InspiREAD 2022

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Vote in the InspiREAD 2022 book awards

Our Education Library Service librarians have shortlisted some of their favourite books for the third InspiREAD awards.  The aim is to get everyone reading children’s books; pupils, teachers, parents, grandparents, carers, schools, families and friends - it's for anyone who enjoys a good read! Find out more about last year's winning titles in our news article. 

Enjoy sharing some great books, reading, listening or watching online together and then vote for your favorites. The books have all been published in the last year or so and are suitable for all ages. There will be a winner in each category - you can choose to vote in 1, 2 or all 3 categories;

  • Picture Books
  • Shorter Books
  • Longer Novels

Vote by 8 July 2022 - the winners will be announced shortly after. 

Follow the Award on Twitter @InspireELS 

Teachers can borrow books from the Education Library Service or if you're a member of the public, you can visit your local library in Nottinghamshire or beyond!

If you'd like to purchase any of the books,  a local independent bookshop in Lowdham is offering 15% discount on all titles. Visit them online at

Vote now via our online form by 8 July

Picture Books

Can Bears Ski?
by Raymond Antrobus; illustrated by Polly Dunbar
published by Walker Books

When Cucumber Lost His Cool
by Michelle Robinson, illustrated by Tom Knight
published by Scholastic 

Caterpillar Cake
by Matt Goodfellow, illustrated by Krina Pate-Sage
published by Otter-Barry

Cows Go Boo!
by Steve Webb, illustrated by Fred Blunt
published by Andersen Press

Shorter Books

Sona Sharma Very Best Big Sister
by Chitra Soundar, illustrated by Jen Khatun
published by Walker Books

The Secret Explorers and the Rainforest Rangers 
by S J King, illustrated by Ellie O'Shea
published by DK/ Penguin Random House

Listen to a sample here!

The Exploding Life of Scarlett Fife 
by Maz Evans 
published by Hachette/ Hodder Childrens 

Watch the trailer here

Space Detectives
by Mark Powers
published by Bloomsbury Childrens

Longer Books 

by Ele Fountain
published by Pushkin Press

Moon Dog
by Jane Elson
published by Hachette Childrens 

Last Gate of the Emperor 
by Kwame Mbalia 
published by Scholastic 

The Day the Screens Went Blank
by Danny Wallace, illustrated by Gemma Correll
published by Simon and Schuster