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Top 3 Children’s Books, by age range, on Lovereading4kids 3 – 10 August 2014

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Axel Scheffler's Flip Flap Safari Axel Scheffler’s Flip Flap Safari
Axel Scheffler
August 2014 Book of the Month
A very silly but absolutely compelling book that will charm the whole family and in particular young toddlers as they flip and flap the pages to their hearts content and create two animals into …
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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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Peck Peck Peck Peck Peck Peck
Lucy Cousins
Brilliant Lucy Cousins has created a fabulous new book which is full of holes! The young woodpecker is taught to peck by its father. The only trouble is…once it has learnt to peck a hole, it just can’t stop! There …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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The Dinosaurs are Having a Party! The Dinosaurs are Having a Party!
Gareth P. Jones
August 2014 Book of the Month  A rip-roaring dinosaur romp from a Blue Peter Book of the Year winner teamed up with the inimitable Garry Parsons, winner of the Red House Children’s Book Award. …
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Frances Dean Who Loved to Dance and Dance Frances Dean Who Loved to Dance and Dance
Birgitta Sif
From a truly special new voice in picture books, the award-winning author-illustrator of Oliver comes a heart-warming story about finding strength in your friends, overcoming your fears and following your dreams! It glows from the inside out and is also …
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Quest Quest
Aaron Becker
This is a stunning adventure, the second in the luminous wordless trilogy by Aaron Becker, that began with his stunning debut Journey, takes readers further into the realms of the imagination and beyond. All who explore each page will be …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Squishy Mcfluff: and the Supermarket Sweep! Squishy Mcfluff: and the Supermarket Sweep!
Pip Jones
August 2014 Book of the Month A second helping of deliciously funny adventures for Ava and her invisible cat Squishy McFluff. Ava is not looking forward to a trip to the supermarket with her mum as shopping is no fun. But …
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Twit Twit
Stephen Cole
Poor little Twit is always having mean tricks played on him by his big brothers, Boggle, Bumf and Baffle.  One trick too far and Twit is left stuck in a hole where Norma the vole comes to is rescue.  The …
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The Pirates' Picnic The Pirates’ Picnic
Angela Mcallister
Join Jim on a pirates’ picnic in this brand-new blue Early Reader by Kate Greenaway Medal-shortlisted author, Angela McAllister.
Life is a bit glum on the bad ship Skullywag.  Jim the cabin boy wants to cheer up the crew. So he …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Henry Hunter and the Beast of Snagov Henry Hunter and the Beast of Snagov
John Matthews
August 2014 Book of the Month Henry Hunter is a most unusual boy – even among the boys at St Grimbold’s School. He has a private jet and an appetite for finding things that possibly comes from living up to his …
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Buckle and Squash and the Monstrous Moat-dragon Buckle and Squash and the Monstrous Moat-dragon
Sarah Courtauld
July 2014 Book of the Month  Knights and princesses and swords and dragons all feature in this hugely entertaining story about two very different sisters, Eliza and Lavender. While Eliza dreams of being a hero, Lavender thinks only of being …
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Charlotte's Web Charlotte’s Web
E. B. White
How a wise spider saves a young pig from slaughter is the most touching of animal stories. Fern saves Wilbur, the runty little piglet of the litter from her father’s axe and promises to look after him. Fern finds Wilbur …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Danger is Everywhere: A Handbook for Avoiding Danger Danger is Everywhere: A Handbook for Avoiding Danger
David O’Doherty
August 2014 Book of the Month  This book lets you know exactly how to avoid all sorts of dangers of the most unlikely kind.  It is a brilliantly funny handbook that will have boys and girls with enquiring minds completely …
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The Dangerous Discoveries of Gully Potchard The Dangerous Discoveries of Gully Potchard
Julia Lee
August 2014 Book of the Month   Rich in atmosphere and with a great cast of characters, this is an exciting Victorian adventure in which the unexpected can always happen! Gully Potchard is an ordinary kind of boy who tries his …
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Wilds of the Wolf Wilds of the Wolf
Steve Backshall
August 2014 Book of the Month  TV presenter Steve Backshall tells a cracking adventure set in a remote and treacherous corner of Siberia as Saker and Sinter do everything they can to sabotage an illegal oil pipeline. Their mission is …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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The Castle The Castle
Sophia Bennett
August 2014 Book of the Month   In a fast-paced and richly imagined adventure Peta Jones risks her life when she recklessly embarks on a deadly dangerous adventure following a clue that might reveal that he father is still alive. Stowing …
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Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods
Rick Riordan
August 2014 Book of the Month  Percy Jackson, hero and demi-god, is the best guide you could have to the Greek gods and goddesses. As he is half-god – his father is Poseidon – and half-mortal – he is also …
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Night Runner Night Runner
Tim Bowler
August 2014 Book of the Month  Award-winning Tim Bowler will set heartbeats racing in this gripping story set in a dark underworld filled with violent men who will stop at nothing to achieve their ends. Zinny’s life is bleak enough …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Every Second Counts Every Second Counts
Sophie Mckenzie
August 2014 Book of the Month A dramatic sequel to  Split Second which picks up the threads of the story about Charlie and Nat, two idealistic kids living in England in a time of recession, who are determined to take a …
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The Jewel The Jewel
Amy Ewing
A fascinating and entirely captivating young adult dystopian romance full of spirit, spark and tenacity. Step into another world, one that’s entirely different to our own but in some ways as familiar. Cruelty, jealousy, affection and trust join in battle …
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If I Stay If I Stay
Gayle Forman
Gripping, heartrending and ultimately life-affirming, If I Stay is a haunting novel about the power of love and loss – a story that won’t quite let you go. It will make you appreciate all that you have, all that you’ve …
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Most popular children’s books 26 March – 2 April 2012

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Lovereading4kids.co.uk Top 10

