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Kids Summer Reading email update

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

With June comes a bright burst of brilliance on the book front and a huge dollop of fun for fans of reading everywhere. So, get in the mood for summer with our stonking new Summer Reads category, start looking now and make the summer hols a real page-turner. There’s so much to love in our ‘sea of books’, for all ages and abilities this month, we’re calling it a “Title-Wave”!

    

Summer Support for Struggling Readers

Even if you or your children struggle a little with reading we can still help with recommendations to foster a love of books and reading over the summer. With the help of Barrington Stoke, the foremost publisher of dyslexia friendly and reluctant reads we have picked a selection of great reads on the shelf below for different ages and interest levels and for more just visit our Dyslexia Friendly and Reluctant Reader categories on the site.

In addition, Red Squirrel picture books from Barrington Stoke are specifically aimed at parents who may struggle with reading to share with youngsters.

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Get them to Love reading early with Campbell Books

Sharing and talking about books with babies and toddlers is an important step in their journey to becoming life-long readers and we think there is no better place to start on this journey than with some of the wonderful books from Campbell.

Campbell is a specialist maker of books for babies and toddlers that parents, grandparents and friends can buy with confidence, knowing that children will love and want to read them again and again. Find out more in our special category.

A Taste of What’s to Come – Pre Pubs for June

Every month we give you a chance to sample great new titles before they’re published. Why should June be any different?

My Brother is a Superhero by David Solomons – An excellent adventure story with real heart, that’s also properly funny. The Potion Diaries by Amy Alward – Classic heroic saga given the social media treatment. Brilliantly conceived. Pathfinder: A Tod Hunter Moon Adventure (11+) by Angie Sage – Septimus Heap author has created an awesome heroine and a complex fantasy story.
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Minus Me by Ingelin Rossland – Addictive, hard-hitting, and honest life and death tale for teens. Because You’ll Never Meet Me (ya+) by Leah Thomas – A unique friendship that moves into unexpectedly dark and dangerous waters.
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Frankweiler’s Files are Mixed Up. AND they’re 50!

That’s right. It’s 50 years since From The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konningsburg (9+) was first published.

One of the most beloved kids’ books of all time, it is deservedly adored as much now as ever. Dominating young minds like a secret childhood adventure, it’s a stand-alone work of brilliance. See what our Reader Reviewers think of it and prepare for a real treat!

   

A New Great Reason to Rhyme!

We think no nursery should be without this new luxury edition of the best known children’s rhymes. Felicity Brooks’ collection includes Humpty Dumpty, Hey Diddle, The Grand old Duke and many more and will have you taking a melodious trip down nostalgia lane before you know it. This one’s a keeper. Something they’ll read to their own kids one day.

What’s Next? – If they like they’ll love

One good deed deserves another. But finishing a great book can leave kids wondering where to look. Look no further. Our If they Like, they’ll Love category will point you and them straight to the books they’ll dig.

This month fans of Cathy Cassidy or Jacqueline Wilson should get clicking over to Cherry Blossom Dreams (9+) by Gwyneth Rees – one of our editorial experts Andrea Reece said of it ‘The plot is incident-packed and Sasha’s emotional journey equally interesting. This is a rewarding story for young readers.’

Teens! – Rock the Boat, Why Don’t YA?

Well, that’s what Teens are for aren’t they? But this “Rock the Boat” is actually a new imprint from One World, crammed with carefully selected titles to inspire older readers. Fiction and Non-fiction titles sit side-by-side in the publisher’s desire to give Teens and Young Adults a journey of discovery. 3 books have caught our eye particularly this month as part of their Rock the Boat launch list:

Conversion by Katherine Howe – A chilling, simmering blend of relatable school drama with a sinister and persistent pinprick of unearthliness throughout. Mindwalker by A.J. Steiger – Enthralling and profoundly plausible dystopian tale with a gloriously sinister edge. Minus Me by Ingelin Rossland – Challenging observations about death and what could be beyond, this is a sad, yet ultimately hopeful and captivating tale.
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Last Blood! – The Final Battle of Department 19

It’s almost unbearable to announce the final instalment in what has to be one of the best series in the “fight against ancient Vampires” genre (if such a genre actually exists, which we’re not sure it does). Be under no illusions,the whole future of humanity is at stake here and the pressure will give you wonderfully sleepless nights. If you haven’t hitched a ride on this quest of good against evil yet. Here are all five, soul-shaking books for you.

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EccleSHARE the Love – Julia Eccleshare’s Top Picks

We love this category. The top picks for kids by our long-time resident expert Julia Eccleshare. See the shelf below for her favourites from June.

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It’s ALIIIIIIVE!! – Stitch Head 5

Set to become a firm favourite with readers aged 8+, Stitch Head is a spookily funny 5 book series about a mad professor’s forgotten creation. A great big, gothic adventure for fans of Lemony Snicket or Marcus Sedgwick’s Raven Mysteries , foam-filled with freakish fun.

