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Mid March email update

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Welcome to our mid March Children’s book update. Read on for news of the best books being published – next month with exclusive extracts to read now. Find out about the Blue Peter Book Award winners and much more. Finally, parents with toddlers shouldn’t miss Very Hungry Caterpillar Day on 20 March and our very special prize draw to win a bag full of Very Hungry Caterpillar goodies!…

Be the First to Read … March Pre-publication exclusives

As always, we are delighted to be able to bring you a few really special titles before they hit the shelves, all with free downloadable extracts so your kids can try them before you buy them! A real treat this month is a collaboration between bestselling author Lemony Snicket and award winning illustrator Jon Klassen called The Dark. It is an original, delightful and empowering take on the familiar theme of being scared of the dark. It is perfect for 3+ readers.


Get out of here! – Out and About 2013

With warmer weather on the way, we think anything that can get kids outdoors and having fun is just the ticket. Our Out and About category has some great new titles for 2013. And … just in case the weather man says it’s rain … we even have great suggestions for not so sunny days!

The Wild Weather Book by Fiona Danks and Jo Schofield – It’s raining … let’s get out and play! – 72 imaginative suggestions to do on wet and snowy days (we particularly love ‘Watermelon Rugby’!)

And for toddlers all the fun of outdoors, indoors with Maisy Grows a Garden by Lucy Cousins(3+) – a fabulously colourful book – vegetables and flowers springing to life as you turn pages and pull the tabs!

Uplifting Downloads! – eBooks of the Month

With the digital form growing ever popular, Lovereading4kids is the only place where you can download eBooks in ALL the popular formats. Yes, the only one. Here’s a tiny selection of what’s available for your digi-savvy kids this month:



Gone’ by Michael Grant

The countdown has begun. On 28 March the finale to this epic series, that began with Gone, Light is published. Described as ‘Lord of The Flies for the X-Men generation’, this cracklingly thrilling series is a complex survival tale loved by reader reviewers and especially our own intrepid reporter Hugh (see his interview with the author from 2009!). See the whole series in the bookshelf below.

They don’t exist but they save your life every day

The Department 19 series by Will Hill is a well crafted pulse-pounding all action paranormal for teens. Department 19 is a government secret agency. One of our reading panel said ‘A book that I didn’t want to put down. I love the characters within the story and their relationships between each other’. Visit Will Hill’s author page to see all the books in the series to date.

What do the Zombies think?

Zom-B is a radical new series about a zombie apocalypse, told in the first person by one of its victims, from the master of Young Adult horror Darren Shan.

Combining classic Shan action with a fiendishly twisting plot and hard-hitting and thought-provoking moral questions it is pretty addictive stuff. See the series to date by visiting Darren Shan’s author page on Lovereading4kids.


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200 school children voted for and Blue Peter announced recently the two winning books of the Blue Peter 2013 Book Awards.

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Best Story went to Tom Gates: Genius Ideas (mostly) by Liz Pichon 4th in the hilarious ups and downs of Tom Gate’s life.

Best Book with Facts went to the disgustingly brilliant Horrible Science: House of Horrors by Nick Arnold and Tony De Saulles. You can see the winners and all the shortlist in our special section.


Art for Art’s Sake

With the Easter holidays soon upon us, why not plan a trip to a local art gallery for your children to see and appreciate some art as they’re never too young to start. It’s a great way to fire their imagination for painting and drawing. To help,do have a look at our special category.

Three new titles this month are I Am An Artist, The Interactive Art Book and The Museum. We also have two prize draws to win a copy of the The Art Book for Children from Phaidon and family tickets to the Lichtenstein exhibition at the Tate Modern.

Books to make the most of Easter

Easter is more than just chocolate eggs so to help young children get much more out of this special time have a look at the books in our special Easter Bookshelf below.

Leeds-ing the Way – The Leeds Book Award

Dodgy puns aside, the Leeds Book Awards honour the work of great children’s writers in every age group from 9 upwards and there are some stunning titles on the shortlist. In the 9+ category our favourites are Gods and Warriors by Michelle Paver and Marcus Sedgwick’s Fright Forest; in the 11+ category it’s definitely the aptly names Socks are Not Enough and in 14+ it’s Slated by Teri Terry. Why not grab a couple and choose your own winners?

Finally don’t miss the 6!! free to enter prize draws we have on the site this month where we have armfuls of book goodies to be won.

…and Happy March, from all of us at Lovereading4Kids. See you in April with yet more great suggestions to keep them reading!

Top ten children’s books on Lovereading4kids 2 – 9 April 2012

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012 Top 10

Eeek! The Runaway Alien Eeek! The Runaway Alien
Karen Inglis
April 2012 Book of the Month.
A boy, an alien and football – without any shadow of doubt it’s a match made in heaven for boys in particular and if you have a reluctant reader in the house aged from 6-9 …
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Twelve Minutes to Midnight Twelve Minutes to Midnight
Christopher Edge
April 2012 Book of the Month. A thriller with a fast-paced cinematic style, Twelve Minutes to Midnight is an electrifying story from an exciting

