About - The Laugh Out Loud Book Awards 2021

About the Lollies

The Laugh Out Loud Book Awards (the Lollies) celebrates the best and funniest children’s books in the UK and Ireland, voted for by children. The Awards have been running since 2016 and now we’re back for our fifth year!

What are the Lollies?

If you love to laugh, you’ll love the Lollies! They’re a book award searching for the very funniest children’s books published in the previous year. We’re looking for books in three different categories: Picture Books, Books for 6-8-year-olds and Books for 9-13-year-olds. Once the judges have decided on a shortlist, it’s all up to YOU! This is truly a children’s book award with the winner decided by children themselves.

How does it work?

Right now, we’re asking for publishers to submit the funniest books that they published in 2019. We will then send these books to a panel of book industry experts so they can create a longlist of the top books, ready for our judges to read. Our judges will then get ready to laugh their socks off with all the hilarious books on the Lollies longlist! Once they’ve read them all, we’ll invite them to our office to decide on the final shortlist together. They pick the top four books in each category, giving us our shortlist of 12. Then it’s your turn to decide! We announce the shortlist and open the vote, giving you the choice of four books per category. Once all the votes are in, we count them up and announce the winners – all decided by you!

When does this happen?

The shortlisting will happen in April 2020. Then voting will open this Summer and will close at 11.59pm on the 11th December 2020. We’ll announce the winners in early 2021, which is why the awards this year are called the Lollies 2021.

Get in touch

If you’d like to know more about the Lollies, tweet us @lolbookawards or email us at laughoutloud@scholastic.co.uk.