Lollies 2024: Shortlists Announced!

12 June, 2024

Congratulations to all the authors and illustrators shortlisted for the Laugh Out Loud Book Awards (Lollies) 2024!

Launched in 2016, the Lollies celebrate the best and funniest children’s books published in the UK and Ireland across seven categories.

This year’s shortlists were chosen by a panel of writers, illustrators, teachers and book experts, chaired by Michael Rosen who has been Lollies Head Judge since the awards were created.

The winners, however, will be chosen by thousands of young readers across the country. They have until October 2024 to read, discuss and vote for their favourite titles and teachers can register their pupils’ votes on the Lollies website.

Cover shots of the four titles shortlisted for the picture book category of the Lollies 2024

Lollies Picture Book Shortlist 2024

ACHOO! by Simon Philip, illustrated by Nathan Reed (Bloomsbury Children’s Books)

I Did See A Mammoth by Alex Willmore (Farshore)

PANTemonium by Peter Bently and Becka Moor (Andersen Press)

The Knight with the Blazing Bottom by Beach (Simon & Schuster Children’s UK)

Cover shots of the four titles shortlisted for the Fiction 6-8 category of the Lollies 2024

Lollies 6-8 Shortlist 2024

Bad Panda: The Cake Escape by Swapna Haddow, illustrated by Sheena Dempsey (Faber & Faber)

Bunny vs Monkey: Machine Mayhem! by Jamie Smart (David Fickling Books)

Grimwood: Let the Fur Fly! by Nadia Shireen (Simon & Schuster Children’s UK)

The Worst Class in the World goes Wild! by Joanna Nadin, illustrated by Rikin Parekh (Bloomsbury Children’s Books)

Cover shots of the four titles shortlisted for the 9-12 fiction category of the Lollies 2024

Lollies 9-12 Shortlist 2024

How to Survive Time Travel by Larry Hayes, illustrated by Katie Abey (Simon & Schuster Children’s UK)

Maddy Yip’s Guide to Holidays by Sue Cheung (Andersen Press)

The Mega-Complicated Crushes of Lottie Brooks by Katie Kirby (Puffin)

Tuchus and Topps Investigate: The Underpants of Chaos by Sam Copeland and Jenny Pearson, illustrated by Robin Boyden and Katie Kear (Puffin)

Cover shots of the four titles shortlisted for the teen fiction category of the Lollies 2024

Lollies Teen Shortlist 2024

Diary of a Confused Feminist: Must Do Better by Kate Weston (Hodder Children’s Books)

Ellie Pillai is Brown by Christine Pillainayagam (Faber & Faber)

The Reluctant Vampire Queen by Jo Simmons (Hot Key Books)

You’re not the Boss of Me! by Catherine Wilkins (Nosy Crow Ltd)

Cover shots of the four titles shortlisted for the poetry category of the Lollies 2024

Lollies Poetry Shortlist 2024

The Blue-Footed Booby by Rob Biddulph (Harper Collins Children’s Books)

Over to You! by Roger McGough (Puffin)

The Gecko and the Echo by Rachel Bright, illustrated by Jim Field (Orchard Books)

This is NOT a Dinosaur! by Barry Timms, illustrated by Ged Adamson (Nosy Crow Ltd)

Cover shots of the four titles shortlisted for the non-fiction category of the Lollies 2024

Lollies Non-Fiction Shortlist 2024

Cats: Understanding Your Whiskered Friend by Dr John Bradshaw, illustrated by Clare Elsom (Andersen Press)

Gross FACTopia! Follow the Trail of 400 Foul Facts by Paige Towler, illustrated by Andy Smith (Britannica Books)

The Funny Life of Football by James Campbell, illustrated by Rob Jones (Bloomsbury Children’s Books)

What Goes up White And Comes Down Yellow? by Gyles Brandreth (Puffin)

Head shots of the four illustrators shortlisted for the Lollies illustrator of the year 2024

Lollies Illustrator of the Year 2024

Jim Smith (Faber & Faber)

Nicola Slater (Scholastic Children’s Books)

Jamie Smart (David Fickling Books)

Jim Field (Orchard Books)

The winners will be revealed in December – look out for our winner announcement!