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Lovereading4kids Top 3 book, by age range, 4 – 11 March 2014

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014


Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Deep Deep Sea Deep Deep Sea
Frann Preston-Gannon
March 2014 Book of the Month Counting under the deep, deep sea is made beautiful and different in this nice-to-hold board book. There are turtles, dolphins and star fish – easy to count in small numbers – and then a …
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We're Going on a Bear Hunt We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
Michael Rosen
This is the 25th anniversary edition of this bestselling title which well-deserves its classic status. It has become the staple of pre-school life across the globe. Told in a simple rhythmic text that’s full of action and it is matched …
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Norman the Slug with a Silly Shell Norman the Slug with a Silly Shell
Sue Hendra
Norman the slug longs to be a snail. If only he had a shell! What Norman wishes for, he gets, but it soon turns out that a shell isn’t such a good thing after all. Can Norman save himself and …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Hog in the Fog A Harry & Lil Story Hog in the Fog A Harry & Lil Story
Julia Copus
March 2014 MEGA Debut of the Month A tea time adventure that goes badly wrong when the guest gets completely stuck in the fog! The Little Mouse Lil has invited her friend Harry the Hog for tea. The table is …
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Hector and the Big Bad Knight Hector and the Big Bad Knight
Alex T. Smith
March 2014 Debut of the Month A fun-filled new picture book about the power of good with quirky illustrations from award-winning Alex T. Smith. Boys in particular will love the story of Hector, a tiny little boy with a big, …
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Winnie's Pirate Adventure Winnie’s Pirate Adventure
Valerie Thomas
Best-selling Winnie the wonderful witch has a great adventure at a fancy dress party when she chooses to dress up as a pirate. Winnie and her long-suffering cat Wilbur -who has been turned into a parrot for the occasion – …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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The Dragonsitter's Island The Dragonsitter’s Island
Josh Lacey
A welcome addition to the highly entertaining Dragonsitter series which has previously been shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. Eddie is looking after his Uncle Morton’s dragon on a remote Scottish island. As ever with anything to do with …
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Grendel: A Cautionary Tale About Chocolate Grendel: A Cautionary Tale About Chocolate
David Lucas
Everybody loves chocolate! Grendel certainly loves it more than anything else so, when he finds a message inside a chocolate egg and offering him three wishes, he naturally makes a very terrible mistake. After he has turned the dog and …
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The Black Rabbit The Black Rabbit
Philippa Leathers
Clever, surprising and touching, how little Rabbit is frightened by his own shadow is a delightful and thought-provoking story. Everywhere the little white Rabbit goes, this big and scary Black Rabbit seems to be right behind him. Can the little …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Harvey Drew & the Bin Men from Outer Space Harvey Drew & the Bin Men from Outer Space
Cas Lester
March 2014 Debut of the Month Fun and lively this will appeal to fans of David Walliams. Harvey Drew is an ordinary eleven-year-old who dreams of great adventures in outer space. The Toxic Spew is an intergalactic waste disposal ship. The …
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The Impossible Boy The Impossible Boy
Mark Griffiths
An hilarious series for younger readers. The Impossible Boy will appeal greatly to fans of Tom Gates, Barry Loser and Diary of A Wimpy Kid. Extrardinary phenomena are taking hold in what is a dull town where nothing happens, until …
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The Haunting of Uncle Ron The Haunting of Uncle Ron
Anne Fine
Interest Age 7-12 Reading Age 7+ Award-winning Anne Fine always writes brilliantly about annoying family members. Ian’s Uncle Ron has a habit of just turning up on the doorstep with a big suitcase. No one knows how long he will …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Timmy Failure Now Look What You've Done Timmy Failure Now Look What You’ve Done
Stephan Pastis
March 2014 Book of the Month There is no end to the wisecracks and wit as the world’s worst detective returns for a new adventure to follow up his best-selling experiences in Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made. Timmy Failure, president …
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A Boy Called Hope A Boy Called Hope
Lara Williamson
March 2014 Debut of the Month A Boy Called Hope is a joyous, heart-breaking and life-affirming story of one boy and his messy, muddled and madcap family. Dan Hope may be an ordinary boy, in an ordinary home, in an …
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Lilliput Lilliput
Sam Gayton
March 2014 Book of the Month How can a little girl who is only three inches tall survive after her capture by the giant Gulliver? Poor Lily, dressed in handkerchiefs which have been sewn together with spider thread, has always …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Dandelion Clocks Dandelion Clocks
Rebecca Westcott Smith
March 2014 Debut and Mega Book of the Month The big emotions at the heart of this story will grab readers’ attention and guide them through a painful and heart-warming story. Liv’s life is pretty typical: there are the ups …
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The Finisher The Finisher
David Baldacci
March 2014 Book of the Month This is the first young adult book from number one bestselling author David Baldacci. A thrilling fantasy adventure story that follows one girl’s quest beyond her known world and into a dangerous realm full …
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City of Fate City of Fate
Nicola Pierce
March 2014 Book of the Month Emotionally taut and empathic, this novel will transport the reader into the very heart of the Second World War and the lives of children caught in the middle of history. Yuri is celebrating his …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Picture Me Gone Picture Me Gone
Meg Rosoff
March 2014 Book of the Month Award-winning Meg Rosoff brilliantly unravels a story of secrets and surprises as seen through the eyes of twelve year old Mila. An only child, Mila is a sharp observer of the world around her; …
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Half Bad Half Bad
Sally Green
March 2014 Debut of the Month Important questions are posed in this richly imagined and fast-paced supernatural thriller with big themes at its heart. Nathan lives in a world that is very similar to our own. But it has one …
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Trouble Trouble
Non Pratt
March 2014 Debut of the Month
**Suitable for 14+ due to some graphic content Touching, funny and sad this is a brilliantly observed and beautifully told story of contemporary teenagers, the overwhelmingly powerful emotions in their lives and the complications that …
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Lovereading4kids – Top 3 books, by age range 16 – 23 February 2014

