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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.

Mid-January email update

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Did you know that children who read over and above the reading they do at school, perform better at school? So why not take a few minutes to browse Lovereading4kids and choose some great books? We have dozens of hand-picked age ranged crackers including a special category for reluctant readers; read on to find out more.Not (yet) Off The Press! Pre-Publication Extracts


As always, we have a few sneak peeks at brand new titles for you to try before they even go to press. And for a lot of the titles we already have reviews from our Kids Reader Panel, to complement the experts’ views – click on a cover to see what they thought.


Appy New Year – from Digital Leaf


With the profusion of tablet computers and smart phones we wanted to feature the publisher Digital Leaf who are creating stories, both as books and apps, that bring whole families together promoting the ideas of health, happiness and love. See the shelf below for some of their multi-format titles.


Special focus on Reluctant Readers

If you have a child who could be described as a ‘reluctant reader’ then we have a great section of books, handily split into age-ranges, perfect to get them hooked on books. These books will inspire, encourage and enthrall your reluctant kids to get into reading and enjoy years and years of engrossing stories. Click here to find out more …

A book that started an award winning partnership

20 years ago Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler worked on their first book called A Squash and Squeeze, a laugh-out-loud story based on a song from BBC Children’s Television. This beautiful limited print run 20th anniversary edition, complete with early drawings from Axel’s sketchbook and a specially written foreword from Julia herself is a joy to own and read to a new generation of children.

Not – lost in translation


The Marsh Award for Children’s Literature in Translation has recently announced its shortlist.

Our favourites are In the Sea there are Crocodiles by Fabio Geda, a harrowing story of a young boy travelling from his home in Afghanistan to Italy and The Midnight Palace by Carlos Ruiz Zafron, a fast moving tale of mystery and adventure set in 1930s Calcutta. The winner is announced on 23 January 2013.


And finally … if you love writing as much as reading

If you have children aged 7 – 11 who love writing then read on as they can get involved with an exciting project to help write a book! It’s being organised by publisher Hotkey and runs from 21 January to 13 May 2013. Take a look at Shrunk by Fleur Hitchcock – you can read an exclusive extract right here – and if it sounds the sort of book you’d like to help the author write the sequel, then visit the secure website to register and get involved.

And teachers take note, as there will also be an opportunity to win a school visit from the author for the most active school!


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13) … TV’s Chris Evans is back with the 500 WORDS short story competition. Superstar judges will choose six winning stories to be broadcast live to millions on BBC Radio 2. Find out how to enter here and good luck!

So, Happy New Year from all of us at Lovereading4kids! Here’s to a fun-filled, page-turning 2013. See you in February with more ideas to keep them inspired. Privacy Policy Disclaimer