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Lovereading4kids most popular children’s books, by age range, 25 September – 2 October 2016

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Tabby McTat Picturebook and CD Tabby McTat Picturebook and CD
Julia Donaldson
A Lovereading4kids ‘Great Read’ you may have missed 2011 selection.
The best-selling author and illustrator team of the Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have created a heart-warming story about loyalty and friendship. When Tabby McTat the busker’s cat gets separated …
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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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A Great Big Cuddle A Great Big Cuddle
Michael Rosen
Joint Winner of the CLiPPA 2016 (CLPE Children’s Poetry Award).
Children’s Laureates Chris Riddell and Michael Rosen combine here to create a beautiful collection of ebullient poems for the very young.  Michael Rosen’s close and affectionate observation of small children and …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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As I Descended As I Descended
Robin Talley
September 2016 Book of the Month
In a Nutshell: Deadly Ambition |  Scheming with Spirits |  Descent into Darkness
Thrilling, chilling, supernaturally-charged retelling of Macbeth set in a prestigious southern state high school.
While Lily can’t wait to try out her antique Ouija …
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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs
The movie tie-in version of the bestselling Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And a strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home …
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A Monster Calls: Special Collector's Edition A Monster Calls: Special Collector’s Edition
Patrick Ness
A special collector’s edition of Patrick Ness’s original prize-winning illustrated novel and the remarkable story behind the book and film. Patrick Ness displays brilliant new skills of sensitivity in this hauntingly touching story of how a boy deals with the …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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The Tiger Who Came to Tea The Tiger Who Came to Tea
Judith Kerr
A wonderful story, about believing in the unexpected and magical. When a tiger turns up on the doorstep one day, the little girl and her mother just welcome him right in and offer him tea. He sits neatly at the …
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Tabby McTat Tabby McTat
Julia Donaldson
Best-selling author and illustrator Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have teamed up again to create a heart-warming story about loyalty and friendship. When Tabby McTat the busker’s cat gets separated from the busker he begins a new life on his …
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We Found a Hat We Found a Hat
Jon Klassen
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month October 2016   Award-winning Jon Klassen is as witty, engaging and subtle as ever in this delightful story with a very big theme but told in only a very few words. Two Turtles find a …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Grandpa Was an Astronaut Grandpa Was an Astronaut
Jonathan Meres
September 2016 Book of the Month |  In a Nutshell: Grandparents | Fun | Poignant |
Interest Age 5-8  Best known for his hilarious World of Norm books, Jonathan Meres has here written a very different sort of book. Grandpa was an …
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The Diary of a Killer Cat The Diary of a Killer Cat
Anne Fine
A cat’s eye view of the world is not exactly the same as a humans! Tuffy’s got no problems with the trail of delicious victims he brings into the house. A bird, a mouse – they are both delicious. In …
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A Child of Books A Child of Books
Oliver Jeffers, Sam Winston
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month September 2016   Award-winning storyteller and artist Oliver Jeffers and typographic fine artist Sam Winston have created an extraordinarily adventurous and original picture book which, through words and pictures, takes children on a journey of …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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My Mum's Going To Explode! My Mum’s Going To Explode!
Jeremy Strong
Pure, unadulterated entertainment but beware, you may laugh so much that you can’t stop!!  Young readers with a sense of humour will devour it in a sitting and those without a sense of humour at the beginning will be filled …
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The Fox and the Ghost King The Fox and the Ghost King
Michael Morpurgo
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month October 2016  Award-winning Michael Morpurgo weaves a charming and witty story around sport and history as they have come together in the recent twin triumphs of the City of Leicester with the discovery of …
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The Quiet Music of Gently Falling Snow The Quiet Music of Gently Falling Snow
Jackie Morris
Gosh, this is absolutely and completely enchanting. The moment I laid eyes on ‘The Quiet Music of Gently Falling Snow’ I knew I had fallen in love, I hugged the book before even opening the pages. I felt like a …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Eye of the Wolf Eye of the Wolf
Daniel Pennac
Born worlds apart – a wolf from the North and a boy from Africa. The wolf has lost nearly everything on his way to the zoo, including his eye and his pack. The boy too has lost much and seen …
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Kensuke's Kingdom Kensuke’s Kingdom
Michael Morpurgo
Michael’s parents buy a yacht, and take him off to sail round the world. Washed overboard in a fierce storm, Michael finds himself on the shore of a remote island – and soon discovers he’s not alone. Kensuke, a former …
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The Wolf Wilder The Wolf Wilder
Katherine Rundell
Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award and September 2016 Book of the Month  Wolves, wildness and freedom are at the heart of this thrilling story. Wolf wilders are employed to reintroduce wolves unfortunate enough to be brought up as pets …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Shadowsmith Shadowsmith
Ross MacKenzie
September 2016 Book of the Month
In a nutshell: good versus evil, spiders, finding courage
Ross MacKenzie won the Blue Peter Best Story Award for The Nowhere Emporium and Shadowsmith is another heart-racing adventure. Kirby’s mum was hurt when a freak storm …
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Blink and You Die Blink and You Die
Lauren Child
Ruby Redfort: undercover agent, code-cracker and thirteen-year-old genius – you can count on her when the ice starts to crack. All good things come to an end…Ruby Redfort is running scared, a whole bunch of people want her dead and …
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Amazing Abby: Drama Queen Amazing Abby: Drama Queen
Emma Moss
In a nutshell: friendship | fun | growing up in the 21st century  |   Bubbly Abby takes centre stage in the second book in this new series for young girls. Abby has a starring role in the school’s production of …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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The Wrong Train The Wrong Train
Jeremy De Quidt
In a Nutshell: Sinister short stories
Sublimely spine-tingling, this evokes all the dread of an ominous tap-tap-tapping on your door in the dead of night.
Picture this. You rush to catch your usual train but your relief at making it in time …
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The Haunting of Jessop Rise The Haunting of Jessop Rise
Danny Weston
September 2016 Book of the Month
In a Nutshell: Historical haunting | Eerie intrigue | Sinister secrets
Chilling historical novel in which an orphan becomes entangled in a web of supernatural goings-on and family secrets.
It’s 1853 and, following the death of his …
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Such Stuff A Story-Maker's Inspiration Such Stuff A Story-Maker’s Inspiration
Michael Morpurgo
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month July 2016  Award-winning former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo gives all those who love his books a fascinating behind-the-scenes introduction to how he came to write twenty of them. While each story and the inspiration …
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Lovereading4kids. Most popular books, by age range, 14 – 21 April 2014

