Welcome to our Stockton Children’s Book of the Year Blog!


Stockton Children’s Book of the Year (SCBY) has been running since 1997 where the first winner was Pete Johnson with his book The Ghost Dog. For the SCBY team, being involved with SCBY is an event we all feel passionately in from the reading of potential books throughout the year for shortlisting, working closely with schools and welcoming shortlisted authors to the region for the SCBY Celebration Day and Award Ceremony. It is a huge undertaking and commitment, and it is due to our staff, schools, pupils, publishers and authors that we have now reached 24 years!

What can you expect from the SCBY blog? Well, lots of book recommendations! Some behind the scenes news from the SCBY team, guest blog posts from authors, and did we say book recommendations?

In our blog, we want to get the children and young people of Stockton-on-Tees excited and shouting about reading. So don’t worry if your schools don’t sign up to SCBY, this blog is still for you. Send in your comments on our book suggestions or send in your book reviews to Angela Foster (angela.foster@stockton.gov.uk), we love to hear what you are reading!

A House Without Walls by Elizabeth Laird

A House Without Walls by Elizabeth Laird

Thirteen year-old Safiya and her family have been driven out of Syria by civil war. Safiya knows how lucky she is - lucky not to be living in a refugee, lucky to be alive...

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Team SCBY - Angela Foster

Team SCBY - Angela Foster

Hi, I’m Angela and I am the Children and Young Person’s Librarian...

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Nevertell by Katharine Orton

Nevertell by Katharine Orton

This book review of Nevertell by Katharine Orton was written by Thea Aggett as part of Stockton Children’s Book of the Year Book Review Competition.

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The Girl Who Stole An Elephant by Nizrana Farook

The Girl Who Stole An Elephant by Nizrana Farook

This book review of The Girl Who Stole An Elephant by Nizrana Farook was written by Alessa Gray as part of Stockton Children’s Book of the Year Book Review Competition.

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The Night’s Realm by Nick Ward

The Night’s Realm by Nick Ward

This book review of The Night’s Realm by Nick Ward was written by Florence Eddy as part of Stockton Children’s Book of the Year Book Review Competition.

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The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates by Jenny Pearson

The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates by Jenny Pearson

This book review of The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates by Jenny Pearson was written by Bertie Mellis as part of Stockton Children’s Book of the Year Book Review Competition.

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Q&A Session with Nick Ward - Winner of Stockton Children’s Book of the Year 2021!

Q&A Session with Nick Ward - Winner of Stockton Children’s Book of the Year 2021!

As voted by pupils across Stockton-on-Tees, The Night’s Realm by Nick Ward has been announced as the winning book of Stockton Children’s Book of the Year. Joined by a strong shortlist including The Girl Who Stole An Elephant by Nizrana Farook, The Time of Green Magic by Hilary McKay, Nevertell by Katharine Orton and The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates by Jenny Pearson. Pupils across Stockton-on-Tees, voted for The Night’s Realm by Nick Ward their Stockton Children’s Book of the Year.

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