best-selling author of Wolf Brother, Gods and Warriors is this year’s most hotly anticipated children’s novel. The first book in a breathtaking adventure series set in the Greek Bronze Age: a …
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100 Ways for Every Girl to Look and Feel Fantastic 100 Ways for Every Girl to Look and Feel Fantastic
Alice Hart-Davis, Beth Hindhaugh
Beauty journalist Alice Hart-Davis, and daughter Beth, share their 100 top tips for young teens in this new beauty bible. It will appeal to any teenage girl (or parent) who has been left baffled by amount of beauty advice on …
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War Horse Film tie-in Edition War Horse Film tie-in Edition
Michael Morpurgo
Best-selling War Horse, a magnificent First World War story of human and animal courage on the battle field in the face of deadly danger will shortly be a film following its sell-out adaptation as a play. This film tie-in edition …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Missing Me Missing Me
Sophie Mckenzie
September 2012 Book of the Month. Sophie McKenzie’s ability to tap into the teen pysche is second to none and here yet again in this the third in her Missing series (the first and second were Girl, Missing and Sister, …
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Maggot Moon Maggot Moon
Sally Gardner
September 2012 Book of the Month. 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 a bleak …
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Another Life Another Life
Keren David
A roller-coaster, first-person teenage thriller tells the third part of Keren David’s story about teens caught up in the world of crime.
Having been expelled from the boarding school he hates, Archie is delighted to be back in London where he …
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Zombie Reviewers Needed!

Friday, May 13th, 2011

We are looking for 10 children to review Undead by Kirsty McKay – an unstoppable zombie-horror debut novel due out in September.

If you are over 12 and a fan of comedy and zombie-horror then email contact@lovereading4kids.co.uk using the Subject line UNDEAD REVIEWER and tell us in no more than 200 words why you should be one of the 10 chosen reviewers.

Good Luck!

April Children’s Book recommendations

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

Hi again and welcome back to Lovereading4kids, where you’ll find terrific books to help your kids build up their reading momentum. It only takes a few great stories to get lodged in their imaginations and they’ll be bookworms for life! Our Guest Editor this month, William Nicholson, for example, says that books like The Sword in the Stone kick-started his lifelong passion for books.

The powerful mind behind the Demon Headmaster – Author of the Month Gillian Cross

Gillian is most famous for hypnotising kids with her Demon Headmaster series, but her new book, Where I Belong, is just as spellbinding. Guns, bandits and supermodels feature in a riveting story that spans the entire world.

It’s not to be missed by anyone of 11+, while younger children should definitely grab her Demon Headmaster titles.

Illustrator of the Month Brian Wildsmith

Brian Wildsmith is without doubt one of the foremost children’s book illustrators of the 20th Century and so we’re thrilled to bring together a large body of his work in celebration of his 80th birthday this year. His picture books exudes warmth, feeling, exuberance, and imagination and when you open any one of them it is as if he has invited you to step into an art gallery. Generations of children and their parents have pored over his books as further generations will do for years to come.

A Bookshelf not to be missed

Our Books of the Month bookshelf is chock full of some absolute gems, ranging from new editions of timeless classics to new titles for every age range.. There’s an extract of every one so

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Guest Editor – screenwriting sensation William Nicholson

William’s impressive CV includes writing and co-writing such big-screen smashes as Shadowlands and Gladiator. His books for teenagers are equally as exciting, and his new story, Rich and Mad (for readers 14+) is a beautiful and compelling tale of first love and first sex.

But, as our Guest Editor this month, you can also find out about the books that inspired William on his own writing journey right here.

Ology books – Vampireology and the true history of ‘the fallen’

The Ologies’, as they’ve come to be known, are truly fantastical books about anything and everything -from Spyology and Oceanology to Dragonology and Wizardology. They have been capturing imaginations for a while now, and the new book, Vampireology, is sure to thrill and delight.

David Almond wins the Hans Christian Andersen Award

This month sees the 205th birthday of the legendary Hans Christian Andersen, who certainly knew how to spin a good yarn – his immortal Fairy Tales, which include Thumbelina, The Ugly Duckling, and The Little Mermaid, have been delighting children for 185 years. And some of the new books below are so good they might be around for the next 185…

Appropriately then, the winner of the most prestigious prize in international children’s literature, the Hans Christian Andersen Award, has just been announced. David Almond deservedly took the prize – his incredible body of work has made, and will continue to make, a lasting contribution to children’s literature.