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Elmer Elmer
David Mckee
Elmer, everyone’s favourite patchwork elephant, is 25! Elmer the colourful patchwork elephant has been a nursery favourite since this first book was published in 1989. This is a special 25th Anniversary edition.Andersen Press invites YOU to join in with Elmer’s …
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Tilly and Friends: Who's Hiding? Tilly and Friends: Who’s Hiding?
Polly Dunbar
Tilly and her Friends have lots of fun playing hide-and-seek behind the sturdy flaps on every page.
The Tilly and Friends TV series, produced by Walker Productions and JAM Media and based on the picture books by Polly Dunbar, is currently airing …
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Say hello like this! Say hello like this!
Mary Murphy
Perfect for joining in, this is a delightfully noisy book celebrating all the different and special ways that animals say ‘Hello’. Dogs are loud, cats are proud and the donkey is just plain silly. A bouncy rhyming text captures the …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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The Way to the Zoo The Way to the Zoo
John Burningham
April 2014 Book of the Month Award-winning John Burningham tells a touching story of a little girl and the special friends she makes in the night time. When Sylvie finds a door in her bedroom she discovers a secret passage …
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The Dark The Dark
Lemony Snicket
Shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2014 – One of our Books of the Year 2013
Possibly destined to be THE TOP PICTURE BOOK of 2013. Bestselling Lemony Snicket gives an original, delightful and empowering take on the familiar theme of …
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Big, Bad Owl Big, Bad Owl
Steve Smallman
Big, Bad Owl is a fabulously funny, tongue-in-cheek picture book from bestselling author and master of comedy, Steve Smallman. Children will love the quirky illustrations of the various animals and birds who try to get owl out of a grump …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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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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Bug Detective Amazing facts, myths and quirks of nature Bug Detective Amazing facts, myths and quirks of nature
Maggie Li
April 2014 Book of the Month Search high and low to discover interesting facts, track down odd information and dispel myths about the insect world. This interactive illustrated approach to nature guides suitable for 5 years upwards is packed full of …
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Eddie's Kitchen And How to Make Good Things to Eat Eddie’s Kitchen And How to Make Good Things to Eat
Sarah Garland
A birthday party needs to be got ready in a hurry! Mum has forgotten that it is Grandad’s birthday but luckily Eddie is on hand to help. Eddie loves cooking and he knows exactly what Grandad likes best. Mum has …
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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
With his typical brilliance, award-winning David Almond weaves magic and reality together in this touching and inventive story about how Paul, a lonely boy living in a basement flat in a huge tower block, plans his great adventure. Paul believes …
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Life Stinks! Life Stinks!
Peter Bently
Packed with comical characters, battles, puns and poo, this hilarious new series from Peter Bently, a Roald Dahl Funny Prize winner, will be irresistible to boys and girls aged six to eight years. Knightmare, follows the misadventures of a trainee …
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Landing On My Feet The Adventures of Poohka the Cat Landing On My Feet The Adventures of Poohka the Cat
Adelaide Godwin
Written by debut author Adelaide Godwin, it’s an odyssey of a feline kind, packed full of feline bravery, endurance and epic adventure that will delight early readers everywhere but equally a tremendous story for parents to share with their kids. …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Brave Brave
Wendy Constance
April 2014 Debut of the Month – Winner of The Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition 2013 Set some 17000 years ago where tribes fought tribes and rubbed shoulders with sabre-tooth cats and mammoths, there was danger at every turn, yet …
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Circus of Thieves and the Raffle of Doom Circus of Thieves and the Raffle of Doom
William Sutcliffe
A funny and fast-paced adventure with a brilliant cast of eccentric characters and a great setting in a circus. Adventurous Hannah lives in a very, very dull village with parents who think safety comes before excitement. When she meets Billy …
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Scarlet Ibis Scarlet Ibis
Gill Lewis
Award-winning children’s author and nature writer Gill Lewis is back with her eagerly anticipated fourth novel, Scarlet Ibis. Beautifully written, it is the moving story of a young girl – Scarlet – struggling to hold her family together against the …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Rooftoppers Rooftoppers
Katherine Rundell
Overall Winner and Winner of Fiction for 5-12’s category 2014 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize
Winner of the Blue Peter Book of the Year 2014 – Best Story
Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2014
Abandoned as a baby, Sophie’s determination to find …
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Line of Fire Diary of an Unknown Soldier August - September 1914 Line

