Picture books featuring Picasso, pop-up London landscapes and the life of Charles Dickens are in the running for a prestigious award

Posted by pt91 at Apr 27, 2012 11:15 AM |
English Association to award nation’s picture perfect children's books.

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 27 April 2012

A University of Leicester-based learned society and subject teaching association will announce the winners of its contest to find the year’s best children’s picture books on Monday (April 30).

The English Association, based on the University’s North Campus in New Walk, will reveal the results of its English 4-11 Picture Book Awards at Oadby book store The Reading Shop.

The winning books will be picked from a shortlist of 15 after more than 220 entries were submitted by leading children’s publishers including HarperCollins, Scholastic and Walker Books.

The shortlist was compiled by the editorial board of English 4-11, a journal for primary school English teaching published by the English Association, aided by pupils and teachers from Marsh Green Primary School, Wigan, and St Joseph and St Bede Catholic Primary School, Bury.

The overall winners will be decided by the journal's editorial board, and the writers and illustrators will be presented with their awards at the Association's annual general meeting in May.

The Association, founded in 1906, aims to develop the teaching of English in schools and universities, and publishes a variety of journals, books and studies.

Helen Lucas, chief executive of the English Association, said: "We aim to highlight books that uniquely marry words with pictures - which is a very hard thing to do. All the books in the shortlist are wonderful examples of that."

Rob Sanderson, editor of English 4-11, said: "We think that the shortlist forms a group of truly inspirational picture books that really will help children to learn from, to laugh along with and - perhaps most importantly - to love the unique joy that comes from a well-crafted picture book.

"A wise person once said 'a picture is worth a thousand words'. We think this must make these 15 books priceless."

The awards will be announced at The Reading Shop, in The Parade, Oadby, at 11am on Monday, April 30.

Pupils from Leicestershire schools are being invited to post reviews of all the shortlisted books on a notice board at the independent book shop, which has featured all the entries in a window display.


Notes for editors:

For more information, please contact the English Association via Julia Hughes at jfh6@leicester.ac.uk or on 0116 229 7622.

Lynn Moore, owner of the Reading Shop, can be contacted on 0116 271 7077.

The shortlisted books are:

  • Feel the Force! Pop-Up Physics Fun, Tom Adams, illus. by Thomas Flintham, Templar
  • Picasso's Trousers, Nicholas Allan, Hutchinson
  • Let's Look at Dinosaurs, Frances Barry, Walker Books
  • The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man, Michael Chabon, illus. by Jake Parker, HarperCollins
  • Dolphin Baby, Nicola Davies, illus. by Brita Granström, Walker Books
  • My Henry, Judith Kerr, HarperCollins
  • I Want My Hat Back, Jon Klassen, Walker Books
  • Pop-Up London, Jennie Maizels, paper engineering by Richard Ferguson, Walker Books
  • Charles Dickens: Scenes from an Extraordinary Life, Mick Manning & Brita Granstrom, Frances Lincoln
  • No!, David McPhail, Frances Lincoln
  • Little Manfred, Michael Morpurgo, illus. by Michael Foreman, HarperCollins
  • Into the Unknown, Stewart Ross, illus. by Stephen Biesty, Walker Books
  • Wonderstruck, Brian Selznick, Scholastic
  • It's A Book, Lane Smith, Macmillan
  • Press Here, Hervé Tullet, Chronicle Books

About the English Association

The English Association is the oldest established association in the United Kingdom for those interested in English at all levels, from primary to higher education.

Its aim is to further knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of the English language and its literatures and to foster good practice in its teaching and learning at all levels.

Founded in 1906, the EA is a registered charity incorporated by Royal Charter. The Association has been based in Leicester since 1993.

About English 4-11

English 4-11 is the only journal dedicated to English in the primary classroom. It is a joint publication of the English Association and the United Kingdom Literacy Association. First published in 1991 as Primary English, the journal was re-named in 1997 to reflect an increasing range of coverage.

Published three times an academic year (Autumn, Spring, Summer), the magazine contains material produced by, and for, the classroom teacher, practical resources, successful projects and reviews of books, videos, software and other resources. It is intended for all those involved in English in the primary classroom.

Established in 1995, the English 4-11 Picture Book Awards are given annually for the best illustrated children’s books of the year in four categories, Fiction and Non-Fiction at Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. The prizes are awarded at the Association’s Annual General Meeting each May, and the winning and short-listed books are featured in a full-colour insert in the summer issue of the journal.

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Report by Mark Cardwell

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