In this issue
Our new book of the month | Meet our new patron, Children's Laureate, Chris Riddell | Supporting reading when your child starts school | Our Top 10 new books for 2016 | Our Top 10 prizewinning books
Roald Dahl Centenary
Celebrate Roald Dahl day on 13th September 2016 – it’s his centenary year. Following the release of The BFG movie see our BFG activity page in Novels for children 6+.

Our September book of the month Where My Feet Go by Birgitta Sif
A little panda steps outside and his feet have all sorts of imaginary adventures; he is not jumping in a puddle he is splashing in the sea and when he is on a swing his feet are being tickled by the clouds!
A simple but charming story which shows how the everyday can become an adventure with just a little imagination. The delightful illustrations and repetition make this book fun to share again and again and there is lots of scope for playing the story as well.

Lauren, who shared the book with her two year old daughter, writes: ‘Esme and I have been reading Where my Feet Go and she has often picked it up to read by herself or brought it to us to read.’

There have been lots of bare foot adventures during the summer but I can see that ones in wellies would work just as well in the winter time. We’ve been walking in rivers (a tray of water), spinning round the world in a rocket and flying to the moon (on the swings in the park). Esme really enjoys playing 'This Little Piggy' and she also enjoyed making footprints in water on the patio and hiding her feet in the sandpit. We also enjoyed reading the book Alfie's Feet by Shirley Hughes.’

See our activities for Where My Feet Go
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Our new patron Chris Riddell

We are delighted and proud to announce that Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell is our new patron.
Chris is a prolific illustrator with a distinctive detailed style, including caricature and elements of fantasy. He collaborates with other writers for children including Fortunately the Milk with Neil Gaiman and Michael Rosen – illustrating A Great Big Cuddle: Poems for the Very Young

Chris is also a highly successful, award winning writer and his work includes the Goth Girl and Ottoline series. The first Goth Girl novel won the Costa Children's Book Award in 2013. Other awards include the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal for illustration which he has won three times; most recently in 2016 for The Sleeper and the Spindle with Neil Gaiman. In addition to his children's books, Chris is a renowned political cartoonist whose work appears in a number of publications including The Observer.
Follow Chris’s Laureate log 
Visit his website
What can I do to support reading when my child starts school?
It’s a big day when your child starts school and there are many changes that you and they are likely to experience. One of these involves learning to read and ways you can help at home. Most schools teach children to read using phonics approaches and many use reading schemes. As parents, you might be asked to support your child at home and the school will provide guidance to help you.

As well as this, the most important thing is to carry on enjoying a broad range of interesting and fun books together: both those you borrow from the school or public library and your own. Children need you to read and re read stories to them, talk about the books you share together and encourage them to join in with the reading. Children need time to enjoy books in a relaxed way, without the pressure of another ‘teacher’ when they get back from school.

Try to keep reading fun and a special activity that you both enjoy. This way, children will want to read and read more often. As
Dr Seuss says:

The more that you read, the more things you will know,
The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go!

At lovemybooks we hope our book-based activities will give you lots of ideas for choosing books and ways to share and have fun with them.
See here for more information on how children learn to read and reading with your child.
Our top 10 new books 2016 
A large number of children’s books are published every year. See our selection of some of the best newly published picture books.
Our top 10 prizewinning picture books
There are many children’s book prizes. Here are some of our favourite picture book prizewinners for the last year.

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