Monday, February 24th, 2014


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for Babies and Toddlers

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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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We're Going on a Bear Hunt We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
Michael Rosen
This is the 25th anniversary edition of this bestselling title which well-deserves its classic status. It has become the staple of pre-school life across the globe. Told in a simple rhythmic text that’s full of action and it is matched …
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I Want My Mummy! I Want My Mummy!
Tracey Corderoy
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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We Have Lift-Off! We Have Lift-Off!
Sean Taylor
A sophisticated story with an important message lies at the heart of this deliciously entertaining book. The animals on Mr Tanner’s farm are in revolt against their farmer’s disgusting behaviour; he pollutes the water, cuts down the trees, and makes …
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Hooray for bread Hooray for bread
Allan Ahlberg
Allan Ahlberg at his masterful best with words that just slip off the tongue complemented by some delightful illustrations by Bruce Ingman. The two of them have come together a number of times now as you’ll see from the images …
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Spaghetti with the Yeti Spaghetti with the Yeti
Charlotte Guillain, Adam Guillain
Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2013 – September 2013 Book of the Month George is off on an adventure – to find the yeti and to feed it spaghetti! George travels along a little mountain path and meets …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Squishy Mcfluff: the Invisible Cat! Squishy Mcfluff: the Invisible Cat!
Pip Jones
February 2014 Debut of the Month From unravelling jumpers to filling boots with newts, from unlucky spills to jungles in the bathroom, Ava and Squishy are inseparable. But Squishy is not impressing everyone and his behaviour is getting worse – …
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Harvey Drew & the Bin Men from Outer Space Harvey Drew & the Bin Men from Outer Space
Cas Lester
Fun and lively this will appeal to fans of David Walliams. Harvey Drew is an ordinary eleven-year-old who dreams of great adventures in outer space. The Toxic Spew is an intergalactic waste disposal ship. The two are on a collision course …
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I am Cat I am Cat
Jackie Morris
Ten wild habitats, ten wild cats and one domestic cat are dramatically and beautifully illustrated in this unique celebration of the cat. In bold pictures and a simple text, Jackie Morris brings alive Cat who, when asleep in the day, …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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The Impossible Boy The Impossible Boy
Mark Griffiths
An hilarious series for younger readers. The Impossible Boy will appeal greatly to fans of Tom Gates, Barry Loser and Diary of A Wimpy Kid. Extrardinary phenomena are taking hold in what is a dull town where nothing happens, until …
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Supercat vs the Chip Thief Supercat vs the Chip Thief
Jeanne Willis
February 2014 Book of the Month Does your child want to be a super hero, does he or she crave excitement and laugh-out-loud an awful lot? if so, Supercat vs the Chip Thief is the first book in a super …
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Big Rock and the Masked Avenger Wrestling Trolls: Match One Big Rock and the Masked Avenger Wrestling Trolls: Match One
Jim Eldridge
February 2014 Book of the Month A comic new series from this award winning writer and illustrator – with lively, fun storylines and vibrant drawings. Each book contains two stories as well as lots of troll based activity pages in …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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The Burning Shadow The Burning Shadow
Michelle Paver
