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From Scandinavian myths to collections of poetry and wonderful short stories, LoveReading4Kids selects a wide-range of anthologies for your enjoyment.
Eric Carle, the world-famous creator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, loves animals – especially cats. His cat Fiffi is the first favourite animal followed by Peter McCarty’s great big Bunny and Rosemary Wells rather small dog! Lane Smith’s favourite is a handsome elephant while Jon Klassen likes ducks best. Each illustrator has created an original picture in this special catalogue reflecting a wide range of talents. All roylaties from this book will be donated to The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, which was founded by Eric and Barbara Carle in 2002. The Carle exhibits original illlustrations created by picture book artists from around the world. A perfect first art museum experience for children, the museum invites guests to get creative and feel inspired in its galleries, art studio, theatre and picture book library. You can visit The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts, US or at carlemuseum.org.
Mumsnet and Gransnet hosted a bedtime story-writing competition among their users. Former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen selected the ten best to create this vibrant anthology which has something for everyone. There are traditional stories, funny stories, magical stories and everyday stories. Each is beautifully illustrated by some of the best new talents in picture books.
Award-winning Jane Ray’s beautiful illustrations bring these stories which capture some of the traditions as Christmas from far and wide vividly to life. The collection includes the traditional story of the Nativity as well as Hans Christian Andersen’s cautionary tale, The Little Fir Tree. Grandmothers everywhere – and especially at Christmas – are celebrated in Baboushka.
A brightly illustrated collection of 15 nursery stories, some traditional ones and some which will be new to you and your family. The perfect length for storytime, presented in an accessible and appealing way. With an easy-to-read text and lots of illustrations packed full of character, this treasury of nursery stories is designed to be read to young children to introduce to the great classics of childhood. A companion book to the Lion First Book of Bible Stories.
A beautifully illustrated collection of one hundred of the best-loved stories ever told, from Grimm's Fairytales to Aesop's Fables, from Arthurian Legends to Greek Myths and from Hans Christian Andersen's Ugly Duckling to Aladdin from the Arabian Nights. Perfect for parents to read to younger children as bedtime stories as none of them are more than 6 pages long, or for older children who can discover the wonder and magic of these classic tales for themselves. Beautifully presented with enchanting full colour illustrations on every page that capture the warmth and wonder of these classic tales.
A sizzling collection of witch tales from some of the best writers from around the world, this anthology looks at all kinds of witches – cruel, kind, funny, dour – and the paraphernalia of their profession. What all trusting readers will learn from this anthology is that you can never be quite sure where the next witch will come from or what they will be like! This anthology will delight and surprise while also preparing all to be on their guard.
A review by Liam Parkin Poetry for a younger audience is often ‘shunted in the realm of schoolwork’ as Allie Esri and Rachel Kelly notice, but this beautiful anthology reminds us of the resonance that particular poems, verses and lines can have throughout our life. Accompanying the diverse selection of poets are fun little facts capturing the childlike wonder within this collection, which will even make the most seasoned reader stop and think. Ranging from ‘Humour and Nonsense’ to ‘Lessons for Life’, William Wordsworth to John Agard, this anthology instils in us all the power of poetry that is often taken for granted, and is one of those books that will always be close to you, no matter how old you are. To get the IF poetry app for your iPhone click the big button or click this smaller button for the iPad version
Shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2014 - Winner of the English Association 2013 Prize (Fiction 7-11) September 2012 MEGA Book of the Month.Best-selling author Michael Morpurgo’s touching story of a young girl’s exploration of the countryside provides a lyrical link for this rich and varied collection of poems about the countryside which have been selected by Michael Morpurgo and his wife Clare. Following the story provides a path and introduction to each; they can also be readily appreciated by dipping in and finding familiar and unfamiliar gems. Beautifully produced, the illustrations throughout the book capture the changing seasons and changing moods of the countryside in what becomes, overall, a glorious celebration.
A wonderful gift, particularly if you have Scottish connections. This is a truly stunning book to be treasured for a lifetime and will be enjoyed by parents and grandparents as well as children. Retelling each in its own individual style, award winning author Theresa Breslin presents some best-loved tales from Scotland - funny tales, moving tales and enchanting fairy tales. Meet a selkie, an eagle, a kelpie and much more - each story is brought to life with exquisite illustrations by Scottish fine artist Kate Leiper, which brim with otherworldly beauty.
Age 9+. Former Children’s Laureate Dame Jacqueline Wilson has been a lover of poetry for as long as she can remember. Choosing her own favourite poems, she has gathered together a wonderful, vibrant collection from classics such as Shakespeare’s The Fairies’ Song from A Midsummer Night’s Dream to poems by contemporary poets including Carol Ann Duffy, the Poet Laureate. You can find out more about this book by visiting the publisher's website mykindabook.com
Age 3+. Stunning illustrations from around the world lie at the heart of this beautiful book. Each has been gifted by its creator as a contribution to support the work of the International Board of Books for the Young. To match the illustrations, each artist has chosen a poem making this also a thought-provoking anthology of poems of every kind and all moods. For readers of English, the most familiar illustrators are Quentin Blake, Anthony Browne and Petr Sís who has the distinction of being the winner of the 2012 Hans Andersen Medal for illustration.
Age 9+. The best collection of contemporary children's poems ever! Every anthology has one or two poems that seem to shout out: 'Hey! I'm the best. Read me again. Learn me by heart. Love me.' So here, for the first time, are all of those poems collected together - from the pens (and computer keyboards) of some of the finest poets in the land.