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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.

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!

Most popular books on Lovereading4kids, by age range, 14 – 21 October 2012

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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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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Oh No, George! Oh No, George!
Chris Haughton
Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2012. Chris Haughton’s distinctive artwork perfectly accompanies the innocent charm of affable George, a dog trying to be good – with hilarious results! This is the second picture book from rapidly rising star …
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Spooky Spooky Spooky Spooky Spooky Spooky
Cathy Maclennan
Explore what spooky goings-on there are in the dead of night. Wacky and wonderful, it’s a fabulous read-aloud tale to share again and again particularly if it’s Halloween! You’ll meet velvety bats and howling cats and not forgetting the bug-eyed …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Pirates Love Underpants Pirates Love Underpants
Claire Freedman
‘Pants ahoy!’ in this hilarious new adventure by the best-selling author /illustrator duo of Aliens Love Underpants. Armed with a map, the pirate captain and his crew are off to search for the elusive Pants of Gold which are known …
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This is Not My Hat This is Not My Hat
Jon Klassen
Best-selling illustrator Jon Klassen follows up his successful I Want My Hat Back in this witty, almost wordless picture book about a tiny fish who steals a hat from a very big fish – and hopes to get away with …
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The Journey Home The Journey Home
Frann Preston-Gannon
A thought-provoking story with a powerful message about conservation from an award-winning, rising illustrator and literary star. It is the first book by the first-ever UK recipient of the amazing ‘Sendak Fellowship’ and created with input from the great Maurice …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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The Snake Who Came To Stay The Snake Who Came To Stay
Julia Donaldson
Interest Age 5-8 Reading Age 6+. 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 …
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Moody Margaret Casts a Spell Moody

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Margaret Casts a Spell
Francesca Simon
Short chapters and colour illustrations bring a favourite Horrid Henry story to life for newly confident readers with full colour illustrations from the fabulous Tony Ross on every page!. This pack contains a paperback and an unabridged CD. …
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Sad Tales for Me A Bio(dog)raphy Sad Tales for Me A Bio(dog)raphy
James Barklee
This is the story of James the dog told by himself. His heart-warming story will resonate with readers, who identify with many of the feelings James shares. Like when James is sad or scared, or feeling brave, even when he’s …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas
David Almond
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 he lives with, goes distinctly barmy and turns his home upside …
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Operation Bunny Operation Bunny
Sally Gardner
A brand new quirky detective series called WINGS & Co. brimming with humour, mystery and magic by million-copy selling author Sally Gardner and illustrated by David Roberts. Operation Bunny is the first case for the Fairy Detective Agency and with …
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Who Could That be at This Hour? Who Could That be at This Hour?
Lemony Snicket
Bestselling Lemony Snicket’s fast-talking writing is brilliantly on display in this wise cracking detective story which is full of references to the great detective writers of the past. Thirteen year Snicket is apprenticed to S. Theodora Markson, a second rate …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Witches at War!: The Wild Winter Witches at War!: The Wild Winter
Martin Howard
The third and much anticipated final instalment in the highly-praised Witches at War! series. Hilarious fun for children aged 8+ and brilliant for parents and children to read together. There are stunning illustrations throughout in this beautifully produced small hardback …
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The Great Unexpected The Great Unexpected
Sharon Creech
This is a stunning and unexpected tale in which curious things happen to strange and magical people and creatures. It’s a story that will stay with you long after you’ve finished it and one that you will be drawn back …
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Constable and Toop Constable and Toop
Gareth P. Jones
Funny, gruesome and scary, with the great setting of a funeral parlour, this is an action packed adventure full of the darker and dirtier details of life in Victorian London. Sam’s father buries the dead which maybe why they find …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Under My Hat: Tales from the Cauldron Under My Hat: Tales from the Cauldron
Neil Gaiman, Holly Black, Garth Nix
A sizzling collection of witch tales from some of the best writers from around the world, this anthology looks at all kinds of witches – cruel, kind, funny, dour – and the paraphernalia of their profession. What all trusting readers …
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Eleven Eleven Eleven Eleven
Paul Dowswell
A powerful combination of historic detail, timeless narrative and action-packed plot. The author places three teenagers, one American, one British and the other German at the centre of the story in the lead up to the 11th day of the …
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Oblivion Oblivion
Anthony Horowitz
Best-selling Anthony Horowitz gives his eager fans a roller coaster ride in this thrilling addition to his supernatural Power of Five sequence of stories. Time has moved on, the Five have been separated and the world is now broken possibly …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Jepp, Who Defied the Stars Jepp, Who Defied the Stars
Katherine Marsh
Thrilling, romantic and in turns heart-warming and heartbreaking, Jepp is a highly original and unforgettable story about one young mans struggle to escape his destiny. Based on the real 17th century historical figure, Jepp’s story includes violence, love, astrology, and …
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Maggot Moon Maggot Moon
Sally Gardner
September 2012 Book of the Month. Sally Gardner tells a story that is rich in drama and ideas as Standish Treadwell, an unlikely hero, takes on the vicious forces of the repressive motherland in a novel set in a bleak …
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Zom-B Zom-B
Darren Shan
The exciting new series from the master of teen horror. Zom-B is a radical new series about a zombie apocalypse, told in the first person by one of its victims. The series combines classic Shan action with a fiendishly twisting …
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Lovereading4kids’ Top 10 books 13 – 20 August 2012

