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Shortlisted for the Children's Book Awards 2019, Books for Younger Children Category | Percy is a little pigeon, and he's very hungry. Life on the streets is tough, and every time he tries to get hold of a scrap of food, bigger, beefier birds bat him away. He's about to give up when someone offers him her very last chip.
Shortlisted for the Children's Book Awards 2019, Books for Younger Children Category | The Wondrous Dinosaurium is a quirky, exciting story by debut author John Condon. Join Danny as he searches for the perfect pet while facing the pains of being a pet owner on a dinosaur scale.
Because of his Monday-morning jam doughnut, Roman's week takes a very sticky turn... By Friday Roman has been banned from eating for 24hrs, narrowly avoided a faceful of warm toddler-wee, accidentally shoplifted, been given a lift in a getaway van, styled his teacher's guinea pig with a blue mohawk, started an OAP riot ...and still barely managed to scoff a crumb - or lick - of a single doughnut. Who knew jam could be so deadly?
Shortlisted for the Children's Book Awards 2019, Books for Younger Children Category | Though it all gets rather wild, families everywhere will recognise elements of themselves in this entertaining story. Oscar’s parents have agreed he can have a pet, so far so familiar, but what to choose? A logical boy, he puts an advert in the paper only to be overwhelmed by applications – meerkats, an ostrich, ants, a horse, even an octopus – they all think they’d make the perfect pet. And then they start arriving at Oscar’s house. The family try to accommodate everyone, but eventually and unsurprisingly, Mum’s patience snaps! Illustrator Stephanie Laberis has a great time fitting the animals in, and their application letters are full of extra jokes. This is fun to read, fun to look at and fun to imagine.
Shortlisted for the Children's Book Awards 2019, Books for Younger Readers Category | From the international bestselling creator of Claude comes a brand new hero: Mr Penguin. Indiana Jones meets Hercule Poirot in this series from Alex T. Smith.
Shortlisted for the Children's Book Awards 2019, Books for Older Readers Category | Interest Age 8-10 Reading Age 8 | World War One remains a subject of fascination for readers of all ages, but Tom Palmer finds an original way in to the topic in this poignant new story. Lily is a keen fell runner, though she’s fed up of coming in as runner up in races. A visit to her grandparents reveals a surprise: her great-grandfather ran on the fells too. His experiences are recounted vividly in his diary, both his runs in his beloved Cumbria and his experiences as a soldier, recruited to run between positions on the front line, carrying crucial information to the allies. Their shared experiences form a powerful connection, and help Lily to understand herself better, and also to help her grandma when she needs it most. Today and yesterday are seamlessly woven together in a story that will move readers in lots of different ways.
July 2018 Debut of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month July 2018 Swept along by the wind and sea and suffused with magic and mystery this is an ebullient adventure story that compels its readers to believe just as the young hero Fionn begins to do. Sent to stay on the wild Arranmore Island with his reclusive grandfather, Fionn enters a world dominated by the forces of magic – and by water which has always terrified Fionn. Gradually, Fionn begins to understand his grandfather’s now fading power as to accept and embrace his own new destiny. Catherine Doyle has a lightness of touch as a story-teller that makes the impossible convincing. J
The Children's Book Award is now in its 37th year and is owned and run by the Federation of Children's Book Groups, a charity set up by Anne Wood. The Awards were founded by author and librarian Pat Thompson to celebrate the books that children themselves were reading. (They were known as the Red House Children’s Book Award during the 14 years of The Book People’s sponsorship). This years titles were chosen by children from across the country who read and voted for the books at events organised by the FCBG.
It has brought acclaim and strong sales to past winners such as J.K. Rowling, Patrick Ness, Andy Stanton, Malorie Blackman, Anthony Horowitz and Michael Morpurgo, who has won a record three times. The award has often been the first to recognise the future stars of children’s fiction and has the ability to turn popular authors into bestsellers.
Any child or young person across the UK can participate and the voting decides the selection of the Category Winners and Overall Winner.
Vote online here - www.fcbg.org.uk/vote-for-the-childrens-book-award.
The deadline for online voting is 12.00 Friday 12th May.
Julia Miller, Children’s Book Award Coordinator says ‘Selecting our Top Ten is the start of an exciting countdown towards our Winners for 2017. We congratulate all our Top Ten authors and illustrators and can’t wait to find out who is the children’s choice this year.’
The winner of the Children's Book Award 2016, which also topped the Books for Younger Readers category, was My Head Teacher is a Vampire Rat by Pamela Butchart and Thomas Flintham.
The 2017 winners will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony which takes place in Central London Saturday 10th June 2017. The overall winner is awarded the Children's Book Award Silver Tree.
For more information visit www.fcbg.org.uk and to see updates, you can follow on twitter @CBACoordinator #FBCGCBA17 or visit the Children's Book Award facebook page.
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