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Mid-January email update

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Did you know that children who read over and above the reading they do at school, perform better at school? So why not take a few minutes to browse Lovereading4kids and choose some great books? We have dozens of hand-picked age ranged crackers including a special category for reluctant readers; read on to find out more.Not (yet) Off The Press! Pre-Publication Extracts


As always, we have a few sneak peeks at brand new titles for you to try before they even go to press. And for a lot of the titles we already have reviews from our Kids Reader Panel, to complement the experts’ views – click on a cover to see what they thought.


Appy New Year – from Digital Leaf


With the profusion of tablet computers and smart phones we wanted to feature the publisher Digital Leaf who are creating stories, both as books and apps, that bring whole families together promoting the ideas of health, happiness and love. See the shelf below for some of their multi-format titles.


Special focus on Reluctant Readers

If you have a child who could be described as a ‘reluctant reader’ then we have a great section of books, handily split into age-ranges, perfect to get them hooked on books. These books will inspire, encourage and enthrall your reluctant kids to get into reading and enjoy years and years of engrossing stories. Click here to find out more …

A book that started an award winning partnership

20 years ago Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler worked on their first book called A Squash and Squeeze, a laugh-out-loud story based on a song from BBC Children’s Television. This beautiful limited print run 20th anniversary edition, complete with early drawings from Axel’s sketchbook and a specially written foreword from Julia herself is a joy to own and read to a new generation of children.

Not – lost in translation


The Marsh Award for Children’s Literature in Translation has recently announced its shortlist.

Our favourites are In the Sea there are Crocodiles by Fabio Geda, a harrowing story of a young boy travelling from his home in Afghanistan to Italy and The Midnight Palace by Carlos Ruiz Zafron, a fast moving tale of mystery and adventure set in 1930s Calcutta. The winner is announced on 23 January 2013.


And finally … if you love writing as much as reading

If you have children aged 7 – 11 who love writing then read on as they can get involved with an exciting project to help write a book! It’s being organised by publisher Hotkey and runs from 21 January to 13 May 2013. Take a look at Shrunk by Fleur Hitchcock – you can read an exclusive extract right here – and if it sounds the sort of book you’d like to help the author write the sequel, then visit the secure website to register and get involved.

And teachers take note, as there will also be an opportunity to win a school visit from the author for the most active school!


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13) … TV’s Chris Evans is back with the 500 WORDS short story competition. Superstar judges will choose six winning stories to be broadcast live to millions on BBC Radio 2. Find out how to enter here and good luck!

So, Happy New Year from all of us at Lovereading4kids! Here’s to a fun-filled, page-turning 2013. See you in February with more ideas to keep them inspired.

New November Children’s Books and a first look at Christmas

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Books make perfect presents for children – they get the excitement of a rip-roaring story; you get the warm glow of watching them develop their reading skills. And with only seven weeks to go until the big day now’s the time to start choosing. If you’re not sure which titles will go down best, download some free Opening Extracts and take a sneak peak at some of the very best new stories.

Rudolph the Red-nosed Reader

Lovereading4kids has compiled a list for Santa that has something for everyone, with great ideas for gift books and stocking fillers. They’re sure to make your children merry and bright for Christmas and a good long time afterwards. And don’t forget there’s 25% of most books and free delivery on every order over £20!

Author of the Month – the inimitable Stephen Davies

Stephen is a unique character – he works as a missionary in West Africa, preaching, accompanying cattle drives and giving advice on crops and health. We’ve brought together a selection of his brilliant kids’ books suitable for 7+ readers and his new title, Hacking Timbuktu, for 9+ readers in which a young computer whizz gets mixed up in the daring robbery of an ancient temple!

Books of the Month – outstanding quality new children’s books

We’ve got a whole host of really excellent new books for November, from established names like Anthony Horowitz with his brand new Alex Rider title and Jeanette Winterson, with her stunning first foray into children’s books, to rising stars like Emily Bearn and John Smelcer. All are exceptionally imaginative and well written – there’s never been so much talent in the children’s book world!

For 3 + readers
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Debuts of the Month – Fresh new reading talents

Jane Airhead by Kay Woodward

Inspired by Jane Eyre, Charlotte goes looking for a dashing modern day Mr. Rochester for her lovely mum; she finds one, but is he for real?

Winter Shadow by Richard Knight & Richard Johnson

A wonderful story of a little girl who finds an abandoned wolf cub and how they become inseparable as they grow up together.