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

KIDS SITE TOP 10

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The Grunts In Trouble The Grunts In Trouble
Philip Ardagh
September 2012 Book of the Month. Meet the Grunts! Mr and Mrs, their cat Ginger Biscuit, two donkeys Clip and Clop and Sunny, a child Mr Grunt stole off a washing line as a present for Mrs Grunt. The Grunts …
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Hav3n Hav3n
Tom Easton
A fast-paced story with a chilling edge Hav3n is an adventure set in a terrifying but credible future. When Hav3n, the deadliest virus the world has even known, is unleashed everyone except Josh, his sister Martha and seventy eight other …
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Coraline Coraline
Neil Gaiman
Tenth anniversary edition of Neil Gaiman’s modern classic, brilliantly illustrated by Chris Riddell, with a new foreword by the author. 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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The Grave Robber's Apprentice The Grave Robber’s Apprentice
Allan Stratton
This is an exhilarating, swash-buckling adventure that’s full of humour and heart and bursting with breakneck action, set in a fantastical world with haunted forests, avalanche sledding and circus bears. …
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Look into My Eyes Look into My Eyes
Lauren Child
Best-selling Lauren Child’s super sleuthing Ruby Redfort is a fast-talking, fast- thinking 13 year olds girl whose sharp eye for the unexpected leads her on some fantastic adventures – especially after she is recruited as a secret agency…The wise cracks …
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The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket
John Boyne
Bestselling John Boyne, author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, has created an inventive adventure about a very unusual boy. Barnaby Brocket’s parents are so normal that they are positively dull but, from the moment of his birth, Barnaby …
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My Hamster is a Genius My Hamster is a Genius
Dave Lowe
When Benjamin Jinks is given a hamster he isn’t best pleased, until he realises his Stinky the hamster is a genius! A hilarious tale of one boy and his hamster and the mischief they create.  New talent Dave Lowe’s first …
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Matilda's Cat Matilda’s Cat
Emily Gravett
Award-winning Emily Gravett has come up with another witty gem. Specialising in simplicity and relying on readers taking their cues from her characters, here Matilda’s cat makes it plain that she does NOT like all the things Matilda wants her …
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How We Make Stuff How We Make Stuff
Christiane Dorian
Do you ever wonder where your clothes come from? Or how we make chocolate? This interactive guide is filled with pop ups, pull-tabs and booklets to explain exactly how we make stuff! This is the third title in the award-winning How …
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Four Children and It Four Children and It
Jacqueline Wilson
The new bestseller from Jacqueline Wilson, creator of Tracy Beaker , Hetty Feather and The Illustrated Mum , is a funny, moving and heartwarming story of four children who discover a way to make wishes come true. Echoing the classic …
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Most popular Children’s books, by age range, 5 -12 August 2012

Monday, August 13th, 2012

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Matilda's Cat Matilda’s Cat
Emily Gravett
Award-winning Emily Gravett has come up with another witty gem. Specialising in simplicity and relying on readers taking their cues from her characters, here Matilda’s cat makes it plain that she does NOT like all the things Matilda wants her …
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I Spy Under the Sea--. Edward Gibbs I Spy Under the Sea–. Edward Gibbs
Edward Gibbs
Look through the spy holes and count the sea creatures in this underwater take on the classic game. …
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I Spy on the Farm I Spy on the Farm
Edward Gibbs
Learn as you play, explore letter sounds, colours and animal noises as you play I spy on the farm. This is the third book in the series, so there’s even more to spy in I Spy With My Little Eye …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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The Great Snortle Hunt The Great Snortle Hunt
Claire Freedman
A fabulous new picture book from the bestselling author of Aliens Love Underpants. A read-along rhyming text that will capture children’s imaginations. …
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How to Hide a Lion How to Hide a Lion
Helen Stephens
This is one of the loveliest picture books of the year. A wonderful warm-hearted story of friendship with plenty of humour thrown in.
And from Axel Scheffler, illustrator of The Gruffalo – ‘Funny and warm-hearted.  I loved reading this with my …
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The Last Tiger The Last Tiger
Rebecca Elliott
Can the Last Tiger and his friend Luka save their ruined world and build a new one? Together, through their friendship, Luka and the Tiger show new ways of thinking that bring hope to a world that has destroyed nature. …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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My Hamster is a Genius My Hamster is a Genius
Dave Lowe
When Benjamin Jinks is given a hamster he isn’t best pleased, until he realises his Stinky the hamster is a genius! A hilarious tale of one boy and his hamster and the mischief they create.  New talent Dave Lowe’s first …
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The Day I Swapped My Dad For Two Goldfish Paperback and CD Audio The Day I Swapped My Dad For Two Goldfish Paperback and CD Audio
Neil Gaiman
A World Book Day ‘Recommended Read’ for 2011
Visually dramatic, this is a hugely entertaining adventure perfectly tinged with an alarming subtext.  Desperate to have his friend’s two goldfish, a boy swaps his father for them – despite the warning from …
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The Big Sticky Bun (Early Reader) The Big Sticky Bun (Early Reader)
Vivian French
Three short stories will delight early readers as they capture incidents from Jason and Daisy’s childhood which will strike a familiar chord.  Jason’s good behaviour earns him the bun he wants while his attempts to get Daisy to grow by …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Precious and the Mystery of Meerkat Hill A New Case for Precious Ramotwse Precious and the Mystery of Meerkat Hill A New Case for Precious Ramotwse
Alexander Mccall Smith
Best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith tells a charming detective story for children as Precious, even while still a young girl, shows early signs of curiousity and a determination to find things out. When two new children arrive in school Precious …
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The Grave Robber's Apprentice The Grave Robber’s Apprentice
Allan Stratton
This is an exhilarating, swash-buckling adventure that’s full of humour and heart and bursting with breakneck action, set in a fantastical world with haunted forests, avalanche sledding and circus bears. …
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How We Make Stuff How We Make Stuff
Christiane Dorian
Do you ever wonder where your clothes come from? Or how we make chocolate? This interactive guide is filled with pop ups, pull-tabs and booklets to explain exactly how we make stuff! This is the third title in the award-winning How …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Coraline Coraline
Neil Gaiman
Tenth anniversary edition of Neil Gaiman’s modern classic, brilliantly illustrated by Chris Riddell, with a new foreword by the author. 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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Shrunk! Shrunk!
F. R. Hitchcock

