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Most popular children’s books by age range on Lovereading4kids 2 – 9 April 2017

Monday, April 10th, 2017

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Tip Tap Went the Crab Tip Tap Went the Crab
Tim Hopgood
Bubbling with energy, prize winning Tim Hopgood’s illustrations are also full of warmth and plenty of colour. A chirpy crab with very big eyes tip taps as it counts its way around the seashore in Tip Tap went the Crab. …
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The Gruffalo's Child The Gruffalo’s Child
Julia Donaldson
Former Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson followed up her best-selling The Gruffalo with a story about The Gruffalo’s Child. Reissued in sturdy board back format, an entertaining story for the very young as the little mouse outwits the Gruffalo’s Child with …
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Gecko's Echo Gecko’s Echo
Lucy Rowland
A very small but very brave Gecko needs to think up a way of protecting her gecko eggs from nasty predators. How can she trick Snakey and Rat into thinking that she is not alone? Clever gecko comes up with …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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Chasing the Stars Chasing the Stars
Malorie Blackman
April 2017 Book of the Month |  Shortlisted for YA Book Prize 2017 |  An innovative, ambitious page-turner in which the inimitable Malorie Blackman has entwined two of her great passions – Shakespeare’s Othello and science fiction – to create …
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The Hate u Give The Hate u Give
Angie Thomas
April 2017 Debut of the Month | In a Nutshell: Fighting for Justice | Black Lives Matter | Stunning, vital wake-up call of a novel about racism, social inequality and not giving up told through the eyes of an incredible, unforgettable …
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Noughts & Crosses Noughts & Crosses
Malorie Blackman
Selected by a distinguished independent panel of experts including our editorial expert, Julia Eccleshare, for Diverse Voices – 50 of the best Children’s Books celebrating cultural diversity in the UK.
Michael Rosen on a compelling favourite: “A book that dared to …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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The Giant Jumperee The Giant Jumperee
Julia Donaldson
April 2017 MEGA Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month April 2017  | Julia Donaldson and Helen Oxenbury bring the very best of their award-winning The Gruffalo and We’re Going on a Bear Hunt respectively …
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Mrs Mole, I'm Home! Mrs Mole, I’m Home!
Jarvis
April 2017 Picture Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month April 2017  | Morris Mole can’t find his glasses anywhere at the end of a long day at work. Luckily, he is sure he can …
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Can I Join Your Club? Can I Join Your Club?
John Kelly
April 2017 Book of the Month With a laugh-out-loud text from John Kelly and brilliantly quirky illustrations by Steph Laberis, Can I Join Your Club? is a heart-warming story which celebrates the importance of diversity and friendship. Perfect for little …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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What's My Name? What’s My Name?
Wendy Finney
April 2017 Book of the Month  |  The Little Princess, star of Tony Ross’s much loved series, is growing up and she’s just as much of a character as she ever was. Now that she’s not so little her family …
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The Barefoot Book of Children The Barefoot Book of Children
Tessa Strickland, Kate DePalma
April 2017 Book of the Month  Innovative and inclusive, The Barefoot Book of Children empowers young readers to learn about the different lives of children around the globe.  Whilst being gently encouraged to ponder their own place in the world – …
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Grandad's Secret Giant Grandad’s Secret Giant
David Litchfield
This picture book from David Litchfield, author of the Waterstones-Prize winning The Bear and the Piano, is a GIANT story of belonging and friendship.
He has hands the size of tables, Grandad said, legs as long as drainpipes and feet as big …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Books! Books! Books! Books! Books! Books!
Mick Manning
April 2017 Book of the Month    Who better to take young readers on a guided tour of the British Library than Mick Manning and Brita Granström? Words and pictures work perfectly together to give children a vivid sense of the …
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The Earth Book The Earth Book
Jonathan Litton
April 2017 Fascinating Facts Book of the Month    This beautiful information book explores all aspects of our planet, this ‘tiny sphere that orbits an ordinary, middle-aged star in a quiet backwater of the Milky Way’. It examines the inner workings …
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Mango & Bambang: Superstar Tapir Mango & Bambang: Superstar Tapir
Polly Faber
April 2017 Book of the Month  Here are four more adventures for Mango and her best friend Bambang the tapir and they are if anything even more appealing than previous stories, perfect fiction for young readers. In this set of …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Cream Buns and Crime Cream Buns and Crime
Robin Stevens
April 2017 Book of the Month  |   In a nutshell: a tasty treat for would-be sleuths and fans of Wells and Wong  |    Young readers everywhere are hooked on Robin Stevens’s Murder Most Unladylike series starring schoolgirl sleuths Daisy Wells and …
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Good Dog McTavish Good Dog McTavish
Meg Rosoff
April 2017 Book of the Month | Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 | In a nutshell: dog to the rescue in witty domestic satire |  This characteristically sharp and witty comedy of modern life by Meg Rosoff stars a rescue dog who …
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Artie Conan Doyle and the Gravediggers' Club Artie Conan Doyle and the Gravediggers’ Club
Robert J. Harris
In a nutshell: ingenious and atmospheric adventure story starring a young Arthur Conan Doyle | Sending its young protagonists creeping round Edinburgh’s graveyards at dead of night and posing all sorts of mysteries for them to solve and codes for …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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The Girl of Ink & Stars The Girl of Ink & Stars
Kiran Millwood Hargrave
Winner in the Young Fiction category and the overall Winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2017  ‘Here be dragons’ it says  on old maps, but Isabella finds creatures even more terrifying in the unchartered lands of Joya, the island …
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The Owl Service The Owl Service
Alan Garner
Chosen as a favourite by Philip Pullman: “[this book] showed how children’s literature could sound dark and troubling chords.”
Carnegie Medal winner, 1967. An all-time classic, combining mystery, adventure, history and a complex set of human relationships. The author is …
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The Ravenmaster's Boy The Ravenmaster’s Boy
Mary Hoffman
In a nutshell: intrigue and treachery at the Tower of London, and a bird’s eye view of the end of Anne Boleyn  |   Three young people witness the fall and execution of Anne Boleyn in this gripping historical adventure. Chief …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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The Nest The Nest
Kenneth Oppel
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award | March 2016 Book of the Month A truly exceptional, uniquely unsettling work in which the stinging clarity and poignancy of Oppel’s writing is exquisitely …
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Beyond the Wall Beyond the Wall
Tanya Landman
In a Nutshell: Boudica-spirited slave girl fights to break the chains that bind her |  A sumptuous feast of historical fiction fuelled by drama, deception, and a young woman’s determination to find freedom.
To be born a slave in Roman Britain …
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The Monstrous Child The Monstrous Child
Francesca Simon
January 2017 Book of the Month |  Shortlisted for YA Book Prize 2017 | Shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards, Children’s Book category   Francesca Simon has chosen a singular heroine for her first novel for teenagers. Hel is Queen of the …
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Lovereading4kids most popular books, by age range, 15 – 22 May 2016

