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Top 3 books, by age range, on Lovereading4kids. 8 – 15 March 2015

Monday, March 16th, 2015

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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I Need a Wee! I Need a Wee!
Sue Hendra
Sure to appeal to toddlers and very young children given Alan the Bear has the same problem that many young children also have.  That of having too many other exciting things to do even when they need a wee! A …
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What's Your Favourite Animal? What’s Your Favourite Animal?
Eric Carle
March 2015 Book of the Month Eric Carle, the world-famous creator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, loves animals – especially cats. His cat Fiffi is the first favourite animal followed by Peter McCarty’s great big Bunny and Rosemary Wells rather …
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Counting Counting
Aino-Maija Metsola
Lift the flaps to count from one to ten in this stylish book of numbers. Bold, eye-catching artwork and sturdy card lift-flaps throughout will make this a favourite with children and adults alike.
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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The Alex Crow The Alex Crow
Andrew Smith
March 2015 Book of the Month  Andrew Smith’s novel Grasshopper Jungle, a wild and totally original adventure about giant killer bugs terrorizing a small US town, is on the longlist for the Carnegie Medal. Here again he puts adolescent boys …
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Thinner Than Water Thinner Than Water
Sue Hampton
A thought provoking, fascinating and completely captivating book about the importance of family, self awareness and self belief. Kim and Fizzy, both 15 years old, (one fiercely independent and sharply witty and the other earnest, kind and thoughtful) are totally …
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Under My Skin Under My Skin
James Dawson
March 15 Book of the Month   A thoughtfully provocative and chillingly eerie tale that seizes your attention from the very first page and refuses to let go until the last. 17 year old Sally, quiet and careful good girl meets …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Robot Rumpus Robot Rumpus
Sean Taylor
Winner of the Scottish Book Awards 2015, 3-7 age category  A brilliant bedtime romp! When Mum and Dad hand over the babysitting to a bunch of robots they have no idea just how much chaos will follow. All starts well …
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Princess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox Princess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox
Julia Donaldson
Best-selling Julia Donaldson has created a new story for the popular Princess Mirror-Belle in this gorgeously glittery book. Ellen is covered in spots. She has chicken pox and is very itchy! She’s just about to scratch the nasty tickly spot …
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Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise
Sean Taylor
March 15 Book of the Month  Hoot Owl flies through the midnight air quick as a shooting star, wingtip pointing like some kind of avian superhero. When he spots a tasty rabbit he prepares to gobble it up by slipping …
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Creaturepedia Creaturepedia
Adrienne Barman
March 2015 Book of the Month – Chosen as one of the Top Ten Best New Books for Children 2015 by Andrea Reece  Beautifully illustrated, this is an original and entertaining introduction to the curious facts about 600 iconic and …
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The Girl with the Parrot on Her Head The Girl with the Parrot on Her Head
Daisy Hirst
February 2015 Debut of the Month   Inventive and witty, this is a story that is full of ideas and imagining rather than neatly tying up loose ends. Told more through the pictures than the words, the story of Isabel’s happiness …
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The Sheep in Wolf's Clothing The Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing
Bob Hartman