of Fire Diary of an Unknown Soldier August – September 1914
Barroux
Line of Fire is one of the most extraordinary – and beautiful – books about the First World War. This diary of an unknown French soldier tells of his experiences in the very early days of the fighting at the …
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Brilliant Brilliant
Roddy Doyle
A profound story about the effect of despair on society is touched with magic and humour by best-selling Roddy Doyle. When a black dog comes out of the clouds and settles itself in Dublin everyone’s family is affected in one …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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We Were Liars We Were Liars
E. Lockhart
This is a truly special book that any teen, YA or adult reader will devour in a sitting. It will hook you in and the ending will surprise. We have all read good books but even with those there are …
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Cuckoo Song Cuckoo Song
Frances Hardinge
Frances Hardinge creates a brilliant sense of menace in this chillingly dark fairy story . Something sinister, beyond just getting wet, happens to Triss when she falls into the Grimmer. Something that causes her to change in all kinds of ways …
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The Year of the Rat The Year of the Rat
Clare Furniss
Heartbreak is made bearable by humour in this gripping and touching story of sixteen year old Pearl, struggling to keep going after the death of her mother. Pearl’s mum dies after giving birth to The Rat as Pearl designates her …
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Lovereading4kids – Most popular children’s books, by age range, 10 – 17 February 2013

