Children’s publisher Scholastic has announced a new book prize celebrating funny fiction, in the wake of the now defunct Roald Dahl Funny Prize.
The Laugh Out Loud Book Awards – dubbed ‘the Lollies’ – launch this month and will award the Best Laugh Out Loud Book across three categories: picture books, age 6 to 8 fiction and age 9 to 13 fiction.
Former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen will lead a panel in selecting a shortlist of four books for each category. The winners, however, will be decided entirely by children, with schools being asked to place their votes on the award’s website.
The recent Kids and Family Reading Report, conducted by Scholastic, found that 63% of children want to read books that make them laugh. Rosen is keen to make sure that funny books continue to find their audience.
“This prize will be like a great big signpost saying ‘This way laughs’ and that could be the moment that a child who doesn’t read turns into one who does,” Rosen says. “I think that’s really exciting.”
The shortlist will be announced next March with the winners revealed at an awards ceremony in September.