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Mid November / Christmas email update

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

Doing it for the Kids – Forget the gifts they’ll get bored with before the turkey sarnies run out. A well-chosen book is a lasting and imagination-sparking gift that will make the magic of Christmas even more, erm, magical! Watch their eyes light up brighter than a Bethlehem Star this year. Buy a book. Click here to see our hand-picked, age-ranged selections.

Pinch Punch! Firsts of the Month

As ever we have scoured the world of children’s publishing to bring you the very best of brand new talent during 2015. Discover a new favourite author today. This month we have just one featured debut, The Adventures of Miss Petitfour (7+) by Anne Michaels, but it could well be one of our top debuts of the year if our kids reader review panel have their say!

We said of it “Irresistible and wonderfully illustrated, imagine the playful spirit of Pippi Longstocking and the charm of Mary Poppins, with masses of cake and cats!” Why not find out more for yourself?

     

It’s Good to Share! – Julia Eccleshare Recommends

You’ll be no stranger to the handsome, hand-picked must-haves that Guardian Children’s Editor Julia Eccleshare painstakingly picks for us every month. Here are her hot tips for November …

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Peanuts and Popcorn! – Charlie Brown the Movie

With the release of the long-awaited Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the Peanuts movie, we have two tantalising titles to give away AND a wonderful Snoopy plush toy. The old favourite characters are back! And wonderfully re-drawn for a modern touch.

Check out the Official Movie Novel, and the brilliantly conceived Doodle Book: or, try your luck in our gargantuan goody-bag give-away!

Award Rewards! – Book Award Shortlists

Book award shortlists are a perfect place to find sensational stories for youngsters. And at this time of year, there’s a whole host of them! The shortlist of the coveted Guardian Children’s Book Award has just been announced with the winner coming later this month. Why not check out the shortlist here, and pick your own ‘best in class’?

Also up for grabs this month is the shortlist of the 2016 Scottish Children’s Book Awards, a glittering gathering of the best writing for children from tots to teens.

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Tomorrow’s World – Books for Young Adults

Just a quick reminder about our specially compiled section for teens and YA readers. It’s such a vibrant and vivid time in your life. Adventure, friendships, self-discovery – all there in spades. But, there’s frustration too, and a strong desire to be understood. These books reflect all of these feelings in settings that will give flight to your imagination. Books like Monster by C.J Skuse: – A supernatural heart-stopping thrill-ride with a sardonic sense of humour. Grisly, nail-biting fun! Check out loads more in our YA category. A handful of these titles would be a perfect Christmas gift.

David Almond says … Run Harry Run!

From the celebrated author of Skellig comes a fantastic, uplifting and joyful tale of times gone past.

Set against the back drop of the Junior Great North Run, Harry Miller’s Run, captures family life in Newcastle so vividly, you’ll smell the air change from there all the way to South Shields! Taste the briny sea breeze and the sweet soft ice cream and let this book whisk you away.

We bet you have your trainers on by tea-time!

     

Some books never go out of style

We do love the constant stream of new books we get to read but we also love the classics, especially when a publisher relaunches some, normally with stunning new covers. So why not have a browse and introduce a child you know to a book you loved when you were their age.

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A Year of Love – Guess How Much I Love You 20th Anniversary

As a celebratory ‘Year of Love’ draws to a close, this is a perfect opportunity to spread the love one last time. 2015 is the 20th anniversary of Guess How Much I Love You: a story so timeless in its simplicity that every generation believes it was written just for them. And in many ways – it was!

Fairy Tales & Mythical Creatures from North of the border

Move over Nessie! We have two books brimming with fantastical fairy tales and beguiling beasts from the cultural heart of Scotland. Wonderful illustrations and beautiful story telling make An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Mythical Creatures (7+) and An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Folk and Fairy Tales books that you and your kids will love getting lost in.

Just the thing to ‘tartan’ up your bookshelves and a perfect gift. Read more.

Patchwork Works! – Elmer the Elephant

David McKee’s multi-coloured and much-loved, Elmer the Elephant is a deserved favourite among discerning 2-5 year olds! There are so many wonderful, colourful and educational stories to choose from. Elmer and the Flood is a firm favourite in our office, and the latest: Elmer’s Band is a hugely fun press-button sound book with a lovely message of self-confidence and identity. See it here.

Open the Gates of the Garden of Wonder!

Animal admiration abounds in a beautifully illustrated and incredibly educational break-through book: The Wonder Garden by Jenny Broom (7+).

Innovative and just plain awesome, this book explores five habitats and the creatures that dwell within. The clue is in the subtitle: “Wander through the World’s Wildest Habitats and discover more than 80 Amazing Animals”. Open the gates of the Wonder Garden today and be amazed! Definitely a book to share with younger children too.

What a Feline! – T.S. Eliot’s Cats Retold

T.S Eliot created some of the world’s best-loved fictional felines. Here, illustrator Arthur Robbins has breathed fresh life into these timeless poems with purrfect pictures and additional characters. He has already turned his wizardry to Macavity and that mischievous Mr Mistoffelees. Now, Skimbleshanks The Railway Cat joins the throng. We love them so much they are proud members of our Classics Category of children’s books that will never die!

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Turn Pictures into Animated film!

This fantastic book combined with the technology of the FREE Blink Book app brings colouring bang up to date and allows your budding artists to bring their pictures to life. Just colour in the pictures, snap them on the phone and use a specially created free app and the more they colour, the longer and more involved the animations will become. Simple and great fun to boot this is an exciting development in colouring/animation for children.

P.S. Fans of James Patterson, House of Robots series don’t have to wait too long now as the next one comes in December but (7+) reluctant readers who haven’t discovered the series yet should jump on the Patterson bandwagon today so as not to miss out.

P.P.S. 3 Win family tickets to see Tiger Who Came to Tea stage show at the Lyric Theatre in London worth £80! along with many many more exclusive book prizes up for grabs.

