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.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Superman / Wonder Woman wins the 2015 Stan Lee Excelsior Award

DC's Story of Super Heroes Trying to Explore a Romantic Relationship Whilst Battling Huge Threats to the World Scoops First Place!

Over 4400 Ratings Forms were returned and analysed this year and the teenagers of Great Britain have chosen their winner - Superman / Wonder Woman by Charles Soule and Tony S. Daniel (published by DC Comics)!
To find out which books finished 2nd and 3rd click on the link below and visit the website...

Winners of the True Believers Award
Sheffield's High Storrs School won the True Believers Award this year. This award goes to the school that returns the most Rating Forms.

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 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)