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Lovereading4kids. Most popular children’s books, by age range, 23 – 30 October 2016

Monday, October 31st, 2016

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Gordon's Great Escape Gordon’s Great Escape
Sue Hendra
November 2016 Book of the Month  Hurrah for Gordon the Balloon! Gordon’s life story, including time at balloon-school learning just what a balloon does, his first true love whose pets are porcupines and his important role in rescuing his friends …
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Wow! Said the Owl Wow! Said the Owl
Tim Hopgood
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 awe.  A really lovely and original picture book.
Shortlisted …
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3
The Crocodile Who Didn't Like Water The Crocodile Who Didn’t Like Water
Gemma Merino
Longlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2014  Could it be that this little crocodile isn’t a crocodile at all? He might just be a DRAGON! A funny, unique and uplifting story from a debut author-illustrator and perfect for giving a …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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Lie Kill Walk Away Lie Kill Walk Away
Matt Dickinson
A non-stop, action packed, thrilling tale of a race to save humanity from a deadly virus. 15 year old Rebecca Eden and 16 year old Joe Fontana tell their own tales in alternate very short punchy chapters. Each has suffered …
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The Deviants The Deviants
C. J. Skuse
October 2016 Book of the Month |  In a Nutshell: Revelations | Revenge | Rebuilding relationships
Masterfully suspenseful rollercoaster of a read, with a genuinely jaw-dropping finale.
Once thick as thieves and known as “The Fearless Friends”, the light of Ella, Max, …
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3
As I Descended As I Descended
Robin Talley
September 2016 Book of the Month
In a Nutshell: Deadly Ambition |  Scheming with Spirits |  Descent into Darkness
Thrilling, chilling, supernaturally-charged retelling of Macbeth set in a prestigious southern state high school.
While Lily can’t wait to try out her antique Ouija …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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There's a Snake in My School! There’s a Snake in My School!
David Walliams
October 2016 Book of the Month    David Walliams has his finger firmly on the funny bone of the nation’s youth, and little children will love this story of school turned upside-down by an unexpected visitor. It’s bring-your-pet-to-school day, and a …
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2
We Found a Hat We Found a Hat
Jon Klassen
A Julia Eccleshare Book of the Month October 2016   Award-winning Jon Klassen is as witty, engaging and subtle as ever in this delightful story with a very big theme but told in only a very few words. Two Turtles find …
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3
Time Now to Dream Time Now to Dream
Timothy Knapman
There’s a dreamlike quality to this beautiful picture book. Two young children, painted by Helen Oxenbury with typical sensitivity, leave the safety of their garden to explore the forest when they hear a mysterious noise coming from the trees. Taking …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Queen Munch and Queen Nibble Queen Munch and Queen Nibble
Carol Ann Duffy
Queen Munch has cheeks as red as tomato ketchup, eyes the colour of chutney and a laugh as loud and deep as the moo of a cow on its way to be milked; Queen Nibble on the contrary, is as …
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2
They All Saw a Cat They All Saw a Cat
Brendan Wenzel
October 2016 Book of the Month A stylized, colourful picture book that highlights the power of perception and will gently introduce young readers to the concept that we all see the world a little differently. It harnesses not only the visual …
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3
Motor Miles Motor Miles
John Burningham
October 2016 Book of the Month  There’s a perfect simplicity to this book, the work of a picture book genius. Miles is a difficult dog, won’t come when called, doesn’t like walks or other dogs, barks too much. The only …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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The Fox and the Ghost King The Fox and the Ghost King
Michael Morpurgo
A Julia Eccleshare Book of the Month October 2016  Award-winning Michael Morpurgo weaves a charming and witty story around sport and history as they have come together in the recent twin triumphs of the City of Leicester with the discovery …
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The Witch's Vacuum Cleaner The Witch’s Vacuum Cleaner
Terry Pratchett
Special Slipcased Edition | In a nutshell: inventive | readable | hilarious   |  This collection of 14 rip-roaringly funny stories is a great way to introduce children to Terry Pratchett – indeed, each story is just the right length for bedtime reading – …
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The Pumpkin Project The Pumpkin Project
Katie Smith
Winner of ITV Lorraine’s Top Tales 2016 | In a nutshell: growing vegetables grows confidence and puts nasty Penelope in the shade
Katie Smith’s story beat 3000 others in Lorraine’s Top Tales competition on ITV, winning the approval of Lorraine …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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The War Next Door The War Next Door
Phil Earle
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month October 2016  A pacey new story set in Storey Street featuring a cast of outrageous characters doing a host of amazing and extraordinary things. Masher’s dad is determined to get his greedy hands …
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2
The Secret of Nightingale Wood The Secret of Nightingale Wood
Lucy Strange
October 2016 Debut of the Month    Debut author Lucy Strange tells a touching story, rich in atmosphere and with a strong historical background capturing a young girl’s need for courage and her way of finding it. Henry’s (short for …
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3
The Christmasaurus The Christmasaurus
Tom Fletcher
Get into the Spirit of Christmas! A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month October 2016   Celebrity Dad of the Year 2016, Tom Fletcher brings Christmas and Dinosaurs together in a warm hearted, rollickingly magical story inspired by his love of …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Clover Moon Clover Moon
Jacqueline Wilson
October 2016 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: gripping historical drama with an irresistible heroine |       Clover Moon is a typical Jacqueline Wilson heroine: she’s bright, more than able to think for herself and stands up to the …
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2
Spirit of the Jungle Spirit of the Jungle
Bear Grylls
October 2016 Book of the Month  | In a nutshell: jungle survival in the footsteps of Mowgli  |  More than 120 years after publication of The Jungle Book, and following the new live action film version, Bear Gryll’s adventure story …
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3
Blink and You Die Blink and You Die
Lauren Child
October 2016 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: Nobody beats Ruby Redfort! |      Blink and You Die is the very last book in Lauren Child’s superb Ruby Redfort girl detective series, and what a finale it is! Someone, someone …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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The Wrong Train The Wrong Train
Jeremy De Quidt
In a Nutshell: Sinister short stories
Sublimely spine-tingling, this evokes all the dread of an ominous tap-tap-tapping on your door in the dead of night.
Picture this. You rush to catch your usual train but your relief at making it in time …
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One One
Sarah Crossan
Winner of the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2016. Joint Winner of the CLiPPA 2016 (CLPE Children’s Poetry Award). Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Awards. Shortlisted for the Children’s category of the Books are My Bag Readers Awards 2016.
Award-winning Sarah Crossan …
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3
Reckless I: The Petrified Flesh Reckless I: The Petrified Flesh
Cornelia Funke
Best-selling author Cornelia Funke, whose Inkheart was a world-wide phenomenon, has created a wonderful imaginary world peopled with a gigantic cast of original and outlandish characters. Searching for his missing father, Jacob Reckless steps through the mirror into a strange, …
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Most popular books on Lovereading4kids, by age range, 16 – 23 October 2016

