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Top 3 Books, by age range on Lovereading4kids 3 – 10 February 2013

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Books for Babies and Toddlers

Monkey Nut Monkey Nut
Simon Rickerty
Bold images brilliantly convey this witty story about how much trouble one monkey nut can cause! One nut; two friends. The friends find a monkey nut can be a bench, a drum or a boat – in fact, there seems …
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A Bit Lost A Bit Lost
Chris Haughton
When Little Owl falls out of the nest he needs help to find his way home again. Luckily squirrel is keen to help but how does he know what Little Owl’s mummy will look like? Young readers will enjoy the …
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Kangaroos Hop Kangaroos Hop
Ros Moriarty
Kangaroos Hop is full of bold and colourful pictures of our favourite Australian animals, set in a backdrop of the Australian landscape together with very simple repeating text throughout this delightful picture book. …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

Hooray for Bread Hooray for Bread
Allan Ahlberg
February 2013 Book of the Month  Allan Ahlberg at his masterful best with words that just slip off the tongue complemented by some delightful illustrations by Bruce Ingman.  The two of them have come together a number of times now …
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Pancake Pandemonium Pancake Pandemonium
Anita Pouroulis
You might say pancakes are little Polly’s favourite treat. Or you might say she’s a little obsessed. Either way when mum’s too busy to rustle up her favourite snack Polly decides to take the initiative. Though she ends up wishing …
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Friends Friends
Michael Foreman
Award-winning Michael Foreman puts an unlikely friendship at the heart of this captivating story of a cat and a fish who become such firm friends that the fish chooses friendship over freedom. Together the friends tour the world – especially …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

Attack of the Lizard King Attack of the Lizard King
Rex Stone
Exciting adventures in this easy to read series about two boys and the dangerous dinosaurs they encounter – especially the deadly Tyrannosaurus Rex. Jamie’s dad is opening a dinosaur museum in Dinosaur Cove. Jamie expects to find some fossils but …
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Sam Who Went to Sea Sam Who Went to Sea
Phyllis Root
Written in lyrical prose by Phyllis Root and illustrated in bright bold colours by Axel Sheffler, the illustrator of The Gruffalo, this book is the story of a river rat who follows his heart and realises his dreams when he …
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Fluff the Farting Fish Fluff the Farting Fish
Michael Rosen
Perfect for every child who’s just beginning to read alone, this hilarious tale is a roller coaster ride of fame and fortune and the possible resulting disasters. Elvie longs for a dog but gets a goldfish instead! Undeterred from following …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

Stick Dog Stick Dog
Tom Watson
January 2013 Debut of the Month
Originally self-published as an e-book, Stick Dog has been a bestseller in the US throughout 2011 and is now published in the UK.
With hilarious illustrations and pitch-perfect humour which appeals to both child and …
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The Three Pickled Herrings (wings & Co 2) The Three Pickled Herrings (wings & Co 2)
Sally Gardner
February 2013 Book of the Month
Award-winning Sally Gardner has written a deliciously topsy-turvy story as Wings & Co, a rather special fairy detective agency, gets on the case. When Sir Walter Cross, a man of remarkably regular habits, does …
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Little Manfred Little Manfred
Michael Morpurgo
January 2013 Book of the Month
Award-winning author and illustrator duo Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman have created a touching story about the way lives become entangled during conflict and how, unexpectedly, those ties can lead to enduring friendship. When Alex …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas
David Almond
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2013 – Best Story  Award-winning David Almond tells a deliciously funny and refreshingly original story of Stanley, a boy who takes off on a journey of enlightenment and discovery after his uncle, whom …
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Penny Dreadful is a Record Breaker Penny Dreadful is a Record Breaker
Joanna Nadin
February 2013 Book of the Month
Three lively stories for newly- confident readers matched by eye-catching illustrations are gathered up in this one volume.  Of course, Dreadful is not Penny’s real name but it fits her well, as these stories about …
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Dear Scarlett Dear Scarlett
Fleur Hitchcock
February 2013 Book of the Month  This refreshingly original story unravels an intriguing mystery surrounding a girl’s father. When she turns eleven, Scarlett receives a box of ‘tools’ – the kind used for picking locks  – from her dead father, …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

East of the Sun, West of the Moon East of the Sun, West of the Moon
Jackie Morris
A treat of a tale, this makes a rich full-length story out of a classic folk tale from the snowy northern lands.  Living in poverty after has family has been forced to leave their home, a young girl is visited …
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OMG! is This Actually My Life? Hattie Moore's Unbelievable Year! OMG! is This Actually My Life? Hattie Moore’s Unbelievable Year!
Rae Earl
February 2013 Debut of the Month
Hattie Moore’s diary will delight all those who already revel in the life of Louise Rennison’s Georgia Nicholson. Hattie’s life is a hilarious catalogue of typical teenage earth-shattering catastrophes most of which relate to Hattie’s …
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Hero on a Bicycle Hero on a Bicycle
Shirley Hughes
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2013 – Best Story   Best-selling illustrator Shirley Hughes writes beautifully in this gripping story set during World War Two. Living in Italy during the occupation by the Germans, Paolo and his sister Constanza …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

