The best children's books of the year – according to teachers

Shortlist for award will now be decided by teachers who are members of reading groups.


Who knows better what books children like than the people who read lots of books to lots of children?


This is the premise behind the North Somerset Teachers’ Book Award, an annual children’s book prize judged entirely by teachers. (It is also the premise behind the weekly Tes class book review.)


The award's organisers have just announced their longlist, which covers six categories: picture books, poetry books, read-aloud, information books, quality fiction, and moving on (Year 6-8).


Among the books on the longlist are Adder, Bluebell, Lobster, by Chrissie Gittins; Wolf Hollow, by Lauren Wolk; Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World, by Kate Pankhurst; The Book Shop Girl, by Sylvia Bishop; and Penguin Problems, by Jory John.


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