Rising Stars – our Debuts of the Month

Mortlock

Jon Mayhew

A deliciously rich mix of Gorhic thriller and black humour set in Victorian London, this is perfect entertainment for kids 9+.

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Inside My Head

Jim Carrington

A powerful and cleverly constructed novel for 14+ told by three narrators – a victim of bullying, the bully’s friend and a new girl arriving at the school.

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The Truth About Leo

David Yelland

An incredibly moving story for 11+ year olds and adults too, about a kid trying to cope with his father’s alcoholism.

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Shine

Kate Maryon

Poor old Tiff gets packed off to live on an island when her mum gets caught stealing, but may be Sark isn’t as dull as she thinks it’s going to be? Ideal for 9+ year olds.

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Luke and Jon

Robert Williams

A striking honest and emotional story for 11+ year olds about friendship, grief, and how lives can be changed in an instant – highly recommended.

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Series of the Month – the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness comes to its epic conclusion…

This dazzling series about Torak and his wolf companion is absolutely not to be missed by any reader over the age of nine! Ghost Hunter is the 6th and final one but you can check out extracts of every book right here on Lovereading4kids. And if you’d rather hear the action, we’re now featuring the books on CD as well.

Science at its most fun – our Non-fiction Series of the Month

The new book in this series by Dan Gilpin and Basher, Planet Earth, is a creative and brilliant blend of science and manga, making learning about our planet really exciting! Also in this explosive science series are a number of other compelling, wacky-fact-filled reads.

With adventures about everything from friendship to murderous hatred, and fromfashion to amnesiaccats, we hope there are stories here for every taste. Download some freeOpening Extracts of some of these great new books today. We’re sure they’ll get your kids

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PS. Conspiracy 365, the year-long action-packed story, continues with the fourth episode out this month. If your kids aren’t hooked already it’s not too late to catch up – remember there’s a new book published each month, so it’s an easy and exciting way to encourage children to read all the way through 2010.

Finally there are plenty of goodies being given away this month and not just books… There are mugs in celebration of Puffin’s 70th birthday, lots of picture books in the brilliant Picture Book Parade, signed copies of some Gillian Cross titles as well as a hefty weight of ‘Ology’ books. And don’t forget, if you don’t enter you won’t win!

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Monday, September 28th, 2009

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Flip Flap Flop Flip Flap Flop
Mary Cartwright
Perfect for ‘reading’ in the bath; penguins slip and slide, swim and glide and  flip and flap agreeably through the pages.
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That's not my frog That’s not my frog
Fiona Watt
Shortlisted for Baby Book Award, Early Year Awards 2009
Irresistible to inquisitive fingers, the strokeable features within each book in the ‘That’s not my…’ series help an owner to know more about an animal.  In That’s Not My Frog, the frog’s …
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The Big Night-night Book The Big Night-night Book
Georgie Birkett
Shortlisted for the Baby Book Award, Early Year Awards 2009

With cuddly touch and feel pages this board book will provide comfort to the smallest toddler.  With a blanket to cuddle, curtains to open, PJs to feel and furry Ted to …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Tom's Tree Tom’s Tree
Gillian Shields
A truly uplifting story about love, hope and the importance of patience.  Tom plants a seed and imagines what it will be like as it grows – the trunk is a tall mast of a ship with dragons hiding in …
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Oliver Who Travelled Far and Wide Oliver Who Travelled Far and Wide
Mara Bergman
Winner of the Pre-School Award, Early Year Awards 2009

