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New children’s books for July

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

Hi again from Lovereading4kids, your first port of call for outstanding children’s books. We’re like literary godparents, full of gifts and wisdom to get your kids super keen on reading. We hope you’re having a great summer and squeezing some reading in between park outings, and all the sport on the telly. Two great children’s authors were born in July: Beatrix Potter in 1866 and J K Rowling in 1965. But there’s plenty of brilliant brand new names too – just see below!

Author of the Month – Eoin Colfer of Artemis Fowl fame

Eoin’s wildly original and adventure-packed books have been delighting young readers for over a decade.

His incredible Artemis Fowl stories chart the escapades of a teenage criminal mastermind, and the 7th, The Atlantis Complex, is out now! And as well as the Artemis Fowl series we have lots of his books to show off his comic storytelling genius.

STOP PRESS – Talk to Eoin Colfer ‘virtually live’ 20 July visit Lovereading4kids to find out more

Creator of a 280 year old cat! Our Illustrator of the Month Judith Kerr

Judith has produced some all-time classic picture books that generations of readers have kept as sentimental heirlooms well into adulthood.

But if you’ve misplaced your copies of ‘Mog, the Forgetful Cat’ (now 40, or 280 in cat years!) and the brilliant ‘The Tiger who came to Tea’, then invest in new ones for your family bookshelf now.

Books of the Month for July

There’s a wonderful bookshelf chock full of Book of the Month nuggets. The personal favourites in the office are, for babies and toddlers brand new Moomins titles, for 5+ Tumtum and Nutmeg’s Seaside Adventure , Rainbow Orchid II for 7+ year olds and for older readers books by Sophie Mckenzie and Ali Sparkes among others.

Award-winners – The Carnegie Greenaway Medals


The winners of two of the most prestigious awards in the children’s book world, the Carnegie Medal and Kate Greenaway Medal, have just been announced.

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to announce that the deserving winner of this year’s Carnegie Medal for the most outstanding novel is… drum roll please… the ever-astounding Neil Gaiman! His inventive, spook-filled Graveyard Book is a masterpiece of storytelling.

And the Greenaway Medal goes to the beautiful Harry and Hopper, written by Margaret Wild and illustrated by Freya Blackwood. This book is a wonderful visual exploration of one boy’s feelings when he loses his best friend, a dog called Hopper.

Novelist, wood-carver, drummer, and now our Guest Editor – Marcus Sedgwick

The amazingly energetic and multi-talented Marcus Sedgwick is an award-winning novelist, part-time woodcarver, and drummer in two bands.

His impeccable new Gothic thriller, White Crow, is perfect for fans of the Twilight series, and it’s on our site now as a Pre-publication sneak preview.

You can also take a peek at the books by other authors that have inspired him, firstly as a child and more recently during his writing journey.

Summer Reading – the no batteries holiday entertainment

Whether you’re off on holiday once the school term has ended or your family holiday is closer to home this year you’ll need some holiday diversions, or if you want to help your kids keep the magic of summer going long beyond July, take a look at our Summer Reading section. They’re a great way to foster a lasting love of reading away from the dreaded classroom…

Turn your teenagers into literature lovers

Canongate and Walker, two of the very best independent publishing houses in the UK, are getting together to bring modern literary classics (such as Booker prize winning The Life of Pi by Yann Martel) to a new younger audience – giving them new covers to reflect the YA audience and adding extra content such as Reading Group notes.

Making a big entrance – our Debuts of the Month

By Midnight A Ravenwood Mystery

Mia James

Something sinister is going down at the expensive and glamourous Ravenwood academy – but can new girl April discover what before it’s too late?…

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The Loon in the Moon

Chae Strathie

A terrifically fun and whimsical picture book that follows the Loon as he searches for children’s dreams to keep the moon glowing bright.

