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Most popular Children’s books, by age range, on Lovereading4kids 1 – 8 May 2016

Monday, May 9th, 2016

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Elmer and the Rainbow Elmer and the Rainbow
David Mckee
A story about Elmer, everyone’s favourite patchwork elephant, now available as a sturdy, paddedboard book to delight his many fans. This one is a classic story about sharing and giving. Books featuring Elmer and his friends are universally acknowledged as essential …
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Mog and Me and Other Stories Mog and Me and Other Stories
Judith Kerr
Mog is made for board books. Judith Kerr’s illustrations look particularly attractive on the square white boards, and toddlers will love these four little stories of ordinary, everyday adventures. Mog and the little boy have fun together playing in the …
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I Want a Bedtime Story I Want a Bedtime Story
Tony Ross
After all these years the Little Princess still rules the palace and its inhabitants – including the queen, the admiral and the prime minister. The king is away and she wants a bedtime story, but none of the grown-ups’ stories …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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The Outliers The Outliers
Kimberly McCreight
May 2016 Debut of the Month The Outliers is one of those twisty thrillers that run on paranoia. It will send readers’ heartbeats soaring as their fears for the safety of central character Wylie increase, and they realise there is …
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Not If I See You First Not If I See You First
Eric Lindstrom
May 2016 Debut of the Month An incredibly uplifting, thought provoking and sharply beautiful debut. Once I started reading I couldn’t stop and when I turned the last page I could quite easily have turned back to the beginning and …
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Chasing the Stars Chasing the Stars
Malorie Blackman
May 2016 Book of the Month An innovative, ambitious page-turner in which the inimitable Malorie Blackman has entwined two of her great passions – Shakespeare’s Othello and science fiction – to create a thrilling outer-space-set epic that tingles with romance, …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Supertato Veggies Assemble Supertato Veggies Assemble
Sue Hendra
May 2016 Book of the Month You won’t find a dafter or more entertaining picture book than this new outing for Supertato, the spud with super powers! It’s anarchy in the supermarket when the peas – evil to their core – …
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The First Hippo on the Moon The First Hippo on the Moon
David Walliams
May 2016 Book of the Month Best-selling  David Walliams and Tony Ross have teamed up for a great hippo space adventure. Sheila is a hippo with BIG ideas. Specifically, she is determined to be the first hippo on the Moon. …
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A Brave Bear A Brave Bear
Sean Taylor
April 2016 Book of the Month  The characters may be bears, but the parent/child relationship depicted in this lovely picture book will be familiar to all readers. It’s hot so a little bear suggests to his dad that they should …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Captain Pug Captain Pug
Laura James
May 2016 Book of the Month
A deliciously madcap doggy adventure for Pug, the pampered dog of the even more pampered Lady Miranda. When Lady Miranda determines that Pug will be the ship’s captain when they go for an outing on …
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The Secret Pirate The Secret Pirate
Elli Woollard
Lil might look like an ordinary schoolgirl, but under her jumper and vest she’s a pirate! When the thoroughly rotten Stinkbeard arrives Lil flies into battle against him, because Lil is a pirate who’ll do what is right, if it …
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The Mouse Who Reached the Sky The Mouse Who Reached the Sky
Petr Horacek
May 2016 Book of the Month Little Mouse has spotted something red and shiny hanging from a branch, and decides it’s a marble. She can’t reach it by herself so fetches first Mole – who thinks it’s a balloon – …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Flyboy Flyboy
Tom Palmer
April 2016 Book of the Month   Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ Tom Palmer’s new story starts on a football pitch and then, via a clever bit of ghost story, gives readers the experience of the skill and bravery required to …
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My Brother is a Superhero My Brother is a Superhero
David Solomons
Shortlisted for The Branford Boase Award 2016. Overall winner of Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2016.
July 2015 Debut of the Month  Oh the anguish! Luke is a comic-reading super-hero expert, but he’s gone for a wee at the crucial moment when …
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The Amazing Dinosaur Detectives The Amazing Dinosaur Detectives
Maggie Li
May 2016 Book of the Month Attractive, friendly illustrations and an interactive approach make this a fun introduction to dinosaurs. In the company of a group of ‘dinosaur detectives’ readers can explore the world of dinosaurs and pick up a …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Knights of the Borrowed Dark Knights of the Borrowed Dark
Dave Rudden
April 2016 Book of the Month Move over Harry Potter, there’s a new orphan on the block, ready to take on monsters and stand up for what’s right and decent. Until he’s 13, Denizen Hardwick (full marks to the author for …
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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 Tree That Sat Down The Tree That Sat Down
Beverley Nichols
Collins Modern Classics are relaunched with gorgeous new covers, bringing these timeless story to a new generation. …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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The Girl of Ink & Stars The Girl of Ink & Stars
Kiran Millwood-Hargrave
‘Here be dragons’ it says  on old maps, but Isabella finds creatures even more terrifying in the unchartered lands of Joya, the island that is her home. Joya is a place of limited horizons and hidden stories: the governor has …
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A Seven Letter Word A Seven Letter Word
Kim Slater
April 2016 Book of the Month Finlay is articulate, an excellent Scrabble player, which makes it so frustrating that the seven letter word that defines him is stammer. He’s always found it hard to speak, but since his mum suddenly …
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Half a Creature from the Sea Half a Creature from the Sea
David Almond
An anthology of dark, powerful and moving short stories from master storyteller and author of the internationally award-winning Skellig, David Almond, inspired by his childhood in the North-East of England. It features coming of age stories on the theme of …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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The Bombs That Brought Us Together The Bombs That Brought Us Together
Brian Conaghan
Set in a bleak world and reminiscent of Orwell’s 1984, The Bombs That Brought Us Together is nonetheless a funny, tender, surprising and uplifting novel.
Charlie’s life should be pretty miserable: he lives in Little Town, where everyone spies on everyone …
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The Lie Tree The Lie Tree
Frances Hardinge
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2016 Book Award in the 12 – 16 year old category.
WINNER of the 2015 COSTA BOOK OF THE YEAR and Winner of the Costa Children’s Book Award  Award-winning Frances Hardinge is spellbinding is this hugely entertaining …
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Alien Rain Alien Rain
Ruth Morgan
Alien Rain is an incredibly gripping adventure thriller that 10+ year olds will devour. Bree, the main protagonist is a teen girl who is hugely brave and yet the insecurities that all teens feel is also at the fore.  The …
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Most popular children’s books by age range 10 – 17 April 2016

