Specsavers Children’s Book of the Year (Junior)
Imaginary Fred by Eoin Colfer and Oliver Jeffers (HarperCollins Children’s Books)
A Dublin Fairytale by Nicola Colton (The O’Brien Press)
The Boy Who Fell Off the Mayflower, or John Howland’s Good Fortune by PJ Lynch (Walker Books)
The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers (HarperCollins Children’s Books)
The Snow Beast by Chris Judge (Andersen Press)
I’m a Girl! by Yasmeen Ismail (Bloomsbury Children’s Books)
Specsavers Children’s Book of the Year (Senior)
Asking For It by Louise O’ Neill (Quercus Books)
Darkmouth: Worlds Explode by Shane Hegarty (HarperCollins Children’s Books)
Demon Road by Derek Landy (HarperCollins Children’s Books)
One by Sarah Crossan (Bloomsbury Children’s Books)
Once Upon a Place by Eoin Colfer (Little Island Books)
The Boy at the Top of the Mountain by John Boyne (Doubleday Children’s)
Devon authors Lucy Tapper and Steve Wilson have been nominated for a award for their first children’s book.
Devon authors Lucy Tapper and Steve Wilson have been nominated for a award for their first children’s book.
The couple who run illustration company, From Lucy, in Tavistock have been shortlisted for the Evening Standard’s
children’s book award- Oscar’s First Book Prize for Hedgehugs.
Steve said: “Lucy and I are absolutely over the moon, just to be shortlisted is amazing. Fingers crossed.”
Lucy, 34, and Steve, 40, a former TV presenter on Live and Kicking and This Morning, started the business based on Lucy’s artistic skills.
Her illustrations of woodland creatures and fairyfolk have thousands of fans including Holly Willoughby, Fearne Cotton, Emma Willis and Colleen Rooney.
The couple’s children’s book Hedgehugs published last year has led to UK and American publishing deals with four more titles in the pipeline.
The next, Horace and Hattiepillar, comes out next month.
The couple will find out if Hedgehugs has been successful on awards night on Thursday, May 7 in Holborn, London.
The winner will receive a £5,000 cheque presented by The Fall actress Gillian Anderson, who is part of the judging panel.
2015 CLPE Poetry Award Shortlist
• Mandy Coe (editor): Let in the Stars, illustrated by The Manchester School of Art, The Manchester Writing School, Manchester Metropolitan University.
• Joseph Coelho: Werewolf Club Rules, illustrated by John O’Leary, Frances Lincoln
• Georgie Horrell, Aisha Spencer and Morag Styles (editors): Give the Ball to the Poet. A New Anthology of Caribbean Poetry, illustrated by Jane Ray, Commonwealth Education Trust
• Hilda Offen: Blue Balloons and Rabbit Ears, Troika Books
• Rachel Rooney: My Life as a Goldfish and other poems, illustrated by Ellie Jenkins, Frances Lincoln
The CLPE Poetry Award for a book of poetry for children was launched in 2003. This is the only Award for published poetry for children.
Judges (Chaired by Roger McGough)
Poet and Children’s Poetry Award 2014 winner for Wayland
Poetry anthologist, performer and expert
Children’s author and Chair of the Siobhan Dowd Trust
CLPE Poetry Programme Manager
A total of eight titles have been shortlisted this year for the Little Rebels Children’s Book Award for radical children’s fiction, now in its third year.
- Trouble on Cable Street by Joan Lingard (Catnip Books), set in 1936 London during the rise of Mosley’s Fascist Blackshirts.
- Girl With a White Dog by debut novelist Anne Booth (Catnip Books), exploring prejudice and discrimination and linking the Holocaust directly through to the present.
- Scarlet Ibis by Gill Lewis (Oxford University Press) which examines the care system and attitudes towards mental health; this is Gill Lewis’ 2nd appearance on the Little Rebels shortlist after Moon Bear was selected last year.
- Nadine Dreams of Home by Bernard Ashley (Barrington Stoke), a dyslexia-friendly book about a child who has fled the Congolese civil conflict to settle in the UK.
- Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton (Walker Books); a subtle picture book about kindness and friendship winning out over force and enmity.
