Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Nestlé Shortlists

The Nestlé Children's Book Awards shortlists have been announced. (Michele Pauli reports for the Guardian) And one of my favorite books of the year, The Tide Knot, by Helen Dunmore, is shortlisted for the 9-11 category.

The Nestlés are a little bit different from other book awards in the U.K. Here's why: "The Nestlé children's book prize is the UK's longest-running children's book prize and is unusual in that, from the shortlist stage onwards, children take over the judging process with panels from 100 schools deciding who will receive the gold, silver and bronze medals. Last year around 4,500 schoolchildren were involved in choosing the winners."

Shortlists include:

9-11 Category

The Tide Knot, by Helen Dunmore
The Diamond of Drury Lane, by Julia Golding
The Pig Who Saved the World, by Paul Shipton

6-8 Category

Hugo Pepper, by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell
The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon, by Mini Grey
Mouse Noses on Toast, by Daren King

Picture Books

The Emperor of Absurdia, by Chris Riddell
Wibbly Pig's Silly Big Bear, by Mick Inkpen
That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown, by Neal Layton

The awards will be announced on December 13.