The Early Childhood category features a diverse group of books with themes ranging from a “laugh out loud” tale of fish not eating fruit, a poetic description of an idyllic childhood day, and a story about how our feelings can affect our day.
Aaron Blabey’s talent for humorous and clever stories is once again recognised with “Piranha’s Don’t Eat Bananas” included on this year’s shortlist (Pig the Pug was shortlisted in 2015). “The Cow Tripped Over the Moon” is an amusing story based on the classic nursery rhyme explaining the perseverance required by the cow to eventually clear the moon. My Dog Bigsy is a great read aloud book about a little dog which causes a lot of noise on the farm!
Perfect written by Danny Walker, and with illustrations instantly recognisable as Freya Blackwood’s, is a celebration of simple childhood activities. “Ollie and the Wind” is Ronojoy Ghosh’s first picture book about Ollie discovering how the wind likes to play.
In Mr Huff, Anna Walker creates a character for helping children understand how negative feelings can affect their day. This book provides a visual representation of an emotion – have a look at the trailer on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XganveY7Us
With the variety of themes, it will be interesting to find out the result for this category on 19 August.
by Catherine Whittaker