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Top 3 books, by age range on Lovereading4kids 14 – 21 May 2017

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Grumpy Frog Grumpy Frog
Ed Vere
Join Grumpy Frog as he learns about compromise and tolerance, friendship and the power of saying sorry. A hilarious book with a twist in the tail about getting – and getting rid of – the grumps from New York Times …
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Elmer Elmer
David McKee
The wonderfully colourful story of Elmer the patchwork elephant has been a nursery favourite since this first book was published in 1989. A modern classic, the story of Elmer is known to millions, and continues to be one of the …
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Hello, Mr World Hello, Mr World
Michael Foreman
The future of the world is in our children’s hands says this beautiful and sensitive picture book. ‘Let’s be doctors’ say two little children in front of a dressing up box. In their white coats they meet their first patient, …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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Release Release
Patrick Ness
***Recommended for 16+ due to content.
May 2017 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: love, truth and the power of release  |  A gripping, soulful novel about a life-changing day, which will surely change the lives of those who …
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Encounters Encounters
Jason Wallace
May 2017 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: Alleged alien encounter inspired by true events |   An utterly absorbing novel based on the real-life phenomenon of a group of Zimbabwean schoolchildren claiming to have experienced an extra-terrestrial encounter.
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After the Fire After the Fire
Will Hill
In a nutshell: tense, super-suspenseful novel based on harrowing real life events
After the Fire was inspired by the Waco siege in Texas 1993 when 82 members of the Branch Davidian sect and four US government agents died in a fire …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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King of the Sky King of the Sky
Nicola Davies
May 2017 Picture Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month May 2017  |
In a story full of hope against adversity, King of the Sky tells how flying a homing pigeon helps a young boy …
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The Treasure of Pirate Frank The Treasure of Pirate Frank
Mal Peet, Elspeth Graham
Unusually clever and skilfully told this pirate story has echoes of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt both in the way that the narrative grows and builds from page to page and in its lovely surprise ending. A young boy …
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Just Like Daddy Just Like Daddy
Lucy Freegard
May 2017 Debut of the Month
This charming picture book delivers messages that children always need to hear: that daddy loves them no matter what they do; that grown-ups are playful and sometimes silly too; that everyone makes mistakes, and if …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Superdad's Day Off Superdad’s Day Off
Phil Earle
May 2017 Book of the Month | Interest Age 5-8 |  In a nutshell: the best laid plans of mice and supermen …|  Stanley is as normal a kid as you can meet, but his dad, well, he’s a superhero, Dynamo …
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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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All Aboard the London Bus All Aboard the London Bus
Patty Toht
Both an engaging guidebook to the major sights of our capital city and a collection of new London poems, this is a lovely book to read aloud and to look at. Sam Usher’s attractive pen and watercolour illustrations catch the …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Timmy Failure: The Cat Stole My Pants Timmy Failure: The Cat Stole My Pants
Stephan Pastis
In a nutshell: Hilarious sleuthing with boy detective and his sidekick polar bear…  |   A new Timmy Failure book is always a cause for celebration and this is another glorious mix of humour, surrealism, incompetent detection – and chickens. Timmy is …
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King Coo King Coo
Adam Stower
May 2017 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month May 2017  |
A glorious romp of a story full of confusion and chaos but with a strong message about trusting yourself and standing up to bullies. …
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A Song for Will and The Lost Gardeners of Heligan A Song for Will and The Lost Gardeners of Heligan
Hilary Robinson
May 2017 Book of the Month |  This deeply moving story perfectly conveys the devastating impact of the First World War both on those who took part and those they left behind. Though the story is fiction, many of those …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Wave Me Goodbye Wave Me Goodbye
Jacqueline Wilson
In a nutshell: an evacuee story as imagined by the one and only Jacqueline Wilson
Queen of contemporary fiction, Jacqueline Wilson is now setting her stories in the past, but they’re not one bit less lively, immediate or relevant to young …
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Where the World Ends Where the World Ends
Geraldine McCaughrean
May 2017 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: beautifully written, totally original, mesmerising storytelling |
In the summer of 1727 a group of men and boys, there to harvest birds and eggs, were stranded on Warrior Stac, a pinnacle …
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Moonlocket Moonlocket
Peter Bunzl
In a nutshell: child-centred adventure where the action runs like clockwork.
Peter Bunzl continues the adventures of the stars of the hugely popular Cogheart in his new adventure which has all the charm and appeal of his debut. Robert is now …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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The Dark Prophecy The Dark Prophecy
Rick Riordan
May 2017 Book of the Month |  In a nutshell: epic adventure, story-telling genius
It’s not easy being immortal in Rick Riordan’s Greek-myth inspired sagas, and Apollo has every right to feel fed up in this one. As punishment for misdemeanours, he’s been …
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The Island at the End of Everything The Island at the End of Everything
Kiran Millwood-Hargrave
In a nutshell: beautifully told story of courage and hope and an unforgettable setting
Kiran Millwood Hargrave follows up her award-winning debut The Girl of Ink and Stars with a story set in the real world, though one still filled with a …
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Cogheart Cogheart
Peter Bunzl
Shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2017 |  September 2016 Debut of the Month
In a nutshell: tick-tocking frequently airborne adventure   From its opening scene aboard an airship harpooned in mid-air, Cogheart is filled with fabulous visual images and a …
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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
Winner of the Costa Book Awards, Children’s Book category, 2016
Charlie’s life should be pretty miserable: he lives in Little Town, where everyone spies on everyone else, and the population is caught between their oppressive rulers and violent criminals who …
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Between the Lies Between the Lies
Cathy MacPhail
In a Nutshell: Devastating deceits and sanity-shattering set-ups | Tense, twisty thriller in which a girl’s disappearance spirals into a snare of manipulation and lies..
Fourteen-year-old Jude has gone missing from Port Glasgow. No one has heard from her until she …
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Spellslinger Spellslinger
Sebastien de Castell
In a Nutshell: Witty fantasy anti-hero forges his own path
There’s trickery, traps, and action aplenty in this vividly conjured magical fantasy – the first in a series – about finding your place and discovering who you really are.
Soon-to-be-sixteen, Kellen is …
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Almond, Rosen and Ness nominated for Astrid Lindgren award

