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Top 3 Books, by age range on Lovereading4kids 2 – 9 December 2012

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Pip and Posy: The Snowy Day Pip and Posy: The Snowy Day
Axel Scheffler
Best-selling Axel Scheffler’s delightful characters Pip and Posy are back for a new adventure. The two friends love playing in the snow together until a difference of opinion causes them to start to quarrel. How will they get back to …
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Matilda's Cat Matilda’s Cat
Emily Gravett
Award-winning Emily Gravett has come up with another witty gem. Specialising in simplicity and relying on readers taking their cues from her characters, here Matilda’s cat makes it plain that she does NOT like all the things Matilda wants her …
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One Gorilla A Counting Book One Gorilla A Counting Book
Anthony Browne
Award-winning former Children’s Laureate Anthony Browne takes readers on a counting journey from 1 Gorilla through other monkeys such as chimpanzees, mandrills and baboons before reaching 10 Lemurs. From them, he leaps to himself and all humans showing how all …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Goldilocks Goldilocks
Allan Ahlberg
‘One of Julia Eccleshare’s Stand-out Children’s Book of the Year 2012’A brilliant book which is full of original stories all of which are variations on the familiar story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Each retelling becomes more and more …
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Oh No, George! Oh No, George!
Chris Haughton
Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2012. Chris Haughton’s distinctive artwork perfectly accompanies the innocent charm of affable George, a dog trying to be good – with hilarious results! This is the second picture book from rapidly rising star …
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The Fearsome Beastie The Fearsome Beastie
Giles Paley-Phillips
April 2012 Book of the Month.
Winner of The People’s Book Prize 2012, a national competition aimed at discovering new and unknown works: a truly democratic book prize decided exclusively by the public.
This is a terrific little picture book that parents …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Horrid Henry's Christmas Presents Horrid Henry’s Christmas Presents
Francesca Simon
Horrid Henry loves getting Christmas presents but he’s not so keen on giving them. That’s because, he hasn’t got them to give! However, Henry comes up with a very clever plan firmly based on the principle, it’s the thought that …
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The Snake Who Came To Stay The Snake Who Came To Stay
Julia Donaldson
Interest Age 5-8 Reading Age 6+. When Polly sets up an animal home for pets, she doesn’t anticipate quite how many problems she may face! But then, she doesn’t know she is going to be asked to look after a …
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The Tobermory Cat The Tobermory Cat
Debi Gliori
Once upon a time…best-selling illustrator Debi Gliori tells a witty story about cats poking fun at fame and asking if it really has any merit. All the towns on Mull have cats with special attributes, such as being able to …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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The Monster Snowman The Monster Snowman
Gillian Cross
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ Jack and his friends build the greatest, scariest snowman in the whole world – until it comes alive! An entertaining and clever story by an award- winning author and illustator, Ross Collins. Also suitable …
