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Lovereading4kids January 2010 Mid Month update

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

After a slightly delayed start with the weather the pace of January has now picked up and we hope you are enjoying the newly designed Lovereading4kids newsletter is providing you with all the guidance you need when it comes to great books for kids. Read on to find out about the Blue Peter Book Award shortlist, Pre-Publication exclusives, the long-awaited paperback launch of Lemony Snicket and the new ‘Demi God’ on the block, Percy Jackson, whose film release is imminent!

Series of the Month – Percy Jackson

Imagine a world where the gods of Olympus are alive in the 21st century, and still fall in love with mortals and have children who might turn out to become great heroes like Theseus, Jason and Hercules. Percy is one of those kids, and his adventures have been transported to the silver screen in a film from the director of the Harry Potter movies. Due for release on 12 February, Percy Jackson will be the talk of the playground shortly so make sure your kids are on to it well ahead of the game.

Series of the Year – ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’

Lemony Snicket titles about the fated Baudelaire orphans were the 5th most popular books of the last decade and got more kids reading than Harry Potter. Now, at long last

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The stories are strange, even weird and so immersive and well-loved that we thought we’d make them our Series of the Year for 2010, which in turn might get a whole new generation of kids hooked! One to three are out now with the rest being published throughout 2010. Find out more…

This Month’s Highlights not to miss

Be first to the best new kids’ books – exclusive Pre-Publication

Out of Shadows – Jason Wallace

14+ A powerful book set in post-war 1980s Zimbabwe, where new foreign student Robert Jacklin learns that for some of his white classmates, the battles for leadership of ‘their’ country aren’t over at all…

Savannah Grey – Cliff McNish

11+ Savannah Grey is not having a great time, she’s only just settled in to her latest foster home when she discovers she has supernatural powers, and that the evil Ocrassa wants to use them to destroy the world!

11+ Superhumans: Meteorite Strike – A G Taylor

Robert and Sarah survive a terrible alien virus, only to find themselves captured by a rogue organisation that wants to experiment on them like lab rats because of the strange psychic powers they’ve suddenly started to develop.

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been well documented that girls seem to perform better at school than boys; but more recent development theories suggest we ought to be challenging the myths about boys’ ‘underachievement’ and encouraging their talents. So, take a look at our Parenting category which has some great new books for you about keeping children stimulated while learning, and ensuring they don’t fall behind or get discouraged. As a parent, New Year is the perfect time to provide plenty of encouragement and support.

Classic stories that are as good today as ever

Our ‘Bookshelf Essentials‘ category features timelessly brilliant books that every child from every generation can gain from by reading. We’ve just refreshed the list with some tremendous classics including The Church Mouse, Greyfriars Bobby and in its 40th anniversary year, Rosie’s Walk. If your kids are stuck

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for what to read next, take a look at our impressive selection – broken down by age range – it could also be a wonderfully nostalgic experience for you.

And something we prepared earlier….

Blue Peter Book Award 2010 – young readers’ favourites

What makes the Blue Peter Book Awards special is that they’re decided by a panel of young readers and each category very much ‘does what it says on the tin’ with categories for ‘Most Fun with Pictures’, ‘Book you can’t put down’ and ‘Best Book with Facts’. So the books on the shortlist, all featured this month on Lovereading4kids, are pretty much guaranteed to thrill young readers. Have a look and download free extracts from the finest books and picture books of the last year. Find your favourites today…

Now the snow, for most, has pretty much gone we hope you can get back to all the important things you might have missed – but don’t forget to keep using Lovereading4kids for guidance to keep your children stocked with the best books for them.

March new features on Lovereading4kids

Sunday, March 16th, 2008


Green Reads – Books to help you save the planet

One of the best things we can do for the environment is educate our children, so the next generation of world-leaders are more eco-savvy and responsible. With this in mind we’ve launched Green Reads. Terrific fiction and non-fiction that will teach kids about green issues in a fun, informative way, and inspire them to get involved in saving the planet. There’s something in our selection for every age from toddler to teenager and we’ll be adding further titles that we rate from time to time as well.

Classic Children’s books from Puffin

Secondly, we’re delighted to have joined up with Puffin to celebrate the relaunch of some of the best classics; wonderful, pocket-sized editions of12 timeless novels. The original and some of the best adventure, fantasy, family and animal stories ever written with an Introduction for each by a contemporary author including Louise Rennison, Darren Shan, Eoin Colfer and Meg Rosoff to name just four. Why not introduce your children to the books you read and loved as a child? Julia Eccleshare, our editorial contributor and Children’s Books Editor of The Guardian rates them very highly, remarking that they’re ‘a perfect marriage of the old and the new. Enjoy some of the best books from the past and find out why and how they inspired some of the best writers of the present’.

Classic stories retold for younger and reluctant readers

And finally, from Real Reads a fresh and new approach to reading Jane Austen and Charles Dickens that is sure to appeal to a younger or more reluctant older reader.Real Reads are retellings of classics, shorter with simpler language. The announcement of this new approach is causing quite a stir. Clearly some people feel a classic story can’t be retold but Josephine Ross, author of Jane Austen: a Companion, said of Real Reads ‘These lively, attractive little volumes are ideal. Even as a purist, I think they’re a Real Help for the younger, novice reader.’ So, with this in mind, why not have a look and make up your own mind. We think it’s an exciting new venture.


And last but certainly not least, our exclusive Pre-Publication titles…

Billy Bones: A Tale from the Secret Closet is the magical debut novel by Christopher Lincoln for 9+. Billy’s family are in charge of guarding secrets, but together with an orphaned girl, Millicent, Billy unexpectedly uncovers the biggest secret of all…

The Hundred Towered City by Garry Kilworth is an excellent adventure, following three children who travel back in time to gothic Prague in search of their missing parents. A great one for 11+.

So sit down with your kids, discover some great stories and, if you like them, buy them with our Lovereading4kids 25% discount. And remember, there’s a lot for any child to gain from a good book – they might even learn how to save the planet!

PS. We’ve managed to secure exclusive audio and text extracts for the eagerly awaited second Skulduggery novel – Playing with Fire. It’s published next month but give your kids a chance to be one step ahead of the playground chatter by having a read or a listen right now .

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