Lovereading4kids. Most popular children's book's, by age range, 3 - 10 April 2016

By PeterC on 11th April 2016

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Slug Needs a Hug Slug Needs a Hug Jeanne Willis Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month, April 2016  Best-selling Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross have created many fabulous picture books together. Here, the weedy and whiny little slug is just longing for a hug! How can he make his mum ... Download free opening extract
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Elmer and the Rainbow Elmer and the Rainbow David Mckee A story about Elmer, everyone's favourite patchwork elephant, now available as a sturdy, paddedboard book to delight his many fans. This one is a classic story about sharing and giving. Books featuring Elmer and his friends are universally acknowledged as essential ... Download free opening extract
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Spot Loves Bedtime Spot Loves Bedtime Eric Hill A favourite with children now for generations, Spot never loses his charm. It’s bedtime, but Spot can’t settle down until he finds Teddy, who has gone missing.  Is Teddy in the toybox? The living room? Under the bed? At last ... Download free opening extract

Featured Books for Young Adults

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Lady Midnight Lady Midnight Cassandra Clare April 2016 Book of the Month From the creator of the Mortal Instruments series and Infernal Devices trilogy comes this epic first instalment of the author’s highly anticipated The Dark Artifices series. Lady Midnight is populated with pretty much every kind of ... Download free opening extract
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Flawed Flawed Cecelia Ahern April 2016 Book of the Month  Set in a society in which those deemed ‘flawed’ are branded and ostracised, Celia Ahern’s debut YA novel will talk directly to its readers. Every teenager wants to be perfect, to fit in and ... Download free opening extract
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Chasing the Stars Chasing the Stars Malorie Blackman An innovative, ambitious page-turner in which the inimitable Malorie Blackman has entwined two of her great passions - Shakespeare's Othello and science fiction - to create a thrilling outer-space-set epic that tingles with romance, danger, distrust and jealousy. Olivia (Vee) and ... Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 3+ readers

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A Brave Bear A Brave Bear Sean Taylor April 2016 Book of the Month  The characters may be bears, but the parent/child relationship depicted in this lovely picture book will be familiar to all readers. It’s hot so a little bear suggests to his dad that they should ... Download free opening extract
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Before I Wake Up... Before I Wake Up... Britta Teckentrup April 2016 Book of the Month A little girl’s dreams take her and a friendly lion on a magical journey. Together they fly over meadows, swim deep in the sea with whales and jellyfish, and explore woods where they play ... Download free opening extract
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The Hole Story The Hole Story Paul Bright April 2016 Book of the Month  Holes generally get a bad press – after all they’re the last thing you want to find in a sock, pair of knickers, bag, bucket or boat! Perhaps this delightful book will win them ... Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Nature's Day: Out and About Nature's Day: Out and About Kay Maguire Following on from the success of Nature's Day, this beautiful activity book by the same author and illustrator shows children how to interact with their surroundings. ... Download free opening extract
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Prehistoric Actual Size Prehistoric Actual Size Steve Jenkins As the title makes clear, this fascinating book illustrates prehistoric creatures at actual size or, where the creature was simply too big to fit on the page, a part of the animal at actual size. On the first spread, the ... Download free opening extract
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There's a Tiger in the Garden There's a Tiger in the Garden Lizzy Stewart Grandma’s back garden turns into a jungle full of adventure in this striking picture book, Nora is bored, so her grandma suggests she play in the garden, there might, she says, be a tiger there. Nora is scornful, but as ... Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Flyboy Flyboy Tom Palmer April 2016 Book of the Month   Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ Tom Palmer’s new story starts on a football pitch and then, via a clever bit of ghost story, gives readers the experience of the skill and bravery required to ... Download free opening extract
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My Brother is a Superhero My Brother is a Superhero David Solomons Overall winner of Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2016. July 2015 Debut of the Month  Oh the anguish! Luke is a comic-reading super-hero expert, but he’s gone for a wee at the crucial moment when an alien arrives in his tree-house and ... Download free opening extract
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Out for the Count Out for the Count Anne Fine Interest Age 5-8 Anne Fine is a very clever writer and this brilliant little story is an exploration of the resources of the human imagination and the iniquities of keeping animals in cages. Hugo is trying to persuade his dad ... Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Knights of the Borrowed Dark Knights of the Borrowed Dark Dave Rudden April 2016 Book of the Month Move over Harry Potter, there’s a new orphan on the block, ready to take on monsters and stand up for what’s right and decent. Until he’s 13, Denizen Hardwick (full marks to the author for ... Download free opening extract
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth Frank Cottrell Boyce April 2016 Book of the Month With all the invention, originality and insight that is typical of his writing for children, Frank Cottrell Boyce takes the sad story of Laika, the first living creature to orbit Earth, and uses it ... Download free opening extract
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Jolly Foul Play Jolly Foul Play Robin Stevens April 2016 Book of the Month Gosh, but the Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries are jolly good reads! After their adventures on the Orient Express, crime-solving friends Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are back at school for a new term. From ... Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 11+ readers

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A Seven Letter Word A Seven Letter Word Kim Slater April 2016 Book of the Month Finlay is articulate, an excellent Scrabble player, which makes it so frustrating that the seven letter word that defines him is stammer. He’s always found it hard to speak, but since his mum suddenly ... Download free opening extract
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The Astounding Broccoli Boy The Astounding Broccoli Boy Frank Cottrell Boyce Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2016 Best Story - Andrea Reeces's Pick of the Year 2015 This is Frank Cottrell Boyce’s first standalone novel since Cosmic in 2008 and it’s been well worth the wait. The smallest and ... Download free opening extract
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Half a Creature from the Sea Half a Creature from the Sea David Almond An anthology of dark, powerful and moving short stories from master storyteller and author of the internationally award-winning Skellig, David Almond, inspired by his childhood in the North-East of England. It features coming of age stories on the theme of ... Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 13+ readers

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We are All Made of Molecules We are All Made of Molecules Susin Nielsen April 2016 Debut of the Month Stewart and Ashley are about as different as it’s possible to be.  He’s super smart, happy to use words like ‘plethora’ in everyday conversation, but socially a little inept. She’s queen of the popular ... Download free opening extract
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Desolation Desolation Derek Landy April 2016 Book of the Month  No-one writes teen horror with anything like the wit, gory panache and comic timing of Derek Landy. His Demon Road stories are definitely not for the faint-hearted: fourteen people have been disembowelled, ripped apart ... Download free opening extract
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Underwater Underwater Marisa Reichardt April 2016 Debut of the Month This extraordinary, powerful book has life lessons for everyone, though its central character has lived through experiences that, fortunately, will be unknown to most of us. Morgan was witness to a terrible and traumatic ... Download free opening extract

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