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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What's the Opposite? What’s the Opposite?
Oliver Jeffers
Award-winning Oliver Jeffers’s endearingly simple Hueys are always asking interesting questions to help them find out more. This time they want to know more about opposites. Some opposites are easy. Everyone knows that Down is the opposite of Up, that …
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Slug Needs a Hug Slug Needs a Hug
Jeanne Willis
Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month, April 2016  Best-selling Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross have created many fabulous picture books together. Here, the weedy and whiny little slug is just longing for a hug! How can he make his mum …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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Chasing the Stars Chasing the Stars
Malorie Blackman
May 2016 Book of the Month An innovative, ambitious page-turner in which the inimitable Malorie Blackman has entwined two of her great passions – Shakespeare’s Othello and science fiction – to create a thrilling outer-space-set epic that tingles with romance, …
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Whisper to Me Whisper to Me
Nick Lake
May 2016 Book of the Month  This electrifyingly smart story of a teen girl’s struggle with a tormenting voice in her head is a masterwork of contemporary YA.
There’s a murderer on the loose in Cassie’s New Jersey hometown, the so-called …
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Unrivalled Unrivalled
Alyson Noel
May 2016 Book of the Month. Oozing with ambition, glamour and more ruthless Hollywood backstabbing than you can shake a designer stiletto at, this is the sassy first instalment of Alyson Noël’s Beautiful Idols series.Everyone in LA either is, or …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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The First Hippo on the Moon The First Hippo on the Moon
David Walliams
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month May 2016 Best-selling  David Walliams and Tony Ross have teamed up for a great hippo space adventure. Sheila is a hippo with BIG ideas. Specifically, she is determined to be the first hippo on …
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The Bear and the Piano The Bear and the Piano
David Litchfield
Shortlisted for the English Picture Book Award 2016 – Longlisted for the inaugural Klaus Flugge Prize, an important new illustration prize for children’s books. Winner of the Illustrated category of The Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2016.
March 2016 Debut of the …
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Supertato Veggies Assemble Supertato Veggies Assemble
Sue Hendra
May 2016 Book of the Month You won’t find a dafter or more entertaining picture book than this new outing for Supertato, the spud with super powers! It’s anarchy in the supermarket when the peas – evil to their core – …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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The Mouse Who Reached the Sky The Mouse Who Reached the Sky
Petr Horacek
May 2016 Book of the Month Little Mouse has spotted something red and shiny hanging from a branch, and decides it’s a marble. She can’t reach it by herself so fetches first Mole – who thinks it’s a balloon – …
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Captain Pug Captain Pug
Laura James
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month May 2016   A deliciously madcap doggy adventure for Pug, the pampered dog of the even more pampered Lady Miranda. When Lady Miranda determines that Pug will be the ship’s captain when they go …
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The Secret Pirate The Secret Pirate
Elli Woollard
Lil might look like an ordinary schoolgirl, but under her jumper and vest she’s a pirate! When the thoroughly rotten Stinkbeard arrives Lil flies into battle against him, because Lil is a pirate who’ll do what is right, if it …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Dotty Detective Dotty Detective
Clara Vulliamy
May 2016 Book of the Month  Dot’s story is told in a unique diary format of hilarious Tweet-style observations, selfie pics (artworked by Clara), under the duvet moments back at ‘HQ’ (Dot’s bedroom) and clues that Dot finds and sticks …
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The Indian in the Cupboard The Indian in the Cupboard
Lynne Reid Banks
Lynne Reid Banks’s much-loved book has all the ingredients of a perfect children’s story. Nine-year old Omri is given two important gifts for his birthday: a plastic Indian figure from his friend Patrick and a metal cupboard from his brother.  …
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My Brother is a Superhero My Brother is a Superhero
David Solomons
Children’s Book of the Year, The British Book Industry Awards 2016 – Overall winner of Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2016 – Shortlisted for The Branford Boase Award 2016.
July 2015 Debut of the Month  Oh the anguish! Luke is a comic-reading …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Hidden Oracle Hidden Oracle
Rick Riordan
May 2016 Book of the Month
In the hands of Rick Riordan, aka ‘Storyteller of the Gods’, Greek myths provide the starting points for the very best contemporary adventures. Apollo is star of this new series, though he’s not very godlike: …
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Haunters Haunters
Thomas Taylor
The dead and the living exist side by side in this thrilling time-travelling adventure. In David’s recurrent dream, Eddie seems real and it seems like he’s got something to tell David. That’s scary enough but then David gets picked up …
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The Tree That Sat Down The Tree That Sat Down
Beverley Nichols
Part of a magical series loved by readers for generations, Beverley Nichols’s gentle fantasy adventure will entrance and entertain today’s children just as it did their parents and grandparents. Judy and her granny live in an enchanted wood and run …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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The Girl of Ink & Stars The Girl of Ink & Stars
Kiran Millwood-Hargrave
‘Here be dragons’ it says  on old maps, but Isabella finds creatures even more terrifying in the unchartered lands of Joya, the island that is her home. Joya is a place of limited horizons and hidden stories: the governor has …
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House of Secrets House of Secrets
Chris Columbus, Ned Vizzini
Hold onto your hats. Acclaimed film director, producer and screenwriter Chris Columbus has swapped the big screen for books with House of Secrets, the first book in a brand new trilogy, which he has co-written with Ned Vizzini of MTV’s …
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Over the Line Over the Line
Tom Palmer
Interest Age 10+ Reading Age 8   Football never dies – even during the darkest days of the First World War. Tom Palmer tells the true story of the Footballers’ Battalion. Accused of cowardice because they are out playing football instead …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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Nightwanderers Nightwanderers
C. J. Flood
From the Branford Boase award-winning author of Infinite Sky comes this smartly-plotted page-turner about intense friendship and discovering unexpected strengths.
Shy Rosie had “never had a true friend” until Titania – Ti – comes along. “Big-boned and fearless-looking”, Ti is everything …
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Off the Page Off the Page
Jodi Picoult, Samantha Van Leer
May 2016 Book of the Month This companion novel to the bestselling Between the Lines also works wonderfully as a life-affirming standalone novel, and features a sprinkling of full-page colour illustrations that exude the feel-good nostalgic ambiance of traditional fairy …
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Maladapted Maladapted
Richard Kurti
This second novel from the author of Monkey Wars is a thought-provoking thriller with all the adrenalin-boosting action of Alex Rider and high stakes dystopian drama of The Hunger Games.
Cillian is a teen prodigy whose world is overturned when he survives a …
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Haydays – Hay Literary Festival’s Children Fest – 26 May to 5 June 2016

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

From Julia Eccleshare, Lovereading4kids editorial expert and Director of this year’s Hay Fever.

 

Half term is almost here and with half term comes Haydays, the Hay Festival children’s festival. Nine days jam-packed with opportunities to enter the vibrant world of children’s books.

There are many delights to being the Director of a Haydays but the main one is that I know we can give all children the chance to enter the world of the stories that they love. Apart from the absolute pleasure of hearing about what it takes to be a writer or illustrator, or why fantasy worlds feed the imagination so well, or writing and illustrating, or the importance of family in stories, it is well-established that the children’s love of reading is fostered and enhanced by listening to an author and going behind the scenes of a story. Thus pleasure and education are intertwined to benefit all.

