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Lovereading4kids. Most popular books, by age range, 7 – 14 February 2016

Monday, February 15th, 2016

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Blown Away Blown Away
Rob Biddulph
Winner of the 2015 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize  A brilliant adventure for a bold Penguin who gets swept up, up and away on a brand new kite on a windy day. Penguin’s original and richly-imagined adventure is beautifully told and …
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Five Minutes' Peace Five Minutes’ Peace
Jill Murphy
Celebrate thirty years of the Large family in this stunning anniversary edition of a modern picture book classic.
There can’t be a mum in the country who doesn’t identify with Mrs Large, wrapped in her comfortable dressing gown, doing her best …
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Dozy Bear and the Secret of Sleep Dozy Bear and the Secret of Sleep
Katie Blackburn
This book is dedicated to tired parents, grandparents and children and could prove a real godsend to them all. It’s designed and written specifically to help children relax and ready themselves for a good night’s sleep and uses proven techniques …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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How Hard Can Love be? How Hard Can Love be?
Holly Bourne
February 2016 Book of the Month  Holly Bourne’s new novel demonstrates that with the right female friends, and a decent supply of cheesy snacks, a girl can get through anything. Amber is in America spending summer with the mum she …
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Beautiful Broken Things Beautiful Broken Things
Sara Barnard
February 2016 Debut of the Month  16-year-old Brightonians Caddy and Rosie have been best friends all their lives, their relationship enduring even when Caddy’s aspirational parents send her to a private school. But when an enigmatic new girl arrives at …
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All the Rage All the Rage
Courtney Summers
February 2016 Book of the Month A deeply powerful novel for emotionally mature readers about surviving rape, speaking out and the ways in which women are forced to burden the blame for misogynist brutalities.With her alcoholic dad out of the …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Alan's Big, Scary Teeth Alan’s Big, Scary Teeth
Jarvis
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month, February 2016 Glorious illustrations tell this story that is both nicely scary and neatly resolved. Everyone knows that alligators are scary! Right? Alan comes from a long line of scary alligators and, with his …
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What Pet Should I Get What Pet Should I Get
Dr. Seuss
More than 60 years after they were first published Dr Seuss’s books continue to work their magic on children: his rhyme and rhythm, nonsense humour and wordplay and sudden bursts of anarchy have strong child appeal. All of these Seussian …
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I am Bear I am Bear
Ben Bailey Smith
February 2016 MEGA Debut of the Month Rapper Doc Brown’s Bear cheekily bounces his way through this simple picture book that is full of surprises. This is a Bear who enjoys playing cunning tricks on his friends. He can …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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There's a Dragon in My Dinner There’s a Dragon in My Dinner
Tom Nicoll
February 2016 Debut of the Month   Dragons come in all shapes and sizes in children’s stories, but the one that Eric finds in a box of beansprouts is small, friendly and lots of fun.  Pan is a mini-dragon, lost en …
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Wild Adventures Wild Adventures
Brita Granstrom, Mick Manning
This outstanding nature book demonstrates to children the myriad exciting possibilities for fun and adventure in the world outside their door.  It is packed full of suggestions and information on how to explore the natural world, from how to build …
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My Stinky New School My Stinky New School
Rebecca Elliott
Toby’s little brother Benjamin goes to nursery and loves it. His big sister Clemmie goes to special school, and she loves it too. But Toby is starting at a new school, and he hates it. He hasn’t any friends, doesn’t …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Hamish and the Neverpeople Hamish and the Neverpeople
Danny Wallace
February 2016 Book of the Month Hamish and the Worldstoppers was one of my favourite kids’ books of 2015, and the follow up is even better. The world is in danger again, or should that be still, and the monsters …
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Zoo Boy Zoo Boy
Sophie Thompson
Julia Eccleshare’s Debut of the Month, February 2016  When Vince turns eight years old he discovers he has the most amazing secret. Although he has always hated animals, which is embarrassing because his father is a zoo keeper, Vince suddenly …
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The BFG The BFG
Roald Dahl
This is a delightful, funny and exciting story about a special friendship between two people from different worlds – a giant and a child. As the story develops it shows how trust and love develops between them. It also shows …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Awful Auntie Awful Auntie
David Walliams
February 2016 Book of the Month Best-selling David Walliams is back on top form with Awful Auntie. Stella Saxby is the unfortunate owner of the awful auntie! Throughout her life, the dreadful aunt Alberta has squandered the family fortunes. Following …
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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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Simon Thorn and the Wolf's Den Simon Thorn and the Wolf’s Den
Aimee Carter
February 2016 Debut of the Month  Like Harry Potter, Aimée Carter’s twisty, original thriller stars a gang of kids with special abilities up against a cast of powerful adults, some of whom are decidedly untrustworthy. Instead of being trainee wizards …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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How to Look for a Lost Dog How to Look for a Lost Dog
Ann M. Martin
February 2016 Book of the Month  The heroine of Ann M Martin’s fine novel has a unique voice, and the story she tells is very touching. Rose (rows) has a diagnosis of autism and struggles to understand the unspoken social rules …
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Wild Lily Wild Lily
K. M. Peyton
K. M. Peyton published her first book aged just fifteen, and has been loved by generations of readers ever since. She said once, “I write to entertain”, and Wild Lily will certainly do that.  Set in the 1920s, in those …
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White Lies, Black Dare White Lies, Black Dare
Joanna Nadin
A compelling story for 10+ readers about falling in with the wrong crowd, and standing up for what you believe in. Full Lovereading4kids review to follow.
Click here to read why Joanna Nadin believes books are important beacons for children. …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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The Lie Tree The Lie Tree
Frances Hardinge
WINNER of the 2015 COSTA BOOK OF THE YEAR and Winner of the Costa Children’s Book Award – Andrea Reeces’s Pick of the Year 2015 – Shortlisted for the 2015 Guardian Children’s Book prize – Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the …
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More of Me More of Me
Kathryn Evans
February 2016 Debut of the Month   We all live with our past selves – and it can be pretty uncomfortable – but Teva does so literally: once a year Teva splits into two, the new version goes out into the …
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Am I Normal Yet? Am I Normal Yet?
Holly Bourne
August 2015 Book of the Month  Evie is starting sixth form college and like any normal young person wants to fit in and make friends, and she’d like a boyfriend too. It’s challenging for Evie though because she’s also coping …
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Most popular books on Lovereading4kids, by age range, 22 – 19 March 2015

