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Lovereading4kids most popular children’s books, by age range, 13 – 20 November 2016

Monday, November 21st, 2016

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Wolves Wolves
Emily Gravett
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Celebrating 10th Anniversary of Wolves!  Rabbit borrows a book about wolves from the library. He can’t put it down! But soon a sinister figure with sharp claws and a bushy tail …
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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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The Storm Whale The Storm Whale
Benji Davies
A beautiful slipcase edition of The Storm Whale and The Storm Whale in Winter from the award-winning author and illustrator Benji Davies. Follow Noi’s story in these poignant and moving books, now in a slipcase – the perfect gift for …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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The Sun is Also a Star The Sun is Also a Star
Nicola Yoon
November 2016 Book of the Month
In a Nutshell: Race against time | Racing hearts | The difference a day makes |   Intense tale of fate, fraught families and migrant lives told over the twelve hour period in which a teenage girl …
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Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy
Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, Robin Wasserman
In a Nutshell: Epic illustrated short stories |  A colossal collection of illustrated short stories about the star of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series.
Previously released separately in eBook format, this lavish volume of short stories makes a great gift for …
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The Diabolic The Diabolic
S. J. Kincaid
In a Nutshell: Intergalactic Identity Epic     Action and intrigue abound in this high-stakes, high-concept sci-fi thriller from the acclaimed author of Insignia.
Nemesis is a Diabolic. They ‘look like us, but they aren’t truly human beings.’ They’re predators who must kill …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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The Christmas Eve Tree The Christmas Eve Tree
Delia Huddy
Get into the Spirit of Christmas!  This absolutely beautiful book will really instil the true Christmas spirit in all who read it. Planted carelessly, the little fir tree has no chance to grow, so stays small and stunted. No wonder …
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Snowflake in My Pocket Snowflake in My Pocket
Rachel Bright
Get into the Spirit of Christmas! This charming story of a little squirrel’s first adventure in the snow is also a gentle reflection on the things we should really treasure. Little Squirrel lives in an oak tree with wise old …
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Robin's Winter Song Robin’s Winter Song
Suzanne Barton
Beautifully illustrated, this buoyant and cheerful story captures Robin’s delight as the new season arrives! There’s a chill in the air and all of Robin’s friends are flying away to somewhere warmer. They make winter sound scary, greedy and cold. …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Penguin Problems Penguin Problems
Jory John
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month November 2016      Ever thought you had problems? Try being a Penguin! There’s too much snow, it’s too cold, the sea has too …
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Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World
Kate Pankhurst
It’s impossible not to be inspired by this picture book and the great women featured in it: their stories are told across bright spreads, which are enticing to look at, and packed with information all presented in a way that …
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Magnificent Creatures Magnificent Creatures
Anna Wright
Anna Wright’s stunning introduction to non-fiction and the natural world is enlivened by her gorgeously sophisticated and fun art style which mixes pen and ink, watercolour and fabric collage.
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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The Snow Cat The Snow Cat
Holly Webb
In a nutshell: a seasonal story of snow, cats and happy endings!
Young readers will very much enjoy Holly Webb’s typically touching new story, in which a mischievous cat works magic across the generations. Bel is staying with her grandma in …
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The Fox and the Star The Fox and the Star
Coralie Bickford-Smith
October 2016 Debut of the Month  This is such a charming and gloriously delightful short tale, about friendship, facing your fears and looking beyond the obvious. The Fox and the Star is a visually stunning story book; the illustrations are fabulous, …
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The Giant's Necklace The Giant’s Necklace
Michael Morpurgo
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month November 2016    Former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo’s short story is a small gem. Part adventure, part ghost story it slips easily between past and present as a little girl, determined to collect all …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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The Song from Somewhere Else The Song from Somewhere Else
A. F. Harrold
A Julia Eccleshare Book of the Month November 2016   Award-winning A.F. Harrold blends reality and imagination in a moving and thought-provoking story about friendship, loneliness and being brave when things are difficult. Bullied at school and unsupported at home, …
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The Midnight Gang The Midnight Gang
David Walliams
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | November 2016 Book of the Month  | In a nutshell: comedy capers on the NHS from everyone’s favourite storyteller!
The spirit of Roald Dahl lives on in David Walliams, and Dahl’s influence …
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There May be a Castle There May be a Castle
Piers Torday
November 2016 Book of the Month
In a nutshell: the unbeatable power of the imagination  |   Piers Torday’s beautifully written book is an extraordinary allegory, a story of courage and love, and of the life-affirming importance of stories. It’s Christmas …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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An Eagle in the Snow An Eagle in the Snow
Michael Morpurgo
November 2016 Book of the Month   A ‘what if’ story based on a true life events, full of descriptions of heroism and selflessness: for any good writer this would make excellent material for a book, but in Michael Morpurgo’s hands, …
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Spirit of the Jungle Spirit of the Jungle
Bear Grylls
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | 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 …
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Mistletoe and Murder A Murder Most Unladylike Mystery Mistletoe and Murder A Murder Most Unladylike Mystery
Robin Stevens
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | November 2016 Book of the Month  A festive feast of ghastly goings on for fans old and new of the A Murder Most Unladylike series. Astute, smart and daring they may …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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Reckless III: The Golden Yarn Reckless III: The Golden Yarn
Cornelia Funke
November 2016 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: mesmerising tale of love and adventure set in a dark fairy tale world  |  Cornelia Funke has an extraordinarily fertile imagination, which is fed and inspired by the old fairy …
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The Light That Gets Lost The Light That Gets Lost
Natasha Carthew
In a Nutshell: Raw revenge | Exploitative institution  |  Brightening bonds  |   An unforgettable novel about revenge, abuses of authority and the redemptive power of friendship.
After witnessing his parents’ murder, Trey is sent to bleak Camp Kernow, a correctional institution for …
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I'll be Home for Christmas I’ll be Home for Christmas
Benjamin Zephaniah, Non Pratt, Marcus Sedgwick, Cat Clarke & others
In a nutshell: heartfelt stories of home by top authors| Home – it’s a powerful concept, never more so than at Christmas. In association with homeless charity Crisis – £1 from every copy sold goes to them – publisher Stripes …
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Most popular children’s books by age range 10 – 17 April 2016

