Posts Tagged ‘World book day’


Friday, September 9th, 2016

David Walliams, Dame Jacqueline Wilson and Julia Donaldson among the “national treasures” writing new stories to mark the occasion

World Book Day UK has today (Friday 9 Sept) announced an all-star line-up of authors and illustrators to help it celebrate its 20th anniversary, with the goal of encouraging greater engagement with reading and ownership of books by children.

The reading for pleasure charity has recruited “national treasures” including David Walliams, Dame Jacqueline Wilson and Julia Donaldson to help it reach more children and young people than ever. These authors will each contribute an official World Book Day £1 book, which children can get for free in exchange for the £1 book token available to all schoolchildren in the UK and Ireland.

Over the past 19 years, World Book Day UK has delivered 13 million £1 books into the hands of young people across the country. In 2016, the number of £1 books given away was 789,738. The charity’s aim for its 20th anniversary is to increase this number to one million.

World Book Day was first designated an international event by UNESCO in 1995 after being observed for over 70 years in Catalonia, where giving books to friends and family had become an annual tradition. It was first marked in the UK two years later in 1997, in response to an increasing concern over poor reading and writing standards.

Founder of World Book Day UK, Baroness Gail Rebuck, also Chair of Penguin Random House UK and founder of Quick Reads, says: “In 1997 the level of children’s engagement with reading was at a point of national crisis. The previous year a Government report had been released showing that 42% of 11-year-olds failed to achieve level 4 in reading and writing on entry to secondary school. We wanted to do something to reposition reading and our message is the same today as it was then – that reading is fun, relevant, accessible, exciting, and has the power to transform lives. I’ve seen first-hand how World Book Day has affected social change and long may it continue.”

World Book Day Director Kirsten Grant says: “World Book Day is about creating readers for the future by igniting a love of books and reading in children and young people. It’s about encouraging them to visit their local bookshop and empowering them to make their own choices about the kinds of books they want to read. What better way to do this than offering them stories from the best writing and illustrating talent being published in the UK and Ireland today? We couldn’t be happier to have so many national treasures on board for our 20th anniversary – nobody can better capture children’s imaginations.”

The ten official World Book Day £1 books cater for all ages from pre-school through to young adults. In 2017, the titles for the nation’s youngest book lovers will feature beloved characters Peppa Pig and extraterrestrials from the Aliens Love Underpants series. For readers at Key Stage 1, Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks will contribute a new Princess Mirror-Belle title and Martin Handford has made one of his Where’s Wally? adventures available. They can also pick up some tips from Horrid Henry or catch up with the Famous Five, whereas Key Stage 2 readers will be able to enjoy something new from beloved British authors David Walliams or Dame Jacqueline Wilson. Young Adult titles will come from Michael Grant and David Almond, and the official World Book Day 2017 illustrator is Liz Pichon, children’s book writer and illustrator/creator of the Tom Gates series.

The £1 World Book Day books for 2017 in full:

  • Peppa Loves World Book Day (Ladybird)
  • Everyone Loves Underpants by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort (Simon & Schuster Children’s Books)
  • Where’s Wally? The Fantastic Journey by Martin Handford (Walker Books)
  • Princess Mirror-Belle and Snow White by Julia Donaldson & Lydia Monks (Macmillan)
  • Horrid Henry: Funny Fact Files by Francesca Simon (Orion Children’s Books)
  • Good Old Timmy and Other Stories by Enid Blyton (Hodder Children’s Books)
  • An as yet untitled book by David Walliams (HarperCollins)
  • Butterfly Beach by Jacqueline Wilson (Corgi)
  • Island by David Almond (Hodder Children’s Books)
  • Dead of Night: A Front Lines Story by Michael Grant (Egmont)

March eNewsletter

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

Hare-raising March is more fun-filled than a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party in our early-Spring Wonderland of great titles for tots, toddlers, tweenies and teens! It’s the month when World Book Day gives every school child a £1 book voucher to spend in their local bookshop and a range of amazing books that only cost £1! Plus we have, a huge competition to win a set of ALL 14 Roald Dahl books, with unrivaled extras, as we celebrate an auspicious centenary. Read on for more!

