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Lovereading4kids most popular books, by age range, 28 August – 4 September 2016

Monday, September 5th, 2016

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Tabby McTat Picturebook and CD Tabby McTat Picturebook and CD
Julia Donaldson
A Lovereading4kids ‘Great Read’ you may have missed 2011 selection.
The best-selling author and illustrator team of the Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have created a heart-warming story about loyalty and friendship. When Tabby McTat the busker’s cat gets separated …
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Again! Again!
Emily Gravett
Prize-winning Emily Gravett has hit the jackpot again with a brilliant and original picture book that will delight adults as much as children. Everyone knows that the best bedtime stories can be read again and again and again… But sometimes, …
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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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Featured Books for Young Adults

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As I Descended As I Descended
Robin Talley
September 2016 Book of the Month
In a Nutshell: Deadly Ambition |  Scheming with Spirits |  Descent into Darkness
Thrilling, chilling, supernaturally-charged retelling of Macbeth set in a prestigious southern state high school.
While Lily can’t wait to try out her antique Ouija …
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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs
The movie tie-in version of the bestselling Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And a strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home …
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Beck Beck
Mal Peet, Meg Rosoff
*** Suitable for ages 16+
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month September 2016 In turns brutal and passionate, Beck is an utterly compelling story of survival and romance which will catch the breath of all readers and inspire them to fight against …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Tabby McTat Tabby McTat
Julia Donaldson
Best-selling author and illustrator Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have teamed up again to create a heart-warming story about loyalty and friendship. When Tabby McTat the busker’s cat gets separated from the busker he begins a new life on his …
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The Tiger Who Came to Tea The Tiger Who Came to Tea
Judith Kerr
A wonderful story, about believing in the unexpected and magical. When a tiger turns up on the doorstep one day, the little girl and her mother just welcome him right in and offer him tea. He sits neatly at the …
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Wide-Awake Hedgehog Wide-Awake Hedgehog
Rosie Wellesley
September 2016 Book of the Month  Isaac the hedgehog made his debut in The Very Helpful Hedgehog which was much liked at Lovereading4kids. He’s back in a new adventure just right for this time of year, the pages saturated in …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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

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My Mum's Going To Explode! My Mum’s Going To Explode!
Jeremy Strong
Pure, unadulterated entertainment but beware, you may laugh so much that you can’t stop!!  Young readers with a sense of humour will devour it in a sitting and those without a sense of humour at the beginning will be filled …
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Jinks and O'Hare Funfair Repair Jinks and O’Hare Funfair Repair
Philip Reeve
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month September 2016  Bestselling Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre have created a fabulous feisty new heroine in Emily who is determined to be as helpful as she possibly can be to Jinks and O’Hare the …
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Dotty Detective and the Great Pawprint Puzzle Dotty Detective and the Great Pawprint Puzzle
Clara Vulliamy
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month August 2016  Dot loves a good mystery! So, when she hears noises in the night she just has to find out what is causing them. Dot is sure there must be a ghost but …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Eye of the Wolf Eye of the Wolf
Daniel Pennac
Born worlds apart – a wolf from the North and a boy from Africa. The wolf has lost nearly everything on his way to the zoo, including his eye and his pack. The boy too has lost much and seen …
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Kensuke's Kingdom Kensuke’s Kingdom
Michael Morpurgo
Awarding winning storyteller Michael Morpurgo spins a spellbinding yarn of survival in modern classic. Michael and his dog Stella Artois are swept overboard from their parents’ ship and swept up onto the shore of a nearby island. Michael puts all …
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The Wolf Wilder The Wolf Wilder
Katherine Rundell
September 2016 Book of the Month  Wolves, wildness and freedom are at the heart of this thrilling story. Wolf wilders are employed to reintroduce wolves unfortunate enough to be brought up as pets in rich households back into the wild, …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Shadowsmith Shadowsmith
Ross MacKenzie
September 2016 Book of the Month
In a nutshell: good versus evil, spiders, finding courage
Ross MacKenzie won the Blue Peter Best Story Award for The Nowhere Emporium and Shadowsmith is another heart-racing adventure. Kirby’s mum was hurt when a freak storm …
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The Other Alice The Other Alice
Michelle Harrison
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month August 2016  Award-winning Michelle Harrison’s The Other Alice is a fast-paced, tautly woven story stuffed full of imagination, magic and adventure which gives life in the world outside to characters who should remain safely …
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An Eagle in the Snow An Eagle in the Snow
Michael, M. B. E. Morpurgo
A ‘what if’ story based on a true life events, full of descriptions of heroism and selflessness: for any good writer this would make excellent material for a book, but in Michael Morpurgo’s hands, it’s pure gold. Barney is leaving …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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The Haunting of Jessop Rise The Haunting of Jessop Rise
Danny Weston
September 2016 Book of the Month
In a Nutshell: Historical haunting | Eerie intrigue | Sinister secrets
Chilling historical novel in which an orphan becomes entangled in a web of supernatural goings-on and family secrets.
It’s 1853 and, following the death of his …
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Railhead Railhead
Philip Reeve
August 2016 Book of the Month  Set in a shining future world, where trains rumble not just through towns and countryside but across whole galaxies, Philip Reeve’s new novel drenches its readers with extraordinary scenes, images and ideas. Zen Starling …
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Tales of the Peculiar Tales of the Peculiar
Ransom Riggs
A beautifully illustrated book of fairy tales set in the world of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, the internationally bestselling series by Ransom Riggs.
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Lovereading4kids. Most popular children’s book, by age range 22 – 29 August 2016

