Julia Eccleshare's Picks of the Month Julia 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

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 many, brief poems cover favourite holiday experiences including the excitement... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 05/07/2018
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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 including a cast of talking animals. Young Jack is an... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 28/06/2018
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Other Featured Books this Month

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 familiar indoor animals such as dogs and cats, Kate Prendergast... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 05/07/2018
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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 sadness following the death of the family dog, the story... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 05/07/2018
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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 special occasions in a variety of ways. A celebration of... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/07/2018
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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 a King is tricked into doing some work. The King... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 12/07/2018
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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 is an ebullient adventure story that compels its readers to... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/07/2018
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Last Month's Featured Books

Reader Reviewed The Hippo at the End of the Hall
Helen Cooper
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month June 2018 Award-winning illustrator Helen Cooper's debut novel is a richly imagined and cleverly crafted story perfectly matched by her own illustrations....
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Mariella, Queen of the Skies
Eoin Colfer
Interest Age 5-8 | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month June 2018 | Clever Mariella, a super-inventive nine year old scientist, is never short of ideas. But she is...
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The Day War Came
Nicola Davies
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month June 2018 | Award-wining Nicola Davies has created a beautiful story which makes its powerful point brilliantly by focusing on the plight of...
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Roald Dahl's 1 2 3
Roald Dahl
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month June 2018 Count from 1 to 10 with the Enormous Crocodile! With one big flap and an ENORMOUS surprise, this sturdy board book...
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Roald Dahl's Opposites
Roald Dahl
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month June 2018 Day and Night, Big and Small, Hungry and Full - learn your opposites with the Enormous Crocodile! With lots of flaps...
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Reader Reviewed The Adventures of John Blake Mystery of the Ghost Ship
Philip Pullman
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month June 2018 | Master story-teller Philip Pullman is as brilliantly creative in this gripping, multi-narrative graphic novel story as ever. In...
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More Featured Books

Reader Reviewed You Are Awesome
Matthew Syed
May 2018 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month April & May 2018 Table tennis champion Matthew Syed offers his very best advice on how...
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A Skinful of Shadows
Frances Hardinge
May 2018 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month May 2018 | Shortlisted for Waterstones Book of the Year 2017 Award-winning Frances Hardinge's latest novel bubbles...
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Square
Mac Barnett
May 2018 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month May 2018 Square builds a beautiful sculpture from the blocks in his secret cave. Square's friend...
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The Wizards of Once
Cressida Cowell
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month May 2018 | Winner of the 2018 Blue Peter Awards - Best Story Best-selling Cressida Cowell launches her new series with a title that...
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Gaspard The Fox
Zeb Soanes
May 2018 Debut of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month May 2018 A wonderfully warm-hearted animal adventure based on Zeb Soanes observation of a local urban...
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Plantopedia
Adrienne Barman
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month May 2018 | A stunning and original book and a useful one too. Subtitled ‘A Celebration of Nature's Greatest Show-offs' in glorious pictures it...
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The Sand Dog
Sarah Lean
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month May 2018 | Full of hope and wonder but also shot through with deep feelings of sadness this is a beautiful story about the...
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Wonder Goal!
Michael Foreman
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month May 2018 | Award-winning illustrator Michael Foreman's own love of football suffuses this story which perfectly captures the thrill all footballers have of scoring...
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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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