March’s Marvels – Books of the Month

It’s a humdinger of a huddle, a basket of brilliance a gaggle of greats on our bookshelf this month. We particularly love:

Flying Fergus by Sir Chris Hoy (5+) – 2 road-busting, magical cycling adventures from one of the most inspiring athletes of his generation. And The Bolds to the Rescue by Julian Clary (7+) – More wildly hilarious animal adventures. ‘We loved the book because it was funny, exhilarating and we couldn’t stop laughing’ (Alexander & Daniel aged 10 & 8)

Also Perijee and Me by Ross Montgomery (9+) – Move over E.T.! This alien/human friendship tale is a wonderful story and a fresh perspective on the world we live in. And finally The Nest by Kenneth Oppel (13+) – A thrilling, ticking time bomb of a tale that creeps under your skin and pierces your heart. Truly exceptional and unsettling.


Get More Morpurgo! – Michael Morpurgo, Author of the Month.

To celebrate not just one of the world’s greatest children’s book storytellers but also the 40th anniversary of his and his wife’s charity Farms for City Children, this month we’re offering the chance to explore some of Michael Morpurgo’s most fascinating characters and stories.

Each week we’ll feature different books based on themes close to the author’s heart: War, Journeys, Legends and Animals. Find out more about one of the best children’s writers of all time.

That’s a First! – Debuts of the Month

We just love introducing kids to brand new authors who will doubtless become firm favourites for years to come. Our top tip this month for readers aged 9+ is; Beetle Boy by M.G. Leonard – a magical, mysterious and informative adventure. ’10 out of 10!’ (Reader Reviewer)


World Book (Baddiel) Day

We hope you all have an amazing World Book Day. As well as the £1 book titles from a range of authors past and present including Roald Dahl and David Baddiel, we are especially loving the nutty fantasy adventure, The Person Controller, that is David Baddiel’s newest book, just out in paperback to coincide with World Book Day.

Loved by our Kids reviewers but also, we think a great book for reluctant readers and kids that love computer games. Find out more.

A Book – The Mother of all Gifts!

That’s right! We’re talking about Mother’s Day! Mums deserve to be shown just how much we love them. And what better way than a well-chosen book? Well, we think you can’t go wrong with two of our favourites shown below. Pack full of ‘ahh’ factor and sure to be a hit.  But hurry Mother’s day is Sunday 6 March!

My Mum is There by Martin Thomas(3+) – a wonderfully reassuring story about love for Mum to share. And I Want my Mum! (3+) by Tony Ross – a great, fun-filled foray into family life.

Great Scot! – Scottish Book Award Winners

The 2016 Scottish Children’s Book Awards were announced today at a special ceremony at Glasgow’s Grand Central Hotel, attended by nearly 1,000 children. Author Simon Puttock, won the Bookbug Readers (3-7 yrs) category for Mouse’s First Night at Moonlight School, a beautifully illustrated tale about overcoming shyness. Ross MacKenzie scooped the Younger Readers (8-11) category with The Nowhere Emporiuma sparkling adventure of the imagination. Finally, the Older Readers (12-16 yrs) category was won by Danny Weston, author of The Pipera chilling and moving ghost tale against the background of war-torn England.

And not forgetting the Blue Peter Book Award winners which are being announced on World Book Day 3 March live on the TV show. Check out our Blue Peter category.

Pax by Sara Pennypacker (9+)

One of Julia Eccleshare’s top picks for March, Sara Pennypacker’s lyrically delivered novel, Pax, is a class act. ‘The heartbreaking story of a boy, a fox and their journeys towards each other… in a devastating finale. This is captivating, exciting and very, very sad.’ (Sam Harper aged 11 – Reader Reviewer). Find out more. We also have two copies to give away in a free prize draw.

The Tree House That Won’t Stop Growing

Four books ago the Tree House was 13 storeys high. It was a pretty fun place to be. With the publication of The 52-Storey Tree House by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton, the laugh-out-load whacky adventures in the most awesome treehouse ever have reached epic proportions.

Get all four stories from this brilliantly madcap Aussie duo here. Perfect for 7+ readers.

Teen Queens!

