The Csarnegie and Greenaway shortlists have just been published - see here.
We are huge fans of Katherine Rundell and her two books, Girl Savage and Rooftoppers (see my earlier post about her). Rooftoppers has not only just won the Blue Peter Prize but is now shortlisted for the Carnegie award. It is so well written, so imaginative - and can be given with confidence to anyone over about 9 of either sex. (I include adults - and would like to stress that the age recommendation is a guide rather than a limit). Congratulations to Katherine - and to Faber, for publishing such a fabulous book in a cover that is neither pink nor blue but a design that draws in male and female readers (see below).
Faber are also the publishers of the outstanding Hog in the Fog by poet Julia Copus (who read at our last Poetry Festival). The text is particularly good, as you would expect from a poet. It rhymes, it scans,it flows apparently effortlessly. I haven't read it to a child yet but reading it aloud in the shop I can imagine the delight and the joint reading that would take place:
off up thte hill
went Candy Stripe Lil...