Tuesday, September 13, 2016

World Book Day 2017


David Walliams, Dame Jacqueline Wilson and Julia Donaldson among the “national treasures” writing new stories to mark the occasion

World Book Day UK has today (Friday 9 Sept) announced an all-star line-up of authors and illustrators to help it celebrate its 20th anniversary, with the goal of encouraging greater engagement with reading and ownership of books by children.
The reading for pleasure charity has recruited “national treasures” including David Walliams, Dame Jacqueline Wilson and Julia Donaldson to help it reach more children and young people than ever. These authors will each contribute an official World Book Day £1 book, which children can get for free in exchange for the £1 book token available to all schoolchildren in the UK and Ireland.
Over the past 19 years, World Book Day UK has delivered 13 million £1 books into the hands of young people across the country. In 2016, the number of £1 books given away was 789,738. The charity’s aim for its 20th anniversary is to increase this number to one million.
World Book Day was first designated an international event by UNESCO in 1995 after being observed for over 70 years in Catalonia, where giving books to friends and family had become an annual tradition. It was first marked in the UK two years later in 1997, in response to an increasing concern over poor reading and writing standards.
Founder of World Book Day UK, Baroness Gail Rebuck, also Chair of Penguin Random House UK and founder of Quick Reads, says: “In 1997 the level of children’s engagement with reading was at a point of national crisis. The previous year a Government report had been released showing that 42% of 11-year-olds failed to achieve level 4 in reading and writing on entry to secondary school. We wanted to do something to reposition reading and our message is the same today as it was then – that reading is fun, relevant, accessible, exciting, and has the power to transform lives. I’ve seen first-hand how World Book Day has affected social change and long may it continue.”
World Book Day Director Kirsten Grant says: “World Book Day is about creating readers for the future by igniting a love of books and reading in children and young people. It’s about encouraging them to visit their local bookshop and empowering them to make their own choices about the kinds of books they want to read. What better way to do this than offering them stories from the best writing and illustrating talent being published in the UK and Ireland today? We couldn’t be happier to have so many national treasures on board for our 20th anniversary - nobody can better capture children’s imaginations.”
The ten official World Book Day £1 books cater for all ages from pre-school through to young adults. In 2017, the titles for the nation’s youngest book lovers will feature beloved characters Peppa Pig and extraterrestrials from the Aliens Love Underpants series. For readers at Key Stage 1, Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks will contribute a new Princess Mirror-Belle title and Martin Handford has made one of his Where’s Wally? adventures available. They can also pick up some tips from Horrid Henry or catch up with the Famous Five, whereas Key Stage 2 readers will be able to enjoy something new from beloved British authors David Walliams or Dame Jacqueline Wilson. Young Adult titles will come from Michael Grant and David Almond, and the official World Book Day 2017 illustrator is Liz Pichon, children's book writer and illustrator/creator of the Tom Gates series.
The £1 World Book Day books for 2017 in full:
  • Peppa Loves World Book Day (Ladybird)
  • Everyone Loves Underpants by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort (Simon & Schuster Children’s Books)
  • Where’s Wally? The Fantastic Journey by Martin Handford (Walker Books)
  • Princess Mirror-Belle and Snow White by Julia Donaldson & Lydia Monks (Macmillan)
  • Horrid Henry: Funny Fact Files by Francesca Simon (Orion Children’s Books)
  • Good Old Timmy and Other Stories by Enid Blyton (Hodder Children’s Books)
  • An as yet untitled book by David Walliams (HarperCollins)
  • Butterfly Beach by Jacqueline Wilson (Corgi)
  • Island by David Almond (Hodder Children’s Books)
  • Dead of Night: A Front Lines Story by Michael Grant (Egmont)

Ireland only:
  • Fast Forward by Judi Curtin (O’Brien Press)
World Book Day will be celebrated on Thursday 2 March 2017. From January 2017, children in the UK and Ireland will be given a £1 (€1.50 in Ireland) book token in their nurseries and schools, which they can use to claim their World Book Day title in participating bookshops and supermarkets from 27 February to 26 March.
Visit www.worldbookday.com from Friday 9 September 2016 for more information and to subscribe to the free monthly World Book Day e-newsletter. Search #WorldBookDay20 for the latest news

Sunday, August 14, 2016

The Philippa Pearce Lecture 2016 - 1 September. Cambridge

The Philippa Pearce Lecture celebrates excellence in writing for children.  
1 September  5.00 pm  in the Mary Allan Building,  Homerton College, Cambridge , followed by a wine reception 

MUCH LOVED, best-selling, author, Allan Ahlberg, will give the Pearce lecture in 2016 on September 1st in the Mary Allan Building, Homerton College, Cambridge.
Allan is author of more than a hundred books for children, translated into many languages, and winner of many awards, including two Greenaway prizes for Each Peach Pear Plum and The Jolly Postman(with his late wife, Janet Ahlberg). Allan’s range is extraordinary and encompasses some of the best books ever produced for babies, and for older children.  These include wonderful versions of fairy tales, brilliantly funny stories and fine collections of poetry.Always warm, inventive, creative, his output connects powerfully with young readers. We know his lecture will be a rare treat.

About the Lectures

At THE START of 2007, a small group of Philippa Pearce’s friends, family and colleagues began organising a series of memorial lectures to be delivered by various distinguished speakers with an interest in children’s books.
The inaugural lecture was held on 11th September 2008, at Homerton College, Cambridge, and focused on Philippa Pearce ’s own writing and contribution to children’s literature.  Subsequent lectures have been given by Michael Rosen (2009) Michael Morpurgo (2010) Philip Pullman(2011) Malorie Blackman (2012) Kevin Crossley-Holland (2013) Frank Cottrell Boyce (2014) and Meg Rosoff (2015).
For more details and to book see http://www.pearcelecture.com     The lectures remain free and are funded entirely by donations.  Booking is essential.

For further information contact:
Nicky Potter nicpot@dircon.co.uk 

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

SCBWI British Isles' Annual Conference. 19-20 November: Winchester

David Almond, Leigh Hodgkinson and Sarah Davies to deliver keynotes at the 
SCBWI British Isles’ Annual Conference.
19-20 November, 2016 in Winchester

The British Isles Chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators announces speakers for its 9th Annual Conference in its celebratory 20th year.

