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Lovereading4kids. Top 3 books by age range, 4 – 11 May 2014

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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The Very Noisy House The Very Noisy House
Julie Rhodes
One of our Books of the Year 2013 – now out in paperback A dog barking, a cat meowing, a baby screaming – all of these are set off in a chain reaction when the little old lady who lives …
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Bing: Something for Daddy Bing: Something for Daddy
Ted Dewan
With short, repetitive texts, bold, bright artwork and appealing characters, Bing offers both parent and child an enjoyable reading experience and a simple, reassuring guiding principle – that, whatever happens, it’s just a Bing thing, a normal occurrence, and nothing …
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It Wasn't Me It Wasn’t Me
Oliver Jeffers
Mostly the Hueys get along just fine. But occasionally, they do NOT!  When a big fight breaks out everyone says they are not to blame. Strangely, none of them can even remember what they are fighting about! In his simple …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Sugarlump and the Unicorn Sugarlump and the Unicorn
Julia Donaldson
May 2014 Book of the Month  Julia Donaldson, former Children’s Laureate and author of The Gruffalo tells a magical tale of a horse whose wishes come true – thanks to the magic of a unicorn. Sugarlump is a rocking horse; …
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The Dark The Dark
Lemony Snicket
Shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2014 – One of our Books of the Year 2013
Possibly destined to be THE TOP PICTURE BOOK of 2013.  Bestselling Lemony Snicket gives an original, delightful and empowering take on the familiar theme of …
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Have You Seen My Dragon? Have You Seen My Dragon?
Steve Light
Enter a fascinating, ornately drawn cityscape and help a boy find his dragon while counting objects from hot dogs to traffic lights. A little boy has lost his pet dragon amongst a huge city, and is travelling all over town …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Queen Sardine Queen Sardine
Kate Willis-Crowly
May 2014 Debut of the Month   A brilliantly quirky and humourous story with illustrations throughout.  What’s more surprising than finding a cat in your bath…? Finding a talking cat in your bath, particularly when your mum won’t let …
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Ug-A-Lug Four Cavemen and a Prehistoric Pencil Ug-A-Lug Four Cavemen and a Prehistoric Pencil
Jill Lewis
May 2014 Book of the Month Award-winning Simon Rickerty illustrates this deliciously dotty story. Four cavemen find a pencil and have absolutely no idea what they should do with it. After some discussion and several false starts, the cavemen come …
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The Moonshine Dragon The Moonshine Dragon
Cornelia Funke
Interest Age 5-8 Reading Age 5+ When a tiny dragon escapes from the pages of the story he has been reading, Patrick can hardly believe his eyes. But when a White Knight on a charger follows, Patrick soon finds himself …
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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
With his typical brilliance, award-winning David Almond weaves magic and reality together in this touching and inventive story about how Paul, a lonely boy living in a basement flat in a huge tower block, plans his great adventure. Paul believes …
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Aliens Stink! Aliens Stink!
Stephen Cole
How would you feel if you suddenly came face to face with an alien? Tim is used to being bullied at school for all kinds of reasons but can he stand up to aliens? When Tim is kidnapped and taken …
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Life Stinks! Life Stinks!
Peter Bently
Packed with comical characters, battles, puns and poo, this hilarious new series from Peter Bently, a Roald Dahl Funny Prize winner, will be irresistible to boys and girls aged six to eight years. Knightmare, follows the misadventures of a trainee …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Haunters Haunters
Thomas Taylor
The dead and the living exist side by side in this thrilling time-travelling adventure. In David’s recurrent dream, Eddie seems real and it seems like he’s got something to tell David. That’s scary enough but then David gets picked up …
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My Brother's Secret My Brother’s Secret
Dan Smith
May 2014 Book of the Month Growing up in Germany at the beginning of the Second World War, Karl Engel imagines the role he might play in fighting for his country. Joining the Hitler Youth movement will be his first …
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Brilliant Brilliant
Roddy Doyle
May 2014 Book of the Month  A profound story about the effect of despair on society is touched with magic and humour by best-selling Roddy Doyle. When a black dog comes out of the clouds and settles itself in Dublin …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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The Glass Bird Girl The Glass Bird Girl
Esme Kerr
May 2014 Debut of the Month  An engrossing school adventure story packed full of mystery and rich in atmosphere. Orphaned Edie is rescued from a miserable stay with cousins because she can be useful in discovering exactly what is happening …
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Rooftoppers Rooftoppers
Katherine Rundell
Overall Winner and Winner of Fiction for 5-12’s category 2014 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize
Winner of the Blue Peter Book of the Year 2014 – Best Story
Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2014
Abandoned as a baby,  Sophie’s determination to find …
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Cuckoo Song Cuckoo Song
Frances Hardinge
May 2014 Book of the Month  Frances Hardinge creates a brilliant sense of menace in this chillingly dark fairy story . Something sinister, beyond just getting wet, happens to Triss when she falls into the Grimmer. Something that causes her to …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Seven Second Delay Seven Second Delay
Tom Easton
May 2014 Book of the Month  A story that crackles with tension as Mila tries to outwit her captors whose technology has her in their grip. Living on Isles, a vividly imagined futuristic world, Mila had hoped to find a …
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More Than This More Than This
Patrick Ness
May 2014 Mega Book of the Month  This exceptional new novel from multi-award-winning Patrick Ness will, once again, delight his readers with a superbly written, enthralling and provocative story that raises the most profound questions of adolescence – and answers …
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The Everest Files The Everest Files
Matt Dickinson
May 2014 Book of the Month  A thrilling journey to the dark side of Everest, it follows 18-year-old Ryan Hart, on a gap year adventure working for a charity in Nepal. Dark forces are at play on the lethal slopes …
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Lovereading4kids. Most popular books, by age range, 14 – 21 April 2014