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The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket
John Boyne
Bestselling John Boyne, author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, has created an inventive adventure about a very unusual boy. Barnaby Brocket’s parents are so normal that they are positively dull but, from the moment of his birth, Barnaby …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Look into My Eyes Look into My Eyes
Lauren Child
Best-selling Lauren Child’s super sleuthing Ruby Redfort is a fast-talking, fast- thinking 13 year olds girl whose sharp eye for the unexpected leads her on some fantastic adventures – especially after she is recruited as a secret agency…The wise cracks …
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Hav3n Hav3n
Tom Easton
A fast-paced story with a chilling edge Hav3n is an adventure set in a terrifying but credible future. When Hav3n, the deadliest virus the world has even known, is unleashed everyone except Josh, his sister Martha and seventy eight other …
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Unfed Unfed
Kirsty McKay
A message from the Publisher, Barry Cunningham:
‘No I don’t want to get back on the bus. Please don’t make me.  Kirsty, do I have to? You’re sure those zombies are safe this time? You’re not? Then don’t leave me, please. …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Throne of Glass Throne of Glass
Sarah J. Maas
Sarah J Maas’s novels have been an online sensation with bloggers the world over hearing about her.  Her protagonist is 18 year old Celaena; beautiful but deadly and destined for greatness but only if she can free herself from the …
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The Apothecary The Apothecary
Maile Meloy
July 2012 Debut of the Month.
Spies, secrets and spells lie at the heart of this thrilling mystery adventure set in the 1950s. Newly arrived in England after her parents’ hurried flight from Los Angeles, Janie finds it hard to adjust. …
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The Graveyard Book (illustrated by Chris Riddell) The Graveyard Book (illustrated by Chris Riddell)
Neil Gaiman
11+. Winner of the Carnegie Medal in 2010, shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal in 2010, winner of Best Novel at the Hugo Awards 2009 and of the prestigious Newbery Medal.
Spooks galore in this brilliant and fantastic story of life …
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New Children’s Books for August

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

On your marks, get set… Go! It’s Olympic August and at Lovereading4kids we’ve been shaping up to find some great Summer Reading for your little winners. Talking of which, we have an amazing competition to enter. All they have to do is answer one easy(ish) question and they could be reading their favourite authors from their own shiny new

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kindle (actually they’re not shiny at all …). Read on for what else is new this month.

Author of the Month – Neil Gaiman

A self-confessed ‘feral kid who was raised in libraries’, Author of the Month Neil Gaiman, spent much of his childhood devouring the books of J.R.R. Tolkien, Edgar Allan Poe, C.S. Lewis, Michael Morcock and a host of others. He uniquely combines cult status in the world of fantasy and horror writing with award winning, unpatronising writing for young people: Here’s just a small selection of his books.

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And don’t miss Coraline (9+) the brilliantly chilling tale, which has won numerous international book awards, was adapted into a hugely successful animated film in 2009 and has been compared to Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. We are featuring the special 10th Anniversary issue.


The Kids Are ALL Right! – August Books of the Month

We’ve got a bumper bag-full of medal winners this month for kids of all ages. Top of our leaderboard though, are:

MEGA BOOK OF THE MONTH!!! The Terrible thing that Happened to Barnaby Brocket (9+) by John Boyne – From the author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas; a warm, whimsical, levitating adventure of a very special boy.

Hav3n (12+) by Tom Easton – Hunger Games fans will love this dystopian survival tale.

The Last Tiger (5+) by Rebecca Elliott. Our Picture Book of the Month, this is a thoughtful, striking and uplifting book that will leave a lasting impact.

Rebel Heart (14+) by Moira Young – sequel to a Costa Award Winner: Blood Red Road, this is a riveting, futuristic fight for survival and the search for loved-ones.

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Illustrious Guest!! – Illustrator of the Month, Edward Gibbs

An exciting new talent and already making huge waves, Edward Gibbs‘ simple and engaging style has made him a real hit with kids and parents alike.

