Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Sheffield Children’s Book Award 2016 Shortlist books

Picture Book Category

Peter Bently                The Prince and the Porker                              Andersen Press

& David Roberts

Ross Collins                 There’s a Bear on My Chair                           Nosy Crow

Daisy Hirst                   The Girl with the Parrot on her Head             Walker Books

Mick & Chloë Inkpen  I Will Love You Anyway                                   Hodder

David Litchfield           The Bear and the Piano                                 

Ana & Thiago              The Zoomers’ Handbook                                Andersen Press

de Moraes


Shorter Novels

Clement Beauvais       The Royal Bake Off                                         Bloomsbury

Illustrated by Becka Moor

Clara Vulliamy                        Mango & Bambang                                        Walker Books

Michael Rosen                        Uncle Gobb and the Dread Shed                    Bloomsbury

Illustrated by Neal Layton

Longer Novels

Katherine Rundell       The Wolf Wilder                                             Bloomsbury

Illustrated by Gelrev Ongbico

Matt Haig                    A Boy Called Christmas                                  Canongate

Illustrated by Chris Mould

Lara Williamson          The Boy Who Sailed the Ocean in an                         Usborne


Young Adult

Sarah Crossan             One                                                                             Bloomsbury

Andy Mulligan             Liquidator                                                        David Fickling

Joanna Nadin               Joe All Alone                                                   Little Brown

David Owen                Panther                                                           Corsair

Annabel Pitcher          Silence is Goldfish                                           Indigo

Jenny  Valentine          Fire Colour One                                              Harper Collins

Special Category - Celebrity Authors

David Baddiel              Person Controller                                            Harper Collins

Illustrated by Jim Field

Julian Clary                 The Bolds                                                        Andersen Press

Illustrated by David Roberts

Helen Skelton              Amy Wild - Amazon Summer                         Corgi

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Authors and illustrators confirmed for ceremony

The list is growing daily but heres the latest information.
We are really looking forward to welcoming you all to the Sheffield Children's Book Award Ceremony at the CrucibleTheatre in Sheffield on the 12th November!

Peter Bently
Sebastien Braun
Salina Yoon
Steve Anthony
Michelle Robinson
Jim Field
Kes Gray
Josh Lacey
Jonny Duddle
Lara Williamson
Dave Shelton
Virginia Bergin
G. R. Gemin
Alex Gutteridge
Hilary Robinson
Martin Impey

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Award ceremony author confirmations

Its an exciting time of year for us here at Book Award HQ. The votes are all in and the winner be announced on the 12th November at the Crucible Theatre!
All the authors and illustraters have been sent thier party invites and so far the following have confirmed they will be coming along. Remember to keep checking here for updates.

G R Gremin

Giancarlo was born in Cardiff, South Wales, of Italian parentage, and lives in London. He spends much of his non-writing time listening to a variety of music, from Jimmy Smith to Giuseppe Verdi, with whom he is particularly obsessed. He speaks enough Italian to order ice cream, cake, or both.


Growing up on the embattled Mawr Estate in South Wales, all Gemma sees are burglaries, muggings, sadness and boredom. With a dad in prison and a mum who has given up hope, she, like everyone around her, is holding on to memories of the times when happiness wasn’t so hard to find.. When her search for the scene of a perfect childhood day takes her up into the surrounding hills, Gemma is forced into a meeting with the legendary Cowgirl.

A gently funny story of a community coming together, this is a tale of happy endings in unexpected places.


Hilary Robinson (Author)
Hilary Robinson is an author, radio producer, broadcaster and feature writer. She was born in Devon and brought up in Nigeria and England. The author of over forty books for children she is best known for Mixed Up Fairy Tales. Her books have been translated into a number of languages and are sold across the world. She lives and works in London and Yorkshire.
Hilary is related to William Wordsworth via a collateral branch of the poet’s family. She has Manx ancestry.
Her next book with Martin Impey“Flo of the Somme” is due out Oct 2015.

Martin Impey (Illustrator)


The Christmas Truce

It's Christmas Eve 1914. A group of tired soldiers start singing Stille Nacht. Soldiers the other side of No Man's Land respond with Silent Night. The next day, soldiers on both sides put down their weapons and celebrate the spirit of Christmas Day with a friendly football match. In the sequel to the hugely popular Where The Poppies Now Grow, The Christmas Truce finds soldiers Ben and Ray shaking hands in friendship with Karl and Lars, a tribute to that remarkable moment in history when, for one day, peace found a place.



Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Greenaway winner 2015

William Grill (illustrator)
Shackleton's Journey

Shackleton's Journey
illustrated by William Grill
published by Flying Eye

2015 Carnegie Winner

Congratulations to Tanya.
Buffalo Soldier by Tanya Landman published by Walker Books

Engrossing from the very beginning, the strong narrative voice engages the reader in the world described; perfectly conveying raw emotions without the overuse of sentimentality. This is a beautiful, powerful piece of writing that will remain with readers long after the last page.