Lovereading4kids Christmas email update

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Schools everywhere are starting to make Christmas decorations and maybe you’re busy making costumes for that nativity play? We love Christmas time. Who doesn’t? But it can be stressful trying to get inspiration for great gifts. That’s where we come in. You don’t have to get out the tinsel, tree and Christmas CD just yet, but a little forward planning goes a long way. Look no further for great value-for-money presents that your kids will love forever

10% Discount and Free Postage… Happy Christmas!!

kids site 10percent xmas13… don’t forget, that you can claim 10% off all the orders you place this year by using your personal voucher code SHLD8-UEBZJZC3.

The (signed) First Nowell – Signed First Editions

Don’t forget that we still have some amazing Signed copies (some of which are First Editions) of fabulous books by big name authors like David Walliams, David Almond, Julia Donaldson, Neil Gaiman and Patrick Ness – to name just a few – up for grabs in our festive competition. They’ll be gone soon, so click here now for a chance to get someone a thoughtful and unique present they’ll cherish. STOP PRESS … just arrived in the office three stunning, War Horse Special Editions with illustrations by Rae Smith, signed by Michael Morpurgo and the illustrator – a real rarity!

Usborne Again! …. Usborne’s 40th Birthday

usborne-40th-birthday-balloon1After the successful launch of Usborne Day in shops all over the UK last month, we have compiled a special category full of our favourite Usborne books. Take a look at the enormous range of this powerhouse publisher and use the celebrations as the perfect excuse to buy someone special a gift … you know. For Christmas. Which is next month. Did we mention?

Make it a Classic Christmas – Children’s Classics

The old ones genuinely ARE the best sometimes! We have collated all the best classic children’s books through the ages into one great big nostalgic trip down memory lane – and in a wide range formats to suit every purse and taste. Beautifully presented and expertly illustrated, these timeless stories make fabulous, thoughtful and everlasting gifts. So why not start buying into a Collection of Classics right now…the Egmont Heritage range is truly gorgeous and growing.

 

And talking of classics 56 Years Young! – ‘Mary-Mary’ Re-issued

The well-loved classic story collection about a little girl called Mary-Mary has been lovingly redesigned 56 years after its first publication. These old-school charming adventures, with original illustrations by Joan G. Robinson, are perfect for emergent readers … unless, of course, they are waiting for you to finish them after falling in love with them all over again. There really is something about Mary-Mary!

Classics Adapted through a Looking Glass

Part of the Best Loved Clasics Series – beautifully illustrated adaptation gift-books for younger readers.

We just love this wonderfully illustrated edition of Alice Through the Looking Glass brought to colourful life by none other than the supremely talented and award-winning Emma Chichester Clark. It is the sequel to her Alice in Wonderland, both of which are crammed with Lewis Carroll’s eccentric and vibrant characters.

 

Two Great new Free Prize Draws not to miss

Win Hobbit Goody Bags

With the 2nd in the Hobbit film trilogy, The Desolation of Smaug, due out on 13 December we think it’s the perfect time for children to read, or re-read this classic from 1937 and discover more about the films along the way in some terrific movie storybooks. We also have 3 Hobbit Goody bags stuffed with books and a DVD up for grabs. Find out more and enter today.

Win a DVD & Blu-ray of The Wind in the Willows!

To coincide with the 30th anniversary of the original The Wind in the Willows movie we have teamed up with FremantleMedia Home Entertainment, to offer 5 lucky readers the chance to win a DVD & Blu-ray of the digitally restored Original Movie plus The Complete Collection on DVD.

The Nature of Publishing – Fine Feather’s fabulous books

Fine Feather Publishing specialises in truly lovely nature books and other educational titles and items for young children. So, if you want something that they can enjoy every day as they go to bed, or wake up or play in their room, then these two are a great place to start:

ABC Wall Frieze – Perfect for the nursery or reception classroom, this beautiful imaginative 7 panel poster brings the outside world indoors AND helps them to learn the alphabet in a stunning wall frieze.

123 Nature Flash Cards – 20 fold-over cards, packed with entertaining number-related games, for teaching children first number concepts such as sizes, sorting, counting, matching, adding and taking away.

Reluctant Readers love Graphic Novels

Reluctant, dyslexic and struggling readers (12+) will be transformed by Cathy Brett’s hilarious imaginative and non-patronisingly empathetic growing-pains novel, Graphic. Imagine if Adrian Mole had expressed himself in drawings.

This is a charming and unique story of the dreams of youngsters and the trials and tribulations of love, life, and dealing with the school bully.

Finally – Our office is ablaze with wonderful Christmas Reads. Our special elves have spent months compiling the definitive collection of Christmas Books for kids and young adults of all ages. Something to treat your little helpers! See a small taster of what’s under our tree below – or visit our Christmas category to see them all. Happy Christmas.

Children’s Christmas Books

Friday, December 7th, 2012

With Santa’s sleigh undergoing its final pre-flight checks, we just thought we’d remind you that apart from the fact that a great book is a perfect gift, we can help you find the right one, for children of all ages, abilities, likes and dislikes, with our expert personal guidance. Start ‘stocking’ up today!

Take a look at our handily age-ranged Great Reads for Christmas. Also, see what we loved this year in our very own Great Reads of 2012 AND, if you spend over £15, we’ll deliver for free* as well! but do make sure all orders have been placed by 20 Dec 12 noon (of books in stock) to guarantee no tears on Christmas Day!

The latest Jacqueline Wilson…a perfect gift

Dame Jacqueline Wilson was our Guest Editor in February 2012 when her latest book The Worst Thing About My Sister was published as hardback. Well now, perfectly timed as a great value Christmas Gift for all her fans, it’s available as a paperback. 9+ readers will love this tale of the bond of sisterhood. Find out more and read a Free Opening Extract today.


Wicked Young Writers’ Award – Winners just announced

Now in its third year The Wicked Young Writers’ Award, supported by Michael Morpurgo, has just announced the winning stories. Michael Morpurgo said of this year’s Award. “Great writing touches our hearts, awakens our intellect and leaves us thinking and dreaming. These young people have written extraordinary pieces that do all that. Here are the writers of the future.” Visit the website wickedyoungwriters.com to find out more and we hope we soon see books we can feature on Lovereading and Lovereading4kids from the winners.

Also just announced is the winner of the National Book Token Children’s Book of the Year that went to the the screamingly funny novel from David Walliams, Ratburger, who is being hailed as the new Roald Dahl.

