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Children’s books for Christmas

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Christmas is a time of great excitement and fun but sometimes the shopping and organising can really get in the way of that festive feeling. Here at Lovereading4kids our aim is to take all of that stress away with our one stop, age ranged, shop to the best books to buy this Christmas for all ages of children. You can also use our unique Book Price Comparison Engine to find the best price as well!

The incomparable Chris Riddell December Author and Illustrator of the Month

Living in Brighton with his wife, three children and an invisible dog Chris Riddell has, (from his Garden shed), written and illustrated some simply beautiful, enchanting, wildly inventive and funny children’s books. They include numerous richly entertaining picture books; Alienography and the story of Ottoline for 7+ year olds, and for 11+ year olds ,multi award winner, The Graveyard Book, written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Chris. He has also garnered so many book awards (including the coveted Kate Greenaway – twice – that we are frankly surprised he has room in his shed! That aside we are hugely excited and proud to make him our Author and Illustrator of the Month. Find out more about his wonderful books today…

Sally Grindley our final Guest Editor of 2010

Our Guest Editor is also an award winning author and has published over 100 books from picture story books to poignant, powerful and emotive stories for older readers. Her latest book is Bitter Chocolate for 9+ year olds, which you can read a free opening extract of along with a number of our favourite titles written by Sally. And, exclusively with Lovereading4kids, as our Guest Editor, Sally has kindly agreed to share with us those books that have influenced and inspired her. We hope you enjoy both her titles and her Guest Editor selections…

Small – but perfectly formed – some Christmas stocking fillers

We’ve selected a small but perfectly formed handful of stocking fillers for this year – why not check out for youngsters, Aliens Love Panta Claus and Moomins Little Buggy Book, for young readers Outside In, Yuck’s Crazy Christmas and How to Survive Christmas Chaos with Horrid Henry, for 9+ readers the latest Mr Gum and How to make a Universe with 92 Ingredients and finally, for older readers take a look at the stunning Twilight series in a Limited Edition livery.

Costa Children’s Book Award Shortlist

Fantasy, magic, coming of age and a retelling of the most famous diary story in the world make up this. We are proud to say we had already picked up on the titles well, before they were selected, and we have free Opening Extracts for you to download to get your children hooked.

Each one is utterly compelling with some great storytelling that will engage readers in some challenging and sometimes provocative situations. Find out more in our Prize Winners section…

Books of the Month for December

Alien Storm

A.G. Taylor

A gripping science-fiction adventure pits a group of kids with super powers against a mysterious Russian billionaire. Infected by an extraordinary virus from a meteor storm, Sarah, Robert and the younger children in their charge are now at risk from those who want to exploit their super skills. All set to escape from Australia to a new life far away from danger is halted when Nikolai Makarov suddenly enters their world. His plan is deadly. Can the children stop him?

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Mean Streets: The Chicago Caper

Graham Marks

Combining the action-packed exploits of Alex Rider with the historical adventures of a Young Indiana Jones, Mean Streets is a gripping story of conspiracy and kidnap. After having recovered from his adventure in Constantinople, Trey is staying at the Circle M Ranch outside Topeka, Kansas, owned by his Gramps, the original T Drummond MacIntyre.

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Ally Condie

Introducing a rare new talent and almost certainly one of the biggest Young Adult debuts of the year this is the first in an utterly compelling, visionary and imaginative series that is set to be a sensation. The book is already an international phenomenon with rights being sold in a fierce bidding war at auction in over twenty eight languages. Film rights have been snapped up by Disney. .

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Two Series of the Year – perfect as Christmas Gifts

A most unfortunate series!

Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events sold pretty much more than any other children’s book (yes even more than Harry Potter!) in hardback so we were very excited when the publisher announced they were to be released in great value paperback.

Now all 13 are available. Why not get the whole set? – readers of 7-10 will love the story of the Baudelaire family.

A year of high octane adventure

For slightly older readers and particularly boys Conspiracy 365 is a brilliant series which has had a book released every month since January.

Follow the teenage hero Cal and his adventure to uncover the truth about his father’s death but he must stay alive for 365 days to do it! The final installment has just come out.

Both of these series would make a brilliant Christmas gift.

Roald Dahl Funny Prize winners

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he was Children’s Laureate, wanted to honour books that ‘made children laugh’ so he created the Roald Dahl Funny Prize! Even though it is only in its 3rd year it is the prize that comic authors covet. Split into two categories, under 6 and 7 – 14 the 2010 winners have just been announced. The ‘under six’ award went to Louise Yates with Dog Loves Books that Mr Rosen described as ‘an outrageous idea, beautifully told and illustrated. Louise Rennison took the ’over seven’ award with Withering Tights and Michael Rosen said, ‘this is a witty, wry, inside view of what it feels like to be a gawky, witty girl’. Enjoy!