Cracking Characters!

The British Isles chapter of the SCBWI, a professional organisation of writers, illustrators, editors, publishers, agents, librarians, educators, booksellers and others involved with literature for young people, announces a star-studded line-up for their 9th annual conference, to be held on 19-20 November, 2016 at the University of Winchester.  Keynote speakers this year are author David Almond, author/ illustrator Leigh Hodgkinson and founder of The Greenhouse Literary Agency Sarah Davies. Special guests to mark the 20th anniversary of SCBWI British Isles include Lin Oliver, author and co-founder of SCBWI.

The theme of this year’s conference is Creating Characters that Leap off the Page. 

Saturday’s keynote talks will be given by Carnegie Medal winner David Almond and award-winning animator and illustrator Leigh Hodgkinson. An action-packed day follows, filled with specialist industry panels, discussions and interactive workshops led by a wide range of industry professionals. The day closes with ‘The Hook’, a Dragons’ Den style panel competition event in which five brave delegates pitch it out to hook an agent. Saturday evening’s exclusive industry party will not only feature a Mass Book Launch of members’ 2016 publications and the awarding of the Crystal Kite Award but also mark the 20th anniversary of SCBWI British Isles with SCBWI co-founder Lin Oliver.

Sunday opens with Industry Keynote, Sarah Davies, founder of The Greenhouse Literary Agency, a transatlantic agency for children’s literature. Among its clients are two New York Times bestsellers, a Morris First Novel Award winner and Kirkus Prize Finalist.

The rest of the day is dedicated to craft intensives: writers can create a comic character with Lin Oliver, hone their heroes and villains with author Cliff McNish or learn how to develop a story for television with scriptwriter Roland Moore. Illustrators can get hands-on with author/ illustrator Viv Schwarz. The popular PULSE stream will offer published members, opportunities to further their careers: learn creative storytelling techniques to add character to your school presentation with Margaret Bateson Hill and get tips on creating cracking school resource packs. And in the SPARK self-publishing stream: Carnegie winner Susan Price, author of ‘Self Publishing and Marketing Children’s Books’ Karen Inglis and Independent Bookseller Tamara McFarlane will offer a workshop on the nuts and bolts of self-publishing.

One-to-one manuscript and portfolio reviews with agents and editors will also be offered at a small additional cost. 

A juried illustrator showcase and portfolio exhibition will also take place.

Admission to the entire conference is £220 for SCBWI members and £250 for non-members. More information and a registration form can be found at our website: http://britishisles.scbwi.org/conference2016/

·Author keynote David Almond is the author of Skellig, My Name is Mina, The Savage, The Tightrope Walkers, A Song for Ella Grey and numerous other novels, stories, picture books, opera librettos and plays. His work is translated into 40 languages, and is widely adapted for stage and screen. His major awards include The Carnegie Medal, two Whitbread Awards, The Eleanor Farjeon Award, The Michael L Printz Award (USA), Le Prix Sorcieres (France) and The Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize. In 2010 he won the Hans Christian Andersen Award, the world’s most prestigious prize for children’ authors. He is Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University and lives in Northumberland.‘A writer of visionary, Blakean intensity.’ The Times.‘A Tyneside Dylan Thomas, and it is impossible not to be swept up in the power of his storytelling.’ Daily Telegraph ‘A master storyteller.’ The Independent. ‘David Almond’s books are strange, unsettling wild things – unfettered by the normal constraints of children’s literature. They are, like all great literature, beyond classification.’ The Guardian. http://www.davidalmond.com/

·Illustrator keynote by Leigh Hodgkinson is an award winning animator, author and illustrator with a passion for day dreaming. She graduated from the University of Hull in 1998 with a first in graphic design and went on to study Animation Direction at the National Film and Television School. Her picture books include Colin and the Snoozebox, Limelight Larry and Scrummy! All published by Orchard Books. As well as Goldilocks and Just the One Bear, Troll Swap and The Big Monster Snoreybook published by Nosy Crow. Most recently Bloomsbury published Are You Sitting Comfortably? Her picture books have been translated into many languages around the world. Leigh is an award-winning animator and worked as art director on the BAFTA-award winning animated series, Charlie and Lola. She is currently art-directing an exciting new animated pre-school television show for Cbeebies which is due to hit the screens in spring 2017. She co-created the show with her husband Steve Smith (of Beakus).  http://www.wonkybutton.com/

·PULSE keynote by Sarah Davies was a London publisher for 25 years, latterly as Publishing Director and on the management board of Macmillan Children’s Books where she worked with authors such as Philip Pullman, Julia Donaldson, Judy Blume, Sharon Creech, Meg Cabot, Frank Cottrell-Boyce and many others. In 2007 she moved to the USA and launched The Greenhouse Literary Agency, a transatlantic agency specializing in fiction for children and teens. Greenhouse quickly built a reputation as one of the leading boutique-sized agencies on both sides of Atlantic and is well known for discovering and helping to develop new talent. Among its clients are two New York Times bestsellers, a Morris First Novel Award winner, a Kirkus Prize Finalist, and its authors regularly achieve starred reviews and critical acclaim, as well as deals around the world. Sarah and her colleague Polly Nolan are open to all genres of fiction and represent young stories upwards through YA, but also sell picture books, non-fiction and even adult novels by existing clients. What they seek most of all is quality writing complementing a unique premise. Now back in the UK, Sarah divides her time between her new home “somewhere east of Oxford”, London, and New York, and she works with authors across many timezones! http://www.greenhouseliterary.com/

·The faculty also includes:

Margaret Bateson-Hill, Author and Storyteller, Ruth Bennett, Commissioning Editor at Stripes, Louise Bolongaro, Publisher at Nosy Crow, Helen Bryant, Literary Consultant at Cornerstones, Jane Clarke, Author, Candy Gourlay, Author, Karen Inglis, Independent Author, George Kirk, Educator, David McDougalan, Senior Art Director at Walker Books, Tamara McFarlane, Independent Bookseller, Cliff McNish, Author, Roland Moore, Script Writer, Roxie Munroe, Author/Illustrator, Lin Oliver, Author, Susan Price, Author, Viv Schwarz, Author/Illustrator, Benjamin Scott, Author, Paul Stickland, Author/ Illustrator, Sarah Towle, Independent Author, Becky Tudor, Educator, Caroline Walsh, Agent, Polly Whybrow, Commissioning Editor at Bloomsbury.