Monday, April 18th, 2016

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Slug Needs a Hug Slug Needs a Hug
Jeanne Willis
Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month, April 2016  Best-selling Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross have created many fabulous picture books together. Here, the weedy and whiny little slug is just longing for a hug! How can he make his mum …
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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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A Great Big Cuddle A Great Big Cuddle
Michael Rosen
One of our Books of the Year 2015 – A Reader Review Panel Pick of the Year 2015 – chosen by Robyn Chorely, aged 5- Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month, September 2015  Children’s Laureates Chris Riddell and Michael Rosen …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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Lady Midnight Lady Midnight
Cassandra Clare
April 2016 Book of the Month From the creator of the Mortal Instruments series and Infernal Devices trilogy comes this epic first instalment of the author’s highly anticipated The Dark Artifices series.
Lady Midnight is populated with pretty much every kind of …
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The Art of Not Breathing The Art of Not Breathing
Sarah Alexander
April 2016 Debut of the Month Five years have passed since Elsie’s twin brother vanished into the sea on their birthday. Her parents and brother are still broken by their loss and Elsie feels like half of her is missing, …
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Chasing the Stars Chasing the Stars
Malorie Blackman
An innovative, ambitious page-turner in which the inimitable Malorie Blackman has entwined two of her great passions – Shakespeare’s Othello and science fiction – to create a thrilling outer-space-set epic that tingles with romance, danger, distrust and jealousy.
Olivia (Vee) and …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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A Brave Bear A Brave Bear
Sean Taylor
April 2016 Book of the Month  The characters may be bears, but the parent/child relationship depicted in this lovely picture book will be familiar to all readers. It’s hot so a little bear suggests to his dad that they should …
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Before I Wake Up... Before I Wake Up…
Britta Teckentrup
April 2016 Book of the Month A little girl’s dreams take her and a friendly lion on a magical journey. Together they fly over meadows, swim deep in the sea with whales and jellyfish, and explore woods where they play …
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The Bear and the Piano The Bear and the Piano
David Litchfield
Winner of the Illustrated category of The Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2016.
March 2016 Debut of the Month A young bear cub finds a piano in the forest and after a first hesitant ‘PLONK’, he returns to it every day for …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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The Seaside Puppy The Seaside Puppy
Holly Webb
Holly Webb writes gentle, warm-hearted adventures that young readers absolutely love and there is lots for them to enjoy in this story. Laura’s summer is set to be a bit of a wash out – she lives in a seaside …
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Prehistoric Actual Size Prehistoric Actual Size
Steve Jenkins
As the title makes clear, this fascinating book illustrates prehistoric creatures at actual size or, where the creature was simply too big to fit on the page, a part of the animal at actual size. On the first spread, the …
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There's a Tiger in the Garden There’s a Tiger in the Garden
Lizzy Stewart
Grandma’s back garden turns into a jungle full of adventure in this striking picture book, Nora is bored, so her grandma suggests she play in the garden, there might, she says, be a tiger there. Nora is scornful, but as …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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My Brother is a Superhero My Brother is a Superhero
David Solomons
Overall winner of Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2016.
July 2015 Debut of the Month  Oh the anguish! Luke is a comic-reading super-hero expert, but he’s gone for a wee at the crucial moment when an alien arrives in his tree-house and …
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Flyboy Flyboy
Tom Palmer
April 2016 Book of the Month   Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ Tom Palmer’s new story starts on a football pitch and then, via a clever bit of ghost story, gives readers the experience of the skill and bravery required to …
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Love from Paddington Love from Paddington
Michael Bond
Much-loved Paddington shares accounts of his adventures and his thoughts about his life in London in a series of letters to his Aunt Lucy in The Home for Retired Bears in Lima, Peru. As might be expected, Paddington has a …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Knights of the Borrowed Dark Knights of the Borrowed Dark
Dave Rudden
April 2016 Book of the Month Move over Harry Potter, there’s a new orphan on the block, ready to take on monsters and stand up for what’s right and decent. Until he’s 13, Denizen Hardwick (full marks to the author for …
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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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Jolly Foul Play Jolly Foul Play
Robin Stevens
April 2016 Book of the Month Gosh, but the Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries are jolly good reads! After their adventures on the Orient Express, crime-solving friends Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are back at school for a new term. From …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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A Seven Letter Word A Seven Letter Word
Kim Slater
April 2016 Book of the Month Finlay is articulate, an excellent Scrabble player, which makes it so frustrating that the seven letter word that defines him is stammer. He’s always found it hard to speak, but since his mum suddenly …
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The Astounding Broccoli Boy The Astounding Broccoli Boy
Frank Cottrell Boyce
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2016 Best Story – Andrea Reeces’s Pick of the Year 2015 This is Frank Cottrell Boyce’s first standalone novel since Cosmic in 2008 and it’s been well worth the wait. The smallest and …
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Stargirl Stargirl
Jerry Spinelli
An incredibly touching story about a girl who dared to be different. A wonderfully original and memorable read for it makes you realise that tweens and teens work too hard these days to conform and be the same in order …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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We are All Made of Molecules We are All Made of Molecules
Susin Nielsen
April 2016 Debut of the Month Stewart and Ashley are about as different as it’s possible to be.  He’s super smart, happy to use words like ‘plethora’ in everyday conversation, but socially a little inept. She’s queen of the popular …
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Desolation Desolation
Derek Landy
April 2016 Book of the Month  No-one writes teen horror with anything like the wit, gory panache and comic timing of Derek Landy. His Demon Road stories are definitely not for the faint-hearted: fourteen people have been disembowelled, ripped apart …
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The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen
Susin Nielsen
From the author of Lovereading4kids favourite We Are All Made of Molecules, this is another book that grips from the first chapter, a heart-breaking story that will nonetheless make readers laugh and leave them feeling better about the world. Henry’s …
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Lovereading4kids. Most popular children’s book’s, by age range, 3 – 10 April 2016

