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Lovemybooks is for parents, carers, teachers, schools, and early years staff, created by literacy experts. Free and ad free with over 250 activity pages full of creative book-based ideas.
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David received an OBE for services to Literature in April. He has also received two international prizes this year, the Nonino International prize one of Italy’s most prestigious literary prizes and the James Kruss prize awarded to a living author of children’s and YA books distinguished by linguistic brilliance originality imaginative storytelling and cosmopolitanism.

Visit our activity page for David Almond’s Tale of Angelino Brown and The Boy who Climbed into the Moon

We are utterly delighted to announce that award-winning poet, playwright and author Joseph Coelho is the brand new Waterstones Children’s Laureate! ⭐

Julian receives a CBE in the Jubilee Honours list. He is a Headteacher and National Leader of Education and one of our first patrons. Julian is a dedicated pioneer in early years education and has a particular focus on young children’s communication and early literacy. He has a doctorate in education (EdD).
Visit the website of Sheringham Nursery School where Julian is Headteacher and see the Teaching School Programme at

Julian blogs at You can follow him @juliangrenieR


See this month’s family review of How War Changed Rondo by Romana Romanyshyn and Andriy Lesiv by Samantha and her two daughters.

‘Reading How War changed Rondo is a very useful way to begin to introduce the complexities and horrors of warfare to a younger audience. Having a conversation about the events in Ukraine with younger children can seem a daunting task, but this book allows that conversation to take place in a controlled and manageable way, while still not sugar-coating its events and implications.’

Children in conflict
Stories can be the ideal vehicle for children to begin to develop some insight into the experiences of individuals escaping from conflict situations, and empathy for their plight particularly relevant with the current situation in Ukraine. They can also allow the opportunity for discussion. See our top ten picturebooks on the theme of children in conflict. Image from: Tomorrow, Nadine Kaadan

Our book in focus is Pirate Stew by Neil Gaiman, illus. Chris Riddell, Age 5-9 years

What might happen if mum and dad go out for the evening leaving a pirate to babysit? Find out in Pirate Stew, a rollicking rhyme of a picture book with fabulous illustrations guaranteed to delight young readers. This is a perfect book for summer holiday story fun – why not dress up as a pirate, search for treasure and make your own pirate stew?
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You can search the Lovemybooks website for:

* Topics and themes…
Our specially chosen books are arranged in topics and themes that young children love, with ideas for ways to share the books and lots of exciting things to do Read more…

* Books for different age groups
Find books for children aged 0-3, 3- 5, 5-7, 7-11 Read more

* Our Top 10 book lists
Whether you want to find out about exciting new picture books, alphabet books, folk and fairy tales or story apps you’ll find them here in our Top 10 books sections Read more