Huge congratulations to all of the authors and illustrators on the Lollies 2020 shortlist! Voting is open to teachers and their pupils, parents and children who have until December 13th to vote for their favourite funny books.
The Lollies (Laugh Out Loud Awards) were created in response to findings from The Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report™, which found that what two-thirds of children aged 6-17 looked for when choosing books for themselves were ‘books that make me laugh’. The Lollies are also supported by Book Trust who are working with Scholastic to encourage schools, parents and children to participate and vote for their favourites. Michael Rosen, children’s novelist, poet and former Children’s Laureate, who announced the fourth Lollies shortlist, says;
“Anyone around children looking for books to have them giggling and laughing over and over again, these 12 books will do the job. Funny books are so important because they draw you through, and you have a wonderful, time and feel good. What could be better than that?”
Before compiling the Lollies 2020 shortlist Michael, and judges, Alison Leach, founder of BooksForTopics, Scott Evans, a primary school teacher and blogger, Andria Zafirakou, winner of the $1 million Global Teacher Prize 2018, as well Kate Newport, Product Director for Scholastic Book Clubs and Book Fairs, read nearly 120 titles submitted by different children’s publishers. The shortlisted books in each category are as follows;
Best Laugh Out Loud Picture Book
Baby’s First Bank Heist by Jim Whalley and Stephen Collins (Bloomsbury)
Spyder by Matt Carr (Scholastic)
Ten Fat Sausages by Michelle Robinson and Tor Freeman (Andersen Press)
You’re Called What?! by Kes Gray and Nikki Dyson (Macmillan)
Best Laugh Out Loud Book for 6-8 year olds
Bad Nana: Older Not Wiser by Sophy Henn (Harper Collins)
The Legend of Kevin by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre (OUP)
The Nothing to See Here Hotel by Steven Butler and Steven Lenton (Simon & Schuster)
World’s Worst Children 3 by David Walliams and Tony Ross (Harper Collins)
Best Laugh Out Loud Book for 9-13 year olds
I Bet I Can Make You Laugh by Joshua Seigal and Tim Wesson (Bloomsbury)
I Swapped My Brother on the Internet by Jo Simmons and Nathan Reed (Bloomsbury)
Kid Normal and the Rogue Heroes by Greg James, Chris Smith and Erica Salcedo (Bloomsbury)
Planet Stan by Elaine Wickson and Chris Judge (OUP)
Thanks to Scholastic we have a set of all twelve books to give away to one lucky UK reader!
The giveaway has now ended. Congratulations to winner Anne!
You can vote for your favourite funny book via the Lollies website, www.scholastic.co.uk/lollies, or via the Lollies PopJam channel.
Each book on the Lollies 2020 shortlist has been featured on the Lollies blogtour which has interviews with the authors and illustrators of all twelve books. You’ll find a wealth of information in these blogposts that will make you laugh and may help you to make your final choices too.
- November 10th: Books for Topics – Lollies Award Shortlist 2020
- November 11th: Books with Baby – We meet… Lollies 2020 shortlisted author Jim Whalley
- November 12th: BookBairn – Laugh Out Loud Interview with Matt Carr
- November 13th: Mama Filz – Ten Fat Sausages by Michelle Robinson and illustrated by Tor Freeman
- November 14th: Get Kids Into Books – You’re Called What?! by Kes Gray & Nikki Dyson
- November 15th: Booklover Jo – The Nothing To See Here Hotel by Steven Butler, illustrated by Steven Lenton
- November 16th: Book Murmuration – The Legend Of Kevin by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre
- November 17th: Book Monsters – Lollies – Bad Nana
- November 18th: Childtastic – Lollies 2020 David Walliams giveaway!
- November 19th: That Boy Can Teach – #Lollies2020: Joshua Seigal – ‘I Bet I Can Make You Laugh’
- November 20th: Minerva Reads – The Lollies 2020: A guest post from author Jo Simmons
- November 21st: Kids of Readalot – #Lollies2020 – Kid Normal and The Rogue Heroes
- November 22nd: Library Girl and Book Boy – Introducing the Laugh Out Loud Book Award Nominee ‘PLANET STAN’ by Elaine Wickson (illustrated by Chris Judge)