Perfect Picture Books, Fascinating Facts and Pre Publication Exclusives

By PeterC on 15th April 2010

We hope you all had a good Easter Break and your children have had a relaxing time off school giving them more time to enjoy reading. In our second book e-zine for April find out more about books to make the most of Spring and Summer, understand the world around us with new fun packed and fact filled category and don’t miss some of the best books for the under 5’s in our Picture Book Parade.

Picture Perfect – the Picture Book Parade

Picture books are of course the way we all start to love books; they often give us warm memories that stay with us our whole lives. Here in the Macmillan Picture Book Parade we’re delighted to be highlighting the work of some of their finest illustrators (including Tim Hopgood, Catherine Rayner, Emily Gravett, Rod Campbell and Nick Sharratt), plus some of their ‘bookshelf essentials’. And don’t forget to enter the Picture Book Parade competition as well to win signed books from a number of their amazing illustrators.

Find out more about these beautiful books today.

Fascinating facts – the universe brought to life for kids!

Fascinating Facts is a new feature on Lovereading4kids which we’re sure you’ll enjoy. To launch we’ve selected the impressive Insider series from Templar, which uses state-of-the-art 3D illustrations that seem to rise up out of the pages, bringing factual information vividly to life.

There are two series aimed at different age groups - the Insiders Alive books for younger readers include visual explorations of the human body and Ancient Egyptians complete with pop-ups, while the series for older children – Insiders - takes in dinosaurs, the universe, and a myriad of other fascinating topics!

Make the most of Spring with your kids – Out and About re-launch

Now the weather's warming up and Britain is blooming into colourful life again, we're relaunching our section of books about getting outside and enjoying it. On the Out and About page you'll find titles on gardening, bird watching and any number of other fresh-air pursuits to share with your children.

And if you like the great outdoors your younger children will love the picture book Where do they go when it Rains? A delightful story featuring a family day out into the countryside. We think this is a truly special picture book.

This month’s highlights not to miss

More Dyslexia Friendly Books

In this special section of the site you can find books to help children who struggle with reading crack the reading code. There are plenty of brilliant short titles (some by very well-known popular authors), that have absolutely no boring bits – their only aim is to help struggling and dyslexic readers grow to love reading!

Find out more about the new books we have added.

The oldest Puffin in the World!

2010 sees Puffin celebrating 70 years. There’s a big birthday bash planned including a Puffin Storytelling Day on 8th May with events planned all over the country click the birthday logo to find out more. And right here on Lovereading4kids there’s a competition to win loads of Puffin goodies.

Be first to read the very best new kids books - Pre-publication exclusives on Lovereading4kids

Monsters of Men

Patrick Ness

The much-anticipated final volume of Patrick Ness’s Chaos Walking trilogy is almost here, and you can download a free Opening Extract of it right now on Lovereading4kids! In other exclusive news -- Patrick Ness has taken on the task of completing an unfinished novel by celebrated author, Siobhan Dowd, who sadly died of cancer two years ago now. It promises to be amazing.

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Mr Gum and the Cherry Tree

Andy Stanton

Mr Gum - the mad, bad and dangerously funny hero of this series - is back with another hilarious adventure!

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Meeow and the Pots and Pans

Sebastien Braun

A wonderful, colourful picture book about a playful cat who starts a kitchen orchestra with his friends.

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Threads: Beads, Boys and Bangles

Sophia Bennett

A glittery adventure about four girls and their fantastical adventures in fashion.

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Ellie and Oscar: Ellie's Bad Hair Day

Jerome Keane

A visually sumptuous picture book about a little girl (and her chilled-out pet rabbit) who travel round the world in search of someone else who has the same problems with their hair as she does.

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Closer: Tunnels book 4

Roderick Gordon, Brian Williams

The 4th episode in the pacy, page-turning series about the world at the centre of the Earth run by a violent regime. Will is in serious trouble...again!

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The Boy who climbed into the moon

David Almond

From the master of magical realism, David Almond, comes a beautifully illustrated children's book about crackpot notions and sky-high courage!

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Havoc

Chris Wooding

Havoc is the second grippingly clever adventure about some real children trapped in a comic book world. If you’ve not read the first book, Malice, we suggest you start with that, as the nail-biting cliff-hanger ending is well worth experiencing before you read this second episode!

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More Essential Children’s Books

Some children’s books never seem to lose their charm and to celebrate these we have our ‘Bookshelf Essentials’ – which parents can always turn to for books which we believe have a perennial appeal. This month we have added two republished classics books Up in the Tree by Margaret Attwood and a pop up edition of The Little Mole by Verner Holzwarth to make the category even more essential!

Digital Prize Winners

And who says books and computers don’t mix – think again with Orca’s Song from new publisher Top That which has recently won the Independent Publisher Guild Digital Award for their Astral Legacies series.

These are internet-linked adventures, where readers join in the quest in each book by searching for the hidden GPS locations to solve puzzles which unlock the thrilling climax to each story.

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