 

During the nine days of Haydays, there are over 100 events giving children the chance to hear favourite authors speaking about best-loved characters. Julia Donaldson launches the festival with a star cast, including herself, performing in a sneaky preview of her new character Detective Dog Nell, heroine of the forthcoming The Detective Dog before Francesca Simon, creator of Horrid Henry battles it out with Steven Butler, author of The Diary of Dennis the Menace to see which of their characters is the most utterly and horribly bad! Jacqueline Wilson will be introducing her delightful new story, Rent-a-Bridesmaid, and talking with me about her writing including the recent Hetty Feather titles and her anthology of animal stories, Paws and Whiskers. For older readers Holly Smale discusses Geek Girl and the importance of books for Young Adult readers and Malorie Blackman introduces Chasing the Stars, her retelling of Shakespeare’s Othello – with a difference!

 

Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell is appearing twice; he will unleash new drawings on his audience through a visualise in one event while in another he and a his friends, a group of new illustrators, will a great draw-off to equal anything that TV chefs can dream up. Pre-schoolers will love to celebrate 25 years of Elmer – dressed appropriately, of course – or the remarkable 150 years of Beatrix Potter. Roald Dahl’s glorious 100th will be marked by a debate pitching Miss Trunchbull against The Twits, the Grand High Witch and the bad, bad giants in The BFG in a mighty contest to see which is the most evil. Best-loved storyteller Michael Morpurgo is bringing his books to life through performances as is poet Roger McGough; both these much-loved writers show how children’s books reach out beyond children and to readers of all age groups.

 

And, if you’re looking for someone new to move onto, I’ve invited of host of brilliant new writers to unleash their stories for a new audience. These include David Solomons whose first book My Brother is a Super Hero has already won two major awards and M.G. Leonard’s highly original Beetle Boy which features a large Rhino Beetle as its central character. At Hay, M.G .is not only going to talk about the book but she is going to show a live rhino beetle, and some other impressive insects all of which will be carefully handled by Sarah Beynon who runs the nearby Bug centre.

 

And, if you ever tire of listening, in every corner of the Festival site there book based activities from crafts to performance for all ages.

 

At almost 30 years old, Hay prides itself on being a festival of ideas, culture and creativity as well as literature and Haydays matches that spirit perfectly. Come for a week or drop in for a day, there’s plenty to entertain the whole family every day.

 

For more information on the this year’s festival click here.

Lovereading4kids most popular children’s books by age range 7 – 14 May 2016

Monday, May 16th, 2016

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Slug Needs a Hug Slug Needs a Hug
Jeanne Willis
Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month, April 2016  Best-selling Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross have created many fabulous picture books together. Here, the weedy and whiny little slug is just longing for a hug! How can he make his mum …
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Blown Away Blown Away
Rob Biddulph
Winner of the 2015 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize  A brilliant adventure for a bold Penguin who gets swept up, up and away on a brand new kite on a windy day. Penguin’s original and richly-imagined adventure is beautifully told and …
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What's the Opposite? What’s the Opposite?
Oliver Jeffers
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month, July 2015  Award-winning Oliver Jeffers’s endearingly simple Hueys are always asking interesting questions to help them find out more. This time they want to know more about opposites. Some opposites are easy. Everyone knows …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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Not If I See You First Not If I See You First
Eric Lindstrom
May 2016 Debut of the Month An incredibly uplifting, thought provoking and sharply beautiful debut. Once I started reading I couldn’t stop and when I turned the last page I could quite easily have turned back to the beginning and …
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Chasing the Stars Chasing the Stars
Malorie Blackman
May 2016 Book of the Month An innovative, ambitious page-turner in which the inimitable Malorie Blackman has entwined two of her great passions – Shakespeare’s Othello and science fiction – to create a thrilling outer-space-set epic that tingles with romance, …
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The Outliers The Outliers
Kimberly McCreight
May 2016 Debut of the Month The Outliers is one of those twisty thrillers that run on paranoia. It will send readers’ heartbeats soaring as their fears for the safety of central character Wylie increase, and they realise there is …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Supertato Veggies Assemble Supertato Veggies Assemble
Sue Hendra
May 2016 Book of the Month You won’t find a dafter or more entertaining picture book than this new outing for Supertato, the spud with super powers! It’s anarchy in the supermarket when the peas – evil to their core – …
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2
The Bear and the Piano The Bear and the Piano
David Litchfield
Shortlisted for the English Picture Book Award 2016 – Longlisted for the inaugural Klaus Flugge Prize, an important new illustration prize for children’s books. Winner of the Illustrated category of The Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2016.
March 2016 Debut of the …
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Storytime: The Extremely Greedy Dragon Storytime: The Extremely Greedy Dragon
Jessica Barrah
The village of Little Chiddling is in turmoil – there’s a sleeping dragon on the railway line! Young Georgie decides she’ll try and wake it, after all there’s a reward of £100 up for grabs. The dragon is hungry and …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Captain Pug Captain Pug
Laura James
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month May 2016   A deliciously madcap doggy adventure for Pug, the pampered dog of the even more pampered Lady Miranda. When Lady Miranda determines that Pug will be the ship’s captain when they go …
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The Mouse Who Reached the Sky The Mouse Who Reached the Sky
Petr Horacek
May 2016 Book of the Month Little Mouse has spotted something red and shiny hanging from a branch, and decides it’s a marble. She can’t reach it by herself so fetches first Mole – who thinks it’s a balloon – …
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3
The Secret Pirate The Secret Pirate
Elli Woollard
Lil might look like an ordinary schoolgirl, but under her jumper and vest she’s a pirate! When the thoroughly rotten Stinkbeard arrives Lil flies into battle against him, because Lil is a pirate who’ll do what is right, if it …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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My Brother is a Superhero My Brother is a Superhero
David Solomons
Children’s Book of the Year, The British Book Industry Awards 2016 – Overall winner of Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2016 – Shortlisted for The Branford Boase Award 2016.
July 2015 Debut of the Month  Oh the anguish! Luke is a comic-reading …
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Pugs of the Frozen North Pugs of the Frozen North
Philip Reeve
May 2016 Book of the Month Award winning author partners Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre head north for their latest adventure. Shen the cabin boy is abandoned by his shipmates when their ship is stranded in the ice. He’s …
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Dotty Detective Dotty Detective
Clara Vulliamy
May 2016 Book of the Month  Dot’s story is told in a unique diary format of hilarious Tweet-style observations, selfie pics (artworked by Clara), under the duvet moments back at ‘HQ’ (Dot’s bedroom) and clues that Dot finds and sticks …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Hidden Oracle Hidden Oracle
Rick Riordan
May 2016 Book of the Month
In the hands of Rick Riordan, aka ‘Storyteller of the Gods’, Greek myths provide the starting points for the very best contemporary adventures. Apollo is star of this new series, though he’s not very godlike: …
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2
Haunters Haunters
Thomas Taylor
The dead and the living exist side by side in this thrilling time-travelling adventure. In David’s recurrent dream, Eddie seems real and it seems like he’s got something to tell David. That’s scary enough but then David gets picked up …
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The Tree That Sat Down The Tree That Sat Down
Beverley Nichols
Collins Modern Classics are relaunched with gorgeous new covers, bringing these timeless story to a new generation. …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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The Girl of Ink & Stars The Girl of Ink & Stars
Kiran Millwood-Hargrave
‘Here be dragons’ it says  on old maps, but Isabella finds creatures even more terrifying in the unchartered lands of Joya, the island that is her home. Joya is a place of limited horizons and hidden stories: the governor has …
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2
House of Secrets House of Secrets
Chris Columbus, Ned Vizzini
Hold onto your hats. Acclaimed film director, producer and screenwriter Chris Columbus has swapped the big screen for books with House of Secrets, the first book in a brand new trilogy, which he has co-written with Ned Vizzini of MTV’s …
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Percy Jackson and the Greek Heroes Percy Jackson and the Greek Heroes
Rick Riordan
The fabulous Percy Jackson himself takes the reader back, to roughly 4,000 years ago and tells the stories of twelve Greek Heroes. This isn’t about Percy, however his unique voice shines through as he tells the tales in his own …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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Alone Alone
D.J. Brazier
Gosh, this is a full on adventurous tale about hope and survival! Then there’s the beautiful friendship between a boy and an otter cub which really gives this story heart and soul. Sam tells his own tale, after the small …
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Off the Page Off the Page
Jodi Picoult, Samantha Van Leer
May 2016 Book of the Month This companion novel to the bestselling Between the Lines also works wonderfully as a life-affirming standalone novel, and features a sprinkling of full-page colour illustrations that exude the feel-good nostalgic ambiance of traditional fairy …
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North Face North Face
Matt Dickinson
An adventurous rescue attempt out on the north face of Everest, sits alongside the tale of a Tibetan family as they flee for their lives. ‘North Face’ is the second in The Everest Files Series with 18 year old Ryan …
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Most popular Children’s books, by age range, on Lovereading4kids 1 – 8 May 2016

