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Most popular children’s books, by age range, 25 Sep – 2 Oct 2011

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Utterly Lovely One Utterly Lovely One
Mary Murphy
This celebration of a baby’s loveliness overflows with warmth, playful humour, energy and love. It is a perfect read-aloud book that simply oozes affection and
positivity and celebrates every person, every animal, for who they are.
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Elmer and Super El Elmer and Super El
David Mckee
Elmer, the best-selling and most beloved elephant, is back for a new adventure. When Super El turns up with his super-costume all torn, Elmer knows just the person to fix it. But getting Super El to Aunt Zelda without the …
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That's Not My Elephant That’s Not My Elephant
Fiona Watt
Little fingers will love touching this book and laughing at all the things that show it is not an elephant! Ears that are too rough, a tail that is too tufty, toenails that are too bumpy. But what about the …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Again! Again!
Emily Gravett
Prize-winning Emily Gravett has hit the jackpot again with a brilliant and original picture book that will delight adults as much as children. Everyone knows that the best bedtime stories can be read again and again and again… But sometimes, …
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King Jack and the Dragon King Jack and the Dragon
Peter Bently
Award winning illustrator Helen Oxenbury’s illustrations brilliantly capture the rich childhood imagination of this exciting and brave adventure starring knights and dragons and all kinds of scary monsters. Brave King Jack and his friends Zak and the baby Caspar build …
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The Highway Rat The Highway Rat
Julia Donaldson
Best-selling author/ illustrator combination Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have teamed up for another great adventure. Many of the creatures that appear in The Gruffalo feature in this rollicking adventure of a greedy Highway Rat and how he is outwitted …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Nora The Girl Who Ate and Ate and Ate Nora The Girl Who Ate and Ate and Ate
Andrew Weale
Nora’s love of eating knows no bounds. Once she’s eaten all the food, she starts on her toys, her bed, her shoes and her socks….Will she ever stop? Suddenly, she’s had enough. A giant burp propels Nora up into space. …
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The Princess and the Pea (Early Reader) The

Princess and the Pea (Early Reader)
Sally Gardner
A classic story stylishly updated and perfect for first time readers. Sally Gardner retells this favourite tale of how a real princess can only be found by testing how delicate and sensitive she really is. Lively illustrations create a suitably …
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Meet the Gang  (Early Reader) Meet the Gang (Early Reader)
Francesca Simon
Honey, the delightful puppy, has to make her mark on the animal gang in Buffin Street. At first they are suspicious but loveable Honey soon wins their trust in this exciting adventure led by a cast of dogs, cats,

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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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The Field Guide - Spiderwick Chronicles The Field Guide – Spiderwick Chronicles
Holly Black, Tony DiTerlizzi
Book one of The Spiderwick Chronicles in which Mallory, Simon and Jared get acquainted with their new home but find many unexpected things. It all started when Jared Grace found their great uncle’s book filled with pictures of fantastic creatures – …
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Penny Dreadful is a Complete Catastrophe Penny Dreadful is a Complete Catastrophe
Joanna Nadin
Side-splittingly funny stories for young girls who are reading confidently. Penny Dreadful (not her real name) creates havoc wherever she goes and whatever she does! She has some really brilliant ideas, the only trouble is, they often seem to go …
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James and the Giant Peach James and the Giant Peach
Roald Dahl
Best-selling Roald Dahl has delighted children for half a century and this 50th anniversary edition celebrates that amazing feat. His titles show no sign of aging and thankfully they never will as all of them are timeless classics.
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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My Name is Mina My Name is Mina
David Almond
One of the 8 titles longlisted for the Guardian Children’s Book Prize 2011.
Shortlisted for the prestigious Sheffield Children’s Book Award 2011.
Mina was Michael’s thoughtful, resourceful and spiky neighbour in David Almond’s prizewinning Skellig. This is the story of her …
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Muddle Earth Too Muddle Earth Too
Paul Stewart
Invention after invention propels this witty new Muddle Earth story by best-selling duo Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell. Joe turns up in Muddle Earth entirely by accident when he falls through a portal while trying to build a flat-pack wardrobe. …
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Sticky Ends Sticky Ends
Jeanne Willis
Twenty six fabulously funny modern cautionary tales are wittily illustrated by Tony Ross in this vivid and entertaining collection. The sticky ends of the title bring delightful surprises to verses about the truly disgusting nature of school dinners, the fate …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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A Greyhound of a Girl A Greyhound of a Girl
Roddy Doyle
MEGA BOOK OF THE MONTH.
Best-selling Roddy Doyle has written a wonderful, funny and warm-hearted family story about the dying of a granny which weaves together the lives of four generations and a little bit of ghostly mystery too. Mary’s relationship …
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Justin Thyme Justin Thyme
Panama Oxridge
This debut novel is a terrific blend of action, adventure, espionage and time travel set in the wilds of Scotland and featuring a 13 year old boy who believes that an anonymous gift he’s been given will enable him to …
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The Fear (The Enemy Series 3) The Fear (The Enemy Series 3)
Charlie Higson
Best-selling author Charlie Higson has created a chilling world in his thrilling Zombie series. Not only have all the adults – older siblings and parents – lost their minds and become hopeless has-beens but there is the horrific danger of …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean
David Almond
Award-winning David Almond breaks new boundaries in his storytelling of this remarkable tale. Billy Dean is an innocent child surrounded by decay and threatened with an undefined violence. In his unique voice, he tells his own story of survival, and …
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Lies Lies
Michael Grant
A compelling sequel to the best-selling Gone and Hunger, Lies is a dark, thrilling and thought-provoking adventure. It is set in a dystopian future where food is scarce and life is fragile; all those over fifteen have been annihilated leaving …
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Velvet Velvet
Mary Hooper
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April email newsletter update