He’s enjoyed huge success with the dramatic and bold. See our bookshelf and special section to discover more…


Children First! – Debuts of the Month

Whatever you do please don’t let your teenagers miss Throne of Glass (definitely 14+) by Sarah Maas – a dark, witty and epic fantasy romance debut – with a brilliant kick-ass heroine – that girls and guys will love. See our favourite Debuts in the bookshelf below.

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Getting Active for Summer!

So, the kids are STILL on holiday and you’re running out of things to keep them occupied? Check out our Summer Activity section in our Summer Reading category. It’s teeming with cool stuff to do. This month (for rainy days) we recommend:

100 Yummy things to Cook and Eat (8+) by Rebecca Gilpin & Fiona Watt – 100 great savoury and sweet recipes, each with simple instructions, step-by-step pics and an end result photo!


Not Just the Olympics! – Lovereading4kids Competitions

As well as the chance to win an Amazon kindle we have other great comps for your kids this month:

 

Play Lion hide and Seek and win copies of picture books by Helen Stephens. All you need to do is find which four books in the 3+ category this month have a lion hiding on their page.
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Linked to the brilliant Diary of a Wimpy Kid ‘Dog Days Film, in cinemas now, we have 10 Wimpy Kid ‘Dog Days’ Goodie Bags (Diary, Teeshirt and Satchel) up for grabs.
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Kirsty McKay
The Sequel to the brilliant zombie thriller The Undead is out 6 September and we have 15 copies of Undead to give away to get you in the mood.
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Hot, Key Reading!!

Hot Key Books, a brand new kids publisher focuses on children’s fiction books for ages 9+. Up to 50 titles a year will fire the imagination and unlock the power of reading and a love of books. Well, that’s right up our street! Details of the first four books are below and there will be more to follow in the Autumn.

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Insignia

S. J. Kincaid

(14+) Alex Rider meets Hogwarts in space in this futuristic story .

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Angel Dust

Sarah Mussi

(14+) An urban ROMEO AND JULIET with a paranormal twist.

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Maggot Moon

Sally Gardner

(14+) A powerful story about friendship, love and heroism .

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Shrunk!

F. R. Hitchcock
(9+) Warm-hearted and funny writing, great to read aloud .

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Mend and Make Do!! – Learn with Eddie!

That clever Sarah Garland has managed to combine great storytelling with practical learning in two fabulous picture-based books for kids aged 5+ which help them acquire confidence in their skills:

Eddie’s Toolbox – Fixing things has never been more fun than in this attractive story which also helps children to use tools & Eddie’s Garden – A delightfully told, gentle story packed full of information on how to grow a garden for yourself!


Books that they won’t want to put down – Undercover Reads!

We all remember those great books that we just had to have ‘one more chapter’ of, don’t we? Well, we have a whole section full of them! Undercover Reads from Walker Books. We especially love:

Diabolical (14+) by Cynthia Leitch Smith – Angels, demons, werewolves, fire-breathing monsters … and all of them at the same school! See the bookshelf below for this and more Undercover reads.

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And that is August at Lovereading4kids. Happy holidays and happy reading! Read on for our hand-picked selections in the age ranges that you have told us you are interested in.

Most popular Children’s Books, by age range, 24 – 31 May 2010

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Not Me! Not Me!
Nicola Killen
This is an utterly delightful picture book from a bright new talent found by a publisher who seeks out new talent from the MA Illustration course in Cambridge. The clever interaction of the illustrations with some very simple text make …
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Charlie and Lola's Clothes Charlie and Lola’s Clothes
Lauren Child
Favourite characters Charlie and Lola show off the clothes they love in this attractive, brightly coloured board book. Gloves, socks, bobble hats, a dress and trousers – all are almost touchable in these bold illustrations. …
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3
I'm the Best I’m the Best
Lucy Cousins
Lovely bold illustrations capture Dog’s boundless and boastful enthusiasm. Dog loves his friends; he thinks they are brilliant but he also thinks that he is the best. How Dog’s friends show him how loveable he is, even if he is …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Crocodiles are the Best Animals of All Crocodiles are the Best Animals of All
Sean Taylor
Shortlisted for Roald Dahl’s Funny Prize 2009.
This is a real romp of a read with bright humorous illustrations accompanying a rich, rhyming text that children will enjoy reading alone and with their parents, time and time again.  Crocodile demonstrates …
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2
Christian, the Hugging Lion Christian, the Hugging Lion
Justin Richardson, Peter Parnell
An amazing, heart-warming and true story of how a lion cub grows up as a pet and ends up returned to his real home in the wilds of Kenya. When Ace and John see Christian the lion cub in Harrods, …
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The Lion Book of Two minute Bedtime Stories The Lion Book of Two minute Bedtime Stories
Elena Pasquali
This book is a lovely collection of short bedtime stories from around the world.  Including ones by Aesop and Hans Christian Andersen and from countries as far and wide as Mauritius and Iran, the stories are retold in simple words …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Ms Wiz RULES OK! Ms Wiz RULES OK!
Terence Blacker
The classroom will never be the same again for those who love the stories about Ms Wiz, a teacher with a difference. Her unusual ways of running her class are hilarious, chaotic, unlikely and very, very funny. …
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A Birthday Surprise: A Pocket Money Puffin A Birthday Surprise: A Pocket Money Puffin
Sue Bentley
Full of magical excitement this is a charming story which tells how Martina helps Splash, the little puffin who loses his way returning from his first magic mission, to find his way home. Martina’s friendship with Splash gives her the …
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Crazy Hair Crazy Hair
Neil Gaiman
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2010.
A father and child discover the joys of his crazy hair in this
brilliant picture book. Bonnie tries to tame her father’s hair, but to
no avail, as birds and beasts of every type jostle …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Not Bad for a Bad Lad Not Bad for a Bad Lad
Michael Morpurgo
This wonderful story was inspired by a conversation that Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman had about a prison at Hollesley Bay in Suffolk that Michael Foreman remembered from growing up nearby. Into this Michael Morpurgo weaves his story of …
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2
The Boy who climbed into the moon The Boy who climbed into the moon
David Almond
Author of the classic Skellig, and winner of the incredibly prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award, David Almond is a wholly original writer of magical and unusual stories that make anything and everything seem possible. Packed full of wonder and magic, …
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3
The World at Our Feet Football Poems The World at Our Feet Football Poems
Paul Cookson
A terrific little book that’s full of poems about football. Many kids think poems are not for them, but perhaps with football fever in the air, as it is at the moment you can persuade them otherwise.  This collection is …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

