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Most popular Children’s Books, by age range, 31 May – 6 June 2010

Monday, June 7th, 2010

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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WOW Said the Owl WOW Said the Owl
Tim Hopgood
Shortlisted for the Best Pre-School Award, Early Year Awards 2009
Owl decides to wake up during the day and sleep at night. A very odd thing for an owl to do. But he discovers the world of colour and he’s in …
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Not Me! Not Me!
Nicola Killen
This is an utterly delightful picture book from a bright new talent found by a publisher who seeks out new talent from the MA Illustration course in Cambridge. The clever interaction of the illustrations with some very simple text make …
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Ernest Ernest
Catherine Rayner
A brilliant joke lies at the heart of prize-winning illustrator Catherine Rayner’s Ernest. Ernest is a LARGE Moose. So large that, even though he tries squashing and squeezing, he just can’t fit all of himself into a book. Luckily he …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Crocodiles are the Best Animals of All Crocodiles are the Best Animals of All
Sean Taylor
Shortlisted for Roald Dahl’s Funny Prize 2009.
This is a real romp of a read with bright humorous illustrations accompanying a rich, rhyming text that children will enjoy reading alone and with their parents, time and time again. Crocodile demonstrates …
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Usborne Very First Reading 1: Pirate Pat Usborne Very First Reading 1: Pirate Pat
Mairi Mackinnon
Pirate Pat allows the very beginner reader

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The Night Iceberg The Night Iceberg
Helen Stephens
A touching story of a magical night time adventure as a little girl jumps aboard an iceberg. Grumpy at having to share everything with her new sister, Tofta wants the iceberg to be just for her. But the penguin who …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Titch and Mitch 1: Shipwrecked! Titch and Mitch 1: Shipwrecked!
Garth Edwards
Titch and Mitch are two delightful pixies who survive being shipwrecked and end up on an island that’s full of extraordinary animal characters. As they meet more and more friends they go off on some wonderful but sometimes frightening adventures …
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Ms Wiz RULES OK! Ms Wiz RULES OK!
Terence Blacker
The classroom will never be the same again for those who love the stories about Ms Wiz, a teacher with a difference. Her unusual ways of running her class are hilarious, chaotic, unlikely and very, very funny. …
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Leon and the Place Between Leon and the Place Between
Angela Mcallister
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2010.
When Leon goes to the magic show, he is the only one who believes. His brothers and sisters are in for a big surprise however: this is no ordinary show and Abdul Kazam …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Magical Mischief Magical Mischief
Anna Dale
A bookshop stuffed full of unexpected and witty magic is a delight for Arthur when he first befriends Mr Hardbattle, the shop’s owner. But, as Mr Hardbattle soon explains, magic doesn’t help when you are trying to run a shop …
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Not Bad for a Bad Lad Not Bad for a Bad Lad
Michael Morpurgo
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 this Michael Morpurgo weaves his story of …
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The Boy who climbed into the moon The Boy who climbed into the moon
David Almond
Author of the classic Skellig, and winner of the incredibly prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award, David Almond is a wholly original writer of magical and unusual stories that make anything and everything seem possible. Packed full of wonder and magic, …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Tall Story Tall Story
Candy Gourlay
This is a debut novel packed with warmth, humour and quirkiness that will have you in fits of laughter one minute and in tears the next as the author explores a touching sibling relationship and the clash of two very …
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The Kane Chronicles: The Red Pyramid The Kane Chronicles: The Red Pyramid
Rick Riordan
Best-selling author Rick Riordan who created Percy Jackson has once again created some non-stop thrilling action in this headlong adventure as the Egyptian past comes alive and threatens two present day children.
Carter and Sadie, the children of world famous Egyptologist …
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The Hidden World: The Remarkable Adventures of Tom Scatterhorn The Hidden World: The Remarkable Adventures of Tom Scatterhorn
Henry Chancellor
An exciting new adventure (the second) with an amazing and exotic setting for Tom after he goes back in the Scatterhorn Museum hoping for a good summer holiday. What Tom hadn’t banked on was the arrival of Pearl Smoot who …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Unhooking the Moon Unhooking the Moon
Gregory Hughes
One absolutely, indisputably MEGA story!
This highly recommended title is a beautifully written, utterly original, funny and bittersweet tale about two newly orphaned kids who embark on an epic road trip to New York to find their long lost uncle. …
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Young Sherlock Holmes: Death Cloud Young Sherlock Holmes: Death Cloud
Andrew Lane
MEGA BOOK OF THE MONTH – JUNE 2010. Two dead bodies. One unforgettable hero. The beginning of a legend. Followers of the young James Bond and junior spy Alex Rider will enjoy the adventures of school boy Sherlock Holmes who …
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The Battle of the Sun The Battle of the Sun
Jeanette Winterson
A rollercoaster of a seventeenth century adventure begins with
Jack’s dramatic kidnapping on his twelfth birthday. Jack’s been
selected as the Radiant Boy and the evil Magus needs to get his hands
on him so that he can turn London into a city …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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The Cardturner The Cardturner
Louis Sachar
The worldwide bestselling author of Holes takes readers on a journey right into the extraordinary and obsessive world of bridge. Don’t be put off by this central theme before having a read of the extract on Lovereading4kids. Alton Richards is …
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The Sky is Everywhere The Sky is Everywhere
Jandy Nelson
This is a debut novel that once read will never be forgotten. It’s a vibrant, deeply romantic novel that will bring tears to your eyes but it will also bring laughter through the tears! It’s also funny, sexy and deeply meaningful. …
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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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Most popular Children’s Books, by age range, 24 – 31 May 2010