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Great Lives, Expertly Illustrated – Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom

What a sensational idea. Take culture-defining artists and create accessible enriching and beautifully conceived books for kids to learn about their lives. Not our idea, sadly. Nope. Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom got there first and they have produced some stunning and enlightening titles about great lives, from Shakespeare, via Charles Dickens, to The Beatles.

How long is a Stocking? 70 Years Long!

Yup. Can you believe it? Pippi Longstocking, who joined us at the Hay Festival in May, is 70 years young this year. And not a ladder in sight.

To celebrate the longevity of these fabulous tales and their eponymous heroine, we have pulled together a whole category of Pippi’s adventures for you to dive gleefully into and if you have a birthday party coming up this summer why not make it a Pippi Longstocking one? We have some party downloads to inspire you in the special Pippi category. Enjoy!

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Read to Remember – WWI & WW2 Stories

The World Wars have left an indelible legacy. Important lessons, a dark scar over human history and some incredible stories. We think it’s vital to teach children about these things and have put together a special category filled with some of the inspiring and transportative fiction that has its roots in this part of our history. Among recent additions are:

Whistling in the Dark by Shirley Hughes (11+) – Air-raids, rations and the Blackout all through the eyes of a teenager in a bustling 1940s Liverpool.

Poppy in the Field by Mary Hooper (13+) – A two book series of and immersive journey of a young Nurse on the front in WWI. Courage, heartbreak and human endeavor.

Kids Book Festival news

Planning for the kids’ summer holidays? What better way to fill their days (and minds) than a visit to these Literary Festivals all set in the great outdoors: The Curious Arts Festival (17-19 July), Niddfest (24-26 July) or Hoo’s Kid’s Book Fest (29 July) OR encourage them to enter the Raworth’s Young Writers’ Competition and find your budding bestseller!

And that, book fans, is June at Lovereading4kids. Happy Reading until next month, when we’ll be back with more stars for your Summer. And don’t forget this coming week is Independent Booksellers’ Week so do try and support your local bookshop if you can.

P.S. Alice in Wonderland is 150 next month so don’t forget to throw a party on Alice day on 4 July – click here to find out how to throw a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party and much much more.

P.P.S. Discover more about Chris Riddell, the new Children’s Laureate, in his own special category – a perfect companion for summer reading.

July Summer Reading update

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

The Summer holidays are here so read on for news of hand-picked Summer Reading Selections, Pre-Publication exclusive Opening Extracts, and all that’s new and exciting in the world of children’s books…. And why not share a photo of what and where your child is reading this Summer and have a chance to win, one of five, £50 book vouchers and a very desirable and practical Lovereading Canvas Bag! (which you can also buy if you can’t wait).

August Pre-Publication Exclusives!

These are free extracts that introduce you early to great new titles before they hit the shelves. This month, try Every Second Counts (14+) by Sophie McKenzie – a nail-biting political thriller from the master of edge-of-the-seat teen fiction Sequel to Split Second. And click here to read a new interactive story that bridges both books.

Also don’t miss the stunning debut from 19 year old student author Alice Oseman called Solitaire (14+) which perfectly captures the passion, anger, frustration and cynicism of adolescence. See lots more on the bookshelf below.

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P-P-P-Pick up a… PUFFIN. Old Favourites for a new generation

Poster_Spines_APuffinBook_250Remember Charlotte’s Web? Goodnight Mister Tom? Some books stay with you for life. Now the people at Puffin are re-launching a bevy of timeless faves with stunning covers to inspire a whole new generation of readers. They want modern, young readers (that’s you) to take them into their hearts as great books in their own right and not just the nostalgia they bring out in their parents.

We couldn’t agree more and you can see the 20 launch titles here plus lots more fascinating information including how you and your children can share your favourites’ through Twitter.

Burning Bright! – Tiger Wars by Steve Backshall

Beloved of Deadly 60 fans the UK over, Steve Backshall has a salient and shiver-me-timbers awesome fiction adventure series out, which will educate and inform kids about the plight of the Tiger. There are three fabulous books in the series with the first two out now and the third one has an exclusive extract to read here on Lovereading4kids during July and the novel itself is published right at the end of the month:

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Sunny Spells – Dyslexia and Summer Reading

We’re pretty proud of our Dyslexia Friendly category and the feedback from you has been very encouraging. SO, along with our Summer Reading category, we have refreshed our dyslexia friendly area of the site with a whole lot more to get their teeth into.

See Julia Eccleshare’s hand-picked stars of the year so far and help your kids find their next favourite book.

Art and Artists

You may remember that we featured Michael Morpurgo’s brilliantly imaginative Meeting Cezanne in our Art & Artists category? Well, there’s even more to celebrate this month, as we’ve given the whole section a little refresh. We’ve got the perfect palette of page-turners plump with practical ways to get your kids creating. Come and see what’s new. We particularly love:

Cool Art: 50 Fantastic Facts for Kids of All Ages by Simon Armstrong – Ever wondered why the Mona Lisa has no eyebrows? This book will tell you, along with zillions of other things that make art cool. (… actually, it’s 49 other things. Ed.)

