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 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 kinds of birds can do. Lively, colourful birds fill each... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/02/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe 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 holiday. The extended Bold family – that's Mr and Mrs,... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/02/2017
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Reader ReviewedMind 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 he doesn't see him that often. And when he dies... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/01/2017
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Other Featured Books this Month

Reader ReviewedThe 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 messed with. Well-known as the fiercest of all the dragons... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 09/02/2017
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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 again. But something miraculous happens. The egg cracks, the newly... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/02/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe 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 magic tricks it is packed with. Young Magicians Alex, Zack,... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/02/2017
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Last Month's 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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More Featured Books

Winnie and Wilbur Meet Santa
Valerie Thomas
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month November 2016 Winnie and Wilbur are so excited to be getting ready for Christmas! There's a lot to do. Putting up the decorations,...
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Rover and the Big Fat Baby
Roddy Doyle
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month November 2016 Rover, star of The Giggler Treatment and others, is back for a new and equally hilarious dog-poo centred adventure. As...
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Reader Reviewed The Christmasaurus
Tom Fletcher
Get into the Spirit of Christmas! A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month October 2016 Celebrity Dad of the Year 2016, Tom Fletcher brings Christmas and Dinosaurs together in a...
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Murder in Midwinter
Fleur Hitchcock
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month November 2016 A roller-coaster adventure packed full of action and mystery unravels at a breakneck pace after Maya takes a photo from a...
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The Giant's Necklace
Michael Morpurgo
December 2016 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month November 2016 Former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo's short story is a small gem. Part adventure, part...
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Penguin Problems
Jory John
December 2016 Book of the Month | One of our Books of the Year 2016 | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month November 2016 Ever thought you...
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The Song from Somewhere Else
A. F. Harrold
A Julia Eccleshare Book of the Month November 2016 Award-winning A.F. Harrold blends reality and imagination in a moving and thought-provoking story about friendship, loneliness and being brave when...
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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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