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Not Me! Not Me!
Nicola Killen
This is an utterly delightful picture book from a bright new talent found by a publisher who seeks out new talent from the MA Illustration course in Cambridge. The clever interaction of the illustrations with some very simple text make …
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Charlie and Lola's Clothes Charlie and Lola’s Clothes
Lauren Child
Favourite characters Charlie and Lola show off the clothes they love in this attractive, brightly coloured board book. Gloves, socks, bobble hats, a dress and trousers – all are almost touchable in these bold illustrations. …
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I'm the Best I’m the Best
Lucy Cousins
Lovely bold illustrations capture Dog’s boundless and boastful enthusiasm. Dog loves his friends; he thinks they are brilliant but he also thinks that he is the best. How Dog’s friends show him how loveable he is, even if he is …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Crocodiles are the Best Animals of All Crocodiles are the Best Animals of All
Sean Taylor
Shortlisted for Roald Dahl’s Funny Prize 2009.
This is a real romp of a read with bright humorous illustrations accompanying a rich, rhyming text that children will enjoy reading alone and with their parents, time and time again.  Crocodile demonstrates …
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Christian, the Hugging Lion Christian, the Hugging Lion
Justin Richardson, Peter Parnell
An amazing, heart-warming and true story of how a lion cub grows up as a pet and ends up returned to his real home in the wilds of Kenya. When Ace and John see Christian the lion cub in Harrods, …
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The Lion Book of Two minute Bedtime Stories The Lion Book of Two minute Bedtime Stories
Elena Pasquali
This book is a lovely collection of short bedtime stories from around the world.  Including ones by Aesop and Hans Christian Andersen and from countries as far and wide as Mauritius and Iran, the stories are retold in simple words …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Ms Wiz RULES OK! Ms Wiz RULES OK!
Terence Blacker
The classroom will never be the same again for those who love the stories about Ms Wiz, a teacher with a difference. Her unusual ways of running her class are hilarious, chaotic, unlikely and very, very funny. …
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A Birthday Surprise: A Pocket Money Puffin A Birthday Surprise: A Pocket Money Puffin
Sue Bentley
Full of magical excitement this is a charming story which tells how Martina helps Splash, the little puffin who loses his way returning from his first magic mission, to find his way home. Martina’s friendship with Splash gives her the …
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Crazy Hair Crazy Hair
Neil Gaiman
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2010.
A father and child discover the joys of his crazy hair in this
brilliant picture book. Bonnie tries to tame her father’s hair, but to
no avail, as birds and beasts of every type jostle …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Not Bad for a Bad Lad Not Bad for a Bad Lad
Michael Morpurgo
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 this Michael Morpurgo weaves his story of …
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The Boy who climbed into the moon The Boy who climbed into the moon
David Almond
Author of the classic Skellig, and winner of the incredibly prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award, David Almond is a wholly original writer of magical and unusual stories that make anything and everything seem possible. Packed full of wonder and magic, …
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The World at Our Feet Football Poems The World at Our Feet Football Poems
Paul Cookson
A terrific little book that’s full of poems about football. Many kids think poems are not for them, but perhaps with football fever in the air, as it is at the moment you can persuade them otherwise.  This collection is …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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The Kane Chronicles: The Red Pyramid The Kane Chronicles: The Red Pyramid
Rick Riordan
Best-selling author Rick Riordan who created Percy Jackson has once again created some non-stop thrilling action in this headlong adventure as the Egyptian past comes alive and threatens two present day children.
Carter and Sadie, the children of world famous Egyptologist …
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The Hidden World: The Remarkable Adventures of Tom Scatterhorn The Hidden World: The Remarkable Adventures of Tom Scatterhorn
Henry Chancellor
An exciting new adventure (the second) with an amazing and exotic setting for Tom after he goes back in the Scatterhorn Museum hoping for a good summer holiday. What Tom hadn’t banked on was the arrival of Pearl Smoot who …
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Hazel's Phantasmagoria Hazel’s Phantasmagoria
Leander Deeny
This is a stunning first novel, with exceptional quality writing and a uniquely imaginative plot. The author has combined the rich, gifted imagination of Lewis Carroll and Maurice Sendak with the child/adult crossover appeal of Mark Haddon. The plot is …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Unhooking the Moon Unhooking the Moon
Gregory Hughes
One absolutely, indisputably MEGA story!
This highly recommended title is a beautifully written, utterly original, funny and bittersweet tale about two newly orphaned kids who embark on an epic road trip to New York to find their long lost uncle. …
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The Graveyard Book (illustrated by Chris Riddell) The Graveyard Book (illustrated by Chris Riddell)
Neil Gaiman
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2010.
Spooks galore in this brilliant and fantastic story of life in the graveyard. When Baby Bod escapes a murderer intent on killing his whole family, he is taken in by the graveyard ghosts. …
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The Vanishing of Katharina Linden The Vanishing of Katharina Linden
Helen Grant
Shortlisted for the CLIP Carnegie Medai 2010.

