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

Square
Mac Barnett
May 2018 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month May 2018 Square builds a beautiful sculpture from the blocks in his secret cave. Square's friend Circle thinks it is perfect and Square tries to make... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 10/05/2018
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Reader ReviewedYou Are Awesome
Matthew Syed
May 2018 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month April & May 2018 Table tennis champion Matthew Syed offers his very best advice on how all children can help themselves to become better at anything... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 13+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 19/04/2018
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A Skinful of Shadows
Frances Hardinge
May 2018 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month May 2018 | Shortlisted for Waterstones Book of the Year 2017 Award-winning Frances Hardinge's latest novel bubbles over with brilliant ideas in a fast-paced and thought-provoking adventure... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/05/2018
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Other Featured Books this Month

Wonder Goal!
Michael Foreman
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month May 2018 | Award-winning illustrator Michael Foreman's own love of football suffuses this story which perfectly captures the thrill all footballers have of scoring the winning goal. As the new boy in a small... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/05/2018
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Gaspard The Fox
Zeb Soanes
May 2018 Debut of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month May 2018 A wonderfully warm-hearted animal adventure based on Zeb Soanes observation of a local urban fox. Waking up hungry one evening, Gaspard sets out to... Featured in: 5+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 17/05/2001
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Plantopedia
Adrienne Barman
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month May 2018 | A stunning and original book and a useful one too. Subtitled ‘A Celebration of Nature's Greatest Show-offs' in glorious pictures it introduces over 600 different plants grouped together under all kinds... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 03/05/2018
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The Sand Dog
Sarah Lean
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month May 2018 | Full of hope and wonder but also shot through with deep feelings of sadness this is a beautiful story about the importance of belonging. Azi's home is with his grandfather on... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 31/05/2018
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The Wizards of Once
Cressida Cowell
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month May 2018 | Winner of the 2018 Blue Peter Awards - Best Story Best-selling Cressida Cowell launches her new series with a title that will delight all fans of the How to Train Your... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/05/2018
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Last Month's Featured Books

Reader Reviewed The Book Case
Dave Shelton
April 2018 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month April 2018 A deliciously exciting story with a great boarding school setting which weaves together...
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The Tale of Angelino Brown
David Almond
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month April 2018 Award-winning David Almond's new story for younger reader is a delightfully lightly told, warm-hearted story...
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Reader Reviewed The Wardrobe Monster
Bryony Thomson
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month April 2018 A charming story of bedtime fears with a neat twist to it. Dora and all her toys wake up grouchy and...
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The Grotlyn
Benji Davies
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month April 2018 Award-winning Benji Davies has created a delightful night-time classic starring his light-fingered creation, the Grotlyn. When Ruby goes to bed the...
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Reader Reviewed Lady Mary
Lucy Worsley
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month April 2018 Princess Mary lives in a palace and is the daughter of Henry V111, the King of England but, when her parents'...
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More Featured Books

What Do People Do All Day?
Richard Scarry
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month March 2018 | Take a trip to Busytown! Not surprisingly, everyone has a job to do and what a lot of different kinds of jobs...
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The Lost Penguin
Claire Freedman
March 2018 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month March 2018 A story of friendship and empathy, of escape and return, or teamwork and reconciliation, this picture...
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Reader Reviewed The Lotterys Plus One
Emma Donoghue
March 2018 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month March 2018 A funny and touching family story with a difference just because the Lotterys themselves are a...
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Splish, Splash, Ducky!
Lucy Cousins
March 2018 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month March 2018 A watery celebration for a little duckling who loves the rain! Lucy Cousins' bold and brightly...
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Reader Reviewed King Coo
Adam Stower
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month March 2018 | A glorious romp of a story full of confusion and chaos but with a strong message about trusting yourself and standing up to...
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Song of the Dolphin Boy
Elizabeth Laird
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month March 2018 Award-winning Elizabeth Laird's touching story about Finn, a misfit boy who is bullied at school, finding peace when he suddenly slips...
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The Sorry Tale of Fox and Bear
Margrete Lamond
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month March 2018 | A book to treasure for itself – it's hardback and printed on high quality paper and has an orange ribbon book mark...
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We Are Not Frogs! (Little Gems)
Michael Morpurgo
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month March 2018 | Interest Age 5-8 | We Are Not Frogs is a joyful exploration of frog, toad and human nature! Toads are not at...
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Bird House
Libby Walden
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month March 2018 This chunky book imitates a bird house in shape and makes a great format for an attractive lift- the- flap information book...
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Bug Hotel
Libby Walden
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month March 2018 Take a new look at some of the most common insects and mini-beasts around us in this fun to use information book...
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Alone Together
Clayton Junior
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month March 2018 There are many books of opposites, none like this. Opposites – big, small; messy, tidy; loud, quiet – are illustrated via vivid,...
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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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