Monday, April 18th, 2016

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Slug Needs a Hug Slug Needs a Hug
Jeanne Willis
Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month, April 2016  Best-selling Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross have created many fabulous picture books together. Here, the weedy and whiny little slug is just longing for a hug! How can he make his mum …
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Blown Away Blown Away
Rob Biddulph
Winner of the 2015 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize  A brilliant adventure for a bold Penguin who gets swept up, up and away on a brand new kite on a windy day. Penguin’s original and richly-imagined adventure is beautifully told and …
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A Great Big Cuddle A Great Big Cuddle
Michael Rosen
One of our Books of the Year 2015 – A Reader Review Panel Pick of the Year 2015 – chosen by Robyn Chorely, aged 5- Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month, September 2015  Children’s Laureates Chris Riddell and Michael Rosen …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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Lady Midnight Lady Midnight
Cassandra Clare
April 2016 Book of the Month From the creator of the Mortal Instruments series and Infernal Devices trilogy comes this epic first instalment of the author’s highly anticipated The Dark Artifices series.
Lady Midnight is populated with pretty much every kind of …
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The Art of Not Breathing The Art of Not Breathing
Sarah Alexander
April 2016 Debut of the Month Five years have passed since Elsie’s twin brother vanished into the sea on their birthday. Her parents and brother are still broken by their loss and Elsie feels like half of her is missing, …
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Chasing the Stars Chasing the Stars
Malorie Blackman
An innovative, ambitious page-turner in which the inimitable Malorie Blackman has entwined two of her great passions – Shakespeare’s Othello and science fiction – to create a thrilling outer-space-set epic that tingles with romance, danger, distrust and jealousy.
Olivia (Vee) and …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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A Brave Bear A Brave Bear
Sean Taylor
April 2016 Book of the Month  The characters may be bears, but the parent/child relationship depicted in this lovely picture book will be familiar to all readers. It’s hot so a little bear suggests to his dad that they should …
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Before I Wake Up... Before I Wake Up…
Britta Teckentrup
April 2016 Book of the Month A little girl’s dreams take her and a friendly lion on a magical journey. Together they fly over meadows, swim deep in the sea with whales and jellyfish, and explore woods where they play …
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The Bear and the Piano The Bear and the Piano
David Litchfield
Winner of the Illustrated category of The Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2016.
March 2016 Debut of the Month A young bear cub finds a piano in the forest and after a first hesitant ‘PLONK’, he returns to it every day for …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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The Seaside Puppy The Seaside Puppy
Holly Webb
Holly Webb writes gentle, warm-hearted adventures that young readers absolutely love and there is lots for them to enjoy in this story. Laura’s summer is set to be a bit of a wash out – she lives in a seaside …
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Prehistoric Actual Size Prehistoric Actual Size
Steve Jenkins
As the title makes clear, this fascinating book illustrates prehistoric creatures at actual size or, where the creature was simply too big to fit on the page, a part of the animal at actual size. On the first spread, the …
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There's a Tiger in the Garden There’s a Tiger in the Garden
Lizzy Stewart
Grandma’s back garden turns into a jungle full of adventure in this striking picture book, Nora is bored, so her grandma suggests she play in the garden, there might, she says, be a tiger there. Nora is scornful, but as …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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My Brother is a Superhero My Brother is a Superhero
David Solomons
Overall winner of Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2016.
July 2015 Debut of the Month  Oh the anguish! Luke is a comic-reading super-hero expert, but he’s gone for a wee at the crucial moment when an alien arrives in his tree-house and …
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Flyboy Flyboy
Tom Palmer
April 2016 Book of the Month   Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ Tom Palmer’s new story starts on a football pitch and then, via a clever bit of ghost story, gives readers the experience of the skill and bravery required to …
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Love from Paddington Love from Paddington
Michael Bond
Much-loved Paddington shares accounts of his adventures and his thoughts about his life in London in a series of letters to his Aunt Lucy in The Home for Retired Bears in Lima, Peru. As might be expected, Paddington has a …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Knights of the Borrowed Dark Knights of the Borrowed Dark
Dave Rudden
April 2016 Book of the Month Move over Harry Potter, there’s a new orphan on the block, ready to take on monsters and stand up for what’s right and decent. Until he’s 13, Denizen Hardwick (full marks to the author for …
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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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Jolly Foul Play Jolly Foul Play
Robin Stevens
April 2016 Book of the Month Gosh, but the Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries are jolly good reads! After their adventures on the Orient Express, crime-solving friends Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are back at school for a new term. From …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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A Seven Letter Word A Seven Letter Word
Kim Slater
April 2016 Book of the Month Finlay is articulate, an excellent Scrabble player, which makes it so frustrating that the seven letter word that defines him is stammer. He’s always found it hard to speak, but since his mum suddenly …
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The Astounding Broccoli Boy The Astounding Broccoli Boy
Frank Cottrell Boyce
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2016 Best Story – Andrea Reeces’s Pick of the Year 2015 This is Frank Cottrell Boyce’s first standalone novel since Cosmic in 2008 and it’s been well worth the wait. The smallest and …
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Stargirl Stargirl
Jerry Spinelli
An incredibly touching story about a girl who dared to be different. A wonderfully original and memorable read for it makes you realise that tweens and teens work too hard these days to conform and be the same in order …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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We are All Made of Molecules We are All Made of Molecules
Susin Nielsen
April 2016 Debut of the Month Stewart and Ashley are about as different as it’s possible to be.  He’s super smart, happy to use words like ‘plethora’ in everyday conversation, but socially a little inept. She’s queen of the popular …
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Desolation Desolation
Derek Landy
April 2016 Book of the Month  No-one writes teen horror with anything like the wit, gory panache and comic timing of Derek Landy. His Demon Road stories are definitely not for the faint-hearted: fourteen people have been disembowelled, ripped apart …
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The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen
Susin Nielsen
From the author of Lovereading4kids favourite We Are All Made of Molecules, this is another book that grips from the first chapter, a heart-breaking story that will nonetheless make readers laugh and leave them feeling better about the world. Henry’s …
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Lovereading4kids. Most popular children’s book’s, by age range, 3 – 10 April 2016