Monday, April 11th, 2016

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Slug Needs a Hug Slug Needs a Hug
Jeanne Willis
Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month, April 2016  Best-selling Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross have created many fabulous picture books together. Here, the weedy and whiny little slug is just longing for a hug! How can he make his mum …
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2
Elmer and the Rainbow Elmer and the Rainbow
David Mckee
A story about Elmer, everyone’s favourite patchwork elephant, now available as a sturdy, paddedboard book to delight his many fans. This one is a classic story about sharing and giving. Books featuring Elmer and his friends are universally acknowledged as essential …
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Spot Loves Bedtime Spot Loves Bedtime
Eric Hill
A favourite with children now for generations, Spot never loses his charm. It’s bedtime, but Spot can’t settle down until he finds Teddy, who has gone missing.  Is Teddy in the toybox? The living room? Under the bed? At last …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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Lady Midnight Lady Midnight
Cassandra Clare
April 2016 Book of the Month From the creator of the Mortal Instruments series and Infernal Devices trilogy comes this epic first instalment of the author’s highly anticipated The Dark Artifices series.
Lady Midnight is populated with pretty much every kind of …
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Flawed Flawed
Cecelia Ahern
April 2016 Book of the Month  Set in a society in which those deemed ‘flawed’ are branded and ostracised, Celia Ahern’s debut YA novel will talk directly to its readers. Every teenager wants to be perfect, to fit in and …
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3
Chasing the Stars Chasing the Stars
Malorie Blackman
An innovative, ambitious page-turner in which the inimitable Malorie Blackman has entwined two of her great passions – Shakespeare’s Othello and science fiction – to create a thrilling outer-space-set epic that tingles with romance, danger, distrust and jealousy.
Olivia (Vee) and …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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A Brave Bear A Brave Bear
Sean Taylor
April 2016 Book of the Month  The characters may be bears, but the parent/child relationship depicted in this lovely picture book will be familiar to all readers. It’s hot so a little bear suggests to his dad that they should …
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2
Before I Wake Up... Before I Wake Up…
Britta Teckentrup
April 2016 Book of the Month A little girl’s dreams take her and a friendly lion on a magical journey. Together they fly over meadows, swim deep in the sea with whales and jellyfish, and explore woods where they play …
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The Hole Story The Hole Story
Paul Bright
April 2016 Book of the Month  Holes generally get a bad press – after all they’re the last thing you want to find in a sock, pair of knickers, bag, bucket or boat! Perhaps this delightful book will win them …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Nature's Day: Out and About Nature’s Day: Out and About
Kay Maguire
Following on from the success of Nature’s Day, this beautiful activity book by the same author and illustrator shows children how to interact with their surroundings. …
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Prehistoric Actual Size Prehistoric Actual Size
Steve Jenkins
As the title makes clear, this fascinating book illustrates prehistoric creatures at actual size or, where the creature was simply too big to fit on the page, a part of the animal at actual size. On the first spread, the …
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3
There's a Tiger in the Garden There’s a Tiger in the Garden
Lizzy Stewart
Grandma’s back garden turns into a jungle full of adventure in this striking picture book, Nora is bored, so her grandma suggests she play in the garden, there might, she says, be a tiger there. Nora is scornful, but as …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Flyboy Flyboy
Tom Palmer
April 2016 Book of the Month   Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ Tom Palmer’s new story starts on a football pitch and then, via a clever bit of ghost story, gives readers the experience of the skill and bravery required to …
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2
My Brother is a Superhero My Brother is a Superhero
David Solomons
Overall winner of Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2016.
July 2015 Debut of the Month  Oh the anguish! Luke is a comic-reading super-hero expert, but he’s gone for a wee at the crucial moment when an alien arrives in his tree-house and …
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Out for the Count Out for the Count
Anne Fine
Interest Age 5-8 Anne Fine is a very clever writer and this brilliant little story is an exploration of the resources of the human imagination and the iniquities of keeping animals in cages. Hugo is trying to persuade his dad …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Knights of the Borrowed Dark Knights of the Borrowed Dark
Dave Rudden
April 2016 Book of the Month Move over Harry Potter, there’s a new orphan on the block, ready to take on monsters and stand up for what’s right and decent. Until he’s 13, Denizen Hardwick (full marks to the author for …
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth
Frank Cottrell Boyce
April 2016 Book of the Month With all the invention, originality and insight that is typical of his writing for children, Frank Cottrell Boyce takes the sad story of Laika, the first living creature to orbit Earth, and uses it …
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Jolly Foul Play Jolly Foul Play
Robin Stevens
April 2016 Book of the Month Gosh, but the Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries are jolly good reads! After their adventures on the Orient Express, crime-solving friends Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are back at school for a new term. From …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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A Seven Letter Word A Seven Letter Word
Kim Slater
April 2016 Book of the Month Finlay is articulate, an excellent Scrabble player, which makes it so frustrating that the seven letter word that defines him is stammer. He’s always found it hard to speak, but since his mum suddenly …
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2
The Astounding Broccoli Boy The Astounding Broccoli Boy
Frank Cottrell Boyce
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2016 Best Story – Andrea Reeces’s Pick of the Year 2015 This is Frank Cottrell Boyce’s first standalone novel since Cosmic in 2008 and it’s been well worth the wait. The smallest and …
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3
Half a Creature from the Sea Half a Creature from the Sea
David Almond
An anthology of dark, powerful and moving short stories from master storyteller and author of the internationally award-winning Skellig, David Almond, inspired by his childhood in the North-East of England. It features coming of age stories on the theme of …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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We are All Made of Molecules We are All Made of Molecules
Susin Nielsen
April 2016 Debut of the Month Stewart and Ashley are about as different as it’s possible to be.  He’s super smart, happy to use words like ‘plethora’ in everyday conversation, but socially a little inept. She’s queen of the popular …
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2
Desolation Desolation
Derek Landy
April 2016 Book of the Month  No-one writes teen horror with anything like the wit, gory panache and comic timing of Derek Landy. His Demon Road stories are definitely not for the faint-hearted: fourteen people have been disembowelled, ripped apart …
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Underwater Underwater
Marisa Reichardt
April 2016 Debut of the Month This extraordinary, powerful book has life lessons for everyone, though its central character has lived through experiences that, fortunately, will be unknown to most of us. Morgan was witness to a terrible and traumatic …
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Most popular children’s books, by age range, 13 – 20 March 2016

