International Children’s Book Day – 2 April 2018


International Children’s Book Day is held on 2 April each year on the anniversary of Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday. The day is celebrated to inspire a love of reading and to call attention to children’s books.

It is sponsored by The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), which is a non-profit organisation representing an international network of people from all over the world who are committed to bringing books and children together. It was founded in Zurich, Switzerland in 1953, and today is composed of 75 National Sections all over the world. It represents countries that have well-developed publishing and literacy programmes, and other countries that only have a few dedicated professionals who are doing pioneer work in children’s book publishing and promotion.

IBBY’s mission is:

  • to promote international understanding through children’s books
  • to give children everywhere the opportunity to have access to books with high literacy and artistic standards
  • to encourage the publication and distribution of quality children’s books, especially in developing countries
  • to provide support and training to those involved with children and children’s literature
  • to stimulate research and scholarly works in the field of children’s literature
  • to protect and uphold the Rights of the Child according to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

IBBY also supports a number of awards and projects in the field of children’s literature, the most prestigious of which is the Hans Christian Andersen award. This is given biennially to an author and an illustrator whose complete works have made a lasting contribution to children’s literature.

The shortlisted authors this year are:

Marie-Aude Murail from France, Farhad Hassanzadeh from Iran, Eiko Kadono from Japan, Joy Cowley from New Zealand and Ulf Stark from Sweden.

The shortlisted illustators are:

Pablo Bernasconi from Argentina, Linda Wolfsgruber from Austria, Xiong Liang from China, Iwona Chmielewska from Poland, Igor Oleynikov from Russia and Albertine from Switzerland.


The two winners will be announced on 26 March at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, Italy, with the medals presented at the 36th IBBY Congress in Athens, Greece on 31 August.

For more information on IBBY visit their UK website here.



CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Medals 2018 longlist announced


The longlist has been published for two of the country’s oldest children’s book awards for writing and illustration for children. The CILIP (Chartered Institute for Information and Library Professionals) Carnegie medal is awarded annually for an outstanding book written in English for children, and the Kate Greenaway medal is awarded for distinguished illustration in a book for children and younger people.

The two 20-book longlists have been whittled down from 237 nominations see here for list. Alongside previous nominees and winners such as David Almond, Patrick Ness, Marcus Sedgwick and Philip Reeve are some new names – debut author Angie Thomas is nominated for her young adult novel about the Black Lives Matter movement, The Hate u Give, as are Irfan Master for his second young adult novel Out of Heart, and Kiran Millwood Hargrave for her second children’s novel The Island at the End of Everything.

This year’s Costa children’s book award winner Katherine Rundell is nominated for her novel The Explorer. There is one poetry book on the list: Joseph Coelho’s Overheard in a Tower Block, a poetic narrative about a city childhood.

For the second year in a row, one book is in the running for both awards: The Song from somewhere else, written by AF Harrold and illustrated by Levi Pinfold.

The shortlists will be announced on Thursday 15 March, with the overall winners revealed on Monday 18 June at a special daytime event at The British Library, hosted by June Sarpong.

The titles are available to borrow from Wokingham Borough Libraries or you can reserve via the online catalogue at


Waterstones Children’s Prize 2018


The Waterstones Children’s Prize shortlist for 2018 has been announced. Chosen from the many thousands of new titles that pass through the Waterstones booksellers’ hands, the shortlist represents the very best of emerging talent in children’s publishing today.

There are three categories: illustrated books, younger fiction, and older fiction.

The illustrated books are:

  • I Really Want the Cake by Simon Philip and Lucia Gagiotti
  • Leaf by Sandra Dieckmann
  • The Night Box by Louise Greig and Ashling Lindsay
  • Superbat by Matt Carr
  • Fergal is Fuming! by Robert Starling
  • The Secret of Black Rock by Joe Todd-Stanton

The younger fiction books are:

  • A Place Called Perfect by Helena Duggan
  • Who Let The Gods Out? by Maz Evans
  • Kid Normal by Greg James, Chris Smith and Erica Salcedo
  • The Five Realms: The Legend of Podkin One-Ear by Kieran Larwood
  • The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson
  • Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend

The older fiction books are:

  • The Disappearances by Emily Bain
  • Troublemakers by Catherine Barter
  • Ink by Alice Broadway
  • Thornhill by Pam Smy
  • This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The winner of each category, and the overall winner will be unveiled on Thursday 22 March. The titles can be borrowed from Wokingham Borough Libraries or visit


Discover the Wellcome Book Prize 2018


The Wellcome Book Prize longlist for 2018 has been announced, celebrating the many ways in which literature can illuminate the breadth and depth of our relationship with health, medicine and illness.

