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Children’s Summer Reading for July

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Our Summer Reading selection has been hand-picked by Julia Eccleshare, our ‘expert voice’ behind all the brilliant book choices here at Lovereading4kids and, she is also the Children’s Books Editor of The Guardian.

Read on to find out more and to discover who has just won the prestigious Branford Boase Award for a debut novel. It’s a novel we’ve been raving about even before it was published last year.

The best children’s Summer Reading

Julia Eccleshare said, ‘this year has been such fun putting together a list of titles to get children, from toddler to teenager, inspired to read over the Summer Holidays’. We’re sure children of all ages will have a great deal of fun reading every one of them. Some are from well-known and well-loved children’s authors, others are from exciting new authors. They are all without exception fantastic reads.

Our Summer Reading section is conveniently broken down by age or just scroll down to the bottom of this email to see our personal favourites from the summer reading selection based on the age ranges you have told us you want to know more about.

If you want even more of a choice you could try our special sections for, reluctant readers, books that are dyslexia friendly, our Fantastic Fiction category or check out those titles we regard as ‘Must Reads’. As a parent you may even feel summer is the time to get your child hooked on a character that you yourself enjoyed as a child? – so, have a look at our Classics section or the wonderful timeless adventures of Tintin and his canine friend Snowy – re-launched in June 2009.

Branford Boase Winner just announced

Prize-winners are always a safe bet too, not least the winner of the Branford Boase debut award that has just been announced – The Traitor Game by B R Collins – is an ambitious teenage novel about the problematic relationship between two school boys, interwoven with an elaborate fantasy world they have created.

Children’s writing competition

Does your child enjoy writing or are you looking for a way to get your kids writing as well as reading during the holidays, then look no further than a terrific writing competition – the Usborne Young Writers’ Award – you’ll find details of it in our ‘Fantastic Fiction’ page.

The Rainbow Orchid:

The Adventures of Julius Chancer

An ambitious graphic-novel combining classic storytelling with cinematic artwork à la Tintin. A brilliant roller coaster adventure for boys and girls of all ages.

Ghost Hunter

Michelle Paver

The 6th and final book of the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series – for edge of the seat action, adventure and mystery there is no equal.

Darke Academy 1:

Secret Lives

The first book of a brand new series. Cassie Bell begins her time at an elite paranormal academy with more than it’s share of sinister secrets. Fans of the Twilight series shouldn’t miss it.

So, before you pack your suitcases or stuff the family car, remember that books can be taken anywhere in the world, they don’t need batteries, and they don’t mind the odd dropped blob of ice cream… perfect. Happy Reading

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!

July children’s summer reading

Monday, July 6th, 2009

The Summer holidays are nearly upon us, and this month’s selection of books will get your kids as excited about reading as they are about all those wonderful things associated with this time of year – ice creams, beaches, swimming, and picnicking in the park. With our special Summer Reading section and some of the most prestigious children’s book awards just announced, finding amazing stories for children with Lovereading4kids is easy.

For services to the planet’s young readers – medal-winning books

Two of the most important prizes in the children’s book world were announced at the end of June, and you can see for yourselves why they won by downloading free Opening Extracts of both books here. You may have seen them on Lovereading4kids before, because we’ve been raving about them for yonks!

The Carnegie Medal was won posthumously for Siobhan Dowd’s Bog Child, a fascinating novel about a boy who is simultaneously haunted by the body of a dead child he finds, and the troubles going on in his Northern Ireland home. It is sad but life affirming.

And the Greenaway Medal for Illustration went to the adorable Harris Finds His Feet by Catherine Rayner. Told in exquisite pictures, this is the story of a young hare with huge feet and a wonderful grandfather to help him realise how useful they are.

The judges said it was a particularly difficult decision to make on both awards for the quality of the shortlist was so strong. We have the full shortlist in our Prize Winners section so if you’ve not yet checked out the shortlist then why not go there now.  You can also find the shortlist for the Branford Boase Award for best debut there too, the winner of which will be announced later this month.