Finally, before you scroll down to see just a small selection of our Christmas books – or visit the site to see them all – don’t forget to have a look at our exclusive free prize draws and competitions section. It is packed full of exclusive book prizes that frankly we have to put in a locked cupboard to stop them walking out of the Lovereading office!

We have £100 limited Edition box sets and signed books galore – so what are you waiting for? – get clicking.

Happy Reading

August Mid Month Children’s Book Update

Friday, August 20th, 2010

As Summer draws to a close don’t miss these last few weeks to get your children reading some new and interesting books. Our Summer Reading section is a terrific first stop on the site. Also do have a look at our special Back to School section to keep one eye on the new term as well. Read on to find out more.

Tell your friends about Lovereading and get money off books

Do you know anyone who would love Lovereading? Why not tell them about us using our handy recommendation engine? For the next few months for every friend who becomes a Lovereading member we’ll award you 5 LoveHearts; our way of saying thank you for spreading the word on Lovereading.

Each LoveHeart is worth £0.50. You can build up a collection of LoveHearts in your account, and choose when you want to convert them into a book voucher – redeemable at our online shop. It’s easy to see how many LoveHearts you have. Just login to your account.

This month’s Highlights

Exclusive Opportunity to Discover Pre-Publication Titles

September and October is traditionally the time when the established authors release their new books and we feel very privileged to be cleared to run some exclusive pre-publication extracts on some eagerly awaited new novels. Below are three that we

think should not be missed.

Reckless – Cornelia Funke

11+ and 14+ An extraordinary fantasy thriller set between two worlds linked by a mirror: the real world of today and a dark fairytale place, where modern technology has disastrously mixed with magic, resulting in war and corruption. It is utterly compelling.

Annexed – Sharon Dogar

14+ With absolute clarity, compassion and accuracy, Annexed, told through the voice of Peter van Pels, offers its readers an entirely new perspective on the most famous diary ever written. Anne’s diary tragically ends suddenly, but Annexed takes the reader on into Auschwitz and into the concentration camp at Mathausen where Peter died.

Lies – Michael Grant

14+ The Human Crew pitched against the Mutants in a fast paced, alternate reality teen thriller which Stephen King described as “torrential narrative” and “great fiction”.

Lies is the 3rd in the Gone series and we have them all on Lovereading4kids.

Graphic Novels – bringing books to life

Graphic novels have really taken off in the last few years. Much more than comics they have been shown to helpreluctant readers start to love books and for confident readers, the illustrations can bring a new dimension to the reading experience. On Lovereading4kids we have a whole section ofthe site dedicated to this growing genre split by age and this month don’t miss the graphic novel version of Anthony Horowitz’s new supernatural series Raven’s Gate.

Fascinating Facts – understand more about the world around you

Our Fascinating Facts category includes titles that children of all ages can really get their teeth into and enjoy whilst also filling up their brain with useful facts to help them better understand our amazing world. New this month for 7+ readers we have the vividly illustrated Infinity series helping to understand nature and the world around us and for 5+ the Henry’s House that is full of information on everything from Romans to Space!

We also have dozens of other titles for all ages so get clicking and discovering today.

Help is at hand for budding writers The new Children’s Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook is out…

If you’re a budding children’s writer or illustrator, this annual publication is an essential companion and overview of the publishing industry. With a wealth of practical information and articles by leading authors, illustrators and media experts, this book will answer your every question, from copyright issues to the latest trends in fiction.

Back to School – get a head start on the new academic year

While your children are enjoying their holidays, it’s a good idea to keep one eye on the future. Our Back to School category has been revamped with all the dictionaries, bilingual and reference titles you’ll need to give kids, of any age, a flying head start when the new academic year begins.

Exclusive Book prizes up for grabs

Wimpy Kid film prizes, £100 worth of school reference books and exclusive signed picture books are just some of the brilliant prizes up for grab this month.

Find out more in our Free Prize Draws area and remember to come back every month to have a chance to win.

Always wanted to be a Children’s Author? … The Times Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition.

Are you a secret storyteller? Now’s the time to let your talent out into the open! The Times and Chicken House are on a mission to find another great undiscovered children’s writer, whose novel will be published by Chicken House around the world. Closing date for entries is last mail delivery October 29, 2010. The prize includes a £10,000 advance and is too good an opportunity to let go by. Dig out those old ideas and get writing!

Now in its 4th year they are looking for new entries. All details can be found here:

100 free books to give away – first clicked first served!

We have 100 copies of The Wickedest Witch to giveaway. Children aged 9+ will be enthralled by this gripping story with fantastic names for all the witches – Diabolica Nightshade, Tiffany Toadlick and Cakula von Drakula to name but a few and the illustrations add a lovely dimension.

The sequel is published in October, it’s called White Wand and we have a pre-pub extract exclusively on Lovereading4kids. What are you waiting for?

