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Make your child part of a beautifully illustrated story… the perfect Christmas Gift

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

We have come across a beautiful ‘bookie’ idea that we think is a brilliant Christmas gift, so we wanted to share it with you.

miab1It’s called Message in a Bottle and your personal message (the actual message in a bottle) including date, text and an optional picture seamlessly becomes part of the story. Educational, enchanting and full of adventure we can see it being read many many times.

With words by Tom Percival and illustrations by Tuire Siiriainen each book is digitally printed and is unique and the feedback from readers is lovely…

miab2‘Read mine to the kids today and had to stop self from crying – it really did make me very emotional! Very special book indeed.’Kelly Allen

‘Oh my goodness!! Our book just arrived!! It’s incredible!! The quality is superb. The story and illustrations… Ah. It really is amazing. To think what I’ve paid for personalised books in the past that don’t even come close. This really is something special.’Rebecca Taylor

miab3‘Message in a Bottle would make a wonderful gift for any young child.  It’s particularly special for those you don’t see quite as often as you’d like.  The online ordering process is very simple and the book was delivered quickly, it even came with a sheet of beautiful wrapping paper so I could gift wrap it myself.  This really is a lovely way for a child in your life to become part of a delightful story and receive a rather special gift from you.’ Shelley

Find out more at messageinabottlebook.co.uk. Softcover books are £19.95 and Hardcover £29.95 and to get one in time for Christmas order by 16 December.

Also we have just heard that the lovely people at Message in a Bottle have added some ‘Christmas Templates’ – find out more on their blog

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Below is a video that explains a bit more

Find out more on their facebook page facebook.com/messageinabottlechildrensbook/

 

See below for an article on the book written by the author Tom Percival.

Words (and Pictures)

I’ve always loved stories—reading them, making them, hearing them, illustrating them… you get where I’m going with this, right? I love stories. And I’m not alone, our whole lives are built around stories. We listen to stories in songs, read them in books, share them when we talk with our friends. Even a simple question like,

‘How was your day at school today?’ is an invitation to tell a story (one that my children usually decline by just saying, ‘Yeah… good.’

We build up our personalities from the continually evolving stories that we pull from our different memories and experiences. Rolling it all up into a big ball of story dough that we can mould into whatever shape we like and then bake into, err… story bread? Story cakes? Hmm, I don’t know, I think I might have pushed the whole story-baking thing a bit too far there.  Let’s move on…

It was my love of stories that led me into the career that I now have as a children’s author and illustrator. I believe that stories have the power to communicate a truth, to help you form a better picture of the world. Although the actual events in a book of fiction are made up (you could even say a sort of lie), what they actually do is communicate a truth about the world. Truth out of lies—I like that idea. And that’s not to mention the sheer fun involved in making up characters and worlds that you can explore and introduce other people to as well.

Initially I started out illustrating other people’s stories. I spent most of my time drawing as a child, (lots of pictures of He-Man, Transformers and skeletons since you asked) and so it was drawing that I first became good at. Just as a quick note to all you aspiring writers, illustrators, musicians, footballers, astronauts, or anything else, if you want to get good at doing something, just do it a lot – you get there the end, I promise!

I was lucky enough to create the cover art for the Skulduggery Pleasant series (I knew all those skeleton pictures were a good idea!), which gave me a kick-start to my illustration career and meant that I got to illustrate books for lots of other fantastic authors.

After a couple of years of illustrating I also started writing my own stories and I’ve now had lots of picture books out, including Herman’s Letter, Jack’s Amazing Shadow and most recently, By the Light of the Moon

2016 then saw the launch of the Little Legends series of illustrated chapter books for newly independent readers. It’s been great to have a few more words to play with, and to be able to explore a world and the characters within it in a bit more detail. Not only that, 2016 also saw the arrival of an email from Tuire Siiriainen, with an invitation to collaborate on a personalized picture book that she was developing with her company Blueberry and Pie. Now, this was all very exciting because Tuire was asking me to write a story that she would be illustrating. I was so used to writing and illustrating my own work that at first I wasn’t sure how it would all pan out. When I usually write a picture book, I have in mind what will happen in the illustrations, right from the start, but that wasn’t going to be possible with this book. Any concerns I had about how the interpretation of the text would work were washed away when Tuire sent over the character designs and sample spreads she had already worked up—they were absolutely fantastic, and I knew straight away that it was going to be a great partnership.

After I’d written the story, Tuire would send through each one of her bright, fun-packed illustrations as she finished them. It was so exciting to see the book come together in that way. Ordinarily, the illustrating phase of a picture book is something of a blur for me as it’s a really intensive period of work, so it was great to be able to sit back and see it all just ‘happen’ in front of me without having to pick up a single pencil! We also had a great team working with us, helping with the design, editing and packaging of the book. It felt as though everyone realized it was a really special project to work on.

Working on a personalized book held a few new challenges for me, mainly creating a story with all the required personalization details that still felt engaging in it’s own right. In this case, the story is about the discovery of a message in a bottle that is found floating halfway around the world and is addressed to the reader. So the child’s name and address features throughout the story and then at the end, the message that was in the bottle is revealed to be whatever you chose to write to the person you are giving the book to. It’s a great way of personalizing a book and will make all young readers excited to feature so prominently in a book.

