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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
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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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Mid February Kids update

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

Welcome to our mid-month update, packed full of exciting extra features on Lovereading4kids. For teens there’s our Undercover Reads, for babies and toddlers you’ll find the cutest stories in our Picture Book Picnic section, Blue Peter has just announced its Book Award shortlist and there’s a brilliant pre-publication exclusive for 9+ readers….

 


Not Even in the Shops! – Pre-publication exclusive

Be the first to read: Wonder by R. J. Palacio (9+) – A heart-warming, heart-breaking and uplifting book about being different from everyone else, when inside you feel just the same. It’s being talked about in the same breath as the brilliant Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.~

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Get the Picture? – Our Picture Book Picnic Section

Our Picture Book Picnic section showcases some amazing picture books. There is a wonderful selection to choose from but our picks this month are:

A Bus Called Heaven by Bob Graham 3+ – A humorous, inspiring and colourful community tale.

Arthur’s Dream Boat by Polly Dunbar 3+ – Polly Dunbar is a real picture book favourite and has done it again with this enchanting, colourful dream adventure.

Oh NO, George! by Chris Haughton 2+ – A delightfully naughty dog who tries SO hard to be good, from the author of A Bit Lost!

After Lights-Out! – Undercover Reads

Some books are so good you can’t resist turning on the torch, sinking under the duvet and reading one more chapter! Our special section of books devoted to teens, Walker’s Undercover Reads, do just that. New this month:

Blink and Caution by Tim Wynne-Jones – Suspense thriller set in a dark, deadly world of crime.

Daylight Saving by Edward Hogan – A ghostly, dark and deliciously spine-tingling thriller.

Girl, Stolen by April Henry – Fast-paced, nail-biting thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat. Published in March but we have an exclusive pre-publication extract!

Badge of Excellence! – 2012 Blue Peter Book Awards

The shortlist of four books (for kids aged 6-12 years) for this coveted award has been announced and topics include: the 2012 Olympics, the Extreme World (spy technology to super volcanoes), a time-travelling schoolgirl and a family with dark secrets. We’re featuring all four on the site. The winners will be chosen by more than 200 Blue Peter viewers from over 10 different schools. Why not get your kids to choose their own winner? Click here to see the books.

And the Best Children’s Book of the last decade

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Theodore Boone are among the books vying for the title of best children’s novel of the last decade. BBC TV’s Blue Peter has released a shortlist of 10 titles and is asking viewers to vote for their favourite. The vote will be open until 4pm, 23 February, and the winning book will be announced on 1 March. Get involved by clicking here.

Don’t miss the ‘Biggest Book Show on Earth’

Featuring a stellar line-up of top authors and illustrators – including Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler, Eoin Colfer, Jacqueline Wilson, Cressida Cowell and Derek Landy, performing together for the first time and streamed LIVE into nurseries, schools, bookshops and libraries nationwide. This is ‘The Biggest Book Show on Earth’ and it’s part of World Book Day which in turn is the biggest celebration of authors, illustrators, books and reading of its kind. Register now at www.worldbookday.com to watch the World Book Day online festival on 1 March (9.30-10am for Nursery and 11am-midday for Primary) plus you’ll find many more ideas on what you can do on World Book Day as well.

Also, don’t forget to look out for your child’s £1 World Book Day voucher, being distributed via schools. Kids can use them to pick one of EIGHT free new books or get £1 off a full-price book in your local bookshop.


Lovereading4Kids “Essentials” Section

We have made a list of the books we think all kids should read and have split them into age ranges so that you can easily find a next great read for your family. You may even find you get hooked yourself! Click here. This month, a new version of the classic The Hodgeheg by Dick King Smith (5+) is released – a great chance to revisit this beautiful bedtime story!

Well, that’s all from us this month. See you in March for World Book Day and Lovereading4kids’ bookshelves will yet again be full of great hand-picked children’s books – all designed to get your kids to Lovereading! Click here to get a few tips, if you need them.

P.S. If your kids aren’t already hooked on the gripping, futuristic Hunger Games series, then get them to read these awesome adventures before the equally awesome film is released on 23 March. And while you’re at it why not enter our competition giveaway – we have copies of the trilogy and the special ‘Making of the Film’ book to give away! Click here.

Children’s most popular Opening extracts, by age range, 14 – 20 Dec 2009

Monday, December 21st, 2009

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Welcome to the Zoo Welcome to the Zoo
Alison Jay
This absolutely gorgeous wordless picture book has now been re-released in a small format rounded-edged board book that’s perfect for babies and tiddly toddlers. Curious eyes will explore the zoo, which is brimming with beauty, humour and high-jinks. Parents will …
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Five Little Ducks Five Little Ducks
Jason Chapman, Jemima Lumley, Francesca Stich
Shortlisted for the Baby Book Award, Early Year Awards 2009
Complete with cleverly cut pages, all with rounded corners so that even the smallest toddler can handle this board book, it tells the story very simply of a duck who starts …
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Baby And Toddler Treasury Baby And Toddler Treasury

