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

A Skinful of Shadows
Frances Hardinge
September 2017 Book of the Month - A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month September 2017 Award-winning Frances Hardinge's latest novel bubbles over with brilliant ideas in a fast-paced and thought-provoking adventure encompassing families, a very special kind of... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 21/09/2017
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Other Featured Books this Month

The Story of Ferdinand
Munro Leaf
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month September 2017 The US classic picture book about a bull who would rather sit under the cork tree and smell the flowers than fight in the bullring makes a welcome re-appearance in this... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/09/2017
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Toto
Michael Morpurgo
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month September 2017 Master-storyteller Michael Morpurgo adds a witty twist to the classic story The Wizard of Oz in his hugely entertaining re-imagining of the original. Here, Dorothy's pet dog Papa Toto, who accompanied... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/09/2017
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Billy and the Minpins
Roald Dahl
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month September 2017 Roald Dahl's dramatic last story is perfectly matched for the first time by Quentin Blake's new illustrations in a beautifully produced edition. Billy is told by his mum that he must... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 07/09/2017
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The Grotlyn
Benji Davies
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month September 2017 Award-winning Benji Davies has created a delightful night-time classic starring his light-fingered creation, the Grotlyn. When Ruby goes to bed the night after she has heard the scary rhyme about... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 07/09/2017
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Colin Furze: This Book Isn't Safe!
Colin Furze
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month September 2017 Packed-full of some of the amazing inventions created by Colin Furze and demonstrated in his YouTube videos, this book will inspire young creators to try their hand at their own versions... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 07/09/2017
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Goth Girl and the Sinister Symphony
Chris Riddell
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month September 2017 Best-selling Goth Girl is back for an action-packed new adventure in this stunningly produced volume by former Children's Laureate Chris Riddell which has the additional delight of a mini-book, Fable... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 07/09/2017
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Last Month's Featured Books

Let's Join in
Shirley Hughes
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month July 2017 Four simple bedtime stories capture the precious yet everyday moments in pre-school and toddler's lives. Under the heading Hiding, Chatting, Bouncing...
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My Evil Twin is a Supervillain
David Solomons
July 2017 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month July 2017 Award-winning David Solomons' hero Luke is back for a sizzling new adventure and...
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Such Stuff: A Story-Maker's Inspiration
Michael Morpurgo
Award-winning former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo gives all those who love his books a fascinating behind-the-scenes introduction to how he came to write twenty of them. While each story and...
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Travels with My Sketchbook
Chris Riddell
A beautiful illustrated record of Chris Riddell's time as the Children's Laureate 2015-2017 with cloth quarter binding, ribbon marker and beautiful end papers this truly is a book to treasure....
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What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday
Julia Donaldson
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month July 2017 Award-winning duo Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks have created a brilliant new adventure for the clever Ladybird, star of What the...
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Reader Reviewed The Bolds on Holiday
Julian Clary
There are wonderful new laughs as the Bolds, the hairiest family in Teddington, set off on holiday. The extended Bold family – that's Mr and Mrs, the twins Bobby and...
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Chase
Linwood Barclay
Danger, secrets and suspense collide in Linwood Barclay's action-packed first novel for 9-12 year olds. Get ready to run ... an edge-of-your-seat thriller with bite.
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More Featured Books

Old Hat!
Emily Gravett
June 2017 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month June 2017 In glorious illustrations about hats of all kinds Emily Gravett makes a deliciously simple joke about...
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Reader Reviewed Aubrey and the Terrible Ladybirds
Horatio Clare
June 2017 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month June 2017 A sequel to the award winning Aubery and the Terrible Yoot, Horatio Clare tells an entertaining...
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Reader Reviewed The Adventures of John Blake: Mystery of the Ghost Ship
Philip Pullman
June 2017 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month June 2017 Master story-teller Philip Pullman is as brilliantly creative in this gripping, multi-narrative graphic novel story...
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Axel Scheffler's Flip Flap Ocean
Axel Scheffler
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month June 2017 Mix up a jellyfish and a dolphin and what do you get? A jolphin – and a very curious creature it...
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The Cow Who Fell to Earth
Nadia Shireen
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month June 2017 When a little cow, hitching a ride on a star, crash-lands into a field of sheep he has no way of...
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Maisy Goes to the Bookshop
Lucy Cousins
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month June 2017 Loveable Maisy's visit to a bookshop gives her a taste of the magic of stories. In book after book she finds a...
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Tender Earth
Sita Brahmachari
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month June 2017 A sharply observed and warm-hearted story about change and transition in adolescence, Tender Earth also carries a powerful message to all...
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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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