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Children’s Summer Reading for July

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Our Summer Reading selection has been hand-picked by Julia Eccleshare, our ‘expert voice’ behind all the brilliant book choices here at Lovereading4kids and, she is also the Children’s Books Editor of The Guardian.

Read on to find out more and to discover who has just won the prestigious Branford Boase Award for a debut novel. It’s a novel we’ve been raving about even before it was published last year.

The best children’s Summer Reading

Julia Eccleshare said, ‘this year has been such fun putting together a list of titles to get children, from toddler to teenager, inspired to read over the Summer Holidays’. We’re sure children of all ages will have a great deal of fun reading every one of them. Some are from well-known and well-loved children’s authors, others are from exciting new authors. They are all without exception fantastic reads.

Our Summer Reading section is conveniently broken down by age or just scroll down to the bottom of this email to see our personal favourites from the summer reading selection based on the age ranges you have told us you want to know more about.

If you want even more of a choice you could try our special sections for, reluctant readers, books that are dyslexia friendly, our Fantastic Fiction category or check out those titles we regard as ‘Must Reads’. As a parent you may even feel summer is the time to get your child hooked on a character that you yourself enjoyed as a child? – so, have a look at our Classics section or the wonderful timeless adventures of Tintin and his canine friend Snowy – re-launched in June 2009.

Branford Boase Winner just announced

Prize-winners are always a safe bet too, not least the winner of the Branford Boase debut award that has just been announced – The Traitor Game by B R Collins – is an ambitious teenage novel about the problematic relationship between two school boys, interwoven with an elaborate fantasy world they have created.

Children’s writing competition

Does your child enjoy writing or are you looking for a way to get your kids writing as well as reading during the holidays, then look no further than a terrific writing competition – the Usborne Young Writers’ Award – you’ll find details of it in our ‘Fantastic Fiction’ page.

The Rainbow Orchid:

The Adventures of Julius Chancer

An ambitious graphic-novel combining classic storytelling with cinematic artwork à la Tintin. A brilliant roller coaster adventure for boys and girls of all ages.

Ghost Hunter

Michelle Paver

The 6th and final book of the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series – for edge of the seat action, adventure and mystery there is no equal.

Darke Academy 1:

Secret Lives

The first book of a brand new series. Cassie Bell begins her time at an elite paranormal academy with more than it’s share of sinister secrets. Fans of the Twilight series shouldn’t miss it.

So, before you pack your suitcases or stuff the family car, remember that books can be taken anywhere in the world, they don’t need batteries, and they don’t mind the odd dropped blob of ice cream… perfect. Happy Reading

Children’s Summer Reading, Prize winners the latest Conspiracy title and much more….

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

With Sports Day, end of year plays and exams, June is a busy month for school children but with many weeks of holidays not far away to look forward to now is the perfect time to get into the reading habit. So to help, this email update is bursting with brilliant selections including an absolutely stunningly special 65th anniversary slipcase edition of the original Thomas the Tank Engine book.

Read on to find out more about our personal favourites or scroll down to see some summer reading selections that will get your kids as excited about reading as they are about ice creams, outdoor swimming, and running like crazy around the park.

Pre-publication exclusive – White Crow by Marcus Sedgwick

Described as a modern gothic thriller, complete with angels and devils, it’s a tale of two girls and their friendship in a long, hot, tense summer, but it is also interwoven with a 17th century tale of bizarre experiments into the afterlife. Perfect for fans of the The Twilight series but much more sinister and impeccably written!

This Month’s Highlights not to miss

Prize Winners for June

This month sees winners of two new children’s book prizes and the shortlist of another.

New this year was the Orange Youth Prize where a group of 6 teens were asked to pick their favourite Orange Prize winner of the last 15 years. The winner has just been announced and it went to the powerful story of a young holocaust survivor by Anne Michaels – Fugitive Pieces.

Also just announced is the shortlist for the most prestigious Debut novel in the children’s publishing world, The Branford Boase Award. It’s also gratifying here at Lovereading4kids that we have our finger on the pulse as we have already previously featured most of the books on the shortlist, when they were originally published. You’ll find them all grouped together in our Prize Winners section.

Finally, the Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Award is a literary award that promotes writing from different cultural perspectives. The deserving inaugural winner is Takeshita Demons a rollicking adventure story about what happens when a crowd of spooky demons invade the lives of two ordinary school girls.

Get your kids thinking creatively and win!

The Usborne Young Writers’ Award encourages children to choose a story starter (written by established kid’s authors) and finish the story themselves.

The deadline for entries isn’t until 20 October, so there’s plenty of time to write something really cracking! to find out more.

Conspiracy 365 – Cal’s adventure continues

This terrific series of 12 books, published one a month during 2010, continues with this the sixth title in a page-turning adventure which began when 15 year old Callum was hunted down by a crazed man carrying a deadly warning. Find out more about these books and catch up with the series to date.

Scroll down to see our Summer Reading selections for the age ranges you have said you are interested in or visit the website to see all our Summer Reading titles.

Click here to change your favourite age ranges.

P.S If you haven’t already checked out the competition pages then now’s your chance there are plenty of free to enter prize draws with exclusive book prizes.

Winner of Branford Boase – announced 9 July 2008

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

before i die by jenny downham


Before I Die by Jenny Downham, edited by David Fickling and published by David Fickling Books, has won the Branford Boase Award, awarded for an outstanding debut novel for children.  Managing to be both heart breaking and life-affirming, it is the story of a girl trying desperately to fit a life time of experiences into the few weeks left before she dies. For David Fickling, it is two winners in a row, with A Swift Pure Cry by Siobhan Dowd having taken the prize last year.  Finding Violet Park by Jenny Valentine, edited by Stella Paskins at Harper Collins, was Highly Commended. 

Find out more and read free Opening Extracts of the winner and all the short-listed books at Lovereading4kids.

Philip Pullman presented Jenny Downham with her award (a cheque for £1,000 and a hand crafted silver-inlaid box) at the ceremony, hosted by Walker Books at 6.30pm on Wednesday 9th July.  The glittering line up of past winners, many of whom attended, includes Meg Rosoff and Mal Peet, both of whom have gone on to win the Carnegie medal.


Philip Pullman observed of the winner: Before I  Die is a truly remarkable book, and one that shows that as well as being  able to pick authors of startling and undeniable talent, David Fickling has  lost none of the enormous tact and skill that makes him such a fine editor. I  very much look forward to seeing what Jenny Downham goes on to write next – as  well, of course, as seeing what David Fickling discovers!”


David Fickling’s enthusiastic response was “Winning The Branford Boase once was a great honour. Winning it twice in a row, this time with Jenny, has left me nearly speechless. I love this award because it recognises the finest of our new writers for young children and in my view is chosen by people I deeply respect according to criteria which my own publishing heart responds to (if publishers can be said to have a heart!). Jenny Downham’s book is an absolute wonder and Jenny herself a real writer. You could say she sprang into our midst like Athena from the head of Zeus, at any rate, one moment she wasn’t there and then suddenly there she was on our children’s book Mount Olympus!”


Jenny Downham’s reaction on hearing the good news: I am deeply moved to have won the Branford Boase Award.  For any children’s novelist whose first book is out there in the world, but whose next is still only half-realised, it provides an enormous confidence boost.   Unique in honouring the author/editor relationship, this award is also a tribute to David Fickling – a sensitive and energetic champion.   He tells me, ‘I believe in you, keep going.’   This award seconds that in the most wonderful way possible.” Privacy Policy Disclaimer