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NSTBA 18: POETRY 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 twelve fabulous books on the Poetry Category Long List.

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Apes to Zebras ~ Liz Brownlee, Sue Hardy-Dawson & Roger Stevens (Bloomsbury)
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Alphamals- Ruth Symons and Graham Carter (Big Picture Press)
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Firecrackers    Zaro Weil and Jo Riddell (Troika)
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Tickling with Words-John Townsend (Book House)
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The Same Inside- Liz Brownlee, Roger Stevens & Matt Goodfellow (Macmillan)
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Chicken on the Roof- Matt Goodfellow and Hannah Asen (Otter-Barry)
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The World's Greatest Space Cadet- James Carter (Featherstone)
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Blast off- Carole Bromley and Catherine Benson (Doorstop Books)
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Little Lemur Laughing- Joshua Seigal (Bloomsbury)
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Message from the Moon- Hilda Offen (Troika )
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 Peace Lily- Hilary Robinson and Martin Impey (Strauss House)
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Rising Stars New Young Voices in Poetry Various (Otter-Barry)
Which four of these fabulous books will make up the NSTBA18 shortlist?

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!

John Foster: the magic man of poetry!

I first saw John Foster perform some 20 years ago at the school where I was teaching. I'm ashamed to say that at the time I had no idea who he was- but I have never forgotten him or the energy and enthusiasm with which he performed!

Since then, I have often used his poems with children and his collection, 'Twinkle, Twinkle, Chocolate Bar', was one of my son's favourite books! Seeing the pleasure and enthusiasm children have for his poetry is always a delight. So, when I found out he was going to be at The Story Museum, I just had to go and listen to him performing poems.

And what a wonderful session it was! John read and performed his own poems and those of others, with his audience joining in with actions and words. He shared poems about cats, dogs, bears, monkeys, foxes and chickens! 

The children in the audience responded so well to his enthusiasm and the humour of his poems. We were all sad when it was time to finish!

John has a new collection of poems which is coming out in October. Entitled 'Christmas Crackers', it is a self-published collection in aid of Parkinson's UK. He is delighted that many wonderful illustrators have agreed to work with him on this collection- Korky Paul, Chris Mould, Jane Eccles, Gerald Scarfe, Melanie Williamson... It sounds like a wonderful project- and a book which will become part of my collection!