Thursday, July 24, 2014

Votes flooding in!

Malin Bridge School & Birley Community College were the first Primary and Secondary schools to send through the all important votes for the Sheffield Children's Book Award 2014.

A special prize has gone out to each school with our thanks for taking part.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Congratulation to Rick Yancy!


The 5th Wave - Overall winner of the Red House Children's Book Award 2014

Rick Yancy
Rick is a native Floridian and a graduate of Roosevelt University in Chicago. He earned a B.A. in English which he put to use as a field officer for the Internal Revenue Service. Inspired and encouraged by his wife, he decided his degree might also be useful in writing books and in 2004 he began writing full-time.

Since then he has launched two critically acclaimed series: The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp, for young readers, and The Highly Effective Detective, for adults. Both books are set in Knoxville, Tennessee, where Rick lived for ten years before returning to Florida.

o    The Infinite sea
The 1st wave took out half a million people, the 2nd put that number to shame. Rick Yancey's frightening dystopia is now anticipating its 5th hit and no one knows what to expect. Cassie has lost everything, her parents are dead, her little brother has been captured, to be alive in her world is to be alone. She runs from Them on a daily basis as they kill anyone they find scattered across Earth's desolate countryside. Then she meets Evan. Is he her only hope to rescue her brother and save herself? In this gripping young adult epic, shortlisted for the Red House Children's Book Award 2014, The Hunger Games meets I Am Number Four to create the ultimate page-turner. Action-packed, intense and just waiting to be made into a blockbuster movie!

Please be advised that some of the content in this book contains mild profanities and themes that are not suitable for younger children.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

I am ready and waiting for your votes!

Please could schools start gathering in all the votes and send them to me on the forms provided by 18th July.

I'm really looking forward to reading all the comments the children and young people have made so please remember to send those on to me . Some of the comments will be used for a display at the award ceremony before i pass them on the authors and illustrators. This is a great opportunity for teachers to encourage writing and for authors to find out what their greatest critiques really think of their books!

The votes will be kept a closely guarded secret until the award ceremony on 5th November at the Crucible Theatre, hope to see as many of our voters there as possible....and lots of authors and illustrators too.

....and here's a reminder of the 2013 ceremony.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Author visit by Eoin Colfer

Over 350 local children had the opportunity to meet author Eoin Colfer today at Birley Secondary School.
During the presentation, Eoin talked about his family ( a great inspiration for the characters in his novels) and also about his 2 new books The Reluctant Assassin ( W.A.R.P book1) and W.A.R.P. Book 2
His presentation included a fantastic dramatisation with actors bringing the stories to life with audience participation.
Children attended from Birley Primary, Birley Spa, Charnock Primary and Forge Valley Schools.
Thanks to Birley Secondary School for hosting this event which was a partnership project with the Schools & Young Peoples Library Service.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Shortlist 2014 Announced

Dorling Kindersley                           Baby Surprises 
Priddy Books                                  ABC Alphaprints                                   
Priddy Books                                  Baby’s Treasure Hunt                            
Mike Brownlow                                Ten Little Pirates                                   
& Simon Rickerty 
Andy Mansfield &                             Fish Food                                            
Lohlein Henning 
Pye Ali &                                         Dinosaurs Do Too!  
Katherine Redfern               

Bromley Nick                                  Open Very Carefully                             
& Nicola O’Byrne
Richard Byrne                                 Penguins Can’t Fly                               
Claire Freedman                              Spider Sandwich                                  
& Sue Hendra   
Adam & Charlotte Guillain                Spaghetti with the Yeti                          
& Lee Wildish
Michelle Robinson                           Ding Dong Gorilla                                
& Leonie Lord 
Adam Stower                                  Troll and the Oliver                               

Tim Healey                                     Attack of the Slime                                           
& Chris Mould
Neil Gaiman                                   Fortunately the Milk..                                                    
& Chris Riddell
Michael  Rosen                              Fluff the Farting Fish                            

Emerald Fennell                            Shiverton Hall                                       
Pete Johnson                                My Parents are out of Control               
Philip Reeve                                  Oliver and the Seawigs                         
& Sarah McIntyre

James Dawson                              Cruel Summer                                         
Rick Yancey                                  The 5th Wave                                            
Emmy Laybourne                           Monument 14                                           
Malorie Blackman                          Noble Conflict                                           
S.D Crockett                                 One Crow Alone                                      
Berlie  Doherty                              The Company Of Ghosts                        

Monday, December 9, 2013

Sheffield Children's Book Award Ceremony 2013

What a fantastic day! A great opportunity to promote reading for pleasure with children from all over Sheffield.
We were so pleased that so many fantastic authors, illustrators and representatives from the publishers joined us for our 25th Anniversary celebrations.

Group photo of all award winners

Nick sharratt showing us his lovely "Socks"

Our lovely host BBC Broadcaster  - Trisha Cooper

Chae Strathie & Ben Cort accepting their Commended Picture Book prize

Nick Sharratt & Elizabeth Lindsay accepting the Highly Commended Picture Book Prize 

 Elizabeth Baguley & Mark Chambers accepting the Category Winner Picture Book Prize 

Marcus Sedgwick and Pete Williamson accepting the Commended Shorter/Longer Novel Prize 

Dave Lowe & Mark Chambers accepting the Highly Commended Shorter/Longer Category Prize

2012 Overall winner Kjartan Poskitt kindly joined us to hand over the 2013 prize
                                  Guest Speaker performance poet David Harmer

Trisha Cooper with the Lord Mayor Vickie Priestley presenting the overall winner prize to Nick Sharratt who acceptted on behlaf of Liz Pichon.

Sarah Lean author of A Dog Called Homeless signing books for the children.


Monday, December 2, 2013

And the 2013 Sheffield Children's Book Award winner is....

I love it! Love the format, easy to read, good pictures.
Sacred Heart Primary School
Picture Book - Pigeon Poo
By Elizabeth Baguley and Mark Chambers

Shorter & Longer Novel  -Tom Gates- Everything Amazing (sort of)
By Liz Pichon

Young Adult Category  - Wonder
By R J Palacio

Picture Book - Socks
By Elizabeth Lindsay & Nick Sharratt

Shorter & Longer Novel - My Hamster is a Genius
By Dave Lowe, Illustrated by Mark Chambers

Young Adult Category  - Ketchup Clouds
By Annabel Pitcher

Picture Book  - Jumblebum
By Chae Strathie & Ben Cort

Shorter & Longer Novel - Fright Forest
By Marcus Sedgwick, Illustrated by Pete Williamson

Young Adult Category - Secrets of the Henna Girl
By Sufiya Ahmed

Icky Sticky Monster
By Jo Lodge