Any fans of Holly Smale’s smash hit Geek Girl series may well have already devoured the Flirty Dancing books by Jenny McLachlan. If not you’re in for a treat! No-one ‘gets’ teenage girls quite like Jenny. There are four titles in the series so far, filled with friendships, flirtations, rivalries, trials and tribulations. The latest is Star Struck, a funny, heartwarming tale about working out who you are, what it really means to be a friend, and the thrill of unexpected love. It’s also a fabulous finale to a fantastic series. Learn more.

Louise Rennison R.I.P

Such sad news on 1 March when we heard the author of a stream of hilarious teen books, Louise Rennison, died. YA author Holly Bourne said: “Louise Rennison was, without a doubt, my biggest influence as an author. I inhaled her books growing up. They were the first books that shone a mirror on what my life was like, and the sheer, hilarious giddiness of female friendships and the mad mishaps you get up to as a teenager. I am absolutely devastated to hear that she’s died, but I know her books and the hilarious legacy they leave, will keep people laughing like drains for many years to come.”

Unmissable Free Prize Draws

This month we have an especially full Free Prize Draw category.

Divergent Fans can win a box set of the whole series and if you like the author Joanna Nadin then we have 10 sets of her new book, White Lies, Black Dare, and her previous one, Joe All Alone, which has same characters to win.  Also with the third in the Dartmouth series, Chaos Descends, out later this month we have three sets of the first two books in the series as prizes. And finally, anyone hungry for Hungry Caterpillar? 20 March is Very Hungry Caterpillar Day. We have Goodie Bags galore to give away!

You don’t want to miss these. Click here to enter.

Our Pet Subject! – Humphrey Hamster Books by Betty G Birney

The rest of the world may think that we are a bit eccentric, but face it – we are a nation of animal lovers. And hurray for that, we say! It means that we get fantastic books like the Humphrey Hamster series by Betty G Birney. Everybody’s favourite classroom hamster has 12 wonderful adventures to enjoy. If you haven’t met him yet, start with The World According to Humphrey and enjoy this hamster’s-eye view of our world for the rest of the series! Find out more.

A Whale of a Time! – ‘Dear Greenpeace’ is 25.

Simon James’ wonderful and poignantly innocent tale of a young girl determined to free her whale from a pond is 25 years old. Just as fresh today, this is a hugely enjoyable, enchanting and thought provoking environmental classic for children aged 3+.

World Book Day 3 March 2016

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

Find out more about all the events going on and don’t miss the £1 books that your child can get free with a World Book Day voucher. Click here to visit the World Book Day Site.


March email newsletter

Friday, March 6th, 2015

March is here with the promise of brighter days and outdoor reading. There’s a real spring in our step too, because World Book Day is 5 March, a global celebration of all things reading. Join our party and take a look at the titles written by top authors especially for the event and take a peek at what else is new this month.

World Book Day is for EVERY child

World Book Day celebrations will be going on all over the place on 5 March and kids who already love reading get a huge buzz out of it. Don’t forget to have a look at our special cateogry. But author James Patterson is especially keen that you use WBD to get even the most reluctant readers involved. His website readkiddoread is full of tips such as buddy reading, rewarding progress and travelling with your books wherever you go, to name but three. We also think James Patterson’s Middle School titles are Great Books to get Reluctant Readers reading. Finally don’t forget to enter our free prize draw to win a Lovereading canvas bag full of James Patterson Middle School titles … HAPPY WORLD BOOK DAY.

March’s Books of the Month

More great hand-picked choices for children of all ages, tastes and abilities this month and all very easy to find! Don’t miss … The Alex Crow by Andrew Smith (YA) – Follow up to the amazing Grasshopper Jungle, this is a unique journey through time and space, modern yet archaic, fantastic and terribly real. Or The Ultimate Explorer Guide for Kids (7+) by Justin Miles – survive the harshest environments in the world, including your back garden!


All things Bright & Beautiful! – Illustrator of the Month

‘s fabulous illustrations for readers aged 3+ have won her fans and admirers the world over. From Barry the Fish with Fingers to Wanda and the Alien go Camping, few other illustrators has produced such a great range of incredibly funny and colourful picture books for young kids. That is why we have chosen her as our Illustrator of the Month. Her latest two: I Need a Wee! and Keith the Cat with the Magic Hat, will delight your children and you’ll love reading them together.

