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

The Cow Girl - G.R. Gemin - Nosy Crow

More than This - Patrick Ness - Walker Books

(2 to follow)


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

And the winning books are.......

 Congraultaions to all shsortlist authors and particularly the winners.

Sorry for the delay!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Sheffield Children's Book Award ceremony update

Authors and Illustrators confirming attendance at the Sheffield Children's Book Award ceremony on 5th November.

James Dawson - author of the Young Adult Novel, Cruel Summer

James will also be staying on after for a meet the author session for a chat about his book and take your questions. Schools will be invited along to this special opportunity but if your school would like to beconsidered, please contact me for further details.



Adam Stower - author of the Picture Book Troll and the Oliver


Adam is looking forward to meeting a group of children after the ceremony at one of our community librraies, further details to follow.

Charlotte and Adam Guillain , authors of the Picture Book

Spaghetti and the Yeti


The husband and wife team that created this book will be availble after the ceremony to meet a group of children to talk about thier book. This will take place in one of our community librraies (further details to follow)


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Popular artists and authors design BookBenches

Children’s authors Jacqueline Wilson, Michael Morpurgo, Lauren Child and Cressida Cowell have announced that they will design BookBenches based on their own children’s books to be unveiled on the streets of London this summer.
The benches, shaped as open books, will form part of a public art trail of 50 BookBenches launched for the National Literacy Trust’s ‘Books about Town’ project to celebrate London’s literary legacy and raise vital funds for literacy.


http://www.literacytrust.org.uk/news/6019_popular_artists_and_authors_design_bookbenchesliteracy trust book benches

Saturday, August 2, 2014

2014 Special Category - Poetry

For the past few years we have introduced a new category to the award shortlist to raise the profile of genres not usually recognised by the Award shortlist.
In the past we have had the following special categories;
  • Books from a Series
  • Community Libraries Favourite Book
  • Teachers Favourite Book
  • Quick Read
  • Stan Lee - Manga/Graphic Novel

This year our Special category is Poetry and 3 fantastic books have been selected


The Monster Sale by Brian Moses
Monsters that moan and groan and wail, Buy your monsters at the Monster Sale. Chickens who wear jumpers, all kinds of monsters, a puppy's favourite chews (a lucky dip of forgotten socks), staying awake waiting for your birthday, a bear in his underwear...

In his first collection for younger children, well-known poet Brian Moses has provided a funny and witty snapshot of family life, with a bit of fantasy added in.
Perfect for sharing at home or at school.

BRIAN MOSES has been a professional poet since 1988. He spends half his time writing and the rest of the time he visits schools across the UK and Europe, performing his poetry and percussion show. His poetry books include Behind the Staffroom Door: The Very Best of Brian Moses and A Cat Called Elvis. His solo collections and anthologies have sold over 1 million copies and he is featured on e National Poetry Archive.
Brian lives in a small Sussex village with his wife, their loopy labrador and a collection of bad-tempered chickens.

Here Come the Creatures! by Wes Magee

Funny, sad, silly, sing-along, the poems are about friends and families, pets and creatures, school, space travel - and more. There is something for everyone in this sparkling collection - with lots of action and joining in.

A brilliant and varied poetry collection suited to early years and key stage one aged childen from this distinguished children's poet.

WES MAGEE was born in Scotland, and worked as a teacher and head-teacher until he became a full-time writer twenty years ago. He has published 100 books for children, including poetry, picture books and storybooks. He regularly visits schools, libraries and festivals across the UK and abroad, performing his poetry show . He also runs training days for teachers, talks at educational conferences and runs writing workshops. His best-known books are The Very Best of Wes Magee, which won the Children's Poetry Bookshelf Award, The Boneyard Rap and The Witch's Brew. He lives in Yorkshire.

John Hegerty - I Am A Poetato

From A-Z - Alligator to The Dog Runs (Zoom) - John Hegley has a witty, surprising and always entertaining poem for every letter. Wonderfully varied, there are poems about people, pets and all kinds of other creatures. In each of them John Hegley brings insights by highlighting particular characteristics. G is for Guillemot, in which the poem gives a visual image of the precipitous world in which the bird lives as well as describing its life; Christmas Caterpillar surprises Santa while Quibble will set all readers on a circular and quibbling conversation about exactly what is being described. A terrific anthology for diving into again and again.
JOHN HEGLEY was born in north London and brought up in Luton. He now lives in Islington. He started out as a stand-up comedian/poet, performing his work on the festival and comedy circuit and he became something of a cult performer from the early 80s onwards. He has recently started to direct his writing and performances more towards children, but generally his shows will delight all ages. He plays the ukulele as part of his poetry performances. He is a Fellow of the English Association. John Hegley lives in north London.


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Congratulation James "Queen of teen!"

James Dawson has beaten John Green to be crowned the first ever male Queen of Teen. Dawson was announced as the winner of the award at a ceremony on Friday 11th July 2014 surrounded by fans, invited journalists and five out of nine of the other shortlisted authors: Cathy Cassidy, Beth Reekles, Natasha Farrant, Holly Smale, Cassandra Clare, S.C. Ransom, Tonya Hurley, Veronica Roth and John Green.

James is the author of Cruel Summer, shortlisted for the Sheffield Children's Book Award 2014 Young Adult category.

The Queen of Teen was launched in 2008 to celebrate the ever-growing range of fiction available for young adults and acknowledge the hugely significant part that fiction can play in the teenage years. Readers are invited to nominate authors for the award and it is their votes that choose the winner.
The changing shape of the shortlists over the years – each one nominated entirely by teens – accurately reflects the trends and developments in the genre of teen fiction. From the hilarious books of the first-winner, Louise Rennison, through the more issues-focused stories of Cathy Cassidy to the darker tales of Maureen Johnson and James Dawson.
Author of Hollow Pike and Say Her Name, James rallied his loyal fans and followers with a vigorous social media campaign and an ‘endorsement’ from Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst. Queen of Teen voters were impressed with his sensitive and entertaining handling of subjects such as challenges affecting the LGBT community.
As one voter commented: ‘There are lots of gay characters in his books. But the books aren't about being gay; they're gay because they're gay and a huge fuss isn't made about it, which is fantastic.’
James said, on being crowned Queen of Teen, ‘I am not the best-selling author on the list. I’m not the most famous. I’m not the most talented. So all I can really do is promise to work twice as hard to be a really good queen. I hope I can take this award and do something with it, and use the platform to shine a light on UKYA.’
For further information on Queen of Teen and how to take part in the voting for next year’s award visit www.queenofteen.co.uk