This is a great little award, founded in 2018, which highlights illustrated early fiction. The award takes its name from The Alligator’s Mouth Children’s Bookshop in Richmond and has as its official partners Gardners Books and The Bright Agency.
Gardners, the book distributor, is specifically supporting the award by offering independent bookshops across the UK a 52.5% discount on the following titles throughout May.
Here is the shortlist in full:
The Adventures of Harry Stevenson written and illustrated by Ali Pye (Simon & Schuster Children’s UK)
Hotel Flamingo written and illustrated by Alex Milway (Piccadilly Press, Bonnier)
King Coo: The Curse of the Mummy’s Gold written and illustrated by Adam Stower (David Fickling Books)
The Naughtiest Unicorn written by Pip Bird and illustrated by David O’Connell (Egmont)
Two Sides written by Polly Ho-Yen and illustrated by Binny Talib (Stripes Publishing)
The winner will be announced in June.