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Who Could That be at This Hour? Who Could That be at This Hour?
Lemony Snicket
Bestselling Lemony Snicket’s fast-talking writing is brilliantly on display in this wise cracking detective story which is full of references to the great detective writers of the past. Thirteen year Snicket is apprenticed to S. Theodora Markson, a second rate …
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Fox Friend Fox Friend
Michael Morpurgo
Interest Age 7-12 Reading Age 7+ From the multi award-winning and bestselling author, a beautifully re-packaged, 4u2read version, of this moving story of a girl and an injured fox cub. …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Twelve Minutes to Midnight Twelve Minutes to Midnight
Christopher Edge
December 2012 Book of the Month. A thriller with a fast-paced cinematic style, Twelve Minutes to Midnight is an electrifying story from an exciting new author featuring a feisty 13 year old heroine. It is the first book in a must-read …
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: the Third Wheel Diary of a Wimpy Kid: the Third Wheel
Jeff Kinney
The best-selling Wimpy Kid charts new aspects of his life in his trademark frank and highly humorous diary. From reflecting on the time before he was born to his struggles to find a date for the Valentine Day’s Dance and …
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Dark Lord : The Teenage Years Dark Lord : The Teenage Years
Jamie Thomson, Dirk Lloyd
Winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2012 – aged seven to fourteen. This is wonderfully original, completely mad but according to a 10 year old boy we gave it to is one of the funniest books he’s read all …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Ghost Knight Ghost Knight
Cornelia Funke
November 2012 Book of the Month A thrilling ghost story set in a boarding school situated right in the heart of Salisbury Cathedral. Eleven year old Jon Whitcroft doesn’t want to be packed off to boarding school and is sure …
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Liar and Spy Liar and Spy
Rebecca Stead
One of Julia Eccleshare’s Stand-out Children’s Book of the Year 2012
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Sword of Light Sword of Light
Katherine Roberts
This cracking page-turning adventure is now available in paperback. The future of Camelot is in the hands of Arthur’s secret daughter, Rhianna. Utterly gripping, this is the start of a series for 10+ year olds by an award winning author. …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Maggot Moon Maggot Moon
Sally Gardner
Shortlisted for the Children’s Costa Award 2012. Sally Gardner tells a story that is rich in drama and ideas as Standish Treadwell, an unlikely hero, takes on the vicious forces of the repressive motherland in a novel set in …
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Reached Reached
Ally Condie
December 2012 Book of the Month The best-selling Matched trilogy takes off in a dangerous and shattering new direction as Cassia’s revolt and her determination to fight for what matters to her most comes to a head. Now the signs …
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Ketchup Clouds Ketchup Clouds
Annabel Pitcher
Award-winning author Annabel Pitcher’s new teen novel is a taut and dramatic adventure with a deep yearning at its heart. Ketchup Clouds vividly captures the terrifying roller coaster of emotion that envelopes Zoe when she gets caught in a tragic …
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Lovereading4kids most popular books by age range 4 – 11 November 2012

