Inspire ELS NEW Online Primary Book Award - InspiREAD2020

Published 7th May 2020

The Inspire Education Library Service (ELS) invite you to join their NEW online Primary Book Award...InspiREAD2020!

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!

The award will run during the Summer Term, lockdown or no lockdown!  The books are some of the ELS Librarians favourites, published in the last year, or so.

Enjoy sharing some great books, reading, listening or watching online together - the books are suitable for all ages, with a winner chosen from each of the following groups:

  • Picture books
  • Shorter books
  • Longer novels 

You may have some of the books already and many are available as e-books or audio books. If you'd like to purchase any of the books,  a local independent bookshop in Lowdham is offering 20% discount on all titles with free postage and packing. 

Please email janestreeter@thebookcase.co.uk or tel 0115 966 4143 for more information.

The InspiREAD 2020 Shortlist

Picture Books

  • Gnome by Fred Blunt, author and illustrator | Anderson Press
  • Harry in a Hurry by Timothy Knapman , illustrated by Gemma Merino | Macmillan
  • Give Me Back My Bones by Kim Norman, illustrated by Bob Kolar | Walker Books
  • Suzy Orbit Astronaut by Ruth Quayle, illustrated by Jez Tuya | Nosy Crow

Shorter Books

  • Picklewitch and Jack by Claire Barker, illustrated by Teemu Juhani | Faber
  • The Unimaginary Friend by Guy Bass,  illustrated by Pete Williamson |  Stripes/Little Tiger Press

  • Poems Aloud by Joseph Coelho, illustrated by Daniel Gray-Barnett | Wide Eyed Productions
  • The Adventures of Harry Stevenson by Ali Pye, author and illustrator | Simon and Schuster

Longer Novels

  • Asha and the Spirit Bird by Jasbinder Bilan, illustrator- Aitch | Chicken House- 
  • What’s That in Dog Years? by Ben Davis, illustrator-Julia Christians | Oxford University Press
  •  Light Hunters by Dan Walker, cover illustrator George Ermos | UCLan Publishing


Voting will take place on the Inspire website from Monday 6 – 17 July.

The winner for each group will be announced on Monday 20 July 2020.

Follow the Award on Twitter @InspireELS #InspiREAD2020

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