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Lovereading4kids Top 3 books, by age range, 10 – 17 May 2015

Monday, May 18th, 2015

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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My Daddy My Daddy
Julia Hubery
However dads look, whatever they do, YOUR dad is the best, and he thinks you’re great too! This fun and playful celebration of all dads, everywhere, is now available as a chunky board book with a shiny foiled cover. The …
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The New Jumper The New Jumper
Oliver Jeffers
Now this fabulously quirky group of characters is introduced to younger readers in these toddler friendly board books from the internationally bestselling, award-winning author/illustrator, Oliver Jeffers, creator of How to Catch a Star and Lost and Found.
The thing about the …
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None the Number None the Number
Oliver Jeffers
Award-winning Oliver Jeffers unusual and delightful family have a typically original approach to counting- including introducing the concept of none. The Hueys love numbers from 0-10. The kind of things they love include 1 light blue phone, 5 party hats, …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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Trouble Trouble
Non Pratt
Shortlisted for The Branford Boase Award 2015
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The Last Summer of Us The Last Summer of Us
Maggie Harcourt
May 2015 Debut of the Month   Three young friends set out on a summer road trip, each one carrying secrets and sorrows. Squashed into a battered old car, fuelled by warm beer and pub pies, they bicker and tease, with …
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More Than This More Than This
Patrick Ness
Shortlisted for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal – One of our Books of the Year 2014 – May 2014 Mega Book of the Month  This exceptional new novel from multi-award-winning Patrick Ness will, once again, delight his readers with a superbly written, …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Soon Soon
Timothy Knapman
Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month, May 2015  Patrick Benson’s superb illustrations bring to life this touching adventure for a baby elephant. Early one morning the little elephant Raju sets off with his mother. On their way they see off …
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Monsters Love Underpants Monsters Love Underpants
Claire Freedman
May 2015 Book of the Month  Best-selling underpants are back! It all began with Aliens who love underpants. Then the Dinosaurs and Pirates showed that they do too. And now it turns out that even though the Monsters come from all …
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What the Jackdaw Saw What the Jackdaw Saw
Julia Donaldson
Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month, May 2015  When Jackdaw tries to invite all his friends to his birthday party he can’t understand why first the octopus and then the horse, the cat and the squirrel are all touching their …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Don't Forget Tiggs! Don’t Forget Tiggs!
Michael Rosen
May 2015 Book of the Month   This tale of the busy Hurrys may well strike a chord with families everywhere. Mr and Mrs Hurry are always rushing, but especially in the mornings. One day they dash off to their respective jobs …
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World Food Alphabet World Food Alphabet
Chris Caldicott
May 2015 Picture Book of the Month  One of the best ways to get to know another culture to your own is through its food. In his book photographer and founder of the World Food Café Chris Caldicott uses the …
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Sir John the (Mostly) Brave Sir John the (Mostly) Brave
Johnny Smith
What’s in a name, asks this new series of madcap adventures for young readers.  John Smith is fed up with being teased for having the most boring name in the world, until his granddad lets him into an amazing secret: …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Pip Bartlett's Guide to Magical Creatures Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures
Maggie Stiefvater, Jackson Pearce
May 2015 Book of the Month  Pip Bartlett can talk to animals, which is impressive enough, but her world is full of magical creatures, meaning she’s conversing with unicorns, griffins, hobgrackles et al. Following an unfortunate incident with some unicorns …
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23 Things to Do Before You are 11 1/2 23 Things to Do Before You are 11 1/2
Mike Warren
May 2015 Book of the Month There’s a wide range of things to make in this fun book, from building your own toolbox – the first project, naturally – to making a wormery and a simple spinning motor.  For each one …
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I Never Liked Wednesdays I Never Liked Wednesdays
Roger Mcgough
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 7  “When I was young, I lived in Liverpool and my best friend was a boy called Midge.” In this lovely little book Roger McGough describes a couple of the adventure he had with Midge. …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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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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Demolition Dad Demolition Dad
Phil Earle
May 2015 MEGA Book of the Month  Jake Biggs’s dad works in demolition.  All week long he knocks down buildings from the cockpit of his crane, but at weekends he becomes Demolition Man, twenty stone of Man Mountain in a …
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The Magnificent Lizzie Brown and the Mysterious Phantom The Magnificent Lizzie Brown and the Mysterious Phantom
Vicki Lockwood
May 2015 Book of the Month  Young readers who like their mystery stories tinged with a bit of Victorian gothic are going to love this new detective series. Twelve year old Lizzie finally has enough of living with her brutish …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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We are All Made of Molecules We are All Made of Molecules
Susin Nielsen
May 2015 Debut of the Month  Stewart and Ashley are about as different as it’s possible to be.  He’s super smart, happy to use words like ‘plethora’ in everyday conversation, but socially a little inept. She’s queen of the popular …
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Jaguar Trials Jaguar Trials
Ruth Eastham
An expedition along the Amazon to find the legendary El Dorado provides an exotic setting for this rewarding adventure story. Thirteen-year-old Ben is in Brazil with his archaeologist father, but they are separated when their boat capsizes. Swept downriver Ben …
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The Sound of Whales The Sound of Whales
Kerr Thomson
Winner of 2014 Times/ Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition. This wonderful adventure story, winner of the Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition, is set on a beautiful Scottish island, where two teenagers – a Scottish boy and an American girl – find …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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The Lie Tree The Lie Tree
Frances Hardinge
Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month, May 2015  Another deliciously creepy novel from Frances Hardinge, the award-winning author of Cuckoo Song and Fly By Night.
Plagued by an unspoken scandal, fourteen-year-old Faith Sunderly and her family are forced to flee their home …
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Bomber Bomber
Paul Dowswell
Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month May 2015   Young New York born US serviceman Harry Friedman signs up for the United States Army Air Force determined to fight for justice for fellow Jews. Still only 17 he is soon a …
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Skink No Surrender Skink No Surrender
Carl Hiaasen
This is a dive in head first and read until you’re dizzy book, so utterly brilliant and readable it’s scary! The totally bizarre and freakily sane Skink joins detective forces with Richard, who is looking for his cousin Malley after …
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Top 3 books, by age range 19 – 26 April 2015

