Posts Tagged ‘children’s classics’

New November Children’s Books and a first look at Christmas

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Books make perfect presents for children – they get the excitement of a rip-roaring story; you get the warm glow of watching them develop their reading skills. And with only seven weeks to go until the big day now’s the time to start choosing. If you’re not sure which titles will go down best, download some free Opening Extracts and take a sneak peak at some of the very best new stories.

Rudolph the Red-nosed Reader

Lovereading4kids has compiled a list for Santa that has something for everyone, with great ideas for gift books and stocking fillers. They’re sure to make your children merry and bright for Christmas and a good long time afterwards. And don’t forget there’s 25% of most books and free delivery on every order over £20!

Author of the Month – the inimitable Stephen Davies

Stephen is a unique character – he works as a missionary in West Africa, preaching, accompanying cattle drives and giving advice on crops and health. We’ve brought together a selection of his brilliant kids’ books suitable for 7+ readers and his new title, Hacking Timbuktu, for 9+ readers in which a young computer whizz gets mixed up in the daring robbery of an ancient temple!

Books of the Month – outstanding quality new children’s books

We’ve got a whole host of really excellent new books for November, from established names like Anthony Horowitz with his brand new Alex Rider title and Jeanette Winterson, with her stunning first foray into children’s books, to rising stars like Emily Bearn and John Smelcer. All are exceptionally imaginative and well written – there’s never been so much talent in the children’s book world!

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Debuts of the Month – Fresh new reading talents

Jane Airhead by Kay Woodward

Inspired by Jane Eyre, Charlotte goes looking for a dashing modern day Mr. Rochester for her lovely mum; she finds one, but is he for real?

Winter Shadow by Richard Knight & Richard Johnson

A wonderful story of a little girl who finds an abandoned wolf cub and how they become inseparable as they grow up together.

Can you tell your Arabesque from your Grand Plie?

The Ballet Academy is our Series of the Month, perfect for any
7+ year old who loves to dance and who wants to read stories
that fuel that passion. We also have a wonderful, and essential, illustrated companion volume that provides a real insight into the world of ballet

and what young dancers need to know. Why not ‘jete’ over to have a look?

Children’s Classics – timeless tales for Christmas

There are certain stories your kids will enjoy just as much as you did as a child. So take a look at our Children’s Classics area on Lovereading4kids, where you’ll find collections of classics to suit every taste and they won’t break the bank either. Whether it’s the sumptuous Templar illustrated hardbacks, the Oxford great value small format hardbacks, the Walker Illustrated paperbacks or the Puffin paperbacks, they all make perfect gifts.

Fantastic new stories for dyslexic and reluctant readers

Books make perfect Christmas presents – and not just for confident readers. We’ve added a dozen new titles to our very popular Dyslexia category on the site to coincide with Dyslexia Awareness Week from 1st to 7th Nov, and we’ve also refreshed our Reluctant Reader section. If your children struggle to read, or just seem disinterested, there could well be a short, sharp and entertaining book here to foster a new enthusiasm for reading.

Three book awards to be announced – all first class fiction

The Teenage Book Prize continues to raise awareness of the very best writing for young adults. This year’s shortlist features some gloriously imagined characters and vividly painted worlds, both grittily real and wildly fantastical. Download some free Opening Extracts of books by such inspirational authors as Neil Gaiman, Paul Dowswell and Mal Peet.

Roald Dahl’s Funniest Book prize shortlist shouldn’t be missed – the winner will be announced in mid November alongside the winner of the Young Minds Book prize. All the shortlisted titles together with ‘try before you buy’ extracts are on Lovereading4kids.

Gift Vouchers – the Christmas present that can’t go wrong!

If you just can’t choose which books to buy your young cherubs or God cherubs for Christmas, then try a Lovereading4kids Gift Voucher. You can be confident that when your kids visit the site there will be a wonderful selection of books for them to have fun choosing from.

Happy Reading!

Kids pre publication exclusives, back to school feature and more

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

As August draws to a close and we all hope for good weather for the Bank Holiday don’t forget books when it comes to keeping your children occupied and happy in the holidays. Much more absorbing and rewarding than any game console and we have dozens and dozens of brilliant ones to recommend.

Strike gold before the crowds – Pre-publication exclusives

Threads by Sophia Bennett

A vibrant and thought-provoking story for fashion-conscious girls of 11+. Shortlisted for the Times/Chicken House Fiction Award, this is not just a great book, it’s pure gold.

Ernest by Catherine Rayner

A stunning picture book with minimal text about a rather large moose written and illustrated by the winner of the 2009 Kate Greenaway Medal..

Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela

A wonderfully illustrated children’s version of the inspirational book by hero of our time, Nelson Mandela, perfect for 5+.

