And the Winners for 2018 are...

Picture book winner:
'There's a Monster in your Book' by Tom Fletcher & Greg Abbott (illustrator)
Joint Highly Commended Picture book:
'Superbat' by Matt Carr

Best Primary Book:
'Kid Normal' by Greg James & Chris Smith & Erica Salcedo (Illustrator)
Joint Highly Commended Primary Book:
'A Place called perfect' by Helena Duggan
'The Racehorse who wouldn't gallop' by Clare Balding & Tony Ross (illustrator)

Best Secondary Book:
'The Explorer' by Katherine Rundell
& Hannah Horn (Illustrator)
Joint Highly Commended Secondary Book:
'All about Mia' by Lisa Williamson
'Thornhill' by Pam Smy

The Awards Ceremony 2018

Oxford High School have played host to this literary extravaganza for the fourth time. With the awards in their tenth year, success in encouraging the children of Oxfordshire to read for pleasure speaks volumes - 58 schools across the county now take part. Children read nominated books across three categories: Picture, Junior and Secondary and vote four their favourites. Total votes for 2018 for all categories was a staggering 3573!

Radio 1 authors Greg James and Chris Smith are quite the team with their witty book, 'Kid Normal', romping to victory in the Junior category. After receiving the award, the audience was entertained by a 'world exclusive' reading from the yet to be published third book in the Kid Normal series.

Lisa Williamson and Pam Smy were awarded a joint secondary 'highly commended', two extremely styles of books, yet both covering issues of friendship and image identity.

Matt Carr, highly commended for Picture book proved that everyone can draw and within minutes, hundred of 'Superbats' appeared in the audience.

Local author Matt Brown giggled with the children and explained how he has based the silly names in 'When Aliens invaded my Talent Show' on observations while visiting schools!

Two guest authors from nominated titles for 2019 made an appearance, Tom Pollock with 'White Rabbit, Red Fox' secondary, set the scene with his pacey thriller touching on mental health issues. Nicki Thornton, 'Last Chance Hotel', junior category, ended the afternoon saying that all her favourite genres have merged in this Waterstone's book of the month favourite - 'Last Chance Hotel'.

Secondary winner, Katherine Rundell, with her adventure story ' The Explorer' and Picture Book winner, Tom Fletcher with 'There's a Monster in My Book' both sent 'Thank you' videos shown during the event.

Shortlists announced for Secondary, Primary and Picture Book Awards 2019

Best Picture Book

Cyril and Pat

by Emily Gravett

Gaspard the Fox

by Zeb Soanes & James Mayhew (illustrator)

How to be a Lion

by Ed Vere

The King with dirty Feet

by Sally Pomme Clayton

Best Junior Novel

1000 year old Boy

by Ross Welford

Boy underwater

by Adam Baron

Last Chance Hotel

by Nicki Thornton

Polar Bear Explorers Club

by Alex Bell

Sky Song

by Abi Elphinstone

Best Secondary

by Eoin Coifer & Andrew Donkin (illustrator)


Orphan, Monster, Spy

by Matt Killeen



by Nick Lake



by Eve Ainsworth

Things a bright Girl can do

by Sally Nicholls

White Rabbit, Red Wolf

by Tom Pollock


Key dates for the next awards:

7 November 2018 Nominated Books

April 2018 Voting deadline for winner

End of April 2019 Winners announced

Awards Ceremony in Nov 2019 


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