And the winners are...

In the Picture Book Category

Superbat by Matt Carr (Scholastic)



In the Poetry Book Category

Reaching The Stars: Poems About Extraordinary Women & Girls by Jan Dean, Liz Brownlee & Michaela Morgan (Macmillan Children's Books)


In the Read Aloud Category

S.C.R.E.A.M: The Mummy's Revenge by Andrew Beasley (Usborne)


In the Information Category

Lessor Spotted Animals by Martin Brown (David Fickling Books)


In the Moving On Category

Black Powder by Ally Sherrick (Chicken House)


In the Quality Fiction Category

A Song For Will and the Lost Gardeners of Heligan by Hilary Robinson & Martin Impey (Strauss House Productions)


The 2017 Shortlist

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.



Picture Books

‘Monster in the Hood’ by Steve Antony, published by OUP


‘Max and Bird’ by Ed Vere, published by Puffin

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‘Odd Dog Out’ by Rob Biddulph, published by Harper Collins


‘Superbat’ by Matt Carr, published by Scholastic


‘I Don’t Want Curly Hair’ by Laura Ellen Andersen, published by Bloomsbury


‘Plenty of Love to Go Around’ by Emma Chichester Clark, published by Red Fox




‘A Poem for Every Night of the Year’ edited by Allie Esiri, illustrated by Zanna Goldhawk, published by Macmillan


‘Reaching the Stars – Poems About Extraordinary Women & Girls’ by Jan Dean, Liz Brownlee and Michaela Morgan, published by Macmillan


‘A Rocketful of Space Poems’ chosen by John Foster, illustrated by Korky Paul, published by Frances Lincoln


‘All Aboard the London Bus’ by Patricia Toht, illustrated by Sam Usher, published by Frances Lincoln



Read Aloud

‘S.C.R.E.A.M, The Mummy’s Revenge’ by Andrew Beasley, published by Usborne


‘Giant’ by Kate Scott, illustrated by Alexandra Gunn, published by Piccadilly Press


‘Me and Mister P’ by Maria Farrer, illustrated by Daniel Rieley, published by OUP


‘They Didn’t Teach This in Worm School’ by Simone Lia, published by Walker Books



Information Books

‘SPLAT! The Most Exciting Artists of All Time’ by Mary Richards, published by Thames & Hudson


‘Lesser Spotted Animals – The Brilliant Beasts You Never Knew You Needed to Know About’ by Martin Brown, published by David Fickling Books


‘The Big Book of Bugs’ by Yuval Zommer, published by Thames & Hudson


‘Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World’ by Kate Pankhurst, published by Bloomsbury



Quality Fiction

‘The Jamie Drake Equation’ by Christopher Edge, illustrated by Mike Saunders, published by Nosy Crow


‘A Song for Will (and the Lost Gardeners of Heligan)’ by Hilary Robinson, illustrated by Martin Impey, published by Strauss House


‘A Wisp of Wisdom (Animal Tales from Cameroon)’ by various, illustrated by Emmie van Biervliet, published by Lantana

(Contributing authors – Geraldine McCaughrean, Abi Elphinstone, Adèle Geras, Ifeoma Onyefulu, Sarah Lean, Tom Moorhouse, Beverley Naidoo, Piers Torday, Elizabeth Laird, Lucy Christopher and Gill Lewis)


‘A Year Full of Stories’ by Angela McAllister, illustrated by Christopher Corr, published by Frances Lincoln



Moving On

‘Black Powder’ by Ally Sherrick, published by Chicken House


‘The Huntress – Sea’ by Sarah Driver, illustrated by Joe McLaren, published by Egmont


‘Murder in Midwinter’ by Fleur Hitchcock, published by Nosy Crow


‘Welcome to Nowhere’ by Elizabeth Laird, illustrated by Lucy Eldridge, published by Macmillan


The 2017 Longlist

Celebrating outstanding children's literature...