Before you scroll down to see lots more books in all the age ranges we wanted to share with you some of our absolute favourites and some perfect stocking fillers. See the virtual book shelves below. Merry Christmas!

Lovereading4kids Staff Favourites

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Perfect Stocking Fillers

P.S. With the first Hobbit film, An Unexpected Journey due in cinemas 14 December, why not take the chance to get your children to read the amazing book on which the film is based.

See below for just a taster of the Christmas books on the website…

*free postage offer only applies to UK orders and items will be despatched using our standard, non trackable service.

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.

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!

Children’s Christmas book selections

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008



  

Dog Biscuit

Helen Cooper

A sumptuously illustrated and heart-warming adventure about a little girl who turns into a dog – or does she?  Find out in this wonderful new adventure from award winning author/illustrator, Helen Cooper.

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Sir Charlie Stinky Socks And The Really Frightful Night

Kristina Stephenson

Charlie is big, bold and daring but is he brave enough to rescue a damsel in distress?  Find out by joining him on a really big and frightening adventure.  Vibrant illustrations and fold-out flaps give the story an additional dimension…

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Nat Fantastic

Giles Andreae

Fantastic adventures for Nat as his supercharged sneeze changes him into a superhero, ready to battle anyone, anywhere. Leaving the comfort of his bedtime story, Nat takes off to fight crocodiles and stop bank robbers. A vigorous story with ebullient…

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Bubble Trouble

Margaret Mahy

This fabulous and ridiculous bouncing story told in a rollicking rhyme charts the adventures of a baby who gets wafted away in a bubble. Over the heads of all bibble – bobbles the baby in the bubble while everyone wonders,…

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Santa’s Littlest Helper Travels The World

Anu Stohner

Curl up on those cold starry winter nights and enjoy a magical Christmas story with Santa’s littlest helper who saves the day when everyone around him gets ill.  It’s a Christmas story with a twist and with some stunningly colourful…

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The Trouble With Dragons

Debi Gliori

A cautionary tale for readers young and old about the use and misuse of the planet, featuring dragons. Accessible and fun it is both beautiful and timely and will teach the reader about caring and sharing and working together.

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The Haunted House

Kazuno Kohara

Dare you enter the Haunted House? In a big old house at the edge of
town there’s a spooky surprise in store . . . But who’s afraid of a few
ghosts? Certainly not the heroine of this story who is an…

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Goat And Donkey And The Noise Downstairs

Simon Puttock

Goat and donkey are an absolutely delightful duo that readers will instantly warm to and be entertained by.  With strong characterisation, wacky and unpredictable storyline, offbeat humour and a great strength of friendship between the two characters, this picture book…

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Winnie’s Flying Carpet

Valerie Thomas

Bestselling Winnie the Witch is back with a new adventure when she’s ‘all aboard’ her flying carpet. Winnie has always wanted a flying carpet but, when it comes, she finds it is unexpectedly hard to control. When the carpet whisks…

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Stick Man

Julia Donaldson

Creators of The Gruffalo, best selling author/ illustrator Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler are back with another bestseller on their hands. “Stick Man lives in the family tree/ with Stick Lady love/ And his children three”. But one day Stick…

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The Great Paper Caper

Oliver Jeffers

Touching and funny, this is also a visually sophisticated picture book which lightly carries an important message about the use – and misuse – of resources. All is not well in the forest: branches of the trees keep disappearing and…

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Hide Me Kipper

Mick Inkpen

All the fun of play is captured in this most recent story about Kipper, the loveable dog who has delighted readers for 18 years. When a mouse suddenly appears in Kipper’s life he promises to hide him from the cat…

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The Story Blanket

Ferida Wolff, Harriet May Savitz

A beautifully heart-warming story about generosity rewarded with stunning illustrations by the award-winning illustrator Elena Odriozola.

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Aliens Love Underpants! (Book and CD edition)

Claire Freedman

 
Joint winner of the Richard and Judy “Early” 5+ Category. Terrific illustrations capture the flood of jokes about pants that underlie this rhyming story now brilliantly brought to even greater life by the addition of a CD…

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This month’s ‘featured books’
Age 5+ readers

  

Jeremy Strong’s Laugh-your-socks-off Joke Book

Jeremy Strong, Amanda Li

Far more than just a joke book, this title is jam-packed full of quizzes, games, jokes and so much more.  From Swashbuckling Crosswords to Puzzling Planet Puzzles, it is guaranteed to entertain and amuse both parents and children alike, whilst…

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Alice In Wonderland (slipcase edition)

Lewis Carroll, Rodney Matthews

The story is timeless and can be read at so many different levels, but this lavish slipcased edition is quite simply stunning and will bring to the reader a very different Wonderland – even more fantastical and a little darker…

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Lost Happy Endings

Carol Ann Duffy

Shortlisted for the prestigious 2008 Greenway. A wonderfully
lyrical story about the search for the happy endings that are needed to
make the perfect story. Beautiful illustrations bring the story to life.

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Traction Man Meets Turbo Dog

Mini Grey

Hilarious action-packed new adventures for the intrepid Traction Man and his popular side-kick, Scrubbing Brush, in this fantastic sequel by prize-winning illustrator Mini Grey. After an intrepid exploration of the compost heap, Scrubbing Brush returns so dirty that the foolish…

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The Dragon Tamer’s Castle

Ben Cort

This amazing book contains everything you need to create your own dragon tamer’s castle, plus there’s an exciting storybook to read again and again.  So read the book, build the castle and let the adventure begin.

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The Diary of a Monster Catcher

Nick Denchfield and Adam Stower

A pop-up extravaganza, full of adventure and crammed with magnificent monsters.  Join Professor Potts the monster catcher, if you dare as her goes on a perilous quest that’s not for the faint-hearted. Pefect gift for boys, with plenty of gross-out…

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Her Mother’s Face

Roddy Doyle

The first picture book from award winner Roddy Doyle is a heart-warming and gently reassuring tale about moving on and growing up.  The writing is quite sublime and the luscious illustrations by Freya Blackwood compliment the words beautifully.

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We Are All Born Free

Amnesty International

An arrestingly original way of informing children of their human rights, We Are All Born Free depicts each of the 30 Articles of Universal Declaration of Human Rights in wonderful illustrations by thirty best known illustrators. Each of the important…

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Do Try This At Home!