February 2014 Book of the Month Best-selling Michelle Paver, creator of the Wolf Brother series, continues her equally richly created and atmospheric Gods and Warriors series set in the sun-baked Greek countryside. Although separated by a wide social gulf, Hylas …
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A Boy Called Hope A Boy Called Hope
Lara Williamson
A Boy Called Hope is a joyous, heart-breaking and life-affirming story of one boy and his messy, muddled and madcap family. Perfect for fans of Annabel Pitcher and Frank Cottrell Boyce.In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for A Boy …
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Mars Evacuees Mars Evacuees
Sophia McDougall
The first book in a stellar new adventure series, Lively written with the perfect combination of page-turning action-adventure and warm, distinctive wit. Perfect for fans of Percy Jackson and Artemis Fowl.In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for Mars Evacuees …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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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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The Executioner's Daughter The Executioner’s Daughter
Jane Hardstaff
February 2014 Debut of the Month Set in the underbelly of the Tower of London and on the Thames in Tudor times, with a cast of brilliant characters, including feisty heroine Moss and lovable rogue Salter. A nail-biting drama and …
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Geek Girl Geek Girl
Holly Smale
Shortlisted for the Waterstone’s Children’s Prize 2014 Fiction for teens category – Winner of the 2013 Lovereading4Kids Reader’s Favourite Book and a Book of the Year 2013.
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Never Ending Never Ending
Martyn Bedford
February 2014 Book of the Month An intensely moving, edgy and brilliantly told story with a strong teen-girl protagonist. How can Shiv live with what she did? An unforgettable story that will stay in readers’ minds long after they finish …
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Dead Ends Dead Ends
Erin Jade Lange
February 2014 Book of the Month Perfect for readers looking for an authentic teenage voice – moving and funny, this is the true-to-life story of two very different teen boys who realise that by pulling together when it really counts …
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Half My Facebook Friends are Ferrets Half My Facebook Friends are Ferrets
J. A. Buckle
Humour, technology, friendship, a ferret called Ozzy – this book has got it all. Written in diary format there is plenty here to entertain teens with jokes, music, friendship circles and chaotic family life.In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for …
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Mid February 2014 email update

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Welcome to our mid month children’s book email update. Read on for news of World Book Day, the 25th anniversary of a classic children’s book, a virtual bookshelf full of brilliant books being published in March AND the chance to win a £50 book voucher…

Not off the Press – Pre-Publication Exclusives

It’s a bumper month for pre-pub exclusives this month and loads have already been reviewed by our Kids Reader Review Panel. We have an exclusive extract for every title so why not whet the appetite and check out which titles we think will be hot next month, before anyone really knows about them.

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Share your favourite children’s book character… to win a £50 book voucher!

Growing up we all had a favourite book character. These colourful characters and creatures helped catalyse our love of reading, so this month we want to know who your favourite character is and why.

To have a chance of winning a £50 Lovereading4Kids voucher, simply ‘Like’ our Facebook Page and comment on our wall telling us who your favourite character was and why. All the entries will be popped into a virtual hat, on 1 March 2014, and a winner will be chosen at random by 5 March. Good Luck.