Monday, April 27th, 2015

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Slug Needs a Hug Slug Needs a Hug
Jeanne Willis
April 2015 Book of the Month – Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month  Best-selling Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross have created many fabulous picture books together. Here, the weedy and whiny little slug is just longing for a hug! How …
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My Daddy My Daddy
Julia Hubery
However dads look, whatever they do, YOUR dad is the best, and he thinks you’re great too! This fun and playful celebration of all dads, everywhere, is now available as a chunky board book with a shiny foiled cover. The …
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Say Hello Like This! Say Hello Like This!
Mary Murphy
An exuberant book that invites all readers to join in too! All the animals have different ways of saying Hello! The Chicken hello is flappy and clucky, the Frog hello is jumpy and croaky, the Beetle hello is tiny and …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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More Than This More Than This
Patrick Ness
Shortlisted for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal – One of our Books of the Year 2014 – May 2014 Mega Book of the Month  This exceptional new novel from multi-award-winning Patrick Ness will, once again, delight his readers with a superbly written, …
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The Secret Countess The Secret Countess
Eva Ibbotson
By the award-winning and bestselling author of Journey to the River Sea, a novel that sings with characteristic Ibbotson warmth and wit, now with a beautiful new cover look …
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My Smoky Bacon Crisp Obsession My Smoky Bacon Crisp Obsession
J. A. Buckle
Josh Walker is a boy who likes a list.  Top of his ‘things to do this year’ is: commence upper-body-related action with girlfriend Becky; form a band (death metal preferably); and get a tattoo. By the end of the book …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Pizza for Pirates Pizza for Pirates
Adam Guillain, Charlotte Guillain
April 2015 Book of the Month  From the team who created the Roald Dahl Funny Prize shortlisted Spaghetti with the Yeti comes a brand new picturebook, and it’s another tasty treat! This time young George has a wonderful plan to sail …
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You Can't Take an Elephant on the Bus You Can’t Take an Elephant on the Bus
Patricia Cleveland-Peck
April 2015 Book of the Month – Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month  There’s lots of laughs here! An elephant on a bus, a whale on a bike, a hippo in a hot air balloon – none of these is …
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The Something The Something
Rebecca Cobb
April 2015 Book of the Month – Longlisted for the 2015 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal  Award-winning illustrator Rebecca Cobb creates a number of different imaginary worlds in this delightfully fanciful story about a hole in the ground. The little girl …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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The Adventures of Mr Toad The Adventures of Mr Toad
Tom Moorhouse
Everyone loves the ebullient and outrageous Mr Toad, one of the heroes of Kenneth Grahame’s classic The Wind in the Willows. Tom Moorhouse brings him to life in this modern retelling which captures all the drama of Mr Toad’s famous …
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Sir John the (Mostly) Brave Sir John the (Mostly) Brave
Johnny Smith
What’s in a name, asks this new series of madcap adventures for young readers.  John Smith is fed up with being teased for having the most boring name in the world, until his granddad lets him into an amazing secret: …
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The Unlikely Outlaws The Unlikely Outlaws
Philip Ardagh
Reading Age 6-9 Interest Age 7-10  There are actually four stories for the price of one in this chunky little book. It brings together three of Philip Ardagh’s jolly adventures of the Green Men of Gressingham. The Green Men (brown …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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The Fastest Boy in the World The Fastest Boy in the World
