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New children’s books for July

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

Hi again from Lovereading4kids, your first port of call for outstanding children’s books. We’re like literary godparents, full of gifts and wisdom to get your kids super keen on reading. We hope you’re having a great summer and squeezing some reading in between park outings, and all the sport on the telly. Two great children’s authors were born in July: Beatrix Potter in 1866 and J K Rowling in 1965. But there’s plenty of brilliant brand new names too – just see below!

Author of the Month – Eoin Colfer of Artemis Fowl fame

Eoin’s wildly original and adventure-packed books have been delighting young readers for over a decade.

His incredible Artemis Fowl stories chart the escapades of a teenage criminal mastermind, and the 7th, The Atlantis Complex, is out now! And as well as the Artemis Fowl series we have lots of his books to show off his comic storytelling genius.

STOP PRESS – Talk to Eoin Colfer ‘virtually live’ 20 July visit Lovereading4kids to find out more

Creator of a 280 year old cat! Our Illustrator of the Month Judith Kerr

Judith has produced some all-time classic picture books that generations of readers have kept as sentimental heirlooms well into adulthood.

But if you’ve misplaced your copies of ‘Mog, the Forgetful Cat’ (now 40, or 280 in cat years!) and the brilliant ‘The Tiger who came to Tea’, then invest in new ones for your family bookshelf now.

Books of the Month for July

There’s a wonderful bookshelf chock full of Book of the Month nuggets. The personal favourites in the office are, for babies and toddlers brand new Moomins titles, for 5+ Tumtum and Nutmeg’s Seaside Adventure , Rainbow Orchid II for 7+ year olds and for older readers books by Sophie Mckenzie and Ali Sparkes among others.

Award-winners – The Carnegie Greenaway Medals


The winners of two of the most prestigious awards in the children’s book world, the Carnegie Medal and Kate Greenaway Medal, have just been announced.

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to announce that the deserving winner of this year’s Carnegie Medal for the most outstanding novel is… drum roll please… the ever-astounding Neil Gaiman! His inventive, spook-filled Graveyard Book is a masterpiece of storytelling.

And the Greenaway Medal goes to the beautiful Harry and Hopper, written by Margaret Wild and illustrated by Freya Blackwood. This book is a wonderful visual exploration of one boy’s feelings when he loses his best friend, a dog called Hopper.

Novelist, wood-carver, drummer, and now our Guest Editor – Marcus Sedgwick

The amazingly energetic and multi-talented Marcus Sedgwick is an award-winning novelist, part-time woodcarver, and drummer in two bands.

His impeccable new Gothic thriller, White Crow, is perfect for fans of the Twilight series, and it’s on our site now as a Pre-publication sneak preview.

You can also take a peek at the books by other authors that have inspired him, firstly as a child and more recently during his writing journey.

Summer Reading – the no batteries holiday entertainment

Whether you’re off on holiday once the school term has ended or your family holiday is closer to home this year you’ll need some holiday diversions, or if you want to help your kids keep the magic of summer going long beyond July, take a look at our Summer Reading section. They’re a great way to foster a lasting love of reading away from the dreaded classroom…

Turn your teenagers into literature lovers

Canongate and Walker, two of the very best independent publishing houses in the UK, are getting together to bring modern literary classics (such as Booker prize winning The Life of Pi by Yann Martel) to a new younger audience – giving them new covers to reflect the YA audience and adding extra content such as Reading Group notes.

Making a big entrance – our Debuts of the Month

By Midnight A Ravenwood Mystery

Mia James

Something sinister is going down at the expensive and glamourous Ravenwood academy – but can new girl April discover what before it’s too late?…

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The Loon in the Moon

Chae Strathie

A terrifically fun and whimsical picture book that follows the Loon as he searches for children’s dreams to keep the moon glowing bright.

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Fallen

Lauren Kate

Angels are the new vampires according to Lauren, and here’s the proof – this totally absorbing and involving novel sees a girl sent to a grim reform school and finds herself in grave danger from a parallel world…

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Discover a new series and read the 1st book for free

Also in Summer Reading is a brilliant series, perfect for 9+ keen and reluctant readers alike The Wardstone Chronicles by Joeseph Delaney. The 7th one Spook’s Nightmare is just out and if you’re fearful of buying something that your child might not like then go to www.spooksbooks.com where they can read all of the first book in the series free!. Once hooked there, we’re pretty sure they’ll want to read two to seven and we have free Opening extracts of them all on Lovereading4kids ….Find out more.

