The winning book tells the ‘tail’ of a bold little mouse who successfully persuades his animal friends that he is a tiger.
Karl Newson, author of ‘I am a Tiger’, said: “I’m absolutely delighted that ‘I Am a Tiger’ has won the West Sussex Picture Books to Shout About Award 2019-20! I’d like to thank everyone involved in the awards – especially all the children who voted for mouse, Ross Collins and me to be the winner!
“One day, a long time ago, my children taught me that books are MAGIC, so for me to be writing this now, knowing my own stories are ‘Award-Winning’ is a dream come true.
“’I Am a Tiger’ is a story that feels small on the outside but it’s big on the inside; it’s about being who you want to be (and having the best time doing it!).”
One of five titles on the shortlist, Karl Newsom’s slap-stick humour coupled with Ross Collins’s amusing and distinctive illustrations made “I am a Tiger” the perfect picture book for children to read aloud and share with their friends and family.
Duncan Crow, Cabinet Member for Fire and Rescue and Communities, said: “World Book Day is something we know children across West Sussex look forward to every year as they can share their love of reading and dress up as characters from their favourite books.
“It wasn’t hard for the West Sussex Schools Library Service to decide this would be the perfect day to announce this year’s winner of the award and I’ve heard that “I am a Tiger” is an exciting read.
“I’d like to say a big thank you to all the schools that took part this year and I’m looking forward to seeing more schools join up for the 2020/21 awards.”
Nigel Jupp, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “The West Sussex Schools Library Service has been running the Picture Book Awards for six years and each year we see the same enthusiasm and enjoyment from all the children taking part.
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- Arunside Primary School, Horsham
- Bolney CE Primary School
- Bramber Primary School, Worthing
- Durrington Infant School
- Durrington Junior School
- East Preston Infant School
- Eastbrook Primary Academy, Shoreham
- Eastergate CE Primary School
- Fishbourne CE Primary School
- Glebe Primary School , Southwick
- Hawthorns Primary School, Durrington
- Holbrook Primary School, Horsham
- Kingsham Primary School, Chichester
- Lyndhurst Infant School, Worthing
- The Meads Primary School, East Grinstead
- North Heath Primary School, Horsham
- Rudgwick Primary School
- Seymour Primary School, Crawley
- Shelley Primary School, Horsham
- Slinfold CE Primary School
- St Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School, Crawley
- St Philip’s Catholic Primary School, Arundel
- Summerlea Community Primary School, Rustington
- Upper Beeding Primary School
- White Meadows Primary School, Littlehampton
- Westbourne Primary School