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Ant and Bee Ant and Bee
Angela Banner
I remember the original Ant and Bee books. Mine had a cloth cover, smelt musty and the pages were falling out! Here, the books have been beautifully revamped and revitalised with colourful new pictures by Angela Banner whilst maintaining the …
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More Ant and Bee More Ant and Bee
Angela Banner
The much-loved Ant and Bee are back! More Ant and Bee is another alphabetical story in which the dynamic duo fly off to Asia, introducing children to longer words along the way. …
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Kangaroos Hop Kangaroos Hop
Ros Moriarty
Kangaroos Hop is full of bold and colourful pictures of our favourite Australian animals, set in a backdrop of the Australian landscape together with very simple repeating text throughout this delightful picture book. …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Hooray for Bread Hooray for Bread
Allan Ahlberg
February 2013 Book of the Month Allan Ahlberg at his masterful best with words that just slip off the tongue complemented by some delightful illustrations by Bruce Ingman. The two of them have come together a number of times now …
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Pancake Pandemonium Pancake Pandemonium
Anita Pouroulis
You might say pancakes are little Polly’s favourite treat. Or you might say she’s a little obsessed. Either way when mum’s too busy to rustle up her favourite snack Polly decides to take the initiative. Though she ends up wishing …
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The Wind in the Wallows The Wind in the Wallows
Jeanne Willis
A side-splitting look at a topic every child knows and giggles about – noisy bottoms! – cheeky, quirky and outrageous humour from this bestselling team. Boys in particular will love this but beware parents they may decide to wallow around …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Sam Who Went to Sea Sam Who Went to Sea
Phyllis Root
Written in lyrical prose by Phyllis Root and illustrated in bright bold colours by Axel Sheffler, the illustrator of The Gruffalo, this book is the story of a river rat who follows his heart and realises his dreams when he …
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Monster and Chips Monster and Chips
David O’Connell
Meet the amazing monster customers and sample the foul-food served up daily at Fuzzby’s diner – the brilliant setting for this innovative series from debut author and illustrator, David O’Connell. Boys aged 6 or 7 upwards will love the series …
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Attack of the Lizard King Attack of the Lizard King
Rex Stone
Exciting adventures in this easy to read series about two boys and the dangerous dinosaurs they encounter – especially the deadly Tyrannosaurus Rex. Jamie’s dad is opening a dinosaur museum in Dinosaur Cove. Jamie expects to find some fossils but …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Stick Dog Stick Dog
Tom Watson
January 2013 Debut of the Month
Originally self-published as an e-book, Stick Dog has been a bestseller in the US throughout 2011 and is now published in the UK.
With hilarious illustrations and pitch-perfect humour which appeals to both child and …
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Little Manfred Little Manfred
Michael Morpurgo
January 2013 Book of the Month
Award-winning author and illustrator duo Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman have created a touching story about the way lives become entangled during conflict and how, unexpectedly, those ties can lead to enduring friendship. When Alex …
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The Three Pickled Herrings (wings & Co 2) The Three Pickled Herrings (wings & Co 2)
Sally Gardner
February 2013 Book of the Month
Award-winning Sally Gardner has written a deliciously topsy-turvy story as Wings & Co, a rather special fairy detective agency, gets on the case. When Sir Walter Cross, a man of remarkably regular habits, does …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas
David Almond
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2013 – Best Story Award-winning David Almond tells a deliciously funny and refreshingly original story of Stanley, a boy who takes off on a journey of enlightenment and discovery after his uncle, whom …
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Dear Scarlett Dear Scarlett
Fleur Hitchcock
February 2013 Book of the Month This refreshingly original story unravels an intriguing mystery surrounding a girl’s father. When she turns eleven, Scarlett receives a box of ‘tools’ – the kind used for picking locks – from her dead father, …
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Penny Dreadful is a Record Breaker Penny Dreadful is a Record Breaker
Joanna Nadin
February 2013 Book of the Month
Three lively stories for newly- confident readers matched by eye-catching illustrations are gathered up in this one volume. Of course, Dreadful is not Penny’s real name but it fits her well, as these stories about …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Hero on a Bicycle Hero on a Bicycle
Shirley Hughes
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2013 – Best Story 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 …
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OMG! is This Actually My Life? Hattie Moore's Unbelievable Year! OMG! is This Actually My Life? Hattie Moore’s Unbelievable Year!
Rae Earl
February 2013 Debut of the Month
Hattie Moore’s diary will delight all those who already revel in the life of Louise Rennison’s Georgia Nicholson. Hattie’s life is a hilarious catalogue of typical teenage earth-shattering catastrophes most of which relate to Hattie’s …
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East of the Sun, West of the Moon East of the Sun, West of the Moon
Jackie Morris
A treat of a tale, this makes a rich full-length story out of a classic folk tale from the snowy northern lands. Living in poverty after has family has been forced to leave their home, a young girl is visited …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Seeking Crystal Seeking Crystal
Joss Stirling
February 2013 eBook of the Month A captivating story from the much-admired pen of Joss Stirling, creator