If They Like, They’ll Love… A Section that helps them discover great writing

You know how it works by now. You find a book that they (or you) really enjoyed and we suggest authors more than a bit like them. Simples. This month…

If your kids like The Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan…

They’ll love Five Kingdoms: Skyraiders by Brandon Mull (9+, 11+) – Fear and friendship far, far away from home. AND … Secrets of the Tombs 1:The Phoenix Code by Helen Moss (9+, 11+) – Archaeological antics, murderous adventure, life-threatening investigating.

 

Download and Hit the Road! – eBooks of the Month

We’ve unearthed a delicious digital smörgåsbord for your gadget-savvy bookworms this month. Don’t miss: Four: A Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth – a must-have collection for fans of the series and for those who loved the film but need a Divergent ‘shot’ while awaiting the film release of the 2nd in the series due Spring 2015. And there is a competition to win a £20 cinema voucher.

Paddington Bear is Back

With a brand new CD pack read by Stephen Fry and a long-awaited film out in November, we’re celebrating the re-release of A Bear Called Paddington and The Classic Adventures of Paddington. These old favourites make wonderful reading and smashing gifts … if you can ‘bear’ to part with them!

A whole new generation of kids will get hooked on Paddington this summer but don’t worry, there are further new editions coming this autumn.

 

 

Must Read! – The Pilot and the Little Prince

Everyone loves The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. Here, Peter Sis imaginatively recreates the distinguished universe of this adventurous author in a beautifully illustrated picture book biography that you and your kids (9+) will adore. And while you’re at it why not read and share The Little Prince a heart-warming yet heart-breaking story that will stay with you and your family forever.

Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize (short) Longlist

guardian-fict-prizeAs the Carnegie medal draws fire over its disturbingly dark choice of winner, the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2014 has announced a longlist that moves “beyond the confines of the current fad for teenage misery lit”.

Selected from 169 titles the 8 book longlist is diverse, challenging, funny, exciting, beautiful, thoughtful, bonkers and well worth reading. See them all here.

And that’s this month at Lovereading4Kids apart from a quick mention to the winner of the Branford Boase Award for Children’s writing which was announced on 10 July. It went to Infinite Sky (14+) by C. J. Flood a powerful coming of age novel that combines dark realities with optimism and naivety. Find out more in our special category.

P.S. Don’t miss the chance to win some amazing exclusive book prizes including signed books and an original piece of artwork from the hilarious The Pigeon Needs a Bath.

Scroll down for a flavour from our Summer Reading selection in the age ranges you have told us you want to be kept up to date with. Or visit the site to view ALL our Summer Reading titles. Happy Reading.

Children’s Summer Reading for July

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Our Summer Reading selection has been hand-picked by Julia Eccleshare, our ‘expert voice’ behind all the brilliant book choices here at Lovereading4kids and, she is also the Children’s Books Editor of The Guardian.

Read on to find out more and to discover who has just won the prestigious Branford Boase Award for a debut novel. It’s a novel we’ve been raving about even before it was published last year.

The best children’s Summer Reading

Julia Eccleshare said, ‘this year has been such fun putting together a list of titles to get children, from toddler to teenager, inspired to read over the Summer Holidays’. We’re sure children of all ages will have a great deal of fun reading every one of them. Some are from well-known and well-loved children’s authors, others are from exciting new authors. They are all without exception fantastic reads.

Our Summer Reading section is conveniently broken down by age or just scroll down to the bottom of this email to see our personal favourites from the summer reading selection based on the age ranges you have told us you want to know more about.

If you want even more of a choice you could try our special sections for, reluctant readers, books that are dyslexia friendly, our Fantastic Fiction category or check out those titles we regard as ‘Must Reads’. As a parent you may even feel summer is the time to get your child hooked on a character that you yourself enjoyed as a child? – so, have a look at our Classics section or the wonderful timeless adventures of Tintin and his canine friend Snowy – re-launched in June 2009.

Branford Boase Winner just announced

Prize-winners are always a safe bet too, not least the winner of the Branford Boase debut award that has just been announced – The Traitor Game by B R Collins – is an ambitious teenage novel about the problematic relationship between two school boys, interwoven with an elaborate fantasy world they have created.

Children’s writing competition

Does your child enjoy writing or are you looking for a way to get your kids writing as well as reading during the holidays, then look no further than a terrific writing competition – the Usborne Young Writers’ Award – you’ll find details of it in our ‘Fantastic Fiction’ page.

The Rainbow Orchid:

The Adventures of Julius Chancer

An ambitious graphic-novel combining classic storytelling with cinematic artwork à la Tintin. A brilliant roller coaster adventure for boys and girls of all ages.

Ghost Hunter

Michelle Paver

The 6th and final book of the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series – for edge of the seat action, adventure and mystery there is no equal.

Darke Academy 1:

Secret Lives

The first book of a brand new series. Cassie Bell begins her time at an elite paranormal academy with more than it’s share of sinister secrets. Fans of the Twilight series shouldn’t miss it.