On Friday 18th November there is a programme of optional fringe events culminating in an evening critique meet. There is also an open portfolio exhibition on Saturday 19st November and various other competitions for authors and illustrators. Delegates and invited industry guests will be celebrating 20 years of SCBWI British Isles as well as our members’ 2016 publishing successes at our exclusive party and Mass Book Launch on Saturday night!

Two scholarships will be awarded, based on need and merit, which include tuition and accommodation costs, and a 1-1 with an editor, art director or agent.

The Crystal Kite Member Choice Awards will be presensented to the 2016 winner.

For more information about the conference programme visit

Booking closes at midnight, Monday 31st October 2016. 

About SCBWI:  SCBWI British Isles is a chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, a group form in 1968 by some Los Angeles-based writers for children. It is the only international organisation to offer a variety of services to people who write, illustrate, or share a vital interest in children's literature. It has over 22,000 members worldwide working in all areas of writing and illustrating for children, from picture books to YA. It is the only professional organisation for those specifically working in mediums of children’s literature, magazines, film, television, and multimedia, and makes an annual presentation of the Golden and Crystal Kite Awards, the only award presented to children’s book authors and artists by their peers.

SCBWI British Isles hosts a number of events during the year, from a professional development lecture series to masterclasses and writing retreats. It also supports local critique groups and events with regional festivals.

For more information:

SCBWI:   www.scbwi.org

SCBWI British Isles:  www.britishisles.scbwi.org


·         Jonny Wood conferencebookings@britishscbwi.org

Conference and Press Enquiries: 
·         George Kirk and Becky Tudor, Conference Co-Chairs,  conference@britishscbwi.org
·         Natascha Biebow, Regional Advisor (Chair), ra@britishscbwi.org

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The Society of Authors events

two SoAvents that you may like to attend.

Adventures in the real world: factual books and reading for pleasure
19 July, 5.45-8pm,  Waterstones Piccadilly, 203-206 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9HD

Children love reading about pirates, animals, robots, space, monsters... anything and everything wondrous and exciting. They love adventurous stories and bizarre inventions. And they don't love it any less if what they read is true - so why does Reading for Pleasure so often focus on fiction? 

Our panel of experts discusses the huge benefits of reading factual books for pleasure, engaging young readers who might not enjoy fiction, and broadening the horizons of those who do. 
Jenny Broom is a publisher at Quarto, producers of the award-winning Atlas of AdventuresDawn Finch is President of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, a vociferous library campaigner, trained librarian and children’s author; Nicola Morgan, Society of Authors’ Children’s Writers and Illustrator Group Chair, author of award-winning novels, factual books and an expert in the science of readaxation and reading for wellbeing; and Zoe Toft of the Federation of Children’s Books Groups, an independent children’s book consultant who oversees Non-Fiction November. Chaired by Anne Rooney, author of around 150 children’s information books on many subjects and Chair of the Society of Authors’ Educational Writers Group.

The talk will be followed by a drinks reception. Tickets for Carousel subscribers cost £10 
online booking as SoA members using an offer code SOA16 or £12 offline by calling the Society of Authors on 0207 373 6642. Please quote event code 571.
Diverse voices:  children's literature in translation 
20 October 2016, 2-4pm,  English Speaking Union, Dartmouth House, 37 Charles Street, London, W1J 5ED.

Some of the most loved children’s books in the UK have been translated into English from their original language - Pippi LongstockingEmil and the DetectivesHeidi, as well as Tintin and Asterix. Despite this, translated  literature makes up a very small percentage of the total number of children’s books published in the UK each year. In an globalised world, where intercultural exchange is widespread and multi-faceted, this lack of access to children’s literature which has been produced outside the English-speaking world could be seen as a problematic gap in young people’s cultural education; as Skellig author David Almond puts it: "children need to read the best books by the best writers from all parts of the world… (or) our children are missing out."

After the discussion with panellists Annie Eaton (Penguin Random House), Gill Evans (Walker Books), Sarah Odedina (Pushkin Press) and chair  Joy Court (Schools Library Services) the shortlist for the 2017 Marsh Award for Children’s Literature in Translation will be announced. 

Refreshments (tea and cakes) will be served. Tickets are £10, with a concession of £5 available for students. Book now

Saturday, July 09, 2016

BookTrust Lifetime Achievement Award 2016 Winner - Judith Kerr

Tiger Who Came to Tea and Mog author wins
BookTrust Lifetime Achievement Award 2016

Author and illustrator Judith Kerr, who escaped from Hitler’s Germany as a child and went on to write over 30 children’s books, including one of the best-selling of all time, The Tiger Who Came to Tea, has been named BookTrust Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, 2016.

The award, which BookTrust set up to celebrate the body of work of an author or illustrator who has made an outstanding contribution to children’s literature, is being presented to Judith at a ceremony hosted by former Children’s Laureate and BookTrust President, Michael Morpurgo, at London Zoo on Wednesday 6 July 2016. {For more information on this please see contact details.}

The judges of the Book Trust Lifetime Achievement Award were:

·         Nicolette Jones, writer, critic and broadcaster, specialising in literary and arts journalism
·         Shami Chakrabarti, human rights campaigner and chair of the Baileys Prize for Womens’ Fiction in 2015
·         Cressida Cowell, author and illustrator of twelve books in the popular How to Train Your Dragon series which has sold over seven million copies worldwide
·         Chris Riddell, prolific writer and illustrator, Children’s Laureate
·         John Agard, one of the most exciting poets writing in the English language today and winner of the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 2013
·         Diana Gerald, BookTrust chief executive.

Judith Kerr said: “I am honoured and delighted that I have been chosen to receive the BookTrust’s Lifetime Achievement Award. I thank them very much, and as the presentation is to be at London Zoo, I’ll also be able to thank the tigers in the tiger enclosure who started it all.”

Judith is best known for her children's books, including the 17-strong Mog series and The Tiger Who Came to Tea, and her biographical trilogy Out of the Hitler Time, that tells the story of her family’s flight from Nazi Germany, and travel through Switzerland, France and eventually settling in England. She has sold more than nine million books world-wide and her works have been translated into 25 different languages.