1
The Kane Chronicles: The Red Pyramid The Kane Chronicles: The Red Pyramid
Rick Riordan
Best-selling author Rick Riordan who created Percy Jackson has once again created some non-stop thrilling action in this headlong adventure as the Egyptian past comes alive and threatens two present day children.
Carter and Sadie, the children of world famous Egyptologist …
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2
The Hidden World: The Remarkable Adventures of Tom Scatterhorn The Hidden World: The Remarkable Adventures of Tom Scatterhorn
Henry Chancellor
An exciting new adventure (the second) with an amazing and exotic setting for Tom after he goes back in the Scatterhorn Museum hoping for a good summer holiday. What Tom hadn’t banked on was the arrival of Pearl Smoot who …
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3
Hazel's Phantasmagoria Hazel’s Phantasmagoria
Leander Deeny
This is a stunning first novel, with exceptional quality writing and a uniquely imaginative plot. The author has combined the rich, gifted imagination of Lewis Carroll and Maurice Sendak with the child/adult crossover appeal of Mark Haddon. The plot is …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

1
Unhooking the Moon Unhooking the Moon
Gregory Hughes
One absolutely, indisputably MEGA story!
This highly recommended title is a beautifully written, utterly original, funny and bittersweet tale about two newly orphaned kids who embark on an epic road trip to New York to find their long lost uncle. …
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2
The Graveyard Book (illustrated by Chris Riddell) The Graveyard Book (illustrated by Chris Riddell)
Neil Gaiman
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2010.
Spooks galore in this brilliant and fantastic story of life in the graveyard. When Baby Bod escapes a murderer intent on killing his whole family, he is taken in by the graveyard ghosts. …
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The Vanishing of Katharina Linden The Vanishing of Katharina Linden
Helen Grant
Shortlisted for the CLIP Carnegie Medai 2010.

This debut novel is a great page-turner with an endearing story that’s full of rich detail and beautifully written.  It has a terrific sense of place.  Although the narrator is only 10 years old, …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Paper Towns Paper Towns
John Green
Award winning author John Green’s fresh-voiced novel is an utterly gripping story that gives a roller-coaster, unputdownable read. Strongly set with all the details of life in high school, at its heart is the powerful relationship between Quentin and Margo, …
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2
Viola in Reel Life Viola in Reel Life
Adriana Trigiani
Full of a zest, this captures how a newcomer to Prefect Academy learns to enjoy the boarding school environment she thought she would hate. Viola provides a hugely entertaining account of Perfect and the people in it initially using her …
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3
If I Stay If I Stay
Gayle Forman
Gripping, heartrending and ultimately life-affirming, If I Stay is a haunting novel about the power of love and loss – a story that won’t quite let you go. It will make you appreciate all that you have, all that you’ve …
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Most popular children’s books, by age range, 16 – 23 May 2010

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Books for Babies and Toddlers