The longlist of twelve titles was chosen by a judging panel chaired by artist and writer Edmund de Waal OBE, with Dr Hannah Critchlow, Bryony Gordon, Sumit Paul-Choudhury and Sophie Ratcliffe.

The titles are:

  • Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo
  • The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister’s quest to transform the grisly world of Victorian medicine by Lindsey Fitzharris
  • In Pursuit of Memory: the fight against Alzheimer’s by Joseph Jebelli
  • Plot 29: a memoir by Allan Jenkins
  • The White Book by Han Kang
  • With the End in Mind: Dying, death and wisdom in an age of denial by Kathryn Mannix
  • Midwinter Break by Bernard MacLaverty
  • To Be a Machine: Adventures among cyborgs, utopians, hackers, and the futurists solving the modest problem of death by Mark O’Connell
  • I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen brushes with death by Maggie O’Farrell
  • Mayhem: A memoir by Sigrid Rausing
  • Behave: The biology of humans at our best and worst by Robert Sapolsky
  • The Vaccine Race: How scientists used human cells to combat killer viruses by Meredith Wadman

Three of the novels are about the different stages of love, life, birth and death. The three memoirs look at the impact of addiction, trauma and near-death experiences. Death and mortality are explored through palliative care workers and an attempt to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. The list includes the science of our cells to the science of our minds, and looks to the history and the future of medical science.

The shortlist for the prize will be anounced on Tuesday 20 March, with the winner revealed on Monday 30 April at the Wellcome Collection in London.

All these titles are available to reserve from Wokingham Borough Libraries. To order your copy, pop into any branch, or visit the libraries website

International Women’s Day Book Group discusses The Power by Naomi Alderman-Thursday March 8 2018

imagesJoin us for our one-off International Women’s Day Book Group at Wokingham Library and discuss the award winning feminist read The Power by Naomi Alderman

All over the world women are discovering they have the power. With a flick of the fingers they can inflict terrible pain – even death. Suddenly, every man on the planet finds they’ve lost control. The Day of the Girls has arrived – but where will it end?

The Power was winner of the Bailey’s Women’s prize for Fiction in 2017 and one of Barack Obama’s Best Books of 2017. This book was described as ‘Electrifying’by Margaret Atwood and ‘A big, page-turning, thought-provoking thriller’ by The Guardian.

The group will meet on Thursday March 8 at Wokingham Library , 6pm to 7pm. Call (0118) 9781368 to book a place. Free event.

If you have not read the book yet, a copy will be available to borrow from Wokingham Library from 8th February 2018, please speak to a member of staff.  The book is 50p to borrow and overdue charges apply.




Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards

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The shortlist for the Edward Stanford 2018 Travel Writing Awards (in association with Hayes & Jarvis) has been announced. In 1853 Edward Stanford established his map-making business in the heart of London. His maps fuelled a passion for adventure, exploration and foreign travel, which in turn led to an explosion in travel writing. These awards exist to celebrate this most exciting of genres.

There are ten different categories, which are judged by expert panels. In some cases there is also a public vote: which will be combined with the panel votes. Everyone that votes on the awards website will be entered into a draw to win sets of travel books.

The categories consist of:

Edward Stanford Award for Outstanding Contribution to Travel Writing 

Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year

Fiction, with a Sense of Place

Adventure Travel Book of the Year

Children’s Travel Book of the Year

Travel Cookery Book of the Year

Photography & Illustrated Travel Book of the Year

Outstanding General Travel Themed Book of the Year

Lonely Planet Pathfinders Travel Blog of the Year

Bradt Travel Guides New Travel Writer of the Year

Have a look at the shortlisted titles Many of the books are available in Wokingham libraries – reserve a copy at

The Blue Peter Book Awards 2018 Shortlist

blue-peter-book-awards-2018-logo-16x9[1]Since 2000, the enormously popular and influential Blue Peter Book Awards have been recognising and celebrating the best authors, the most creative illustrators and the greatest reads for children.

The Blue Peter Book Awards 2018 celebrates children’s books published in the last year in two categories: the Best Story and the Best Book with Facts.

