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Most popular children’s books, by age range, 21 – 28 Nov 2010

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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When I Dream of ABC When I Dream of ABC
Henry Fisher
Wonderfully dreamy and fantastical illustrations – opera singing mermaids, shy dragons and even chocolate drinking vampires – combine with simple text to encourage children to learn their ABC.  Perfect as a bedtime read as after the parent has gone it’s …
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Christmas Time Christmas Time
Alison Jay
Come on a journey through Alison Jay’s magical festive world! Discover all the things that make Christmas the most special time of the year and see if you can spot two lucky children who are on their own Christmas Eve …
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The Story of the Little Mole - The Sound Book The Story of the Little Mole – The Sound Book
Werner Holzwarth
The best-selling Little Mole has been delighting or displeasing readers according to their taste in toilet humour for a couple of decades. All young children will adore this sound version which adds an important dimension to the story of Little …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Dog Loves Books Dog Loves Books
Louise Yates
Winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2010 (Funniest Book for Children aged Six and Under).
Shortlisted for the Independent Booksellers’ Book Prize 2010.
The magic of books and reading is perfectly illustrated in this joyful picture book. Dog loves books …
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Goodnight Tiptoe Goodnight Tiptoe
Polly Dunbar
As with all Walker Books titles this doesn’t just have a fabulous story to it but it’s beautifully printed and bound in paperback on quality paper – it really makes a wonderfully affordable gift for babies and toddlers. Goodnight Tiptoe …
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The Ice Bear The Ice Bear
Jackie Morris
Stunning illustrations capture the warm emotions of this magical story and juxtaposes them perfectly with  the winter landscape of the white bears and the hunters who live in it.  When Raven steals a white bear cub and delivers him to …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Farther Farther
Grahame Baker-Smith
Graham Baker-Smith’s debut Leon and the Place Between was shortlisted for the prestigious Greenaway Medal in 2010. Farther is the first book that he’s written and illustrated himself and it’s utterly captivating.  The text is so beautifully placed and inextricably …
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Quentin Blake's Magical Tales Quentin Blake’s Magical Tales
John Yeoman, Quentin Blake
Beautifully told, the fourteen folk stories in this collection are taken from around the world giving a slice of different kinds of magic from different times. In all there are elements of enchantment, transformation and trickery as the kind and …
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Grow Your Own Monsters Grow Your Own Monsters
Nicola Davies, Simon Hickmott, Clive Boursnell
A practical guide to growing all kinds of unusual plants – not the ordinary, good looking ones that most people choose to grow! Voodoo Lilies, Venus Fly Traps, Squirting Cucumbers and Abyssinian Bananas are just some of the exotic and …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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A Boy Called M.O.U.S.E. A Boy Called M.O.U.S.E.
Penny Dolan
An evocative and thrilling tale, set in a richly colourful Dickensian world, featuring a small boy, Mouse, whose parents are lost at sea, and whose life is threatened by the claims of his money-grabbing and debt-ridden Uncle and he is …
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Bink & Gollie Bink & Gollie
Kate DiCamillo, Alison McGhee
With deliciously spare text and delightful cartoons, the way friends Bink and Gollie, two very different girls both with very strong views(!), manage to be supportive of each other and also to give each other space to do their own …
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Lost Dogs Lost Dogs
Garrett Carr
Ballydog may well be a weird, weird town (in Ireland as it happens) with weird  characters, and monsters giving it that supernatural touch but this is a great read.  The author is a terrific storyteller and has clearly had a …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Billionaire Boy Billionaire Boy
David Walliams
Hugely entertaining, this captivating story is also thought provoking about the perils of having way too much money. Joe Spud is the richest twelve-year-old in the world; he has everything his heart desires – except happiness. As one disaster follows …
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Alien Storm Alien Storm
A.G. Taylor
A gripping science-fiction adventure pits a group of kids with super powers against a mysterious Russian billionaire. Infected by an extraordinary virus from a meteor storm, Sarah, Robert and the younger children in their charge are now at risk from …
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The Iron Man The Iron Man
Ted Hughes
A stunning new version of a much-loved children’s classic with stunning and unusual illustations from Laura Carlin. Part modern fairy tale, part science fiction myth, The Iron Man describes the unexpected arrival in England of a mysterious giant “metal man” …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Unhooking the Moon Unhooking the Moon
Gregory Hughes
Winner of the BookTrust Teenage Book Prize 2010 and shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2010.
One absolutely, indisputably MEGA story!
This highly recommended title is a beautifully written, utterly original, funny and bittersweet tale about two newly orphaned kids …
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Withering Tights Withering Tights
Louise Rennison
Winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2010 (Funniest Book for Children aged Seven to Fourteen). Laugh out loud at this launch title of a brilliant new series by Queen of Teen author Louise Rennison. Tallulah Casey, cousin of the …
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My Name is Mina My Name is Mina
David Almond
For everyone who loved David Almond’s Skellig, My Name is Mina is its prequel written over 10 years after Skellig was published to such acclaim.  Skellig remains one of THE bestselling and well known novels of the last decade.