Win your way to book heaven

Lovereading4kids has an ever-updating array of exclusive, free to enter competitions, giving you the chance to win some remarkable book goodies. This month alone there are prizes linked to Dinosaur Cove, the Picture Book Parade, and Mog the Cat’s 40th anniversary.

Help is at hand for budding authors – the 2011 Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbooks

If you’re a budding writer, this annual publication, that’s just out now, is an essential companion and overview of the publishing industry. With a wealth of practical information about literary agents and publishers and articles by leading authors, illustrators and media experts, this book will answer your every question, from copyright issues to the latest trends in publishing. Its companion volume is a Children’s Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook that’s perfect for budding children’s book writers to get their teeth into.

The series of the year – Conspiracy 365

Conspiracy 365: July has just been just been released. The books are short so it’s perfectly possible to catch up on the 6 titles so far published this year – they’re slim and cracking page-turning reads. Find out more today.

Finally July sees the film release of the next Twilight film – Eclipse – but if your children are a little young for the Stephenie Meyer books we recommend getting them to read The Vampire Handbook. It will keep 9+ children entertained and amused for longer than the film and much more suitable!

So there you go – a great round-up of what’s hot in the children’s book world, and hopefully some inspiration for you

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to kit your kids out with the best, most beautifully-illustrated, heart stoppingly adventuresome stories. Pick a few of these and you’ll keep your family amused for many summer days. Enjoy!

Read on to see our recommended reads in the age ranges you have said you are interested in.

July featured children’s book – by age category

Friday, July 25th, 2008


This month’s ‘featured books’
Age 0 – 5 years

  

Zoe And The Wishing Star

Jane Andrews

These are charming stories with lovely illustrations, to captivate little girls everywhere. This is the tenth book in this popular series. Be prepared to be enchanted and captivated when Jane Andrews skilfully takes you into this world of Fairies and…

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Seaside Poems

Jill Bennett

A wonderful collection of poetry perfect to read together with your toddler this summer on your beach holiday. Beach holidays will never be the same once you’ve read this.

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Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark

Jill Tomlinson

Plop is a baby owl. Perfect in every way – except for one. He’s afraid
of the dark! But he soon discovers, through a variety of new friends,
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The Bog Baby

Jeanne Willis

A tender story with a big message. Two sisters playing by the pond find a magical tiny being complete with wings. It’s a bog baby and the two girls decide to take the best care of it that they can….

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Whale Gets Stuck

Karen Hayles

Whale’s playground is the icy seas and he is fearless as he ducks and dives among the waves. But, when Whale gets stuck on an iceberg, the sea seems a less happy place. How will whale get off? His friends…

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Michael Recycle

Ellie Bethel

Age 3+. When this lovely book came in we were bowled over by it, both because of its ‘Green’ theme but also because of the terrific interaction of illustration and straightforward text. The character of Michael Recycle is an-all action…

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This month’s ‘featured books’
Age 5+ readers

  

Charmseekers: The Silver Pool

Amy Tree

Join a brand new heroine, Sesame Brown, Charmseeker extraordinaire. Finding herself in a parallel world, it is only her who can right the wrongs of an evil magician by finding all 13 amulets that make up a bracelet that has…

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Glitterwings Academy: Flying High

Titania Woods

Here at Lovereading4kids we tend to focus most of our attentions on one off titles rather than series. However, when we saw Gliiterwings we felt the narrative was so accomplished, stylish and exciting that we shouldn’t ignore it. It’s a…

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Horrid Henry Robs The Bank

Francesca Simon

Horrid Henry is back starring in four more perfect stories which hilariously show off his very worst behaviour. Wherever Henry is, trouble is never far behind as he works out his cunning plots all of which are designed to upset…

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Sleep Over Guide: Camping Out

P J Denton

This perfect holiday reading for 7+ year olds will introduce you to the Sleepover Gang, a group of great friends that do everything together and share all their secrets. So when a camping out sleepover is planned everyone is very…

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The Ship’s Kitten

Matilda Webb

A wonderfully heart-warming and funny story about a little kitten who is desperate to be a ship’s cat. Try as she might she’s ejected from boat after boat by other cats until that is, she finds herself on the biggest…

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Yuck’s Alien Adventure

Matt And Dave

Boy heaven is the best way to describe the antics of Yuck, the boy who is always in trouble but even more importantly causes untold trouble for his sister Polly. Wonderfully zany and wickedly funny it’s sure to get even…

