At Lovereading4kids we’re passionate about all the books we feature.
Find the perfect present
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.
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.
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.
Do you want to know what other people are reading?
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.
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.
THE HOBBIT: THE WORLDWIDE BESTSELLER… DISCOVER THE ORIGINAL ADVENTURE TODAY.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey directed by Peter Jackson has quickly established itself as one of the most successful films of all time, grossing more than blockbusters such as Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Spiderman and Independence Day.
Earlier this year the film joined the exclusive $1 billion box office club – one of only fifteen films ever to have smashed through to this level!
This, however, is just the beginning… On 13th December The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will be released, with box office takings set to rise even higher.
We’re delighted to present a new publishing portfolio comprising movie tie-ins, companions, sticker books and annuals plus a selection of beautiful new editions of J.R.R Tolkien’s books.
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.
Nothing beats sitting with a baby or toddler on the knee and sharing a book.
A message from Anthony Browne, one of the UK's most brilliant and respected Picture Book Illustrators, who was Children's Laureate 2009-11:
"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.
Learning to read provides the best opportunity for children to take off privately into worlds of their own.
Getting lost in a book is one of the great delights of childhood.
Fact and fiction make equally good choices as part of a growing reading repertoire.
The Blue Peter Book Awards 2014
The Shortlisted titles are
For Best Story....
Oliver and the Seawigs by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre
Whale Boy by Nicola Davies
Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell
And for Best Book with Facts....
The World in Infographics: Animal Kingdom by Jon Richards and Ed Simkins
Weird World of Wonders - World War II by Tony Robinson
Marvellous Maths by Jonathan Litton and Thomas Flintham
You can keep up to date with the Awards @Booktrust
The reading world now lies wide open.
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.
With the Summer holidays looming sunnily on the horizon, why not plan some time for some art and some artists and perhaps include a trip to a local art gallery? It’s a great way to fire their imagination for painting and drawing. To help them get the most out of it we have some great ‘How to’ books for a variety of ages, and other lovely books that will ‘help the whole family get into art’ …
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.
New is not necessarily better
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.’
CHOOSE YOUR COLLECTION BY FORMAT:
Hardback - Egmont Heritage, Oxford
Paperback (small format) - Faber, Vintage, Puffin
Paperback (large format) - Walker
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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.
The eight books on the 2013 Guardian children's fiction prize longlist deal with war, dystopian futures and terminal illness – but their tales of children overcoming adversity are both entertaining and inspiring.
Lovereading4kids' editorial expert, Julia Eccleshare is chair of the judges and said on announcing the shortlist: "Stories are one of the best ways of exploring important social issues. Writers for children have always given their readers the chance to share big experiences beyond their own, with writing that is often shot through with tenderness and humour. This gives them opportunity to empathise with other children in different situations. In this year's shortlist, perhaps reflecting the perceived challenges of contemporary life, the issues have been ratcheted up and death looms large. But, as ever, with all great writing for children, readers come away full of respect and hope."
Michael Morpurgo - Storytelling Genius
Highlighting 30 Great Reads...
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.
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.
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.
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.
For the best children’s books, look for the bear!
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.
Founded by Michael Rosen as part of his work as Children's Laureate (2007-2009), the Roald Dahl Funny Prize is the first prize of its kind – founded to honour those books that simply make us laugh.
The 2013 judging panel is chaired, as ever, by Michael Rosen who will be joined by John Kearns, winner of Best Newcomer at this year’s Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards, Guardian columnist Marina Hyde, children’s author and illustrator Sarah McIntyre and last year’s winner of the older age category, Dark Lord: The Teenage Years author Jamie Thompson.
Following on from last year, the prize will see schools involved in the judging process. Over 200 pupils from across the UK have been selected to read the shortlisted titles, discuss with their classmates, and pick their favourite funny book in the relevant category for their age. Their votes will then be combined with the votes of the adult judging panel to find the two winners for 2013. Classes who participate will also win a chance to attend and perform at the award ceremony.
'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.
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.