Ages 6-11: Picture Fiction

Shortlist

The Invisible cover

The Invisible by Tom Percival

Leo and the Gorgons Curse cover

Leo and the Gorgon's Curse by Joe Todd-Stanton

My Beautiful Voice cover

My Beautiful Voice by Joseph Coelho and Allison Colpoys

The Plesiosaur's Neck cover

The Plesiosaur's Neck by Adam Smith, Jonathan Emmett and Adam Larkum

12 Books of Christmas longlist

Setsuko and the Song of the Sea cover

Day 1: Setsuko and the Song of the Sea by Fiona Barker and Howard Gray

My Beautiful Voice cover

Day 2: My Beautiful Voice by Joseph Coelho and Allison Colpoys

The Whale Who Wanted More cover

Day 3: The Whale Who Wanted More by Rachel Bright and Jim Field

Bumble and Snug and the Angry Pirates cover

Day 4: Bumble and Snug and the Angry Pirates by Mark Bradley

Somewhere cover

Day 5: Somewhere by Jeanne Willis and Anastasia Suvorova

The Plesiosaur's Neck cover

Day 6: The Plesiosaur's Neck by Adam Smith, Jonathan Emmett and Adam Larkum

The Invisible cover

Day 7: The Invisible by Tom Percival

When We Went Wild cover

Day 8: When We Went Wild by Isabella Tree and Allira Tee

Nen and the Lonely Fisherman cover

Day 9: Nen and the Lonley Fisherman by Ian Eagleton and James Mayhew

A Song Full of Sky cover

Day 10: A Song Full of Sky by Ruth Doyle and Britta Teckentrup

The Lost Child of Chenobyl cover

Day 11: The Lost Child of Chernobyl by Helen Bate

Leo and the Gorgons Curse cover

Day 12: Leo and the Gorgon's Curse by Joe Todd-Stanton

Panel members

Debbie Thomas

Debbie Thomas, Achieving for Children (panel chair)

Debbie is one of the founders of the Spark! School Book Awards, which she contributes to alongside her varied roles at Achieving for Children and the Open University.

You can find out more about her on our dedicated team page.

Anna Chaudhry

Anna Chaudhry, Lime Tree Primary School

Anna is a Year 2 Class Teacher and Reading Lead at Lime Tree Primary School in Surbiton. She is so excited to be a part of this year’s Spark! School Book Awards shortlisting panel and is most looking forward to finding out which talented authors and their great imagination will be a part of this celebratory journey to capture the minds of children and adults alike!

Emma Quigley

Emma Quigley, Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School

Emma is a Reading Leader and Year 1 Class Teacher at Corpus Christi RC Primary School. She is thrilled that the Spark! Book Awards are back for a second year and is really looking forward to sharing a new collection of exciting books for children.

Jamie Allen

Jamie Allen, Trafalgar Junior School

Jamie is the Deputy Head Teacher at Trafalgar Junior School in Twickenham, where he is also taking a lead on 'Reading for Pleasure'. The library is his favourite part of the school and he used to work in a book shop before becoming a teacher. He is particularly interested in the impact picture books can have in allowing children to access Big Ideas in an easier way, as well as how they can inspire children to tell their own stories.

Jordan Stirrat

Jordan Stirrat, Castle Hill Primary School

Jordan is a Year 6 teacher at Castle Hill Primary School. Since 2015, she has led writing in my school and been involved in the development of reading across the school. Jordan is really looking forward to being part of the 6-11 year old picture book fiction panel. She was fortunate to be a panellist last year on the 9-11 year old category and is so excited to be part of this fantastic award again. It is a fantastic opportunity to promote reading for pleasure and allows the children to unlock their full potential as lifelong learners. Jordan is also excited, once again, to be involved in broadening children's imaginations by transporting them off to new and wonderful worlds in new literature and deepening their knowledge. She cannot wait to see what amazing books will be chosen this year!​

Kate Priestley

Kate Priestley, Kingston Library Service

Kate is the Library Development Officer for Children, Young People and Families in Kingston. She has been involved with running Chatterbooks clubs for children aged 7-11 and secondary school book groups, as well as buying the book stock for the libraries. Kate has always been passionate about getting the right book to the right child at the right time, so is really looking forward to finding out which books they like best.

Last year's winner and runners up

As a brand new category for 2021-22 we don't yet have any past winners. For all other categories try our past winners page.