Monday, April 11th, 2016

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Slug Needs a Hug Slug Needs a Hug
Jeanne Willis
Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month, April 2016  Best-selling Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross have created many fabulous picture books together. Here, the weedy and whiny little slug is just longing for a hug! How can he make his mum …
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Elmer and the Rainbow Elmer and the Rainbow
David Mckee
A story about Elmer, everyone’s favourite patchwork elephant, now available as a sturdy, paddedboard book to delight his many fans. This one is a classic story about sharing and giving. Books featuring Elmer and his friends are universally acknowledged as essential …
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Spot Loves Bedtime Spot Loves Bedtime
Eric Hill
A favourite with children now for generations, Spot never loses his charm. It’s bedtime, but Spot can’t settle down until he finds Teddy, who has gone missing.  Is Teddy in the toybox? The living room? Under the bed? At last …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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Lady Midnight Lady Midnight
Cassandra Clare
April 2016 Book of the Month From the creator of the Mortal Instruments series and Infernal Devices trilogy comes this epic first instalment of the author’s highly anticipated The Dark Artifices series.
Lady Midnight is populated with pretty much every kind of …
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Flawed Flawed
Cecelia Ahern
April 2016 Book of the Month  Set in a society in which those deemed ‘flawed’ are branded and ostracised, Celia Ahern’s debut YA novel will talk directly to its readers. Every teenager wants to be perfect, to fit in and …
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Chasing the Stars Chasing the Stars
Malorie Blackman
An innovative, ambitious page-turner in which the inimitable Malorie Blackman has entwined two of her great passions – Shakespeare’s Othello and science fiction – to create a thrilling outer-space-set epic that tingles with romance, danger, distrust and jealousy.
Olivia (Vee) and …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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A Brave Bear A Brave Bear
Sean Taylor
April 2016 Book of the Month  The characters may be bears, but the parent/child relationship depicted in this lovely picture book will be familiar to all readers. It’s hot so a little bear suggests to his dad that they should …
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Before I Wake Up... Before I Wake Up…
Britta Teckentrup
April 2016 Book of the Month A little girl’s dreams take her and a friendly lion on a magical journey. Together they fly over meadows, swim deep in the sea with whales and jellyfish, and explore woods where they play …
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The Hole Story The Hole Story
Paul Bright
April 2016 Book of the Month  Holes generally get a bad press – after all they’re the last thing you want to find in a sock, pair of knickers, bag, bucket or boat! Perhaps this delightful book will win them …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Nature's Day: Out and About Nature’s Day: Out and About
Kay Maguire
Following on from the success of Nature’s Day, this beautiful activity book by the same author and illustrator shows children how to interact with their surroundings. …
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Prehistoric Actual Size Prehistoric Actual Size
Steve Jenkins
As the title makes clear, this fascinating book illustrates prehistoric creatures at actual size or, where the creature was simply too big to fit on the page, a part of the animal at actual size. On the first spread, the …
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There's a Tiger in the Garden There’s a Tiger in the Garden
Lizzy Stewart
Grandma’s back garden turns into a jungle full of adventure in this striking picture book, Nora is bored, so her grandma suggests she play in the garden, there might, she says, be a tiger there. Nora is scornful, but as …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Flyboy Flyboy
Tom Palmer
April 2016 Book of the Month   Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ Tom Palmer’s new story starts on a football pitch and then, via a clever bit of ghost story, gives readers the experience of the skill and bravery required to …
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My Brother is a Superhero My Brother is a Superhero
David Solomons
Overall winner of Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2016.
July 2015 Debut of the Month  Oh the anguish! Luke is a comic-reading super-hero expert, but he’s gone for a wee at the crucial moment when an alien arrives in his tree-house and …
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Out for the Count Out for the Count
Anne Fine
Interest Age 5-8 Anne Fine is a very clever writer and this brilliant little story is an exploration of the resources of the human imagination and the iniquities of keeping animals in cages. Hugo is trying to persuade his dad …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Knights of the Borrowed Dark Knights of the Borrowed Dark
Dave Rudden
April 2016 Book of the Month Move over Harry Potter, there’s a new orphan on the block, ready to take on monsters and stand up for what’s right and decent. Until he’s 13, Denizen Hardwick (full marks to the author for …
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth
Frank Cottrell Boyce
April 2016 Book of the Month With all the invention, originality and insight that is typical of his writing for children, Frank Cottrell Boyce takes the sad story of Laika, the first living creature to orbit Earth, and uses it …
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Jolly Foul Play Jolly Foul Play
Robin Stevens
April 2016 Book of the Month Gosh, but the Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries are jolly good reads! After their adventures on the Orient Express, crime-solving friends Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are back at school for a new term. From …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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A Seven Letter Word A Seven Letter Word
Kim Slater
April 2016 Book of the Month Finlay is articulate, an excellent Scrabble player, which makes it so frustrating that the seven letter word that defines him is stammer. He’s always found it hard to speak, but since his mum suddenly …
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The Astounding Broccoli Boy The Astounding Broccoli Boy
Frank Cottrell Boyce
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2016 Best Story – Andrea Reeces’s Pick of the Year 2015 This is Frank Cottrell Boyce’s first standalone novel since Cosmic in 2008 and it’s been well worth the wait. The smallest and …
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Half a Creature from the Sea Half a Creature from the Sea
David Almond
An anthology of dark, powerful and moving short stories from master storyteller and author of the internationally award-winning Skellig, David Almond, inspired by his childhood in the North-East of England. It features coming of age stories on the theme of …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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We are All Made of Molecules We are All Made of Molecules
Susin Nielsen
April 2016 Debut of the Month Stewart and Ashley are about as different as it’s possible to be.  He’s super smart, happy to use words like ‘plethora’ in everyday conversation, but socially a little inept. She’s queen of the popular …
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Desolation Desolation
Derek Landy
April 2016 Book of the Month  No-one writes teen horror with anything like the wit, gory panache and comic timing of Derek Landy. His Demon Road stories are definitely not for the faint-hearted: fourteen people have been disembowelled, ripped apart …
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Underwater Underwater
Marisa Reichardt
April 2016 Debut of the Month This extraordinary, powerful book has life lessons for everyone, though its central character has lived through experiences that, fortunately, will be unknown to most of us. Morgan was witness to a terrible and traumatic …
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Most popular children’s books, by age range, 13 – 20 March 2016

