Award of the Week: STEAM Children’s Book Prize
Currently the only book award to concentrate solely on STEAM in children’s books, the STEAM Children’s Book Prize highlights the importance of STEAM subjects and celebrates the publishers and authors who support STEAM. The hope is that by providing children with engaging and fun literature, children will be inspired to take a keen interest in STEAM as they advance in their education. The award covers books for ages 0 to young adult, as well as all genres and subjects. The award is sponsored by UCLan Publishing.
|Best Information Book|
|How Does a Lighthouse Work?
By: Roman Belyaev
How can we tell one lighthouse from another? What does a lighthouse keeper do? Where are the most unusual lighthouses in the world? Depart on an enchanting voyage with the school children in this book to discover the answers to these questions along with other fascinating facts about lighthouses and how they work.
|Best Early Years Book|
|How the Borks Became
By: Jonathan Emmet and Elys Dolan
Borks live on a planet quite like our own Earth. They have shaggy yellow fur and long thin necks. But once they had short blue fur and almost no necks at all. How could this happen? Well, it didn’t come about all at once. A gentle and humorous way of introducing the concept of evolution.
|Best Middle Grade Book|
|The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day
By: Christopher Edge
How do you know you really exist? It’s Maisie’s birthday, and she can’t wait to open her presents. She’s hoping for the things she needs to build her own nuclear reactor. But she wakes to an empty house, and outside the front door is nothing but a terrifying, all-consuming blackness. Trapped in an ever-shifting reality, Maisie knows that she will have to use the laws of the universe and the love of her family to survive. And even that might not be enough. A mind-bending mystery for anyone who’s ever asked questions.
|Best YA Book|
|White Rabbit Red Wolf (this book is also titled in the U.S. as This Story is a Lie)
By: Tom Pollock
Seventeen-year-old Peter Blankman is a maths prodigy. He also suffers from severe panic attacks. Afraid of everything, he finds solace in the orderly and logical world of mathematics and in the love of his family: his scientist mum and his tough twin sister Bel, as well as Ingrid, his only friend. However, when his mother is found stabbed before an award ceremony and his sister is nowhere to be found, Pete is dragged into a world of espionage and violence where state and family secrets intertwine. Armed only with his extraordinary analytical skills, Peter may just discover that his biggest weakness is his greatest strength. A taut thriller about murder, math, and the mind.
|Winner of the Your Choice Award|
|Battle of the Beetles
By: M.G. Leonard
Darkus and his friends continue their unforgettable adventure in this final installment of the Beetle trilogy. Arch-villainess Lucretia Cutter has a secret Biome hidden in the Amazon rainforest: can Darkus and his friends, human and beetle alike, find it before it’s too late? If they can’t stop Lucretia, she will release her hoard of giant Frankenstein beetles, and the planet will never be the same again.
Overall Winner: The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day by Christopher Edge (Best Middle Grade Book)