Mog has featured on bestseller lists for the past 30 years and sold more than four million copies. In December 2015 Mog’s Christmas Calamity was published in association with Sainsburys and was the subject of their Christmas advertising, raising over one million pounds for Save the Children’s literacy campaign. On the week of publication, it was the fastest selling book in the industry reaching No. 1 in the overall book charts for four weeks, making it the bestselling picture book of 2015.

Judith’s first picture book, The Tiger Who Came to Tea, was published in 1968 and became a classic, selling over 5 million copies, making it one of the best- selling children’s books of all time.

In September this year Judith will travel to Berlin for the publication of Mister Cleghorn’s Seal in Germany by Fischer-Verlag, the publishers of her father Alfred Kerr’s books in Germany.

In 2012, Judith was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for her services to children's literature and Holocaust Education.

As Britain’s largest reading charity, BookTrust is keen to see children’s authors acknowledged for their part in getting children to adopt a lifelong love of reading, so they can reap the many benefits that reading for pleasure can bring.

Book Trust CEO, Diana Gerald, says:

“Great authors and illustrators bring children to books and books to children. We know that books can be the life-changing milestone in children’s lives and we want to celebrate the work of authors whose books have that kind of impact.
“Judith is one of those people. Her fantastic stories and illustrations have enthralled children and their parents over several generations, and continue to do so to this day. Her remarkable life is only eclipsed by the remarkably enduring tales of her characters and creatures:  Mog, the adventurous and engaging cat, and the tiger who came into so many of our lives when gatecrashing tea-time in Sophie’s household. We are truly thrilled to be here today to honour Judith’s life’s work with this award.”

Lifetime Achievement Award judge chairperson, Nicolette Jones said:
“Judith Kerr created one of our most enduringly loved picture books in The Tiger Who Came to Tea, continuously in print since 1968. In her stories of Mog the cat, who thinks like a child in a grown-up world, in all her picture books, and in her astonishing new departure into illustrated young fiction in her 90s, Mr Cleghorn’s Seal, Judith has shown charm, skill, humour and empathy, while her trilogy beginning with When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit has had a significant impact on a generation’s understanding of the Holocaust, wartime Europe, and the experience of refugees. She is an important witness to history and has made a huge contribution to illustration and to our reading culture.”

·         Comments from some other judges below.

·         Judith Kerr biography here: https://www.harpercollins.co.uk/cr-100004/judith-kerr


UKLA Book Awards

The unique UKLA Book Awards are the only awards to be judged entirely by teachers. Their choice of winning books which, according to the criteria, can “enhance all aspects of literacy learning” clearly demonstrates the fresh perspective that class teachers bring to the judging of book awards.   They are able to share the books with their classes and discover what genuinely works with young readers in each of the three age categories.  As well as endorsing the brilliance of Frances Hardinge’s overall Costa Winner, The Lie Tree for 12-16’stheir 7-11 winner reflects once again the importance of illustration to this age group. The Imaginary by A.F Harrold was double Greenaway medal winner Emily Gravett’s first foray into illustrating a full length novel. The 12 judges who made up the final panel showed the strength and depth of the three shortlists by also Highly Commending books in both the 7-11 and 3-6 categories with Alex. T Smith’s vividly illustrated and wittily diverse twist on a familiar nursery tale, Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion, winning the 3-6 category.
For UKLA, giving classroom practitioners the opportunity to read a number of new quality children’s books is as important as finding an overall winner. Research carried out by members of UKLA (Cremin et al 2008) clearly demonstrated the links between teachers’ knowledge of children’s books and the likelihood of pupils becoming successful readers. Despite this evidence, teachers are seldom given time to read new books or funding to purchase them when they do. As Awards Chair Lynda Graham said:
I am so impressed by the level of commitment shown by teacher judges from Bristol this year.  Work in classrooms based around our shortlisted books has been thoughtful, imaginative, creative and in many instances, quite stunning. It was very moving to hear them describe how being involved in this judging process has had a real impact in their schools and upon their pupils’ enthusiasm for reading”.
This makes these awards particularly useful for co-sponsor Peter Crawshaw, Director and Co-founder of Lovereading4kids, who said:
“Lovereading4schools and its sister site Lovereading4kids are delighted to support the UKLA Book Awards. The fact that the teacher judges reflect on their students’ responses to the books gives the award huge credibility and trust that schools use to know the books will be loved by their own pupils. The awards are equally valuable for parents looking for books their children will enjoy.”
The Award winners for the book categories 3 to 6, 7 to11 and 12 to16+ years will be announced and presented at a wine reception at the UKLA International Conference at the Mercure Bristol Holland House Hotel and Spa in Bristol on July 8th.
Andrew Lambirth, President of UKLA said “I am delighted that the UKLA Book Awards continue to highlight some of the best children's literature available to children and young people. I'm proud that the process of selection of the winners is undertaken within a real spirit of community, involving so many people from within education. Congratulations to all the winners and runners up this year”
The winning book in the 12 to16 + category is the Lie Tree by Francis Hardinge, published by Macmillan.
It is the brilliant powerful language of Frances Hardinge’s wholly compelling, dark mystery that so impressed the judges. The perfectly portrayed Victorian period with the themes of science, religion and the role of women stimulated really interesting class discussion. Despite the fantastically weird story of the Lie Tree itself this is an intensely human novel with young readers able to really relate to Faith and feel her anger and frustration and her growing realization of parental fallibility.

The winning book in the 7 to 11 category is The Imaginary by A.F. Harrold and Emily Gravett, published by Bloomsbury

A beautifully written and perfectly illustrated tale that has clever elements of observational comedy and refreshingly candid, engaging characterisation set within a deliciously scary story that completely won over the judges. A.F. Harrold’s poetic language takes readers to the dark heart of imagination where the very nature of friendship is tested. This is a very moving, accessible and yet challenging book which certainly stimulates young readers to use their own imagination.

The judges also presented a Highly Commended 7-11 Award to The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel, published by David Fickling

Judges commended this adventure on a huge scale, with hurtling action beautifully complemented by an unusually reflective hero and a wonderfully vivid supporting cast and setting. A much faster paced read than the length would suggest, helped by the use of present tense, with young readers also stimulated by the imaginative use of language and fascinated by the moral dilemmas portrayed.

