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Lovereading4kids most popular books by age range 7 – 14 June 2015

Monday, June 15th, 2015

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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The Yes The Yes
Sarah Bee
An empowering picture book which will encourage all young readers to be bolder and braver than they ever thought they could be.  The Yes loves his soft and comfy home. But he has other places to go and other things …
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The Mouse Who Ate the Moon The Mouse Who Ate the Moon
Petr Horacek
A stunning and thought-provoking picture book with some clever use of cut outs and a flap. Little Mouse looks at the lovely round yellow moon and thinks how much she would love a slice of it for herself. Stepping out …
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Nursery Rhymes Nursery Rhymes
Felicity Brooks
A beautiful, sumptuous gift edition perfect for a Christening, naming ceremony or first birthday. Beautifully illustrated with the charming artwork of Richard Johnson packaged in a sturdy slipcase protecting the cover, makes this a gift to treasure for many years. …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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Mindwalker Mindwalker
A. J. Steiger
June 2015 Debut of the Month  An enthralling and profoundly exciting dystopian novel; set aside plenty of reading time, as once you start you just won’t want to stop. It’s fascinating when an author explores a possible future, this particular …
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Conversion Conversion
Katherine Howe
June 2015 Book of the Month  A fascinating book that captures your imagination for its entirety and then releases it to explore new thoughts and feelings, this is a wonderfully clever foray into the difficulties faced by young women on …
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Because You'll Never Meet Me Because You’ll Never Meet Me
Leah Thomas
This is a story of impossible friendship and hope from a brilliant new speculative fiction writer. …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Sir Lilypad Sir Lilypad
Anna Kemp
June 2015 Book of the Month   From the creators of the best-selling The Worst Princess comes another funny, appealing picture book. Our hero, Sir Lilypad, has big ambitions – he wants to save a princess, and if he grows a bit in …
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Daddy Lion's Tea Party Daddy Lion’s Tea Party
Mark Sperring
June 2015 Book of the Month  Daddy Lion has decided it’s the perfect day for a tea party – a quiet little tea party, just him and his cubs. The cubs want to invite the other animals but Daddy Lion says …
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It's a Groovy World, Alfredo It’s a Groovy World, Alfredo
Sean Taylor
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month, June 2015  Can’t dance? Ever felt you are just not one of the cool team? Then you’ll love Alfredo! Marty tells Alfredo the frog that the world is groovy, that the world is dancing …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Don't Forget Tiggs! Don’t Forget Tiggs!
Michael Rosen
May 2015 Book of the Month   This tale of the busy Hurrys may well strike a chord with families everywhere. Mr and Mrs Hurry are always rushing, but especially in the mornings. One day they dash off to their respective jobs …
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My Dad Still Thinks He's Funny My Dad Still Thinks He’s Funny
Katrina Germein
Isn’t it part of a dad’s job description to come out with cheesy sayings, that he thinks are really funny, but which make everyone else groan? Ask this dad what time it is, and he’ll tell you it’s time you …
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Cezanne and the Apple Boy Cezanne and the Apple Boy
Laurence Anholt
The story of the summer young Paul Cézanne spent with his father is an exciting one in itself: he accompanied his father – a man he hardly knew – on painting expeditions, camped in the mountains, and watched his father …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Uncle Gobb and the Dread Shed Uncle Gobb and the Dread Shed
Michael Rosen
June 2015 Book of the Month  Malcom’s Uncle Gobb is really irritating, and not just because he keeps shouting ‘the boy needs to do more homework’. When Gobb Education starts taking over their school, and Uncle Gobb sets up the …
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Shouldn't You be in School? Shouldn’t You be in School?
Lemony Snicket
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 Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones
Will Mabbitt
June 2015 Debut of the Month  Mabel Jones is sleeping soundly when a sudden noise wakes her up. It’s Omynus Hussh, silent loris and pirate, there to press gang her into service to the captain of the Feroshus Maggot, mad wolf …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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The Forbidden City The Forbidden City
John McNally
June 2015 Book of the Month   OK, pay attention – you’ll need to concentrate because the action in the Infinity Drake series moves at the speed of light: Infinity Drake, aka Finn, gaming fan, just about to turn thirteen, and …
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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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From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
E.L. Konigsburg
June 2015 Book of the Month  This is everything a classic children’s book should be: it’s exciting, funny, has terrific central characters, a mystery to solve, and a truth – particular to childhood – to be revealed. Claudia Kincaid is fed …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Gone Gone
Michael Grant
Gripping from the first moment, this is a scary, an unputdownable and a brilliantly plotted fantasy. One minute all the adults are there – next they’re gone! Only the children remain and they are trapped, cut off from the outside …
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Being a Girl Being a Girl
Hayley Long
‘There is no right way to be a girl or rubbish way to be a girl’, says Hayley Long, explaining the purpose of this positive and hugely reassuring guide for young girls. It’s a message that can’t be repeated often …
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Hope in a Ballet Shoe Orphaned by War, Saved by Ballet: An Extraordinary True Story Hope in a Ballet Shoe Orphaned by War, Saved by Ballet: An Extraordinary True Story
Michaela DePrince, Elaine DePrince
The amazing true story of how an orphan from Sierra Leone has become a major US ballet star. Michaela DePrince’s life began in a country wracked by conflict. Her parents died when she was a baby. Placed in an orphanage …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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Silverskin Silverskin
Joan Lennon
The bleak but beautiful ancient village of Skara Brae on Orkney is the setting for this original and intriguing novel, and an atmosphere of otherness pervades the story. Lennon brings together the original inhabitants of the village with Rab, a …
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Game on Game on
Bali Rai
Young footballer Baljit, the hero of Bali Rai’s Dream On, is preparing for a trial with Liverpool FC’s youth squad – something he’s dreamed of all his life. But there’s lots else going on in Baljit’s life – his girlfriend …
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The Lie Tree The Lie Tree
Frances Hardinge
Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month, May 2015  Award-winning Frances Hardinge is spellbinding is this hugely entertaining and dramatic Victorian thriller. When Faith’s father dies suddenly she knows she must try to find out exactly what he was hiding in the …
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Most popular books on Lovereading4kids 25 – 31 May 2015