Marchlings! – Debuts of the Month

The best of first time authors for kids, lovingly collected by passionate people and presented for your delectation. Enjoy. We particularly love:

Sue HendraSedric and the Great Pig Rescue by Angie Morgan (7+) – Hilarious, madcap mediaeval adventure perfect for young fans of How to Train Your Dragon. Or Witch Wars (7+) by Sibeal Pounder. Who will win Witch Wars and become Top Witch of Ritzy City? The first in an hilarious illustrated series and perfect for fans of The Worst Witch. Emily Golding, age 7 ½ thinks it is ‘hilarious!’

The Dream Snatcher by Abi Elphinstone (9+) – Dive into a world of magic. ‘Mysterious and gripping‘ (Lily aged 11). ‘Very intriguing. It’s quite spooky’ (Cara aged 9). Or The Lost Twin by Sophie Cleverly (9+) – Perfect mix of dark and pink … a girl’s own adventure to savour. ‘Scares you but fills you with joy at the same time’ (Jennifer aged 9).


Author of the Month – Holly Smale

Holly Smale has taken the world by storm with her hilarious, wise and wide-smile-inducing Geek Girl Series. It was No.1. bestselling teen series in 2013 and a great achievement from a self-confessed awkward girl with a habit of breaking things she can’t afford to replace!

The fourth in the series All That Glitters is out now and a special World Book Day title, Geek Drama is one of the £1 books available in shops. We are delighted to have Holly as our Author of the Month.

A Very Lucky Dip! – March’s Free Prize Draws

This month we have so many chances to be lucky everyone should enter one of our Free Prize Draws to win some exclusively brilliant book goodies from Goody Bags stuffed with books, box sets galore and some beautiful Peter Rabbit and Very Hungry Caterpillar Prizes for babies and toddlers. Visit our ‘Free Prize Draw‘ category, throughout the month, to find out more and enter … What are you waiting for?!

In the Medals! – Children’s Book Awards News

The gongs are out in force this month as hopeful children’s authors vie for coveted awards: The Red House Children’s book award is the only award voted for entirely by children, see who won here! Also announced today were the winners of The Blue Peter Book Awards. Best Story with went to The Spy Who Loved School Dinners and Best Book with Facts was won by The Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff . PLUS (and we’re very excited about this) the longlist for the HUGE Branford Boase Award. Finally, see our Book Awards category for a few of our favourites from the upcoming Waterstones Children’s Book Award shortlist FOUND in Translation Award, and the YA Book Prize 2015.

Wein Not? Elizabeth Wein Teen triumphs

One of the queens of Young Adult fiction, Elizabeth Wein has won awards, accolades and hoards of fans with her sensational, sensitive, danger-filled stories for girls.

Her latest: Black Dove, White Raven is an engrossing look at racism, friendship, loss and legacy. See it and all of her books here.

AAaaaaaaah!-nimal tales – Sarah Lean’s Delightful Animal Stories

Animal loving wordsmith, Sarah Lean is known for her beautiful friendship tales, all of which feature vivid animal characters that serve to make you think what it is to be human. Her latest is Harry and Hope (9+) – a girl and her donkey, family friendship, belonging and a warming cuddle of “Aaaah! Any child that likes Michael Morpurgo’s novels will love these.

Bergin at the Bergin-ning – Dystopian Drama

Not more dystopian, end of days teen fiction you cry? Well, hold your horses Daddio (and Mummio for that matter) the brilliantly engrossing writing of Virginia Bergin is worth more than a second glance. It’s imaginative, dangerous, exciting and all the things dystopian stories should be, but it’s infused with a very welcome dollop of humour too. If you need more convincing see what members of the Lovereading teen/YA reader review panel had to say about Rain . ‘It left me speechless! A unique thriller… very fast paced… something out of the ordinary!‘ Alice Horncastle (14) … ‘I do not think I will forget this book anytime soon because it was so original and thought provoking…’ Sarah Murray (16) – Her second novel is The Storm … a stormy, scary, sweat inducing, sweeping, survival story.

What Rotten Luck? – The Luck Uglies (9+)

It’s fantasy adventure but not as we know it! This incredible and unique series by Paul Durham is a high octane horse ride through legends and has been devoured by our demon-defeating Kids Reader Review Panel.