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 is only 10 years old, …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Paper Towns Paper Towns
John Green
Award winning author John Green’s fresh-voiced novel is an utterly gripping story that gives a roller-coaster, unputdownable read. Strongly set with all the details of life in high school, at its heart is the powerful relationship between Quentin and Margo, …
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Viola in Reel Life Viola in Reel Life
Adriana Trigiani
Full of a zest, this captures how a newcomer to Prefect Academy learns to enjoy the boarding school environment she thought she would hate. Viola provides a hugely entertaining account of Perfect and the people in it initially using her …
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If I Stay If I Stay
Gayle Forman
Gripping, heartrending and ultimately life-affirming, If I Stay is a haunting novel about the power of love and loss – a story that won’t quite let you go. It will make you appreciate all that you have, all that you’ve …
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Most popular children’s books, by age range, 2 – 9 May 2010

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Not Me! Not Me!
Nicola Killen
This is an utterly delightful picture book from a bright new talent found by a publisher who seeks out new talent from the MA Illustration course in Cambridge. The clever interaction of the illustrations with some very simple text make …
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2
I'm the Best I’m the Best
Lucy Cousins
Lovely bold illustrations capture Dog’s boundless and boastful enthusiasm. Dog loves his friends; he thinks they are brilliant but he also thinks that he is the best. How Dog’s friends show him how loveable he is, even if he is …
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Never Shake a Rattlesnake Never Shake a Rattlesnake
Michaela Morgan
Rollicking rhymes combine perfectly with Nick Sharratt’s trademark
witty illustrations in this thoroughly modern look at good behaviour! …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Up in the Tree Up in the Tree
Margaret Atwood
This is a delightfully simple and light-hearted story told with a poetic jauntiness written and illustrated by one of the foremost literary novelists writing today. Two children love their home in a tree, they can feel the wind rushing by …
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Christian, the Hugging Lion Christian, the Hugging Lion
Justin Richardson, Peter Parnell
An amazing, heart-warming and true story of how a lion cub grows up as a pet and ends up returned to his real home in the wilds of Kenya. When Ace and John see Christian the lion cub in Harrods, …
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Harry and Hopper Harry and Hopper
Margaret Wild
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2010.
Harry and his dog Hopper have done everything together ever since Hopper was a jumpy little puppy. But one day the unthinkable happens and Hopper will never be there again. But Harry is …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Ms Wiz RULES OK! Ms Wiz RULES OK!
Terence Blacker
The classroom will never be the same again for those who love the stories about Ms Wiz, a teacher with a difference. Her unusual ways of running her class are hilarious, chaotic, unlikely and very, very funny. …
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The Dunderheads The Dunderheads
Paul Fleischman
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2010.
Miss Breakbone is a fearsome teacher: she shouts, she confiscates, she makes kids cry. Until the Dunderheads – an unlikely band of kids, with extraordinary hidden talents, decide to teach Miss Breakbone a …
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Christian, the Hugging Lion Christian, the Hugging Lion
Justin Richardson, Peter Parnell
An amazing, heart-warming and true story of how a lion cub grows up as a pet and ends up returned to his real home in the wilds of Kenya. When Ace and John see Christian the lion cub in Harrods, …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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The Boy who climbed into the moon The Boy who climbed into the moon
David Almond
Author of the classic Skellig, and winner of the incredibly prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award, David Almond is a wholly original writer of magical and unusual stories that make anything and everything seem possible. Packed full of wonder and magic, …
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2
Not Bad for a Bad Lad Not Bad for a Bad Lad
Michael Morpurgo
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 this Michael Morpurgo weaves his story of …
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Mr Gum and the Cherry Tree Mr Gum and the Cherry Tree
Andy Stanton
Hilarious, delightful and utterly, utterly absurd, prize-winning Andy Stanton’s truly revolting hero Mr Gum and the extraordinary town of Lamonic Bibber where he lives are back in this riotous new adventure brought about by a little bit of Spring …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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The Kane Chronicles: The Red Pyramid The Kane Chronicles: The Red Pyramid
Rick Riordan
Best-selling author Rick Riordan who created Percy Jackson has once again created some non-stop thrilling action in this headlong adventure as the Egyptian past comes alive and threatens two present day children.
Carter and Sadie, the children of world famous Egyptologist …
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The Pasta Detectives The Pasta Detectives
Andreas Steinhofel
This is a funny and original mystery starring two unlikely boy detectives, the mildly autistic Rico and