Monday, June 1st, 2015

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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The Slightly Annoying Elephant The Slightly Annoying Elephant
David Walliams
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 demanding admittance. Sam does not want the outsize intruder in his house but it turns …
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Again! Again!
Emily Gravett
Prize-winning Emily Gravett has hit the jackpot again with a brilliant and original picture book that will delight adults as much as children. Everyone knows that the best bedtime stories can be read again and again and again… But sometimes, …
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The Odd Egg The Odd Egg
Emily Gravett
Winner of the 2009 Best Illustrated Book Awards.
Board Book edition. Witty, stylish and surprising, The Odd Egg is a jewel of a book. All the birds have laid an egg – except for duck. How smug the chicken, the …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Soon Soon
Timothy Knapman
Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month, May 2015  Patrick Benson’s superb illustrations bring to life this touching adventure for a baby elephant. Early one morning the little elephant Raju sets off with his mother. On their way they see off …
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What the Jackdaw Saw What the Jackdaw Saw
Julia Donaldson
Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month, May 2015  When Jackdaw tries to invite all his friends to his birthday party he can’t understand why first the octopus and then the horse, the cat and the squirrel are all touching their …
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Monsters Love Underpants Monsters Love Underpants
Claire Freedman
May 2015 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 from all …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Don't Forget Tiggs! Don’t Forget Tiggs!
Michael Rosen
May 2015 Book of the Month   This tale of the busy Hurrys may well strike a chord with families everywhere. Mr and Mrs Hurry are always rushing, but especially in the mornings. One day they dash off to their respective jobs …
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Have You Seen My Monster? Have You Seen My Monster?
Steve Light
In the follow-up to Steve Light’s Have You Seen My Dragon?, this gorgeously illustrated shape book, with fun search-and-find opportunities throughout will delight kids.  In this one a little girl wanders through a country fair, searching for her monster friend. …
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Fantastic Mr Fox Fantastic Mr Fox
Roald Dahl
Ideal as an early introduction to Roald Dahl just as a child is starting to read alone because it’s a short story by comparison to some of his others. Filled with quirky black and white illustrations by the wonderful Quentin …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Pip Bartlett's Guide to Magical Creatures Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures
Maggie Stiefvater, Jackson Pearce
May 2015 Book of the Month  Pip Bartlett can talk to animals, which is impressive enough, but her world is full of magical creatures, meaning she’s conversing with unicorns, griffins, hobgrackles et al. Following an unfortunate incident with some unicorns …
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23 Things to Do Before You are 11 1/2 23 Things to Do Before You are 11 1/2
Mike Warren
May 2015 Book of the Month There’s a wide range of things to make in this fun book, from building your own toolbox – the first project, naturally – to making a wormery and a simple spinning motor.  For each one …
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Darkmouth Darkmouth
Shane Hegarty
May 2015 Debut of the Month   Darkmouth might appear to be a normal seaside town, but it’s really not the kind of place you’d want to go on holiday. In fact Darkmouth is a Blighted Village, one of the last …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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The Imagination Box The Imagination Box
Martyn Ford
May 2015 Debut of the Month Could this Imagination Box be the greatest toy on earth?  Join 10 year old Timothy as he is given the chance to decide just this when he discovers the imagination box. It is a …
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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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The Magnificent Lizzie Brown and the Mysterious Phantom The Magnificent Lizzie Brown and the Mysterious Phantom
Vicki Lockwood
May 2015 Book of the Month  Young readers who like their mystery stories tinged with a bit of Victorian gothic are going to love this new detective series. Twelve year old Lizzie finally has enough of living with her brutish …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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We are All Made of Molecules We are All Made of Molecules
Susin Nielsen
May 2015 Debut of the Month  Stewart and Ashley are about as different as it’s possible to be.  He’s super smart, happy to use words like ‘plethora’ in everyday conversation, but socially a little inept. She’s queen of the popular …
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Gone Gone
Michael Grant
Gripping from the first moment, this is a scary, an unputdownable and a brilliantly plotted fantasy. One minute all the adults are there – next they’re gone! Only the children remain and they are trapped, cut off from the outside …
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The Magnificent Lizzie Brown and the Devil's Hound The Magnificent Lizzie Brown and the Devil’s Hound
Vicki Lockwood
Exploring the adventure and thrill of the Victorian circus setting, the series is exceptionally well written, leaving the reader hanging for every page, and desperate to see Lizzie triumph in the face of adversity. It’s got a rich mix of …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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The Lie Tree The Lie Tree
Frances Hardinge
Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month, May 2015  Another deliciously creepy novel from Frances Hardinge, the award-winning author of Cuckoo Song and Fly By Night.
Plagued by an unspoken scandal, fourteen-year-old Faith Sunderly and her family are forced to flee their home …
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Demons of Dunkirk Demons of Dunkirk
Paul Nolan
This is an unputdownable adventure story woven around the evacuation at Dunkirk and then the D-Day landings but from a different angle in that the boy in the story is a conscientious objector but can the help he brings to …
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Bomber Bomber
Paul Dowswell
Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month May 2015   Young New York born US serviceman Harry Friedman signs up for the United States Army Air Force determined to fight for justice for fellow Jews. Still only 17 he is soon a …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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The Moonstone Legacy Trilogy The Moonstone Legacy Trilogy
Diana De Gunzburg, Tony Wild
An action-packed adventurous tale for young adults with an added magical touch of the mystical dancing across the pages. A treat of three books in one, we follow brave and capable Lizzy from the age of 14 as she struggles …
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Remix Remix
Non Pratt
****Non Pratt is appearing alongside fellow YA authors, James Dawson and Malorie Blackman in a special event at Hay Fever, sponsored by Lovereading4kids!  An unmissable line-up of YA talent for your delectation. In this session, guaranteed to be lively and engaging, the …
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A Monster Calls A Monster Calls
Patrick Ness
Winner of the 2012 Carnegie Medal
Rachel Levy chair of the 2012 CILIP Carnegie judging panel said: “A Monster Calls” is an exquisite piece of writing. It is a beautifully economical, structurally brilliant and lyrically descriptive account of a challenging …
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April Children’s Book Updates