Can you tell your Arabesque from your Grand Plie?

The Ballet Academy is our Series of the Month, perfect for any
7+ year old who loves to dance and who wants to read stories
that fuel that passion. We also have a wonderful, and essential, illustrated companion volume that provides a real insight into the world of ballet

and what young dancers need to know. Why not ‘jete’ over to have a look?

Children’s Classics – timeless tales for Christmas

There are certain stories your kids will enjoy just as much as you did as a child. So take a look at our Children’s Classics area on Lovereading4kids, where you’ll find collections of classics to suit every taste and they won’t break the bank either. Whether it’s the sumptuous Templar illustrated hardbacks, the Oxford great value small format hardbacks, the Walker Illustrated paperbacks or the Puffin paperbacks, they all make perfect gifts.

Fantastic new stories for dyslexic and reluctant readers

Books make perfect Christmas presents – and not just for confident readers. We’ve added a dozen new titles to our very popular Dyslexia category on the site to coincide with Dyslexia Awareness Week from 1st to 7th Nov, and we’ve also refreshed our Reluctant Reader section. If your children struggle to read, or just seem disinterested, there could well be a short, sharp and entertaining book here to foster a new enthusiasm for reading.

Three book awards to be announced – all first class fiction

The Teenage Book Prize continues to raise awareness of the very best writing for young adults. This year’s shortlist features some gloriously imagined characters and vividly painted worlds, both grittily real and wildly fantastical. Download some free Opening Extracts of books by such inspirational authors as Neil Gaiman, Paul Dowswell and Mal Peet.

Roald Dahl’s Funniest Book prize shortlist shouldn’t be missed – the winner will be announced in mid November alongside the winner of the Young Minds Book prize. All the shortlisted titles together with ‘try before you buy’ extracts are on Lovereading4kids.

Gift Vouchers – the Christmas present that can’t go wrong!

If you just can’t choose which books to buy your young cherubs or God cherubs for Christmas, then try a Lovereading4kids Gift Voucher. You can be confident that when your kids visit the site there will be a wonderful selection of books for them to have fun choosing from.

Happy Reading!

Sizzling Summer Reads for June – and more new children’s book features

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Download some free Opening Extracts and have fun choosing!

Get ‘Outdoors’ more with your children

With summer gathering pace we wanted to remind you not to miss our special Spring and Summer long feature on books to help your children make the most of getting ‘Out and About’ during the Summer holidays. It covers outdoorsy things to do from gardening to wildlife watching and we have 2 brilliant new titles, The Bumper Book of Nature and Green Fingers and Muddy Boots, to further inspire!

Classics Illustrated
– a new genre on Lovereading4kids

Former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo recently said that he was a reluctant reader as a child, but that the Classics Illustrated graphic novels of classics including Oliver Twist drew him in and led him on to read the original books later in life. Well now we have a special section where you can find new editions of lots of the original Classics Illustrated, from Gulliver’s Travels to Lorna Doone, which will help engage kids in the power of stories.

Get set for a Summer of Reading

Our Summer Reading selection this year has been such fun to put together. There’s something to appeal to all. You’ll find books for avid readers, for reluctant readers, dyslexic friendly books and also you might like to take a look at one or two other areas of the site where we’re sure you’ll find a nugget or two, such as Usborne’s 10 titles celebrating Five years of Fantastic Fiction, the Real Reads, which are classics retold in just 64 pages or perhaps summer is the time to get your child hooked on the wonderful adventures of Tintin and his canine friend Snowy.

Gripping Pre-publication Exclusives

Get ahead of the crowds and start reading the best children’s books before they are even published! This month we have a sensational and moving novel from one of the best ‘teen authors around, Killing God by Kevin Brooks, the latest in the hugely popular / series for 9+ year olds and a brilliant new picture book Barry the Fish with Fingers. See below for more info and click on the covers to find out more.

Lovereading4kids launches range of DYSLEXIA-FRIENDLY books

Friday, May 1st, 2009

in association with

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Helping parents and their children crack the reading code

Click here to download a free guide to help you help your child to love reading

The term dyslexia literally means ‘difficulty with words’. In reality, it covers a whole spectrum of problems, not just with reading, writing and spelling, but also with comprehension, memory and organisational skills. With some 10% of people in the UK with dyslexia, here at lovereading we feel the time has come to provide some guidance on dyslexia-friendly books for children and teenagers alongside the leading publisher Barrington Stoke of books for dyslexics and the charity Dyslexia Action.