Tuesday, August 30th, 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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Tabby McTat Picturebook and CD Tabby McTat Picturebook and CD
Julia Donaldson
A Lovereading4kids ‘Great Read’ you may have missed 2011 selection.
The best-selling author and illustrator team of the Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have created a heart-warming story about loyalty and friendship. When Tabby McTat the busker’s cat gets separated …
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Lovely Old Lion Lovely Old Lion
Julia Jarman
Lenny’s grandpa King Lion is getting forgetful and confused. He gets night and day mixed up and even forgets Lenny’s name. Grandma explains he’s not himself and Lenny works out ways to help his grandpa remember, games and activities that …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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As I Descended As I Descended
Robin Talley
September 2016 Book of the Month From the acclaimed author of Lies We Tell Ourselves, Robin Talley, comes a Shakespeare-inspired story of revenge and redemption, where fair is foul, and foul is fair.
Lovereading Review to follow.. …
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What's a Girl Gotta Do? What’s a Girl Gotta Do?
Holly Bourne
August 2016 Book of the Month  | In a Nutshell:  Feminism * Friendship * Fighting back Inspirational and insanely funny, this third and final book in the Normal trilogy is a motivating must-read manifesto for young women, not to mention …
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How Not to Disappear How Not to Disappear
Clare Furniss
August 2016 Book of the Month  Hattie’s life changes forever when she meets the great aunt she never knew she had. Gloria by name, and glorious by nature, this headstrong former actress, who likes a gin sling (or three), is …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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The Tiger Who Came to Tea The Tiger Who Came to Tea
Judith Kerr
A wonderful story, about believing in the unexpected and magical. When a tiger turns up on the doorstep one day, the little girl and her mother just welcome him right in and offer him tea. He sits neatly at the …
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Tabby McTat Tabby McTat
Julia Donaldson
Best-selling author and illustrator Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have teamed up again to create a heart-warming story about loyalty and friendship. When Tabby McTat the busker’s cat gets separated from the busker he begins a new life on his …
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How Much Does a Ladybird Weigh? How Much Does a Ladybird Weigh?
Alison Limentani
Alison Limentani’s extraordinary picture book introduces children to a fascinating world of wildlife, weight, numbers, and comparisons in the most original way. Find out how much a ladybird weighs and did you know that five starlings weigh the same as …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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The Diary of a Killer Cat The Diary of a Killer Cat
Anne Fine
A cat’s eye view of the world is not exactly the same as a humans! Tuffy’s got no problems with the trail of delicious victims he brings into the house. A bird, a mouse – they are both delicious. In …
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The Snake Who Came To Stay The Snake Who Came To Stay
Julia Donaldson
Interest Age 5-8 When Polly sets up an animal home for pets, she doesn’t anticipate quite how many problems she may face! But then, she doesn’t know she is going to be asked to look after a snake! When Doris …
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Oi Dog! Oi Dog!
Kes Gray, Claire Gray
Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month August 2016  All fans of rhymes will love the witty and simple words in Oi Dog!. The rule says Dogs sit on Frogs but Frog is determined to challenge that. According to Frog, Dogs …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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My Mum's Going To Explode! My Mum’s Going To Explode!
Jeremy Strong
