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Books of the Month - December

At Lovereading4kids we’re passionate about all the books we feature.

Books Reviewed by the Kids Reader Review Panel

"Ed loves reviewing the books and it definitely encourages his reading, both solo and with me (which I love)." Tracey Parker (parent)

"Daniel has seen his review on the website for The Dark – he is so excited!"  Cat Bisland (parent)

Since its inception Lovereading4kids and its sister site Lovereading have taken a different approach to book reviews, relying uniquely on the selection and review of books by editorial experts.  On Lovereading4kids it is Julia Eccleshare who is also the Children's Books Editor at The Guardian.  She knows what makes a good read whatever the genre and actually reads the books before telling you what she thinks - radical we know, but sometimes old fashioned ways are the best.

Christmas Books 2014

Books make perfect presents!

Colfe School Book Tree

photo credit 'Colfe’s School London SE12'

With so many books for children and teenagers published each year it's sometimes daunting to make that final choice for a present for those dear to you. Here at Lovereading4kids we've read 1,000s of books published this year and filtered that down to just the best (in our humble view). And don't forget each and every one of the titles has a free Opening Extract to let you decide for yourself if the book is perfect.

Debut books from New Authors

 

The best from first time authors.

 

Lovereading's debuts are titles that have struck a real chord with us here by a debut author who we believe has a real future as a children's writer.

Children's Classic Books

If your children love classic stories you might be interested in a new, illustrated, monthly story magazine, Storytime.  Each issue of Storytime is packed with a great selection of stories. There’s something for everyone, including fairy tales, myths, poems, fables, and stories from around the world. Plus there’s an extract from a much-loved children’s book, which children are then encouraged to go on and read for themselves, top tips from a storytelling expert to bring the tales to life. It’s a perfect magazine for budding bookworms and story lovers of all ages.
For more information visit www.storytimemagazine.com and there is a special half price introductory offer giving Lovereading 4 Kids members 4 issues of Storytime for just £8 – just £2 an issue. To take advantage of this offer simply visit storytimemagazine.com/subscribe, or call up 0844 322 1247, quoting ‘L4K001’.


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A message from Julia Eccleshare:

'Each of the carefully selected titles has earned its place on each publisher’s list because it has inspired previous generations to become passionate readers. The stories have already been passed down from one generation to another and been the starting point for many other stories. All these classics selected by Lovereading4kids are the perfect way of reading the old and the new - and loving both.  More titles will be added over time so you can come back again and again and indulge yourself and your children in whichever format suits you best at the time.’

Children's Book Awards - Shortlists and Winners

The Book Awards category on Lovereading4kids will help you and your child discover authors currently in contention for and/or winners of the most prestigious awards. By their very presence on this page, you can be sure that each of the books featured here is the 'crème-de-la-crème' of today's children's literature. 

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Readers' Choice - Top 10 most popular books

Do you want to know what other people are reading?

Recommended Children's eBooks

Only on Lovereading and Lovereading4kids will you find ePubs, iBookstore, KOBO and Google eBook formats available.

Please check your own eReader to confirm which format eBook you need to download before you purchase.

At present the e-Pub format downloads offered on Lovereading cannot be read on an iPad / iPhone via the iBooks application.

eBooks have at last come of age and although you have been able to see if an eBook is available on a title by title basis on Lovereading4kids for a while now, we also wanted to create a special section which features our real ebook highlights each month.

Children's Audio Books

Books are great for your children to read - but there are times, such as long car journeys, when reading isn't always as easy as it should be. So, more and more publishers are now producing audio CD versions of their books.

Paddington

“Bears like Paddington are very rare,” says Mrs Bird, “and a good thing too, or it would cost us a small fortune in marmalade.”

The very first Paddington book, A Bear Called Paddington, was published in October 1958.  Since then there have been numerous books, plays, an animated children's series and soon to be released, Paddington the Movie, featuring a stellar cast including Nicole Kidman, Julie Walters, Peter Capaldi, and Ben Whishaw as the voice of Paddington.

Books of the Year 2014

Each year thousands of children's books are published and each month we feature around 80 of our favourites, all categorised by age range.

Below, after much debate in the office, are the ones we think are the best of the year.

We hope you enjoy the selection.

Many of them are available in a selection of formats including eBooks.

Books for Babies and Toddlers

Nothing beats sitting with a baby or toddler on the knee and sharing a book.

Lee Wildish - Illustrator of the Month

Crazy, Colourful Characters
lee wildish

WHAT IS YOUR FIRST REAL MEMORY OF DRAWING?
At seven years of age. It was at a chess competition, I did not excel at chess but there was an art competition too. I entered a rather odd funny looking Loch Ness monster and it won first prize!