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The Hunger Games (Film Tie-In Edition) The Hunger Games (Film Tie-In Edition)
Suzanne Collins
The astonishing bestseller is now a fantastic movie. Here is the original novel with new movie artwork on the cover.
The Hunger Games is a searing novel set in a future with unsettling parallels to our present. In a dark vision of …
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Everything's Amazing (Sort Of) : Tom Gates 3 Everything’s Amazing (Sort Of) : Tom Gates 3
Liz Pichon
March 2012 Book of the Month. From the winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize comes the third amazing
instalment of this brilliant series. This again takes the form of Tom’s
battered homework diary – crammed with his scribbles
and stories. Totally accessible for …
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My Uncle Foulpest: Dinosaur Disaster My Uncle Foulpest: Dinosaur Disaster
Timothy Knapman
Foulpest returns – our unlikely hero in the form of an ogre! Welcome back to Wally’s world – a hilarious offering of ogre uncles, evil weevils and more! My Uncle Foulpest: Dinosaur Disaster is the hilarious second instalment in the series by Timothy Knapman. …
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The Look The Look
Sophia Bennett
March 2012 Book of the Month.
We suspect this may well be Sophia Bennett’s break-out novel. Her previous ones have done immensely well but this novel for teenagers is blisteringly good. It’s the story of two sisters whose world falls apart …
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Titanic : Disaster at Sea Titanic : Disaster at Sea
Martin Jenkins
This fascinating book traces Titanic’s history from blueprint to ocean dream and uncovers the factors that led to her tragic end. With technical diagrams, maps, passenger profiles and a timeline of the unfolding events, this 100th anniversary edition is a …
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Geronimo Stilton: Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye Geronimo Stilton: Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye
Geronimo Stilton
March 2012 Book of the Month. This is an adventure you’ll never forget. Meet Geronimo, a newspaper owner whose favourite pastime is writing tales of adventure set in his hometown of New Mouse City, the capital of Mouse Island. You’ll …
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Not Bad for a Bad Lad Not Bad for a Bad

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Michael Morpurgo
If you loved War Horse, you’ll love this…
This wonderful story was inspired by a conversation that Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman had about a prison at Hollesley Bay in Suffolk that Michael Foreman remembered from growing up nearby. Into …
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Girl, Stolen Girl, Stolen
April Henry
A teenage girl is inadvertently kidnapped, a car is stolen by a gang but when the gang realises who they have in the car they have no intention of letting her go without recompense. But Cheyenne, despite being blind and …
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Twilight Robbery Twilight Robbery
Frances Hardinge
March 2012 Book of the Month.
Shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Book Prize 2011.
Award winning Frances Hardinge’s first novel Fly By Night starred Mosca Mye and Eponymous Clent. Now they are back for a thrilling new adventure in the city of …
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Titanic Death on the Water Titanic Death on the Water
Tom Bradman
Death on the Water brings the great ship alive for young readers by combining both fact and fiction. The famous story of the sinking of the great ship Titantic has fascinated all who have heard it since the actual event …
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Lovereading4kids most popular books, by age range, 18-25 March 2012

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar's Sound Book The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s Sound Book
Eric Carle
March 2012 Book of the Month. This is a much-loved classic, but as relevant today as it was when
first published over 40 years ago. Now available in this sound-book format

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Bunny Bunny Catkin Bunny Bunny Catkin
Cathy Maclennan
Discover all the delights of spring in this joyful new book from Kate Greenaway Award nominated author/illustrator Cathy MacLennan, a companion to the highly acclaimed Chicky Chicky Chook Chook. A wonderful read-aloud tale, full of fun-to-imitate sounds, rhythm and
movement, that gently introduces the idea …
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A Bit Lost A Bit Lost
Chris Haughton
A Lovereading4kids ‘Great read you may have missed 2011’ selection.
A Lovereading4Kids ‘Debut of the Year 2011’ selection.
Winner of the top children’s book award in Ireland in 2011 – the Bisto Award.
Babies and Toddlers +. When Little Owl falls out of …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Monstersaurus! Monstersaurus!
Claire Freedman
March 2012 Book of the Month. The best-selling author and illustrator of Aliens Love Underpants return with a fresh new title. Monty loves inventing things and this time, with some bright green slime, a smelly sock, some mouldy cheese and strawberry …
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The Great Easter Egg Scramble The Great Easter Egg Scramble
Timothy Knapman
A fabulously funny rhyming text with adorable illustrations. The perfect Easter treat! …
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The Goggle-Eyed Goats The Goggle-Eyed Goats
Stephen Davies
March 2012 Book of the Month. Joyful and dotty, how Old Al Haji Amadu tries to get rid of his five naughty goggle-eyed goats – and fails – is the ultimate triumph of pester power. Al Haji’s three wives object violently …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Geronimo Stilton: Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye Geronimo Stilton: Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye
Geronimo Stilton
March 2012 Book of the Month. This is an adventure you’ll never forget. Meet Geronimo, a newspaper owner whose favourite pastime is writing tales of adventure set in his hometown of New Mouse City, the capital of Mouse Island. You’ll …
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2
Winnie Under the Sea Winnie Under the Sea
Valerie Thomas
March 2012 Book of the Month. Join Winnie and Wilbur under the sea for another irresistible adventure. Winnie the madcap witch and her faithful cat Wilbur are enjoying a well-deserved holiday by the seaside. But the sea is very WET …
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Yum Yum Yum Yum
Francesca Simon
Lola the cat sets off in search of a delicious dinner in this charming, funny animal story, perfect for early readers. Featuring all the gang from Buffin Street. If you enjoyed this one then why not try some of the …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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My Uncle Foulpest: Dinosaur Disaster My Uncle Foulpest: Dinosaur Disaster
Timothy Knapman
Foulpest returns – our unlikely hero in the form of an ogre! Welcome back to Wally’s world – a hilarious offering of ogre uncles, evil weevils and more! My Uncle Foulpest: Dinosaur Disaster is the hilarious second instalment in the series by Timothy Knapman. …
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2
Titanic : Disaster at Sea Titanic : Disaster at Sea
Martin Jenkins
This fascinating book traces Titanic’s history from blueprint to ocean dream and uncovers the factors that led to her tragic end. With technical diagrams, maps, passenger profiles and a timeline of the unfolding events, this 100th anniversary edition is a …
Download free opening extract
3
Not Bad for a Bad Lad Not Bad for a Bad Lad
Michael Morpurgo
If you loved War Horse, you’ll love this…
This wonderful story was inspired by a conversation that Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman had about a prison at Hollesley Bay in Suffolk that Michael Foreman remembered from growing up nearby. Into …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Everything's Amazing (Sort Of) : Tom Gates 3 Everything’s Amazing (Sort Of) : Tom Gates 3
Liz Pichon
March 2012 Book of the Month. From the winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize comes the third amazing
instalment of this brilliant series. This again takes the form of Tom’s
battered homework diary – crammed with his scribbles
and stories. Totally accessible for …
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2
Call Me Drog Call Me Drog
Sue Cowing
Parker’s got a lot of demons to face as he struggles to come to terms with his parent’s separation and his father’s expectations of him. He thinks he’s coping alright until he finds Drog in the dump. An ugly hand …
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Twelve Minutes to Midnight Twelve Minutes to Midnight
Christopher Edge
A thriller with a fast-paced cinematic style, Twelve Minutes to Midnight is an electrifying story from an exciting new author featuring a feisty 13 year old heroine. It is the first book in a must-read series for fans of Philip …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Twilight Robbery Twilight Robbery
Frances Hardinge
March 2012 Book of the Month.
Shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Book Prize 2011.
Award winning Frances Hardinge’s first novel Fly By Night starred Mosca Mye and Eponymous Clent. Now they are back for a thrilling new adventure in the city of …
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The One Dollar Horse The One Dollar Horse
Lauren St.John
Blue Peter prize-winner Lauren St John tells a thrilling rags-to-riches story in this gripping story of one girl and her dream. Horse-mad Casey has only one dream: to ride a winner in the Badminton Horse trials. But Casey lives in …
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Ways To Live Forever Ways To Live Forever
Sally Nicholls
Shortlisted for the 2009 Branford Boase Best Debut Novel Award.
Winner of Glen Dimplex Prize for New Writers 2008.
Winner of Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize 2008.
Winner of Luchs Prize (Germany) for best children’s book published in Germany in the last year.
Sympathetic, touching, …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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All Fall Down All Fall Down
Sally Nicholls
March 2012 Book of the Month. This is an eagerly anticipated, powerful and inspiring historical novel about survival in the face of real-life horror from one of today’s most exciting young writers. Sally Nicholls provides a heartbreaking account of one …
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The Look The Look
Sophia Bennett
March 2012 Book of the Month.
We suspect this may well be Sophia Bennett’s break-out novel. Her previous ones have done immensely well but this novel for teenagers is blisteringly good. It’s the story of two sisters whose world falls apart …
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3
The Hunger Games (Film Tie-In Edition) The Hunger Games (Film Tie-In Edition)
Suzanne Collins
The astonishing bestseller is now a fantastic movie. Here is the original novel with new movie artwork on the cover.
The Hunger Games is a searing novel set in a future with unsettling parallels to our present. In a dark vision of …
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Lovereading4kids most popular books, by age range, 11 – 18 March 2012