Monday, March 21st, 2016

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Technicolor Treasure Hunt Learn to Count with Nature Technicolor Treasure Hunt Learn to Count with Nature
Hvass & Hannibal
A counting book, an introduction to colours, and a first word book, this is also a feast for the eye. Groups of natural objects are sorted by colour and illustrated in flamboyant style. The red pages bring together tomatoes, maple …
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The World of Eric Carle: Big Box of Little Books The World of Eric Carle: Big Box of Little Books
Eric Carle
A sturdy box contains nine small but satisfyingly chunky board books themed by setting – home, farm, sky, sea and so on. Each little book contains five of Eric Carle’s bright, bold, immediately recognisable animal illustrations. Even shrunk down to …
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Counting Counting
Aino-Maija Metsola
Lift the flaps to count from one to ten in this stylish book of numbers. Bold, eye-catching artwork and sturdy card lift-flaps throughout will make this a favourite with children and adults alike.
And there’s a equally bright and bold companion …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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Flawed Flawed
Cecelia Ahern
Set in a society in which those deemed ‘flawed’ are branded and ostracised, Celia Ahern’s debut YA novel will talk directly to its readers. Every teenager wants to be perfect, to fit in and look like they know what they’re …
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Lady Midnight Lady Midnight
Cassandra Clare
March 2016 Book of the Month From the creator of the Mortal Instruments series and Infernal Devices trilogy comes this epic first instalment of the author’s highly anticipated The Dark Artifices series.
Lady Midnight is populated with pretty much every kind …
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Radio Silence Radio Silence
Alice Oseman
March 2016 Book of the Month Frances’ life has been mapped out since forever. She’s set on reading English Literature at Cambridge and getting a good job. That’s the path she believes will lead to a happy life. But academic …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise
Sean Taylor
Shortlisted for the Laugh-Out-Loud Book Awards 2016 -Picture Book Category  Hoot Owl flies through the midnight air quick as a shooting star, wingtip pointing like some kind of avian superhero. When he spots a tasty rabbit he prepares to gobble …
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Are You Sitting Comfortably? Are You Sitting Comfortably?
Leigh Hodgkinson
March 2016 Book of the Month   Leigh Hodgkinson’s picture book is a stylish investigation into how and where to read a book. Goldilocks-like, a young boy tries out a variety of chairs and reading locations. Not one of them suits: …
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The Bear and the Piano The Bear and the Piano
David Litchfield
Winner of the Illustrated category of The Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2016.
March 2016 Debut of the Month A young bear cub finds a piano in the forest and after a first hesitant ‘PLONK’, he returns to it every day for …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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We are Not Frogs We are Not Frogs
Michael Morpurgo
March 2016 Book of the Month – A Dyslexia Friendly Picture Book for Parent and Child
New on Barrington Stoke’s excellent Red Squirrel list We Are Not Frogs is a joyful exploration of frog, toad and human nature! Toads are not …
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Vikings in the Supermarket Vikings in the Supermarket
Nick Sharratt
Six bouncy poems each of which is richly illustrated by award-winning illustrator Nick Sharratt. Burt, Cora, Charlie, Selwin, Ida and Quentin are the six Vikings let loose on a delightful shopping spree in a supermarket in the title poem. More …
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The Crow's Tale The Crow’s Tale
Naomi Howarth
March 2015 Debut of the Month Inspired by a Lenape Native American myth, this beautiful debut picture book shows how courage and kindness are what really matter. …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Perijee & Me Perijee & Me
Ross Montgomery
March 2016 Book of the Month You can rely on Ross Montgomery to put an unexpected twist and an extra helping of humanity into his stories, no matter how zany. Perijee is an alien Caitlin finds on the beach near …
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The Best Birthday Bike The Best Birthday Bike
Chris Hoy
March 2016 Book of the Month For action-packed stories, combining real-life adventure with a touch of magic, Chris Hoy’s Flying Fergus series is hard to beat.  He’s collaborated with accomplished children’s author Joanna Nadin, a writer who knows her way …
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The Great Chocoplot The Great Chocoplot
Chris Callaghan
March 2016 Debut of the Month
Roald Dahl, a man who knew his way round a chocolate bar, would have approved of this book. Imagine how awful it would be if the world’s supplies of chocolate were threatened by an impending …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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The Shadow Keeper The Shadow Keeper
Abi Elphinstone
March 2016 Book of the Month Fabulous, feisty Moll returns with the ever faithful and courageous Gryff by her side in their quest to save the old magic and stop the Shadowmasks from destroying them.  This is a tale of …
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The Bolds to the Rescue The Bolds to the Rescue
Julian Clary
March 2016 Book of the Month  The Bolds are back, cause for celebration! Written by Julian Clary and illustrated with élan by the incomparable David Roberts, this is a book that will have children in stitches. For those that don’t …
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The Jungle Book The Jungle Book
Rudyard Kipling
Mowgli, the little boy brought up in the jungle with the wolves, is one of the best-loved characters of fiction. His friends – and enemies – among the jungle animals include Baloo the sloth bear, Bagheera the panther, and Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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The Astounding Broccoli Boy The Astounding Broccoli Boy
Frank Cottrell Boyce
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2016 Best Story – Andrea Reeces’s Pick of the Year 2015 This is Frank Cottrell Boyce’s first standalone novel since Cosmic in 2008 and it’s been well worth the wait. The smallest and …
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Listen to the Moon Listen to the Moon
Michael Morpurgo
Shortlisted for Children’s Book Award 2016, Books for Older Readers category  – September 2015 Book of the Month   A beautiful and captivating tour de force of family, love, war and forgiveness, this is a major new novel from the …
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Private Peaceful Private Peaceful
Michael Morpurgo
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Best Book of the Decade & One of our ‘Must Reads’. It will seem odd when reading this book that the author enjoyed writing it the most of all the 90 or so he has …
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The Everest Files The Everest Files
Matt Dickinson
June 2014 Book of the Month  A thrilling journey to the dark side of Everest, it follows 18-year-old Ryan Hart, on a gap year adventure working for a charity in Nepal. Dark forces are at play on the lethal slopes …
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The Lie Tree The Lie Tree
Frances Hardinge
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2016.
WINNER of the 2015 COSTA BOOK OF THE YEAR and Winner of the Costa Children’s Book Award  Award-winning Frances Hardinge is spellbinding is this hugely entertaining and dramatic Victorian thriller. When Faith’s father dies …
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The Nest The Nest
Kenneth Oppel
March 2016 Book of the Month A truly exceptional, uniquely unsettling work in which the stinging clarity and poignancy of Oppel’s writing is exquisitely echoed by Jon Klassen’s haunting illustrations.
Steve’s baby brother, Theo, is sick and doctors are struggling to …
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Most popular children’s books 27 July – 2 August 2015