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Happy April from Lovereading4kids! Did you know that it was whilst rowing on the Thames at Oxford in April 1862, Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) began to tell the three Liddell sisters the story that would become Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland? Well the fantastic adventures continue on Lovereading4kids where we have a library full of amazing books to get lost in. Read on to find out what is new this month…

Blooming Brilliant Books of the Month

April’s bookshelf is a deluge of hand-picked sensational, scintillating stories (so no change there then) … and don’t miss the books that have been reviewed, and loved, by us and by our Kids Reader Review Panel.

For parents with younger children we highly recommend First Words and Pictures With Chimp and Zee by Catherine & Laurence Anholt, a colourful and energetic book to help encourage children to explore the world of language. And from a most talented children’s book artist, John Burningham, The Way to the Zoo, a delightful mixture of animals and mischief that will ignite the imagination of children.

And, if your 11+ readers are brave enough then the terrifying 5th instalment in Charlie Higson’s Zombie series is out. It’s called The Fallen. We have all 5, of course, on Lovereading4kids so new readers won’t miss out.

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April Free Prize Draws

If you like free book goodies then look no further than our Free Prize draw category on Lovereading4kids. This month we have Goody Bags full of beautiful picture books, courtesy of Walker Books in celebration of their Picture Book Party and the lovely people at Andersen Press have given us loads of Elmer books and other goodies in a lovely tote bag to give away now he is 25 years young! We also have a full set of the Worst Witch Books (some of them even signed!) by Jill Murphy. Find out more by visiting the Free Prize Draw category.

No April Fools! – Debuts of the Month

A real feast of first-timers for older readers this month and look out for the Glasses Icon symbolising we have some brilliant kids reader reviews in addition to our expert review on the title.

Special mention needs to go

to Winner of The Times/Chicken House Prize, perfect for fans of Michelle Paver’s Wolf Brother, Brave (9+) from Wendy Constance. And for all fans of The Wimpy Kid series who are now 12+ don’t miss the irreverent, brilliantly funny and cringe-worthy Private Blog of Joe Cowley by comedian Ben Davis.

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More Books of Note for April

It goes without saying that all the books we’ve selected this month are very special but there are a few that are the talk of the Lovereading office, and we just have to share them with you twice over.

Parents and children shouldn’t miss A Railway ABC and A Story about Ducks both written and illustrated by Jack Townend. First published during World War Two and long out of print but have been brought back to life by V&A Publishing, an offshoot of the Victoria and Albert Museum. Gently humorous and whimsical text coupled with lithograph illustrations, these books will captivate the reader.

5+ Readers can get hooked on the first in a brilliant, all-action adventure pirate mystery The Jolley-Rogers and the Ghostly Galleon from the newly chosen Harry Potter illustrator, Jonny Duddle..

Or Zeraffa Giraffa from Dianne Hofmeyr. An amazing true story of the first giraffe to leave Africa and sent as a gift by the Ottoman Viceroy of Egypt to King Charles X of France in 1826.