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The Hidden World: The Remarkable Adventures of Tom Scatterhorn The Hidden World: The Remarkable Adventures of Tom Scatterhorn
Henry Chancellor
An exciting new adventure (the second) with an amazing and exotic setting for Tom after he goes back in the Scatterhorn Museum hoping for a good summer holiday. What Tom hadn’t banked on was the arrival of Pearl Smoot who …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Unhooking the Moon Unhooking the Moon
Gregory Hughes
One absolutely, indisputably MEGA story!
This highly recommended title is a beautifully written, utterly original, funny and bittersweet tale about two newly orphaned kids who embark on an epic road trip to New York to find their long lost uncle. …
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2
The Graveyard Book (illustrated by Chris Riddell) The Graveyard Book (illustrated by Chris Riddell)
Neil Gaiman
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2010.
Spooks galore in this brilliant and fantastic story of life in the graveyard. When Baby Bod escapes a murderer intent on killing

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The Knife of Never Letting Go: Book 1 in the Chaos Walking Trilogy The Knife of Never Letting Go: Book 1 in the Chaos Walking Trilogy
Patrick Ness
Shortlisted for the 2009 Branford Boase Best Debut Novel Award
Shortlisted for the Carnegie Award 2009. Winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2008 and Booktrust Teenage Prize 2008.
The electrifying and unflinching young adult debut novel about the impossible choices of …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Monsters of Men: Book 3 in the Chaos Walking Trilogy Monsters of Men: Book 3 in the Chaos Walking Trilogy
Patrick Ness
This is a spine-tingling, page turning read. Heaped with well-deserved awards, the Chaos Walking Trilogy comes to a brilliant conclusion in Monsters of Men.
Set in a dystopian future in a world where all thoughts can be heard, Todd and Viola …
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Viola in Reel Life Viola in Reel Life
Adriana Trigiani
Full of a zest, this captures how a newcomer to Prefect Academy learns to enjoy the boarding school environment she thought she would hate. Viola provides a hugely entertaining account of Perfect and the people in it initially using her …
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If I Stay If I Stay
Gayle Forman
Gripping, heartrending and ultimately life-affirming, If I Stay is a haunting novel about the power of love and loss – a story that won’t quite let you go. It will make you appreciate all that you have, all that you’ve …
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Lovereading4kids most popular books, by age range, 18 – 25 April 2010