Elizabeth Laird
Shortlisted for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal In a beautifully told story packed with emotion and action, Elizabeth Laird tells how eleven- year- old Solomon turns his dreams of becoming an International runner into reality. Solomon runs everywhere – and always especially …
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How Harry Riddles Mega-Massively Broke the School How Harry Riddles Mega-Massively Broke the School
Simon Mayle
April 2015 Book of the Month  Harry Riddles, aka the Shoutykid, is back for a new adventure. How can he solve all the problems of his family? Most urgently, with twins imminent, how can he get his sister a job …
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A Dog Called Flow A Dog Called Flow
Pippa Goodhart
Shortlisted for the Smarties Prize and the Kathleen Fidler Award.  Oliver is struggling at school, and the other children laugh at him.  What he really wants is a dog, a dog to love him loyally and uncritically; a dog to …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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The Astounding Broccoli Boy The Astounding Broccoli Boy
Frank Cottrell Boyce
April 2015 Book of the Month   Frank Cottrell Boyce is at Hay Fever!   What would you do if your skin suddenly turned a bright, broccoli shade of green? Join multi-award-winning author Frank Cottrell Boyce as he introduces the colourful cast …
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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 Accidental Prime Minister The Accidental Prime Minister
Tom McLaughlin
April 2015 Debut of the Month  We’ve all thought it: a twelve-year-old boy could do an MP’s job at least as well as the present lot, probably better. That’s the premise in Tom McLaughlin’s debut novel, only the twelve-year-old in …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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If You Were Me If You Were Me
Sam Hepburn
April 2015 Book of the Month Two young people from very different backgrounds star in this crime mystery. Aliya’s family have fled to England from Afghanistan, chased out by the Taliban. Dan lives in London with his parents, reluctantly helping …
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The Sound of Whales The Sound of Whales
Kerr Thomson
Winner of 2014 Times/ Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition. This wonderful adventure story, winner of the Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition, is set on a beautiful Scottish island, where two teenagers – a Scottish boy and an American girl – find …
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The Middle of Nowhere The Middle of Nowhere
Geraldine Mccaughrean
Shortlisted for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal – One of our Books of the Year 2014 – Shortlisted for The Little Rebels Children’s Book Award 2014   Award-winning Geraldine McCaughrean captures a far off landscape and a far off time in her fabulously …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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Othergirl Othergirl
Nicole Burstein
There are lots of young girls with a best friend they think is so much prettier, funnier, and more popular than they are, that she almost seems to have superpowers. That’s just what it’s like for Louise, except that her …
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Tinder Tinder
Sally Gardner
Shortlisted for the 2015 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal – Shortlisted for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal  Award-winning Sally Gardner tells a gripping, bloody and bold story drawing on the traditions of fairy stories of all kinds and especially Hans Christian Andersen’s The …
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The Haunting of Sunshine Girl The Haunting of Sunshine Girl
Paige McKenzie, Alyssa B. Sheinmel
April 2015 Debut of the Month Sunshine has just turned sixteen when she and her mum leave Texas for a new home in rainy Washington. They’ve not even been there one night before something creepy makes its presence felt, to …
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Lovereading4kids. Top 3 books by age range, 4 – 11 May 2014