Pure, unadulterated entertainment but beware, you may laugh so much that you can’t stop!!  Young readers with a sense of humour will devour it in a sitting and those without a sense of humour at the beginning will be filled …
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Dotty Detective and the Great Pawprint Puzzle Dotty Detective and the Great Pawprint Puzzle
Clara Vulliamy
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month August 2016  Dot loves a good mystery! So, when she hears noises in the night she just has to find out what is causing them. Dot is sure there must be a ghost but …
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The Genie's Curse The Genie’s Curse
Tom Percival
Spells and enchantments of all kinds are flying around in the latest instalment of Tom Percival’s sparky series Little Legends, which cleverly creates new adventures for favourite fairy-tale characters. Rapunzel finds herself in trouble when she accidentally upsets a genie, …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Swallows and Amazons Swallows and Amazons
Arthur Ransome
Matt Dickinson, our Guest Editor for January 2013 – ‘As far as I can remember this was the book that turned me into a reading addict! I absolutely loved it, and to this day can remember the excitement of going …
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How to Update Your Parents How to Update Your Parents
Pete Johnson
This is a hilarious story of dead fish, gorillas with bananas in their ears, poetry, cunning plans and highly legal documents (kind of). Oh and iPads, iPhones and vlogging of course.
I’m sitting at home chortling away at How To Update …
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Eye of the Wolf Eye of the Wolf
Daniel Pennac
Born worlds apart – a wolf from the North and a boy from Africa. The wolf has lost nearly everything on his way to the zoo, including his eye and his pack. The boy too has lost much and seen …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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The Other Alice The Other Alice
Michelle Harrison
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month August 2016  Award-winning Michelle Harrison’s The Other Alice is a fast-paced, tautly woven story stuffed full of imagination, magic and adventure which gives life in the world outside to characters who should remain safely …
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Railhead Railhead
Philip Reeve
August 2016 Book of the Month  Set in a shining future world, where trains rumble not just through towns and countryside but across whole galaxies, Philip Reeve’s new novel drenches its readers with extraordinary scenes, images and ideas. Zen Starling …
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Fuzzy Mud Fuzzy Mud
Louis Sachar
The bestselling author of Holes tells a cracking new story in Fuzzy Mud featuring some truly terrifying genetically modified mud. When Marshall takes a short cut home to avoid being beaten up by Chad, the school bully who has been …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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Here I Stand Here I Stand
Amnesty International UK
August 2016 Book of the Month  This powerful collection of stories commissioned by Amnesty International features contributions from a stellar line up of authors, including Sarah Crossan, Matt Haig, Frances Hardinge, Kevin Brooks and Neil Gaiman. Human rights abuses of …
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Lydia: The Wild Girl of Pride & Prejudice Lydia: The Wild Girl of Pride & Prejudice
Natasha Farrant
In a nutshell: Dances | Dreams | Determination  Younger sister of Lizzy and Jane, Lydia Bennet is one of literature’s great catalysts. Her actions are fundamental to the story of Pride and Prejudice, but there we never learn exactly what …
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The Stars at Oktober Bend The Stars at Oktober Bend
Glenda Millard
August 2016 Book of the Month  | In a Nutshell: Survival | Friendship | Power of words
Heartrending and, ultimately, hopeful, this tells the extraordinarily powerful tale of unforgettable Alice, whose “soul is filled with songbirds”, and who refuses to let …
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Top Ten Children’s Books on Lovereading4kids 15 – 22 June 2014

