Most popular children's books by age range on Lovereading4kids 2 - 9 April 2017

By peter on 10th April 2017

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Tip Tap Went the Crab Tip Tap Went the Crab Tim Hopgood Bubbling with energy, prize winning Tim Hopgood’s illustrations are also full of warmth and plenty of colour. A chirpy crab with very big eyes tip taps as it counts its way around the seashore in Tip Tap went the Crab. ... Download free opening extract
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The Gruffalo's Child The Gruffalo's Child Julia Donaldson Former Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson followed up her best-selling The Gruffalo with a story about The Gruffalo’s Child. Reissued in sturdy board back format, an entertaining story for the very young as the little mouse outwits the Gruffalo’s Child with ... Download free opening extract
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Gecko's Echo Gecko's Echo Lucy Rowland A very small but very brave Gecko needs to think up a way of protecting her gecko eggs from nasty predators. How can she trick Snakey and Rat into thinking that she is not alone? Clever gecko comes up with ... Download free opening extract

Featured Books for Young Adults

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Chasing the Stars Chasing the Stars Malorie Blackman April 2017 Book of the Month |  Shortlisted for YA Book Prize 2017 |  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 ... Download free opening extract
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The Hate u Give The Hate u Give Angie Thomas April 2017 Debut of the Month | In a Nutshell: Fighting for Justice | Black Lives Matter | Stunning, vital wake-up call of a novel about racism, social inequality and not giving up told through the eyes of an incredible, unforgettable ... Download free opening extract
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Noughts & Crosses Noughts & Crosses Malorie Blackman Selected by a distinguished independent panel of experts including our editorial expert, Julia Eccleshare, for Diverse Voices - 50 of the best Children's Books celebrating cultural diversity in the UK. Michael Rosen on a compelling favourite: "A book that dared to ... Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 3+ readers

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The Giant Jumperee The Giant Jumperee Julia Donaldson April 2017 MEGA Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month April 2017  | Julia Donaldson and Helen Oxenbury bring the very best of their award-winning The Gruffalo and We’re Going on a Bear Hunt respectively ... Download free opening extract
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Mrs Mole, I'm Home! Mrs Mole, I'm Home! Jarvis April 2017 Picture Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month April 2017  | Morris Mole can’t find his glasses anywhere at the end of a long day at work. Luckily, he is sure he can ... Download free opening extract
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Can I Join Your Club? Can I Join Your Club? John Kelly April 2017 Book of the Month With a laugh-out-loud text from John Kelly and brilliantly quirky illustrations by Steph Laberis, Can I Join Your Club? is a heart-warming story which celebrates the importance of diversity and friendship. Perfect for little ... Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 5+ readers

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What's My Name? What's My Name? Wendy Finney April 2017 Book of the Month  |  The Little Princess, star of Tony Ross’s much loved series, is growing up and she’s just as much of a character as she ever was. Now that she’s not so little her family ... Download free opening extract
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The Barefoot Book of Children The Barefoot Book of Children Tessa Strickland, Kate DePalma April 2017 Book of the Month  Innovative and inclusive, The Barefoot Book of Children empowers young readers to learn about the different lives of children around the globe.  Whilst being gently encouraged to ponder their own place in the world - ... Download free opening extract
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Grandad's Secret Giant Grandad's Secret Giant David Litchfield This picture book from David Litchfield, author of the Waterstones-Prize winning The Bear and the Piano, is a GIANT story of belonging and friendship. He has hands the size of tables, Grandad said, legs as long as drainpipes and feet as big ... Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Books! Books! Books! Books! Books! Books! Mick Manning April 2017 Book of the Month    Who better to take young readers on a guided tour of the British Library than Mick Manning and Brita Granström? Words and pictures work perfectly together to give children a vivid sense of the ... Download free opening extract
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The Earth Book The Earth Book Jonathan Litton April 2017 Fascinating Facts Book of the Month    This beautiful information book explores all aspects of our planet, this ‘tiny sphere that orbits an ordinary, middle-aged star in a quiet backwater of the Milky Way’. It examines the inner workings ... Download free opening extract
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Mango & Bambang: Superstar Tapir Mango & Bambang: Superstar Tapir Polly Faber April 2017 Book of the Month  Here are four more adventures for Mango and her best friend Bambang the tapir and they are if anything even more appealing than previous stories, perfect fiction for young readers. In this set of ... Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Cream Buns and Crime Cream Buns and Crime Robin Stevens April 2017 Book of the Month  |   In a nutshell: a tasty treat for would-be sleuths and fans of Wells and Wong  |    Young readers everywhere are hooked on Robin Stevens’s Murder Most Unladylike series starring schoolgirl sleuths Daisy Wells and ... Download free opening extract
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Good Dog McTavish Good Dog McTavish Meg Rosoff April 2017 Book of the Month | Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 | In a nutshell: dog to the rescue in witty domestic satire |  This characteristically sharp and witty comedy of modern life by Meg Rosoff stars a rescue dog who ... Download free opening extract
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Artie Conan Doyle and the Gravediggers' Club Artie Conan Doyle and the Gravediggers' Club Robert J. Harris In a nutshell: ingenious and atmospheric adventure story starring a young Arthur Conan Doyle | Sending its young protagonists creeping round Edinburgh’s graveyards at dead of night and posing all sorts of mysteries for them to solve and codes for ... Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 11+ readers

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The Girl of Ink & Stars The Girl of Ink & Stars Kiran Millwood Hargrave Winner in the Young Fiction category and the overall Winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2017  ‘Here be dragons’ it says  on old maps, but Isabella finds creatures even more terrifying in the unchartered lands of Joya, the island ... Download free opening extract
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The Owl Service The Owl Service Alan Garner Chosen as a favourite by Philip Pullman: "[this book] showed how children's literature could sound dark and troubling chords." Carnegie Medal winner, 1967. An all-time classic, combining mystery, adventure, history and a complex set of human relationships. The author is ... Download free opening extract
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The Ravenmaster's Boy The Ravenmaster's Boy Mary Hoffman In a nutshell: intrigue and treachery at the Tower of London, and a bird’s eye view of the end of Anne Boleyn  |   Three young people witness the fall and execution of Anne Boleyn in this gripping historical adventure. Chief ... Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 13+ readers

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The Nest The Nest Kenneth Oppel One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award | March 2016 Book of the Month A truly exceptional, uniquely unsettling work in which the stinging clarity and poignancy of Oppel’s writing is exquisitely ... Download free opening extract
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Beyond the Wall Beyond the Wall Tanya Landman In a Nutshell: Boudica-spirited slave girl fights to break the chains that bind her |  A sumptuous feast of historical fiction fuelled by drama, deception, and a young woman’s determination to find freedom. To be born a slave in Roman Britain ... Download free opening extract
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The Monstrous Child The Monstrous Child Francesca Simon January 2017 Book of the Month |  Shortlisted for YA Book Prize 2017 | Shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards, Children's Book category   Francesca Simon has chosen a singular heroine for her first novel for teenagers. Hel is Queen of the ... Download free opening extract

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