Monday, March 21st, 2016

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Technicolor Treasure Hunt Learn to Count with Nature Technicolor Treasure Hunt Learn to Count with Nature
Hvass & Hannibal
A counting book, an introduction to colours, and a first word book, this is also a feast for the eye. Groups of natural objects are sorted by colour and illustrated in flamboyant style. The red pages bring together tomatoes, maple …
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The World of Eric Carle: Big Box of Little Books The World of Eric Carle: Big Box of Little Books
Eric Carle
A sturdy box contains nine small but satisfyingly chunky board books themed by setting – home, farm, sky, sea and so on. Each little book contains five of Eric Carle’s bright, bold, immediately recognisable animal illustrations. Even shrunk down to …
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Counting Counting
Aino-Maija Metsola
Lift the flaps to count from one to ten in this stylish book of numbers. Bold, eye-catching artwork and sturdy card lift-flaps throughout will make this a favourite with children and adults alike.
And there’s a equally bright and bold companion …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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Flawed Flawed
Cecelia Ahern
Set in a society in which those deemed ‘flawed’ are branded and ostracised, Celia Ahern’s debut YA novel will talk directly to its readers. Every teenager wants to be perfect, to fit in and look like they know what they’re …
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Lady Midnight Lady Midnight
Cassandra Clare
March 2016 Book of the Month From the creator of the Mortal Instruments series and Infernal Devices trilogy comes this epic first instalment of the author’s highly anticipated The Dark Artifices series.
Lady Midnight is populated with pretty much every kind …
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Radio Silence Radio Silence
Alice Oseman
March 2016 Book of the Month Frances’ life has been mapped out since forever. She’s set on reading English Literature at Cambridge and getting a good job. That’s the path she believes will lead to a happy life. But academic …
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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
Shortlisted for the Laugh-Out-Loud Book Awards 2016 -Picture Book Category  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 …
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Are You Sitting Comfortably? Are You Sitting Comfortably?
Leigh Hodgkinson
March 2016 Book of the Month   Leigh Hodgkinson’s picture book is a stylish investigation into how and where to read a book. Goldilocks-like, a young boy tries out a variety of chairs and reading locations. Not one of them suits: …
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The Bear and the Piano The Bear and the Piano
David Litchfield
Winner of the Illustrated category of The Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2016.
March 2016 Debut of the Month A young bear cub finds a piano in the forest and after a first hesitant ‘PLONK’, he returns to it every day for …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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We are Not Frogs We are Not Frogs
Michael Morpurgo
March 2016 Book of the Month – A Dyslexia Friendly Picture Book for Parent and Child
New on Barrington Stoke’s excellent Red Squirrel list We Are Not Frogs is a joyful exploration of frog, toad and human nature! Toads are not …
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Vikings in the Supermarket Vikings in the Supermarket
Nick Sharratt
Six bouncy poems each of which is richly illustrated by award-winning illustrator Nick Sharratt. Burt, Cora, Charlie, Selwin, Ida and Quentin are the six Vikings let loose on a delightful shopping spree in a supermarket in the title poem. More …
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The Crow's Tale The Crow’s Tale
Naomi Howarth
March 2015 Debut of the Month Inspired by a Lenape Native American myth, this beautiful debut picture book shows how courage and kindness are what really matter. …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Perijee & Me Perijee & Me
Ross Montgomery
March 2016 Book of the Month You can rely on Ross Montgomery to put an unexpected twist and an extra helping of humanity into his stories, no matter how zany. Perijee is an alien Caitlin finds on the beach near …
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The Best Birthday Bike The Best Birthday Bike
Chris Hoy
March 2016 Book of the Month For action-packed stories, combining real-life adventure with a touch of magic, Chris Hoy’s Flying Fergus series is hard to beat.  He’s collaborated with accomplished children’s author Joanna Nadin, a writer who knows her way …
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The Great Chocoplot The Great Chocoplot
Chris Callaghan
March 2016 Debut of the Month
Roald Dahl, a man who knew his way round a chocolate bar, would have approved of this book. Imagine how awful it would be if the world’s supplies of chocolate were threatened by an impending …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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The Shadow Keeper The Shadow Keeper
Abi Elphinstone
March 2016 Book of the Month Fabulous, feisty Moll returns with the ever faithful and courageous Gryff by her side in their quest to save the old magic and stop the Shadowmasks from destroying them.  This is a tale of …
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The Bolds to the Rescue The Bolds to the Rescue
Julian Clary
March 2016 Book of the Month  The Bolds are back, cause for celebration! Written by Julian Clary and illustrated with élan by the incomparable David Roberts, this is a book that will have children in stitches. For those that don’t …
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The Jungle Book The Jungle Book
Rudyard Kipling
Mowgli, the little boy brought up in the jungle with the wolves, is one of the best-loved characters of fiction. His friends – and enemies – among the jungle animals include Baloo the sloth bear, Bagheera the panther, and Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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The Astounding Broccoli Boy The Astounding Broccoli Boy
Frank Cottrell Boyce
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2016 Best Story – Andrea Reeces’s Pick of the Year 2015 This is Frank Cottrell Boyce’s first standalone novel since Cosmic in 2008 and it’s been well worth the wait. The smallest and …
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Listen to the Moon Listen to the Moon
Michael Morpurgo
Shortlisted for Children’s Book Award 2016, Books for Older Readers category  – September 2015 Book of the Month   A beautiful and captivating tour de force of family, love, war and forgiveness, this is a major new novel from the …
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Private Peaceful Private Peaceful
Michael Morpurgo
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Best Book of the Decade & One of our ‘Must Reads’. It will seem odd when reading this book that the author enjoyed writing it the most of all the 90 or so he has …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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The Everest Files The Everest Files
Matt Dickinson
June 2014 Book of the Month  A thrilling journey to the dark side of Everest, it follows 18-year-old Ryan Hart, on a gap year adventure working for a charity in Nepal. Dark forces are at play on the lethal slopes …
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The Lie Tree The Lie Tree
Frances Hardinge
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2016.
WINNER of the 2015 COSTA BOOK OF THE YEAR and Winner of the Costa Children’s Book Award  Award-winning Frances Hardinge is spellbinding is this hugely entertaining and dramatic Victorian thriller. When Faith’s father dies …
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The Nest The Nest
Kenneth Oppel
March 2016 Book of the Month A truly exceptional, uniquely unsettling work in which the stinging clarity and poignancy of Oppel’s writing is exquisitely echoed by Jon Klassen’s haunting illustrations.
Steve’s baby brother, Theo, is sick and doctors are struggling to …
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Most popular children’s books 27 July – 2 August 2015

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Books for Babies and Toddlers

1
What's the Opposite? What’s the Opposite?
Oliver Jeffers
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month, July 2015  Award-winning Oliver Jeffers’s endearingly simple Hueys are always asking interesting questions to help them find out more. This time they want to know more about opposites. Some opposites are easy. Everyone knows …
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll
This beautiful board is the perfect first introduction to Alice. Babies and toddlers will love the playful and quirky characters Alison Jay brings to life with her own unique perspective whilst encapsulating the zany other-worldness of Carroll’s novel. …
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Baby's Very First Slide and See Under the Sea Baby’s Very First Slide and See Under the Sea
Fiona Watt
An engaging, interactive board book, specially designed for very young children, full of vivid colours, stylish illustrations and friendly sea creatures. Simple slider mechanisms allow the pictures to be transformed, as a group of playful seals swim around, a hermit …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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Because You'll Never Meet Me Because You’ll Never Meet Me
Leah Thomas
July 2015 Debut of the Month   The story of an unusual but increasingly close friendship, this is a totally original and engrossing novel. Ollie and Moritz strike up a friendship through letters. They are far from each other geographically, but …
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The Accident Season The Accident Season
Moira Fowley-Doyle
July 2015 Debut of the Month   Each October Cara’s family must endure the accident season when for four weeks, no matter how much their mother tries to protect them, covering every surface in padding, removing electrical gadgets, hiding knives, they …
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Fire Colour One Fire Colour One
Jenny Valentine
July 2015 Book of the Month  Guardian Prize winning author Jenny Valentine’s long-awaited new novel is clever, beautifully written, full of ideas. It tells the story of sixteen-year-old Iris: lonely and desperately unhappy, she finds self-expression and release through starting …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