A bulging basket of Books of the Month

For fear of running out of breath and collapsing in an excited heap on the floor when telling you about our Books of the Month I’ll be brief but rest assured these are some of the very best children’s books out there at the moment. For toddlers there’s a funny fish called Barry who has fingers, for slightly older children a new Julia Donaldson featuring a troll, for 7+ there’s the delightfully named, The Boy in the Dress and for 9+ there’s Frank Cottrell-Boyce’s unputdownable Cosmic. A new series launch for 11+ readers from the hugely popular Sophie Mckenzie, The Medusa Project has been eagerly awaited and doesn’t disappoint and last but by no means least a superbly evocative historical romance/mystery for 14+ readers What I saw and how I Lied, a coming of age novel set just after WW2 in America. So download some Opening Extracts and see which piques your child’s enthusiasm. To view all our Books of the Month together, just click here.

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First time lucky (and enormously talented) – Debuts of the Month

The Undrowned Child

Michelle Lovric

9+ Part fairy tale, part historical fiction, this wonderful adventure set in a troubled 20th century Venice is a stunning debut.

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The Forest of Hands and Teeth

Carrie Ryan

11+ A fresh and riveting take on the zombie genre from a very talented new author, Carrie Ryan.

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Escape from Shadow Island

Paul Adam

9 +High octane adventure about an ordinary schoolboy who by night wows crowds as an escapologist. But can he discover the truth behind his father’s disappearance.

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Wilma Tenderfoot and the Case of the Frozen Hearts

Emma Kennedy

The humour shines through in this debut brilliantly. The heroin is enormously funny, feisty, cheeky and charming.

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Jiggy McCue – the off-the-wall hero is our Series of the Month

The Jiggy McCue series by Michael Lawrence has had boys and girls laughing their socks off with his peculiar misadventures for nearly a decade. Jiggy is a very odd 11-year-old who seems to encounter supernatural goings on wherever he goes! And now there’s a new collection of stories, One for All and All for Lunch – each told by a different character from the Jiggy stories. It’s a real treat for existing fans or indeed for any 8+ reader who is new to Jiggy it’s the perfect introduction. But you have been warned, it is laugh-out-loud funny.

Beat the crowds – Exclusive Pre-Publication Books

The Rainbow Orchid: The Adventures of Julius Chancer (Vol One)

An ambitious graphic-novel combining classic storytelling with cinematic artwork à la Tintin. A brilliant roller coaster adventure for boys and girls of all ages. You’ll be in awe of the creator when you see it. Check out a sneak preview now.

The 6th and final book of the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series – for edge of the seat action, adventure and mystery there is no equal and the final denouement will satisfy all.

Darke Academy 1: Secret Lives

In the first book of a brand new series, a scholarship student Cassie Bell begins her time at an elite paranormal academy – but what sinister secrets are some of the other students sitting on? Knowing too much could prove deadly… Fans of the Twilight series shouldn’t miss it.

Get some rhymes in their minds

Poetry is definitely in. It can be fun, silly, clever, or goose-bump raising; it helps learning and memory and builds confidence when read aloud. It could even inspire your own children to start writing themselves.

With this in mind, we’ve picked two classic anthologies by John Foster for your children to get hooked on: School’s Out and Excuses, Excuses – both bestselling hilarious anthologies and very timely for the time of year.

So pick a few of this colourful array, sit down with your children and find out whether there’s a free Opening Extract that really gets them excited to find out what happens next.

Book Goodies galore to win this month

Finally, don’t forget about our Prize Draw page – there are as ever lots of prizes to be won including Benefit cosmetics for What I saw and How I Lied, lots of Clarice Bean goodies and signed copies of titles too numerous to mention.

Happy summer reading from the Lovereading4kids team of Julia, Louise, Steve and Peter. Privacy Policy Disclaimer