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Mid February Kids update

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

Welcome to our mid-month update, packed full of exciting extra features on Lovereading4kids. For teens there’s our Undercover Reads, for babies and toddlers you’ll find the cutest stories in our Picture Book Picnic section, Blue Peter has just announced its Book Award shortlist and there’s a brilliant pre-publication exclusive for 9+ readers….


Not Even in the Shops! – Pre-publication exclusive

Be the first to read: Wonder by R. J. Palacio (9+) – A heart-warming, heart-breaking and uplifting book about being different from everyone else, when inside you feel just the same. It’s being talked about in the same breath as the brilliant Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.~

Read our exclusive extract to find out what you think.

Get the Picture? – Our Picture Book Picnic Section

Our Picture Book Picnic section showcases some amazing picture books. There is a wonderful selection to choose from but our picks this month are:

A Bus Called Heaven by Bob Graham 3+ – A humorous, inspiring and colourful community tale.

Arthur’s Dream Boat by Polly Dunbar 3+ – Polly Dunbar is a real picture book favourite and has done it again with this enchanting, colourful dream adventure.

Oh NO, George! by Chris Haughton 2+ – A delightfully naughty dog who tries SO hard to be good, from the author of A Bit Lost!

After Lights-Out! – Undercover Reads

Some books are so good you can’t resist turning on the torch, sinking under the duvet and reading one more chapter! Our special section of books devoted to teens, Walker’s Undercover Reads, do just that. New this month:

Blink and Caution by Tim Wynne-Jones – Suspense thriller set in a dark, deadly world of crime.

Daylight Saving by Edward Hogan – A ghostly, dark and deliciously spine-tingling thriller.

Girl, Stolen by April Henry – Fast-paced, nail-biting thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat. Published in March but we have an exclusive pre-publication extract!

Badge of Excellence! – 2012 Blue Peter Book Awards

The shortlist of four books (for kids aged 6-12 years) for this coveted award has been announced and topics include: the 2012 Olympics, the Extreme World (spy technology to super volcanoes), a time-travelling schoolgirl and a family with dark secrets. We’re featuring all four on the site. The winners will be chosen by more than 200 Blue Peter viewers from over 10 different schools. Why not get your kids to choose their own winner? Click here to see the books.

And the Best Children’s Book of the last decade

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Theodore Boone are among the books vying for the title of best children’s novel of the last decade. BBC TV’s Blue Peter has released a shortlist of 10 titles and is asking viewers to vote for their favourite. The vote will be open until 4pm, 23 February, and the winning book will be announced on 1 March. Get involved by clicking here.

Don’t miss the ‘Biggest Book Show on Earth’

Featuring a stellar line-up of top authors and illustrators – including Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler, Eoin Colfer, Jacqueline Wilson, Cressida Cowell and Derek Landy, performing together for the first time and streamed LIVE into nurseries, schools, bookshops and libraries nationwide. This is ‘The Biggest Book Show on Earth’ and it’s part of World Book Day which in turn is the biggest celebration of authors, illustrators, books and reading of its kind. Register now at to watch the World Book Day online festival on 1 March (9.30-10am for Nursery and 11am-midday for Primary) plus you’ll find many more ideas on what you can do on World Book Day as well.

Also, don’t forget to look out for your child’s £1 World Book Day voucher, being distributed via schools. Kids can use them to pick one of EIGHT free new books or get £1 off a full-price book in your local bookshop.

Lovereading4Kids “Essentials” Section

We have made a list of the books we think all kids should read and have split them into age ranges so that you can easily find a next great read for your family. You may even find you get hooked yourself! Click here. This month, a new version of the classic The Hodgeheg by Dick King Smith (5+) is released – a great chance to revisit this beautiful bedtime story!

Well, that’s all from us this month. See you in March for World Book Day and Lovereading4kids’ bookshelves will yet again be full of great hand-picked children’s books – all designed to get your kids to Lovereading! Click here to get a few tips, if you need them.

P.S. If your kids aren’t already hooked on the gripping, futuristic Hunger Games series, then get them to read these awesome adventures before the equally awesome film is released on 23 March. And while you’re at it why not enter our competition giveaway – we have copies of the trilogy and the special ‘Making of the Film’ book to give away! Click here.

Mid May Update

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Dear Reader,

Just launched and a ‘world first’ – Paperback, CD Audio, Hardback, ePub, Kindle and iBook – whatever the format, we now have them all on Lovereading4kids. Find a book and we will automatically show you all the versions there are which you can buy at the click of your mouse.

