Established in 2000, the Branford Boase is awarded annually to the author of the outstanding debut novel for children. Uniquely, it also honours the editor of the winning title and highlights the importance of the editor in nurturing new talent. 2022 saw a record number of submissions, and they were of a very high standard.
Julia Eccleshare, co-founder of the award says, ‘Each year we are impressed by the quality of new voices and the skilful work done by editors to nurture them. Now in its 23rd year, the Branford Boase Award has become a touchstone for the world of children’s books, identifying not just the most talented and promising new authors but the direction of writing for children.’
From a longlist of 24, the judges have chosen eight to shortlist, making this the longest shortlist in the award’s history. As ever, the subject matter is very broad and there are books for readers of all ages: family dramas, fantasy adventure, science fiction and anarchic comedy.
The eight books are:
- Skin of the Sea by Natasha Bowen, edited by Carmen McCullough and Tricia Lin (Penguin) YA
- Danny Chung Does Not Do Maths by Maisie Chan, edited by Georgia Murray (Piccadilly Press) 8+
- The Upper World by Femi Fadugba, edited by Emma Jones, Stephanie Stein & Asmaa Isse (Penguin) YA
- Grow by Luke Palmer, edited by Penny Thomas (Firefly Press) YA
- The Valley of Lost Secrets by Lesley Parr, edited by Zöe Griffiths (Bloomsbury) 9+
- Digger and Me by Ros Roberts, edited by Ella Whiddett and Ruth Bennett (Little Tiger) 9+
- The Boy who Made Everyone Laugh by Helen Rutter, edited by Lauren Fortune (Scholastic) 9+
- Grimwood by Nadia Shireen, edited by Ali Dougal (Simon and Schuster) 7+
You can find out more about all the books and their authors and editors on the Branford Boase Award website https://branfordboaseaward.org.uk/ .
To win a set of the eight shortlisted books, simply email [email protected] with your name and address. Include World Book Day 2022 Branford Boase Award Competition in the title of your email.
The closing date is Thursday 2nd June 2022. Good luck!