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

UK authors David Almond, Michael Rosen and Patrick Ness, alongside specialist children’s bookshop Letterbox Library, are among a total of 197 candidates nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) 2015.

The names were announced 9 October at the International Frankfurt Book Fair by ALMA chair Boel Westin.

Candidates come from all over the world. As well as Almond, Rosen and Ness, the nominated UK authors are Allan Ahlberg, Raymond Briggs, Melvin Burgess, Aidan Chambers, Susan Cooper, Michael Foreman, Neil Gaiman, Maurice GleitzmanShirley Hughes, Michael Morpurgo and Meg Rosoff.

Aidan and Nancy Chambers and Margaret Meek Spencer were nominated for their work in promoting children’s reading, and Letterbox Library was shortlisted for its work in championing diversity in children’s literature.

The SEK 5 million (£431,000) award is made every year for a long-term commitment to children’s literature and is in honour of Astrid Lindgren, the Swedish author of Pippi Longstocking who died in 2002.

Westin, the incoming chair of the ALMA jury said “I am so excited to be taking charge of the jury’s activities. We are all looking forward to learning more about the works and accomplishments of the nominees.”

The list includes 50 first-time nominees among a total of 197 candidates from 61 countries.

The 2015 laureate will be announced on 31 March 2015.

Click here to see the full list of nominees here.

Top 3 Books, by age range on Lovereading4kids 3 – 10 February 2013

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Some heroes of children’s literature were born in the month of March, including Kenneth Grahame (1859) and Anna Sewell (1820). Grahame had been telling stories to his son about Toad, Ratty, Mole and Badger for several years before he wrote The Wind in the Willows. Sewell, who penned one of the most popular children’s books of all time – Black Beauty – originally intended it for horse-lovers more than kids. It just goes to show – wherever there’s a brilliant story, children will latch onto it and love it to bits even into adulthood.

This month’s Highlights

Help your kids’ imaginations with the books behind the films

Films are a wonderful way of piquing children’s interest in stories, but sometimes it’s good for them to read the book before they see the movie – it’s brilliant creative brain training. Upcoming film releases include the new Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang (screenplay by the wonderful Emma Thompson), and Diary of a Wimpy Kid . The books behind them are truly fantastic – download free Opening Extracts of and whet your kids’ appetites for the films.

Great books for Boys

Lots of research suggests that boys don’t read as much as girls. We want to help redress the balance, so we’ve created a special category of books our experts think will appeal to boys through their exciting action and fast-moving plots. We hope this will be a useful resource for parents! As always you can download free Opening Extracts of each book and buy with a 25% discount, and we will be adding to the new section regularly.

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Where I Belong

Gillian Cross

11+ A powerful coming-of-age novel about three friends who have to come to terms with some tough issues – people smuggling and kidnapping, fashion and falsehoods.

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Koh Tabu

Ann Kelley

11+ This very cool novel sees a trip to a tropical island turn from paradise to death, danger and a struggle for survival – all in one terrible night.

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The Truth About Leo

David Yelland

11+ An incredibly moving and insightful story about a kid trying to cope with his father’s alcoholism handled by the author with a deftness of touch.

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The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey

Trenton Lee Stewart

Don’t let any 9+ year old miss this one. Fast-paced, brilliantly plotted and the children in the story are incredibly endearing

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A Web of Air :Mortal Engines 6 Fever Crumb 2

Philip Reeve

9+ Reeve’s Mortal Engines sequence has just got even more gripping if that were possible. Fever Crumb is recruited by a strange recluse to build a flying machine – but ruthless enemies will kill to get their secrets!

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The Pasta Detectives

Andreas Steinhofel

9+ A fantastically quirky debut mystery starring two unlikely boy detectives, the mildly autistic Rico and the brainy but anxiety-ridden Oscar.

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Vampireology

Nick Holt

7+ Part of the absorbing, sumptuous ‘ology’ series that gives readers hours of entertainent. Vampireology explores ‘the true history of the fallen’ – the vampires who have lived among us for hundreds of years..

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Triskellion 3: The Gathering

Will Peterson

11+ The third and final instalment in this gripping paranormal adventure trilogy.

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Even more unfortunate events from our Series of the Year

Dive in to the next three books (5,6 and 7) of the incredible and immersive world of Lemony Snicket. The titles about the ill-fated Baudelaire orphans were the 5th most popular books of the last decade and got more kids reading than Harry Potter. Now, at long last, they are available to buy in great value paperback for a whole new generation of fans!