My most important contribution to the project was the creation of Kiki, a lively and irrepressible young bird who has never seen much of the world before she sets off on an epic journey to deliver the message she has found to the reader’s home.  So as far as I was concerned, the story is about Kiki’s journey of discovery as she tries to do something that she has never done before. New challenges are always daunting and Kiki has moments of over-confidence and also self-doubt, which I’m sure anyone who has ever tried to do anything new can relate too! Eventually she manages to overcome all the obstacles and meets lots of different and exciting characters, some of which are more helpful than others. I would tell you more, but I think you should read the book for yourself—it’s far more fun like that!

I really enjoyed writing Kiki’s story and I hope that you and your children enjoy reading it and being part of the adventure too.

Lovereading4kids. Most popular children’s book, by age range 22 – 29 August 2016

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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What's the Opposite? What’s the Opposite?
Oliver Jeffers
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 that Down is the opposite of Up, that …
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Tabby McTat Picturebook and CD Tabby McTat Picturebook and CD
Julia Donaldson
A Lovereading4kids ‘Great Read’ you may have missed 2011 selection.
The best-selling author and illustrator team of the Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have created a heart-warming story about loyalty and friendship. When Tabby McTat the busker’s cat gets separated …
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Lovely Old Lion Lovely Old Lion
Julia Jarman
Lenny’s grandpa King Lion is getting forgetful and confused. He gets night and day mixed up and even forgets Lenny’s name. Grandma explains he’s not himself and Lenny works out ways to help his grandpa remember, games and activities that …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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As I Descended As I Descended
Robin Talley
September 2016 Book of the Month From the acclaimed author of Lies We Tell Ourselves, Robin Talley, comes a Shakespeare-inspired story of revenge and redemption, where fair is foul, and foul is fair.
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What's a Girl Gotta Do? What’s a Girl Gotta Do?
Holly Bourne
August 2016 Book of the Month  | In a Nutshell:  Feminism * Friendship * Fighting back Inspirational and insanely funny, this third and final book in the Normal trilogy is a motivating must-read manifesto for young women, not to mention …
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How Not to Disappear How Not to Disappear
Clare Furniss
August 2016 Book of the Month  Hattie’s life changes forever when she meets the great aunt she never knew she had. Gloria by name, and glorious by nature, this headstrong former actress, who likes a gin sling (or three), is …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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The Tiger Who Came to Tea The Tiger Who Came to Tea
Judith Kerr
A wonderful story, about believing in the unexpected and magical. When a tiger turns up on the doorstep one day, the little girl and her mother just welcome him right in and offer him tea. He sits neatly at the …
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Tabby McTat Tabby McTat
Julia Donaldson
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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How Much Does a Ladybird Weigh? How Much Does a Ladybird Weigh?
Alison Limentani
Alison Limentani’s extraordinary picture book introduces children to a fascinating world of wildlife, weight, numbers, and comparisons in the most original way. Find out how much a ladybird weighs and did you know that five starlings weigh the same as …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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The Diary of a Killer Cat The Diary of a Killer Cat
Anne Fine
A cat’s eye view of the world is not exactly the same as a humans! Tuffy’s got no problems with the trail of delicious victims he brings into the house. A bird, a mouse – they are both delicious. In …
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The Snake Who Came To Stay The Snake Who Came To Stay
Julia Donaldson
Interest Age 5-8 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 snake! When Doris …
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Oi Dog! Oi Dog!
Kes Gray, Claire Gray
Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month August 2016  All fans of rhymes will love the witty and simple words in Oi Dog!. The rule says Dogs sit on Frogs but Frog is determined to challenge that. According to Frog, Dogs …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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My Mum's Going To Explode! My Mum’s Going To Explode!
Jeremy Strong
Pure, unadulterated entertainment but beware, you may laugh so much that you can’t stop!!  Young readers with a sense of humour will devour it in a sitting and those without a sense of humour at the beginning will be filled …
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Dotty Detective and the Great Pawprint Puzzle Dotty Detective and the Great Pawprint Puzzle
Clara Vulliamy
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month August 2016  Dot loves a good mystery! So, when she hears noises in the night she just has to find out what is causing them. Dot is sure there must be a ghost but …
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The Genie's Curse The Genie’s Curse
Tom Percival
Spells and enchantments of all kinds are flying around in the latest instalment of Tom Percival’s sparky series Little Legends, which cleverly creates new adventures for favourite fairy-tale characters. Rapunzel finds herself in trouble when she accidentally upsets a genie, …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Swallows and Amazons Swallows and Amazons
Arthur Ransome
Matt Dickinson, our Guest Editor for January 2013 – ‘As far as I can remember this was the book that turned me into a reading addict! I absolutely loved it, and to this day can remember the excitement of going …
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How to Update Your Parents How to Update Your Parents
Pete Johnson
This is a hilarious story of dead fish, gorillas with bananas in their ears, poetry, cunning plans and highly legal documents (kind of). Oh and iPads, iPhones and vlogging of course.
I’m sitting at home chortling away at How To Update …
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Eye of the Wolf Eye of the Wolf
Daniel Pennac
Born worlds apart – a wolf from the North and a boy from Africa. The wolf has lost nearly everything on his way to the zoo, including his eye and his pack. The boy too has lost much and seen …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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The Other Alice The Other Alice
Michelle Harrison
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month August 2016  Award-winning Michelle Harrison’s The Other Alice is a fast-paced, tautly woven story stuffed full of imagination, magic and adventure which gives life in the world outside to characters who should remain safely …
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Railhead Railhead
Philip Reeve
August 2016 Book of the Month  Set in a shining future world, where trains rumble not just through towns and countryside but across whole galaxies, Philip Reeve’s new novel drenches its readers with extraordinary scenes, images and ideas. Zen Starling …
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Fuzzy Mud Fuzzy Mud
Louis Sachar
The bestselling author of Holes tells a cracking new story in Fuzzy Mud featuring some truly terrifying genetically modified mud. When Marshall takes a short cut home to avoid being beaten up by Chad, the school bully who has been …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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Here I Stand Here I Stand
Amnesty International UK
August 2016 Book of the Month  This powerful collection of stories commissioned by Amnesty International features contributions from a stellar line up of authors, including Sarah Crossan, Matt Haig, Frances Hardinge, Kevin Brooks and Neil Gaiman. Human rights abuses of …
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Lydia: The Wild Girl of Pride & Prejudice Lydia: The Wild Girl of Pride & Prejudice
Natasha Farrant
In a nutshell: Dances | Dreams | Determination  Younger sister of Lizzy and Jane, Lydia Bennet is one of literature’s great catalysts. Her actions are fundamental to the story of Pride and Prejudice, but there we never learn exactly what …
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The Stars at Oktober Bend The Stars at Oktober Bend
Glenda Millard
August 2016 Book of the Month  | In a Nutshell: Survival | Friendship | Power of words
Heartrending and, ultimately, hopeful, this tells the extraordinarily powerful tale of unforgettable Alice, whose “soul is filled with songbirds”, and who refuses to let …
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November email update