There are two books so far and the second is out this month. See them and snap them up here.


Lyrical and Unputdownable young teen fiction

Bestselling Alice Hoffman makes the impossible seem real in Nightbird. Her writing is lyrical and this tender story which cleverly interweaves the magic from an old curse with a modern love-story against a background of small town prejudice.

Read on for this month’s hand-picked selections in the age ranges you have said you are interested in. Login to your account if you want to update them.

P.S. Book magic for children of all ages (including grown-ups) is conjured up in South Wales at the end of March at the Cardiff Children’s Literature Festival (24-29 March).

P.P.S. Why not support Comic Relief (13 March) by buying the outrageously funny The Queen’s Orang-Utan. Written by David Walliams and illustrated by Tony Ross. As well as any 3+ reader loving it £3 of every book will go to a great cause. Frankly it could not delight or rollick more, or go any further over the top: it is a total triumph.

World Book Day – Dressing up as the characters from the books

Friday, February 15th, 2013

World Book Day is not only an event that encourages children and teenagers to pick up a book, it offers the chance to make a character come to life. Every year children across the world are invited to come into school dressed as their favourite fictional or non-fictional character in celebration of the written word.

Last year Harry Pottermania was at its strongest with many children opting to come dressed as the popular wizards Hermione and Harry. However, Dorothy and Where’s Wally? costumes were also all the rage with children in 2012. Having children dress up as their favourite character can encourage them to drop the remote control in preference to a good book. It can help to involve them in the story, relate to characters, bring the plot to life and incorporate an element of fun into story time.

With the new release of Oz: The Great and Powerful set to come to our cinema screens the following day on 8 March, we expect a lot of girls will be coming into school dressed as witches with glittery red shoes as a prop.

There are many interesting, classic, funny and popular characters that children can dress up as. Harry Potter, the Wizard of Oz and Where’s Wally? are but a few of them. From The Very Hungry Caterpillar to Little Red Riding Hood among many others, the characters your child could dress as are plentiful.

As a parent you have the choice of either buying an outfit or helping your child bring a character to life by making the costume at home. There are a couple of costumes that you can make that won’t take up too much time, money or resources. Take Where’s Wally? for instance,  all you need to find is a red striped top and matching tights, round glasses, a red and white hat and either a blue skirt or trousers; you’re sure to have at least one, if not two of these items in your child’s wardrobe. If not, then buying an outfit might be the best option.

Another character costume that you might be interested in creating at home is Alice in Wonderland. Written by Lewis Carroll, Alice’s adventures in Wonderland have captured the imaginations of millions and to this day remains one of the most popular children’s books. If your child has a blue dress lying around, simply accessorise it with a white apron and a black bow headband, and there you have it, the perfect World Book Day ensemble.

There is something magical about opening a book to become immersed in someone’s story. As you turn the pages you can quite easily find yourself travelling with the characters on their extraordinary adventures and discovering new tales that will live with you for a lifetime. Once you find that one book you can’t put down you’re sure to want to read similar books and encourage others to do the same. World Book Day isn’t just for children; everyone no matter your age should uncover an astonishing story on 7 March.

You will find a myriad of costumes for World Book Day on AFD.  From children’s outfits to teenager and adult costumes, the whole family can join in all the fun of World Book Day.

Mid February Kids update

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

Welcome to our mid-month update, packed full of exciting extra features on Lovereading4kids. For teens there’s our Undercover Reads, for babies and toddlers you’ll find the cutest stories in our Picture Book Picnic section, Blue Peter has just announced its Book Award shortlist and there’s a brilliant pre-publication exclusive for 9+ readers….


Not Even in the Shops! – Pre-publication exclusive

Be the first to read: Wonder by R. J. Palacio (9+) – A heart-warming, heart-breaking and uplifting book about being different from everyone else, when inside you feel just the same. It’s being talked about in the same breath as the brilliant Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.~

Read our exclusive extract to find out what you think.

Get the Picture? – Our Picture Book Picnic Section

Our Picture Book Picnic section showcases some amazing picture books. There is a wonderful selection to choose from but our picks this month are:

A Bus Called Heaven by Bob Graham 3+ – A humorous, inspiring and colourful community tale.

