Peters Book of the Year 2015- the shortlists

pbotyReaders of this blog may recall that last year we held a picture book party in honor of the 2014 Peters Book of the Year. If you don’t remember seeing us mention it, you can read our write-up here; as you can see, much fun was had by all!

Peters are the largest specialist seller of children’s books to libraries and schools across the country and their annual award is broken into three categories: picture book, junior fiction and teen fiction. The shortlists for 2015 were announced before Christmas and we were pleased to see that many of our favourite books from last year had made the cut! Full lists are below:

Picture Books

  • Quest by Aaron Becker
  • Meet the Parents by Peter Bently, illustrated by Sarah Ogilvie
  • Those Magnificent Sheep in their Flying Machine by Peter Bently, illustrated by David Roberts
  • The New Small Person by Lauren Child
  • Snow Day by Richard Curtis, illustrated by Rebecca Cobb
  • Nuts in Space by Elys Dolan
  • Little Frog’s Tadpole Trouble by Tatyana Feeney
  • Oi Frog! by Kes Gray, illustrated by Jim Field
  • Rex by Simon James
  • Smelly Louie by Catherine Rayner

Junior Fiction

  • The Ransom of Dond by Siobhan Dowd
  • Brilliant by Roddy Doyle
  • A Room Full of Chocolate by Jane Elson
  • Von Doogan and the Curse of the Golden Monkey by Lorenzo Etherington
  • The Imaginary by A F Harrold
  • Boy in the Tower by Polly Ho-Yen
  • Harvey Drew and the Bin Men from Outer Space by Cas Lester, illustrated by Sam Hearn
  • The Tin Snail by Cameron McAllister, illustrated by Sam Usher
  • Cakes in Space by Philip Reeve, illustrated by Sarah McIntyre
  • The Wrong Side of the Galaxy by Jamie Thomson, illustrated by Jamie Lenman

Teen Fiction

  • A Song for Ella Grey by David Almond
  • I Predict a Riot by Catherine Bruton
  • Loyal Creatures by Morris Gleitzman
  • When Mr Dog Bites by Brian Conaghan
  • Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira
  • Boys Don’t Knit by T S Easton
  • The Midnight Dress by Karen Foxlee
  • Trouble by Non Pratt
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  • The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick

You can make your choices online now and voting is open until 20th March. If your school decides to get involved in the voting fun (and we suggest you do!) Peters have provided lots of resources online to support you, which can be found here.

If you’re local to Norfolk, you can vote for the award in person in the children’s library at the Norfolk and Norwich Millenium Library and those who do will automatically be entered into a free prize draw to win a copy of the shortlisted titles!

More information about the award can be found on the official book award website here.


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