Friday 15 December 2006

Christmas Book Lists

Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat, the agents and editors are now totally ignoring their slushpiles, so what is left for us slushpilers to do? We must shop.

And as future members of that industry, it is incumbent that our christmas lists be laden with books. So here are two lists to peruse:

The first is a compilation of recommendations from then annual Christmas Books Special on Radio 4’s Open Book programme (don’t you love the BBC?). Britain’s best beloved children’s authors Lauren Child (Clarice Bean), Meg Rosoff (How I Live Now), David McKee (Not Now Bernard) put forward their favourites from this year’s stock.

The second is the NestlĂ© Children’s Book Prize, administered by Booktrust, an independent charity which promotes books and reading.


Meg Rosoff’s choices

Mayfly Day - Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross (Andersen Press)

Beauty and the Beast - Max Eilenberg and Angela Barrett (Walker Books)

A Swift Pure Cry - Siobhan Dowd (David Fickling Books)

David McKee’s choices

When We Lived In Uncle's Hat - Peter Stamm and Jutta Bauer (Winged Chariot Press)
here’s where you can look inside the book

Sophie and the Albino Camel - Stephen Davies (Andersen Press)

The Witch's Boy - Michael Gruber (Simon and Schuster

Lauren Child’s choices

When a Monster Is Born - Nick Sharratt and Sean Taylor (Orchard Books)

Jake Jellicoe and the Dread Pirate Redbeard - Joanna Nadin and David Roberts (Walker Books)

The Thirteen And A Half Lives Of Captain Bluebear - Walter Moers


9 to 11 age category

gold: The Diamond of Drury Lane - Julia Golding (Egmont Press)
silver: The Tide Knot - Helen Dunmore (HarperCollins Children’s Books)
bronze: The Pig Who Saved the World - Paul Shipton (Puffin)

6 to 8 age category

gold: Mouse Noses on Toast -Daren King – illustrated by David Roberts (Faber and Faber)
silver: Hugo Pepper - Paul Stewart & Chris Riddell (Doubleday)
bronze: The Adventures of The Dish and The Spoon - Mini Grey (Jonathan Cape)

5 & under age category

gold: That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown - Cressida Cowell & Neal Layton (Orchard Books)
silver: The Emperor of Absurdia - Chris Riddell (Macmillan Children’s Books)


  1. Just came from Borders in Brent Cross where I was shopping for Christmas. I spent ages poring over the spines of the books on display and the only Nestle winner I could find was 'Mouses Noses on Toast'. It's a beautifully produced book and I bought it for my daughter - but where were the other Nestle winners and why weren't they being advertised in any helpful way at the shop?

  2. Some great books here Candy. Thanks for sharing them with us.

  3. My daughter just loved Mouse Noses on Toast! it's very funny.

  4. I'll make a point of getting hold of theat one. My four year old son is very into books and writing at the moment and I want to encourage it.


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