Seeking Crystal Seeking Crystal
Joss Stirling
February 2013 eBook of the Month   A captivating story from the much-admired pen of Joss Stirling, creator of Finding Sky and Stealing Phoenix.  Crystal Brook seems doomed to play second fiddle to her more successful, more popular sister Diamond.  However, …
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Million Dollar Gift Million Dollar Gift
Ian Somers
February 2013 Debut of the Month  Ross Bentley has the gift of telekinesis but has always kept it hidden, even from those closest to him. But when he learns of The Million Dollar Gift, a contest to find people with …
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Dead Romantic Dead Romantic
C.J. Skuse
February 2013 Book of the Month  Very funny and touching, this is a refreshingly original teen novel which stirs traditional themes into a thought provoking mix of science and more. Newly into sixth form college, Camille – unfortunately named after …
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February Main email update

Monday, February 4th, 2013

It’s February and Spring is just around the corner! And so is half-term, for that matter. Or maybe your youngsters aren’t at school yet? Whatever their age, ability or interest, we have a world of great books for them this month. Read on to see what is new this month.

Don’t forget to Celebrate Pancake Day

February 12 is Shrove Tuesday better known as Pancake Day. Why not celebrate with Pancake Pandemonium? It’s a picture book with a difference from the brand new book and app publisher Digital Leaf! The perfect title for 3-6 year old readers to get into pancakes.

Author of the Month – Geraldine McCaughrean

A multi-award winner and creator of wonderfully varied and witty stories, Geraldine is unrivalled in Children’s literature. From her high-profile sequel to Peter Pan to the impish The Wish-Bringer, her stories are loved by millions. Her latest title is out now and is available with a free downloadable extract!

The Positively Last Performance (9+) – with vibrant characters and ghostly goings on this is a brilliantly fanciful yarn. See our Author of the Month category for lots of our favourite Geraldine novels.

February Books of the Month

As ever, our bookshelf is bubbling over with brilliant books for kids of all ages and don’t forget to look out for the titles that have been reviewed by our brand new Kids Reader Review Panel alongside our own expert opinion.

Three books were especially liked.

The exciting time-travelling adventures of a girl in The Queen Must Die was a big hit – and the sequel The Queen at War is just as good and out now – ‘very enjoyable and truly gripping story‘ said one young reader.

The Pendragon Legacy series from Katherine Roberts. The swashbukling adventures of King Arthur’s secret daughter, Rhianna. The second in the series Lance of Truth is out this month, with the third Crown of Dreams available on the site as a pre-publication exclusive. ‘a fantastic read. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.’

And, C.J. Skuse’s stunning Dead Romantic.From the first page I was hooked!!‘ said one teen reader.


Illustrator of the Month – Jackie Morris

In a little house by the sea, dreaming of bears and whales, drawing, sculpting and wishing for wings, lives Jackie Morris, the extraordinary writer and illustrator of beautiful children’s books, inspired by her dreams and the countryside she lives in.

We love all of her work but her brand new, latest title is a wonderful retelling of an absolute classic, East of the Sun, West of the Moon. This is a beautiful tale of friendship and the long journey of a girl and the bear of her dreams. Find out more about this, and her other delightful books.

February Firsts – Debuts of the Month

Talking of our kids Reader Review Panel – we’re quite proud of our reader reviewers, as no doubt you’ve noticed … check out the reviews for some of our Debuts of the Month – great new writers honestly reviewed by discerning young readers. They LOVED Our Mega Debut this month: Infinite Sky by C. J. Flood. An unconventional love-story, a family in crisis and one magical summer. Perfect for 14+ readers and confident mature 12+ year olds as well.



And speaking of Great Books …Dinosaur Cove

Not just for boys, the million-selling Dinosaur Cove series has been given exciting new covers and the first three are coming out this month for a new group of 5+ readers to get their teeth into reading. Be first to snap up these must-haves for dinosaur fans and there is a brand new Dinosaur Cove Cretaceous Survival Guide too – it’s grrrrrrrreat!


Marsh Ado…about Something! – The Marsh Award

Highly coveted for its £2,000 prize money, the fiercely contested Marsh Award for children’s literature in translation has been won by a great book from Italy, translated by Howard Curtis: In The Sea There Are Crocodiles, a novel for teens which we’ve been shouting about from the roof tops since it was first published. Find out more about this book today.