Monday, November 9th, 2015

November. A month with the word ‘ember’ in it is a great month for bonfires and fireworks! We’re hoping to help you light up your kids’ imaginations too, with our fun-filled, far-reaching, fact and fiction finds for your young family and friends.

Another month full of lights and love and featuring the word ‘ember’ is December! That’s right! Like it or not, we’re all a mere hop skip and jump’s throw from that month and of course Christmas (we love Christmas!). So, this email could be a serious little helper for your Season’s shopping. Read on for more .

Still Aflame! – November Books of the Month

The fireworks may have fizzled, but our bookshelf is still bursting with colour. Here are the sparklers:

By the Numbers 230.333 Cool Stats and Figures (9+). Prepare to be informed and amazed. You’ll look at numbers in a whole new way! or with breathtakingly beautiful illustrations and a story to bring a lump to the throat Blue Penguin (Baby) by Petr Horacek is a story to warm us all.

Old School, the new Wimpy Kid (7+) by Jeff Kinney is just out. Was everything always better ‘back in the day’? Number 10 in the brilliant series and it is as funny as ever. Along with The Fish Detective (Moone Boy 2) (9+) by Chris O’Dowd and Nick Vincent Murphy – totally nutty, very, very funny with more than a hint of fish. And not forgetting Life is Sweet – Chocolate Box Short Story Collection (11+) – A delicious dip into the wonderful world of the Chocolate Box Girls series. Enter the competition too.

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Other November Highlights …

Don’t forget to take a peek at our Author and Illustrator of the Month feature on the current Children’s Laureate incumbent Chris Riddell. We guarantee there are books with his name on it that all children, whatever their taste will love. We also have a special category dedicated to our Publisher of the Month Old Barn Books.

Tigers, Marmalade and Mr. Walliams! – November Free Prize Draws

We’ve got a thrilling throng of bright, brilliant books and goodies to give away this month (perfect for those Christmas stockings!). Exclusive book prizes from old favourites and much loved tales from Paddington Bear and the eponymously greedy Tiger Who Came to Tea. We also have family tickets (worth £60 – 80) to see an amazing stage show of David Walliam’s Gangsta Granny that is touring the country to 50 venues! Visit our Free Prize Draws category to enter.

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Geeks Rule – Coding for Cool Kidz

In our digital world. It’s vital that kids get to know computers inside out. Help yours become the coolest geeks in the class with these two fantastic books on coding and computing, designed to complement the primary school syllabus which now includes coding.

Coding for Beginners (7+) by Jonathan Melmouth & Rosie Dickens. Friendly and accessible coding from scratch. Literally. ‘Scratch’ is programming software used in schools. But you knew that, right? And Lift the Flap Computing and Coding (7+) by Rosie Dickens. Interactive, fun and fascinating foray into computing for fact-hungry children. Kids will love them we promise.

Flight of Fantasy – A Thousand Nights (YA)

Set against a vividly drawn desert backdrop, A Thousand Nights by E.K Johnson is a spell-binding, regal novel for young adults. Exploring love, self-sacrifice and the power of stories, it’s a vibrant, shimmering read that transports the reader into the wonderful world of the Arabian Nights. One of our teen/YA reviewers, Charnell Vevers (17) wrote; ‘If you are looking for a magical, mystical read with strong female characters and vivid world building, then A Thousand Nights is the book for you.’ (see other Reader Reviews).

A Picture Perfect! Wonderful World

We love our picture books but, one shining star shines out this month: What a Wonderful World (3+) by Bob Thiele and David Weiss is a stunningly beautiful book, filled with sunshine. Based on the words of the famous song, it’s captivating, uplifting and unique. See more here.

If They Read Nothing Else – Essentials for Kids

We love recommending great new books for children. But, there are some books that we think grow old gracefully and never lose their impact. That’s why we’ve compiled our easy to navigate Essential Reading Category. Listed by age-range, these truly are timeless must reads that your kids will read to their grandchildren. Have a peep.

