Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Book for the Boys

There's no shortage of research that suggests that boys don't read as much as girls but here's a link to a list of books that are 'Great for Boys'.


New Children's Laureate announced

Illustrator and writer Chris Riddell, who has worked with classic authors Quentin Blake, Michael Rosen and Neil Gaiman and illustrated Russell Brand’s first kids’ book, has been named children’s laureate. He is the ninth author to hold the two-year post.
Riddell, who takes over from Malorie Blackman, will focus on creativity and visual literacy, extolling the meditative pleasure – for everyone – of creating a drawing every day.
In advance of the announcement he said: “Do you have hands? Excellent. That’s a good start. Can you hold a pencil? Great. If you have a sketchbook, open it and start by making a line, a mark, wherever. Doodle. Take a line for a walk, as Paul Klee said. Lose your inhibitions about drawing and just do it.”
Riddell will post a daily illustration on an online “laureate log” for the duration of his tenure, and will organise events with other illustrators.


Chris was shortlisted for the Sheffield Children's Book Award with Neil Gayman
in 2014 for Fortunaltly the Milk...
Fortunately the Milk
This is quite possibly the most exciting adventure ever to be written about milk since Tolstoy's epic novel War and Milk. Also it has aliens, pirates, dinosaurs and wumpires in it (but not the handsome, misunderstood kind), also a never-adequately-explained-bowl-of-piranhas, not to mention a Volcano God.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Children's Author Prize

Winner of New National Literacy Trust Children's Author Prize revealed

The winner of the New Children’s Author Prize was announced last night at a celebration event in London. Teacher Emma Cox beat over 400 entries to win the award. Her book Malkin Moonlight, which tells the story of a cat and its sixth sense, will be published by Bloomsbury in summer 2016. The competition has raised over £20,000, which will go towards The National Literacy Trusts work to tackle low literacy levels in communities across the UK.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Award Ceremony date confirmed

Just a quick update, now the Snooker is over  (and the green baize packed away once again) we have had confirmation from the world famous Crucible Theatre that we are booked in their diary for Thursday 12th November  for the Sheffield Children’s Book Award Ceremony!

We are really looking forward to a bumper attendance this year as we have had a record number of schools sign up for the project. I am sure all the children and young people will be very excited to hear the results announced for the very first time at the ceremony and meeting lots of authors and illustrators.


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Michelle Robinson Author visit to Sheffield

We are thrilled that Sheffield Children's Book Award shortlist author Michelle Robinson will be coming along to Sheffield Central Library on the 2nd May to read her stories and encourage children to take part in activity sessions.

The sessions are ideal for children aged 5- 10 years. Places are free but need to be booked through me jennifer.wilson@sheffield.gov.uk or you can call in the Central children's library and collect a ticket.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Shortlist 2015


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

Cowgirl- G.R. Gemin - Nosy Crow

More than This - Patrick Ness - Walker Books

(2 to follow)


Thursday, December 11, 2014