Shortlist announced for the first Booktrust Best Book Awards with Amazon Kindle
27th March 2014 < Back
We are delighted to reveal the shortlisted books that will compete to win the first Booktrust Best Book Awards with Amazon Kindle.
Funny books have proved especially popular with the judging panels, but comedy aside, several themes are represented in the list, ranging from the phenomenon of celebrity to classic adventure tales, and modern coming-of-age stories to horror.
There’s plenty of home-grown talent for the UK to be proud of, including David Walliams, Jonathan Stroud and Lucy Cousins, who will be taking on American superstars such as John Green and Jeff Kinney. First-time authors are well represented too, with debut writers such as Tom Banks facing off against more established names such as Marcia Williams and Phil Earle.
Judge Mel Giedroyc said:
‘It was an absolute delight to reconnect with my inner-child and help shape this shortlist. It might not have been as tasty as judging cakes and pastries, but it was certainly as enjoyable. As a nation we are blessed with some exceptional literary and illustrative talent, and it was great to be part of a process that looks to celebrate that. ‘There really are some fantastic reads in this list and I can't wait until the ceremony in July when we can crown the winners!’
Do Not Enter the Monster Zoo by Amy Sparkes and Sara Ogilvie, Peck Peck Peck by Lucy Cousins, The Snatchabook by Helen Docherty and Thomas Docherty, and The Storm Whale by Benji Davies compete in the Best Picture Book for Age 0-5 category. The selection shows that animals and imaginative storytelling continue to rule supreme for this age group.
In the Age 6-8 Best Story group, Oliver and the Seawigs by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre goes up against Penny Dreadful is a Record Breaker by Joanna Nadin and Jessica Mikhail, The Great Galloon by Tom Banks and Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made by Stephan Pastis.
The 9-11 Best Story category sees Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck by Jeff Kinney joined by The Jade Boy by Cate Cain, Lockwood & Co: The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud and The Mysterious Misadventures of Clemency Wrigglesworth by Julia Lee. Adventure stories and historical themes prove especially popular amongst this age group.
The 9-11 Best Fact category sees a wealth of experience and invention within the group. Not for Parents: How to be a Dinosaur Hunter by Scott Forbes will be in a Jurassic tussle against Operation Ouch!: Your Brilliant Body by doctoring brothers Dr Chris van Tulleken and Dr Xand van Tulleken, The Romans: Gods, Emperors and Dormice by Marcia Williams and Space in 30 Seconds by Clive Gifford.
The 12-14 Best Story category features something for everyone. Dead Romantic by C J Skuse tells the tale of a girl who looks to build the perfect boyfriend in true Frankenstein style, while You Don't Know Me by Sophia Bennett provides a heartfelt portrayal of the X Factor generation. Completing the list, Phil Earle's Heroic tackles brotherly love against the backdrop of the war in Afghanistan, while John Green’s runaway success The Fault in Our Stars provides a heartbreaking account of a teenager’s battle against cancer.
Finally, the Best Tech category recognises that children and young people are increasingly reading digitally and seeks to reward excellence and innovation in enhanced digital storytelling. Digital products such as apps and ebooks have been judged on how their technical mechanics, such as sound and visuals, enhance the storytelling and reading experience. The iBook edition of household name David Walliams' first picture book, The Slightly Annoying Elephant,will compete against Axel Scheffler's Flip-Flap Farm, Signed Stories: The Lark in the Ark written by Peter Bently and illustrated by Lynne Chapman, and Little Red Riding Hood illustrated by Ed Bryan.
Find out more about all of our shortlisted books
Julia Eccleshare, BBA judge and Children's Book Editor at The Guardian said:
'A great range of books for newly confident readers offered a rich choice for myself and my fellow judges of the 6-8 age group category. Short, well-written books need to connect fast and deep with their readers. It's not an easy task for an author to make that happen so we are delighted with a shortlist which highlights books that achieve that triumphantly.’