New in Resources: Teacher's notes for the evolution story 'How the Borks Became'

Jonathan Emmett's super-helpful add-on to his prize-winning 'Adventure in Evolution'

How The Borks Became

Niki Daly Wins a SALA Award

Niki Daly has won a 2020 SALA (South African Literature Association Award) for his work in and for South African children's literature. We are proud to be publishers of Niki's 'Surprise, Surprise!' and the Lolo stories (a new title, 'Fly High, Lolo' is due in 2021)

You're A Star Lolo

Invisible Nature is The Winner of the 2020 Teach Primary Science Book Award

Invisible Nature, the book that explores how animals use the unseen natural forces that humans can only replicate with technology, is winner of the 2020 Teach Primary Science Book Award.

Invisible Nature

The Last Tiger

Petr Horáček's 'The Last Tiger' is one of the long-listed titles for the 2020 UKLA Award. "Very much a modern fable, this thought-provoking book with its vibrant, richly-patterned art invites readers of all ages to consider the fragility of freedom itself" Red Reading Hub

The Last Tiger

Otter-Barry Books Nominations for CILIP CKG Awards 2021

We are proud to announce our nominated titles for both the Kate Greenaway Medal and the Carnegie Medal 2021.

Nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal

- The Girl Who Became A Tree
By Joseph Coelho
Illustrated by Kate Milner

- Mrs Noah's Garden
By Jackie Morris
Illustrated by James Mayhew

- Hello! A Counting Book of Kindnesses
By Hollis Kurman
Illustrated by Barroux

- Wild Wolf
By Fiona French
Illustrated by Fiona French

Nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal

- The Girl Who Became A Tree
By Joseph Coelho
Illustrated by Kate Milner

Huge congratulations to all!

The Girl Who Became A Tree

David Ross

A sombre anniversary – an inspirational life

On 16 October 2017, Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed by a bomb placed under her car.

She had achieved world fame as a fearless investigative journalist, dedicated to uncovering the secrets of corrupt politicians and their criminal business associates, not only in her native Malta but across the globe.

Her life and death are important to everyone who believes in truthful reporting, a free press, and the rule of law and justice.

"This is no ordinary picture book, but one with a clear message, and motive – to show that Daphne’s life was not in vain, but has perpetuated the mission of speaking out for what’s right and making the world a better place" Clare Zinkin, Books for Keeps


STEAM Winner!

Congratulations to Ken Wilson-Max as Astro Girl wins the STEAM Best Early Years Book!

Astro Girl

'Brian the Brave' wins Derby Children's Book Award

The winner of the second Derby Children’s Picture Book Award is announced today and is Brian the Brave by Paul Stewart and Jane Porter, published by Otter-Barry.

Jane Porter said of their win: "I was thrilled to bits when I heard the news about the award - it's lovely that Brian has found a place in the hearts of the schoolchildren of Derby. I am very happy to think of my illustrations and Paul's story helping to make the world a more tolerant, inclusive place."

Paul Stewart added: “'I'm absolutely delighted to have won this award with Jane Porter, especially since the winning book was chosen by the children themselves. It makes it all the more special!”

In total 727 children in 27 classes at the eight schools took part in this year’s Award. Each school received sets of the four shortlisted books for each class in February. A further 16 schools ‘shadowed’ the Award and received a set of the books to read with their pupils. In total, 270 books were shared across the schools.

Paul Stewart and Jane Porter plan to visit the participating schools: Becket Primary, Chellaston Infants, Chellaston Juniors, Reigate Park Primary, St Chads Infants, St John Fisher (RC) Primary, Village Primary and the Royal School for the Deaf, to meet the children and teachers when the schools re-open.

Liz Fothergill, Chair of Derby Book Festival said: “Brian the Brave becomes our second very worthy winner. Lovely clear, humorous illustrations dominate in this delightful book which will help children not to fear the differences they see in others but help them understand the value of togetherness as they evaluate the challenges of today’s modern world.

“The Award continues be instrumental in delivering our aim to bring all Derby’s residents together in a love of books and to inspire a new generation of readers to appreciate the joy that books and reading bring to our lives.

Brian The Brave

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