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Children’s books for Christmas

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Christmas is a time of great excitement and fun but sometimes the shopping and organising can really get in the way of that festive feeling. Here at Lovereading4kids our aim is to take all of that stress away with our one stop, age ranged, shop to the best books to buy this Christmas for all ages of children. You can also use our unique Book Price Comparison Engine to find the best price as well!

The incomparable Chris Riddell December Author and Illustrator of the Month

Living in Brighton with his wife, three children and an invisible dog Chris Riddell has, (from his Garden shed), written and illustrated some simply beautiful, enchanting, wildly inventive and funny children’s books. They include numerous richly entertaining picture books; Alienography and the story of Ottoline for 7+ year olds, and for 11+ year olds ,multi award winner, The Graveyard Book, written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Chris. He has also garnered so many book awards (including the coveted Kate Greenaway – twice – that we are frankly surprised he has room in his shed! That aside we are hugely excited and proud to make him our Author and Illustrator of the Month. Find out more about his wonderful books today…

Sally Grindley our final Guest Editor of 2010

Our Guest Editor is also an award winning author and has published over 100 books from picture story books to poignant, powerful and emotive stories for older readers. Her latest book is Bitter Chocolate for 9+ year olds, which you can read a free opening extract of along with a number of our favourite titles written by Sally. And, exclusively with Lovereading4kids, as our Guest Editor, Sally has kindly agreed to share with us those books that have influenced and inspired her. We hope you enjoy both her titles and her Guest Editor selections…

Small – but perfectly formed – some Christmas stocking fillers

We’ve selected a small but perfectly formed handful of stocking fillers for this year – why not check out for youngsters, Aliens Love Panta Claus and Moomins Little Buggy Book, for young readers Outside In, Yuck’s Crazy Christmas and How to Survive Christmas Chaos with Horrid Henry, for 9+ readers the latest Mr Gum and How to make a Universe with 92 Ingredients and finally, for older readers take a look at the stunning Twilight series in a Limited Edition livery.

Costa Children’s Book Award Shortlist

Fantasy, magic, coming of age and a retelling of the most famous diary story in the world make up this. We are proud to say we had already picked up on the titles well, before they were selected, and we have free Opening Extracts for you to download to get your children hooked.

Each one is utterly compelling with some great storytelling that will engage readers in some challenging and sometimes provocative situations. Find out more in our Prize Winners section…

Books of the Month for December

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 those who want to exploit their super skills. All set to escape from Australia to a new life far away from danger is halted when Nikolai Makarov suddenly enters their world. His plan is deadly. Can the children stop him?

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Mean Streets: The Chicago Caper

Graham Marks

Combining the action-packed exploits of Alex Rider with the historical adventures of a Young Indiana Jones, Mean Streets is a gripping story of conspiracy and kidnap. After having recovered from his adventure in Constantinople, Trey is staying at the Circle M Ranch outside Topeka, Kansas, owned by his Gramps, the original T Drummond MacIntyre.

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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 already an international phenomenon with rights being sold in a fierce bidding war at auction in over twenty eight languages. Film rights have been snapped up by Disney. .

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Two Series of the Year – perfect as Christmas Gifts

A most unfortunate series!

Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events sold pretty much more than any other children’s book (yes even more than Harry Potter!) in hardback so we were very excited when the publisher announced they were to be released in great value paperback.

Now all 13 are available. Why not get the whole set? – readers of 7-10 will love the story of the Baudelaire family.

A year of high octane adventure

For slightly older readers and particularly boys Conspiracy 365 is a brilliant series which has had a book released every month since January.

Follow the teenage hero Cal and his adventure to uncover the truth about his father’s death but he must stay alive for 365 days to do it! The final installment has just come out.

Both of these series would make a brilliant Christmas gift.

Roald Dahl Funny Prize winners

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he was Children’s Laureate, wanted to honour books that ‘made children laugh’ so he created the Roald Dahl Funny Prize! Even though it is only in its 3rd year it is the prize that comic authors covet. Split into two categories, under 6 and 7 – 14 the 2010 winners have just been announced. The ‘under six’ award went to Louise Yates with Dog Loves Books that Mr Rosen described as ‘an outrageous idea, beautifully told and illustrated. Louise Rennison took the ’over seven’ award with Withering Tights and Michael Rosen said, ‘this is a witty, wry, inside view of what it feels like to be a gawky, witty girl’. Enjoy!

Finally, before you scroll down to see just a small selection of our Christmas books – or visit the site to see them all – don’t forget to have a look at our exclusive free prize draws and competitions section. It is packed full of exclusive book prizes that frankly we have to put in a locked cupboard to stop them walking out of the Lovereading office!

We have £100 limited Edition box sets and signed books galore – so what are you waiting for? – get clicking.

Happy Reading

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.

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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


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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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. Privacy Policy Disclaimer