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IBW Book Awards nomination

IBW Book Awards nomination

YIPPEE! ‘A Beginner’s Guide to Bear Spotting’ – written by yours truly and illustrated by David Roberts – has been shortlisted for the Independent Book Shop Week Book Awards 2017! View the full shortlists here.

100 Best Books for Kids – The New York Public Library

The New York Public Library has just released its list of 100 Best Books for Kids, selected from titles published in 2016 by children and teen librarians. ‘A Beginner’s Guide to Bear Spotting’, written by me and illustrated by David Roberts is on it! According […]

North Somerset Teachers’ Book Awards 2016

North Somerset Teachers’ Book Awards 2016

North Somerset Teachers' Book Award 2016I can’t quite believe it, but ‘A Beginner’s Guide to Bear Spotting’ has won the Picture Book category at the North Somerset Teachers’ Book Awards 2016.

The NSTBA is run by a team of very knowledgable (very lovely, very smart, very attractive…) readers, so this is a massive honour. I was over the moon to receive the award on behalf of myself and David Roberts, and indeed on behalf of the whole team behind the book at Bloomsbury.

Can you tell I was pleased...? Photo by Emily Beale
Can you tell I was pleased…? Photo by Emily Beale

I was also really delighted just to be there with my family. We were in such great company – and there was so much cake! Thank you hugely for including Bear Spotting and for making us so welcome. I will be keeping everything crossed for another shortlisting in the future so we get to come back! Huge congratulations to the other winners and shortlisted authors and illustrators. It was brilliant to meet so many of you.

Picture Book: A Beginner’s Guide to Bear Spotting by Michelle Robinson, illustrated by David Roberts
Poetry Book: Flo of the Somme by Hilary Robinson and Martin Impey
Information Book: Professor Astro Cat’s Atomic Adventure by Ben Newman and Dominic Walliman
Read Aloud: Dave Pigeon by Swapna Haddow and Sheena Dempsey
Moving On: Island by Nicky Singer, illustrated by Chris Riddell
Quality Fiction: Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot by Horatio Clare, illustrated by Jane Matthews

The winners! Photo by Emily Beale
The winners! Photo by Emily Beale

Photo by roving reporter Henry
Photo by roving reporter Henry
The teachers behind the NSTBA really do know what they’re talking about. They read widely and only blog their recommendations. The shortlists across all of the categories represent the very best in children’s literature. So if you’re wondering what to read next or what to buy for the classroom, check out their wonderful website.

Booktrust Great Books Guide 2016

It’s Children’s Book Week, celebrating reading for pleasure with children, teachers, librarians and parents. I’m really chuffed that BookTrust has selected ‘A Beginner’s Guide to Bear Spotting’ to be part of their Great Books Guide 2016. Check out the Booktrust site for some brilliant ideas […]

UKLA long lists Bear Spotting

UKLA long lists Bear Spotting

‘A Beginner’s Guide to Bear Spotting’, written by me and illustrated by David Roberts has been long listed for the UK Literacy Association’s Book Awards 2017. The list is a very strong one – proof if were needed that we are indeed living in a […]