Laugh Out Loud Book Award and Branford Boase longlist

The Roald Dahl Funny Prize has been replaced with the Laugh Out Loud Book Awards (nicknamed The Lollies). The shortlist for this new award for funny books has just been announced and now it’s up to teachers and their classes to vote for their favourites. Votes must be submitted by teachers on behalf of a class, so get reading, discussing and register your class to vote! Voting closes on 10th June. The shortlisted books are:

Picture Books shortlist

Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise  Gracie Grabbit and the Tiger  I Need a Wee!   Slug Needs a Hug

Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise by Sean Taylor and Jean Jullien (ill.) (Walker Books)

Gracie Grabbit and the Tiger by Helen Stephens (Scholastic)

I Need a Wee! by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet (ill.) (Simon and Schuster Children’s)

Slug Needs a Hug! by Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross (ill.) (Andersen Press)


6-8 years shortlist

Badly Drawn Beth  The Jolley-Rogers and the Cave of Doom   Wilf the Mighty Worrier Saves the World   Thorfinn the Nicest Viking and the Awful Invasion

Badly Drawn Beth by Jem Packer and Duncan McCoshan (Orchard)

The Jolley-Rogers and the Cave of Doom by Jonny Duddle (Templar)

Wilf the Mighty Worrier Saves the World by Georgia Pritchett and Jamie Littler (ill.) (Quercus)

Thorfinn the Nicest Viking and the Awful Invasion by David MacPhail and Richard Morgan (ill.) (Kelpies)


9-13 years shortlist

Danger is Still Everywhere: Beware of the Dog!  The Parent Agency  Petunia Perry and the Curse of the Ugly Pigeon   Emily Sparkes and the Friendship Fiasco

Danger is Still Everwhere: Beware of the Dog by David O’Doherty and Chris Judge (ill.) (Puffin)

The Parent Agency by David Baddiel (HarperCollins)

Petunia Perry and the Curse of the Ugly Pigeon Pamela Butchart (Nosy Crow)

Emily Sparkes and the Friendship Fiasco by Ruth Fitzgerald (Little, Brown Young Readers)


Branford Boase Book Award 2016 longlist

The Branford Boase Award is the only children’s book award where the publisher is given special recognition of their role in the success of the book. The award is made annually to the most promising book for seven year-olds and upwards by a first time novelist.  Previous winning and shortlisted writers include Marcus Sedgwick, Philip Reeve, William Nicholson and Annabel Pitcher, as well as Carnegie Medal winners Frank Cottrell Boyce, Siobhan Dowd, Mal Peet, Patrick Ness, Meg Rosoff and Kevin Brooks. The longlisted books for 2016 are:





Nicole Burstein

Charlie Sheppard

Other Girl

Andersen Press

Julian Clary

Charlie Sheppard

The Bolds

Andersen Press

Miriam Moss

Charlie Sheppard

Girl on a Plane

Andersen Press

Jess Vallance

Emma Matthewson


Bonnier Hot Keys

Lisa Drakeford

Rachel Leyshon

The Baby

Chicken House

Jeannie Waudby

Imogen Cooper &
Rachel Leyshon

One of Us

Chicken House

Lisa Williamson

Bella Pearson

The Art of Being Normal

David Fickling

Lisa Heathfield

Ali Dougal



Rachel McIntyre

Stella Paskins

Me & Mr J


Katherine Woodfine

Alison Dougal &
Hannah Sandford

The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow


Horatio Clare

Penny Thomas

Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot


Leo Hunt

Jessica Tarrant

13 Days of Midnight


Ross Welford

Nicholas Lake

Time Travelling with a Hamster


David Solomons

Kirsty Stansfield

My Brother is a Super Hero

Nosy Crow

Tom McLaughlin

Clare Whitston

The Accidental Prime Minister


David Hofmeyr

Ben Horslen and Tig Wallace

Stone Rider

Penguin Random House

Will Mabbitt

Ben Horslen

The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones

Penguin Random House

Melinda Salisbury

The Sin Eater’s Daughter


Abi Elphinstone

Jane Griffiths

The Dreamsnatcher

Simon & Schuster

A J Grainger

Ely Moody


Simon & Schuster

Danny Wallace

Jane Griffiths

Hamish and the Worldstoppers

Simon & Schuster

Lu Hersey

Sarah Stewart

Deep Water


Lauren James

Annalie Grainger

The Next Together


The shortlist will be announced on 4th May 2016.

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