Arthur’s Dream Boat by Polly Dunbar 3+ – Polly Dunbar is a real picture book favourite and has done it again with this enchanting, colourful dream adventure.

Oh NO, George! by Chris Haughton 2+ – A delightfully naughty dog who tries SO hard to be good, from the author of A Bit Lost!

After Lights-Out! – Undercover Reads

Some books are so good you can’t resist turning on the torch, sinking under the duvet and reading one more chapter! Our special section of books devoted to teens, Walker’s Undercover Reads, do just that. New this month:

Blink and Caution by Tim Wynne-Jones – Suspense thriller set in a dark, deadly world of crime.

Daylight Saving by Edward Hogan – A ghostly, dark and deliciously spine-tingling thriller.

Girl, Stolen by April Henry – Fast-paced, nail-biting thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat. Published in March but we have an exclusive pre-publication extract!

Badge of Excellence! – 2012 Blue Peter Book Awards

The shortlist of four books (for kids aged 6-12 years) for this coveted award has been announced and topics include: the 2012 Olympics, the Extreme World (spy technology to super volcanoes), a time-travelling schoolgirl and a family with dark secrets. We’re featuring all four on the site. The winners will be chosen by more than 200 Blue Peter viewers from over 10 different schools. Why not get your kids to choose their own winner? Click here to see the books.

And the Best Children’s Book of the last decade

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Theodore Boone are among the books vying for the title of best children’s novel of the last decade. BBC TV’s Blue Peter has released a shortlist of 10 titles and is asking viewers to vote for their favourite. The vote will be open until 4pm, 23 February, and the winning book will be announced on 1 March. Get involved by clicking here.

Don’t miss the ‘Biggest Book Show on Earth’

Featuring a stellar line-up of top authors and illustrators – including Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler, Eoin Colfer, Jacqueline Wilson, Cressida Cowell and Derek Landy, performing together for the first time and streamed LIVE into nurseries, schools, bookshops and libraries nationwide. This is ‘The Biggest Book Show on Earth’ and it’s part of World Book Day which in turn is the biggest celebration of authors, illustrators, books and reading of its kind. Register now at to watch the World Book Day online festival on 1 March (9.30-10am for Nursery and 11am-midday for Primary) plus you’ll find many more ideas on what you can do on World Book Day as well.

Also, don’t forget to look out for your child’s £1 World Book Day voucher, being distributed via schools. Kids can use them to pick one of EIGHT free new books or get £1 off a full-price book in your local bookshop.

Lovereading4Kids “Essentials” Section

We have made a list of the books we think all kids should read and have split them into age ranges so that you can easily find a next great read for your family. You may even find you get hooked yourself! Click here. This month, a new version of the classic The Hodgeheg by Dick King Smith (5+) is released – a great chance to revisit this beautiful bedtime story!

Well, that’s all from us this month. See you in March for World Book Day and Lovereading4kids’ bookshelves will yet again be full of great hand-picked children’s books – all designed to get your kids to Lovereading! Click here to get a few tips, if you need them.

P.S. If your kids aren’t already hooked on the gripping, futuristic Hunger Games series, then get them to read these awesome adventures before the equally awesome film is released on 23 March. And while you’re at it why not enter our competition giveaway – we have copies of the trilogy and the special ‘Making of the Film’ book to give away! Click here.

Can you tell a story?

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Julia Donaldson and Cressida Cowell have teamed up to find Britain’s top storyteller – read on to see how you can enter…

Are you sitting comfortably? Then we’ll begin.

Two of the country’s best loved children’s writers, Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson and acclaimed author, Cressida Cowell, have teamed up with World Book Day to find the UK’s first Storytelling Superstar, somebody who thrills and charms a young audience when they read to them.

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enchanted millions with books such as The Gruffalo and How to Train Your Dragon, and they are now on a quest to find parents, siblings, grandparents, babysitters, teachers or librarians who add an extra element of fun when they read aloud to a young audience.