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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What's the Opposite? What’s the Opposite?
Oliver Jeffers
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month, July 2015  Award-winning Oliver Jeffers’s endearingly simple Hueys are always asking interesting questions to help them find out more. This time they want to know more about opposites. Some opposites are easy. Everyone knows …
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll
This beautiful board is the perfect first introduction to Alice. Babies and toddlers will love the playful and quirky characters Alison Jay brings to life with her own unique perspective whilst encapsulating the zany other-worldness of Carroll’s novel. …
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Baby's Very First Slide and See Under the Sea Baby’s Very First Slide and See Under the Sea
Fiona Watt
An engaging, interactive board book, specially designed for very young children, full of vivid colours, stylish illustrations and friendly sea creatures. Simple slider mechanisms allow the pictures to be transformed, as a group of playful seals swim around, a hermit …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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Because You'll Never Meet Me Because You’ll Never Meet Me
Leah Thomas
July 2015 Debut of the Month   The story of an unusual but increasingly close friendship, this is a totally original and engrossing novel. Ollie and Moritz strike up a friendship through letters. They are far from each other geographically, but …
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The Accident Season The Accident Season
Moira Fowley-Doyle
July 2015 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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Fire Colour One Fire Colour One
Jenny Valentine
July 2015 Book of the Month  Guardian Prize winning author Jenny Valentine’s long-awaited new novel is clever, beautifully written, full of ideas. It tells the story of sixteen-year-old Iris: lonely and desperately unhappy, she finds self-expression and release through starting …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll
This is the perfect story of Alice to share with younger readers.  Tony Ross has done a great job in the retelling for a younger audience and the book is full of his delightfully humourous illustrations too. Building a love …
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Albert and Little Henry Albert and Little Henry
Jez Alborough
Albert loves making up stories, and his mum and dad love listening to them. But when his baby brother Henry arrives, no-one seems to have time to listen to stories any more. With everyone fussing round Little Henry, Albert feels …
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Where the Bugaboo Lives Where the Bugaboo Lives
Sean Taylor
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month, July 2015 Brilliantly conceived, this hugely attractive picture book is also a sophisticated ‘chose your own adventure’. Floyd wants to go exploring down the valley behind the house where he lives. But his mum …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Clever Polly and the Stupid Wolf Clever Polly and the Stupid Wolf
Catherine Storr
The first in a collection of stories for young children in which the resourceful and kind Polly outwits the enthusiastic but dim wolf over a number of encounters which are close enough to be alarming while funny enough to be …
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Wigglesbottom Primary: The Shark in the Pool Wigglesbottom Primary: The Shark in the Pool
Pamela Butchart
The pupils at Wigglesbottom Primary have very active imaginations and are quick to believe that there’s a shark in the swimming pool, a dinosaur skeleton under their vegetable garden and that Miss Ranger’s play parachute bestows invisibility. Their poor teachers …
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The Day the Crayons Quit The Day the Crayons Quit
Drew Daywalt
Winner of the UKLA Award 2015 in the 3-6 years category.
Award-winning Oliver Jeffers and Drew Daywalt’s highly-entertaining new book mean that colouring will never be the same again! When Duncan goes to take out his crayons one day he finds …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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The Complete Alice Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There The Complete Alice Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There
Lewis Carroll
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month, July 2015  The classic stories of Alice and her journeys into Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass are celebrating 150 years in print. These wonderfully imaginative stories have influenced children’s books ever since they …
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I Believe in Unicorns I Believe in Unicorns
Michael Morpurgo
Michael Morpurgo pulls on the heart strings in a short book into which he has packed a number of strands, richly woven together. Tomas lives for the outdoors: he hates books, reading and stories. But one day, his mother forces …
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My Brother is a Superhero My Brother is a Superhero
David Solomons
July 2015 Debut of the Month  Oh the anguish! Luke is a comic-reading super-hero expert, but he’s gone for a wee at the crucial moment when an alien arrives in his tree-house and it’s his never-read-a-comic-in-his-life brother Zach who gets …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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A Year in the Life of a Total and Complete Genius A Year in the Life of a Total and Complete Genius
Stacey Matson
July 2015 Debut of the Month  Arthur Bean seems pretty sure of himself, in no doubt that he’s a brilliant writer with a life of prizes, fame and adulation ahead of him. At least that’s the image he projects in …
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The Forbidden City The Forbidden City
John McNally
July 2015 Book of the Month   OK, pay attention – you’ll need to concentrate because the action in the Infinity Drake series moves at the speed of light: Infinity Drake, aka Finn, gaming fan, just about to turn thirteen, and …
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House of Robots House of Robots
James Patterson
James Patterson knows just how to write page-turning stories, and he puts that skill to excellent use in his books for children. House of Robots is the first in a new series created with Chris Grabenstein and tells the story …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Magisterium: The Iron Trial Magisterium: The Iron Trial
Cassandra Clare, Holly Black
July 2015 Book of the Month  From the remarkable imaginations of bestselling authors Cassandra Clare and Holly Black comes a heart-stopping, mind-blowing, pulse-pounding plunge into the magical unknown.  Magisterium has already been optioned for film and fans of Philip Pullman, …
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Bulletcatcher Bulletcatcher
Chris Bradford
July 2015 Book of the Month  Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 Troy is quietly reading a Batman comic when all hell breaks loose. He’s caught up in a terrorist attack that kills his parents – so far so Bruce …
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The Potion Diaries The Potion Diaries
Amy Alward
July 2015 Book of the Month  When the princess of Nova accidentally bewitches herself with an illegally brewed love potion, resulting in the biggest self-crush since Narcissus, there’s an urgent need for an antidote. The kingdom’s alchemists are sent out …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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All My Secrets All My Secrets
Sophie Mckenzie
July 2015 Book of the Month    Sophie McKenzie is the master of psychological thrillers for teens, and this is a typically gripping page-turner. Everything Evie Brown has put her trust in is suddenly revealed to be false, even her parents …
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Survivor Survivor
Tom Hoyle
None of it would have happened if I hadn’t missed a bus… Fifteen-year-old George’s life is sent careering down a cataclysmic course when he misses his bus by seconds, notices a fire and selflessly rescues a baby from the flames. …
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The Village by the Sea The Village by the Sea
Anita Desai
Winner of the Guardian Fiction Award, this story of life in village India, where children are forced so young to be adult, will appeal to a wide range of ages. Hari and Lila are the eldest of a poor family …
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Lovereading4kids most popular books, by age range, 12 – 19 July 2015

