Since the beginning of March we have been celebrating the shortlists of our Children’s Book Award. We began the celebrations with our Picture Book Shortlist and four incredible bloggers hosted content on their blogs. Here is a round up of those blogs and details about how to get involved!
First up, with Perdu by Richard Jones, the lovely Anne Thompson, @alibrarylady, hosted some content from author-illustrator Richard Jones. Perdu is published by Simon&Schuster Children’s.
“The theme of longing – longing for a safe place and a sense of belonging – is a universal one and as a basis for a story has been explored in children’s books many times with Paddington by Michael Bond my most loved.”
We then moved to the wonderful Rachael Davis at @Pic_BookPerfect with content for Barbara Throws a Wobbler by Nadia Shireen. There is a special draw along video from Nadia! Barbara Throws a Wobbler is published by Penguin Random House Children’s.
The uber-knowledgeable Georgina from @Toppsta then hosted our third picture book, Octopus Shocktopus by Peter Bently and Steven Lenton. Steven offered some insight into his early sketches. Octopus Shocktopus is published by Nosy Crow.
“Once I started sketching the Octopus on top of the house it just clicked in my mind and I fell in love with the whole idea, the gentle themes within the seemingly simple story, the family and cast of characters, and that great ending with lots of other octopi arriving in the village; it all made sense and I snapped up the offer to illustrate the book.”
Finally, wrapping up the CBA Picture Book shortlist is Erin Hamilton, @erinlynhamilton, hosting Stella and the Seagull. Author Georgina Stevens wrote a lovely piece about Stella and Oxford Children’s have provided some wonderful activities to enhance the use of Stella and the Seagull in classrooms and at home!
“I wanted to show how important it is to just do one or more small things, and that they can also be fun and help you meet new people who share your values and your passions.”
How To Get Involved!
To get involved with voting for the children’s book awards please head to the fcbg.org.uk website for more details! Voting will open soon and ends on 27th May.
To purchase the books, head to https://www.heathbooks.co.uk/federation-of-childrens-book-groups-childrens-book-award/
Remember this award can only be voted on by children!!!
We are thrilled to share our next segment of the blog tour – the younger readers category with blogs hosted by @richreadalot, @kateheap1 and @lilyfae. This begins on the 13th of March!