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Mid May email update

By PeterC on 23rd May 2014

With the half term fast approaching read on for our carefully selected recommendations for greats reads for children of every age, a shelf bursting with books being published in June that you can start reading NOW via some exclusive extracts, a few suggestions for Father's Day (15 June BTW) and don't miss the chance to win a £50 book voucher at the bottom of the email ...

June Pre-Publication exclusives

Such a range and variety of pre-publication exclusives this month. All are excellent but 3 real favourites in the office are... 3rd in Goblin Quest Series (9+) Philip Reeve's award-winning Goblins are back for a third brilliantly funny adventure and this time they venture forth from Clovenstone Castle. Chicken Mission (7+) is the first in a new series by award-winning Jennifer Gray, author of Atticus Claw. Meet some chickens with a taste for adventure and some very unusual skills! And The Most Powerful Boy in the Universe (7+) Kids TV presenter turned author, Matt Brown, tells the clever, imaginative and pretty gross time travelling tale of 10 yr old Compton Valance.  

Father's Day 15 June

Good Ol' Dad. He doesn't ask for much. He just quietly goes around being great. Telling brilliant jokes and dancing really well in public. Why not show how much you appreciate all he does with one of our specially picked, perfect gift titles for Father's Day? See more on the website, but our Kids Reader Reviewer Panel loved Nathalia Buttface and the Most Embarrassing Dad in the World (9+) by Nigel Smith – cringeworthy and hilarious, you'll laugh so loud people will 'look at you funny' on the bus. Also, a book that we think Dad's will love is Wild Wood by Jan Needle, a riotous parody where he can take a romp through his childhood memories and observe the villains of Wild Wood and Mr Toad, Ratty and Mole from 'The Wind in the Willows' with new eyes. You will find it on

Brazilliant! – World Cup 2014

It's going to be one heck of a carnival and we will almost certainly not be the last ones standing, but the World Cup is a great excuse to inspire the footie-mad in your family to read more with our fanatically hand-picked collection of fact and fiction footie titles dedicated to the 'Beautiful Game'. Perfect to keep them reading while they wait for the kick-off whistle.

Try this on for size … If they like they'll love

Has your child or teenager read everything by their favourite author and they are not sure what to read next? Our recently launched If they Like they'll Love section is proving a huge hit and can point you in the right direction! This month, lovers of Wimpy Kid and Alien stories will love Stephen Cole's hugely engrossing Aliens Stink!– a wonderfully surprising and enjoyable, Earth-saving adventure.

From Page to Silver Screen – Books that Make Movies

The Fault in Our Stars (14+) by John Green is the latest brilliant young adult book to make the grade and be adapted for cinema – no surprise there as it is one of the most compelling books you'll read. No.1 on The Sunday Times Bestseller List and a heart catching, bitter-sweet story of love and adversity, the film is out in June so there's time to read the book first if you've not already done so. If you do make it to the movies, you may want to take a hanky or someone with a broad shoulder to cry on!

Have you met The Hueys?

We just have to mention the amazing series for 2-4 year olds from international bestselling, award-winning author/illustrator, Oliver Jeffers, creator of How to Catch a Star and Lost and Found. The Hueys are fabulously quirky and loveable (AND make-able) characters that will teach your little ones about, well just about everything really!
      None The Number The Hueys love numbers. 0 ..1..2..3.. wait! 0? Is 'none' a number? A witty and entertainingly educational debate ensues! More info         The New Jumper Hilarious story about individuality. All Hueys are the same … until one of them knits himself a new jumper! How will the others react? More info         It Wasn't Me! A fabulously fun story about how pointless most arguments are. The Hueys are fighting, but nobody even knows why! More info
And parents of 3+ readers shouldn't miss introducing their children to the delightful picture book version of T.S. Elliott's Poem Macavity – it's 75 years (or 525 cat years!) since it's first publication.

Final bite of Fukuda's Vampire trilogy

Andrew Fukuda's highly acclaimed dystopian series draws to its thrilling close with the final chapter in the trilogy. The Trap is the heart-stopping finale to a vivid, inventive and addictive series that began with The Hunt and was followed by The Prey. If you haven't already dipped your teeth in, get all three now!

Sword, Juno, Gold D-Day 70th Anniversary

D-Day on June 6 1944 was the decisive moment in the ending of WW2. Find out more in D-Day by Henry Brook, comprehensive and fascinating it uses real-life experiences from those involved in the planning and execution of D-Day. This is one of three books included in a special box set called True Stories of the Second World War published in association with the Imperial War Museum.

Giddy Up! - new books for Pony Mad readers

Looking for books to satisfy a pony mad child? Look no further than Lovereading4kids for an awesome selection of classics and contemporary tales from Black Beauty and The Silver Brumby to modern stories such as Tilly's Pony Tails. And this month we have some new arrivals in the stable. Star Horse by Jane Smiley is a touching story about coping with change. In The Princess and the Foal by Stacy Gregg a foal is the key to dreams and happiness. Finally Dear Fred from K.M. Peyton is based on a real jockey called Fred Archer.

Adventure on the world's highest peak

61 years on from Hillary and Tenzing conquering Everest the mountain still draws climbers and has recently created news of its own with the tragic death of some Sherpas and the threat of strikes. And this drama is very apparent in our Book of the Month The Everest Files (11+), the first title in Matt Dickinson's new series for teens and young adults. It features 18 year old Ryan who is on his gap year and gets drawn in to a deadly plot. And that is May at Lovereading4kids. We'll be back next month with a whole bunch of great ideas for more summer reading. P.S. If your children love Alex Rider then visit and find out how Anthony Horowitz could take over your child's English lesson in June!

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