Monday, November 12th, 2012

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Matilda's Cat Matilda’s Cat
Emily Gravett
Award-winning Emily Gravett has come up with another witty gem. Specialising in simplicity and relying on readers taking their cues from her characters, here Matilda’s cat makes it plain that she does NOT like all the things Matilda wants her …
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2
Pip and Posy: The Snowy Day Pip and Posy: The Snowy Day
Axel Scheffler
Best-selling Axel Scheffler’s delightful characters Pip and Posy are back for a new adventure. The two friends love playing in the snow together until a difference of opinion causes them to start to quarrel. How will they get back to …
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3
Oh No, George! Oh No, George!
Chris Haughton
Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2012. Chris Haughton’s distinctive artwork perfectly accompanies the innocent charm of affable George, a dog trying to be good – with hilarious results! This is the second picture book from rapidly rising star …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Arlo Needs Glasses Arlo Needs Glasses
Barney Saltzberg
This inventive, interactive picture book will charm young readers and their parents with a perfect light touch and joyful spirit as the reader gets to do just what Arlo does to solve his problem of not being able to see …
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The Jolly Christmas Postman The Jolly Christmas Postman
Allan Ahlberg, Janet Ahlberg
First groundbreaking and now classic, this Twentieth Birthday celebratory edition of the Ahlbergs’ second interactive book about The Jolly Postman will be a treat for a new generation of families. With Christmas coming, the Jolly Postman is off on his …
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The Velveteen Rabbit The Velveteen Rabbit
Margery Williams
One of the best-loved stories about what makes a child’s toy ‘real’ and how becoming real is the dearest wish of all toys in the nursery. When the handsome Velveteen Rabbit, with his spotted brown and white coat and ears …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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The Snake Who Came To Stay The Snake Who Came To Stay
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Look at Me Look at Me
Francesca Simon
Honey needs to gather all her courage to try skating on the slippery, slidy ice. All the other animals in Buffin Street get the hang of it. Can Honey? A perfect beginning read for all those who like to test …
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Wonderful Earth! Wonderful Earth!
Nick Butterworth
Wonderful Earth is the story of the creation of this wonderful world in which we live. Terrifically interactive with pop-ups, split pages and peep holes it will give the reader aged 5 and above hours of entertainment on their own …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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The Monster Snowman The Monster Snowman
Gillian Cross
Jack and his friends build the greatest, scariest snowman in the whole world – until it comes alive! An entertaining and clever story by an award- winning author and illustator, Ross Collins. Also suitable for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers. …
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2
Fox Friend Fox Friend
Michael Morpurgo
From the multi award-winning and bestselling author, a beautifully re-packaged, 4u2read version, of this moving story of a girl and an injured fox cub. …
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Bob and the Moon Tree Mystery Bob and the Moon Tree Mystery
Simon Bartram
A must-have for all fans of Bob, the very much loved man in the moon, who is back for a brilliantly entertaining new adventure. Bob knows every inch of the moon which he looks after so carefully. Imagine his surprise …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Who Could That be at This Hour? Who Could That be at This Hour?
Lemony Snicket
Bestselling Lemony Snicket’s fast-talking writing is brilliantly on display in this wise cracking detective story which is full of references to the great detective writers of the past. Thirteen year Snicket is apprenticed to S. Theodora Markson, a second rate …
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Alien Schoolboy's Z-A Guide to Earthlings Alien Schoolboy’s Z-A Guide to Earthlings
Ros Asquith
Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, this hilarious series goes from strength to strength.
In this forth title, The Aliens exploration of earthlings’ speech reveals the foibles of the English language – capturing the ridiculous things that are said…and revealing …
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Ghost Knight Ghost Knight
Cornelia Funke
A thrilling ghost story set in a boarding school situated right in the heart of Salisbury Cathedral. Eleven year old Jon Whitcroft doesn’t want to be packed off to boarding school and is sure that he won’t like it because …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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The Great Unexpected The Great Unexpected
Sharon Creech
Prize-winning Sharon Creech tells a heart warming and delicate story of unexpected connections that lead to great happiness when they are unravelled. Friends Lizzie and Naomi, both of whom are orphans, meet Finn, a mysterious boy who seems to come …
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Socks Are Not Enough Socks Are Not Enough
Mark Lowery
Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2012.
A piece of Passion from the Publisher: We at Scholastic Children’s Books are very proud to be publishing Socks Are Not Enough by Mark Lowery. It genuinely takes a lot to make me …
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Hero on a Bicycle Hero on a Bicycle
Shirley Hughes
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 long to do something for the fight to keep Italy free. …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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The Cloud Hunters The Cloud Hunters
Alex Shearer
In this thrilling and thought provoking adventure fantasy set in a world without water, the Cloud Hunters are vital for the community’s survival. Setting out on their missions, they track down the clouds and bring the water home. It’s a …
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Ketchup Clouds Ketchup Clouds
Annabel Pitcher
Award-winning author Annabel Pitcher’s new teen novel is a taut and dramatic adventure with a deep yearning at its heart. Ketchup Clouds

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My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece
Annabel Pitcher
Winner of the 2012 Branford Boase Award for an outstanding debut novel.
The Branford Boase judges said: A very accomplished piece of writing by an author with a clear talent. The descriptions of the way the father handled his daughter’s death …
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Lovereading4kids most popular books, by age range, 18 – 25 April 2010

