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Most popular books, by age range, on Lovereading4kids 12 – 19 October 2014

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Giraffes Can't Dance Giraffes Can’t Dance
Giles Andreae
A little encouragement was all that was needed to make Gerald the Giraffe realise that he could, after all, dance as well as any other animal in the kingdom.  So, for any child that suffers from a lack of confidence …
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Over the Hills and Far Away A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes from Around the World Over the Hills and Far Away A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes from Around the World
Elizabeth Hammill
A fine collection of poems and rhymes from all over the world, collected together by Elizabeth Hammill, renowned for her support and expertise in the world of children’s literature. A host of fantastic illustrators including Axel Scheffler, Robert Ingpen and …
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Bear and Hare: Snow! Bear and Hare: Snow!
Emily Gravett
October 2014 Book of the Month     Award-winning Emily Gravett celebrates all the delights of snow in this attractive picture book. Best friends Bear and Hare love playing in the snow. They make footprints and snow angels and have a wonderful …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Bears Don't Read! Bears Don’t Read!
Emma Chichester Clark
October 2014 Book of the Month   George is sure there is more to life than fishing and chatting which is what the other bears do. When he finds a book he soon realises that it contains something very special. But …
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Monsters Love Underpants Monsters Love Underpants
Claire Freedman
October 2014 MEGA Book of the Month   Best-selling underpants are back! It all began with Aliens who love underpants. Then the Dinosaurs and Pirates showed that they do too. And now it turns out that even though the Monsters come …
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Seen and Not Heard Seen and Not Heard
Katie May Green
October 2014 Debut of the Month   Children’s imaginations will run wild after reading this delightfully spooky story. Katie May Green is a stunning new talent in the world of picture books. It is an evocative and magical book filled with …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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The Further Adventures of the Owl and the Pussy-cat The Further Adventures of the Owl and the Pussy-cat
Julia Donaldson
October 2014 Book of the MonthShortlisted for the Specsaver’s National Book Awards: Children’s Book Of The Year. In their best-loved original adventure the Owl and the Pussy-Cat danced happily on the edge of the sand after their wedding. Children’s Laureate …
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Hubble Bubble: The Pesky Pirate Prank Hubble Bubble: The Pesky Pirate Prank
Tracey Corderoy
The second in this humorous fiction series contains three stories of magical mayhem in one beautifully produced book.
Kirsty Stansfield, Nosy Crow Children’s Fiction says “All grannies are great, but one who can do spells, take you on their broomstick and …
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The Bad Trousers The Bad Trousers
Ros Asquith
Interest Age 5-8  Reading Age 6+ A charming birthday story about one boy and his Granny’s awful knitting, with artwork by Katie Morag creator Mairi Hedderwick.  Robbie is excited about his upcoming birthday and what he might get as presents…a …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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The Hero Pup The Hero Pup
Megan Rix
October 2014 Book of the Month   Can training Patch, a loveable Labrador puppy, help Joe find some happiness after the death of his father? Joe and his dad have always wanted a dog but, when his dad is killed Joe …
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The Time-Travelling Sandwich Bites Back The Time-Travelling Sandwich Bites Back
Matt Brown
October 2014 Book of the Month  A second hilarious and disgusting adventure wittily told in words and pictures making it perfect for all fans of the Wimpy Kid. A mouldy old sandwich has a remarkable impact on the life of Compton …
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Shouldn't You Be in School? Shouldn’t You Be in School?
Lemony Snicket
October 2014 Book of the Month   Madcap fun and mystery in this somewhat eccentric yet addictive series from the huge bestselling author of A Series of Unfortunate Events.  This is Book three in the critically acclaimed four-part mystery series.

