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Family & home stories (Children's / Teenage)

See below for a selection of the latest books from Family & home stories (Children's / Teenage) category. Presented with a red border are the Family & home stories (Children's / Teenage) books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Family & home stories (Children's / Teenage) books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

You Must Be Layla

You Must Be Layla

Author: Yassmin Abdel-Magied Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2020

'If you want to invent something nobody has ever thought of before, you need to read the things that others don't read, look in the spaces other people are not in...' Layla believes she was right to stand up for herself against a bully, but it's landed her a suspension - not the way she (or her parents) would have wished to begin her time at her fancy new school! This is just a setback though, and she's determined to prove that she does deserve her scholarship by making new friends and setting her sights on inventing something that could win the big robotics competition. But where to begin? You Must Be Layla introduces Sudanese-born author, broadcaster, social advocate and mechanical engineer Yassmin Abdel-Magied as an exciting new voice in children's writing.

Small Mercies

Small Mercies

Author: Bridget Krone Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2020

Mercy needs to stand up for herself. She also needs a miracle. Eleven-year-old Mercy lives with her eccentric foster aunts - two elderly sisters so poor they can afford only one lightbulb. A nasty housing developer is eyeing their house, which suddenly starts falling apart - just as Aunt Flora does, too. She's forgetting words, names and even how to behave in public. Mercy tries to keep her head down at school but when a classmate frames her for stealing the school's raffle money, Mercy's teachers decide to take a closer look at her home life. With the help of a neighbour, Mr Singh, who teaches Mercy about Gandhi and his principles of passive resistance, Mercy finds a tool that can help solve her problems. But first, like Gandhi, she needs to stand up for herself. She also needs a miracle. And to summon it she has to find her voice and tell the truth - and that truth is neither pure nor simple. A book that already feels like a classic, Small Mercies holds a strong message for children today. Full of heart, it will shine among the best children's literature for years to come.

Magnificent Homespun Brown A Celebration

Magnificent Homespun Brown A Celebration

Author: Samara Cole Doyon Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/02/2020

Grandpa's Noises

Grandpa's Noises

Author: Gareth St John Thomas, Colin Rowe Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2020

Children love laughing about body noises. In Grandpa's Noises, a range of sounds and words coming from body and mouth are explained in a warm and funny inter-generational romp. Children look at life with open, honest eyes but sometimes it takes a bit of thinking and code-breaking to work out what's really going on. Fortunately, for this particular grandchild, while Grandpa's noises might be a mystery to many, he knows just what they mean! For example, Eyenolessgofurawark is obviously Grandpa-speak for I know, let's go for a walk. Aaaahhh means the cup of tea is just perfect, and Pissphusshawertt is that sinking sound Grandpa makes when he needs a rest in his chair. And once you know that Eeeawoscreech! is actually the sound of a misbehaving hearing aid, Grandpa becomes a lot less scary and even more lovable. Of course some sounds - like the Fffffffft that sometimes escapes Grandpa's bottom (and Dad's) - need no explanation!

Timmi in Tangles

Timmi in Tangles

Author: Shals Mahajan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/01/2020

A House Without Walls

A House Without Walls

Author: Elizabeth Laird Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/01/2020

A House Without Walls is a powerful story of family, hope and redemption amidst the refugee crisis in Syria from the award-winning Elizabeth Laird, illustrated by Lucy Eldridge. Thirteen-year-old Safiya and her family have been driven out of Syria by civil war. Safiya knows how lucky she is - lucky not to be living in a refugee camp, lucky to be alive. But it's hard to feel grateful when she's forced to look after her father and brother rather than go back to school, and now that she's lost her home, she's lonelier than ever. As they struggle to rebuild their lives, Safiya realizes that her family has always been incomplete and with her own future in the balance, it's time to uncover the secrets that war has kept buried.

One Hug

One Hug

Author: Katrina Moore Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/01/2020

Told in joyful rhymes and bright illustrations, One Hug celebrates the many ways we embrace our loved ones. As a family wakes up to begin preparing for the arrival of their immigrant relatives, the littlest girl begins to feel left out and nervous. But an encouraging brother and the welcoming arms of her grandma help end the day with a belly full of food, jars full of fireflies, and all in cozy, snuggly slumber. From the dazzling talents of debut author Katrina Moore and illustrator Julia Woolf comes a fun, cuddly story that reminds readers how one simple hug can go a long, happy way. A perfect read-aloud to share in classrooms or at bedtime! Soft and strong, warm and snug, What's your favorite way to hug? Mom will SQUEEZE you like a bear; Dad will WHOOSH you through the air!