So, before you pack your suitcases or stuff the family car, remember that books can be taken anywhere in the world, they don’t need batteries, and they don’t mind the odd dropped blob of ice cream… perfect. Happy Reading

July email update

Friday, July 5th, 2013

July is here and soon the summer holidays…and so is the pressure to find fun things to fill your kids’ endless time off! Fear not our Summer Reads category is packed with sun-kissed, seasonal titles for all ages and interests. And as a great plan-B just check out our Summer Activities category, filled with brilliant ‘things to do’ books Phew! Here’s what else is new this month…

July Books of the Month

We’ve trawled the oceans of children’s lit this month and our nets are simply bursting with great reads for all ages. We especially love Ghosts of the Forest (9+) by Steve Backshall a page-turning Rainforest adventure that will inspire the young to care for the environment. And if you like that try his earlier book Tiger Wars (9+), an exciting and vivid eco-adventure, highlighting the desperate importance of protecting wildlife. See the shelf below for more recommendations.

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Miss Adventure! – Author of the Month, Louise Rennison

Louise Rennison is a Roald Dahl Award-winning, comedy genius. Her wonderfully relatable and hilarious books for teenage girls, have earned her acclaim with industry boffins and readers alike.

With an authenticity that only extensive research can give (ahem), her latest (mis) adventure for heroine Tallula Casey is The Taming of The Tights. This and all of her titles can be found in our special Author of the Month category…

Party at the Debut Disco!

Discovering a new writer is one of the great pleasures of literature. This month we have unearthed three real corkers for teenage readers and… don’t miss our MEGA debut and tip for the top: Nowhere by Jon Robinson. Loved by us and by our kids reader review panel, this is a pulsating, original and unique teen thriller.

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Summer Fate – Try Your Luck with our July Competitions

Judith Kerr Goody Bags worth £50!! The brilliant children’s book illustrator Judith Kerr has just turned 90 and to celebrate we are giving away 10 great goody bags brimming with her classic animal stories including a copy of CREATURES, a treasure trove of illustrations and memorabilia that gives an unforgettable insight into one of THE most talented illustrators of the 20th century.

Dragonsdome Chronicles. Lucinda Hare’s rich and captivating fire-winged series has sparked the imaginations of thousands of kids (9+) and we have Signed books and exclusive artwork to giveaway!

Chocolate Box Girls, Cathy Cassidy’s bestselling contemporary books for girls (11+), leave a lasting impression. Irresistible and insightful, we have 3 sets of 4 SIGNED books to giveaway. Click here now!

Dork Diaries. Rachel Renee Russell’s Dork Diaries (9+) are all about friendship, fun and embracing the ‘inner you’. We all have an inner dork! There are 3 sets up for grabs.

Super Sevens! – Time Hunters: Series for 7+ Readers

Time-Hunters-Logo-200At last a time travel adventure series for younger readers. If your kids are aged 7+, this time-travelling quest is humourous, exciting and gripping and will have them hooked on reading for life! All four current books in the series are just out and can be found here. The first is:

Gladiator Clash by Chris Blake – gripping AND educational adventure quest of an ordinary boy in an extraordinary world! Don’t forget to check out some great kids reviews of the series too.

Some book categories not to miss

This month two of our most popular categories have been given a booky ‘fresh lick of paint’ and we think are definitely worth a visit if you are looking for some great books this Summer. First our Dyslexia Friendly reads from Barrington Stoke – all with Interest Age and Reading Age so you can’t go wrong. And the perfectly seasonal Out and About – full of books to help your children make the most of summer days outside.

Read on for the hand-picked selections in the age ranges you have said you want to receive. Click here if you would like to update your age range preferences.

Kids July new books and win a kindle eReader

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

It’s soon to be the Summer Holidays!…well, for the kids it is at any rate. We know how hard it can be to keep them happy and busy during the summer, so we have trawled the brightly coloured shelves of ‘kids-lit’ to bring you what’s hot for children of ALL ages and abilities. And don’t miss the chance to win an Amazon Kindle eReader in our Summer Reading category…

July Books of the Month

Our virtual sizeable summer bookshelf, packed with handily categorised children’s books. There is something for every child but we especially love:

Leopard Adventure (9+) by Anthony McGowan – A gripping animal adventure in this, the first officially authorised series starring the children of Willard Price’s original heroes. Award-winning author Anthony McGowan introduces to a new generation of readers and celebrating 125 since Price’s birth.

Codename Quicksilver 1: In The Zone (9-11+) – Move over Alex Rider; super-skilled Zak Archer is on the case! With high-octane pre-teen spy drama, a great book for boys and indeed reluctant readers…

Not Just Ancient History – Guest Editor Caroline Lawrence

Famous for bringing the epic stories of Ancient Rome, Greece and Jerusalem to bright, sparkling life, our Guest Editor this month is award-winning super-writer Caroline Lawrence. Having been credited with ‘significantly contributing to the public understanding of The Classics’, Caroline has a new series called the P. K. Pinkerton Mysteries conjuring the alluring world of the Wild West. The first 2 books (below) are out now and available, along with all her other brilliant novels, here. What’s more, Caroline has shared her own favourites with us to inspire your kids too!