A rich resource of stories, poems, action rhymes and more for all new babies and their parents, this Treasury is an excellent ‘first book’. The addition of a scrap book for recording all the babies own milestones is fun too.
If …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up 1001 Children’s Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up
Julia Eccleshare & Quentin Blake
Fall down the rabbit hole, take flight into Neverland, or follow the yellow brick road to the Emerald City; we all remember what it was like to disappear into the imaginary worlds of the most magical and fantastic type of …
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The Bedtime Collection The Bedtime Collection
Wendy Cooling
A visual treat, this is a rich collection of original stories, rhymes and pictures from some of the best-known and best-loved authors and illustrators of today including Jacqueline Wilson, Michael Morpurgo, Shirley Hughes, Quentin Blake and Malorie Blackman. Each of …
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The Chicken Thief The Chicken Thief
Beatrice Rodriguez
An entertainingly illustrated wordless picture book story which will be loved by all ages. When the daring fox comes by and steals the chicken away from under the noses of her friends Bear and Rabbit, he sets off a dramatic …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Daddy Lost his Head Daddy Lost his Head
Andre Bouchard & Quentin Blake
What would happen if someone really lost their head? This hilarious and surreal fable tells how one family patches things up and puts them back together again when their father loses his head. Having searched high and low for the …
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Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats
T.S. Eliot, Axel Scheffler
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Daisy and the Trouble with Christmas Daisy and the Trouble with Christmas
Kes Gray
Daisy starts to think about Christmas in september; ideas for presents that friends and family will give, what to ask Santa for, even being told that she’s in the school Christmas play, but can you guess what part? The trouble …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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The Amazing Adventures of Curd The Lion and Us! in the Land at the Back of Beyond The Amazing Adventures of Curd The Lion and Us! in the Land at the Back of Beyond
Alan Gilliland
Reminiscent of the writing of Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear, this brilliant debut children’s novel is completely unputdownable as well as being almost uncategorisable. The author has succeeded in delivering on a book that incorporates a terrifically funny yet mysterious story, full …
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Tim the Tiny Horse at Large Tim the Tiny Horse at Large
Harry Hill
Tiny Tim’s latest adventures are a brilliant and inventive piece of comic writing and illustration. Tiny has done much of everything since the original story about him – everything except grow! Tiny remains very, very small but that doesn’t stop …
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The Best of Times The Best of Times
Michael Morpurgo
Beautifully told and exquisitely illustrated, this is a gem of a book.
Michael Morpurgo weaves a magical story about the unusual way a prince
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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The Thirteen Days of Christmas The Thirteen Days of Christmas
Jenny Overton & Shirley Hughes
A charming and deliciously witty story about an unusual Christmas present and the part it plays in bringing a young couple together. Three children long for their older sister to marry her sweetheart but they know that he’ll only woo …
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A Traveller in Time A Traveller in Time
Alison Uttley
One of the first, and finest, of all time-slip stories that travels between the 16th century and pre-war 20th century Britain. It is alive with the sounds and the smells of both centuries making it an incredibly mysterious yet compelling …
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FLIPS: Faraway Tree Stories (Nintendo DS) FLIPS: Faraway Tree Stories (Nintendo DS)
Enid Blyton
The Enchanted Wood is one of Enid Blyton’s most memorable and truly imaginative stories, capturing a world where almost anything can happen if you just believe in the magic of nature and its creatures. Three stories from the Enchanted Wood …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Under the Weather: Stories About Climate Change Under the Weather: Stories About Climate Change
Tony Bradman
Perfectly pitched for younger readers, this is a timely collection of stories about an urgent matter that will affect everyone’s future. The stories have a global perspective with different authors tackling the different consequences of the world warming up. Crucially, …
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FLIPS: Artemis Fowl (Nintendo DS) FLIPS: Artemis Fowl (Nintendo DS)
Eoin Colfer
Eoin Colfer’s terrific series featuring the teenage criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl has been acclaimed as ‘Die Hard with fairies’! Now that his father has disappeared Artemis must take charge and rebuild his family fortune. Full of lots of interactivity this …
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FLIPS: Cathy Cassidy (Nintendo DS) FLIPS: Cathy Cassidy (Nintendo DS)
Cathy Cassidy
Friends and relationships are the hallmarks of Cathy’s stories as she portrays her characters and their friendships particularly well. The plot lines are easy to get into and there’s often a subliminal message too within the story. They’re cracking, fast-paced …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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What I Saw and How I Lied What I Saw and How I Lied
Judy Blundell
Winner of the prestigious American National Book Award – Utterly gripping and beautifully told, this is a stunning rite of passage novel, set just after WW2, full of powerful and conflicting emotions, which captures the dramatic shift from child to …
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Stolen Stolen
Lucy Christopher
This controversial debut is a moving drama about kidnapping, isolation and survival and an extraordinary psychological thriller that will steal the minds of those who read it. Sensitive, intelligent and gripping, Stolen is a contemporary story which will force the …
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Hunger Hunger
Michael Grant
PRE-PUBLICATION – AVAILABLE 4TH JANUARY 2010 – Michael Grant’s GONE was one of the highlights of 2009 and his sequel is, do I dare say it, as good or possibly even better. The series hits the zeitgeist and HUNGER continues …
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Most popular Children’s Books, by age range, 29 Nov – 6 Dec 2009