Monday, March 30th, 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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Missing Jack Missing Jack
Rebecca Elliott
Jack is just a lovely cat: not snooty, like some; never angry; fun to play with! As Jack gets older though, it’s like he’s fading away. When Jack dies, his family have a little funeral for him, and – after …
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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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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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Under My Skin Under My Skin
James Dawson
****James Dawson is appearing alongside fellow YA authors, Non Pratt, Patrick Ness and Malorie Blackman in a special event at Hay Fever, sponsored by Lovereading4kids!  An unmissable line-up of YA talent for your delectation. In this session, guaranteed to be lively …
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I'll Give You the Sun I’ll Give You the Sun
Jandy Nelson
A rollercoaster story that will pick all readers up and sweep them along in a story that is romantic, tragic, funny and profound. Twins Noah and Jude live their lives in the shadow of each other. They are very different …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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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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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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Hogs Hate Hugs! Hogs Hate Hugs!
Tiziana Bendall-Brunello
Can Little Hog avoid all the hugs that everyone wants to give him? And does he really want to?? As the smallest and most huggable creature in the forest, Little Hog gets Big Hugs, Slow Hugs, Hopping-Quick Hugs and sometimes, …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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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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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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A Walk in Paris A Walk in Paris
Salvatore Rubbino
Illustrator Salvatore Rubbino brings Paris alive in this brilliant sequel to A Walk in New York and A Walk in London. A young girl and her grandfather set out to explore Paris. There is so much to look at and …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Wigglesbottom Primary: The Toilet Ghost Wigglesbottom Primary: The Toilet Ghost
Pamela Butchart
Welcome to Wigglesbottom Primary and the first book in what should become a very popular series for new readers.  There are three stories here, each one describing the kind of event that all primary school children will be familiar with, …
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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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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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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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The Nowhere Emporium The Nowhere Emporium
Ross MacKenzie
This sparkling fantasy adventure is a glorious hymn to the powers of the imagination. Young Daniel Holmes first stumbles into the Nowhere Emporium as he’s running from a couple of the bullies from the children’s home where he lives. He’s …
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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 Honest Truth The Honest Truth
Dan Gemeinhart
March 2015 Debut of the Month Thirteen year old Mark is running away from home. He’s taking his dog Beau with him, and is heading for Mount Rainier. He’s prepared really well, no-one and nothing – certainly not the cancer that …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Apple and Rain Apple and Rain
Sarah Crossan
Shortlisted for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal Apple is sure that one day her mother will return. And when that happens she is sure that everything in her life will be good again. But when Mum does return, Apple finds that what …
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All That Glitters All That Glitters
Holly Smale
****Holly Smale is appearing alongside Arabella Weir in a special event at Hay Fever, sponsored by Lovereading4kids!  Holly Smale, creator of the award-winning and bestselling Geek Girl books, talks about All That Glitters, the latest in the series starring accident-prone …
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The Haunting of Sunshine Girl The Haunting of Sunshine Girl
Paige McKenzie, Alyssa B. Sheinmel
Sunshine has just turned sixteen when she and her mum leave Texas for a new home in rainy Washington. They’ve not even been there one night before something creepy makes its presence felt, to Paige at least. We the reader …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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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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Tinder Tinder
Sally Gardner
Shortlisted for the 2015 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal – Shortlisted for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal  Award-winning Sally Gardner tells a gripping, bloody and bold story drawing on the traditions of fairy stories of all kinds and especially Hans Christian Andersen’s The …
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Buffalo Soldier Buffalo Soldier
Tanya Landman
Shortlisted for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal What does freedom really mean? Tanya Landman pushes back against all kinds of prejudice in this action-packed, emotionally rich and vividly told story about one girl’s struggle to find out. When Charley is freed from …
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Top 3 books, by age range on Lovereading4kids 1 – 8 March 2015