The winning book for the 3 to 6 category is Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion by Alex.T.Smith, published by Scholastic

Little Red Riding Hood transposed to an African town setting where a lion is really no match for a clever small girl delighted the judges with its exuberant original twisting of the traditional story. The inventive layout of the text and its relationship to the witty, beautifully coloured illustrations really enhance the child friendly storytelling. The empowering portrayal of different cultures and a heroine who is not a naive victim ensure that this will become a classroom classic.
The judges also presented a Highly Commended 3-6 Award to On Sudden Hill by Linda Sarah and Benji Davies, published by Simon & Schuster
Judges commended this poignant tale which approaches difficult areas for children and does so with sensitivity and a real understanding of childhood relationships with each other. Emotive imagery in both the poetic language and the subtle, gentle pictures can prompt useful discussion of restorative justice as well as inspiring imaginative use of cardboard boxes!
The Shortlists in full
This Book Just Ate My Dog! by Richard Byrne (author/illustrator)(Oxford University Press)
The Something by Rebecca Cobb (author /illustrator) (Macmillan Children's Books)
I am Henry Finch by Alexis Deacon (author) and Viviane Schwarz (illustrator)(Walker Books)
The Dad with 10 Children by Bénédicte Guettier (author/Illustrator) (Scribblers Books)
On Sudden Hill by Linda Sarah (author) and Benji Davies (illustrator) (Simon & Schuster Children's Books)
Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion by Alex T Smith (author/illustrator) (Scholastic Children's Books)

The Fish in the Bathtub by Eoin Colfer (author) and Peter Bailey (illustrator)(Barrington Stoke)
Hercufleas by Sam Gayton and Peter Cottrill (illustrator)     (Andersen Press)
The Imaginary by A.F Harrold(author) and Emily Gravett(illustrator)(Bloomsbury)
The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel (David Fickling Books)
The Pilot and the Little Prince by Peter Sís (Pushkin Press)
Atlas of Adventures by Rachel Williams (author) and Lucy Leatherland (illustrator)(Wide Eyed Editions)

The Door that Led to Where by Sally Gardner (Hot Key Books)
The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge (Macmillan Children's Books)
There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake (Bloomsbury)
An Island of Our Own by Sally Nicholls (Scholastic Children's Books)
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven (Puffin)
The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgewick (Orion Indigo)

Full details of the Awards and the winners (from 7.15pm on 8 July), the shortlist, and reviews of the winning and shortlisted books, are on https://ukla.org/awards/ukla-book-award

Saturday, July 02, 2016

DK findout! Series

What do you want to find out?
***New children’s series from the creators of the DKfindout! website***
Publication Date: 1st July 2016       Price: £5.99 each
In January 2015 DK launched DKfindout! - a global education website for children, parents and teachers that brought DK’s distinctive visual approach to the internet.  The website saw over 400,000 sessions in May this year and this number continues to grow rapidly. Due to the website’s rich content, engaging visuals and core educational information, the site has seen 1.7 million sessions this year alone, with close to 2 million users, and more than 11.4 million page views.  
This summer, DK will launch the DKfindout! brand in print, with six brand new DKfindout! books on key educational and high interest homework  topics for children aged 6-9. The new titles are: DKfindout! Ancient Rome, Solar System, Animals, Dinosaurs, Science and Volcanoes.
Each book is bursting with cool facts, amazing images, quizzes and key information bringing each topic to life. Throughout the process of making the new series, parents and educators have been asked for feedback and most importantly, children have been consulted to ensure the content is exactly right for the readership.
Not only are these books engaging and attention-grabbing, this innovative series will provide children with a unique learning experience when it comes to homework support. Each book has been designed in a way that allows readers to navigate their way through the content in a way that suits them, similar to how dkfindout.com works. The graphics are fresh and simple and sit perfectly alongside new photography and illustrations. Traditional subjects have been made fun, exciting and inspirational, providing an alternative way for children to learn through the use of flaps, child friendly charts, quizzes, diagrams and exclusive interviews with key experts which give a first-person insight into each subject.
Sarah Larter, Publisher for DKfindout! says, “2016 marks the start of this new, exciting  series. We have 12 new titles planned for 2017 and will continue to grow the series further, creating a colourful library of pocket-money priced books on topics that children love. Not only will the series provide a huge offering to children looking for support and information on homework assignments, the DKfindout! series will help kids become experts on their favorite topics. The books are vibrant, shiny and glossy and not an inch of the inside pages or the cover is wasted.”
Titles coming in 2017: Stone Age, Sharks, Pirates, Ancient Egypt, Human Body, Earth, World War II and Amphibians and Reptiles.