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Monkey and Me (Board Book) Monkey and Me (Board Book)
Emily Gravett
Emily Gravett was selected as one of The Big Picture campaign’s
Best New Illustrators in 2008 And since her launch onto the children’s book
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Say Hello to the Baby Animals Say Hello to the Baby Animals
Ian Whybrow
Stroke all the baby animals in the jungle in this attractive board book in which baby lion sets out to meet all the other baby animals around him. There’s a baby giraffe stretching up tall to eat the leaves at …
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Orange Pear Apple Bear (Board Book) Orange Pear Apple Bear (Board Book)
Emily Gravett
With just 4 words this exceptionally talented author and illustrator has created a deliciously simple, yet wonderfully fun juxtaposition of animal and fruit as well as an all-important introduction to the ‘comma’. It’s not just a breathtakingly beautiful book but …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Monsters of Men Monsters of Men
Patrick Ness
This is a spine-tingling, page turning read. Heaped with well-deserved awards, the Chaos Walking Trilogy comes to a brilliant conclusion in Monsters of Men.
Set in a dystopian future in a world where all thoughts can be heard, Todd and Viola …
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Up in the Tree Up in the Tree
Margaret Atwood
This is a delightfully simple and light-hearted story told with a poetic jauntiness written and illustrated by one of the foremost literary novelists writing today. Two children love their home in a tree, they can feel the wind rushing by …
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Moon Rabbit Moon Rabbit
Natalie Russell
As an author/illustrator Natalie is not just an immensely talented storyteller but also her print-making skills are shown off to their absolute best in this, one of the most striking debuts seen in the world of picture books. Fresh and …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Ms Wiz RULES OK! Ms Wiz RULES OK!
Terence Blacker
The classroom will never be the same again for those who love the stories about Ms Wiz, a teacher with a difference. Her unusual ways of running her class are hilarious, chaotic, unlikely and very, very funny. …
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Oi, Cave Boy! - Iggy the Urk Book 1 Oi, Cave Boy! – Iggy the Urk Book 1
Alan Macdonald
Fans of Mr Gum, Grubtown Tales, Charlie Small and Dirty bertie or indeed the Flintstones will love this new series featuring a wonderfully adventurous cave boy called Iggy.
Full of humour it will entertain on every page as you discover more …
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Where Do They Go When it Rains? Where Do They Go When it Rains?
Gerda Muller
A delightful story featuring a family day out into the countryside. On their way they pass through fields full of flowers, grasshoppers and bees. They stop at a farm, where they feed the hens, pigs and ponies. But when they …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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The Boy who climbed into the moon The Boy who climbed into the moon
David Almond
Author of the classic Skellig, and winner of the incredibly prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award, David Almond is a wholly original writer of magical and unusual stories that make anything and everything seem possible. Packed full of wonder and magic, …
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Mr Gum and the Cherry Tree Mr Gum and the Cherry Tree
Andy Stanton
Hilarious, delightful and utterly, utterly absurd, prize-winning Andy Stanton’s truly revolting hero Mr Gum and the extraordinary town of Lamonic Bibber where he lives are back in this riotous new adventure brought about by a little bit of Spring …
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Michael Foreman's Treasure Island Michael Foreman’s Treasure Island
Robert Louis Stevenson, Michael Morpurgo
Michael Foreman’s stunning illustrations brilliantly capture the fast-paced action and drama of Stevenson’s classic, of high seas adventure, mysterious maps, peg-legged pirates and fabulous buried