So here, …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Matched Matched
Ally Condie
Introducing a rare new talent and almost certainly one of the biggest Young Adult debuts of the year this is the first in an utterly compelling, visionary and imaginative series that is set to be a sensation. The book is …
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The Truth About Leo The Truth About Leo
David Yelland
Shortlisted for the Young Minds Book Award 2010
Full of insight, this is a deeply moving story about how a child handles a parent with a serious problem.
Leo’s life with his father is a mess but there is no way …
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You Against Me You Against Me
Jenny Downham
Prize-winning Jenny Downham’s debut novel Before I Die was the profoundly moving story of the death of a teenager. Told with immense insight and compassion it showed Jenny’s talent for understanding the energetic positivity of teenagers; how, for them, the …
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New Children’s Books for October

Monday, October 4th, 2010

Hello again from the team here at Lovereading! We have found some absolute gems this month that will keep your children enthralled and inspired by reading great stories in imaginative worlds. If your child has a birthday this month, why not consider a Wind in the Willows theme? It was missing his son’s seventh birthday in October 1907 that inspired Kenneth Grahame to write a series of letters describing the adventures of a certain Toad, Rat, Mole and Badger.

Read on to discover some real treats and

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the shortlists for three prestigious book awards which have just been announced. We have a free Opening Extracts of them all…

Author and Illustrator of the Month extraordinaire – Quentin Blake

October’s Illustrator and Author of the Month is a giant of children’s Literature. If you haven’t heard his name you will have seen his drawings and so will your kids! Quentin Blake is just about as big as it gets in children’s literature, he was the first ever Children’s Laureate, and was described by the Guardian as a “national institution. He also famously teamed up with Roald Dahl to create some of the most loved illustrations for the best loved stories in the world.

We are delighted to feature his work, as both author and illustrator, on the site this month and hope that you will enjoy exploring it with your kids. As Melanie McDonagh at the Telegraph put it: “I’ve never met a child who didn’t love Quentin Blake”.

Re-Vamped – Limited Edition Twilight Books

Four Twilight titles are getting re-robed this month in a new white cover design with a vampish red edged pages. Any twilight fan will love these striking new jackets, perfect as a gift or as a treat to yourself.

The four limited-edition titles: Twilight – New Moon – Eclipse and Breaking Dawn, will be published by Atom on 14 October.

Off the Shelf – Our Fabulous Books of the Month

Listen Up! – Little Tim Collection,

Our Audio Book of the Month

5+, 7+.

A real treat this. Stephen Fry breathes glorious life into the classic stories of a young boy’s adventures on the open waves. Great for keeping kids quiet on long car journeys!

Sustainable Reading – Stories for a Fragile Planet, our Green Read of the Month

Author and poet, Kenneth Steven brilliantly retells 10 stories from different cultures that highlight the importance of protecting the Earth.

