Picture Books

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. 

Only 52 weeks to go...

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It's hard to believe it's all over for another year! Thank you so much to everyone who helped us, who supported us and who shared the day with us. 

Having washed up, eaten all the left over cake, taken the bookshop money to Waterstones (thanks, Rohan!) and had a sit down, it's time to think about next year! We are already gathering together books which we think might make the long list so we are open to suggestions!

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Picture book category:

Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam won in our first year, 'The Beginner's Guide to Bear Spotting' last year and 'Superbat' this year! Picture books can be fiction or non-fiction, for older or younger children... it doesn't matter! The most important thing is the enjoyment factor!

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Poetry Category:

We love poetry! 'Buzzing!' was our first winner, 'Flo of the Somme' our second and this year, 'Reaching the Stars' took the poetry prize. Poems on any subject, collections of poems from one or more poets, traditional, funny, shape ... all are considered!

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Quality Fiction Category:

It is so important to choose books which are engaging and well written to inspire children and teachers. This includes wordless texts, some picture books and graphic novels. Sad creature that I am, I really enjoy planning ways of using these and sharing ideas with others! 'The River Singers' was our first winner in this category, followed by 'Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot' last year and 'A Song for Will and the Lost Gardeners of Heligan' this year.

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Read Aloud Category:

Looking for a great story to engage your class at storytime? This is the category to find them in! Books which are perfect for reading aloud- doing the voices- pulling the faces - getting children involved! Our 2015 winner was 'Hercufleas', 2016 was 'Dave Pigeon' and this year, 'SCREAM The Mummy's Revenge'. 

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Information Category:

So important, touching all of the curriculum and so many areas of interest, the Information category looks for books that can be used to support and inspire work in all areas. Our first winner was 'Maps', our second was 'Professor Astro Cats Atomic Adventure' and this year, 'Lesser Spotted Animals'.

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Moving On Category:

Aimed at supporting teachers and children with suggestions for those readers ready to move on, but not ready for YA or teen fiction, our first Moving On winner was last year when 'Island' won. This year, 'Black Powder' was our winner.

We have been asked (again) to consider an older category for the awards- but we'll need to discuss that before making any decisions.

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SO...if you have any suggestions for next year whether you are a teacher, an author, a publisher... please get in touch via the website. Books have to be published between 2016-2018 and suggestions are welcome until the 16th April 2018. 

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So ...less than 52 weeks to go until NSTBA18! Let's get reading!

Steve Antony

Having missed him in Weston, Bristol and Bath, I managed to track down the lovely Steve Antony at Cheltenham Literary Festival. His books are particular favourites of mine!

The Queen's Present is the third book Steve has written about Her Majesty! The Queen's Hat and The Queen's Handbag are both great fun, but this new one is (I think!) my favourite!

In need of a gift for the little prince and princess, the Queen enlists the help of Father Christmas himself! They set off on a journey around the world flying past many of the great sights.

Full of gorgeous illustrations, the book is beautifully written, building to a lovely conclusion. This would make an excellent Christmas present- perfect for the up-coming festive season!

Mr Panda is a stickler for good manners, offering the perfect lesson without preaching. He also makes very good doughnuts which he is happy to share with those who are polite! I believe there is a third Mr Panda book to come-Thank You, Mr Panda- which I can't wait to read and share!

I am planning a Mr Panda session for the library soon, decorating doughnuts-and practising manners!

I have great plans for Green Lizards vs Red Rectangles! It reminds me of the wonderful Tusk Tusk by David McKee and is perfect for using in class to help children understand how futile conflict can be.

Monster in the Hood is also by Steve Antony and reminds us that things are not always as they seem. Full of wonderful illustrations, the suspense builds with each turn of the page until it reaches its satisfying conclusion.

Wharever comes from Mr Antony next, you can bet it will be a real treat! There are lots of ideas for activities relating to his work on his website: http://www.steveantony.com/