Shortlist announced for CICBA

25 FEBRUARY 2020

  • Shortlist announced for Channel Island Children’s Book Award

The hunt is on for the Channel Islands’ favourite children’s book of the last year, as the shortlist for the Channel Island Children’s Book Award is announced.

A joint initiative between Guernsey’s Guille-Allès Library and the Jersey Public Library, the Award – supported by Ravenscroft – celebrates excellence in children’s writing and was created to help children develop a love of reading for pleasure. All Channel Island children aged 9-12 were invited to nominate their favourite book published in 2019, with a panel of librarian judges whittling the nominations down into a final shortlist.

The four shortlisted books are: Storm Hound by Claire Fayers; Check Mates by Stewart Foster; Malamander by Thomas Taylor; and The Day I Was Erased by Lisa Thompson.

Children across the Channel Islands can now take part in book groups at school to discuss and review the shortlisted titles, before picking their favourite and voting for it online. Any child aged 9-12 years-old can take part and copies of the shortlisted books are available to be borrowed from the Guille-Allès Library.

The closing date for voting is Friday 17 July. The winner will be announced at a special ceremony at the Guille-Allès Library in September.

Jodie Hearn, Schools’ Library Service Library Assistant and one of the Award judges, said: “We received so many fantastic nominations that picking just four was a real challenge, but ultimately we’re left with a shortlist of exceptional and engaging books with plenty of variety – there’s something for every child to enjoy.”

Juliet Bousfield, Marketing & Public Relations Manager at Ravenscroft, said: “Ravenscroft is delighted to continue its support of the Channel Island Children’s Book Award. We hope the process of voting will encourage young people to read more extensively, and to discover authors and genres new to them.”

The Award ran for the first time in 2019, with Katherine Rundell’s book ‘The Explorer’ – about a group of children who crash-land in the Amazon jungle – announced as the winner in June.

Notes to Editors

Children can vote for their favourite book on the Award website,

For more information about this story, contact:


Guernsey - Adam Bayfield (Head of Marketing at the Guille-Allès Library) on 720392 or email

Jersey - Cathy Bithell on 01534 448700 or

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