Friday, April 5th, 2013

A Blooming Happy April from Lovereading4kids! Did you know that Hans Christian Andersen, was born in April over 200 years ago? Well, the fairytale continues! There are fabulous adventures, old and new, for your Little Mermaids and Brave Tin Soldiers to get stuck into. Read on to find out what else is new this month …

Blooming Brilliant Books of the Month

Our Books of the Month bookshelf is an April shower of specially selected, simply sensational, scintillating stories by star scribblers … don’t miss our MEGA Books of the Month – both are not to be missed and have been reviewed, and loved, by us and by our Reader Review Panel:

The Hit by Melvin Burgess 14+. – Thought-provoking, gripping young-adult thriller from the best-selling author of Junk AND The Dark by Lemony Snicket & Jon Klassen 5+ – Delightful, original and empowering take on the fear of the dark.

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Wise Choice! – Author of The Month, Angie Sage

Sea-loving sailor of a boat named Muriel, April’s Author of the Month is Angie Sage. Angie is internationally renowned for her incredible series for kids aged 9+ (but we know 7 year olds who’ve loved them!) charting the adventures of eponymous hero, Septimus Heap. The 7th (and final) book in the series; FYRE, is out this month and you can find it with all the other six on our special section dedicated to Angie and her wonderful creation!

Check out too, some of the great reviews of the first one, Magyk, from our Kids Reader Review panel.

No April Fools! – Debuts of the Month

As always we have found some great first-time authors for your kids to discover this month. Look out for the Glasses Icon symbolising some brilliant Reader Reviews.

MEGA DEBUT ALERT!!! – Seriously, do not miss this magical and astounding debut: The Last Wild by Piers Torday 8+- (yes, his Dad Paul wrote Salmon Fishing in the Yemen) – a wonderfully imaginative tale of magical self-realisation and endless possibility. A truly lovely book for kids.

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Let The Games Begin! Ideas for the Holidays and beyond …

The Easter Holidays are here! Hooray. But what happens when you run out of things to do to keep the little ones occupied? Fear not. We have some books dedicated to great holiday fun-and-games for all the family …

The Bumper Book of Family Games – Exactly what it sounds like. And Don’t Let the Pigeon Finish this Activity Book by Mo Willems 5+ – 272 pages of Fun and Games … great, crazy characters and hilarity. Perfect for your Spring chickens!

Great games to play in the non-competitive security of your loving family. What could possibly go wrong? Erm … did you give me my £200 for passing Go?

Outside Chance! – Out and About Section

Remember Kids’ Show: ‘Why Don’t You?’ and their weekly advice to ‘Get out and do something else less boring instead’. Well, with this in mind, we’ve a whole section dedicated to dragging your kids away from the TV, or other electronic devices, and outside having fun … unless it’s raining in which case we have indoor activity suggestions as well!

