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New Children’s Books for July

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Welcome to summer from Lovereading4kids! July is the month that children’s (and adults’) favourite J.K. Rowling has her birthday. It’s also the school holidays and your kids have all that time on their hands! Why not help us help you to fill some of those sunny days with great reading for them to dive into? Our special Summer Reading section makes it even easier for you and your kids to find that perfect adventure this summer. Read on to find out more …

Author of the Month Maggie Stiefvater

Our musically gifted Author of the Month is the best-selling Maggie Stiefvater (she plays the celtic harp, you know). The Virginia, USA, based mother of two (who admits that she became a writer because you can work in pyjamas) has published the third in her Wolves of Mercy Falls series, following the lives of werewolves, Sam and Grace. In Shiver, they found each other, in Linger they fought to be together and now, in Forever, the stakes are even higher. All the titles in this series, as well as Maggie’s other novels – the fantastical, dark faerie tales Ballad and Lament – are featured on the site and all have extracts for you to download for free! We also have 5 proof copies of her latest book, The Scorpio Races, to give away – it’s not published until October so the winners will get to read the whole thing early!

Hold Fire on Doubt! Our Guest Editor, Anne Fine

Well, they don’t come much better than this! Our multi award-winning Guest Editor this month is the brilliant Anne Fine. Winner of numerous accolades including the Carnegie Medal, Anne is the creator of the loveable Mrs. Doubtfire. Her novel The Tulip Touch won the Whitbread Children’s Book of the Year Award and was adapted for TV by the BBC. Her latest book, The Devil Walks, is a deliciously dark, gripping and surprising gothic tale in which a boy’s hidden past comes to life. This and Anne’s previous titles are all available on the site. What’s more, Anne has agreed to share with us some of the books that have influenced her over the years.

First of the Summer – Our Debuts of the Month

 

Enormouse

Rebecca Gerlings

3+ A tiny kitten with big ideas! Great uplifting tale for youngsters with a magnificent open the flap picture of the great Mouse performance.

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Wuthering Hearts

Kay Woodward

12+ Great high-school romp: badly behaved teens and the tricky terrain of friendships and romance – all centred around the school play.

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Angel’s Fury

Bryony Pearce

14+ Dark, thrilling adventure of a girl whose nights are disturbed by a fallen angel. But is this just a vision or something much more real?

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One Stop Shop for all your Children’s Summer Reading

It’s time for the long summer holidays and with all that time on their hands, what better for the kids than the chance to get into a great book? Trouble is, it’s not always easy to choose the right one, is it? Well, have no fear! We have set up a new section to help you with just that dilemma.

Summer Reading is a list of all our favourite books for this season, in all genres and listed by age-range, so that you and your kids can quickly find exactly what they are looking for, whatever their ability (don’t forget we feature titles designed for children with dyslexia too). What’s more, many of the titles feature free extracts – so you don’t even have to make your mind up right away!

Horrid Henry Leaps from Page to Screen

This month we have a special focus on the delightfully devilish Horrid Henry, who is soon to be starring in his own film. Of course, we think the books are much better – but we’re still very excited! We expect your kids are too. To celebrate, we have 2 tickets to give away to the premiere … yes … the premiere on 24 July, but you’ve not got long to enter as the competition closes 15 July! We’ve also given the naughty boy his very own category. Click here to take a look.

 

Wimpy Kid Wednesday 6 July

What are you doing on 6 July? Why not get all Wimpy? With The Ugly Truth book just out and the Rodrick Rules Film just around the corner, we are pretty excited in the

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office. To join in the celebrations visit the Wimpy Kid site to get lots of free downloads or Lovereading4kids to find out more about the books.

Even better there are ‘teacher’s packs’ that can be downloaded so you can have a Wimpy Day at School (instead of lessons!!!!)

 

The winners of the Kate Greenaway and Carnegie Medals

Last week saw the winners of two of the biggest children’s book awards announced.

The Kate Greenaway Medal for illustration went to the utterly captivating Farther by Grahame Baker-Smith.

The Carnegie Medal went to the spine-tingling, page-turning Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness.

If your child reads one book this Summer then please make it one of these…

So that’s the summer wrapped up for you! We’ll be back in balmy August with more great ideas, competitions and new titles. In the meantime, enjoy the sunshine and Happy Reading!