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Lovereading4kids.co.uk TOP 10

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The Yoghurt Plot The Yoghurt Plot
Fleur Hitchcock
June 2014 Book of the Month    This is a completely hair-brained family-friendly adventure in which the combination of Bugg and Dilan, two brothers together with time-travel, yoghurts and gerbils somehow and inexplicably create a fast-paced story that 7+ year olds …
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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 Boy Who Climbed into the Moon The Boy Who Climbed into the Moon
David Almond
With his typical brilliance, award-winning David Almond weaves magic and reality together in this touching and inventive story about how Paul, a lonely boy living in a basement flat in a huge tower block, plans his great adventure. Paul believes …
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Chicken Mission: Danger in the Deep Dark Woods Chicken Mission: Danger in the Deep Dark Woods
Jennifer Gray
June 2014 Book of the Month  Award-winning Jennifer Gray launches a new series about chickens with a taste for adventure and some very unusual skills! When young Amy Clutterbuck gets a call to join the Elite Chicken Squad starting with …
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One Wish One Wish
Michelle Harrison
June 2014 Book of the Month   Enter an extraordinary magical world in which wishes can cause no end of trouble. When Tanya encounters the magical wishing tree she understands completely that she can only have one wish. Tanya already has …
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Smart Smart
Kim Slater
June 2014 Debut of the Month  Kieran watches the world carefully. He’s good at noticing things that others don’t which makes him an excellent detective. Born with learning difficulties and living with a violent stepfather, Kieran has a lot to …
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Horrid Henry Horrid Henry
Francesca Simon
Introducing Horrid Henry, the boy who throws food, snatches, pushes and, above all, HATES his younger brother Perfect Pete.  In a special twentieth anniversary edition, the very first four stories about Henry and his sweet-natured little brother Perfect Pete introduce …
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The Everest Files The Everest Files
Matt Dickinson
June 2014 Book of the Month  A thrilling journey to the dark side of Everest, it follows 18-year-old Ryan Hart, on a gap year adventure working for a charity in Nepal. Dark forces are at play on the lethal slopes …
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Russian Roulette Russian Roulette
Anthony Horowitz
June 2014 Book of the Month   Best-selling Anthony Horowitz doesn’t miss a beat in this thrilling new adventure that links back to his favourite hero, Alex Rider through the terrifying and gripping story of Yassen Gregorovich. Gregorovich is ruthless and …
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The Mouse Who Ate the Moon The Mouse Who Ate the Moon
Petr Horacek
A stunning and thought-provoking picture book with some clever use of cut outs and a flap. Little Mouse looks at the lovely round yellow moon and thinks how much she would love a slice of it for herself. Stepping out …
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Mid April Children’s Book update

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Welcome to our mid-April children’s book update. Read on for some terrific titles from an already award-winning new children’s publisher, Nosy Crow, this month’s pre-publication exclusives and lots of ‘spring cleaned and refreshed’ book categories including a focus on dyslexia friendly titles…

 

Something to Crow About

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

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A Debut for 14+ readers Not to be Missed

Matched meets The Hunger Games in our April 2012 MEGA Debut of the Month, Starters by Lissa Price. This is an outstanding and action-packed futuristic dystopian thriller in which teenagers are at the mercy of wealthy geriatrics who will go to any lengths to use them for their own gain, whilst anyone aged 20 to 60 has been killed off.

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Hitler’s Angel

William Osborne

9 + Perfect for fans of Henderson’s Boys or the Young Bond series’.

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White Dolphin

Gill Lewis

11+ Engaging story of unlikely friendship and courage against adversity. From the author of Sky Hawk.

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Unrest

Michelle Harrison

14+ Chilling ghost story from an award – winning young writer.

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Insurgent

Veronica Roth

14+ Fast paced, high-octane fuelled dystopian thriller from the author of Divergent.

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Carnegie and Greenaway shortlists just announced

The shortlists for these two prestigious children’s book awards have just been announced. Browse all the chosen books below. The winners will be announced on 14 June 2012.

Carnegie Medal shortlisted titles

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Greenaway Medal Shortlisted titles

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Dust off the Musts – Essential Reading for Kids …

We don’t want to blow our own trumpet but: TOOT-TOOT!! You have told us how much you love our Essentials ‘must read’ section – a comprehensive compilation of timeless classics brought back for a new generation. New this month:

 

Lady Lollipop

Dick King-smith

5+ Lollipop is a pig with a difference. And it is lucky that she is as Lollipop becomes the pet pig of the very, very spoilt Princess Penelope.

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Pippi Longstocking

Astrid Lindgren

7+ Not to be missed, this classic story about a very special little girl with a great new cover by the wonderful Tony Ross.

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Picture Books you’ll want to read again and again

Our Picture Book Picnic category is another of your favourites – and you’ll find a few more titles added to the collection. We LOVE this feast of a section dedicated to picture books for toddlers and early readers. And we’re glad you love it too!

 

A Walk in London

Salvatore Rubbino

5+ All the best sights of London brought to life on a mother-daughter walk.

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You’re a Hero, Daley B!

Jon Blake

5+… or is he just a rabbit? This will be one of your favourites!