Love You, Love You

Love You, Love You

Author: Alison Brown Format: Board book Release Date: 23/01/2020

Love You, Love You is a cute and cuddly board book that shows the love between family members of all kinds. With heartwarming read-aloud rhymes and sweet illustrations by international artist Alison Brown, Love You, Love You is the perfect way to say, I love you! to the little ones in your life any time of year. With an adorable cover case adorned with glitter, this book is perfect for Valentine's Day, baby showers, baptisms, birthdays, new parents or grandparents, aunts and uncles, brothers and sisters, or anyone who wants to express love to the precious child in their life. Love you, Love you, Mama squeaked. Into her nest she quickly peeked. Sleeping babies softly snore. I couldn't love you any more.

All the Bright Places Film Tie-In

All the Bright Places Film Tie-In

Author: Jennifer Niven Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/01/2020

A compelling and beautiful story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who wants to die. The New York Times bestseller is soon to be a major Netflix film starring Elle Fanning and Justice Smith. _____ 'If you're looking for the next The Fault in Our Stars, this is it' - Guardian Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him. Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister's recent death. When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it's unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the 'natural wonders' of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It's only with Violet that Finch can be himself - a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who's not such a freak after all. And it's only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet's world grows, Finch's begins to shrink. How far will Violet go to save the boy she has come to love? An intense, gripping novel, perfect for fans of John Green, Jay Asher, Rainbow Rowell, Gayle Forman and Jenny Downham. Selected as the launch title for the Zoella Book Club. 'This book is amazing - I couldn't put it down' - Zoe Sugg 'A searingly honest and heartbreakingly poignant tale about the power and beauty of love' - Heat 'Sparkling' - Entertainment Weekly

Our Emotions and Behaviour: I Don't Want to Wait!: A book about patience

Our Emotions and Behaviour: I Don't Want to Wait!: A book about patience

Author: Sue Graves Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2020

A gentle picture book that examines the issue of patience in a reassuring way - perfect for young children who struggle with waiting their turn. The story offers a way in to talk about our frustrations and how we can manage them, reinforcing good behaviour. At the end of the story, there are notes for parents and teachers with suggestions of ways to help children deal with the big emotions they experience. Maisy hates waiting for anything. She gets really cross if she has to wait her turn, at school or at home. When her sister Lola is late, and then Maisy has to wait for her to play, Maisy is really cross and upset. Lola teaches her some ways to be more patient. But will Maisy be able to show more patience at the park the following day? This book is part of a series, Our Emotions and Behaviour, which is perfect for sharing with children as a gentle means of identifying and discussing their emotions, boosting their confidence and helping social and emotional development. Each book has a fun story which is backed up by suggestions for activities and ideas to talk through together and a wordless storyboard for children to tell a story themselves and reinforce the story's message. The series supports the Personal, Social and Emotional Development Area of Learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Our Emotions and Behaviour: Why Should I?: A book about respect

Our Emotions and Behaviour: Why Should I?: A book about respect

Author: Sue Graves Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2020

A gentle picture book that examines the issue of respect in a reassuring way - perfect for young children who struggle with respecting possessions, or other people's space or opinions. The story offers a way in to talk about what respect is and why it is important, reinforcing good behaviour. At the end of the story, there are notes for parents and teachers with suggestions of ways to help children deal with the big emotions they experience. Arin really struggles with showing respect for his own possessions or those of others. He doesn't see why he should respect other people's space or opionions either. But when everyone gets upset with him, Arin feels upset, too. Grandpa helps to explain how being respectful shows care for others, and how treating others how he wishes to be treated himself will make him, and others, feel happier. This book is part of a series, Our Emotions and Behaviour, which is perfect for sharing with children as a gentle means of identifying and discussing their emotions, boosting their confidence and helping social and emotional development. Each book has a fun story which is backed up by suggestions for activities and ideas to talk through together and a wordless storyboard for children to tell a story themselves and reinforce the story's message. The series supports the Personal, Social and Emotional Development Area of Learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Nothing Ever Happens Here

Nothing Ever Happens Here

Author: Sarah Hagger-Holt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2020

This is Littlehaven. Nothing ever happens here. Until the spotlight hits my family. Izzy's family is under the spotlight when her dad comes out as Danielle, a trans woman. Izzy is terrified her family will be torn apart. Will she lose her dad? Will her parents break up? And what will people at school say? Izzy's always been shy, but now all eyes are on her. Can she face her fears, find her voice and stand up for what's right?