1
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll
This is the perfect story of Alice to share with younger readers.  Tony Ross has done a great job in the retelling for a younger audience and the book is full of his delightfully humourous illustrations too. Building a love …
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2
Albert and Little Henry Albert and Little Henry
Jez Alborough
Albert loves making up stories, and his mum and dad love listening to them. But when his baby brother Henry arrives, no-one seems to have time to listen to stories any more. With everyone fussing round Little Henry, Albert feels …
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3
Where the Bugaboo Lives Where the Bugaboo Lives
Sean Taylor
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month, July 2015 Brilliantly conceived, this hugely attractive picture book is also a sophisticated ‘chose your own adventure’. Floyd wants to go exploring down the valley behind the house where he lives. But his mum …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

1
Clever Polly and the Stupid Wolf Clever Polly and the Stupid Wolf
Catherine Storr
The first in a collection of stories for young children in which the resourceful and kind Polly outwits the enthusiastic but dim wolf over a number of encounters which are close enough to be alarming while funny enough to be …
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Wigglesbottom Primary: The Shark in the Pool Wigglesbottom Primary: The Shark in the Pool
Pamela Butchart
The pupils at Wigglesbottom Primary have very active imaginations and are quick to believe that there’s a shark in the swimming pool, a dinosaur skeleton under their vegetable garden and that Miss Ranger’s play parachute bestows invisibility. Their poor teachers …
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The Day the Crayons Quit The Day the Crayons Quit
Drew Daywalt
Winner of the UKLA Award 2015 in the 3-6 years category.
Award-winning Oliver Jeffers and Drew Daywalt’s highly-entertaining new book mean that colouring will never be the same again! When Duncan goes to take out his crayons one day he finds …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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The Complete Alice Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There The Complete Alice Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There
Lewis Carroll
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month, July 2015  The classic stories of Alice and her journeys into Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass are celebrating 150 years in print. These wonderfully imaginative stories have influenced children’s books ever since they …
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I Believe in Unicorns I Believe in Unicorns
Michael Morpurgo
Michael Morpurgo pulls on the heart strings in a short book into which he has packed a number of strands, richly woven together. Tomas lives for the outdoors: he hates books, reading and stories. But one day, his mother forces …
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My Brother is a Superhero My Brother is a Superhero
David Solomons
July 2015 Debut of the Month  Oh the anguish! Luke is a comic-reading super-hero expert, but he’s gone for a wee at the crucial moment when an alien arrives in his tree-house and it’s his never-read-a-comic-in-his-life brother Zach who gets …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

1
A Year in the Life of a Total and Complete Genius A Year in the Life of a Total and Complete Genius
Stacey Matson
July 2015 Debut of the Month  Arthur Bean seems pretty sure of himself, in no doubt that he’s a brilliant writer with a life of prizes, fame and adulation ahead of him. At least that’s the image he projects in …
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The Forbidden City The Forbidden City
John McNally
July 2015 Book of the Month   OK, pay attention – you’ll need to concentrate because the action in the Infinity Drake series moves at the speed of light: Infinity Drake, aka Finn, gaming fan, just about to turn thirteen, and …
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House of Robots House of Robots
James Patterson
James Patterson knows just how to write page-turning stories, and he puts that skill to excellent use in his books for children. House of Robots is the first in a new series created with Chris Grabenstein and tells the story …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

1
Magisterium: The Iron Trial Magisterium: The Iron Trial
Cassandra Clare, Holly Black
July 2015 Book of the Month  From the remarkable imaginations of bestselling authors Cassandra Clare and Holly Black comes a heart-stopping, mind-blowing, pulse-pounding plunge into the magical unknown.  Magisterium has already been optioned for film and fans of Philip Pullman, …
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Bulletcatcher Bulletcatcher
Chris Bradford
July 2015 Book of the Month  Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 Troy is quietly reading a Batman comic when all hell breaks loose. He’s caught up in a terrorist attack that kills his parents – so far so Bruce …
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The Potion Diaries The Potion Diaries
Amy Alward
July 2015 Book of the Month  When the princess of Nova accidentally bewitches herself with an illegally brewed love potion, resulting in the biggest self-crush since Narcissus, there’s an urgent need for an antidote. The kingdom’s alchemists are sent out …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

1
All My Secrets All My Secrets
Sophie Mckenzie
July 2015 Book of the Month    Sophie McKenzie is the master of psychological thrillers for teens, and this is a typically gripping page-turner. Everything Evie Brown has put her trust in is suddenly revealed to be false, even her parents …
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Survivor Survivor
Tom Hoyle
None of it would have happened if I hadn’t missed a bus… Fifteen-year-old George’s life is sent careering down a cataclysmic course when he misses his bus by seconds, notices a fire and selflessly rescues a baby from the flames. …
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The Village by the Sea The Village by the Sea
Anita Desai
Winner of the Guardian Fiction Award, this story of life in village India, where children are forced so young to be adult, will appeal to a wide range of ages. Hari and Lila are the eldest of a poor family …
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Lovereading4kids most popular books, by age range, 12 – 19 July 2015

Monday, July 20th, 2015

Books for Babies and Toddlers

1
What's the Opposite? What’s the Opposite?
Oliver Jeffers
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month, July 2015  Award-winning Oliver Jeffers’s endearingly simple Hueys are always asking interesting questions to help them find out more. This time they want to know more about opposites. Some opposites are easy. Everyone knows …
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar's ABC The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s ABC
Eric Carle
July 2015 Book of the Month  Explore the amazing animal alphabet with the very hungry caterpillar in this delightful board book. Featuring Eric Carle’s bright, distinctive artwork and lots of favourite animals, big and small.
A recent survey from The Early …
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll
This beautiful board is the perfect first introduction to Alice. Babies and toddlers will love the playful and quirky characters Alison Jay brings to life with her own unique perspective whilst encapsulating the zany other-worldness of Carroll’s novel. …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

