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

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 this time he has acquired Stellar, a super-powered twin from... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 29/06/2017
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Other Featured Books this Month

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 and Giving the four stories about Katie and her little... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/07/2017
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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 Ladybird Heard. The Ladybird's old adversaries, Lanky Len and Hefty... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 29/06/2017
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Last Month's 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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More Featured Books

Reader Reviewed The Giant Jumperee
Julia Donaldson
April 2017 MEGA Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month April 2017 | Julia Donaldson and Helen Oxenbury bring the very best of their...
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Triangle
Mac Barnett
April 2017 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month March 2017 Brilliant and hilarious, award-winning Jon Klassen and Mac Barnett's Triangle is the gem of a...
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Grandpa Green
Lane Smith
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month April 2017 | Award-winning Lane Smith recreates the life story of a much-loved great-grandfather through wonderful illustrations of topiary in this beautiful and...
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I'm Going to Eat This Ant
Chris Naylor-Ballesteros
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month April 2017 | Bored of his diet of ants, a scheming ant-eater thinks of the all the ways he can make eating his...
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Silver
Walter de la Mare
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month April 2017 | “Slowly, silently now the moon/ Walks the night/ in her silver shoon;” Walter de la mare's much loved-poem is beautifully...
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Reader Reviewed Mrs Mole, I'm Home!
Jarvis
April 2017 Picture Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month April 2017 | Morris Mole can't find his glasses anywhere at the end of a...
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Lots The Diversity of Life on Earth
Nicola Davies
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month April 2017 | A stunning book that is also an invaluable introduction to how to look at the world around us. Nicola Davies...
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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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