Here Comes Mr Postmouse by Marianne Dubuc, translated by Greet Pauwelijn

 Penguin Problems by Jory John, illustrated by Lane Smith

Monster in the Hood by Steve Antony

Max and Bird by Ed Vere

Superbat by Matt Carr

Can I Join Your Club? by John Kelly, illustrated by Steph Laberis

Baxter's Book by Hrefna Bragadottir

Pigeon PI by Meg McLaren

Plenty of Love to Go Around by Emma Chichester Clark

The Covers of My Book are Too Far Apart (and other grumbles) by Vivian French, illustrated by Nigel Baines

Welcome by Barroux

We're All Wonders by R.J.Palacio

Odd Dog Out by Rob Biddulph

I Don't Want Curly Hair by Laura Ellen Anderson

The Secret of Black Rock by Joe Todd Stanton

Pattan's Pumpkin by Chitra Soundar, illustrated by Frane Lessac

Snail Mail by Sharon King-Chai

The Elephant's Umbrella by Laleh Jaffari, illustrated by Ali Khodai, translated by Azita Rassi

Once Upon A Jungle by Laura Knowles, illustrated by James Boast

Bob the Artist by Marion Deuchars



I Don’t Like Poetry by Joshua Seigal

A Poem for Every Night of the Year edited by Allie Esiri

You Belong Here by M H Clark, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault

The White Cat and the Monk by Jo Ellen Bogart, illustrated by Sydney Smith

All Aboard the London Bus by Patricia Toht, illustrated by Sam Usher

Wonderland: Alice in Poetry edited by Michaela Morgan

Where Zebras Go by Sue Hardy-Dawson

Reaching the Stars: Poems about Extraordinary Women and Girls by Liz Brownlee, Jan Dean and Michaela Morgan

Moon Juice: Poems for Children by Kate Wakeling, illustrated by Elina Braslina

Adder, Bluebell, Lobster by Chrissie Gittins, illustrated by Paul Bommer

Zim Zam Zoom by James Carter, illustrated by Nicola Colton

A Rocketful of Space Poems by John Foster, illustrated by Korky Paul


They Didn’t Teach This At Worm School by Simone Lia

Me and Mr P by Maria Farrer, illustrated by Daniel Rieley

The Everything Machine by Ally Kennen

The Great Shelby Holmes: Girl Detective by Elizabeth Eulberg, illustrated by Matt Robertson

Pigsticks and Harold and the Pirate Treasure by Alex Milway

Mango and Bambang: The Not-a-Pig by Polly Faber, illustrated by Clara Vulliamy

The Book Shop Girl by Sylvia Bishop, illustrated by Ashley King

Radio Boy by Christian O'Connell, illustrated by Rob Biddulph

S.C.R.E.A.M: The Mummy's Revenge by Andrew Beasley

Rose Raventhorpe Investigates: Black Cats and Butlers by Janine Beacham

Giant by Kate Scott, illustrated by Alexandra Gunn

The Secret Diary of John Drawbridge by Philip Ardagh, illustrated by Jamie Littler


The Hello Atlas by Ben Handicott, illustrated by Kenard Pak

Lesser Spotted Animals by Martin Brown

Dinosaurs in 30 Seconds by Sean Callery, illustrated by Sam Hubbard

Fantastically Great Women who Changed the World by Kate Pankhurst

The Big Book of Bugs by Yuval Zommer and Barbara Taylor (Bug expert)

The Super-Intelligent, High-Tech Robot Book by Jon Milton, illustrated by Dan Newman

Peter in Peril by Helen Bate

Splat!: The Most Exciting Artists of All Time by Mary Richards

I (Don’t) Like Snakes by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Luciano Lozano

Children Just Like Me by Catherine Saunders, Sam Priddy and Katy Lennon

Look I’m A Scientist by DK

Pharaoh’s Fate by Camille Gautier and Stephanie Vernet, illustrated by Margaux Carpentier, translated by Catherine Bruzzone


A Year Full of Stories: 52 Folk Tales and Legends from Around the World by Angela McAllister, illustrated by Christopher Corr

The White Fox by Jackie Morris

Sweet Pizza by G R Gemin

The Jamie Drake Equation by Christopher Edge

Evie’s Ghost by Helen Peters

Podkin One Ear by Kieran Larwood, illustrated by David Wyatt

Ollie’s Odyssey by William Joyce

A Wisp of Wisdom: Animal Tales from Cameroon told by various authors, illustrated by Emmie van Biervliet

A Song for Will - The Lost Gardeners of Heligan by Hilary Robinson, illustrated by Martin Impey

The Girl with No Nose by Georgia Byng, illustrated by Gary Blythe

Treasury of Norse Mythology by Donna Jo Napoli, illustrated by Christina Balit

Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk


Welcome to Nowhere by Elizabeth Laird

Short by Holly Goldberg Sloan

The Guggenheim Mystery by Robin Stevens and Siobhan Dowd

Black Powder by Ally Sherrick

The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill

Chase by Linwood Barclay

Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock

A Girl Called Owl by Amy Wilson

The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson

The Huntress: Sea by Sarah Driver

Survivors of the Holocaust by Zane Whittingham and Ryan Jones