Monday, May 9th, 2016

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Elmer and the Rainbow Elmer and the Rainbow
David Mckee
A story about Elmer, everyone’s favourite patchwork elephant, now available as a sturdy, paddedboard book to delight his many fans. This one is a classic story about sharing and giving. Books featuring Elmer and his friends are universally acknowledged as essential …
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Mog and Me and Other Stories Mog and Me and Other Stories
Judith Kerr
Mog is made for board books. Judith Kerr’s illustrations look particularly attractive on the square white boards, and toddlers will love these four little stories of ordinary, everyday adventures. Mog and the little boy have fun together playing in the …
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I Want a Bedtime Story I Want a Bedtime Story
Tony Ross
After all these years the Little Princess still rules the palace and its inhabitants – including the queen, the admiral and the prime minister. The king is away and she wants a bedtime story, but none of the grown-ups’ stories …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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The Outliers The Outliers
Kimberly McCreight
May 2016 Debut of the Month The Outliers is one of those twisty thrillers that run on paranoia. It will send readers’ heartbeats soaring as their fears for the safety of central character Wylie increase, and they realise there is …
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2
Not If I See You First Not If I See You First
Eric Lindstrom
May 2016 Debut of the Month An incredibly uplifting, thought provoking and sharply beautiful debut. Once I started reading I couldn’t stop and when I turned the last page I could quite easily have turned back to the beginning and …
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3
Chasing the Stars Chasing the Stars
Malorie Blackman
May 2016 Book of the Month An innovative, ambitious page-turner in which the inimitable Malorie Blackman has entwined two of her great passions – Shakespeare’s Othello and science fiction – to create a thrilling outer-space-set epic that tingles with romance, …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Supertato Veggies Assemble Supertato Veggies Assemble
Sue Hendra
May 2016 Book of the Month You won’t find a dafter or more entertaining picture book than this new outing for Supertato, the spud with super powers! It’s anarchy in the supermarket when the peas – evil to their core – …
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2
The First Hippo on the Moon The First Hippo on the Moon
David Walliams
May 2016 Book of the Month Best-selling  David Walliams and Tony Ross have teamed up for a great hippo space adventure. Sheila is a hippo with BIG ideas. Specifically, she is determined to be the first hippo on the Moon. …
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A Brave Bear A Brave Bear
Sean Taylor
April 2016 Book of the Month  The characters may be bears, but the parent/child relationship depicted in this lovely picture book will be familiar to all readers. It’s hot so a little bear suggests to his dad that they should …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Captain Pug Captain Pug
Laura James
May 2016 Book of the Month
A deliciously madcap doggy adventure for Pug, the pampered dog of the even more pampered Lady Miranda. When Lady Miranda determines that Pug will be the ship’s captain when they go for an outing on …
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2
The Secret Pirate The Secret Pirate
Elli Woollard
Lil might look like an ordinary schoolgirl, but under her jumper and vest she’s a pirate! When the thoroughly rotten Stinkbeard arrives Lil flies into battle against him, because Lil is a pirate who’ll do what is right, if it …
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The Mouse Who Reached the Sky The Mouse Who Reached the Sky
Petr Horacek
May 2016 Book of the Month Little Mouse has spotted something red and shiny hanging from a branch, and decides it’s a marble. She can’t reach it by herself so fetches first Mole – who thinks it’s a balloon – …
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Flyboy Flyboy
Tom Palmer
April 2016 Book of the Month   Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ Tom Palmer’s new story starts on a football pitch and then, via a clever bit of ghost story, gives readers the experience of the skill and bravery required to …
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My Brother is a Superhero My Brother is a Superhero
David Solomons
Shortlisted for The Branford Boase Award 2016. Overall winner of Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2016.
July 2015 Debut of the Month  Oh the anguish! Luke is a comic-reading super-hero expert, but he’s gone for a wee at the crucial moment when …
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The Amazing Dinosaur Detectives The Amazing Dinosaur Detectives
Maggie Li
May 2016 Book of the Month Attractive, friendly illustrations and an interactive approach make this a fun introduction to dinosaurs. In the company of a group of ‘dinosaur detectives’ readers can explore the world of dinosaurs and pick up a …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Knights of the Borrowed Dark Knights of the Borrowed Dark
Dave Rudden
April 2016 Book of the Month Move over Harry Potter, there’s a new orphan on the block, ready to take on monsters and stand up for what’s right and decent. Until he’s 13, Denizen Hardwick (full marks to the author for …
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Haunters Haunters
Thomas Taylor
The dead and the living exist side by side in this thrilling time-travelling adventure. In David’s recurrent dream, Eddie seems real and it seems like he’s got something to tell David. That’s scary enough but then David gets picked up …
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The Tree That Sat Down The Tree That Sat Down
Beverley Nichols
Collins Modern Classics are relaunched with gorgeous new covers, bringing these timeless story to a new generation. …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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The Girl of Ink & Stars The Girl of Ink & Stars
Kiran Millwood-Hargrave
‘Here be dragons’ it says  on old maps, but Isabella finds creatures even more terrifying in the unchartered lands of Joya, the island that is her home. Joya is a place of limited horizons and hidden stories: the governor has …
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A Seven Letter Word A Seven Letter Word
Kim Slater
April 2016 Book of the Month Finlay is articulate, an excellent Scrabble player, which makes it so frustrating that the seven letter word that defines him is stammer. He’s always found it hard to speak, but since his mum suddenly …
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Half a Creature from the Sea Half a Creature from the Sea
David Almond
An anthology of dark, powerful and moving short stories from master storyteller and author of the internationally award-winning Skellig, David Almond, inspired by his childhood in the North-East of England. It features coming of age stories on the theme of …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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The Bombs That Brought Us Together The Bombs That Brought Us Together
Brian Conaghan
Set in a bleak world and reminiscent of Orwell’s 1984, The Bombs That Brought Us Together is nonetheless a funny, tender, surprising and uplifting novel.
Charlie’s life should be pretty miserable: he lives in Little Town, where everyone spies on everyone …
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The Lie Tree The Lie Tree
Frances Hardinge
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2016 Book Award in the 12 – 16 year old category.
WINNER of the 2015 COSTA BOOK OF THE YEAR and Winner of the Costa Children’s Book Award  Award-winning Frances Hardinge is spellbinding is this hugely entertaining …
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Alien Rain Alien Rain
Ruth Morgan
Alien Rain is an incredibly gripping adventure thriller that 10+ year olds will devour. Bree, the main protagonist is a teen girl who is hugely brave and yet the insecurities that all teens feel is also at the fore.  The …
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Most popular children’s books by age range 10 – 17 April 2016