Punk Science

Science without the boring bits.  Produced in association with the Science Museum, Do Try This At Home is crammed with facts, jokes, big ideas and experiments. This very funny book is full colour and illustrated with artwork and photographs.  It…

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Olivia Helps With Christmas

Ian Falconer

Why not get into the Christmas spirit with the adorable but mischievous Olivia. There are presents to wrap, ornaments to hang on the tree, snowpigs to build…But what mayhem will she get up to this time? Delightfully told and beautifully…

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ABC 3D

Marion Bataille

A spectacular pop-up alphabet book for all the family to enjoy. Each spread is devoted to a letter of the alphabet and each letter comes brilliantly to life through either the most intricate of paper engineering or sometimes the simplest…

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50 Favourite Bible Stories

Brian Sibley

Cliff Richard’s readings of the 50 stories in this collection provide a vivid audio version which makes a perfect partner to the beautifully illustrated book. All the classic stories of the Bible including the story of the Creation, the building…

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This month’s ‘featured books’
Age 7+ readers

  

A Christmas Carol: The Graphic Novel (Quick Text)

Charles Dickens

This is the full story in quick modern English for a fast-paced read. The original Christmas tale is brought to life in this colourful graphic novel adaptation. It is the second Charles Dickens title from Classical Comics and probably his…

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Dragonology: Frost Dragon

Dugald Steer

Inventive and imaginative, this pack is fun to read and make.  It introduces the elusive Frost Dragon, a little known species among some more familiar names. Acquiring knowledge of this curious creature is fun while the additional model pack gives…

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Whitaker’s World Of Weird

Tracey Turner

Attractively produced, this is a neat pocket book stuffed full of extraordinary facts about all kinds of unusual things. Set against a background of strong photographic images, the sections in this book cover many things including Weird Encounters, Weird Behaviour…

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The Worst Witch to the Rescue

Jill Murphy

Full of witchcraft, wizardry and black magic, The World’s Worst Witch is a suitable alternative if you’re fed up of re-reading your Harry Potter. Any child who remembers their first day at school will sympathise with Mildred Hubble. Usually a…

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Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles: A Giant Problem

Holly Black, Tony DiTerlizzi

2008 has been a great year for Spiderwick, for the film brought in millions more readers to the books on which the film was based.  The creators of the world of Spiderwick have gone ‘beyond’ and through Nixie’s Song…

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Peter Pan In Scarlet (Illustrated Edition)

Geraldine Mccaughrean

This is a lush, illustrated gift edition of Geraldine McCaughrean’s official sequel to Peter Pan that was such a huge bestseller when it first came out in both hardback and paperback.  The text in this special edition has been specially…

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Teach Your Granny To Text And Other Ways To Change The World

We Are What We Do

Teach Your Granny to Text is a book that will inspire children to use their everyday actions to change the world. If lots of people make small changes then big changes can occur. It’s not rocket science but it does…

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Comic Strip History Of The World

Tracey Turner

Everything important that’s happened in the world – in pictures, brilliant!
 
Lovereading comment:
If you’re not into history but feel you need to know just a little bit more than you do, then this is the book for…

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How Loud Can You Burp?

Glenn Murphy

From the same author as last year’s huge hit, Why Is Snot Green?, comes a brand new collection of answers to an awful lot of questions ranging from ‘what are clouds for?’ and ‘how loud can you burp?’ to ‘why…

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Children’s Atlas Of World History

Simon Adams

This is a fabulous pictorial guide to the world’s people and events from 10,000 BC to the present. Highly illustrated, it presents a dramatic insight into what the world was like during key historical periods – the Ancient world, Medieval…

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This month’s ‘featured books’
Age 9+ readers

  

The Little White Horse

Elizabeth Goudge

A classic fantasy adventure story that has transfixed generations since it was first published in 1946.  This wonderful new hardback edition, cloth bound and slip cased is truly special and a must for a child’s bookshelf.  The writing is lyrical…

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Tamburlaine’s Elephants

Geraldine Mccaughrean

Geraldine McCaughrean is a genius in her ability to draw the reader in
to a part of history that might not immediately spring to mind as being
of interest and yet she makes you hungry for more.  Here, she draws
upon a violent…

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By Royal Command

Charlie Higson

Adventure, and loads of it – By Royal Command is the fifth page turning thriller about the school days of James Bond. Whether on holiday or at school, James finds it hard to keep out of danger. Even on school…

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The Ultimate Book Of Famous People

This riveting book tells the stories of people who have influenced the course of history over the last 2000 years, from sportsmen to statesmen, from artists to film stars and from scientists to inventors.  Arranged in themes and chronologically, all…

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Hocus Pocus

Paul Kieve

Abracadabra! This mysterious book will without doubt inspire the young apprentice magicians of the 21st century with the unveiling of basic conjuring tricks, some of which dazzled audiences in the age of Robert Houdin and The Great Lafayette. The reader…

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The Young Inferno

John Agard

Brilliantly original, John Agard’s poetic reworking of Dante’s Inferno for a young, modern audience is a thrilling journey of discovery. Told in thirteen Cantos which follow the hero in a hoodie, it takes readers into the Circles of Hell where,…

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Dear Blue Peter…

Biddy Baxter

As the programme celebrates its 50th anniversary, Biddy Baxter – the show’s legendary editor and the woman who used the Blue Peter badge to encourage children to write in – reveals an extraordinary correspondence that, by the late 1980s, saw…

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Magic Thief

Sarah Prineas

This is an absolutely captivating debut fantasy adventure. Full of magic and trickery, this is the story of a wizard and his new apprentice trying to discover why the magic in their city is fading and how they must stop…

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Larklight 3: Mothstorm

Philip Reeve

With comic genius and storytelling brilliance the author has woven an ingenious and inventive space travel fantasy adventure, featuring a wild and wacky family that will enthral every reader and get both children and adults turning the pages faster than…

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Inkdeath: Inkheart 3

Cornelia Funke

Cornelia Funke’s acclaimed Inkheart trilogy, whilst rooted in the real world, sweeps beyond words to the Inkworld, a richly imagined parallel place that is the stuff of classic fairy tales that rivals Tolkien in its mastery. Inkdeath is a magnificently…

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Philip Ardagh’s Book Of Absolutely Useless Lists For Absolutely Every Day Of The Year

Philip Ardagh

From Public Enemies to St Paul’s Cathedral, every one’s fascination with lists will be satisfied once they’ve digested the 366 included in this attractive, chunky book.