Bored with life as a sheep – and especially bored with the food on offer –  Little Sheep makes a bold but very, very foolish decision that being a wolf would be more fun. But, when she is invited home …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Ultimate Explorer Guide for Kids Ultimate Explorer Guide for Kids
Justin Miles
March 15 Non-Fiction Book of the Month  There’s a huge amount of information, and inspiration, contained in this rucksack-pocket-sized guide. Author and real-life explorer Justin Miles covers all the basics, including essential kit and how to pack it, and the …
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Sedric and the Great Pig Rescue Sedric and the Great Pig Rescue
Angie Morgan
March 2015 Debut of the Month The Dark Ages – ‘the bit of history that was left behind after the Romans left’ according to the author – provides the setting for a story of resourceful peasants up against villainous greedy …
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13-Storey Treehouse 13-Storey Treehouse
Andy Griffiths
Best-selling Australian author/ illustrator Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton have created a fantastical treehouse which will tickle the imagination of all readers. It’s a house with everything – and if there is something it lacks, it can easily be created! …
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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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The Dreamsnatcher The Dreamsnatcher
Abi Elphinstone
March 2015 Debut of the Month   Abi Elphinstone’s debut novel plunges the reader into a world of magic and adventure. Twelve-year-old Moll lives in a gypsy camp in the Ancientwood.  She has no parents but the gypsies’ extended family take …
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Smart A Mysterious Crime, a Different Detective Smart A Mysterious Crime, a Different Detective
Kim Slater
Shortlisted for the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize Best Fiction for Teens Award 2015   Kieran watches the world carefully. He’s good at noticing things that others don’t which makes him an excellent detective. Born with learning difficulties and living with …
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A Cage of Roots A Cage of Roots
Matt Griffin
March 2015 Debut of the Month An astonishingly different and chillingly striking tale that envelopes the pages in a cloak of darkness and mystery. The author hurls the reader straight into the middle of the story, waiting before making introductions …
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All That Glitters All That Glitters
Holly Smale
March 2015 Book of the Month  Welcome back Harriet Manners, self-confessed geek and the only supermodel in the world who repeats the entire periodic table when stressed. For those not in the know, this is the fourth book about Harriet, …
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Northern Lights Northern Lights
Philip Pullman
Part one of Philip Pullman’s magnificent trilogy. His ‘Dark Materials’, is the story of Lyra, a young girl with an exceptional destiny. Brought up in Jordan College, Oxford Lyra uncovers a secret about her mysterious guardian which leads to some …
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The Beneath The Beneath
S. C. Ransom
An adrenaline fuelled opening plunges readers into a compelling and tense thriller. Lily is loitering on the platform of an underground station – with no signal it’s a refuge from her cyberbullies – when a girl comes running down the …
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The Storm The Storm
Virginia Bergin
Virgina Bergin’s debut The Rain has already won her a large following among fans of YA. It’s the story of dippy Ruby, who manages, almost in spite of herself, to survive a devastating apocalypse brought about by a killer contagion …
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The Glory The Glory
Lauren St. John
March 2015 Book of the Month  For a businessman Jonas B. Ellington is a romantic. That’s why, inspired by tales of the Old West, he comes up with the idea of The Glory, an endurance race for rider and horse …
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Philip Pullman talks to Nicolette Jones

