Michael Rosen unveils the hilarious books on the Lollies Awards 2020 shortlist

Published on: 19 August 2019 Author: Catriona Wightman

12 brilliantly funny books have made it on to the shortlist for the 2020 Lollies Awards.

The 2020 Lollies Awards judges

David Walliams, Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre, Sophy Henn and Greg James and Chris Smith are among the authors and illustrators who have been nominated.

The winners of the prize - set up to celebrate funny fiction for young people - are all voted for by young people.

But the shortlist has been picked by a panel of experts, chaired by former Waterstones Children's Laureate Michael Rosen.

He was joined by BooksForTopics founder and primary school teacher Alison Leach; primary school teacher and blogger Scott Evans; Global Teacher Prize 2018 winner Andria Zafirakou; and Scholastic's Kate Newport.

'Funny books are so important'

The judges had to whittle down 120 titles submitted by publishers to just 12, with prizes being awarded in three categories: picture book, book for 6-8 year-olds, and book for 9-12 year-olds.

'Anyone around children looking for books to have them giggling and laughing over and over again, these 12 books will do the job,' Rosen said.

'Funny books are so important because they draw you through, and you have a wonderful, time and feel good. What could be better than that?'

Children can vote for their favourites on the Lollies website and the winning books will be announced in early 2020.

The shortlist in full is as follows:

The Lollies Awards 2020 shortlist

Best Laugh Out Loud Picture Book

  • Baby's First Bank Heist by Jim Whalley and illustrated by Stephen Collins (Bloomsbury)
  • Spyder by Matt Carr (Scholastic)
  • Ten Fat Sausages by Michelle Robinson and illustrated by Tor Freeman (Andersen Press)
  • You're Called What?! by Kes Gray and illustrated by Nikki Dyson (Macmillan)

Best Laugh Out Loud Book for 6-8 year-olds

Best Laugh out Loud Book for 9-13 year-olds

Topics: Funny, News

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