Helpful reading for Mum & Dad as well

Being a parent isn’t always plain sailing so we have put together a special category of books that offer help and advice.

New this month is a new edition of the million copy selling How to Talk to Kids So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk and MOB Rule: Lessons Learned by a Mother Of Boys, Essential reading? We think so.


Are you the nation’s supreme storyteller?

Mega children’s authors Francesca Simon and Lauren Child, have joined forces for this year’s World Book Day to find the UK’s Storytelling Superstar for 2013. They are on the hunt for children, mums, dads, siblings, grandparents, babysitters, teachers, booksellers or librarians – or anyone else – who make reading aloud thrilling and fun for a young audience. To enter just visit a the special Storytelling Superstar page at and follow the instructions to send in or upload a short clip of yourself or your nominee performing an extract from a favourite children’s book, but be quick entries close on Monday 11 February. Good Luck.

Scroll down to see lots more new ‘hand-picked’ selections in the age ranges you have told us you are interested in. Happy Reading.

P.S. If you like Dr Seuss books then don’t miss the chance to win some of his hilarious books in an exclusive competition to coincide with publication of Dr Seuss’s ABC.

December Children’s Christmas Books

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

A book as a gift for a child is thoughtful and magical and can leave a lasting impression. More than that… it’s a neat rectangle that’s REALLY easy to wrap! See our ”age ranged’ Christmas Gifts category and Great Reads of 2012 You May Have Missed section for lots of ideas! And remember all UK orders over £15 qualify for free postage.

The Book of the Month

Ally Condie Reached. After much pre-publication word-of-mouth buzz the finale of the bestselling trilogy Matched series, which began with Matched and continued with Crossed, is now available. Find out the fates of Cassia, Xander and Ky in their fight to live the life they choose. A perfect gift for one of her growing legion of fans.

Get into the Christmas Spirit

Fantastic Christmas Stable written by Juliet David and illustrated by Steve Smallman. Learn and play with this unique colourful nativity book. Complete with opening flaps, amazing pop up visuals and additional press out figures to add to the scene; perfect for 5+ readers.

Read and Review books BEFORE they are published!

2013 is going to be a cracking year for children’s fiction if the pre-publication books we have seen in the office are anything to go by. See below for the best ones we have seen so far.

We are also looking for teenage book reviewers for two amazing titles. Ferryman by Claire McFall is is brooding love story with a hero who’s as wild as Heathcliff, as aloof as Mr Darcy and as desirable as Edward! Dead Romantic by C.J. Skuse shows us how finding the best bits of a boy is surprisingly difficult – especially when it’s a heart of gold that you truly, deeply want! Just visit the book pages to find out how to register your interest in reviewing one or both of these titles ahead of publication.

See the bookshelf below for more Pre-Publication exclusives with reviews by members of our Lovereading Reading Panel

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Second books due in the series – time to get reading!

January 2013 sees the release of the second novel in two exciting series’. Why not read an extract right here on Lovereading4kids to see if one or both of them are for you? Firstly, bestselling author Cornelia Funke, whose Inkheart was a world-wide phenomenon, has created a wonderful imaginary world peopled with a gigantic cast of original and outlandish characters for 11+ readers. The first in the series was Reckless the second is Fearless.

And, from Christopher Edge, a Victorian thriller for 9+ readers with a fast-paced cinematic style featuring a feisty 13 year old heroine. Twelve Minutes to Midnight was the first and the second is Shadows of the Silver Screen.

Go ‘beyond the page’ with Quentin Blake

Possibly best known as the illustrator of Roald Dahl’s children’s books titles in addition to his own sumptuous picture books, Quentin Blake’s Beyond the Page is a stunning, richly illustrated first-hand account of his life and work. Both a memoir and a treasury, celebrating his life and work, this is the perfect book for adults this Christmas, particularly those who have an interest in children’s illustration and those who have or are still sharing Quentin Blake picture books with their children or grandchildren.

Children’s Book Awards

This time of year there are two big Children’s Book Awards and we have all the details. The winner of the Specsavers Children’s Book of the Year will be announced on 4December; we are rooting for The Wolf Princess by Cathryn Constable. In addition there is the prestigious Costa Children’s Book Award, with winners due in January. Our favourite on the shortlist is Maggot Moon from Sally Gardner. Good luck to all the authors and see our Book Awards Category for all the shortlisted titles.

P.S. We are also looking for 10+ readers to review the book Sword of Light, the first in the magical Pendragon Legacy series, which is out in paperback in early 2013. Visit the book page to find out more. Privacy Policy Disclaimer