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Top 3 books, by age range, on Lovereading4kids 11-18 February 2015

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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The Bus is for Us The Bus is for Us
Michael Rosen
Former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen will delight all readers with this hugely enjoyable and easy to chant rhyming picture book. Riding a bike, going far in a car or, when it starts to rain going in the train are all …
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So Cosy So Cosy
Lerryn Korda
A heart-warming snuggling-up story! Dog looks so cosy in his bed that first Goose and then many other animals including Elephant decide that they would like to snuggle up too! The pile of cosy bodies gets bigger and bigger and …
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Snow Snow
Walter de la Mare
This classic poem has been beautifully illustrated to make a wonderfully evocative seasonal picture book. From its opening lines- “No breath of wind,/ No gleam of sun -/ Still the white snow/ Whirls softly down-“ – Walter de la Mare’s …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Remarkable Animals Remarkable Animals
Tony Meeuwissen
February 2015 Book of the Month   Beautiful illustrations make this witty book of  ‘heads, bodies and legs’ a delight. What starts as a Platypus can be swiftly altered into a ‘Tratypus’ or a ‘Tratysh’ while a regular Opossum with …
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Doctor Molly's Medicine Case Doctor Molly’s Medicine Case
Miriam Moss
Molly loves dressing up – especially as a doctor! She has a white coat and a doctor’s hat and, most importantly, she has a very special magical medicine bag! Whenever Molly opens her bag she finds exactly the medicine she …
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Chicken Clicking Chicken Clicking
Jeanne Willis
One of our Books of the Year 2014   Award-winning Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross go to the heart of a modern predicament in this cautionary tale about a young chick who hops into the farmer’s house and starts exploring the …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Squishy McFluff: Meets Mad Nana Dot Squishy McFluff: Meets Mad Nana Dot
Pip Jones
February 2015 Book of the Month
A mischievous story featuring Ava and her imaginary cat Squishy – this is the fourth in the Squisky McFluff series. Told in full colour throughout, this is the perfect stepping stone from picture books to …
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The Girl with the Parrot on Her Head The Girl with the Parrot on Her Head
Daisy Hirst
February 2015 Debut of the Month   Inventive and witty, this is a story that is full of ideas and imagining rather than neatly tying up loose ends. Told more through the pictures than the words, the story of Isabel’s happiness …
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Imagination According to Humphrey Imagination According to Humphrey
Betty G. Birney
Children’s favourite Humphrey the hamster is back for another adventure, his twelfth no less. The good news is that he’s just as delightful as ever, his school-hamster-eye view of the world just as funny and generous. Humphrey gets to listen …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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The Shark-Headed Bear-Thing The Shark-Headed Bear-Thing
Barry Hutchison
Hideous monsters, an ill-assorted band of comrades, life-or-death situations, and the odd magic item – who doesn’t love a quest story? Benjamin Blank and his friends Paradise Little and Wesley Chant are off to battle the Shark-Headed Bear-Thing terrorising their …
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Street Corner Dad Street Corner Dad
Alan Gibbons
Interest Age 7-12  Reading Age 7  Set in Liverpool during World War II, Alan Gibbon’s novel is a compelling drama. It packs a real emotional punch despite its short extent, which is Barrington Stoke style, part of their method of …
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13-Storey Treehouse 13-Storey Treehouse
Andy Griffiths
Best-selling Australian author/ illustrator Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton have created a fantastical treehouse which will tickle the imagination of all readers. It’s a house with everything – and if there is something it lacks, it can easily be created! …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Would the Real Stanley Carrot Please Stand Up? Would the Real Stanley Carrot Please Stand Up?
Rob Stevens
February 2015 Book of the Month  A touching and funny story about thirteen year old Stanley wrestling with his insecurities and his place in his family. Stanley is adopted and, although he knows his parents love him very much, he …
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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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The Butterfly Club The Butterfly Club
Jacqueline Wilson
February 2015 Book of the Month Best-selling Jacqueline Wilson unfolds a compelling new story about the importance of both family and friends. Tina is the youngest and the smallest of the triplets. She was so little when she was a …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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The Bell Between Worlds The Bell Between Worlds
Ian Johnstone
Debut-author Ian Johnstone offers his readers an enormous and richly created world to explore in this elaborately constructed fantasy. Sylas Tate steps into the unusual Shop of Things and, through his remarkable powers of imagination and his ability to do …
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The Boy with the Tiger's Heart The Boy with the Tiger’s Heart
Linda Coggin
One of our Books of the Year 2014 Can three children and a bear keep themselves free from the authorities who are determined to track them down? When Thomas Bailey takes his own life and sets his wild animals free …
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The Devil's Angel The Devil’s Angel
Kevin Brooks
February 2015 Book of the Month – Interest Age Teen  Reading Age 8   Award-winning Kevin Brooks tells a gripping and thoughtful story about the irresistible appeal of a dangerous friendship. Jack is cruising along in year 10; not part of …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Seven Days Seven Days
Eve Ainsworth
February 2015 Debut of the Month  Life at home is horrible for Jess since her father left. There’s very little money and her mum struggles just to keep the family going. But she has even worse problems at school where …
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The Earth is Singing The Earth is Singing
Vanessa Curtis
February 2015 Book of the Month  Of the many stories of the Holocaust, that of the Jews of Riga in Latvia is among the less well known. This book tells their story for young people, clearly and honestly, emphasising its …
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I Was Here I Was Here
Gayle Forman
February 2015 Book of the Month  Best-selling Gayle Forman’s I Was Here explores the complicated repercussions of suicide on all those who are left behind. Cody and Meg have been best friends forever. Surely they have no secrets between them?  …
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Mid-January Email Update

