And the winners are...

In the Picture Book category

Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam- Tracey Corderoy and Steven Lenton (Nosy Crow)


In the Poetry category: 

Buzzing- Anneliese Emmans Dean (Brambleby Books Ltd)


In the Quality Fiction category: 

The River Singers- Tom Moorhouse (Oxford University Press) 


In the Read Aloud category:

Hercufleas- Sam Gayton (Anderson Press)


In the Information category:

Maps- Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinski (Big Picture Press)

Shortlist 2015

Teachers, librarians, teaching assistants and book lovers from across North Somerset have spent the past few months reading the nominations for the North Somerset Teachers’ Book Award. This aims to champion a selection of the best children’s literature on offer for use in the primary classroom.


The North Somerset Teachers’ Book Award 2015 shortlist has been announced. Among those shortlisted are heroic, raison-sized fleas, poetic bees, a musical rhino and an unusually large waddle of penguins. 


Who will win? Educators countywide are invited to read the shortlist and vote for their favourite in each category. The chosen books represent the best newcomers, neglected treasures and unsung heroes, selected not only for enjoyment, but also their educational value. 


As professionals who work with children every day, we are passionate about raising the profile of quality children’s literature which will engage and inspire children to develop a life-long love of reading. We are also qualified to prepare materials which will drive and enrich the primary curriculum. With this aim in mind, we are committed to offering teaching sequences based around the winning titles. 


Our dedicated website features reviews of all the long listed titles along with numerous suggestions for classroom use. There will now be a section for the short list with a link to each review. We welcome teachers to email their votes and share their thoughts about each title.


The full shortlist for North Somerset Teachers’ Book Award 2015 is as follows:

Picture Books:

Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion- Alex T Smith (Scholastic)

Pom Pom Gets the Grumps- Sophy Henn (Puffin)

365 Penguins- Jean-Luc Fromental(Harry N. Abrams, Inc)

Lili- Wen Dee Tan(Fat Fox Books Ltd)

Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam- Tracey Corderoy and Steven Lenton (Nosy Crow)

At The Same Moment Around the World- Clotilde Perrin (Chronicle Books) 



Buzzing- Anneliese Emmans Dean (Brambleby Books Ltd)

My Rhino Plays the Xylophone- Graham Denton (A & C Black)

What Are We Fighting For? – Brian Moses and Roger Stevens (Macmillan)


Quality Fiction: 

The River Singers- Tom Moorhouse (OUP) 

Raven Boy- Pippa Goodhart (Catnip Publishing)

The Shiver Stone- Sharon Tregenza (Firefly Press)

The Fastest Boy in the World- Elizabeth Laird (Macmillan)

(N.B: There are four titles in this category due to a split vote)


Read Aloud:

Small Change For Stuart- Lissa Evans (Corgi Children’s)

The Lion Who Stole My Arm- Nicola Davies (Walker)

Hercufleas- Sam Gayton (Anderson Press)



The What on Earth Wall Book: Shakespeare- Christopher Lloyd (What On Earth?)

Maps- Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinski (Big Picture Press)

A Walk in Paris- Salvatore Rubbino (Walker)

The 2015 Longlist

All the books we feel deserve to be celebrated as outstanding children's Literature.


Oi Frog by Kes Gray & Jim Field

Sir Lilypad by Anna Kemp & Sara Ogilvie

365 Penguins by Jean-Luc Fromental

Pom Pom Gets the Grumps by Sophy Henn

Is There a Dog in this Book? by Vivian Schwarz

Missing Mummy by Rebecca Cobb

The Princess and the Pea by Xanthe Gresham

Daisy Saves the Day by Shirley Hughes

Something Else by Kathryn Cave and Chris Riddell

Some Dogs Do by Jez Alborough

Happy Hooves, Ta Dah! by Anna Bogie

Lili by Wen Dee Tan

Little Bell and the Moon by Giles Paley-Phillips

The Me Me Me’s: Angry Me by Annabelle Neilson

 Star Seeker A Journey to Outer Space by Theresa Heine

The Flower by John Light

At the same Moment Around the World by Clotilde Perrin

I Am Cat by Jackie Morris

Walter and The No Need to Worry Suit by Rachel Bright

Dogs don't do ballet by Anna Kemp & Sara Ogilvie

My Teacher is a Monster by Peter Brown

The Something by Rebecca Cobb

Recipe for a Story by Ella Burfoot

Hide and Scare Bear by Ivan Bates

The Wonder by Faye Hanson

Princess Daisy and the Dragon and the Nincompoop Knights by Steve Lenton

Cinderella’s Sister and the Big Bad Wolf by Lorraine Carey

Open Very Carefully: A Book With Bite by Nick Bromley and Nicola O’Byrne

Use Your Imagination by Nicola O'Byrne

Nuts in Space Elys Dolan

Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam by Tracey Corderoy

The Big Monster Snorybook Leigh Hodgkinson

Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion by Alex T Smith

Dangerous by Tim Warnes

On Sudden Hill by Linda Sarah & Benji Davies

The First Slodge by Jeanne Willis and Jenni Desmond



 Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson & Jane Chapman

Poems of the Second World War Compiled by Gaby Morgan

Macavity the Mystery Cat by TS Eliot & Arthur Robins

My Rhino Plays the Xylophone by Graham Denton

Buzzing by Anneliese Emmans Dean

Green Poems for a Blue Planet by Martin Kiszko

What Are we Fighting For? by Brian Moses & Roger Stevens

 I Am A Poetato by John Hegley

Sun Time, Snow Time by Grace Nichols


Littlenose the Hunter by John Grant

The River Singers by Tom Moorhouse

Beowulf by Kevin Crossley-Holland

The Story of Gilgamesh by Yiyun Li

The Fastest Boy in the World by Elizabeth Laird

The Amazing Tale of Ali Pasha by Michael Foreman

Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley

 Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell

The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow by Katherine Woodfine

A Whisper of Wolves by Kris Humphrey

Plum Puddings and Paper Moons by Glenda Millard

The Imaginary by A F Harrold and Emily Gravett

Raven Boy by Pippa Goodhart

The Shiver Stone by Sharon Tregenza

Journey by Aaron Becker

Earth Tales by Dawn Casey

Hitler’s Canary by Sandy Toksvig


Archie Green and the Magician’s Secret by D.D.Everest

Unreal by Paul Jennings

Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman

Small Change for Stuart by Lissa Evans

Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty

The Farm Beneath the Water by Helen Peters

Dixie O’Day In the Fast Lane by Shirley Hughes and Clara Vulliamy

The Lion Who Stole My Arm by Nicola Davies

Hercufleas by Sam Gayton

Ottoline and the Yellow Cat by Chris Riddell

Ironheart by Allan Boroughs

Maisie Hitchins: The Case of the Stolen Sixpence by Holly Webb

Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead


Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor by Jon Scieszka

The What on Earth? WallBook of Shakespeare by Christopher Lloyd and Dr Nick Walton

Maps by Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinski

Creaturepedia by Adrienne Barman

Cross section Castles by Stephen Biesty

Tiny The Invisible World of Microbes by Nicola Davies

Animalium by Katie Scott

 A Walk in Paris by Salvatore Rubbino

Until I Met Dudley by Roger McGough