New this month: RSPB Children’s Guide to Nature Watching by Mark Boyd 5+, 7+ – a practical, exciting and comprehensive introduction to nature watching for children

Serious about Series’

We love a good series. There’s nothing better than finishing a gripping adventure knowing that the next instalment is in reach! This month, in addition to Angie Sage’s wonderful Septimus Heap, there are 2 more corkers for older and younger kids to enjoy:

Dirty Bertie by Alan MacDonald is Back!

10 years old this year the Dirty Bertie series, for kids from 5 years up, has a new tale of nose-pickingly disgusting capers for the chaotic Bertie and his horrible habits. We love these stories and so do our kids, particularly the boys. The whole bunch can be found here … but here’s the latest: Dirty Bertie: Toothy by Alan MacDonald – No ordinary trip to the dentist when the patient is Dirty Bertie and there’s an in-flight emergency on the way!

Gone‘ by Michael Grant.

Okay, we mentioned it last month but, hey! We’ve loved these crackingly thrilling books since the first one hit the shelves and we’ve had some terrific feedback during this month from teens which we wanted to share with you. The 6th and LAST book in the series is out now and if you haven’t yet discovered the; ‘Lord of The Flies for the X-Men generation’, genius of Michael Grant’s epic adventures then you can find them ALL here. Get them before its ‘Gone’!

 

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.

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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:

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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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Winners

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!

August Mid Month Children’s Book Update

Friday, August 20th, 2010

As Summer draws to a close don’t miss these last few weeks to get your children reading some new and interesting books. Our Summer Reading section is a terrific first stop on the site. Also do have a look at our special Back to School section to keep one eye on the new term as well. Read on to find out more.

Tell your friends about Lovereading and get money off books

Do you know anyone who would love Lovereading? Why not tell them about us using our handy recommendation engine? For the next few months for every friend who becomes a Lovereading member we’ll award you 5 LoveHearts; our way of saying thank you for spreading the word on Lovereading.

Each LoveHeart is worth £0.50. You can build up a collection of LoveHearts in your account, and choose when you want to convert them into a book voucher – redeemable at our online shop. It’s easy to see how many LoveHearts you have. Just login to your account.

This month’s Highlights

Exclusive Opportunity to Discover Pre-Publication Titles

September and October is traditionally the time when the established authors release their new books and we feel very privileged to be cleared to run some exclusive pre-publication extracts on some eagerly awaited new novels. Below are three that we

think should not be missed.

Reckless – Cornelia Funke

11+ and 14+ An extraordinary fantasy thriller set between two worlds linked by a mirror: the real world of today and a dark fairytale place, where modern technology has disastrously mixed with magic, resulting in war and corruption. It is utterly compelling.

Annexed – Sharon Dogar

14+ With absolute clarity, compassion and accuracy, Annexed, told through the voice of Peter van Pels, offers its readers an entirely new perspective on the most famous diary ever written. Anne’s diary tragically ends suddenly, but Annexed takes the reader on into Auschwitz and into the concentration camp at Mathausen where Peter died.

Lies – Michael Grant

14+ The Human Crew pitched against the Mutants in a fast paced, alternate reality teen thriller which Stephen King described as “torrential narrative” and “great fiction”.

Lies is the 3rd in the Gone series and we have them all on Lovereading4kids.

Graphic Novels – bringing books to life

Graphic novels have really taken off in the last few years. Much more than comics they have been shown to helpreluctant readers start to love books and for confident readers, the illustrations can bring a new dimension to the reading experience. On Lovereading4kids we have a whole section ofthe site dedicated to this growing genre split by age and this month don’t miss the graphic novel version of Anthony Horowitz’s new supernatural series Raven’s Gate.

Fascinating Facts – understand more about the world around you

Our Fascinating Facts category includes titles that children of all ages can really get their teeth into and enjoy whilst also filling up their brain with useful facts to help them better understand our amazing world. New this month for 7+ readers we have the vividly illustrated Infinity series helping to understand nature and the world around us and for 5+ the Henry’s House that is full of information on everything from Romans to Space!

We also have dozens of other titles for all ages so get clicking and discovering today.

Help is at hand for budding writers The new Children’s Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook is out…

If you’re a budding children’s writer or illustrator, this annual publication is an essential companion and overview of the publishing industry. With a wealth of practical information and articles by leading authors, illustrators and media experts, this book will answer your every question, from copyright issues to the latest trends in fiction.

Back to School – get a head start on the new academic year

While your children are enjoying their holidays, it’s a good idea to keep one eye on the future. Our Back to School category has been revamped with all the dictionaries, bilingual and reference titles you’ll need to give kids, of any age, a flying head start when the new academic year begins.

Exclusive Book prizes up for grabs

Wimpy Kid film prizes, £100 worth of school reference books and exclusive signed picture books are just some of the brilliant prizes up for grab this month.

Find out more in our Free Prize Draws area and remember to come back every month to have a chance to win.

Always wanted to be a Children’s Author? … The Times Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition.

Are you a secret storyteller? Now’s the time to let your talent out into the open! The Times and Chicken House are on a mission to find another great undiscovered children’s writer, whose novel will be published by Chicken House around the world. Closing date for entries is last mail delivery October 29, 2010. The prize includes a £10,000 advance and is too good an opportunity to let go by. Dig out those old ideas and get writing!