Dyslexic individuals function rather differently from the norm and they need alternative teaching methods and materials if they are to crack the code. It may take longer than their classmates but most of them get there in the end. These emergent readers will finally crack the code, often aged 9 or 10, but often they are not ready to tackle the longer more challenging books their contemporaries enjoy. They need much shorter books, but still by first class authors, with inspiring content, real characters and a gripping plot.

On this page you’ll find a selection of titles, all with FREE OPENING EXTRACTs, specifically written to help dyslexic readers. The age ranges shown – 9 to 12 and 12+ – represent the interest age applicable for the titles, whilst the reading age for each title – this is detailed within each title page – ranges between 6 and 8 years. Together with Barrington Stoke, the leader in the field of dyslexia-friendly books and the leading charity Dyslexia Action our aim here at Lovereading4kids is to help children crack the reading code.

Books for 9 – 12 year olds

Books for 12+ readers

Books for 9 – 12 year olds

The Stepsisters' Story
The Stepsisters’ Story

Kaye Umansky

A romping comedy of catastrophes, this version of the Cinderella story comes straight from the mouths of the step sisters. They make no apology for their terrible behaviour as they greedily pursue their own ends while doing down their step…


Stat Man
Stat Man

Alan Durant

A footballing story with a difference sees Arnie, knowledge about the game but not so good at playing it, suddenly given the chance to prove his skills on the field as well as off. Arnie’s nickname comes from his amazing…


Snow Dogs
Snow Dogs

J A C West

A thrilling story of courage and survival set in the extreme cold of Alaska. Zeb is determined to win the Iditarod, a terrifyingly challenging dog sled race covering 674 miles. Everyone says that Zeb is too young to enter but…


Living with Vampires
Living with Vampires

Jeremy Strong

Family problems of an unusual kind make life complicated for Kevin. With vampires for parents, he does his best to control them but things can’t help getting out of hand….Blood is their favourite drink so it isn’t surprising that they…



John Townsend

Danger surrounds Barney on all sides in this quick-fire thriller set on the slopes of a ski resort. When Barney is woken in the night by voices outside his room in the ski resort, he knows something suspicious is going…



Frank Cottrell Boyce

A delicious comedy in which geeky George whose passion for Warhammer games has long made him a social outcast, is transformed by some past its sell by date after shave. Suddenly everyone wants to be George’s friend. Can he escape?  …


Books for 12+ readers

The Fix
The Fix

Sophie Mckenzie

A tense novel about finding the special kind of courage needed to do the right thing in difficult circumstances. Blake is great footballer; playing football is all he wants to do but, with money worries at home, he knows he…



Keith Gray

A chilling and brilliant horror story, Ghosting tells how the make-believe of contacting the spirit world becomes horribly real for Sandy and her brother Nat. Taught by their Mum how to ‘talk’ to the dead, Nat and Sandy put on…


Flash Flood
Flash Flood

Andy Croft

High drama in this simply written but gripping watery adventure. Bored on a wet holiday, Jaz and Toni set out to find some fun in the nearest town. But they don’t realise how quickly the river is rising. Soon they…


Diary of an (Un)teenager
Diary of an (Un)teenager

Pete Johnson

Spencer is determined that he’ll stay exactly as he is when he turns 13. As he tells his diary, he wants nothing to do with the clothes, kit and attitudes that other teenagers adopt. But when his friend Zac turns…


Death Leap
Death Leap

Simon Chapman

Action and bravery propel this intense drama in which Jake, having seen a man shot, has to make a dramatic escape to save his own life. Jake likes taking risks on his mountain bike but he never expects to have…


Dead Men Don't Talk
Dead Men Don’t Talk

Catherine Forde

Hard hitting and angry in tone but with a sensitive massage underneath, Dead Men Don’t Talk captures Alan’s immense rage following the death of his father and how, helped by something rather supernatural, he begins to come to terms with…


Children’s Classics, Prize Winners and books for reluctant readers

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

In addition to Lovereading4kids keeping you abreast of lots of new books from established and debut authors we wanted to let you know about three special sections that have just gone live (due to numerous reader requests) and we think you’ll love.

ClassicChildren’s Classics

The first is one dedicated to Classic Children’s Books from Alice (in Alice in Wonderland) to Zeus (in Tales of Greek Heroes). From great value hardbacks from Oxford and large format illustrated paperbacks from Walker Books to Puffin’s delightfully packaged paperbacks there’s a format for every time and place and as you collect them you’ll find they make a marvellous library for your child’s bookshelf. Find out more today.

