Daydreams, missing identity, and a villain in an ice-cream van have all helped start the New Year off with a bang for Firefly, with no fewer than three award shortlistings announced in the first week of 2023!

Daydreams and Jellybeans by author and poet Alex Wharton, illustrated by Katy Riddell has been shortlisted for the first-ever poetry shortlist for the 2023 Lollies Laugh Out Loud Book Awards. Hosted by Scholastic, the Lollies celebrate the best and funniest children’s books in the UK and Ireland with the final winner decided by children around the country reading and voting right here.

And to continue the awesome January we’re having so far, Has Anyone Seen Archie Ebbs? by Simon Packham and Little Horror by Daniel Peak are on the shortlist for the 2023 James Reckitt Hull Award! A collaboration between The James Reckitt Library Trust and Hull Libraries and the Hull School Libraries Service, the award works with participating schools to have their students read and vote on the shortlist. The writers of the shortlisted titles are also invited to the city to work with the young people, an initiative we’re very proud to support.

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