Read it again! - the children's picture book award

Welcome to the home of the 15th 'Read It Again!' award.

Read It Again is the name of Cambridgeshire Libraries' children's picture book award.

How it works

  • It is a unique award for a first-time picture book where the words and pictures are the work of a single author / illustrator
  • Thousands of Cambridgeshire children in local schools read, discuss and then vote for their favourite book from a shortlist of six titles
  • The award encourages children to discuss books and think about what makes a good book
  • All the shortlisted books are available to borrow from Cambridgeshire libraries
  • Children will also be able to see the whole set of shortlisted books and vote for their favourite during the Easter holidays in our larger libraries

Voting for the 2020 award is open. Participating schools can vote using the Smart Survey website. The closing date for voting is Friday 1 May 2020. The winner will be announced on Monday 18 May 2020.

2020 shortlist

Once Upon A Unicorn Horn by Beatrice Blue

Front cover of book showing a little girl and a unicorn

Do you know how unicorns got their horns? It all began once upon a magic forest, when a little girl called June discovered tiny horses learning how to fly in her garden. But one of the poor horses couldn’t fly at all! So, with the help of her parents, June thought of a very sweet and very delicious way to make her new friend happy. I wonder what it could have been… 

Borrow the book using Cambridgeshire Spydus website
Watch a YouTube video of Beatrice Blue talking about her book

Milo and Monty by Roxana De Rond

Front cover showing a yellow dog sitting next to a red dog

Milo and Monty are two very different dogs. Monty loves to be around people and join in with everything, but Milo prefers to be quiet and by himself. A family visit reveals that cousin Henry is very much like Milo. A heartwarming story about the differences between personalities and the small changes we can make to accommodate the needs of others.

Borrow the book using Cambridgeshire Spydus website
Watch a YouTube video of Roxana De Rond talking about her book

Big Cat by Emma Lazell

Front cover of a big tiger

“Grandma, look I’ve found a cat”.
He’s the cutest, prettiest, most handsome kitty cat that Grandma has ever seen. But he is a little bit different from all the other cats. And also Grandma has lost her glasses, so can’t actually see him clearly! A roaringly funny story about families, felines and finding new friends.

Borrow the book using Cambridgeshire Spydus website
Watch a YouTube video of Emma Lazell talking about her book

Our Favourite Day by Joowon Oh

Front cover showing a grandfather greeting his granddaughter

"Thursdays are my favourite days.”
Mine, too.”

Every morning Grandpa follows his normal routine. He waters his plants, tidies up, and takes the bus into town. Grandpa enjoys his daily tasks, but there’s one day each week that is extra special. That’s the day he might visit the craft shop and pick some flowers he sees along the path. This tale of the special love between a grandfather and granddaughter will nestle within the heart of every reader.

Borrow the book using Cambridgeshire Spydus website
Watch a YouTube video of Joowon Oh talking about her book

One Fox by Kate Read

Front cover showing a fox

One famished fox with two sly eyes is on the prowl . . . three plump hens had better watch out!

The rich, close-up illustrations take the reader to the heart of the drama in this exciting story set in a moonlit farmyard. With something different to count in every picture, learning numbers from one to ten has never been so much fun.

Borrow the book using Cambridgeshire Spydus website
Watch a YouTube video of Kate Read talking about her book

The Caveman Next Door by Tom Tinn-Disbury

Front cover showing a caveman sitting on a bench with a child next to a tree

When Penny meets her new and quirky neighbour, Ogg, the Caveman, she is in for a big surprise! Ogg always cooks his dinner on a fire, never wears any shoes, and his furniture is made of sticks.

Penny tries to teach him about the world around us, but trying to fit in when you are a caveman isn't easy. Ogg always seems to get things wrong, with hilarious results.

Borrow the book using Cambridgeshire Spydus website
Watch a YouTube video of Tom Tinn-Disbury talking about his book

Previous winners

  • 2019 - ‘Mini Rabbit Not Lost’ by John Bond 
  • 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