Monday, April 18th, 2016

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Slug Needs a Hug Slug Needs a Hug
Jeanne Willis
Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month, April 2016  Best-selling Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross have created many fabulous picture books together. Here, the weedy and whiny little slug is just longing for a hug! How can he make his mum …
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Blown Away Blown Away
Rob Biddulph
Winner of the 2015 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize  A brilliant adventure for a bold Penguin who gets swept up, up and away on a brand new kite on a windy day. Penguin’s original and richly-imagined adventure is beautifully told and …
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A Great Big Cuddle A Great Big Cuddle
Michael Rosen
One of our Books of the Year 2015 – A Reader Review Panel Pick of the Year 2015 – chosen by Robyn Chorely, aged 5- Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month, September 2015  Children’s Laureates Chris Riddell and Michael Rosen …
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Lady Midnight Lady Midnight
Cassandra Clare
April 2016 Book of the Month From the creator of the Mortal Instruments series and Infernal Devices trilogy comes this epic first instalment of the author’s highly anticipated The Dark Artifices series.
Lady Midnight is populated with pretty much every kind of …
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The Art of Not Breathing The Art of Not Breathing
Sarah Alexander
April 2016 Debut of the Month Five years have passed since Elsie’s twin brother vanished into the sea on their birthday. Her parents and brother are still broken by their loss and Elsie feels like half of her is missing, …
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Chasing the Stars Chasing the Stars
Malorie Blackman
An innovative, ambitious page-turner in which the inimitable Malorie Blackman has entwined two of her great passions – Shakespeare’s Othello and science fiction – to create a thrilling outer-space-set epic that tingles with romance, danger, distrust and jealousy.
Olivia (Vee) and …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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A Brave Bear A Brave Bear
Sean Taylor
April 2016 Book of the Month  The characters may be bears, but the parent/child relationship depicted in this lovely picture book will be familiar to all readers. It’s hot so a little bear suggests to his dad that they should …
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Before I Wake Up... Before I Wake Up…
Britta Teckentrup
April 2016 Book of the Month A little girl’s dreams take her and a friendly lion on a magical journey. Together they fly over meadows, swim deep in the sea with whales and jellyfish, and explore woods where they play …
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The Bear and the Piano The Bear and the Piano
David Litchfield
Winner of the Illustrated category of The Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2016.
March 2016 Debut of the Month A young bear cub finds a piano in the forest and after a first hesitant ‘PLONK’, he returns to it every day for …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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The Seaside Puppy The Seaside Puppy
Holly Webb
Holly Webb writes gentle, warm-hearted adventures that young readers absolutely love and there is lots for them to enjoy in this story. Laura’s summer is set to be a bit of a wash out – she lives in a seaside …
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Prehistoric Actual Size Prehistoric Actual Size
Steve Jenkins
As the title makes clear, this fascinating book illustrates prehistoric creatures at actual size or, where the creature was simply too big to fit on the page, a part of the animal at actual size. On the first spread, the …
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There's a Tiger in the Garden There’s a Tiger in the Garden
Lizzy Stewart
Grandma’s back garden turns into a jungle full of adventure in this striking picture book, Nora is bored, so her grandma suggests she play in the garden, there might, she says, be a tiger there. Nora is scornful, but as …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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My Brother is a Superhero My Brother is a Superhero
David Solomons
Overall winner of Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2016.
July 2015 Debut of the Month  Oh the anguish! Luke is a comic-reading super-hero expert, but he’s gone for a wee at the crucial moment when an alien arrives in his tree-house and …
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Flyboy Flyboy
Tom Palmer
April 2016 Book of the Month   Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ Tom Palmer’s new story starts on a football pitch and then, via a clever bit of ghost story, gives readers the experience of the skill and bravery required to …
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Love from Paddington Love from Paddington
Michael Bond
Much-loved Paddington shares accounts of his adventures and his thoughts about his life in London in a series of letters to his Aunt Lucy in The Home for Retired Bears in Lima, Peru. As might be expected, Paddington has a …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Knights of the Borrowed Dark Knights of the Borrowed Dark
Dave Rudden
April 2016 Book of the Month Move over Harry Potter, there’s a new orphan on the block, ready to take on monsters and stand up for what’s right and decent. Until he’s 13, Denizen Hardwick (full marks to the author for …
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2
Haunters Haunters
Thomas Taylor
The dead and the living exist side by side in this thrilling time-travelling adventure. In David’s recurrent dream, Eddie seems real and it seems like he’s got something to tell David. That’s scary enough but then David gets picked up …
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Jolly Foul Play Jolly Foul Play
Robin Stevens
April 2016 Book of the Month Gosh, but the Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries are jolly good reads! After their adventures on the Orient Express, crime-solving friends Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are back at school for a new term. From …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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A Seven Letter Word A Seven Letter Word
Kim Slater
April 2016 Book of the Month Finlay is articulate, an excellent Scrabble player, which makes it so frustrating that the seven letter word that defines him is stammer. He’s always found it hard to speak, but since his mum suddenly …
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The Astounding Broccoli Boy The Astounding Broccoli Boy
Frank Cottrell Boyce
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2016 Best Story – Andrea Reeces’s Pick of the Year 2015 This is Frank Cottrell Boyce’s first standalone novel since Cosmic in 2008 and it’s been well worth the wait. The smallest and …
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Stargirl Stargirl
Jerry Spinelli
An incredibly touching story about a girl who dared to be different. A wonderfully original and memorable read for it makes you realise that tweens and teens work too hard these days to conform and be the same in order …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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We are All Made of Molecules We are All Made of Molecules
Susin Nielsen
April 2016 Debut of the Month Stewart and Ashley are about as different as it’s possible to be.  He’s super smart, happy to use words like ‘plethora’ in everyday conversation, but socially a little inept. She’s queen of the popular …
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Desolation Desolation
Derek Landy
April 2016 Book of the Month  No-one writes teen horror with anything like the wit, gory panache and comic timing of Derek Landy. His Demon Road stories are definitely not for the faint-hearted: fourteen people have been disembowelled, ripped apart …
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The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen
Susin Nielsen
From the author of Lovereading4kids favourite We Are All Made of Molecules, this is another book that grips from the first chapter, a heart-breaking story that will nonetheless make readers laugh and leave them feeling better about the world. Henry’s …
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Lovereading4kids. Most popular children’s book’s, by age range, 3 – 10 April 2016