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Monkey and Me (Board Book) Monkey and Me (Board Book)
Emily Gravett
Emily Gravett was selected as one of The Big Picture campaign’s
Best New Illustrators in 2008 And since her launch onto the children’s book
scene she has made a considerable name
for herself with children with her stunning and clever but simple
picture books. …
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Say Hello to the Baby Animals Say Hello to the Baby Animals
Ian Whybrow
Stroke all the baby animals in the jungle in this attractive board book in which baby lion sets out to meet all the other baby animals around him. There’s a baby giraffe stretching up tall to eat the leaves at …
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Orange Pear Apple Bear (Board Book) Orange Pear Apple Bear (Board Book)
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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Monsters of Men Monsters of Men
Patrick Ness
This is a spine-tingling, page turning read. Heaped with well-deserved awards, the Chaos Walking Trilogy comes to a brilliant conclusion in Monsters of Men.
Set in a dystopian future in a world where all thoughts can be heard, Todd and Viola …
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Up in the Tree Up in the Tree
Margaret Atwood
This is a delightfully simple and light-hearted story told with a poetic jauntiness written and illustrated by one of the foremost literary novelists writing today. Two children love their home in a tree, they can feel the wind rushing by …
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Moon Rabbit Moon Rabbit
Natalie Russell
As an author/illustrator Natalie is not just an immensely talented storyteller but also her print-making skills are shown off to their absolute best in this, one of the most striking debuts seen in the world of picture books. Fresh and …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Ms Wiz RULES OK! Ms Wiz RULES OK!
Terence Blacker
The classroom will never be the same again for those who love the stories about Ms Wiz, a teacher with a difference. Her unusual ways of running her class are hilarious, chaotic, unlikely and very, very funny. …
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Oi, Cave Boy! - Iggy the Urk Book 1 Oi, Cave Boy! – Iggy the Urk Book 1
Alan Macdonald
Fans of Mr Gum, Grubtown Tales, Charlie Small and Dirty bertie or indeed the Flintstones will love this new series featuring a wonderfully adventurous cave boy called Iggy.
Full of humour it will entertain on every page as you discover more …
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Where Do They Go When it Rains? Where Do They Go When it Rains?
Gerda Muller
A delightful story featuring a family day out into the countryside. On their way they pass through fields full of flowers, grasshoppers and bees. They stop at a farm, where they feed the hens, pigs and ponies. But when they …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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The Boy who climbed into the moon The Boy who climbed into the moon
David Almond
Author of the classic Skellig, and winner of the incredibly prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award, David Almond is a wholly original writer of magical and unusual stories that make anything and everything seem possible. Packed full of wonder and magic, …
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Mr Gum and the Cherry Tree Mr Gum and the Cherry Tree
Andy Stanton
Hilarious, delightful and utterly, utterly absurd, prize-winning Andy Stanton’s truly revolting hero Mr Gum and the extraordinary town of Lamonic Bibber where he lives are back in this riotous new adventure brought about by a little bit of Spring …
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Michael Foreman's Treasure Island Michael Foreman’s Treasure Island
Robert Louis Stevenson, Michael Morpurgo
Michael Foreman’s stunning illustrations brilliantly capture the fast-paced action and drama of Stevenson’s classic, of high seas adventure, mysterious maps, peg-legged pirates and fabulous buried

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The Pasta Detectives The Pasta Detectives
Andreas Steinhofel
This is a funny and original mystery starring two unlikely boy detectives, the mildly autistic Rico and the brainy but anxiety-ridden Oscar. The story of The Pasta Detectives explores the friendships between these two very disparate characters but who together …
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Shine Shine
Kate Maryon
Tiff’s life has been a bit of a rollercoaster, until that is her mother is sent to prison for theft. So Tiff begins a new life with some distant relatives in what she perceives to be a god-forsaken island …
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Vampireology Vampireology
Nick Holt
Tapping into the current zeitgeist of all things vampire the subject is tackled with originality and flair. It’s a terrific book that will be pored over by younger children in the family who are too young to read the plethora of …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Where I Belong Where I Belong
Gillian Cross
Prize-winning author Gillian Cross tells a nail biting and fascinating story that’ll make readers think hard about how the lives of individuals connect and the wide ranging impacts they can have.
Told in the voices of three teenagers who become inextricably …
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Luke and Jon Luke and Jon
Robert Williams
This is a wonderfully original and arresting debut novel about friendship, grief and love. Written with great power, warmth and humour with not a word out of place you feel utterly compelled to read on. Luke and Jon is a …
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The Island The Island
Sarah Singleton
Put simply this is The Beach for teens. Three friends are on the start of their gap year in India but when one of them discovers a body of a girl he becomes the prime suspect. And, when he …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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The Truth About Leo The Truth About Leo
David Yelland
Full of insight, this is a deeply moving story about how a child handles a parent with a serious problem.
Leo’s life with his father is a mess but there is no way Leo is going to let anyone know that. …
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Inside My Head Inside My Head
Jim Carrington
A very, very pacy and unputdownable contemporary novel that will be relevant to all teenagers. With sharp teen dialogue and a keen eye for a teenager’s world this punchy novel’s themes of friendship, bullying, the importance of family life and …
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Rich and Mad Rich and Mad
William Nicholson
Full of the myriad and criss-crossing emotions of adolescent love, this is a warm-hearted and finely observed view of two teenagers’ experience. Sixth-formers Maddy Fisher and Richard Ross both want to fall in love. Both want the heady experience of …
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Lovereading4kids most popular Children’s Books 4-11 April