New Children’s Books for August

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

August is one of our favourite months. No school; hazy summer days; trees hanging with fruit. And the book-tree this month is positively bursting with ripe gems for kids of all ages. Did you know that Christopher Robin Milne (the inspiration behind his father AA Milne’s young friend to Winnie the Pooh and all the other animals of Hundred Acre Wood) was born in August?

It’s a great month then, to discover new titles and old favourites and where better to do so than Lovereading. We’ve highlighted some real gems below to suit a variety of ages but don’t forget our Summer Reading selection that is chock full of great reads for babies and toddlers right through to teenagers.

Author of the Month, Michael Grant

American born Michael Grant has taken the US by storm over the last year and now his UK fan base is growing fast too. All because of his addictive teen novel series ‘Gone’ – think Lord of the Flies combined with the hit TV show Heroes. So, with the second and third in the series, Hunger (in paperback) and Lies (in hardback), coming in September we thought it was the perfect opportunity to make him our Author of the Month.

So if you’re looking for an unputdownable read for a boy or a girl from 12 upwards then give them the first one – Gone – to read during August and they’ll then be ready for 2 and 3 in September.

Books of the Month for August

As we said above, our basket is crammed with fabulous titles this month for children of all ages to enjoy including books from Eoin Colfer, Alex Scarrow, Lauren St John, Nick Sharratt, Thomas Docherty and Mary Hoffman. It’s impossible to pick one out, but to whet your appetite; we have been very excited by Julia Donaldson’s Cave Baby – our MEGA book of the month! Julia (author of the much-loved The Gruffalo) has teamed up with award-winning illustrator, Emily Gravett, to create this fabulous tale, in which a hairy mammoth takes a cheeky little baby on a thrilling ride through a moonlit landscape populated by exotic animals. And, for slightly older readers a page-turning horsey tale from tiny publisher, Tortoise Books called Midnight on Lundy. Whether you’ve ever been to Lundy Island (it’s in the Bristol Channel) or not this novel for 7+ year olds is absolutely not to be missed. Finding nuggets such as this one away from the world of big publishing makes our job here at Lovereading all the more enjoyable.

“When I grow Up I want to be a Writer and an Artist” Our Illustrator of the Month – Rebecca Elliott

This quote from one of Rebecca’s school projects hinted at what was to come. Rebecca remembers endlessly boring her long-suffering family with ill-conceived stories she had written about rabbits wearing flat caps and aliens flying around in suitcases.

It has all paid off though, because that childhood dream is now a reality, with her first three picture books all published this summer; Cub’s First Winter, Milo’s Pet Egg and Just Because. Her work is a celebration of nature and she has drawn her inspiration from the beautiful Suffolk countryside, where she lives with her other great inspirations – husband Matthew and children, Clementine and Toby.

… and introducing! Our Debuts of the Month

Dark Life

Kat Falls

11+Two kids thrown together, in a World that has long been engulfed by rising oceans, to save a young brother and the whole underwater-dwelling community from evil criminals. A thrilling adventure!

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A Most Improper Magick

Stephanie Burgis

10+ A magical and dark tale of self discovery as one young witch sets out to save her family name. Her journey throws up much more than she bargained for in this page-turning adventure.

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White Chin

Marilyn Edwards

9+ This is the story of a wandering cat, told by the cat himself. It tells of cruel abandonment and scary adventures and a new life with a loving little girl called Kirstie. But that’s when things start to go wrong.

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Martha, No!

Edward Hardy

3+ Martha causes chaos wherever she goes paying no attention at all to Nanny saying No! A witty contemporary cautionary tale with a satisfying resolution.

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Spy Thrillers, Aliens, Dark Worlds and History, his Novels Have it covered! Guest Editor – Graham Marks

Graham has written everything from comic strips and film tie-ins to many critically acclaimed novels for children and young adults. He is also involved in the Usborne Young Writers’ Award. His work comprises page-turning, fast-paced thrillers in magical worlds and futuristic settings, certain to fire the imagination of the young reader.

His most recent novel I Spy: The Constantinople Caper is a gripping adventure, combining the action-packed exploits of Alex Rider, with the historical adventures of Young Indiana Jones, in a classic story of one boy’s fight to find his father. An extract is available on the site and well worth a look! This Autumn he has two novels being released. The first is in September, Playing with Phyre and then the second in the I Spy series, Mean Streets.

Take a leisurely peek through his comprehensive and thrilling list of titles, as well as the wealth of authors and books that have inspired and influenced him throughout his life and career, which he kindly shares with us this month. Interestingly, one of his selections is a novel by John Buchan whose life and work, if you’re also a member of Lovereading, you’ll see we’re celebrating on the 70th anniversary of his death.

Back to School

While your children are enjoying their holidays, it’s a good idea to keep one eye on the future. Our Back to School category has been revamped with all the dictionaries, bilingual and reference titles you’ll need to give kids, of any age, a flying head start when the new academic year begins.