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Elmer Elmer
David Mckee
Elmer, everyone’s favourite patchwork elephant, is 25! Elmer the colourful patchwork elephant has been a nursery favourite since this first book was published in 1989. This is a special 25th Anniversary edition.Andersen Press invites YOU to join in with Elmer’s …
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Tilly and Friends: Who's Hiding? Tilly and Friends: Who’s Hiding?
Polly Dunbar
Tilly and her Friends have lots of fun playing hide-and-seek behind the sturdy flaps on every page.
The Tilly and Friends TV series, produced by Walker Productions and JAM Media and based on the picture books by Polly Dunbar, is currently airing …
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Say hello like this! Say hello like this!
Mary Murphy
Perfect for joining in, this is a delightfully noisy book celebrating all the different and special ways that animals say ‘Hello’. Dogs are loud, cats are proud and the donkey is just plain silly. A bouncy rhyming text captures the …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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The Way to the Zoo The Way to the Zoo
John Burningham
April 2014 Book of the Month Award-winning John Burningham tells a touching story of a little girl and the special friends she makes in the night time. When Sylvie finds a door in her bedroom she discovers a secret passage …
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The Dark The Dark
Lemony Snicket
Shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2014 – One of our Books of the Year 2013
Possibly destined to be THE TOP PICTURE BOOK of 2013. Bestselling Lemony Snicket gives an original, delightful and empowering take on the familiar theme of …
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Big, Bad Owl Big, Bad Owl
Steve Smallman
Big, Bad Owl is a fabulously funny, tongue-in-cheek picture book from bestselling author and master of comedy, Steve Smallman. Children will love the quirky illustrations of the various animals and birds who try to get owl out of a grump …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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The Ice Bear The Ice Bear
Jackie Morris
Stunning illustrations capture the warm emotions of this magical story and juxtaposes them perfectly with the winter landscape of the white bears and the hunters who live in it. When Raven steals a white bear cub and delivers him to …
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Bug Detective Amazing facts, myths and quirks of nature Bug Detective Amazing facts, myths and quirks of nature
Maggie Li
April 2014 Book of the Month Search high and low to discover interesting facts, track down odd information and dispel myths about the insect world. This interactive illustrated approach to nature guides suitable for 5 years upwards is packed full of …
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Eddie's Kitchen And How to Make Good Things to Eat Eddie’s Kitchen And How to Make Good Things to Eat
Sarah Garland
A birthday party needs to be got ready in a hurry! Mum has forgotten that it is Grandad’s birthday but luckily Eddie is on hand to help. Eddie loves cooking and he knows exactly what Grandad likes best. Mum has …
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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
With his typical brilliance, award-winning David Almond weaves magic and reality together in this touching and inventive story about how Paul, a lonely boy living in a basement flat in a huge tower block, plans his great adventure. Paul believes …
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Life Stinks! Life Stinks!
Peter Bently
Packed with comical characters, battles, puns and poo, this hilarious new series from Peter Bently, a Roald Dahl Funny Prize winner, will be irresistible to boys and girls aged six to eight years. Knightmare, follows the misadventures of a trainee …
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Landing On My Feet The Adventures of Poohka the Cat Landing On My Feet The Adventures of Poohka the Cat
Adelaide Godwin
Written by debut author Adelaide Godwin, it’s an odyssey of a feline kind, packed full of feline bravery, endurance and epic adventure that will delight early readers everywhere but equally a tremendous story for parents to share with their kids. …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Brave Brave
Wendy Constance
April 2014 Debut of the Month – Winner of The Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition 2013 Set some 17000 years ago where tribes fought tribes and rubbed shoulders with sabre-tooth cats and mammoths, there was danger at every turn, yet …
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Circus of Thieves and the Raffle of Doom Circus of Thieves and the Raffle of Doom
William Sutcliffe
A funny and fast-paced adventure with a brilliant cast of eccentric characters and a great setting in a circus. Adventurous Hannah lives in a very, very dull village with parents who think safety comes before excitement. When she meets Billy …
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Scarlet Ibis Scarlet Ibis
Gill Lewis
Award-winning children’s author and nature writer Gill Lewis is back with her eagerly anticipated fourth novel, Scarlet Ibis. Beautifully written, it is the moving story of a young girl – Scarlet – struggling to hold her family together against the …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Rooftoppers Rooftoppers
Katherine Rundell
Overall Winner and Winner of Fiction for 5-12’s category 2014 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize
Winner of the Blue Peter Book of the Year 2014 – Best Story
Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2014
Abandoned as a baby, Sophie’s determination to find …
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Line of Fire Diary of an Unknown Soldier August - September 1914 Line