Here are the fiction nominations.

The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell is a story about a girl living in a world at the start of the Iron Age, but where magic is real. The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargreave is also shortlisted for the Costa Children’s Book Award, and is a depiction of a young girl’s struggles living in a leprosy colony. Lissa Evans’ Wed Wabbit is a properly funny fantasy adventure about two troubled children who stumble on a land ruled by a toy rabbit.

Here are the shortlisted titles for non-fiction.

Real-Life Mysteries is an ideal book for anyone who’s been intrigued by stories about sightings of Big Foot, UFOs, crop circles and ghosts. Corpse Talk – Ground-Breaking Scientists examines some of the the greatest scientists you’ve ever heard of. Finally, Beyond the Sky: You and the Universe by Dara O’Briain takes readers on a hilarious journey through the solar system and beyond.

All these titles are available to borrow from Wokingham Borough Libraries – why not reserve a copy today via the online catalogue?

Spotlight on picture books

Picture books are stocked by all of our Wokingham Borough Libraries, and are extremely popular. We have received a lot of new picture books this week, which are all nominated for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal. This is awarded by children’s librarians for an outstanding book in terms of illustrations for children and young people.

This is a selection of the titles that we have bought. The nominations were published earlier this month, and the longlist is announced on February 18th 2018.

Michael Rosen, the English children’s novelist and poet, and Children’s Laureate from 2007 to 2009, recently tweeted – “Parents who share hundreds of picture books with their under-5s enable their children to make cognitive leaps through trying to interpret the logic and meanings suggested by the unstated differences between the pictures and the text”.

Picture books are also great fun! Print


Young People’s Book Prize Display at Wokingham Library

The Royal Society celebrates the best books that communicate science to young people through their Young People’s Book Prize. Each year an expert panel of adult judges choose a shortlist of their favourite science books from entries submitted by publishers. 2017 shortlist

  • A First Book of Animals by Nicola Davis, illustrated by Petr Horácek (Walker books)
  • 100 Things to Know About Space by Alex Frith, Alice James and Jerome Martin, illustrated by Shaw Nielsen and Federico Mariani (Usborne Publishing Ltd)
  • Home Lab by Robert Winston (DK)
  • This Little Pebble by Anna Claybourne, illustrated by Sally Garland (Hachette Children’s Group)
  • The Awesome Body Book by Adam Frost (Bloomsbury Children’s Books)
  • If…A Mind-Bending Way of Looking at Big Ideas and Numbers by David J Smith, illustrated by Steve Adams (Hachette Children’s Books)

Library staff at Wokingham Library have created this amazing science themed display to promote the Young People’s Book Prize 2017.


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Book of the Month July 2017- The Power by Naomi Alderman

Each month we choose a book for adults to recommend, available in our libraries. if you have views on the book please let us know via Facebook or Twitter. The Power is also now available as part of Wokingham Borough Libraries Book Clubs loan collection. If you would like to borrow it for your group email or call (0118) 9781368

Naomi Alderman describes The Power in her own words:The+Power (1)

My new novel, The Power, was published by Penguin on 27th October 2016. It’s a piece of feminist science fiction – or speculative fiction, or fiction about a fictional thing rather than a real thing (curious concept). In the novel, very suddenly almost all the women in the world develop the power to electrocute people at will. Anything from a tiny tingle all the way to full electro-death. And then everything is different.

The novel follows four main characters as they pick their way across this changed world. There’s Roxy, the daughter of a London crime family with three older brothers; she was never supposed to take over the family business but she starts to have other ideas. There’s Tunde, a young journalism student in Lagos, who sees that the revolution needs documenting, and gets himself into some dicey situations trying to be the one to do it. There’s Allie, who comes from a troubled background in the South of the USA and sees that what people need is something new to believe in. And there’s Margot, who was a low-level politician in New England but begins to have new ambitions.

It’s a novel of ideas – what would happen if women had the power to cause pain and destruction? Do we really believe that women are naturally peaceful and nurturing? How much of gender is in our expectations of violence? But it’s also a thriller; in pursuit of power each of the main characters will eventually come into conflict with the others, and they’re each a force to be reckoned with.

At the novel’s heart is the question of power: who has it, how do you get it, what does it do to you when you’ve got it? And when you wield the power, how long will it be before the power wields you?

The novel was also the winner of this year’s  Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction