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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.


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.

Also, for a bit of a laugh, we undertook some research recently, CLICK HERE to see what would happen if the children’s book villains in some favourite books were tried in court and, it was picked up by The Times newspaper too.

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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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author and created a special category. Also,don’t miss the Blue Peter Book Award shortlisted titles, the winners of which are announced on WBD. Finally, schools, groups and parents can find out more about a special World Book Day Web TV programme by registering at

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

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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 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

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.


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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Elephant has never been far from the child inside of us. Triggered by the poaching his mother, in a scene that rivals the death of Bambi’s mother , Babar is sent to France where he is educated in the company of his wider family. Upon his return, and the death of the king of the elephants as a result of a poisonous mushroom (alas the animal kingdom is a tough place), Babar is made king. Oringinally written by Jean de Brunhoff, the tales follow Babar in his trials and tribulations as king.

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 Privacy Policy Disclaimer