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

A great book really is the best antidote for cold days indoors and video game dependence but why not kick start the upcoming kids’ half term with a visit to Corfe Castle to hear Martin Maudsley open the Purbeck Literary Festival (16 February-1 March) with a free magical storytelling event.…

Coming Soon

As always, we are delighted to be able to offer some exclusive downloadable extracts of leading new titles before they are published so you can whittle down your wish-lists to the cream of the crop! Ones we think are unmissable are: Seven Days by Eve Ainsworth (14+) – Maybe bullies and the people they target are both victims? A terrific debut novel from a unique perspective as the author says ‘Bullying is a real, on-going issue. It takes many forms, and it’s life-changing. There can also be more than one victim’ and from one of our teen reader reviewers – ‘I was hooked from the very first page and loved reading itThe Earth is Singing (14+) by Vanessa Curtis – hard-hitting and beautiful narrative of life lived in fear – so timely in the 70th anniversary year of the liberation of Auschwitz. Darkmouth by Shane Hegarty (9+) – Hilarious, heart-stopping terrifying fantasy with very real and resonant relationships. Great debut! Urban Outlaws Blackout (10+) by Peter Jay Black. – 2nd in the series (the first is called Urban Outlaws): High-tech, high-tension, high-octane teen crime hacking. A good one for even the most reluctant reader. I Was Here by Gayle Forman (14+) – A twisting journey of self-realisation, relationships and the burning pain of loss. From the bestselling author of If I Stay – last summer’s YA blockbuster film. Other brilliant reads are

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Lifting the Flap on Fun Facts!

As part of our Fascinating Facts category, all frothy with fascinating factoid-filled fun for curious kids, we just love Lift-the-Flap General Knowledge (6+). It’s intelligent, informative, interactive, inspiring… and a lot of fun! For example did you know your right lung is larger than your left or that the Earth is 4.6 billion years old? Find out more.

The Chocolate Box Girls stories continue

Late tweens and early teens and their parents love this series from Cathy Cassidy, now into its fifth title following the ups and downs of the five sisters‘ lives. Julia Eccleshare said of the series ‘it has all the teenage humours of romance, jealousy, friendship and sorrow rage freely in this brilliantly observed story of contemporary life.’ Members of our kids reader review panel loved it as well ‘a fantastic read!‘ and ‘the characters were great and it was really well written‘. Discover more today.

