Reading Newsletter Eagle PrimarY school - January 2020



Welcome to the Eagle Primary Reading Newsletter for January 2020.

This month, I am sharing something a little bit different to my usual books for EY, KS1 and KS2. I am going to present a list of Award Winning Books. There are a vast number of literary awards available for children's books and it is not often that they are well publicised - so for the first collection of 2020, I though it would present a perfect opportunity to share some. Perhaps you can find something new, something exciting and something different.

Whether you share the books with your children or if you encourage them to read them for themselves, it doesn't matter. I would simply like to see children get the opportunity to develop the breadth and depth of books that they see are available to them.

Remember that children need to experience a variety of books. Reading one author or a set of books by the same author is a good thing, but it is important to read wider and discover what else is out there, even if you decide that it’s not for you. There are treasures out there waiting to be discovered!


Mr Watson


I have not read all of these books, nor am I promoting any over another. I am simply listing and sharing books which have won recent awards.

This list was originally compiled by Janice Morris - Teaching Resources Librarian at Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln (November 2019)

Blue Peter Children's Book Award

First awarded in 2000 The Blue Peter Book Awards celebrates children's books published in the last year in two categories: the Best Story and the Best Book with Facts.

The Boy at the Back of the Class - Onjali Q. Rauf

The Blue Peter Book Award for Best Story 2019 was The Boy at the Back of the Class. Onjali Rauf's first book tells the story of how one ordinary nine-year-old child and three classmates are full of empathy for Ahmet (the boy at the back of the class), who comes to their school as a refugee from Syria. Through their sensitivity, curiosity, ingenuity, bravery and innocent niceness, they make a massive impact on Ahmet's life, friends, class, school, community and wider world.

The Colours of History: How Colours Shaped the World - Clive Gifford

The Blue Peter Book Award 2019 winner for Best Book with Facts was The Colours of History. Who would have thought a book about colour could be so interesting? Each brightly coloured page brings another shade of colour to life. Using pantone samples, this book teaches us about origins and uses for over 20 different colours to illustrate the history of colour. From red to green to purple, this is a book which covers everything.

BookTrust Storytime Prize

This new prize celebrates and promotes the best books for sharing with young children. We are looking for books which have wide appeal to parents and carers across our diverse nation, and for stories which can be read and enjoyed over and over again.

Cyril & Pat - Emily Gravett

Cyril and Pat is a charming rhyming tale about friendship and the joy of difference, which celebrates independent thought and doing what you believe is right.

Branford Boase Book Award

The BBA was set up to reward the most promising new writers and their editors, as well as to reward excellence in writing and in publishing. The Award is made annually to the most promising book for seven year-olds and upwards by a first time novelist.

I am Thunder - Muhammad Khan

Caldecott Medal

The Caldecott Medal was named in honour of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

Hello Lighthouse - Sophie Blackall

Cambridgeshire Libraries Children's Picture Book Award

Is awarded for a picture book where the words and pictures are the work of one individual. Cambridgeshire school children vote for the winner.

Mini Rabbit Not Lost - John Bond

Children's Book Award

The Children’s Book Award is awarded by the Federation of Children’s Book Groups. Inaugurated in 1980, it is the only national award voted for solely by children.

Armistice Runner - Tom Palmer

The Dog Who Lost his Bark - Eoin Colfer

Mixed: An Inspiring Story About Colour - Arree Chung,

CILIP Carnegie Medal

The Carnegie Medal is awarded annually by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals to the writer of an outstanding book written in English for children and young people.

The Poet X: A Novel - Elizabeth Acevedo

CLIPPA Poetry Award

Awarded by the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education the CLIPPA award is organised by the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education.

Everything All at Once - Steven Camden

Costa Book Award

The Skylarks' War - Hilary McKay

Doncaster Book Awards

The House with Chicken Legs - Sophie Anderson

The Wizards of Once - Cressida Cowell

English 4-11 Picture Book Awards

Established in 1995, the awards are presented by the English Association to the best children's picture books of the year. Awards are given to Fiction and Non-Fiction in age ranges 4-7 years and 7-11 years. The winning books are chosen by the editorial board of English 4-11, from a shortlist selected by a panel of teachers and Primary specialists.

