The Alligator's Mouth Award 2020 Shortlist Bundle
The shortlist for The Alligator’s Mouth award has been announced, with five highly illustrated children’s fiction books selected. The award, founded in 2018 by The Alligator’s Mouth children’s bookshop and The Bright Agency, celebrates the best books for 6-8-year-olds.
The shortlist was chosen by a panel of children’s book experts including Nick Sharratt, winner of the inaugural prize; award winning author-illustrator Yasmeen Ismail; founder of the Bath Festival of Children’s Literature, John McLay; Specialist Literacy Teacher, Richard
Charlesworth; co-owners of The Alligator’s Mouth, Margaret Wallace-Jones and Tony West; and Arabella Stein, Director at The Bright Agency.
Yasmeen Ismail commented: ‘It’s always fantastic to have children’s book awards, but in particular The Alligator’s Mouth award champions the sometimes under represented early fiction titles. It was a great longlist to read, and I am delighted that the shortlist we have
chosen reflects some of the funniest and most heartfelt titles published recently. Regardless of who the winner is, I hope children everywhere will get a chance to read all of these great
The full shortlist for The Alligator’s Mouth Award 2020:
The Adventures of Harry Stevenson written and illustrated by Ali Pye (Simon & Schuster Children’s UK)
Hotel Flamingo written and illustrated by Alex Milway (Piccadilly Press, Bonnier)
King Coo: The Curse of the Mummy’s Gold written and illustrated by Adam Stower (David Fickling Books)
The Naughtiest Unicorn written by Pip Bird and illustrated by David O’Connell (Egmont)
Two Sides written by Polly Ho-Yen and illustrated by Binny Talib (Stripes Publishing)
Arabella Stein said: ‘I’m so thrilled with the five books chosen for the shortlist. With children at home looking for entertainment and escapism, we hope the shortlisted books will inspire young readers, champion the wonderful creative work in our industry, and bring
some much-needed good news in these strange times.’
Tony West and Margaret Wallace-Jones commented: ‘We could not be more delighted with this list of funny, warm, charming, thrilling and fabulously illustrated books. Every single one is a book we love to sell, and which we know will help make children into readers. Now more than ever, children need the joy and solace of a good book. We feel lucky to be able to celebrate such a brilliant shortlist.'
Last year’s top prize was awarded to Nick Sharratt for Nice Work for the Cat and the King (Alison Green Books, Scholastic Children’s Books) at a ceremony held at the Bright Emporium. This year, the judges will meet virtually to decide the winner and the prize will be announced on 25th June via a digital ceremony.
Keep up to date with the awards at www.thealligatorsmouth.co.uk/award and on Twitter by following #AlligatorsAward