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

28 March at the Oxford Literary Festival

 

A very special event with Philip Pullman to mark the 20th anniversary of the publication of His Dark Materials, widely recognised as one of the finest children’s books of the current age and voted the UK’s third most beloved work of fiction of all time.

 

His Dark Materials won Pullman comparisons with Tolkien and C S Lewis, but he took its title from Milton’s Paradise Lost and the trilogy is a reworking of the story of the Garden of Eden and the Fall of Man. It shares all the scope and grandeur of that story yet takes us far beyond. In this the only public event to mark the anniversary, Pullman talks to The Sunday Times children’s books editor Nicolette Jones about the multi-award-winning trilogy and his life as a writer.

 

Oxford is where his story of Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon begins and, with discussion, readings and clips from the Hollywood movie The Golden Compass to set the scene, this will be an unmissable event. Pullman is author of the multi-award-winning His Dark Materials trilogy, the first volume of which was turned into the Hollywood movie, The Golden Compass, starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig. He is a winner of the Carnegie Medal, Guardian Children’s Book Award and Whitbread Book of the Year, and has published nearly 20 books. Pullman has written mostly for children, and his other work includes a series featuring Victorian adventurer Sally Lockhart that opens with Ruby in the Smoke. He holds the Honorary Fellowship of the Oxford Literary Festival. This event is held in association with The Story Museum. Age 11-adult

Lovereading4kids most popular children’s books, by age range, 2 – 9 December 2013

