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New children’s books for July

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

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

Author of the Month – Eoin Colfer of Artemis Fowl fame

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

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

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

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

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

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

Books of the Month for July

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

Award-winners – The Carnegie Greenaway Medals


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Summer Reading – the no batteries holiday entertainment

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

Turn your teenagers into literature lovers

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

Making a big entrance – our Debuts of the Month

By Midnight A Ravenwood Mystery

Mia James

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

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The Loon in the Moon

Chae Strathie

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

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Fallen

Lauren Kate

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

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

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

Win your way to book heaven

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

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

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

The series of the year – Conspiracy 365

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

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

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

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

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

Children’s Books, Most popular Opening Extracts, by age range, 13 – 20 June 2010

Monday, June 21st, 2010

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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WOW Said the Owl WOW Said the Owl
Tim Hopgood
Shortlisted for the Best Pre-School Award, Early Year Awards 2009
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 …
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2
Not Me! Not Me!
Nicola Killen
This is an utterly delightful picture book from a bright new talent found by a publisher who seeks out new talent from the MA Illustration course in Cambridge. The clever interaction of the illustrations with some very simple text make …
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3
Ernest Ernest
Catherine Rayner
A brilliant joke lies at the heart of prize-winning illustrator Catherine Rayner’s Ernest. Ernest is a LARGE Moose. So large that, even though he tries squashing and squeezing, he just can’t fit all of himself into a book. Luckily he …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Usborne Very First Reading 1: Pirate Pat Usborne Very First Reading 1: Pirate Pat
Mairi Mackinnon
Pirate Pat allows the very beginner reader to take part in a lively and exciting story, using short sentences and simple words made up of only the letters s a t p i n m d. Parent or carer reads …
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Usborne Very First Reading 2: The Dressing Up Box Usborne Very First Reading 2: The Dressing Up Box
Mairi Mackinnon
This the second in Usborne’s Very First Reading series introduces the letters g o c k ck e u r. The sentences are a little longer than in book 1 and your child reads more words overall. The repetition of …
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Usborne Very First Reading 4: Dog Diary Usborne Very First Reading 4: Dog Diary
Mairi Mackinnon
Dog Diary introduces the letters j qu v w x y z zz. Your child will now be familiar with all the letters of the alphabet in their most regularly-pronounced forms, making it possible to read over 300 everyday words. …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Marvin Redpost 1: Kidnapped at Birth Marvin Redpost 1: Kidnapped at Birth
Louis Sachar
The first of 8 great adventures about an ordinary boy with a big heart and a strong desire to work things out even when they’re complicated. Meet Marvin Redpost. He has red hair and blue eyes. And he is left …
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Horrid Henry and the Football Fiend: Early Reader Horrid Henry and the Football Fiend: Early Reader
Francesca Simon
A brilliant story with football as the backdrop to the story about Horrid Henry, his little brother, Perfect Pete and of course not forgetting Moody Margaret. Henry is as determined as ever to get his own way and will stop …
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Titch and Mitch 1: Shipwrecked! Titch and Mitch 1: Shipwrecked!
Garth Edwards
Titch and Mitch are two delightful pixies who survive being shipwrecked and end up on an island that’s full of extraordinary animal characters. As they meet more and more friends they go off on some wonderful but sometimes frightening adventures …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Magical Mischief Magical Mischief
Anna Dale
A bookshop stuffed full of unexpected and witty magic is a delight for Arthur when he first befriends Mr Hardbattle, the shop’s owner. But, as Mr Hardbattle soon explains, magic doesn’t help when you are trying to run a shop …
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2
Not Bad for a Bad Lad Not Bad for a Bad Lad
Michael Morpurgo
This wonderful story was inspired by a conversation that Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman had about a prison at Hollesley Bay in Suffolk that Michael Foreman remembered from growing up nearby. Into this Michael Morpurgo weaves his story of …
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Super Soccer Boy and the Snot Monsters Super Soccer Boy and the Snot Monsters
Judy Brown
Super soccer boy Harry Gribble uses his fantastic football skills to solve a mystery. It’s a fun, wacky story packed with lots of pictures throughout and a perfect combination of football and superheroes that will absorb even the most reluctant …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Takeshita Demons Takeshita Demons
Cristy Burne
Winner of the inaugural Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Award 2009
A thrilling contemporary adventure wittily shot through with the powerful fantasy stories of the old demons from the Japanese past. Miku knows about the demons from growing up in Japan where …
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The Death-defying Pepper Roux The Death-defying Pepper Roux
Geraldine Mccaughrean
Prize-winning Geraldine McCaughrean has turned her deft hand to a brilliantly witty and fast moving story about a boy who wants to defy his destiny. Pepper is an unusual name and Pepper Roux is an unusual child especially since, according …
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Goodnight Mister Tom Goodnight Mister Tom
Michelle Magorian
Chosen as the Puffin Modern Classic 1980 – 1989
A wonderful debut novel from an author who is now widely acknowledged as one of the great children’s novelists of our time. A storyline that will pull on the heartstrings more than …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Young Sherlock Holmes: Death Cloud Young Sherlock Holmes: Death Cloud
Andrew Lane
MEGA BOOK OF THE MONTH – JUNE 2010. Two dead bodies. One unforgettable hero. The beginning of a legend. Followers of the young James Bond and junior spy Alex Rider will enjoy the adventures of school boy Sherlock Holmes who …
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The Battle of the Sun The Battle of the Sun
Jeanette Winterson
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Jack’s dramatic kidnapping on his twelfth birthday. Jack’s been
selected as the Radiant Boy and the evil Magus needs to get his hands
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Tall Story Tall Story
Candy Gourlay
This is a debut novel packed with warmth, humour and quirkiness that will have you in fits of laughter one minute and in tears the next as the author explores a touching sibling relationship and the clash of two very …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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The Sky is Everywhere The Sky is Everywhere
Jandy Nelson
This is a debut novel that once read will never be forgotten. It’s a vibrant, deeply romantic novel that will bring tears to your eyes but it will also bring laughter through the tears! It’s also funny, sexy and deeply meaningful. …
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The Cardturner The Cardturner
Louis Sachar
The worldwide bestselling author of Holes takes readers on a journey right into the extraordinary and obsessive world of bridge. Don’t be put off by this central theme before having a read of the extract on Lovereading4kids. Alton Richards is …
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White Crow White Crow
Marcus Sedgwick
Described as a modern gothic thriller, complete with angels and devils, it’s a tale of two girls and their friendship in a long, hot, tense summer, but it is also interwoven with a 17th century tale of bizarre experiments into …
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Children’s Summer Reading, Prize winners the latest Conspiracy title and much more….