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Fallen

Lauren Kate

Angels are the new vampires according to Lauren, and here’s the proof – this totally absorbing and involving novel sees a girl sent to a grim reform school and finds herself in grave danger from a parallel world…

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Discover a new series and read the 1st book for free

Also in Summer Reading is a brilliant series, perfect for 9+ keen and reluctant readers alike The Wardstone Chronicles by Joeseph Delaney. The 7th one Spook’s Nightmare is just out and if you’re fearful of buying something that your child might not like then go to www.spooksbooks.com where they can read all of the first book in the series free!. Once hooked there, we’re pretty sure they’ll want to read two to seven and we have free Opening extracts of them all on Lovereading4kids ….Find out more.

Win your way to book heaven

Lovereading4kids has an ever-updating array of exclusive, free to enter competitions, giving you the chance to win some remarkable book goodies. This month alone there are prizes linked to Dinosaur Cove, the Picture Book Parade, and Mog the Cat’s 40th anniversary.

Help is at hand for budding authors – the 2011 Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbooks

If you’re a budding writer, this annual publication, that’s just out now, is an essential companion and overview of the publishing industry. With a wealth of practical information about literary agents and publishers and articles by leading authors, illustrators and media experts, this book will answer your every question, from copyright issues to the latest trends in publishing. Its companion volume is a Children’s Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook that’s perfect for budding children’s book writers to get their teeth into.

The series of the year – Conspiracy 365

Conspiracy 365: July has just been just been released. The books are short so it’s perfectly possible to catch up on the 6 titles so far published this year – they’re slim and cracking page-turning reads. Find out more today.

Finally July sees the film release of the next Twilight film – Eclipse – but if your children are a little young for the Stephenie Meyer books we recommend getting them to read The Vampire Handbook. It will keep 9+ children entertained and amused for longer than the film and much more suitable!

So there you go – a great round-up of what’s hot in the children’s book world, and hopefully some inspiration for you

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to kit your kids out with the best, most beautifully-illustrated, heart stoppingly adventuresome stories. Pick a few of these and you’ll keep your family amused for many summer days. Enjoy!

Read on to see our recommended reads in the age ranges you have said you are interested in.

Most popular children’s books, by age range, 22 – 29 Nov 2009

Monday, November 30th, 2009

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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

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

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The Best of Times The Best of Times
Michael Morpurgo
Beautifully told and exquisitely illustrated, this is a gem of a book.
Michael Morpurgo weaves a magical story about the unusual way a prince
finds to make his princess happy and so to save her life. Emma
Chichester Clark’s illustrations capture the subtle …
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The Tear Thief The Tear Thief
Carol Ann Duffy
This is a warm, poignant and beautifully illustrated story set in a magical world where the tears of children arising from every emotion are of a different colour. An underlying thought-provoking message about emotions lies at its