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Another ‘Beautiful Day’ – World Book Day! March 2014

It’s come round again! The biggest book show on earth. World Book day is 6 Marchand there is so much going on to get your kids excited about books. There’s dressing up and quizzes and £1 WBD vouchers your children will get through school.

We have a feeling the £1 books on offer this year will entice even the most reluctant reader to try another book from that author so we’ve picked a selection of our favourites from each £1

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We’re Not Scared!! – Bear Hunt hits 25

Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury’s classic: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt is 25! Thousands of us have ‘swished’ and ‘woo-hooed’, ‘stumbled and tripped’, ‘squelched’ and ‘squerched’ and hidden from bears …. And now so do our kids.

As part of the anniversary celebrations Walker Books has teamed up with the RNIB for a Read for the RNIB Day in July 14 when there will be a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ record attempt for the world’s largest reading lesson. Want to be involved then go to jointhebearhunt.com. And we’re featuring a beautiful new edition picture book and a board book. “What a beautiful Day!”

Storm in a Teen-cup?

A cookbook for teens, written by a teen, Sam Stern’s first book in 2005 was a huge success (it’s great for adults too, you know… and good ideas for what to cook FOR your teens). It has now been updated and Cooking Up a Storm: The Teen Survival Cookbook is jammed with great ideas from snacks to slap-up meals all easily explained with his infectious enthusiasm. Why not get your teens enthused by giving them this and perhaps they’ll cook next weekend’s Sunday lunch! – We can vouch for the chocolate brownies – definitely the best in the land.

And that, book fans, is February from what has been a rather bedraggling January (only the weather that is) at Lovereading4kids. We hope you’ll find the time to be tempted by our mid-month temptations of great titles and fun ideas to keep your kids reading particularly over the Half Term break.

P.S. Don’t miss the chance to win a £450 luxury weekend break in Wiltshire we are featuring on Lovereading.co.uk.

Lovereading4kids. Most popular Children’s books, by age range, 2 – 9 February 2014

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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We're Going on a Bear Hunt We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
Michael Rosen
This is the 25th anniversary edition of this bestselling title which well-deserves its classic status. It has become the staple of pre-school life across the globe. Told in a simple rhythmic text that’s full of action and it is matched …
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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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3
The Slightly Annoying Elephant The Slightly Annoying Elephant
David Walliams
One of our Books of the Year 2013 – November 2013 Book of the Month Best selling author and TV star David Walliams has a gift for great jokes. There’s a ring at the door and Sam finds an elephant …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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We Have Lift-Off! We Have Lift-Off!
Sean Taylor
A sophisticated story with an important message lies at the heart of this deliciously entertaining book. The animals on Mr Tanner’s farm are in revolt against their farmer’s disgusting behaviour; he pollutes the water, cuts down the trees, and makes …
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Princess Stay Awake Princess Stay Awake
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Hooray for bread Hooray for bread
Allan Ahlberg
Allan Ahlberg at his masterful best with words that just slip off the tongue complemented by some delightful illustrations by Bruce Ingman. The two of them have come together a number of times now as you’ll see from the images …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Black Dog Black Dog
Levi Pinfold
Winner of the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2013 The judges described the book as a “visual treat, full of mood and atmosphere, the beautiful illustrations are full of detail and perfectly in keeping with the story. The use of scale, with …
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Squishy Mcfluff: the Invisible Cat! Squishy Mcfluff: the Invisible Cat!
Pip Jones
February 2014 Debut of the Month From unravelling jumpers to filling boots with newts, from unlucky spills to jungles in the bathroom, Ava and Squishy are inseparable. But Squishy is not impressing everyone and his behaviour is getting worse – …
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Choosing Crumble Choosing Crumble
Michael Rosen
January 2014 Book of the Month Best-selling Michael Rosen captures the dilemma of any dog choosing a new home – and any home finding a new dog! Terri-Lee goes to the pet shop to choose a dog. But, Crumble isn’t …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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The Boy in the Dress The Boy in the Dress
David Walliams
This is a new book and CD pack – Touching, funny and full of insight, this tender story tells how Dennis decides that everyone does not have to be the same. Bravely, he decides to do something completely different. Taking …
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Supercat vs the Chip Thief Supercat vs the Chip Thief
Jeanne Willis
February 2014 Book of the Month Does your child want to be a super hero, does he or she crave excitement and laugh-out-loud an awful lot? if so, Supercat vs the Chip Thief is the first book in a super …
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Big Rock and the Masked Avenger Wrestling Trolls: Match One Big Rock and the Masked Avenger Wrestling Trolls: Match One
Jim Eldridge
February 2014 Book of the Month A comic new series from this award winning writer and illustrator – with lively, fun storylines and vibrant drawings. Each book contains two stories as well as lots of troll based activity pages in …
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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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The Burning Shadow The Burning Shadow
Michelle Paver
February 2014 Book of the Month Best-selling Michelle Paver, creator of the Wolf Brother series, continues her equally richly created and atmospheric Gods and Warriors series set in the sun-baked Greek countryside. Although separated by a wide social gulf, Hylas …
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A Boy Called Hope A Boy Called Hope
Lara Williamson
A Boy Called Hope is a joyous, heart-breaking and life-affirming story of one boy and his messy, muddled and madcap family. Perfect for fans of Annabel Pitcher and Frank Cottrell Boyce.