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The Mysterious Benedict Society

Trenton Lee Stuart

This is a No. 1 New York Times Bestseller that we’ve been raving about since it went stratospheric across the water earlier this year. Here you will meet four very unusual children each with three things in common – all…

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This month’s ‘featured books’
Age 11+ readers

  

Ways To Live Forever

Sally Nicholls

Sympathetic,
touching, and surprisingly funny, Ways To Live Forever is a fantastic
debut from Sally Nicholls. Sam loves facts. He wants to know about UFOs and
horror movies and airships and ghosts and scientists, and how it…

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White Heat – Book 2 in the Perfect Fire Trilogy

Katie Grant

Love, divided loyalty and the struggles of France’s proud South intensifies in this the second book of a thrilling trilogy.  More twists and turns in this adventure set in 13th century France that involves bandits, renegade knights, broken promises but…

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Power Of Five: Necropolis

Anthony Horowitz

Yet again Anthony Horowitz has come up trumps with an edge-of-the-seat thriller with some brilliantly spun twists that will keep you guessing right up to the very end. The female protagonist is brilliantly portrayed – the first time, we think…

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A Really Short History Of Nearly Everything

Bill Bryson

Full of extraordinary discoveries and wonder at the world we live in, this is a thrilling scientific journey through history. It raises and answers many of the questions young readers ask about how the greatest scientific discoveries were made and…

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A Perfect Ten

Chris Higgins

Chris Higgins’ writing rivals the likes of Cathy Cassidy and Jacqueline Wilson.  She’s an author truly in tune with the teen psyche.  This is her fourth novel and she gets better and better with each new storyline.  The characterisation is…

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Jackdaw Summer

David Almond

In his exceptional, delicate writing, prize-winning author David Almond weaves together many strands which together give an intimate insight into the thinking of two boys growing up in his familiar Northumberland countryside. Against a background of fighter planes swooping overhead,…

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Waterslain Angels

Kevin Crossley-Holland

A tense, fast-paced detective story set in the 1950s in the haunting north Norfolk salt marshes where a dark secret has lain hidden, but suddenly there’s more than just Annie and Sandy trying to solve the case of the missing…

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The Red Necklace

Sally Gardner

Set against the turbulent and drastically violent time of the French Revolution, this story is about a boy who is destined to become a hero. The plot takes you from Paris to London and back to Paris again to confront…

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What I Was

Meg Rosoff

Haunting, intense and with an incredible twist in the tale this is unlike anything you will have read before. It’s a story of friendship, love and secrets but also of tragedy and loss. It will almost certainly move you to…

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This month’s ‘featured books’
Age 14+ readers

  

Fish In The Sky

Fridrik Erlings

This is a wonderful coming-of-age novel that every teenage boy will empathise with, and every teenage girl will glean insight from.  Whilst constructing a moving narrative, the novel also explores a number of issues, including single parenthood, absentee fathers, truancy and bullying. …

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The Graveyard Book (illustrated by Dave Mckean)

Neil Gaiman

Spooks galore in this brilliant and fantastic story of life in the graveyard. When Baby Bod escapes a murderer intent on killing his whole family, he is taken in by the graveyard ghosts. A stunningly original novel deftly constructed over…

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Brisingr

Christopher Paolini

Oaths are sworn, loyalties tested and forces collide in a fantasy epic that promises to be one of the key publishing sensations of 2008.
 
Brisingr means fire and was the first word that came out of the mouth of the dragon….

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Tales Of Terror From The Black Ship

Chris Priestley

This is seriously spine-tingling stuff and not for the faint-hearted – it’s a novel packed with chills, thrills, nail-biting suspense and heart-stopping revelations. Join Ethan and Cathy and steel yourself against the blood-curdling terror that lies ahead as you realise…

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Exposure

Mal Peet

A dramatic, topical novel inspired by Shakespeare’s Othello which will appeal to both boys and girls with its themes of football and celebrity culture.  Award winning Mal Peet’s Exposure is the third in the gripping trilogy which began with Keeper,…

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The Reckoning

James Jauncey

A thought adventure begins with a heart-stopping moment. Fin hears car doors slam, a scream and a dull thud. Through the mist he glimpses a figure falling from the bridge; when he reaches it he finds it is a girl…

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Children’s Christmas book selections

Monday, November 10th, 2008


This month’s ‘featured books’
Age Books for 0 – 5’s

 

Dog Biscuit

Helen Cooper

A sumptuously illustrated and heart-warming adventure about a little girl who turns into a dog – or does she?  Find out in this wonderful new adventure from award winning author/illustrator, Helen Cooper.

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Sir Charlie Stinky Socks And The Really Frightful Night

Kristina Stephenson

Charlie is big, bold and daring but is he brave enough to rescue a damsel in distress?  Find out by joining him on a really big and frightening adventure.  Vibrant illustrations and fold-out flaps give the story an additional dimension…

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Nat Fantastic

Giles Andreae

Fantastic adventures for Nat as his supercharged sneeze changes him into a superhero, ready to battle anyone, anywhere. Leaving the comfort of his bedtime story, Nat takes off to fight crocodiles and stop bank robbers. A vigorous story with ebullient…

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Bubble Trouble

Margaret Mahy

This fabulous and ridiculous bouncing story told in a rollicking rhyme charts the adventures of a baby who gets wafted away in a bubble. Over the heads of all bibble – bobbles the baby in the bubble while everyone wonders,…

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Santa’s Littlest Helper Travels The World

Anu Stohner

Curl up on those cold starry winter nights and enjoy a magical Christmas story with Santa’s littlest helper who saves the day when everyone around him gets ill.  It’s a Christmas story with a twist and with some stunningly colourful…

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The Trouble With Dragons

Debi Gliori

A cautionary tale for readers young and old about the use and misuse of the planet, featuring dragons. Accessible and fun it is both beautiful and timely and will teach the reader about caring and sharing and working together.

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The Haunted House

Kazuno Kohara

Dare you enter the Haunted House? In a big old house at the edge of
town there’s a spooky surprise in store . . . But who’s afraid of a few
ghosts? Certainly not the heroine of this story who is an…

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Goat And Donkey And The Noise Downstairs

Simon Puttock

Goat and donkey are an absolutely delightful duo that readers will instantly warm to and be entertained by.  With strong characterisation, wacky and unpredictable storyline, offbeat humour and a great strength of friendship between the two characters, this picture book…

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Winnie’s Flying Carpet

Valerie Thomas

Bestselling Winnie the Witch is back with a new adventure when she’s ‘all aboard’ her flying carpet. Winnie has always wanted a flying carpet but, when it comes, she finds it is unexpectedly hard to control. When the carpet whisks…

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Stick Man

Julia Donaldson

Creators of The Gruffalo, best selling author/ illustrator Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler are back with another bestseller on their hands. “Stick Man lives in the family tree/ with Stick Lady love/ And his children three”. But one day Stick…

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The Great Paper Caper

Oliver Jeffers

Touching and funny, this is also a visually sophisticated picture book which lightly carries an important message about the use – and misuse – of resources. All is not well in the forest: branches of the trees keep disappearing and…

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Hide Me Kipper

Mick Inkpen

All the fun of play is captured in this most recent story about Kipper, the loveable dog who has delighted readers for 18 years. When a mouse suddenly appears in Kipper’s life he promises to hide him from the cat…

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The Story Blanket

Ferida Wolff, Harriet May Savitz

A beautifully heart-warming story about generosity rewarded with stunning illustrations by the award-winning illustrator Elena Odriozola.

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Aliens Love Underpants! (Book and CD edition)

Claire Freedman

 
Joint winner of the Richard and Judy “Early” 5+ Category. Terrific illustrations capture the flood of jokes about pants that underlie this rhyming story now brilliantly brought to even greater life by the addition of a CD…

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This month’s ‘featured books’
Age 5+ readers

 

Jeremy Strong’s Laugh-your-socks-off Joke Book

Jeremy Strong, Amanda Li

Far more than just a joke book, this title is jam-packed full of quizzes, games, jokes and so much more.  From Swashbuckling Crosswords to Puzzling Planet Puzzles, it is guaranteed to entertain and amuse both parents and children alike, whilst…

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Alice In Wonderland (slipcase edition)

Lewis Carroll, Rodney Matthews

The story is timeless and can be read at so many different levels, but this lavish slipcased edition is quite simply stunning and will bring to the reader a very different Wonderland – even more fantastical and a little darker…

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Lost Happy Endings

Carol Ann Duffy

Shortlisted for the prestigious 2008 Greenway. A wonderfully
lyrical story about the search for the happy endings that are needed to
make the perfect story. Beautiful illustrations bring the story to life.

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Traction Man Meets Turbo Dog

Mini Grey

Hilarious action-packed new adventures for the intrepid Traction Man and his popular side-kick, Scrubbing Brush, in this fantastic sequel by prize-winning illustrator Mini Grey. After an intrepid exploration of the compost heap, Scrubbing Brush returns so dirty that the foolish…

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The Dragon Tamer’s Castle

Ben Cort

This amazing book contains everything you need to create your own dragon tamer’s castle, plus there’s an exciting storybook to read again and again.  So read the book, build the castle and let the adventure begin.

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The Diary of a Monster Catcher

Nick Denchfield and Adam Stower

A pop-up extravaganza, full of adventure and crammed with magnificent monsters.  Join Professor Potts the monster catcher, if you dare as her goes on a perilous quest that’s not for the faint-hearted. Pefect gift for boys, with plenty of gross-out…

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Her Mother’s Face

Roddy Doyle

The first picture book from award winner Roddy Doyle is a heart-warming and gently reassuring tale about moving on and growing up.  The writing is quite sublime and the luscious illustrations by Freya Blackwood compliment the words beautifully.

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We Are All Born Free

Amnesty International

An arrestingly original way of informing children of their human rights, We Are All Born Free depicts each of the 30 Articles of Universal Declaration of Human Rights in wonderful illustrations by thirty best known illustrators. Each of the important…

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Do Try This At Home!

Punk Science

Science without the boring bits.  Produced in association with the Science Museum, Do Try This At Home is crammed with facts, jokes, big ideas and experiments. This very funny book is full colour and illustrated with artwork and photographs.  It…

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Olivia Helps With Christmas

Ian Falconer

Why not get into the Christmas spirit with the adorable but mischievous Olivia. There are presents to wrap, ornaments to hang on the tree, snowpigs to build…But what mayhem will she get up to this time? Delightfully told and beautifully…

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ABC 3D

Marion Bataille

A spectacular pop-up alphabet book for all the family to enjoy. Each spread is devoted to a letter of the alphabet and each letter comes brilliantly to life through either the most intricate of paper engineering or sometimes the simplest…

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50 Favourite Bible Stories

Brian Sibley

Cliff Richard’s readings of the 50 stories in this collection provide a vivid audio version which makes a perfect partner to the beautifully illustrated book. All the classic stories of the Bible including the story of the Creation, the building…

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This month’s ‘featured books’
Age 7+ readers

 

A Christmas Carol: The Graphic Novel (Quick Text)

Charles Dickens

This is the full story in quick modern English for a fast-paced read. The original Christmas tale is brought to life in this colourful graphic novel adaptation. It is the second Charles Dickens title from Classical Comics and probably his…

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Dragonology: Frost Dragon

Dugald Steer

Inventive and imaginative, this pack is fun to read and make.  It introduces the elusive Frost Dragon, a little known species among some more familiar names. Acquiring knowledge of this curious creature is fun while the additional model pack gives…

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Whitaker’s World Of Weird

Tracey Turner

Attractively produced, this is a neat pocket book stuffed full of extraordinary facts about all kinds of unusual things. Set against a background of strong photographic images, the sections in this book cover many things including Weird Encounters, Weird Behaviour…

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The Worst Witch to the Rescue

