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Lovereading4kids Summer Reading Selections

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Yes, it really is mid June and once the flurry of (hopefully not too wet) year end school fetes and sports days are over, you and your children will have the long ‘summer’ to look forward to; which is a perfect time to get your kids loving to read. To help, do visit our new special Summer Reading and Summer Activity section on Lovereading4kids…


Carrying a Torch… for the 2012 Olympics

The ‘Greatest Show on Earth’ is coming to London and we’re celebrating with a medal-winning collection of books to get your kids inspired.

See our Olympic category below but for 7+ sports fans, don’t miss
Look Inside: Sports by Rob Lloyd Jones – a gigantic, fun flap book packed with inside information about all the sports taking place at the 2012 games. We love this!

Coming soon – July Exclusives to Get Your Teeth Into…

If you were lucky enough to win one of the 100 copies of Vampire Hunters we gave away, linked to the release ofVampire Fighters this month, then why not let us know what you thought? In the meantime… here is an exclusive taster of some terrific books due to hit the shelves NEXT month:



E-Gads!! – eBooks of the Month


Kids love new things so if they are lucky enough to have a Kindle or iPad then why not use Lovereading4kids to fill it. We have EVERY format of eBook available to buy. This month we have two very special books available as eBooks (and as real books too!):

The Girl who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (11+) by Catherynne M. Valente. It’s a fabulous debut about friendship with danger, adventure, magic and much, much more!

Stealing Phoenix (14+) by Joss Stirling – a must for fans of paranormal romance.

Carnegie & Greenaway Medal Winner!

The winners of the Carnegie & Greenaway Medals this year, awarded for children’s fiction and illustration respectively, have just been revealed. The announcement of this year’s award was an historic moment in children’s literature as Patrick Ness’ A Monster Calls has done the unique double of winning both the Carnegie Medal and the Kate Greenaway Medal, and if that wasn’t enough, Patrick also won the Carnegie last year with Monsters of Men. Jim Kay’s haunting illustrations in A Monster Calls are truly spectacular.

A Monster Calls, which is a perfect read for teens, and all of the shortlisted titles are on the site in our special category for this prestigious prize. You can also keep up to date with all the children’s literary winners throughout 2012 in our ‘Book Awards’ section including the recently announced shortlist for the Branford Boase best debut novel.

Write Stuff – Creative Writing for Boys and Girls

Nothing quite beats being able to write your own story and we’ve discovered two great books that encourage kids to nurture their imaginations to do just that. There’s one for boys and one for girls.

They are a must for all budding writers and great fun for anyone! Buy a copy and unleash your child’s inner J. K. Rowling.


Side-Splits and Cheeky Grins! Jelly Pie – from Egmont

Those hardworking bookworms at Egmont Books have launched a sparkling new imprint dedicated to giving 6+ year olds some seriously laugh-out-loud fun. It’s called ‘Jelly Pie’ and will feature books from, among others, the hilarious Andy Stanton of Mr Gum fame.

The first is Barry Loser: I am (Not) a Loser by Jim Smith, a madcap must-read for boys.


Children’s Author Grows Up!

Thomas Taylor’s first book was a delightful picture book for toddlers called Little Mouse and the Big Cupcake – but then he grew up. Not really! – but he decided to write a novel; in fact he’s written two so far. They’re published this month and they both get the thumbs up from us. Dan and the Dead, perfect for 9+ year olds, is packed with humour and adventure whilst Haunters is an unusual ghost story combined with a thrilling time-travelling adventure.

Thomas’ claim to fame prior to becoming an author is that he is also the illustrator of the original cover of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. How cool is that!

More categories worth a look this month, with new books:

Walker Canongate Classics and cross-over reads for teens and Young Adults. New for June:

Carry Me Down by M. J. Hyland – a book about truth through the eyes of a 12 year old in an adult’s body. Unique writing.
The Book of Lies by Mary Horlock – a gripping story of friendship and betrayal, which proves that no truth is as simple as it seems.

Undercover Reads More great new books for teens. Out this month: The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind by Meg Medina, an evocative story with a rich South American setting and a touch of magic.

Early Readers

Our Early Reader category has proved extremely popular and you’ll find one or two new ones added this month. Each one has colour illustrations on every page. They’re great for giving kids the confidence to read by themselves and to nurture a real love of books – a terrific bridge, too, between picture books and longer fiction.