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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Haunters Haunters
Thomas Taylor
The dead and the living exist side by side in this thrilling time-travelling adventure. In David’s recurrent dream, Eddie seems real and it seems like he’s got something to tell David. That’s scary enough but then David gets picked up …
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Mountwood School for Ghosts Mountwood School for Ghosts
Toby Ibbotson
October 2014 Book of the Month   Best-loved author Eva Ibbotson had a gift for making magical worlds both come alive and be wonderfully credible. Her hand guides this delightful story of a top-secret school for ghosts where anything and everything …
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Red Leaves Red Leaves
Sita Brahmachari
October 2014 Book of the Month   Award-winning Sita Brahmachari has a great gift of understanding for the confusions and loneliness of adoloescents and their need to be gently nurtured and cherished. Three young people are trying to find a way …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Listen to the Moon Listen to the Moon
Michael Morpurgo M.B.E.
October 2014 Book of the Month   A beautiful and captivating tour de force of family, love, war and forgiveness, this is a major new novel from the author of War Horse and Private Peaceful, Michael Morpurgo and is set in World …
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The Piper The Piper
Danny Weston
October 2014 Debut of the Month   A haunting and moving story as something sinister from the past reaches out to two children evacuated to Romney Marsh in the Second World War. Newly arrived from London, Peter and Daisy are taken …
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Thirteen Chairs Thirteen Chairs
Dave Shelton
A spine-tingling collection of fearful stories, cleverly framed by an equally chilling storytelling device. Twelve story tellers sit around the table leaving one chair empty and one story still to be told. Each lit only by a single candle, one …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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The Calling The Calling
James Frey, Nils Johnson-Shelton
October 2014 Book of the Month    Chosen from across the world, a fight to the death is the destiny of the twelve young people who have been selected to represent their families in the Endgame.  The Players know who they …
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Black Ice Black Ice
Becca Fitzpatrick
October 2014 Book of the Month   Black Ice is New York Times bestselling author Becca Fitzpatrick’s riveting romantic thriller, set against the treacherous backdrop of the mountains of Wyoming. Whether you’re new to Becca’s writing or a fan of the …
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Terror Kid Terror Kid
Benjamin Zephaniah
October 2014 Book of the Month   Perceptive, provocative and deeply moving, Benjamin Zephaniah tells a hard hitting story about how dangerous making one simple wrong choice can be. Rico loves computers and he is brilliant at fixing and developing them. …
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Lovereading 4 kids top 3 books, by age range, 30 Sep to 7 Oct 2014

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Baby's Very First Touchy-Feely Musical Play Book Baby’s Very First Touchy-Feely Musical Play Book
Fiona Watt
Babies will love looking at the bright, high-contrast pictures, feeling the textures and listening to the musical sounds as they explore this vibrant board book. …
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A New House for Mouse A New House for Mouse
Petr Horacek
When little Mouse sees a great big red apple outside his front door he is determined to bring it in and eat it all up. But the apple is far too big to fit into Mouse’s tiny home! Mouse sets …
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Baby's Bedtime Story Box Baby’s Bedtime Story Box
Sam Taplin
Six enchanting hardcover books in a sturdy slipcase box, with gentle stories to read aloud and magical illustrations to help toddlers and young children relax and be ready for bedtime at the end of a busy day. Each book contains …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Bears Don't Read! Bears Don’t Read!
Emma Chichester Clark
October 2014 Book of the Month   George is sure there is more to life than fishing and chatting which is what the other bears do. When he finds a book he soon realises that it contains something very special. But …
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Seen and Not Heard Seen and Not Heard
Katie May Green
October 2014 Debut of the Month   Children’s imaginations will run wild after reading this delightfully spooky story. Katie May Green is a stunning new talent in the world of picture books. It is an evocative and magical book filled with …
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The Further Adventures of the Owl and the Pussy-cat The Further Adventures of the Owl and the Pussy-cat
Julia Donaldson
October 2014 Book of the MonthShortlisted for the Specsaver’s National Book Awards: Children’s Book Of The Year. In their best-loved original adventure the Owl and the Pussy-Cat danced happily on the edge of the sand after their wedding. Children’s Laureate …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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The Bad Trousers The Bad Trousers
Ros Asquith
Interest Age 5-8  Reading Age 6+ A charming birthday story about one boy and his Granny’s awful knitting, with artwork by Katie Morag creator Mairi Hedderwick.  Robbie is excited about his upcoming birthday and what he might get as presents…a …
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Sam and Dave Dig a Hole Sam and Dave Dig a Hole
Mac Barnett
Award-winning illustrator Jon Klassen has created a second delightful and surprising picture book with Mac Barnett, author of The Dark. Here two boys dig a hole. It doesn’t seem to take them far so they try digging a bit on …
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How the Library (Not the Prince) Saved Rapunzel How the Library (Not the Prince) Saved Rapunzel
Wendy Meddour
The story of Rapunzel with a modern day twist, for Rapunzel lives unhappily in a city tower block and no one seems able to cheer her up, not even the Prince! Until that is she gets a job in the …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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The Time-Travelling Sandwich Bites Back The Time-Travelling Sandwich Bites Back
Matt Brown
October 2014 Book of the Month  A second hilarious and disgusting adventure wittily told in words and pictures making it perfect for all fans of the Wimpy Kid. A mouldy old sandwich has a remarkable impact on the life of Compton …
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Shouldn't You Be in School? Shouldn’t You Be in School?
Lemony Snicket
October 2014 Book of the Month   Madcap fun and mystery in this somewhat eccentric yet addictive series from the huge bestselling author of A Series of Unfortunate Events.  This is Book three in the critically acclaimed four-part mystery series.

