The shortlists for this year’s Teach Primary Book Awards have been announced - including for the inaugural non-fiction category, which will be judged by comedian, author and broadcaster Robin Ince.


How did these books make the shortlist?

As always, the standard of entries was incredibly high; all 27 shortlisted titles (representing no fewer than 19 publishers) were selected not only for their outstanding aesthetic appeal and sheer enjoyability, but also because of their potential to support learning both inside the classroom and beyond. These are books that teachers will be able to recommend confidently to children and their parents, as well as use for inspirational classroom activities.


Our panel of judges - alongside young readers of First News, who will decide this year’s funniest book for KS2 - are currently busy getting to know the books, before assessing them according to a set of criteria that takes learning opportunities into account alongside excellent writing and superb illustration. The final results will be announced in Teach Reading & Writing magazine, Teach Primary magazine, and First News, in May 2019

Robin Ince Comedian, actor, writer and, with physicist Brian Cox, presenter of the BBC radio show The Infinite Monkey Cage.
Dan Freedman Former sports journalist, and author of the Jamie Johnson football books series, plus YA novel Unstoppable.
Connie Glynn Connie’s debut novel Undercover Princess saw her become the UK’s number one debut YA author of 2017.
Sinead Naidoo Programme manager for the Young Readers Programme at UK literacy charity the National Literacy Trust.
Brough Girling Co-founder of the Readathon charity, children's author, broadcaster and a qualified teacher.
Tamara Macfarlane Children's author and owner of Tales on Moon Lane Children's Bookshop, Moon Lane Education Ltd, and Moon Lane Ink.


Early years
  • The Steves

    (Morag Hood, Two Hoots Publishing)

  • Julian is a Mermaid

    (Jessica Love, Walker)

  • Ruby’s Worry

    (Tom Percival, Bloomsbury)

  • The Secret Sky Garden

    (Linda Sarah, illustrated by Fiona Lumbers, Simon and Schuster)

  • The Case of the Red-Bottomed Robber!

    (Richard Byrne, Oxford University Press)

  • Cyril and Pat

    (Emily Gravett, Two Hoots Publishing)

Key Stage 1
  • Dear Mr President

    (Sophie Siers, illustrated by Anne Villeneuve, templar books)

  • Smuggler’s Daughter

    (Philip Ardagh, illustrated by Jamie Littler, nosy crow)

  • The Twitches Meet a Puppy

    (Hayley Scott, illustrated by Pippa Curnick, Usborne)

  • The Dragonsitter’s Surprise

    (Josh Lacey, illustrated by Garry Parsons, Andersen Press)

  • Lubna and Pebble

    (Wendy Meddour, illustrated by Daniel Egnéus, Oxford University Press)

  • The Dam

    (David Almond, illustrated by Levi Pinfold, Walker)

Key Stage 2
  • The Lost Magician

    (Piers Torday, Quercus)

  • Unexpected Twist

    (Michael Rosen, illustrated by Tony Ross, Scholastic)

  • The Whispers

    (Greg Howard, Puffin)

  • Our Castle by the Sea

    (Lucy Strange, Chicken House)

  • The Train to Impossible Places

    (PG Bell, Usborne)

  • Boy 87

    (Ele Fountain, Pushkin)

  • King Flashypants and the Snowball of Doom

    (Andy Riley, Hodder)

  • Lyttle Lies - the Stinky Truth

    (Joe Berger, Simon and Schuster)

  • Greta Zargo and the Amoeba Monsters from the Middle of the Earth

    (by A.F. Harrold, illustrated by Joe Todd-Stanton, Bloomsbury)

  • Alastair Humphreys’ Great Adventurers

    (Alastair Humphreys, illustrated by Kevin Ward, Templar Publishing)

  • Once Upon a Raindrop

    (James Carter, illustrated by Nomoco, Caterpillar Books)

  • The Everyday Journeys of Ordinary Things

    (Libby Deutsch, illustrated by Valpuri Kerttula, Ivy Kids)

  • Absolutely Everything

    (Christopher Lloyd, What on Earth Books Ltd)

  • So You Think You’ve Got it Bad? A Kid’s Life in Ancient Egypt

    (Chae Strathe, illustrated by Marisa Morea, Nosy Crow)

  • A History of Pictures for Children

    (David Hockney & Martin Gayford, Thames & Hudson)