Michael Morpurgo needs YOU

Bestselling author Michael Morpurgo is sponsoring the exciting new Wicked Young Writers’ Award, in association with Wicked, the musical that turns the story of The Wizard of Oz on its head. It’s a great way to encourage children and young adults to get creative – entrants aged from 5 to 25 can write about whatever they like, in prose or poetry. Michael Morpurgo comments, ‘All children are born with a sort of spark of genius. Growing up should fan it’. There are five different age categories and the deadline for this year’s award is July 23. For more details go to the award website – www.wickedyoungwriters.com. Enjoy!

Children’s Book – Most popular by Age range, 31 Jan – 7 Feb 2010

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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I Like Bugs I Like Bugs
Lorena Siminovich
A delightful touchy-feely counting book that depicts numbers and bugs through collage. Whilst looking at some wonderfully vibrant insects as your toddler progresses through the book he/she can also begin to learn to count the number of insects on each …
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I Like Fruit I Like Fruit
Lorena Siminovich
This is one of the most beautiful and touchy feely books I’ve seen for babies and toddlers for a while. Each spread depicts a colour and a fruit; for example, a strawberry and alongside it, the words and pictures of …
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I Love You, Little Bear I Love You, Little Bear
Claire Freedman, Gavin Scott
Little Bear loves to go exploring with his mummy and as they do so they discover new places and meet new friends. This is a wonderful story about love and the importance of friendships. …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Sylvia and Bird Sylvia and Bird
Catherine Rayner
Shortlisted for the Pre-school Award, Early Year Awards 2009
Sylvia is the only dragon in the whole world, and she is very
lonely… until one day, she meets Bird. Tiny and chirpy, so different
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Blue Chameleon Blue Chameleon
Emily Gravett
Prize winning illustrator Emily Gravett triumphs again in her witty story of how a lonely chameleon does what he does best in a desperate attempt to make a new friend. Changing colour comes naturally to the blue chameleon so he …
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For Just One Day For Just One Day
Laura Leuck, Marc Boutavant
Everyone’s dreams are brought to life in this wonderful world of make believe as a child thinks of all the things she’d like to be – just for one day. A buzzing bee, a creeping crocodile, a bunny rabbit, a …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Spells Spells
Emily Gravett
Shortlisted for the 2010 Blue Peter ‘Most Fun with Pictures’ Award. The winner will be announced to coincide with World Book Day in March.
A stunning new picture book from Emily Gravett, full of witchcraft, wizardry and magic. We meet a …
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Bob and Barry's Lunar Adventures 2: A Right Royal Disaster Bob and Barry’s Lunar Adventures 2: A Right Royal Disaster
Simon Bartram
Bob, the much loved Man on the Moon, is back in a new adventure for beginner readers. As ever, he doesn’t believe in aliens! But when it looks as if he might lose his head after he tinkers with a …
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The General The General
Michael Foreman
As relevant as when it was first published, Michael Foreman’s very first book is beautifully reissued in this 50th anniversary edition. General Jodpur loves to train his soldiers making them the best fighting force in the world. But, one day, …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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The Great Hamster Massacre The Great Hamster Massacre
Katie Davies
Shortlisted for the Waterstone’s Book Award 2010
An entertaining behind-the-scenes look at family life in all its intricacies as it revolves around pet ownership and the drama that surrounds it. Nine year old Anna tells how she and her younger brother …
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Peter the Penguin Pioneer Peter the Penguin Pioneer
Daren King
Shortlisted for the 2010 Blue Peter ‘Most Fun with Pictures’ Award. The winner will be announced to coincide with World Book Day in early March.
Hugely inventive and charmingly funny with laugh out loud zany humour and wonderful illustrations throughout that …
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The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events 1) The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events 1)
Lemony Snicket
This bestselling series (in fact in the top five of bestsellers of the last decade), now at long last available in paperback, launches with the suitably named title that charts the unlucky reason why the whole woeful story of the …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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The Boy Who Fell Down Exit 43 The Boy Who Fell Down Exit 43
Harriet Goodwin
Shortlisted for the 2010 Blue Peter ‘Book I Couldn’t Put Down’ Award. The winner will be announced to coincide with World Book Day in March.
Adventurous, charming and poignant by turns, The Boy Who Fell Down Exit 43 is a quirky …
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Frozen In Time Frozen In Time
Ali Sparkes
Shortlisted for the 2010 Blue Peter ‘Book I Couldn’t Put Down’ Award. The winner will be announced to coincide with World Book Day in March.
A page-turning mystery-adventure with a pleasingly old-fashioned feel as two children, frozen by cryonic suspension by …
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Flyaway Flyaway
Lucy Christopher
Shortlisted for the Waterstone’s Book Award 2010
Tender and touching, this is a delicate story about facing up to difficulties and finding a way through. When Isla’s father develops a serious heart condition he can no longer take her to see …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Time Riders Time Riders
Alex Scarrow
This is a thrilling action adventure which hurtles across time and place at breakneck speed. Three children are on the bring of death: Liam is about to drown as the Titanic sinks in 1912, Maddy is on an aeroplane fitted …
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The Returners The Returners
Gemma Malley
The Returners is a gripping and thought-provoking thriller from the author of the equally provocative futuristic novels, The Declaration and The Resistance. What happens when your past catches up with you and you don’t like what you see? This powerful …
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My So-Called Afterlife My So-Called Afterlife
Tamsyn Murray
A wonderful debut novel which, as well as being laugh-out-loud funny, is full of insights, compassion, and love. Fifteen-year-old Lucy has been stuck in the men’s loo ever since she was murdered there six months ago. No one has been …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Beautiful Creatures Beautiful Creatures
Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
A teen romance with a twist of danger and the supernatural told with a sure touch that makes it a headlong read from start