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of Finding Sky and Stealing Phoenix. Crystal Brook seems doomed to play second fiddle to her more successful, more popular sister Diamond. However, …
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Million Dollar Gift Million Dollar Gift
Ian Somers
February 2013 Debut of the Month Ross Bentley has the gift of telekinesis but has always kept it hidden, even from those closest to him. But when he learns of The Million Dollar Gift, a contest to find people with …
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Hidden Among Us Hidden Among Us
Katy Moran
A sophisticated and complex novel told in different voices, this interweaves a contemporary family story with a haunting story of another world – the place where the elven folk live. As a newly formed family gather in an old family …
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Top 3 Books, by age range on Lovereading4kids 3 – 10 February 2013

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Monkey Nut Monkey Nut
Simon Rickerty
Bold images brilliantly convey this witty story about how much trouble one monkey nut can cause! One nut; two friends. The friends find a monkey nut can be a bench, a drum or a boat – in fact, there seems …
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A Bit Lost A Bit Lost
Chris Haughton
When Little Owl falls out of the nest he needs help to find his way home again. Luckily squirrel is keen to help but how does he know what Little Owl’s mummy will look like? Young readers will enjoy the …
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Kangaroos Hop Kangaroos Hop
Ros Moriarty
Kangaroos Hop is full of bold and colourful pictures of our favourite Australian animals, set in a backdrop of the Australian landscape together with very simple repeating text throughout this delightful picture book. …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Hooray for Bread Hooray for Bread
Allan Ahlberg
February 2013 Book of the Month  Allan Ahlberg at his masterful best with words that just slip off the tongue complemented by some delightful illustrations by Bruce Ingman.  The two of them have come together a number of times now …
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2
Pancake Pandemonium Pancake Pandemonium
Anita Pouroulis
You might say pancakes are little Polly’s favourite treat. Or you might say she’s a little obsessed. Either way when mum’s too busy to rustle up her favourite snack Polly decides to take the initiative. Though she ends up wishing …
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Friends Friends
Michael Foreman
Award-winning Michael Foreman puts an unlikely friendship at the heart of this captivating story of a cat and a fish who become such firm friends that the fish chooses friendship over freedom. Together the friends tour the world – especially …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Attack of the Lizard King Attack of the Lizard King
Rex Stone
Exciting adventures in this easy to read series about two boys and the dangerous dinosaurs they encounter – especially the deadly Tyrannosaurus Rex. Jamie’s dad is opening a dinosaur museum in Dinosaur Cove. Jamie expects to find some fossils but …
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2
Sam Who Went to Sea Sam Who Went to Sea
Phyllis Root
Written in lyrical prose by Phyllis Root and illustrated in bright bold colours by Axel Sheffler, the illustrator of The Gruffalo, this book is the story of a river rat who follows his heart and realises his dreams when he …
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Fluff the Farting Fish Fluff the Farting Fish
Michael Rosen
Perfect for every child who’s just beginning to read alone, this hilarious tale is a roller coaster ride of fame and fortune and the possible resulting disasters. Elvie longs for a dog but gets a goldfish instead! Undeterred from following …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Stick Dog Stick Dog
Tom Watson
January 2013 Debut of the Month
Originally self-published as an e-book, Stick Dog has been a bestseller in the US throughout 2011 and is now published in the UK.
With hilarious illustrations and pitch-perfect humour which appeals to both child and …
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2
The Three Pickled Herrings (wings & Co 2) The Three Pickled Herrings (wings & Co 2)
Sally Gardner
February 2013 Book of the Month
Award-winning Sally Gardner has written a deliciously topsy-turvy story as Wings & Co, a rather special fairy detective agency, gets on the case. When Sir Walter Cross, a man of remarkably regular habits, does …
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3
Little Manfred Little Manfred
Michael Morpurgo
January 2013 Book of the Month
Award-winning author and illustrator duo Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman have created a touching story about the way lives become entangled during conflict and how, unexpectedly, those ties can lead to enduring friendship. When Alex …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas
David Almond
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2013 – Best Story  Award-winning David Almond tells a deliciously funny and refreshingly original story of Stanley, a boy who takes off on a journey of enlightenment and discovery after his uncle, whom …
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2
Penny Dreadful is a Record Breaker Penny Dreadful is a Record Breaker
Joanna Nadin
February 2013 Book of the Month
Three lively stories for newly- confident readers matched by eye-catching illustrations are gathered up in this one volume.  Of course, Dreadful is not Penny’s real name but it fits her well, as these stories about …
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3
Dear Scarlett Dear Scarlett
Fleur Hitchcock
February 2013 Book of the Month  This refreshingly original story unravels an intriguing mystery surrounding a girl’s father. When she turns eleven, Scarlett receives a box of ‘tools’ – the kind used for picking locks  – from her dead father, …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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East of the Sun, West of the Moon East of the Sun, West of the Moon
Jackie Morris
A treat of a tale, this makes a rich full-length story out of a classic folk tale from the snowy northern lands.  Living in poverty after has family has been forced to leave their home, a young girl is visited …
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2
OMG! is This Actually My Life? Hattie Moore's Unbelievable Year! OMG! is This Actually My Life? Hattie Moore’s Unbelievable Year!
Rae Earl
February 2013 Debut of the Month
Hattie Moore’s diary will delight all those who already revel in the life of Louise Rennison’s Georgia Nicholson. Hattie’s life is a hilarious catalogue of typical teenage earth-shattering catastrophes most of which relate to Hattie’s …
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3
Hero on a Bicycle Hero on a Bicycle
Shirley Hughes
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2013 – Best Story   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 …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Seeking Crystal Seeking Crystal
Joss Stirling
February 2013 eBook of the Month   A captivating story from the much-admired pen of Joss Stirling, creator of Finding Sky and Stealing Phoenix.  Crystal Brook seems doomed to play second fiddle to her more successful, more popular sister Diamond.  However, …
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Million Dollar Gift Million Dollar Gift
Ian Somers
February 2013 Debut of the Month  Ross Bentley has the gift of telekinesis but has always kept it hidden, even from those closest to him. But when he learns of The Million Dollar Gift, a contest to find people with …
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Dead Romantic Dead Romantic
C.J. Skuse
February 2013 Book of the Month  Very funny and touching, this is a refreshingly original teen novel which stirs traditional themes into a thought provoking mix of science and more. Newly into sixth form college, Camille – unfortunately named after …
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Monday, February 4th, 2013