7+ readers who love animals (and cats in particular) will revel in Landing On My Feet: The Adventures of Poohka the Cat from debut author Adelaide Godwin. Rather like The Incredible Journey It’s an odyssey of a feline kind, packed full of adventures that will really excite children.

Finally, 9+ readers should click over to Ironheart from Allan Boroughs. A fast-paced science fiction fantasy, set in a dystopian future – after a devastating flood. It is full of twists and turns and of the ‘in’ thing, steampunk.

The Bard’s 450th Anniversary

Still fresh, relevant and as popular as ever, 2014 sees a number of celebrations for the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth (23 April).

To give our support we have created a special category and we think the perfect book to help 7+ readers get closer to the Bard is Shakespeare: A Three Dimensional Expanding Pocket Guide.. Visit the category to find out more.

 

Get creative this Easter holidays

Our Arts and Artists category is full of books to help you appreciate art but more excitingly how to create it. But even more exciting is that it has had a 2014 revamp and now has lots of new titles especially ones in the How to Draw series where you can learn to draw everything from famous London landmarks to Steampunk characters! Click to get creative today.

And don’t forget our selection of things to do over the Easter holidays outdoors in our Out and About newly refreshed category.

Are you ready for the 3rd term?

‘a brilliant story of friendship and school life’ ‘I absolutely loved this book…I couldn’t put it down!’

Loved by our Kids Reader Reviewers the 3rd book (conveniently called Third Term at L’Etoile) in the glamorous series for 9+ girls set in stage school, from TV star Holly Willoughby and her sister Kelly, is out now. Click to find out what all the fuss is about.

Most popular Children’s Books, by age range, 23 – 30 September 2012

Monday, October 1st, 2012

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Too Noisy! Too Noisy!
Malachy Doyle
‘Biscuits and cakes!’ or ‘Spiders and Snakes!’ All readers will love way they can change the pictures in this clever picture book. On every spread there’s a flap which can be opened to reveal some nice or something disgusting. Every …
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How Do You Feel? How Do You Feel?
Anthony Browne
Former Children’s Laureate Anthony Browne’s characteristic and affecting illustrations are skilful in capturing simple emotions. Happy, sad, lonely, guilty, confident and shy – all these and more are eloquently expressed on the faces of Browne’s endearing chimpanzees. …
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Mayfly Day Mayfly Day
Jeanne Willis
September 2012 Book of the Month. Its message is one to treasure. Mayfly lives for only one day. Is she sad? No, everything about that one day is to be celebrated. Mayfly sees buds burst open, she sees babies being …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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What's the Time, Mr Wolf? What’s the Time, Mr Wolf?
Debi Gliori
September 2012 Book of the Month. This enchantingly original story inspired by the well-known playground tag game, this is also perfect for practising telling the time. Mr Wolf is revealed to be not so big and not so bad

as …
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Sad Tales for Me A Bio(dog)raphy Sad Tales for Me A Bio(dog)raphy
James Barklee
This is the story of James the dog told by himself. His heart-warming story will resonate with readers, who identify with many of the feelings James shares. Like when James is sad or scared, or feeling brave, even when he’s …
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The Man from the Land of Fandango The Man from the Land of Fandango
Margaret Mahy
September 2012 Book of the Month. Award-winning Margaret Mahy’s deliciously original creation cavorts across the pages of this exuberant picture book. Told in rhyming a text, the story is set in the wonderful land of Fandango where there’s dancing and …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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The Snake Who Came To Stay The Snake Who Came To Stay
Julia Donaldson
Interest Age 5-8 Reading Age 6+. When Polly sets up an animal home for pets, she doesn’t anticipate quite how many problems she may face! But then, she doesn’t know she is going to be asked to look after a …
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Superworm Superworm
Julia Donaldson
September 2012 Book of the Month. Award-winning Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo, tell a romping story of Superworm, a new hero on the block. Good old Superworm! Using his special superpowers, he can rescue Beetle when …
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The BFG 30th Anniversary Edition The BFG 30th Anniversary Edition
Roald Dahl
This is a delightful, funny and exciting story about a special friendship between two people from different worlds – a giant and a child. As the story develops it shows how trust and love develops between them. It also shows …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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