of Fire Diary of an Unknown Soldier August – September 1914
Barroux
Line of Fire is one of the most extraordinary – and beautiful – books about the First World War. This diary of an unknown French soldier tells of his experiences in the very early days of the fighting at the …
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Brilliant Brilliant
Roddy Doyle
A profound story about the effect of despair on society is touched with magic and humour by best-selling Roddy Doyle. When a black dog comes out of the clouds and settles itself in Dublin everyone’s family is affected in one …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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We Were Liars We Were Liars
E. Lockhart
This is a truly special book that any teen, YA or adult reader will devour in a sitting. It will hook you in and the ending will surprise. We have all read good books but even with those there are …
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Cuckoo Song Cuckoo Song
Frances Hardinge
Frances Hardinge creates a brilliant sense of menace in this chillingly dark fairy story . Something sinister, beyond just getting wet, happens to Triss when she falls into the Grimmer. Something that causes her to change in all kinds of ways …
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The Year of the Rat The Year of the Rat
Clare Furniss
Heartbreak is made bearable by humour in this gripping and touching story of sixteen year old Pearl, struggling to keep going after the death of her mother. Pearl’s mum dies after giving birth to The Rat as Pearl designates her …
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April Children’s Book Updates

Friday, April 5th, 2013

A Blooming Happy April from Lovereading4kids! Did you know that Hans Christian Andersen, was born in April over 200 years ago? Well, the fairytale continues! There are fabulous adventures, old and new, for your Little Mermaids and Brave Tin Soldiers to get stuck into. Read on to find out what else is new this month …

Blooming Brilliant Books of the Month

Our Books of the Month bookshelf is an April shower of specially selected, simply sensational, scintillating stories by star scribblers … don’t miss our MEGA Books of the Month – both are not to be missed and have been reviewed, and loved, by us and by our Reader Review Panel:

The Hit by Melvin Burgess 14+. – Thought-provoking, gripping young-adult thriller from the best-selling author of Junk AND The Dark by Lemony Snicket & Jon Klassen 5+ – Delightful, original and empowering take on the fear of the dark.