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Magic Under Glass Magic Under Glass
Jaclyn Dolamore
A hair-raising story full of suspense and intrigue. Nimira is picked out of her poor life as a music hall performer by the wealthy and mysterious Hollin Parry who asks her to sing for his automaton piano player. Parry is …
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Savannah Grey: A Horror Story Savannah Grey: A Horror Story
Cliff Mcnish
If you’re looking for a real page-turner that will have you gasping for breath then this is it. It’s a horror story and a love story intertwined and 15 year old Savannah Grey is possibly the only person who can …
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Most popular Children’s books, by age range, 22 – 28 Jun 2009

Monday, June 29th, 2009

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Seriously Cute: Otto's Trip to the Moon Seriously Cute: Otto’s Trip to the Moon
Katherine Lodge
Join Otto and his friends on a very special birthday day out – to the moon! A delightful pull-tab book that little readers will enjoy again and again. With an originality and quirkiness that makes it stand out from the …
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Where's Spot? Where’s Spot?
Eric Hill
Best-selling Spot is as irresistible as ever in this board book version. Spot is hiding. Where can he be? Opening the flaps to find where he isn’t hidden gives endless delight while finding him will always bring a smile.
If you’re …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Seaside Poems 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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Barry the Fish with Fingers Barry the Fish with Fingers
Sue Hendra
Extremely funny and wacky too, this crazy deep-sea caper is sure to have both parent and child in absolute stitches. Lots of bright bold artwork coupled with a great story make this a perfect read. …
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The Pencil The Pencil
Allan Ahlberg
Winner of the Younger Children category – Red House Book Award 2009. This book is an hilarious and unmissable treat! One day there is just a lonely pencil…It begins to draw – a boy, a dog, a cat and then …
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Jake in Danger Jake in Danger
Annette Butterworth
Lovable Jake is an ordinary dog but with some very special qualities. Exciting stories written in easy-to-read texts with highly attractive illustrations make the Jake books perfect for first time readers. In Jake in Danger, Jake has to prove his …
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A Child's Garden: A Story of Hope A Child’s Garden: A Story of Hope
Michael Foreman
This is a wonderful celebration of optimism and a thoughtful and touching book about the importance of growth, green shoots and new life in a war torn world. Growing up amidst rubble a small boy tends a green shoot which …
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The BFG The BFG
Roald Dahl
This is a delightful, funny and exciting story about a special friendship between two people from different worlds – a giant and a child. As the story develops it shows how trust and love develops between them. It also …
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Green Fingers and Muddy Boots Green Fingers and Muddy Boots
Ivor Santer
Children benefit immensely from spending time outdoors in the fresh air, and a great way to get them outside is to encourage an interest in their garden. This book presents fun and practical activities to do in the garden every …
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Kaspar Kaspar
Michael Morpurgo
CD Audio edition read by Paul Chequer.
A wonderfully emotional but heart-warming tale from the pen of one of the foremost writers for children. Brilliantly interwoven in historical

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: DIY Do-It-Yourself Book Diary of a Wimpy Kid: DIY Do-It-Yourself Book
Jeff Kinney
A book to write yourself, this diary is filled with the prompts any reader needs to make their own Wimpy Kid Diary. Embarrassing, revealing or just plain funny, answering these questions will encourage all kinds of writing amid the jokes. …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Moon Moon
Stewart Ross
One of the greatest events of the twentieth century, the unforgettable moment of man’s first landing on the Moon provides the perfect platform for this wide ranging introduction to many different aspects of the moon. After excellent coverage of the …
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The Mysterious Benedict Society The Mysterious Benedict Society
Trenton Lee Stewart
This is a No. 1 New York Times Bestseller that we’ve been raving
about since it went stratospheric across the water earlier this year.
Here you will meet four very unusual children each with three things in
common – all orphans, all incredibly …
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Freak the Mighty Freak the Mighty
Rodman Philbrick
A poignant and moving story that is ultimately uplifting about friendship triumphing over adversity. Funny, touching and inspirational yet cleverly mixed with some scary and tragic moments, it is the story of Max who is considered big and stupid who …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Come On Danny (gr8 reads) Come On Danny (gr8 reads)
Andy Croft
Full of emotion and understanding but written in such a way that a struggling or reluctant reader will devour, Come On Danny is a hard hitting story describing the difficulties of dealing with life when everything goes wrong. Danny likes …
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Airhead Airhead
Meg Cabot
From the creator of Allie Finkle and The Princess Diaries comes a
brand new novel featuring two very different girls, one a superbrain
and the other a supermodel. They have absolutely nothing in common
until something extraordinary happens. Meg cabot’s trademark wit is
here …
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The Medusa Project: The Set-Up The Medusa Project: The Set-Up
Sophie Mckenzie
This is not science fiction. Within the lifetime of children now the human race will have created new improved humans through genetic manipulation. Frightening but true. Here in the first of a thrilling roller-coaster adventure series you can join four teenagers, each …
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The Knife of Never Letting Go The Knife of Never Letting Go
Patrick Ness
Shortlisted for the 2009 Branford Boase Best Debut Novel Award – the winner will be announced in July

Shortlisted for the Carnegie Award 2009. Winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2008 and Booktrust Teenage Prize 2008.