Definitely one of our Favourite Books

Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler (3+). With lots of reading jokes and stunning illustrations from the creator of The Gruffalo this is a book within a book, within a book and it has all the brilliance you’d expect from this author/illustrator combo and no poorer for being 10 years old! Our young reader reviewers loved it too. Liam, age 5 liked “all the rhymes and the ginormous spaceman’s cake“. Ellen, age 5 thought “all of the tales were really good especially the ghost story“.Get reading today.

Reluctant Reader? – James Patterson is your Man!

James Patterson, possibly best known for his adrenalin fuelled, page turning thrillers, is also an author who is passionate about getting children reading. So, he’s turned his hand to writing truly accessible, enjoyable and engaging fiction for children aged 8+ of all abilities. His mix of story and illustrations in each of his series’ is brilliant and we defy even the most reluctant reader not to love his books. And, the great thing is once hooked, there’s a whole series to get stuck in to. Take a look at: House of Robots: Brobots – the first in a new series – “Funny and Original. Brilliant Story Telling. I loved this story so much” (Cajsa aged 9). Save Rafe, 6th in the Middle School series. Rafe needs to prove to himself and others he can cope with an outdoor camping exersise to not fall back a year at school. And I Funny, first in a new series, 2nd I Even Funnier is out now too and the third one is published in February.

An Absolute Must Read for teens

First published in 2007 this award winning book has been re-released and it totally deserves to be on any 13+ reading list. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie features poignant drawings as it chronicles contemporary adolescence as seen through the eyes of one Native American boy. It resonated with our teen reader reviewers too – ‘heart-warming and funny‘ and ‘a gripping tale for boys and girls alike‘. Why not introduce your teens to this classic of the last decade?

Time to follow the flock

We all know that great books often inspire people to make great (and not-so-great!) movies. Sometimes it works the other way around and books can spring from celluloid. This month, ahead of the movie release on 6 Feb, look out for a whole host of hugely enjoyable Shaun the Sheep story books and activity books with fun things for kids to do centred on film production.

Join the Party – Picture Book Party 2015

We’re not drawing any lines under our hugely popular Picture Book Party section in 2015. On the contrary! It’s set to grow with even more wonderful, illustrated stories to share with youngsters. We’re very excited about this being the section where you’ll find the books that will plant the love of reading in your young children’s hearts with stunningly varied picture books that will live long in the memory. This month, we love: I am Henry Finch (5+) by Alexis Deacon and Viviane – Funny, inspirational, and profound tale about courage & making a difference.

Love is in the ‘Share’ – Valentine’s Gifts from Little Loved-ones

You may be a Valentine’s enthusiast or staunch denier. Either way, we love any excuse to suggest gift ideas! Giving your partner, husband, wife, co-parent, ‘conscious coupling’, other half (or whatever you call them) a little book from your children is a great way to “do” Valentine’s Day. Here’s two (love-themed) ideas to get you going: Love Monster by Rachel Bright (3+) – Touching and heart-warming and much better than a box of heart-shaped choccies Love Always Everywhere by Sarah Massini (3+) – Uplifting, enjoyable, joyful and charming exploration of love in its many forms

What Next? … “If they Like, they’ll Love”

We want to make finding truly enjoyable books for your kids as easy as possible. What happens when a beloved series comes to an end or a favourite author doesn’t have a new title coming out for a while? Where do you turn for their next adventure? Our, If ‘They Like, They’ll Love’ section is designed to help you put your finger on fantastic new titles for kids that will be right up their street. For instance: if they liked The Fault in Our Stars (14+), by John Green, they’ll love All the Bright Places (12+) by Jennifer Niven – life-affirming, thought-provoking, lessons in life from a boy determined to die. Check out our If They Like, They’ll Love category for more ideas. Below you’ll find a wonderful reminder to ‘OUR Class of 2014‘ just for you to browse in case you missed any. And that, book fans, is January at Lovereading4kids. We hope you find what you’re looking for on the site and we’ll be back in February with more of the same carefully selected titles for you… but different!