The first 2 books in Caroline Lawrence’s new Wild West series for 9+ readers:

The Case of the Deadly Desperados dangerous, courageous detective adventure in a wild world where everyone is on the make…

The Case of the Good Looking Corpse more whip-cracking detecting for wild-west, teen mystery-solver, P.K. Pinkerton.

 

Competition Time – get clicking!!

Right kids, get your winning hats on! It’s competition time! We have five GREAT comps for you this month!

 

Win a Kindle eReader

worth £89.99!

First Things First …July Debuts of the Month

We love introducing you and your kids to great new writing from great first-time authors, so you can read, the classics of tomorrow today. Look out for:

Our MEGA Debut for teen readers, Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake… This is a brilliant, gripping and terrifying read and not for the faint-hearted. And Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult. In her first foray into Children’s Literature, award-winning Jodi Picoult and her daughter have created this brilliantly romantic, thought-provoking & entertaining story of love across a divide.

 

An End to Fowl Play? Artemis Fowl, the final chapter

Yes! It really is the last one this time! The 8th and final instalment of this amazing fantasy series for kids aged 9+ is out now it’s called Artemis Fowl and the Last Guardian. Ardent fans can grab their copy here BUT if your kids haven’t discovered this multi award-winning, blockbuster series yet, see the whole lot here and start an amazing adventure!

One final reminder for budding writers…

If you have a child or young person aged between 5 and 25 then do remind them they have until the end of July to get their entry into The ‘Wicked’ Young Writers Award, an award which recognises excellence in writing, encourages creativity and helps develop writing talent. A shortlist of 100 finalists will be announced in the Autumn of 2012, followed by a special showcase of the winners’ entries at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre, home of the award-winning musical. Why not get some inspiration direct from the horse’s mouth in the form of Michael Morpurgo together with details of how to enter.

From Page to Stage – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

The quirky age-transcending tale has been turned into a play and will be at the National Theatre at London’s South Bank from 24 July to 27 October – we can’t wait to see how the story is adapted. You can find out more by clicking here.

So that’s July at Lovereading4kids. Have a great summer and we’ll be here bearing new literary fruit soon! Scroll down for the hand-picked selections in the age ranges you have told us you would like to hear about.

P.S. 8+ readers shouldn’t miss the new humorous and magical adventure series…from award winner Marcus Sedgwick. Linked to the Raven Mysteries the series is called Raven Boy and Elf Girl and the first book is Fright Forest.

P.P.S. Don’t miss our special Olympic category full of books to get your children inspired about the amazing sporting spectacle that will be right on our doorstep this August and September.

Lovereading4kids Summer Reading Selections

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Yes, it really is mid June and once the flurry of (hopefully not too wet) year end school fetes and sports days are over, you and your children will have the long ‘summer’ to look forward to; which is a perfect time to get your kids loving to read. To help, do visit our new special Summer Reading and Summer Activity section on Lovereading4kids…

 

Carrying a Torch… for the 2012 Olympics

The ‘Greatest Show on Earth’ is coming to London and we’re celebrating with a medal-winning collection of books to get your kids inspired.

See our Olympic category below but for 7+ sports fans, don’t miss
Look Inside: Sports by Rob Lloyd Jones – a gigantic, fun flap book packed with inside information about all the sports taking place at the 2012 games. We love this!

Coming soon – July Exclusives to Get Your Teeth Into…

If you were lucky enough to win one of the 100 copies of Vampire Hunters we gave away, linked to the release ofVampire Fighters this month, then why not let us know what you thought? In the meantime… here is an exclusive taster of some terrific books due to hit the shelves NEXT month:

 

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E-Gads!! – eBooks of the Month

 

Kids love new things so if they are lucky enough to have a Kindle or iPad then why not use Lovereading4kids to fill it. We have EVERY format of eBook available to buy. This month we have two very special books available as eBooks (and as real books too!):

The Girl who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (11+) by Catherynne M. Valente. It’s a fabulous debut about friendship with danger, adventure, magic and much, much more!

Stealing Phoenix (14+) by Joss Stirling – a must for fans of paranormal romance.

Carnegie & Greenaway Medal Winner!

The winners of the Carnegie & Greenaway Medals this year, awarded for children’s fiction and illustration respectively, have just been revealed. The announcement of this year’s award was an historic moment in children’s literature as Patrick Ness’ A Monster Calls has done the unique double of winning both the Carnegie Medal and the Kate Greenaway Medal, and if that wasn’t enough, Patrick also won the Carnegie last year with Monsters of Men. Jim Kay’s haunting illustrations in A Monster Calls are truly spectacular.

A Monster Calls, which is a perfect read for teens, and all of the shortlisted titles are on the site in our special category for this prestigious prize. You can also keep up to date with all the children’s literary winners throughout 2012 in our ‘Book Awards’ section including the recently announced shortlist for the Branford Boase best debut novel.