Monday, December 7th, 2009

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Dear Santa Dear Santa
Rod Campbell
A letter to Santa starts off on a merry chain of gift-wrapping, but nothing is quite right and each time he thinks better of his choice. Lift the flaps to unwrap each present and find out what Santa chooses as …
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Bathtime with Woof Bathtime with Woof
Caroline Jayne Church
Experience bath time with Woof by feeling the slimy soap he washes with, the shiny bubbles he blows

in the bath and the softness of the fluffy towel he dries himself on afterwards. All babies will love seeing themselves scrubbed …
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Rainforest Wonders (A Sparkling Slide Book) Rainforest Wonders (A Sparkling Slide Book)
Erin Ranson and Hannah Wood
Pull out the sliders on each page to reveal a brightly coloured animal of the rainforest. From a purple hummingbird to an orange-spotted gecko it will have lots of appeal and provide plenty of entertainment to children of 3+. It’s …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up 1001 Children’s Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up
Julia Eccleshare & Quentin Blake
Fall down the rabbit hole, take flight into Neverland, or follow the yellow brick road to the Emerald City; we all remember what it was like to disappear into the imaginary worlds of the most magical and fantastic type of …
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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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Lulu's Christmas Lulu’s Christmas
Camilla Reid
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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The Incredible Book Eating Boy (pop-up edition) The Incredible Book Eating Boy (pop-up edition)
Oliver Jeffers
Delicious pop-up spreads bring an interactive version of this popular story about a boy who loves books so much that he actually eats his way through them. An entertaining story about different ways of loving reading from an award winning …
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Explore, Dream, Discover Explore, Dream, Discover
Charlotte Samiec, Andrew Pinder
Put quite simply, if you’re looking for a travel diary, a memory-maker, a doodle pad, a story-storer, a brain-engager, a boredom-stopper, a kick-starter, an idea-waker, a picture-keeper, a captain’s log or simply a thought-provoking book then look no further than …
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Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats
T.S. Eliot, Axel Scheffler
These classic cat poems which sum up all the different kinds of cats there can be are given a delightful new look by bestselling Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler. Scheffler’s cats are cuddly creatures with expressive eyes through which the cats …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Tim the Tiny Horse at Large Tim the Tiny Horse at Large
Harry Hill
Tiny Tim’s latest adventures are a brilliant and inventive piece of comic writing and illustration. Tiny has done much of everything since the original story about him – everything except grow! Tiny remains very, very small but that doesn’t stop …
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2
The Best of Times The Best of Times
Michael Morpurgo
Beautifully told and exquisitely illustrated, this is a gem of a book.
Michael Morpurgo weaves a magical story about the unusual way a prince
finds to make his princess happy and so to save her life. Emma
Chichester Clark’s illustrations capture the subtle …
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Grubtown Tales: Stinking Rich and Just Plain Stinky Grubtown Tales: Stinking Rich and Just Plain Stinky
Philip Ardagh
Winner of the 7 – 14 yr old category of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2009.
You cannot fail to find the town of Grubtown and its inhabitants hysterically funny. What goes on defies belief but if you’ve read books by …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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A Dinosaur Ate My Socks A Dinosaur Ate My Socks
Eric Brown
Space fantasy, dinosaurs and a trip back in time are the elements in this dramatic story about some homework that goes a bit wild. Millie and Mouse disagree about their homework on dinosaurs: Millie who loves them thinks it will …
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FLIPS: Too Ghoul for School (Nintendo DS) FLIPS: Too Ghoul for School (Nintendo DS)
B. Strange
Ghosts, slime and a huge dose of humour is the order of the day in this terrific series for 8-12 year olds. James’ school has a paranormal problem but is he and his gang up to the challenge of finally …
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FLIPS: Faraway Tree Stories (Nintendo DS) FLIPS: Faraway Tree Stories (Nintendo DS)
Enid Blyton
The Enchanted Wood is one of Enid Blyton’s most memorable and truly imaginative stories, capturing a world where almost anything can happen if you just believe in the magic of nature and its creatures. Three stories from the Enchanted Wood …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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FLIPS: Artemis Fowl (Nintendo DS) FLIPS: Artemis Fowl (Nintendo DS)
Eoin Colfer
Eoin Colfer’s terrific series featuring the teenage criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl has been acclaimed as ‘Die Hard with fairies’! Now that his father has disappeared Artemis must take charge and rebuild his family fortune. Full of lots of interactivity this …
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The Graveyard Book (illustrated by Chris Riddell) The Graveyard Book (illustrated by Chris Riddell)
Neil Gaiman
Winner of the prestigious Teenage Book of the Year Award 2009.
Winner of Best Novel at the Hugo Awards 2009.
2009 winner of the prestigious Newbery Medal.
Spooks galore in this brilliant and fantastic story of life in the graveyard. When Baby …
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A Perfect Ten A Perfect Ten
Chris Higgins
Winner of the Young Minds Book Prize 2009.

Chris Higgins’ writing rivals the likes of Cathy Cassidy and Jacqueline Wilson. She’s an author truly in tune with the teen psyche. This is her fourth novel and she gets better and better with each …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Stolen Stolen
Lucy Christopher
This controversial debut is a moving drama about kidnapping, isolation and survival and an extraordinary psychological thriller that will steal the minds of those who read it. Sensitive, intelligent and gripping, Stolen is a contemporary story which will force the …
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A Christmas Carol (Classics Illustrated) A Christmas Carol (Classics Illustrated)
Charles Dickens
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This edition of The Christmas Carol is one of a range of marvellous comic books created in the ’50s and ’60s now with artwork re-coloured and covers digitally enhanced for a new generation. Perfect bound at a terrifically …
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Solace of the Road Solace of the Road
Siobhan Dowd
Shortlisted for the prestigious Costa Children’s Book Award 2009 – the winner will be announced in early January.

Shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2009
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Most popular children’s books, by age range, 22 – 29 Nov 2009

Monday, November 30th, 2009

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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The Bedtime Collection The Bedtime Collection
Wendy Cooling
A visual treat, this is a rich collection of original stories, rhymes and pictures from some of the best-known and best-loved authors and illustrators of today including Jacqueline Wilson, Michael Morpurgo, Shirley Hughes, Quentin Blake and Malorie Blackman. Each of …
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Who's Driving? Who’s Driving?
Leo Timmers
This is a delightful new take on the classic fable of the hare and the tortoise. Full of shining cars and screeching tyres, it’s a picture book for drivers of all ages, young and old. So many different cars and so …
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The Snowlies Find a Letter The Snowlies Find a Letter
Corinne Mellor, Ashe Ericksson
An absolutely enchanting pop-up story book. Enter a world of dark pine forests, purple skies and icy lakes. Children will fall in love with the magical snowlies – forest fairies – as they journey across the arctic to deliver a …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up 1001 Children’s Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up
Julia Eccleshare & Quentin Blake
Fall down the rabbit hole, take flight into Neverland, or follow the yellow brick road to the Emerald City; we all remember what it was like to disappear into the imaginary worlds of the most magical and fantastic type of …
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Lulu's Christmas Lulu’s Christmas
Camilla Reid
All the excitement of Christmas is crammed into this interactive picture book showing all the things Lulu has to do to get ready for the big day. And young readers will love pulling the tab to help her decorate the …
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The Penguin Who Wanted to Find Out The Penguin Who Wanted to Find Out
Jill Tomlinson
This is a perfect story for animal lovers young and old, filled with tenderness and love combined with a subtle humour. Soft focus illustrations take readers right into the cold world of the penguins living in Antarctica. The beautiful pictures …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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The Best of Times The Best of Times
Michael Morpurgo
Beautifully told and exquisitely illustrated, this is a gem of a book.
Michael Morpurgo weaves a magical story about the unusual way a prince
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Chichester Clark’s illustrations capture the subtle …
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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

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The Snow Goose The Snow Goose
Paul Gallico
Radio 4 Open Book listeners recently crowned The Snow Goose ‘The book most deserved to be re-read’ – the novel by Paul Gallico. It will be dramatised on Radio 4 in 2010
Shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award 2009. Breathtaking illustrations …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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FLIPS: Faraway Tree Stories (Nintendo DS) FLIPS: Faraway Tree Stories (Nintendo DS)
Enid Blyton
The Enchanted Wood is one of Enid Blyton’s most memorable and truly imaginative stories, capturing a world where almost anything can happen if you just believe in the magic of nature and its creatures. Three stories from the Enchanted Wood …
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Grubtown Tales: Stinking Rich and Just Plain Stinky Grubtown Tales: Stinking Rich and Just Plain Stinky
Philip Ardagh
Winner of the 7 – 14 yr old category of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2009.
You cannot fail to find the town of Grubtown and its inhabitants hysterically funny. What goes on defies belief but if you’ve read books by …
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New and Collected Poems for Children New and Collected Poems for Children
Carol Ann Duffy
A stunning collection of poems for children by the Poet Laureate. Carol Ann Duffy’s collection opens with ‘The Words of Poems’, which is a perfect introduction to the feast of delights found within this anthology. Duffy’s poems encompass everything from …
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FLIPS: Artemis Fowl (Nintendo DS) FLIPS: Artemis Fowl (Nintendo DS)
Eoin Colfer
Eoin Colfer’s terrific series featuring the teenage criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl has been acclaimed as ‘Die Hard with fairies’! Now that his father has disappeared Artemis must take charge and rebuild his family fortune. Full of lots of interactivity this …
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A Dinosaur Ate My Socks A Dinosaur Ate My Socks
Eric Brown
Space fantasy, dinosaurs and a trip back in time are the elements in this dramatic story about some homework that goes a bit wild. Millie and Mouse disagree about their homework on dinosaurs: Millie who loves them thinks it will …
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FLIPS: Cathy Cassidy (Nintendo DS) FLIPS: Cathy Cassidy (Nintendo DS)
Cathy Cassidy
Friends and relationships are the hallmarks of Cathy’s stories as she portrays her characters and their friendships particularly well. The plot lines are easy to get into and there’s often a subliminal message too within the story. They’re cracking, fast-paced …
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1
A Perfect Ten A Perfect Ten
Chris Higgins
Winner of the Young Minds Book Prize 2009.
Chris Higgins’ writing rivals the likes of Cathy Cassidy and Jacqueline Wilson. She’s an author truly in tune with the teen psyche. This is her fourth novel and she gets better and better with each …
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The Graveyard Book (illustrated by Chris Riddell) The Graveyard Book (illustrated by Chris Riddell)
Neil Gaiman
Winner of the prestigious Teenage Book of the Year Award 2009.
Winner of Best Novel at the Hugo Awards 2009.
2009 winner of the prestigious Newbery Medal.
Spooks galore in this brilliant and fantastic story of life in the graveyard. When Baby …
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The Vanishing of Katharina Linden The Vanishing of Katharina Linden
Helen Grant
Shortlisted for the prestigious Teenage Book of the Year Award 2009.
This debut novel is a great page-turner with an endearing story that’s full of rich detail and beautifully written. It has a terrific sense of place. Although the narrator …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

1
Stolen Stolen
Lucy Christopher
This controversial debut is a moving drama about kidnapping, isolation and survival and an extraordinary psychological thriller that will steal the minds of those who read it. Sensitive, intelligent and gripping, Stolen is a contemporary story which will force the …
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Solace of the Road Solace of the Road
Siobhan Dowd
Shortlisted for the prestigious Costa Children’s Book Award 2009 – the winner will be announced in early January.

Shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2009
Beautifully written and achingly moving, Solace of the Road is the poignant and desperate story …
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Nation Nation
Terry Pratchett
Shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2009
Hugely entertaining, this is a fully envisaged fantasy adventure, which makes serious points about the importance of the past from the master storyteller and author of the hugely popular Discworld series. Survival! Mau’s …
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Children’s Books – most popular Opening Extracts, by age range, 26 May – 2 Jun 09

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Books for Babies and Toddlers

1
Mr Bear Says: I Love You Mr Bear Says: I Love You
Debi Gliori
Warm and loving, Mr Bear introduces all the things he likes and ends with what he loves best of all – his own little baby. Lovely bright illustrations in a slimline, easy to hold board book.
If you’re looking for other …
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Marvin Wanted More Marvin Wanted More
Joseph Theobold
This board book comes complete with a wonderfully warm and woolly Marvin on the cover that’s wonderfully touchy-feely. The story inside though delivers a wonderful lesson in ‘wanting more’! Marvin the sheep takes drastic action to resolve the problem of …
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Orange Pear Apple Bear Orange Pear Apple Bear
Emily Gravett
With just 4 words this exceptionally talented author and illustrator has created a deliciously simple, yet wonderfully fun juxtaposition of animal and fruit as well as an all-important introduction to the ‘comma’. It’s not just a breathtakingly beautiful book but …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

1
The Great Paper Caper The Great Paper Caper
Oliver Jeffers
Shortlisted for the Bisto Irish Children’s Book Award. Touching and funny, this is also a visually sophisticated picture book which lightly carries an important message about the use – and misuse – of resources. All is not well in the …
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Big Brave Brian Big Brave Brian
M P Robertson
An exuberantly illustrated book perfect to help children see that even the ‘seemingly’ bravest people in the world have things they are afraid of. …
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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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Daisy and the Trouble with Kittens Daisy and the Trouble with Kittens
Kes Gray
Holiday excitement nearly gets too much in this latest story about Daisy to whom too much is almost always happening! Daisy is going on holiday to Spain. She gets to go in a plane, to see a palm tree and …
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Dinosaur Cove: Finding The Deceptive Dinosaur Dinosaur Cove: Finding The Deceptive Dinosaur
Rex Stone
Exciting adventures in this easy to read series about two boys and the dangerous dinosaurs they encounter – especially the deadly Tyrannosaurus Rex. Jamie’s dad is opening a dinosaur museum in Dinosaur Cove. Jamie expects to find some fossils but …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

1
Pig City Pig City
Louis Sachar
Bestselling author Louis Sachar is back with a stunning new novel, which all begins with a hat…The hat Laura Sibbie buys from an old man in the street that says Pig City on the front and so Pig City is …
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The Dragonology Chronicles (Vol II): The Dragon's Diary The Dragonology Chronicles (Vol II): The Dragon’s Diary
Dugald Steer
The dragonological adventure continues in this eagerly-awaited second instalment of The Dragonology Chronicles.  An illness has spread among the dragons and Daniel and Beatrice must deliver a strange book to Dr. Drake so that the cure that lies therein can …
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Kaspar Kaspar
Michael Morpurgo
CD Audio.
A wonderfully emotional but heart-warming tale from the pen of one
of the foremost writers for children.  Brilliantly interwoven in
historical fact at the time of the sinking of the Titanic is the story
of Kaspar the Savoy cat, who we also …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

1
Shark Island Shark Island
David Miller
A thrilling adventure story set on a tropical island…When Hanna and Ned’s parents are kidnapped, they find themselves stuck on an island and in the greatest danger. Surrounded by jungle and sea have they any hope of escape? Using all …
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Kensuke's Kingdom Kensuke’s Kingdom
Michael Morpurgo
Age 9+.  Suffice to say the reading of this book will take you the reader through every emotion you can think of, from great joy and laughter to utter sadness and loss.  At its heart is a story of friendship …
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The Museum's Secret: The Remarkable Adventures Of Tom Scatterhorn The Museum’s Secret: The Remarkable Adventures Of Tom Scatterhorn
Henry Chancellor
An irresistible adventure through a world full of dust, insects, magic potions, missing jewels and stuffed animals and an incredible secret that takes Tom back 100 years into a breathtaking adventure to far flung places of the world and back …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

1
Coraline (film tie-in edition) Coraline (film tie-in edition)
Neil Gaiman
Film-tie-in edition to the weird and wonderful Coraline, which has just released as an animated film in the UK.   When Coraline’s family move into a new home, she steps through a door into another house which seems strangely familiar.  It has …
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The Pickle King The Pickle King
Rebecca Promitzer
A hugely entertaining adventure story tinged with enough horror to delight but not really to terrify. Bored during a wet holiday, Bea and her friend Sam go exploring and come across the body of a dead man. What’s the story? Bea …
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The Reformed Vampire Support Group The Reformed Vampire Support Group
Catherine Jinks
A murder-mystery comedy of errors about a vampire ‘support group’.  It’s the perfect introduction to the paranormal for young readers. …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Skim Skim
Mariko Tamaki
Stunningly drawn, this graphic novel brilliantly charts the deep and sometimes desperate conflicts and moods that prevail in teen years. Teenage witch Skim keeps a diary in which she records all her thoughts, hopes and fears. There’s the grief and …
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Stolen Stolen
Lucy Christopher
This controversial debut is a moving drama about kidnapping, isolation and survival and an extraordinary psychological thriller that will steal the minds of those who read it. Sensitive, intelligent and gripping, Stolen is a contemporary story which will force the …
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Magic Flutes Magic Flutes
Eva Ibbotson
Romance and intrigue make this lyrical historical adventure an unputdownable read! When a British millionaire sets out to buy a secluded fairy tale castle set high up on a rock above a beautiful lake he finds that its heiress is …
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Most popular Children’s books, by age range, 11 – 18 May 09

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

Books for Babies and Toddlers

1
Mr Bear Says: I Love You Mr Bear Says: I Love You
Debi Gliori
Warm and loving, Mr Bear introduces all the things he likes and ends with what he loves best of all – his own little baby. Lovely bright illustrations in a slimline, easy to hold board book.