P.S. Nosy Crow is a new, independent, vibrant and – within its first year – an award winning publisher of children’s books and apps. Find out more about some of the books in their exciting range in a special section we’ve created to celebrate their first year.

Scroll down for some Summer Reading selections and see you in July for more great new books for children from Toddlers to Teens.

Football fever, Judy Moody, Grubtown Tales and much more.

Monday, May 17th, 2010

With the May half term not far away, why not take a look at some of our new features on the kids site and choose some amazing reads to keep your children engrossed in a book and not a video game. We have books with a footie theme, graphic novels that aren’t comics, some great ideas to do outside and the shortlists for two of the biggest book awards in the children’s market….

World Cup 2010 – could it kick-off your kids’ reading?

We’ve brought together some picture books and novels for kids of all ages to enjoy whilst the World Cup is on. Each one has football as its theme and perhaps even the most reluctant readers will get reading on the back of football. Visit our special page of stories about the beautiful game, and use World Cup fever to help your kids love reading too.

This month’s highlights

Just click on the banners below for instant access to our absolute top reads. In particular don’t miss Unhooking the Moon, our Mega Book of the Month, Philip Ardagh, who writes madcap mayhem for boys, or for girls classic Judy Moody.

Welcome to the DFC Library – another class of comic

The DFC was a high-quality, weekly comic featuring some of the very best storytellers and artists in the world – including Philip Pullman and Nick Sharratt. Boys and girls aged 8-12 absolutely loved it but sadly the plug has been pulled on it for the time being, so instead the owners of the DFC comic have brought together in book form three of the comic strips featured in the DFC. Called The DFC Library they’re great and you can check them all out here.

Four exciting new pre-publication exclusives


Richard Harland

An extraordinary story about a mobile city – for Victoriana-loving, clanking engine-obsessed ‘Steampunk’ genre fans!

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Day of Deliverance

Johnny O’Brien

Jack Christie, adventurer extraordinaire is back for more time travel mysteries. This time Jack and his friend Angus must save Queen Elizabeth I from an early death!

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The Prince of Mist

Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Utterly gripping, this is a deliciously haunting and chilling tale for teens of dark magic and treachery, from the bestselling author of Shadow of the Wind.

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The Moonstone Legacy

Diana De Gunzburg, Tony Wild

Beginning where Wilkie Collins’ classic left off, it’s hard to believe this is a debut. It’s utterly gripping and the quality of the writing is exceptional. .

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What do teens think of Oranges!

As part of the 15th Anniversary celebrations a panel of six 17 and 18 yr olds have selected their favorite 6 books from the 14 winners and then they will need to choose an overall favourite which will be announced at the Orange ceremony 9 June. Find out the 6 favourites in our special Orange section on Lovereading.

Vote for your Queen of Teen

The Queen of Teen award is a very ‘girly’ but fabulous prize that recognises authors like Jacqueline Wilson and Louise Rennison, whose brilliant books have inspired 1000’s of girls to get into reading. Nominate your favourite today.

Voting closes in June and the award will be announced in September. Watch this space! Why not also check out a brilliant collection of short stories – Queen of Teen – with contributions from

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well known authors all in aid of the charity, Kids Company.

We hope you enjoy our book selections. We love books and try our best to pass that passion on through everything we do.

Happy reading

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.

The best children’s books for May and Carnegie and Greenaway shortlist

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Hi again from Lovereading4kids! This month we’ve got another outstanding collection of kids’ books to showcase, helping you choose exciting and mind-expanding stories to help your children love reading. According to our literary calendar, JM Barrie of eternal Peter Pan fame was born in Scotland in May 1860. And just over a hundred years later, Eoin Colfer, author of the incomparable Artemis Fowl books was born in May 1965. You’ll find Lovereading4kids is full of literary heroes from every age!

The hottest Young Adult author Patrick Ness

We’re thrilled to have the multi-award winning Patrick Ness as our Author of the Month in May and even more pleased to bring you the hotly anticipated final volume of Patrick’s Chaos Walking Trilogy, Monster of Men. It’s a surefire winner.

So, find out more about this literary wunderkind and about the other books in this amazing series The Knife of Never Letting Go and The Ask and the Answer – we have free Opening Extract of them all!

Carnegie and Greenaway nominees – the best of the best

The shortlists of the deservedly prestigious Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards 2010 have just been announced, and once again you’ll find all the titles on Lovereading4kids complete with extracts to whet every appetite – there are some definite future-classics in there, including books by Neil Gaiman, Oliver Jeffers and Julie Hearn. You don’t have to rely just on Lovereading4kids for our view because we’ve dropped in the views of the judges too on every title.