Monday, April 11th, 2016

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Slug Needs a Hug Slug Needs a Hug
Jeanne Willis
Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month, April 2016  Best-selling Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross have created many fabulous picture books together. Here, the weedy and whiny little slug is just longing for a hug! How can he make his mum …
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Elmer and the Rainbow Elmer and the Rainbow
David Mckee
A story about Elmer, everyone’s favourite patchwork elephant, now available as a sturdy, paddedboard book to delight his many fans. This one is a classic story about sharing and giving. Books featuring Elmer and his friends are universally acknowledged as essential …
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Spot Loves Bedtime Spot Loves Bedtime
Eric Hill
A favourite with children now for generations, Spot never loses his charm. It’s bedtime, but Spot can’t settle down until he finds Teddy, who has gone missing.  Is Teddy in the toybox? The living room? Under the bed? At last …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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Lady Midnight Lady Midnight
Cassandra Clare
April 2016 Book of the Month From the creator of the Mortal Instruments series and Infernal Devices trilogy comes this epic first instalment of the author’s highly anticipated The Dark Artifices series.
Lady Midnight is populated with pretty much every kind of …
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Flawed Flawed
Cecelia Ahern
April 2016 Book of the Month  Set in a society in which those deemed ‘flawed’ are branded and ostracised, Celia Ahern’s debut YA novel will talk directly to its readers. Every teenager wants to be perfect, to fit in and …
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Chasing the Stars Chasing the Stars
Malorie Blackman
An innovative, ambitious page-turner in which the inimitable Malorie Blackman has entwined two of her great passions – Shakespeare’s Othello and science fiction – to create a thrilling outer-space-set epic that tingles with romance, danger, distrust and jealousy.
Olivia (Vee) and …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

1
A Brave Bear A Brave Bear
Sean Taylor
April 2016 Book of the Month  The characters may be bears, but the parent/child relationship depicted in this lovely picture book will be familiar to all readers. It’s hot so a little bear suggests to his dad that they should …
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2
Before I Wake Up... Before I Wake Up…
Britta Teckentrup
April 2016 Book of the Month A little girl’s dreams take her and a friendly lion on a magical journey. Together they fly over meadows, swim deep in the sea with whales and jellyfish, and explore woods where they play …
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The Hole Story The Hole Story
Paul Bright
April 2016 Book of the Month  Holes generally get a bad press – after all they’re the last thing you want to find in a sock, pair of knickers, bag, bucket or boat! Perhaps this delightful book will win them …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Nature's Day: Out and About Nature’s Day: Out and About
Kay Maguire
Following on from the success of Nature’s Day, this beautiful activity book by the same author and illustrator shows children how to interact with their surroundings. …
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Prehistoric Actual Size Prehistoric Actual Size
Steve Jenkins
As the title makes clear, this fascinating book illustrates prehistoric creatures at actual size or, where the creature was simply too big to fit on the page, a part of the animal at actual size. On the first spread, the …
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3
There's a Tiger in the Garden There’s a Tiger in the Garden
Lizzy Stewart
Grandma’s back garden turns into a jungle full of adventure in this striking picture book, Nora is bored, so her grandma suggests she play in the garden, there might, she says, be a tiger there. Nora is scornful, but as …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

1
Flyboy Flyboy
Tom Palmer
April 2016 Book of the Month   Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ Tom Palmer’s new story starts on a football pitch and then, via a clever bit of ghost story, gives readers the experience of the skill and bravery required to …
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2
My Brother is a Superhero My Brother is a Superhero
David Solomons
Overall winner of Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2016.
July 2015 Debut of the Month  Oh the anguish! Luke is a comic-reading super-hero expert, but he’s gone for a wee at the crucial moment when an alien arrives in his tree-house and …
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Out for the Count Out for the Count
Anne Fine
Interest Age 5-8 Anne Fine is a very clever writer and this brilliant little story is an exploration of the resources of the human imagination and the iniquities of keeping animals in cages. Hugo is trying to persuade his dad …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Knights of the Borrowed Dark Knights of the Borrowed Dark
Dave Rudden
April 2016 Book of the Month Move over Harry Potter, there’s a new orphan on the block, ready to take on monsters and stand up for what’s right and decent. Until he’s 13, Denizen Hardwick (full marks to the author for …
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth
Frank Cottrell Boyce
April 2016 Book of the Month With all the invention, originality and insight that is typical of his writing for children, Frank Cottrell Boyce takes the sad story of Laika, the first living creature to orbit Earth, and uses it …
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Jolly Foul Play Jolly Foul Play
Robin Stevens
April 2016 Book of the Month Gosh, but the Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries are jolly good reads! After their adventures on the Orient Express, crime-solving friends Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are back at school for a new term. From …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

1
A Seven Letter Word A Seven Letter Word
Kim Slater
April 2016 Book of the Month Finlay is articulate, an excellent Scrabble player, which makes it so frustrating that the seven letter word that defines him is stammer. He’s always found it hard to speak, but since his mum suddenly …
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2
The Astounding Broccoli Boy The Astounding Broccoli Boy
Frank Cottrell Boyce
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2016 Best Story – Andrea Reeces’s Pick of the Year 2015 This is Frank Cottrell Boyce’s first standalone novel since Cosmic in 2008 and it’s been well worth the wait. The smallest and …
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3
Half a Creature from the Sea Half a Creature from the Sea
David Almond
An anthology of dark, powerful and moving short stories from master storyteller and author of the internationally award-winning Skellig, David Almond, inspired by his childhood in the North-East of England. It features coming of age stories on the theme of …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

1
We are All Made of Molecules We are All Made of Molecules
Susin Nielsen
April 2016 Debut of the Month Stewart and Ashley are about as different as it’s possible to be.  He’s super smart, happy to use words like ‘plethora’ in everyday conversation, but socially a little inept. She’s queen of the popular …
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2
Desolation Desolation
Derek Landy
April 2016 Book of the Month  No-one writes teen horror with anything like the wit, gory panache and comic timing of Derek Landy. His Demon Road stories are definitely not for the faint-hearted: fourteen people have been disembowelled, ripped apart …
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Underwater Underwater
Marisa Reichardt
April 2016 Debut of the Month This extraordinary, powerful book has life lessons for everyone, though its central character has lived through experiences that, fortunately, will be unknown to most of us. Morgan was witness to a terrible and traumatic …
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Top 3 books, by age range, on Lovereading4kids 15 -22 February 2015

