NSTBA18...only two more sleeps!

Could we be any more excited? After another year of reading, discussing, reviewing and meeting, we are almost ready to announce the winners of this year’s North Somerset Teachers’ Book Awards. The short list for each category is full of wonderful books- each one a complete winner! Each was chosen because, as teachers, we feel they would be excellent to use in school. We have already used many of them with our children with fabulous results!

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All the votes are in, have been counted and checked by an independent person. We are delighted that so many of our shortlisted authors and illustrators are able to attend and are really looking forward to seeing them on Saturday.

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We have been really touched by some of the lovely messages that we have had from past winners of our awards, all of whom are invited to attend each year.


Thank you for inviting me to your wonderful awards. I am so very sorry that I will not be able to attend as I am due to be on BBC Radio 4 that day talking about Dulce et Decorum Est and my WW1 books. You know how honoured I have been to be given 2 awards previously and I'm sure the latest winners will be as pleased as I was. Thank you for your kind support over these past few years and may the NSTBA's grow from strength to strength. Please give my very best wishes to all the wonderful staff, helpers and volunteers that make the awards happen.

Martin Impey (2016 Poetry Winner and 2017 Quality Fiction Winner with Hilary Robinson)

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Do have a wonderful day, and please wish everyone on then team all my very best. 

Tom Moorhouse (Quality Fiction winner 2015)

Oh how I'd love to come and feast on some of your delicious cakes with you all on 10 November. Sadly, I'm unable to make it to Weston-super-Mare that day. I hope it is a really special day for all concerned - and that I get to make one of your award ceremonies another year.

With best wishes, A Very Proud NSTBA winner of yore ... (aka Anneliese) (Poetry winner 2015)

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I’m so sorry I can’t make it. We’ve just moved to New Zealand. Please say a huge congratulations to absolutely everyone who made the shortlist and the brilliant winners. Sending you all big congratulatory hugs from New Zealand,

Swapna (Read Aloud winner 2016)

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The ceremony starts at 2 pm on Saturday and the winners will be tweeted as soon as they are announced. We are very grateful to the wonderful team at Waterstones, Weston-super-Mare (particularly Rowan!) who have helped us with the bookshop for the day.

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Thank you as well to all the publishers who have been so supportive this year. We can’t wait to announce the winners!