Now in its 4th year they are looking for new entries. All details can be found here:

100 free books to give away – first clicked first served!

We have 100 copies of The Wickedest Witch to giveaway. Children aged 9+ will be enthralled by this gripping story with fantastic names for all the witches – Diabolica Nightshade, Tiffany Toadlick and Cakula von Drakula to name but a few and the illustrations add a lovely dimension.

The sequel is published in October, it’s called White Wand and we have a pre-pub extract exclusively on Lovereading4kids. What are you waiting for?

New Children’s Books for August

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

August is one of our favourite months. No school; hazy summer days; trees hanging with fruit. And the book-tree this month is positively bursting with ripe gems for kids of all ages. Did you know that Christopher Robin Milne (the inspiration behind his father AA Milne’s young friend to Winnie the Pooh and all the other animals of Hundred Acre Wood) was born in August?

It’s a great month then, to discover new titles and old favourites and where better to do so than Lovereading. We’ve highlighted some real gems below to suit a variety of ages but don’t forget our Summer Reading selection that is chock full of great reads for babies and toddlers right through to teenagers.

Author of the Month, Michael Grant

American born Michael Grant has taken the US by storm over the last year and now his UK fan base is growing fast too. All because of his addictive teen novel series ‘Gone’ – think Lord of the Flies combined with the hit TV show Heroes. So, with the second and third in the series, Hunger (in paperback) and Lies (in hardback), coming in September we thought it was the perfect opportunity to make him our Author of the Month.

So if you’re looking for an unputdownable read for a boy or a girl from 12 upwards then give them the first one – Gone – to read during August and they’ll then be ready for 2 and 3 in September.

Books of the Month for August

As we said above, our basket is crammed with fabulous titles this month for children of all ages to enjoy including books from Eoin Colfer, Alex Scarrow, Lauren St John, Nick Sharratt, Thomas Docherty and Mary Hoffman. It’s impossible to pick one out, but to whet your appetite; we have been very excited by Julia Donaldson’s Cave Baby – our MEGA book of the month! Julia (author of the much-loved The Gruffalo) has teamed up with award-winning illustrator, Emily Gravett, to create this fabulous tale, in which a hairy mammoth takes a cheeky little baby on a thrilling ride through a moonlit landscape populated by exotic animals. And, for slightly older readers a page-turning horsey tale from tiny publisher, Tortoise Books called Midnight on Lundy. Whether you’ve ever been to Lundy Island (it’s in the Bristol Channel) or not this novel for 7+ year olds is absolutely not to be missed. Finding nuggets such as this one away from the world of big publishing makes our job here at Lovereading all the more enjoyable.

“When I grow Up I want to be a Writer and an Artist” Our Illustrator of the Month – Rebecca Elliott

This quote from one of Rebecca’s school projects hinted at what was to come. Rebecca remembers endlessly boring her long-suffering family with ill-conceived stories she had written about rabbits wearing flat caps and aliens flying around in suitcases.

It has all paid off though, because that childhood dream is now a reality, with her first three picture books all published this summer; Cub’s First Winter, Milo’s Pet Egg and Just Because. Her work is a celebration of nature and she has drawn her inspiration from the beautiful Suffolk countryside, where she lives with her other great inspirations – husband Matthew and children, Clementine and Toby.

… and introducing! Our Lovereading.co.uk Debuts of the Month

Dark Life

Kat Falls

11+Two kids thrown together, in a World that has long been engulfed by rising oceans, to save a young brother and the whole underwater-dwelling community from evil criminals. A thrilling adventure!

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A Most Improper Magick

Stephanie Burgis

10+ A magical and dark tale of self discovery as one young witch sets out to save her family name. Her journey throws up much more than she bargained for in this page-turning adventure.

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White Chin

Marilyn Edwards

9+ This is the story of a wandering cat, told by the cat himself. It tells of cruel abandonment and scary adventures and a new life with a loving little girl called Kirstie. But that’s when things start to go wrong.

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Martha, No!

Edward Hardy

3+ Martha causes chaos wherever she goes paying no attention at all to Nanny saying No! A witty contemporary cautionary tale with a satisfying resolution.

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Spy Thrillers, Aliens, Dark Worlds and History, his Novels Have it covered! Guest Editor – Graham Marks

Graham has written everything from comic strips and film tie-ins to many critically acclaimed novels for children and young adults. He is also involved in the Usborne Young Writers’ Award. His work comprises page-turning, fast-paced thrillers in magical worlds and futuristic settings, certain to fire the imagination of the young reader.

His most recent novel I Spy: The Constantinople Caper is a gripping adventure, combining the action-packed exploits of Alex Rider, with the historical adventures of Young Indiana Jones, in a classic story of one boy’s fight to find his father. An extract is available on the lovereading4kids.co.uk site and well worth a look! This Autumn he has two novels being released. The first is in September, Playing with Phyre and then the second in the I Spy series, Mean Streets.

Take a leisurely peek through his comprehensive and thrilling list of titles, as well as the wealth of authors and books that have inspired and influenced him throughout his life and career, which he kindly shares with us this month. Interestingly, one of his selections is a novel by John Buchan whose life and work, if you’re also a member of Lovereading, you’ll see we’re celebrating on the 70th anniversary of his death.

