The Ultimate First Book Guide by Daniel Hahn, Leonie Flynn and Susan Reuben

The Ultimate First Book Guide

Written by Daniel Hahn, Leonie Flynn and Susan Reuben
Part of the Ultimate Book Guides Series

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The Ultimate First Book Guide provides parents with the building blocks to get toddlers and young children onto their first steps in reading. Board books, novelty books, pop-up books, picture books...fiction or non-fiction? The choice of books for young children is endless and can be quite overwhelming. But with The Ultimate First Book Guide you’ll find a veritable treasure-trove of reads for toddlers and children from 0-7 years old. Here at Lovereading we feel this guide alongside its sister guides The Ultimate Book Guide and The Ultimate Teen Book Guide complement what we are doing both on Lovereading and Lovereading4kids – that of instilling a love of books from an early age. Of course, in addition Lovereading4kids is also able to whet your appetite via extracts of our ‘featured’ titles as a consequence of being on the web. So, you can always go online and see if we at Lovereading4kids have featured the title you are interested in and read the extract before deciding whether to buy the book or not. A team of experts, and favourite children’s authors have recommended over 500 top titles. From much-loved characters and timeless classics to the best in contemporary writing there’s something for everyone. There’s even some cross-referencing from one title to other titles they might enjoy – a bit like the Lovereading4kids like-for-like.


The Ultimate First Book Guide by Daniel Hahn, Leonie Flynn and Susan Reuben

The Ultimate Book Guide for 8-12s (published in 2004!) is currently being redesigned and fully updated for 2009! To help with this they have just launched an on-line poll to gage the reading habits of the nation, the results from this will be published in this new edition, out February 2009. If you want to take part please visit Award-winning children’s author Julia Donaldson says in her Introduction to this Guide: ‘The thoughtful and varied recommendations are made by people who know what's out there and have read countless books to countless children. The descriptions of the books are lively and tempting, and the selections for each age group are interspersed with lots of tips about choosing books, discussing books and reading books aloud. There's also an excellent section for children who are beginning to read themselves and making that transition from picture books to 'chapter books' - though of course that doesn't mean you should stop reading aloud to them’.

As with the previous "Ultimate Book Guides", this work is filled with themed lists and cross references to other titles, and there are special features on a variety of topics. Contributors include among numerous others – Giles Andreae, Ian Beck, Tony Bradman, Lovereading4kids’s very own Julia Eccleshare, Vivian French, Michael Rosen, Tony Ross, Nick Sharratt, Jeanne Willis.


Praise for The Ultimate Book Guide -

‘Invaluable’ The Sunday Times

‘A browser’s delight’ TES

About the Author

Since editing The Ultimate Book Guide in 2004, Daniel Hahn has curated two exhibitions, lived in Germany, edited a book about the Globe Theatre, translated quite a lot and started writing a new book. He’s done little bits of teaching, organised a couple of charity fundraisers, and, you know, other things like that. As you can see, he’s still got no intention of getting a proper job.

Leonie Flynn lives surrounded by boxes. Usually she lives surrounded by books, but moving has put paid to that. When not writing, staring at boxes or being heartlessly cruel to young boys (she’s a librarian at a school) she attempts to read every book she reads about and to write every story she imagines. Actually, she fails at both, but still manages to remain remarkably cheerful.

Susan Reuben is senior publisher at Egmont Books. Four days before The Ultimate Teen Book Guide was due to be delivered to the publishers she delivered her first child: Isaac Harry. When not feeding her baby, Susan enjoys sleeping.

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320 pages


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A & C Black Publishers Ltd

Publication date

2nd February 2008




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