The shortlist is here!

Here at the NSTBA HQ, we are so proud to announce the 2016 short listed books. All the books on our long list are fantastic, but the following have made it to the next stage of this year's awards.


The Lion Inside- Rachel Bright and Jim Field

Life is Magic- Meg McLaren

Little Home Bird- Jo Empson

Nibbles The Book Monster- Emma Yarlett

A River- Marc Martin

A Beginner's Guide to Bear Spotting- Michelle Robinson, illustrated by David Roberts



The Silly Book of Weird and Wacky Words- Andy Seed, illustrated by Scott Garrett

Corpse Talk Bk 1- Adam Murphy

Shakespeare: Scenes from the Life of the World's Greatest Writer- Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom

Professor Astro Cat's Atomic Adventure- Ben Newman and Dominic Walliman



Bear and Rabbit: Rabbit's Bad Habit- Julian Gough and Jim Field

Dave Pigeon- Swapna Haddow, illustrated by Sheena Dempsey

The Genius Factor: How to Capture An Invisible Cat- Paul Tobin, illustrated by Katie Abey

Top Dog- Emma Rea



Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot- Horatio Clare, illustrated by Jane Matthews

Heartsong- Kevin Crossley-Holland, illustrated by Jane Ray

The Wild Robot- Peter Brown

River of Stories Book 4- Alice Curry, illustrated by Emma Butler



Werewolf Club Rules- Joseph Coelho

Flo of the Somme- Hilary Robinson, illustrated by Martin Impey

1066 and Before That- Brian Moses and Roger Stevens

Over the Hills- Elizabeth Hammill



Island- Nicky Singer, illustrated by Chris Riddell

We Are Giants- Amber Lee Dodd

Knights of the Borrowed Dark- Dave Rudden

River of Ink- Helen Dennis


So- next step: voting!

To vote for the short listed books in our awards, you need to:

  • be in education- teacher, school librarian, LSA, HLTA, etc...
  • read all the books in a category
  • email your votes to us by Friday 28th October.

Please email your votes to with the name of each category you are voting for and the score for each book. In the Picture Book category, your favourite book will get 6 points, the next 5 and so on to 1 point. In each other category, your favourite will get 4 points, next 3, next 2 and then 1.

You do not have to vote in all categories, but you must have read all the books in each category you vote for.


We look forward to announcing the results at our awards ceremony on the 12th November!