Through the terrific rhyming text and bold illustrations Oliver discovers that, though small, he is indeed mighty as he lives through his fears in this glorious, rollicking work of imagination. A picture …
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The Tail of the Whale The Tail of the Whale
Ellie Patterson, Christine Pym
Shortlisted for the Pre-School Award, Early Year Awards 2009
An absolutely delightful debut from a brilliant new talent in the form of Christine Pym.  Dive into this exquisitely decorative picture book of a bright underwater world, rich with colour and full …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Nelson Mandela's Long Walk to Freedom Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom
Nelson Mandela, Chris Van Wyk
Nelson Mandela’s inspirational life story has been adapted into a wonderfully child-friendly version. It tells of his childhood as an ordinary boy in a village and how his belief in democracy was already strongly developed while a student. Mandela’s fight …
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The BFG The BFG
Roald Dahl
This is a delightful, funny and exciting story about a special friendship between two people from different worlds – a giant and a child. As the story develops it shows how trust and love develops between them. It also …
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The Tear Thief The Tear Thief
Carol Ann Duffy
This is a warm, poignant and beautifully illustrated story set in a magical world where the tears of children arising from every emotion are of a different colour. An underlying thought-provoking message about emotions lies at its heart. The multi-coloured …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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The Best of Times The Best of Times
Michael Morpurgo
A story that is by turns heart-wrenching but also ultimately uplifting as the protagonist in the story, a recently married Prince must find a way to bring love and laughter out of the sorrow and tears that his Princess feels.
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Tollins: Explosive Tales for Children Tollins: Explosive Tales for Children
Conn Iggulden
It’s Peter Pan with attitude as Conn Iggulden, creator of the phenomenal bestseller The Dangerous Book for Boys, introduces an explosive and magical new fictional world of the Tollins – flying creatures that aren’t fairies! – all beautifully illustrated in …
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Boom! Boom!
Mark Haddon
Everything about this deliciously improbable adventure is almost completely daft – and that’s the fun of it all. When Charlie sets up his walkie-talkie in the staff room he doesn’t hear gossip about the pupils as he had expected. Instead, …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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The Robbers The Robbers
Josh Lacey
Peter is minding his own business depositing his savings in a bank when there’s a ‘hold-up’.  Can Peter’s quick thinking surprise and overcome the robbers in order to save his and other people’s money.  Edge of your seat writing for …
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I Spy: The Constantinople Caper I Spy: The Constantinople Caper
Graham Marks
An absolutely gripping spy adventure packed full of mystery, intrigue and high paced drama. It combines the action-packed exploits of Alex Rider, with the historical advnetures of Young Indiana Jones, in a classic story of one boy’s fight to find …
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A Misfitz Mystery: Two Tigers on a String A Misfitz Mystery: Two Tigers on a String
Josh Lacey
Humour and pace are the hallmarks of Josh Lacey’s writing (Grk series and Bearkeeper) and this new series (this is the second title) makes this an absolute must read for 9+ year olds.  The Misfitz are four children who share …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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The Pain Merchants (The Healing Wars) The Pain Merchants (The Healing Wars)
Janice Hardy
Part one of a powerful historical fantasy full of politics, magic and enchantment. The Healing Wars tells of the unusual powers of fifteen year old orphan, Naya. In a world where many have special power, Naya stands out from the …
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The Return of Johnny Kemp The Return of Johnny Kemp
Keith Gray
A really gripping thriller for teenage boys.  Short and fast-paced, it’s the story of Johnny Kemp, a boy that no one is prepared to mess with, until that is, Dan manages to get him excluded from school.  But now he’s …
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Threads Threads
Sophia Bennett
Fresh, witty and wholly contemporary, prize winning Threads won The Times/Chicken House writing competition in 2009. How three teenage friends with completely different interests – one’s into fashion, one plans to save the world and one is a budding young …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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The Traitor Game The Traitor Game
B R Collins
Winner of for the 2009 Branford Boase Best Debut Novel Award

An extraordinary fantasy novel from a supremely talented debut novelist. Set partly in a boys’ school and also in another world that is both fierce and dangerous, it has themes …
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Pastworld Pastworld
Ian Beck
Take a thrilling journey into the past in this clever time slip mystery which, written in different voices from different times, takes its readers from a dystopian future to a Dickensian past. Caleb is on a tourist trip to the …
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A Trick of the Dark A Trick of the Dark
B R Collins
Prize winning B.R Collins’ A Trick of the Dark is a gripping supernatural thriller which explores the darker sides of adolescence. Annis sees her older brother Zach crushed and broken when the walls of a ruined house fall on to …
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Lovereading4kids launches range of DYSLEXIA-FRIENDLY books

Friday, May 1st, 2009

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Helping parents and their children crack the reading code

Click here to download a free guide to help you help your child to love reading

The term dyslexia literally means ‘difficulty with words’. In reality, it covers a whole spectrum of problems, not just with reading, writing and spelling, but also with comprehension, memory and organisational skills. With some 10% of people in the UK with dyslexia, here at lovereading we feel the time has come to provide some guidance on dyslexia-friendly books for children and teenagers alongside the leading publisher Barrington Stoke of books for dyslexics and the charity Dyslexia Action.