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar's Sound Book The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s Sound Book
Eric Carle
March 2012 Book of the Month. This is a much-loved classic, but as relevant today as it was when
first published over 40 years ago. Now available in this sound-book format so you can actually listen to the Very Hungry Caterpillar as …
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2
Bunny Bunny Catkin Bunny Bunny Catkin
Cathy Maclennan
Discover all the delights of spring in this joyful new book from Kate Greenaway Award nominated author/illustrator Cathy MacLennan, a companion to the highly acclaimed Chicky Chicky Chook Chook.  A wonderful read-aloud tale, full of fun-to-imitate sounds, rhythm and
movement, that gently introduces the idea …
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Winnie Under the Sea (Book and CD) Winnie Under the Sea (Book and CD)
Valerie Thomas
2012 is the 25th anniversary of Winnie the Witch and the madcap Winnie is back with a wonderful new story. Enjoying a seaside holiday, Winnie discovers that her faithful cat Wilbur can’t swim. Luckily she has a solution… Winnie turns …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Monstersaurus! Monstersaurus!
Claire Freedman
March 2012 Book of the Month. The best-selling author and illustrator of Aliens Love Underpants return with a fresh new title.  Monty loves inventing things and this time, with some bright green slime, a smelly sock, some mouldy cheese and strawberry …
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Collywobble Collywobble
Malachy Doyle
This is an absolutely gorgeous, heart-warming and courageous tale of a young sheepdog puppy who is too young to join her master and her mum out on the hill, particularly when it’s snowing.  But when they don’t return from the …
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The Goggle-Eyed Goats The Goggle-Eyed Goats
Stephen Davies
March 2012 Book of the Month. Joyful and dotty, how Old Al Haji Amadu tries to get rid of his five naughty goggle-eyed goats  – and fails – is the ultimate triumph of pester power. Al Haji’s three wives object violently …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Geronimo Stilton: Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye Geronimo Stilton: Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye
Geronimo Stilton
March 2012 Book of the Month. This is an adventure you’ll never forget.  Meet Geronimo, a newspaper owner whose favourite pastime is writing tales of adventure set in his hometown of New Mouse City, the capital of Mouse Island.  You’ll …
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2
Yum Yum Yum Yum
Francesca Simon
Lola the cat sets off in search of a delicious dinner in this charming, funny animal story, perfect for early readers. Featuring all the gang from Buffin Street.  If you enjoyed this one then why not try some of the …
Download free opening extract
3
Winnie Under the Sea Winnie Under the Sea
Valerie Thomas
March 2012 Book of the Month. Join Winnie and Wilbur under the sea for another irresistible adventure.  Winnie the madcap witch and her faithful cat Wilbur are enjoying a well-deserved holiday by the seaside. But the sea is very WET …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 7+ readers