Monday, March 9th, 2015

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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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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Guess How Much I Love You Guess How Much I Love You
Sam McBratney
March 2015 Book of the Month Best-selling and glorious Guess How Much I love you has delighted children – and adults – for a quarter of a century. Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare want to tell each other just …
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Baby's Very First Cloth Book Baby’s Very First Cloth Book
Fiona Watt
March 15 Book of the Month  Cloth books are the perfect thing to tuck into baby’s buggy or cot, a lovely way to introduce the very, very young to books, and perfect for sharing. Bright colours and silky soft pages …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Hogs Hate Hugs! Hogs Hate Hugs!
Tiziana Bendall-Brunello
Can Little Hog avoid all the hugs that everyone wants to give him? And does he really want to?? As the smallest and most huggable creature in the forest, Little Hog gets Big Hugs, Slow Hugs, Hopping-Quick Hugs and sometimes, …
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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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Mr Super Poopy Pants Mr Super Poopy Pants
Rebecca Elliott
An older brother looks affectionately at his baby brother despite the fact that he is very far removed from the super-hero he is hoping for! Instead, this little one has only one skill – he can fill a nappy! …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Creaturepedia Creaturepedia
Adrienne Barman
March 2015 Book of the Month
Beautifully illustrated, this is an original and entertaining introduction to the curious facts about 600 iconic and incredible creatures which live all around the world. Grouped under unusual heading such as ‘The masters of camouflage’, …
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The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig
Eugene Trivizas
This much-loved picture book puts a comic and clever twist on the familiar fairytale. Three polite young wolves set off to make their way in the world and build themselves a charming little house in the country. But their rural …
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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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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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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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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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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 Waterstones 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 a violent stepfather, Kieran …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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The Bell Between Worlds The Bell Between Worlds
Ian Johnstone
Debut-author Ian Johnstone offers his readers an enormous and richly created world to explore in this elaborately constructed fantasy. Sylas Tate steps into the unusual Shop of Things and, through his remarkable powers of imagination and his ability to do …
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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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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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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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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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Paper Towns Paper Towns
John Green
A special hardback edition of 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 …
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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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Featured Books for Young Adults

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Grasshopper Jungle Grasshopper Jungle
Andrew Smith
Longlisted for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal  – One of our Books of the Year 2014 – One of the Lovereading4kids Readers’ Choice Books of the Year 2014 *** Suitable for 15+ due to explicit content   Across a huge canvass …
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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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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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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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Unfed