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

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The Sacrifice The Sacrifice
Charlie Higson
October 2012 Book of the Month. There aren’t many authors who are able to conjure up fear and terror in the way Charlie Higson does so brilliantly in his series The Enemy of which The Sacrifice is the fourth. His …
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Gods and Warriors Gods and Warriors
Michelle Paver
September 2012 MEGA Book of the Month. By the best-selling author of Wolf Brother, Gods and Warriors is this year’s most hotly anticipated children’s novel. The first book in a breathtaking adventure series set in the Greek Bronze Age: a …
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Friend or Foe Friend or Foe
Michael Morpurgo
March 2010 Guest Editor Michael Foreman:
“Towards the end of WWII enemy prisoners of War were brought to our village to help bring in the harvest. We boys played football with them, the enemy, during their break times. Children face-to-face with …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Another Life Another Life
Keren David
A roller-coaster, first-person teenage thriller tells the third part of Keren David’s story about teens caught up in the world of crime.
Having been expelled from the boarding school he hates, Archie is delighted to be back in London where he …
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Missing Me Missing Me
Sophie Mckenzie
September 2012 Book of the Month. Sophie McKenzie’s ability to tap into the teen pysche is second to none and here yet again in this the third in her Missing series (the first and second were Girl, Missing and Sister, …
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Maggot Moon Maggot Moon
Sally Gardner
September 2012 Book of the Month. Sally Gardner tells a story that is rich in drama and ideas as Standish Treadwell, an unlikely hero, takes on the vicious forces of the repressive motherland in a novel set in a bleak …
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Lovereading4kids most popular books, by age range, 15 – 22 April 2012

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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The Baby That Roared The Baby That Roared
Simon Puttock
Love them or loathe then, most babies are sweet. At least, that’s what Mr and Mrs Deer think. They long for a baby of their own to love and cuddle and read aloud to, so, when one is left on …
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The Monkey with a Bright Blue Bottom The Monkey with a Bright Blue Bottom
Steve Smallman
What better than a cheeky monkey to enthuse a young child to love books in this bestselling picture book. This edition comes complete with a CD read by CBBC’s Justin Fletcher. The reading is a great aid to improving reading skills, perfect for bedtime, …
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Goat Goes to Playgroup Goat Goes to Playgroup
Julia Donaldson
Playgroup has begun. Time to have some fun. A comforting story for any child starting at, or already attending, a playgroup. Perfect for reading aloud, even the youngest toddler will enjoy Goat’s antics.

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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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My Adventure Island My Adventure Island
Timothy Knapman
April 2012 Book of the Month.
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Pip and Posy: The Big Balloon Pip and Posy: The Big Balloon
Axel Scheffler
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Rabbityness Rabbityness
Jo Empson
April 2012 Debut of the Month. Highly original, this is a stunning debut picture book which celebrates creativity and difference while also serving as a touching introduction to the idea that people leave good things behind them even when they are …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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A Walk in London A Walk in London
Salvatore Rubbino
This walk gives readers a wonderfully close-up and intimate look at some of the best sights of the great city. While the landmarks are accurately positioned and defined, the artist’s impressions bring a distinct and personal flavour to them.
A little …
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The Fearsome Beastie The Fearsome Beastie
Giles Paley-Phillips
April 2012 Book of the Month.
Shortlisted for The People’s Book Prize 2012.
This is a terrific little picture book that parents are likely to be more worried about for the fear factor than any toddler. There’s a great storyline written in rhyme …
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Jogger's Big Adventure (Early Reader) Jogger’s Big Adventure (Early Reader)
Francesca Simon
This charming, funny animal story is perfect for early readers. Jogger the hamster is on an adventure, nibbling on books and climbing on chairs. But mean old Sour Puss is about – will Jogger make it back to his cage in …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Eeek! The Runaway Alien Eeek! The Runaway Alien
Karen Inglis
April 2012 Book of the Month.
A boy, an alien and football – without any shadow of doubt it’s a match made in heaven for boys in particular and if you have a reluctant reader in the house aged from 6-9 …
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Homecoming Homecoming
Michael Morpurgo
Michael Morpurgo, former Children’s Laureate and the award-winning author of War Horse, has written a beautifully evocative story which celebrates the beauty of a place and the pain it creates when that beauty is under threat. Michael always liked to …
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The Secret Lake The Secret Lake
Karen Inglis
Author Karen Inglis on what inspired The Secret Lake:
“The Secret Lake was partly inspired by an apartment some friends moved to in Notting Hill many years ago when my children were younger. It backed on to the most fantastic communal …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Twelve Minutes to Midnight Twelve Minutes to Midnight
Christopher Edge
April 2012 Book of the Month. A thriller with a fast-paced cinematic style, Twelve Minutes to Midnight is an electrifying story from an exciting new author featuring a feisty 13 year old heroine. It is the first book in a must-read …
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Titanic An Edwardian Girl's Diary,1912 Titanic An Edwardian Girl’s Diary,1912
Ellen Emerson White
Titanic, My Story is a vividly imagined account of life on the Titanic by a young girl and told in diary form. A terrific way for children 100 years on to experience what happened in what remains one of the …
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Freaks Freaks
Kieran Larwood
April 2012 Debut of the Month and Winner of The Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition 2011. 

