Booktrust 2014 Shortlist

Here I am playing catch-up again! At the end of March, Booktrust announced the shortlist for their 2014 Best Book Awards. This is a brand new prize in children's literature, selected solely by the votes of the reading public. There are five age categories, plus a special sixth prize, Best Tech Book, recognising the growing importance of digital storytelling. The final deadline for voting is June 20th, so there's loads of time to read the shortlisted votes and cast your vote on the Booktrust website. The winners will be announced on 2nd July (during Children's Book Week.)
And here are the lists. Better get reading!

0-5 years: Best Picture Book
1) Do Not Enter the Monster Zoo by Amy Sprakes, illustrated by Sarah Ogilivie (Red Fox)
2) Peck Peck Peck by Lucy Cousins (Walker Books)
3) The Snatchabook by Helen Docherty, illustrated by Thomas Docherty (Alison Green Books)
4) The Storm Whale by Benji Davies (Simon & Schuster)

6-8 years: Best Story
1) Oliver and the Seawigs by Philip Reeve, illustrated by Sarah McIntyre (Oxford University Press)
2) Penny Dreadful is a Record-Breaker by Joanna Nadin, illustrated by Jessica Mikhail (Usborne Books)
3) The Great Galloon by Tom Banks (Hot Key Books)
4) Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made by Stephen Pastis (Walker Books)

9-11: Best Story
1) Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck by Jeff Kinney (Puffin)
2) The Jade Boy by Cate Cain (Templar)
3) Lockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud (Doubleday)
4) The Mysterious Misadventure of Clemency Wrigglesworth by Julia Lee (Oxford University Press)

9-11 years: Best Fact
1) Not for Parents: How to be a Dinosaur Hunter by Scott Forbes, illustrated by James Gulliver Hancock (Lonely Planet)
2) Operation Ouch: Your Brilliant Body by Dr Chris van Tullekan and Dr Xand van Tullekan (Little Brown Young Readers)
3) The Romans: Gods, Emperors and Dormice by Marcia Williams (Walker Books)
4) Space in 30 Seconds by Clive Gifford, illustrated by Ivan Evans (Ivy Kids)

12-14 years: Best Story
1) Dead Romantic by C J Skuse (Chicken House)
2) Heroic by Phil Earle (Penguin)
3) The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (Penguin)
4) You Don't Know Me by Sophia Bennett (Chicken House)

0-14 years: Best Tech
1) Alex Scheffler's Flip-Flap Farm by Alex Scheffler (Nosy Crow)
2) Signed Stories: The Lark in the Ark by Peter Bently, illustrated by Lynne Chapman (ITV SignPost)
3) Little Red Riding Hood illustrated by Ed Bryan (Nosy Crow)
4) The Slightly Annoying Elephant by David Walliams, illustrated by Tony Ross (HarperCollins Childrens Books)

Remember: this award is voted on by YOU, the readers, so have a good read of the shortlist and cast your votes on the Booktrust website by 20th of June. Just follow the link below and register with the Booktrust site. By the way, there is tons of other information that Booktrust puts out there. If you love children's literature and want to see every child reading, this is a great site to be in touch with!


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