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Monday, June 20, 2016


Judges claim Laureate Chris Riddell is “at the height of his powers” as he wins for The Sleeper and the Spindle
Sarah Crossan champions poetry, performance and libraries as her “poignant and perfectly crafted” verse novel about conjoined twins takes Carnegie Medal 
Three proves to be a lucky number for the winners of the 2016 CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Medals, the UK’s oldest and most prestigious book awards, announced today, Monday 20th June, at a ceremony in London’s British Library. Teacher turned novelist Sarah Crossan wins the CILIP Carnegie medal for her verse novel about conjoined twins One, her third novel to have made the shortlist in just four years, while Chris Riddell becomes the first ever triple winner of either award, winning the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal for his illustrations of Neil Gaiman’s retelling of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale, The Sleeper and the Spindle. Riddell also becomes the first reigning Children’s Laureate to win either Medal. 
World renowned and widely regarded as the greatest of all accolades available to a children’s writer or illustrator, the annually awarded Medals are unique in that they are judged solely by librarians. The roll-call of past winners include: Arthur Ransome, C.S. Lewis, Terry Pratchett, Noel Streatfield and Penelope Lively for the Carnegie Medal; and Raymond Briggs, Shirley Hughes, Janet Ahlberg and John Burningham for the Kate Greenaway Medal. They are joined in 2016 for the first time by the Amnesty CILIP Honour, a new commendation for the book on each shortlist that most distinctively illuminates, upholds or celebrates freedoms.
Crossan, who was previously shortlisted in 2013 for The Weight of Water and 2015 for Apple and Rain, made a passionate pledge of support for the British library system, whose closures “infuriated” her. The author explained how she had been immediately granted a library card after moving to the UK from the US three years ago, allowing her to borrow books despite holding no evidence she was legally in the country. She said: “What does this say about our society? It says that even those who are invisible in the system are welcome to learning, information and the arts – that they are entitled to social mobility and they matter. Libraries are safe places and when we close them we are saying that those people that use them and need them don’t matter. And it’s up to us to stand up and say, ‘no’.”
Crossan also called for cross-industry support for poetry. She said children inherently “trust poetry” as it is read to them from such a young age, “and then we kill it for them by around year 8 with testing leaving no space for joy or performance.” Crossan recommended poetry should be performed to fully realise its power, saying “no poet writes words so that they remain cold on the page to be scanned from left to right in black and white and then examined for GCSE. Poetry belongs to everyone, it doesn’t necessarily belong in the classroom or university nor in the bookshop ghetto next to Eighteenth Century literary criticism.” 
Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell’s previous Medal wins came in 2001 for Pirate Diary and 2004 for his adaptation of Jonathan Swift’s “Gulliver”. Speaking of his record third win, Riddell – for whom the support of libraries is a central theme of his Laureateship – said he was “honoured and humbled” to accept the award, going on to praise librarians as “pretty amazing people […] they love turning children into readers by teaching them one of the most important life skills you can acquire, which is reading for pleasure. Not SATs tests, or attainment levels, or league tables but the joy of losing yourself in the pages of a good book.” He said he was humbled that Neil Gaiman had chosen him to illustrate his “wonderful story…from all the talented…young…good- looking…fashionable illustrators he could have chosen.” He also thanked his publisher, Bloomsbury, for “giving me 96 pages and gold as a second colour.”
Sioned Jacques, Chair of the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals judging panel for 2016, said: “What a thrilling pair of winners we have in Sarah and Chris. Sarah’s book, One, is poignant and thought-provoking, each chapter a poem that is a work of art in its own right, while collectively they create a highly emotive and engaging story. The judges found it deeply moving, beautifully observed, unusual but perfectly crafted – the sort of book that will stay with the reader long after the final page.
“We were blown away by Chris Riddell’s work in The Sleeper and the Spindle; he is surely at the height of his powers. His illustrations lift this re-told tale into high art, offering sumptuous pleasures on every page. The more one looks at his pictures the more one notices: subtlety and complexity, the clever use of such a limited palette, the daring use of solid black areas – no space is wasted. Some 15 years after Chris first took home a Kate Greenaway Medal he shows no sign of slowing down – he remains a thrilling, prolific and prestigious talent.”   
Crossan and Riddell each receive £500 worth of books to donate to their local library. Both are also awarded the £5,000 Colin Mears Award cash prize – the first year both Medal winners have received this.
The first Amnesty CILIP Honours were judged by a panel including the 2015 Carnegie Medal winner Tanya Landman. From the CILIP Carnegie Medal shortlist the Honour went to Robin Talley for Lies We Tell Ourselves, which the judges called “an exciting page-turner of a book, it vividly brings to life the human cost of prejudice and explores an historic battle for equal access to education.” The Amnesty CILIP Honour for the Kate Greenaway Medal shortlist went to Ross Collins for There’s a Bear on My Chair, a book which, according to the judges, is “packed full of joyous humour: it develops children’s empathy and shows how we can protest creatively and peacefully when something is wrong.”
Nicky Parker, chair of judges for the Amnesty CILIP Honour, said: “We are very proud to announce the first ever children’s book award to celebrate human rights. The best books are more than plot and character, they give children the empathy and confidence to stand up and shape their world for the better - and we need to give children that power today, more than ever.
“Thinking about how to persuade a bullying bear to get off your chair can teach children about peaceful protest, while the story of black students who trail-blazed integration in schools in racist 1950s America and were confronted with sexual discrimination remains all too relevant at this time of hate attacks.”
The CILIP Carnegie Medal 2016 shortlist in full (alphabetically by author surname):
  • One by Sarah Crossan (Bloomsbury)
  • The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge (Macmillan)
  • There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake (Bloomsbury)
  • The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness (Walker Books)
  • Five Children on the Western Front by Kate Saunders (Faber)
  • The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick (Indigo)
  • Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley (Mira Ink)
  • Fire Colour One by Jenny Valentine (HarperCollins)
The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2016 shortlist in full (alphabetically by illustrator surname):
  • Willy’s Stories illustrated and written by Anthony Browne (Walker Books)
  • There’s a Bear on My Chair illustrated and written by Ross Collins (Nosy Crow)
  • Once Upon an Alphabet illustrated and written by Oliver Jeffers (HarperCollins)
  • Sam & Dave Dig a Hole illustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Mac Barnett (Walker Books)
  • Something About a Bear illustrated and written by Jackie Morris (Frances Lincoln)
  • Captain Jack and the Pirates illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, written by Peter Bently (Puffin)
  • The Sleeper and the Spindle illustrated by Chris Riddell, written by Neil Gaiman (Bloomsbury)
  • Footpath Flowers illustrated by Sydney Smith, written by JonArno Lawson (Walker Books)
About the CILIP Carnegie Medal
The Carnegie Medal, awarded annually to the writer of an outstanding book for children, was established in 1936 in memory of the Scottish-born philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919). A self-made industrialist who made his fortune in steel in the USA, Carnegie’s experience of using a library as a child led him to resolve that “If ever wealth came to me that it should be used to establish free libraries.” He set up more than 2,800 libraries across the English speaking world and by the time of his death over half the library authorities in Great Britain had Carnegie libraries. 
About the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal
The Kate Greenaway Medal was established in 1955 for distinguished illustration in a book for children. Named after the popular nineteenth century artist, known for her beautiful children's illustrations and designs, the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded annually for an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people. 

About the winners:
CILIP Carnegie Medal
One by Sarah Crossan (Bloomsbury)
Grace and Tippi are conjoined twins. And their lives are about to change. No longer able to afford homeschooling, they must venture into the world – a world of stares, sneers and cruelty. Will they find more than that at school? Can they find real friends? And what about love? But what neither Grace nor Tippi realises is that a heart-wrenching decision lies ahead. A decision that could tear them apart. One that will change their lives even more than they ever imagined.
About the Author
Sarah Crossan’s debut book, The Weight of Water, won The Eilís Dillon Award for a First Children’s Book, the We Read Prize and a UKLA Book Award. It was also shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal as was her next book, Apple and Rain. Sarah Crossan is originally from Dublin. She graduated with a degree in philosophy and literature before training as an English and drama teacher at Cambridge University. Sarah taught English at a small private school near New York until she became a full time writer. She completed her Masters in creative writing at the University of Warwick in 2003. She is also the author of Breathe and Resist.

CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal
The Sleeper and the Spindle illustrated by Chris Riddell, written by Neil Gaiman (Bloomsbury)
On the eve of her wedding, a young queen sets out to rescue a princess from an enchantment. She casts aside her fine wedding clothes, takes her chain mail and sword and follows her brave dwarf retainers into the tunnels under the mountain towards the sleeping kingdom. This queen will decide her own future – and the princess who needs rescuing is not quite what she seems. Twisting together the familiar and the new, this perfectly delicious, captivating and darkly funny tale shows its creators at the peak of their talents.
About the Illustrator
Chris Riddell is the current Children’s Laureate, a much loved illustrator and acclaimed political cartoonist. He has won the Nestlé Gold Award and two Kate Greenaway Medals. He is co-creator of the hugely successful New York Times bestseller the Edge Chronicles, author and illustrator of the Ottoline books and works for The Observer newspaper.
Amnesty CILIP Honour: Carnegie
Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley (Mira Ink)
It’s 1959. The battle for civil rights is raging. And it’s Sarah’s first day of school as one of the first black students at previously all-white Jefferson High. No one wants Sarah there. Not the Governor. Not the teachers. And certainly not the students – especially Linda, daughter of the town’s most ardent segregationist. Sarah and Linda are supposed to despise each other. But the more time they spend together, the less their differences matter. And both girls start to feel something they’ve never felt before. Something they’re determined to ignore. Because it’s one thing to stand up to an unjust world – but another to be terrified of what’s in your own heart.
About the Author
Robin Talley grew up in Roanoke, Virginia, writing terrible teen poetry and riding a desegregation bus to the school across town. Robin lives in Washington, D.C., with her fiancée, plus an antisocial cat and a goofy hound dog. When Robin’s not writing, she’s often planning communication strategies at organizations fighting for equal rights and social justice.
Amnesty CILIP Honour: Kate Greenaway
There’s a Bear on My Chair illustrated and written by Ross Collins (Nosy Crow)
Poor Mouse! A bear has settled in his favourite chair and that chair just isn’t big enough for two. Mouse tries all kinds of tactics to move the pesky Bear but nothing works and poor Mouse gives up. Once Mouse has eventually gone, Bear gets up and walks home. But what’s that? Is that a Mouse in Bear’s house?!
About the Illustrator and Author
Ross’ primary teacher, Mrs Spears, told his parents that he should go to art school. 13 years went by until he was finally ‘old enough’ to get into the Glasgow School of Art. On graduating he won the Macmillan Prize for his first picture book. Since then he’s illustrated over 100 books for children and written a few of them too. Several of them have won enormous glittering awards which he keeps in a box in Latvia. Ross’ book The Elephantom was recently adapted into a critically acclaimed play at the National Theatre who made that War Horse thing. When he’s not creating children’s books he enjoys working on character development for animation studios like Laika and Disney. He also likes walking in the Scottish glens with his dog Hugo, who is an idiot, and his partner Jacqui, who is not.
Full list of past winners of the CILIP Carnegie Medal:
2015 Buffalo Soldier by Tanya Landman (Walker Books)
2014 The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks (Puffin)
2013 Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner (Hot Key Books)
2012 A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (Walker Books)
2011 Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness (Walker Books)
2010 The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (Bloomsbury)
2009 Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd (David Fickling)
2008 Here Lies Arthur by Philip Reeve (Scholastic)
2007 Just in Case by Meg Rosoff (Penguin)
2005 Tamar by Mal Peet (Walker Books)
2004 Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce (Macmillan)
2003 A Gathering Light by Jennifer Donnelly (Bloomsbury Children's Books)
2002 Ruby Holler by Sharon Creech (Bloomsbury Children's Books)
2001 The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett (
2000 The Other Side of Truth by Beverley Naidoo (Puffin)
1999 Postcards from No Man's Land by Aidan Chambers (Bodley Head)
1998 Skellig by David Almond (Hodder Children's Books)
1997 River Boy by Tim Bowler (OUP)
1996 Junk by Melvin Burgess (Andersen Press)
1995 His Dark Materials: Book 1 Northern Lights by Philip Pullman (Scholastic)
1994 Whispers in the Graveyard by Theresa Breslin (Methuen)
1993 Stone Cold by Robert Swindells (H Hamilton)
1992 Flour Babies by Anne Fine (H Hamilton)
1991 Dear Nobody by Berlie Doherty (H Hamilton)
1990 Wolf by Gillian Cross (OUP)
1989 Goggle-eyes by Anne Fine (H Hamilton)
1988 A Pack of Lies by Geraldine McCaughrean (OUP)
1987 The Ghost Drumby by Susan Price (Faber)
1986 Granny was a Buffer Girl by Berlie Doherty (Methuen)
1985 Storm by Kevin Crossley-Holland (Heinemann)
1984 The Changeover by Margaret Mahy (Dent)
1983 Handles by Jan Mark (Kestrel)
1982 The Haunting by Margaret Mahy (Dent)
1981 The Scarecrows by Robert Westall (Chatto & Windus)
1980 City of Gold by Peter Dickinson (Gollancz)
1979 Tulku by Peter Dickinson (Gollancz)
1978 The Exeter Blitz by David Rees (H Hamilton)
1977 The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tiler by Gene Kemp (Faber)
1976 Thunder and Lightnings by Jan Mark (Kestrel)
1975 The Machine Gunner by Robert Westall (Macmillan)
1974 The Stronghold by Mollie Hunter (H Hamilton)
