An award aimed at getting the best new Christian books into libraries has just announced its shortlist. Judges for the Speaking Volumes Christian Book Awards have selected the top adult and children’s books that they think would appeal to people who may never have picked up a book about Christianity before.
Five books have been selected in each category, and are now ready for public voting.
‘It was a tough choice for the selection panel to decide from the many books nominated,’ says Paula Renouf, National Director of Speaking Volumes. ‘The entries were of a really high calibre. We’re confident they’ll raise the profile of Christian books in our libraries. But the final choice is up to you. Which would you pick to showcase the very best in Christian writing?’
The books that made the shortlist in the adult category are:
• The Life You Never Expected by Andrew and Rachel Wilson, published by IVP
• The Shed That Fed a Million Children by Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, published by William Collins
• Filthy Rich by Manoj Raithatha, published by Monarch
• Francis, Life and Revolution by Elisabetta Piqué, published by DLT
• Joy by Abigail Santamaria, published by SPCK
In the children’s category, the books selected are:
• Matthew, Topz Gospels by Alexa Tewksbury, published by CWR
• Bible Baddies by Bob Hartman, published by Lion Children’s Books
• Yumm!! By Bob Hartman and illustrated by Emma Hagan, published by CWR
• The One O’clock Miracle by Alison Mitchell, illustrated by Catalina Echeverri, published by The Good Book for Children
• God Knows All About Me by Claire Page, illustrated by Clare Fennell, published by Authentic
The winning author in each category will win £1,000 – which compares well with some of the major literary prizes.
Anyone can vote for these titles on the website www.christianbookawards.org Just by voting, you have the chance to win a set of books for a library of your choice worth £100. Each voter will also receive a free ticket to CRE International at ExCel London in May, where the award ceremony will be held. Paula Renouf