Monday, April 30, 2018

Sheffield Children's Book Award Focus - Baby Books

The Sheffield Children's Book Award is back and brilliant as ever. 2018 sees a new shortlist of dazzling titles. Every year, in January, a stack of Sheffield Library staff escape the cold, and fueled by tea and biscuits, look through a long-list of the previous year's children's book releases, selecting only the very best to make the award shortlist. These books are then sent out to schools and libraries throughout Sheffield, where children read and vote for their favourites. That's what is special about the Sheffield Children's Book Award, it is the children, well known for being the harshest of critics, who decide on the winners.

This year is the 30th Anniversary of the awards!! (I know, we look far too young for it don't we?), so we are going to be celebrating in style!

For the next few weeks we are zooming in on the shortlisted titles in each category, and our first stop is with the gorgeous baby books! We hope you love these as much as we do.


Illustrated by Mel Four

Published by Bloomsbury

Outdoors is a lovely first words book about the outdoors. Each page of this sturdy board book shows a different mini-beast along with the word and lovely plant and flower illustrations.
This book is ideal for very small babies with its high contrasting black and white, which is perfect for developing eyes, and shiny tactile foil effect to entice little fingers and eyes to explore. And ideal first introduction to reading and books for babies.

Bedtime with Ted

Written and illustrated by Sophy Henn

Published by Bloomsbury

It's time for Ted to go to Bed, but he's far too busy to even think about it. Find out what Ted gets up to in this interactive lift-the-flap book for babies.
With a delectable colour palette which is bright, yet easy on the eye, this is a gorgeous bedtime read for young toddlers and babies. It makes an ideal introduction to the bedtime routine, with a huge sense of fun that makes it funny too. The chunky flaps to lift allow children to interact with the book themselves, ideal for keeping their attention throughout the story and developing listening skills. Sophy Henn's adorable characterisation in her illustrations make this a lovely book for keeps!

Milo's Mix & Match

Written and illustrated by Faye Williamson

Published by Fourth Wall Publishing

This lovely flap based book helps children to explore role play and dressing up as they explore funny mix and match combinations, or try and problem solve by pairing the correct outfits together. There's so much learning potential in this book for babies, but also so much fun to be had! The bright and colourful illustrations and graphical cat character makes this book modern, fresh and appealing. Where interaction is concerned, this is as good as it gets!

All of the above books are available to borrow from Sheffield Libraries, so why not read them all with your children and then vote for your favourite! Pick up the voting form from your local library.