1995 English 4-11 Book Awards for the Best Books of 1994

English 4-11 Best Picture Books AwardsWinner

Ruby, by Colin Thompson, Julia MacRae Books

Colin Thompson's latest picture book is original and visually striking. It tells the story of a family of tiny people who live in the roots of an old tree. Their peace is shattered by the arrival of a ruby-red Austin 7 and a picnic party. The car proves irresistible and it takes the family away to a new - though sometimes dangerous - life. Hidden in the pictures is Ruby's registration number and there is a prize for the first person to find it. This will make the book a popular choice during any individual class reading time.

Short List

  • The Orchard Book of Stories from the Ballet, by Geraldine McCaughrean and Angela Barrett, Orchard Books
  • The Steadfast Tin Soldier, by Tor Seidler and Fred Marcellino, Gollanca
  • Pepi and the Secret Names, by Jill Paton Welsh and Fiona French, Frances Lincoln
  • Suddenly, by Colin McNaughton, Andersen Press
  • Emily, by Michael Bedard and Barbara Cooney, Julia MacRae
  • Grandfather's Dream, by Holly Kelley, Julia MacRae
  • The Frog Princess, by Laura Cecil and Emma Chichester Clark, Jonathan Cape
  • Copycat, by Ruth Brown, Andersen Press
  • The Ice Palace, by Angela McAllister and Angela Barrett, Hutchinson Children's Books
  • The Bear, by Raymond Briggs, Julia MacRae
  • Courtney, by John Burningham, Jonathan Cape

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