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Lovereading4kids Summer Reading Selections

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Yes, it really is mid June and once the flurry of (hopefully not too wet) year end school fetes and sports days are over, you and your children will have the long ‘summer’ to look forward to; which is a perfect time to get your kids loving to read. To help, do visit our new special Summer Reading and Summer Activity section on Lovereading4kids…


Carrying a Torch… for the 2012 Olympics

The ‘Greatest Show on Earth’ is coming to London and we’re celebrating with a medal-winning collection of books to get your kids inspired.

See our Olympic category below but for 7+ sports fans, don’t miss
Look Inside: Sports by Rob Lloyd Jones – a gigantic, fun flap book packed with inside information about all the sports taking place at the 2012 games. We love this!

Coming soon – July Exclusives to Get Your Teeth Into…

If you were lucky enough to win one of the 100 copies of Vampire Hunters we gave away, linked to the release ofVampire Fighters this month, then why not let us know what you thought? In the meantime… here is an exclusive taster of some terrific books due to hit the shelves NEXT month:



E-Gads!! – eBooks of the Month


Kids love new things so if they are lucky enough to have a Kindle or iPad then why not use Lovereading4kids to fill it. We have EVERY format of eBook available to buy. This month we have two very special books available as eBooks (and as real books too!):

The Girl who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (11+) by Catherynne M. Valente. It’s a fabulous debut about friendship with danger, adventure, magic and much, much more!

Stealing Phoenix (14+) by Joss Stirling – a must for fans of paranormal romance.

Carnegie & Greenaway Medal Winner!

The winners of the Carnegie & Greenaway Medals this year, awarded for children’s fiction and illustration respectively, have just been revealed. The announcement of this year’s award was an historic moment in children’s literature as Patrick Ness’ A Monster Calls has done the unique double of winning both the Carnegie Medal and the Kate Greenaway Medal, and if that wasn’t enough, Patrick also won the Carnegie last year with Monsters of Men. Jim Kay’s haunting illustrations in A Monster Calls are truly spectacular.

A Monster Calls, which is a perfect read for teens, and all of the shortlisted titles are on the site in our special category for this prestigious prize. You can also keep up to date with all the children’s literary winners throughout 2012 in our ‘Book Awards’ section including the recently announced shortlist for the Branford Boase best debut novel.

Write Stuff – Creative Writing for Boys and Girls

Nothing quite beats being able to write your own story and we’ve discovered two great books that encourage kids to nurture their imaginations to do just that. There’s one for boys and one for girls.

They are a must for all budding writers and great fun for anyone! Buy a copy and unleash your child’s inner J. K. Rowling.


Side-Splits and Cheeky Grins! Jelly Pie – from Egmont

Those hardworking bookworms at Egmont Books have launched a sparkling new imprint dedicated to giving 6+ year olds some seriously laugh-out-loud fun. It’s called ‘Jelly Pie’ and will feature books from, among others, the hilarious Andy Stanton of Mr Gum fame.

The first is Barry Loser: I am (Not) a Loser by Jim Smith, a madcap must-read for boys.


Children’s Author Grows Up!

Thomas Taylor’s first book was a delightful picture book for toddlers called Little Mouse and the Big Cupcake – but then he grew up. Not really! – but he decided to write a novel; in fact he’s written two so far. They’re published this month and they both get the thumbs up from us. Dan and the Dead, perfect for 9+ year olds, is packed with humour and adventure whilst Haunters is an unusual ghost story combined with a thrilling time-travelling adventure.

Thomas’ claim to fame prior to becoming an author is that he is also the illustrator of the original cover of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. How cool is that!

More categories worth a look this month, with new books:

Walker Canongate Classics and cross-over reads for teens and Young Adults. New for June:

Carry Me Down by M. J. Hyland – a book about truth through the eyes of a 12 year old in an adult’s body. Unique writing.
The Book of Lies by Mary Horlock – a gripping story of friendship and betrayal, which proves that no truth is as simple as it seems.

Undercover Reads More great new books for teens. Out this month: The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind by Meg Medina, an evocative story with a rich South American setting and a touch of magic.

Early Readers

Our Early Reader category has proved extremely popular and you’ll find one or two new ones added this month. Each one has colour illustrations on every page. They’re great for giving kids the confidence to read by themselves and to nurture a real love of books – a terrific bridge, too, between picture books and longer fiction.

P.S. Nosy Crow is a new, independent, vibrant and – within its first year – an award winning publisher of children’s books and apps. Find out more about some of the books in their exciting range in a special section we’ve created to celebrate their first year.

Scroll down for some Summer Reading selections and see you in July for more great new books for children from Toddlers to Teens.

Patrick Ness does unique Children’s Prize Double

Friday, June 15th, 2012

A Monster Calls Patrick Ness

14 June 2012. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness has won the 2012 Carnegie Medal AND 2012 Kate Greenaway Medal. This is the first time, in the awards 75 year history, that one book has won both prizes!

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 episode in one child’s life.”


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of A Monster Calls, and all of the other books shortlisted for the Carnegie and Greenaway Medals, exclusively, on Lovereading4kids.

The Lovereading4kids review of A Monster Calls

Prize-winning Patrick Ness displays brilliant new skills of sensitivity in this hauntingly touching story of how a boy deals with the looming threat of his mother’s death from cancer. Haunted by a monster in his dreams, denied much information by his family and treated as a weirdo by his class mates and a ‘special case’ by his teachers, Conor struggles to get to grips with the devastating emotions which threaten to overwhelm him.

How he finds the courage and strength to face the end when it happens is both utterly shattering and deeply satisfying. Costa Award winner Patrick Ness spins a tale from the final idea of much-loved Carnegie Medal winner Siobhan Dowd, whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself.

Find out more today…

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



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! Privacy Policy Disclaimer