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Laugh Out Loud (Lollies) 2018 Book Awards

21st September 2018


The Laugh Out Loud Book Awards – affectionately known as the Lollies – is a celebration of the very best and funniest books for children, voted for by children themselves!

The award was set up by Scholastic UK in 2016 and is supported by BookTrust and Michael Rosen. They hope – along with the help of schools, teachers and parents – to draw attention to funny books to encourage kids to get reading and to enjoy it too!

Publishers submit their funniest children’s books of the previous year to be nominated for the award and a panel of judges is chosen to help whittle down this long list of Lollies entries. Let’s meet the judges…

2018 Lollies Judges
From top left: Jonny Walker, Jo Cummins, Michael Rosen, Kate Newport, Katie Thistleton

First up is Michael Rosen, one of the UK’s best-loved contemporary poets and children’s fiction writers. He’s won numerous awards and was the Children’s Laureate between 2007 and 2009. He has always highlighted the importance of humour in children’s literature and is the perfect head judge for the Lollies!

The second judge on the Lollies panel is Katie Thistleton, a keen bookworm and champion of children’s books and presenter on the CBBC Book Club. The third and fourth judges are both primary school teachers: Jo Cummins has over fifteen years’ teaching experience and blogs about children’s books @LibraryGirlandBookBoy; Jonny Walker is Assistant Headteacher at a Primary School in London, he’s writing his own children’s book and is also a keen education blogger @jonnywalkerteaching. Last but certainly not least is Kate Newport – Scholastic’s very own Product Director for Book Clubs and Book Fairs, who is in charge of choosing the very best books that children will love, so she’s a perfect addition to the panel.

The judges announced this year’s shortlist in June – twelve brilliantly funny laugh-out-loud children’s books. There are three categories in the awards: picture books; 6-8 years and 9-13 years, and the winning book in each category will be decided solely by children’s votes, with schools and parents encouraged to help kids get involved and vote via the Lollies website, or via the Lollies channel on the PopJam app. The winners will be announced in January 2019!

So, get involved! Take a look at the shortlist with your kids, pick a book, get reading and GET VOTING! If you’d like to download some free activity sheets or find out more about the PopJam app or the Lollies 2018 click here

Lollies 2018 Shortlist

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