Great books made into brilliant films

This month sees the long-awaited film release of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, the first in the Jeff Kinney created series that has taken the US, and now the UK, by storm. The fantastic illustrations and hilarious story chart Greg’s life at a new school. Why not get your kids to read the book before seeing the film if only so they can knowledgeably tell their friends that “The book’s much better”! – You can even win a Wimpy Kid film goodie bag.

Conspiracy 365 – The Adventure continues…

For those of you not already familiar with the Conspiracy 365 series, it is a cracking new and explosive 12 book series to keep kids turning the pages throughout 2010. One book of this 12-part series is being published each month during the year, giving enough time to order a copy and race through it, heart-pounding, before waiting in suspense for the next episode. These fast-paced and heart-stopping short thrillers follow Cal, who is on the run after discovering that the people who killed his father are now after him as well. The monthly installments are an especially brilliant way to get your boys away from the games consol and buried in an un-put-downable read!

Great Books for Boys – we find them for you!

Talking of getting boys hooked on books, we have a great section on the site dedicated to helping you find titles to suit boys at every age-range. Simply go to the site and click on the appropriate age range for more information. An invaluable tool in the holiday season!

Kids Reluctant to Read? … Some Books to Get Them Started.

Similarly, there is a great section on the site offering suggestions for boys and girls who are reluctant to read. These titles – again listed by age group from 5+ to 14+ – are the ones we think are most likely to get young readers interested in, if not hooked on, reading and starting to enjoy and own their independent choices. Take a look and give it a try.

Get them Hooked! A Journey to Independent Reading for Early Readers…

In a stroke of brilliance, Usborne have released 15 new titles under the Very First Reading banner for children just starting on their reading journey. Each book in the series builds on the last, taking early readers on an adventure to independent reading. There are fantastically imaginative rhymes and pictures, and clever story formats so parents and kids can read together. Why not try them now so your child starts their first term at school in September ahead of the game?

Branford Boase Prize Winner – Lucy Christopher

Finally, we would like to send our congratulations to Lucy Christopher, winner of the much coveted and highly esteemed Branford Boase Children’s Debut Prize.

Her debut novel, Stolen (14+), is a love story like no other. Gemma is kidnapped from Bangkok airport and forced to live in the wild and desolate landscape of the Australian Outback. Her assailant, however, is motivated by obsessive love. Under the hot glare of the Australian sun, can he force Gemma to love him back, isolated as they are from the rest of the world? The book takes the format of a letter, written by Gemma to her captor reflecting on those strange and disturbing months in the wilderness. This is an extraordinary novel.

Well, that just about wraps up our August gift of information from the rich world of children’s literature. We hope we have inspired you to encourage your children to dive in and get reading and that you will continue to enjoy sharing that journey with them!

P.S – Don’t miss the chance of winning some brilliant book prizes by visiting out ‘Free Prize Draw’ section! Genre/pri where you can join in the Find Chaffy treasure hunt.

Read on to see our recommendations in your favourite age categories

Children’s mid July book update

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Now the holiday season is well and truly underway there’s nothing better than a good book for whiling away the time and where better to go than Lovereading4kids to get unbiased guidance on the best books to read broken down by age range.

Our Summer Reading selection is chock full of some real gems with something to suit every taste. Enjoy browsing and don’t forget you and your kids can even whet the appetite by reading an extract of every book we feature before deciding which ones to buy for the summer ahead of you.

This Month’s Highlights


Newly hatched imprints for teens

There’s a plethora of publishers establishing new imprints this year that are aimed at teens and young adults. There are two this month, both absolute crackers. Independent publisher Canongate has teamed up with children’s specialist Walker Books to put a range of bestselling, award-winning books into the hands of the next generation of adult readers. The imprint, Walker Canongate, launches this month with four titles – Yann Martel’s Life of Pi, Niccolo Ammaniti’s I’m Not Scared, Kelly Link’s Pretty Monsters and Matt Haig’s The Radleys.

The second is from Puffin who has launched Razorbill (another small seabird for the non-twitchers among you), to cater for the astronomical rise of teenage fiction. Three newly hatched novels for you to enjoy in the launch list include The Summer I Turned Pretty and The Other Countess.

Happy 80th birthday Swallows and Amazons!

Who would have thought a book with a character called Titty would survive into the modern age? Well, it’s because it’s a cracking outdoor adventure! Celebrate the anniversary with us by visiting Lovereading4kids and downloading a free Opening Extract of this timeless classic.

Science has never been more FUN! Our Fascinating Facts category

These are titles that kids can really enjoy whilst learning useful facts to help them better understand our amazing world. We’ve just added some super fun titles from the Science Museum, including Stuff that Scares your Pants Off! And How Loud Can You Burp? Every one of them will get even the most reluctant reader into a budding young reader!