1
Fire Colour One Fire Colour One
Jenny Valentine
July 2015 Book of the Month  Guardian Prize winning author Jenny Valentine’s long-awaited new novel is clever, beautifully written, full of ideas. It tells the story of sixteen-year-old Iris: lonely and desperately unhappy, she finds self-expression and release through starting …
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Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls
Lynn Weingarten
July 2015 Book of the Month  June and Delia had an intense relationship, the kind that is all important, all-consuming even, but hard to maintain. In fact, when June hears the terrible news that Delia has died, they hadn’t spoken …
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Because You'll Never Meet Me Because You’ll Never Meet Me
Leah Thomas
July 2015 Debut of the Month   The story of an unusual but increasingly close friendship, this is a totally original and engrossing novel. Ollie and Moritz strike up a friendship through letters. They are far from each other geographically, but …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

1
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll
This is the perfect story of Alice to share with younger readers.  Tony Ross has done a great job in the retelling for a younger audience and the book is full of his delightfully humourous illustrations too. Building a love …
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2
Albert and Little Henry Albert and Little Henry
Jez Alborough
Albert loves making up stories, and his mum and dad love listening to them. But when his baby brother Henry arrives, no-one seems to have time to listen to stories any more. With everyone fussing round Little Henry, Albert feels …
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3
Where the Bugaboo Lives Where the Bugaboo Lives
Sean Taylor
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month, July 2015 Brilliantly conceived, this hugely attractive picture book is also a sophisticated ‘chose your own adventure’. Floyd wants to go exploring down the valley behind the house where he lives. But his mum …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

1
Clever Polly and the Stupid Wolf Clever Polly and the Stupid Wolf
Catherine Storr
The first in a collection of stories for young children in which the resourceful and kind Polly outwits the enthusiastic but dim wolf over a number of encounters which are close enough to be alarming while funny enough to be …
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2
Crazy Mayonnaisy Mum Crazy Mayonnaisy Mum
Julia Donaldson
A wonderful collection of poems from the much-loved creator of The Gruffalo, all of them perfect for reading aloud. There are funny poems (lots of those as you’d expect) and nonsense rhymes as well as story poems and quieter poems …
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Wigglesbottom Primary: The Shark in the Pool Wigglesbottom Primary: The Shark in the Pool
Pamela Butchart
The pupils at Wigglesbottom Primary have very active imaginations and are quick to believe that there’s a shark in the swimming pool, a dinosaur skeleton under their vegetable garden and that Miss Ranger’s play parachute bestows invisibility. Their poor teachers …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

1
My Brother is a Superhero My Brother is a Superhero
David Solomons
July 2015 Debut of the Month  Oh the anguish! Luke is a comic-reading super-hero expert, but he’s gone for a wee at the crucial moment when an alien arrives in his tree-house and it’s his never-read-a-comic-in-his-life brother Zach who gets …
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2
The Complete Alice Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There The Complete Alice Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There
Lewis Carroll
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month, July 2015  The classic stories of Alice and her journeys into Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass are celebrating 150 years in print. These wonderfully imaginative stories have influenced children’s books ever since they …
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Puppy Academy: Scout and the Sausage Thief Puppy Academy: Scout and the Sausage Thief
Gill Lewis
Gill Lewis is best known for her very successful award-winning animal stories for children of 9-plus. This new series is for younger readers and features puppies that are learning to become working dogs. Each book will star a different dog …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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In Darkling Wood In Darkling Wood
Emma Carroll
Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month, July 2015 There’s magic afoot in this cleverly constructed story which interweaves two stories of girls growing up a century apart and yet becoming friends as they each come to terms with hopes and fears. …
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A Year in the Life of a Total and Complete Genius A Year in the Life of a Total and Complete Genius
Stacey Matson
July 2015 Debut of the Month  Arthur Bean seems pretty sure of himself, in no doubt that he’s a brilliant writer with a life of prizes, fame and adulation ahead of him. At least that’s the image he projects in …
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Dream on, Amber Dream on, Amber
Emma Shevah
March 2014 Debut of the Month  A funny and heart-warming novel about modern-day families, starting school, being mixed-race and celebrating your uniqueness.  Amber is facing up to life without Dad. He left when she was little, but now she really …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

1
Magisterium: The Iron Trial Magisterium: The Iron Trial
Cassandra Clare, Holly Black
July 2015 Book of the Month  From the remarkable imaginations of bestselling authors Cassandra Clare and Holly Black comes a heart-stopping, mind-blowing, pulse-pounding plunge into the magical unknown.  Magisterium has already been optioned for film and fans of Philip Pullman, …
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Bulletcatcher Bulletcatcher
Chris Bradford
July 2015 Book of the Month  Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 Troy is quietly reading a Batman comic when all hell breaks loose. He’s caught up in a terrorist attack that kills his parents – so far so Bruce …
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3
The Potion Diaries The Potion Diaries
Amy Alward
July 2015 Book of the Month  When the princess of Nova accidentally bewitches herself with an illegally brewed love potion, resulting in the biggest self-crush since Narcissus, there’s an urgent need for an antidote. The kingdom’s alchemists are sent out …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

1
All My Secrets All My Secrets
Sophie Mckenzie
July 2015 Book of the Month    Sophie McKenzie is the master of psychological thrillers for teens, and this is a typically gripping page-turner. Everything Evie Brown has put her trust in is suddenly revealed to be false, even her parents …
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2
The Village by the Sea The Village by the Sea
Anita Desai
Winner of the Guardian Fiction Award, this story of life in village India, where children are forced so young to be adult, will appeal to a wide range of ages. Hari and Lila are the eldest of a poor family …
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3
One One
Sarah Crossan
The One book you have to read this summer! The phenomenal new title from Carnegie-shortlisted author Sarah Crossan; incredibly moving and extraordinarily crafted, it explores the unbreakable bond and love between sisters. …
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Lovereading4kids Top 3 books by age range 21 – 28 June 2015

Monday, June 29th, 2015

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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The Mouse Who Ate the Moon The Mouse Who Ate the Moon
Petr Horacek
A stunning and thought-provoking picture book with some clever use of cut outs and a flap. Little Mouse looks at the lovely round yellow moon and thinks how much she would love a slice of it for herself. Stepping out …
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The Yes The Yes
Sarah Bee
An empowering picture book which will encourage all young readers to be bolder and braver than they ever thought they could be.  The Yes loves his soft and comfy home. But he has other places to go and other things …
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Nursery Rhymes Nursery Rhymes
Felicity Brooks
A beautiful, sumptuous gift edition perfect for a Christening, naming ceremony or first birthday. Beautifully illustrated with the charming artwork of Richard Johnson packaged in a sturdy slipcase protecting the cover, makes this a gift to treasure for many years. …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

