Our Peters Picture Book Party 2015!

Those of you who have been reading this blog for a while may remember that last year, we held a picture book-themed party to celebrate Peters Book of the Year prize. The afternoon we spent at Cliff Park Infants School was SO much fun that we decided to do it again this year, with a slight venue change; this time, our team headed off to Greyfriars Primary School in King’s Lynn, for another afternoon of activities inspired by the picture books shortlisted for Peters’ prize.

One of our Librarians, Harriet, provided us with a little report about the festivities…

Most of the SLS staff decamped to Greyfriars Primary School on 19th March, for a party to celebrate the shortlisted titles of Peters Picture Book of the Year 2014 Award.  The young participants were also going to be asked to vote for their favourite titles. While there is a serious purpose to the event and the run-up to it, in that children are asked to read, consider and respond critically to a selection of ten very different style picture books, the party itself is all about fun – well, what else could it be, when our manager turns up as a banana (impersonating – or is that im-fruit-ating – the Death Banana Planet from Elys Dolan’s Nuts in Space) ready to hand out refreshments?  Because every party has to have food and drink!

Greyfriars Peters

(Harriet introducing the children to the Death Banana Planet!)

Other activities included a noisy game to accompany the retelling of Rex by Simon James, and dancing to Those Magnificent Sheep in their Flying Machine by Peter Bently and David Roberts. Every party goer left with a ‘magic crayon’ which had inspired a drawing activity based on Aaron Becker’s Quest. 

And there was a special Celebrity Appearance from Magical Meg and Lucy Loveheart, who got the party going, and who then dramatically announced the winning vote – which went to Oi Frog, by  Kes Gray and Jim Field.   

Meg and Lucy(Lucy, Kirsten from SLS, and Meg)

The full voting list from our party:

Title Votes
1st Oi Frog! by Kes Gray, illustrated by Jim Field 51
2nd Nuts in Space by Elys Dolan 35
3rd Rex by Simon James 20
4th Quest by Aaron Becker 16
5th Smellie Louie by Catherine Rayner 13
6th Snow Day by Richard Curtis, illustrated by Rebecca Cobb 11
7th The New Small Person by Lauren Child 10
8th Meet the Parents by Peter Bentley, illustrated by Sarah Ogilvie 7
9th Those Magnificent Sheep in their Flying Machine by Peter Bently, illustrated by David Roberts 3
10th Little Frog’s Tadpole Trouble by Tatyana Feeney 2

Librarian Julie Kirwan immediately sent off all the Greyfriars votes to Peters to be added to the national total.  We were just in time, as voting closed on Friday, and the national results were announced on Monday; winner of the Picture Book Award is Smelly Louie by Catherine Rayner.

Many thanks to all the staff at Greyfriars Primary, to Meg and Lucy Clibbon, SLS staff, and to all the children, who took part so wholeheartedly and with much noisy enthusiasm!

As Harriet correctly points out, the winners of Peters’ Book of the Year were announced yesterday, with Smelly Louie,  A Room Full of Chocolate, and A Song for Ella Grey receiving awards for best picture book, junior fiction and teen fiction.PBOTY15 winnersA press release about the announcement can be found here and if you’re interested in reading about last year’s party then you can do so here!


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