Books for Boys but everyone’s welcome

Statistically speaking, boys can find it harder to get into reading than girls. Just one of the reasons why we have a whole section dedicated to the sorts of things that floats boys’ reading boats. From football and farm vehicles to heroes and helicopters, these are the derring-do, gung-ho titles that will nurture a love of reading to last a lifetime and this month we love or should I say the kids among us love My Parents are Driving Me Crazy. Now if that title doesn’t draw in a child to reading then we can’t think what else will… Read more.

Seasonal Selections! – Get into the Spirit of Christmas Category

Yep! It’s a’ comin’! Bells are a’ jinglin’ and nerves a’ tinglin’ as we look forward to another Christmas. If the kids are already driving you mad with excitement then why not steer them to our fabulous Get into the Spirit of Christmas selections to keep them busy

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…While YOU can have a look at our wonderfully exciting annual section dedicated to our selection of ‘cracker’ gift ideas for kids’ this Christmas. Definitely uplifting and life-enhancing!

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Read on for this month’s hand-picked selections in the age ranges you have said you are interested in. login to your account if you want to update them.

P.S. The Wicked Writing Competition is back for a 6th time and with HRH Duchess of Cornwall as the patron and Cressida Cowell (you know Hiccup of Train Your Dragon fame) as the head judge, it really is ‘the’ writing competition for kids to enter. Find out more in our special blog.

Most popular books, by age range, 30 August – 6 September

Monday, September 7th, 2015

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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A Great Big Cuddle A Great Big Cuddle
Michael Rosen
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month, September 2015  Children’s Laureates Chris Riddell and Michael Rosen combine here to create a beautiful collection of ebullient poems for the very young.  Michael Rosen’s close and affectionate observation of small children and the …
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Shh! We Have a Plan Shh! We Have a Plan
Chris Haughton
Longlisted for the 2015 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal – Shortlisted for the Little Rebels Book Award 2015 Awarding-winning Chris Haughton tells a big story in stunning illustrations in his near-wordless picture board book. The huntsmen are determined to capture the bird. Armed …
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Not Now, Bernard Not Now, Bernard
David Mckee
Two of our Guest Editors chose Not Now, Bernard – celebrating it’s 35th anniversary in 2015 – as one of their favourite books.
Sophie Mckenzie ‘This dark, rather depressing picture book opened my eyes to what was possible with children’s writing. …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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Sophie Someone Sophie Someone
Hayley Long
September 2015 Book of the Month  Sophie Nieuwenleven’s story is shocking, so she tells it in the only way she can – in code, using random code worms to keep any nubby parkers on their togs. Sophie’s parents have been …
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The Rest of Us Just Live Here The Rest of Us Just Live Here
Patrick Ness
September 2015 Book of the Month   Daring, beautifully written, full of ideas that will bring the reader up short, The Rest of Us Just Live Here is a dystopian adventure that mocks dystopian adventures while acknowledging the genre’s power …
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Midnight Dolls Midnight Dolls
Kiki Sullivan
A return to the hot south beckons in this new episode of Kiki Sullivan’s moreish series, a sultry mix of romance and voodoo. Eveny Cheval has just come to terms with the knowledge that she is the latest in a …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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What the Ladybird Heard Next What the Ladybird Heard Next
Julia Donaldson
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month, September 2015 Best-selling duo Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks have gone back to the farmyard for a second adventure featuring the clever and resourceful ladybird! This time thieves Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len are …
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How the Sun Got to Coco's House How the Sun Got to Coco’s House
Bob Graham
As Coco’s parents tuck her into bed, far away the winter sun is rising on a polar bear and her cubs. We follow the sun as it skids ‘giddy’ across the sea, caught briefly in the eye of a whale, …
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Stick Man Stick Man
Julia Donaldson
Creators of The Gruffalo, bestselling author/illustrator Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have created yet another bestseller with Stick Man and now the book comes in a beautiful new gift edition complete with a snow dome. “Stick Man lives in the …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Thorfinn and the Awful Invasion Thorfinn and the Awful Invasion
David MacPhail
September 2015 Book of the Month  Thorfinn is a charming boy, polite, tidy and he makes a lovely cup of tea. Unfortunately, he’s a Viking and this particular skill set doesn’t do anything to impress his family or neighbours – …
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Ted Rules the World Ted Rules the World
Frank Cottrell Boyce
Frank Cottrell Boyce is one of our funniest, most inventive writers for children and his readers should always be ready to expect the unexpected; that’s certainly the case here. Ted’s birthday starts quietly – he finds his parents fast asleep …
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How the Library (Not the Prince) Saved Rapunzel How the Library (Not the Prince) Saved Rapunzel
Wendy Meddour
Wendy Meddour and Rebecca Ashdown put a clever twist on the Rapunzel story in this excellent picturebook. Rapunzel sits alone and fed up at the top of her tower block. Her friends urge her to let down her hair but …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Pugs of the Frozen North Pugs of the Frozen North
Philip Reeve
September 2015 Book of the Month  Award winning author partners Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre head north for their latest adventure. Shen the cabin boy is abandoned by his shipmates when their ship is stranded in the ice. He’s completely …
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Tony Robinson's Weird World of Wonders: Pets Tony Robinson’s Weird World of Wonders: Pets
Sir Tony Robinson
Have you ever looked at your cat or dog and wondered about how they first came to live with humans?  Or what would happen if, instead of a cat, they were actually … a lion?!  Or whether your dog would …
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The Bolds The Bolds
Julian Clary
August 2015 Book of the Month  Comedian, entertainer and ‘national trinket’ Julian Clary now turns out to be a talented children’s writer too. The Bolds, his first book for children, is a real treat – a funny story with a …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Witchmyth Witchmyth
Emma Fischel
September 2015 Book of the Month This second adventure for witchkid Flo Skritchett is likely to prove as popular as the first. A huge part of the fun of the stories is the parallel witch society Emma Fischel has created: …
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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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Danger is Still Everywhere: Beware of the Dog Danger is Still Everywhere: Beware of the Dog
David O’Doherty
Dr Noel Zone is without doubt the world’s greatest dangerologist, and his books are required reading for anyone eager to avoid danger wherever it may lurk and, as we know from his first book, danger really is everywhere: toast, pets, …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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The Wolf Wilder The Wolf Wilder
Katherine Rundell
September 2015 Book of the Month  Wolves, wildness and freedom are at the heart of this thrilling story. Wolf wilders are employed to reintroduce wolves unfortunate enough to be brought up as pets in rich households back into the wild, …
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Listen to the Moon Listen to the Moon
Michael Morpurgo M.B.E.
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 author of War Horse and Private Peaceful, Michael Morpurgo and is set in …
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The Blackthorn Key The Blackthorn Key
Kevin Sands
September 2015 Debut of the Month  Set in the uncertain, dangerous days of 1665, this is a thrilling tale of alchemy, intrigue and murder! Christopher Rowe is an orphan, apprenticed to an apothecary. He can be reckless, even disobedient – …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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One One
Sarah Crossan
September 2015 Julia Eccleshare’s Mega Book of the Month Award-winning Sarah Crossan tells an astonishing and difficult story with the surest of touches in this tender, funny and life affirming book. Grace and Tippi are twins. Not just twins but …
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Thirteen Chairs Thirteen Chairs
Dave Shelton
A spine-tingling collection of fearful stories, cleverly framed by an equally chilling storytelling device. Twelve story tellers sit around the table leaving one chair empty and one story still to be told. Each lit only by a single candle, one …
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Goodbye Stranger Goodbye Stranger
Rebecca Stead
September 2015 Book of the Month  Rebecca Stead loves to set her readers puzzles: there are huge mysteries in her award-winning novels When You Reach Me and Liar and Spy and her new book, Goodbye Stranger also poses questions. Central …
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Top 3 Children’s Books, by age range, on Lovereading4kids 27 July – 3 August 2014

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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I Spy With My Little Eye I Spy With My Little Eye
Edward Gibbs
A simple I-spy with die-cut holes so little ones can spy through the page and guess the animal. Dramatic bold illustrations focus on a single colour and each page also includes a helpful factual clue about the animal. This is …
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Dinosaur Rhyme Time Dinosaur Rhyme TimeFavourite nursery rhymes- especially ones with actions to go with them – are nicely presented on the page in this pretty edition. A perfect gift for a new baby – and their parents who will be delighted to be reminded …
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My First Elmer Collection My First Elmer Collection
David Mckee
Multi-coloured Elmer is everyone’s favourite elephant! This first collection of four board books includes Elmer’s Weather, Elmer’s Friends, Elmer’s Day and Elmer’s Colours. Perfect as an introduction to each topic! …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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This is Not My Hat This is Not My Hat
Jon Klassen
Winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal 2014 – Winner of the UKLA Book Awards 3-6yrs 2014- Winner of the 2013 Caldecott Medal. One of Julia Eccleshare’s Stand-out Children’s Book of the Year 2012   Best-selling illustrator Jon Klassen follows up his …
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Abigail Abigail
Catherine Rayner
Longlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2014  Kate Greenaway winner Catherine Rayner’s gorgeous bold animals fill the pages perfectly in this entertaining counting book.  Abigail the giraffe wants to count everything and anything she can. But counting is hard when …
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Frances Dean Who Loved to Dance and Dance Frances Dean Who Loved to Dance and Dance
Birgitta Sif
From a truly special new voice in picture books, the award-winning author-illustrator of Oliver comes a heart-warming story about finding strength in your friends, overcoming your fears and following your dreams! It glows from the inside out and is also …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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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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The Pirates' Picnic The Pirates’ Picnic
Angela Mcallister
Join Jim on a pirates’ picnic in this brand-new blue Early Reader by Kate Greenaway Medal-shortlisted author, Angela McAllister.
Life is a bit glum on the bad ship Skullywag.  Jim the cabin boy wants to cheer up the crew. So he …
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Cudweed's Time Machine Cudweed’s Time Machine
Marcus Sedgwick
Meet Cudweed and his slightly – well, unusual family.  One day, feeling bored and anxious for teatime to arrive, Cudweed decides to ‘borrow’ his dad’s time machine.  Oh, his dad just happens to be an inventor by the way.  However, …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Buckle and Squash and the Monstrous Moat-dragon Buckle and Squash and the Monstrous Moat-dragon
Sarah Courtauld
July 2014 Book of the Month  Knights and princesses and swords and dragons all feature in this hugely entertaining story about two very different sisters, Eliza and Lavender. While Eliza dreams of being a hero, Lavender thinks only of being …
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Borgon the Axeboy and the Dangerous Breakfast Borgon the Axeboy and the Dangerous Breakfast
Kjartan Poskitt
July 2014 Book of the Month  Be careful where you read this savagely funny new series for 8+ year olds as you’ll struggle to contain yourself! From the author of Agatha Parrot, Kjartan Poskitt and with illustrations by the one …
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Charlotte's Web Charlotte’s Web
E. B. White
How a wise spider saves a young pig from slaughter is the most touching of animal stories. Fern saves Wilbur, the runty little piglet of the litter from her father’s axe and promises to look after him. Fern finds Wilbur …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Wendy Quill is Full Up of Wrong Wendy Quill is Full Up of Wrong
Wendy Meddour
Wendy seems to be a magnet for trouble! Back for a third set of adventures she is now riding a bike – rather dangerously – which is just one of the ways in which she gets full up of wrong! …
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Billy's Blitz Billy’s Blitz
Barbara Mitchelhill
Award-winning Barbara Mitchelhill brings Billy’s war-struck childhood vividly to life in this dramatic story of survival. Billy’s dad is away fighting and Billy’s mum thinks that the war will always be far away from their home in South London. As …
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The Boy on the Porch The Boy on the Porch
Sharon Creech
Award-winning Sharon Creech has an exceptional ability to write tenderly. In this touching modern fairy story she captures the rewards of love freely given to children. When John and Marta find a little boy asleep on their porch one morning …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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The Savage Kingdom The Savage Kingdom
Simon David Eden
July 2014 Debut of the Month  An epic fantasy adventure about loyalty, courage, hope, survival… and the awesome power of nature. Michelle Paver meets Michael Morpurgo meets Homeward Bound in this unforgettable story between a girl and her cat. …
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No Going Back No Going Back
Alex Gutteridge
A moving contemporary tale of family, love and loss from the author of Last Chance Angel. Laura’s dad had died but why having moved into her grandmother’s home does he appear ghostlike in the house and why does her mum …
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Head Over Heart Head Over Heart
Colette Victor
July 2014 Debut of the Month  Boys, homework and family – Zeynab has all the usual concerns of any girl her age. But Zeynab has another thing to think about which is perhaps most important of all. Does she want …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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She is Not Invisible She is Not Invisible
Marcus Sedgwick
Longlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Book Award 2014   When sixteen-year-old Laureth’s father vanishes she is determined to track him down. So determined that she flies to New York to find him. But Laureth doesn’t go alone; she takes her …
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Poppy Poppy
Mary Hooper
Women’s roles in the First World War need to be told as frequently as possible. Mary Hooper’s Poppy combines a brilliant insight into how utterly and dramatically the lives of women changed during the conflict as attitudes altered and old …
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The Apple Tart of Hope The Apple Tart of Hope
Sarah Moore Fitzgerald
A touching and funny story about being an outsider which is illuminated by touches of magic. Oscar and Meg are next-door-neighbours and best friends. But, when Meg moves away everything changes. Now Paloma Killealy lives next door and Oscar gets …
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July email update