1
Mindwalker Mindwalker
A. J. Steiger
June 2015 Debut of the Month  An enthralling and profoundly exciting dystopian novel; set aside plenty of reading time, as once you start you just won’t want to stop. It’s fascinating when an author explores a possible future, this particular …
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Conversion Conversion
Katherine Howe
June 2015 Book of the Month  A fascinating book that captures your imagination for its entirety and then releases it to explore new thoughts and feelings, this is a wonderfully clever foray into the difficulties faced by young women on …
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It's About Love It’s About Love
Steven Camden
June 2015 Book of the Month It’s About Love is a kind of Romeo and Juliet story. Two young people, from different sides of their town and with different backgrounds, meet studying film at college, and are instantly drawn to …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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It's a Groovy World, Alfredo It’s a Groovy World, Alfredo
Sean Taylor
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month, June 2015  Can’t dance? Ever felt you are just not one of the cool team? Then you’ll love Alfredo! Marty tells Alfredo the frog that the world is groovy, that the world is dancing …
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Daddy Lion's Tea Party Daddy Lion’s Tea Party
Mark Sperring
June 2015 Book of the Month  Daddy Lion has decided it’s the perfect day for a tea party – a quiet little tea party, just him and his cubs. The cubs want to invite the other animals but Daddy Lion says …
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Sir Lilypad Sir Lilypad
Anna Kemp
June 2015 Book of the Month   From the creators of the best-selling The Worst Princess comes another funny, appealing picture book. Our hero, Sir Lilypad, has big ambitions – he wants to save a princess, and if he grows a bit in …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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The Most Wonderful Thing in the World The Most Wonderful Thing in the World
Vivian French
Venice provides the background for this delightful fairy-tale. Its king and queen realise that their daughter needs a husband to be king when she’s queen. But how to choose one? Find the young man who can show you the most …
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The Rats of Meadowsweet Farm The Rats of Meadowsweet Farm
Dick King-smith
Interest Age 5-8  Reading Age 6+ The rats of Meadowsweet Farm are a pretty ugly lot, but their leader, the King Rat, is gruesome.  He’s as big as a small dog and twice as vicious. The farmer is revolting in a …
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Tiny Tiny
Nicola Davies
Longlisted for the 2015 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal   This is simply an outstanding book. Nicola Davies and Emily Sutton explain the life and purpose of microbes clearly and lucidly for very young children, through simple language and beautiful illustrations. Using …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

1
Uncle Gobb and the Dread Shed Uncle Gobb and the Dread Shed
Michael Rosen
June 2015 Book of the Month  Malcom’s Uncle Gobb is really irritating, and not just because he keeps shouting ‘the boy needs to do more homework’. When Gobb Education starts taking over their school, and Uncle Gobb sets up the …
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Car-Jacked Car-Jacked
Ali Sparkes
Readers are plunged straight into the action in Ali Sparke’s new thriller: Jack and his parents are on holiday when their car is stolen, with him still on the back seat. The car-jacker turns out to be a kinder, more …
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The Beast of Grubbers Nubbin The Beast of Grubbers Nubbin
Guy Bass
Stitch Head and the residents of Castle Grotteskew are back for another adventure – hoorah! They’re struggling to keep order in the castle which has become home to 100 ravenous human orphans – not even the Creature’s ‘entertrainment’ show can …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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The Forbidden City The Forbidden City
John McNally
June 2015 Book of the Month   OK, pay attention – you’ll need to concentrate because the action in the Infinity Drake series moves at the speed of light: Infinity Drake, aka Finn, gaming fan, just about to turn thirteen, and …
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From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
E.L. Konigsburg
June 2015 Book of the Month  This is everything a classic children’s book should be: it’s exciting, funny, has terrific central characters, a mystery to solve, and a truth – particular to childhood – to be revealed. Claudia Kincaid is fed …
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3
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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Featured Books for 11+ readers

1
Being a Girl Being a Girl
Hayley Long
‘There is no right way to be a girl or rubbish way to be a girl’, says Hayley Long, explaining the purpose of this positive and hugely reassuring guide for young girls. It’s a message that can’t be repeated often …
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The King's Shadow The King’s Shadow
Philip Womack
Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month, June 2015  Hidden away in the Land of the Broken King, Johnny and Anna are being held prisoner. Bravely, Simon and Flora enter the hidden kingdom to search for their missing siblings. It’s a …
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Buffalo Soldier Buffalo Soldier
Tanya Landman
Winner of the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal
The Judges comment “We were particularly impressed with how Buffalo Soldier explored what it means to be truly free: the evolving idea of freedom is an essential part of this gripping, often traumatic …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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Poppy in the Field Poppy in the Field
Mary Hooper
Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month, May 2015   A welcome return for Poppy, the brave young nurse in World War One. Poppy thinks her heart will break when she finds that Freddie whom she loves so much is to marry …
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Minus Me Minus Me
Ingelin Rossland
Intriguing, stimulating and full of energy, this is a thought provoking read…it also contains a hidden sting in the tale. 12 year old Linda lives in Norway, she is popular, athletic and fast approaching her 13th birthday. Linda discovers she …
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Silverskin Silverskin
Joan Lennon
The bleak but beautiful ancient village of Skara Brae on Orkney is the setting for this original and intriguing novel, and an atmosphere of otherness pervades the story. Lennon brings together the original inhabitants of the village with Rab, a …
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Lovereading4kids most popular books by age range 7 – 14 June 2015

Monday, June 15th, 2015

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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The Yes The Yes
Sarah Bee
An empowering picture book which will encourage all young readers to be bolder and braver than they ever thought they could be.  The Yes loves his soft and comfy home. But he has other places to go and other things …
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2
The Mouse Who Ate the Moon The Mouse Who Ate the Moon
Petr Horacek
A stunning and thought-provoking picture book with some clever use of cut outs and a flap. Little Mouse looks at the lovely round yellow moon and thinks how much she would love a slice of it for herself. Stepping out …
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3
Nursery Rhymes Nursery Rhymes
Felicity Brooks
A beautiful, sumptuous gift edition perfect for a Christening, naming ceremony or first birthday. Beautifully illustrated with the charming artwork of Richard Johnson packaged in a sturdy slipcase protecting the cover, makes this a gift to treasure for many years. …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