The electrifying and unflinching young …
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Bloodchild Bloodchild
Tim Bowler
If you’re on the hunt for a book that will really grab you,
put shivers down your spine and ensure that at the end of every chapter you
gasp for breath, then Bowler’s Bloodchild is the novel for you. Incredibly
atmospheric of time …
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Creature of the Night Creature of the Night
Kate Thompson
Shortlisted for the Carnegie Award 2009 and shortlisted for the Bisto Irish Children’s Book Award.
From multi-award winning author Kate Thompson comes another absorbing read, blazing an enthralling path between the stark realities of modern-day society and the fantasy for which …
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Most popular Children’s books, by age range, 11 – 18 May 09

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Mr Bear Says: I Love You Mr Bear Says: I Love You
Debi Gliori
Warm and loving, Mr Bear introduces all the things he likes and ends with what he loves best of all – his own little baby. Lovely bright illustrations in a slimline, easy to hold board book.

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Embossed Board Books: Colours Embossed Board Books: Colours
Emily Bolam
Whole pages devoted to a single colour make this a striking book. The surface of each page is embossed with a pattern which makes it interesting and exciting to touch giving it multi-sensory appeal.
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Eric Carle
This is a much-loved classic but as relevant today as it was when
first published 40 years ago. Its vivid and colourful illustrations and
cut back and die-cut pages together with some very simple text provide
a wonderful story that is immensely satisfying for …

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On Our Way Home On Our Way Home
Sebastien Braun
A warm and gentle celebration of the relationship between parent and child. it is immensely touching and the perfect bedtime read. …
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The Perfect Baby The Perfect Baby
Tony Bradman
A wonderfully quirky story by Tony Bradman about a little girl who is not happy with the arrival of a little brother into the world is complemented brilliantly by some illustrations that are sure to get the smallest little child giggling away! …
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Gorilla Gorilla
Anthony Browne
Greenaway winner in 1983.Wonderfully inventive story and almost tear-jerking at times but with a happy ending. The illustrations are both detailed and colourful and children will delight in them. I’m sure for some parents it really touches a nerve as …
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A Child's Garden: A Story of Hope A Child’s Garden: A Story of Hope
Michael Foreman
This is a wonderful celebration of optimism and a thoughtful and touching book about the importance of growth, green shoots and new life in a war torn world. Growing up amidst rubble a small boy tends a green shoot which …
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Dinosaur Cove: Finding The Deceptive Dinosaur Dinosaur Cove: Finding The Deceptive Dinosaur
Rex Stone
Exciting adventures in this easy to read series about two boys and the dangerous dinosaurs they encounter – especially the deadly Tyrannosaurus Rex. Jamie’s dad is opening a dinosaur museum in Dinosaur Cove. Jamie expects to find some fossils but …
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Twinkle Twinkle Chocolate Bar Twinkle Twinkle Chocolate Bar

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Pig City Pig City
Louis Sachar
Bestselling author Louis Sachar is back with a stunning new novel, which all begins with a hat…The hat Laura Sibbie buys from an old man in the street that says Pig City on the front and so Pig City is …
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The Dragonology Chronicles (Vol II): The Dragon's Diary The Dragonology Chronicles (Vol II): The Dragon’s Diary
Dugald Steer
The dragonological adventure continues in this eagerly-awaited second instalment of The Dragonology Chronicles. An illness has spread among the dragons and Daniel and Beatrice must deliver a strange book to Dr. Drake so that the cure that lies therein can …
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Highway Robbery Highway Robbery
Kate Thompson
Shortlisted for the Bisto Irish Children’s Book Award. With the thundering of hooves never far away, Kate Thompson weaves an attractive yarn as told by a cheeky but brave street boy whose fortunes change after he’s left holding the horse …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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The Museum's Secret: The Remarkable Adventures Of Tom Scatterhorn The Museum’s Secret: The Remarkable Adventures Of Tom Scatterhorn
Henry Chancellor
An irresistible adventure through a world full of dust, insects,

magic potions, missing jewels and stuffed animals and an incredible secret that takes Tom back 100 years into a breathtaking adventure to far flung places of the world and back …
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Shark Island Shark Island
David Miller
Hold on to your seats for what could well be THE blockbuster this summer for children of 9+. Marooned on a tropical island, two children – Hanna and Ned – are in fear of their lives after pirates had raided …
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
Jeff Kinney
Take a peek into Greg’s diary and find out the story of his life – and especially about his relationship with his older brother Roderick. Wittily told in words and pictures, this diary charts the trials and tribulations of a …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Freefall: Tunnels 3 Freefall: Tunnels 3
Roderick Gordon, Brian Williams
More spine-tingling and menacing adventure from the authors of Tunnels and Deeper will once again take you way beneath the earth, in a subterranean world that’s almost too frightening to imagine and yet it will pull you into the story …
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The Pickle King The Pickle King
Rebecca Promitzer
A hugely entertaining adventure story tinged with enough horror to delight but not really to terrify. Bored during a wet holiday, Bea and her friend Sam go exploring and come across the body of a dead man. What’s the story? Bea …
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Skellig - TV tie in edition Skellig – TV tie in edition
David Almond
This is a wonderfully eerie and magical story about believing in
something extra special and why it may make a difference. It’s full of
happiness and sadness but ultimately it’s incredibly fulfilling.
‘Touched with a visionary intensity, this strange life-affirming tale exercises every …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Stolen Stolen
Lucy Christopher
This controversial debut is a moving drama about kidnapping, isolation and survival and an extraordinary psychological thriller that will steal the minds of those who read it. Sensitive, intelligent and gripping, Stolen is a contemporary story which will force the …
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The Resistance The Resistance
Gemma Malley
This is an absolutely chilling, powerful sequel to Gemma malley’s acclaimed debut, The Declaration. With a dark and sinister vision of the future, it is set in 2140, The Resistance is an incredibly thought-provoking read. We raved about her first …
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Lifegame Lifegame
Alison Allen-Gray
An incredibly topical thriller that captures the mood of the moment in terms of the scientific advances that are becoming increasingly possible and yet continue to be highly controversial. Picture if you can an island complete with families, all of …
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Most popular children’s books, by age range, 4 – 11 May 2009