1973 The Ghost of Thomas Kempe by Penelope Lively (Heinemann)
1972 Watership Down by Richard Adams (Rex Collings)
1971 Josh by Ivan Southall (Angus & Robertson)
1970 The God Beneath the Sea by Leon Garfield & Edward Blishen (Longman)
1969 The Edge of the Cloud by Kathleen Peyton (OUP)
1968 The Moon in the Cloud by Rosemary Harris (Faber)
1967 The Owl Service by Alan Garner (Collins)
1966 Prize withheld as no book considered suitable
1965 The Grange at High Force by Philip Turner (OUP)
1964 Nordy Bank by Sheena Porter (OUP)
1963 Time of Trial by Hester Burton (OUP)
1962 The Twelve and the Genii by Pauline Clarke (Faber)
1961 A Stranger at Green Knowe by Lucy M Boston (Faber)
1960 The Making of Man by Dr I. W. Cornwall (Phoenix House)
1959 The Lantern Bearers by Rosemary Sutcliff (OUP)
1958 Tom's Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce (OUP)
1957 A Grass Rope by William Mayne (OUP)
1956 The Last Battle by C S Lewis (Bodley Head)
1955 The Little Bookroom by Eleanor Farjeon (OUP)
1954 Knight Crusader by Ronald Welch (Felton Ronald Oliver) (OUP)
1953 A Valley Grows Up by Edward Osmond (OUP)
1952 The Borrowers by Mary Norton (Dent)
1951 The Woolpack by Cynthia Harnett (Methuen)
1950 The Lark on the Wing by Elfrida Vipont Foulds (OUP)
1949 The Story of Your Home by Agnes Allen (Faber)
1948 Sea Change by Richard Armstrong (Dent)
1947 Collected Stories for Children by Walter De La Mare (Faber)
1946 The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge (University of London Press)
1945 Prize withheld as no book considered suitable
1944 The Wind on the Moon by Eric Linklater (Macmillan)
1943 Prize withheld as no book considered suitable
1942 The Little Grey Men by 'BB' (D. J. Watkins-Pitchford) (Eyre & Spottiswoode)
1941 We Couldn't Leave Dinah by Mary Treadgold (Cape)
1940 Visitors from London by Kitty Barne (Dent)
1939 Radium Woman by Eleanor Doorly (Heinemann)
1938 The Circus is Coming by Noel Streatfeild (Dent)
1937 The Family from One End Street by Eve Garnett (Muller)
1936 Pigeon Post by Arthur Ransome (Cape)
Full list of past winners of the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal: 
2015 Shackleton’s Journey by William Grill (Flying Eye Books)
2014 This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen (Walker Books)
2013 Black Dog by Levi Pinfold (Templar) 
2012 A Monster Calls by Jim Kay (Walker Books)
2011 FArTHER by Grahame Baker-Smith (Templar)
2010 Harry & Hopper by Freya Blackwood (Scholastic)
2009 Harris Find His Feet by Catherine Rayner (Little Tiger Press)
2008 Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears by Emily Gravett (Macmillan)
2007 The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon by Mini Grey (Jonathan Cape)
2005 Wolves by Emily Gravett (Macmillan)
2004 Jonathan Swift's “Gulliver” by Chris Riddell (Walker Books)
2003 Ella's Big Chance by Shirley Hughes (The Bodley Head)
2002 Jethro Byrde- Fairy Child by Bob Graham (Walker Books) 
2001 Pirate Diary by Chris Riddell (
Walker Books) 
2000  I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child (Orchard Books)
1999 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Helen Oxenbury (Walker Books)
1998 Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper (Doubleday)
1997 When Jessie Came Across the Se by P J Lynch (Walker Books)
1996 The Baby Who Wouldn't Go to Bed by Helen Cooper (Doubleday)
1995 The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by P J Lynch (Walker Books)
1994 Way Home by Gregory Rogers (Andersen Press)
1993 Black Ships Before Troy by Alan Lee (Frances Lincoln)
1992 Zoo by Anthony Browne (Julia MacRae)
1991 The Jolly Christmas Postman by Janet Ahlberg (Heinemann)
1990 The Whales' Song by Gary Blythe (Hutchinson)
1989 War Boy: a Country Childhood by Michael Foreman (Pavilion)
1988 Can't You Sleep Little Bear? by Barbara Firth (Walker Books)
1987 Crafty Chameleon by Adrienne Kennaway (Hodder & Stoughton)
1986 Snow White in New York by Fiona French (OUP)
1985 Sir Gawain and the Loathly Lady by Juan Wijngaard (Walker Books)
1984 Hiawatha's Childhood by Errol Le Cain (Faber)
1983 Gorilla by Anthony Browne (Julia MacRae)
1982 Long Neck and Thunder Foot and Sleeping Beauty and Other Favourite Fairy Tales by Michael Foreman (Kestrel and Gollancz)
1981 The Highwayman by Charles Keeping (OUP)
1980 Mr Magnolia by Quentin Blake (Cape)
1979 The Haunted House by Jan Pienkowski (Heinemann)
1978 Each Peach Pear Plum Janet Ahlberg (Kestrel)
1977 Dogger by Shirley Hughes (Bodley Head)
1976 The Post Office Cat by Gail E Haley (Bodley Head)
1975 Horses in Battle and Mishka by Victor Ambrus (OUP)
1974 The Wind Blew by Pat Hutchins (Bodley Head)
1973 Father Christmas by Raymond Briggs (H Hamilton)
1972 The Woodcutter's Duck by Krystyna Turska (H Hamilton)
1971 The Kingdom Under the Sea by Jan Pienkowski (Cape)
1970 Mr Gumpy's Outing by John Burningham (Cape)
1969 The Quangle Wangle's Hat and The Dragon of an Ordinary Family by Helen Oxenbury (Heinemann)
1968 Dictionary of Chivalry by Pauline Baynes (Longman)
1967 Charlotte and the Golden Canary by Charles Keeping (OUP)
1966 Mother Goose Treasury by Raymond Briggs (H Hamilton)
1965 The Three Poor Tailors by Victor Ambrus (OUP)
1964 Shakespeare's Theatre by C W Hodges (OUP)
1963 Borka: the Adventures of a Goose with No Feathers by John Burningham (Cape)
1962 A.B.C by Brian Wildsmith (OUP)
1961 Mrs. Cockle's Cat by Antony Maitland (Constable)
1960 Old Winkle and the Seagulls by Gerald Rose (Faber)
1959 Kashtanka and a Bundle of Ballads by William Stobbs (OUP)
1958 Prize withheld as no book considered suitable
1957 Mrs Easter and the Storks by V. H. Drummond (Faber)
1956 Tim All Alone by Edward Ardizzone (OUP)
1955 Prize withheld as no book considered suitable
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