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My Uncle Foulpest: Dinosaur Disaster My Uncle Foulpest: Dinosaur Disaster
Timothy Knapman
Foulpest returns – our unlikely hero in the form of an ogre! Welcome back to Wally’s world – a hilarious offering of ogre uncles, evil weevils and more! My Uncle Foulpest: Dinosaur Disaster is the hilarious second instalment in the series by Timothy Knapman. …
Download free opening extract
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Not Bad for a Bad Lad Not Bad for a Bad Lad
Michael Morpurgo
If you loved War Horse, you’ll love this…
This wonderful story was inspired by a conversation that Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman had about a prison at Hollesley Bay in Suffolk that Michael Foreman remembered from growing up nearby. Into …
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Jeff Kinney
Winner of the Blue Peter Best Book of the Decade. The 1st in the brilliant Wimpy Kid series that has taken the US, and now the UK by storm. The illustrations and story hillariously chart Greg’s life at a new school.
It’s …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Twelve Minutes to Midnight Twelve Minutes to Midnight
Christopher Edge
A thriller with a fast-paced cinematic style, Twelve Minutes to Midnight is an electrifying story from an exciting new author featuring a feisty 13 year old heroine. It is the first book in a must-read series for fans of Philip …
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2
Everything's Amazing (Sort Of) : Tom Gates 3 Everything’s Amazing (Sort Of) : Tom Gates 3
Liz Pichon
March 2012 Book of the Month.  From the winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize comes the third amazing
instalment of this brilliant series. This again takes the form of Tom’s
battered homework diary – crammed with his scribbles
and stories. Totally accessible for …
Download free opening extract
3
Wonder Wonder
R. J. Palacio
Chosen by Stylist magazine as one of the Cult Books of 2012.
Frank, powerful, warm and often heart-breaking, Wonder is a book you’ll read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page. This is a …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Twilight Robbery Twilight Robbery
Frances Hardinge
March 2012 Book of the Month.
Shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Book Prize 2011.
Award winning Frances Hardinge’s first novel Fly By Night starred Mosca Mye and Eponymous Clent. Now they are back for a thrilling new adventure in the city of …
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2
The One Dollar Horse The One Dollar Horse
Lauren St.John
Blue Peter prize-winner Lauren St John tells a thrilling rags-to-riches story in this gripping story of one girl and her dream. Horse-mad Casey has only one dream: to ride a winner in the Badminton Horse trials. But Casey lives in …
Download free opening extract
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War Horse Film tie-in Edition War Horse Film tie-in Edition
Michael Morpurgo
Best-selling War Horse, a magnificent First World War story of human and animal courage on the battle field in the face of deadly danger will shortly be a film following its sell-out adaptation as a play. This film tie-in edition …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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All Fall Down All Fall Down
Sally Nicholls
March 2012 Book of the Month.  This is an eagerly anticipated, powerful and inspiring historical novel about survival in the face of real-life horror from one of today’s most exciting young writers.  Sally Nicholls provides a heartbreaking account of one …
Download free opening extract
2
The Look The Look
Sophia Bennett
March 2012 Book of the Month.
We suspect this may well be Sophia Bennett’s break-out novel.  Her previous ones have done immensely well but this novel for teenagers is blisteringly good.  It’s the story of two sisters whose world falls apart …
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The Girl in the Mask The Girl in the Mask
Marie-Louise Jensen
March 2012 Book of the Month. How can feisty Sophia take her revenge on her father for forcing her into a life of high society in Bath? Outwardly, Sophie conforms by attending balls and masques. But, at night, she leads quite …
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Lovereading4kids most popular books, by age range, 4 – 11 March 2012

Monday, March 12th, 2012

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar's Sound Book The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s Sound Book
Eric Carle
March 2012 Book of the Month. This is a much-loved classic, but as relevant today as it was when
first published over 40 years ago. Now available in this sound-book format so you can actually listen to the Very Hungry Caterpillar as …
Download free opening extract
2
What the Ladybird Heard (Board Book) What the Ladybird Heard (Board Book)
Julia Donaldson
Winner of the Scottish Book Award 2010 (0-7 years category).
Best-selling author and illustrator Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks have teamed up for another brilliant picture book. Right in the farmyard among all the noisy animals with their MOOs! and QUACKS! …
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Bunny Bunny Catkin Bunny Bunny Catkin
Cathy Maclennan
Discover all the delights of spring in this joyful new book from Kate Greenaway Award nominated author/illustrator Cathy MacLennan, a companion to the highly acclaimed Chicky Chicky Chook Chook.  A wonderful read-aloud tale, full of fun-to-imitate sounds, rhythm and
movement, that gently introduces the idea …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 3+ readers

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The Great Explorer The Great Explorer
Chris Judge
Resourceful Tom has a great fantasy adventure in this exciting and action-packed story with clear, bold illustrations. Setting out to find his father who has gone missing on an expedition to the North Pole, Tom sails through icebergs, flees from …
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Monstersaurus! Monstersaurus!
Claire Freedman
March 2012 Book of the Month. The best-selling author and illustrator of Aliens Love Underpants return with a fresh new title.  Monty loves inventing things and this time, with some bright green slime, a smelly sock, some mouldy cheese and strawberry …
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Oh No, George! Oh No, George!
Chris Haughton
Chris Haughton’s distinctive artwork perfectly accompanies the innocent charm of affable George, a dog trying to be good – with hilarious results! This is the second picture book from rapidly rising star Chris Haughton, whose bold art and psychedelic colour …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Winnie Under the Sea Winnie Under the Sea
Valerie Thomas
March 2012 Book of the Month. Join Winnie and Wilbur under the sea for another irresistible adventure.  Winnie the madcap witch and her faithful cat Wilbur are enjoying a well-deserved holiday by the seaside. But the sea is very WET …
Download free opening extract
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Yum Yum Yum Yum
Francesca Simon
Lola the cat sets off in search of a delicious dinner in this charming, funny animal story, perfect for early readers. Featuring all the gang from Buffin Street.  If you enjoyed this one then why not try some of the …
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Vulgar the Viking and the Rock Cake Raiders Vulgar the Viking and the Rock Cake Raiders
Odin Redbeard
Revolting – in the very best way – this is a rollickingly good adventure. Vulgar the Viking finds his home life in the town of Blubber exceptionally boring. If only things were like they used to be in the good …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Not Bad for a Bad Lad Not Bad for a Bad Lad
Michael Morpurgo
If you loved War Horse, you’ll love this…
This wonderful story was inspired by a conversation that Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman had about a prison at Hollesley Bay in Suffolk that Michael Foreman remembered from growing up nearby. Into …
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The Hodgeheg The Hodgeheg
Dick King-smith
This is an absolutely charming modern classic from one of Britain’s all-time favourite authors.  There is no one more impressive when it comes to animal stories than Dick King-Smith and this one is our favourite. The Hodegheg has everything – …
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Jeff Kinney
Winner of the Blue Peter Best Book of the Decade. The 1st in the brilliant Wimpy Kid series that has taken the US, and now the UK by storm. The illustrations and story hillariously chart Greg’s life at a new school.
It’s …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Twelve Minutes to Midnight Twelve Minutes to Midnight
Christopher Edge
A thriller with a fast-paced cinematic style, Twelve Minutes to Midnight is an electrifying story from an exciting new author featuring a feisty 13 year old heroine. It is the first book in a must-read series for fans of Philip …
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Wonder Wonder
R. J. Palacio
Chosen by Stylist magazine as one of the Cult Books of 2012.
Frank, powerful, warm and often heart-breaking, Wonder is a book you’ll read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page. This is a …
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The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop
Kate Saunders
A bewitching, bewildering, hilarious and absolutely irresistible magical adventure. A wonderful new life begins for Oz and Lily when their father inherits the family chocolate factory from a long lost uncle. Moving into their new home, Lily knows at once …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Twilight Robbery Twilight Robbery
Frances Hardinge
March 2012 Book of the Month.
Shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Book Prize 2011.
Award winning Frances Hardinge’s first novel Fly By Night starred Mosca Mye and Eponymous Clent. Now they are back for a thrilling new adventure in the city of …
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The One Dollar Horse The One Dollar Horse
Lauren St.John
Blue Peter prize-winner Lauren St John tells a thrilling rags-to-riches story in this gripping story of one girl and her dream. Horse-mad Casey has only one dream: to ride a winner in the Badminton Horse trials. But Casey lives in …
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Nature Mage Nature Mage
Duncan Pile
February 2012 Debut of the Month.
This is an exciting new fantasy series that fans of Harry Potter, Percy Jackson and Septimus Heap will absolutely love to read.
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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The Look The Look
Sophia Bennett
March 2012 Book of the Month.
We suspect this may well be Sophia Bennett’s break-out novel.  Her previous ones have done immensely well but this novel for teenagers is blisteringly good.  It’s the story of two sisters whose world falls apart …
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All Fall Down All Fall Down
Sally Nicholls
March 2012 Book of the Month.  This is an eagerly anticipated, powerful and inspiring historical novel about survival in the face of real-life horror from one of today’s most exciting young writers.  Sally Nicholls provides a heartbreaking account of one …
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The Girl in the Mask The Girl in the Mask
Marie-Louise Jensen
March 2012 Book of the Month. How can feisty Sophia take her revenge on her father for forcing her into a life of high society in Bath? Outwardly, Sophie conforms by attending balls and masques. But, at night, she leads quite …
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March Kids book update