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Dear Zoo: mini board book Dear Zoo: mini board book
Rod Campbell
An elephant is too heavy, a giraffe is too tall, a frog is too jumpy.
Hidden behind a flap, each new arrival that the zoo sends is a
wonderful surprise but never quite right. Until, at last, they send the
perfect pet…. This …

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My Animals My Animals
Xavier Deneux
Stylish imagery in black and white (with a cleverly done tiny hint of colour on each page) introduces some familiar animals in a highly original way. Perfectly placed holes for little fingers will encourage readers to engage closely with each picture as …
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No Bed Without Ted No Bed Without Ted
Nicola Smee
Pull the tabs, lift the flap and help a little girl find her missing Ted. Is he in the drawer? No, that’s full of mice. Can he be in grandpa’s chair? No, that’s a bag of sweets. And he’s not …
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The Littlest Dinosaur The Littlest Dinosaur
Michael Foreman
A touching story about being different and not fitting in. The littlest dinosaur and the long necked dinosaur both find it hard to fit in because of their size. But when the littlest dinosaur needs help he turns to the …
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The Perfect Baby The Perfect Baby
Tony Bradman
A wonderfully quirky story by Tony Bradman about a little girl who is not happy with the arrival of a little brother into the world is complemented brilliantly by some illustrations that are sure to get the smallest little child giggling away! …
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On Our Way Home On Our Way Home
Sebastien Braun
A warm and gentle celebration of the relationship between parent and child. it is immensely touching and the perfect bedtime read. …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

1
A Child's Garden: A Story of Hope A Child’s Garden: A Story of Hope
Michael Foreman
This is a wonderful celebration of optimism and a thoughtful and touching book about the importance of growth, green shoots and new life in a war torn world. Growing up amidst rubble a small boy tends a green shoot which …
Download free opening extract
2
Dinosaur Cove: Finding The Deceptive Dinosaur Dinosaur Cove: Finding The Deceptive Dinosaur
Rex Stone
Exciting adventures in this easy to read series about two boys and the dangerous dinosaurs they encounter – especially the deadly Tyrannosaurus Rex. Jamie’s dad is opening a dinosaur museum in Dinosaur Cove. Jamie expects to find some fossils but …
Download free opening extract
3
Twinkle Twinkle Chocolate Bar Twinkle Twinkle Chocolate Bar

Here is a collection of more than 80 poems and rhymes from a glittering galaxy of more than 50 poets. It is a delectable assortment of light, melt-in-the-mouth poems for the very young to dip into again and again.  They are the …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

1
Pig City Pig City
Louis Sachar
Bestselling author Louis Sachar is back with a stunning new novel, which all begins with a hat…The hat Laura Sibbie buys from an old man in the street that says Pig City on the front and so Pig City is …
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Wigglers on the Run Wigglers on the Run
Caroline T Goodden
Imaginative and hilarious, Wigglers on the Run is a delightful children’s tale that will be enjoyed in equal measure by parents reading to children or for 7+ children reading alone. Self-published through a company called Pen Press, here at Lovereading4kids …
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Secret Garden - Illustrated Edition Secret Garden – Illustrated Edition
Frances Hodgson Burnett
This absolute classic has entranced children the world over since its first publication in 1911.  In this remarkable new hardback gift edition from Walker Books, Inga Moore’s beautifully observed illustrations capture the wonder of the garden coming alive again, bringing …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

1
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
Jeff Kinney
Take a peek into Greg’s diary and find out the story of his life – and especially about his relationship with his older brother Roderick. Wittily told in words and pictures, this diary charts the trials and tribulations of a …
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2
The Museum's Secret: The Remarkable Adventures Of Tom Scatterhorn The Museum’s Secret: The Remarkable Adventures Of Tom Scatterhorn
Henry Chancellor
An irresistible adventure through a world full of dust, insects, magic potions, missing jewels and stuffed animals and an incredible secret that takes Tom back 100 years into a breathtaking adventure to far flung places of the world and back …
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Coraline (graphic novel) 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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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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The Pickle King The Pickle King
Rebecca Promitzer
A hugely entertaining adventure story tinged with enough horror to delight but not really to terrify. Bored during a wet holiday, Bea and her friend Sam go exploring and come across the body of a dead man. What’s the story? Bea …
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2
Skellig - TV tie in edition Skellig – TV tie in edition
David Almond
This is a wonderfully eerie and magical story about believing in
something extra special and why it may make a difference.  It’s full of
happiness and sadness but ultimately it’s incredibly fulfilling.
‘Touched with a visionary intensity, this strange life-affirming tale exercises every …
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3
Freefall: Tunnels 3 Freefall: Tunnels 3
Roderick Gordon, Brian Williams
More spine-tingling and menacing adventure from the authors of Tunnels and Deeper will once again take you way beneath the earth, in a subterranean world that’s almost too frightening to imagine and yet it will pull you into the story …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