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The Hero Pup The Hero Pup
Megan Rix
October 2014 Book of the Month   Can training Patch, a loveable Labrador puppy, help Joe find some happiness after the death of his father? Joe and his dad have always wanted a dog but, when his dad is killed Joe …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Listen to the Moon Listen to the Moon
Michael Morpurgo M.B.E.
October 2014 Book of the Month   A beautiful and captivating tour de force of family, love, war and forgiveness, this is a major new novel from the author of War Horse and Private Peaceful, Michael Morpurgo and is set in World …
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Haunters Haunters
Thomas Taylor
The dead and the living exist side by side in this thrilling time-travelling adventure. In David’s recurrent dream, Eddie seems real and it seems like he’s got something to tell David. That’s scary enough but then David gets picked up …
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Five Children on the Western Front Five Children on the Western Front
Kate Saunders
October 2014 Book of the Month    Witty, tender and full of insights into life love and politics, this is a brilliant book in its own right as well as a worthy tribute to E. Nesbit’s classic Five Children and It. …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods
Rick Riordan
September 2014 Book of the Month  Percy Jackson, hero and demi-god, is the best guide you could have to the Greek gods and goddesses. As he is half-god – his father is Poseidon – and half-mortal – he is also …
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The Piper The Piper
Danny Weston
October 2014 Debut of the Month   A haunting and moving story as something sinister from the past reaches out to two children evacuated to Romney Marsh in the Second World War. Newly arrived from London, Peter and Daisy are taken …
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Book Book
John Agard
Tells us the story of the book! Told by none other than Book himself, this work begins with stories told from person to person, to writings on clay tablets to the development of parchment, right up to modern day and …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Trial by Fire Trial by Fire
Josephine Angelini
September 2014 Book of the Month    Fabulously different, this wonderfully exciting novel captures your imagination and allows it to soar alongside a truly captivating cast of characters. Lily Proctor, sick and traumatised, is lured into a parallel world, one where …
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Terror Kid Terror Kid
Benjamin Zephaniah
October 2014 Book of the Month   Perceptive, provocative and deeply moving, Benjamin Zephaniah tells a hard hitting story about how dangerous making one simple wrong choice can be. Rico loves computers and he is brilliant at fixing and developing them. …
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The Calling The Calling
James Frey, Nils Johnson-Shelton
October 2014 Book of the Month    Chosen from across the world, a fight to the death is the destiny of the twelve young people who have been selected to represent their families in the Endgame.  The Players know who they …
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Most popular children’s books, by age range for week ending 24 November