This well-written and action-packed debut is even being considered the new Harry Potter for its originality but we’d say X-Men meets Oliver Twist with a whiff of …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Chomp Chomp
Carl Hiaasen
April 2012 Book of the Month.
An hilarious, edge-of-your seat read. Animal lovers everywhere will love this great story about dangerous creatures which also gives a behind the scenes look at how the worst TV shows are made. Wahoo’s Dad …
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A Tiger Too Many A Tiger Too Many
Antony Wootten
April 2012 Debut of the Month. A Tiger Too Many is enchanting from the word go and very readable. The sentences are short and concise with no waffle and therefore the story goes forward quite briskly and the reader’s attention …
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Call Me Drog Call Me Drog
Sue Cowing
April 2012 Debut of the Month. Parker’s got a lot of demons to face as he struggles to come to terms with his parent’s separation and his father’s expectations of him. He thinks he’s coping alright until he finds Drog …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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The Fear (The Enemy Series 3) The Fear (The Enemy Series 3)
Charlie Higson
April 2012 Book of the Month.
Best-selling author Charlie Higson has created a chilling world in his thrilling Zombie series. Not only have all the adults – older siblings and parents – lost their minds and become hopeless has-beens but there …
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Fear Fear
Michael Grant
April 2012 Book of the Month.
This is a blood-pumping, white-knuckle sci-fi futuristic thriller of epic proportions and the fifth of the six planned titles in the GONE series. Night is falling in the FAYZ. Even though it’s been nearly a …
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A Monster Calls A Monster Calls
Patrick Ness
Shortlisted for the 2012 Carnegie Medal and 2012 Kate Greenaway Medal.
The Judges said: An exquisite piece of writing of great depth which has huge impact upon the reader, guiding them through some difficult emotional lessons. Well plotted and lyrically written …
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The best new children’s books to keep them happy during the Easter holidays…

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

Welcome to blossom-clad April from Lovereading4kids! Hans Christian Andersen was born in April over 200 years ago, so here’s to a fairytale Easter – we hope that we’ve found you ‘eggs’actly the right, wonderful books for your Little Mermaids and Steadfast Tin Soldiers to read over the Holidays.

My Oh Mayan, What an Author of the Month! – M. G. Harris

Half-Mexican Manchester United fan and self-confessed geek

M. G. Harris is the author of the fabulous Mayan prophecy influenced, futuristic series, The Joshua Filesperfect for action-hero 9+ year olds.

The 5th and final book in the series is out now and is packed full of gripping, daring teen adventure in dark pyramids and alien tunnels. If you haven’t discovered these pacy adventures yet, now’s the perfect time – particularly as the end of the Mayan calendar (and perhaps even the end of the world) draws near on 21 December 2012!

No April Fools! – Debuts of the Month

Rabbityness

Jo Empson

4+ Stunning debut with positive takes on individuality, creativity and dealing with loss.
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The Comic Cafe

Roger Stevens

9+ Can kids run the show? Witty, Lemony Snicket-esque adventure!
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Call Me Drog

Sue Cowing

9+ Compelling, courageous and unforgettable, Call Me Drog is a classic coming-of-age story.
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Freaks

Kieran Larwood

11+ Crime sleuthing, freak-show style,with a band of extraordinarily talented misfits. X-men meets Oliver Twist!

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Immortal City

Scott Speer

14+ Electric debut set in a world where Guardian Angels walk among us in the street.

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Starters

Lissa Price

14+ Matched meets The Hunger Games. Action-packed thriller with a great heroine.

