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Welcome to the home of the 14th 'Read it Again!' award.

We are delighted to announce that the winner of Read it Again! 2019 is – John Bond for his picture book ‘Mini Rabbit Not Lost’.


Many congratulations to John.

Read it Again! is the name of the Cambridgeshire Libraries’ children's picture book award.

The 2019 award was launched on World Book Day, 7 March 2019

How it works

  • It is a unique award for a first-time picture book where the words and pictures are the work of one individual.
  • Thousands of Cambridgeshire children in local schools read, discuss and then vote for their favourite book from a shortlist of six titles, all by first-time author/illustrators.
  • The award encourages children to discuss books and think about what makes a good book.
  • This year, during the Easter school holidays, children were able to vote for their favourite book at the following libraries; Central Library Cambridge, Huntingdon, St Neots, St Ives, Ely, Wisbech, March, Bar Hill and Cambourne.
  • Closing date for votes was Friday 7 June, 2019  and the winner was announced on Friday 14 June. 

2019 Read it Again! Shortlist

Book cover of Mini Rabbit Not Lost by John Bond

Mini Rabbit Not Lost by John Bond

Mini Rabbit is making a cake. Cake, cake, cake! But he’s run out of berries. No berries, no cake.  No cake? No way! So off he goes to look for some. He’s not cold, not too small. And, no, no, definitely NOT LOST….or is he?

Front cover of the book I can Fly by Fifi Kuo

I can Fly by Fifi Kuo

A small penguin sees all the birds in the sky and wants to fly like them. Penguin tries everything he can - but to no avail. But he soon learns from his Dad that he can fly - underwater!

Book cover of Nipper and the Lunchbox by Lucy Dillamore

Nipper and the Lunchbox by Lucy Dillamore

Nipper hates being left alone all day while his best friend Richard is at work. But when he realizes one morning that Richard has left his lunchbox behind, Nipper sets off on a difficult journey to deliver it. Will Nipper find Richard in time?

Book cover of The Weaver by Qian Shi

The Weaver by Qian Shi

Stanley is a spider, a weaver and a collector. On his web he collects seeds, twigs, leaves and all kinds of precious things he cannot name. Stanley is very proud of his collection, but what can one tiny spider do when it is washed away? ...

Book cover of The King who banned the dark by Emily Haworth-Booth

The King who Banned the Dark by Emily Haworth-Booth

When a king bans the dark completely, it seems like a good idea. The citizens don't need to worry about monsters, crime, or any of the other scary things that might live in the dark. But what happens when nobody can sleep? Will the citizens revolt?

Book cover of Red and the City by Marie Voigt

Red and the City by Marie Voigt

Red is finally old enough to go into the city on her own. One day, she sets off with her trusty dog Woody to take a cake to Grandma. Can Red find her way to Grandma's house, or will she be swallowed up by the choices awaiting her in the big city?

Previous years' winners:

  • 2018 – ‘Wolfie’s Secret’ by Nicola Senior
  • 2017 – ‘Lazy Dave’ by Jarvis
  • 2016 - 'Super Happy Magic Forest' by Matty Long
  • 2015  ‘Hug Me!’ by Simona Ciraolo
  • 2014 - 'Weasels' by Elys Dolan
  • 2013 - 'Red Cat, Blue Cat' by Jenni Desmond
  • 2012 - 'No' by Marta Altes
  • 2011 - 'Bit Lost' by Chris Haughton
  • 2010 - 'Dear Miss' by Amy Husband
  • 2009 - 'Evil Weasel' by Hannah Shaw
  • 2008 - 'Max and the Doglins' by Amanda Montgomery-Higham
  • 2007 - 'Our Big Blue Sofa' by Tim Hopgood
  • 2006 - 'Wolves' by Emily Gravett

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