Write Stuff – Creative Writing for Boys and Girls

Nothing quite beats being able to write your own story and we’ve discovered two great books that encourage kids to nurture their imaginations to do just that. There’s one for boys and one for girls.

They are a must for all budding writers and great fun for anyone! Buy a copy and unleash your child’s inner J. K. Rowling.

 

Side-Splits and Cheeky Grins! Jelly Pie – from Egmont

Those hardworking bookworms at Egmont Books have launched a sparkling new imprint dedicated to giving 6+ year olds some seriously laugh-out-loud fun. It’s called ‘Jelly Pie’ and will feature books from, among others, the hilarious Andy Stanton of Mr Gum fame.

The first is Barry Loser: I am (Not) a Loser by Jim Smith, a madcap must-read for boys.

 

Children’s Author Grows Up!

Thomas Taylor’s first book was a delightful picture book for toddlers called Little Mouse and the Big Cupcake – but then he grew up. Not really! – but he decided to write a novel; in fact he’s written two so far. They’re published this month and they both get the thumbs up from us. Dan and the Dead, perfect for 9+ year olds, is packed with humour and adventure whilst Haunters is an unusual ghost story combined with a thrilling time-travelling adventure.

Thomas’ claim to fame prior to becoming an author is that he is also the illustrator of the original cover of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. How cool is that!

More categories worth a look this month, with new books:

Walker Canongate Classics and cross-over reads for teens and Young Adults. New for June:

Carry Me Down by M. J. Hyland – a book about truth through the eyes of a 12 year old in an adult’s body. Unique writing.
The Book of Lies by Mary Horlock – a gripping story of friendship and betrayal, which proves that no truth is as simple as it seems.

Undercover Reads More great new books for teens. Out this month: The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind by Meg Medina, an evocative story with a rich South American setting and a touch of magic.

Early Readers

Our Early Reader category has proved extremely popular and you’ll find one or two new ones added this month. Each one has colour illustrations on every page. They’re great for giving kids the confidence to read by themselves and to nurture a real love of books – a terrific bridge, too, between picture books and longer fiction.

P.S. Nosy Crow is a new, independent, vibrant and – within its first year – an award winning publisher of children’s books and apps. Find out more about some of the books in their exciting range in a special section we’ve created to celebrate their first year.

Scroll down for some Summer Reading selections and see you in July for more great new books for children from Toddlers to Teens.

New Children’s Books for July

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Welcome to summer from Lovereading4kids! July is the month that children’s (and adults’) favourite J.K. Rowling has her birthday. It’s also the school holidays and your kids have all that time on their hands! Why not help us help you to fill some of those sunny days with great reading for them to dive into? Our special Summer Reading section makes it even easier for you and your kids to find that perfect adventure this summer. Read on to find out more …

Author of the Month Maggie Stiefvater

Our musically gifted Author of the Month is the best-selling Maggie Stiefvater (she plays the celtic harp, you know). The Virginia, USA, based mother of two (who admits that she became a writer because you can work in pyjamas) has published the third in her Wolves of Mercy Falls series, following the lives of werewolves, Sam and Grace. In Shiver, they found each other, in Linger they fought to be together and now, in Forever, the stakes are even higher. All the titles in this series, as well as Maggie’s other novels – the fantastical, dark faerie tales Ballad and Lament – are featured on the site and all have extracts for you to download for free! We also have 5 proof copies of her latest book, The Scorpio Races, to give away – it’s not published until October so the winners will get to read the whole thing early!

Hold Fire on Doubt! Our Guest Editor, Anne Fine

Well, they don’t come much better than this! Our multi award-winning Guest Editor this month is the brilliant Anne Fine. Winner of numerous accolades including the Carnegie Medal, Anne is the creator of the loveable Mrs. Doubtfire. Her novel The Tulip Touch won the Whitbread Children’s Book of the Year Award and was adapted for TV by the BBC. Her latest book, The Devil Walks, is a deliciously dark, gripping and surprising gothic tale in which a boy’s hidden past comes to life. This and Anne’s previous titles are all available on the site. What’s more, Anne has agreed to share with us some of the books that have influenced her over the years.

First of the Summer – Our Debuts of the Month

 

Enormouse

Rebecca Gerlings

3+ A tiny kitten with big ideas! Great uplifting tale for youngsters with a magnificent open the flap picture of the great Mouse performance.

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Wuthering Hearts

Kay Woodward

12+ Great high-school romp: badly behaved teens and the tricky terrain of friendships and romance – all centred around the school play.

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Angel’s Fury

Bryony Pearce

14+ Dark, thrilling adventure of a girl whose nights are disturbed by a fallen angel. But is this just a vision or something much more real?

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One Stop Shop for all your Children’s Summer Reading

It’s time for the long summer holidays and with all that time on their hands, what better for the kids than the chance to get into a great book? Trouble is, it’s not always easy to choose the right one, is it? Well, have no fear! We have set up a new section to help you with just that dilemma.