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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The Very Noisy House The Very Noisy House
Julie Rhodes
One of our Books of the Year 2013 – now out in paperback A dog barking, a cat meowing, a baby screaming – all of these are set off in a chain reaction when the little old lady who lives …
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Bing: Something for Daddy Bing: Something for Daddy
Ted Dewan
With short, repetitive texts, bold, bright artwork and appealing characters, Bing offers both parent and child an enjoyable reading experience and a simple, reassuring guiding principle – that, whatever happens, it’s just a Bing thing, a normal occurrence, and nothing …
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It Wasn't Me It Wasn’t Me
Oliver Jeffers
Mostly the Hueys get along just fine. But occasionally, they do NOT!  When a big fight breaks out everyone says they are not to blame. Strangely, none of them can even remember what they are fighting about! In his simple …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Sugarlump and the Unicorn Sugarlump and the Unicorn
Julia Donaldson
May 2014 Book of the Month  Julia Donaldson, former Children’s Laureate and author of The Gruffalo tells a magical tale of a horse whose wishes come true – thanks to the magic of a unicorn. Sugarlump is a rocking horse; …
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The Dark The Dark
Lemony Snicket
Shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2014 – One of our Books of the Year 2013
Possibly destined to be THE TOP PICTURE BOOK of 2013.  Bestselling Lemony Snicket gives an original, delightful and empowering take on the familiar theme of …
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Have You Seen My Dragon? Have You Seen My Dragon?
Steve Light
Enter a fascinating, ornately drawn cityscape and help a boy find his dragon while counting objects from hot dogs to traffic lights. A little boy has lost his pet dragon amongst a huge city, and is travelling all over town …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Queen Sardine Queen Sardine
Kate Willis-Crowly
May 2014 Debut of the Month   A brilliantly quirky and humourous story with illustrations throughout.  What’s more surprising than finding a cat in your bath…? Finding a talking cat in your bath, particularly when your mum won’t let …
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Ug-A-Lug Four Cavemen and a Prehistoric Pencil Ug-A-Lug Four Cavemen and a Prehistoric Pencil
Jill Lewis
May 2014 Book of the Month Award-winning Simon Rickerty illustrates this deliciously dotty story. Four cavemen find a pencil and have absolutely no idea what they should do with it. After some discussion and several false starts, the cavemen come …
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The Moonshine Dragon The Moonshine Dragon
Cornelia Funke
Interest Age 5-8 Reading Age 5+ When a tiny dragon escapes from the pages of the story he has been reading, Patrick can hardly believe his eyes. But when a White Knight on a charger follows, Patrick soon finds himself …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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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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Aliens Stink! Aliens Stink!
Stephen Cole
How would you feel if you suddenly came face to face with an alien? Tim is used to being bullied at school for all kinds of reasons but can he stand up to aliens? When Tim is kidnapped and taken …
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Life Stinks! Life Stinks!
Peter Bently
Packed with comical characters, battles, puns and poo, this hilarious new series from Peter Bently, a Roald Dahl Funny Prize winner, will be irresistible to boys and girls aged six to eight years. Knightmare, follows the misadventures of a trainee …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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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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My Brother's Secret My Brother’s Secret
Dan Smith
May 2014 Book of the Month Growing up in Germany at the beginning of the Second World War, Karl Engel imagines the role he might play in fighting for his country. Joining the Hitler Youth movement will be his first …
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Brilliant Brilliant
Roddy Doyle
May 2014 Book of the Month  A profound story about the effect of despair on society is touched with magic and humour by best-selling Roddy Doyle. When a black dog comes out of the clouds and settles itself in Dublin …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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The Glass Bird Girl The Glass Bird Girl
Esme Kerr
May 2014 Debut of the Month  An engrossing school adventure story packed full of mystery and rich in atmosphere. Orphaned Edie is rescued from a miserable stay with cousins because she can be useful in discovering exactly what is happening …
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Rooftoppers Rooftoppers
Katherine Rundell
Overall Winner and Winner of Fiction for 5-12’s category 2014 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize
Winner of the Blue Peter Book of the Year 2014 – Best Story
Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2014
Abandoned as a baby,  Sophie’s determination to find …
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Cuckoo Song Cuckoo Song
Frances Hardinge
May 2014 Book of the Month  Frances Hardinge creates a brilliant sense of menace in this chillingly dark fairy story . Something sinister, beyond just getting wet, happens to Triss when she falls into the Grimmer. Something that causes her to …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Seven Second Delay Seven Second Delay
Tom Easton
May 2014 Book of the Month  A story that crackles with tension as Mila tries to outwit her captors whose technology has her in their grip. Living on Isles, a vividly imagined futuristic world, Mila had hoped to find a …
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More Than This More Than This
Patrick Ness
May 2014 Mega Book of the Month  This exceptional new novel from multi-award-winning Patrick Ness will, once again, delight his readers with a superbly written, enthralling and provocative story that raises the most profound questions of adolescence – and answers …
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The Everest Files The Everest Files
Matt Dickinson
May 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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May 2014 discover what is new on Lovereading4kids this month…