Friday, July 4th, 2014

School’s nearly out, book fans!! With the weeks stretching invitingly ahead we have some sizzling stories for everyone from toddlers to teens. Enjoyable reads for the pool, the seaside, the campsite, cricket pitch, car journeys or just the fun of it. And don’t miss our lovingly compiled Summer Reading and Summer Activity section for hand-picked holiday heroes from our editorial expert Julia Eccleshare who was recently made an M.B.E. for services to Children’s Literature.

Top Picks for July

Find a wonderful hiding spot to escape to, take one of our fabulous books of the month with you and enjoy. Repeat until September. Here’s three of our favourite Books of the Months to start with:

W.A.R.P. The Hangman’s Revolution by Eoin Colfer (9+). Time-tampering, spine-quivering, seriously stunning second in the series. Skulduggery Pleasant: Armageddon Outta Here by Derek Landy (9+). Prepare to hide under the covers with this cadaverously cool collection of stories. And a brilliantly hilarious picture book Supertato (3+) from Sue Hendra, the bestselling illustrator of Barry the Fish with Fingers.

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A stunning Anthology of War Stories from top authors

The Great War (9+). An anthology of vivid, inspirational and abidingly memorable stories from some of the world’s best authors inspired by a different object from the First World War. Each object illuminates an aspect of life during the war, and each story reminds us of the millions of individual lives that were changed forever by the fighting.

This is definitely a book for the whole family to share from youngster to great, great grand dad. And we have some signed copies to give away by the Illustrator Jim Kay, winner of the Carnegie Medal.

First Time for Everything…

And first-time authors for almost everyone! We’ve got such a wide range of delectable Debuts of the Month, it ‘cleaves credibility’…. (you won’t believe it. Ed)

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Cranium-Crumping Competitions

This month, pick-up paranormal prizes galore to celebrate the award-gilded series Department 19 by Will Hill. Win one of 5 copies of The Big Book of Amazing Activities – perfect for filling the holidays. PLUS! Win some exclusive artwork signed by author Mo Willems linked to the hilarious The Pigeon Needs a Bath. And more.

Before the Deerstalker and Pipe – Young Sherlock…

We do love a series. That excited anticipation of the next instalment; the delight in diving in to the newest book, knowing there are more to come; the bitter-sweet elation of finishing the final chapter.

