WINNER: GOLD FOR BEST CHILDREN’S BOOK 5+
WHO: Take me on Holiday by Mary Richards (Agnes & Aubrey)
WHAT: Described as a guided journal for children age 6+ this beautifully illustrated, interactive book is divided into sections for planning researching and recording everything to do with a trip away. Perfect for inspiring wanderlust and creating a lovely holiday keepsake to look back on.
WHY: We all loved the fact that this book adds another creative and exciting dimension to going on holiday. The illustrations are gorgeous and with five sections to devote to separate adventures, it is a journal that can be brought out year after year.
WHERE: Take me on Holiday by Mary Richards is available from Waterstones
WINNER: SILVER FOR BEST CHILDREN’S BOOK 5+
WHO: The Sea Book by Charlotte Milner, (DK)
WHAT: This enchanting and beautifully illustrated book is a wonderful celebration of the ocean and all it holds. Introducing children to the amazing creatures of the deep, it also raises awareness of the urgent need for marine conservation in a clear and informative way. Overfishing, plastic pollution and climate change are all addressed and there are simple step by step ways to help that readers of all ages can take notice of.
WHY: The judges response to this beautifully designed book was overwhelming and we couldn’t agree with their comments more. The illustrations and introduction to a much needed conversation about conservation makes this a must for all junior bookshelves.
WHERE: The Sea Book by Charlotte Milner is available from Amazon
WINNER: BRONZE FOR BEST CHILDREN’S BOOK 5+
WHO: The Queen Engineer by Suzanne Hemming illustrated by Jacqui Hughes
WHAT: A rhyming couplet book with fantastic illustrations and a serious message. Florence, a princess who wants to be an engineer, teaches children that no one should be pigeon holed according to their gender and that to find true happiness you must be true to yourself. Stereotypes are old hat!
WHY: In a world that surely needs more inclusivity, more kindness and more open mindedness, this is a welcome addition to any book corner at home or at school. How fantastic to find a book that shows children that they don’t have to conform to gendered stereotypes or behave a certain way to fit in and that to accept difference is a wonderful thing. Our judges loved this book.
WHERE: The Queen Engineer is available at Amazon