A Silly Picture! – A Great Picture Book of the Month

Once upon a time, George, a handsome but sensible boy, fell in love with Jess, a pretty but silly girl. After meeting Jess’ silly family, George wonders if marrying her is a sensible thing to do after all! – Great, silly fun!

You Saw it here First…. Pre Publication exclusive

The Ring of Solomon

Jonathan Stroud

11+ & 14+

Fans of his Bartimaeus books will devour this – a cracking adventure brimming with magic, intrigue and a treasure trove of brilliant characters.

Alien Storm

A G Taylor

9+ & 11+

Pure escapism; this is a thrilling story of mind blowing super-powers, conspiracy and adventure in the fight of good over evil.

The Young Sherlock Holmes 2: Red Leech

Andrew Lane

11+

Another great adventure for Young Sherlock as he sifts through the truth, lies and intrigue of a murder case forcing him to rethink everything he trusts.

Boys Don’t Cry

Malorie Blackman

14+ & NG

An un-put-down-able tale from an award winning author, which sees a young man – on the eve of his A-Level results – left literally holding the baby changing his life forever.

Our Brilliant Debut of the Month: and

Finding Sky by Joss Stirling: Made aware of her power as a “savant” by the handsome and mysterious Zed, Sky is kidnapped by a family of powerful criminals and the race is on to get her back!

The Clockwork Three by Matthew Kirby: a mesmerizing story of chance, friendship, and courage of three children brought together as a consequence of a chance encounter on the street and a green violin.

Made aware of her power as a “savant” by the handsome and mysterious Zed, Sky is kidnapped by a family of powerful criminals and the race is on to get her back!

Conspiracy 365 – The Adventure continues

With the release of the October title, there are only 2 more to go until the thrilling conclusion. For those of you not already familiar with the Conspiracy 365 series, it is a cracking new and explosive 12 book series to keep kids turning the pages throughout 2010, with one fast-paced thriller published each month of the year.

The stories follow the adventures of a boy named Cal, on the run from the same relentless killers who killed his father.

Series of the Month – Raven Mysteries Marcus Sedgwick

Great ‘Goth Froth’ for readers aged 7+. A deliciously dark and funny series of adventures with the weird and wonderful Otherhand family and the pet raven Edgar at their centre.

The first, Flood and Fang, has just come out in paperback and the fourth, Vampires and Volts, is just out in hardback.

Book It! Cheltenham 8 – 17 October

Staying on the festival theme … We always like to keep you posted about forthcoming book festivals at lovereading4kids. The Book-It! Festival in Cheltenham takes place between the 8 and 17 October. It is one of the oldest and best loved literature festivals in the world, with lectures, poetry readings, children’s events, interviews, storytelling, book groups, writing workshops and education projects – loads for the whole family to get involved with. There are far too many authors to mention but we have outlined our favourites on the site: so why not go to Lovereading4kids and take a quick peek before booking your tickets.

Our very own book expert Julia Eccleshare is chairing three events over the weekend of the 8 –9 October, firstly with Sharon Dogar who has written an utterly compelling novel called Annexed which tells the story of Peter, the boy who was in hiding with Anne Frank, from his point of view, John Boyne who wrote The Boy in Striped Pyjamas and David Benedictus who has written a sequel to Winnie the Pooh.

Six of the Best –Teenage Book Awards Shortlist

The Book Trust Teenage Book Awards winner will be announced in November so this month is a great chance to select your personal winner from the shortlist of six. You will find free Opening Extracts to download from all six shortlisted titles at Lovereading4kids and a very international list it is too, covering: ancient Greece, a disease-ridden London, Malaga, New York, the Arctic Circle and post-independence Zimbabwe. Teenage protagonists struggle in search of their identity, and sometimes for their very survival. You’re bound to find at least one your kids will love!