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Young Bond and Zombies, Guest Editor Charlie Higson

April’s Guest Editor is the multi-talented and multi-award winning author of the action-packed Young Bond series of books and the gruesome but brilliant Enemy series. The first Young Bond Book, Silverfin, was published in 2005 and the series has been translated into 24 different languages! The Enemy series, about Zombies and aimed at an older 11+ audience, is now into its third outing with The Fear. Find out more about Charlie’s books as well as some personal favourites that have influenced his writing to date.

Get Out! – Out and About Section

This is our section to help you get kids outside and enjoying the open air. Books on all kinds of activities can be unearthed here; gardening, exploring, bird-watching … you name it. Special mention this month goes to:

The Bumper Book of London Everything You Need to Know About London and More…

Becky Jones, Clare Lewis

(7+) Everything you need to know about London … and more! Great for the Olympics.

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The Stick Book : Loads of Things You Can Make or Do with a Stick

Fiona Danks, Jo Schofield

(7+) Amazingly imaginative guide to all the things you can do with a stick! Genius.

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RSPB Children’s Guide to Birdwatching

David Chandler, Mike Unwin

(7+) Fascinating fact boxes and top tips for young bird watching enthusiasts.

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Green Fingers and Muddy Boots

Ivor Santer

(5+) Practical activities to do in the garden every month of the year, come rain or shine

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We can’t go without mentioning these two cracking books which have kept us turning pages in the office…

If you enjoyed Long Reach by Peter Cocks then don’t miss the sequel, Body Blow. It’s in our Undercover Reads section (because they’ll be sneaking in another chapter after lights-out!) and is a must for any thrill-seeking teen!

And whatever you do, don’t miss this month’s Free Prize Draws section brimming with exclusive prints, books, goody-bags and a free trip to the Zoo!…

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Most popular children’s books, by age range, 13 – 20 Sep 2009

Monday, September 21st, 2009

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Mary Cartwright
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That's not my frog That’s not my frog
Fiona Watt
Shortlisted for Baby Book Award, Early Year Awards 2009
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A brilliant take on the classic nursery rhyme Row row row your boat gently down the stream that’s perfect for even the youngest toddler because of its board book format. Here two toddlers row, rock, scream and roar their way …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Tom's Tree Tom’s Tree
Gillian Shields
A truly uplifting story about love, hope and the importance of patience. Tom plants a seed and imagines what it will be like as it grows – the trunk is a tall mast of a ship with dragons hiding in …
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The Tail of the Whale The Tail of the Whale
Ellie Patterson, Christine Pym
Shortlisted for the Pre-School Award, Early Year Awards 2009

An absolutely delightful debut from a brilliant new talent in the form of Christine Pym. Dive into this exquisitely decorative picture book of a bright underwater world, rich with colour and full …
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Tabby McTat Tabby McTat
Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler
Best-selling author and illustrator Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have teamed up again to create a heart-warming story about loyalty and friendship. When Tabby McTat the busker’s cat gets separated from the busker he begins a new life on his …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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The BFG The BFG
Roald Dahl
This is a delightful, funny and exciting story about a special friendship between two people from different worlds – a giant and a child. As the story develops it shows how trust and love develops between them. It also …
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Nelson Mandela's Long Walk to Freedom Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom
Nelson Mandela, Chris Van Wyk
Nelson Mandela’s inspirational life story has been adapted into a wonderfully child-friendly version. It tells of his childhood as an ordinary boy in a village and how his belief in democracy was already strongly developed while a student. Mandela’s fight …
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Bob's Best Ever Friend Bob’s Best Ever Friend
Simon Bartram
Simon Bartram’s Man on the Moon was one of the most memorable, witty, and intriguing picture books of recent times. Now at last, Bob, the man on the moon is back and he’s looking for a best ever best friend …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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The Best of Times The Best of Times
Michael Morpurgo
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Boom! Boom!
Mark Haddon
Everything about this deliciously improbable adventure is almost completely daft – and that’s the fun of it all. When Charlie sets up his walkie-talkie in the staff room he doesn’t hear gossip about the pupils as he had expected. Instead, …
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Tollins: Explosive Tales for Children Tollins: Explosive Tales for Children
Conn Iggulden
It’s Peter Pan with attitude as Conn Iggulden, creator of the phenomenal bestseller The Dangerous Book for Boys, introduces an explosive and magical new fictional world of the Tollins – flying creatures that aren’t fairies! – all beautifully illustrated in …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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I Spy: The Constantinople Caper I Spy: The Constantinople Caper
Graham Marks
An absolutely gripping adventure packed full of mystery, intrigue and high paced drama. Trey is off on the Orient Express to take a tour of Europe with his father.