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Wise Choice! – Author of The Month, Angie Sage

Sea-loving sailor of a boat named Muriel, April’s Author of the Month is Angie Sage. Angie is internationally renowned for her incredible series for kids aged 9+ (but we know 7 year olds who’ve loved them!) charting the adventures of eponymous hero, Septimus Heap. The 7th (and final) book in the series; FYRE, is out this month and you can find it with all the other six on our special section dedicated to Angie and her wonderful creation!

Check out too, some of the great reviews of the first one, Magyk, from our Kids Reader Review panel.

No April Fools! – Debuts of the Month

As always we have found some great first-time authors for your kids to discover this month. Look out for the Glasses Icon symbolising some brilliant Reader Reviews.

MEGA DEBUT ALERT!!! – Seriously, do not miss this magical and astounding debut: The Last Wild by Piers Torday 8+- (yes, his Dad Paul wrote Salmon Fishing in the Yemen) – a wonderfully imaginative tale of magical self-realisation and endless possibility. A truly lovely book for kids.

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Let The Games Begin! Ideas for the Holidays and beyond …

The Easter Holidays are here! Hooray. But what happens when you run out of things to do to keep the little ones occupied? Fear not. We have some books dedicated to great holiday fun-and-games for all the family …

The Bumper Book of Family Games – Exactly what it sounds like. And Don’t Let the Pigeon Finish this Activity Book by Mo Willems 5+ – 272 pages of Fun and Games … great, crazy characters and hilarity. Perfect for your Spring chickens!

Great games to play in the non-competitive security of your loving family. What could possibly go wrong? Erm … did you give me my £200 for passing Go?

Outside Chance! – Out and About Section

Remember Kids’ Show: ‘Why Don’t You?’ and their weekly advice to ‘Get out and do something else less boring instead’. Well, with this in mind, we’ve a whole section dedicated to dragging your kids away from the TV, or other electronic devices, and outside having fun … unless it’s raining in which case we have indoor activity suggestions as well!

New this month: RSPB Children’s Guide to Nature Watching by Mark Boyd 5+, 7+ – a practical, exciting and comprehensive introduction to nature watching for children

Serious about Series’

We love a good series. There’s nothing better than finishing a gripping adventure knowing that the next instalment is in reach! This month, in addition to Angie Sage’s wonderful Septimus Heap, there are 2 more corkers for older and younger kids to enjoy:

Dirty Bertie by Alan MacDonald is Back!

10 years old this year the Dirty Bertie series, for kids from 5 years up, has a new tale of nose-pickingly disgusting capers for the chaotic Bertie and his horrible habits. We love these stories and so do our kids, particularly the boys. The whole bunch can be found here … but here’s the latest: Dirty Bertie: Toothy by Alan MacDonald – No ordinary trip to the dentist when the patient is Dirty Bertie and there’s an in-flight emergency on the way!

Gone‘ by Michael Grant.

Okay, we mentioned it last month but, hey! We’ve loved these crackingly thrilling books since the first one hit the shelves and we’ve had some terrific feedback during this month from teens which we wanted to share with you. The 6th and LAST book in the series is out now and if you haven’t yet discovered the; ‘Lord of The Flies for the X-Men generation’, genius of Michael Grant’s epic adventures then you can find them ALL here. Get them before its ‘Gone’!

 

Mid March email update

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Welcome to our mid March Children’s book update. Read on for news of the best books being published – next month with exclusive extracts to read now. Find out about the Blue Peter Book Award winners and much more. Finally, parents with toddlers shouldn’t miss Very Hungry Caterpillar Day on 20 March and our very special prize draw to win a bag full of Very Hungry Caterpillar goodies!…

Be the First to Read … March Pre-publication exclusives

As always, we are delighted to be able to bring you a few really special titles before they hit the shelves, all with free downloadable extracts so your kids can try them before you buy them! A real treat this month is a collaboration between bestselling author Lemony Snicket and award winning illustrator Jon Klassen called The Dark. It is an original, delightful and empowering take on the familiar theme of being scared of the dark. It is perfect for 3+ readers.