Not Just Vampires! – Guardian Children’s Book Awards

The shortlist for the Guardian Children’s Book Awards has also just been announced. While the headlines are dominated by the apparently all-consuming attraction of vampires, children’s authors are writing books about all sorts of things, particularly for the nine-pluses, which is where attracting readers’ attention and reeling them in is so vital. This batch of great engaging books deals with subjects friendship, arduous adventure, holocaust, stone-age demons as well as witty magical reality, ogres and wizards. The winner will be announced on 8 October, but why not head to Lovereading for a sneak preview?

Riproaring Belly Laughs, Sniggers and Chortles – Roald Dahl Funny Prize

Continuing the Award theme, The Roald Dahl Funny Prize shortlist, for the 2010 prize, has also been announced. Always packed with humourous gems for two age groups (Under 6 and 7-14), this popular prize will again delight this year. There are dogs in tutus, elephants with umbrellas, stupid sharks, not-so-scary monsters and Einstein’s pants! – and that’s just scratching the surface! We are featuring all of the shortlisted authors on the site before the winners are announced in November, so take a little time and treat yourself to some very happy reading! Find out more…

Rhyme Time – National Poetry Day – 7 October

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October is National Poetry Day in the UK. Your kids’ schools may already be doing something around this – there are many events going on all over the country – and we are certainly excited! Why not take a peek at our Poetry and spend some time with the kids and a poem or two? There is something for children (and adults for that matter) of all ages and it’s a great way to introduce your kids to some fabulous rhythm and rhyme. Why not give it a peek!

So, that’s it for this month. We hope you will continue to visit Lovereading and help us help you find great, engaging and fulfilling reads for your children. Nothing sparks the imagination quite as much as a good book. They can stay with you forever.

Lovereading4kids mid May update

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

Our mid month update is packed with news from the book world. Read on to hear about some exclusive ‘pre-publication books’ that we have managed to lay our hands on before anyone else. Also, check out the books that meant or still mean so much to the five Children’s Laureates, past and present, as well lots of exciting free to enter prize draws.

Be spellbound by some of the hottest new children’s books before they are published


    

The Bad Tuesdays 2: Strange Energy

Benjamin J Myers

9+ A tense and pacy second adventure in this magical dystopian fantasy series. .

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The Henderson Boys 2: Eagle Day

Robert Muchamore

11 + The second explosive novel in the series sees the Boys go into action to help stop Hitler invading Britain

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Shark Island

David Miller

9+ ‘Treasure Island meets The Beach’. A cracking adventure about what happens when pirates storm the exotic island 

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Toby Alone 2: Toby And The Secrets Of The Tree

Timothee De Fombelle

9+ The much-awaited sequel to Toby Alone explores heroism and friendship his miniature world.

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The Reformed Vampire Support Group

Catherine Jinks

9+ A murder-mystery comedy of errors about a vampire ‘support group’.

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Puppet Master and The Silver Blade, both historical novels of the highest order and Lifegame and The Resistance, both of which are a frightening reminder of how power, in the wrong hands can become a frightening weapon of destruction. 10+ year olds will enjoy all of these. It’s wonderful too, to see the return of Pongwiffy, a witch of bad habits to be enjoyed by a new generation of young readers of 7+ and for smaller boys and girls the wonderful Littlest Dinosaur and Lulu’s Clothes.

And, talking of favourite books:

The position of Children’s Laureate is nearly 10 years old and the first five holders of this illustrious post – Quentin Blake, Anne Fine, Michael Morpurgo, Jacqueline Wilson and the current Michael Rosen – have each chosen their 7 all-time favourite children’s books. So, why not visit our special section to find out which books fired the imagination of some of the top children’s writers of today, first as children and later as adults.

Just as our Children’s Laureate feature guides you to some timeless classics, did you know we have a whole section on the site dedicated to books that we think will grow old gracefully and will affect a new generation as powerfully as the generation before? Simply Essential Reading. Updated regularly and conveniently categorized by age why not find out more today?…

We hope you and your children enjoy the books we’re recommending at least half as much as we’ve enjoyed selecting them. And don’t forget we also love hearing from you so do let us have any suggestions you have to make our website even better and last but by no means least a reminder to enter our free monthly prize draws to have the chance to win some exclusive book goodies.

