Huge congratulations to all of the authors and illustrators on the Lollies shortlist!
The shortlist for the 2017 Laugh Out Loud Awards (Lollies) has been published and you can start voting for your favourite funny books now!!
Michael Rosen, children’s novelist, poet and former Children’s Laureate, who announced the shortlist today, says;
“This is a collection of 12 whizzy, crazy, hilarious books. They are guaranteed to tickle. Parents and teachers wondering how to keep your children interested in reading, why not start here? And you can always start them off by reading them out loud – funny voices an’ all!“
Before compiling the final shortlist Michael and judges Nicolette Jones (journalist and Sunday Times Children’s Book Editor) and Katie Thistleton (presenter and host of the CBBC Children’s Book Club) read over 130 funny books submitted by different children’s publishers.
The Lollies were created by publisher Scholastic to celebrate the funniest children’s books. The Scholastic’s Kids & Family Reading Report found that when two-thirds of children aged 6-17 were choosing books for themselves they looked for ‘books that make me laugh’. The Lollies are also supported by Book Trust and Read for Good who will be working alongside Scholastic to encourage schools, parents and children to participate and vote. The shortlisted books in each category are as follows;
Best Laugh Out Loud Picture Book
Oi Dog by Kes and Claire Gray and Jim Field (Hodder Children’s Books)
Eat Your People by Lou Kuenzler and David Wojtowycz (Orchard Books)
Prince of Pants by Alan Macdonald and Sarah McIntyre (Scholastic)
Danny McGee Drinks the Sea by Andy Stanton and Neal Layton (Hodder Children’s Books)
Best Laugh Out Loud Book for 6-8 year olds
Thimble Monkey Superstar by Jon Blake and Martin Chatterton (Firefly Press)
Hamish and the Neverpeople by Danny Wallace and Jamie Littler (Simon and Schuster)
Eddy Stone and the Epic Holiday Mash-Up by Simon Cherry (Usborne)
Future Ratboy and the Invasion of the Nom Noms by Jim Smith (Egmont)
Best Laugh Out Loud Book for 9-13 year olds
I Don’t Like Poetry by Joshua Seigal (Bloomsbury)
The Best Medicine by Christine Hamil (Little Island Books)
My Gym Teacher is an Alien Overlord by David Solomons and Laura Ellen Anderson (Nosy Crow)
AniMalcolm by David Baddiel and Jim Field (Harper Collins)
Voting for The Lollies will be open from Monday, 5th June till 8th December 2017 and the winning book in each award category will be decided solely by children’s votes. Parents, teachers please help your children to get involved and vote for their favourite funny books via the Lollies website or via the Scholastic channel on the PopJam app.
The winning books will be announced at an awards ceremony in London in January 2018.
Which of the shortlisted books have you already read? Which books make you laugh out loud?!