Discover the 2019 Book Awards shortlist here
We'll be announcing the winning author in April's edition of Teach Reading & Writing magazine... don't miss your copy!
What would the world of children’s literature look like without the imposing turrets of Hogwarts looming over it? How many hilarious and empowering, brilliantly illustrated stories that kids love today simply wouldn’t exist if the authors hadn’t themselves been raised on a diet of Dahl and Blake? And does Enid Blyton still have something relevant to say to young people?
Books for junior readers have certainly come a long way since John Newbury published A Little Pretty Pocket-Book (widely believed to be the first title specifically aimed at giving enjoyment to children) in 1744; and many amazing writers have had an important part to play in that journey. But who do YOU think has made the most significant contribution to the ‘golden age’?
We really value your opinion, so, by way of a ‘thank you’, EVERYONE who votes for our Teachers’ Choice Award will receive FOUR inspirational resource packs to download, including lesson plans, activity sheets, assembly ideas and more, based around some of the most well-loved children's books and characters in the canon: Paddington, James and the Giant Peach, Mary Poppins and Harry Potter
Coming up with a shortlist wasn't easy, but here are the authors who made our final cut. Each one of them offered something new and different with their writing, which either changed the way children interacted with books, or influenced future authors - or both (...and if you don’t agree with any of these, there’s room on the form to add your own suggestion!)
We’ll announce the winner in the April issue of Teach Reading & Writing magazine - and between now and then, we’ll be asking some familiar faces to make the case for the author they think deserves to be recognised as ‘the most influential of all time’ - watch this space…