It’s February and Spring is just around the corner! And so is half-term, for that matter. Or maybe your youngsters aren’t at school yet? Whatever their age, ability or interest, we have a world of great books for them this month. Read on to see what is new this month.

Don’t forget to Celebrate Pancake Day

February 12 is Shrove Tuesday better known as Pancake Day. Why not celebrate with Pancake Pandemonium? It’s a picture book with a difference from the brand new book and app publisher Digital Leaf! The perfect title for 3-6 year old readers to get into pancakes.

Author of the Month – Geraldine McCaughrean

A multi-award winner and creator of wonderfully varied and witty stories, Geraldine is unrivalled in Children’s literature. From her high-profile sequel to Peter Pan to the impish The Wish-Bringer, her stories are loved by millions. Her latest title is out now and is available with a free downloadable extract!

The Positively Last Performance (9+) – with vibrant characters and ghostly goings on this is a brilliantly fanciful yarn. See our Author of the Month category for lots of our favourite Geraldine novels.


February Books of the Month

As ever, our bookshelf is bubbling over with brilliant books for kids of all ages and don’t forget to look out for the titles that have been reviewed by our brand new Kids Reader Review Panel alongside our own expert opinion.

Three books were especially liked.

The exciting time-travelling adventures of a girl in The Queen Must Die was a big hit – and the sequel The Queen at War is just as good and out now – ‘very enjoyable and truly gripping story‘ said one young reader.