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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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The Pasta Detectives The Pasta Detectives
Andreas Steinhofel
This is a funny and original mystery starring two unlikely boy detectives, the mildly autistic Rico and the brainy but anxiety-ridden Oscar. The story of The Pasta Detectives explores the friendships between these two very disparate characters but who together …
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Shine Shine
Kate Maryon
Tiff’s life has been a bit of a rollercoaster, until that is her mother is sent to prison for theft. So Tiff begins a new life with some distant relatives in what she perceives to be a god-forsaken island …
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Vampireology Vampireology
Nick Holt
Tapping into the current zeitgeist of all things vampire the subject is tackled with originality and flair. It’s a terrific book that will be pored over by younger children in the family who are too young to read the plethora of …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Where I Belong Where I Belong
Gillian Cross
Prize-winning author Gillian Cross tells a nail biting and fascinating story that’ll make readers think hard about how the lives of individuals connect and the wide ranging impacts they can have.
Told in the voices of three teenagers who become inextricably …
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Luke and Jon Luke and Jon
Robert Williams
This is a wonderfully original and arresting debut novel about friendship, grief and love. Written with great power, warmth and humour with not a word out of place you feel utterly compelled to read on. Luke and Jon is a …
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The Island The Island
Sarah Singleton
Put simply this is The Beach for teens. Three friends are on the start of their gap year in India but when one of them discovers a body of a girl he becomes the prime suspect. And, when he …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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The Truth About Leo The Truth About Leo
David Yelland
Full of insight, this is a deeply moving story about how a child handles a parent with a serious problem.
Leo’s life with his father is a mess but there is no way Leo is going to let anyone know that. …
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Inside My Head Inside My Head
Jim Carrington
A very, very pacy and unputdownable contemporary novel that will be relevant to all teenagers. With sharp teen dialogue and a keen eye for a teenager’s world this punchy novel’s themes of friendship, bullying, the importance of family life and …
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Rich and Mad Rich and Mad
William Nicholson
Full of the myriad and criss-crossing emotions of adolescent love, this is a warm-hearted and finely observed view of two teenagers’ experience. Sixth-formers Maddy Fisher and Richard Ross both want to fall in love. Both want the heady experience of …
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Perfect Picture Books, Fascinating Facts and Pre Publication Exclusives

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

We hope you all had a good Easter Break and your children have had a relaxing time off school giving them more time to enjoy reading. In our second book e-zine for April find out more about books to make the most of Spring and Summer, understand the world around us with new fun packed and fact filled category and don’t miss some of the best books for the under 5’s in our Picture Book Parade.

Picture Perfect – the Picture Book Parade

Picture books are of course the way we all start to love books; they often give us warm memories that stay with us our whole lives. Here in the Macmillan Picture Book Parade we’re delighted to be highlighting the work of some of their finest illustrators (including Tim Hopgood, Catherine Rayner, Emily Gravett, Rod Campbell and Nick Sharratt), plus some of their ‘bookshelf essentials’. And don’t forget to enter the Picture Book Parade competition as well to win signed books from a number of their amazing illustrators.

Find out more about these beautiful books today.

Fascinating facts – the universe brought to life for kids!

Fascinating Facts is a new feature on Lovereading4kids which we’re sure you’ll enjoy. To launch we’ve selected the impressive Insider series from Templar, which uses state-of-the-art 3D illustrations that seem to rise up out of the pages, bringing factual information vividly to life.

There are two series aimed at different age groups – the Insiders Alive books for younger readers include visual explorations of the human body and Ancient Egyptians complete with pop-ups, while the series for older children – Insiders – takes in dinosaurs, the universe, and a myriad of other fascinating topics!

Make the most of Spring with your kids – Out and About re-launch

Now the weather’s warming up and Britain is blooming into colourful life again, we’re relaunching our section of books about getting outside and enjoying it. On the Out and About page you’ll find titles on gardening, bird watching and any number of other fresh-air pursuits to share with your children.

And if you like the great outdoors your younger children will love the picture book Where do they go when it Rains? A delightful story featuring a family day out into the countryside. We think this is a truly special picture book.

This month’s highlights not to miss

More Dyslexia Friendly Books

In this special section of the site you can find books to help children who struggle with reading crack the reading code. There are plenty of brilliant short titles (some by very well-known popular authors), that have absolutely no boring bits – their only aim is to help struggling and dyslexic readers grow to love reading!

Find out more about the new books we have added.

The oldest Puffin in the World!

2010 sees Puffin celebrating 70 years. There’s a big birthday bash planned including a Puffin Storytelling Day on 8th May with events planned all over the country click the birthday logo to find out more. And right here on Lovereading4kids there’s a competition to win loads of Puffin goodies.