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

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FLIPS: Faraway Tree Stories (Nintendo DS) FLIPS: Faraway Tree Stories (Nintendo DS)
Enid Blyton
The Enchanted Wood is one of Enid Blyton’s most memorable and truly imaginative stories, capturing a world where almost anything can happen if you just believe in the magic of nature and its creatures. Three stories from the Enchanted Wood …
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Grubtown Tales: Stinking Rich and Just Plain Stinky Grubtown Tales: Stinking Rich and Just Plain Stinky
Philip Ardagh
Winner of the 7 – 14 yr old category of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2009.
You cannot fail to find the town of Grubtown and its inhabitants hysterically funny. What goes on defies belief but if you’ve read books by …
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New and Collected Poems for Children New and Collected Poems for Children
Carol Ann Duffy
A stunning collection of poems for children by the Poet Laureate. Carol Ann Duffy’s collection opens with ‘The Words of Poems’, which is a perfect introduction to the feast of delights found within this anthology. Duffy’s poems encompass everything from …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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FLIPS: Artemis Fowl (Nintendo DS) FLIPS: Artemis Fowl (Nintendo DS)
Eoin Colfer
Eoin Colfer’s terrific series featuring the teenage criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl has been acclaimed as ‘Die Hard with fairies’! Now that his father has disappeared Artemis must take charge and rebuild his family fortune. Full of lots of interactivity this …
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A Dinosaur Ate My Socks A Dinosaur Ate My Socks
Eric Brown
Space fantasy, dinosaurs and a trip back in time are the elements in this dramatic story about some homework that goes a bit wild. Millie and Mouse disagree about their homework on dinosaurs: Millie who loves them thinks it will …
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FLIPS: Cathy Cassidy (Nintendo DS) FLIPS: Cathy Cassidy (Nintendo DS)
Cathy Cassidy
Friends and relationships are the hallmarks of Cathy’s stories as she portrays her characters and their friendships particularly well. The plot lines are easy to get into and there’s often a subliminal message too within the story. They’re cracking, fast-paced …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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A Perfect Ten A Perfect Ten
Chris Higgins
Winner of the Young Minds Book Prize 2009.
Chris Higgins’ writing rivals the likes of Cathy Cassidy and Jacqueline Wilson. She’s an author truly in tune with the teen psyche. This is her fourth novel and she gets better and better with each …
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The Graveyard Book (illustrated by Chris Riddell) The Graveyard Book (illustrated by Chris Riddell)
Neil Gaiman
Winner of the prestigious Teenage Book of the Year Award 2009.
Winner of Best Novel at the Hugo Awards 2009.
2009 winner of the prestigious Newbery Medal.
Spooks galore in this brilliant and fantastic story of life in the graveyard. When Baby …
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The Vanishing of Katharina Linden The Vanishing of Katharina Linden
Helen Grant
Shortlisted for the prestigious Teenage Book of the Year Award 2009.
This debut novel is a great page-turner with an endearing story that’s full of rich detail and beautifully written. It has a terrific sense of place. Although the narrator …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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

Shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2009
Beautifully written and achingly moving, Solace of the Road is the poignant and desperate story …
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Nation Nation
Terry Pratchett
Shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2009
Hugely entertaining, this is a fully envisaged fantasy adventure, which makes serious points about the importance of the past from the master storyteller and author of the hugely popular Discworld series. Survival! Mau’s …
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Children’s books for Christmas including interactive books on Nintendo DS…

Friday, November 27th, 2009

November is nearly done and Christmas inches ever closer. So make present choosing easy by looking at our brilliant gifts and  stocking fillers, specially chosen by our team of editorial experts. Also new for December is an incredibly exciting new reading concept – books to read on the Nintendo DS!

Is it a Game, is it a Book? – It’s both!

For a lot of parents games consoles, like the DS, are a living nightmare. They eat into kids free time and do little to help with reading. But ‘times are a changin’ for EA, one of the leading games producers has created the revolutionary FLIPS™ range. Load up the DS cartridge and you will find 6 – 8 interactive books from top name authors including Eoin Colfer, Cathy Cassidy and Enid Blyton.

What’s more EA has used their gaming experience to make turning the pages in these books as compelling as playing Super Mario… We are very excited about this revolution, particularly as we truly believe that this could be the impetus to get reluctant readers hooked on books –

find out more for yourselves today.

Meet the most delightful mice around

Brambly Hedge meets The Borrowers. Tumtum and Nutmeg are simply the most delightful mice living in Nutmouse House  and they now have 4 amazing books written about them by Emily Bearn. We think they are future classics and from the feedback we’ve received since they launched we know, those of you who have discovered them, love their adventures as well.  Find out more in our special series of the month and the new book about their Christmas Adventure.

Books of the Month for December

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Classic Children’s Books make timeless presents

Perfect as gifts, or to indulge your family, is a fabulous range of children’s classics – hardback or paperback, illustrated or non illustrated, small or large format, there is something here to suit every taste and budget. They really are gifts to treasure and return to throughout life. Why not visit our classics section today…

Other treats not to miss for Christmas – mini banners

Teenage Prize Winners just announced

We are unique in that we feature shortlists and prize winners from a veritable feast of prestigious awards and as a result our Children’s Book Awards section is one of THE most popular areas of the site. This month is no exception with 3 important prizes just announced, the most recent of which is the Teenage Book of the Year. This award is known for featuring uncompromising fiction that teens love and this year was no exception. The winner was the simply excellent and now multi-award winning The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. We have free opening extracts of this and all the other runners and riders. Find out more….