A shelf-full of Book of the Month titles

They’re gripping, mad, full of adventure and there’s something for the youngest baby to the oldest teenager. Our mega one for the month is in fact a debut called Unhooking the Moon. Read an extract right here now.

Guest editor – the very very silly Philip Ardagh

The fabulously odd Philip Ardagh is author of the Grubtown Tales series – stories from a bizarre and hilarious world born inside Philip’s mind, and full of extraordinary characters. But as well as discovering Grubtown, you can find out what inspired Philip to write his brilliant tales – he’s picked out a list of his favourite books just for us!

Do please also get your kids to take a look at the just launched Grubtown website – – it’s brilliant!

First-time wonders – our Debuts of the Month

Hellion: The Curse of Snakes

Christopher Fowler

14+ A breathtaking teen horror novel about a boy who is sucked into a dangerous Medusa-haunted mystery when walking home from school one day…

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Viola in Reel Life

Adriana Trigiani

14+ Viola is sure she’s going to hate boarding school, but if she can put down her camera and embrace real life, it might be more incredible than she could ever have imagined…

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Montacute House

Lucy Jago

11+ Witchcraft and ambition fill the pages of this wonderfully atmospheric novel set in 1500s Somerset.

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Boy Zero Wannabe Hero The Petrifying Plot of the Plummeting Pants

Peter Millett

7+ A wonderfully entertaining story about Charlie, a troubled superhero who has to step up to save the world’s pants from a super-villain!

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Unhooking the Moon

Gregory Hughes

9+ One absolutely, indisputably MEGA story!

This highly recommended title is a beautifully written, utterly original, funny and bittersweet tale about two newly orphaned kids.

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Not Me!

Nicola Killen

Baby and Toddler: This irresistibly charming picture book about a friendly puppy who makes a mess will delight very young readers.

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Invitation to party with a Puffin

Puffin Books – the children’s book part of Penguin Books, has reached the grand old age of 70, and is still turning out the most fantastic kids’ stories. There are lots of ways you can join in the Puffin party, but why not start by entering our competition to win exclusive Puffin prizes!

Other celebratory events include an incredible Penguin Book cover design exhibition at the V&A Museum in London, and National Share-a-Story Day (8 May). Plus here on Lovereading4kids we’ve picked out some of our absolute favourite Puffin titles, still magnificent additions to any child’s bookshelf, including The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Where’s Spot? and Hairy Maclary.

And you can also buy the brand new short and sweet ‘Pocket Money Puffins’ – just £2.99 on Lovereading4kids.

Happy Birthday 10th Anniversary Judy Moody! (And Stink!)

It’s the 10th anniversary of Megan McDonald’s terrific books about the way-cool girl-hero Judy Moody and her kid brother, Stink. If you haven’t read them before download some free Opening Extracts and discover them today!

Walker Books turns 30!

Walker Books has been bringing us the most wonderful kids’ books for 30 whole years and to celebrate we’re having an exclusive competition. Enter here and you could win a limited edition Walker cloth bag stuffed with 30 of their amazing titles – including some signed copies!

Conspiracy 365 – the adventure continues…

This cool concept story carries on at breakneck pace with the fifth episode out now! Launched in January, Conspiracy 365 is a thriller that unfolds over a whole year, with one book published each month. Given the huge interest to date with clear signs that more and more kids are getting hooked, it’s not too late to catch up – each book is

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incredibly fast paced and under 200 pages long, so get yourchildren hooked now and they’ll be reading all the way through 2010.

Finally, to prove the wide appeal of young adult fiction, Guest Editor over on the main site is John Boyne, writer of the astounding ‘Boy in the Striped Pyjamas‘.

We hope you uncover some real gems here to inspire your kids’ to become lifelong reading fanatics. With stories this imaginative and writing and illustration this beautiful, it shouldn’t take long! And finally, don’t forget about our gorgeous range of must have picture books in the Picture Book Parade – there are loads of gems not to be missed.

July children’s summer reading

Monday, July 6th, 2009

The Summer holidays are nearly upon us, and this month’s selection of books will get your kids as excited about reading as they are about all those wonderful things associated with this time of year – ice creams, beaches, swimming, and picnicking in the park. With our special Summer Reading section and some of the most prestigious children’s book awards just announced, finding amazing stories for children with Lovereading4kids is easy.