Be first to read the very best new kids books – Pre-publication exclusives on Lovereading4kids

Monsters of Men

Patrick Ness

The much-anticipated final volume of Patrick Ness’s Chaos Walking trilogy is almost here, and you can download a free Opening Extract of it right now on Lovereading4kids! In other exclusive news — Patrick Ness has taken on the task of completing an unfinished novel by celebrated author, Siobhan Dowd, who sadly died of cancer two years ago now. It promises to be amazing.

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Mr Gum and the Cherry Tree

Andy Stanton

Mr Gum – the mad, bad and dangerously funny hero of this series – is back with another hilarious adventure!

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Meeow and the Pots and Pans

Sebastien Braun

A wonderful, colourful picture book about a playful cat who starts a kitchen orchestra with his friends.

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Threads: Beads, Boys and Bangles

Sophia Bennett

A glittery adventure about four girls and their fantastical adventures in fashion.

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Oscar: Ellie’s Bad Hair Day

Jerome Keane

A visually sumptuous picture book about a little girl (and her chilled-out pet rabbit) who travel round the world in search of someone else who has the same problems with their hair as she does.

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Closer: Tunnels book 4

Roderick Gordon, Brian Williams

The 4th episode in the pacy, page-turning series about the world at the centre of the Earth run by a violent regime. Will is in serious trouble…again!

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The Boy who climbed into the moon

David Almond

From the master of magical realism, David Almond, comes a beautifully illustrated children’s book about crackpot notions and sky-high courage!

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Havoc

Chris Wooding

Havoc is the second grippingly clever adventure about some real children trapped in a comic book world. If you’ve not read the first book, Malice, we suggest you start with that, as the nail-biting cliff-hanger ending is well worth experiencing before you read this second episode!

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More Essential Children’s Books

Some children’s books never seem to lose their charm and to celebrate these we have our ‘Bookshelf Essentials’ – which parents can always turn to for books which we believe have a perennial appeal. This month we have added two republished classics books Up in the Tree by Margaret Attwood and a pop up edition of The Little Mole by Verner Holzwarth to make the category even more essential!

Digital Prize Winners

And who says books and computers don’t mix – think again with Orca’s Song from new publisher Top That which has recently won the Independent Publisher Guild Digital Award for their Astral Legacies series.

These are internet-linked adventures, where readers join in the quest in each book by searching for the hidden GPS locations to solve puzzles which unlock the thrilling climax to each story.