Julia and Cressida are now urging for video nominations of the country’s most skilled and passionate storytellers in action. It’s simple to enter. Just visit the special Storytelling Superstar page at and follow the instructions to upload

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Julia said: “I’m delighted to team up with World Book Day and help find the country’s first ever ‘Storytelling Superstar’. All children love being told a story, and a good storyteller can transport his or her listeners into a different world. It’s a wonderful way of stimulating children’s imagination, helping them to understand themselves and others and to become the avid readers and the storytelling superstars of the future.”

Cressida said: “There are so many wonderful storytellers hidden away in homes, schools and libraries across the country. It’s about time we celebrated their exceptional talents and I’m incredibly proud to act as a judge for Storytelling Superstar. We’re looking for people who bring the reading experience to life and create excitement around story time. It could be they ‘act’ out a story, use funny voices, make tales up or even simply ensure children join in.”

Julia and Cressida will be joined on the judging panel by Sue Jones OBE, The Reading Agency’s Programme Manager for Young People. Sue heads up the MyVoice project, which gives young people the chance to co-create and produce creative reading events in libraries. Sue said: “Good reading starts early and research shows that children who share a book with others are more likely to develop language skills and advanced reading levels. Libraries across the country will be supporting Storytelling Superstar – it’s the natural place to look for books to inspire children.”

The nation’s narrating talent will then be scrutinised by the judging panel in time for World Book Day itself, which is on 1st March, when the winner of Storytelling Superstar will be unveiled to the nation. The winner will also receive a year’s worth of children’s books from National Book Tokens*. For more entry details and terms and conditions please go to

Now in its 15th year, World Book Day is celebrated in over 100 countries worldwide with a main aim in UK and Ireland to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading.

Visit for more information and the latest news.

Mid September Newsletter – Parenting Books

Friday, September 18th, 2009

What a busy month September is! As well as all the work to get kids back to school, the publishing world really picks up pace after

the summer break. In this mid month newsletter we have a brand new ‘parenting section‘ as well as exciting additions to Real Reads, Children’s Classics and a fresh range of dyslexia-friendly books.

Questions answered and challenges resolved for parents

We all want our children to grow up well rounded and happy but there are lots of challenges facing parents on the way, from the youngest baby to the turbulent teenager, and no quick fix solutions. Books can help but there are so many available it’s hard to choose. So we’ve been speaking to parents and experts to find which have helped them. The best of these titles are now in our new Parenting Books category. Find out more today and we hope you find them useful.

This month’s highlights not to miss

Chronicles of Ancient Darkness win prizes with Lovereading Author of the Month Hilary McKay
Mustang Mountain

Epic, easy to read classic stories with just 64 pages

Real Reads are retellings of some of the world’s best-loved works of literature – skilfully shortened, simplified and illustrated so they keep true to the plot and feel of the original but can be enjoyed by less experienced or time-starved readers. We’ve added some new gems to the category for you to check out, including Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights.

A dozen fresh Dyslexia-friendly titles

Making good reads accessible to every child is one of our missions here at Lovereading4kids. So we are excited to announce 12 new titles to our Dyslexia category, all printed on cream paper with an easy to read typeface . To help you choose, the books are split into interest age sub-categories and, of course, you have free Opening Extracts as well as 25% off the RRP.

Seven superb Pre-Publication exclusives

We had to stop ourselves going rather mad with alliteration but it was hard with so many (seven) superb October titles to show to you ahead of the crowds. New titles from Michael Morpurgo and Geraldine McCaughrean to name just two. Find out more today and pre-order any that take your fancy.

Pre-School Prize winners

The Early Years Book Awards are one of the most prestigious in the pre-school area. They have awards for the best Books and Illustrators and unsurprisingly we have told you about most of them already on Lovereading4kids. However, you can now see all the shortlisted books in our “Prize Winners category“.

Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy – New Eoin Colfer book

30 years ago The Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy burst into our lives via the radio – and over the years it’s been a series of books, a TV show and even a film. Now 30 years on Eoin Colfer has picked up Douglas Adams’ mantle and has written a sequel ‘And Another Thing…‘ which is due out in October. Find out more about this and the hilarious original series of books in our special section and have a chance to win lots of pan galactic goodies.

