Nadia Shireen, Dapo Adeola, Swapna Haddow and Sheena Dempsey are among the authors and illustrators shortlisted for The Alligator’s Mouth Award for 2022 (see below for the full list).
Now in its fourth year, the annual children’s book award created by children’s bookstore The Alligator’s Mouth and The Bright Agency celebrates illustrated books for children aged six to eight.
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Adeola has been listed for Space detectives (Bloomsbury), a sci-fi crime novel written by Mark Powers, while the first book in Shireen’s Grimwood series, which follows the exploits of two oddball foxes, also made the cut. bad panda (Faber Children’s), illustrated by Dempsey and written by Swapna Haddow, is also vying for the prize.
Sophy Henn, winner of the 2021 prize with pizzazz (Simon & Schuster Children’s UK), returns to join the judging panel this year, alongside rap teacher and literacy advocate MC Grammar, award-winning author Joseph Elliott; primary school teacher, reading consultant and blogger Jo Cummins (Library Girl & Book Boy); and co-owners of The Alligator’s Mouth, Margaret Wallace-Jones and Tony West.
“Some might say I’m biased, but the Alligator’s Mouth Award is such a special award, celebrating an often overlooked genre in children’s books, illustrated fiction,” Henn said. “These books can serve as a bridge for avid readers, a helping hand for the less confident, and a starting point for reluctant readers. They play such an important role in the reading journey of so many children. I am delighted that they are being celebrated with an award all of their own.”
The Wallace-Jones added: “This is another fantastic long list for our fourth Alligator’s Mouth award. These books are inventive, original, exciting, witty and imaginative, and they will create readers for life. Kudos to everyone on the long list.
Book wholesaler Gardners returns as an official award partner and is offering independent bookstores across the UK up to 50% off all selected titles from March 29 until the end of July.
This year the prize is also working with Fun Kids, the UK’s only national radio station focused on content for children aged 6-12, and Coram Beanstalk, the national reading charity, to organize a special contest giving school libraries a chance to win. pre-selected titles. The competition will take place in April.
The shortlist will be announced in May and the winner announced in July.
The full long list of The Alligator’s Mouth Award 2022:
An alien in the jam factory, written by Chrissie Sains, illustrated by Jenny Taylor (Walker Books)
Bad Panda, written by Swapna Haddow, illustrated by Sheena Dempsey (Faber Children’s)
Cally and Jimmy: Twintastic written by Zoe Antoniades, illustrated by Katie Kear (Andersen Press)
Genie and Teeny: Make a wish, written and illustrated by Steve Lenton (HarperCollins Children’s Books)
Grimwood, written and illustrated by Nadia Shireen (Simon & Schuster Children’s Books)
Indigo Wilde and the Creatures of Jellybean Crescent, written and illustrated by Pippa Curnick (Hodder Children’s Books)
Kate on the case, written and illustrated by Hannah Peck (Piccadilly Press)
space detectives, written by Mark Powers, illustrated by Dapo Adeola (Bloomsbury)
The Girl Who Talked to Treeswritten by Natasha Farrant, illustrated by Lydia Corry (Zephyr)
Will Jakeman’s Wonderful Mecha Animals, written and illustrated by Nick Ward (Guppy Books)