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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The Slightly Annoying Elephant The Slightly Annoying Elephant
David Walliams
One of our Books of the Year 2013 – November 2013 Book of the Month Best selling author and TV star David Walliams has a gift for great jokes. There’s a ring at the door and Sam finds an elephant …
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Little Big Mouth Little Big Mouth
Jeanne Willis
December 2013 Book of the Month “Fat Faced, Jelly Bellied, Worm Tailed” – these are some of the insults that Little Green Monster selects to hurl at a newcomer to school. But Little Green Monster has made a very big …
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Little Children's Bedtime Music Book Little Children’s Bedtime Music Book
Fiona Watt
A wonderful introduction to different musical instruments, and how they sound on their own and together. …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Spaghetti with the Yeti Spaghetti with the Yeti
Charlotte Guillain, Adam Guillain
Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2013 – September 2013 Book of the Month George is off on an adventure – to find the yeti and to feed it spaghetti! George travels along a little mountain path and meets …
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Moo! Said Morris Moo! Said Morris
Jon Lycett-Smith
December 2013 Book of the Month This is a laugh-out-loud funny story – but, be warned, it doesn’t come quietly!It tells the tale of Morris, a mouse for whom squeaking isn’t enough. He’d rather say ‘moo!’ In fact he’d rather …
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Mr Wuffles! Mr Wuffles!
David Wiesner
December 2013 Book of the Month A cat story with a difference! When Mr Wuffles finds a toy space ship he can’t resist playing with it but, as he tips and tosses it, the results for the aliens inside it …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Snug Snug
Michael Morpurgo
Interest Age 5-8 Reading Age 6 Former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo has a gift for telling stories about animals and how they touch the lives of children. Snug is Lisa’s cat and always has been as he arrived at the …
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Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp
Philip Pullman
Award-winning Philip Pullman has long treasured this feisty and magical story from The Arabian Nights. When the young Aladdin rubs a dirty old lamp a genie appears and offers the boy three wishes. Riches? Happiness? Excitement? Three wishes should bring …
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Monsters Monsters
Russell Hoban
John loves drawing monsters. Red monsters. Purple monsters. Spotted monsters. Furry monsters. Any kind of monster. And then he draws just a monster’s tail. And that takes up four big pieces of paper….Can John control his monsters? Of course, the …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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The Secret Garden The Secret Garden
Frances Hodgson Burnett
One of the best loved stories in children’s literature, The Secret Garden brings nature alive in the story of how Mary Lennox, a lonely, unhappy and spoilt child is transformed by finding her way into a hidden garden. Brought to …
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck
Jeff Kinney
The Wimpy Kid is back! In one of the most hotly-anticipated children’s book releases of the year, the hilarious, globally-bestselling and award-winning Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, sees Book 8 hit our shelves. …
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Wartman Wartman
Michael Morpurgo
Interest Age 7-12 Reading Age 7 Beautiful new edition of a bestselling title from household name Michael Morpurgo. Dilly has a wart. He’d rather have broken his leg or been ill but no he had to get a wart! Follow …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Lost Journals of Benjamin Tooth Lost Journals of Benjamin Tooth
MacKenzie Crook
December 2013 Book of the Month An 11 year old self-declared scientist, botanist and genius, Benjamin Tooth keeps a journal in which he records all that his does. These include his strange inventions, some of which will not seem so …
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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 Windvale Sprites The Windvale Sprites
MacKenzie Crook
There’s something unusual astir following the giant storm! Asa Brown discovers a creature that looks like a dragon fly but turns out to be much stranger in his garden pond. Asa’s discovery leads him a journal which, in turn, leads …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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The Lion of Sole Bay The Lion of Sole Bay
Julia Jones
December 2013 Book of the Month Inspired by the historical events of the Battle of Sole Bay which took place off the coast of Suffolk in 1672, author Julia Jones weaves a modern day adventure story, full of pace that …
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The Boy on the Porch The Boy on the Porch
Sharon Creech
November 2013 Book of the Month Award-winning Sharon Creech has an exceptional ability to write tenderly. In this touching modern fairy story she captures the rewards of love freely given to children. When John and Marta find a little boy …
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Why Can't I Tickle Myself? Why Can’t I Tickle Myself?
Gemma Elwin Harris, Bear Grylls, Miranda Hart, Sir David Attenborough
Children have a knack of asking great, but challenging, questions: How far away is space? Why can’t I tickle myself? What makes me? But how are we supposed to answer them? Imagine if we could turn to a leading expert …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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The Isobel Journal: Just a Northern Girl from Where Nothing Really Happens The Isobel Journal: Just a Northern Girl from Where Nothing Really Happens
Isobel Harrop
December 2013 Debut of the Month Readers will empathise with this witty and honest journal of a girl getting to grips with impending adulthood. You’ll find mini novels within the whole interspersed