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2
Embossed Board Books: Colours Embossed Board Books: Colours
Emily Bolam
Whole pages devoted to a single colour make this a striking book. The surface of each page is embossed with a pattern which makes it interesting and exciting to touch giving it multi-sensory appeal.
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Eric Carle
This is a much-loved classic but as relevant today as it was when
first published 40 years ago. Its vivid and colourful illustrations and
cut back and die-cut pages together with some very simple text provide
a wonderful story that is immensely satisfying for …

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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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On Our Way Home On Our Way Home
Sebastien Braun
A warm and gentle celebration of the relationship between parent and child. it is immensely touching and the perfect bedtime read. …
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The Perfect Baby The Perfect Baby
Tony Bradman
A wonderfully quirky story by Tony Bradman about a little girl who is not happy with the arrival of a little brother into the world is complemented brilliantly by some illustrations that are sure to get the smallest little child giggling away! …
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Gorilla Gorilla
Anthony Browne
Greenaway winner in 1983.Wonderfully inventive story and almost tear-jerking at times but with a happy ending. The illustrations are both detailed and colourful and children will delight in them. I’m sure for some parents it really touches a nerve as …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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A Child's Garden: A Story of Hope A Child’s Garden: A Story of Hope
Michael Foreman
This is a wonderful celebration of optimism and a thoughtful and touching book about the importance of growth, green shoots and new life in a war torn world. Growing up amidst rubble a small boy tends a green shoot which …
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2
Dinosaur Cove: Finding The Deceptive Dinosaur Dinosaur Cove: Finding The Deceptive Dinosaur
Rex Stone
Exciting adventures in this easy to read series about two boys and the dangerous dinosaurs they encounter – especially the deadly Tyrannosaurus Rex. Jamie’s dad is opening a dinosaur museum in Dinosaur Cove. Jamie expects to find some fossils but …
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Twinkle Twinkle Chocolate Bar Twinkle Twinkle Chocolate Bar

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Featured Books for 7+ readers

1
Pig City Pig City
Louis Sachar
Bestselling author Louis Sachar is back with a stunning new novel, which all begins with a hat…The hat Laura Sibbie buys from an old man in the street that says Pig City on the front and so Pig City is …
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2
The Dragonology Chronicles (Vol II): The Dragon's Diary The Dragonology Chronicles (Vol II): The Dragon’s Diary
Dugald Steer
The dragonological adventure continues in this eagerly-awaited second instalment of The Dragonology Chronicles. An illness has spread among the dragons and Daniel and Beatrice must deliver a strange book to Dr. Drake so that the cure that lies therein can …
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Highway Robbery Highway Robbery
Kate Thompson
Shortlisted for the Bisto Irish Children’s Book Award. With the thundering of hooves never far away, Kate Thompson weaves an attractive yarn as told by a cheeky but brave street boy whose fortunes change after he’s left holding the horse …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

1
The Museum's Secret: The Remarkable Adventures Of Tom Scatterhorn The Museum’s Secret: The Remarkable Adventures Of Tom Scatterhorn
Henry Chancellor
An irresistible adventure through a world full of dust, insects,

magic potions, missing jewels and stuffed animals and an incredible secret that takes Tom back 100 years into a breathtaking adventure to far flung places of the world and back …
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2
Shark Island Shark Island
David Miller
Hold on to your seats for what could well be THE blockbuster this summer for children of 9+. Marooned on a tropical island, two children – Hanna and Ned – are in fear of their lives after pirates had raided …
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
Jeff Kinney
Take a peek into Greg’s diary and find out the story of his life – and especially about his relationship with his older brother Roderick. Wittily told in words and pictures, this diary charts the trials and tribulations of a …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

1
Freefall: Tunnels 3 Freefall: Tunnels 3
Roderick Gordon, Brian Williams
More spine-tingling and menacing adventure from the authors of Tunnels and Deeper will once again take you way beneath the earth, in a subterranean world that’s almost too frightening to imagine and yet it will pull you into the story …
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2
The Pickle King The Pickle King
Rebecca Promitzer
A hugely entertaining adventure story tinged with enough horror to delight but not really to terrify. Bored during a wet holiday, Bea and her friend Sam go exploring and come across the body of a dead man. What’s the story? Bea …
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3
Skellig - TV tie in edition Skellig – TV tie in edition
David Almond
This is a wonderfully eerie and magical story about believing in
something extra special and why it may make a difference. It’s full of
happiness and sadness but ultimately it’s incredibly fulfilling.
‘Touched with a visionary intensity, this strange life-affirming tale exercises every …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

