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

Reader ReviewedThe 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 reading and mystery in a most engaging way. Exclusive St... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 05/04/2018
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Other Featured Books this Month

Reader ReviewedLady 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' marriage begins to fall apart, the sadness she feels is... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/04/2018
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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 night after she has heard the scary rhyme about a... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 22/03/2018
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Reader ReviewedThe 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 grumpy after a night spent tossing and turning on account... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 05/04/2018
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Reader ReviewedYou Are Awesome
Matthew Syed
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month April 2018 This positive and empowering guide, by bestselling mindset author Matthew Syed, will help children build resilience, fulfil their potential and become successful, happy, awesome adults. You Are Awesome Find Your Confidence... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 13+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 19/04/2018
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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 perfect for all those who are willing believe in a... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/04/2018
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Last Month's 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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More Featured Books

Reader Reviewed The Giant Jumperee
Julia Donaldson
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | April 2017 MEGA Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month April 2017 | Julia Donaldson...
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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...
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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...
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Reader Reviewed My 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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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