Back to School

While your children are enjoying their holidays, it’s a good idea to keep one eye on the future. Our Back to School category has been revamped with all the dictionaries, bilingual and reference titles you’ll need to give kids, of any age, a flying head start when the new academic year begins.

Great books made into brilliant films

This month sees the long-awaited film release of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, the first in the Jeff Kinney created series that has taken the US, and now the UK, by storm. The fantastic illustrations and hilarious story chart Greg’s life at a new school. Why not get your kids to read the book before seeing the film if only so they can knowledgeably tell their friends that “The book’s much better”! – You can even win a Wimpy Kid film goodie bag.

Conspiracy 365 – The Adventure continues…

For those of you not already familiar with the Conspiracy 365 series, it is a cracking new and explosive 12 book series to keep kids turning the pages throughout 2010. One book of this 12-part series is being published each month during the year, giving enough time to order a copy and race through it, heart-pounding, before waiting in suspense for the next episode. These fast-paced and heart-stopping short thrillers follow Cal, who is on the run after discovering that the people who killed his father are now after him as well. The monthly installments are an especially brilliant way to get your boys away from the games consol and buried in an un-put-downable read!

Great Books for Boys – we find them for you!

Talking of getting boys hooked on books, we have a great section on the site dedicated to helping you find titles to suit boys at every age-range. Simply go to the site and click on the appropriate age range for more information. An invaluable tool in the holiday season!

Kids Reluctant to Read? … Some Books to Get Them Started.

Similarly, there is a great section on the site offering suggestions for boys and girls who are reluctant to read. These titles – again listed by age group from 5+ to 14+ – are the ones we think are most likely to get young readers interested in, if not hooked on, reading and starting to enjoy and own their independent choices. Take a look and give it a try.

Get them Hooked! A Journey to Independent Reading for Early Readers…

In a stroke of brilliance, Usborne have released 15 new titles under the Very First Reading banner for children just starting on their reading journey. Each book in the series builds on the last, taking early readers on an adventure to independent reading. There are fantastically imaginative rhymes and pictures, and clever story formats so parents and kids can read together. Why not try them now so your child starts their first term at school in September ahead of the game?

Branford Boase Prize Winner – Lucy Christopher

Finally, we would like to send our congratulations to Lucy Christopher, winner of the much coveted and highly esteemed Branford Boase Children’s Debut Prize.

Her debut novel, Stolen (14+), is a love story like no other. Gemma is kidnapped from Bangkok airport and forced to live in the wild and desolate landscape of the Australian Outback. Her assailant, however, is motivated by obsessive love. Under the hot glare of the Australian sun, can he force Gemma to love him back, isolated as they are from the rest of the world? The book takes the format of a letter, written by Gemma to her captor reflecting on those strange and disturbing months in the wilderness. This is an extraordinary novel.

Well, that just about wraps up our August gift of information from the rich world of children’s literature. We hope we have inspired you to encourage your children to dive in and get reading and that you will continue to enjoy sharing that journey with them!

P.S – Don’t miss the chance of winning some brilliant book prizes by visiting out ‘Free Prize Draw’ section! Genre/pri where you can join in the Find Chaffy treasure hunt.

Read on to see our recommendations in your favourite age categories

Lovereading4kids.co.uk – Most popular Opening Extracts 4 – 11 Oct 2009

Monday, October 12th, 2009
TOP 10
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No Such Thing As Dragons No Such Thing As Dragons
Philip Reeve
Carnegie Medal winner Philip Reeve weaves a brilliant adventure story set long ago when the myth of the dragon held many in paralysing fear. Ansel serves Brock, the famous dragon slayer who makes his living by slaying creatures whose very …
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Return to the Hundred Acre Wood Return to the Hundred Acre Wood
David Benedictus, Mark Burgess, A.A. Milne, E.H. Shepard
Over eighty years since Winnie-the-Pooh first delighted readers, David
Benedictus takes us back to the Hundred Acre Wood for more adventures.
Return to the Hundred Acre Wood allows readers to spend a few more
treasured hours with the Best Bear in All the …
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Shiver Shiver
Maggie Stiefvater
A touching and chilling love story with a difference, set in a small town that is haunted and terrified after a boy is killed by a pack of wolves. But Grace is drawn to the wolves despite their power and …
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The Best of Times The Best of Times
Michael Morpurgo
Beautifully told and exquisitely illustrated, this is a gem of a book. Michael Morpurgo weaves a magical story about the unusual way a prince finds to make his princess happy and so to save her life. Emma Chichester Clark’s illustrations …
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Gone Gone
Michael Grant
For a limited period read Gone online for free by clicking here
Gripping from the first moment, this is a scary, an unputdownable and a brilliantly plotted fantasy. One minute all the adults are there – next they’re gone! Only the …
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Spells Spells
Emily Gravett
A stunning new picture book from Emily Gravett, full of witchcraft,
wizardry and magic. We meet a frog trying his utmost to turn himself
into a handsome prince from a torn up spell book, resulting in
inevitably confusing consequences. It has the same …
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7
The Willoughbys The Willoughbys
Lois Lowry
A really quirky and completely original tale of villains, benefactors, abandoned infants, winsome orphans and diabolical plans.  The kids in the Willoughby household – four of them, plot how best to become orphans, for their parents are not what they’d …
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Living with Vampires Living with Vampires
Jeremy Strong
Family problems of an unusual kind make life complicated for Kevin. With vampires for parents, he does his best to control them but things can’t help getting out of hand… Blood is their favourite drink so it isn’t surprising that …
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The Story Blanket The Story Blanket
Ferida Wolff, Harriet May Savitz
A beautifully heart-warming story about generosity rewarded with stunning illustrations by the award-winning illustrator Elena Odriozola. …
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Purple Class and the Half-eaten Sweater Purple Class and the Half-eaten Sweater
Sean Taylor
Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funniest Book Prize 2009
Four completely crazy, off the wall crazy, stories about the funniest class ever.  Crammed full of zany and exuberant characters and the mishaps and mayhem that ensue. But spare a thought for …
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Lovereading4kids most popular books 27 Sep – 4 Oct 2009

