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

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 imagination. When Eliza finds a stone the exact shape of... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/11/2017
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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 of getting and decorating the tree for Christmas. From choosing... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/10/2017
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Other Featured Books this Month

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 about friendship, loneliness and being brave when things are difficult.... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/11/2017
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Lucky Button
Michael Morpurgo
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month November 2017 Award-winning Michel Morpurgo's warm-hearted time slip story cleverly interweaves the lives of two boys, Jonah and Nathaniel. Struggling to cope with his own complications and finding solace in music, contemporary Jonah... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/11/2017
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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 table at Soul's College where young Lewis finds himself trapped... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/11/2017
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Katinka's Tail
Judith Kerr
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month November 2017 Fans of the adventures of Judith Kerr's Mog will adore this magical story about the best-selling author's latest very special cat Katinka. Snowy white except for her stripy tail, Katinka is... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 19/10/2017
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Here We Are
Oliver Jeffers
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month November 2017 Inspired by the birth of his son, award-winning Oliver Jeffers has created a deeply touching introduction to the world as a physical space and also as a place that needs to... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 14/11/2017
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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 all kinds of animals – real and imaginary. Beautifully illustrated,... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/10/2017
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Last Month's Featured Books

A Skinful of Shadows
Frances Hardinge
October 2017 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month October 2017 Award-winning Frances Hardinge's latest novel bubbles over with brilliant ideas in a fast-paced and...
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Reader Reviewed Pax
Sara Pennypacker
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month October 2017 Touching and thought-provoking this is a lyrically-told story perfectly presented in a beautiful book. Peter's life falls apart after his mother...
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The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse
Mac Barnett
October 2017 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month October 2017 Award-winning duo, Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen are beloved for their trade mark...
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The Greatest Magician in the World
Matt Edmondson
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month October 2017 The perfect book for all budding magicians! There are even real magic tricks to perform - and they work! Elliot is...
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The Wizards of Once
Cressida Cowell
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month October 2017 Best-selling Cressida Cowell launches her new series with a title that will delight all fans of the How to Train Your...
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Illegal
Eoin Colfer, Andrew Donkin
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month October 2017 Twelve-year-old Ebo's terrifying story of travelling alone from his home in Africa in order to have the chance of a childhood,...
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More Featured Books

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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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