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Help them steal a March this month with a great new read from Lovereading4kids! Maybe the fact that the amazing Dr. Seuss of The Cat in the Hat fame was a March baby will inspire you? Whatever happens, you can bet we have a massive crop of ideas and old favourites this Spring so the hunt for books needn’t leave you as mad as a March Hare. Read on to find out more!

March Author of the Month – Sophia Bennett

Our fashionable Author of the Month is the brilliant Sophia Bennett. After ten years of trying and trying, her talent was finally recognised by publisher Chicken House and it’s a good thing too! The result has been four fabulous novels. Her latest title, this one for teens (and a March Book of the Month!), is The Look, a tale of two sisters – Ted, a fledging model, and Ava who is diagnosed with cancer. Heartrending, stylish and funny, Find out more and enter our competition to win a £30 Top Shop voucher.

 

March Books of the Month

Keep an eye out for the brilliant, brand-new Very Hungry Caterpillar Sound Book for babies and toddlers (and, as we have discovered in the office, adults love it too!) published to celebrate Very Hungry Caterpillar Day on 20 March.

Also Special mention must also go to: The Geronimo Stilton

series – beautifully illustrated, “cheddariffic”, mousey adventures for kids aged 7-10. We LOVE these books and are so excited for your kids to discover them!

 

Sally-tations! Guest Editor Sally Nicholls

Multi-award winner, charity worker, huge talent and all-round lovely person, our Guest Editor this month is Sally Nicholls. (We love her – can you tell?) Her debut novel Ways to Live Forever met with huge acclaim (as well as several awards) and her latest, All Fall Down – the heartrending account of life in Yorkshire during the Black Death – is out now. Discover all of her writing, as well as some of the great books that have influenced her over the years, simply by clicking here!

 

Early Bloomers! – Our Spring Debuts of the Month

Wonder

R. J. Palacio

(9+ ) – Do not miss this whether you’re 9 or 99! The most poignant, moving and heartwarming tale you will read this year … or ever!

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Itch

Simon Mayo

(9+) – Can a gadget-laden science geek be a hero? You bet he can! And check out the ‘Great Element Hunt’ too.

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Wildwood

Colin Meloy

(12+) – Darkly wild and magical illustrated fantasy adventure. Grown ups shouldn’t miss this charming tale either!

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The Things We Did for Love

Natasha Farrant

(14+) – Teenage love wrenched by the duties of war and the loss of childhood in 1944 France. .

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Wither Book One of the Chemical Garden

Lauren DeStefano

(14+) – Dark, futuristic, genetically-mutated-society tale … and not a werewolf or vampire in sight! .

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Hold Your Horses!

We are very, very excited (some more than others) to announce our brand new section for Horse-and-Pony-mad children. New titles and beloved classics are stable-mates in this all-new section, but why not start with book-of-the-month The One Dollar Horse by Lauren St John (11+) – a touching tale of victory against the odds. Or, the massively popular Tilly’s Pony Tails series by Pippa Funnell (7+) – the adventures of horse-loving Tilly and her four legged friends. Horses rein supreme! Click here for more …

Competition Time!…A Win-Win Situation!

Two great chances to win at Lovereading4kids this month! First, Suzanne Collins’ fantabulous Hunger Games has been made into a movie and 3 lucky readers will be taking home the special ‘Making Of’ Movie edition of the book and more.

That’s not all! Wally (if you can find him!) is 25 years old this year!…and to celebrate we are playing Where’s Wally Now? with loads of great Where’s Wally stuff to give away!