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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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The Executioner's Daughter The Executioner’s Daughter
Jane Hardstaff
February 2014 Debut of the Month Set in the underbelly of the Tower of London and on the Thames in Tudor times, with a cast of brilliant characters, including feisty heroine Moss and lovable rogue Salter. A nail-biting drama and …
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The Midnight Zoo The Midnight Zoo
Sonya Hartnett
Award-winning Sonia Harnett’s poignant magical realism story set in World War Two speaks powerfully about freedom and its importance. When the Germans attack their home, Tomas and Andrej escape carrying their baby sister Wilma in a sack. Travelling on foot …
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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
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Finding Jennifer Jones Finding Jennifer Jones
Anne Cassidy

February 2014 Book of the Month A gripping and emotionally compelling thriller from award-winning Anne Cassidy who has cleverly followed up Looking for JJ with an equally enthralling sequel. Now a student with a job, a flat, friends and a …
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Dead Ends Dead Ends
Erin Jade Lange
February 2014 Book of the Month Perfect for readers looking for an authentic teenage voice – moving and funny, this is the true-to-life story of two very different teen boys who realise that by pulling together when it really counts …
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Never Ending Never Ending
Martyn Bedford
February 2014 Book of the Month An intensely moving, edgy and brilliantly told story with a strong teen-girl protagonist. How can Shiv live with what she did? An unforgettable story that will stay in readers’ minds long after they finish …
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Lovereading4kids – Most Popular books by age range – 28 Feb 14 to 4 Mar 14