- Grandma by another debut author/illustrator, Jessica Shepherd (Child’s Play); a child- friendly exploration of dementia.
- Made by Raffi by Craig Pomranz, illustrated by Margaret Chamberlain (Janetta Otter-Barry Books/Frances Lincoln) about a boy who feels different from the other boys at school.
- Pearl Power by Mel Elliott, published by newcomer indie, I Love Mel (dis. Turnaround Publisher Services) about a little girl and her encounters with gender inequality.
The Little Rebels Children’s Book Award recognises fiction for ages 0-12 which promotes or celebrates social justice and equality. It is given by the Alliance of Radical Booksellers (ARB) and is administered by specialist children’s booksellers and 2015 ALMA nominee, Letterbox Library. The judges are Kim Reynolds (Professor of Children’s Lit. Newcastle University), Wendy Cooling, (Bookstart co-founder & editor) and Elizabeth Laird (children’s author).
The winner of the Little Rebels Award will be announced at The London Radical Bookfair and Alternative Press Takeover on Saturday May 9th.
Russell Clark Illustration Award Finalists
- Marmaduke Duck on the Wide Blue Seas by Sarah Davis – Scholastic
- Jim’s Letters by Jenny Cooper – Penguin Random House
- Have you seen a monster? by Raymond McGrath – Penguin Random House
- So Many Wonderfuls by Tina Matthews – Walker Books
- Mrs Mo’s Monster by Paul Beavis – Gecko Press
Bye! Bye! Bye! by Stephanie Junovich
Go Home Flash! by Ruth Paul
Moonman by Ned Barraud
The Song of Kauri by Melinda Syzmanik
I Am Not a Worm by Scott Tulloch
LIANZA Young Adult Finalists
- I am Rebecca by Fleur Beale – Penguin Random House
- The Red Suitcase by Jill Harris – Makaro Press
- Singing Home the Whale by Mandy Hager – Penguin Random House
- Recon Team Angel: Vengeance by Brian Falkner – Walker Books
- Night Vision by Ella West – Allen and Unwin
Kiwis at War by Susan Brocker
Spark by Rachel Craw
The Bow by Catherine Mayo
Awakening by Natalie King
Unworthy by Joanne Armstrong
Magic and Makutu by David Hair
Elsie Locke Nonfiction Finalists
- The Book of Hat by Harriet Rowland – Makaro Press
- A New Zealand Nature Journal by Sandra Morris – Walker Books
- Maori Art for Kids by Julie Noanoa and Norm Heke – Potton and Burton Publishing
- Mōtītī Blue and the Oil Spill: A Story from the Rena Disaster by Debbie McCauley – Mauao Publishing
- New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame: 25 Kiwi Champions by Maria Gill and Marco Ivancic – New Holland
Under the Ocean by Ned Barraud and Gillian Candler
Offloading with Sonny Bill by David Riley
Ghoulish Getups by Fifi Colston
Loves me not : How to keep relationships safe : based on the Sophie Elliott story and what we missed by Lesley Elliott
Taratoa and the Code of Conduct by Debbie McCauley
One Girl One Dream by Laura Dekker
Esther Glen Junior Fiction Finalists
- Monkey Boy by Donovan Bixley – Scholastic
- The Volume of Possible Endings (A Tale of Fontania) by Barbara Else – Gecko
- Conrad Cooper’s Last Stand by Leonie Agnew – Penguin
- Trouble in Time by Adele Broadbent – Scholastic
- Letterbox Cat by Paula Green – Scholastic
The Song of Kauri by Melinda Syzmanik
The Deadly Sky by David Hill
Island of Lost Horses by Stacy Gregg
Dappled Annie and the Tigrish by Mary McCallum
The Night of the Perigee Moon by Juliet Jacka
Te Kura Pounamu (Te Reo Māori) Finalists
- Ngā Kī by Sacha Cotter, Josh Morgan and Kawata Teepa – Huia
- Hui E! by various authors – Huia
- Tūtewehi by Fred Te Maro – Huia
- Kimihia by Te Mihinga Komene and Scott Pearson – Huia
- An early Te Reo Reading Book Series by Carolyn Collis – Summer Rose Booksvia The LIANZA Children’s Book Awards 2015 Finalists | LIANZA.
