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The Laugh Out Loud Book Awards 2020

February 16, 2020

The Laugh Out Loud Book Awards (the Lollies) celebrates the best and funniest children’s books in the UK and Ireland, voted for by children.


The winners of the Lollies 2020 are…

Best Laugh Out Loud Picture Book

Ten Fat Sausages by Michelle Robinson and Tor Freeman

Best Laugh Out Loud Book for 6—8-year-olds

The World’s Worst Children 3 by David Walliams and Tony Ross

Best Laugh Out Loud Book for 9—13-year-olds

I Bet I Can Make You Laugh by Joshua Seigal and Tim Wesson

INDIE CHILDREN'S BOOK OF THE MONTH FEBRUARY: Fantastically Great Women Who Saved the Planet by Kate Pankhurst

February 01, 2020

The BA Children’s Bookselling Group has announced Fantastically Great Women Who Saved the Planet by Kate Pankhurst, published by Bloomsbury, as its Independent Booksellers’ Children’s Book of the Month for February.


From bestselling author and illustrator Kate Pankhurst, descendent of Emmeline Pankhurst, comes another 'smart, informative, inclusive and accessible' book about trail-blazing women (Fiona Noble, The Bookseller). This time, it's women who have been making decisions that have helped protect our natural world from way before it was on a political agenda. Discover their untold stories.

Tackle the plastic problem with Isatou Ceesay by recycling waste into beautiful objects. Marvel at the intelligence of chimpanzees with Jane Goodall. Learn why it's important to shop fair trade and cruelty-free with Anita Roddick and The Body Shop. Resist devastating deforestation and plant seeds of change with Wangari Maathai.

We're in an age when young people like Greta Thunberg are calling for those in power to 'wake up' and take action. But everyone has a part to play. Written with hope and encouragement, this book shows that all actions, big and small, can be powerful in the fight against climate breakdown.




London Bookshop Crawl's 5th Birthday

January 19, 2020

Celebrate London Bookshop Crawl's 5th Birthday from Friday 21st - Sunday 23rd February 2020. 

Like a pub crawl but with bookshops!

What's On:

Bunk off and Book Shop

Guided Groups

Book Swap Brunch

Behind the Scenes Tours

Free Resources to plan your own Crawl

And more...

Spaces for all events are limited so book early to avoid disappointment - they also make excellent gifts!

For more information visit


Wicked Young Writers Awards Competition

January 17, 2020

Wicked Young Writers Competition 


The "prestigious Wicked Young Writer Awards" (The Times) was established by the long-running musical WICKED to link the important messages of the production with a competition that would inspire young people to use creative writing to look at life a little differently. Since its launch in 2010, we have received over 20,000 entries to the award.

The Award recognises excellence in writing, encourages creativity, and helps develop writing talent in young people between 5-25 years old from all backgrounds and areas of the UK.

In 2016, a sixth category, the FOR GOOD: Award for Non-Fiction was introduced to encourage 15-25 year olds to write essays or articles that celebrate the positive impact that people can have on each other, their community and the world we live in. The category celebrates the WICKED: FOR GOOD programme, which supports charitable causes at the heart of the stage musical.

Each year, we hold a very special prize giving event at the Apollo Victoria Theatre for all 120 of our finalists. The event is attended by our judges, including head judge Cressida Cowell, the WICKED cast and a range of special guests and includes special performances, Q&As and rehearsed readings of the winning entries, performed by WICKED's principals. All finalists also receive a printed copy of their entry as part of the annual Wicked Young Writer Awards Anthology.

The Award is proud to partner with National Literacy Trust.



750-word limit (not including the title words)

Entrants must be aged between 5-25 years old when entering the Wicked Young Writer Awards

Entries can be hand-written or typed

Writing must be original and your own ideas

No previously published worked will be accepted

Judges criteria: originality, narrative, descriptive language, characterisation.

Ensure that all students include their name, surname and age on the entry form

Open to UK residents only

Deadline is Monday 2nd March 2020


Wicked: FOR GOOD Non Fiction Category

The FOR GOOD: Award for Non-Fiction category celebrates the WICKED: FOR GOOD programme, which supports charitable causes at the heart of the stage musical. This award is supported by First News newspaper.

For the 10th year of the awards we are excited to extend the category to 11-25 year olds with a younger and older prize available.

This year we are looking for good news stories. Do you know anyone who has had a positive impact on someone else, their community and the world we live in? If so, write an article or essay that celebrates them and their story.

If you are passionate about a project, person or cause that is creating change for good, please tell us about it in 750 words!.

You can write in whichever genre you like. Examples of non-fiction include:

Articles and essays

Travel writing

Biographies and autobiographies


Letters and diaries




To submit your entry to the 2020 Wicked Young Writer Awards, please fill in the information on the INDIVIDUAL ENTRY FORM or MULTIPLE SCHOOLS ENTRY FORM.

Please note, both online and postal entries require an online submission form. Please complete one of the two and state whether your form is postal or online.