1
Mindwalker Mindwalker
A. J. Steiger
June 2015 Debut of the Month  An enthralling and profoundly exciting dystopian novel; set aside plenty of reading time, as once you start you just won’t want to stop. It’s fascinating when an author explores a possible future, this particular …
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2
Conversion Conversion
Katherine Howe
June 2015 Book of the Month  A fascinating book that captures your imagination for its entirety and then releases it to explore new thoughts and feelings, this is a wonderfully clever foray into the difficulties faced by young women on …
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3
Because You'll Never Meet Me Because You’ll Never Meet Me
Leah Thomas
This is a story of impossible friendship and hope from a brilliant new speculative fiction writer. …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

1
Sir Lilypad Sir Lilypad
Anna Kemp
June 2015 Book of the Month   From the creators of the best-selling The Worst Princess comes another funny, appealing picture book. Our hero, Sir Lilypad, has big ambitions – he wants to save a princess, and if he grows a bit in …
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2
Daddy Lion's Tea Party Daddy Lion’s Tea Party
Mark Sperring
June 2015 Book of the Month  Daddy Lion has decided it’s the perfect day for a tea party – a quiet little tea party, just him and his cubs. The cubs want to invite the other animals but Daddy Lion says …
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3
It's a Groovy World, Alfredo It’s a Groovy World, Alfredo
Sean Taylor
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month, June 2015  Can’t dance? Ever felt you are just not one of the cool team? Then you’ll love Alfredo! Marty tells Alfredo the frog that the world is groovy, that the world is dancing …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Don't Forget Tiggs! Don’t Forget Tiggs!
Michael Rosen
May 2015 Book of the Month   This tale of the busy Hurrys may well strike a chord with families everywhere. Mr and Mrs Hurry are always rushing, but especially in the mornings. One day they dash off to their respective jobs …
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My Dad Still Thinks He's Funny My Dad Still Thinks He’s Funny
Katrina Germein
Isn’t it part of a dad’s job description to come out with cheesy sayings, that he thinks are really funny, but which make everyone else groan? Ask this dad what time it is, and he’ll tell you it’s time you …
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Cezanne and the Apple Boy Cezanne and the Apple Boy
Laurence Anholt
The story of the summer young Paul Cézanne spent with his father is an exciting one in itself: he accompanied his father – a man he hardly knew – on painting expeditions, camped in the mountains, and watched his father …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

1
Uncle Gobb and the Dread Shed Uncle Gobb and the Dread Shed
Michael Rosen
June 2015 Book of the Month  Malcom’s Uncle Gobb is really irritating, and not just because he keeps shouting ‘the boy needs to do more homework’. When Gobb Education starts taking over their school, and Uncle Gobb sets up the …
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2
Shouldn't You be in School? Shouldn’t You be in School?
Lemony Snicket
Madcap fun and mystery in this somewhat eccentric yet addictive series from the huge bestselling author of A Series of Unfortunate Events.  This is Book three in the critically acclaimed four-part mystery series.

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The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones
Will Mabbitt
June 2015 Debut of the Month  Mabel Jones is sleeping soundly when a sudden noise wakes her up. It’s Omynus Hussh, silent loris and pirate, there to press gang her into service to the captain of the Feroshus Maggot, mad wolf …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

1
The Forbidden City The Forbidden City
John McNally
June 2015 Book of the Month   OK, pay attention – you’ll need to concentrate because the action in the Infinity Drake series moves at the speed of light: Infinity Drake, aka Finn, gaming fan, just about to turn thirteen, and …
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2
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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3
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
E.L. Konigsburg
June 2015 Book of the Month  This is everything a classic children’s book should be: it’s exciting, funny, has terrific central characters, a mystery to solve, and a truth – particular to childhood – to be revealed. Claudia Kincaid is fed …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

1
Gone Gone
Michael Grant
Gripping from the first moment, this is a scary, an unputdownable and a brilliantly plotted fantasy. One minute all the adults are there – next they’re gone! Only the children remain and they are trapped, cut off from the outside …
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Being a Girl Being a Girl
Hayley Long
‘There is no right way to be a girl or rubbish way to be a girl’, says Hayley Long, explaining the purpose of this positive and hugely reassuring guide for young girls. It’s a message that can’t be repeated often …
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Hope in a Ballet Shoe Orphaned by War, Saved by Ballet: An Extraordinary True Story Hope in a Ballet Shoe Orphaned by War, Saved by Ballet: An Extraordinary True Story
Michaela DePrince, Elaine DePrince
The amazing true story of how an orphan from Sierra Leone has become a major US ballet star. Michaela DePrince’s life began in a country wracked by conflict. Her parents died when she was a baby. Placed in an orphanage …
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Silverskin Silverskin
Joan Lennon
The bleak but beautiful ancient village of Skara Brae on Orkney is the setting for this original and intriguing novel, and an atmosphere of otherness pervades the story. Lennon brings together the original inhabitants of the village with Rab, a …
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Game on Game on
Bali Rai
Young footballer Baljit, the hero of Bali Rai’s Dream On, is preparing for a trial with Liverpool FC’s youth squad – something he’s dreamed of all his life. But there’s lots else going on in Baljit’s life – his girlfriend …
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The Lie Tree The Lie Tree
Frances Hardinge
Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month, May 2015  Award-winning Frances Hardinge is spellbinding is this hugely entertaining and dramatic Victorian thriller. When Faith’s father dies suddenly she knows she must try to find out exactly what he was hiding in the …
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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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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. 8 – 15 March 2015

Monday, March 16th, 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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2
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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3
Counting Counting
Aino-Maija Metsola
Lift the flaps to count from one to ten in this stylish book of numbers. Bold, eye-catching artwork and sturdy card lift-flaps throughout will make this a favourite with children and adults alike.
And there’s a equally bright and bold companion …
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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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Thinner Than Water Thinner Than Water
Sue Hampton
A thought provoking, fascinating and completely captivating book about the importance of family, self awareness and self belief. Kim and Fizzy, both 15 years old, (one fiercely independent and sharply witty and the other earnest, kind and thoughtful) are totally …
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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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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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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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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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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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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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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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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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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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Featured Books for 7+ readers

1
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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2
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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3
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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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 Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize 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 …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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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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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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Northern Lights Northern Lights
Philip Pullman
Part one of Philip Pullman’s magnificent trilogy. His ‘Dark Materials’, is the story of Lyra, a young girl with an exceptional destiny. Brought up in Jordan College, Oxford Lyra uncovers a secret about her mysterious guardian which leads to some …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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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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The Storm The Storm
Virginia Bergin
Virgina Bergin’s debut The Rain has already won her a large following among fans of YA. It’s the story of dippy Ruby, who manages, almost in spite of herself, to survive a devastating apocalypse brought about by a killer contagion …
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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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