Monday, October 24th, 2016

Books for Babies and Toddlers

1
Wow! Said the Owl Wow! Said the Owl
Tim Hopgood
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 awe.  A really lovely and original picture book.
Shortlisted …
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2
The Crocodile Who Didn't Like Water The Crocodile Who Didn’t Like Water
Gemma Merino
Longlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2014  Could it be that this little crocodile isn’t a crocodile at all? He might just be a DRAGON! A funny, unique and uplifting story from a debut author-illustrator and perfect for giving a …
Download free opening extract
3
Gordon's Great Escape Gordon’s Great Escape
Sue Hendra
Hurrah for Gordon the Balloon! Gordon’s life story, including time at balloon-school learning just what a balloon does, his first true love whose pets are porcupines and his important role in rescuing his friends from an island is a roller-coaster …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for Young Adults

1
The Deviants The Deviants
C. J. Skuse
October 2016 Book of the Month |  In a Nutshell: Revelations | Revenge | Rebuilding relationships
Masterfully suspenseful rollercoaster of a read, with a genuinely jaw-dropping finale.
Once thick as thieves and known as “The Fearless Friends”, the light of Ella, Max, …
Download free opening extract
2
Flawed Flawed
Cecelia Ahern
Set in a society in which those deemed ‘flawed’ are branded and ostracised, Celia Ahern’s debut YA novel will talk directly to its readers. Every teenager wants to be perfect, to fit in and look like they know what they’re …
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3
Darkness Follows Darkness Follows
L. A. Weatherly
October 2016 Book of the Month  Absolutely thrilling! This is the second in the truly wonderful ‘Broken Trilogy’ and is just as captivating and if possible, even more gripping than the first. This world must be entered through Broken Sky, …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

1
There's a Snake in My School! There’s a Snake in My School!
David Walliams
October 2016 Book of the Month    David Walliams has his finger firmly on the funny bone of the nation’s youth, and little children will love this story of school turned upside-down by an unexpected visitor. It’s bring-your-pet-to-school day, and a …
Download free opening extract
2
We Found a Hat We Found a Hat
Jon Klassen
A Julia Eccleshare Book of the Month October 2016   Award-winning Jon Klassen is as witty, engaging and subtle as ever in this delightful story with a very big theme but told in only a very few words. Two Turtles find …
Download free opening extract
3
Time Now to Dream Time Now to Dream
Timothy Knapman
There’s a dreamlike quality to this beautiful picture book. Two young children, painted by Helen Oxenbury with typical sensitivity, leave the safety of their garden to explore the forest when they hear a mysterious noise coming from the trees. Taking …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 5+ readers