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, 15 – 22 Aug 2010

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Cave Baby Cave Baby
Julia Donaldson
Best-selling author of The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson has teamed up with prize-winning illustrator Emily Gravett to create a wonderfully witty story about a cheeky little Cave Baby. When the Cave Baby scribbles on the walls of his cave he is …
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Guess Who Says Moo? My Little Book of Riddles Guess Who Says Moo? My Little Book of Riddles
Leonie Shearing
This perfect introduction to farm animals combines some absolutely charming illustrations with the ever-popular flip-the-flaps, creating a fun guessing game for the very young. Farm and farm animal words are introduced in a really fun way. …
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Dogs Dogs
Emily Gravett
Shortlisted for the Independent Booksellers’ Book Prize 2010.
Prize-winning illustrator Emily Gravett delights with another wonderful new book. Apparently a celebration of dogs of all kind, this is also a book with a witty twist at the end. Gorgeous pictures of …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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The Rabbit Problem The Rabbit Problem
Emily Gravett
A Useful book about Families.
An outstandingly original and entertaining book packed full of rabbitty details and a feast of novelty features that makes it all the more fun to read again and again and again. The Rabbit Problem shows …
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Just Because Just Because
Rebecca Elliott
This is a book that deserves a place on the nursery bookshelf to be read and reread time and time again by parents and children alike.  It helps children to recognise that everyone is different.  Both heartfelt and loving it …
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Cub's First Winter Cub’s First Winter
Rebecca Elliott
Within this snuggly bedtime story there is an excellent introduction to looking at nature. It is Cub’s first winter and he wants to learn everything he can about it. Mum gives him lyrical answers to his many questions as she …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Ruby Nettleship and the Ice Lolly Adventure Ruby Nettleship and the Ice Lolly Adventure
Thomas Docherty
This is a magical adventure in which a drab landscape is transformed into a place of beauty and delight. Ruby’s playground is rundown; nothing works except for one swing for which there is always a long queue. One day, Ruby …
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Play the Shape Game Play the Shape Game
Anthony Browne
Take a shape and transform it into something new…Top names, including
Jo Brand, Quentin Blake, Jacqueline Wilson, Phillip Pullman, Imelda Staunton, Anthony Horowitz, Sir Peter Blake, Linford Christie and Andrew Motion, have played Anthony Browne’s
Shape Game and left a new shape …
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Vile A Cautionary Tale for Little Monsters Vile A Cautionary Tale for Little Monsters
Mark Robinson
This is a terrific Cautionary Tale for mischievous kids demonstrating as it does that perhaps life’s not so great when spent solely in the pursuit of vileness  And when two of the pupils of the University of Vile discover that …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Dead Man's Cove: Laura Marlin Mysteries 1 Dead Man’s Cove: Laura Marlin Mysteries 1
Lauren St.John
Feisty orphan Laura Marlin is rescued from her life in a children’s home by her mysterious uncle Calvin. Laura loves everything about her new life in Cornwall but soon realises that it is full of secrets. Laura’s sharp observation and …
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Find Chaffy Find Chaffy
Jamie Smart
Join in the search for the missing Chaffies! Ten loveable Chaffies have wandered off into the world and someone needs to set out and find where they are hiding! Join in the search for these delightful creatures among a graveyard …
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The Good Green Lunchbox: Tasty, Healthy Lunches and Picnics The Good Green Lunchbox: Tasty, Healthy Lunches and Picnics
Jocelyn Miller
This is the book to help you and the children give what you eat an eco-makeover! It’s a make-and-do book and contains 16 ideas for tasty and healthy lunches and picnics, which at the same time highlight a range of …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Witches at War: The Wickedest Witch Witches at War: The Wickedest Witch
Martin Howard
Full of dark humour in fact seriously funny this is the start of a series that should not be missed and packaged in a terrific small hardback format.  There is great anticipation in the witching world as the Wicked Witch …
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Eating Things on Sticks Eating Things on Sticks
Anne Fine
Shortlisted for Roald Dahl’s Funny Prize 2009. .
Prize-winning Children’s Laureate Anne Fine is more entertaining than anyone else about families. Creating circumstances in which everything possible can go wrong, she delights her readers with bizarre situations that are hugely entertaining. …
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Midnight on Lundy Midnight on Lundy
Victoria Eveleigh
This is Victoria Eveleigh’s fourth novel, her first three all feature an Exmoor pony called Trifle.  This one however, is set, first on Lundy Island* and then on the mainland in Devon.  Heart-rending but ultimately uplifting it will at times …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Reckless Reckless
Cornelia Funke
This title is published in September 2010 but we have an exclusive extract to whet your appetite.  Best-selling author Cornelia Funke whose Inkheart was a world-wide phenomenon has created a wonderful new imaginary world peopled with a gigantic cast of …
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Raven's Gate (Power of Five) Graphic Novel Raven’s Gate (Power of Five) Graphic Novel
Anthony Horowitz
The long-awaited graphic-novel adaptation of the No. 1 bestseller Raven’s Gate, from the creator of Alex Rider, Anthony Horowitz.  A sinister and incredibly atmospheric story of the supernatural; first of five in the Power of Five series. Matt has always …
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Dark Life Dark Life
Kat Falls
This is a debut novel that won’t disappoint.  Set in a world where the rising oceans have taken over continents and there are humans living on the small tracts of land that remain whilst others have moved under the sea …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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The 10pm Question The 10pm Question
Kate De Goldi
This is a warm, surprising, quirky, yet real and intelligent novel you will fall in love with. It’s a coming of age tale of Frankie Parsons, a twelve year old boy (who thinks and acts much older) who worries incessantly …
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Hunger Hunger
Michael Grant
This paperback edition will be available in September 2010.
Here’s what Hugh (14), one of our teenage reviewers think of Hunger:
Hunger, like it’s prequel Gone was unputdownable. It’s an excellent follow-up to an original idea.
More children are developing powers and the …
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Whisper My Name Whisper My Name
Jane Eagland
This is an incredibly eerie and chilling story of 16 year old Meriel Garland who is trapped in her grandfather’s strict regime of study and silence.  It’s a narrow, solitary existence, yet Meriel doesn’t always feel alone for someone is …
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August Mid Month Children’s Book Update