Jill Murphy

Full of witchcraft, wizardry and black magic, The World’s Worst Witch is a suitable alternative if you’re fed up of re-reading your Harry Potter. Any child who remembers their first day at school will sympathise with Mildred Hubble. Usually a…

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Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles: A Giant Problem

Holly Black, Tony DiTerlizzi

2008 has been a great year for Spiderwick, for the film brought in millions more readers to the books on which the film was based.  The creators of the world of Spiderwick have gone ‘beyond’ and through Nixie’s Song…

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Peter Pan In Scarlet (Illustrated Edition)

Geraldine Mccaughrean

This is a lush, illustrated gift edition of Geraldine McCaughrean’s official sequel to Peter Pan that was such a huge bestseller when it first came out in both hardback and paperback.  The text in this special edition has been specially…

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Teach Your Granny To Text And Other Ways To Change The World

We Are What We Do

Teach Your Granny to Text is a book that will inspire children to use their everyday actions to change the world. If lots of people make small changes then big changes can occur. It’s not rocket science but it does…

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Comic Strip History Of The World

Tracey Turner

Everything important that’s happened in the world – in pictures, brilliant!
 
Lovereading comment:
If you’re not into history but feel you need to know just a little bit more than you do, then this is the book for…

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How Loud Can You Burp?

Glenn Murphy

From the same author as last year’s huge hit, Why Is Snot Green?, comes a brand new collection of answers to an awful lot of questions ranging from ‘what are clouds for?’ and ‘how loud can you burp?’ to ‘why…

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Children’s Atlas Of World History

Simon Adams

This is a fabulous pictorial guide to the world’s people and events from 10,000 BC to the present. Highly illustrated, it presents a dramatic insight into what the world was like during key historical periods – the Ancient world, Medieval…

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This month’s ‘featured books’
Age 9+ readers

 

The Little White Horse

Elizabeth Goudge

A classic fantasy adventure story that has transfixed generations since it was first published in 1946.  This wonderful new hardback edition, cloth bound and slip cased is truly special and a must for a child’s bookshelf.  The writing is lyrical…

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Tamburlaine’s Elephants

Geraldine Mccaughrean

Geraldine McCaughrean is a genius in her ability to draw the reader in
to a part of history that might not immediately spring to mind as being
of interest and yet she makes you hungry for more.  Here, she draws
upon a violent…

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By Royal Command

Charlie Higson

Adventure, and loads of it – By Royal Command is the fifth page turning thriller about the school days of James Bond. Whether on holiday or at school, James finds it hard to keep out of danger. Even on school…

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The Ultimate Book Of Famous People

This riveting book tells the stories of people who have influenced the course of history over the last 2000 years, from sportsmen to statesmen, from artists to film stars and from scientists to inventors.  Arranged in themes and chronologically, all…

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Hocus Pocus

Paul Kieve

Abracadabra! This mysterious book will without doubt inspire the young apprentice magicians of the 21st century with the unveiling of basic conjuring tricks, some of which dazzled audiences in the age of Robert Houdin and The Great Lafayette. The reader…

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The Young Inferno

John Agard

Brilliantly original, John Agard’s poetic reworking of Dante’s Inferno for a young, modern audience is a thrilling journey of discovery. Told in thirteen Cantos which follow the hero in a hoodie, it takes readers into the Circles of Hell where,…

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Dear Blue Peter…

Biddy Baxter

As the programme celebrates its 50th anniversary, Biddy Baxter – the show’s legendary editor and the woman who used the Blue Peter badge to encourage children to write in – reveals an extraordinary correspondence that, by the late 1980s, saw…

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Magic Thief

Sarah Prineas

This is an absolutely captivating debut fantasy adventure. Full of magic and trickery, this is the story of a wizard and his new apprentice trying to discover why the magic in their city is fading and how they must stop…

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Larklight 3: Mothstorm

Philip Reeve

With comic genius and storytelling brilliance the author has woven an ingenious and inventive space travel fantasy adventure, featuring a wild and wacky family that will enthral every reader and get both children and adults turning the pages faster than…

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Inkdeath: Inkheart 3

Cornelia Funke

Cornelia Funke’s acclaimed Inkheart trilogy, whilst rooted in the real world, sweeps beyond words to the Inkworld, a richly imagined parallel place that is the stuff of classic fairy tales that rivals Tolkien in its mastery. Inkdeath is a magnificently…

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Philip Ardagh’s Book Of Absolutely Useless Lists For Absolutely Every Day Of The Year

Philip Ardagh

From Public Enemies to St Paul’s Cathedral, every one’s fascination with lists will be satisfied once they’ve digested the 366 included in this attractive, chunky book.

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The Mysterious Benedict Society

Trenton Lee Stuart

This is a No. 1 New York Times Bestseller that we’ve been raving about since it went stratospheric across the water earlier this year. Here you will meet four very unusual children each with three things in common – all…

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This month’s ‘featured books’
Age 11+ readers

 

Ways To Live Forever

Sally Nicholls

Sympathetic,
touching, and surprisingly funny, Ways To Live Forever is a fantastic
debut from Sally Nicholls. Sam loves facts. He wants to know about UFOs and
horror movies and airships and ghosts and scientists, and how it…

Download Extract

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White Heat – Book 2 in the Perfect Fire Trilogy

Katie Grant

Love, divided loyalty and the struggles of France’s proud South intensifies in this the second book of a thrilling trilogy.  More twists and turns in this adventure set in 13th century France that involves bandits, renegade knights, broken promises but…

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Power Of Five: Necropolis

Anthony Horowitz

Yet again Anthony Horowitz has come up trumps with an edge-of-the-seat thriller with some brilliantly spun twists that will keep you guessing right up to the very end. The female protagonist is brilliantly portrayed – the first time, we think…

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A Really Short History Of Nearly Everything

Bill Bryson

Full of extraordinary discoveries and wonder at the world we live in, this is a thrilling scientific journey through history. It raises and answers many of the questions young readers ask about how the greatest scientific discoveries were made and…

Download Extract
 

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A Perfect Ten

Chris Higgins

Chris Higgins’ writing rivals the likes of Cathy Cassidy and Jacqueline Wilson.  She’s an author truly in tune with the teen psyche.  This is her fourth novel and she gets better and better with each new storyline.  The characterisation is…