This month we’ve re-tracked down the Young Sherlock Homes series (11+) by Andrew Lane, with some exciting new covers. Six lovingly-crafted capers that Conan-Doyle himself would covet and the long-awaited 7th is coming in September.

From Reading Together to Reading Alone

We think these are more exciting than free sweets and fizzy drinks, so we have a whole section featuring the brilliant books from the brainy bods at Orion.

Their Early Readers collection starts with books to share (Blue Early Readers) and moves on to books (Red Early readers) that kids can start to read alone as they become more confident, paving the way to independent reading and a life-time of wonderful journeys.


‘Rex Wrecked’… The Broken King

Philip Womack’s new, uncompromising fantasy adventure: The Broken King flies intoxicatingly through a vividly imagined, treacherous and magical world.

It’s been loved by our Kids Reader Reviewers and our own Julia Eccleshare. It’s perfect family reading and, what’s more, it’s the first in a planned series. Happy days!

A Hatful of (Animal) Magic

Animal lovers and those children who dream of being a vet when they grow up shouldn’t miss a magical new series. Revel in the delightfully zany adventures of Hattie -B a young, magical vet. If you’ve ever wondered where dragons go when they’re poorly, the answer is a mere click away. Aimed at girls aged 7+, any fairy tale or furry-friend fan will devour them. Click here for more.

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Hilarious and thought-provoking 9+ reading

Every now and then we like to single out someone who deserves the star treatment. Former pig-farmer, postie and primary school teacher, Ross Montgomery has a special gift. His writing is both hilarious and thought-provoking, accessible and ageless.

That said, anyone aged from around 9+ will especially love him. His latest: Tornado Chasers follows hot on the heels of Alex, the Dog and the Unopenable Door. Get them both. You won’t regret it.

40th Anniversary of Rubik’s Cube… huh?

Can it really be 40 years since the multi-coloured puzzle cube entered every household in the country and children everywhere swapped the stickers around and pretended they’d cracked it? Now kids have a unique chance to embark on an interactive journey into the science and maths behind the Cube – and much, much more – with a range of enjoyable and highly inventive books that will provide hours of entertainment and fun for even the most reluctant.

P.S. Curiouser and curiouser…for a full weekend of family fun and entertainment, how about checking out the Curious Arts Festival (18-20th July), set in the Wonderland of Pylewell Park in the glorious New Forest. Lovereading4kids members can book tickets with a special 25% discount, click here for more information and the booking page.

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,

rabbits …
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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.
From the moment …
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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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August email update

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

August is here and the holidays continue! Did you know that Hans Christian Andersen died in August 1875? Well he did, BUT our bumper-box of brilliant books for kids this month is no fairy tale! In fact, we’ve given our special Summer Reads section a brand new refresh, so the rest of the holidays can be filled with stories and activities to keep them happy ’til school starts again. Boo! Here’s what else is new…

August Books of the Month

Handily divided by age-range, our bookshelf of brilliant books for babies to big kids is packed with bright ideas this August! We absolutely love:

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by the uber-brilliant Oliver Jeffers – Imaginative and hilarious fun that will have kids playing with crayons in a whole new way! A welcome addition to our newly refreshed Great Books for Boys section too.

And, for older readers of 9+, Michelle Paver requires little introduction, being the author of the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series, the first of which was Wolf Brother. Michelle’s new series Gods and Warriors set in the Greek Bronze Age, is equally brilliant. The first two The Outsiders and The Burning Shadow are out now.

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Reader Reviewers Needed!

Do you know anybody aged 5 through to late teen who simply loves books and would like the chance to join the Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel? If so, please let us know – just visit our ‘Reader Review sign up page’ enter a few details and we’ll then be in touch from time-to-time with details of yet to be published titles that will then be sent through to read and review. Thank you.

Get Out! – Summer Activity Category

Don’t forget, we have a whole category (Summer Activity Books) dedicated to fun activities for kids: ‘making and doing’ indoors and out. It’s an all-weather, one-stop-shop for things to thrill kids of all ages: and it’s part of our newly refreshed Summer Reading Section. See the shelf below for a few favourites or visit the site to see them all.

 

Guest Editor – Lauren St John

Our Guest Editor this month grew up on a huge farm in Zimbabwe, with a host of animals, from horses to Elephants and Giraffes! Add to this her brilliant imagination, her love of a good mystery and her sense of fun and it’s no wonder that she writes great, adventurous mystery tales featuring all sorts of beasts. Her books are hugely popular with kids (aged 11+) and we are featuring them, as well as some of her own favourite books. Her latest Rendezvous in Russia is the 4th in the popular Laura Marlin series, a breathtaking; mystery adventure with sinister goings-on in glamourous surroundings.

Feeling Firsty? – Fabulous First-Time Writers!

We love discovering brand new talent and great debut titles for kids. Here’s what we’ve unearthed this month. The office favourite, partly because of its extraordinary title, is Alex, the dog and the Unopenable Door (9+):

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Click and Win – It’s COMPETITION time!

Some people have a horseshoe or a rabbit’s foot for luck … all you need is a mouse! Here’s some of the great prizes up for grabs this month:

For the younger readers we have Prizes Galore at the Picture Book Party! We have 5 Goody Bags as prizes – but do you know how heavy the world’s largest cup cake is? We also have some goody bags full of CBeebies Tilly and Friendsbooksup for grabs.