1
Not Me! Not Me!
Nicola Killen
This is an utterly delightful picture book from a bright new talent found by a publisher who seeks out new talent from the MA Illustration course in Cambridge. The clever interaction of the illustrations with some very simple text make …
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2
I'm the Best I’m the Best
Lucy Cousins
Lovely bold illustrations capture Dog’s boundless and boastful enthusiasm. Dog loves his friends; he thinks they are brilliant but he also thinks that he is the best. How Dog’s friends show him how loveable he is, even if he is …
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3
Charlie and Lola's Clothes Charlie and Lola’s Clothes
Lauren Child
Favourite characters Charlie and Lola show off the clothes they love in this attractive, brightly coloured board book. Gloves, socks, bobble hats, a dress and trousers – all are almost touchable in these bold illustrations. …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Harry and Hopper Harry and Hopper
Margaret Wild
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2010.
Harry and his dog Hopper have done everything together ever since Hopper was a jumpy little puppy. But one day the unthinkable happens and Hopper will never be there again. But Harry is …
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Christian, the Hugging Lion Christian, the Hugging Lion
Justin Richardson, Peter Parnell
An amazing, heart-warming and true story of how a lion cub grows up as a pet and ends up returned to his real home in the wilds of Kenya. When Ace and John see Christian the lion cub in Harrods, …
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3
Crocodiles are the Best Animals of All Crocodiles are the Best Animals of All
Sean Taylor
Shortlisted for Roald Dahl’s Funny Prize 2009.
This is a real romp of a read with bright humorous illustrations accompanying a rich, rhyming text that children will enjoy reading alone and with their parents, time and time again.  Crocodile demonstrates …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Horrid Henry and the Football Fiend Horrid Henry and the Football Fiend
Francesca Simon
A World Cup Selection. A new collection of stories about Horrid Henry and his little brother, Perfect Pete. Henry
is as determined as ever to get his own way and will stop at nothing to
achieve his ends. Above all, he won’t …
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The Dunderheads The Dunderheads
Paul Fleischman
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2010.
Miss Breakbone is a fearsome teacher: she shouts, she confiscates, she makes kids cry. Until the Dunderheads – an unlikely band of kids, with extraordinary hidden talents, decide to teach Miss Breakbone a …
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Leon and the Place Between Leon and the Place Between
Angela Mcallister
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2010.
When Leon goes to the magic show, he is the only one who believes. His brothers and sisters are in for a big surprise however: this is no ordinary show and Abdul Kazam …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Fantastic Football 2010 Fantastic Football 2010
Clive Gifford
Packed with facts and figures and handsomely produced, Fantastic
Football makes perfect pre-World Cup reading. Everything about previous
World Cups – who won, who lost, shock results and highlights about the
superstars who created the thrilling moments is told in photos, charts
and easy …
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The World at Our Feet Football Poems The World at Our Feet Football Poems
Paul Cookson
A terrific little book that’s full of poems about football. Many kids think poems are not for them, but perhaps with football fever in the air, as it is at the moment you can persuade them otherwise.  This collection is …
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3
Not Bad for a Bad Lad Not Bad for a Bad Lad
Michael Morpurgo
This wonderful story was inspired by a conversation that Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman had about a prison at Hollesley Bay in Suffolk that Michael Foreman remembered from growing up nearby. Into this Michael Morpurgo weaves his story of …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

1
Hazel's Phantasmagoria Hazel’s Phantasmagoria
Leander Deeny
This is a stunning first novel, with exceptional quality writing and a uniquely imaginative plot. The author has combined the rich, gifted imagination of Lewis Carroll and Maurice Sendak with the child/adult crossover appeal of Mark Haddon. The plot is …
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Spider Moon: Part of the DFC library Spider Moon: Part of the DFC library
Kate Brown
The dramatic illustrations of this powerful graphic novel convey the tension of a world in which a prophesy looks horribly likely to come true. The fates have decreed that Bekka’s world will be destroyed by the falling sky which will …
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The Kane Chronicles: The Red Pyramid The Kane Chronicles: The Red Pyramid
Rick Riordan
Best-selling author Rick Riordan who created Percy Jackson has once again created some non-stop thrilling action in this headlong adventure as the Egyptian past comes alive and threatens two present day children.
Carter and Sadie, the children of world famous Egyptologist …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

1
Unhooking the Moon Unhooking the Moon
Gregory Hughes
One absolutely, indisputably MEGA story!
This highly recommended title is a beautifully written, utterly original, funny and bittersweet tale about two newly orphaned kids who embark on an epic road trip to New York to find their long lost uncle. …
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2
The Vanishing of Katharina Linden The Vanishing of Katharina Linden
Helen Grant
Shortlisted for the CLIP Carnegie Medai 2010.
This debut novel is a great page-turner with an endearing story that’s full of rich detail and beautifully written.  It has a terrific sense of place.  Although the narrator is only 10 years old, …
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3
The Graveyard Book (illustrated by Chris Riddell) The Graveyard Book (illustrated by Chris Riddell)
Neil Gaiman
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2010.
Spooks galore in this brilliant and fantastic story of life in the graveyard. When Baby Bod escapes a murderer intent on killing his whole family, he is taken in by the graveyard ghosts. …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Keeper Keeper
Mal Peet
Reissued to coincide with the World Cup in South Africa in 2010, this is the extraordinary debut novel from multi-award winning author Mal Peet.  Set in South America, this compelling adventure is told as an interview between a top sports …
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Paper Towns Paper Towns
John Green
Award winning author John Green’s fresh-voiced novel is an utterly gripping story that gives a roller-coaster, unputdownable read. Strongly set with all the details of life in high school, at its heart is the powerful relationship between Quentin and Margo, …
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3
If I Stay If I Stay
Gayle Forman
Gripping, heartrending and ultimately life-affirming, If I Stay is a haunting novel about the power of love and loss – a story that won’t quite let you go. It will make you appreciate all that you have, all that you’ve …
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Most popular children’s books, by age range, 2 – 9 May 2010

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Books for Babies and Toddlers