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When the Guns Fall Silent When the Guns Fall Silent
James Riordan
In an excellent time-slip story, James Riordan brings the action and tragedy of the First World War vividly to life. Jack’s grandfather is a war hero with medals to prove it. But he will never talk about what he did …
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Tape Tape
Steven Camden
This stunning debut novel by acclaimed spoken-word artist Steven Camden tells two stories which take place twenty years apart but which are connected by one old cassette tape. Ryan and Ameliah each tell their story. Both are suffering unhappiness following …
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Most popular children’s books, by age range for week ending 24 November

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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The Slightly Annoying Elephant The Slightly Annoying Elephant
David Walliams
One of our Books of the Year 2013 – November 2013 Book of the Month   Best selling author and TV star David Walliams has a gift for great jokes. There’s a ring at the door and Sam finds an elephant …
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This Rabbit, That Rabbit This Rabbit, That Rabbit
Jane Porter
November 2013 Book of the Month  This rabbit, that rabbit…fat rabbit, flat rabbit – this is a book starring two fabulous rabbits. (And an armadillo!).  A great way to introduce simple word play to young children to encourage early literacy. …
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Jolly Snow Jolly Snow
Jane Hissey
November 2013 Book of the Month    In the classic Old Bear, Jane Hissey’s stunning illustrations of the inhabitants of the toy cupboard are brought to life. Now they are back for a new adventure. This time they are waiting for …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Octopus's Garden Octopus’s Garden
Ringo Starr
November 2013 Book of the Month  Based on the lyrics of the world famous Beatles song, this glorious picture book follows five children on a magical journey through the Octopus’s garden. The playful Octopus takes them on a wondrous …
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Spaghetti with the Yeti Spaghetti with the Yeti
Charlotte Guillain, Adam Guillain
Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2013 – September 2013 Book of the Month    George is off on an adventure – to find the yeti and to feed it spaghetti! George travels along a little mountain path and meets …
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Snowflakes Snowflakes
Cerrie Burnell
Bbeebies presenter Cerrie Burnell gets to the heart of what it feels like to be an outsider in this touching and sensitive story about a little girl adjusting to a new way of life. Newly arrived from the city to …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Snug Snug
Michael Morpurgo
Interest Age 5-8  Reading Age 6 Former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo has a gift for telling stories about animals and how they touch the lives of children. Snug is Lisa’s cat and always has been as he arrived at the …
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Alice Through the Looking Glass Alice Through the Looking Glass
Emma Chichester Clark
Lewis Carroll’s enduring classic tale, which has enchanted readers of all ages for more than a hundred years, is brought alive for a new generation in this exquisite picture book by the highly-regarded illustrator Emma Chichester Clark.  She has carefully …
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Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp
Philip Pullman
Award-winning Philip Pullman has long treasured this feisty and magical story from The Arabian Nights. When the young Aladdin rubs a dirty old lamp a genie appears and offers the boy three wishes. Riches? Happiness? Excitement? Three wishes should bring …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Penny Dreadful and the Horrible Hoo-hah Penny Dreadful and the Horrible Hoo-hah
Joanna Nadin
More tales of mishap and misadventure from the incorrigible but hilarious Penny Dreadful. This is the 7th title in the Penny Dreadful series and includes three stories in one book.
The first, Penny Dreadful is a Magnet for Disaster, was shortlisted …
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Wartman Wartman
Michael Morpurgo
Interest Age 7-12  Reading Age 7  Beautiful new edition of a bestselling title from household name Michael Morpurgo. Dilly has a wart.  He’d rather have broken his leg or been ill but no he had to get a wart!  Follow …
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The Secret Garden The Secret Garden
Frances Hodgson Burnett
One of the best loved stories in children’s literature, The Secret Garden brings nature alive in the story of how Mary Lennox, a lonely, unhappy and spoilt child is transformed by finding her way into a hidden garden. Brought to …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Lost Journals of Benjamin Tooth Lost Journals of Benjamin Tooth
MacKenzie Crook
November 2013 Book of the Month    An 11 year old self-declared scientist, botanist and genius, Benjamin Tooth keeps a journal in which he records all that his does. These include his strange inventions, some of which will not seem so …
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The Ransom of Dond The Ransom of Dond
Siobhan Dowd
November 2013 Mega Book of the Month  Suffused with all that is best in story-telling traditions, this poignant story with a pleasing twist in its telling is perfectly and briefly told by the late, award-winning Siobhan Dowd and perfectly complemented …
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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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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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The Boy on the Porch The Boy on the Porch
Sharon Creech
November 2013 Book of the Month   Award-winning Sharon Creech has an exceptional ability to write tenderly. In this touching modern fairy story she captures the rewards of love freely given to children. When John and Marta find a little boy …
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Why Can't I Tickle Myself? Why Can’t I Tickle Myself?
Gemma Elwin Harris, Bear Grylls, Miranda Hart, Sir David Attenborough
Children have a knack of asking great, but challenging, questions: How far away is space? Why can’t I tickle myself? What makes me? But how are we supposed to answer them? Imagine if we could turn to a leading expert …
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War Horse War Horse
Michael Morpurgo
BOOK OF THE DAY – 1st NOVEMBER  Michael Morpurgo’s tender story of Joey, a brave hearted farm horse who finds himself caught up in the horrors of war, cleverly conveys both the violence and the occasional compassion, which occurs during …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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When the Guns Fall Silent When the Guns Fall Silent
James Riordan
In an excellent time-slip story, James Riordan brings the action and tragedy of the First World War vividly to life. Jack’s grandfather is a war hero with medals to prove it. But he will never talk about what he did …
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The Isobel Journal: Just a Northern Girl from Where Nothing Really Happens The Isobel Journal: Just a Northern Girl from Where Nothing Really Happens
Isobel Harrop
November 2013 Debut of the Month Readers will empathise with this witty and honest journal of a girl getting to grips with impending adulthood. You’ll find mini novels within the whole interspersed with sketches, photos and captions.  It is a …
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The Midnight Dress The Midnight Dress
Karen Foxlee
The Midnight Dress weaves a mesmerising story of love, loss and longing to the very last page. Full of anger and tension and yet this is a novel to sit down with and admire the lyrical storytelling but prepare yourself …
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Most popular books, by age range, on Lovereading4kids 3 – 10 Jan 2012