1
Stolen Stolen
Lucy Christopher
This controversial debut is a moving drama about kidnapping, isolation and survival and an extraordinary psychological thriller that will steal the minds of those who read it. Sensitive, intelligent and gripping, Stolen is a contemporary story which will force the …
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The Resistance The Resistance
Gemma Malley
This is an absolutely chilling, powerful sequel to Gemma malley’s acclaimed debut, The Declaration. With a dark and sinister vision of the future, it is set in 2140, The Resistance is an incredibly thought-provoking read. We raved about her first …
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Lifegame Lifegame
Alison Allen-Gray
An incredibly topical thriller that captures the mood of the moment in terms of the scientific advances that are becoming increasingly possible and yet continue to be highly controversial. Picture if you can an island complete with families, all of …
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Marvellous Kids books for May

Friday, May 8th, 2009

After the raucous sun and fun of the Easter Holidays we hope your kids are settling back into school life. Of course, a good way to keep their brains flexing for a few more hours each week is to send them on some exciting extra-curricular reading adventures. There are loads on Lovereading4kids this month!

Author of the month – award winning Philip Reeve

Author of the Month is the inimitable Philip Reeve, whose highly original Mortal Engines quartet had young readers absolutely gripped. His hotly anticipated new story, Fever Crumb, is a prequel to the Mortal Engines books set many years before, and follows the misadventures of an odd-looking orphan who could hold the key to saving all of London.

Start that love of reading early with books for babies and toddlers

We’re delighted to announce the launch of a brand new category – books for Babies and Toddlers. Our 0-5 age range has always had a tendency to focus on books for 3+ rather than babies so we’re delighted to rectify that now with this new category. We certainly had a lot of fun choosing our favourites; concept books, touchy feely squashy books, bath books, interactive books and a few absolute classics we faintly remember from our own early days! We’ll be adding more each month so you can introduce your little one to the joy of books at a very young age.

A dazzling array of Books of

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The Littlest Dinosaur

Michael Foreman

A touching story about being different and not fitting in.

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The Perfect Baby

Tony Bradman

A wonderfully quirky story about a little girl who is not happy with the arrival of a little brother into the world.

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A Child’s Garden: A Story of Hope

Michael Foreman

This is a wonderful celebration of optimism and a thoughtful and touching book about the importance of growth, green shoots and new life

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Pig City

Louis Sachar

A stunning new novel, which all begins with a hat…The hat Laura Sibbie buys from an old man in the street that says Pig City on the front

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The Magic Thief: Lost

Sarah Prineas

An irascible wizard and his apprentice Connwaer set out on these entertaining, second set of adventures in this stand alone sequel.

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Freefall: Tunnels 3

Roderick Gordon, Brian Williams

More spine-tingling and menacing adventure from the authors of Tunnels and Deeper

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Lifegame

Alison Allen-Gray

An incredibly topical thriller that captures the mood of the moment in terms of the scientific advances that are becoming increasingly possible

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Puppet Master

Joanne Owen

This beautifully crafted debut novel, set at the turn of the twentieth century is rich in the tradition of circus, theatre and magic.

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The Resistance

Gemma Malley

This is an absolutely chilling, powerful sequel to Gemma malley’s acclaimed debut, The Declaration.

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The Ask and the Answer

Patrick Ness

This is a tough but compelling story which takes readers into shocking and moving territory.

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Jackdaw Summer

David Almond

The story weaves together many strands which together give an intimate
insight into the thinking of two boys growing up in Northumberland

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Small is beautiful – our Joint Publishers of the Month

Children’s publishing is full of small, passionate companies, producing brilliant books for specific sections of the market. Small is beautiful. So this month we’re featuring four vibrant smaller children’s publishers you might not have heard about. We believe they have some beautiful books that really deserve to be seen and read they are Little Hare, Jane Nissen Books, Book House, and B Small Publishing. Download some free Opening Extract and don’t miss out!

Three startlingly brilliant first novels – our Debuts of the Month

The Pickle King

Rebecca Promitzer

A hugely entertaining adventure story tinged with enough horror to delight but not really to terrify. Bored during a wet holiday, Ella and her friend Sam go exploring and come across the body of a dead man.

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Stolen

Lucy Christopher

This controversial debut is a moving drama about kidnapping, isolation and survival and an extraordinary psychological thriller that will steal the minds of those who read it.

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Pongwiffy – classic witchery for our Series of the Month!

Our Series of the Month is the unbeatably named Pongwiffy, the witch with the dirtiest of habits. Originally published 21 years ago, these tales are coming back for a new generation of readers to fall in love. There are also some new adventures starting with Pongwiffy: Back on Track published this month. Download some FREE Opening Extracts of the books right here on Lovereading4kids.

Children’s Prize Winners for May

The shortlist for the Bisto Irish Children’s Book Award has just been announced. You’ll find the titles in our Prize winners section. Writing has always been a passion for the Irish and this shortlist will not disappoint.

Finally we’re always hearing that boys don’t read as much as girls. Well all seven of the thrilling books shortlisted for this year’s prestigious Carnegie Medal feature male protagonists – so if your kids are boys, then show them the prize winners section and see if any of the adventures on offer on the Carnegie shortlist hit the mark.

That’s all folks. Have fun choosing books with your children and don’t forget to download some FREE Opening Extracts so they can make sure they really love a story before you spend any money. Remember, there’s nothing like an amazing story to help get kids’ brains twitching back to life!

