BookTrust Storytime Prize {2021}

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The BookTrust Storytime Prize celebrates and promotes the best books for sharing with young children and is run in association with the CILIP Youth Libraries Group.

BookTrust Storytime Prize {2021} Shortlist

Arlo the Lion who Couldn’t Sleep by Catherine Rayner

A perfect bedtime book, Arlo, The Lion Who Couldn’t Sleep is tenderly illustrated in watercolour as always by Rayner, giving readers gentle pages to fall into and inspire soft, reassuring dreams.

I Really, Really Need a Wee! by Karl Newson and Duncan Beedie

BookTrust Storytime Prize {2021}
I Really, Really Need A Wee! by Karl Newson

A funny book that relates the universal experience of needing a wee and not being able to find anywhere to go, I Really Really Need a Wee reminds readers of the importance of going before you leave the house.

Lenny and Wilbur by Ken Wilson-Max

BookTrust Storytime Prize {2021}
Lenny and Wilbur by Ken Wilson-Max

This illustration-led picture book, about the special bond between one boy and his dog, is packed with activities that will be familiar to many preschoolers. Bright, bold and reflective of a culturally diverse family, the illustrations exude warmth and fun.

No! said Rabbit by Marjoke Henrichs

BookTrust Storytime Prize {2021}
No! Said Rabbit by Marjoke Henrichs

No! said Rabbit contains a subtle comment about all the things we expect toddlers to do in their day, and how, sometimes, it might feel like a never-ending stream of “musts” to them. It’s a lovely book, with Henrichs’ appealing and slightly scribbly illustration.

Octopus Shocktopus by Peter Bently and Steven Lenton

BookTrust Storytime Prize {2021}
Octopus Shocktopus by Peter Bently and Steven Lenton

It’s both a cosy and silly read, perfect for bedtime and any other time of the day when a story is needed.

BookTrust Storytime Prize {2021} Winner

The Whales on the Bus by Katrina Charman and illustrator Nick Sharratt

The Whales on the Bus by Katrina Charman

Get ready to sing along to your favourite nursery rhyme as you’ve never heard it before! This riotous ‘The Whales on the Bus’ animal adventure is set to the tune of ‘The Wheels on the Bus’ and is perfect for preschoolers.

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