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Did you know that Peter Pan creator JM Barrie was born in May? … Well we have a Neverland of great reads for Tinkerbells and Lost Boys of all ages and tastes this month. We can’t promise to keep you forever young but we can keep your kids forever enthralled with brilliant writing, which in turn will inspire them to Lovereading. Here’s what’s hot this month…

A Little of What you Love … Kids Books of the Month

With so much to choose from, finding a new book can be daunting – try our lovingly compiled recommendations handily split into age-ranges to make your choices even easier. Teen readers shouldn’t miss our MEGA Book of the Month – the exceptional and provocative novel, More Than This from the multi-award winning Patrick Ness, now in paperwork, or the gripping and shocking We Were Liars by E Lockhart which our Reader Review panel raved about – ‘Brilliant‘ – ‘Couldn’t put it down‘ – ‘Something special and unique‘.

Finally, youngsters will delight in the Picture Book Sugarlump and Unicorn, a magical tale of wishes coming true by the much-loved author of The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson.

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It’s Festival Season!

Fabulous literary festivals are blooming the length and breadth of the country now summer is beckoning.

Scotland hosts the Borders Book Festival in Melrose, Wales welcomes visitors to Hay Festival again, jam-packed with big names, interesting topics, launches and loads of fun for kids.

And in England there are children’s book festivals in Harrogate and Luton Hoo. Find out more about this year’s events here.

 


Darling Buds … May Debuts of the Month

Every first-time author is a potential life-long-friend in the making and, as always, we have a bookshelf brimming with brilliant debuts for your kids to dive in to. Our super favourites this month are; the heartfelt and captivating The Year of the Rat (14+) by Clare Furniss and the thought-provoking and moving story bringing the WW1 vividly to life, Valentine Joe (9+) by Rebecca Stevens.

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Not that we’re Branford Boase-ting!

… And talking of debuts, the shortlist for the Branford Boase Award, which honours outstanding first-time writing for young people, has just been announced. We thought it was so outstanding, we created a special category to show them all off! (and 5 of the 7 have already been reviewed by our reader panel) Take a look now and find your children’s next favourite author!

Quite an Impression! – Michael Morpurgo Paints a Brand New Story

Our popular Art and Artist section has a fantastic new addition this month.

As well as great books to help children “learn” and “do”, there are also many wonderful art-themed novels.

Master storyteller Michael Morpurgo’s latest: Meeting Cezanne harnesses the beauty of the great artists work in the life changing tale of one boy’s summer rural France. See it and the whole section here.