Essential Reading

Essential ReadingThe second are what we call Essential Reading. Eagle-eyed readers will realised we launched this last year but for 2009 we’ve refreshed the list. It’s the perfect place to go if you are stuck for a book to buy next for your child. Split by age range it features dozens of titles, that are all fabulous reads and have a timeless quality about them. Our highlight of the month for this section has to be The Little White Horse, which has come back to prominence with the launch of the hugely successful film The Secret of Moonacre.

Reluctant readersBooks for reluctant readers

Last but by no means least, if you have any children that aren’t overly keen about picking up a book to read, perhaps they even struggle as a reader, then have a look at our Reluctant Readers category. Working with the Literacy Trust, we’ve packed it with books recommended by parents and teachers who found them useful for encouraging hesitant readers. We hope it helps!

Start reading books before they are published

We have some excellent pre-publication stories this month for your kids to discover before the playground crowds. Just download some free Opening Extracts to read together:

Litterbug Doug by Ellie Bethel – 5+ readers

A fun story about a lazy, wasteful boy who hates recycling… only Michael Recycle, Planet Earth’s Super Green Hero can save the day!

Raven Mysteries by Marcus Segewick – 7+ readers.

A really funny new Gothic series about a very strange family, told from the point of a raven. We’re always pleased when an author with an established fan base begins writing for a younger audience, particularly someone as talented as Marcus.

Running on the Cracks by Julia Donaldson for 9+ readers.

A heart-stopping debut thriller from an award-winning picture book author about a girl who runs away from home to escape life and investigate the secret behind her dead father’s feud with his family.

Princess Plot by Kirsten Boie – 11+ readers.

Jenna has just won the starring role in a film about a princess – but when she gets whisked off to the shoot, she becomes caught up in a real-life royal mystery! This is a stunningly original debut.


Auslander by Paul Dowswell – 14+ readers.

Peter grows up in a Warsaw orphanage, but with his Aryan blond hair and blue eyes, he is soon adopted by a German professor. But Peter refuses to be the perfect Hitler-jugend.It’s chilling and thought-provoking in equal measure.

Blue PeterPotential Prize Winners

The name Blue Peter conjures up memories for parents and children everywhere but did you know they organise a very influential children’s book prize?. To find the shortlisted titles in the three sections of the award – ‘the best book with facts’, ‘the book I couldn’t put down’ and ‘the most funny story with pictures’ – go to our Prize Winners section and decide which are your favourites to win. The winners of the sections will be announced on World Book Day 5 March.

Money offSpread the word about Lovereading4kids and get money off books!

Finally, We know that as a parent you appreciate the guidance that Lovereading4kids provides in finding some amazing new children’s books to keep the reading-ball rolling But don’t forget to tell all your friends and family about it too, also recommending your friends to join up can earn you discounts on books!

P.S Oh and one last thing, time waits for no man, or child for that matter, so why not take a moment to review the age categories you have asked us to keep you up-to-date on. After all, kids get older too and may be you’re no longer receiving the most appropriate age ranges for your kids. Just click this link and login to your account page.

P.P.S A reminder too about our free prize draws page that we launched recently. If you’ve not dropped in to that page this month then why not take a look.

Children’s books – August 08 Mid Month update

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

Summer ReadsAs the summer holidays draw to a close keep your children’s literary interest high with some of our superb Summer Reading selections. Scroll down to see our recommendations in the age ranges you have told us you are interested in.

Now getting older is something none of us can avoid – so do please tell us if your children have now changed age categories and we can adjust the book selections we send you. Changing age selections is v easy. Just click the My Account button, in the top right hand corner of the website. You can then see and change any of your details.

Focus on Reluctant Readers

Do you have a child that sometimes struggles to get interested in books? Well at Lovereading4kids we want to make sure every child, however reluctant or struggling to begin with, is given the chance to become a voracious bookworm. And publishersBarrington Stoke, have some of the very best books to get your child excited about books and reading. Please have a look at this launch selection of books for reluctant and struggling readers and download some free Opening Extracts. You can buy them with a 25% discount off the RRP.