1
They All Saw a Cat They All Saw a Cat
Brendan Wenzel
October 2016 Book of the Month A stylized, colourful picture book that highlights the power of perception and will gently introduce young readers to the concept that we all see the world a little differently. It harnesses not only the visual …
Download free opening extract
2
Queen Munch and Queen Nibble Queen Munch and Queen Nibble
Carol Ann Duffy
Queen Munch has cheeks as red as tomato ketchup, eyes the colour of chutney and a laugh as loud and deep as the moo of a cow on its way to be milked; Queen Nibble on the contrary, is as …
Download free opening extract
3
Motor Miles Motor Miles
John Burningham
October 2016 Book of the Month  There’s a perfect simplicity to this book, the work of a picture book genius. Miles is a difficult dog, won’t come when called, doesn’t like walks or other dogs, barks too much. The only …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 7+ readers

1
The Fox and the Ghost King The Fox and the Ghost King
Michael Morpurgo
A Julia Eccleshare Book of the Month October 2016  Award-winning Michael Morpurgo weaves a charming and witty story around sport and history as they have come together in the recent twin triumphs of the City of Leicester with the discovery …
Download free opening extract
2
The Christmasaurus The Christmasaurus
Tom Fletcher
Get into the Spirit of Christmas! A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month October 2016   Celebrity Dad of the Year 2016, Tom Fletcher brings Christmas and Dinosaurs together in a warm hearted, rollickingly magical story inspired by his love of …
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3
The Racehorse Who Wouldn't Gallop The Racehorse Who Wouldn’t Gallop
Clare Balding
October 2016 MEGA Debut of the Month |  In a nutshell: follow your dreams  |  Young readers will gallop through Clare Balding’s utterly delightful book – in fact, they’ll be smiling from the very first sentence. Steeped in farm and …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

1
Clover Moon Clover Moon
Jacqueline Wilson
October 2016 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: gripping historical drama with an irresistible heroine |       Clover Moon is a typical Jacqueline Wilson heroine: she’s bright, more than able to think for herself and stands up to the …
Download free opening extract
2
The War Next Door The War Next Door
Phil Earle
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month October 2016  A pacey new story set in Storey Street featuring a cast of outrageous characters doing a host of amazing and extraordinary things. Masher’s dad is determined to get his greedy hands …
Download free opening extract
3
The Secret of Nightingale Wood The Secret of Nightingale Wood
Lucy Strange
October 2016 Debut of the Month    Debut author Lucy Strange tells a touching story, rich in atmosphere and with a strong historical background capturing a young girl’s need for courage and her way of finding it. Henry’s (short for …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 11+ readers

1
Spirit of the Jungle Spirit of the Jungle
Bear Grylls
October 2016 Book of the Month  | In a nutshell: jungle survival in the footsteps of Mowgli  |  More than 120 years after publication of The Jungle Book, and following the new live action film version, Bear Gryll’s adventure story …
Download free opening extract
2
Blink and You Die Blink and You Die
Lauren Child
October 2016 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: Nobody beats Ruby Redfort! |      Blink and You Die is the very last book in Lauren Child’s superb Ruby Redfort girl detective series, and what a finale it is! Someone, someone …
Download free opening extract
3
Time After Time Time After Time
Judi Curtin
September 2016 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: touching, gentle timeslip adventure |   Judi Curtin has been described as the Irish Jacqueline Wilson and it’s easy to see why: she writes warm, convincing contemporary stories about girls, friendships …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

1
The Wrong Train The Wrong Train
Jeremy De Quidt
In a Nutshell: Sinister short stories
Sublimely spine-tingling, this evokes all the dread of an ominous tap-tap-tapping on your door in the dead of night.
Picture this. You rush to catch your usual train but your relief at making it in time …
Download free opening extract
2
Reckless II: Living Shadows Reckless II: Living Shadows
Cornelia Funke
Best-selling Cornelia Funke has an exceptional gift for creating gloriously gothic otherworlds in which the unusual and seemingly impossible can – and does- happen. Part two of the Mirrrorworld series, Living Shadows, follows The Petrified Flesh and catches up with …
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3
Reckless I: The Petrified Flesh Reckless I: The Petrified Flesh
Cornelia Funke
Best-selling author Cornelia Funke, whose Inkheart was a world-wide phenomenon, has created a wonderful imaginary world peopled with a gigantic cast of original and outlandish characters. Searching for his missing father, Jacob Reckless steps through the mirror into a strange, …
Download free opening extract

Meet the Illustrator – In conversation with Helen Oxenbury

Friday, October 21st, 2016

Helen Oxenbury chats to Shelley Fallows from Lovereading4kids.

