Julia Eccleshare's Picks of the MonthJulia Eccleshare's Picks of the Month

Each month Julia Eccleshare, a leading authority in children's literature, chooses a small selection of her favourites from the month. They will be generally new releases but occasionally she may select a new edition of a firm favourite and we will list them here.  All are highly recommended with Julia's seal of approval.

Books of the Month

The Girl, the Bear and the Magic Shoes
Julia Donaldson
September 2018 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month September 2018 | Best-selling duo Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks' new picture book is a charming adventure full of magic and friendship. When Josephine buys a... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/09/2018
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Reader ReviewedThe Legend of Kevin: A Roly-Poly Flying Pony Adventure
Philip Reeve
September 2018 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month September 2018 | A deliciously dotty fantasy in which almost anything becomes believable. Max longs for a pet but even in his wildest dreams he had... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/09/2018
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Jelly Boots, Smelly Boots
Michael Rosen
September 2018 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month September 2018 | Michael Rosen is the bestselling author of We're Going on a Bear Hunt, along with many other picture books and collections of poetry.... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/09/2018
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Other Featured Books this Month

Pages & Co: Tilly and the Bookwanderers
Anna James
September 2018 Debut of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month September 2018 | Tilly loves stories and has firm favourites among their characters. She can so easily imagine conversations with Anne from Anne of Green Gables... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 18/09/2018
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Wish for a Witch
Kaye Umansky
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month September 2018 | Kaye Umansky, the creator of the much-loved Pongwiffy stories follows up Witch for a Week with a new adventure about Magenta Sharp, a rather muddled local witch, and Elsie Pickles,... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Electronic book text | Released 06/09/2018
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Once Upon a Wild Wood
Chris Riddell
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month September 2018 | Former Children's Laureate Chris Riddell weaves a wonderful fantasy adventure around some of the best loved fairy story characters in this hugely attractive and thoroughly entertaining picture story book. Little... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 23/08/2018
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Poems to Live Your Life By
Chris Riddell
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month September 2018 | Illustrator and author Chris Riddell has created a rich anthology of poems from the past to the present all of which have a special meaning for him. Grouping them under... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 20/09/2018
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Happy: A Children's Book of Mindfulness
Nicola Edwards
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month September 2018 | As befits its subtitle ‘A Children's Book of Mindfulness', Happy is a sensitive and calming introduction for young readers on how to engage with the beauty of the world to... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/09/2018
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Last Month's Featured Books

The Garden of Hope
Isabel Otter
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month August 2018 | The Garden of Hope is a simple story with a powerful message of hope. Isabel Otter tackles themes of sadness...
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Reader Reviewed Oscar and the CATastrophe
Alan MacDonald
August 2018 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month August 2018 | Oscar the talking dog is back for a wittily entertaining third adventure with his...
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Peril in Paris
Katherine Woodfine
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month August 2018 | With a tremendous cast, a great plot and setting and a catchy style this fast-paced espionage story is a book...
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Run Wild
Gill Lewis
August 2018 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month August 2018 | A thought-provoking and touching story of the bond between children and nature, from renowned...
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More Featured Books

Junkyard Jack and the Horse That Talked
Adrian Edmondson
July 2018 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month July 2018 | A wonderfully funny romp of a story full of all kinds of imaginative nonsense...
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All About Families
Felicity Brooks
Families come in all shapes and sizes and from all sorts of backgrounds. They speak various languages, eat different sorts of food, live in different kinds of homes and celebrate...
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A First Book of the Sea
Nicola Davies
July 2018 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month July 2018 | A brilliant celebration and evocation of everything to do with the sea. The...
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A Stone for Sascha
Aaron Becker
Award-winning Aaron Becker has an exceptional gift for telling stories with big themes and deep truths in pictures alone. Off on a holiday by the sea which is tinged with...
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Sleep
Kate Prendergast
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month July 2018 | Gorgeous illustrations attractively answer any curious child's question: where and how do different animals sleep? Moving quickly past the...
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The Cook and the King
Julia Donaldson
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month July 2018 The best-selling author of The Gruffalo deploys a story-telling device equally full of cunning in this witty story about the way...
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Reader Reviewed The Storm Keeper's Island
Catherine Doyle
July 2018 Debut of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month July 2018 Swept along by the wind and sea and suffused with magic and mystery this...
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Julia Eccleshare has spent her working life to date within children’s books as a critic, an editor, an author and a commentator. Apart from her current role with Lovereading4kids as Editor-at-Large and as one of our editorial expert reviewers, she is the children’s editor of the Guardian and Head of Policy at the Public Lending Right.

She has co-edited and is the author of a number of books including the Rough Guide to Teenage Literature, the fascinating and insightful Beatrix Potter to Harry Potter: Portraits of Children’s Writers, which is a celebration of a century of children’s literature, as well as Treasure Islands: the Woman’s Hour Guide to Children’s Books. She also spent some considerable time as a children’s fiction editor in UK publishing.

She has been a selector to the Children’s Books of the Year, a guide to the best books published annually, a member of the advisory board of a children’s book club and for some while was children’s books editor of The Bookseller. In addition, she regularly appears as a judge or Chair of judges on some of the major children’s book prizes.


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