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

Triangle
Mac Barnett
A Julia Eccleshare Book of the Month March 2017 Brilliant and hilarious, award-winning Jon Klassen and Mac Barnett's Triangle is the gem of a book. Spare and sophisticated at one and the same time it tells how Triangle plays a... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 16/03/2017
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Reader ReviewedMy Name is Victoria
Lucy Worsley
A Julia Eccleshare Book of the Month March 2017 | 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... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 09/03/2017
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Other Featured Books this Month

Many Moons
Remi Courgeon
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month March 2017 Beautifully produced to make the most of its clever design, this is a book whose charm lies in its visual simplicity which leaves space for readers to dream their own dreams... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 09/03/2017
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Reader ReviewedBlack Cats and Butlers
Janine Beacham
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month March 2017 Fun to read, this is a sprightly told tale of murder and trickery with a twisty plot and a cast of unlikely characters led by the smart and determined Rose Raventhorpe.... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 09/03/2017
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Roald Dahl: George's Marvellous Experiments
Roald Dahl
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month March 2017 A great collection of simple semi-scientific experiments perfect for curious children to do at home. In Roald Dahl's George's Marvellous... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 23/02/2017
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Reader ReviewedA Great Big Cuddle
Michael Rosen
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2017 | Joint Winner of the CLiPPA 2016 (CLPE Children's Poetry Award). Children's Laureates Chris Riddell and Michael Rosen combine here to create a beautiful collection of ebullient poems for the very young. ... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 03/09/2015
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Reader ReviewedWilliam Bee's Wonderful World of Trucks
William Bee
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month March 2017 Irresistible for anyone mad about trucks! There's so much to learn about the extraordinary world of trucks and truck-mad William Bee is the man to explain it all. There are steam... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 09/03/2017
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Jellicle Cats
T. S. Eliot
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month March 2017 T.S Eliot's best-loved verses, originally published in an anthology, work brilliantly singly in this attractive series of picture books. In Jellicle Cats Arthur Robins captures the wit of the delightful nonsense... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/02/2017
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The Story of the Dancing Frog
Quentin Blake
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month March 2017 In a warm-hearted story with a touch of the ridiculous about it, former Children's Laureate Quentin Blake tells of a happy friendship based on the success of a dancing frog. Left... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/02/2017
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Freddie Mole, Lion Tamer
Alexander Mccall Smith
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month March 2017 Freddie Mole is just an ordinary boy who never imagines that he will do anything brave. He certainly never dreams that he would be brave enough to become a lion tamer. But... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 09/03/2017
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Last Month's Featured Books

Reader Reviewed The Bolds on Holiday
Julian Clary
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month | February 2017 Book of the Month There are wonderful new laughs as the Bolds, the hairiest family in Teddington, set off on...
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Reader Reviewed Mind the Gap
Phil Earle
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month | February 2017 Book of the Month | Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8 Mikey thinks the world of his Dad even though...
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Reader Reviewed The Young Magicians and the Thieves' Almanac
Nick Mohammed
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month | February 2017 Debut of the Month | Magician and comedian Nick Mohammed has written a cracking adventure which sparkles like the...
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The Unexpected Love Story of Alfred Fiddleduckling
Timothy Basil Ering
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month February 2017 When a violent storm tosses a violin case with an egg inside it overboard, no one expects to see it ever...
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Reader Reviewed The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart
Stephanie Burgis
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month February 2017 A delicious fantasy adventure with a fine mix of dragons, heroines and – chocolate! Aventine is not a dragon to be...
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A Busy Day for Birds
Lucy Cousins
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month | February 2017 Book of the Month Best-selling Lucy Cousins‘s boldly drawn birds inspire the imagination as she illustrates the wonderful things that different...
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More Featured Books

Reader Reviewed His Royal Whiskers
Sam Gayton
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month January 2017 Full of astonishing imagination and curious and unexpected adventures, His Royal Whiskers is a royal romp of a story that will...
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The Crayons' Book of Colours
Drew Daywalt
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month January 2017 The different coloured crayons all have fun colouring in appropriately. Red crayon colours strawberries, hearts, a fire engine and...
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The Crayons' Book of Numbers
Drew Daywalt
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month January 2017 Counting from 1-10 is fun in this attractive board book filled with action from the delightful Crayons, the stars...
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Jim
Hilaire Belloc
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month January 2017 Award-winning Mini Grey pulls no punches in her brilliant illustrations to this classic cautionary tale. Jim's parents give him everything...
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The Goldfish Boy
Lisa Thompson
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month January 2017 A gripping debut middle-grade story skilfully told by debut novelist Lisa Thompson. Trapped indoors by his obsessive fears of germs and...
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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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