Oh! What a Lovely War … WW1 in Print

War. What is it good for? Well, nothing. Although, in this 100th anniversary of the start of WW1, we’ve noticed just how much great literature has come out of the horror of war and how children of all ages can learn about the events and human stories arising from such difficult times. New to the gang and loved by us is:

The Amazing Tale of Ali Pasha (9+) by Michael Foreman – Courage and friendship in the face of utter destruction. A wonderful journey from one of our former Guest Editors.

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ALSO, DON’T MISS! War Hero Bear (9+) Best-selling children’s author Jenny Robertson explores the themes of friendship and trust in this moving and inspirational story, based on the true events of one of the most amazing stories of animal heroism ever.


For-Eva Love … The Brilliant Books of Eva Ibbotson

If you haven’t already been touched by the writing of Eva Ibbotson, be prepared to meet one of the greatest children’s authors of our time. Until her death in 2010 aged 85, Eva dedicated her life to writing wonderful stories. She sat at her desk overlooking a leafy street, writing and rewriting until each page was perfect. Her husband took up snail breeding in the garage! Eva is probably best known for her Journey to the River Sea, which is set not far from Manaus where England play their first Football World Cup match but, in addition see two of other favourites below which have also just been given delightful new cover treatments.

The Dragonfly Pool

Survival and friendships tested to the limit in a war-time boarding school story with a difference (9+).
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Journey to the River Sea

Set in South Africa, a journey of the spirit, as well as the globe. A warm and joyous read. (9+)”
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The Star of Kazan

An ‘Anastasia’-type tale of abandonment, love, birthright rags-to-riches and true identity. (9+)
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Lovereading Mid-Month update

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Perhaps you didn’t see it, but a recent report highlighted in the press confirms what we all know. Children who read for pleasure do better at maths, vocabulary and spelling, compared to those who rarely read. So read on for more brilliant recommended reads to keep them entertained and better educated and spread the word.

A brilliant book not to miss

Neil Gaiman & Chris Riddell have created a spellbinding, colourful fantasy of dinosaurs and space-travel, saving the universe, having a laugh … and popping out for milk. It is called Fortunately, The Milk and it is so good we have made it our MEGA BOOK of THE MONTH!! We think it will be loved by so many – 6-10 year old readers in particular. Why not download a Free Opening Extract and decide for yourself. Also 14+ readers shouldn’t miss our TEEN Mega Book of the Month – Patrick Ness’s More than This which we waxed lyrical about in our early September email.

October Pre-Publication Exclusives

With the summer now behind us publishers are getting their ducks in a row with titles due for publication in October that they believe will be their big titles for Christmas – we’ve selected our favourites in our Pre-Publication category. See the shelf below and start choosing favourite read that’s not even on the shelves yet!

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Get Animated! And make your own movies

Ok, now this is REALLY cool. Animation Studio is a book and starter-pack which can teach kids to write, design, story-board and shoot their own animated movies. All they need is this book and a mobile phone or digital camera. Told you it was cool. Our reader panel loved it as well, one said ‘We would give it 100 stars because it is so good’. You can see the stop motion movies they made on our site.

Weasily’ The Funniest Picture Book of the Year!

Every now and then something really special comes along and makes our day, because we get to tell you about it! Debutant James Thorp has produced one of the funniest picture books ever! called The Weasel Puffin Unicorn Baboon Pig Lobster Race it is an hilarious, inventive and whacky way to teach children about fair play. But don’t just take our word for it. Author of the kids’ favourite; Hippospotamus, Jeanne Willis said: ‘No author likes to read picture books funnier than their own – I’m afraid this is one. It’s a stonker!‘. Enjoy!

Better The Devil!

The Good Little Devil and Other Tales by Pierre Gripari was first published in France in the ’60s and since then these incredibly funny stories, which are as popular in France with adults as they are with children, have been handed down from generation to generation. Beautifully illustrated and exceptionally memorable they create a world where everything is completely absurd and makes perfect sense. We love them and hope you do too.

