Picture Book Award 2021 Shortlist is Revealed!

Whole College
Posted on: November 27th 2020

Picture Book Award 2021 Shortlist

The much-anticipated shortlist for the winner of the Bishop’s Stortford Picture Book Award 2021 has been announced.

2021 will mark the twelfth Festival of Literature which, this year, due to the pandemic, will take place in a virtual format but will, in keeping with tradition, include the very popular Picture Book Award.

This year, the Bishop’s Stortford Picture Book Award will invite schools from across the UK, and anyone else with an interest in children’s picture books and illustration, to cast votes for their favourite titles from the shortlist. Previous Picture Book Award winners include, This is A Dog, by Ross Collins, Baby’s First Bank Heist, By Jim Whalley and Stephen Collins and Bathroom Boogie by Clare Fogs and Al Murphy.

The shortlist is now available to explore on the brand new Festival website www.festivalofliterature.co.uk. Pupils and teachers from schools across the nation are invited to start reading the books and to vote for their favourites.

For the first time, schools beyond Bishop’s Stortford are invited to participate in the voting, which will take place online. Much anticipated by authors and publishers as well as by schools, the excitement is sure to build ahead of the Picture Book Award virtual ceremony on Wednesday 10th February 2021. This very special ceremony will feature, not only last year’s winner, a series of short films from this year’s shortlisted authors and illustrators but an exclusive preview of a draw-along with children’s books author and illustrator, Rob Biddulph as well. Participating schools are urged to save the date!

The nominees for the 2021 Bishop’s Stortford Picture Book Award are;

Bear Shaped by Dawn Coulter-Cruttenden

Dog Gone by Rob Biddulph

Don’t Call Me Grumpycorn by Sarah McIntyre

Inch and Grub: A Story About Cavemen by Alastair Chrisholm and David Roberts

Llama Glamarama by Simon James Green and Garry Parsons

Meesha Makes Friends by Tom Percival

Pirates vs Monsters by David Crosby and Lee Cosgrove

The Day the Banana Went Bad by Michelle Robinson and Tom Knight

The Hospital Dog by Julia Donaldson and Sara Ogilvie

For further information about the Bishop’s Stortford Picture Book Award and the Festival of Literature 2021, please visit www.festivalofliterature.co.uk or keep up to date on the Festival social media channels; Facebook - @BSCFestLit, Twitter - @BSCFestLit and Instagram – festivalofliterature.