Friday, August 20th, 2010

As Summer draws to a close don’t miss these last few weeks to get your children reading some new and interesting books. Our Summer Reading section is a terrific first stop on the site. Also do have a look at our special Back to School section to keep one eye on the new term as well. Read on to find out more.

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This month’s Highlights

Exclusive Opportunity to Discover Pre-Publication Titles

September and October is traditionally the time when the established authors release their new books and we feel very privileged to be cleared to run some exclusive pre-publication extracts on some eagerly awaited new novels. Below are three that we

think should not be missed.

Reckless – Cornelia Funke

11+ and 14+ An extraordinary fantasy thriller set between two worlds linked by a mirror: the real world of today and a dark fairytale place, where modern technology has disastrously mixed with magic, resulting in war and corruption. It is utterly compelling.

Annexed – Sharon Dogar

14+ With absolute clarity, compassion and accuracy, Annexed, told through the voice of Peter van Pels, offers its readers an entirely new perspective on the most famous diary ever written. Anne’s diary tragically ends suddenly, but Annexed takes the reader on into Auschwitz and into the concentration camp at Mathausen where Peter died.

Lies – Michael Grant

14+ The Human Crew pitched against the Mutants in a fast paced, alternate reality teen thriller which Stephen King described as “torrential narrative” and “great fiction”.

Lies is the 3rd in the Gone series and we have them all on Lovereading4kids.

Graphic Novels – bringing books to life

Graphic novels have really taken off in the last few years. Much more than comics they have been shown to helpreluctant readers start to love books and for confident readers, the illustrations can bring a new dimension to the reading experience. On Lovereading4kids we have a whole section ofthe site dedicated to this growing genre split by age and this month don’t miss the graphic novel version of Anthony Horowitz’s new supernatural series Raven’s Gate.

Fascinating Facts – understand more about the world around you

Our Fascinating Facts category includes titles that children of all ages can really get their teeth into and enjoy whilst also filling up their brain with useful facts to help them better understand our amazing world. New this month for 7+ readers we have the vividly illustrated Infinity series helping to understand nature and the world around us and for 5+ the Henry’s House that is full of information on everything from Romans to Space!

We also have dozens of other titles for all ages so get clicking and discovering today.

Help is at hand for budding writers The new Children’s Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook is out…

If you’re a budding children’s writer or illustrator, this annual publication is an essential companion and overview of the publishing industry. With a wealth of practical information and articles by leading authors, illustrators and media experts, this book will answer your every question, from copyright issues to the latest trends in fiction.

Back to School – get a head start on the new academic year

While your children are enjoying their holidays, it’s a good idea to keep one eye on the future. Our Back to School category has been revamped with all the dictionaries, bilingual and reference titles you’ll need to give kids, of any age, a flying head start when the new academic year begins.

Exclusive Book prizes up for grabs

Wimpy Kid film prizes, £100 worth of school reference books and exclusive signed picture books are just some of the brilliant prizes up for grab this month.