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Great news for reluctant readers or children with dyslexia

If your child struggles to get into a book then take a browse through our totally revamped Dyslexia Friendly section. Shorter books from first class authors, with inspiring content, realistic characters and a gripping plot will help crack the reading code. The bulk of the books are from Barrington Stoke, the UK’s best known publisher of dyslexia friendly titles, and they are all sorted by interest age and reading age so you can quickly find the ones that are right for your child.

And if your child is not dyslexic but needs cajoling into getting into a good book then check out our Reluctant Reader category as this is chock-full of some really great reads that will hook them right from the start.

 

April Competitions with books galore up for grabs

If you haven’t visited our Free Prize Draw section this month then you are missing the chance to get some amazing prizes.

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Courtesy of Pavilion Children’s Books, publisher of The Gentle Lion and the Little Owlet, you can win a family day out at a zoo! And the lovely people at Walker Books has given us a limited edition print of the brilliant picture book Oh No George. Not to be outdone, Templar Publishing has given us a load of Robert Ingpen books and signed book plates to celebrate the bicentennial publication of The Owl and the Pussycat.

Next up, we have 100 copies to give away of the horrifically good The Vampire Hunters from award-winning humorous author Pete Johnson. This new series continues with The Vampire Fighters, out in June, but you can start reading it now in our Pre-Publication section.

Finally, linked to the publication of Jasmine Skies, the second breathtaking novel from the winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, we have five signed copies of Sita Brahmachari’s debut novel Artichoke Hearts to be won.

Happy reading until your next Lovereading4kids instalment.

Most popular Children’s books, by age range, 3 – 10 Jan. 2010

Monday, January 11th, 2010

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Nursery Rhyme Rainbow (board book) Nursery Rhyme Rainbow (board book)
Alison Jay
Beautiful illustrations with a delightful nostalgic feel bring to life the stories of a host of favourite nursery rhymes selected for their reference to different colours. Little Boy Blue dozes contentedly under a hay stack, the Owl and the Pussy …
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Five Little Ducks Five Little Ducks
Jason Chapman, Jemima Lumley, Francesca Stich
Shortlisted for the Baby Book Award, Early Year Awards 2009

Complete with cleverly cut pages, all with rounded corners so that even the smallest toddler can handle this board book, it tells the story very simply of a duck who starts …
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Welcome to the Zoo Welcome to the Zoo
Alison Jay
This absolutely gorgeous wordless picture book has now been re-released in a small format rounded-edged board book that’s perfect for babies and tiddly toddlers. Curious eyes will explore the zoo, which is brimming with beauty, humour and high-jinks. Parents will …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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The Terrible Plop The Terrible Plop
Ursula Dubosarsky, Andrew Joyner
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Do as you would be done by Do as you would be done by
Hugh Salmon and Anthony Stileman
This whole book is available to download and read free of charge. Either click the ‘Download Entire Book’ button above to get a PDF version you can print out or click the image to the right to read an online …
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1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up 1001 Children’s Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up
Julia Eccleshare & Quentin Blake
Fall down the rabbit hole, take flight into Neverland, or follow the yellow brick road to the Emerald City; we all remember what it was like to disappear into the imaginary worlds of the most magical and fantastic type of …
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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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The Penguin Who Wanted to Find Out The Penguin Who Wanted to Find Out
Jill Tomlinson
This is a perfect story for animal lovers young and old, filled with tenderness and love combined with a subtle humour. Soft focus illustrations take readers right into the cold world of the penguins living in Antarctica. The beautiful pictures …
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Usborne Lift the Flap Picture Atlas Usborne Lift the Flap Picture Atlas
Alex Frith, Kate Leake
Shortlisted for the 2010 Blue Peter ‘Best Book with Facts’ Award. The winner will be announced to coincide with World Book Day in early March.
An original, innovative and interactive atlas full of flaps to lift, revealing beautiful buildings, exotic animals …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Peter the Penguin Pioneer Peter the Penguin Pioneer
Daren King
Shortlisted for the 2010 Blue Peter ‘Most Fun with Pictures’

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Hugely inventive and charmingly funny with laugh out loud zany humour and wonderful illustrations throughout that …
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Green Smoke Green Smoke
Rosemary Manning
A touching and magical adventure story, Green Smoke tells how Susan meets a very special dragon while on her summer holiday in Cornwall. R. Dragon is 1,500 years old. He’s green and scaly and has two golden-yellow horns but he’s …
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The Great Hamster Massacre The Great Hamster Massacre
Katie Davies
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 Tom win the battle to be …
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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.
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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.
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Flyaway Flyaway
Lucy Christopher
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 the swans on the lake. Instead …
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Season of Secrets Season of Secrets
Sally Nicholls
A haunting and unforgettable new novel From the award-winning author of Ways to Live Forever.
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The 13 Curses The 13 Curses
Michelle Harrison
Sequel to the award-winning The 13 Treasures, this shows just about how disagreeable fairies can get! Red returns determined to find her brother and get him back. To do so she must find a way to enter the fairy realm. …
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A Perfect Ten A Perfect Ten
Chris Higgins
Winner of the Young Minds Book Prize 2009.