Monday, July 20th, 2015

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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What's the Opposite? What’s the Opposite?
Oliver Jeffers
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month, July 2015  Award-winning Oliver Jeffers’s endearingly simple Hueys are always asking interesting questions to help them find out more. This time they want to know more about opposites. Some opposites are easy. Everyone knows …
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar's ABC The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s ABC
Eric Carle
July 2015 Book of the Month  Explore the amazing animal alphabet with the very hungry caterpillar in this delightful board book. Featuring Eric Carle’s bright, distinctive artwork and lots of favourite animals, big and small.
A recent survey from The Early …
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll
This beautiful board is the perfect first introduction to Alice. Babies and toddlers will love the playful and quirky characters Alison Jay brings to life with her own unique perspective whilst encapsulating the zany other-worldness of Carroll’s novel. …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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Fire Colour One Fire Colour One
Jenny Valentine
July 2015 Book of the Month  Guardian Prize winning author Jenny Valentine’s long-awaited new novel is clever, beautifully written, full of ideas. It tells the story of sixteen-year-old Iris: lonely and desperately unhappy, she finds self-expression and release through starting …
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Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls
Lynn Weingarten
July 2015 Book of the Month  June and Delia had an intense relationship, the kind that is all important, all-consuming even, but hard to maintain. In fact, when June hears the terrible news that Delia has died, they hadn’t spoken …
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Because You'll Never Meet Me Because You’ll Never Meet Me
Leah Thomas
July 2015 Debut of the Month   The story of an unusual but increasingly close friendship, this is a totally original and engrossing novel. Ollie and Moritz strike up a friendship through letters. They are far from each other geographically, but …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll
This is the perfect story of Alice to share with younger readers.  Tony Ross has done a great job in the retelling for a younger audience and the book is full of his delightfully humourous illustrations too. Building a love …
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Albert and Little Henry Albert and Little Henry
Jez Alborough
Albert loves making up stories, and his mum and dad love listening to them. But when his baby brother Henry arrives, no-one seems to have time to listen to stories any more. With everyone fussing round Little Henry, Albert feels …
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3
Where the Bugaboo Lives Where the Bugaboo Lives
Sean Taylor
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month, July 2015 Brilliantly conceived, this hugely attractive picture book is also a sophisticated ‘chose your own adventure’. Floyd wants to go exploring down the valley behind the house where he lives. But his mum …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Clever Polly and the Stupid Wolf Clever Polly and the Stupid Wolf
Catherine Storr
The first in a collection of stories for young children in which the resourceful and kind Polly outwits the enthusiastic but dim wolf over a number of encounters which are close enough to be alarming while funny enough to be …
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Crazy Mayonnaisy Mum Crazy Mayonnaisy Mum
Julia Donaldson
A wonderful collection of poems from the much-loved creator of The Gruffalo, all of them perfect for reading aloud. There are funny poems (lots of those as you’d expect) and nonsense rhymes as well as story poems and quieter poems …
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Wigglesbottom Primary: The Shark in the Pool Wigglesbottom Primary: The Shark in the Pool
Pamela Butchart
The pupils at Wigglesbottom Primary have very active imaginations and are quick to believe that there’s a shark in the swimming pool, a dinosaur skeleton under their vegetable garden and that Miss Ranger’s play parachute bestows invisibility. Their poor teachers …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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My Brother is a Superhero My Brother is a Superhero
David Solomons
July 2015 Debut of the Month  Oh the anguish! Luke is a comic-reading super-hero expert, but he’s gone for a wee at the crucial moment when an alien arrives in his tree-house and it’s his never-read-a-comic-in-his-life brother Zach who gets …
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The Complete Alice Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There The Complete Alice Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There
Lewis Carroll
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month, July 2015  The classic stories of Alice and her journeys into Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass are celebrating 150 years in print. These wonderfully imaginative stories have influenced children’s books ever since they …
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Puppy Academy: Scout and the Sausage Thief Puppy Academy: Scout and the Sausage Thief
Gill Lewis
Gill Lewis is best known for her very successful award-winning animal stories for children of 9-plus. This new series is for younger readers and features puppies that are learning to become working dogs. Each book will star a different dog …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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In Darkling Wood In Darkling Wood
Emma Carroll
Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month, July 2015 There’s magic afoot in this cleverly constructed story which interweaves two stories of girls growing up a century apart and yet becoming friends as they each come to terms with hopes and fears. …
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A Year in the Life of a Total and Complete Genius A Year in the Life of a Total and Complete Genius
Stacey Matson
July 2015 Debut of the Month  Arthur Bean seems pretty sure of himself, in no doubt that he’s a brilliant writer with a life of prizes, fame and adulation ahead of him. At least that’s the image he projects in …
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Dream on, Amber Dream on, Amber
Emma Shevah
March 2014 Debut of the Month  A funny and heart-warming novel about modern-day families, starting school, being mixed-race and celebrating your uniqueness.  Amber is facing up to life without Dad. He left when she was little, but now she really …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Magisterium: The Iron Trial Magisterium: The Iron Trial
Cassandra Clare, Holly Black
July 2015 Book of the Month  From the remarkable imaginations of bestselling authors Cassandra Clare and Holly Black comes a heart-stopping, mind-blowing, pulse-pounding plunge into the magical unknown.  Magisterium has already been optioned for film and fans of Philip Pullman, …
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Bulletcatcher Bulletcatcher
Chris Bradford
July 2015 Book of the Month  Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 Troy is quietly reading a Batman comic when all hell breaks loose. He’s caught up in a terrorist attack that kills his parents – so far so Bruce …
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The Potion Diaries The Potion Diaries
Amy Alward
July 2015 Book of the Month  When the princess of Nova accidentally bewitches herself with an illegally brewed love potion, resulting in the biggest self-crush since Narcissus, there’s an urgent need for an antidote. The kingdom’s alchemists are sent out …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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All My Secrets All My Secrets
Sophie Mckenzie
July 2015 Book of the Month    Sophie McKenzie is the master of psychological thrillers for teens, and this is a typically gripping page-turner. Everything Evie Brown has put her trust in is suddenly revealed to be false, even her parents …
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The Village by the Sea The Village by the Sea
Anita Desai
Winner of the Guardian Fiction Award, this story of life in village India, where children are forced so young to be adult, will appeal to a wide range of ages. Hari and Lila are the eldest of a poor family …
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One One
Sarah Crossan
The One book you have to read this summer! The phenomenal new title from Carnegie-shortlisted author Sarah Crossan; incredibly moving and extraordinarily crafted, it explores the unbreakable bond and love between sisters. …
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Lovereading4kids. Top 3 books, age range, 9 – 16 November 2014

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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The Lion Book of Nursery Rhymes The Lion Book of Nursery Rhymes
Julia Stone
November 2014 Book of the Month  Every child needs a collection of nursery rhymes and this collection of favourites with their clear and unfussy illustrations makes an excellent starting point for parents and children alike. Helpfully, the rhymes have been …
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Mr Wuffles! Mr Wuffles!
David Wiesner
A cat story with a difference! When Mr Wuffles finds a toy space ship he can’t resist playing with it but, as he tips and tosses it, the results for the aliens inside it are very scary! Feeling motion sick …
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The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark
Jill Tomlinson
This is one of the all time classics of young children’s fiction and this beautiful gift box set includes the picture book and an adorable true-to-character plush toy of Plop. A lovely, calming bedtime read with a wonderful uplifting finish. Perfect …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Once Upon an Alphabet Once Upon an Alphabet
Oliver Jeffers
November 2014 Book of the Month  Award-winning illustrator Oliver Jeffers has created an outstanding alphabet book which goes far beyond the traditional expectations of such a book. In additional to each letter having its own, beautiful Oliver Jeffers illustration, every …
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The Cat, the Dog, Little Red, the Exploding Eggs, the Wolf and Grandma's Wardrobe The Cat, the Dog, Little Red, the Exploding Eggs, the Wolf and Grandma’s Wardrobe
Christyan Fox, Diane Fox
November 2014 Book of the Month  A deliciously funny version of the familiar story of Little Red Riding Hood. Cat tries to read Little Red Riding Hood, one of his most-favourite stories, to his friend Dog. But Dog is a …
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Rita's Rhino Rita’s Rhino
Tony Ross
November 2014 Book of the Month  A funny tale all about the joys and perils of keeping a pet in a flat when animals aren’t allowed.  How Rita manages to do this is brilliant and it makes for an hilarious …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Where The Poppies Now Grow Where The Poppies Now Grow
Hilary Robinson
This moving poetic text matched with warm-hearted illustrations captures the lives of two friends and the parts they played in the enormous military campaign of the First World War. From their early days playing together through to their old age …
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Horrid Henry's Tricky Tricks Horrid Henry’s Tricky Tricks
Francesca Simon
This gift book of 10 stories is the culmination of celebrations for the 20th anniversary year for Horrid Henry, the nation’s favourite naughty little boy. Horrid Henry is a character loved by boys and girls in equal measure and this …
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Twit Twit
Stephen Cole
Poor little Twit is always having mean tricks played on him by his big brothers, Boggle, Bumf and Baffle.  One trick too far and Twit is left stuck in a hole where Norma the vole comes to is rescue.  The …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Atticus Claw Learns to Draw Atticus Claw Learns to Draw
Jennifer Gray
November 2014 Book of the Month  A cat with a difference! Atticus Claw may look like any other tabby cat but, when some famous works of art go missing, Atticus Claw – once a cat burglar but now a police …
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The Matchbox Mysteries The Matchbox Mysteries
Sally Gardner
November 2014 Book of the Month  Jam-packed tales full of hilarity, excitement and fun but this latest in the Wings and Co. series from Sally Gardner, winner of the Costa Book Award 2013, and acclaimed artist, David Roberts is even …
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The Christmas Truce The Place Where Peace Was Found The Christmas Truce The Place Where Peace Was Found
Hilary Robinson
Amid the horror of the fighting in the First World War, there was one moment of unexpected and surprising harmony. On Christmas Eve 1914 the soldiers from opposing sides of No Man’s Land joined together in the singing of a …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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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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The Book of Storms The Book of Storms
Ruth Hatfield
November 2014 Book of the Month  Creatively chilling, this debut novel takes the whimsically charming idea of talking to animals and turns it on its head. Eleven year old Danny, with his new found link to an ancient and dangerous …
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The Imaginary The Imaginary
A. F. Harrold
November 2014 Book of the Month   A richly visualised story which explores imaginary friends and the very special role they play in children’s lives. Amanda and her imaginary friend Rudger have the best of times playing together. While Amanda’s mother …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Awful Auntie Awful Auntie
David Walliams
Best-selling David Walliams is back on top form with Awful Auntie. Stella Saxby is the unfortunate owner of the awful auntie! Throughout her life, the dreadful aunt Alberta has squandered the family fortunes. Following the death of Stella’s parents, Alberta …
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War Horse War Horse
Michael Morpurgo
This special edition of War Horse commemorates the 100th Anniversary of the beginning of the First World War, and features a brand new introduction by Michael Morpurgo and cover artwork by Rae Smith, designer of the National Theatre’s production of …
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The Bomber Dog The Bomber Dog
Megan Rix
August 2013 Book of the Month – Shortlisted for the Red House Children’s Book Awards 2014, younger readers category.  The Bomber Dog is a gripping and heartwarming story for 9+ readers about a brave puppy who joins the paratroopers during …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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The Manifesto on How to be Interesting The Manifesto on How to be Interesting
Holly Bourne
November 2014 Book of the Month   Bree hides away behind her blog that few people read.  So, if she writes about things people do want to read will it change her life to one of excitement and popularity? That’s when …
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Atlantia Atlantia
Ally Condie
A beautifully tense dystopian read where deception and intrigue lurk at every corner. The author builds her story slowly but surely, settling you in to this very different world of an underwater city and allowing you to understand the processes …
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The Bane Chronicles The Bane Chronicles
Cassandra Clare
November 2014 Book of the Month Ever wanted to know why Magnus Bane is banned from Peru? Or what he got up to during the French Revolution? Or what he bought Alec Lightwood as a birthday present? This title features …
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Mid July email update

