Countdown to Carnegie…

Can you believe it’s only THREE DAYS until the winners of this year’s Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards are revealed? Since the initial nomination list was announced back in October, we’ve been following the process from longlist to shortlist and we can’t wait to finally see which books come out on top.

If you need a reminder of what’s nominated, visit this page on the official CKG website or take a look at the post we shared back in March. We’re co-hosting a shadowing morning at Dereham Northgate High on Monday and we’ll blogging about that after the event, but don’t forget you’ll be able to watch a live-stream of the awards ceremony just here. It begins at Midday and by 1.10pm, we should know who’s won- yippee!

Our team’s Friday Reads are below and you can find our archive of past entries here.

Apryl: Triangle by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen

I’ve really enjoyed past collaborations between author Mac Barnett and illustrator Jon Klassen (Sam and Dave Dig a Hole and Extra Yarn), so I was really looking forward to this appearing in our office- and it did, this week!

Triangle lives in a triangular house with a triangular door. One day, he ventures from his usual triangular environment, past a landscape of shapes with no-name, to play- in his own words- a sneaky trick on Square. Understandably, Square is somewhat perturbed by this manuever and decides to get his own back…

Klassen’s illustrations are simple but effective, both Triangle and Square’s emotions perfectly expressed despite their minimalism. One of the best visual artists working in children’s books today, his pairing with Barnett once again produces a quirky, fun book which could absolute facilitate discussion around playing jokes and what their consequences may be.

(Walker Books, £12.99 hardback, ISBN 9781406376678)

Harriet: : Books Books Books by Mick Manning, illustrated by Brita Granstrom

Oh heaven! From the bold cover which reflects the design of the British Library, to the pages full to bursting with information and illustrations showing original texts and overlaid with Granstrom’s lively characters, this is a book for every bibliophile to drool over.

Will it appeal to children? Well, if we are wanting children to ‘Read for Pleasure’, the enthusiasm and admiration bursting from these pages will surely inspire. Take your class on a school trip to a library!

(Otter-Barry Books, £14.99 hardback, ISBN 9781910959985)

Zoë: Battle for the Seas by Steve Barlow and Steve Skidmore

Battle for the Seas, being an Atlantis Quest, is a ‘Decide your own destiny’ story from the IHERO Quests by the two Steves.

These are very popular so I decided to find out why; the reader (me) was the hero of the story and I decided the fate of the characters by choosing from the options offered at the end of each section. The stories are great for independent readers and would definitely encourage reluctant readers too, as each section is quite short yet full of excitement (including danger). The language is accessible but there is a degree of challenge with some of the vocabulary.

At the start of the quest, there is some background information so it didn’t matter that I’d not read any other books in the series. I quite enjoyed the book and can see why they are so popular on our mobile library however, I didn’t do very well and met an untimely end three times- hopefully you will do better!

(Watts, £5.99 paperback, ISBN 9781445128764)



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