Exclusive Beach reading – our August Pre-Publication titles!

Dead Man’s Cove: Laura Marlin Mysteries 1

Lauren St.John

9+ A brilliant mystery in which the ace detective Laura Marlin investigates a spooky home in the wilds of Cornwall…

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Set in a world where the rising oceans have taken over continents, this is a debut novel that won’t disappoint.

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Return to the Lost World

Steve Barlow, Steve Skidmore

Taking inspiration from the Conan Doyle classic this is an action-packed heart-pounding thriller and historical adventure for 9+ readers

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Martha, No!

Edward Hardy

3+ Meet Martha Felicity Molly-Anne May, she’s guaranteed to bring chaos into your day!

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Edge of Nowhere

John E. Smelcer

11+ An astonishing tale of survival with more psychological depth than Robinson Crusoe, poignantly told and based on true events.

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Finally, if you have a youngster that’s heading for school this Autumn then do take a look at the terrific Usborne Very First Reading series – we feel they’re a terrific way of helping your child to read and gain in confidence prior to going to school. That said, do continue with the sharing of picture books with your youngsters as too often these are spurned by parents when children are too young.

Children’s Summer Reading, Prize winners the latest Conspiracy title and much more….

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

With Sports Day, end of year plays and exams, June is a busy month for school children but with many weeks of holidays not far away to look forward to now is the perfect time to get into the reading habit. So to help, this email update is bursting with brilliant selections including an absolutely stunningly special 65th anniversary slipcase edition of the original Thomas the Tank Engine book.

Read on to find out more about our personal favourites or scroll down to see some summer reading selections that will get your kids as excited about reading as they are about ice creams, outdoor swimming, and running like crazy around the park.

Pre-publication exclusive – White Crow by Marcus Sedgwick

Described as a modern gothic thriller, complete with angels and devils, it’s a tale of two girls and their friendship in a long, hot, tense summer, but it is also interwoven with a 17th century tale of bizarre experiments into the afterlife. Perfect for fans of the The Twilight series but much more sinister and impeccably written!

This Month’s Highlights not to miss

Prize Winners for June

This month sees winners of two new children’s book prizes and the shortlist of another.

New this year was the Orange Youth Prize where a group of 6 teens were asked to pick their favourite Orange Prize winner of the last 15 years. The winner has just been announced and it went to the powerful story of a young holocaust survivor by Anne Michaels – Fugitive Pieces.

Also just announced is the shortlist for the most prestigious Debut novel in the children’s publishing world, The Branford Boase Award. It’s also gratifying here at Lovereading4kids that we have our finger on the pulse as we have already previously featured most of the books on the shortlist, when they were originally published. You’ll find them all grouped together in our Prize Winners section.

Finally, the Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Award is a literary award that promotes writing from different cultural perspectives. The deserving inaugural winner is Takeshita Demons a rollicking adventure story about what happens when a crowd of spooky demons invade the lives of two ordinary school girls.

Get your kids thinking creatively and win!

The Usborne Young Writers’ Award encourages children to choose a story starter (written by established kid’s authors) and finish the story themselves.

The deadline for entries isn’t until 20 October, so there’s plenty of time to write something really cracking! to find out more.

Conspiracy 365 – Cal’s adventure continues

This terrific series of 12 books, published one a month during 2010, continues with this the sixth title in a page-turning adventure which began when 15 year old Callum was hunted down by a crazed man carrying a deadly warning. Find out more about these books and catch up with the series to date.

Scroll down to see our Summer Reading selections for the age ranges you have said you are interested in or visit the website to see all our Summer Reading titles.

Click here to change your favourite age ranges.

P.S If you haven’t already checked out the competition pages then now’s your chance there are plenty of free to enter prize draws with exclusive book prizes.

The best children’s books for May and Carnegie and Greenaway shortlist

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Hi again from Lovereading4kids! This month we’ve got another outstanding collection of kids’ books to showcase, helping you choose exciting and mind-expanding stories to help your children love reading. According to our literary calendar, JM Barrie of eternal Peter Pan fame was born in Scotland in May 1860. And just over a hundred years later, Eoin Colfer, author of the incomparable Artemis Fowl books was born in May 1965. You’ll find Lovereading4kids is full of literary heroes from every age!

The hottest Young Adult author Patrick Ness

We’re thrilled to have the multi-award winning Patrick Ness as our Author of the Month in May and even more pleased to bring you the hotly anticipated final volume of Patrick’s Chaos Walking Trilogy, Monster of Men. It’s a surefire winner.

So, find out more about this literary wunderkind and about the other books in this amazing series The Knife of Never Letting Go and The Ask and the Answer – we have free Opening Extract of them all!

Carnegie and Greenaway nominees – the best of the best

The shortlists of the deservedly prestigious Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards 2010 have just been announced, and once again you’ll find all the titles on Lovereading4kids complete with extracts to whet every appetite – there are some definite future-classics in there, including books by Neil Gaiman, Oliver Jeffers and Julie Hearn. You don’t have to rely just on Lovereading4kids for our view because we’ve dropped in the views of the judges too on every title.

A shelf-full of Book of the Month titles

They’re gripping, mad, full of adventure and there’s something for the youngest baby to the oldest teenager. Our mega one for the month is in fact a debut called Unhooking the Moon. Read an extract right here now.

Guest editor – the very very silly Philip Ardagh

The fabulously odd Philip Ardagh is author of the Grubtown Tales series – stories from a bizarre and hilarious world born inside Philip’s mind, and full of extraordinary characters. But as well as discovering Grubtown, you can find out what inspired Philip to write his brilliant tales – he’s picked out a list of his favourite books just for us!

Do please also get your kids to take a look at the just launched Grubtown website – – it’s brilliant!

First-time wonders – our Debuts of the Month

Hellion: The Curse of Snakes

Christopher Fowler

14+ A breathtaking teen horror novel about a boy who is sucked into a dangerous Medusa-haunted mystery when walking home from school one day…

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Viola in Reel Life

Adriana Trigiani

14+ Viola is sure she’s going to hate boarding school, but if she can put down her camera and embrace real life, it might be more incredible than she could ever have imagined…

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Montacute House

Lucy Jago

11+ Witchcraft and ambition fill the pages of this wonderfully atmospheric novel set in 1500s Somerset.

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Boy Zero Wannabe Hero The Petrifying Plot of the Plummeting Pants

Peter Millett

7+ A wonderfully entertaining story about Charlie, a troubled superhero who has to step up to save the world’s pants from a super-villain!

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Unhooking the Moon

Gregory Hughes

9+ One absolutely, indisputably MEGA story!

This highly recommended title is a beautifully written, utterly original, funny and bittersweet tale about two newly orphaned kids.

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Not Me!

Nicola Killen

Baby and Toddler: This irresistibly charming picture book about a friendly puppy who makes a mess will delight very young readers.

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Invitation to party with a Puffin

Puffin Books – the children’s book part of Penguin Books, has reached the grand old age of 70, and is still turning out the most fantastic kids’ stories. There are lots of ways you can join in the Puffin party, but why not start by entering our competition to win exclusive Puffin prizes!

Other celebratory events include an incredible Penguin Book cover design exhibition at the V&A Museum in London, and National Share-a-Story Day (8 May). Plus here on Lovereading4kids we’ve picked out some of our absolute favourite Puffin titles, still magnificent additions to any child’s bookshelf, including The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Where’s Spot? and Hairy Maclary.

And you can also buy the brand new short and sweet ‘Pocket Money Puffins’ – just £2.99 on Lovereading4kids.

Happy Birthday 10th Anniversary Judy Moody! (And Stink!)

It’s the 10th anniversary of Megan McDonald’s terrific books about the way-cool girl-hero Judy Moody and her kid brother, Stink. If you haven’t read them before download some free Opening Extracts and discover them today!

Walker Books turns 30!

Walker Books has been bringing us the most wonderful kids’ books for 30 whole years and to celebrate we’re having an exclusive competition. Enter here and you could win a limited edition Walker cloth bag stuffed with 30 of their amazing titles – including some signed copies!

Conspiracy 365 – the adventure continues…

This cool concept story carries on at breakneck pace with the fifth episode out now! Launched in January, Conspiracy 365 is a thriller that unfolds over a whole year, with one book published each month. Given the huge interest to date with clear signs that more and more kids are getting hooked, it’s not too late to catch up – each book is

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incredibly fast paced and under 200 pages long, so get yourchildren hooked now and they’ll be reading all the way through 2010.

Finally, to prove the wide appeal of young adult fiction, Guest Editor over on the main site is John Boyne, writer of the astounding ‘Boy in the Striped Pyjamas‘.

We hope you uncover some real gems here to inspire your kids’ to become lifelong reading fanatics. With stories this imaginative and writing and illustration this beautiful, it shouldn’t take long! And finally, don’t forget about our gorgeous range of must have picture books in the Picture Book Parade – there are loads of gems not to be missed.

April Children’s Book recommendations

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

Hi again and welcome back to Lovereading4kids, where you’ll find terrific books to help your kids build up their reading momentum. It only takes a few great stories to get lodged in their imaginations and they’ll be bookworms for life! Our Guest Editor this month, William Nicholson, for example, says that books like The Sword in the Stone kick-started his lifelong passion for books.

The powerful mind behind the Demon Headmaster – Author of the Month Gillian Cross

Gillian is most famous for hypnotising kids with her Demon Headmaster series, but her new book, Where I Belong, is just as spellbinding. Guns, bandits and supermodels feature in a riveting story that spans the entire world.

It’s not to be missed by anyone of 11+, while younger children should definitely grab her Demon Headmaster titles.