Happy reading for you and your kids from the team at Lovereading4kids!

Children’s Books for Christmas

Friday, November 7th, 2008

Before kids had Mp3 players and PlayStations, they found many of their adventures in books. Now that some of the consumerism of the 21st century has been stripped away by the Credit Crunch, books are still here to enrich children’s lives: inexpensive, imagination-firing brain food and a doddle to wrap!

So, here at Lovereading4kids, our minds have been working overtime on choosing from 1,000’s of children’s books published this year, the ones that we feel will MAKE Christmas for the youngsters in your life. And to make your money go that little bit further we are now offering free UK postage on orders over £20 coupled with our 25% off the RRP.We have chosen some fantastic ‘Must Read books of the year’Gifts and Stocking Fillers to whet the appetite, for all age ranges from toddlers to teens. Remember, you can download a free Opening Extract of every Featured Book to make sure it’s right for the child before making that purchase. If teenagers would like to choose their own books tell them to check out our ‘new gen’ category on Lovereading.

Author of the Month David Almond:

David Almond has the rare honour of winning Whitbread Children’s Book Award. His novels, including Skellig and The Fire-eaters, have become worldwide bestsellers. And his brilliant new book, Jackdaw Summer, is out now. Read this and many of his older novels in our special Author of the Month section.

 

 

 

A bumper crop of great Books of the Month:



Anthony Horowitz’s The Power of Five: Necropolis

the eagerly awaited 4th book in the series about five children with special powers fighting to save the world from evil


The Reckoning by James Jauncey

a thriller in which a teenage boy becomes entangled in murderous goings on

The Gruffalo Pop-up Theatre by Julia Donaldson
read the much-loved story, then open the pop-up stage and act out your own adventures, creating hours of fun
Young, Loaded and Fabulous by Kate Kingsley two outrageously spoilt teenage socialites’ position at the top of their school’s social hierarchy suddenly comes under threat
  

Girls Are Best, Sandi Toksvig seeks to redress the injustices of history, and tells us about all the wonderful and fascinating ways females have changed the world

Dugald Speer’s Spyology,  

thrilling stuff for any would be spies – this is a training guide packed with all sorts of secrets.

Fish in the Sky by Fridrik Erlings a witty, literary novel about the trials and tribulations of a 13-year-old boy. Destined to become a classic The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman   

a stunning novel about a child who finds safety from a murderer among the local graveyard’s ghosts and ghouls

The Birthday Book   

a sumptuous collection of illustrated stories and verse by some of the very best authors

 

New writing talent – New Voices:

Fresh from our New Voices category, featuring the brightest talent from Walker Books, comes Winter Song by Jean-Claude Morlevat. This is a powerful story about courage and principle in the face of an oppressive government.

We also have a sneak preview of the December New Voice The Society of S by Susan Hubbard is about a young girl, Ariella, who discovers that everything she knew about her family is a lie, and a deep, dark truth lies beneath…

The kids weekly comic is back – the perfect present for Christmas:

The DFC is a weekly comic, packed with tons of high-quality, 100% entertaining stories from the world’s best writers and artists. If you want to get a brilliant Christmas present in the bag for your kids, look no further than our exclusive Lovereading4kids subscription offers. And this month there’s a brilliant prize draw to win signed artwork too.

Introduce your children to some classic stories:

And finally, more classics – condensed, retold, and beautifully illustrated – from the Real Reads initiative: this time your children can absorb themselves in imagination-shaping sci-fi with Frankenstein and The Lost World.

So, download some FREE Opening Extracts of some of these great reads, get your kids hooked on reading, and remind yourself why books make extremely special presents – to throw into the mix with all the hi-tech toys and gadgets this Christmas.


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