Dyslexic individuals function rather differently from the norm and they need alternative teaching methods and materials if they are to crack the code. It may take longer than their classmates but most of them get there in the end. These emergent readers will finally crack the code, often aged 9 or 10, but often they are not ready to tackle the longer more challenging books their contemporaries enjoy. They need much shorter books, but still by first class authors, with inspiring content, real characters and a gripping plot.

On this page you’ll find a selection of titles, all with FREE OPENING EXTRACTs, specifically written to help dyslexic readers. The age ranges shown – 9 to 12 and 12+ – represent the interest age applicable for the titles, whilst the reading age for each title – this is detailed within each title page – ranges between 6 and 8 years. Together with Barrington Stoke, the leader in the field of dyslexia-friendly books and the leading charity Dyslexia Action our aim here at Lovereading4kids is to help children crack the reading code.

Books for 9 – 12 year olds

Books for 12+ readers


Books for 9 – 12 year olds

The Stepsisters' Story
The Stepsisters’ Story

Kaye Umansky

A romping comedy of catastrophes, this version of the Cinderella story comes straight from the mouths of the step sisters. They make no apology for their terrible behaviour as they greedily pursue their own ends while doing down their step…

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Stat Man
Stat Man

Alan Durant

A footballing story with a difference sees Arnie, knowledge about the game but not so good at playing it, suddenly given the chance to prove his skills on the field as well as off. Arnie’s nickname comes from his amazing…

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Snow Dogs
Snow Dogs

J A C West

A thrilling story of courage and survival set in the extreme cold of Alaska. Zeb is determined to win the Iditarod, a terrifyingly challenging dog sled race covering 674 miles. Everyone says that Zeb is too young to enter but…

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Living with Vampires
Living with Vampires

Jeremy Strong

Family problems of an unusual kind make life complicated for Kevin. With vampires for parents, he does his best to control them but things can’t help getting out of hand….Blood is their favourite drink so it isn’t surprising that they…

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Icefall
Icefall

John Townsend

Danger surrounds Barney on all sides in this quick-fire thriller set on the slopes of a ski resort. When Barney is woken in the night by voices outside his room in the ski resort, he knows something suspicious is going…

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Desirable
Desirable

Frank Cottrell Boyce

A delicious comedy in which geeky George whose passion for Warhammer games has long made him a social outcast, is transformed by some past its sell by date after shave. Suddenly everyone wants to be George’s friend. Can he escape?  …

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Books for 12+ readers

The Fix
The Fix

Sophie Mckenzie

A tense novel about finding the special kind of courage needed to do the right thing in difficult circumstances. Blake is great footballer; playing football is all he wants to do but, with money worries at home, he knows he…

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Ghosting
Ghosting

Keith Gray

A chilling and brilliant horror story, Ghosting tells how the make-believe of contacting the spirit world becomes horribly real for Sandy and her brother Nat. Taught by their Mum how to ‘talk’ to the dead, Nat and Sandy put on…

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Flash Flood
Flash Flood

Andy Croft

High drama in this simply written but gripping watery adventure. Bored on a wet holiday, Jaz and Toni set out to find some fun in the nearest town. But they don’t realise how quickly the river is rising. Soon they…

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Diary of an (Un)teenager
Diary of an (Un)teenager

Pete Johnson

Spencer is determined that he’ll stay exactly as he is when he turns 13. As he tells his diary, he wants nothing to do with the clothes, kit and attitudes that other teenagers adopt. But when his friend Zac turns…

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Death Leap
Death Leap

Simon Chapman

Action and bravery propel this intense drama in which Jake, having seen a man shot, has to make a dramatic escape to save his own life. Jake likes taking risks on his mountain bike but he never expects to have…

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Dead Men Don't Talk
Dead Men Don’t Talk

Catherine Forde

Hard hitting and angry in tone but with a sensitive massage underneath, Dead Men Don’t Talk captures Alan’s immense rage following the death of his father and how, helped by something rather supernatural, he begins to come to terms with…

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