The Pendragon Legacy series from Katherine Roberts. The swashbukling adventures of King Arthur’s secret daughter, Rhianna. The second in the series Lance of Truth is out this month, with the third Crown of Dreams available on the site as a pre-publication exclusive. ‘a fantastic read. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.’

And, C.J. Skuse’s stunning Dead Romantic.From the first page I was hooked!!‘ said one teen reader.

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Illustrator of the Month – Jackie Morris

In a little house by the sea, dreaming of bears and whales, drawing, sculpting and wishing for wings, lives Jackie Morris, the extraordinary writer and illustrator of beautiful children’s books, inspired by her dreams and the countryside she lives in.

We love all of her work but her brand new, latest title is a wonderful retelling of an absolute classic, East of the Sun, West of the Moon. This is a beautiful tale of friendship and the long journey of a girl and the bear of her dreams. Find out more about this, and her other delightful books.


February Firsts – Debuts of the Month

Talking of our kids Reader Review Panel – we’re quite proud of our reader reviewers, as no doubt you’ve noticed … check out the reviews for some of our Debuts of the Month – great new writers honestly reviewed by discerning young readers. They LOVED Our Mega Debut this month: Infinite Sky by C. J. Flood. An unconventional love-story, a family in crisis and one magical summer. Perfect for 14+ readers and confident mature 12+ year olds as well.

 

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And speaking of Great Books …Dinosaur Cove

Not just for boys, the million-selling Dinosaur Cove series has been given exciting new covers and the first three are coming out this month for a new group of 5+ readers to get their teeth into reading. Be first to snap up these must-haves for dinosaur fans and there is a brand new Dinosaur Cove Cretaceous Survival Guide too – it’s grrrrrrrreat!

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Marsh Ado…about Something! – The Marsh Award

Highly coveted for its £2,000 prize money, the fiercely contested Marsh Award for children’s literature in translation has been won by a great book from Italy, translated by Howard Curtis: In The Sea There Are Crocodiles, a novel for teens which we’ve been shouting about from the roof tops since it was first published. Find out more about this book today.

Helpful reading for Mum & Dad as well

Being a parent isn’t always plain sailing so we have put together a special category of books that offer help and advice.

New this month is a new edition of the million copy selling How to Talk to Kids So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk and MOB Rule: Lessons Learned by a Mother Of Boys, Essential reading? We think so.

 


Are you the nation’s supreme storyteller?

Mega children’s authors Francesca Simon and Lauren Child, have joined forces for this year’s World Book Day to find the UK’s Storytelling Superstar for 2013. They are on the hunt for children, mums, dads, siblings, grandparents, babysitters, teachers, booksellers or librarians – or anyone else – who make reading aloud thrilling and fun for a young audience. To enter just visit a the special Storytelling Superstar page at www.worldbookday.com and follow the instructions to send in or upload a short clip of yourself or your nominee performing an extract from a favourite children’s book, but be quick entries close on Monday 11 February. Good Luck.

Scroll down to see lots more new ‘hand-picked’ selections in the age ranges you have told us you are interested in. Happy Reading.

P.S. If you like Dr Seuss books then don’t miss the chance to win some of his hilarious books in an exclusive competition to coincide with publication of Dr Seuss’s ABC.

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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Most popular children’s books, by age range, 12 – 19 Sep 2010

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Little Bear's Little Boat Little Bear’s Little Boat
Eve Bunting
Tender and true, this is a beautiful story about Little Bear’s loss as he grows too big for the little boat he loves. Since he can no longer fish from the boat or dream in it, he searches for another …
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Cave Baby Cave Baby
Julia Donaldson
Best-selling author of The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson has teamed up with prize-winning illustrator Emily Gravett to create a wonderfully witty story about a cheeky little Cave Baby. When the Cave Baby scribbles on the walls of his cave he is …
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Alison Jay's Question Blocks Alison Jay’s Question Blocks
Alison Jay
A perfect gift for a newborn baby. Four stunning board books nestle in this beautiful box. Each poses a question. Who is That?, What is Yellow?, Where is

