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2018 Picture Book Shortlist

So here it is...

the NSTBA 2018 Picture Book Shortlist.

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Almost Anything    Sophy Henn

Puffin     ISBN: 978-0141385471

Read the long list review here.

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Fairy Tale Pets    Tracey Corderoy, illustrated by Jorge Martin

Little Tiger    ISBN: 978-1848694422

You can read the long list review here.

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Goat's Coat   Tom Percival, illustrated by Christine Pym

Bloomsbury    ISBN: 978-1408881026

You can read the long list review here.

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Look Out, It's A Dragon!       Jonny Lambert

Little Tiger    ISBN:  978-1848698215

You can read the long list review here.

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Lulu Gets a Cat     Anna McQuinn, illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw

Alanna Books    ISBN: 978-1907825163

You can read the long list review here.

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Cyril and Pat     Emily Gravett

Two Hoots       ISBN: 978-1509857272

You can read the long list review here.

Congratulations to all! The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on the 10th November. 

NSTBA18: PICTURE BOOK CATEGORY LONG LIST REMINDER!

All 80 titles for the six categories of our long list have now been reviewed! Each and every one a fantastic book, highly recommended by JAB and the NSTAB team.

The short list will be announced on the 8th September. Votes from the panel are already coming in so here's a little reminder of the twenty fabulous books on the Picture Book Category Long List.

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After the Fall      Dan Santat (Andersen Press) 

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Almost Anything - Sophy Henn (Puffin)

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Cyril and Pat- Emily Gravett (Two Hoots)

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Fairy Tale Pets - Tracey Corderoy, illustrated by Jorge Martin (Little Tiger)

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What's Your Favourite Colour? - Eric Carle and Friends   (Walker)

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Goat's Coat - Tom Percival, illustrated by Christine Pym  (Bloomsbury)

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I'm Going to Eat This Ant- Chris Naylor-Ballesteros   (Bloomsbury)

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Izzy Gizmo  Pip Jones, illustrated by Sara Ogilvie  (Simon and Schuster)

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Little Red Reading Hood  Lucy Rowland, illustrated by Ben Mantle  (Macmillan)

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Lulu Gets a Cat Anna McQuinn, illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw (Alanna Books)

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Mrs Noah's Pockets  Jackie Morris, illustrated by James Mayhew (Otter Barry Books)

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Nimesh the Adventurer  Ranjit Singh, illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini  (Lantana)

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Something Fishy  Polly Dunbar  (Two Hoots)

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The Great Gran Plan  Eli Woollard, illustrated by Steven Lenton (Macmillan)

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Unplugged    Steve Antony (Hodder) 

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This Zoo is Not for You Ross Collins (Nosy Crow)

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The Word Collector  Peter H. Reynolds  (Orchard Books)

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Look Out, It's A Dragon!       Jonny Lambert (Little Tiger)

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The Last Chip    Duncan Beedie    (Templar Publishing)

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Spyder     Matt Car   (Scholastic)

All amazing! Which will make it to the short list?

LONG LIST REVIEW: Lulu Gets a Cat

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Lulu really wants a pet cat, but this is a serious undertaking and she has to show she is ready and able to be a responsible pet owner. So she sets off to the library to gather some books and do her research before practising on one of her toys. At last. her mother agrees she is ready and they head for the animal shelter to choose the new member of their family.

However, the lively little kitten she selects cannot come home with them just yet and she and her mum have to go shopping and make preparations at home in readiness. At last the kitten can come home and she and Makeda (named for an African queen) are soon having fun together and sharing a story about another cat, Puss in Boots.

This is a delightful book which gives time and importance to the great responsibility of owning a pet. There is so much Lulu teaches us all through her careful preparations and she is sweet and patient with the new arrival, allowing the kitten to settle in how ever much she wants to play with it. The strong message of care and respect makes this an excellent story to share with EYFS and KS1 children as they can empathise with Lulu's desire for a kitten and learn from her arrangements.

Lulu's love of books and reading also come shining through. Visiting the library, sharing a story with her cat are seamlessly woven into the story, encouraging others to follow her example and turn to a book to find out about anything!

The illustrations are an absolute joy! Lulu's wonderful range of outfits for every occasion and sweet smile make the reader smile in return. There are plenty of clues to enjoy and discuss - hints that she is a cat lover, the things she is doing to practise having a cat (spilling the water!) and how she prepares, for example.

Endorsed by the Cats Protection League, this is a wonderful book to use both in school and at home. Delightful!

Lulu Gets a Cat     Anna McQuinn, illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw

Alanna Books    ISBN: 978-1907825163

You can read another review of 'Lulu Gets a Cat' here.