"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.
When they've been reading all year at school, it's not surprising kids want to run around frantically outside and have some fun when summer finally arrives. But the long holidays are also an ideal time to build on good reading habits, and foster a real life-long love of books away from the classroom...
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.
Nothing beats sitting with a baby or toddler on the knee and sharing a book.
A thoroughly modern Miffy!
Dick Bruna first drew sketches of a little bunny to entertain his young son whilst on a rainy seaside holiday in Holland. Each night he made up stories about the bunny and Miffy was born.
Originally published in the UK in the '60s, the books were transposed from Bruna's native Dutch into English rhyme - no easy task! Plus the language, as happens over time, becomes a little out-dated so the poems have been refreshed to appeal to today's toddlers and pre-schoolers. Tony Mitton has clearly loved the challenge and says “Throughout my career as a writer of poetry and verse for children I’ve sought to combine the language of natural speech with precise rhymes, aural texture, good scansion and metre. So to tackle such internationally known works as the Miffy books - with a brief of staying as faithful as possible to the Dutch originals - struck me as a challenge well worth taking up. I was flattered and honoured to be asked.....My own children loved Dick Bruna’s books; I hope my new texts help today’s young children to enjoy them too.”
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.
Share A Puffin Book!
Dear readers, dreamers and adventurers,
Ever wanted a friend who could take you to magical realms, talk to animals or help you survive a shipwreck? Well, you'll find them all in the A PUFFIN BOOK collection.
A PUFFIN BOOK will stay with you forever. Maybe you'll read it again and again, or perhaps years from now you'll suddenly remember the moment it made you laugh or cry or simply see things differently. Adventurers big and small, rebels out to change their world, even a mouse with a dream and a spider who can spell - these are the characters who make stories that last a lifetime.
Whether you love animal tales, war stories or want to know what it was like growing up in a different time and place, the A PUFFIN BOOK collection has a story for you - you just need to decide where you want to go next...
We want to know which is your favourite. Tell us or tweet a photo of your old beloved copy - and we might just send you a new A PUFFIN BOOK so you can pass the story on.
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 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.
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.
Our very own Lovereading expert reviewer, Julia Eccleshare is the chair of this year's panel. She said: ‘This year’s shortlist is exceptionally diverse, here are seven very different books. But, not only are they all very well written, they all feel exceptionally fresh and original: these are stories we haven’t read before, and that is very exciting.’
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
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’ …
What makes a truly great children’s book?
The winners and many of those shortlisted for this year's Kate Greenaway Medal and the Carnegie Medal are likely to become timeless classics in years to come.
For the very first time the judges of these two prestigious children's book awards selected a longlist ahead of the shortlist being announced, because the strength in depth of the titles put forward for these two awards was so incredibly high. We therefore felt it only right that we should alert our members and browsers of Lovereading4kids to this veritable feast of books. Now the shortlist has been announced we have decided to keep the longlist within the category as there really is something for everyone.
WINNERS ANNOUNCED - June 23 2014
The CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Children’s Book Awards are the UK’s oldest and most prestigious awards for writing and illustration for young people and we are proud to be able to host all the shortlisted titles in this special feature.
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.
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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.
‘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.
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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
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
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!
With the Spring here and the promise of time to spend outdoors in the better weather, here's a fabulous selection of books that will help you and your children enjoy your garden and the great outdoors and perhaps even discover a life-long hobby in the making.
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.
'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.