For 7+ we have 5 sets of the Stargirl Academy books a new fairy-world series for young girls.

For 11+ readers we have 10 hardback copies of a brilliant new fantasy book called The Bell Between Worlds, which is also an eBook of the Month, and a set of the

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newly jacketed Power of Five Series as prizes.

14+ readers shouldn’t miss the chance to win copies of Throne of Glass and its sequel Crown of Midnight, the first two in the hottest teen fantasy series around, featuring assassin Celaena or prizes linked to City of Bones from the hugely popular Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare which has been made into a film which is out on 21 August!

And finally, fact loving animal lovers should enter our Steve Backshall competition to win one of 5 DEADLY GOODY BAGS.

Fantastic Fives – Series of the Month for 11+ readers

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

Real Inspiration for Young Adult Readers

Every now and then something very special comes along and speaks to young adults in ways that no others can, inspiring them with stories that capture their imaginations for the rest of their lives. Elizabeth Wein’s WWII dramas for readers aged 14+ are two such books. A must for teens who love to read:

Code Name Verity – shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2013, a compelling, vivid, heart-thumping tale of friendship in adversity. And Rose Under Fire – a beautifully told, gripping journey from innocence to experience, of the wings of hope and courage under fire. Quite brilliant!

Game of Thrones? – Pah! Try Volsunga!

Carnegie Medal winner, Melvin Burgess has delved deep into his dark imagination and created a stunningly brutal dystopian world. The Volsunga Series, for at least 14+ readers (first published in 1999!)is the tale of two warring families in a London in ruins. It runs thick with blood, treachery, sex, torture, revenge and retribution. And all this from an author whose favourite book as a child was Wind In The Willows! It is both cruel and magnificent, a unique blend of mythology and sci-fi and a great read for the teen psyche. Click on the book jackets for more …

Well ahead of its time you could say but Melvin’s reason for writing was this – There was a real shortage of exciting, difficult, dangerous books for young people – the sort of thing your parents wouldn’t care to recommend to you. I hope Bloodtide will fill that gap. I wanted it to shock, stir you up, lift you up and bring you down”.

Children’s Christmas Books November 20

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

The Christmas lights are up, adverts are everywhere and the shops are playing the same old Christmas tunes. It’s time to start thinking about Christmas presents. What can you put in their stockings? Where do you start? Well, why not make us your ‘Bookshelf-Elf’? Yes. Elf is on its way! And spend more than £15 and we will give you free 2nd class UK postage. What are you waiting for?

Pre-Publication Exclusives for November

This category is getting increasingly popular and we love sharing news of upcoming books with you. See the shelf below for this month’s books. We are also looking for ten teen readers to review a stunning debut Infinite Sky by C. J. Flood before it’s published in February 2013. We love it – but we want to know what you think!

But be quick you only have until 30 November!

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Beautiful Poetry Book and App!

Poetry for a younger audience is often ‘shunted in the realm of schoolwork’ but IF: A Treasury of Poems for Almost Every Possibility by Allie Esiri reminds us of the resonance that particular poems can have throughout our life. A perfect collection of poetry for the whole family to share.

And to make it even more relevant and immediate the poems are available in a wonderful ‘App’ where you can hear some of the poems read by Helena Bonham Carter and Bill Nighy.

Free Prize Draws not to miss

Our Free Prize Draws category is bursting with book goodies up for grabs. From Hogwarts Box sets, and Heritage Classics from Egmont to Beautiful slipcase edition’s of Clarice Bean and exclusive Mr Gum books. Click here to find out more and enter them all!

Win a signed copy of our Mega Book of the Month

From Lemony Snicket comes – All The Wrong Questions – Who Could that be at this Hour? Is a wise-cracking detective story in a topsy turvy world packed with brilliantly weird characters is perfect for 7-11 year olds. As well as reading an exclusive free Opening Extract you can WIN a signed first edition!

Reader reviews of Annabel Pitcher’s novels

Annabel Pitcher’s multi-award winning debut novel My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece was one of our favourites last year and her latest, Ketchup Clouds, is out shortly.

Check out what a number of 11+ year olds thought who were lucky enough to be selected to receive review copies of these books. There’s time to read My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece before Ketchup Clouds is published at the end of December and you can read an exclusive extract of both of them here right now.

Which is your favourite Children’s Book of 2012?

The shortlist of the final children’s book award of the year, sponsored by National Book Tokens, has just been announced – there’s some pirate fun for toddlers and young children right up to 9-12 year olds who will love BBC Presenter Simon Mayo’s all-action adventure that’s perfect for fans of Alex Rider and Young Bond.

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The One Stop Shop for Children’s Classics

Is it time you started collecting a library of children’s classics for your children or grandchildren? Christmas is the perfect time to give them as gifts. If so, you’ve come to the right place. Hardback or paperback, large or small format we have something to suit your needs, and budget, from the best names in Children’s Publishing – Walker, Templar, Puffin, Oxford, Vintage and Egmont. Visit our Children’s Classics category today.

Finally, scroll down to see a taster of our Christmas book for all age ranges or visit the site to see the whole glorious selection.

P.S. With the first Hobbit film, An Unexpected Journey, soon to be in cinemas why not build up the excitement with The Hobbit Companion. Intriguing to the uninitiated, enchanting to the Tolkien enthusiast, The Hobbit Companion can only enhance our enjoyment of this dark, mysterious world created by J. R. R. Tolkien.

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

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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