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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My Circus My Circus
Xavier Deneux
Full of stylish images, this is a chunky board book with cunning holes and cutaways that reveal the different and lively characters that perform at the circus. A clown, magician, jugglers and a tightrope walker all make their appearance wittily …
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How to Catch a Star How to Catch a Star
Oliver Jeffers
A prize winning illustrator with a reputation for spare illustrations
which pack a huge emotional punch. A little boy so loves the stars that
he decides to set off and try to catch one. But catching a star is not
as easy as …
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Monkey and Me (Board Book) Monkey and Me (Board Book)
Emily Gravett
Emily Gravett was selected as one of The Big Picture campaign’s
Best New Illustrators in 2008 And since her launch onto the children’s book
scene she has made a considerable name
for herself with children with her stunning and clever but simple
picture books. …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Big Bug, Little Bug Big Bug, Little Bug
Paul Stickland
A fantastic book of opposites featuring bugs of all shapes and sizes which can be found wriggling, creeping and crawling their way through the book. It also features vibrant illustrations, lively rhyming text and a spectacular pop-up ending. …
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Green Green
Mark Sperring
This is a brilliantly witty, familiar and well-observed depiction of sibling relationships. Clive is a boy who absolutely loves green. In fact, so much so that he wears no other colour but his sister is always laughing and teasing him …
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Up in the Tree Up in the Tree
Margaret Atwood
This is a delightfully simple and light-hearted story told with a poetic jauntiness written and illustrated by one of the foremost literary novelists writing today. Two children love their home in a tree, they can feel the wind rushing by …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Everybody Was a Baby Once Everybody Was a Baby Once
Allan Ahlberg
A wonderful collection of the simplest and most joyous poems produced in a gorgeous picture book format. Nineteen delightful poems about everything from meeting a witch to getting sausages to dance jump off the page in Allan Ahlberg’s witty words …
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Outside in Outside in
Clare Smallman
With clear, simple text for any child of 5 or 6+ and some terrific lift the flaps for children to see what’s going on inside their body! Loads of information is well described and explained in this introduction to the …
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Ms Wiz RULES OK! Ms Wiz RULES OK!
Terence Blacker
The classroom will never be the same again for those who love the stories about Ms Wiz, a teacher with a difference. Her unusual ways of running her class are hilarious, chaotic, unlikely and very, very funny. …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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The Boy who climbed into the moon The Boy who climbed into the moon
David Almond
Author of the classic Skellig, and winner of the incredibly prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award, David Almond is a wholly original writer of magical and unusual stories that make anything and everything seem possible. Packed full of wonder and magic, …
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Flossie Crums: The Fairies Cupcake Ball Flossie Crums: The Fairies Cupcake Ball
Nathan, Helen
This is not just a wonderful story of Flossie Crums the Fairy, this is also a wonderful baking adventure too.  Simple mouth-watering recipes are woven into the story so that parents and children together can have fun baking alongside the …
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Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang
Emma Thompson
With wit and warmth and warts and all, the wonderfully talented writer and star of Nanny Mcphee, Emma Thompson recounts the story of the film, a story of one family’s summer with Nanny McPhee, a story of blackmail, tragedy and …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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The Pasta Detectives The Pasta Detectives
Andreas Steinhofel
This is a funny and original mystery starring two unlikely boy detectives, the mildly autistic Rico and the brainy but anxiety-ridden Oscar.  The story of The Pasta Detectives explores the friendships between these two very disparate characters but who together …
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Vampireology Vampireology
Nick Holt
Tapping into the current zeitgeist of all things vampire the subject is tackled with originality and flair. It’s a terrific book that will be pored over by younger children in the family who are too young to read the plethora of …
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Mortlock Mortlock
Jon Mayhew
This devilishly good debut sees the birth of a wickedly witty and original new voice in the children’s book world. Mortlock is the sort of adventure that boys and girls will enjoy in equal measure for it is peppered with …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Where I Belong Where I Belong
Gillian Cross
Prize-winning author Gillian Cross tells a nail biting and fascinating story that’ll make readers think hard about how the lives of individuals connect and the wide ranging impacts they can have.
Told in the voices of three teenagers who become inextricably …
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Luke and Jon Luke and Jon
Robert Williams
This is a wonderfully original and arresting debut novel about friendship, grief and love.  Written with great power, warmth and humour with not a word out of place you feel utterly compelled to read on.  Luke and Jon is a …
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The Island The Island
Sarah Singleton
Put simply this is The Beach for teens. Three friends are on the start of their gap year in India but when one of them discovers a body of a girl he becomes the prime suspect. And, when he …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