Highlights Not to Miss this Month



A veritable feast of talent – Our May Pre-Publication Exclusives



The Boy Who Hated Toothbrushes

Zehra Hicks

3+ Super sparkling fun. Minty-fresh and educational too!

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Zoo Girl

Rebecca Elliott

3+ Vibrant and energetic with a lasting impact both for the parent and the toddler.

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Buttercup Mash

Joanna Nadin

9+ Crazy teen Buttercup and her Glee Club diaries! Girls will love this.

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Duty Calls : Dunkirk

James Holland

11+ Gritty, real-life account of an incredible point in history.

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Josephine Angelini

14+ Magical-reality tale of destiny romance and self-discovery.

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Cat Patrick

14+ What if you could see the future but not remember the past?

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Life An Exploded Diagram

Mal Peet

14+ Amazing and compelling coming-of-age tale set in the shadow of the Cold War.

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Blood Red Road

Moira Young

14+ Unforgettably vivid characters, violent action and a glorious love story.

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Starting Out? – Try our New Section for Early Readers

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bridge the gap between picture books and reading alone, so we hope our Early Readers section achieves just that. We plan to feature accessible stories, illustrated in full colour and designed to entertain and encourage a love of reading. From Horrid Henry to Cinderella, there really is an Early Reader for parents to share and enjoy with their kids. Perfect too, for children who are just starting to read alone but want short chapter books that are packed full of illustrations on every page. We hope they will inspire a life-long love of literature!


Zombie Reviewers Needed!

We are looking for 10 children to review Undead by Kirsty McKay – an unstoppable zombie-horror debut novel due out in September. If you are over 12 and a fan of comedy and zombie-horror then email using the subject line UNDEAD REVIEWER and tell us in no more than 200 words why you should be one of the 10 chosen reviewers.

Good Luck!


Practice at Home! Read with Biff and Chip (and Kipper and Floppy too!)

We understand the importance of nurturing a love of books and reading from an early age and hearing that Oxford University Press were relaunching their classic Read at Home series as ‘Read with Biff, Chip and Kipper’ has prompted us to give it a section of its own on our website. The series will not just help you to nurture a love of reading in your kids before they even go to school but will also support the work your kids are doing in the early stages of school!

Why not start with a visit to our site to find out how the Read with… series can help? There are also details of a great website called Oxford Owl, created by the publishers of Biff and Chip, that is dedicated to helping to parents encourage their youngsters to learn through reading.


Undercover Reads – Teen Fiction from Walker Books

We just had to spread the word about the new teenage books from Walker released under the umbrella of Undercover Reads. The quality of the writing, from award-winning and new featured authors, is nothing short of breathtaking – with a real highlight being our Mega Book of the Month, A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. Of course, we have free extracts so your kids can try the books before you buy them and also we have a one-stop-shop for ebooks which is EXCLUSIVE to Lovereading.

Get ready for Half-Term

Every summer half-term the gates of Dairy Meadows in Hay are flung open to welcome thousands of families to Hay Fever. If you can find the time do consider a family day out or weekend to the Hay Festival.

Nine jam-packed days of fun ensue with plenty of brilliant things to get up to whether you’re a tot, teen or in between. Personal favourites of the Lovereading4kids team heading to Hay this time round include Emily Gravett, Julia Donaldson, Jason Wallace, Geraldine Mccaughrean, Korky Paul, Gill Lewis, Joanna Nadin, Tim Bowler, AliSparkes, Guy Bass, David Roberts, Peter Cocks, Patrick Ness, Emma Dodd, Johnny O’brien, Simon Scarrow, Charlie Higson, Alex Scarrow, Jeremy Strong, Michelle Magorian, Meg Rosoff, Marcus Sedgwick, Lauren St John, Keren David, Sean Taylor and Ally Kennen.

Second Wimpy kid Movie

There are also a couple of big films doing the rounds, perfectly timed for the half-term break . The second Wimpy Kid, ‘Rodrick Rules, is just as funny as the original, with Greg trying to get the upper hand over his older brother Rodrick.

Happy reading – we’ll be back with more brilliant children’s books in June.

P.S. Have you discovered the World of Happy series from award-winning poet and illustrator Giles Andreae? They are playful, charming, quirky, joyous and heart-warming stories about positive and uplifting values: love, happiness, freedom, pleasure, being yourself and revelling in the wonders of what it means to be alive. Get happier today!

P.P.S. – Author / Illustrator Gillian McClure has become a publisher as well and if her delightful picture book The Little White Sprite is anything to go by we are all in for a treat. Live in Sussex? – then catch her at her local bookshop at half-term. See her book for more details. Privacy Policy Disclaimer