Illustrator of the Month Brian Wildsmith

Brian Wildsmith is without doubt one of the foremost children’s book illustrators of the 20th Century and so we’re thrilled to bring together a large body of his work in celebration of his 80th birthday this year. His picture books exudes warmth, feeling, exuberance, and imagination and when you open any one of them it is as if he has invited you to step into an art gallery. Generations of children and their parents have pored over his books as further generations will do for years to come.

A Bookshelf not to be missed

Our Books of the Month bookshelf is chock full of some absolute gems, ranging from new editions of timeless classics to new titles for every age range.. There’s an extract of every one so

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Guest Editor – screenwriting sensation William Nicholson

William’s impressive CV includes writing and co-writing such big-screen smashes as Shadowlands and Gladiator. His books for teenagers are equally as exciting, and his new story, Rich and Mad (for readers 14+) is a beautiful and compelling tale of first love and first sex.

But, as our Guest Editor this month, you can also find out about the books that inspired William on his own writing journey right here.

Ology books – Vampireology and the true history of ‘the fallen’

The Ologies’, as they’ve come to be known, are truly fantastical books about anything and everything -from Spyology and Oceanology to Dragonology and Wizardology. They have been capturing imaginations for a while now, and the new book, Vampireology, is sure to thrill and delight.

David Almond wins the Hans Christian Andersen Award

This month sees the 205th birthday of the legendary Hans Christian Andersen, who certainly knew how to spin a good yarn – his immortal Fairy Tales, which include Thumbelina, The Ugly Duckling, and The Little Mermaid, have been delighting children for 185 years. And some of the new books below are so good they might be around for the next 185…

Appropriately then, the winner of the most prestigious prize in international children’s literature, the Hans Christian Andersen Award, has just been announced. David Almond deservedly took the prize – his incredible body of work has made, and will continue to make, a lasting contribution to children’s literature.

Rising Stars – our Debuts of the Month


Jon Mayhew

A deliciously rich mix of Gorhic thriller and black humour set in Victorian London, this is perfect entertainment for kids 9+.

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Inside My Head

Jim Carrington

A powerful and cleverly constructed novel for 14+ told by three narrators – a victim of bullying, the bully’s friend and a new girl arriving at the school.

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The Truth About Leo

David Yelland

An incredibly moving story for 11+ year olds and adults too, about a kid trying to cope with his father’s alcoholism.

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Kate Maryon

Poor old Tiff gets packed off to live on an island when her mum gets caught stealing, but may be Sark isn’t as dull as she thinks it’s going to be? Ideal for 9+ year olds.

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Luke and Jon

Robert Williams

A striking honest and emotional story for 11+ year olds about friendship, grief, and how lives can be changed in an instant – highly recommended.

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Series of the Month – the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness comes to its epic conclusion…

This dazzling series about Torak and his wolf companion is absolutely not to be missed by any reader over the age of nine! Ghost Hunter is the 6th and final one but you can check out extracts of every book right here on Lovereading4kids. And if you’d rather hear the action, we’re now featuring the books on CD as well.

Science at its most fun – our Non-fiction Series of the Month

The new book in this series by Dan Gilpin and Basher, Planet Earth, is a creative and brilliant blend of science and manga, making learning about our planet really exciting! Also in this explosive science series are a number of other compelling, wacky-fact-filled reads.

With adventures about everything from friendship to murderous hatred, and fromfashion to amnesiaccats, we hope there are stories here for every taste. Download some freeOpening Extracts of some of these great new books today. We’re sure they’ll get your kids

raring to read!

PS. Conspiracy 365, the year-long action-packed story, continues with the fourth episode out this month. If your kids aren’t hooked already it’s not too late to catch up – remember there’s a new book published each month, so it’s an easy and exciting way to encourage children to read all the way through 2010.

Finally there are plenty of goodies being given away this month and not just books… There are mugs in celebration of Puffin’s 70th birthday, lots of picture books in the brilliant Picture Book Parade, signed copies of some Gillian Cross titles as well as a hefty weight of ‘Ology’ books. And don’t forget, if you don’t enter you won’t win!

Mid Feb Children’s book update

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Our mid month email is, once again, packed with new and exciting extra features to spice up your children’s reading. If they are environmentally minded then check out our revamped ‘Green Reads‘ category or if they want to get ahead of the pack try some of our ‘Pre-Publication Exclusives‘. Or just browse any of our many categories and download some free Opening Extracts to help you choose.

Conspiracy 365 – a year long action-packed adventure story!

Launched in January, Conspiracy 365 is such a a cool concept – a thrilling roller coaster adventure that unfolds over a whole year, with one episode published each month. February’s title is out now and there’s a great video trailer to really whet the appetite. So, get your children hooked (it’s not too late to catch up as each book is incredibly fast paced and under 200 pages long!) and they’ll be reading all the way through 2010.

