Following the closure of the Roald Dahl funny books prize last month, thereâ€™s now a new funny books award on the block – the Laugh Out Loud book prize. Itâ€™s a set of awards launched by the publisher Scholastic that recognises the funniest childrenâ€™s books on the market. The best part? The ultimate winner will be chosen by you!
The prize, also known as the â€œLolliesâ€, will be made up of three categories: the Best Laugh Out Loud book for 6â€“8s, Best Laugh Out Loud book for 9â€“13s and Best Laugh Out Loud Picture Book. Publishers will submit their favourite funny books to a panel of judges, with poet and former childrenâ€™s laureate Michael Rosen (who started the Roald Dahl prize) at the head of the panel. The shortlist will be announced in March and thatâ€™s when you can vote for your favourite laugh-out-loud read, through the â€œLolliesâ€ website.
Rosen says the new prize â€œwill be like a great big signpost saying â€˜this way laughsâ€™â€, so if you want a say in the silliest reads, this is the perfect chance to get involved.
You can follow the latest updates through the hashtag #lollies, and Scholastic will also organise a series of events in schools across the country, bringing the funniest books to a classroom near you.
If you arenâ€™t a site member yet, then hereâ€™s how to join!