For services to the planet’s young readers – medal-winning books

Two of the most important prizes in the children’s book world were announced at the end of June, and you can see for yourselves why they won by downloading free Opening Extracts of both books here. You may have seen them on Lovereading4kids before, because we’ve been raving about them for yonks!

The Carnegie Medal was won posthumously for Siobhan Dowd’s Bog Child, a fascinating novel about a boy who is simultaneously haunted by the body of a dead child he finds, and the troubles going on in his Northern Ireland home. It is sad but life affirming.

And the Greenaway Medal for Illustration went to the adorable Harris Finds His Feet by Catherine Rayner. Told in exquisite pictures, this is the story of a young hare with huge feet and a wonderful grandfather to help him realise how useful they are.

The judges said it was a particularly difficult decision to make on both awards for the quality of the shortlist was so strong. We have the full shortlist in our Prize Winners section so if you’ve not yet checked out the shortlist then why not go there now.  You can also find the shortlist for the Branford Boase Award for best debut there too, the winner of which will be announced later this month.

A bulging basket of Books of the Month

For fear of running out of breath and collapsing in an excited heap on the floor when telling you about our Books of the Month I’ll be brief but rest assured these are some of the very best children’s books out there at the moment. For toddlers there’s a funny fish called Barry who has fingers, for slightly older children a new Julia Donaldson featuring a troll, for 7+ there’s the delightfully named, The Boy in the Dress and for 9+ there’s Frank Cottrell-Boyce’s unputdownable Cosmic. A new series launch for 11+ readers from the hugely popular Sophie Mckenzie, The Medusa Project has been eagerly awaited and doesn’t disappoint and last but by no means least a superbly evocative historical romance/mystery for 14+ readers What I saw and how I Lied, a coming of age novel set just after WW2 in America. So download some Opening Extracts and see which piques your child’s enthusiasm. To view all our Books of the Month together, just click here.

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First time lucky (and enormously talented) – Debuts of the Month

The Undrowned Child

Michelle Lovric

9+ Part fairy tale, part historical fiction, this wonderful adventure set in a troubled 20th century Venice is a stunning debut.

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The Forest of Hands and Teeth

Carrie Ryan

11+ A fresh and riveting take on the zombie genre from a very talented new author, Carrie Ryan.

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Escape from Shadow Island

Paul Adam

9 +High octane adventure about an ordinary schoolboy who by night wows crowds as an escapologist. But can he discover the truth behind his father’s disappearance.

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Wilma Tenderfoot and the Case of the Frozen Hearts

Emma Kennedy

The humour shines through in this debut brilliantly. The heroin is enormously funny, feisty, cheeky and charming.

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Jiggy McCue – the off-the-wall hero is our Series of the Month

The Jiggy McCue series by Michael Lawrence has had boys and girls laughing their socks off with his peculiar misadventures for nearly a decade. Jiggy is a very odd 11-year-old who seems to encounter supernatural goings on wherever he goes! And now there’s a new collection of stories, One for All and All for Lunch – each told by a different character from the Jiggy stories. It’s a real treat for existing fans or indeed for any 8+ reader who is new to Jiggy it’s the perfect introduction. But you have been warned, it is laugh-out-loud funny.

Beat the crowds – Exclusive Pre-Publication Books

The Rainbow Orchid: The Adventures of Julius Chancer (Vol One)

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. You’ll be in awe of the creator when you see it. Check out a sneak preview now.

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 and the final denouement will satisfy all.

Darke Academy 1: Secret Lives

In the first book of a brand new series, a scholarship student Cassie Bell begins her time at an elite paranormal academy – but what sinister secrets are some of the other students sitting on? Knowing too much could prove deadly… Fans of the Twilight series shouldn’t miss it.

Get some rhymes in their minds

Poetry is definitely in. It can be fun, silly, clever, or goose-bump raising; it helps learning and memory and builds confidence when read aloud. It could even inspire your own children to start writing themselves.

With this in mind, we’ve picked two classic anthologies by John Foster for your children to get hooked on: School’s Out and Excuses, Excuses – both bestselling hilarious anthologies and very timely for the time of year.

So pick a few of this colourful array, sit down with your children and find out whether there’s a free Opening Extract that really gets them excited to find out what happens next.

Book Goodies galore to win this month

Finally, don’t forget about our Prize Draw page – there are as ever lots of prizes to be won including Benefit cosmetics for What I saw and How I Lied, lots of Clarice Bean goodies and signed copies of titles too numerous to mention.

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