Birthday message from our patron, prize-winning author David Almond

How wonderful that lovemybooks is a year old. Congratulations to everyone involved. I'm proud to be a patron of such a creative, serious, optimistic, passionate organisation which does so much to promote the central cultural importance of the simple and powerful act of reading. Good children’s books matter. Without them, there would be no adult readers, literary culture would fade away and we would all be diminished.

This site is a great resource for parents, teachers, librarians, writers, illustrators and most importantly, children themselves. Happy birthday. Here's to the next year, and the year after that.
Here's to books and stories. They help to keep the world alive.

See our activity page for David Almond’s The Boy who Climbed into the Moon

We are delighted to be celebrating our first anniversary this month and would like to thank all friends, family and supporters who have helped and encouraged us and trialled our ideas.  We have had tens of thousands of hits on our website in the UK and worldwide.

Lovemybooks is very proud to have the support of such a distinguished group of patrons: Michael Rosen, SF Said, Dr Myra Barrs, Mini Grey, Jessica Souhami, Julian Grenier, Marilyn Brocklehurst and David Almond who writes for us above. Find out more about our patrons here.

We now have over 130 books with activity pages on the site, organised into themes and age groups. We are adding to this all the time with new books and new sections, including books for older readers. Our Top Ten lists are also very popular. Our Top Ten new picture books for 2016 will be coming soon!


The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr 
First published in 1968, The Tiger Who Came to Tea has become a popular picture book classic. It tells the amusing yet surreal tale of a tiger who calls at a little girl's door waiting to be fed.

Ilka, pictured here with her mum Claudia, says the The Tiger Who Came to Tea is her favourite book – see our top 5 searched for books below. Ilka and and her mum had a lovely tiger tea party with playdough cakes, a toy tiger, a fox and a clockwork hen! Find activities here.
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If you like The Tiger Who Came to Tea, you might like How to Hide a Lion by Helen Stephens.
You can find other books about animals here.


Tiger who came to tea by Judith Kerr
Traction Man by Mini Grey
Shark in the park by Nick Sharratt
Dear Zoo

Billy’s Bucket by Kes Gray and Garry Parsons

Have a look at our activity pages and let us know what you think! Which are your family favourites?


As well as interest from parents, a growing number of schools are recommending lovemybooks and planning ways to use the resources with parents and in classrooms. We are delighted to link up with Hill Mead School, Lambeth as they develop lovemybooks inspired reading cafes for parents and children.

The Year 1 launch was really exciting - the room was buzzing with so many interested parents attending to hear how they can use the free resources on lovemybooks to help them and their children have fun sharing books together.

‘Parents were so engaged, they recognised lovemybooks was a resource made especially for them,’ commented Becky Lawrence, Deputy Head.

Find out more about what happened on the day, the response of parents and teachers and Hill Mead’s plans for the future here.

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