1
Stolen Stolen
Lucy Christopher
This controversial debut is a moving drama about kidnapping, isolation and survival and an extraordinary psychological thriller that will steal the minds of those who read it. Sensitive, intelligent and gripping, Stolen is a contemporary story which will force the …
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The Resistance The Resistance
Gemma Malley
This is an absolutely chilling, powerful sequel to Gemma malley’s acclaimed debut, The Declaration. With a dark and sinister vision of the future, it is set in 2140, The Resistance is an incredibly thought-provoking read. We raved about her first …
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Lifegame Lifegame
Alison Allen-Gray
An incredibly topical thriller that captures the mood of the moment in terms of the scientific advances that are becoming increasingly possible and yet continue to be highly controversial. Picture if you can an island complete with families, all of …
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Most popular children’s books, by age range, 4 – 11 May 2009

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

Books for Babies and Toddlers

1
Dear Zoo: mini board book Dear Zoo: mini board book
Rod Campbell
An elephant is too heavy, a giraffe is too tall, a frog is too jumpy.
Hidden behind a flap, each new arrival that the zoo sends is a
wonderful surprise but never quite right. Until, at last, they send the
perfect pet…. This …

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My Animals My Animals
Xavier Deneux
Stylish imagery in black and white (with a cleverly done tiny hint of colour on each page) introduces some familiar animals in a highly original way. Perfectly placed holes for little fingers will encourage readers to engage closely with each picture as …
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No Bed Without Ted No Bed Without Ted
Nicola Smee
Pull the tabs, lift the flap and help a little girl find her missing Ted. Is he in the drawer? No, that’s full of mice. Can he be in grandpa’s chair? No, that’s a bag of sweets. And he’s not …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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The Littlest Dinosaur The Littlest Dinosaur
Michael Foreman
A touching story about being different and not fitting in. The littlest dinosaur and the long necked dinosaur both find it hard to fit in because of their size. But when the littlest dinosaur needs help he turns to the …
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The Perfect Baby The Perfect Baby
Tony Bradman
A wonderfully quirky story by Tony Bradman about a little girl who is not happy with the arrival of a little brother into the world is complemented brilliantly by some illustrations that are sure to get the smallest little child giggling away! …
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3
On Our Way Home On Our Way Home
Sebastien Braun
A warm and gentle celebration of the relationship between parent and child. it is immensely touching and the perfect bedtime read. …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

1
A Child's Garden: A Story of Hope A Child’s Garden: A Story of Hope
Michael Foreman
This is a wonderful celebration of optimism and a thoughtful and touching book about the importance of growth, green shoots and new life in a war torn world. Growing up amidst rubble a small boy tends a green shoot which …
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2
Dinosaur Cove: Finding The Deceptive Dinosaur Dinosaur Cove: Finding The Deceptive Dinosaur
Rex Stone
Exciting adventures in this easy to read series about two boys and the dangerous dinosaurs they encounter – especially the deadly Tyrannosaurus Rex. Jamie’s dad is opening a dinosaur museum in Dinosaur Cove. Jamie expects to find some fossils but …
Download free opening extract
3
Twinkle Twinkle Chocolate Bar Twinkle Twinkle Chocolate Bar

Here is a collection of more than 80 poems and rhymes from a glittering galaxy of more than 50 poets. It is a delectable assortment of light, melt-in-the-mouth poems for the very young to dip into again and again.  They are the …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 7+ readers

1
Pig City Pig City
Louis Sachar
Bestselling author Louis Sachar is back with a stunning new novel, which all begins with a hat…The hat Laura Sibbie buys from an old man in the street that says Pig City on the front and so Pig City is …
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2
Wigglers on the Run Wigglers on the Run
Caroline T Goodden
Imaginative and hilarious, Wigglers on the Run is a delightful children’s tale that will be enjoyed in equal measure by parents reading to children or for 7+ children reading alone. Self-published through a company called Pen Press, here at Lovereading4kids …
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Secret Garden - Illustrated Edition Secret Garden – Illustrated Edition
Frances Hodgson Burnett
This absolute classic has entranced children the world over since its first publication in 1911.  In this remarkable new hardback gift edition from Walker Books, Inga Moore’s beautifully observed illustrations capture the wonder of the garden coming alive again, bringing …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
Jeff Kinney
Take a peek into Greg’s diary and find out the story of his life – and especially about his relationship with his older brother Roderick. Wittily told in words and pictures, this diary charts the trials and tribulations of a …
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2
The Museum's Secret: The Remarkable Adventures Of Tom Scatterhorn The Museum’s Secret: The Remarkable Adventures Of Tom Scatterhorn
Henry Chancellor
An irresistible adventure through a world full of dust, insects, magic potions, missing jewels and stuffed animals and an incredible secret that takes Tom back 100 years into a breathtaking adventure to far flung places of the world and back …
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3
Coraline (graphic novel) Coraline (graphic novel)
Neil Gaiman
A sensational graphic novel version of Neil Gaiman’s story which adds extra layers of fear to the already powerful narrative. When Coraline’s family move into a new home, she steps through a door into another house which seems strangely familiar. …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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The Pickle King The Pickle King
Rebecca Promitzer
A hugely entertaining adventure story tinged with enough horror to delight but not really to terrify. Bored during a wet holiday, Bea and her friend Sam go exploring and come across the body of a dead man. What’s the story? Bea …
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2
Skellig - TV tie in edition Skellig – TV tie in edition
David Almond
This is a wonderfully eerie and magical story about believing in
something extra special and why it may make a difference.  It’s full of
happiness and sadness but ultimately it’s incredibly fulfilling.
‘Touched with a visionary intensity, this strange life-affirming tale exercises every …
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3
Freefall: Tunnels 3 Freefall: Tunnels 3
Roderick Gordon, Brian Williams
More spine-tingling and menacing adventure from the authors of Tunnels and Deeper will once again take you way beneath the earth, in a subterranean world that’s almost too frightening to imagine and yet it will pull you into the story …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