Most popular books, by age range, on Lovereading4kids 16 -23 Jan 2012

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Monkey Red, Monkey Blue Monkey Red, Monkey Blue
Nicki Greenberg
Notable Book, 2011 Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year – Early Childhood
Jolly chaos follows Monkey Red and Monkey Blue, the two bad monkeys who run amuck after bedtime. Together they create a riotous midnight feast; fruit salad, pancakes, …
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The Big Snuggle-up The Big Snuggle-up
Brian Patten
On a cold winter’s night one animal after another invites himself into a house and by the time it’s bedtime there’s all manner of animals and scarecrow tucked up by the fire. Some delightful close-up and colourful illustrations show the …
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My First Gruffalo Little Library My First Gruffalo Little Library
Julia Donaldson
Learn about colours, numbers, opposites and animals with this fabulous
set of four bold, bright board books now available in a miniature
slipcase. A perfect gift for young Gruffalo fans with small paws!
Click here for the Gruffalo official website. …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Ella Ella
Alex T. Smith
Ella is a little ladybird with big dreams. Her ugly wasp stepsisters make her do all the housework, all of the time, and Ella feels very sad. Then one day the famous Parisian artist Pierre decides to throw a Grand …
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Love Monster Love Monster
Rachel Bright
No one likes a funny-looking monster with sticking-out teeth and staring, googly eyes – especially if he lives in Cutesville, the home of cuddly bunnies and fluffy kitties. Poor Monster! Will he find happiness? He just needs one person to …
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Oxford Reading Tree Songbirds: The Ox and the Yak and Other Stories Oxford Reading Tree Songbirds: The Ox and the Yak and Other Stories
Julia Donaldson
The Children’s Laureate and best-selling author of The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson has carefully created the Songbirds Phonics series to support children who are learning to read. Julia Donaldson has captivated children all over the world with her lively and engaging …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Swallows and Spiders : Follow the Swallow and Spinderella Swallows and Spiders : Follow the Swallow and Spinderella
Julia Donaldson
Two stories in one! – Follow the Swallow and Spinderella – in this great bind-up of two titles, perfect for children bridging the gap between picture books and chapter books. It’s part of Egmont’s highly sought after and hugely respected …
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The Flute The Flute
Rachna Gilmore
Full of hope springing from adversity, this is a touching story elegantly told, whose mood is captured in beautifully evocative illustrations. Chandra grows up hearing the tunes celebrating the wonders of nature that her mother plays on the magical flute. …
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Wild Child Wild Child
Jeanne Willis
Meet Wild Child! She’s spirited and curious. She’s fearless and free. She lives alone in a mystical, prehistoric world – the last child in a dramatic landscape, where anything could happen. Follow her through her day as she explores her …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Opal Moonbaby Opal Moonbaby
Maudie Smith
When a strange new girl who claims to be an alien arrives