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Barry the Fish with Fingers Barry the Fish with Fingers
Sue Hendra
January 2014 Book of the Month  Quirky and original, this will be a real joy for parents to share with babies and toddlers.  Full of kindness, Barry, a fish with the special attributes of fingers, uses his unusual feature to …
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The Slightly Annoying Elephant The Slightly Annoying Elephant
David Walliams
One of our Books of the Year 2013 – November 2013 Book of the Month   Best selling author and TV star David Walliams has a gift for great jokes. There’s a ring at the door and Sam finds an elephant …
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We're Going on a Bear Hunt We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
Michael Rosen
This best-selling title well-deserves its classic status which has seen it become the staple of pre-school life across the globe. Told in a simple rhythmic text which is full of action it is matched by Helen Oxenbury’s wonderful illustrations which …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Elmer and Snake Elmer and Snake
David Mckee
January 2014 Book of the Month     Best-selling Elmer, the only patchwork coloured elephant in the jungle, loves playing with his friends. This time, Elmer teams up with Snake to outwit all the elephants and all the other animals who want …
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Up and Down Up and Down
Oliver Jeffers
A touching story of how two friends feel when they separate and try to manage without each other. Prize-winning illustrator Oliver Jeffers specialises in spare illustrations which are warm hearted but also capture the deep sadness of being alone in …
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Spaghetti with the Yeti Spaghetti with the Yeti
Charlotte Guillain, Adam Guillain
Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2013 – September 2013 Book of the Month    George is off on an adventure – to find the yeti and to feed it spaghetti! George travels along a little mountain path and meets …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Black Dog Black Dog
Levi Pinfold
Winner of the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2013    The judges described the book as a “visual treat, full of mood and atmosphere, the beautiful illustrations are full of detail and perfectly in keeping with the story. The use of scale, with …
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Choosing Crumble Choosing Crumble
Michael Rosen
January 2014 Book of the Month     Best-selling Michael Rosen captures the dilemma of any dog choosing a new home – and any home finding a new dog! Terri-Lee goes to the pet shop to choose a dog. But, Crumble isn’t …
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Queen Bee Queen Bee
Alan MacDonald
Three wickedly funny stories about Angela who always thinks she knows best! Whether she’s matchmaking her teachers, flogging homemade lemonade, or dealing with the Ugly Sisters, she always has an answer for everything…
With fantastic artwork by award-winning illustrator, David Roberts …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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The Boy in the Dress The Boy in the Dress
David Walliams
This is a new book and CD pack – Touching, funny and full of insight, this tender story tells how Dennis decides that everyone does not have to be the same. Bravely, he decides to do something completely different. Taking …
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Gangsta Granny Gangsta Granny
David Walliams
Category Winner of The Red House Children’s Book Award 2013 & Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2012.   Following in the footsteps of the great Roald Dahl, David Walliams has shown in his previous titles including Mr Stink …
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A Pig Called Heather A Pig Called Heather
Harry Oulton
January 2014 Debut of the Month A touching story told from the point of view of a very special pig! Heather the pig has two joys in life – apples and her best two-legged friend Isla. Heather has looked after …
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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 Odd Squad Bully Bait The Odd Squad Bully Bait
Michael Fry
January 2014 Debut of the Month   Nick knows all about being the butt of the school bullies. Being so short makes him a natural target – he’s so small that he can be squashed into a locker! But Nick doesn’t …
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Knightley and Son Knightley and Son
Rohan Gavin
January 2014 Debut of the Month   When weird things start happening around him, Darkus Knighty puts his mind to trying to find out why. Since the detective business is in his blood that is not really a surprise but, since …
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The Midnight Zoo The Midnight Zoo
Sonya Hartnett
Award-winning Sonia Harnett’s poignant magical realism story set in World War Two speaks powerfully about freedom and its importance. When the Germans attack their home, Tomas and Andrej escape carrying their baby sister Wilma in a sack. Travelling on foot …
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The Iron Man The Iron Man
Ted Hughes
One of the most dramatic and exciting stories of all time, this classic modern fairy story by the former Poet Laureate takes on the biggest theme of all time: how the world can be saved. Here, it is the strange …
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Rooftoppers Rooftoppers
Katherine Rundell
One of our Books of the Year 2013
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book of the Year 2014 – Best Story
Shortlisted for the 2013 Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize
Abandoned as a baby,  Sophie’s determination to find her missing mother leads …
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When the Guns Fall Silent When the Guns Fall Silent
James Riordan
In an excellent time-slip story, James Riordan brings the action and tragedy of the First World War vividly to life. Jack’s grandfather is a war hero with medals to prove it. But he will never talk about what he did …
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Never Ending Never Ending
Martyn Bedford
February 2014 Book of the Month  An intensely moving, edgy and brilliantly told story with a strong teen-girl protagonist. How can Shiv live with what she did?  An unforgettable story that will stay in readers’ minds long after they finish …
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Boys Don't Knit Boys Don’t Knit
T. S. Easton
January 2014 Book of the Month  An entertaining diary told in the authentic teenage voice which captures the mind set of humorist and risk-taker Ben Fletcher. Following a run-in with the authorities, Ben Fletcher is now obliged to ‘give something …
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From Children’s Picture book to the Silver Screen.