Tollins: Explosive Tales by Conn Iggulden

A magical book of short stories for 7+ readers about some creatures called ‘Tollins’ (just don’t ever call them fairies!)…

Boom by Mark Haddon

7+ readers A nuclear-powered hundred-ton adventure about two boys who determine to find out what secret plan their teachers are up to. From the author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime

Get closer to Authors with our new feature

New this month has been our Guest Editor genre. It’s proved very popular so,  if you’ve not yet checked it out then you’re in for a treat. Quite apart from Ali Sparkes’ wonderful adventures for 9+ year olds she has also selected her favourite books that have inspired her writing.

Please tell your school about Lovereading4schools

With the new academic year comes the inevitable new ‘booklist’ from your children’s school. It will probably be on a piece of paper in your child’s school bag and chances are it will get lost and even if it doesn’t the thought of trawling through a bookshop to find them is rather daunting. It’s a different story however, if your school has already signed up to the Lovereading4schools. This free to use site lets the school create reading lists which you can access and order from in the ‘click of a mouse’ – and 5% of what you spend goes back to the school for them to build their library – can’t say fairer than that. Find out more today and if you like it please make sure to tell your school….

Tintin and The Rainbow Orchid – Brilliant graphic adventures

If you loved Tintin as a child pass the love onto your own children with the beautiful 3 in 1 editions that have been recently re-released to coincide with the 100th year of Herge’s birth. And, if Tintin proves a hit you and your kids are sure to get hooked on The Rainbow Orchid too; an ambitious graphic-novel combining classic storytelling with cinematic artwork à la Tintin. If you’re quick you might even land a prestigious first edition, which in years to come just might be worth a bob or two. What we can absolutely guarantee is a brilliant rollercoaster ride.

This Month’s Highlights – Not to be missed

Free to enter competitions to win lots of Book Goodies

We always have lots of exclusive competitions on Lovereading for kids. Most of them are free to enter – so what are you waiting for! This month you could win, a family ticket to the British Museum, a family ticket to the spooky Wookey Hole cave and lots of signed books. Find out more today.

Happy reading and if you are still stuck for a great read then do try our Books of the Month. Our favourites this month are: for 3+ readers the stunningly illustrated Call me Gorgeous by Giles Milton. For 7+ readers the simply hilarious Dissapearing Moon by Simon Bartram and finally for 14+ readers the thrilling Grass by Catherine McPhail.

Prize winning books and pre publication extracts

Friday, April 24th, 2009

April is always a particularly exciting time in the children’s book market. The shortlist for two of the most important prizes were announced earlier today, so we have delayed our usual mid month email to get the news to you as soon as possible. We also have plenty of other exciting news too.

Prize winnersStop Press.. Children’s Prize winning shortlists

The Carnegie Award is for the year’s best fiction and the Greenaway  for the best picture books and we have all the shortlisted books in our Prize Winners section. Gratifyingly, we have already featured a lot of the books and the whole shortlist makes impressive reading. On the Carnegie there are novels from established authors such as Frank Cottrell Boyce and Eoin Colfer through to a debut novelist Patrick Ness with his Knife of Never Letting Go. On the Greenaway shortlist you’ll find a wonderful variety and range of illustration styles. We don’t envy the judges’ job in choosing the winners. Find out more today…

DyslexiaNew category dyslexia-friendly books

Our ‘reluctant’ readers category, launched in 2008 was greeted with tremendous enthusiasm but we also received feedback from our members that we needed to go further. So, working with the charity Dyslexia Action and the publisher Barrington Stoke we have created a special section featuring 12 books for readers of around 9+ readers, but whose reading age is around 6+, and this is just a start. We will be adding to it as the year progresses and we hope it will become an invaluable resource for all those parents of children who are struggling with reading.

Start reading books before they are published

Our pre-publication area of the site is becoming increasingly popular as parents and children want to get ahead of the crowds by reading extracts of books before they are published.

This month we have 4 pre publication books including Revolver, the latest from Author of the Month Marcus Sedgwick



Marcus Sedgwick

14+ A tense, psychological drama set in the snowy wilderness of the Arctic, where a boy confronts a stranger come to take revenge on his dead father.

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The Ask and the Answer

Patrick Ness

14+ Tense, shocking and deeply moving. This is the follow up to the award winning The Knife of Never Letting Go.

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Fever Crumb

Philip Reeve

9+ This is one of the most eagerly anticipated novels of 2009 it’s a prequel to the brilliant Mortal Engine series. So why not check it out now. 

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Alison Allen-Gray

11+ A topical thriller that captures the mood of the moment in terms of the controversial scientific advances that are becoming increasingly possible.

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top tenFind out what’s hot this week!