The Waterstones Children’s Book Prize is awarded to authors of debut or second books. Works of fiction published in 2014 will compete in three categories: illustrated books, fiction for ages 5-12 and books for teenagers. Winners of each category will receive £2,000, with an extra £3,000 for the overall winner. The results will be announced at Waterstones Piccadilly on March 26. Last year’s winner was Katherine Rundell for Rooftoppers.
Best Illustrated Book
The Queen’s Hat by Steve Antony (Hodder / Hachette Children’s)
The Dawn Chorus by Suzanne Barton (Bloomsbury)
Blown Away by Rob Biddulph (HarperCollins)
Where Bear? by Sophy Henn (Puffin)
Atlas of Adventures by Lucy Letherland, words by Rachel Williams (Wide Eyed Editions)
The Sea Tiger by Victoria Turnbull (Templar)
Best Fiction for 5-12s
Girl with a White Dog by Anne Booth (Catnip)
Cowgirl by G.R. Gemin (Nosy Crow)
Boy in the Tower by Polly Ho-Yen (Random House Children’s Publishers)
Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens (Random House Children’s Publishers)
Violet and the Pearl of the Orient by Harriet Whitehorn, illustrated by Becka Moor (Simon & Schuster)
A Boy Called Hope by Lara Williamson (Usborne Publishing)
Best Book for Teens
The Apple Tart of Hope by Sarah Moore Fitzgerald (Orion Children’s Books)
Half Bad by Sally Green (Penguin)
Dead Ends by Erin Lange (Faber & Faber)
Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill (Quercus)
Smart by Kim Slater (Macmillan Children’s Books)
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton (Walker Books)
- Animalium written by Jenny Broom and illustrated by Katie Scott (Big Picture Press)
- Corpse Talk: Season 1 by Adam Murphy (David Fickling Books)
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- The Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff written by Andy Seed and illustrated by Scott Garrett (Bloomsbury)
“I choked on my biscuit”: read site member ExtraEpic’s review
“This book will blow the roof off!”: read site member Rider’s review
- Boy in the Tower by Polly Ho-Yen (Doubleday Children’s)
“I like how the characters talk in their own, fun way”: read site member Felixreads’ review
- Goth Girl and the Fete Worse Than Death by Chris Riddell (Macmillan Children’s Books)
Chris Riddell explains the inspiration behind Goth Girl
“This book is enchanting and a delightful read”: read site member MarsBar27’s review of Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse
- The Spy Who Loved School Dinners written by Pamela Butchart and illustrated by Thomas Flintham (Nosy Crow)
This year’s Waterstones Book of the Year shortlist – nominated by Waterstones Booksellers – “proves that the quality and range of publishing in 2014 is as thrilling as ever. In fact, there were so many brilliant books published this year that we had to expand our shortlist to eight titles from our usual six.”
Waterstones Managing Director James Daunt summed the list up by saying “Any one may be crowned our Book of the Year with pride but – my goodness – it will be for a variety of reasons: all is well in the world of bookselling!”
The winner will be announced on Tuesday 2nd December – but in the meantime here’s a look at each of the shortlisted books.
by Laura Bates
This book is a manifesto for change; a ground breaking, anecdotal examination of sexism in modern day society. Everyone has a tipping point – and at her’s, Laura Bates decided to launch the fourth wave of feminism.
“This book creates the passion, anger and energy in people to talk about these issues and engage in feminism in a way that other books have tried and failed to do.” Jeni, Waterstones Manchester Deansgate
by Jessie Burton
An atmospheric literary thriller set in seventeenth century Amsterdam. Written by actress-turned novelist Jessie Burton, it was our Fiction Book of the Month back in July and is the best-selling debut novel of the year.
“A dark tale of heady spices, sugar, and religious fervour. An insightful depiction of an intriguing period.” Inge, Waterstones Aberystwyth
The Narrow Road to the Deep North,
by Richard Flanagan
Man Booker Prize winner The Narrow Road to the Deep North is not just a war story (dedicated to his father who was a prisoner of war) but a love story. Hailed as a masterpiece, Richard Flanagan‘s epic novel tells the unforgettable story of one man’s reckoning with the truth.
