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Early Years Awards shortlist unveiled

18th August 2009

The shortlists for the 2009 Booktrust Early Years Awards have been announced.

Awards are made across three categories, including best book for babies under one year old, best picture book for pre-school children aged under five years old and the best emerging illustrator of a book for children under five years of age.

In the Baby Book Award category, The Big Night-Night Book by Georgie Birkett, Baby Loves: Tiger by Claire Dowe and Five Little Ducks by Francesca Stich & Jemima Lumley are all in the running.

If I Were You by Richard Hamilton, Oliver Who Travelled Far and Wide by Mara Bergman and Wow! Said the Owl by Tim Hopgood have made the shortlist in the Pre-School Award category.

In the Best Emerging Illustrator category The Grump by Sarah Garson, Toot Toot Beep Beep by Emma Garcia and Peas! by Andrew Cullen were among the nominees.

Winners in each category will receive GBP 2,000 in addition to a specially-commissioned award by a leading illustrator.

Chair of judges Wendy Cooling explained that there is 'lots to get excited about in today's books for pre-school children'.

She said: 'This year's winners offer involvement, humour, magic, fine illustration and plenty more.

'These books will really get the very young hooked into reading!'

The awards are supported by the Unwin Foundation and Bookstart, which is a charity encouraging people of all ages and cultures to engage with books.

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