All winners:

Win four tickets to see the London production of WICKED at the Apollo Victoria Theatre. 

Meet cast members after the show along with an exclusive backstage tour.

£50 worth of books/eBooks tokens to spend.

All 120 finalists’ entries get printed in the Wicked Young Writer Awards anthology.



Visit the website for past entries for inspiration, helpful writing tips and more information about the award.

INDIE CHILDREN'S BOOK OF THE MONTH JANUARY: The Bear Who Did by Louise Greig, illustrator Laura Hughes

January 04, 2020

The BA Children’s Bookselling Group has announced  The Bear Who Did by Louise Greig, illustrator Laura Hughes, published by Egmont as its Independent Booksellers’ Children’s Book of the Month for January.


Who stole the honey? Follow the bear who did in this action-packed, rhyming picture book from Louise Greig, author of The Night Box, and Laura Hughes, the award-winning illustrator behind There's a Pig Up My Nose!.

A rollicking rhyming story about two bears, a jar of honey and the consequences of not sharing. When one bear with a very rumbly tummy steals a jar of honey from the other, it sparks a hilarious trail of events that lead to an epic and calamitous conclusion.

Louise Greig's bouncy, rhyming text is reminiscent of Julia Donaldson and perfect for preschoolers who are learning all about how to share. With illustrations packed with energy and humour from Laura Hughes, this delightfully funny bedtime story is perfect for sharing and reading aloud with little ones.



Blue Peter Book Awards 2020 Shortlists

November 10, 2019

Since 2000, the enormously popular and influential Blue Peter Book Awards have been recognising and celebrating the best authors, the most creative illustrators and the greatest reads for children.


Blue Peter Book Awards 2020:

Best Story Shortlisted books

Owen and the Soldier

Author: Lisa Thompson Illustrator: Mike Lowery

A beautiful tale of a courageous young man who overcomes his fears when he finds an unlikely companion in a park statue. Complex ideas of young carers, social anxiety and remembrance are sensitively weaved into a light and accessible story.

Vote for Effie

Author: Laura Wood

Laura Wood brings us a contemporary book for fierce pre-teens who want to make the world a better place. Effie's aims to make her new school a more inclusive space will encourage everyone to fulfil their potential.


Author: Vashti Hardy

In a world where the spirits of dead people can be harnessed and given new life in mechanical animals, Prue takes on her late brother's apprenticeship in an effort to bring him back. A riotously enjoyable tale mixing fantasy, school stories, science fiction and big questions about life and death.


Blue Peter Book Awards 2020:

Best Book with Facts Shortlisted books

Fanatical About Frogs

Author: Owen Davey

The fifth in Owen Davey’s wonderful non-fiction series about animals adds frogs to the ranks of clear, fascinating reads, accompanied by truly amazing graphic illustration and just the right level of information to inspire all primary school kids. 

How To Be An Astronaut and Other Space Jobs

Author: Dr Sheila Kanani & Sol Linero

Lots of children think they might like to be an astronaut, but what other jobs could one do and still be involved in space exploration and study? Complete with a press-out model rocket to build and pages of stickers to play with, this is an original and inspiring read.

Rise Up: Ordinary Kids with Extraordinary Stories

Author: Amanda Li Illustrator: Amy Blackwell designed by Kim Hankinson and Jack Clucas

This is a fantastic and inspiring book, sharing the stories of normal kids from across the world and their amazing achievements. After the biographical information, there are interesting suggestions for activities based on that child’s message or passion.

Readers Awards 2019

October 04, 2019

The Books Are My Bag Readers Awards are one of a kind. They're the only book awards curated by bookshops and voted for by booklovers.

This year's awards, now in their fourth year, include seven shortlists chosen by booksellers across the UK and Ireland, while the Readers' Choice Award – nominated and voted for entirely by booklovers – completes the set.


Vote in this year's Awards and you could win one of five £100/€120 National Book Tokens. Plus you could win a set of all 38 shortlisted titles over on Caboodle!

Discover some of the brilliant shortlists below and follow the link to place your vote using the form for your chance to win.


Children's Fiction Award shortlist


Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love

Malamander by Thomas Taylor 

No Ballet Shoes in Syria by Catherine Bruton

Pages and Co.: Tilly and the Bookwanderers by Anna James

Rumblestar by Abi Elphinstone

The Good Thieves by Katherine Rundell 


Young Adult Award shortlist


Becoming Dinah by Kit de Waal 

Heartstopper Volume One by Alice Oseman 

"I Will Not Be Erased": Our stories about growing up as people of colour by gal-dem 

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas 

Proud by Various Authors (foreword by Juno Dawson) 

Toffee by Sarah Crossan 

Poetry Award shortlist


A Year of Nature Poems by Joseph Coelho and Kelly Louise

Poems to Fall in Love With chosen and illustrated by Chris Riddell 

The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta 


 Vote in this year’s awards by clicking here!

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