Monday, October 5th, 2009
1
The Best of Times The Best of Times
Michael Morpurgo
Beautifully told and exquisitely illustrated, this is a gem of a book. Michael Morpurgo weaves a magical story about the unusual way a prince finds to make his princess happy and so to save her life. Emma Chichester Clark’s illustrations …
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The Robbers The Robbers
Josh Lacey
Peter is minding his own business depositing his savings in a bank when there’s a ‘hold-up’.  Can Peter’s quick thinking surprise and overcome the robbers in order to save his and other people’s money.  Edge of your seat writing for …
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Tom's Tree Tom’s Tree
Gillian Shields
A truly uplifting story about love, hope and the importance of patience.  Tom plants a seed and imagines what it will be like as it grows – the trunk is a tall mast of a ship with dragons hiding in …
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Gone Gone
Michael Grant
For a limited period read Gone online for free by clicking here
Gripping from the first moment, this is a scary, an unputdownable and a brilliantly plotted fantasy. One minute all the adults are there – next they’re gone! Only the …
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5
Boom! Boom!
Mark Haddon
Everything about this deliciously improbable adventure is almost completely daft – and that’s the fun of it all. When Charlie sets up his walkie-talkie in the staff room he doesn’t hear gossip about the pupils as he had expected. Instead, …
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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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7
No Such Thing As Dragons No Such Thing As Dragons
Philip Reeve
Carnegie Medal winner Philip Reeve weaves a brilliant adventure story set long ago when the myth of the dragon held many in paralysing fear. Ansel serves Brock, the famous dragon slayer who makes his living by slaying creatures whose very …
Download free opening extract
8
Spells Spells
Emily Gravett
A stunning new picture book from Emily Gravett, full of witchcraft,
wizardry and magic. We meet a frog trying his utmost to turn himself
into a handsome prince from a torn up spell book, resulting in
inevitably confusing consequences. It has the same …
Download free opening extract
9
Shiver Shiver
Maggie Stiefvater
A touching and chilling love story with a difference, set in a small town that is haunted and terrified after a boy is killed by a pack of wolves. But Grace is drawn to the wolves despite their power and …
Download free opening extract
10
Living with Vampires Living with Vampires
Jeremy Strong
Family problems of an unusual kind make life complicated for Kevin. With vampires for parents, he does his best to control them but things can’t help getting out of hand… Blood is their favourite drink so it isn’t surprising that …
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Children’s October Books

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Hello again! Our Indian Summer might be drawing to an end but we’ve got a phenomenal range of books that can be enjoyed whatever the weather. Also, looking at our Literary calendar this October has some impressive bookish credentials. The classic whale tale Moby Dick was first published in October 1851 and it’s still delighting readers. Also the children’s author Philip Pullman was born in Norwich 19 Oct 1946.

Our book selections below are also sure to get your kids flipping pages, so download some free Opening Extracts and see which get your kids rearing to read.

Author of the Month – literary princess Meg Cabot

As well as being a wonderful writer, Meg Cabot is wonderfully prolific – the 10th and final title in her Princess Diaries series, Ten out of Ten, is out now. This series has helped millions of girls catch the reading bug over the last few years, so if you’ve got a girl of 10+ who is a bit reluctant to read for fun then why not introduce this series to her now. Meg has also written several other books for teenagers and novels for grown ups.

Illustrator of the Month – amateur cross-country skier Jessica Meserve

Jessica grew up in America and now lives in Canada, walking her dog and trying out new winter sports. Her latest beautifully illustrated children’s book is Bedtime Without Arthur – Bella’s favourite teddy has gone missing, but the search is on to get him back! We’ve also collected together a few of her wonderful earlier titles too, so you don’t miss out.

A Bear of Very Little Brain is back

pooh_piglet_greyThe late AA Milne’s beloved Winnie the Pooh is making a comeback, with the first authorised sequel to the original 1920s books. Return to the Hundred Acre Wood is true to its roots and Pooh fans will be enthralled. We have an exclusive Opening Extract to whet your appetite along with various other Pooh titles we’ve brought together. Tiddely-pom!