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This month’s ‘featured books’
Age 7+ readers

  

Glitterwings Academy, Midnight Feast

Titania Woods

Here at Lovereading4kids we tend to focus most of our attentions on one off titles rather than series. However, when we saw Gliiterwings we felt the narrative was so accomplished, stylish and exciting that we shouldn’t ignore it. It’s a…

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An Awfully Beastly Business: Sea Monsters and other Delicacies

Beastly Boys

For fans of dragons, giants and werewolves, this new series entitled An Awfully Beastly Business will we believe be a sure-fire hit with even the most reluctant reader. Short snappy sentences with pages that are overflowing with action, adventure, mystery…

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Ruby Rogers: Party Pooper

Sue Limb

Ruby Rogers is a character that all adventure seeking 7+ year olds will love to love. She wants to be a gangster when she grows up but a good one of course but being the youngest in her family has…

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History of Warts: Custardly Wart: Pirate (third Class)

Alan Macdonald

A very funny new series from the creator of Trolls, it’s a brilliant mix of Horrible Histories and Blackadder. Fast-moving, side-splittingly funny, irreverent adventure stories are played out against the backdrop of great and gruesome history through one family tree,…

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Here Be Monsters, Pants Ahoy!

Alan Snow

The first in the enormously inventive, endlessly entertaining, overwhelmingly original and astonishingly illustrated ‘Here be Monsters’ series set in the unbelievably weird world of Ratbridge. Eccentric and zany, fast-moving and funny with a Dickensian feel about it. Fans of A…

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Paris Match

Sian Pattenden

In this gripping third book in the Agatha Bilke series, our jeune fille terrible finds herself back in all kinds of trouble – she launches a plague of frogs’ legs; trashes the Ritz; halts a vicious email virus and shoplifts…

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This month’s ‘featured books’
Age 9+ readers

  

The Name Of This Book Is Secret

Pseudonymous Bosch

Quirky, original and hugely entertaining this is a debut novel of fantastical proportions. The first in a secretive series, The Name of this Book is SECRET is accompanied by a website, part of which is in code so important information…

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Hero.com: Rise of the Heroes

Andy Briggs

Dare devilry and technology
are smartly combined in this exciting adventure. Four children are transformed
into superheroes through the power of a web site. But being a superhero means
fighting some super-villains – and they fight tough. Can the four new
young…

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Outcast

Michelle Paver

This series just gets better and better with each new title. Outcast is the fourth in the series – I believe there will be six in total – and here Torak has to pit his wits against everyone – particularly…

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Kumari: Goddess of Secrets

Amanda Lees

A fast-paced adventure of magic, mystery and enterprise. Girl goddess Kumari has only twenty-four hours to save Papa and her people in the Hidden Kingdom against the mysterious enemy who threatens them all. And Kumari is still learning how to…

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101 Things You Wish You’d Invented And Some You Wish No One Had

Richard Horne, Tracey Turner

Expand your knowledge of man’s accomplishments in the most compelling and irreverent way possible. Discover about some of the most important inventions the world has ever known! Masses of facts about the everyday things we take for granted are packed…

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Hurricane Gold

Charlie Higson

The stakes are high, dangerously high in this thrilling new adventure for the young James Bond. The opening scene of chilling horror leaves readers in no doubt of evil intent that drives the criminal gang. Intent that will soon be…

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This month’s ‘featured books’
Age 11+ readers

  

Georgia’s Summer Holiday Pack

Louise Rennison

Two adventures of irrepressible teenage megastar Georgia Nicolson are rolled into one to celebrate the launch of her film – and the bliss of summer holiday. Readers can enjoy Georgia’s first two adventures on the beach armed with the free…

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Love, Stargirl

Jerry Spinelli

A moving and lyrical book written in diary form over a year as letters that chart Stargirl’s feelings as she comes to terms with moving, with the loss of Leo and the making of new friends in a new place….