Chris Higgins’ writing rivals the likes of Cathy Cassidy and Jacqueline Wilson. She’s an author truly in tune with the teen psyche. This is her fourth novel and she gets better and better with each …
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My Love Lies Bleeding My Love Lies Bleeding
Alyxandra Harvey
This is a teen romance to really get your teeth into. It’s an action-packed, urban fantasy full of Gothic seduction, teen angst, passion, wicked humour and adventure, all skilfully ignited by an age-old prophecy and a reluctant vampire princess that …
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Hunger Hunger
Michael Grant
Michael Grant’s GONE was one of the highlights of 2009 and his sequel is, do I dare say it, as good or possibly even better. The series hits the zeitgeist and HUNGER continues at heart-in-your-mouth pace just like GONE and …
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Inside Inside
Julia Jarman
This is raw and powerful writing but a book that should be read for it doesn’t shy away from telling the reader exactly how awful a Young Offenders’ Institution is for a first-timer.
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Monday, March 2nd, 2009

Featured Books Age 0 – 5 Years

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Dogs Dogs
Emily Gravett
Prize-winning illustrator Emily Gravett delights with another wonderful new book. Apparently a celebration of dogs of all kind, this is also a book with a witty twist at the end. Gorgeous pictures of big dogs and small dogs, hairy dogs …
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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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My Mum! My Mum!
Beth Shoshan
From the same author that brought us the charmingly funny My Dad! – we now have My Mum! – who is rather silly but simply lovely. Guarenteed to put a smile on your child’s face. …
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Billy Bonkers 2: More Madness Billy Bonkers 2: More Madness
Giles Andreae
Madcap adventures with huge naughty boy appeal featuring Billy and his family, and wittily illustrated by Nick Sharratt. At school there’s the great sports day fiasco, then there’s the Bonkers’ unfortunate holiday on the shores of Loch Ness and finally …
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Margaret Ryan
Weird Street is a terrific little four book series that will get 6-9 year old boys (in particular) and girls really reading and enjoying it. Weird Street is on Johnny’s paper round, a bizarre, scary and extremely unusual paper round, where he …
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101 Ways To Get Your Child To Read 101 Ways To Get Your Child To Read
Patience Thomson
For parents: There are many different reasons why children find learning to read difficult. Calmly and with loads of different tips, this book helps to guide parents to understand the myriad problems which may be causing the difficulty and gives …
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Foul Play Foul Play
Tom Palmer
On the Blue Peter Award Shortlist – Football mad boys and girls will devour this all-action adventure novel, virtually in a sitting. Hopefully, even the most reluctant reader, just like the author himself was at school, will devour it too. …
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Alice's Adventures In Wonderland - Illustrated Edition Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland – Illustrated Edition
Lewis Carroll
Abundantly illustrated with warmth and humour by Helen Oxenbury, the memorable cast of characters are to be found in all their glory here in this edition, from Alice herself to the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter and the Cheshire Cat. …
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Beastly Boys
For fans of dragons, giants and werewolves, this new series entitled An Awfully Beastly Business has proved to be a sure-fire hit with even the most reluctant reader. This is the third title in the series.

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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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The Sandfather The Sandfather
Linda Newbery
This is a gripping, fast-paced and at times heart-stopping read about a 13 year old boy’s search for identity by the winner of the 2006 Costa Children’s Book Award. Hal’s exclusion from school leads him to a period of discovery …
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Julia Donaldson
A thrilling corkscrew of a novel that twists and turns weaving several strands of story into one compelling narrative, and the first novel from an established and bestselling picture book author for younger readers. Orphaned after the death of her …
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Michelle Harrison
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Bog Child Bog Child
Siobhan Dowd