 

Scroll down to see more selections in the age ranges you have told us you would like to be kept up to date with


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Most popular Opening Extracts, by age range, 20 – 27 Sep 2009

Monday, September 28th, 2009

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Flip Flap Flop Flip Flap Flop
Mary Cartwright
Perfect for ‘reading’ in the bath; penguins slip and slide, swim and glide and  flip and flap agreeably through the pages.
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That's not my frog That’s not my frog
Fiona Watt
Shortlisted for Baby Book Award, Early Year Awards 2009
Irresistible to inquisitive fingers, the strokeable features within each book in the ‘That’s not my…’ series help an owner to know more about an animal.  In That’s Not My Frog, the frog’s …
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The Big Night-night Book The Big Night-night Book
Georgie Birkett
Shortlisted for the Baby Book Award, Early Year Awards 2009

With cuddly touch and feel pages this board book will provide comfort to the smallest toddler.  With a blanket to cuddle, curtains to open, PJs to feel and furry Ted to …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Tom's Tree Tom’s Tree
Gillian Shields
A truly uplifting story about love, hope and the importance of patience.  Tom plants a seed and imagines what it will be like as it grows – the trunk is a tall mast of a ship with dragons hiding in …
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Oliver Who Travelled Far and Wide Oliver Who Travelled Far and Wide
Mara Bergman
Winner of the Pre-School Award, Early Year Awards 2009

Through the terrific rhyming text and bold illustrations Oliver discovers that, though small, he is indeed mighty as he lives through his fears in this glorious, rollicking work of imagination. A picture …
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The Tail of the Whale The Tail of the Whale
Ellie Patterson, Christine Pym
Shortlisted for the Pre-School Award, Early Year Awards 2009
An absolutely delightful debut from a brilliant new talent in the form of Christine Pym.  Dive into this exquisitely decorative picture book of a bright underwater world, rich with colour and full …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Nelson Mandela's Long Walk to Freedom Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom
Nelson Mandela, Chris Van Wyk
Nelson Mandela’s inspirational life story has been adapted into a wonderfully child-friendly version. It tells of his childhood as an ordinary boy in a village and how his belief in democracy was already strongly developed while a student. Mandela’s fight …
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The BFG The BFG
Roald Dahl
This is a delightful, funny and exciting story about a special friendship between two people from different worlds – a giant and a child. As the story develops it shows how trust and love develops between them. It also …
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The Tear Thief The Tear Thief
Carol Ann Duffy
This is a warm, poignant and beautifully illustrated story set in a magical world where the tears of children arising from every emotion are of a different colour. An underlying thought-provoking message about emotions lies at its heart. The multi-coloured …
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The Best of Times The Best of Times
Michael Morpurgo
A story that is by turns heart-wrenching but also ultimately uplifting as the protagonist in the story, a recently married Prince must find a way to bring love and laughter out of the sorrow and tears that his Princess feels.
This square little hardback …
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Tollins: Explosive Tales for Children Tollins: Explosive Tales for Children
Conn Iggulden
It’s Peter Pan with attitude as Conn Iggulden, creator of the phenomenal bestseller The Dangerous Book for Boys, introduces an explosive and magical new fictional world of the Tollins – flying creatures that aren’t fairies! – all beautifully illustrated in …
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Boom! Boom!
Mark Haddon
Everything about this deliciously improbable adventure is almost completely daft – and that’s the fun of it all. When Charlie sets up his walkie-talkie in the staff room he doesn’t hear gossip about the pupils as he had expected. Instead, …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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The Robbers The Robbers
Josh Lacey
Peter is minding his own business depositing his savings in a bank when there’s a ‘hold-up’.  Can Peter’s quick thinking surprise and overcome the robbers in order to save his and other people’s money.  Edge of your seat writing for …
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I Spy: The Constantinople Caper I Spy: The Constantinople Caper
Graham Marks
An absolutely gripping spy adventure packed full of mystery, intrigue and high paced drama. It combines the action-packed exploits of Alex Rider, with the historical advnetures of Young Indiana Jones, in a classic story of one boy’s fight to find …
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A Misfitz Mystery: Two Tigers on a String A Misfitz Mystery: Two Tigers on a String
Josh Lacey
Humour and pace are the hallmarks of Josh Lacey’s writing (Grk series and Bearkeeper) and this new series (this is the second title) makes this an absolute must read for 9+ year olds.  The Misfitz are four children who share …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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The Pain Merchants (The Healing Wars) The Pain Merchants (The Healing Wars)
Janice Hardy
Part one of a powerful historical fantasy full of politics, magic and enchantment. The Healing Wars tells of the unusual powers of fifteen year old orphan, Naya. In a world where many have special power, Naya stands out from the …
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The Return of Johnny Kemp The Return of Johnny Kemp
Keith Gray
A really gripping thriller for teenage boys.  Short and fast-paced, it’s the story of Johnny Kemp, a boy that no one is prepared to mess with, until that is, Dan manages to get him excluded from school.  But now he’s …
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Threads Threads
Sophia Bennett
Fresh, witty and wholly contemporary, prize winning Threads won The Times/Chicken House writing competition in 2009. How three teenage friends with completely different interests – one’s into fashion, one plans to save the world and one is a budding young …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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The Traitor Game The Traitor Game
B R Collins
Winner of for the 2009 Branford Boase Best Debut Novel Award

An extraordinary fantasy novel from a supremely talented debut novelist. Set partly in a boys’ school and also in another world that is both fierce and dangerous, it has themes …
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Pastworld Pastworld
Ian Beck
Take a thrilling journey into the past in this clever time slip mystery which, written in different voices from different times, takes its readers from a dystopian future to a Dickensian past. Caleb is on a tourist trip to the …
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A Trick of the Dark A Trick of the Dark
B R Collins
Prize winning B.R Collins’ A Trick of the Dark is a gripping supernatural thriller which explores the darker sides of adolescence. Annis sees her older brother Zach crushed and broken when the walls of a ruined house fall on to …
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Most popular Children’s Books, by age range, 30 Aug – 6 Sep 2009

Monday, September 7th, 2009

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Say Hello to the Baby Animals Say Hello to the Baby Animals
Ian Whybrow
Stroke all the baby animals in the jungle in this attractive board book in which baby lion sets out to meet all the other baby animals around him. There’s a baby giraffe stretching up tall to eat the leaves at …
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Row, Row, Row Your Boat Row, Row, Row Your Boat