This Month’s Highlights

Debut of the month Traitor Game Author of the Month - Sally Gardner Debut - Greek Ransom
Angus Thongs and Perfect Snogging - Prize Draw Puffin Classics New Voices from Walker Books

Barefoot Books Young Storyteller competition

Barefoot CompIf your children have got a gift for telling stories themselves, help them make a film for the Barefoot Books Young Storyteller competition and you

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could win a trip to New York or £1,000 of books for the school library! Find out more today

Pre-Publication Books

Finally, there’s a whopping 6 Pre-publication books for you and your children to catch a sneaky peek of before anyone else:

Michelle Paver

The 5th book in the brilliant Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series.

The Mysterious Benedict Society
Trenton Lee Stewart

Could be a new Harry Potter. A group of young friends working together to solve fiendish puzzles.

A World Away
Pauline Francis

A moving story of Nadie, a American Indian ‘savage’ who faces traumatic tests of survival.

The Reckoning
James Jauncey

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

The Kiss of Death
Marcus Sedgwick

A captivating Gothic novel set in 18th century Venice.

The Resistance
Gemma Malley

The sequel to her stunning dystopian novel The Declaration.

Download some free Opening Extracts of these wonderful stories with your kids, and find out which ones will really make the rest of their summer memorable. And remember, you can buy all your children’ books with a 25% discount on Lovereading4kids.

New Children’s Books and Special features for July

Friday, July 18th, 2008

Welcome to our mid-month blog packed with the latest news from the world of children’s books and what’s new on Lovereading4kids. Read on for news on the winner of the Branford Boase debut prize ; find out how children could become a judge in the Costa Book Awards , and check out two new features on the website

Branford Boase Prize winning news

Debut novels are always exciting and ‘the’ award to win for a debut author is ‘The Branford Boase’. This year’s award has just been announced and it’s a book Lovereading4kids has been wild about since its first publication. It’s the incredibly moving Before I Die by Jenny Downham, buy it today with a 25% discount. We also have information and free extracts of all the excellent titles on the shortlist.

New features – ‘Poetry’ and ‘Books for Reluctant Readers’

At Lovereading4kids we want to make sure every child, however reluctant or struggling to begin with, is given the chance to become a voracious bookworm. And publishers Barrington Stoke, who are celebrating their 10th birthday this year, have some of the very best books to get your child excited about books and reading. Please have a look at this launch selection of books for reluctant and struggling readers and download some free Opening Extracts. We think your children will like them and then you can buy them with a 25% discount off the RRP.

Next, we’re also hugely excited to introduce a poetry category, particularly apt because July is the Rhythm and Rhyme month in this year’s National Year of Reading. Poetry is a great way for kids to learn about the fun and inventiveness of language and the whole section is supported and introduced by the current Children’s Laureate, and poet, Michael Rosen.

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We have poetry for toddlers to teens… and many in betweens…

Other highlights this month

Author of the Month - Sue Limb Angus Thongs and Perfect Snogging - Prize Draw Series of the Month - Icemark Chronicles
Debut of the Month - Roar by Emma Clayton Debut of the Month - The Island of the Phantoms Debut of the Month - Savvy - Ingrid Law

greeenA fresh look at Green Reads and Children’s Essential reading

Our noble Green Reads category is further graced by 101 Ways to Save the Earth, by the legendary naturalist David Bellamy. This lovely, colourful book has simple suggestions for kids aged 6+ to help save energy and water, and protect natural habitats.

must readAlso, don’t forget to relook at our Essentials category from time to time – these are timeless books that never go out of date and should be part of growing up for every generation. They are books that are just as much fun today as they were for previous generations as well as some contemporary titles that we feel have timeless written all over them.

Wanted – Children judges for the next Costa Children’s Book Prize!

must readThe Costa Children’s book award is looking for 3 child judges
to help choose this year’s winner.

The competition is open to children aged 9 – 13 and all they need to do is write a review of any book (max 200 words) – but they will need to get their skates on as the competition closes on 8th Aug 2008. Click here to find out more.

More fantastic Pre-publication books, to discover before the hordes:

The Shadow of Malabron

Thomas Wharton

An epic fantasy adventure.

Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox


The 6th and possibly last Artemis Fowl book.

The Meaning of Life

Joanna Nadin

A hilarious teenage novel about ‘doing it’.

And Whizz-Bang Winnie

Laura Owen

A riotous slapstick adventure with the popular Winnie the Witch..

So download some Opening Extracts and see which books you and your kids like the look of. Order from Lovereading4kids with a 25% discount and your kids can spend all summer having extraordinary literary adventures. Privacy Policy Disclaimer