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Rabbityness Rabbityness
Jo Empson
April 2012 Debut of the Month. Highly original, this is a stunning debut picture book which celebrates creativity and difference while also serving as a touching introduction to the idea that people leave good things behind them even when they are …
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Homecoming Homecoming
Michael Morpurgo
Michael Morpurgo, former Children’s Laureate and the award-winning author of War Horse, has written a beautifully evocative story which celebrates the beauty of a place and the pain it creates when that beauty is under threat. Michael always liked to …
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The Stick Book : Loads of Things You Can Make or Do with a Stick The Stick Book : Loads of Things You Can Make or Do with a Stick
Fiona Danks, Jo Schofield
This is a wonderfully inspiring book for the great outdoors or indoors for that matter. The authors offer masses of suggestions for things to do with a stick, in the way of adventures and bushcraft, creative and imaginative play, games, …
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My Adventure Island My Adventure Island
Timothy Knapman
April 2012 Book of the Month.
My Adventure Island is a magical place where anything can happen particularly if you have a little bit of imagination. It’s a brilliantly funny tale of mischief and mayhem by Timothy Knapman, author of the Mungo and …
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The Fearsome Beastie The Fearsome Beastie
Giles Paley-Phillips
April 2012 Book of the Month.
This is a terrific little picture book that parents are likely to be more worried about for the fear factor than any toddler. There’s a great storyline written in rhyme with echoes of Grimm’s Fairy …
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The Hunger Games (Film Tie-In Edition) The Hunger Games (Film Tie-In Edition)
Suzanne Collins
The astonishing bestseller is now a fantastic movie. Here is the original novel with new movie artwork on the cover.
The Hunger Games is a searing novel set in a future with unsettling parallels to our present. In a dark vision of …
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Pip and Posy: The Big Balloon Pip and Posy: The Big Balloon
Axel Scheffler
April 2012 Book of the Month. Best known for creating the pictures for the Gruffalo, Axel Scheffler has created a perfect story for pre-school. How can Pip’s friends cheer him up when his beautiful red balloon goes POP! ? Luckily Posy …
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Down in the Jungle (Early Reader) Down in the Jungle (Early Reader)
Vivian French
Down in the Jungle it’s time for bed, but Monkey wants a story and he sets off to find one in this charming, funny story, perfect for early readers and for reading aloud and sharing with less confident children. These …
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The best new children’s books to keep them happy during the Easter holidays…

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

Welcome to blossom-clad April from Lovereading4kids! Hans Christian Andersen was born in April over 200 years ago, so here’s to a fairytale Easter – we hope that we’ve found you ‘eggs’actly the right, wonderful books for your Little Mermaids and Steadfast Tin Soldiers to read over the Holidays.

My Oh Mayan, What an Author of the Month! – M. G. Harris

Half-Mexican Manchester United fan and self-confessed geek

M. G. Harris is the author of the fabulous Mayan prophecy influenced, futuristic series, The Joshua Filesperfect for action-hero 9+ year olds.

The 5th and final book in the series is out now and is packed full of gripping, daring teen adventure in dark pyramids and alien tunnels. If you haven’t discovered these pacy adventures yet, now’s the perfect time – particularly as the end of the Mayan calendar (and perhaps even the end of the world) draws near on 21 December 2012!

No April Fools! – Debuts of the Month


Jo Empson

4+ Stunning debut with positive takes on individuality, creativity and dealing with loss.
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The Comic Cafe

Roger Stevens

9+ Can kids run the show? Witty, Lemony Snicket-esque adventure!
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Call Me Drog

Sue Cowing

9+ Compelling, courageous and unforgettable, Call Me Drog is a classic coming-of-age story.
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Kieran Larwood

11+ Crime sleuthing, freak-show style,with a band of extraordinarily talented misfits. X-men meets Oliver Twist!

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Immortal City

Scott Speer

14+ Electric debut set in a world where Guardian Angels walk among us in the street.

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Lissa Price

14+ Matched meets The Hunger Games. Action-packed thriller with a great heroine.

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Young Bond and Zombies, Guest Editor Charlie Higson

April’s Guest Editor is the multi-talented and multi-award winning author of the action-packed Young Bond series of books and the gruesome but brilliant Enemy series. The first Young Bond Book, Silverfin, was published in 2005 and the series has been translated into 24 different languages! The Enemy series, about Zombies and aimed at an older 11+ audience, is now into its third outing with The Fear. Find out more about Charlie’s books as well as some personal favourites that have influenced his writing to date.

Get Out! – Out and About Section

This is our section to help you get kids outside and enjoying the open air. Books on all kinds of activities can be unearthed here; gardening, exploring, bird-watching … you name it. Special mention this month goes to:

The Bumper Book of London Everything You Need to Know About London and More…

Becky Jones, Clare Lewis

(7+) Everything you need to know about London … and more! Great for the Olympics.


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The Stick Book : Loads of Things You Can Make or Do with a Stick

Fiona Danks, Jo Schofield

(7+) Amazingly imaginative guide to all the things you can do with a stick! Genius.

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RSPB Children’s Guide to Birdwatching

David Chandler, Mike Unwin

(7+) Fascinating fact boxes and top tips for young bird watching enthusiasts.

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Green Fingers and Muddy Boots

Ivor Santer

(5+) Practical activities to do in the garden every month of the year, come rain or shine

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…Just One More Thing …

We can’t go without mentioning these two cracking books which have kept us turning pages in the office…

If you enjoyed Long Reach by Peter Cocks then don’t miss the sequel, Body Blow. It’s in our Undercover Reads section (because they’ll be sneaking in another chapter after lights-out!) and is a must for any thrill-seeking teen!

And whatever you do, don’t miss this month’s Free Prize Draws section brimming with exclusive prints, books, goody-bags and a free trip to the Zoo!…

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