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Lovereading4kids most popular children's books, by age range, 25 September - 2 October 2016

By PeterC on 3rd October 2016

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Tabby McTat Picturebook and CD Tabby McTat Picturebook and CD Julia Donaldson A Lovereading4kids 'Great Read' you may have missed 2011 selection. The best-selling author and illustrator team of the Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have created a heart-warming story about loyalty and friendship. When Tabby McTat the busker’s cat gets separated ... Download free opening extract
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Again! Again! Emily Gravett Prize-winning Emily Gravett has hit the jackpot again with a brilliant and original picture book that will delight adults as much as children. Everyone knows that the best bedtime stories can be read again and again and again... But sometimes, ... Download free opening extract
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A Great Big Cuddle A Great Big Cuddle Michael Rosen Joint Winner of the CLiPPA 2016 (CLPE Children’s Poetry Award). Children’s Laureates Chris Riddell and Michael Rosen combine here to create a beautiful collection of ebullient poems for the very young.  Michael Rosen’s close and affectionate observation of small children and ... Download free opening extract

Featured Books for Young Adults

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As I Descended As I Descended Robin Talley September 2016 Book of the Month In a Nutshell: Deadly Ambition |  Scheming with Spirits |  Descent into Darkness Thrilling, chilling, supernaturally-charged retelling of Macbeth set in a prestigious southern state high school. While Lily can’t wait to try out her antique Ouija ... Download free opening extract
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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Ransom Riggs The movie tie-in version of the bestselling Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And a strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine's Home ... Download free opening extract
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A Monster Calls: Special Collector's Edition A Monster Calls: Special Collector's Edition Patrick Ness A special collector's edition of Patrick Ness's original prize-winning illustrated novel and the remarkable story behind the book and film. Patrick Ness displays brilliant new skills of sensitivity in this hauntingly touching story of how a boy deals with the ... Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 3+ readers

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The Tiger Who Came to Tea The Tiger Who Came to Tea Judith Kerr A wonderful story, about believing in the unexpected and magical. When a tiger turns up on the doorstep one day, the little girl and her mother just welcome him right in and offer him tea. He sits neatly at the ... Download free opening extract
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Tabby McTat Tabby McTat Julia Donaldson Best-selling author and illustrator Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have teamed up again to create a heart-warming story about loyalty and friendship. When Tabby McTat the busker’s cat gets separated from the busker he begins a new life on his ... Download free opening extract
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We Found a Hat We Found a Hat Jon Klassen Julia Eccleshare's Book of the Month October 2016   Award-winning Jon Klassen is as witty, engaging and subtle as ever in this delightful story with a very big theme but told in only a very few words. Two Turtles find a ... Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Grandpa Was an Astronaut Grandpa Was an Astronaut Jonathan Meres September 2016 Book of the Month |  In a Nutshell: Grandparents | Fun | Poignant | Interest Age 5-8  Best known for his hilarious World of Norm books, Jonathan Meres has here written a very different sort of book. Grandpa was an ... Download free opening extract
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The Diary of a Killer Cat The Diary of a Killer Cat Anne Fine A cat’s eye view of the world is not exactly the same as a humans! Tuffy’s got no problems with the trail of delicious victims he brings into the house. A bird, a mouse – they are both delicious. In ... Download free opening extract
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A Child of Books A Child of Books Oliver Jeffers, Sam Winston Julia Eccleshare's Book of the Month September 2016   Award-winning storyteller and artist Oliver Jeffers and typographic fine artist Sam Winston have created an extraordinarily adventurous and original picture book which, through words and pictures, takes children on a journey of ... Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 7+ readers

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My Mum's Going To Explode! My Mum's Going To Explode! Jeremy Strong Pure, unadulterated entertainment but beware, you may laugh so much that you can’t stop!!  Young readers with a sense of humour will devour it in a sitting and those without a sense of humour at the beginning will be filled ... Download free opening extract
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The Fox and the Ghost King The Fox and the Ghost King Michael Morpurgo Julia Eccleshare's Book of the Month October 2016  Award-winning Michael Morpurgo weaves a charming and witty story around sport and history as they have come together in the recent twin triumphs of the City of Leicester with the discovery of ... Download free opening extract
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The Quiet Music of Gently Falling Snow The Quiet Music of Gently Falling Snow Jackie Morris Gosh, this is absolutely and completely enchanting. The moment I laid eyes on ‘The Quiet Music of Gently Falling Snow’ I knew I had fallen in love, I hugged the book before even opening the pages. I felt like a ... Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Eye of the Wolf Eye of the Wolf Daniel Pennac Born worlds apart - a wolf from the North and a boy from Africa. The wolf has lost nearly everything on his way to the zoo, including his eye and his pack. The boy too has lost much and seen ... Download free opening extract
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Kensuke's Kingdom Kensuke's Kingdom Michael Morpurgo Michael's parents buy a yacht, and take him off to sail round the world. Washed overboard in a fierce storm, Michael finds himself on the shore of a remote island - and soon discovers he's not alone. Kensuke, a former ... Download free opening extract
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The Wolf Wilder The Wolf Wilder Katherine Rundell Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award and September 2016 Book of the Month  Wolves, wildness and freedom are at the heart of this thrilling story. Wolf wilders are employed to reintroduce wolves unfortunate enough to be brought up as pets ... Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Shadowsmith Shadowsmith Ross MacKenzie September 2016 Book of the Month In a nutshell: good versus evil, spiders, finding courage Ross MacKenzie won the Blue Peter Best Story Award for The Nowhere Emporium and Shadowsmith is another heart-racing adventure. Kirby’s mum was hurt when a freak storm ... Download free opening extract
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Blink and You Die Blink and You Die Lauren Child Ruby Redfort: undercover agent, code-cracker and thirteen-year-old genius - you can count on her when the ice starts to crack. All good things come to an end...Ruby Redfort is running scared, a whole bunch of people want her dead and ... Download free opening extract
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Amazing Abby: Drama Queen Amazing Abby: Drama Queen Emma Moss In a nutshell: friendship | fun | growing up in the 21st century  |   Bubbly Abby takes centre stage in the second book in this new series for young girls. Abby has a starring role in the school’s production of ... Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 13+ readers

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The Wrong Train The Wrong Train Jeremy De Quidt In a Nutshell: Sinister short stories Sublimely spine-tingling, this evokes all the dread of an ominous tap-tap-tapping on your door in the dead of night. Picture this. You rush to catch your usual train but your relief at making it in time ... Download free opening extract
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The Haunting of Jessop Rise The Haunting of Jessop Rise Danny Weston September 2016 Book of the Month In a Nutshell: Historical haunting | Eerie intrigue | Sinister secrets Chilling historical novel in which an orphan becomes entangled in a web of supernatural goings-on and family secrets. It’s 1853 and, following the death of his ... Download free opening extract
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Such Stuff A Story-Maker's Inspiration Such Stuff A Story-Maker's Inspiration Michael Morpurgo Julia Eccleshare's Book of the Month July 2016  Award-winning former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo gives all those who love his books a fascinating behind-the-scenes introduction to how he came to write twenty of them. While each story and the inspiration ... Download free opening extract

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