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Books of the Month - March

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.

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 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. 



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.

World Book Day - 5 March 2015

World Book Day is a celebration! It’s a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.

There are lots of new events to celebrations World Book Day 2015....The Biggest Book Show on Earth starring this years WBD authors, with online interviews and discussions.  For the first year there is a special WBD Teen Fest with online participation from top YA authors.  Also for the first time there is an official illustrator, Sophy Henn, and in order to introduce readers to new authors, each WBD book will have a bonus extract from another author.

And especially for younger children there's The Big Little Book Corner with 4 charming video books based upon Rod Campbell's bestselling picture books, Dear Zoo, My Presents, Noisy Farm and Oh Dear! 

Have you seen Elmer’s Photo Patchwork, an innovative activity-based app that encourages creativity and fun? Elmer the Patchwork Elephant is an elephant who stands out from the herd, and Elmer’s app is different too. It doesn’t keep children glued to the screen, it makes them look up, look around and get inspired by the world. The only limit is their imagination. By using an iPad or iPhone’s camera to take photos of interesting colours and textures, kids can add them to an elephant’s patchwork pattern. Aimed at children aged 3+. Elmer’s Photo Patchwork app is available for £1.99 from the App Store for iPad and iPhone. Find out more at www.elmersapps.com and view the app preview video here.

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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

Illustrator of the Month - Sue Hendra

“Hendra knows how to tickle funny bones’’

Sue Hendra

 Sue has created some brilliant characters!

Barry, the Fish with Fingers!

 Keith, the Cat with the Magic Hat!

Supertato, the spud with superpowers!

The Wonderful World of Sue Hendra - We have a special activity pack full of things to do, characters to colour in and fun things to make - download it here!

150 years of Alice

‘You would have to be half mad to dream me up.’

The story of Alice was first told by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, a young don at Christ Church in Oxford in 1862, to entertain a group of children on a boat trip. One of these children was Alice Liddell, daughter of the Dean of Christ Church who, entranced by the tale, asked for it to be written down.  Charles Dodgson duly did and gave it to Alice Liddell as a Christmas present, complete with his own illustrations.  It was originally entitled Alice's Adventures Under Ground and took him two and a half years to complete.

Charles Dodgson had met the publisher, Alexander Macmillan some years previously.  Macmillan loved Alice and published the story, with Dodgson choosing to write under the pseudonym, Lewis Carroll.

‘Macmillan was instrumental in turning Alice into a literary and cultural phenomenon and it is through the artists we commissioned that Alice’s iconic look – her blue dress, blonde hair and “Alice band”– was established in the public mind. We are delighted to be able to put the heart back into the “The Macmillan Alice” for 2015 and beyond.’ Anthony Forbes Watson, Managing Director, Pan Macmillan

Lewis Carroll went on to write a sequel, Alice Through the Looking Glass, which contains the poems 'The Walrus and The Carpenter' and the nonsense poem 'Jabberwocky', which are now as famous as the Alice stories themselves.

‘If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense.’

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.

Action. Adrenaline. Adventure. Alex Rider!

Alex rider

Since Stormbreaker was published in 2000 Anthony Horowitz’s Alex Rider has become a literary sensation.

Author of the Month - Holly Smale

“My name is Harriet Manners, and I am a geek."

Holly writes from experience!  She was unexpectedly spotted by a top London modelling agency at the age of fifteen and spent the following two years falling over on catwalks, going bright red and breaking things she couldn’t afford to replace.

By the time Holly had graduated from Bristol University with a BA in English Literature and an MA in Shakespeare she had given up modelling and set herself on the path to becoming a writer.

Featured Books for 5+ readers

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

Books vs Films

Feed your kids' imagination by giving them the books behind the films.



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 aim to guide children towards quality literature, encouraging them to read and establish a love of reading for life.

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.

Children's Classic Books

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.’

Featured Books for 13+ 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 13+ category are exactly that. They bridge that gap to introduce you and your teenager to authors who write for that early teen reader 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.




Featured Books for Young Adults

The teenage years are such a vibrant and vivid time in your life. Adventure, friendships, self-discovery are all there in spades, but there’s frustration too, impatience and a strong desire to be understood.

This section of fantastic books for teens and young adult readers is filled with stories that reflect all of these feelings in settings that will give flight to your imagination. Be inspired by tales of self-discovery, run the rocky road of first romance, battle big issues in mysterious worlds, beat the bleak future of dystopian regimes, or laugh out loud at the ridiculousness of it all. There’s something here for all tastes and moods from half-god heroes to horseback holidays and literally everything in between.

Great 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.