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever
Jeff Kinney
The best-selling Wimpy Kid Greg Heffley has written a new diary for all his fans. With a giant snow storm raging outside, the Heffley family is trapped inside their small holiday cabin. How can the Wimpy Kid cope with the …
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Muncle Trogg and the Flying Donkey Muncle Trogg and the Flying Donkey
Janet Foxley
A welcome return of a delightfully tiny giant. Everything has changed on Mount Grumble as the Smallings – or humans – have gone. But, while all the other giants celebrate, Muncle Trogg worries that something is going badly wrong… Luckily …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Sky Hawk Sky Hawk
Gill Lewis
Rich in atmosphere and full of heart, Sky Hawk is an intense and touching story of how protecting a rare bird forges a deep and special friendship between two children. The osprey is Iona’s secret but she trusts Callum to …
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The Wreck Of The Zanzibar The Wreck Of The Zanzibar
Michael Morpurgo
Michael Morpurgo’s name is almost synonymous with the little islands off the toe of Cornwall called The Isles of Scilly for a considerable number of his books are set there. The Wreck of the Zanzibar is no exception. Here the …
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Moon Moon
Stewart Ross
Winner of the 2011 Educational Writers’ Award.
One of the greatest events of the twentieth century, the unforgettable moment of man’s first landing on the Moon provides the perfect platform for this wide ranging introduction to many different aspects of the …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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War Horse Film tie-in Edition War Horse Film tie-in Edition
Michael Morpurgo
Best-selling War Horse, a magnificent First World War story of human and animal courage on the battle field in the face of deadly danger will shortly be a film following its sell-out adaptation as a play. This film tie-in edition …
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The Salt-stained Book The Salt-stained Book
Julia Jones
In a nutshell this is Swallows and Amazons for the 21st century but with a modern twist. It really is a very special book that will be enjoyed by the whole family, particularly all those who have any experience of …
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Mockingbird Mockingbird
Kathryn Erskine
Winner of the American National Book Award 2010.
11 year old Caitlin has Asperger’s. Her world is torn apart when her beloved brother is kille in a school schooting. Anxious and confused, caitline decides what she and her father need is …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Blood Red Road Blood Red Road
Moira Young
Winner of the 2011 Costa Children’s Book Award.
The story’s searing pace, its spare style, the excitement of its fabulously damaged world, its unforgettably vivid characters, its violent action and glorious love story make this a truly sensatonal YA debut novel.
Much …
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Lilah May's Manic Days Lilah May’s Manic Days
Vanessa Curtis
Life is complicated for Lilah. Her family falls apart when her brother Jay disappears. Managing her anger is only possible because of her great friendship with Bindi. Now Jay suddenly returns. All should be well – but it isn’t. Lilah …
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The Weight of Water The Weight of Water
Sarah Crossan
The Weight of Water is a startlingly original piece of fiction written in verse;
most simply a brilliant coming of age story. First love, friendship and quiet courage combine in this spare and beautiful story that will leave you sad, …
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Most popular children’s books, by age range, 1 – 7 June 2011

