The shortlists for this year's Teach Primary Book Awards (formerly the Teach Primary New Children's Fiction Awards) have been announced - with no fewer than 16 publishers represented across four categories: Early Years (ages 0-5); Key Stage 1 (ages (5-7); Key Stage 2 (ages 8-11); and the brand new First News Funny category (ages 8-12), which will be judged by junior readers of First News, the much loved national newspaper for children.
The Teach Primary Book Awards are unique in recognising and rewarding books that children genuinely love to read, but that also support learning - for example, by opening up topics for discussion; encouraging language play; and making innovative use of illustration. All 21 shortlisted titles can be confidently recommended to pupils by teachers, and lend themselves brilliantly to classroom activities, too.
The next stage of the competition involves a panel of judges assessing the selected books according to a set of criteria that includes 'breadth of appeal' and 'learning opportunities'; the final results will be announced in Teach Reading & Writing magazine, Teach Primary magazine, and First News, in May.
(Mike Nicholson, Young Kelpies)
(Dave Lowe, Piccadilly Press)
(Alex Milway, Walker)
(Dan Santat, Andersen Press)
(Jess Stockham, Child's Play)
(Sarah Brennan/Jane Tanner, Old Barn Books)
(Victoria Williamson, Kelpies)
(Kelly Barnhill, Piccadilly Press)
(Louise Greig/Ashing Lindsay, Egmont)
(Mark Lowery, Piccadilly Press)
(Sylvia Bishop, Scholastic)
(Mitch Johnson, Usborne)