Children's Book 'Must Reads'

New is not necessarily better

Art and Artists

With the holidays looming 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 range of practical books suitable for a variety of ages, and other lovely books that will ‘help the whole family get into art’ …

CILIP Carnegie & Greenaway Children's Book Awards 2015


“The titles chosen for both lists are assured, memorable, dazzling and brave. The books demonstrate a huge range of extraordinary talent, and through their pages, we are taken on a voyage that has been both thrilling and unforgettable.” V-P of CILIP

CILIP Carnegie Greenaway Awards

The shortlists for the oldest and most prestigious children’s book awards in the UK reveal that Sally Gardner and illustrator David Roberts may see Tinder, their haunting reworking of the Tinderbox fairytale, scoop both the CILIP Carnegie Medal for children’s literature, and the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal for illustration in children’s books. The double was first achieved by Patrick Ness and Jim Kay in 2012 for A Monster Calls, with Ness also returning to the Carnegie shortlist this year with More than This, having won the award in 2011 and 2012. Gardner is also a previous winner having done so in 2013 with Maggot Moon, whilst Chris Riddell is on the Kate Greenaway shortlist for Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse having previously won in both 2001 and 2004.

Challenging themes including war, sickness and adversity, run through both shortlists. For the Carnegie, Gothic fantasy Tinder begins with its central character, young soldier Otto, narrowly giving Death the slip, while More Than This starts with the drowning of its hero, a boy named Seth. Elsewhere in the shortlist, Dylan, the Tourette’s sufferer of When Mr Dog Bites, believes he faces death in the not-too distant future, and the titular Buffalo Soldier of Tanya Landman’s novel, an ex-slave now serving in the post-Civil War US army, feels Death is “so close you can smell his breath.” The devastation of World War One looms large in Frances Hardinge’s Cuckoo Song, whilst Geraldine McCaughrean’s The Middle of Nowhere begins with a child losing her mother to a snake bite in the Australian Outback. Finally, Elizabeth Laird’s The Fastest Boy in the Worldsees the eleven-year-old Solomon facing a marathon run to seek help for his beloved grandfather.

In the Kate Greenaway Medal shortlist, books for older children outnumber traditional picture books this year. Here at Lovereading4kids we wonder what Kate Greenaway would think of that? As well as the previously mentioned Tinder and Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse, there are the jagged lines and deep black inks of John Higgins and Marc Olivent’s work in the graphic novel thriller, Dark Satanic Mills, and William Grill’s non-fiction study, Shackleton’s Journey. The muted tones early on in Laura Carlin’s The Promise make the eventual burst of colour all the more effective, and Shaun Tan’s colourful paintings are the perfect match for the subversive text of Rules of Summer. Alexis Deacon brings the dream world of a sick child to life in Jim’s Lion, while it is left to Catherine Rayner’s Smelly Louie to offer some traditional picture book naughtiness as an unnecessarily clean dog seeks his lost scent.

The winners for both the CILIP Carnegie Medal and the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal will be announced on Monday 22nd June so plenty of time to get reading.

To view the full list of previous winners of the Carnegie Medal and the Kate Greenaway Medal click here and we have a selection of our favourite past winners, just click on the Previous Winners tab.

Last year the Kate Greenaway Medal went to the witty picture book That is Not My Hat by John Klassen. The Carnegie Medal was won by The Bunker Diary written by Kevin Brooks.

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

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.

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

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!

Books for Outdoor Activities: Gardening, Wildlife, Birdwatching and more...

We think The Ultimate Explorer Guide by Justin Miles is a great way to encourage children to get out and explore. "My childhood was awesome! I grew up in Devon with its beautiful moors, woods, rivers and coastline as my playground and I never wasted an opportunity to go out and have fun.
My younger brother and I would be out from sunrise until sunset and often longer, coming home covered in mud, sometimes soaking wet with torn and worn clothes and usually sporting some pretty impressive cuts and bruises.
It was a fantastic way to start a young life. It was healthy, I was constantly active and without even realising it I was learning a huge amount about the world and the natural environment from what weather patterns and which clouds meant “time to go home before we get wet” to what animals lived where.
I played at reading and making maps. I learned about using a compass, how to find my way without a compass (no, GPS wasn’t invented when I was a kid!), how to light a fire, how to make water safe to drink, how to build a shelter and much, much more. "  Read more here.


Have you seen Elmer’s Photo Patchwork, an innovative activity-based app that encourages creativity and fun? Elmer the Patchwork Elephant is an elephant who stands out from the herd, and Elmer’s app is different too. It doesn’t keep children glued to the screen, it makes them look up, look around and get inspired by the world. The only limit is their imagination. By using an iPad or iPhone’s camera to take photos of interesting colours and textures, kids can add them to an elephant’s patchwork pattern. Aimed at children aged 3+. Elmer’s Photo Patchwork app is available for £1.99 from the App Store for iPad and iPhone. Find out more at www.elmersapps.com and view the app preview video here.

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


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

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


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

The World Wars

'Lest we forget'


In 2014 it was 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.


This year it is the 70th Anniversary of the end of WW2 and we are still living with its consequences.



UKLA Book Awards

Lovereading4kids is pleased to feature the UKLA Book Awards this year. Run by the UK Literacy Association, what makes these awards so unique is that they are the only awards judged entirely by active classroom teachers, who are able to share the books with their classes and genuinely discover what works with young readers.

 UKLA Book Awards

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