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Hullabaloo Hullabaloo
Gordon Volke
A wonderfully humorous picture storybook that kids will have great fun joining in with the animals. From a donkey called Drew, to hopping bunnies with grass to chew, this
rowdy group of animals at the zoo are making a hullabaloo! …
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Pandamonium Pandamonium
Dan Crisp
Fantastic illustrations and humorous text follw the antics of the escaped zoo animals as they cause pandamonium.  Children will delight in watching the zoo keeper sleep as the animals
around him cause pandamonium! Fantastic illustrations by award-winning
artist Mark Chambers …
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Tabby McTat Picturebook and CD Tabby McTat Picturebook and CD
Julia Donaldson
The best-selling author and illustrator team of the Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have created a heart-warming story about loyalty and friendship. When Tabby McTat the busker’s cat gets separated from the busker he begins a new life on …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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The Three Little Pirates (Early Reader) The Three Little Pirates (Early Reader)
Georgie Adams
Meet Trixy, Tammy and Trig, three little girl pirates who have a big adventure!  A delightful splash of ocean fun and adventure. Perfect for reading
aloud or for children to enjoy alone, with lots of bright funny
pictures, maps to …
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The Boy Who Hated Toothbrushes The Boy Who Hated Toothbrushes
Zehra Hicks
Billy hates toothbrushes. He’s tried all kinds but refuses to use any of them! But then he loses a tooth and the tooth fairy leaves him something to make sure the rest of his teeth are never so dirty! How …
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Gorilla Gorilla
Anthony Browne
Greenaway winner in 1983.Wonderfully inventive story and almost tear-jerking at times but with a happy ending.  The illustrations are both detailed and colourful and children will delight in them. I’m sure for some parents it really touches a nerve as …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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The Diary of a Killer Cat The Diary of a Killer Cat
Anne Fine
A cat’s eye view of the world is not exactly the same as a humans! Tuffy’s got no problems with the trail of delicious victims he brings into the house. A bird, a mouse – they are both delicious. In …
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The Parent Swap Shop The Parent Swap Shop
Francesca Simon
A brand new story perfect for early readers particularly those who are sick and tired of being told what to do!  Nag nag nag. Why can’t she have the kind of parents that let her eat
sweets all day? Or …
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Funnybones Funnybones
Allan Ahlberg
Three white-boned skeletons have a great night out when they set forth with the express intention to “frighten somebody”. Big skeleton, little skeleton and dog skeleton live in the dark, dark cellar of a dark, dark house on a dark, …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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One Dog and His Boy One Dog and His Boy
Eva Ibbotson
Award winning Eva Ibbotson’s poignant and beautiful last book celebrates a boy’s passion for a dog. All Hal has ever wanted is a dog but his parents refuse to contemplate the idea. A dog would mess up their beautiful house …
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Too Much Trouble Too Much Trouble
Tom Avery
This prize-winning story will grab readers’ attention from the opening moments and hold them spell-bound from then on. When Emmanuel and Prince are sent to England to live with their uncle, Emmanuel is put in charge. But, when you are …
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Jeff Kinney
The 1st in the brilliant Wimpy Kid series that has taken the US, and now the UK by storm. The illustrations and story hillariously chart Greg’s life at a new school.
It’s not essential to read the books in order but …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Sophie and the Shadow Woods : The Goblin King Sophie and the Shadow Woods : The Goblin King
Linda Chapman, Lee Weatherly
Exciting new six book character-led series for 7+ girls who love adventure! Very few people ever enter the Shadow Woods, for these woods are like no
others. Hidden deep within them is the Gateway to the Shadow Realm, a
dark …
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Sky Hawk Sky Hawk
Gill Lewis
Rich in atmosphere and full of heart, Sky Hawk is an intense and touching story of how protecting a rare bird forges a deep and special friendship between two children. The osprey is Iona’s secret but she trusts Callum to …
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Penny Dreadful is a Magnet for Disaster Penny Dreadful is a Magnet for Disaster
Joanna Nadin
A bundle of awfulness! Penny Dreadful (not her real name) has an unfortunate habit of creating mayhem wherever she goes and whatever she does! Penny has some really brilliant ideas. The only trouble is, they often seem to go horribly …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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A Monster Calls A Monster Calls
Siobhan Dowd, Patrick Ness
MEGA BOOK OF THE MONTH….
Prize-winning Patrick Ness displays brilliant new skills of sensitivity in this hauntingly touching story of how a boy deals with the looming threat of his mother’s death from cancer. Haunted by a monster in his dreams, …
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The Taming of Lilah May The Taming of Lilah May
Vanessa Curtis
This cleverly written novel is told with sensitivity and humour and introduces a new anti-heroine in Lilah May.  Clever and sassy Lilah is finding is hard to keep her anger under control but it’s only been like this since her …
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Six Days Six Days
Philip Webb
Enter a fantastic contest to appear in Philip Webb’s next book.  Each
copy of Six Days is printed with its own unique 5-digit code.  Children
can enter their unique code and email address and smartphone users can
go direct to …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Forgotten Forgotten
Cat Patrick 

A teen story with a difference, London Lane seems like any normal high
school student except that she can’t remember the past – her brain is wiped
clean at 4.33 every day – and worse, she can see what is going to …
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Starcrossed Starcrossed
Josephine Angelini
Destiny brought them together. The Gods will keep them apart. This is the book of the summer to get love-struck by!
‘a gorgeous, haunting saga that completely swept me away.  OMGods, I
can’t wait to read more’ – Lauren Kate, author …
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Life An Exploded Diagram Life An Exploded Diagram
Mal Peet
This is a brilliant coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of the
Cold War and events leading up to the Cuban Missile Crisis.  The story is told in flashback by Clem when he is living and working in
New York …
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New recomended children’s books for January

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

Happy 2009!

If the quality of children’s books scheduled for publication in 2009 that we’ve so far read here is anything to go by then there’s going to be no shortage of some terrific literature for the whole family to enjoy throughout 2009 and hopefully our expert guidance will help you to choose between them and in turn help your kids start the new year as you’d like them to go on – reading and learning and enjoying some dazzling stories.

