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Stockport Children’s Book Award 2017 shortlist is announced

Stockport Libraries are pleased to announce the shortlisted titles for the 2017 Children’s Book Awards.

The award celebrates excellence and originality in children’s books, and aims to raise the profile of reading for pleasure amongst the children of Stockport.

During May, June and July we are asking children from across the borough to read the shortlisted titles and vote for their favourite. The winners will be announced at a special presentation evening in October where the winning authors will be invited to accept their award in person.

The shortlisted titles are:

Best Picture Book (Key stage 1)
Nibbles the book monster by Emma Yarlett
Danny McGee Drinks the Sea by Andy Stanton
Super Stan by Matt Robertson
A Dog Called Bear by Diane and Christyan Fox
The Koala who could by Rachel Bright and Jim Field

Best Read for Juniors (Key stage 2)
Perijee & Me by Ross Montgomery
Beetle Boy by MG Leonard
A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill
The apprentice Witch by James Nicol
Cogheart by Peter Bunzl

Best Teen Read (Key stage 3)
Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock
The Bubble Boy by Stewart Foster
Instructions for a second-hand heart by Tamsyn Murray
Paper Butterflies by Lisa Heathfield (older teen key stage 4/5)
Consumed by Abbie Rushton (older teen key stage 4/5)

All the books are available in your local library and participating schools. Voting is via our website or in any library in Stockport. Children who vote for their favourite will also be in with a chance of winning tickets for the presentation evening where they will meet the winning authors.

Janet Wood, Head of Library Services added: “Hundreds of children take part in the Book Awards every year, because they enjoy reading. Reading is such an important part of a child’s education but reading for pleasure is a life skill that can help build confidence, self-esteem, self- awareness and widen your horizons.”

The Stockport Children’s Book Awards is now in its 22nd year and is highly regarded by the publishing industry as the winners are selected exclusively by children.

The Book Awards are sponsored by Stockport Company Micro Librarian Systems Limited.