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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The Bus is for Us The Bus is for Us
Michael Rosen
Former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen will delight all readers with this hugely enjoyable and easy to chant rhyming picture book. Riding a bike, going far in a car or, when it starts to rain going in the train are all …
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So Cosy So Cosy
Lerryn Korda
A heart-warming snuggling-up story! Dog looks so cosy in his bed that first Goose and then many other animals including Elephant decide that they would like to snuggle up too! The pile of cosy bodies gets bigger and bigger and …
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My Mummy My Mummy
Paula Metcalf
From happy morning sing-a-longs with the birds, to storytime and lullabies at bedtime, Little Bear describes some of the fun things he does with his mummy. A jolly rhyming text and some quirky details (mummy’s invented recipes include peas on …
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The Sky Is EverywhereThe Sky Is Everywhere
Jandy Nelson
This is a debut novel that once read will never be forgotten.  It’s a vibrant, deeply romantic novel that will bring tears to your eyes but it will also bring laughter through the tears!  It’s also funny, sexy and deeply meaningful.  …
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Love HurtsLove Hurts
Malorie Blackman
February 2015 Short Story Collection of the Month   Malorie Blackman has compiled a collection of short stories from some of the best young adult authors writing today.  For anyone who has ever loved and lost – and loved again – …
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The Sin Eater's DaughterThe Sin Eater’s Daughter
Melinda Salisbury
February 2015 Debut of the Month   Like the very best fantasy, The Sin Eater’s Daughter creates a world that is both totally strange, and completely familiar. Twylla has been brought to the court of Lormere as the human embodiment of …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Remarkable Animals Remarkable Animals
Tony Meeuwissen
February 2015 Book of the Month
Beautiful illustrations make this witty book of  ‘heads, bodies and legs’ a delight. What starts as a Platypus can be swiftly altered into a ‘Tratypus’ or a ‘Tratysh’ while a regular Opossum with its …
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Doctor Molly's Medicine Case Doctor Molly’s Medicine Case
Miriam Moss
Molly loves dressing up – especially as a doctor! She has a white coat and a doctor’s hat and, most importantly, she has a very special magical medicine bag! Whenever Molly opens her bag she finds exactly the medicine she …
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Fairy Tales Gone Wrong: Eat Your Greens, Goldilocks A Story About Eating Healthily Fairy Tales Gone Wrong: Eat Your Greens, Goldilocks A Story About Eating Healthily
Steve Smallman
A quirky take on the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Humorous writing provides a gentle approach to teaching healthy habits in this fun new series. With lively illustrations complementing each story and talking points to encourage further discussion. …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Squishy McFluff: Meets Mad Nana Dot Squishy McFluff: Meets Mad Nana Dot
Pip Jones
February 2015 Book of the Month
A mischievous story featuring Ava and her imaginary cat Squishy – this is the fourth in the Squisky McFluff series. Told in full colour throughout, this is the perfect stepping stone from picture books to …
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The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig
Eugene Trivizas
This much-loved picture book puts a comic and clever twist on the familiar fairytale. Three polite young wolves set off to make their way in the world and build themselves a charming little house in the country. But their rural …
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The Girl with the Parrot on Her Head The Girl with the Parrot on Her Head
Daisy Hirst
February 2015 Debut of the Month   Inventive and witty, this is a story that is full of ideas and imagining rather than neatly tying up loose ends. Told more through the pictures than the words, the story of Isabel’s happiness …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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13-Storey Treehouse 13-Storey Treehouse
Andy Griffiths
Best-selling Australian author/ illustrator Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton have created a fantastical treehouse which will tickle the imagination of all readers. It’s a house with everything – and if there is something it lacks, it can easily be created! …
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Street Corner Dad Street Corner Dad
Alan Gibbons
Interest Age 7-12  Reading Age 7  Set in Liverpool during World War II, Alan Gibbon’s novel is a compelling drama. It packs a real emotional punch despite its short extent, which is Barrington Stoke style, part of their method of …
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The Shark-Headed Bear-Thing The Shark-Headed Bear-Thing
Barry Hutchison
Hideous monsters, an ill-assorted band of comrades, life-or-death situations, and the odd magic item – who doesn’t love a quest story? Benjamin Blank and his friends Paradise Little and Wesley Chant are off to battle the Shark-Headed Bear-Thing terrorising their …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Would the Real Stanley Carrot Please Stand Up? Would the Real Stanley Carrot Please Stand Up?
Rob Stevens
February 2015 Book of the Month  A touching and funny story about thirteen year old Stanley wrestling with his insecurities and his place in his family. Stanley is adopted and, although he knows his parents love him very much, he …
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Haunters Haunters
Thomas Taylor
The dead and the living exist side by side in this thrilling time-travelling adventure. In David’s recurrent dream, Eddie seems real and it seems like he’s got something to tell David. That’s scary enough but then David gets picked up …
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The Dreamsnatcher The Dreamsnatcher
Abi Elphinstone
Abi Elphinstone’s debut novel plunges the reader into a world of magic and adventure. Twelve-year-old Moll lives in a gypsy camp in the Ancientwood.  She has no parents but the gypsies’ extended family take care of her. There’s something special …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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The Bell Between Worlds The Bell Between Worlds
Ian Johnstone
Debut-author Ian Johnstone offers his readers an enormous and richly created world to explore in this elaborately constructed fantasy. Sylas Tate steps into the unusual Shop of Things and, through his remarkable powers of imagination and his ability to do …
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All That Glitters All That Glitters
Holly Smale
Welcome back Harriet Manners, self-confessed geek and the only supermodel in the world who repeats the entire periodic table when stressed. For those not in the know, this is the fourth book about Harriet, who now has a huge following …
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The Honest Truth The Honest Truth
Dan Gemeinhart
A beautifully written coming-of-age novel from debut author Dan Gemeinhart about a young boy who, despite his illness, is determined to go on one last adventure with his dog Beau. Mark has been in and out of hospital his whole …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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The Boy with the Tiger's Heart The Boy with the Tiger’s Heart
Linda Coggin
One of our Books of the Year 2014 Can three children and a bear keep themselves free from the authorities who are determined to track them down? When Thomas Bailey takes his own life and sets his wild animals free …
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The Devil's Angel The Devil’s Angel
Kevin Brooks
February 2015 Book of the Month – Interest Age Teen  Reading Age 8   Award-winning Kevin Brooks tells a gripping and thoughtful story about the irresistible appeal of a dangerous friendship. Jack is cruising along in year 10; not part of …
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Seven Days Seven Days
Eve Ainsworth
February 2015 Debut of the Month  Life at home is horrible for Jess since her father left. There’s very little money and her mum struggles just to keep the family going. But she has even worse problems at school where …
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New Children’s Books for October

Monday, October 4th, 2010

Hello again from the team here at Lovereading! We have found some absolute gems this month that will keep your children enthralled and inspired by reading great stories in imaginative worlds. If your child has a birthday this month, why not consider a Wind in the Willows theme? It was missing his son’s seventh birthday in October 1907 that inspired Kenneth Grahame to write a series of letters describing the adventures of a certain Toad, Rat, Mole and Badger.