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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The Big Snuggle-up The Big Snuggle-up
Brian Patten
On a cold winter’s night one animal after another invites himself into a house and by the time it’s bedtime there’s all manner of animals and scarecrow tucked up by the fire. Some delightful close-up and colourful illustrations show the …
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My First Gruffalo Little Library My First Gruffalo Little Library
Julia Donaldson
Learn about colours, numbers, opposites and animals with this fabulous
set of four bold, bright board books now available in a miniature
slipcase. A perfect gift for young Gruffalo fans with small paws!
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The Big Book of Words and Pictures The Big Book of Words and Pictures
Ole Konnecke
Nominated for the 2011 German Youth Literature Prize (Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis). A gorgeously simple ‘naming’ book, this book lists loads of the familiar things a small child comes across at home and outdoors. Each of the attractive illustrations is small and instantly …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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The Lion and the Mouse The Lion and the Mouse
Jerry Pinkney
A prize-winning book of exceptional beauty, this wordless version of Aesop’s classic story of how a lion’s life is transformed by an act of generosity when it saves the life of a mouse is a gem. The wonderful tawny colours …
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A House in the Woods A House in the Woods
Inga Moore
Through its beautiful illustrations, this is a wonderful building story which captures all the joys of sharing. Two little pigs build themselves beautiful new homes. When away wandering in the woods, a moose and bear move in. The pigs are …
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Love Monster Love Monster
Rachel Bright
No one likes a funny-looking monster with sticking-out teeth and staring, googly eyes – especially if he lives in Cutesville, the home of cuddly bunnies and fluffy kitties. Poor Monster! Will he find happiness? He just needs one person to …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Cats Ahoy! Cats Ahoy!
Peter Bently
Winner of the 6 and under category, Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2011.
A swashbuckling tale of pirate plunder, derring do and a huge haul of haddock!
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Nelson at Sea Nelson at Sea
Simon Weston, David Fitzgerald
Nelson at Sea is the third in Simon Weston’s humorous and heart-warming story that champions friendship and community spirit. This bestselling series charts the adventures of Nelson, a delightful horse with a very practical and down-to-earth attitude to life. Nelson …
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Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp
Philip Pullman
5+ readers. Award-winning Philip Pullman has long treasured this feisty and magical story from The Arabian Nights. When the young Aladdin rubs a dirty old lamp a genie appears and offers the boy three wishes. Riches? Happiness? Excitement? Three wishes …
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever
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Muncle Trogg Muncle Trogg
Janet Foxley
A Lovereading4kids ‘Great Read’ you may have missed 2011 selection.
A Lovereading4Kids ‘Debut of the Year 2011’ selection.
7+. Winner of The Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition 2010, Muncle Trogg is the charming upside down fairytale about a tiny giant who …
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The Snow Queen The Snow Queen
Sarah Lowes
This powerful and chilling Hans Christian Andersen story is retold in a clear style and with a carefully chosen accelerated vocabulary to make it suitable for newly confident readers. Set out in a beautifully produced book, it has been divided …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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One Dog and His Boy One Dog and His Boy
Eva Ibbotson
A Lovereading4kids ‘Great Read’ you may have missed 2011 selection.
Shortlisted for the Galaxy Children’s Book of the Year Award 2011
Award winning Eva Ibbotson’s poignant and beautiful last book celebrates a boy’s passion for a dog. All Hal has ever wanted …
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Moon Moon
Stewart Ross
Winner of the 2011 Educational Writers’ Award.
One of the greatest events of the twentieth century, the unforgettable moment of man’s first landing on the Moon provides the perfect platform for this wide ranging introduction to many different aspects of the …
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Dead Man's Cove: A Laura Marlin Mystery Dead Man’s Cove: A Laura Marlin Mystery
Lauren St.John
A Lovereading4kids ‘Great Read’ you may have missed 2011 selection.
Shortlisted for the Galaxy Children’s Book of the Year Award 2011.
Overall winner of the Blue Peter Book Award 2011 and winner of the Favourite Story Category.
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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War Horse Film tie-in Edition War Horse Film tie-in Edition
Michael Morpurgo
Best-selling War Horse, a magnificent First World War story of human and animal courage on the battle field in the face of deadly danger will shortly be a film following its sell-out adaptation as a play. This film tie-in edition …
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The Salt-stained Book The Salt-stained Book
Julia Jones
In a nutshell this is Swallows and Amazons for the 21st century but with a modern twist. It really is a very special book that will be enjoyed by the whole family, particularly all those who have any experience of …
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The Medusa Project : Hit Squad The Medusa Project : Hit Squad
Sophie Mckenzie
The sixth and final Medusa Project thriller about four teenagers with psychic abilities brings the bestselling series from Red House award-winning author, Sophie McKenzie to an explosive end.
Click here to visit Sophie McKenzie’s website, packed with information and extras. …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Socks Are Not Enough Socks Are Not Enough
Mark Lowery
A piece of Passion from the Publisher:
We at Scholastic Children’s Books are very proud to be publishing Socks Are Not Enough by Mark Lowery in February 2012. It genuinely takes a lot to make me laugh – especially out loud. …
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Blood Red Road Blood Red Road
Moira Young
Winner of the 2011 Costa Children’s Book Award.
The story’s searing pace, its spare style, the excitement of its fabulously damaged world, its unforgettably vivid characters, its violent action and glorious love story make this a truly sensatonal YA debut novel.
Much …
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Tempest Tempest
Julie Cross
The Time Traveller’s Wife meets The Matrix in an action-packed romance and a mind-blowing debut novel that will keep you guessing at every turn.
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Children’s October Books