WHY DO YOU ENJOY ILLUSTRATING CHILDREN'S BOOKS?
I find them funny and you can add slight adult humour too and this hopefully appeals to the adult purchaser. There is nothing more warming than seeing people enjoying and laughing at a published book that you have illustrated.

WHAT ARE YOUR GREATEST INFLUENCES?
Nature and people are the biggest influence in my work and try to get as much character and expression into each piece of work as possible. Characters are the main subject of my work as I believe these can make and break a project. I have been fortunate to win a few awards and have been shortlisted for a few as well.

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO NEXT?
I would like to write and illustrate a book of my own and there are plenty of ideas in my brain waiting to be discovered.

Featured Books for 3+ readers

A message from Anthony Browne, one of the UK's most brilliant and respected Picture Book Illustrators, who was Children's Laureate 2009-11:

Very Hungry Caterpillar Day – 20 March

 "Picture books are special – they're not like anything else. Sometimes I hear parents encouraging their children to read what they call proper books, books without pictures, at an earlier and earlier age. This makes me sad, as picture books are perfect for sharing, and not just with the youngest children. As a father, I understand the importance of the bond that develops through reading picture books with your child. We have in Britain some of the best picture book makers in the world, and I want to see their books appreciated for what they are – works of art." Picture books, he said, are "perfect for any age".

The books in this genre will have more story than those books featured in the Baby and Toddler genre but still with lots of stunning imagery to share with your child and for them to enjoy alone.

Featured Books for 5+ readers

Learning to read provides the best opportunity for children to take off privately into worlds of their own.

Featured Books for 7+ readers

Getting lost in a book is one of the great delights of childhood.

Featured Books for 9+ readers

Fact and fiction make equally good choices as part of a growing reading repertoire.

CBBC Blue Peter Book Awards

 

The Blue Peter Book Awards 2015

The Shortlisted titles are

For Best Story....

Goth Girl and a Fete Worse Than Death by Chris Riddell

Boy in the Tower by Polly Ho-Yen

The Spy Who Loved School Dinners by Pamela Butchart

And for Best Book with Facts....

Animalium by Jenny Broom

Corpse Talk by Adam Murphy

The Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff by Andy Seed

Judge Liz Pichon said "We have a brilliant selection, something for everyone. There's beautifully illustrated fiction, gripping stories, funny books and the FIRST comic strip style book with facts which is fantastic. We keep hearing that kids don't read anymore, but if you get the right books in front of them they really will - I've seen it. The Blue Peter Awards are a fantastic way of showcasing even more great books."

You can keep up to date with the Awards @Booktrust

Featured Books for 11+ readers

The reading world now lies wide open.

Featured Books for 14+ readers

There comes a point in a young life when the time is right to move on from the books and children’s authors they enjoyed as a child to reading books and authors that offer greater challenges as they grow up into adulthood. The books in this 14+ category are exactly that. They bridge that gap to introduce you and your teenager to authors who write only for teens but also adult authors who also write for a teenage / young adult audience.

Bedtime Stories for Children

Bedtime is a special time and we all have our favourite books that we love to read over and over....but sometimes we need new recommendations, and that is where we come in! 

 

All bedtime routines are different.  Some have a bath, others a warm drink but the best routines end with a cuddle and a good book.

 

 

 

Diverse Voices - 50 of the Best Children's Books

Diverse Voices – 50 of the Best Children’s Books


A distinguished independent panel of experts, which included our very own Julia Eccleshare, reviewed hundreds of books from toddlers to teens and picked their top 50. These 50 titles cover a wide range of books from favourite picture books to must-read novels to challenging books which are likely to provoke discussion. 

Julia Eccleshare said “The images and stories that children hear from the very beginning of their lives are instrumental in expanding their view of the world and in shaping their later attitudes. Born without any sense of the artificial divisions between people or hierarchies in their status, which may later be imposed, pre-schoolers are open-minded. For that reason, making sure that everyone is represented in pictures and words is vital. Happily, there are some excellent examples of books that do this. This selection shows what can be done and why it matters. Let’s hope it encourages writers, illustrators and publishers to add to it.”

Great Books for Boys

LOOK NO FURTHER FOR GUIDANCE ON THE BEST BOOKS FOR BOYS

There's no shortage of research that suggests that boys don't read as much as girls and if our email requests from members and browsers is anything to go by a list of books that are 'Great for Boys', is long overdue. So right here on Lovereading4kids our aim is to redress that balance.

grunts in a jam

Children's Book 'Must Reads'

New is not necessarily better

Dyslexia-friendly Books

Barrington Stoke has launched a special new website dedicated to literacy and World War One. Reading War is packed with rich content relating to the themes of two Barrington Stoke titles, Over the Line and Tilly’s Promise, with videos, teachers’ guides and stories, diaries and other reading materials created specially for the site. See www.readingwar.co.uk for more.