Find out more in our Free Prize Draws area and remember to come back every month to have a chance to win.

Always wanted to be a Children’s Author? … The Times Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition.

Are you a secret storyteller? Now’s the time to let your talent out into the open! The Times and Chicken House are on a mission to find another great undiscovered children’s writer, whose novel will be published by Chicken House around the world. Closing date for entries is last mail delivery October 29, 2010. The prize includes a £10,000 advance and is too good an opportunity to let go by. Dig out those old ideas and get writing!

Now in its 4th year they are looking for new entries. All details can be found here:

100 free books to give away – first clicked first served!

We have 100 copies of The Wickedest Witch to giveaway. Children aged 9+ will be enthralled by this gripping story with fantastic names for all the witches – Diabolica Nightshade, Tiffany Toadlick and Cakula von Drakula to name but a few and the illustrations add a lovely dimension.

The sequel is published in October, it’s called White Wand and we have a pre-pub extract exclusively on Lovereading4kids. What are you waiting for?

New Children’s Books for August

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

August is one of our favourite months. No school; hazy summer days; trees hanging with fruit. And the book-tree this month is positively bursting with ripe gems for kids of all ages. Did you know that Christopher Robin Milne (the inspiration behind his father AA Milne’s young friend to Winnie the Pooh and all the other animals of Hundred Acre Wood) was born in August?

It’s a great month then, to discover new titles and old favourites and where better to do so than Lovereading. We’ve highlighted some real gems below to suit a variety of ages but don’t forget our Summer Reading selection that is chock full of great reads for babies and toddlers right through to teenagers.

Author of the Month, Michael Grant

American born Michael Grant has taken the US by storm over the last year and now his UK fan base is growing fast too. All because of his addictive teen novel series ‘Gone’ – think Lord of the Flies combined with the hit TV show Heroes. So, with the second and third in the series, Hunger (in paperback) and Lies (in hardback), coming in September we thought it was the perfect opportunity to make him our Author of the Month.

So if you’re looking for an unputdownable read for a boy or a girl from 12 upwards then give them the first one – Gone – to read during August and they’ll then be ready for 2 and 3 in September.

Books of the Month for August

As we said above, our basket is crammed with fabulous titles this month for children of all ages to enjoy including books from Eoin Colfer, Alex Scarrow, Lauren St John, Nick Sharratt, Thomas Docherty and Mary Hoffman. It’s impossible to pick one out, but to whet your appetite; we have been very excited by Julia Donaldson’s Cave Baby – our MEGA book of the month! Julia (author of the much-loved The Gruffalo) has teamed up with award-winning illustrator, Emily Gravett, to create this fabulous tale, in which a hairy mammoth takes a cheeky little baby on a thrilling ride through a moonlit landscape populated by exotic animals. And, for slightly older readers a page-turning horsey tale from tiny publisher, Tortoise Books called Midnight on Lundy. Whether you’ve ever been to Lundy Island (it’s in the Bristol Channel) or not this novel for 7+ year olds is absolutely not to be missed. Finding nuggets such as this one away from the world of big publishing makes our job here at Lovereading all the more enjoyable.

“When I grow Up I want to be a Writer and an Artist” Our Illustrator of the Month – Rebecca Elliott

This quote from one of Rebecca’s school projects hinted at what was to come. Rebecca remembers endlessly boring her long-suffering family with ill-conceived stories she had written about rabbits wearing flat caps and aliens flying around in suitcases.

It has all paid off though, because that childhood dream is now a reality, with her first three picture books all published this summer; Cub’s First Winter, Milo’s Pet Egg and Just Because. Her work is a celebration of nature and she has drawn her inspiration from the beautiful Suffolk countryside, where she lives with her other great inspirations – husband Matthew and children, Clementine and Toby.

… and introducing! Our Lovereading.co.uk Debuts of the Month

Dark Life

Kat Falls

11+Two kids thrown together, in a World that has long been engulfed by rising oceans, to save a young brother and the whole underwater-dwelling community from evil criminals. A thrilling adventure!

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A Most Improper Magick

Stephanie Burgis

10+ A magical and dark tale of self discovery as one young witch sets out to save her family name. Her journey throws up much more than she bargained for in this page-turning adventure.

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White Chin

Marilyn Edwards

9+ This is the story of a wandering cat, told by the cat himself. It tells of cruel abandonment and scary adventures and a new life with a loving little girl called Kirstie. But that’s when things start to go wrong.