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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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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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Iris and Isaac Iris and Isaac
Catherine Rayner
Prize-winning illustrator Catherine Rayner has produced a new outstanding title. Polar bears Iris and Isaac fall out over sharing their nest. Each stomps away in a Big Bear Huff but soon both find that they don’t enjoy anything half as …
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Zog Zog
Julia Donaldson
The creators of the best-selling Gruffalo have invented a delightful new character – Zog the little dragon who always wants to do best at school. Zog’s determination to win gold stars leads him into loads of mishaps but luckily he …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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The Three Little Witches Storybook (Early Reader) The Three Little Witches Storybook (Early Reader)
Georgie Adams
Perfect for reading aloud and sharing with children, these Early Reader chapter books are punctuated by catchy rhymes and speech bubbles, and with their bright, funny pictures and lively design they are hugely appealing. They’re perfect for children from 5-7. …
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Mr Chicken Goes to Paris Mr Chicken Goes to Paris
Leigh Hobbs
Mr Chicken has left his safe world sets off on a global adventure. He’s on a whistle-stop tour of Paris and, like a good tourist, he’s doing all the famous sites, accompanied by his French friend, Yvette. But it’s not …
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The Hodgeheg The Hodgeheg
Dick King-smith
This is an absolutely charming modern classic from one of Britain’s all-time favourite authors. There is no-one more impressive when it comes to animal stories than Dick King-Smith and this one is our favourite. The Hodegheg has everything – humour, …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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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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Letters from an Alien Schoolboy Letters from an Alien Schoolboy
Ros Asquith
This is the first in a terrific new series for 7+ year olds – both boys and girls. Packed with some hilarious illustrations and the story itself is a real page-turner. It features an alien who comes to spy on …
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Slog's Dad Slog’s Dad
David Almond
Award-winning author/ illustrator team David Almond and Dave McKean have followed up The Savage with an equally stunning new book told

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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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No Such Thing As Dragons No Such Thing As Dragons
Philip Reeve
This is the author’s first stand alone novel since the spectacular Here Lies Arthur,
winner of the 2008 Carnegie Medal. Reeve’s brilliant imagination has
conjured up a dragon story in the grand tradition of children’s fantasy
fiction, but one that is spectacularly different …
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To the Extreme To the Extreme
David Gatward
A fun adventure about facing your fears with high quality graphic novel-style illustrations depicting the action throughout and gripping narrative with stacks of fun facts. Particularly suitable for reluctant readers who prefer non-fiction/fact books. FYI, the series, also entices them …
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Skulduggery Pleasant: Mortal Coil Skulduggery Pleasant: Mortal Coil
Derek Landy
Best-selling Skulduggery Pleasant has taken the world by storm. A hugely entertaining mix of fear and fun in a magical community where the strangest things seem to happen for unpredictable reasons, this fifth volume tells a new chapter in the …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Reckless Reckless
Cornelia Funke
Best-selling author Cornelia Funke whose Inkheart was a world-wide phenomenon has created a wonderful new

imaginary world peopled with a gigantic cast of original and outlandish characters. Searching for his missing father, Jacob Reckless steps through the mirror into a …
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Scat Scat
Carl Hiaasen
Totally topical, Scat is a brilliant fast-moving eco-aware thriller set in the swamps of Florida. Nick and Marta get sucked into the world of corrupt oil prospectors and fanatical eco-activists when Mrs Starch, a formidably horrible teacher at Truman School, …
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Unhooking the Moon Unhooking the Moon
Gregory Hughes
Shortlisted for the prestigious Teenage Book Prize 2010, the
winner of which will be announced on 1st November 2010. The shortlist
of six includes: Halo by Zizou Corder, Nobody’s Girl by Sarra Manning,
The Enemy by Charlie Higson, Revolver by …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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A Trick of the Dark A Trick of the Dark
B R Collins
Prize winning B.R Collins’ A Trick of the Dark is a gripping supernatural thriller which explores the darker sides of adolescence. Annis sees her older brother Zach crushed and broken when the walls of a ruined house fall on to …
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Almost True Almost True
Keren David
A thrilling adventure in which the stakes are dangerously high, Almost True is an emotional roller coaster. When someone is shot dead on the doorstep instead of him, fourteen year old Ty, already under police protection since witnessing a murder,

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The Legacy The Legacy
Gemma Malley
What started with The Declaration and continued with The Resistance is brilliantly brought to conclusion in The Legacy. A thrilling finale in which Anna and Peter and their friends risk all to expose the truth behind the quest for Longevity. …
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