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Jackdaw Summer

David Almond

In his exceptional, delicate writing, prize-winning author David Almond weaves together many strands which together give an intimate insight into the thinking of two boys growing up in his familiar Northumberland countryside. Against a background of fighter planes swooping overhead,…

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Waterslain Angels

Kevin Crossley-Holland

A tense, fast-paced detective story set in the 1950s in the haunting north Norfolk salt marshes where a dark secret has lain hidden, but suddenly there’s more than just Annie and Sandy trying to solve the case of the missing…

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The Red Necklace

Sally Gardner

Set against the turbulent and drastically violent time of the French Revolution, this story is about a boy who is destined to become a hero. The plot takes you from Paris to London and back to Paris again to confront…

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What I Was

Meg Rosoff

Haunting, intense and with an incredible twist in the tale this is unlike anything you will have read before. It’s a story of friendship, love and secrets but also of tragedy and loss. It will almost certainly move you to…

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This month’s ‘featured books’
Age 14+ readers

 

Fish In The Sky

Fridrik Erlings

This is a wonderful coming-of-age novel that every teenage boy will empathise with, and every teenage girl will glean insight from.  Whilst constructing a moving narrative, the novel also explores a number of issues, including single parenthood, absentee fathers, truancy and bullying. …

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The Graveyard Book (illustrated by Dave Mckean)

Neil Gaiman

Spooks galore in this brilliant and fantastic story of life in the graveyard. When Baby Bod escapes a murderer intent on killing his whole family, he is taken in by the graveyard ghosts. A stunningly original novel deftly constructed over…

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Brisingr

Christopher Paolini

Oaths are sworn, loyalties tested and forces collide in a fantasy epic that promises to be one of the key publishing sensations of 2008.
 
Brisingr means fire and was the first word that came out of the mouth of the dragon….

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Tales Of Terror From The Black Ship

Chris Priestley

This is seriously spine-tingling stuff and not for the faint-hearted – it’s a novel packed with chills, thrills, nail-biting suspense and heart-stopping revelations. Join Ethan and Cathy and steel yourself against the blood-curdling terror that lies ahead as you realise…

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Exposure

Mal Peet

A dramatic, topical novel inspired by Shakespeare’s Othello which will appeal to both boys and girls with its themes of football and celebrity culture.  Award winning Mal Peet’s Exposure is the third in the gripping trilogy which began with Keeper,…

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The Reckoning

James Jauncey

A thought adventure begins with a heart-stopping moment. Fin hears car doors slam, a scream and a dull thud. Through the mist he glimpses a figure falling from the bridge; when he reaches it he finds it is a girl…

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Children’s Books for Christmas

Friday, November 7th, 2008

Before kids had Mp3 players and PlayStations, they found many of their adventures in books. Now that some of the consumerism of the 21st century has been stripped away by the Credit Crunch, books are still here to enrich children’s lives: inexpensive, imagination-firing brain food and a doddle to wrap!

So, here at Lovereading4kids, our minds have been working overtime on choosing from 1,000’s of children’s books published this year, the ones that we feel will MAKE Christmas for the youngsters in your life. And to make your money go that little bit further we are now offering free UK postage on orders over £20 coupled with our 25% off the RRP.We have chosen some fantastic ‘Must Read books of the year’Gifts and Stocking Fillers to whet the appetite, for all age ranges from toddlers to teens. Remember, you can download a free Opening Extract of every Featured Book to make sure it’s right for the child before making that purchase. If teenagers would like to choose their own books tell them to check out our ‘new gen’ category on Lovereading.

Author of the Month David Almond:

David Almond has the rare honour of winning Whitbread Children’s Book Award. His novels, including Skellig and The Fire-eaters, have become worldwide bestsellers. And his brilliant new book, Jackdaw Summer, is out now. Read this and many of his older novels in our special Author of the Month section.

 

 

 

A bumper crop of great Books of the Month:



Anthony Horowitz’s The Power of Five: Necropolis

the eagerly awaited 4th book in the series about five children with special powers fighting to save the world from evil


The Reckoning by James Jauncey

a thriller in which a teenage boy becomes entangled in murderous goings on

The Gruffalo Pop-up Theatre by Julia Donaldson
read the much-loved story, then open the pop-up stage and act out your own adventures, creating hours of fun
Young, Loaded and Fabulous by Kate Kingsley two outrageously spoilt teenage socialites’ position at the top of their school’s social hierarchy suddenly comes under threat
  

Girls Are Best, Sandi Toksvig seeks to redress the injustices of history, and tells us about all the wonderful and fascinating ways females have changed the world

Dugald Speer’s Spyology,  

thrilling stuff for any would be spies – this is a training guide packed with all sorts of secrets.

Fish in the Sky by Fridrik Erlings a witty, literary novel about the trials and tribulations of a 13-year-old boy. Destined to become a classic The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman   

a stunning novel about a child who finds safety from a murderer among the local graveyard’s ghosts and ghouls

The Birthday Book   

a sumptuous collection of illustrated stories and verse by some of the very best authors

 

New writing talent – New Voices:

Fresh from our New Voices category, featuring the brightest talent from Walker Books, comes Winter Song by Jean-Claude Morlevat. This is a powerful story about courage and principle in the face of an oppressive government.

We also have a sneak preview of the December New Voice The Society of S by Susan Hubbard is about a young girl, Ariella, who discovers that everything she knew about her family is a lie, and a deep, dark truth lies beneath…

The kids weekly comic is back – the perfect present for Christmas:

The DFC is a weekly comic, packed with tons of high-quality, 100% entertaining stories from the world’s best writers and artists. If you want to get a brilliant Christmas present in the bag for your kids, look no further than our exclusive Lovereading4kids subscription offers. And this month there’s a brilliant prize draw to win signed artwork too.

Introduce your children to some classic stories:

And finally, more classics – condensed, retold, and beautifully illustrated – from the Real Reads initiative: this time your children can absorb themselves in imagination-shaping sci-fi with Frankenstein and The Lost World.

So, download some FREE Opening Extracts of some of these great reads, get your kids hooked on reading, and remind yourself why books make extremely special presents – to throw into the mix with all the hi-tech toys and gadgets this Christmas.


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