But before going on to the January titles we’ve personally selected for you here at Lovereading4kids, first up is the winner of Costa Children’s Book Award, which has just been announced. Michelle Magorian’s Just Henry, according to the Costa judges ‘is a soaring, uplifting warm bath of a book a wonderful roller-coaster of a story which we all absolutely loved’. At Lovereading4kids we’ve championed it since its publication back in May last year. Whilst on the subject of awards don’t forget to take a peek at the shortlist for the Marsh Award for books in Translation.

There’s also a new category on the site where we’ve gathered all our free-to-enter competitions and prize draws; a one-stop shop for amazing give-away goodies!

Author of the Month

Author of the Month is the brilliant Chris Higgins, whose new story Love ya Babe gives a very astute insight into teenage troubles. Not only does Gabby have to put up with an outrageously embarrassing mum, troubled brothers, and friendship problems at school; but the arrival of a new baby sibling brings chaos to the whole family.

There are three great Books of the Month:

Then, by Morris Gleitzman, tackles a topic most children’s authors would shy away from, following Felix and his friend Zelda as they witness the atrocities being committed by the Nazis in Poland in 1942. 9+ readers will be hooked.

Between Two Seas was a sensation in 2008 and one of our most successful debuts of the year. The

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Lady in the Tower (3760) is Marie Louise Jensen’s second novel. A rich tapestry of 16th century life centred around Eleanor, a tomboyish young girl who is betrothed to be married, but would rather be riding horses and jousting.

Everything Beautiful is the eagerly awaited and brilliant second novel by the author of Notes from the Teenage Underground.

And January seems to be the month of debuts we have 7 crackers:

Numbers, by Rachel Ward, is a spooky story for teenagers about a girl who can tell the date people will die by the numbers that pop into her head. Waiting to go on the London Eye, she sees everyone in the queue has the same number – something terrible is going to happen…

For 11+ readers

there’s The Bad Tuesdays 1: Twisted Symmetry. An action-packed novel about three street rat children who are being mysteriously pursued by two sinister organisations.Zelah Green – Queen of Clean by Vanessa Curtis deals with the serious subject of OCD by way of a charming tale about a girl coming to terms with personal grief and
The 13 Treasures by Michelle Harrison, is a gripping story about a girl who gets in trouble and is sent away from home because nobody believes she can see fairies.


For 9+ year old boys there’s Johnny Macintosh and the Spirit of London, by Keith Mansfield, in which a 13-year-old boy’s life change forever when his computer, Kovac, detects an extraterrestrial signal.And for the girls, How Kirsty Jenkins Stole the Elephant is a brilliantly accomplished debut that packs a lot of punch touching as it does on family death and relationships. Finally for 7+ year olds, a mad-cap adventure, The Monkey Pirates, by Mark Skelton will take you on a ride through space in wardrobes in the capable or not so capable hands of some pirate monkeys searching for treasure.

Now to two special promotions:

Firstly, you probably can’t fail to have missed the major TV drama of Anne Frank each day last week and if so, perhaps now is the time to read the full unabridged Diary. Secondly, we were so bowled over by Chains, which tells the story Independence who pursues her own fight for freedom during the American civil war, that we thought we would select a small number of titles that we feel will provide a terrific insight into a time and a place when slavery was the order of the day and in some places still is. So from Roman to contemporary times you’re sure to find

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Finally, race headlong into the new year and keep ahead of the crowds, by discovering our latest exclusive Pre-Publication titles:

Henderson Boys – The Escape, is an exciting adventure by Robert Muchamore about child spies helping the British Secret Service win the war.

The Sandfather by Linda Newbery is a wonderful story about a boy searching for some grounding in life, and doing a lot of growing up along the way.

And Dogs, by Emily Gravett, is another awesomely satisfying picture book filled with gorgeous bounding canines of every sort – and a twist in the tail.

So download a few free Opening Extracts for your children and suss out which are going to get their 2009 off to an energetic flying start.


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