Stockport Children’s book awards 2018- Shortlist is announced

Stockport Libraries are pleased to announce the shortlisted titles for the 2018 Stockport Children’s Book Awards.

Now in its 23rd year, the awards celebrate excellence and originality in children’s writing and aims to raise the profile of reading for pleasure amongst children and families in Stockport.

From May to July children from across the borough are being asked to read the shortlisted books and vote for their favourite. The winners are set to be announced at a special presentation evening in October. This annual event is well attended by teachers, children and families who get the chance to meet the winning authors in person.

The shortlisted titles are:

Best Picture Book (Key stage 1)
The Squirrels Who Squabbled by Rachel Bright
The everywhere Bear by Julia Donaldson
Pirate Stew by Lou Carter
Grandad’s Secret Giant by David Litchfield
Can I Join Your Club? By John Kelly

Best Read for Juniors (Key stage 2)
Letters From The Lighthouse by Emma Carroll
The Extraordinary Colours of Auden Dare by Zillah Bethell
Running on the Rood of the World by Jess Butterworth
The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson
The Creakers by Tom Fletcher

Best Teen Read (Key stage 3)
Girls Can’t Hit by T.S Easton
Stargazing for Beginners by Jenny McLachlan
The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr
Kick by Mitch Johnson
The Nearest Faraway Place by Hayley Long

Janet Wood, Head of Stockport’s Library Services said:

“Hundreds of children take part in the Stockport Children’s Book Awards every year, because they really 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.”

All the books are available in your local library and participating schools. Votes can be made at your library or via participating schools. Children voting for their favourite book will be entered into a draw for tickets to the presentation evening where they will meet the winning authors.

You can read more about the shortlisted titles on our Children's book awards pages

The awards are highly regarded by the publishing industry as the winners are selected exclusively by children.
The awards are sponsored by Micro Librarian Systems and Bibliotheca.