A brilliant take on the classic nursery rhyme Row row row your boat gently down the stream that’s perfect for even the youngest toddler because of its board book format. Here two toddlers row, rock, scream and roar their way …
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Amazing Baby: Look at Me! Amazing Baby: Look at Me!
Emily Hawkins
look at me! has chunky pages cut into three sections, so you can have hands-on fun flipping back and forth to create a variety of funny baby faces. Includes a mirror at the back to reflect your own amazing baby’s …
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Tabby McTat Tabby McTat
Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler
Best-selling author and illustrator Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have teamed up again to create a heart-warming story about loyalty and friendship. When Tabby McTat the busker’s cat gets separated from the busker he begins a new life on his …
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Tom's Tree Tom’s Tree
Gillian Shields
A truly uplifting story about love, hope and the importance of patience. Tom plants a seed and imagines what it will be like as it grows – the trunk is a tall mast of a ship with dragons hiding in …
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The Rabbit Problem The Rabbit Problem
Emily Gravett
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Nelson Mandela's Long Walk to Freedom Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom
Nelson Mandela, Chris Van Wyk
Nelson Mandela’s inspirational life story has been adapted into a wonderfully child-friendly version. It tells of his childhood as an ordinary boy in a village and how his belief in democracy was already strongly developed while a student. Mandela’s fight …
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The BFG The BFG
Roald Dahl
This is a delightful, funny and exciting story about a special friendship between two people from different worlds – a giant and a child. As the story develops it shows how trust and love develops between them. It also …
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The Icky, Sticky Snot and Blood Book The Icky, Sticky Snot and Blood Book
Steve Alton
Disgustingly informative, this is a touchy, feely guide to some of the most disgusting things in life. Open the flap and find out about blood and bones, travel on a roller coaster ride around the fast flowing systems that control …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Bob and Barry's Lunar Adventures: The Disappearing Moon Bob and Barry’s Lunar Adventures: The Disappearing Moon
Simon Bartram
Bob, the Man on the Moon, has already had several prize-winning adventures. Now he and his extra special dog Barry are back in a new format for more surprises about a very special place. Bob and Barry have to use …
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Boom! Boom!
Mark Haddon
Everything about this deliciously improbable adventure is almost completely daft – and that’s the fun of it all. When Charlie sets up his walkie-talkie in the staff room he doesn’t hear gossip about the pupils as he had expected. Instead, …
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Roald Dahl
A book that requires no introduction as it is probably Dahl’s best-known and most read creation and deservedly so. The secretive and magical world of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory is revealed to five ‘lucky’ children, each of who has won …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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StoryWorld: The Storytelling Book (slipcase edition) StoryWorld: The Storytelling Book (slipcase edition)
John Matthews, Caitlin Matthews
A brilliant and completely unique book package appeared recently here at Lovereading4kids and we think it’s absolutely marvellous. It will enable young and old, reluctant readers and those who love books, to unlock their imaginations. The world of storytelling has …
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Hide and Seek Hide and Seek
Cathy Macphail
Chilling from start to finish this is a brilliant, fast moving and spooky story. When new girl Destiny arrives at school she asks if it is really haunted… Everyone knows it isn’t but tricking Destiny seems like a bit of …
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Wishing for Tomorrow Wishing for Tomorrow
Hilary Mckay
A new chapter to the story of Sara Crew has been cleverly crafted by Hilary McKay who picks up the threads at Miss Minchin’s after Sara has left and, in particular, the loneliness of Sara’s friend Ermengarde who is teased …
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Threads Threads
Sophia Bennett
Fresh, witty and wholly contemporary, prize winning Threads won The Times/Chicken House writing competition in 2009. How three teenage friends with completely different interests – one’s into fashion, one plans to save the world and one is a budding young …
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Ghost Hunter: Book 6 Chronicles of Ancient Darkness Ghost Hunter: Book 6 Chronicles of Ancient Darkness
Michelle Paver
Dazzling entertainment, seamless storytelling, this is the stunning 6th and final episode, bringing the bestselling ‘The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness’, which began so dramatically with Wolf Brother, to a close.
Now it is Torak’s last adventure; he must travel up into …
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Timewalker Timewalker
Justin Stanchfield
Full of intrigue, this is a terrific time-twist adventure with a dramatic plot that keeps its tension to the end. When sleepwalking along a lonely road near the quiet town of Antler, Sean meets a strange girl who is being …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Back to Life Back to Life
Joanna Nadin
More hilarious exploits from the angst ridden teen diarist Rachel Riley. Fans of Louise Rennison’s character Georgia Nicolson will love this as will all those who have enjoyed the ups and down and ups again of Rachel’s life to date. …
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Airhead: Being Nikki Airhead: Being Nikki
Meg Cabot
Step right into the celebrity life of teenage supermodel Nikki. Apparently the golden girl of the catwalk Nikki looks like an absolute airhead but that’s just the surface. Underneath there’s nerdy Emmerson Watts who somehow got trapped in the wrong …
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The Traitor Game The Traitor Game
B R Collins
Winner of for the 2009 Branford Boase Best Debut Novel Award
An extraordinary fantasy novel from a supremely talented debut novelist. Set partly in a boys’ school and also in another world that is both fierce and dangerous, it has themes …
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Lovereading4kids September Newsletter

Friday, September 4th, 2009

It’s the end of the summer holidays, which always seems to make kids grumpy. But it’s not all bad! Lovereading4kids has some wonderful reading adventures that kids can go on even in term time. Download free Opening Extracts of these books and find some stories to soften the blow of going back to school…

Author of the Month – the very brainy Hilary McKay

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Our Illustrator of the Month – pet-loving Emma Dodd

Emma’s delightful picture books have been charming children and their parents for a few years now. Her quirky new story, Miaow Said the Cow, is seriously fun but don’t forget to check out the backlist too – Cool Cat and I thought I saw a Dinosaur to name just two.

Mustang Mountain by Sharon Siamon

This horsey series is perfect for girls aged 8+. These exciting stories are elegies to the natural world, and especially to the powerful, mystical wild horses that gallop the dramatic landscapes of her books.

Chronicles of Ancient Darkness by Michelle Paver

Dazzling, edge-of-your-seat entertainment from the first book, Wolf Brother, all the way through to the sixth and concluding part, Ghosthunter. Torak’s last adventure sees him travel up into the mountains to vanquish the terrifying Soul-Eaters.

This series is absolutely not to be missed by anyone aged 9 or over.

A veritable feast of Books of the Month to suit every age and palate

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First-time fantastic – our Debuts of the Month

Traitor Game – B R Collins

An extraordinary, award-winning novel about the problematic relationship between two school boys, interwoven with an elaborate fantasy world they have created, called Evguard.

Threads – Sophia Bennett

A funny, vibrant, and very contemporary story about three young friends – a budding starlet, an eco-warrior, and a fashionista – who pool their individual talents to help a young refugee girl.

This month’s Guest Editor – the not-at-all-ordinary Joanna Nadin

Joanna describes her childhood as tragically normal, but she’s certainly made up for it by becoming an incredibly interesting and brilliant writer. Her Rachel Riley diaries are as funny and well-observed as Adrian Mole’s. Find out which authors have influenced her work – Frank Cottrell Boyce and Kevin Brooks to name but two.

