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Shortlist for The Alligator’s Mouth Award revealed

Five books have been shortlisted for the first year of The Alligator’s Mouth Award, the new children’s book prize celebrating the best titles for readers aged six to eight. Selected by a panel of children’s book experts, including renowned illustrator Axel Scheffler and children’s poet Joseph Coelho, the shortlist showcases the best writers and illustrators of highly-illustrated fiction in the UK.

The full shortlist for The Alligator’s Mouth Award 2019:

·       Dave Pigeon (Racer!) written by Swapna Haddow and illustrated by Sheena Dempsey (Faber & Faber)

·       Lyttle Lies: The Stinky Truth written and illustrated by Joe Berger (Simon & Schuster)

·       Nice Work for the Cat and the King written and illustrated by Nick Sharratt (Alison Green Books, Scholastic Children’s Books)

·       Rabbit and Bear: Attack of the Snack written by Julian Gough and illustrated by Jim Field (Hodder Children’s Books, Hachette)

·       The Legend of Kevin written by Philip Reeve and illustrated by Sarah McIntyre (Oxford University Press)

 The Alligator’s Mouth independent bookshop teamed up with The Bright Agency to create the new children’s book prize, to champion both authors and illustrators of illustrated early fiction.  Axel Scheffler will be announcing the winner at a ceremony in London on Thursday 13th June.  Keep up to date with the awards on Twitter by following #AlligatorsAward 


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