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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The Slightly Annoying Elephant The Slightly Annoying Elephant
David Walliams
One of our Books of the Year 2013 – November 2013 Book of the Month   Best selling author and TV star David Walliams has a gift for great jokes. There’s a ring at the door and Sam finds an elephant …
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This Rabbit, That Rabbit This Rabbit, That Rabbit
Jane Porter
November 2013 Book of the Month  This rabbit, that rabbit…fat rabbit, flat rabbit – this is a book starring two fabulous rabbits. (And an armadillo!).  A great way to introduce simple word play to young children to encourage early literacy. …
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Jolly Snow Jolly Snow
Jane Hissey
November 2013 Book of the Month    In the classic Old Bear, Jane Hissey’s stunning illustrations of the inhabitants of the toy cupboard are brought to life. Now they are back for a new adventure. This time they are waiting for …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Octopus's Garden Octopus’s Garden
Ringo Starr
November 2013 Book of the Month  Based on the lyrics of the world famous Beatles song, this glorious picture book follows five children on a magical journey through the Octopus’s garden. The playful Octopus takes them on a wondrous …
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Spaghetti with the Yeti Spaghetti with the Yeti
Charlotte Guillain, Adam Guillain
Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2013 – September 2013 Book of the Month    George is off on an adventure – to find the yeti and to feed it spaghetti! George travels along a little mountain path and meets …
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Snowflakes Snowflakes
Cerrie Burnell
Bbeebies presenter Cerrie Burnell gets to the heart of what it feels like to be an outsider in this touching and sensitive story about a little girl adjusting to a new way of life. Newly arrived from the city to …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Snug Snug
Michael Morpurgo
Interest Age 5-8  Reading Age 6 Former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo has a gift for telling stories about animals and how they touch the lives of children. Snug is Lisa’s cat and always has been as he arrived at the …
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Alice Through the Looking Glass Alice Through the Looking Glass
Emma Chichester Clark
Lewis Carroll’s enduring classic tale, which has enchanted readers of all ages for more than a hundred years, is brought alive for a new generation in this exquisite picture book by the highly-regarded illustrator Emma Chichester Clark.  She has carefully …
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Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp
Philip Pullman
Award-winning Philip Pullman has long treasured this feisty and magical story from The Arabian Nights. When the young Aladdin rubs a dirty old lamp a genie appears and offers the boy three wishes. Riches? Happiness? Excitement? Three wishes should bring …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Penny Dreadful and the Horrible Hoo-hah Penny Dreadful and the Horrible Hoo-hah
Joanna Nadin
More tales of mishap and misadventure from the incorrigible but hilarious Penny Dreadful. This is the 7th title in the Penny Dreadful series and includes three stories in one book.
The first, Penny Dreadful is a Magnet for Disaster, was shortlisted …
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Wartman Wartman
Michael Morpurgo
Interest Age 7-12  Reading Age 7  Beautiful new edition of a bestselling title from household name Michael Morpurgo. Dilly has a wart.  He’d rather have broken his leg or been ill but no he had to get a wart!  Follow …
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The Secret Garden The Secret Garden
Frances Hodgson Burnett
One of the best loved stories in children’s literature, The Secret Garden brings nature alive in the story of how Mary Lennox, a lonely, unhappy and spoilt child is transformed by finding her way into a hidden garden. Brought to …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Lost Journals of Benjamin Tooth Lost Journals of Benjamin Tooth
MacKenzie Crook
November 2013 Book of the Month    An 11 year old self-declared scientist, botanist and genius, Benjamin Tooth keeps a journal in which he records all that his does. These include his strange inventions, some of which will not seem so …
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The Ransom of Dond The Ransom of Dond
Siobhan Dowd
November 2013 Mega Book of the Month  Suffused with all that is best in story-telling traditions, this poignant story with a pleasing twist in its telling is perfectly and briefly told by the late, award-winning Siobhan Dowd and perfectly complemented …
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Haunters Haunters
Thomas Taylor
The dead and the living exist side by side in this thrilling time-travelling adventure. In David’s recurrent dream, Eddie seems real and it seems like he’s got something to tell David. That’s scary enough but then David gets picked up …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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The Boy on the Porch The Boy on the Porch
Sharon Creech
November 2013 Book of the Month   Award-winning Sharon Creech has an exceptional ability to write tenderly. In this touching modern fairy story she captures the rewards of love freely given to children. When John and Marta find a little boy …
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Why Can't I Tickle Myself? Why Can’t I Tickle Myself?
Gemma Elwin Harris, Bear Grylls, Miranda Hart, Sir David Attenborough
Children have a knack of asking great, but challenging, questions: How far away is space? Why can’t I tickle myself? What makes me? But how are we supposed to answer them? Imagine if we could turn to a leading expert …
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War Horse War Horse
Michael Morpurgo
BOOK OF THE DAY – 1st NOVEMBER  Michael Morpurgo’s tender story of Joey, a brave hearted farm horse who finds himself caught up in the horrors of war, cleverly conveys both the violence and the occasional compassion, which occurs during …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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When the Guns Fall Silent When the Guns Fall Silent
James Riordan
In an excellent time-slip story, James Riordan brings the action and tragedy of the First World War vividly to life. Jack’s grandfather is a war hero with medals to prove it. But he will never talk about what he did …
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The Isobel Journal: Just a Northern Girl from Where Nothing Really Happens The Isobel Journal: Just a Northern Girl from Where Nothing Really Happens
Isobel Harrop
November 2013 Debut of the Month Readers will empathise with this witty and honest journal of a girl getting to grips with impending adulthood. You’ll find mini novels within the whole interspersed with sketches, photos and captions.  It is a …
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The Midnight Dress The Midnight Dress
Karen Foxlee
The Midnight Dress weaves a mesmerising story of love, loss and longing to the very last page. Full of anger and tension and yet this is a novel to sit down with and admire the lyrical storytelling but prepare yourself …
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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

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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.

 

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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.