Books to change the future – Green Reads

We at Lovereading4kids believe that books can change the world – that’s why we’ve put together a category of entertaining and informative books that will enthuse children of all ages about looking after their planet as they grow up. We’ve added lots more titles this month to turn your children green.

This Month’s Highlights – not to miss

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I Love My Mummy

Giles Andreae, Emma Dodd

For babies and toddlers – a simple and life-affirming book about all the wonders of mum!

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Don’t Want to Go!

Shirley Hughes

3+ Join young Lily as she finds out doing new things isn’t so scary as it seems – by the author of timeless picture book, Dogger.

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The Queen Must Die: Chronicles of the Tempus

K.A.S. Quinn

9+ Imagine E Nesbit crossed with Philip Pullman and you’ll have an idea how good this first episode of a major new trilogy, The Chronicles of Tempus, is going to be.

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Little Darlings

Jacqueline Wilson

9+ A story about two girls, one from a council estate, one with millionaire parents, who find in each other something they’ve been missing all their lives.

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Triskellion 3: The Gathering

Will Peterson

11+ The third and final instalment in this gripping paranormal adventure trilogy.

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No and Me

Delphine de Vigan

14+ Translated from the French original, this is a tense, brilliant novel about the true nature of home and homelessness.

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As good today as they’ve always been – our Essentials category

If your kids are stuck for something to read, there’s no better place to look than our ‘Bookshelf Essentials’ page, featuring some guaranteed timeless reads. Newly added this month is Rosie’s Walk, a whimsical tale of a little red hen and a sly fox that’s celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

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…

New kids’ reading for 2010

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

Happy New Year from all of us at Lovereading4kids! Hopefully batteries have been recharged over the festive break, so now is the perfect time for children to start reading with renewed energy, to help them grow up bright and successful in the new decade.

Reading is fundamental to the long term development of kids, and our mission is to help you choose titles to foster a life-long love of reading in your children. To help, take a look at some of this month’s highlights below or scroll down further for our recommendations in the age ranges you have said you would like to see.

From nursery rhymes to dead hamsters – our Books of the Month – there’s something for everyone!

Conspiracy 365 – 12 explosive books…. 12 months…

We’re excited to tell you about a new and explosive series to keep kids’ turning pages throughout 2010. One book of this 12-part series is published each month, giving enough time to order a copy and race through it, heart-pounding, before waiting in suspense for the next episode. On New Year’s Eve Cal finds out that the people who killed his father are after him too. Hurled into life as a fugitive, he has 365 days to uncover a devastating conspiracy. This will be a rip-roaring reading year…

Police protection and magic forests – great January Debuts for older readers

The Crowfield Curse – Pat Walsh

9+ A wonderfully imaginative story about a 14th century orphan boy who lives in an abbey amidst a fantastical forest. Shortlisted for The Times Children’s Fiction Competition in 2008.

Quick Silver – Sam Osman

9+ Three extraordinary children from opposite sides of the world are brought together to fulfil an ancient prophecy; but will they discover the chilling truth of who they really are?

Castle of Shadows – Ellen Renner

11+ The mysterious disappearance of the queen leads her daughter on a dangerous race against time to uncover the truth.

Monster Republic: The Divinity Project – Ben Horton 9

14+ An explosion in a nuclear powerplant and victims patched up with scavenged body parts leads to a creation of an army of super human soldiers.

When I was Joe – Keren David

14+ An intelligent and gripping debut. Ty and his mum go into police protection after he witnesses a stabbing but the new life soon begins to crumble into confusion. Definitely not for the faint-hearted.

Author of the Month – the hilarious Jeremy Strong

Jeremy’s books are absolutely packed with humour that kids will love. His varied career has included stints as a head teacher and jam doughnut stuffer! Jeremy’s award-winning books include The Hundred-mile-an-hour Dog and Dinosaur Pox, and his new series about an apple crumble loving orang utan, Batpants, is guaranteed to cause much more than just chuckling.

Our first Guest Editor for 2010! – Sophie McKenzie

Phenomenally successful Sophie has penned some of the very finest children’s books of recent times, including Girl, Missing. Her new book, The Medusa Project: Hostage, is featured on Lovereading4kids this month, but she’s also put together a selection of books by authors who have inspired her on her rise to fame.

Costa Children’s Book Award announced

The winner of the prestigious Costa Book Awards children’s category has been announced. The prize has gone to a book that seems to be beating all other children’s book this year. The Ask and the Answer by the new wunderkind kids author Patrick Ness. We recommend to read the equally award winning 1st book in the series, The Knife of Never Letting Go, first.

We hope this gives you plenty of great adventures to be getting on with. Give your kids some gentle encouragement to make 2010 a year of reading, and with so many remarkable stories they’ll soon be voracious bookworms. Privacy Policy Disclaimer