Every year a team of library staff, teachers and educational practitioners get together and spend a fantastically indulgent 3 days delving into 100’s of the best children's books published during the previous year.
Everyone enjoys taking time out from the day job selecting the books with the criteria in mind of selecting books we all think will inspire and engage the children of Sheffield.
And every year… it snows! Our selection panel was smaller than in previous years and all had one eye on the window checking the weather but….we think we have found some real gems this year.
The full shortlist will be revealed as soon as we have confirmation from all the publishers but here are the books we can announce so far.
Baby Book Award Category
Alphaprints 123 - Priddy Books
Bob and Flow - Oxford University press
(4 more titles to follow)
Picture Books Category
Chicking Clicking - Jeanne Willis/Tony Ross - Andersen Press
This Book Just ate my Dog - Richard Byrne - Oxford University Press
(4 more to follow)
Shorter Novels Category
The Dragonsitters Island - Josh Lacey/Garry Parsons - Andersen Press
Buckle and Squash and the Monstrous Moat-Dragon - Sarah Courtauld - Macmillan
(1 to follow)
Longer Novels Category
My Brothers Shadow - Tom Avery/Kate Grove - Andersen Press
A Boy Called Hope - Lara Williamson - Usborne Books
(1 to follow)
Young Adult Category
Thirteen Charis - Dave Shelton - David Fickling
The Rain - Virginia Bergin - Macmillan
The Cow Girl - G.R. Gemin - Nosy Crow
More than This - Patrick Ness - Walker Books
(2 to follow)