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

The Summer holidays are here so read on for news of hand picked Summer Reading Selections, Pre-Publication exclusive Opening Extracts, and all that’s new and exciting in the world of children’s books.

Not Off The Press – Pre-Publication Exclusives for July

What’s better than giving you great titles hot off the press? … getting them to you before they’re published. That’s what! Browse this month’s pre-pubs all with Opening Extracts and in some instances we’ve managed to secure copies ahead of publication for our kids reader review panel to read and review for us, below. Our favourite is:

Angel Fever by L.A Weatherly (14+) Final Part of the Angel trilogy – a stunning and awe-inspiring tale of supernatural forces in a mortal world. If you’ve not yet found this series then take a look at the first one Angel which is one of our recommended Summer Reads.

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Not that we’re Branford Boase-ting!

Talking of debuts the Branford Boase Award, which honours outstanding first-time writing for young people, has just been announced. We thought the shortlist was so outstanding, we created a special category to show them all off! Take a look now and find your children’s next favourite author! The judges clearly thought there was strength in depth too as for the first time, in addition to the Astonishing and magical, winner, The Boy and a Bear in the Boat, perfect for 7+ readers, they also selected A World Between Us (11+) by Lydia Syson to be Highly Commended. Read Opening extracts of them both today…

Fantastic Fives – The Power of Five Series of the Month for 11+ readers

Anthony Horowitz’ sinister and incredibly atmospheric series of the supernatural The Power of Five, reaches its conclusion this month with OBLIVION. All are now available in great value paperback or eBook – and the Summer is the perfect time to read them all! Our Kids Reader Review panel loved it as well.

From the Page to the Silver Screen


Harry Potter
, Hunger Games, The Hobbit, Eagle of the Ninth … the list of great children’s novels that have inspired blockbuster movies is almost endless. This year 2 titles are set to join their ranks. Why not get the book before you have to buy all that expensive pop-corn at the cinema?

Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters (9+) by Rick Riordan – the continued adventures of an unwitting demi-god. Part of a hugely popular and gripping series.! It hits the screen 7 August.

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (14+) Part One of the Mortal Instruments series this is a thrilling, urban fantasy of vampires, warlocks and shape-shifters that fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer will love to get their teeth into! You can see it from 21 August.

Finally if, after all the recommendations we have given you you are still looking for

that perfect next read do look at our Book Shelf Essentials category full of books we love that will be future contemporary classics.

That is July at Lovereading4Kids. Scroll down for a selection of perfect Summer Reads in the age ranges you have let us know you want to be kept up to date with and don’t forget to come back in August when we will add even more books to our Summer Reading category…

To view all the selections in each age range click to visit the category on the site…

Happy Summer Reading

Award winner, free prize draws and sneak peek of new June books…

Friday, May 18th, 2012

With SATS, GCSEs and A Levels this is a testing time for children and parents – but don’t forget to keep them reading great books – the perfect educational treat! Read on for new and exciting children’s books and features. Plus don’t miss some of this month’s highlights shown below….

 

 

 

We have sprung a blossoming bloom of new categories on the site this month to make the search for your kids’ next great read even more exciting!

Carnegie & Greenaway Book Awards

The Carnegie and Greenaway Medals are arguably the two most prestigious awards in children’s literature. The former is for fiction and the latter for picture books. We’ve pulled together all the shortlisted titles for each award in one diamond mine of a category. Start your journey with A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (14+) – an exquisitely written story of loss, growing up and being different – which is uniquely (this year at least) shortlisted for BOTH prizes! Winners are announced on 14 June. But why not find your winner first?

Is it a book or a wallchart? – Wallbooks are both!

The What on Earth? Wallbook of Sport (7+) by Christopher Lloyd has everything you want to know about all sports from the original Olympics to the present day, all crammed into the attractively busy pages of this vast wall chart which amazingly can also be read like a book. There are also titles on the History of Everything and Natural History Also visit our website to find details of where you can see 8 metre long versions of these amazing books as they tour the country.

 

Coming soon – Be the First to Read

We have a hugely strong selection of ‘coming soon’ (in June) titles with a free Opening Extract of each of them exclusively on Lovereading4kids this month! Just click on a title in our pre-publication bookshelf below. A real highlight in the Lovereadingoffice is Philippa Gregory’s debut YA novel, The Changeling – an epic medieval series full of dark myths, secrets, adventure, intrigue and a touch of romance. Adults will love it as much as teenagers.

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Our fluffy Series of the Month, Little Grey Rabbit

If you haven’t yet, please do have a look at these delightful, classic and much-loved tales for kids aged 3+ that have been re-launched in beautiful editions. We have loved getting to know them again!

Don’t miss three great chances to win

Have you entered any of our three great competitions this month? Tied into our section featuring the fabulous children’s books of award-winning fledgling publisher Nosy Crow, 3 lucky winners can win an exciting selection of books and apps. Click here to enter.