1
Stolen Stolen
Lucy Christopher
This controversial debut is a moving drama about kidnapping, isolation and survival and an extraordinary psychological thriller that will steal the minds of those who read it. Sensitive, intelligent and gripping, Stolen is a contemporary story which will force the …
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The Resistance The Resistance
Gemma Malley
This is an absolutely chilling, powerful sequel to Gemma malley’s acclaimed debut, The Declaration. With a dark and sinister vision of the future, it is set in 2140, The Resistance is an incredibly thought-provoking read. We raved about her first …
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Lifegame Lifegame
Alison Allen-Gray
An incredibly topical thriller that captures the mood of the moment in terms of the scientific advances that are becoming increasingly possible and yet continue to be highly controversial. Picture if you can an island complete with families, all of …
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Marvellous Kids books for May

Friday, May 8th, 2009

After the raucous sun and fun of the Easter Holidays we hope your kids are settling back into school life. Of course, a good way to keep their brains flexing for a few more hours each week is to send them on some exciting extra-curricular reading adventures. There are loads on Lovereading4kids this month!

Author of the month – award winning Philip Reeve

Author of the Month is the inimitable Philip Reeve, whose highly original Mortal Engines quartet had young readers absolutely gripped. His hotly anticipated new story, Fever Crumb, is a prequel to the Mortal Engines books set many years before, and follows the misadventures of an odd-looking orphan who could hold the key to saving all of London.

Start that love of reading early with books for babies and toddlers

We’re delighted to announce the launch of a brand new category – books for Babies and Toddlers. Our 0-5 age range has always had a tendency to focus on books for 3+ rather than babies so we’re delighted to rectify that now with this new category. We certainly had a lot of fun choosing our favourites; concept books, touchy feely squashy books, bath books, interactive books and a few absolute classics we faintly remember from our own early days! We’ll be adding more each month so you can introduce your little one to the joy of books at a very young age.

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The Littlest Dinosaur

Michael Foreman

A touching story about being different and not fitting in.

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The Perfect Baby

Tony Bradman

A wonderfully quirky story about a little girl who is not happy with the arrival of a little brother into the world.

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A Child’s Garden: A Story of Hope

Michael Foreman

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Pig City

Louis Sachar

A stunning new novel, which all begins with a hat…The hat Laura Sibbie buys from an old man in the street that says Pig City on the front

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The Magic Thief: Lost

Sarah Prineas

An irascible wizard and his apprentice Connwaer set out on these entertaining, second set of adventures in this stand alone sequel.

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Freefall: Tunnels 3

Roderick Gordon, Brian Williams

More spine-tingling and menacing adventure from the authors of Tunnels and Deeper

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Lifegame

Alison Allen-Gray

An incredibly topical thriller that captures the mood of the moment in terms of the scientific advances that are becoming increasingly possible

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Puppet Master

Joanne Owen

This beautifully crafted debut novel, set at the turn of the twentieth century is rich in the tradition of circus, theatre and magic.

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The Resistance

Gemma Malley

This is an absolutely chilling, powerful sequel to Gemma malley’s acclaimed debut, The Declaration.

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The Ask and the Answer

Patrick Ness

This is a tough but compelling story which takes readers into shocking and moving territory.

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Jackdaw Summer

David Almond

The story weaves together many strands which together give an intimate
insight into the thinking of two boys growing up in Northumberland

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Small is beautiful – our Joint Publishers of the Month

Children’s publishing is full of small, passionate companies, producing brilliant books for specific sections of the market. Small is beautiful. So this month we’re featuring four vibrant smaller children’s publishers you might not have heard about. We believe they have some beautiful books that really deserve to be seen and read they are Little Hare, Jane Nissen Books, Book House, and B Small Publishing. Download some free Opening Extract and don’t miss out!

Three startlingly brilliant first novels – our Debuts of the Month

The Pickle King

Rebecca Promitzer

A hugely entertaining adventure story tinged with enough horror to delight but not really to terrify. Bored during a wet holiday, Ella and her friend Sam go exploring and come across the body of a dead man.

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Stolen

Lucy Christopher

This controversial debut is a moving drama about kidnapping, isolation and survival and an extraordinary psychological thriller that will steal the minds of those who read it.

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Pongwiffy – classic witchery for our Series of the Month!

Our Series of the Month is the unbeatably named Pongwiffy, the witch with the dirtiest of habits. Originally published 21 years ago, these tales are coming back for a new generation of readers to fall in love. There are also some new adventures starting with Pongwiffy: Back on Track published this month. Download some FREE Opening Extracts of the books right here on Lovereading4kids.

Children’s Prize Winners for May

The shortlist for the Bisto Irish Children’s Book Award has just been announced. You’ll find the titles in our Prize winners section. Writing has always been a passion for the Irish and this shortlist will not disappoint.

Finally we’re always hearing that boys don’t read as much as girls. Well all seven of the thrilling books shortlisted for this year’s prestigious Carnegie Medal feature male protagonists – so if your kids are boys, then show them the prize winners section and see if any of the adventures on offer on the Carnegie shortlist hit the mark.

That’s all folks. Have fun choosing books with your children and don’t forget to download some FREE Opening Extracts so they can make sure they really love a story before you spend any money. Remember, there’s nothing like an amazing story to help get kids’ brains twitching back to life!


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