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Get out of here! – Out and About 2013

With warmer weather on the way, we think anything that can get kids outdoors and having fun is just the ticket. Our Out and About category has some great new titles for 2013. And … just in case the weather man says it’s rain … we even have great suggestions for not so sunny days!

The Wild Weather Book by Fiona Danks and Jo Schofield – It’s raining … let’s get out and play! – 72 imaginative suggestions to do on wet and snowy days (we particularly love ‘Watermelon Rugby’!)

And for toddlers all the fun of outdoors, indoors with Maisy Grows a Garden by Lucy Cousins(3+) – a fabulously colourful book – vegetables and flowers springing to life as you turn pages and pull the tabs!

Uplifting Downloads! – eBooks of the Month

With the digital form growing ever popular, Lovereading4kids is the only place where you can download eBooks in ALL the popular formats. Yes, the only one. Here’s a tiny selection of what’s available for your digi-savvy kids this month:

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Gone’ by Michael Grant

The countdown has begun. On 28 March the finale to this epic series, that began with Gone, Light is published. Described as ‘Lord of The Flies for the X-Men generation’, this cracklingly thrilling series is a complex survival tale loved by reader reviewers and especially our own intrepid reporter Hugh (see his interview with the author from 2009!). See the whole series in the bookshelf below.

They don’t exist but they save your life every day

The Department 19 series by Will Hill is a well crafted pulse-pounding all action paranormal for teens. Department 19 is a government secret agency. One of our reading panel said ‘A book that I didn’t want to put down. I love the characters within the story and their relationships between each other’. Visit Will Hill’s author page to see all the books in the series to date.

What do the Zombies think?

Zom-B is a radical new series about a zombie apocalypse, told in the first person by one of its victims, from the master of Young Adult horror Darren Shan.

Combining classic Shan action with a fiendishly twisting plot and hard-hitting and thought-provoking moral questions it is pretty addictive stuff. See the series to date by visiting Darren Shan’s author page on Lovereading4kids.

 

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Winners

200 school children voted for and Blue Peter announced recently the two winning books of the Blue Peter 2013 Book Awards.

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Best Story went to Tom Gates: Genius Ideas (mostly) by Liz Pichon 4th in the hilarious ups and downs of Tom Gate’s life.

Best Book with Facts went to the disgustingly brilliant Horrible Science: House of Horrors by Nick Arnold and Tony De Saulles. You can see the winners and all the shortlist in our special section.

 


Art for Art’s Sake

With the Easter holidays soon upon us, why not plan a trip to a local art gallery for your children to see and appreciate some art as they’re never too young to start. It’s a great way to fire their imagination for painting and drawing. To help,do have a look at our special category.

Three new titles this month are I Am An Artist, The Interactive Art Book and The Museum. We also have two prize draws to win a copy of the The Art Book for Children from Phaidon and family tickets to the Lichtenstein exhibition at the Tate Modern.

Books to make the most of Easter

Easter is more than just chocolate eggs so to help young children get much more out of this special time have a look at the books in our special Easter Bookshelf below.

Leeds-ing the Way – The Leeds Book Award

Dodgy puns aside, the Leeds Book Awards honour the work of great children’s writers in every age group from 9 upwards and there are some stunning titles on the shortlist. In the 9+ category our favourites are Gods and Warriors by Michelle Paver and Marcus Sedgwick’s Fright Forest; in the 11+ category it’s definitely the aptly names Socks are Not Enough and in 14+ it’s Slated by Teri Terry. Why not grab a couple and choose your own winners?

Finally don’t miss the 6!! free to enter prize draws we have on the site this month where we have armfuls of book goodies to be won.

…and Happy March, from all of us at Lovereading4Kids. See you in April with yet more great suggestions to keep them reading!


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