1
Not Me! Not Me!
Nicola Killen
This is an utterly delightful picture book from a bright new talent found by a publisher who seeks out new talent from the MA Illustration course in Cambridge. The clever interaction of the illustrations with some very simple text make …
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2
I'm the Best I’m the Best
Lucy Cousins
Lovely bold illustrations capture Dog’s boundless and boastful enthusiasm. Dog loves his friends; he thinks they are brilliant but he also thinks that he is the best. How Dog’s friends show him how loveable he is, even if he is …
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3
Never Shake a Rattlesnake Never Shake a Rattlesnake
Michaela Morgan
Rollicking rhymes combine perfectly with Nick Sharratt’s trademark
witty illustrations in this thoroughly modern look at good behaviour! …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Up in the Tree Up in the Tree
Margaret Atwood
This is a delightfully simple and light-hearted story told with a poetic jauntiness written and illustrated by one of the foremost literary novelists writing today. Two children love their home in a tree, they can feel the wind rushing by …
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Christian, the Hugging Lion Christian, the Hugging Lion
Justin Richardson, Peter Parnell
An amazing, heart-warming and true story of how a lion cub grows up as a pet and ends up returned to his real home in the wilds of Kenya. When Ace and John see Christian the lion cub in Harrods, …
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3
Harry and Hopper Harry and Hopper
Margaret Wild
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2010.
Harry and his dog Hopper have done everything together ever since Hopper was a jumpy little puppy. But one day the unthinkable happens and Hopper will never be there again. But Harry is …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

1
Ms Wiz RULES OK! Ms Wiz RULES OK!
Terence Blacker
The classroom will never be the same again for those who love the stories about Ms Wiz, a teacher with a difference. Her unusual ways of running her class are hilarious, chaotic, unlikely and very, very funny. …
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2
The Dunderheads The Dunderheads
Paul Fleischman
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2010.
Miss Breakbone is a fearsome teacher: she shouts, she confiscates, she makes kids cry. Until the Dunderheads – an unlikely band of kids, with extraordinary hidden talents, decide to teach Miss Breakbone a …
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3
Christian, the Hugging Lion Christian, the Hugging Lion
Justin Richardson, Peter Parnell
An amazing, heart-warming and true story of how a lion cub grows up as a pet and ends up returned to his real home in the wilds of Kenya. When Ace and John see Christian the lion cub in Harrods, …
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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
Author of the classic Skellig, and winner of the incredibly prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award, David Almond is a wholly original writer of magical and unusual stories that make anything and everything seem possible. Packed full of wonder and magic, …
Download free opening extract
2
Not Bad for a Bad Lad Not Bad for a Bad Lad
Michael Morpurgo
This wonderful story was inspired by a conversation that Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman had about a prison at Hollesley Bay in Suffolk that Michael Foreman remembered from growing up nearby. Into this Michael Morpurgo weaves his story of …
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Mr Gum and the Cherry Tree Mr Gum and the Cherry Tree
Andy Stanton
Hilarious, delightful and utterly, utterly absurd, prize-winning Andy Stanton’s truly revolting hero Mr Gum and the extraordinary town of Lamonic Bibber where he lives are back in this riotous new adventure brought about by a little bit of Spring …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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The Kane Chronicles: The Red Pyramid The Kane Chronicles: The Red Pyramid
Rick Riordan
Best-selling author Rick Riordan who created Percy Jackson has once again created some non-stop thrilling action in this headlong adventure as the Egyptian past comes alive and threatens two present day children.
Carter and Sadie, the children of world famous Egyptologist …
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2
The Pasta Detectives The Pasta Detectives
Andreas Steinhofel
This is a funny and original mystery starring two unlikely boy detectives, the mildly autistic Rico and

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the brainy but anxiety-ridden Oscar. The story of The Pasta Detectives explores the friendships between these two very disparate characters but who together …
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The Hidden World: The Remarkable Adventures of Tom Scatterhorn The Hidden World: The Remarkable Adventures of Tom Scatterhorn
Henry Chancellor
An exciting new adventure (the second) with an amazing and exotic setting for Tom after he goes back in the Scatterhorn Museum hoping for a good summer holiday. What Tom hadn’t banked on was the arrival of Pearl Smoot who …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Unhooking the Moon Unhooking the Moon
Gregory Hughes
One absolutely, indisputably MEGA story!
This highly recommended title is a beautifully written, utterly original, funny and bittersweet tale about two newly orphaned kids who embark on an epic road trip to New York to find their long lost uncle. …
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2
The Graveyard Book (illustrated by Chris Riddell) The Graveyard Book (illustrated by Chris Riddell)
Neil Gaiman
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2010.
Spooks galore in this brilliant and fantastic story of life in the graveyard. When Baby Bod escapes a murderer intent on killing

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The Knife of Never Letting Go: Book 1 in the Chaos Walking Trilogy The Knife of Never Letting Go: Book 1 in the Chaos Walking Trilogy
Patrick Ness
Shortlisted for the 2009 Branford Boase Best Debut Novel Award
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 adult debut novel about the impossible choices of …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Monsters of Men: Book 3 in the Chaos Walking Trilogy Monsters of Men: Book 3 in the Chaos Walking Trilogy
Patrick Ness
This is a spine-tingling, page turning read. Heaped with well-deserved awards, the Chaos Walking Trilogy comes to a brilliant conclusion in Monsters of Men.
Set in a dystopian future in a world where all thoughts can be heard, Todd and Viola …
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Viola in Reel Life Viola in Reel Life
Adriana Trigiani
Full of a zest, this captures how a newcomer to Prefect Academy learns to enjoy the boarding school environment she thought she would hate. Viola provides a hugely entertaining account of Perfect and the people in it initially using her …
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If I Stay If I Stay
Gayle Forman
Gripping, heartrending and ultimately life-affirming, If I Stay is a haunting novel about the power of love and loss – a story that won’t quite let you go. It will make you appreciate all that you have, all that you’ve …
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Most popular Children’s Books, by age range, 29 Nov – 6 Dec 2009