1
Rich and Mad Rich and Mad
William Nicholson
Full of the myriad and criss-crossing emotions of adolescent love, this is a warm-hearted and finely observed view of two teenagers’ experience. Sixth-formers Maddy Fisher and Richard Ross both want to fall in love. Both want the heady experience of …
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Inside My Head Inside My Head
Jim Carrington
A very, very pacy and unputdownable contemporary novel that will be relevant to all teenagers. With sharp teen dialogue and a keen eye for a teenager’s world this punchy novel’s themes of friendship, bullying, the importance of family life and …
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Dreaming of Amelia Dreaming of Amelia
Jaclyn Moriarty
A spellbinding story about ghosts, secrets, madness, passion, locked doors, femme fatales, and that terrifying moment in the final year of high school when Riley and Amelia realise the future’s coming to get you. They might be glamorous, talented …
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Most popular children’s books, by age range, 24 – 31 Aug 09

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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

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

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Nelson Mandela's Long Walk to Freedom Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom
Nelson Mandela, Chris Van Wyk
Nelson Mandela’s inspirational life story has been adapted into a wonderfully child-friendly version. It tells of his childhood as an ordinary boy in a village and how his belief in democracy was already strongly developed while a student. Mandela’s fight …
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The Icky, Sticky Snot and Blood Book The Icky, Sticky Snot and Blood Book
Steve Alton
Disgustingly informative, this is a touchy, feely guide to some of the most disgusting things in life. Open the flap and find out about blood and bones, travel on a roller coaster ride around the fast flowing systems that control …
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Henry's House: Egyptians Henry’s House: Egyptians
Philip Ardagh and Mike Gordon
Go back in time with Henry, his dog Mothball and his friend Jaggers. Together the three of them find out all they can about how the Egyptians lived. They meet the Pharaoh, learn about the Egyptian gods and goddesses and …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Boom! Boom!
Mark Haddon
Everything about this deliciously improbable adventure is almost completely daft – and that’s the fun of it all. When Charlie sets up his walkie-talkie in the staff room he doesn’t hear gossip about the pupils as he had expected. Instead, …
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Bob and Barry's Lunar Adventures: The Disappearing Moon Bob and Barry’s Lunar Adventures: The Disappearing Moon
Simon Bartram
Exciting moon adventures for Bob, the man on the moon, and his dog Barry. Bob’s job is to look after the moon but it isn’t always easy especially when the magician Alacazamo suddenly makes it disappear! Can Bob and Barry …
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The Rainbow Orchid: The Adventures of Julius Chancer - Vol One The Rainbow Orchid: The Adventures of Julius Chancer – Vol One
Garen Ewing
The Rainbow Orchid is an ambitious blend of classic storytelling and cinematic artwork in which adventure, historical drama and legend are seamlessly intertwined. If you like your comics full of mystery and adventure and you love the worlds of …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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

Now it is Torak’s last adventure; he must travel up into …
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Angel Cake Angel Cake
Cathy Cassidy
Friends and relationships are the hallmarks of Cathy’s novels as she portrays her characters and their friendships particularly well. The plot lines are easy to get into, there’s always a

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

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

1
Grass Grass
Cathy Macphail
A thrilling, fast-paced, high octane story that is brilliantly spun out by the queen of teen thrillers Cathy Macphail as she captures how Leo gets caught up in the terrifying gang warfare that rules his town in Scotland. Leo and …
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Back to Life Back to Life
Joanna Nadin
More hilarious exploits from the angst ridden teen diarist Rachel Riley. Fans of Louise Rennison’s character Georgia Nicolson will love this as will all those who have enjoyed the ups and down and ups again of Rachel’s life to date. …
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What I Saw and How I Lied What I Saw and How I Lied
Judy Blundell
Winner of the prestigious National Book Award.
Utterly gripping and beautifully told, this is a stunning rite of passage novel full of powerful and conflicting emotions, which captures Evie’s dramatic shift from child to adult in pinpoint sharp, painful detail. Excited …
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Children’s recommendations for August

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

Hello again! We hope your kids are enjoying their holidays. But if they’ve started showing even the slightest symptoms of boredom, now is the time to act! Lovereading4kids has got everything you’ll need to calm them down and keep them happy.