Discover unpublished authors or find an audience for your own literary talents

Our sister website,, is a showcase for independently published authors who haven’t yet been picked up by major publishing houses. Browse the free Opening Extracts of the children’s category, and see if you can discover the next Michael Morpurgo or J K Rowling! We think we’ve found one already and he’s only 11 years old – Will Goddard – and his second novel The Golden Triangle is just out and the whole book is available to read exclusively through Lovewriting.

Or, have you or someone you know written a book? steers you through the publishing process and helps you find an audience. You can even create your own micro site to promote your own book.

Write a story for World Book Day 2010

Finally, how would your child like to finish a story started by Anthony Browne…or Francesca Simon, or Andy McNab or any of the amazing authors celebrating next year’s World Book Day? If you want to be part of the World Book Day Short Stories competition make sure your child’s school registers, before 2 Oct 2009. Click here to visit the website and forward the link to your childs school. Winning stories will be published in a special anthology in March 2010.

Happy World Book day – More on New Children’s Books

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

If you’re looking for some brilliant books to give your kids a life-long passion for reading, then look no further than this month’s selection…

Prize WinnersAward winning books with Blue Peter

You’ll find the winners of the Blue Peter Book Award categories – ‘the best book with facts’, ‘the best book with pictures’ and the ‘book you cannot put down’. It’s a unique prize in that children get to choose the winners. We’re featuring all the category winners right here together with the shortlist, and you can download a free Opening Extract of each one to let your kids decide whether they agreed with the judges!.

Ingo, Helen DunmoreLoose yourself in the world of Ingo

Our Series of the Month is the Ingo Quartet by Helen Dunmore. Set in

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a tantalisingly beautiful underwater world inhabited by Mer people, Helen’s books send readers on fantastical adventures they won’t want to end. Luckily, there are four books in all, the last in the quartet is published this month – so the fun can last and last and last and last. There’s a prize draw to win her backlist as well.

Korky PaulSpecial Feature on Illustrator Korky Paul

Korky Paul, is the wonderfully quirky illustrator and writer whose award-winning books are synonymous with wacky humour, in particular his wonderful character Winnie the Witch and her erstwhile partner in crime, Wilbur the cat. And now, we’re delighted to tell you that Winnie is no longer just featured in picture books for toddlers but some terrific titles for children who are just beginning to read alone have been released, so why not find out more today…..

OutdoorsMake the most of the ‘Outdoors’ with your children

The weather looks set to improve before the economy does, and the glass is always half-full here at Lovereading4kids, so we’re having a special promotion of books to help your children make the most of getting out and about during the Easter holidays, It covers outdoorsy things to do from gardening to wildlife watching and much more.

Marvellous March – Books of the Month

Each month, here at Lovereading4kids, we’re always astounded by the quality of new books being published and our Book of the Month selection is no exception in March. There are lots for kids of all ages to get their teeth into. Click on the book in the age range you are interested in.

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Magnificent March – Debuts of the Month

There is always something fresh and exciting about an author’s first book – which is why you’ll find some of the most exuberant writing among our Debuts of the Month:

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The Princess Plot – Kirsten Boie
Jenna has just won the starring role in a film about a princess – but when she gets whisked off to the shoot, she becomes caught up in a real-life royal mystery!

The Secret Ministry of Frost – Nick Lake

An extraordinary adventure story which follows an heroic, apparently orphaned albino girl called Light, as she travels to the Arctic to get to the root of a whole series of unpleasant goings-on.

Wildthorn –Jane England

This incredible, thought-provoking and sometimes shocking debut read is completely engrossing. It’s set in late Victorian England, about a girl who is put into an asylum, when she is anything but mad, and tries to piece together the mystery of why.

Don’t forget Mother’s Day

Also as 22 Mar is Mother’s Day we wanted to have just a couple of delightful books that could find there way into being gifts for the sometimes under valued and overworked people without whom we wouldn’t be here. Both books are called My Mum (well what else could it be) both are lovely stories to share with the under 5’s while you have your breakfast in bed!

With all these outrageously exciting stories, you can be sure some will really grip your kids’ imaginations. So download our free Opening Extracts and let Lovereading4kids help turn your children into reading machines.

Win with Lovereading 4 kidsFinally, don’t forget to take a look at this month’s prize draws – lots of free books are being given away as prizes. Privacy Policy Disclaimer