“The most powerful, moving and poetic novel I have read since Cormac McCarthy‘s The Road. This story’s basis in fact however makes it all the more chilling. There is not a person I have met since reading it that I’ve not recommended it to.” Dan, Waterstones.com
Persiana: Recipes from the Middle East & Beyond,
by Sabrina Ghayour
A celebration of the food and flavours from the regions near the Southern and Eastern shores of the Mediterranean Sea. A beautiful book that has already been named Observer Food Monthly’s Book of the Year.Try Sabrina Ghayour‘s take on Eaton Mess to see for yourself.
“Not since our first book of the year Polpo has form met function to such lip-smacking, salivation-inducing, tummy-rumbling effect as in Persiana.” Kerry, Waterstones.com
Once Upon An Alphabet,
by Oliver Jeffers
The letters of our alphabet work tirelessly to make words that in turn make stories, but what if there was a story FOR each of the letters instead? A work of exhilarating originality from artist Oliver Jeffers that is packed with funny, thrilling, perilous and above all entertaining tales inspired by every letter in the alphabet.
“I fell in love with this playful take on the alphabet; it’s one of the most unusual and best picture books of the year.” Floretyna, Assistant Children’s Buyer
The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories,
by Marina Keegan
A hope-filled collection of essays and stories from Marina Keegan, who died in a car crash five days after her graduation from college in America, that articulates the universal struggle of working out what we aspire to be.
“A superb book that is truly inspiring and gives you a new perspective on things in life.” Laura, Waterstones Bournemouth Castle Point
H is for Hawk,
by Helen Macdonald
This year’s Samuel Johnson Prize winner, H is for Hawk is a record of a spiritual journey. An unflinchingly honest account of Macdonald’s struggle with the grief of losing her father, and her attempts at catharsis through the difficult process of training a goshawk. Woven throughout the story is Macdonald’s retelling of author T.H. White‘s own attempts to train a hawk. It’s a book that is as hard to explain fully as it is to forget.
“Genuinely captured the imagination of readers of all kinds, and continued the rebirth of beautiful nature writing & publishing.” Joanna, Stratford Upon Avon
Capital in the Twenty-First Century, by Thomas Pikkety
A thought-provoking, brilliant and much-talked about economics book – and that’s not a common combination.Capital in the Twenty-First Century – nominated for this year’s FT and McKinsey Business Book of the Year – reorients our understanding of economic history and confronts us with sobering lessons for today.
“I’ve never seen such demand for a business or economics title.” Ian, Waterstones
Books for Younger Children
- Dragon Loves Penguin – Debi Gliori (Bloomsbury)
- The Day the Crayons Quit – Oliver Jeffers and Drew Daywalt (HarperCollins)
- Go to Sleep or I Let Loose The Leopard – Steve Cole and Bruce Ingman (Jonathan Cape)
- That Is Not a Good Idea – Mo Willems (Walker)
Books for Younger Readers
- Baby Aliens Got My Teacher – Pamela Butchart (Nosy Crow)
- The Bomber Dog – Megan Rix (Puffin)
- Demon Dentist – David Walliams (HarperCollins)
Books for Older Readers
- Noble Conflict – Malorie Blackman (Doubleday)
- Prince of the Icemark – Stuart Hill (Chicken House)
- Split Second – Sophie McKenzie (Simon & Schuster)
- Laurie Halse Anderson, The Impossible Knife of Memory (Viking/ Penguin Group (USA))
- Gail Giles, Girls Like Us (Candlewick Press)
- Carl Hiaasen, Skink—No Surrender (Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers/ Random House)
- Kate Milford, Greenglass House (Clarion Books/ Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
- Eliot Schrefer, Threatened (Scholastic Press)
- Steve Sheinkin, The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights
(Roaring Brook Press/ Macmillan Publishers)
- Andrew Smith, 100 Sideways Miles (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers/ Simon & Schuster)
- John Corey Whaley, Noggin (Atheneum Books for Young Readers/ Simon & Schuster)
- Deborah Wiles, Revolution: The Sixties Trilogy, Book Two (Scholastic Press)
- Jacqueline Woodson, Brown Girl Dreaming (Nancy Paulsen Books/ Penguin Group (USA))