New and challenging book full of mystery and shadows from recently deceased author Siobhan Dowd. Both terrifying and fascinating from the start, Bog Child is a must-read for 2009. The plot follows Fergus a boy who finds the body of …
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The One And Only The One And Only
Sophie Mckenzie
From the author of the Richard and Judy Children’s Books winner, Girl, Missing comes the final instalment in a terrific teenage love story trilogy, which captures the ups, downs and at times almost unbearable emotions of being in love. To …
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Before I Die Before I Die
Jenny Downham
Winner of the Branford Boase Award 2008. This is a haunting yet truly amazing read but don’t read it too young. Definitely not for someone less than 14 years old. If you knew you were going to die what would …
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Numbers Numbers
Rachel Ward
A tough, teenage novel about being different. Jem’s life has been hard from the beginning and it is not made any easier by her dangerous secret; every time she looks into a person’s eyes, she sees the date on which …
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New recomended children’s books for January

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

Happy 2009!

If the quality of children’s books scheduled for publication in 2009 that we’ve so far read here is anything to go by then there’s going to be no shortage of some terrific literature for the whole family to enjoy throughout 2009 and hopefully our expert guidance will help you to choose between them and in turn help your kids start the new year as you’d like them to go on – reading and learning and enjoying some dazzling stories.

But before going on to the January titles we’ve personally selected for you here at Lovereading4kids, first up is the winner of Costa Children’s Book Award, which has just been announced. Michelle Magorian’s Just Henry, according to the Costa judges ‘is a soaring, uplifting warm bath of a book a wonderful roller-coaster of a story which we all absolutely loved’. At Lovereading4kids we’ve championed it since its publication back in May last year. Whilst on the subject of awards don’t forget to take a peek at the shortlist for the Marsh Award for books in Translation.

There’s also a new category on the site where we’ve gathered all our free-to-enter competitions and prize draws; a one-stop shop for amazing give-away goodies!

Author of the Month

Author of the Month is the brilliant Chris Higgins, whose new story Love ya Babe gives a very astute insight into teenage troubles. Not only does Gabby have to put up with an outrageously embarrassing mum, troubled brothers, and friendship problems at school; but the arrival of a new baby sibling brings chaos to the whole family.

There are three great Books of the Month:

Then, by Morris Gleitzman, tackles a topic most children’s authors would shy away from, following Felix and his friend Zelda as they witness the atrocities being committed by the Nazis in Poland in 1942. 9+ readers will be hooked.

Between Two Seas was a sensation in 2008 and one of our most successful debuts of the year. The

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Everything Beautiful is the eagerly awaited and brilliant second novel by the author of Notes from the Teenage Underground.

And January seems to be the month of debuts we have 7 crackers:

Numbers, by Rachel Ward, is a spooky story for teenagers about a girl who can tell the date people will die by the numbers that pop into her head. Waiting to go on the London Eye, she sees everyone in the queue has the same number – something terrible is going to happen…

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there’s The Bad Tuesdays 1: Twisted Symmetry. An action-packed novel about three street rat children who are being mysteriously pursued by two sinister organisations.Zelah Green – Queen of Clean by Vanessa Curtis deals with the serious subject of OCD by way of a charming tale about a girl coming to terms with personal grief and
The 13 Treasures by Michelle Harrison, is a gripping story about a girl who gets in trouble and is sent away from home because nobody believes she can see fairies.


For 9+ year old boys there’s Johnny Macintosh and the Spirit of London, by Keith Mansfield, in which a 13-year-old boy’s life change forever when his computer, Kovac, detects an extraterrestrial signal.And for the girls, How Kirsty Jenkins Stole the Elephant is a brilliantly accomplished debut that packs a lot of punch touching as it does on family death and relationships. Finally for 7+ year olds, a mad-cap adventure, The Monkey Pirates, by Mark Skelton will take you on a ride through space in wardrobes in the capable or not so capable hands of some pirate monkeys searching for treasure.

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Finally, race headlong into the new year and keep ahead of the crowds, by discovering our latest exclusive Pre-Publication titles:

Henderson Boys – The Escape, is an exciting adventure by Robert Muchamore about child spies helping the British Secret Service win the war.

The Sandfather by Linda Newbery is a wonderful story about a boy searching for some grounding in life, and doing a lot of growing up along the way.

And Dogs, by Emily Gravett, is another awesomely satisfying picture book filled with gorgeous bounding canines of every sort – and a twist in the tail.

So download a few free Opening Extracts for your children and suss out which are going to get their 2009 off to an energetic flying start.


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