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Author and Illustrator of the Month extraordinaire – Quentin Blake

October’s Illustrator and Author of the Month is a giant of children’s Literature. If you haven’t heard his name you will have seen his drawings and so will your kids! Quentin Blake is just about as big as it gets in children’s literature, he was the first ever Children’s Laureate, and was described by the Guardian as a “national institution. He also famously teamed up with Roald Dahl to create some of the most loved illustrations for the best loved stories in the world.

We are delighted to feature his work, as both author and illustrator, on the site this month and hope that you will enjoy exploring it with your kids. As Melanie McDonagh at the Telegraph put it: “I’ve never met a child who didn’t love Quentin Blake”.

Re-Vamped – Limited Edition Twilight Books

Four Twilight titles are getting re-robed this month in a new white cover design with a vampish red edged pages. Any twilight fan will love these striking new jackets, perfect as a gift or as a treat to yourself.

The four limited-edition titles: Twilight – New Moon – Eclipse and Breaking Dawn, will be published by Atom on 14 October.

Off the Shelf – Our Fabulous Books of the Month

Listen Up! – Little Tim Collection,

Our Audio Book of the Month

5+, 7+.

A real treat this. Stephen Fry breathes glorious life into the classic stories of a young boy’s adventures on the open waves. Great for keeping kids quiet on long car journeys!

Sustainable Reading – Stories for a Fragile Planet, our Green Read of the Month

Author and poet, Kenneth Steven brilliantly retells 10 stories from different cultures that highlight the importance of protecting the Earth.

A Silly Picture! – A Great Picture Book of the Month

Once upon a time, George, a handsome but sensible boy, fell in love with Jess, a pretty but silly girl. After meeting Jess’ silly family, George wonders if marrying her is a sensible thing to do after all! – Great, silly fun!

You Saw it here First…. Pre Publication exclusive

The Ring of Solomon

Jonathan Stroud

11+ & 14+

Fans of his Bartimaeus books will devour this – a cracking adventure brimming with magic, intrigue and a treasure trove of brilliant characters.

Alien Storm

A G Taylor

9+ & 11+

Pure escapism; this is a thrilling story of mind blowing super-powers, conspiracy and adventure in the fight of good over evil.

The Young Sherlock Holmes 2: Red Leech

Andrew Lane

11+

Another great adventure for Young Sherlock as he sifts through the truth, lies and intrigue of a murder case forcing him to rethink everything he trusts.

Boys Don’t Cry

Malorie Blackman

14+ & NG

An un-put-down-able tale from an award winning author, which sees a young man – on the eve of his A-Level results – left literally holding the baby changing his life forever.

Our Brilliant Debut of the Month: and

Finding Sky by Joss Stirling: Made aware of her power as a “savant” by the handsome and mysterious Zed, Sky is kidnapped by a family of powerful criminals and the race is on to get her back!

The Clockwork Three by Matthew Kirby: a mesmerizing story of chance, friendship, and courage of three children brought together as a consequence of a chance encounter on the street and a green violin.

Made aware of her power as a “savant” by the handsome and mysterious Zed, Sky is kidnapped by a family of powerful criminals and the race is on to get her back!

Conspiracy 365 – The Adventure continues

With the release of the October title, there are only 2 more to go until the thrilling conclusion. For those of you not already familiar with the Conspiracy 365 series, it is a cracking new and explosive 12 book series to keep kids turning the pages throughout 2010, with one fast-paced thriller published each month of the year.

The stories follow the adventures of a boy named Cal, on the run from the same relentless killers who killed his father.

Series of the Month – Raven Mysteries Marcus Sedgwick

Great ‘Goth Froth’ for readers aged 7+. A deliciously dark and funny series of adventures with the weird and wonderful Otherhand family and the pet raven Edgar at their centre.

The first, Flood and Fang, has just come out in paperback and the fourth, Vampires and Volts, is just out in hardback.

Book It! Cheltenham 8 – 17 October

Staying on the festival theme … We always like to keep you posted about forthcoming book festivals at lovereading4kids. The Book-It! Festival in Cheltenham takes place between the 8 and 17 October. It is one of the oldest and best loved literature festivals in the world, with lectures, poetry readings, children’s events, interviews, storytelling, book groups, writing workshops and education projects – loads for the whole family to get involved with. There are far too many authors to mention but we have outlined our favourites on the site: so why not go to Lovereading4kids and take a quick peek before booking your tickets.

Our very own book expert Julia Eccleshare is chairing three events over the weekend of the 8 –9 October, firstly with Sharon Dogar who has written an utterly compelling novel called Annexed which tells the story of Peter, the boy who was in hiding with Anne Frank, from his point of view, John Boyne who wrote The Boy in Striped Pyjamas and David Benedictus who has written a sequel to Winnie the Pooh.

Six of the Best –Teenage Book Awards Shortlist

The Book Trust Teenage Book Awards winner will be announced in November so this month is a great chance to select your personal winner from the shortlist of six. You will find free Opening Extracts to download from all six shortlisted titles at Lovereading4kids and a very international list it is too, covering: ancient Greece, a disease-ridden London, Malaga, New York, the Arctic Circle and post-independence Zimbabwe. Teenage protagonists struggle in search of their identity, and sometimes for their very survival. You’re bound to find at least one your kids will love!

Not Just Vampires! – Guardian Children’s Book Awards

The shortlist for the Guardian Children’s Book Awards has also just been announced. While the headlines are dominated by the apparently all-consuming attraction of vampires, children’s authors are writing books about all sorts of things, particularly for the nine-pluses, which is where attracting readers’ attention and reeling them in is so vital. This batch of great engaging books deals with subjects friendship, arduous adventure, holocaust, stone-age demons as well as witty magical reality, ogres and wizards. The winner will be announced on 8 October, but why not head to Lovereading for a sneak preview?

Riproaring Belly Laughs, Sniggers and Chortles – Roald Dahl Funny Prize

Continuing the Award theme, The Roald Dahl Funny Prize shortlist, for the 2010 prize, has also been announced. Always packed with humourous gems for two age groups (Under 6 and 7-14), this popular prize will again delight this year. There are dogs in tutus, elephants with umbrellas, stupid sharks, not-so-scary monsters and Einstein’s pants! – and that’s just scratching the surface! We are featuring all of the shortlisted authors on the site before the winners are announced in November, so take a little time and treat yourself to some very happy reading! Find out more…

Rhyme Time – National Poetry Day – 7 October

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October is National Poetry Day in the UK. Your kids’ schools may already be doing something around this – there are many events going on all over the country – and we are certainly excited! Why not take a peek at our Poetry and spend some time with the kids and a poem or two? There is something for children (and adults for that matter) of all ages and it’s a great way to introduce your kids to some fabulous rhythm and rhyme. Why not give it a peek!

So, that’s it for this month. We hope you will continue to visit Lovereading and help us help you find great, engaging and fulfilling reads for your children. Nothing sparks the imagination quite as much as a good book. They can stay with you forever.


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