MEET THE JUDGES

As always, this year’s panel includes children’s authors, literacy experts and champions of reading for pleasure, to ensure that every title is assessed for its potential in the classroom as well as for reading at home - and they can’t wait to start reading!

Konnie Huq (judging our non-fiction category) is a multitalented television and radio presenter, screenwriter and children's author. Her novel Cookie and the Most Annoying Boy in the World was shortlisted for last year’s Teach Primary Book Awards.
Liz Flanagan writes for children and young adults, having been a lifelong reader of children’s books. Her debut novel Eden Summer was nominated for the Carnegie Medal.
Brough Girling is co-founder of the Readathon charity. A qualified teacher, he has written over 30 children’s books, broadcast widely and lectured in children’s reading from Canada to Cairo. He was head of the Children’s Book Foundation in London and founding editor of the Young Telegraph.
Megan Smith is a book lover who works on the Young Readers Programme – the National Literacy Trust’s flagship reading for enjoyment programme.
Leah Chin has been the educational manager at Tales on Moon Lane, having worked there for 12 years following several years as a nursery teacher.
"This is an exciting and wonderful opportunity to be involved in. It will be great to be able to select texts of a high standard, that can then be used to support the teaching and learning within the classroom, which is of key importance."
Dan Smith led three lives growing up: the day-to-day humdrum of boarding school, finding adventure in the padi fields of Asia and the jungles of Brazil, and in a world of his own, making up stories. He now spends his time writing books for adults and children.

“I am honoured and excited to be joining the judging panel for the Teach Primary Book Award 2021 - and I can’t wait to discover what delights the shortlist holds!”

- Dan Smith