In the only national book awards which are judged by teachers, the choices reflect yet more evidence for the growing popularity of verse novels; with both UKLA and the CILIP Carnegie strongly featuring this genre on their shortlists, this is a trend that is not going away and will further boost the 12% increase in sales of poetry reported by Nielsen Bookscan earlier this year.
7 -11 age range shortlist:
The Explorer written by Katherine Rundell illustrated by Hannah Horn (Bloomsbury)
Running on Empty written by S. E. Durrant illustrated by Rob Biddulph (Nosy Crow)
Sky Dancer written by Gill Lewis (Oxford)
The Wild Robot written and illustrated by Peter Brown (Piccadilly)
The Murderer’s Ape written and illustrated by Jakob Wegelius. Translated by Peter Graves (Pushkin Press)
Kick written by Mitch Johnson (Usborne Publishing)
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