The Rhythm of the Rain - Grahame Baker-Smith

Ocean Mets Sky - Terry Fan, Eric Fan

Ocean - Helene Druvert

I say Ooh, you say Aah - John Kane

Hampshire Picture Book Award

"You're called what?!" - Kes Gray, Nikki Dyson

Shell: The Truth is More Than Skin Deep - Paula Rawsthorne

Hampshire Information Book Award

This award is organised by Hampshire School Library Service.

Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles - Patricia Valdez

Independent Bookshop Week Book Prize

The Storm Keeper's Island - Catherine Doyle

If All The World Were - Joseph Coelho

CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal

The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal was established in 1955, for distinguished illustration in a book for children. It is named after the popular and highly influential nineteenth century artist known for her fine children's illustrations and designs. Awarded annually, the Medal is the only prize in the UK to solely reward outstanding illustration in a children's book.

The Lost Words: A Spell Book - Robert Macfarlane & Jackie Morris

Klaus Flugge Prize

The Klaus Flugge Prize is awarded to the most promising and exciting newcomer to children’s picture book illustration. It honours publisher Klaus Flugge, a supremely influential figure in picture books who, over his long career at Andersen Books, has nurtured many top illustrators including David McKee, Tony Ross, Ruth Brown, Satoshi Kitamura and Chris Riddell.

Julian is a Mermaid - Jessica Love

Little Rebels' Children's Book Award

The Little Rebels Award celebrates children’s books for readers age 0-12 which promote social equality and social justice. It is awarded by the Alliance of Radical Booksellers and administered by Letterbox Library and Housmans Bookshop.

Freedom - Catherine Johnson

Newbery Medal

The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

Merci Suarez Changes Gears - Meg Medina

NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Non Fiction for Children

Between the Lines: How Ernie Barnes went from the Football Field to the Art Gallery - Sandra Neil Wallace

North East Book Award and the North East Teenage Book Awards

Getting and keeping young people reading.

Shell: The Truth is More Than Skin Deep - Paula Rawsthorne

Robert F. Siebert Informational Book Medal

The Girl who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian's Art Changed Science - Joyce Sidman,

Sainsbury's Children's Book Awards

Nibbles Numbers - Emma Yarlett

My Pet Star - Corrinne Averiss

The Umbrella Mouse - Anna Fargher

The Awesome Book of Space: The World's Most Awesome Facts - Adam Frost

Where's Wally?: Exciting Expeditions - Martin Handford

Salford Children's Book Award

The 1,000-year-old Boy - Ross Welford

Scottish Teenage Book Award

Farewell Tour of a Terminal Optimist - John Young

Scottish Bookbug Picture Book Award

One Button Benny - Alan Windram

Southern Schools Book Award

After the Fire - Will Hill

UKLA Book Awards

I am bat - Morag Hood

The Explorer - Katherine Rundell

Long Way Down - Jason Reynolds, Chris Priestley

Waterstones Children's Book Prize

The Boy at the Back of the Class - Onjali Q. Rauf

The Girls - Lauren Ace

Children of Blood and Bone - Tomi Adeyemi

Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award

Bart Moeyaert

Waterstone's Children's Laureate

Cressida Cowell - Children's Laureate for 2019-21

Hans Christian Andersen Awards (Biennial)

Author: Eiko Kadano


Illustrator: Igor Oleynikov


Eleanor Farjeon Award

Michael Morpurgo


BookTrust Lifetime Achievement Award

Jan Pienkowski


Your Recommendations...

What book adventures have you been on?

As ever, this Newsletter shouldn't be just about my choices.

I would love to hear recommendations from you too.

If you have read and enjoyed a book and think that someone else might enjoy it too, then share the name of the book and author with me, along with a brief summary of the plot and why you think someone else would enjoy the book.

Share the love of books.

You can E-mail your ideas, recommendations and reviews to: mike.watson@eagle.lincs.sch.uk

How can you help your children with reading?


Remember as always, reading is a beautifully subjective thing... if you don't like a book, think about why before giving up.

Might it be worth another chapter?

Do you understand what is happening?

Use these thoughts to shape your future choices.


Mr Watson

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Created with an image by Jonas Jacobsson - "untitled image". Book synopsis and author biography from Amazon.co.uk. Other sources cited.