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Martha, No!

Edward Hardy

3+ Martha causes chaos wherever she goes paying no attention at all to Nanny saying No! A witty contemporary cautionary tale with a satisfying resolution.

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Spy Thrillers, Aliens, Dark Worlds and History, his Novels Have it covered! Guest Editor – Graham Marks

Graham has written everything from comic strips and film tie-ins to many critically acclaimed novels for children and young adults. He is also involved in the Usborne Young Writers’ Award. His work comprises page-turning, fast-paced thrillers in magical worlds and futuristic settings, certain to fire the imagination of the young reader.

His most recent novel I Spy: The Constantinople Caper is a gripping adventure, combining the action-packed exploits of Alex Rider, with the historical adventures of Young Indiana Jones, in a classic story of one boy’s fight to find his father. An extract is available on the lovereading4kids.co.uk site and well worth a look! This Autumn he has two novels being released. The first is in September, Playing with Phyre and then the second in the I Spy series, Mean Streets.

Take a leisurely peek through his comprehensive and thrilling list of titles, as well as the wealth of authors and books that have inspired and influenced him throughout his life and career, which he kindly shares with us this month. Interestingly, one of his selections is a novel by John Buchan whose life and work, if you’re also a member of Lovereading, you’ll see we’re celebrating on the 70th anniversary of his death.

Back to School

While your children are enjoying their holidays, it’s a good idea to keep one eye on the future. Our Back to School category has been revamped with all the dictionaries, bilingual and reference titles you’ll need to give kids, of any age, a flying head start when the new academic year begins.

Great books made into brilliant films

This month sees the long-awaited film release of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, the first in the Jeff Kinney created series that has taken the US, and now the UK, by storm. The fantastic illustrations and hilarious story chart Greg’s life at a new school. Why not get your kids to read the book before seeing the film if only so they can knowledgeably tell their friends that “The book’s much better”! – You can even win a Wimpy Kid film goodie bag.

Conspiracy 365 – The Adventure continues…

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. One book of this 12-part series is being published each month during the year, giving enough time to order a copy and race through it, heart-pounding, before waiting in suspense for the next episode. These fast-paced and heart-stopping short thrillers follow Cal, who is on the run after discovering that the people who killed his father are now after him as well. The monthly installments are an especially brilliant way to get your boys away from the games consol and buried in an un-put-downable read!

Great Books for Boys – we find them for you!

Talking of getting boys hooked on books, we have a great section on the site dedicated to helping you find titles to suit boys at every age-range. Simply go to the site and click on the appropriate age range for more information. An invaluable tool in the holiday season!

Kids Reluctant to Read? … Some Books to Get Them Started.

Similarly, there is a great section on the site offering suggestions for boys and girls who are reluctant to read. These titles – again listed by age group from 5+ to 14+ – are the ones we think are most likely to get young readers interested in, if not hooked on, reading and starting to enjoy and own their independent choices. Take a look and give it a try.

Get them Hooked! A Journey to Independent Reading for Early Readers…

In a stroke of brilliance, Usborne have released 15 new titles under the Very First Reading banner for children just starting on their reading journey. Each book in the series builds on the last, taking early readers on an adventure to independent reading. There are fantastically imaginative rhymes and pictures, and clever story formats so parents and kids can read together. Why not try them now so your child starts their first term at school in September ahead of the game?

Branford Boase Prize Winner – Lucy Christopher

Finally, we would like to send our congratulations to Lucy Christopher, winner of the much coveted and highly esteemed Branford Boase Children’s Debut Prize.

Her debut novel, Stolen (14+), is a love story like no other. Gemma is kidnapped from Bangkok airport and forced to live in the wild and desolate landscape of the Australian Outback. Her assailant, however, is motivated by obsessive love. Under the hot glare of the Australian sun, can he force Gemma to love him back, isolated as they are from the rest of the world? The book takes the format of a letter, written by Gemma to her captor reflecting on those strange and disturbing months in the wilderness. This is an extraordinary novel.

Well, that just about wraps up our August gift of information from the rich world of children’s literature. We hope we have inspired you to encourage your children to dive in and get reading and that you will continue to enjoy sharing that journey with them!

P.S – Don’t miss the chance of winning some brilliant book prizes by visiting out ‘Free Prize Draw’ section! Genre/pri where you can join in the Find Chaffy treasure hunt.

Read on to see our recommendations in your favourite age categories


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