Most popular books, by age range, 27 Apr – 4 May 2009

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Can You Moo Too? Can You Moo Too?
David Wojtowycz
A big book which encourages all readers to join in with the noisy lion roaring, bouncy frogs croaking, baby bear growling, ducks quacking and cows moo-ing. Bright and lively illustrations make joining in fun!
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Bathtime With Woof Bathtime With Woof
Caroline Jayne Church
Experience bath time with Woof by feeling the slimy soap he washes with, the shiny bubbles he blows in the bath and the softness of the fluffy towel he dries himself on afterwards. All babies will love seeing themselves scrubbed …
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No Bed Without Ted No Bed Without Ted
Nicola Smee
Pull the tabs, lift the flap and help a little girl find her missing Ted. Is he in the drawer? No, that’s full of mice. Can he be in grandpa’s chair? No, that’s a bag of sweets. And he’s not …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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The Way Back Home The Way Back Home
Oliver Jeffers
Shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award 2009. This is an absolutely delightful book that is sure to capture the
imagination of toddlers. Jeffers’ illustrations are an absolute
delight and together with the text tell an extraordinary and original
story about friendship and home. …
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Babies Love Books Babies Love Books
Laurence Anholt
Celebrate books anytime and any place with these jolly babies who are shown sharing books and loving them too, in all kinds of likely and unlikely places from the library to a beach and with loads of places in between. …
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Little Boat Little Boat
Thomas Docherty
Shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award 2009. Wonderfully detailed yet simple illustrations coupled with minimal text make this an absolutely fantastic picture book to enjoy with even the youngest toddler. Later this year, this title will be joined by an …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

1
A Child's Garden: A Story of Hope A Child’s

Garden: A Story of Hope
Michael Foreman
This is a wonderful celebration of optimism and a thoughtful and touching book about the importance of growth, green shoots and new life in a war torn world. Growing up amidst rubble a small boy tends a green shoot which …
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Snow Goose Snow Goose
Paul Gallico
Shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award 2009. Breathtaking illustrations capture the haunting magic of this modern classic. Set in the Essex marshes in the years before the Second World War, it is a touching story of how a young girl …
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Fantastic Mr. Fox Fantastic Mr. Fox
Roald Dahl
Ideal as an early introduction to Roald Dahl just as a child is starting to read alone because it’s a short story by comparison to some of his others. Filled with quirky black and white illustrations by the wonderful …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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The Amazing Adventures of Curd The Lion and Us! in the Land at the Back of Beyond The Amazing Adventures of Curd The Lion and Us! in the Land at the Back of Beyond
Alan Gilliland
Reminiscent of the writing of Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear, this brilliant debut children’s novel is completely unputdownable as well as being almost uncategorisable. The author has succeeded in delivering on a book that incorporates a terrifically funny yet mysterious story, full …
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Secret Garden - Illustrated Edition Secret Garden – Illustrated Edition
Frances Hodgson Burnett
This absolute classic has entranced children the world over since its first publication in 1911. In this remarkable new hardback gift edition from Walker Books, Inga Moore’s beautifully observed illustrations capture the wonder of the garden coming alive again, bringing …
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Flood And Fang: Raven Mysteries Book One Flood And Fang: Raven Mysteries Book One
Marcus Sedgwick
Told from the bird’s eye view of a resident raven, this is a deliciously topsy-turvy comedy full of unusual details. The Otherhand family are far from normal and life in Otherhand Castle is distinctly strange. Edgar the raven cares little …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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The Stepsisters' Story The Stepsisters’ Story
Kaye Umansky
A romping comedy of catastrophes, this version of the Cinderella story comes straight from the mouths of the step sisters. They make no apology for their terrible behaviour as they greedily pursue their own ends while doing down their step …
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Fever Crumb Fever Crumb
Philip Reeve
This is one of the most eagerly anticipated novels of 2009 from the critically acclaimed and internationally bestselling author of the Mortal Engines Quartet. Reeves’ post-apocalyptic world where mobile cities fight for survival has brought many a child into the world of reading …
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Living with Vampires Living with Vampires
Jeremy Strong
Family problems of an unusual kind make life complicated for Kevin. With vampires for parents, he does his best to control them but things can’t help getting out of hand….Blood is their favourite drink so it isn’t surprising that they …
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Lifegame Lifegame
Alison Allen-Gray
An incredibly topical thriller that captures the mood of the moment in terms of the scientific advances that are becoming increasingly possible and yet continue to be highly controversial. Picture if you can an island complete with families, all of …
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Coraline (film tie-in edition) Coraline (film tie-in edition)
Neil Gaiman
Film-tie-in edition to the weird and wonderful Coraline, which has just released as an animated film in the UK. When Coraline’s family move into a new home, she steps through a door into another house which seems strangely familiar. It has …
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The Ask and the Answer The Ask and the Answer
Patrick Ness
Tense, shocking and deeply moving, The Ask and the Answer is a terrifying novel of resistance under the most extreme pressure. The sequel to the highly acclaimed and prize-winning The Knife of Never Letting Go, the author who is also …
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Gone Gone
Michael Grant
Gripping from the first moment on, this is a scary, an unputdownable and a brilliantly plotted fantasy. One minute all the adults are there – next they’re gone! Only the children remain and they are trapped, cut off from the …
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Creature of the Night Creature of the Night
Kate Thompson
Shortlisted for the Carnegie Award 2009 and shortlisted for the Bisto Irish Children’s Book Award. From multi-award winning author Kate Thompson comes another absorbing read, blazing an enthralling path between the stark realities of modern-day society and the fantasy for …
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