Summer Reading is a list of all our favourite books for this season, in all genres and listed by age-range, so that you and your kids can quickly find exactly what they are looking for, whatever their ability (don’t forget we feature titles designed for children with dyslexia too). What’s more, many of the titles feature free extracts – so you don’t even have to make your mind up right away!

Horrid Henry Leaps from Page to Screen

This month we have a special focus on the delightfully devilish Horrid Henry, who is soon to be starring in his own film. Of course, we think the books are much better – but we’re still very excited! We expect your kids are too. To celebrate, we have 2 tickets to give away to the premiere … yes … the premiere on 24 July, but you’ve not got long to enter as the competition closes 15 July! We’ve also given the naughty boy his very own category. Click here to take a look.

 

Wimpy Kid Wednesday 6 July

What are you doing on 6 July? Why not get all Wimpy? With The Ugly Truth book just out and the Rodrick Rules Film just around the corner, we are pretty excited in the

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office. To join in the celebrations visit the Wimpy Kid site to get lots of free downloads or Lovereading4kids to find out more about the books.

Even better there are ‘teacher’s packs’ that can be downloaded so you can have a Wimpy Day at School (instead of lessons!!!!)

 

The winners of the Kate Greenaway and Carnegie Medals

Last week saw the winners of two of the biggest children’s book awards announced.

The Kate Greenaway Medal for illustration went to the utterly captivating Farther by Grahame Baker-Smith.

The Carnegie Medal went to the spine-tingling, page-turning Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness.

If your child reads one book this Summer then please make it one of these…

So that’s the summer wrapped up for you! We’ll be back in balmy August with more great ideas, competitions and new titles. In the meantime, enjoy the sunshine and Happy Reading!

Children’s mid July book update

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Now the holiday season is well and truly underway there’s nothing better than a good book for whiling away the time and where better to go than Lovereading4kids to get unbiased guidance on the best books to read broken down by age range.

Our Summer Reading selection is chock full of some real gems with something to suit every taste. Enjoy browsing and don’t forget you and your kids can even whet the appetite by reading an extract of every book we feature before deciding which ones to buy for the summer ahead of you.

This Month’s Highlights

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Newly hatched imprints for teens

There’s a plethora of publishers establishing new imprints this year that are aimed at teens and young adults. There are two this month, both absolute crackers. Independent publisher Canongate has teamed up with children’s specialist Walker Books to put a range of bestselling, award-winning books into the hands of the next generation of adult readers. The imprint, Walker Canongate, launches this month with four titles – Yann Martel’s Life of Pi, Niccolo Ammaniti’s I’m Not Scared, Kelly Link’s Pretty Monsters and Matt Haig’s The Radleys.

The second is from Puffin who has launched Razorbill (another small seabird for the non-twitchers among you), to cater for the astronomical rise of teenage fiction. Three newly hatched novels for you to enjoy in the launch list include The Summer I Turned Pretty and The Other Countess.

Happy 80th birthday Swallows and Amazons!

Who would have thought a book with a character called Titty would survive into the modern age? Well, it’s because it’s a cracking outdoor adventure! Celebrate the anniversary with us by visiting Lovereading4kids and downloading a free Opening Extract of this timeless classic.

Science has never been more FUN! Our Fascinating Facts category

These are titles that kids can really enjoy whilst learning useful facts to help them better understand our amazing world. We’ve just added some super fun titles from the Science Museum, including Stuff that Scares your Pants Off! And How Loud Can You Burp? Every one of them will get even the most reluctant reader into a budding young reader!

Exclusive Beach reading – our August Pre-Publication titles!

Dead Man’s Cove: Laura Marlin Mysteries 1

Lauren St.John

9+ A brilliant mystery in which the ace detective Laura Marlin investigates a spooky home in the wilds of Cornwall…

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Dark Life

Kat Falls

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Set in a world where the rising oceans have taken over continents, this is a debut novel that won’t disappoint.

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Return to the Lost World

Steve Barlow, Steve Skidmore

Taking inspiration from the Conan Doyle classic this is an action-packed heart-pounding thriller and historical adventure for 9+ readers

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Martha, No!

Edward Hardy

3+ Meet Martha Felicity Molly-Anne May, she’s guaranteed to bring chaos into your day!

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Edge of Nowhere

John E. Smelcer

11+ An astonishing tale of survival with more psychological depth than Robinson Crusoe, poignantly told and based on true events.

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Finally, if you have a youngster that’s heading for school this Autumn then do take a look at the terrific Usborne Very First Reading series – we feel they’re a terrific way of helping your child to read and gain in confidence prior to going to school. That said, do continue with the sharing of picture books with your youngsters as too often these are spurned by parents when children are too young.

July children’s summer reading

Monday, July 6th, 2009

The Summer holidays are nearly upon us, and this month’s selection of books will get your kids as excited about reading as they are about all those wonderful things associated with this time of year – ice creams, beaches, swimming, and picnicking in the park. With our special Summer Reading section and some of the most prestigious children’s book awards just announced, finding amazing stories for children with Lovereading4kids is easy.