Lovereading4kids most popular Children’s Books 4-11 April

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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My Circus My Circus
Xavier Deneux
Full of stylish images, this is a chunky board book with cunning holes and cutaways that reveal the different and lively characters that perform at the circus. A clown, magician, jugglers and a tightrope walker all make their appearance wittily …
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How to Catch a Star How to Catch a Star
Oliver Jeffers
A prize winning illustrator with a reputation for spare illustrations
which pack a huge emotional punch. A little boy so loves the stars that
he decides to set off and try to catch one. But catching a star is not
as easy as …
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Monkey and Me (Board Book) Monkey and Me (Board Book)
Emily Gravett
Emily Gravett was selected as one of The Big Picture campaign’s
Best New Illustrators in 2008 And since her launch onto the children’s book
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picture books. …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Big Bug, Little Bug Big Bug, Little Bug
Paul Stickland
A fantastic book of opposites featuring bugs of all shapes and sizes which can be found wriggling, creeping and crawling their way through the book. It also features vibrant illustrations, lively rhyming text and a spectacular pop-up ending. …
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Green Green
Mark Sperring
This is a brilliantly witty, familiar and well-observed depiction of sibling relationships. Clive is a boy who absolutely loves green. In fact, so much so that he wears no other colour but his sister is always laughing and teasing him …
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Up in the Tree Up in the Tree
Margaret Atwood
This is a delightfully simple and light-hearted story told with a poetic jauntiness written and illustrated by one of the foremost literary novelists writing today. Two children love their home in a tree, they can feel the wind rushing by …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Everybody Was a Baby Once Everybody Was a Baby Once
Allan Ahlberg
A wonderful collection of the simplest and most joyous poems produced in a gorgeous picture book format. Nineteen delightful poems about everything from meeting a witch to getting sausages to dance jump off the page in Allan Ahlberg’s witty words …
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Outside in Outside in
Clare Smallman
With clear, simple text for any child of 5 or 6+ and some terrific lift the flaps for children to see what’s going on inside their body! Loads of information is well described and explained in this introduction to the …
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Ms Wiz RULES OK! Ms Wiz RULES OK!
Terence Blacker
The classroom will never be the same again for those who love the stories about Ms Wiz, a teacher with a difference. Her unusual ways of running her class are hilarious, chaotic, unlikely and very, very funny. …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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The Boy who climbed into the moon The Boy who climbed into the moon
David Almond
Author of the classic Skellig, and winner of the incredibly prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award, David Almond is a wholly original writer of magical and unusual stories that make anything and everything seem possible. Packed full of wonder and magic, …
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Flossie Crums: The Fairies Cupcake Ball Flossie Crums: The Fairies Cupcake Ball
Nathan, Helen
This is not just a wonderful story of Flossie Crums the Fairy, this is also a wonderful baking adventure too.  Simple mouth-watering recipes are woven into the story so that parents and children together can have fun baking alongside the …
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Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang
Emma Thompson
With wit and warmth and warts and all, the wonderfully talented writer and star of Nanny Mcphee, Emma Thompson recounts the story of the film, a story of one family’s summer with Nanny McPhee, a story of blackmail, tragedy and …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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The Pasta Detectives The Pasta Detectives
Andreas Steinhofel
This is a funny and original mystery starring two unlikely boy detectives, the mildly autistic Rico and the brainy but anxiety-ridden Oscar.  The story of The Pasta Detectives explores the friendships between these two very disparate characters but who together …
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Vampireology Vampireology
Nick Holt
Tapping into the current zeitgeist of all things vampire the subject is tackled with originality and flair. It’s a terrific book that will be pored over by younger children in the family who are too young to read the plethora of …
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Mortlock Mortlock
Jon Mayhew
This devilishly good debut sees the birth of a wickedly witty and original new voice in the children’s book world. Mortlock is the sort of adventure that boys and girls will enjoy in equal measure for it is peppered with …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Where I Belong Where I Belong
Gillian Cross
Prize-winning author Gillian Cross tells a nail biting and fascinating story that’ll make readers think hard about how the lives of individuals connect and the wide ranging impacts they can have.
Told in the voices of three teenagers who become inextricably …
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Luke and Jon Luke and Jon
Robert Williams
This is a wonderfully original and arresting debut novel about friendship, grief and love.  Written with great power, warmth and humour with not a word out of place you feel utterly compelled to read on.  Luke and Jon is a …
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The Island The Island
Sarah Singleton
Put simply this is The Beach for teens. Three friends are on the start of their gap year in India but when one of them discovers a body of a girl he becomes the prime suspect. And, when he …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Rich and Mad Rich and Mad
William Nicholson
Full of the myriad and criss-crossing emotions of adolescent love, this is a warm-hearted and finely observed view of two teenagers’ experience. Sixth-formers Maddy Fisher and Richard Ross both want to fall in love. Both want the heady experience of …
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Inside My Head Inside My Head
Jim Carrington
A very, very pacy and unputdownable contemporary novel that will be relevant to all teenagers. With sharp teen dialogue and a keen eye for a teenager’s world this punchy novel’s themes of friendship, bullying, the importance of family life and …
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Dreaming of Amelia Dreaming of Amelia
Jaclyn Moriarty
A spellbinding story about ghosts, secrets, madness, passion, locked doors, femme fatales, and that terrifying moment in the final year of high school when Riley and Amelia realise the future’s coming to get you. They might be glamorous, talented …
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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

Mortlock

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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Shine

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

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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!


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