Most popular children’s books, by age range, 21 – 28 Nov 2010

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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When I Dream of ABC When I Dream of ABC
Henry Fisher
Wonderfully dreamy and fantastical illustrations – opera singing mermaids, shy dragons and even chocolate drinking vampires – combine with simple text to encourage children to learn their ABC.  Perfect as a bedtime read as after the parent has gone it’s …
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Christmas Time Christmas Time
Alison Jay
Come on a journey through Alison Jay’s magical festive world! Discover all the things that make Christmas the most special time of the year and see if you can spot two lucky children who are on their own Christmas Eve …
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The Story of the Little Mole - The Sound Book The Story of the Little Mole – The Sound Book
Werner Holzwarth
The best-selling Little Mole has been delighting or displeasing readers according to their taste in toilet humour for a couple of decades. All young children will adore this sound version which adds an important dimension to the story of Little …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Dog Loves Books Dog Loves Books
Louise Yates
Winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2010 (Funniest Book for Children aged Six and Under).
Shortlisted for the Independent Booksellers’ Book Prize 2010.
The magic of books and reading is perfectly illustrated in this joyful picture book. Dog loves books …
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Goodnight Tiptoe Goodnight Tiptoe
Polly Dunbar
As with all Walker Books titles this doesn’t just have a fabulous story to it but it’s beautifully printed and bound in paperback on quality paper – it really makes a wonderfully affordable gift for babies and toddlers. Goodnight Tiptoe …
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The Ice Bear The Ice Bear
Jackie Morris
Stunning illustrations capture the warm emotions of this magical story and juxtaposes them perfectly with  the winter landscape of the white bears and the hunters who live in it.  When Raven steals a white bear cub and delivers him to …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Farther Farther
Grahame Baker-Smith
Graham Baker-Smith’s debut Leon and the Place Between was shortlisted for the prestigious Greenaway Medal in 2010. Farther is the first book that he’s written and illustrated himself and it’s utterly captivating.  The text is so beautifully placed and inextricably …
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Quentin Blake's Magical Tales Quentin Blake’s Magical Tales
John Yeoman, Quentin Blake
Beautifully told, the fourteen folk stories in this collection are taken from around the world giving a slice of different kinds of magic from different times. In all there are elements of enchantment, transformation and trickery as the kind and …
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Grow Your Own Monsters Grow Your Own Monsters
Nicola Davies, Simon Hickmott, Clive Boursnell
A practical guide to growing all kinds of unusual plants – not the ordinary, good looking ones that most people choose to grow! Voodoo Lilies, Venus Fly Traps, Squirting Cucumbers and Abyssinian Bananas are just some of the exotic and …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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A Boy Called M.O.U.S.E. A Boy Called M.O.U.S.E.
Penny Dolan
An evocative and thrilling tale, set in a richly colourful Dickensian world, featuring a small boy, Mouse, whose parents are lost at sea, and whose life is threatened by the claims of his money-grabbing and debt-ridden Uncle and he is …
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Bink & Gollie Bink & Gollie
Kate DiCamillo, Alison McGhee
With deliciously spare text and delightful cartoons, the way friends Bink and Gollie, two very different girls both with very strong views(!), manage to be supportive of each other and also to give each other space to do their own …
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Lost Dogs Lost Dogs
Garrett Carr
Ballydog may well be a weird, weird town (in Ireland as it happens) with weird  characters, and monsters giving it that supernatural touch but this is a great read.  The author is a terrific storyteller and has clearly had a …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Billionaire Boy Billionaire Boy
David Walliams
Hugely entertaining, this captivating story is also thought provoking about the perils of having way too much money. Joe Spud is the richest twelve-year-old in the world; he has everything his heart desires – except happiness. As one disaster follows …
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Alien Storm Alien Storm
A.G. Taylor
A gripping science-fiction adventure pits a group of kids with super powers against a mysterious Russian billionaire. Infected by an extraordinary virus from a meteor storm, Sarah, Robert and the younger children in their charge are now at risk from …
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The Iron Man The Iron Man
Ted Hughes
A stunning new version of a much-loved children’s classic with stunning and unusual illustations from Laura Carlin. Part modern fairy tale, part science fiction myth, The Iron Man describes the unexpected arrival in England of a mysterious giant “metal man” …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Unhooking the Moon Unhooking the Moon
Gregory Hughes
Winner of the BookTrust Teenage Book Prize 2010 and shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2010.
One absolutely, indisputably MEGA story!
This highly recommended title is a beautifully written, utterly original, funny and bittersweet tale about two newly orphaned kids …
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Withering Tights Withering Tights
Louise Rennison
Winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2010 (Funniest Book for Children aged Seven to Fourteen). Laugh out loud at this launch title of a brilliant new series by Queen of Teen author Louise Rennison. Tallulah Casey, cousin of the …
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My Name is Mina My Name is Mina
David Almond
For everyone who loved David Almond’s Skellig, My Name is Mina is its prequel written over 10 years after Skellig was published to such acclaim.  Skellig remains one of THE bestselling and well known novels of the last decade.

So here, …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Matched Matched
Ally Condie
Introducing a rare new talent and almost certainly one of the biggest Young Adult debuts of the year this is the first in an utterly compelling, visionary and imaginative series that is set to be a sensation. The book is …
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The Truth About Leo The Truth About Leo
David Yelland
Shortlisted for the Young Minds Book Award 2010
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 …
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You Against Me You Against Me
Jenny Downham
Prize-winning Jenny Downham’s debut novel Before I Die was the profoundly moving story of the death of a teenager. Told with immense insight and compassion it showed Jenny’s talent for understanding the energetic positivity of teenagers; how, for them, the …
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