Another new feature on the site is one that enables you to see which books other Lovereading4kids members are looking at. It’s called our Top 10 and it updates every night with the ten most popular books on the site in the last week. Why not check it out on a regular basis to ensure you’re not missing some gems that other readers have discovered on the site?

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Childrens classicsClassic books make perfect gifts

And you’re looking for the perfect gift then why not consider our superb range of Classics. Great to read aloud to children and enjoyed, by children and adults, time and time again. We have paperback classics from Penguin, some great value little hardbacks from Oxford and from Walker a sumptuous collection of illustrated paperbacks. Each month, we’re adding to the list with newly released titles so check it out on a regular basis and add titles to your collection.

CoralineGreat films come from Brilliant Books

Finally you may have seen that Neil Gaiman’s book Coraline has been made into a film that is due for release on 7 May. So, why not read the book beforehand or try the graphic novel version to get the whole story.

PS – don’t forget our competitions page – lots of goodies to giveaway this month.

Children’s Classics, Prize Winners and books for reluctant readers

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

In addition to Lovereading4kids keeping you abreast of lots of new books from established and debut authors we wanted to let you know about three special sections that have just gone live (due to numerous reader requests) and we think you’ll love.

ClassicChildren’s Classics

The first is one dedicated to Classic Children’s Books from Alice (in Alice in Wonderland) to Zeus (in Tales of Greek Heroes). From great value hardbacks from Oxford and large format illustrated paperbacks from Walker Books to Puffin’s delightfully packaged paperbacks there’s a format for every time and place and as you collect them you’ll find they make a marvellous library for your child’s bookshelf. Find out more today.

Essential Reading

Essential ReadingThe second are what we call Essential Reading. Eagle-eyed readers will realised we launched this last year but for 2009 we’ve refreshed the list. It’s the perfect place to go if you are stuck for a book to buy next for your child. Split by age range it features dozens of titles, that are all fabulous reads and have a timeless quality about them. Our highlight of the month for this section has to be The Little White Horse, which has come back to prominence with the launch of the hugely successful film The Secret of Moonacre.

Reluctant readersBooks for reluctant readers

Last but by no means least, if you have any children that aren’t overly keen about picking up a book to read, perhaps they even struggle as a reader, then have a look at our Reluctant Readers category. Working with the Literacy Trust, we’ve packed it with books recommended by parents and teachers who found them useful for encouraging hesitant readers. We hope it helps!

Start reading books before they are published

We have some excellent pre-publication stories this month for your kids to discover before the playground crowds. Just download some free Opening Extracts to read together:

Litterbug Doug by Ellie Bethel – 5+ readers

A fun story about a lazy, wasteful boy who hates recycling… only Michael Recycle, Planet Earth’s Super Green Hero can save the day!

Raven Mysteries by Marcus Segewick – 7+ readers.

A really funny new Gothic series about a very strange family, told from the point of a raven. We’re always pleased when an author with an established fan base begins writing for a younger audience, particularly someone as talented as Marcus.

Running on the Cracks by Julia Donaldson for 9+ readers.

A heart-stopping debut thriller from an award-winning picture book author about a girl who runs away from home to escape life and investigate the secret behind her dead father’s feud with his family.

Princess Plot by Kirsten Boie – 11+ readers.

Jenna has just won the starring role in a film about a princess – but when she gets whisked off to the shoot, she becomes caught up in a real-life royal mystery! This is a stunningly original debut.


Auslander by Paul Dowswell – 14+ readers.

Peter grows up in a Warsaw orphanage, but with his Aryan blond hair and blue eyes, he is soon adopted by a German professor. But Peter refuses to be the perfect Hitler-jugend.It’s chilling and thought-provoking in equal measure.

Blue PeterPotential Prize Winners

The name Blue Peter conjures up memories for parents and children everywhere but did you know they organise a very influential children’s book prize?. To find the shortlisted titles in the three sections of the award – ‘the best book with facts’, ‘the book I couldn’t put down’ and ‘the most funny story with pictures’ – go to our Prize Winners section and decide which are your favourites to win. The winners of the sections will be announced on World Book Day 5 March.

Money offSpread the word about Lovereading4kids and get money off books!

Finally, We know that as a parent you appreciate the guidance that Lovereading4kids provides in finding some amazing new children’s books to keep the reading-ball rolling But don’t forget to tell all your friends and family about it too, also recommending your friends to join up can earn you discounts on books!

P.S Oh and one last thing, time waits for no man, or child for that matter, so why not take a moment to review the age categories you have asked us to keep you up-to-date on. After all, kids get older too and may be you’re no longer receiving the most appropriate age ranges for your kids. Just click this link and login to your account page.

P.P.S A reminder too about our free prize draws page that we launched recently. If you’ve not dropped in to that page this month then why not take a look. Privacy Policy Disclaimer