 

Fangs for the Fun!

Think that the whole vampire thing has been done to death? (pardon the pun). Think again! There’s a brand new sucker on the scene, in a fun series for younger kids that we think your kids will love! We certainly do. Aimed at readers aged 7+ these zany, pun-packed vampire-spy adventures will spook, grip, tickle and fire the imagination. Click here for more.

Francesca Simon – Breaking the Norse Code

Francesca Simon, author of the humorously horrid and globally loved Horrid Henry books, has just released the second in her brilliant Norse Gods series for 7 to 12 year olds. After the battles of The Sleeping Army, Norse Gods have returned to Asgard, but no-one’s noticed! The Lost Gods is the hilarious, rollicking and clever sequel. With the gods waning in popularity they come to earth to seek celebrity.

Eoin Colfer calls it ‘Breathtaking, magical storytelling’ The first, The Sleeping Army, is also just out in paperback.

 

Septelmer! Elmer is Back

Fans of David McKee’s brilliant adventures of Elmer the multi-coloured elephant will be tickled tartan to hear there is a brand new one to dive into! Click on the link below for more, OR discover the whole series on the website.

Elmer and the Whales by David McKee (0-5yrs) – Unexpected ocean-bound adventures and some big new friends for Elmer.

 

Young Writers for Young Readers – Guardian/Hot Key Prize Winners

The Hot Key Book Prize for Young Writers rewards unpublished writers aged 18-25 who write for young people. The prize is given in two categories: books for readers aged 9-12 and 13-19. What a great idea! The entries for 2013 have just closed, so budding writers who haven’t submitted an oeuvre will have to wait until next year. Now, however is the perfect chance to read last year’s winners. The Rig by Joe Dulce (14+) – Imaginative, gripping and terrifying sci-fi-jail-break rollercoaster with an action hero to rival Jason Bourne and Vivian Versus The Apocalypse by Katie Coyle (13-19) chillingly plausibly dystopian survival story. Hunger games, Schmunger games!

Double Debut Delight

This month we are featuring two brilliant debuts. Iremonger: Heap House (9+) is a the first in a superb gothic trilogy which will appeal to fans of Lemony Snicket. Full of fantasy and magical realism our Reader Review Panel loved it – ‘It’s exciting and has a brilliant cliffhanger ending I’m itching to read the next one.’

And Soulmates by Holly Bourne (14+). ‘an impossible choice between the end of the world, or a life without love…’ A young author with a fearless freshness. Perfect for fans of Louise Rennison, Sophie McKenzie and Cassandra Clare.

Calling All Wimpy Kid Fans

wimpykidshowFinally, all Wimpy Kid fans shouldn’t miss an exciting event at the upcoming Windsor Book Festival this Saturday 21 September event at Windsor where you can watch exclusive clips of author Jeff Kinney talking about the books, his involvement in the films and showing how he draws the characters, whilst host Alastair Watson brings the books to life with fun activities. Click here to find out more and how to get tickets.

And that wraps up September at Lovereading4kids. We’ll be back in October with more great books, ideas and give-aways for bookworms of all ages.

Happy Reading!

September email newsletter

Friday, September 6th, 2013

Welcome to September! It’s the month that Eric Hill, children’s author and creator of Spot the Dog was born and, in 1937, The Hobbit was first published. So, to help your children on their literary adventures just have a look around Lovereading4kids for a library full of recommendations. Here’s what’s new this month…

September Books of the Month

We have a burgeoning bucket of Books of the Month this September Have a look at the shelf below but we urge you not to miss our Teen Mega Book of the Month More Than This (14+) from, multi award, winning Patrick Ness. A superbly written, enthralling and provocative story around the profound questions of adolescence.

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Mega Meg! – Author of the Month: Meg Rosoff

Author of many much-loved and prize-winning books for children aged 12+. Born in the USA, Meg Rosoff has adopted good old Blighty as her home, and we are very pleased she has! Take a moment to discover her brilliant, incisive and honest writing. She tells us that what she really wants to be when she grows up is; ‘the head gardener in Regents Park’ … knowing her, she may just do it, too. Her latest, Picture Me Gone is a brilliantly atmospheric coming-of-age road-trip where the journey can be more revealing than its destination.