For services to the planet’s young readers – medal-winning books

Two of the most important prizes in the children’s book world were announced at the end of June, and you can see for yourselves why they won by downloading free Opening Extracts of both books here. You may have seen them on Lovereading4kids before, because we’ve been raving about them for yonks!

The Carnegie Medal was won posthumously for Siobhan Dowd’s Bog Child, a fascinating novel about a boy who is simultaneously haunted by the body of a dead child he finds, and the troubles going on in his Northern Ireland home. It is sad but life affirming.

And the Greenaway Medal for Illustration went to the adorable Harris Finds His Feet by Catherine Rayner. Told in exquisite pictures, this is the story of a young hare with huge feet and a wonderful grandfather to help him realise how useful they are.

The judges said it was a particularly difficult decision to make on both awards for the quality of the shortlist was so strong. We have the full shortlist in our Prize Winners section so if you’ve not yet checked out the shortlist then why not go there now.  You can also find the shortlist for the Branford Boase Award for best debut there too, the winner of which will be announced later this month.

A bulging basket of Books of the Month

For fear of running out of breath and collapsing in an excited heap on the floor when telling you about our Books of the Month I’ll be brief but rest assured these are some of the very best children’s books out there at the moment. For toddlers there’s a funny fish called Barry who has fingers, for slightly older children a new Julia Donaldson featuring a troll, for 7+ there’s the delightfully named, The Boy in the Dress and for 9+ there’s Frank Cottrell-Boyce’s unputdownable Cosmic. A new series launch for 11+ readers from the hugely popular Sophie Mckenzie, The Medusa Project has been eagerly awaited and doesn’t disappoint and last but by no means least a superbly evocative historical romance/mystery for 14+ readers What I saw and how I Lied, a coming of age novel set just after WW2 in America. So download some Opening Extracts and see which piques your child’s enthusiasm. To view all our Books of the Month together, just click here.

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First time lucky (and enormously talented) – Debuts of the Month

The Undrowned Child

Michelle Lovric

9+ Part fairy tale, part historical fiction, this wonderful adventure set in a troubled 20th century Venice is a stunning debut.

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The Forest of Hands and Teeth

Carrie Ryan

11+ A fresh and riveting take on the zombie genre from a very talented new author, Carrie Ryan.

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Escape from Shadow Island

Paul Adam

9 +High octane adventure about an ordinary schoolboy who by night wows crowds as an escapologist. But can he discover the truth behind his father’s disappearance.

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Wilma Tenderfoot and the Case of the Frozen Hearts

Emma Kennedy

The humour shines through in this debut brilliantly. The heroin is enormously funny, feisty, cheeky and charming.

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Jiggy McCue – the off-the-wall hero is our Series of the Month

The Jiggy McCue series by Michael Lawrence has had boys and girls laughing their socks off with his peculiar misadventures for nearly a decade. Jiggy is a very odd 11-year-old who seems to encounter supernatural goings on wherever he goes! And now there’s a new collection of stories, One for All and All for Lunch – each told by a different character from the Jiggy stories. It’s a real treat for existing fans or indeed for any 8+ reader who is new to Jiggy it’s the perfect introduction. But you have been warned, it is laugh-out-loud funny.

Beat the crowds – Exclusive Pre-Publication Books

The Rainbow Orchid: The Adventures of Julius Chancer (Vol One)

An ambitious graphic-novel combining classic storytelling with cinematic artwork à la Tintin. A brilliant roller coaster adventure for boys and girls of all ages. You’ll be in awe of the creator when you see it. Check out a sneak preview now.

The 6th and final book of the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series – for edge of the seat action, adventure and mystery there is no equal and the final denouement will satisfy all.

Darke Academy 1: Secret Lives

In the first book of a brand new series, a scholarship student Cassie Bell begins her time at an elite paranormal academy – but what sinister secrets are some of the other students sitting on? Knowing too much could prove deadly… Fans of the Twilight series shouldn’t miss it.

Get some rhymes in their minds

Poetry is definitely in. It can be fun, silly, clever, or goose-bump raising; it helps learning and memory and builds confidence when read aloud. It could even inspire your own children to start writing themselves.

With this in mind, we’ve picked two classic anthologies by John Foster for your children to get hooked on: School’s Out and Excuses, Excuses – both bestselling hilarious anthologies and very timely for the time of year.

So pick a few of this colourful array, sit down with your children and find out whether there’s a free Opening Extract that really gets them excited to find out what happens next.

Book Goodies galore to win this month

Finally, don’t forget about our Prize Draw page – there are as ever lots of prizes to be won including Benefit cosmetics for What I saw and How I Lied, lots of Clarice Bean goodies and signed copies of titles too numerous to mention.

Happy summer reading from the Lovereading4kids team of Julia, Louise, Steve and Peter.

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

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

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Get ‘Outdoors’ more with your children

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

Classics Illustrated
– a new genre on Lovereading4kids

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

Get set for a Summer of Reading

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

Gripping Pre-publication Exclusives

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


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