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Hello again! Our Indian Summer might be drawing to an end but we’ve got a phenomenal range of books that can be enjoyed whatever the weather. Also, looking at our Literary calendar this October has some impressive bookish credentials. The classic whale tale Moby Dick was first published in October 1851 and it’s still delighting readers. Also the children’s author Philip Pullman was born in Norwich 19 Oct 1946.

Our book selections below are also sure to get your kids flipping pages, so download some free Opening Extracts and see which get your kids rearing to read.

Author of the Month – literary princess Meg Cabot

As well as being a wonderful writer, Meg Cabot is wonderfully prolific – the 10th and final title in her Princess Diaries series, Ten out of Ten, is out now. This series has helped millions of girls catch the reading bug over the last few years, so if you’ve got a girl of 10+ who is a bit reluctant to read for fun then why not introduce this series to her now. Meg has also written several other books for teenagers and novels for grown ups.

Illustrator of the Month – amateur cross-country skier Jessica Meserve

Jessica grew up in America and now lives in Canada, walking her dog and trying out new winter sports. Her latest beautifully illustrated children’s book is Bedtime Without Arthur – Bella’s favourite teddy has gone missing, but the search is on to get him back! We’ve also collected together a few of her wonderful earlier titles too, so you don’t miss out.

A Bear of Very Little Brain is back

pooh_piglet_greyThe late AA Milne’s beloved Winnie the Pooh is making a comeback, with the first authorised sequel to the original 1920s books. Return to the Hundred Acre Wood is true to its roots and Pooh fans will be enthralled. We have an exclusive Opening Extract to whet your appetite along with various other Pooh titles we’ve brought together. Tiddely-pom!

Books of the Month bonanza – imaginative, irresistible titles for kids of every age

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GONE – the ‘must read’ teenage book – free online

Our biggest book of the year so far has been teenage novel GONE, a debut novel that took the world by storm. Just imagine Lord of the flies meets ‘Heroes’. Well now it’s available in paperback. It’s also available FREE, for a limited time, to read online – click here to find out more.

A plethora of prize winning stories

The winners of the Book Trust Early Years Awards for babies, toddlers and pre-school readers were announced last week and having read all the titles shortlisted for the award, we can safely say all of them are highly original and have that hard-to-define magic that leads kids in to reading. What do you think? And if you were judging, would you have selected the same winners as the judges?

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country’s leading children’s mental health charity, to celebrate books that help young people cope with the challenges of growing up. The six shortlisted titles are all featured on Lovereading4kids and we rate each of them very highly, with Malorie Blackman’s The Stuff of Nightmares being a favourite in the Lovereading office. But will the judges on 17 November think the same?

Another very important prize shortlist that has just been announced is the Roald Dahl Funniest Book Award, launched last year. One of this year’s judges, who in fact won the award himself last year, is Andy Stanton. He says he ‘laughed out loud at all of the books on the lists’. The winners will be announced in November.

Win some book treasure – our competitions and prizes

There’s loads going on at Lovereading4kids – and you could be the proud winner of some highly desirable book-related prizes if you enter our competitions. Right now we’re giving away New Moon, Fantastic Mr Fox, Princess Diaries and Winnie the Pooh goodies! There’s even a chance for one lucky person to have a Dinosaur Cove title dedicated to them, but you’ve got to be quick!

Calling all budding poets – your prose could win you £250

To link with the theme of National Poetry Day on 8 October, the Children’s Poetry Bookshelf is asking children aged 7-11 to write a poem about ‘Heroes and Heroines’. The closing date is 19th October. More details can be found in our Poetry section on the site.

Why should kids have all the fun? Visit Lovereading.co.uk

If you haven’t already, visit our sister site for grown-up book lovers. With over 1.2 million books in stock and dozens of recommended reads every month helpfully arranged into categories, adults can treat themselves to a good book on Lovereading.co.uk. Just like Lovereading4kids you can download free Opening Extracts and discover more about the books our experts recommend before you buy.

We hope you have fun with this month’s bumper book selections. From teenage princesses to lovable bears and dragons and knights, there really is a whole host of wild adventures on Lovereading4kids to help your kids get hooked on books. Enjoy!


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