Friday, December 11th, 2009

With Where The Wild Things Are stomping into cinemas on Friday 11 December we take a look at characters that have chomped their way out of the pages of the most beloved children’s illustrated books and gone on to cause a wild rumpus on the big screen.

Gruffalo

If there is one animal in the forest to be afraid of it is the Gruffalo! Following the journey of a mouse as he uses his cunning to fend off suspecting predators by inflating the myth of the gruesome Gruffalo. Little does the little creature know that the Gruffalo is no mere piece of fiction but a monstrous and grotesque creature, intent on devouring our tiny protagonist. Adapted for the stage in 2001, it is currently treading the boards of the Apollo Theatre, but that is not all! The Gruffalo will be stomping its way onto our small screens this Christmas with the voice talents of Robbie Coltrane as the Gruffalo; Helena Bonham Carter, Rob Brydon, James Corden, John Hurt and Tom Wilkinson

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

Kids love a good rhyme and shout and there is no better way to combine the two than with ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ by Michael Rosen. Following a family as they trek, splash, jump and shout their way on the search for a bear and leads to a dark cave on the other side of a dark forest. When reading it with kids the use of onomatopoeia (although they may not know it as such yet!) will really draw them in as they “squelch, squerch”, “swishy swashy” their way to the cave and culminating in thrilling chase that will get the whole family looking for a game of hide and seek!

Rupert Bear

The most colour coordinated and immaculately dressed bear you are ever likely to read, Rupert the Bear and his animal friends, Pong Ping the Pekinese and Bill Badger, have been followed in many a magical adventure over the last century. Created by Mary Tourtel in the 1920s and appearing in the Daily Express as a means of grabbing readership from the Daily Mail and Daily Mirror, Rupert went on to be much, much more than a mere comic strip. Over the years Rupert has been reborn into annuals, books and several long running television series and recently making the jump from 2D hand drawn animation and joined the world of CGI!

Mr Benn

Created by David McKee, who was responsible for other childhood illustrated favourite Elmer the patchwork elephant, Mr Benn follows a character who, despite looking smart and ready for work always had time to visit his local fancy dress shop. Once there and donning his costume of choice he would be transported to a world of magical make believe. From clown to cowboy and pirate to wizard Mr Benn always managed to lend a helping hand and come away with a memento to remember his trippy visit. Despite only running thirteen animated episodes, Mr Benn was voted the sixth most popular childrens television series of all time!

Busytown series by Richard Scarry

In a fictional world that has enough mayhem to rival the busy pages of Where’s Wally, the illustrated books of Richard Scarry feature some of the most charming characters ever confined to the pages of a book. Featuring cats, dogs, mice, worms, foxes, sheep and pigs among many more, Scarry portrayed a transnational and happily multicultural world. The chaotic busytown features in several collections and was turned into a short running television series in the nineties that can still be found on select childrens television channels. A true illustrated book if ever there was one, with every new read you will discover something new and hidden in the background.

Winnie the Pooh

Everybody’s favourite honey eating bear has never experienced a dip in the limelight ever since he was first created by A.A. Milne way back in 1926. Bought by Disney in the sixties, Winnie the Pooh has had many an adcenture in the hundred acre wood with the long running television series and big screen outings with the likes of The Tigger Movie and Piglet’s big movie. Surrounded by his friends piglet, eeyore and the hyperactive tigger Pooh is never far from mischief… or a pot of honey.

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Where The Wild Things Are

Maurice Sendak’s original illustrated book caused child psychologists to huff and puff as its protagonist Max argued with his mother, ran away from home and joined a rag-tag group of monsters who made him king. Whilst only twelve pages long the book has touched the hearts of millions, now it is in the faithful hands of director Spike Jonze and novelist Dave Eggers as they endeavor to make the a great book into an even better film. By the looks of the trailer and clips from the film they may have done the unimaginable and turned in a faithful adaptation that promises to not only bring the creatures to life with the help of the Jim Henson company but perfectly transfer the cheeky character of Max from page to screen in the form of child star Max Records. A fantastic soundtrack and gorgeous visuals will mean that Where The Wild Things Are will be the adaptation to watch this Christmas


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