Shortlists announced!

New Children's Fiction Awards

Teach Primary magazine has today (March 16th) released the shortlists for its inaugural New Children’s Fiction Awards; one winner and two runners up in each of three categories will now be decided by a panel of independent judges - including Mortlock author Jon Mayhew, Radio 2 presenter and mum of four, Jo Whiley, and Gransnet editor Cari Rosen - and the final results will be announced in a brand-new title from the Teach… stable, Teach Reading & Writing, to be published in May 2015.

“We were delighted and impressed by both the quantity and quality of submissions we received,” comments Teach Primary editor, Joe Carter. “Both established and new authors were well represented, and the books covered a wide range of genres. Every shortlisted title is of the highest standard; our judges definitely have a difficult task ahead of them!”

“I’m absolutely thrilled to be a judge for the Teach Primary Children’s Fiction Awards,” says Cari Rosen. “Reading as a young child gave me a lifelong passion for books and celebrating the best of children’s fiction is a wonderful way to encourage primary-aged children to develop their own love of reading.”

The shortlists are as follows:

Abigail, by Catherine Rayner (Little Tiger Press)
Oi Frog!, by Kes Gray & Jim Field (Hodder Children’s Books)
Use Your Imagination, by Nicola O’Byrne (Nosy Crow)
This Book Just Ate My Dog! by Richard Byrne (Oxford University Press)
Those Pesky Rabbits, by Ciara Flood (Templar Publishing)
Dragon Jelly, by Claire Freedman & Sue Hendra (Bloomsbury)

Polly and the Puffin, by Jenny Colgan (Hachette Children’s Books)
My Headteacher is a Vampire Rat, by Pamela Butchart (Nosy Crow)
Maisie Hitchings, the case of the blind beetle, by Holly Webb (Little Tiger Press)
Secret Agent Mummy, by Steve Cole (Random House)
George and the Unbreakable Code, by Lucy and Stephen Hawking (Random House)
The Big Blue Thing on the Hill, by Yuval Zommer (Templar Publishing)

Scarlet Ibis, by Gill Lewis (Oxford University Press)
My Brother’s Secret, by Dan Smith (Chicken House)
Binny for Short, by Hilary McKay (Hodder Children’s Books)
Spacejackers, by Huw Powell (Bloomsbury)
Murder Most Unladylike, by Robin Stevens (Random House)
Boy in the Tower, by Polly Ho-Yen (Random House)

Pie Corbett