Most popular Opening Extracts, by age range, 8 – 15 Mar 09

Monday, March 16th, 2009

Featured Books Age 0 – 5 Years

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Minty And Tink Minty And Tink
Emma Chichester Clark
The importance of a special toy is perfectly captured in this passionate story about how a toy can be ‘real’. When searching for a birthday present for her baby brother, Minty finds a tiny toy bear who can talk. Instantly, …
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What the Ladybird Heard What the Ladybird Heard
Julia Donaldson
Best-selling author and illustrator Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks have teamed up for another brilliant picture book. Right in the farmyard among all the noisy animals with their MOOs! and QUACKS! and BAAs! and OINKs! lives a tiny silent ladybird. …
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Tin Forest Tin Forest
Helen Ward
Book and CD. Exquisite and fascinating illustrations beautifully capture the hopeful
mood of this story about the power of dreaming. Living in a miserable
grey world, an old man repeatedly dreams of colour and growth.
Gradually his world begins to full up with …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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My Brilliant Book! My Brilliant Book!
Michael Broad
Short of a good book to read, Sam decides that writing his own is the only way to really enjoy a story. Vibrantly illustrated, Sam’s flights of fancy – aliens, a world full of sweets, a trip to the wildwest …
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The BFG The BFG
Roald Dahl
This is a delightful, funny and exciting story about a special friendship between two people from different worlds – a giant and a child. As the story develops it shows how trust and love develops between them. It

also …
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Winnie The Twit Winnie The Twit
Laura Owen
Fun to read and well-matched by their illustrations, these four short stories tell of yet more dramatic and hilarious adventures for Winnie the Witch and her cat Wilbur. Winnie variously tries to find the perfect pet, to fix things with …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Mr Gum And The Dancing Bear Mr Gum And The Dancing Bear
Andy Stanton
Winner of The Blue Peter book award 2009 ‘most funny book with pictures’ category – Mr Gum is off on his fifth best-selling adventure. And it is as zany and ridiculous as any that have gone before. This time, a gigantic …
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Wallace And Gromit Grand Adventures And Glorious Inventions Wallace And Gromit Grand Adventures And Glorious Inventions
Penny Worms
Suitable for discerning Wallace and Gromit fans, this all-singing, all-dancing book sets out as Wallace’s secret invention scrapbook, with snippets of information and personal memorabilia about his cracking contraptions and his madcap capers with his dog, Gromit. With lots of …
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Genie and the Phoenix Genie and the Phoenix
Steve Cole, Linda Chapman
An exciting fantasy adventure full of twist, turns and some very unexpected moments. Michael, Milly, Jason and Jess are just four ordinary children leading quite ordinary lives until they meet a most unusual genie disguised in the shape of a …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Shadow Forest Shadow Forest
Matt Haig
Winner of the overall Blue Peter Book of the Year 2009 and category winner of ‘the book I couldn’t put down’. A dramatic adventure story set in an enchanted magical world. Samuel Blink’s life changes forever when a giant log …
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The Magic Thief The 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 it from disappearing …
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Ingo Ingo
Helen Dunmore
This is the first of the Ingo quartet. Helen Dunmore has done what few authors succeed in doing. She’s created an absolutely believable mythical world alongside our own. One that makes you want to be there more than anything else, …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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If You're Reading This, it's too Late If You’re Reading This, it’s too Late
Pseudonymous Bosch
This is the quirky, original and deliciously dark sequel to the hilarious The Name of This Book is Secret. Bursting with inventive characters and laugh-out-loud moments, readers will be instantly hooked once more by the stylish storytelling of Pseudonymous Bosch.

A …
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The Book of a Thousand Days The Book of a Thousand Days
Shannon Hale
Recorded as a highly readable diary, this is an original retelling of a fairy tale that gives a taste of the traditional while adding original and unexpected elements to make it anything but an ordinary fairytale and you certainly won’t …
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My Sister Jodie My Sister Jodie
Jacqueline Wilson
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My Mum! My Mum!
Beth Shoshan
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Emma Chichester Clark
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Helen Ward
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Michael Broad
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Roald Dahl
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Wallace And Gromit Grand Adventures And Glorious Inventions Wallace And Gromit Grand Adventures And Glorious Inventions
Penny Worms
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Roald Dahl
A book that requires no introduction as it is probably Dahl’s best-known and most read creation and deservedly so. The secretive and magical world of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory is revealed to five ‘lucky’ children, each of who has won …
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Mr Gum And The Dancing Bear Mr Gum And The Dancing Bear
Andy Stanton
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Shadow Forest Shadow Forest
Matt Haig
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Helen Dunmore
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Sarah Prineas
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Pseudonymous Bosch
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The Book of a Thousand Days The Book of a Thousand Days
Shannon Hale
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The Secret Ministry of Frost The Secret Ministry of Frost
Nick Lake
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My (not so) Simple Life My (not so) Simple Life
Joanna Nadin
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Wildthorn Wildthorn
Jane Eagland
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The Ant Colony The Ant Colony
Jenny Valentine
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