Monday, December 7th, 2009

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Dear Santa Dear Santa
Rod Campbell
A letter to Santa starts off on a merry chain of gift-wrapping, but nothing is quite right and each time he thinks better of his choice. Lift the flaps to unwrap each present and find out what Santa chooses as …
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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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Rainforest Wonders (A Sparkling Slide Book) Rainforest Wonders (A Sparkling Slide Book)
Erin Ranson and Hannah Wood
Pull out the sliders on each page to reveal a brightly coloured animal of the rainforest. From a purple hummingbird to an orange-spotted gecko it will have lots of appeal and provide plenty of entertainment to children of 3+. It’s …
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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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The Tear Thief The Tear Thief
Carol Ann Duffy
This is a warm, poignant and beautifully illustrated story set in a magical world where the tears of children arising from every emotion are of a different colour. An underlying thought-provoking message about emotions lies at its heart. The multi-coloured …
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Lulu's Christmas Lulu’s Christmas
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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The Incredible Book Eating Boy (pop-up edition) The Incredible Book Eating Boy (pop-up edition)
Oliver Jeffers
Delicious pop-up spreads bring an interactive version of this popular story about a boy who loves books so much that he actually eats his way through them. An entertaining story about different ways of loving reading from an award winning …
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Explore, Dream, Discover Explore, Dream, Discover
Charlotte Samiec, Andrew Pinder
Put quite simply, if you’re looking for a travel diary, a memory-maker, a doodle pad, a story-storer, a brain-engager, a boredom-stopper, a kick-starter, an idea-waker, a picture-keeper, a captain’s log or simply a thought-provoking book then look no further than …
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Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats
T.S. Eliot, Axel Scheffler
These classic cat poems which sum up all the different kinds of cats there can be are given a delightful new look by bestselling Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler. Scheffler’s cats are cuddly creatures with expressive eyes through which the cats …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Tim the Tiny Horse at Large Tim the Tiny Horse at Large
Harry Hill
Tiny Tim’s latest adventures are a brilliant and inventive piece of comic writing and illustration. Tiny has done much of everything since the original story about him – everything except grow! Tiny remains very, very small but that doesn’t stop …
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The Best of Times The Best of Times
Michael Morpurgo
Beautifully told and exquisitely illustrated, this is a gem of a book.
Michael Morpurgo weaves a magical story about the unusual way a prince
finds to make his princess happy and so to save her life. Emma
Chichester Clark’s illustrations capture the subtle …
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Grubtown Tales: Stinking Rich and Just Plain Stinky Grubtown Tales: Stinking Rich and Just Plain Stinky
Philip Ardagh
Winner of the 7 – 14 yr old category of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2009.
You cannot fail to find the town of Grubtown and its inhabitants hysterically funny. What goes on defies belief but if you’ve read books by …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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A Dinosaur Ate My Socks A Dinosaur Ate My Socks
Eric Brown
Space fantasy, dinosaurs and a trip back in time are the elements in this dramatic story about some homework that goes a bit wild. Millie and Mouse disagree about their homework on dinosaurs: Millie who loves them thinks it will …
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FLIPS: Too Ghoul for School (Nintendo DS) FLIPS: Too Ghoul for School (Nintendo DS)
B. Strange
Ghosts, slime and a huge dose of humour is the order of the day in this terrific series for 8-12 year olds. James’ school has a paranormal problem but is he and his gang up to the challenge of finally …
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FLIPS: Faraway Tree Stories (Nintendo DS) FLIPS: Faraway Tree Stories (Nintendo DS)
Enid Blyton
The Enchanted Wood is one of Enid Blyton’s most memorable and truly imaginative stories, capturing a world where almost anything can happen if you just believe in the magic of nature and its creatures. Three stories from the Enchanted Wood …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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FLIPS: Artemis Fowl (Nintendo DS) FLIPS: Artemis Fowl (Nintendo DS)
Eoin Colfer
Eoin Colfer’s terrific series featuring the teenage criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl has been acclaimed as ‘Die Hard with fairies’! Now that his father has disappeared Artemis must take charge and rebuild his family fortune. Full of lots of interactivity this …
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The Graveyard Book (illustrated by Chris Riddell) The Graveyard Book (illustrated by Chris Riddell)
Neil Gaiman
Winner of the prestigious Teenage Book of the Year Award 2009.
Winner of Best Novel at the Hugo Awards 2009.
2009 winner of the prestigious Newbery Medal.
Spooks galore in this brilliant and fantastic story of life in the graveyard. When Baby …
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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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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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A Christmas Carol (Classics Illustrated) A Christmas Carol (Classics Illustrated)
Charles Dickens
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This edition of The Christmas Carol is one of a range of marvellous comic books created in the ’50s and ’60s now with artwork re-coloured and covers digitally enhanced for a new generation. Perfect bound at a terrifically …
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Solace of the Road Solace of the Road
Siobhan Dowd
Shortlisted for the prestigious Costa Children’s Book Award 2009 – the winner will be announced in early January.

Shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2009
Beautifully written and achingly moving, Solace of the Road is the poignant and desperate story …
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