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John Matthews, Caitlin Matthews
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The Robbers The Robbers
Josh Lacey
Peter is minding his own business depositing his savings in a bank when there’s a ‘hold-up’. Can Peter’s quick thinking surprise and overcome the robbers in order to save his and other people’s money. Edge of your seat writing for …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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The Enemy The Enemy
Charlie Higson
A thrilling story of survival against the odds in a world in which adults have been killed or brain-crazed leaving only children under fourteen and with no one to look after them. How a bunch of children survive as they …
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The Pain Merchants (The Healing Wars) The Pain Merchants (The Healing Wars)
Janice Hardy
Part one of a powerful historical fantasy full of politics, magic and enchantment. The Healing Wars tells of the unusual powers of fifteen year old orphan, Naya. In a world where many have special power, Naya stands out from the …
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The Return of Johnny Kemp The Return of Johnny Kemp
Keith Gray
A really gripping thriller for teenage boys. Short and fast-paced, it’s the story of Johnny Kemp, a boy that no one is prepared to mess with, until that is, Dan manages to get him excluded from school. But now he’s …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Suzanne Collins
Hot on the heals of the adrenaline rush that was Hunger Games comes the equally excellent and relentles sequel Catching Fire. Katniss’s hopes of an easy life after she was top dog in the leathal game show are short-lived after …
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The Traitor Game The Traitor Game
B R Collins
Winner of for the 2009 Branford Boase Best Debut Novel Award

An extraordinary fantasy novel from a supremely talented debut novelist. Set partly in a boys’ school and also in another world that is both fierce and dangerous, it has themes …
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Pastworld Pastworld
Ian Beck
Take a thrilling journey into the past in this clever time slip mystery which, written in different voices from different times, takes its readers from a dystopian future to a Dickensian past. Caleb is on a tourist trip to the …
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Lovereading4kids September Newsletter

Friday, September 4th, 2009

It’s the end of the summer holidays, which always seems to make kids grumpy. But it’s not all bad! Lovereading4kids has some wonderful reading adventures that kids can go on even in term time. Download free Opening Extracts of these books and find some stories to soften the blow of going back to school…

Author of the Month – the very brainy Hilary McKay

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Our Illustrator of the Month – pet-loving Emma Dodd

Emma’s delightful picture books have been charming children and their parents for a few years now. Her quirky new story, Miaow Said the Cow, is seriously fun but don’t forget to check out the backlist too – Cool Cat and I thought I saw a Dinosaur to name just two.

Mustang Mountain by Sharon Siamon

This horsey series is perfect for girls aged 8+. These exciting stories are elegies to the natural world, and especially to the powerful, mystical wild horses that gallop the dramatic landscapes of her books.

Chronicles of Ancient Darkness by Michelle Paver

Dazzling, edge-of-your-seat entertainment from the first book, Wolf Brother, all the way through to the sixth and concluding part, Ghosthunter. Torak’s last adventure sees him travel up into the mountains to vanquish the terrifying Soul-Eaters.

This series is absolutely not to be missed by anyone aged 9 or over.

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First-time fantastic – our Debuts of the Month

Traitor Game – B R Collins

An extraordinary, award-winning novel about the problematic relationship between two school boys, interwoven with an elaborate fantasy world they have created, called Evguard.

Threads – Sophia Bennett

A funny, vibrant, and very contemporary story about three young friends – a budding starlet, an eco-warrior, and a fashionista – who pool their individual talents to help a young refugee girl.

This month’s Guest Editor – the not-at-all-ordinary Joanna Nadin

Joanna describes her childhood as tragically normal, but she’s certainly made up for it by becoming an incredibly interesting and brilliant writer. Her Rachel Riley diaries are as funny and well-observed as Adrian Mole’s. Find out which authors have influenced her work – Frank Cottrell Boyce and Kevin Brooks to name but two.

Help your kids hit the new school year running, with Back to School books

Embrace the new school year and give your child a head start! Our Back to School section has all the dictionaries, thesauri, atlases and foreign language books to help engage and inform your child. Whether your child is a toddler or a teenager, there are different titles for every age from pre-school to sixth form, and all at a 25% discount.