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

With Sports Day, end of year plays and exams, June is a busy month for school children but with many weeks of holidays not far away to look forward to now is the perfect time to get into the reading habit. So to help, this email update is bursting with brilliant selections including an absolutely stunningly special 65th anniversary slipcase edition of the original Thomas the Tank Engine book.

Read on to find out more about our personal favourites or scroll down to see some summer reading selections that will get your kids as excited about reading as they are about ice creams, outdoor swimming, and running like crazy around the park.

Pre-publication exclusive – White Crow by Marcus Sedgwick

Described as a modern gothic thriller, complete with angels and devils, it’s a tale of two girls and their friendship in a long, hot, tense summer, but it is also interwoven with a 17th century tale of bizarre experiments into the afterlife. Perfect for fans of the The Twilight series but much more sinister and impeccably written!

This Month’s Highlights not to miss

Prize Winners for June

This month sees winners of two new children’s book prizes and the shortlist of another.

New this year was the Orange Youth Prize where a group of 6 teens were asked to pick their favourite Orange Prize winner of the last 15 years. The winner has just been announced and it went to the powerful story of a young holocaust survivor by Anne Michaels – Fugitive Pieces.

Also just announced is the shortlist for the most prestigious Debut novel in the children’s publishing world, The Branford Boase Award. It’s also gratifying here at Lovereading4kids that we have our finger on the pulse as we have already previously featured most of the books on the shortlist, when they were originally published. You’ll find them all grouped together in our Prize Winners section.

Finally, the Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Award is a literary award that promotes writing from different cultural perspectives. The deserving inaugural winner is Takeshita Demons a rollicking adventure story about what happens when a crowd of spooky demons invade the lives of two ordinary school girls.

Get your kids thinking creatively and win!

The Usborne Young Writers’ Award encourages children to choose a story starter (written by established kid’s authors) and finish the story themselves.

The deadline for entries isn’t until 20 October, so there’s plenty of time to write something really cracking! www.usborne.com/youngwritersaward to find out more.

Conspiracy 365 – Cal’s adventure continues

This terrific series of 12 books, published one a month during 2010, continues with this the sixth title in a page-turning adventure which began when 15 year old Callum was hunted down by a crazed man carrying a deadly warning. Find out more about these books and catch up with the series to date.

Scroll down to see our Summer Reading selections for the age ranges you have said you are interested in or visit the website to see all our Summer Reading titles.

Click here to change your favourite age ranges.

P.S If you haven’t already checked out the competition pages then now’s your chance there are plenty of free to enter prize draws with exclusive book prizes.


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