I (Shelley) have a nine year old son.  Those nine years have flown by in a flash as I was warned they would and yet one of the most endearing memories I have of his younger years is reading We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, over and over.  The book had been a gift from a friend who also had wonderful memories of reading it to her by then teenage children.  This is the beauty of a great picture book, quiet moments shared with you and the child in your life that become special.  So it was an absolute delight for me when I was asked to interview author and Illustrator Helen Oxenbury on behalf of Lovereading4kids to celebrate the publication of Time Now to Dream written by Timothy Knapman which is packed full of Helen’s beautiful, illustrations.

Time Now to Dream is a beautifully atmospheric story about two young children confronting their fears and supporting each other as they explore a mysterious noise in the woods close to where they live.  Timothy’s prose is perfect for sharing with young ones as it gently explores the fear of the unknown and inspired the illustrations Helen has created.  Her instantly recognisable style fits perfectly with the story.  I wanted to gain a better insight into this mother and grandmother who has made such a great contribution to children’s books – she is even the creator of the iconic bear symbol that graces all of Walker’s Books. She has been drawing since she was a child, discovering her love for it when she was forced to often stay home from school due to asthma.

Where did you take your inspiration from as a child?

I remember drawing endless bunches of flowers.  We had a lovely garden with a pond which I spent most of my time with my hands in.  I had no fear of frogs or toads.  That’s what I remember mostly of my childhood.  We often had friends over who all fell in but my brother and I never did because we grew up around it and knew not to.

What was you earliest book related memory?

You have to remember it was during the war and you couldn’t get books, you couldn’t buy your own books.  My father worked for the East Suffolk County Council and they had a library.  There was a shelf full of children’s books.  It was just awful but these were the only books I had really.  The one I can remember, that I just loved was quite a big book of photographs of Shirley Temple in different outfits, such as red wellies, a yellow raincoat and big yellow hat.  The book was in lovely, bright colour.  All the other books were just black and white.  We were quite starved of books really.  We had comics such as the Beano which was printed in black, red and white but if you had one with colour it was just wonderful.

Can you explain a little about your creative process? For example which medium do you like to work with?

time-to-dream-3It depends on the story, depends on the text.  If it is something like ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ or ‘Time Now to Dream’ that involves a rather English landscape then I’ll use watercolour.  However when I did the illustrations for ‘So Much’ which is about a West Indian family, well it just didn’t seem right in watercolour because they wear these wonderful, vibrant colours, so I used gouache.  It’s usually the text itself that will suggest to one which medium to use.

 

Do you have a specific routine you follow when working and do you tend to draw every day?

I take a flexible approach depending on what I’m working on.  I don’t always draw everyday though.  There’s not always enough time.

 

Do you usually meet the author before you begin work on the illustrations for a project?

No never. I receive just the manuscript to work from and then meet the authors once it is done.

 

Where did you take your inspiration for the illustrations in Time Now to Dream?

I took a lot of walks on Hampstead Heath but not with a notebook, but I wouldn’t do any drawing at this stage.  I would then draw the pictures from memory.

 

Your drawings are wonderfully expressive, are the children based on anyone in particular?

They are a culmination of children based on the age of those who will be reading it.  It helps the children to be able to identify with the characters.  I love to try and put over the emotions the text invokes.  We have to enhance the text but not slavishly illustrate every word.  I also like to add a little something that features throughout the book.  In ‘Time Now to Dream’ for example there is a bird who appears all the way through.  At times you are unsure what his purpose is.  Is he a little sinister or is he watching over them?  It’s another element to talk about when you’re reading the book.

 

How closely do you work with the publisher on the finished book?

I work very closely with the art director on the book itself.  For example with ‘Time Now to Dream’ I didn’t want the foliage and text etc. to be on a white background so we chose a softer colour that supported the illustrations better and provided a softer, more comforting feel to the book.  I also like to include a mix of coloured illustrations with black and white images to also enhance the visual aspect.  Walker Books are particularly good at getting it right.  There is definitely a Walker look.

 

How important do you feel illustrations are to building a child’s love of books and reading?

time-to-dream-4Terribly important and not only for the reading but looking at things, giving them a sense of colour and form.  For example when they see a wolf they’ll recognise it for what it is.  I see them also as a stepping stone to reading.  Illustrations also make a book so much more interesting.

 

How vital do you feel the role of Children’s Laureate is to Children’s literature today?

Well, it certainly can’t do any harm especially if it gets more children reading!

 

Do you have any advice for parents who want to encourage their children to read?

They’re never too young to start.  It’s amazing how much they can absorb right away.  Holding books, looking at pictures, hearing the words and of course having that precious time with mum and dad.  Always make time to read.

 

What are you reading at the moment?

Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens, it has the most wonderful illustrations!

 

Are you working on any other projects at the moment?

I am but I’m afraid I can’t say too much about them at the moment.  I still love what I do and will keep on doing it until I fall off my perch.


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