Helping parents and their children crack the reading code with great stories that are short and with absolutely no boring bits! _______________________________

"Thank you so much for providing such a fantastic website - it has been a great help and a wonderful inspiration."
Emily Fisher, Parent
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About the Little Gems series: Little Gems are in a gorgeous new chunky format, with high-spec production including coloured endpapers and jacketed flaps with activities.  Additional features include high quality cream paper, Barrington Stoke font and illustrations on every page.  They are perfect for 5-8's and with a reading age of 6+, these quality stories promote good reading practice for all newly independent readers.  They are also suited to children of 7-10, reading below this leve and to dyslexic or reluctant readers.

 

Barrington Stoke 15th birthday logo 2013

 

Click here to download a free guide from Barrington Stoke to help you help your child to love reading.

Fascinating Facts

Our Fascinating Facts category includes titles that children of all ages can really get their teeth into and enjoy whilst also filling up their brain with useful facts to help them better understand our amazing world.

Early Readers

orion early readers

‘Our Early Readers bridge the gap between picture books and reading alone; accessible stories, illustrated in full colour on every page, they are designed to entertain and encourage a love of reading.’  Fiona Kennedy, Publisher

With Early Reader books you can introduce them to wonderful new authors, fantastic illustrations and watch their love of reading grow.  Moving them gently away from picture books and gradually increasing the amount of text.

A blue Early Reader is perfect for sharing and reading together.

A red Early Reader is the next step on your child's reading journey, short accessible chapters make them ideal for newly confident readers - but we also think they're great for sharing too.

Early Readers: Your stepping stones from picture books to reading books.

Win extra goodies in free to enter prize draws

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All the books listed here have extra goodies that can be won in a free to enter prize draws.

To find out more and to enter just click a book cover


Good Luck

Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2014

After the surprise that followed the choice of Carnegie winner in Kevin Brooks' hardhitting The Bunker Diary, The Guardian Children's Fiction Prize has announced a contrasting longlist. 

One of the judges, author Frank Cottrell Boyce, himself a former winner of the prize, said that while many of the books on this year's longlist "tackle dark themes, they do so in bold,  unexpected ways that take us way beyond the confines of the current fad for teenage misery lit".

On revealing the Guardian's longlist Julia Eccleshare said that judges had sidestepped the darkness of contemporary life, and "looked beyond childhood anxiety for stories that made make-believe seem real".

If They Like...They'll Love

If They Like...They'll Love

It's great when our children find an author or genre they love reading - but what to do when they've exhausted the series?  In this category we will carefully match a selection of  books or authors every month - not by a computer as they are on other online bookshops but in the traditional way by human hand and thought!

Poetry Books for Children

Michael Rosen

Michael Rosen, the Children's Laureate 2007 - 09, a poet and huge supporter of children's poetry has given us his views on poetry - written especially for Lovereading4kids.

Parenting Books

QUESTIONS ANSWERED AND CHALLENGES RESOLVED FOR PARENTS

There are no instant fixes for the challenges that arise when bringing up children, but here at Lovereading4kids we want them to grow up well-rounded and happy. Encouraging reading is just one part of child development and we hope our guidance helps you as a parent to encourage that. 

Tips tp get your children reading

However, bringing up children provides many, many more challenges for parents, so with the help of some experts we've put together a selection of books which have helped them to deal with some of the issues every parent faces as their baby grows up, right through to those challenging teenage years.

Exclusive - Coming Soon Titles

One of the real treats of working in the book world is being one of the few who get to read books before they are officially published.

Picture Book Party from Walker Books

For the best children’s books, look for the bear!


Picture Book Party book montage
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Pony Mad

We know some of our members have children who dream about having a pony whilst others live and breathe ponies because they have one, but they want more! This special category should help satisfy their demand by providing warm and engaging stories featuring four legged heroes or heroines of the equine variety.

Great books for all reluctant readers

TURN RELUCTANT READERS INTO BOOK-LOVERS, AND STRUGGLING READERS INTO CONFIDENT ONES.

Click here to download a free guide to help you help your child to love reading.

World War One

'Lest we forget'

 

In 2014 it will be 100 years since WW1 began and even though there are now no people alive today who experienced it first-hand, its impact on the world is still apparent today.

WW1 soldier

Over the next 4 years a lot of books will be published for children, and WW1 will appear more prominently in the school curriculum, so we will be selecting our favourites, both fiction and non-fiction. We hope it will inspire children never to forget the sacrifices made by their forbears.




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