Are Books Your Bag?

BOOKS ARE MY BAG is a nationwide campaign, supported by a raft of book loving celebrities, to focus on bookshops that Lovereading is very proud to support as we have always looked to emulate, online, the amazing service that local bookshops give readers – and now more than ever they need your support.

So, on 14 September bookshops nationwide will be throwing a Big Bookshop Party to mark the launch of Books Are My Bag. Why not get involved by visiting your local book shop to buy a book – perhaps after having a look at some recommended reads on Lovereading4kids or Lovereading. There are sure to be lots of exciting events going on.

Visit Lovereading4kids to find your local bookshop or the Books Are My Bag website for more info.

Double Debut Delight

This month we are featuring two brilliant debuts. Iremonger: Heap House (9+) is a the first in a superb gothic trilogy which will appeal to fans of Lemony Snicket. Full of fantasy and magical realism our Reader Review Panel loved it – ‘It’s exciting and has a brilliant cliffhanger ending I’m itching to read the next one.’

And Soulmates by Holly Bourne (14+). ‘an impossible choice between the end of the world, or a life without love…’ A young author with a fearless freshness. Perfect for fans of Louise Rennison, Sophie McKenzie and Cassandra Clare.

Winning Ways … September Competitions!

We’ve 2 great prizes up for grabs this month:

Stars & Stars: Stealing the Show (9+) by Laura & Luke Jennings – Fun, thrilling, insightful, catty adventures in a Performing Arts boarding school.. Think Glee! We have 5 sets of both books to give away.

How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff – The awesome novel form our Author of The Month has also been made into a movie! We have copies of the book AND a £25 cinema voucher to give away. The film is out in October so you’ve time to read the book first!

A Fabulous SuCHESStion! – Chess for Children

As the nights draw in, here’s something to fire their imagination, focus their minds and give them a great, enjoyable skill they’ll use for the rest of their lives. Welcome the new Chess champion in your family! We’re already rooked … sorry, hooked.

The Batsford Book of Chess for Children is brilliant and full of character-based, fun and an educational introduction to everything chess.

‘D’ is for ‘Dahl’. ‘D’ is for ‘Day’ … 13Sept. is Roald Dahl Day!

roald_dahl_day_logoYup! A whole day dedicated to the brilliant, well-loved and unrivalled creations of the late, great Roald Dahl with this year’s theme being Mischief and Mayhem. There’s loads to get involved with. You can dress up for the day, plunder your party pack and join the characterful Puffin Virtually Live for starters! It’s also the 30th anniversary of The Witches (one of our faves!) and the 25th anniversary of Matilda. We’ve got special editions of both for you to celebrate with!

Life before Mortal Instruments

Proof that two-finger-typers can still make prolific novelists, Cassandra Clare (She’s the one who wrote the book City of Bones which is now the hot Summer Film … impressed now?) has turned out another spectacular series for teen readers. Infernal Devices is set in a Victorian England threatened by Demons.

Shadow-hunting, passion, enchantment, danger and sass: this is a real belter of a series. The final chapter; Clockwork Princess is out now in paperback, but you can discover the whole lot here.

 

 

Hungry after Hunger Games – Try the Lorien Legacies

Four books, one Earth and a battle to save humanity. Written for young adults but with the power to grip older ones just as much, we LOVE this dystopian earth-endangered series by Pittacus Lore that began with the book, now film, I am Number Four. Now, Pittacus Lore is a Loric Elder, from the Planet Lorien, which is three hundred million miles away. He is approximately ten thousand years old. He has been to earth hundreds of times, and he is here now. Now you know.

 

Time to Read – Bridge the Gap between pictures and words

time-to-read-jkt_spdA perfect series to bridge the gap between picture books and reading books. Ideal for helping kids find their confidence and love of reading with a mix of pictures and text, the Time To Read series is packed with easy-to-read, fun and simply presented stories. Get the picture? Visit the site to see all four books in the range.

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