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Cosmic

Frank Cottrell Boyce

Comic and cosmic, this is a roller coaster adventure that takes Liam Digby up into space with a handful of other children and their parents. It’s an hilarious journey of discovery as Liam hurtles around the world finding out exactly…

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What I Was

Meg Rosoff

Haunting, intense and with an incredible twist in the tale this is unlike anything you will have read before. It’s a story of friendship, love and secrets but also of tragedy and loss. It will almost certainly move you to…

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The Declaration

Gemma Malley

A powerful, gripping and tense futuristic novel about a world which has gone mad, a world where life is forever except for the likes of Peter and Anna (who shouldn’t be there at all according to the declaration)…

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Iron Hand

Charlie Fletcher

More London statues come to life in the thrilling second title in this adventure series that began with Stoneheart. When George accidentally breaks a dragon statue he unleashes an ancient force and finds himself pursued by a vicious crew…

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This month’s ‘featured books’
Age 14+ readers

  

Three Ways to Snog an Alien

Graham Joyce

A hilarious, sharply observed romantic comedy about mysterious girls and disastrous boys that teens will find compelling, thought-provoking but ultimately life-affirming.

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Mariah Mundi: The Midas Box

G P Taylor

A gripping, fast-paced gothic mystery that will have readers aged about 10+ gasping for air but utterly spellbound to the words on the page. Mariah Mundi is an orphan but he’s also a magician’s assistant. Lurking amongst the magician’s equipment…

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Coraline (graphic novel)

Neil Gaiman

A sensational graphic novel version of Neil Gaiman’s story which adds extra layers of fear to the already powerful narrative. When Coraline’s family move into a new home, she steps through a door into another house which seems strangely familiar….

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Reckless

Cecily Von Ziegesar

Definitely Sex and the City for
teens. Wonderfully engrossing and totally addictive with plenty of love/hate
relationships to keep everything rocking the It Girl teen series is a mega hit already
in the US and is bound to catch on here….

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Waves

Sharon Dogar

Shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2008. This is an incredibly thought-provoking, lyrically written debut, which astounded me time after time with each new page. Sharon has cleverly intertwined two strands to the novel, past and present, into what I…

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Zoe And Chloe: On The Prowl

Sue Limb

Zoe and Chloe have always been best friends. But, then there are the boys….Can Zoe extricate Chloe from ‘the beast’? And can Zoe get her dream boy Oliver Wyatt to notice her? Will either or both get anyone to take…

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July ‘must read’ kids books

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

Summer’s officially here and there’s no better way for kids to learn and grow than

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by reading a good story so why not download some free Opening Extracts and choose some books that will make your children’s summer holiday one to remember. We have something for the most avid reader through to the most reluctant.

First up hot news about the most prestigious prizes in children’s books. The winners of the Carnegie and Greenaway awards have jsut been announced at the British Library in London. The Carnegie Award was won by Philip Reeve’s epic novel Here Lies Arthur and the Greenaway Award, for the best picture book, by the delightful Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears. Find out more in our special sectionwhere you can read free extracts of all the 14 short-listed books.

Author of the Month

Author of the Month is the versatile Sue Limb, who has her finger very firmly on the pulse of children and teenagers. Author of bestseller Girl: 15 and, for younger readers, the Ruby Rogers series. Her latest book begins a new series for teens, Zoe and Chloe: Out to Lunch , follows two teenagers who hatch a plan to go and have a wild holiday in Newquay. Terrific humour that really hits the spot. Wannabe gangster Ruby Rogersalso returns and will provide plenty of inspiration to any go-getter 7+ year old.

Georgia Nicolson – Free Prize Draw

Next up, Lovereading4kids are running a special free to enter prize draw to celebrate the forthcoming release of new movie, Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging. The film is based on the feisty but troubled teenager,Georgia Nicolson created by the brilliant Louise Rennison. We have lots of her adventures on the site ready to discover and the prize draw details are on the all of featured titles.

Books of the Month for July

Our Books of the Month category is there to highlight the books we think deserve special attention and this month we have picked out five absolute corkers to give you and your kids plenty of reading inspiration:

Debuts of the Month for July

We also have some terrific new books from debut authors:

Emma Clayton’s Roar – a thought-provoking story, with a very current message but set in the future for 9+ readers.

The Island of the Phantoms by Stephen Alter is a wonderfully rich and intelligent fantasy that weaves together the destinies of three children, through the pages of some books, an eccentric librarian and a ghostly island. For 10+ year olds.

And Savvy by Ingrid Law – Charming, warm-hearted and original, this is an incredibly clever story about a family with a magical secret.

Finally, the final part of the Icemark Chronicles, Last Battle of the Icemark by Stuart Hill, is published on 8 July so we have decided to make the three books our Series of the Month. It’s epic and hugely exciting to read – find out more today.

So download some Opening Extracts and see which books you and your kids like the look of. Order from Lovereading4kids with a 25% discount and your kids can spend all summer having extraordinary literary adventures.


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