PLUS! We also have 5 awesome brand new Horrid Henry T-Shirts to give away to coincide with the forthcoming publication of Henry’s latest exploits – Horrid Henry’s Monster Movie. Here’s the link … Go there, do that and get the T-shirt!

And we have a 100 book giveaway of Matt Dickinson’s 11+ thriller Mortal Chaos to get readers in the mood for the release of his second, Deep Oblivion (published in July), which you can read an extract of in our Pre-Publication ‘coming soon’ section today.

A great new look for an old teenage spy

Since Stormbreaker was published in 2000, Anthony Horowitz’s Alex Rider has become a literary sensation. Now with brand new soft-feel covers we think this is the perfect time to introduce Alex Rider to a new generation. His first wave of readers will be doing A-levels by now and leaving school – ready for a whole new bunch of 9+ year olds to get hooked on the heart-stopping, adrenalin-packed action that is Alex’s world.

Out and About

New in our section dedicated to the great outdoors include: A First Book of Nature by Nicola Davies – introducing children to Britain’s natural beauty. From beach combing and stargazing; watching squirrels, ducks and worms to making special treats for your garden birds. Exquisite.

 

The Early Bird Catches the (Book) Worm!

Early Readers is one of our favourite sections! It’s a bumper crop of great fun books to share with kids and get them inspired to read on their own. Click here for more.

Two treats for teenage readers

Brave New Section! Dystopian Fiction

Dystopian Fiction: there’s so much of it about and so much of it is so good that we have decided to put it all in one handy section! Now your teens (11+ & 14+) can get their fill of this dark, popular genre!

It’s life but not as we know it! Dystopian fiction only really hit the headlines in the last year with The Hunger Games trilogy. In fact an early adopter some four years ago was Michael Grant’s publication of Gone, the first in a brilliant sequence that is still going strong with the final episode coming in 2013. Most of these books are available as real and eBooks including a personal favourite The Hunt by Andy Fukuda.

Undercover Reads!

The very best in Young Adult Fiction – books so great they’ll be reading them by torchlight under the duvet after lights-out… Among the new great titles this month is: The Anti Prom by Abby McDonald. A truly funny story of three very different girls on one crazy prom night! Perfect timing as we near the end of the school year.

Happy reading and see you in June.

P.S. Last weekend Nicolette Jones in The Sunday Times described one of our Books of the Month, White Dolphin, as ‘lyrical, emotive, engrossing’- it’s a book not to be missed and if you’ve not yet grabbed a copy of Gill Lewis’ debut Sky Hawk then you’re missing a treat.

P.P.S. With the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee just a week or two away don’t forget to visit our special section full of books to get kids into the spirit of the occasion.

Great new reads for toddlers to teens – May 2012

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Hey hey, welcome to May! This month we have virtual shelves full of great books to inspire your kids to lovereading. You could start by telling them that J. M. Barrie, creator of the ever-young Peter Pan, was a May baby. Born in 1860, a lonely child (the 9th of 10 siblings!), Barrie created a fantasy world that has captured the hearts of kids and adults ever since. Here’s what else is new this month…

Author of the Month, Cassandra Clare

If your teens love reading and haven’t discovered Cassandra Clare yet, now is a great time! The Tolkien and Austen lover is the author of two brilliant series. ‘Infernal Devices’ is a dark, dangerous and romantic urban fantasy in a Victorian London filled with vampires and werewolves. ‘Mortal Instruments’ explores an alternate, parallel world filled with shape-shifting demons. Fans of Twilight will think they’ve died and gone to Heaven! Get all of the books in these amazing series by visiting Lovereading4kids today.

Books of the Month

Our bookshelf this month is packed with great reads for all tastes and ages. Get started now and find your kids a fabulous new adventure this month.

Plus for the fast-growing army of e-readers, don’t miss our eBook of the Month, The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda (14+) Hunger Games-type action-packed survival against the odds.

Get Competitive! Great chances to Win

We’ve three great competitions this month. Tied into our section featuring the fabulous children’s books of award-winning fledgling publisher Nosy Crow, 3 lucky winners can win an exciting selection of books and apps. Click here to enter.

PLUS! We also have 5 awesome brand new Horrid Henry T-Shirts to give away to coincide with the forthcoming publication of Henry’s latest exploits – Horrid Henry’s Monster Movie. Here’s the link … Go there, do that and get the T-shirt!

And we have an 100 book give-away of Matt Dickinson’s 11+ thriller Mortal Chaos to get readers in the mood for the release of his second, Deep Oblivion (published in June), which you can read an extract of in our Pre-Publication section today.

That’s a First! – Debuts of the Month

Whatever you do don’t let your teenagers miss our MEGA Debut of the Month
Black Heart Blue by Louisa Reid (14+). A novel which packs a heart stopping punch. Sixteen year old twins Hephzi and Rebecca are about as different from each other as they could be. In this harrowing survival tale of family ties, hopes and dreams.

Below are our other top debuts for May:

A Dog Called Homeless

Sarah Lean

(9+) Heartbreakingly beautiful, tender story of heartache and hope, doubt and courage, silence and song.
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Hitler’s Angel

William Osborne

(11+) Courage and danger in a page-turning thrill ride that readers will devour!
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Secret Breakers : The Power of Three

H. L. Dennis

(11+) Code-breaking, secrecy and adventure … DaVinci Code for kids!
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Slated

Teri Terry

(14+) Gripping, absorbing, dystopian psychological thriller.
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Rabbiting on! – Series of the Month, Little Grey Rabbit

Hooray! These delightful, classic and much-loved tales for kids aged 3+ have been re-launched in beautiful editions and we have loved getting to know them again! You’ll be glad you clicked.

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

Well, we couldn’t ignore the Diamond Jubilee (Gawd bless yer majesty)! So, we have compiled a small selection of titles to celebrate. Our absolute favourite is Horrid Henry meets the Queen by Francesca Simon, which should really be called: ‘The Queen meets Horrid Henry’! Sparks fly as you can imagine! …

Writing Competitions for Young and Old

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that inspires new talent and this month there are TWO great competitions for budding writers:

The Wicked Young Writers competition rewards creative writing by young people from the ages of 5 to 25 and is judged by former

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Children’s Laureate, Michael Morpurgo. Visit the website to get started!

And for slightly older writers: the Times / Chicken House New Writers Award. An annual search for original ideas, a fresh voice and a story that children will love. Anyone who has written a novel for children aged 7-18 can submit a manuscript. Click here to find out more about entering.

See below for a bookshelf of previous winners and runners up who were also published by Chicken House.

And finally, definitely worth a look … Sean Taylor, best known as an illustrator, has released his debut YA fiction title, A Waste of Good Paper (11+). Drawing from his own experiences, this is a searingly honest and touching work. Think The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.

Well, that’s all folks! May in a basket! Scroll down to see more book recommendations in the age ranges you have said you are interested in. If you want to change them just log in to your account.

 

See you in June for some summer fun. Til’ then, Happy Reading!


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