That’s all for now. We hope you have fun exploring the website and discovering new books, and that you find some great stories to take your kid’s mind off the inevitable return to school… and homework!

New Children’s Books for June – find out more

Friday, June 5th, 2009

Sometimes children’s books sound so fun and imaginative, it’s hard for adults not to get jealous. But don’t worry, you can get involved in the adventures too – just download some free Opening Extracts and help your kids get passionate about reading!

Elephant of the Month

Our Author of the Month is David McKee, whose colourful creation, Elmer the Patchwork Elephant, is celebrating his 20th anniversary this year. David is the children’s book genius who was also behind classic kids’ TV shows like Mr. Benn and King Rollo!

Perfect Dozen – our Books of the Month

We have some brilliant Books of the Month – they’re organised by age range below, so just click on a cover to discover a magical story perfectly suited to your child’s reading

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Brand new and brilliant – Debut of the Month

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

An absolute gem, meet four unusually gifted orphans who answer a small-ad in a paper and are plungedhead-first into a world of mind-bending puzzles.


Five fantastic years of Usborne Fiction

It’s been 5 years since Usborne launched their range of fiction for kids, and we’re featuring 10 of their top titles for you to download Opening Extracts of and enjoy. As part of the celebrations, Usborne is also launching to Young Writers’ Award: your children can win a whole host of prizes by helping a top writer finish a story! Find out more in our special section.

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Give your kids a real treat by introducing them to Tintin, Snowy Captain Hadock and all the characters and all the adventures you grew up with when you were a child. Visit the special section on our site to see the beautiful new 3 in 1 editions for much more comic book fun.

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One small step for Mankind….

Few people can fail to have missed the fact that 2009 is the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing. So we feel it is particularly appropriate to celebrate by enthusing some youngsters about Space right here at Lovereading4kids. If you think about it children aged around 9+ are going to be the generation that are likely to be the first to walk on Mars! So if you think you have a budding astronaut then take a look at our small but perfectly formed selection of titles. One Small Step is our personal favourite in the Lovereading4kids office.

Finally, with Father’s Day just around the corner, we’ve selected one truly gorgeous book that stood out from the crowd to such a degree that it’s the only title we’ve selected for you in celebration of father’s Day. Do look at the delightful On our Way Home by Sebastien Braun as it would make a lovely gift and a beautiful book to read out loud.

So there we go – a whole host of marvellous adventures and misadventures to keep your kids reading well into summer and beyond. Visit Lovereading4kids to find out more

Competitions, Pre Publication Opening Extracts and lots more exciting book news

Friday, September 19th, 2008

From Potential Prize Winners to Exclusive Pre Publication extracts along with a smattering of competitions we have enough new books to keep all your children absorbed, excited and entertained for the coming Autumn. Read on for more …..

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Brisinger

 is the 3rd of the epic Inheritance Cycle series by Christopher Paolini. The final book is called Brisingr and we have a signed copy to give away with the other 2 in the series. Also September sees the next in the heart stopping ‘Young Bond’’ series by Charlie Higson. By Royal Command finds the young bond on the run in Austria trying to stop a deadly plot. We have signed copies to give away. Find out more on the website.

 

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OathbreakerInkdeath  

by Cornelia Funke

For 9+ readers. The final book in the series and watch out for the film later this year.

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by Mal Peet

For 14+ readers. Mystery and intrigue as someone tries to plot the scandalous downfall of a big soccer star.

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Rules for GirlsThe Story Blanket  

by Elena Odriozola

For 0-5 Readers. A beautiful illustrated story about ‘Babba Zarrah’, who makes new clothes for everyone in her village.

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by Philip Reeve
 

For 9+ readers. The third thrilling story of interplanetary peril in the Larklight series..

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by Chris Priestley

Terrifyingly entertaining follow up with more dark stories for 14+ readers.

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by Kevin Crossley-Holland

An atmospheric detective story set in 1950s Norfolk.

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by Sally Kniberg

For 7+ readers. Everything important that’s happened in the world – in pictures, brilliant!

 

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Finally in September we have the shortlists for two prestigious children’s book awards. You can read a free Opening Extract of them all on our website and decide which books you rate. The first is Guardian children’s fiction prize, which will be announced on September 24. Next the Booktrust teenage fiction prize where the winner will be announced on 18 November.

Happy reading and coming soon book selections for Halloween and Christmas!


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