Julia Eccleshare's Picks of the Month Julia Eccleshare's Picks of the Month

Each month Julia Eccleshare, a leading authority in children's literature, chooses a small selection of her favourites from the month. They will be generally new releases but occasionally she may select a new edition of a firm favourite and we will list them here. All are highly recommended with Julia's seal of approval.

Books of the Month

Lots The Diversity of Life on Earth
Nicola Davies
February 2018 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month February 2018 | A stunning book that is also an invaluable introduction to how to look at the world around us. Nicola Davies invites readers to look at... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/02/2018
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Other Featured Books this Month

A Busy Day for Birds
Lucy Cousins
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month February 2018 Best-selling Lucy Cousins‘s boldly drawn birds inspire the imagination as she illustrates the wonderful things that different kinds of birds can do. Lively, colourful birds fill each page beautifully as she... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Board book | Released 01/02/2018
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Guess How Much I Love You
Sam McBratney
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month February 2018 | One of our special picks for Mothering Sunday A delightful gift set with a board book and 24 baby cards to record the special moments in your baby's life. Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Mixed media product | Released 01/02/2018
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No More Kissing!
Emma Chichester Clark
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month February 2018 A must-have for all who hate being kissed! Momo the little monkey hates kissing. He hates other people kissing each other but, most of all, he hates being kissed himself! But... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/02/2018
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Kevin
Rob Biddulph
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month February 2018 Award-winning Rob Biddulph's warm-hearted story is both a celebration of imaginary friends and a cautionary tale about how best to manage them. When things go wrong around Sid there is... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/02/2018
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Reader ReviewedMy Name Is Victoria
Lucy Worsley
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month February 2018 Revered and deservedly popular as a Queen, Victoria was much less successful or celebrated when she was still a princess. TV historian Lucy Worsley spins a wonderful adventure around the childhood... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/02/2018
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Words and Your Heart
Kate Jane Neal
One of our special picks for Valentine's Day | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month February 2018 Beautifully produced, words and your heart is a charming book with a touching message about the importance of the heart and... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 25/01/2018
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The Iron Man
Ted Hughes
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month February 2018 This beautiful paperback celebrates 50 years of Ted Hughes' classic tale - One of the most dramatic and exciting stories of all time, this classic modern fairy story by the former... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/02/2018
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Last Month's Featured Books

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes
Mem Fox
January 2018 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month January 2018 A wonderful celebration of all kinds of babies! Helen Oxenbury's gorgeous babies, sometimes smiling, sometimes...
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The Girl Who Saw Lions
Berlie Doherty
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month January 2018 An eye-opening book, The Girl Who Saw Lions (originally published as Abela) is the touching and profound story of two girls...
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Holmes and Watson: Baker Street Academy
Sam Hearn
Wittily told in words and pictures, this is a terrific, fast-paced adventure with a great cast of characters. John Watson, a new boy at Baker Street Academy, soon joins a...
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Whatever Next!
Jill Murphy
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month January 2018 Celebrating thirty-five best-selling years, Whatever Next! is a classic story of a child's imaginative adventure. It's bath time for Baby...
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More Featured Books

Here We Are
Oliver Jeffers
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month November 2017 Inspired by the birth of his son, award-winning Oliver Jeffers has created...
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Katinka's Tail
Judith Kerr
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month November 2017 Fans of the adventures of Judith Kerr's Mog will adore this magical...
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The Wizards of Once
Cressida Cowell
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | Shortlisted for the 2018 Blue Peter Awards - Best Story | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month October 2017 Best-selling Cressida...
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Julia Eccleshare has spent her working life to date within children’s books as a critic, an editor, an author and a commentator. Apart from her current role with Lovereading4kids as Editor-at-Large and as one of our editorial expert reviewers, she is the children’s editor of the Guardian and Head of Policy at the Public Lending Right.

She has co-edited and is the author of a number of books including the Rough Guide to Teenage Literature, the fascinating and insightful Beatrix Potter to Harry Potter: Portraits of Children’s Writers, which is a celebration of a century of children’s literature, as well as Treasure Islands: the Woman’s Hour Guide to Children’s Books. She also spent some considerable time as a children’s fiction editor in UK publishing.

She has been a selector to the Children’s Books of the Year, a guide to the best books published annually, a member of the advisory board of a children’s book club and for some while was children’s books editor of The Bookseller. In addition, she regularly appears as a judge or Chair of judges on some of the major children’s book prizes.


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