The Children’s Book Award Blog Tour – Barbara Throws a Wobbler by Nadia Shireen

I am delighted to be part of the blog tour for the Federation of Children’s Book Groups Children’s Book Award, the only book award voted for entirely by children! I am showcasing a picture book by one of my favourite picture book creators, Nadia Shireen. Barbara Throws a Wobbler is a brilliantly funny and sensitive way to understand and deal with tantrums.

What’s it about?

Barbara has a problem with a sock, and at lunchtime there’s a strange pea… And even though she’s at the park with her friends, it all just gets a bit much. Suddenly Barbara’s WOBBLER is out of control!

But what if Barbara and her Wobbler can work together, so she can be cheerful again?

Draw-along with Nadia

If you’d like to hear Nadia read a bit of the book as well as learn how to draw the wobbler, then look no further!

About The Children’s Book Award

The Children’s Book Award is the only national award voted for solely by children from start to finish. It is highly regarded by parents, teachers, librarians, publishers and children’s authors and illustrators as it represents the children’s choice. Thanks to the support of the publishers, around 800 new fiction titles are donated to be read and reviewed by local FCBG groups across the country every year. This year approx 50,000 total votes were cast, and we expect many thousands more to come in for the Top 10. At the end of each testing year, many of the books are donated to hospitals, women’s refuges, nurseries and disadvantaged schools by our groups.

There wasn’t an award in 2021 – the challenges of getting books out to the child judges in lockdowns meant the award did not run last year. Therefore, this year’s award celebrates the most popular books from 2020 and 2021 so no one misses out.

Voting opens soon and closes on 27th May so please keep an eye on the website for further details.

The books can be purchased at a discounted price via Heath Books.

Don’t forget to follow the rest of the blog tour to find out about the other shortlisted books!

Thank you to Erin Hamilton for inviting me onto the tour.

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