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

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes
Mem Fox
January 2018 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month January 2018 A wonderful celebration of all kinds of babies! Helen Oxenbury's gorgeous babies, sometimes smiling, sometimes playing, sometimes snuggled up asleep and sometimes with a streaming... Featured in: Baby and Toddler
Format: Board book | Released 04/01/2018
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Other Featured Books this Month

Words and Your Heart
Kate Jane Neal
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month January 2018 Beautifully produced, words and your heart is a charming book with a touching message about the importance of the heart and the many ways in which words can affect it.... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 25/01/2018
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Emmeline and the Plucky Pup
Megan Rix
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month January 2018 Award- winning Megan Rix has a rare gift for putting dogs at the centre of important moments in history. Here, in a story set in 1910, Alfie and his... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/01/2018
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The Poesy Ring
Bob Graham
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month January 2018 Full of warmth, award-winning illustrator Bob Graham's story of the survival of a special ring that is loved, lost and then found and loved all over again is a touching and... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/11/2017
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Whatever Next!
Jill Murphy
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month January 2018 Celebrating thirty-five best-selling years, Whatever Next! is a classic story of a child's imaginative adventure. It's bath time for Baby Bear but he is determined to fit in a quick... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 11/01/2018
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Holmes and Watson: Baker Street Academy
Sam Hearn
Wittily told in words and pictures, this is a terrific, fast-paced adventure with a great cast of characters. John Watson, a new boy at Baker Street Academy, soon joins a bunch of good friends – lead by the super-forensic Sherlock... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/01/2018
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The Girl Who Saw Lions
Berlie Doherty
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month January 2018 An eye-opening book, The Girl Who Saw Lions (originally published as Abela) is the touching and profound story of two girls who apparently have nothing in common. The two girls tell... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/01/2018
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Last Month's Featured Books

Here We Are
Oliver Jeffers
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month November 2017 Inspired by the birth of his son, award-winning Oliver Jeffers has created...
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Katinka's Tail
Judith Kerr
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month November 2017 Fans of the adventures of Judith Kerr's Mog will adore this magical...
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The Wizards of Once
Cressida Cowell
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | Shortlisted for the 2018 Blue Peter Awards - Best Story | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month October 2017 Best-selling Cressida...
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More Featured Books

Christmas Dinner of Souls
Ross Montgomery
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month November 2017 Not for the faint-hearted this is an utterly gripping but also terrifying collection of gruesome stories told round the disgusting dinner...
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Pick a Pine Tree
Patricia Toht
November 2017 Picture Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month November 2017 Festive cheer fuels this bouncy rhyming text as it celebrates the excitement...
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Lucky Button
Michael Morpurgo
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month November 2017 Award-winning Michel Morpurgo's warm-hearted time slip story cleverly interweaves the lives of...
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The Stone Bird
Jenny McCartney
November 2017 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month November 2017 Beautifully illustrated, this is a lyrical picture book celebrating the power of the...
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The Song from Somewhere Else
A. F. Harrold
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month November 2017 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award Award-winning A.F. Harrold blends reality and imagination in a moving and thought-provoking story...
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The Lion and the Unicorn and Other Hairy Tales
Jane Ray
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month November 2017 Award-winning illustrator Jane Ray has gathered together a wonderful collection of stories from around the world which reflect her love of...
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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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