Books of the Month bonanza – imaginative, irresistible titles for kids of every age

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GONE – the ‘must read’ teenage book – free online

Our biggest book of the year so far has been teenage novel GONE, a debut novel that took the world by storm. Just imagine Lord of the flies meets ‘Heroes’. Well now it’s available in paperback. It’s also available FREE, for a limited time, to read online – click here to find out more.

A plethora of prize winning stories

The winners of the Book Trust Early Years Awards for babies, toddlers and pre-school readers were announced last week and having read all the titles shortlisted for the award, we can safely say all of them are highly original and have that hard-to-define magic that leads kids in to reading. What do you think? And if you were judging, would you have selected the same winners as the judges?

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country’s leading children’s mental health charity, to celebrate books that help young people cope with the challenges of growing up. The six shortlisted titles are all featured on Lovereading4kids and we rate each of them very highly, with Malorie Blackman’s The Stuff of Nightmares being a favourite in the Lovereading office. But will the judges on 17 November think the same?

Another very important prize shortlist that has just been announced is the Roald Dahl Funniest Book Award, launched last year. One of this year’s judges, who in fact won the award himself last year, is Andy Stanton. He says he ‘laughed out loud at all of the books on the lists’. The winners will be announced in November.

Win some book treasure – our competitions and prizes

There’s loads going on at Lovereading4kids – and you could be the proud winner of some highly desirable book-related prizes if you enter our competitions. Right now we’re giving away New Moon, Fantastic Mr Fox, Princess Diaries and Winnie the Pooh goodies! There’s even a chance for one lucky person to have a Dinosaur Cove title dedicated to them, but you’ve got to be quick!

Calling all budding poets – your prose could win you £250

To link with the theme of National Poetry Day on 8 October, the Children’s Poetry Bookshelf is asking children aged 7-11 to write a poem about ‘Heroes and Heroines’. The closing date is 19th October. More details can be found in our Poetry section on the site.

Why should kids have all the fun? Visit Lovereading.co.uk

If you haven’t already, visit our sister site for grown-up book lovers. With over 1.2 million books in stock and dozens of recommended reads every month helpfully arranged into categories, adults can treat themselves to a good book on Lovereading.co.uk. Just like Lovereading4kids you can download free Opening Extracts and discover more about the books our experts recommend before you buy.

We hope you have fun with this month’s bumper book selections. From teenage princesses to lovable bears and dragons and knights, there really is a whole host of wild adventures on Lovereading4kids to help your kids get hooked on books. Enjoy!

Lovereading4kids September Newsletter

Friday, September 4th, 2009

It’s the end of the summer holidays, which always seems to make kids grumpy. But it’s not all bad! Lovereading4kids has some wonderful reading adventures that kids can go on even in term time. Download free Opening Extracts of these books and find some stories to soften the blow of going back to school…

Author of the Month – the very brainy Hilary McKay

Hilary studied zoology and botany and worked as a biochemist before writing her first children’s novel,
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Our Illustrator of the Month – pet-loving Emma Dodd

Emma’s delightful picture books have been charming children and their parents for a few years now. Her quirky new story, Miaow Said the Cow, is seriously fun but don’t forget to check out the backlist too – Cool Cat and I thought I saw a Dinosaur to name just two.

Mustang Mountain by Sharon Siamon

This horsey series is perfect for girls aged 8+. These exciting stories are elegies to the natural world, and especially to the powerful, mystical wild horses that gallop the dramatic landscapes of her books.

Chronicles of Ancient Darkness by Michelle Paver

Dazzling, edge-of-your-seat entertainment from the first book, Wolf Brother, all the way through to the sixth and concluding part, Ghosthunter. Torak’s last adventure sees him travel up into the mountains to vanquish the terrifying Soul-Eaters.

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First-time fantastic – our Debuts of the Month

Traitor Game – B R Collins

An extraordinary, award-winning novel about the problematic relationship between two school boys, interwoven with an elaborate fantasy world they have created, called Evguard.

Threads – Sophia Bennett

A funny, vibrant, and very contemporary story about three young friends – a budding starlet, an eco-warrior, and a fashionista – who pool their individual talents to help a young refugee girl.

This month’s Guest Editor – the not-at-all-ordinary Joanna Nadin

Joanna describes her childhood as tragically normal, but she’s certainly made up for it by becoming an incredibly interesting and brilliant writer. Her Rachel Riley diaries are as funny and well-observed as Adrian Mole’s. Find out which authors have influenced her work – Frank Cottrell Boyce and Kevin Brooks to name but two.

Help your kids hit the new school year running, with Back to School books

Embrace the new school year and give your child a head start! Our Back to School section has all the dictionaries, thesauri, atlases and foreign language books to help engage and inform your child. Whether your child is a toddler or a teenager, there are different titles for every age from pre-school to sixth form, and all at a 25% discount.

That’s all for now. We hope you have fun exploring the website and discovering new books, and that you find some great stories to take your kid’s mind off the inevitable return to school… and homework!


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