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Shortlists announced for New Children's Fiction Awards 2017

Judges include Mumsnet editor Kate Williams, owner of Tales on Moon Lane children's bookshop Tamara MacFarlane, and author Philip Ardargh

Shortlists for this year's Teach Primary New Children's Fiction Awards have now been announced, with six titles selected in each of three categories: Early Years, KS1 and KS2. A panel of five judges, including award-winning author Philip Ardargh and Kate Williams, editor of Mumsnet, will now work towards selecting the winners and runners up, using a unique scoring system that is specifically tailored to education and takes into account a range of criteria not always assessed by other awards, such as 'learning opportunities', 'encouragement of language play' and 'emotional depth' (not forgetting sheer enjoyment, of course!)

"I'm thrilled to be judging the awards this year. We're living through a golden age of children's fiction, with so many talented authors and illustrators skillfully deploying humour, empathy, emotion and riotous imagination. I can't wait to get started."
Kate Williams, judge

"Reading for enjoyment helps improve children's vocabularies, fuel their imaginations and give them the building blocks they need to do well at school and succeed in life. The Awards enable us to celebrate the best children’s stories around and help inspire the next generation to develop their own love of reading."
Clare Argar, judge

The Judges

  • Philip Ardagh
    Roald Dahl Funny Prize winning author of The Grunts

  • Clare Argar
    Head of community campaigns and programmes at the National Literacy Trust

  • Brough Girling
    Founder of Readathon

  • Tamara Macfarlane
    Children's author and the owner of Tales on Moon Lane children's bookshop

  • Kate Williams
    Editor of Mumsnet