2014 Booktrust Best Book Shortlist

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Booktrust has announced the short list for their Best Book Awards, a new UK prize in children’s literature.  There are five age categories as well as a sixth category for best tech book.  The winners are selected by public votes from children.  Here are the shortlisted titles:



Do Not Enter The Monster Zoo Peck, Peck, Peck

Do Not Enter the Monster Zoo by Amy Sparkes, illustrated by Sarah Ogilvie

Peck Peck Peck by Lucy Cousins

The Snatchabook The Storm Whale

The Snatchabook by Helen Docherty, illustrated by Thomas Docherty

The Storm Whale by Benji Davies


BEST STORY (Ages 6-8)

The Great Galloon (The Great Galloon, #1) Oliver and the Seawigs Penny Dreadful Is a Record Breaker Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made

The Great Galloon by Tom Banks

Oliver and the Seawigs by Philip Reeve, illustrated by Sarah McIntyre

Penny Dreadful Is a Record Breaker by Joanna Nadin, illustrated by Jessica Mikhail

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made by Stephen Pastis


BEST STORY (Ages 9-11)

Hard Luck (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, #8) The Jade Boy The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co., #1) The Mysterious Misadventures of Clemency Wrigglesworth

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck by Jeff Kinney

The Jade Boy by Cate Cain

Lockwood and Co: The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud

The Mysterious Misadventures of Clemency Wrigglesworth by Julia Lee


BEST FACT (Ages 9-11)

Not For Parents How to be a Dinosaur Hunter (Lonely Planet Children's Publishing) Operation Ouch!: Your Brilliant Body 

Not for Parents: How to Be a Dinosaur Hunter by Scott Forbes, illustrated by James Gulliver Hancock

Operation Ouch!: Your Brilliant Body by Dr. Chris van Tulleken and Dr. Xand van Tulleken

The Romans: Gods, Emperors, and Dormice Space in 30 Seconds: 30 Super-Stellar Subjects For Cosmic Kids Explained in Half a Minute (Children's 30 Second)

The Romans: Gods Emperors and Dormice by Marcia Williams

Space in 30 Seconds by Clive Gifford, illustrated by Melvyn Evans


BEST STORY (Ages 12-14)

Dead Romantic The Fault in Our Stars Heroic You Don't Know Me

Dead Romantic by C J Skuse

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Heroic by Phil Earle

You Don’t Know Me by Sophia Bennett


BEST TECH (Ages 0-14)

Axel Scheffler’s Flip-Flap Farm by Axel Scheffler

Little Red Riding Hood illustrated by Ed Bryan

Signed Stories: The Lark in the Ark by Peter Bently, illustrated by Lynne Chapman

The Slightly Annoying Elephant by David Walliams, illustrated by Tony Ross

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