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Embrace the new school year and give your child a head start! Our Back to School section has all the dictionaries, thesauri, atlases and foreign language books to help engage and inform your child. Whether your child is a toddler or a teenager, there are different titles for every age from pre-school to sixth form, and all at a 25% discount.

That’s all for now. We hope you have fun exploring the website and discovering new books, and that you find some great stories to take your kid’s mind off the inevitable return to school… and homework!

Most popular children’s books, by age range, 24 – 31 Aug 09

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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This is my Duck This is my Duck
Felicity Brooks
Quack! Quack! goes the duck every time you press the button and the very youngest readers will press the button many, many times over. And they can also stroke duck’s fluffy feathers and feel his shiny beak and slippery webbed …
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Say Hello to the Baby Animals Say Hello to the Baby Animals
Ian Whybrow
Stroke all the baby animals in the jungle in this attractive board book in which baby lion sets out to meet all the other baby animals around him. There’s a baby giraffe stretching up tall to eat the leaves at …
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Where's Spot? (Board Book) Where’s Spot? (Board Book)
Eric Hill
This chunky board book edition of Eric Hill’s classic first lift-the-flap book receives a new brightly coloured cover. The simple text and colourful pictures will engage pre-readers as they lift the picture flaps in search of Spot. A No.1 bestseller …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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The Rabbit Problem The Rabbit Problem
Emily Gravett
An outstandingly original and entertaining book packed full of rabbitty details and a feast of novelty features that makes it all the more fun to read again and again and again. The Rabbit Problem shows what happens after Lonely sends …
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Gruff the Grump Gruff the Grump
Steve Smallman
Kindness works like a magic charm on the grumpy old Gruff, a growly, grizzly grump of a bear. When Gruff the Grump unexpectedly does something kind and rescues a rabbit stuck in a tree, the rabbit repays him by bringing …
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Call Me Gorgeous Call Me Gorgeous
Giles Milton
Stunning illustrations show the most arresting features of all sorts of animals – the pointy teeth of a crocodile and the long curving neck of a flamingo – all of which are fitted together to create a wonderful invented creature. …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Nelson Mandela's Long Walk to Freedom Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom
Nelson Mandela, Chris Van Wyk
Nelson Mandela’s inspirational life story has been adapted into a wonderfully child-friendly version. It tells of his childhood as an ordinary boy in a village and how his belief in democracy was already strongly developed while a student. Mandela’s fight …
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The Icky, Sticky Snot and Blood Book The Icky, Sticky Snot and Blood Book
Steve Alton
Disgustingly informative, this is a touchy, feely guide to some of the most disgusting things in life. Open the flap and find out about blood and bones, travel on a roller coaster ride around the fast flowing systems that control …
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Henry's House: Egyptians Henry’s House: Egyptians
Philip Ardagh and Mike Gordon
Go back in time with Henry, his dog Mothball and his friend Jaggers. Together the three of them find out all they can about how the Egyptians lived. They meet the Pharaoh, learn about the Egyptian gods and goddesses and …
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Boom! Boom!
Mark Haddon
Everything about this deliciously improbable adventure is almost completely daft – and that’s the fun of it all. When Charlie sets up his walkie-talkie in the staff room he doesn’t hear gossip about the pupils as he had expected. Instead, …
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Bob and Barry's Lunar Adventures: The Disappearing Moon Bob and Barry’s Lunar Adventures: The Disappearing Moon
Simon Bartram
Exciting moon adventures for Bob, the man on the moon, and his dog Barry. Bob’s job is to look after the moon but it isn’t always easy especially when the magician Alacazamo suddenly makes it disappear! Can Bob and Barry …
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The Rainbow Orchid: The Adventures of Julius Chancer - Vol One The Rainbow Orchid: The Adventures of Julius Chancer – Vol One
Garen Ewing
The Rainbow Orchid is an ambitious blend of classic storytelling and cinematic artwork in which adventure, historical drama and legend are seamlessly intertwined. If you like your comics full of mystery and adventure and you love the worlds of …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Ghost Hunter: Book 6 Chronicles of Ancient Darkness Ghost Hunter: Book 6 Chronicles of Ancient Darkness
Michelle Paver
Dazzling entertainment, seamless storytelling, this is the stunning 6th and final episode, bringing the bestselling ‘The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness’, which began so dramatically with Wolf Brother, to a close.

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Angel Cake Angel Cake
Cathy Cassidy
Friends and relationships are the hallmarks of Cathy’s novels as she portrays her characters and their friendships particularly well. The plot lines are easy to get into, there’s always a

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Wolven Wolven
Di Toft
A howlingly hairy summer adventure – Picture a boy, his eccentric grandparents and a pet dog that is a kind of special werewolf in reverse, all living on the edge of a strange and eerie wood. Now imagine that this …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Timewalker Timewalker
Justin Stanchfield
Full of intrigue, this is a terrific time-twist adventure with a dramatic plot that keeps its tension to the end. When sleepwalking along a lonely road near the quiet town of Antler, Sean meets a strange girl who is being …
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Threads Threads
Sophia Bennett
Fresh, witty and wholly contemporary, prize winning Threads won The Times/Chicken House writing competition in 2009. How three teenage friends with completely different interests – one’s into fashion, one plans to save the world and one is a budding young …
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Missing, Believed Crazy Missing, Believed Crazy
Terence Blacker
Fun to read, this is a cleverly constructed narrative of different voices all telling their version of the same story. Students at Cathcart College, an exclusive boarding school, plan a novel way of raising money for charity. The kidnapping is …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Grass Grass
Cathy Macphail
A thrilling, fast-paced, high octane story that is brilliantly spun out by the queen of teen thrillers Cathy Macphail as she captures how Leo gets caught up in the terrifying gang warfare that rules his town in Scotland. Leo and …
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Back to Life Back to Life
Joanna Nadin
More hilarious exploits from the angst ridden teen diarist Rachel Riley. Fans of Louise Rennison’s character Georgia Nicolson will love this as will all those who have enjoyed the ups and down and ups again of Rachel’s life to date. …
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What I Saw and How I Lied What I Saw and How I Lied
Judy Blundell
Winner of the prestigious National Book Award.
Utterly gripping and beautifully told, this is a stunning rite of passage novel full of powerful and conflicting emotions, which captures Evie’s dramatic shift from child to adult in pinpoint sharp, painful detail. Excited …
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