Rabbit of the Month – Emily Gravett

Author of the Month is the talented Emily Gravett, who spent 8 years living on the road as a new age traveler before starting to create her beautiful picture books. Her latest, Rabbit Problem, follows two rabbits through one exhausting year as they take on different seasonal challenges and try to cope with their ever-expanding family! And, don’t forget to check out the rest of Emily’s books, each and every one of them a delight to behold for toddler and parent alike.

Eleven from heaven – our brilliant Books of the Month

For 3 + readers

Call Me Gorgeous Giles Milton:

A stunning debut picture book which is a feast for the eyes and a puzzle for the brain.

Eeeek, Mouse!

Lydia Monks: A Colourful and imaginative illustrated tale from a very talented artist.

Gruff the Grump

Steve Smallman: A lovely story about a Bear, who reluctantly helps a rabbit and eventually become friends.

For 5 + readers
For 7 + readers
For 9 + readers

The Disappearing Moon

Simon Bertram: A cosmic new series starring Bob and Barry, the famous ‘Men on the Moon’.

Henry’s House: Egyptians

Philip Ardagh A brand new fun-packed, fact-packed non-fiction series for 5-7s.

The Comet of Doom Karen Walace:

A thrilling tale from the time of Moctezuma; can Chantico save his uncle from execution?

The Last Straw

Jeff Kinney: Third in the brilliantly imaginative ‘Wimpy Kid’ series mixing cartoons, jokes and great writing.

For 11 + readers
For 14 + readers

Timewalker

Justin Stanchfield: ‘E.T. meets Terminator’ in this masterful gripping sci-fi adventure! 4410

Missing Believed Crazy

Terence Blacker : A clever crime caper about some kids who fake a kidnap to raise money for charity!

Grass Catherine Mcphail: Riveting novel about a child who witnesses a gangland murder, and then has to deal with the insidious consequences.

Back to Life

Joanna Nadin: Fifth hilarious installment of Rachel Riley’s diaries. Fans of Louise Rennison’s Georgia Nicolson will love it!

Debuts of the Month – the future stars of children’s writing

14+: Darke Academy is the first book of a 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…

9+: Wolven by Di Toft is a dark fantasy about a boy living on the edge of a strange wood, whose new dog starts growing human ears – a little like a werewolf in reverse…

Our spangle-clad Guest Editor – Ali Sparkes

Before becoming a much-loved children’s author, Ali Sparkes worked as a singer, journalist, broadcaster and the spangle-clad assistant to a juggling unicyclist. Here as our first Guest Editor on Lovereading4kids, Ali has shared with us the authors and books that have inspired her writing – so find out which colourful stories are behind this colourful character! Ali’s incredible new novel, Dark Summer, is also just out.

The Charlie Small books are a buccaneering adventure series that will grip even reluctant readers. Charlie is an 8-year-old explorer who has lived for over 400 years. He winds up in some fantastical places, but his mum isn’t worried – he’s sure to be home in time for tea. 7+ readers will love it.

For 9+ year olds and animal lovers of all ages, Lauren St John’s novels featuring animals of Africa are absolutely not to be missed. The latest one Elephant Tales is both heart-warming and heart-wrenching by turns.

Back to school – a head start for the new academic year

,The new school year comes around as inevitably as tax return time does. Better then to embrace it and give your child a head start! On our Back to School section you’ll find Dictionaries, Thesauri, Atlases and Foreign language books – suitable for every age from Reception class to the 6th form. And all at a 25% discount.

Books that inspired millions of readers – Children’s Classics

Generations of avid readers have been inspired by the timeless stories in our Children’s Classics section. We’ve added a few more this month including some gorgeous great value hardbacks including Huckleberry Finn, an illustrated paperback edition of Hans Christian Andersen and a number of Puffin paperbacks including Wuthering Heights, Kidnapped and What Katy Did.

Classic Illustrated – new genre on Lovereading4kids

Former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo recently said that he was a reluctant reader as a child, but that these Classics Illustrated graphic novel versions of classics like Oliver Twist drew him in and led him on to read the original books later in life. On Lovereading4kids you can find this series of beautifully illustrated classics and they are sure to engage kids in the power of stories.

So download some free Opening Extracts, and choose some absorbing books to soak up some of your kids’ residual summer holiday energy!


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