Free to enter competitions with brilliant prizes…

This month we have some 12 book boxed sets of Classic Illustrated titles, signed copies of the delightful Tumtum and Nutmeg, Lauren Child prints and even a FREE Nintendo DS complete with FLIPS e-books. Visit our Free Prize Draws section for all the information and get entering today. Good luck.

Happy Lovereading

Children’s Books for Christmas

Friday, November 7th, 2008

Before kids had Mp3 players and PlayStations, they found many of their adventures in books. Now that some of the consumerism of the 21st century has been stripped away by the Credit Crunch, books are still here to enrich children’s lives: inexpensive, imagination-firing brain food and a doddle to wrap!

So, here at Lovereading4kids, our minds have been working overtime on choosing from 1,000’s of children’s books published this year, the ones that we feel will MAKE Christmas for the youngsters in your life. And to make your money go that little bit further we are now offering free UK postage on orders over £20 coupled with our 25% off the RRP.We have chosen some fantastic ‘Must Read books of the year’Gifts and Stocking Fillers to whet the appetite, for all age ranges from toddlers to teens. Remember, you can download a free Opening Extract of every Featured Book to make sure it’s right for the child before making that purchase. If teenagers would like to choose their own books tell them to check out our ‘new gen’ category on Lovereading.

Author of the Month David Almond:

David Almond has the rare honour of winning Whitbread Children’s Book Award. His novels, including Skellig and The Fire-eaters, have become worldwide bestsellers. And his brilliant new book, Jackdaw Summer, is out now. Read this and many of his older novels in our special Author of the Month section.

 

 

 

A bumper crop of great Books of the Month:



Anthony Horowitz’s The Power of Five: Necropolis

the eagerly awaited 4th book in the series about five children with special powers fighting to save the world from evil


The Reckoning by James Jauncey

a thriller in which a teenage boy becomes entangled in murderous goings on

The Gruffalo Pop-up Theatre by Julia Donaldson
read the much-loved story, then open the pop-up stage and act out your own adventures, creating hours of fun
Young, Loaded and Fabulous by Kate Kingsley two outrageously spoilt teenage socialites’ position at the top of their school’s social hierarchy suddenly comes under threat
  

Girls Are Best, Sandi Toksvig seeks to redress the injustices of history, and tells us about all the wonderful and fascinating ways females have changed the world

Dugald Speer’s Spyology,  

thrilling stuff for any would be spies – this is a training guide packed with all sorts of secrets.

Fish in the Sky by Fridrik Erlings a witty, literary novel about the trials and tribulations of a 13-year-old boy. Destined to become a classic The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman   

a stunning novel about a child who finds safety from a murderer among the local graveyard’s ghosts and ghouls

The Birthday Book   

a sumptuous collection of illustrated stories and verse by some of the very best authors

 

New writing talent – New Voices:

Fresh from our New Voices category, featuring the brightest talent from Walker Books, comes Winter Song by Jean-Claude Morlevat. This is a powerful story about courage and principle in the face of an oppressive government.

We also have a sneak preview of the December New Voice The Society of S by Susan Hubbard is about a young girl, Ariella, who discovers that everything she knew about her family is a lie, and a deep, dark truth lies beneath…

The kids weekly comic is back – the perfect present for Christmas:

The DFC is a weekly comic, packed with tons of high-quality, 100% entertaining stories from the world’s best writers and artists. If you want to get a brilliant Christmas present in the bag for your kids, look no further than our exclusive Lovereading4kids subscription offers. And this month there’s a brilliant prize draw to win signed artwork too.

Introduce your children to some classic stories:

And finally, more classics – condensed, retold, and beautifully illustrated – from the Real Reads initiative: this time your children can absorb themselves in imagination-shaping sci-fi with Frankenstein and The Lost World.

So, download some FREE Opening Extracts of some of these great reads, get your kids hooked on reading, and remind yourself why books make extremely special presents – to throw into the mix with all the hi-tech toys and gadgets this Christmas.


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