Elephant’s Trunk Awards 2017-07-06T16:45:49+00:00

elephants trunk awards

elephant’s trunk awards

The Elephant’s Trunk Awards is an annual book contest decided by the students of the Early Learning Centre. There are three reading categories and 10 new picture books nominated for each group to assess. The purpose of the awards is to share the love of picture books across the school, engage the students in critically examining and exploring a group of books as a class/school. A Winner and two Books of Honour are chosen from student votes.

The winners are announced at the Book Parade to the whole school community, after which all the books
are released for circulation in our library, The Hatchery.

The winning author’s and illustrators are always informed by the school that their book has been chosen, and often they write us back. We share these email responses with the students.

“Peter is very humbled to hear that he has won the Elephant’s Trunk Award. He is now certainly interested in visiting Thailand, and ELC. What a great event!”
—Jill Yeomans, from Peter Brown’s Studio
“The Invisible Boy was an important story for me to write because I think everyone–both children and adults–have felt invisible at some point in their lives. I hope my story helps you to understand that you don’t have to be a superhero with extraordinary powers to be a real hero in someone else’s eyes. You can be a normal kid. You can be an average grown-up like me. All it takes is one person to reach out in kind ways to make a positive difference in the lives of those we touch: someone to acknowledge our presence and make us feel less invisible; someone to say kind words about us to our faces and, equally important, behind our backs; and someone to include us in a group, game, or activity.You are that one person. In fact since, teachers may be reading this, I truly think you are the greatest superheroes when it comes to making your students feel not-so invisible :-). Many authors write because of encouragement they have received from teachers who see a spark in their students. You may be giving me an award, but I want to thank you for the sparks you make less-invisible on a daily basis. Teachers deserve a prize too!!”
—Trudy Ludwig, Author of The Invisible Boy

this year’s winners are:

K1-K2 Winner book:

The New Small Person, written and illustrated by Lauren Child

K1-K2 Honour books:

The Lion and the Bird, written and illustrated by Marianne Dubuc, and Uni the Unicorn, written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by Brigette Barrager

Y1-Y3 Winner book:

The Day the Crayons came Home, written by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

Y1-Y3 Honour books:

Good Night Already, written by Jory John and illustrated by Benji Davies and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to School, written by Davide Cali and illustrated by Benjamin Chaud

Y4-Y6 Winner book:

The Wispering Town, written by Jennifer Riesmeyer Elvgren and illustrated by Fabio Santomauro

Y4-Y6 Honour books:

Winnie,The True Story of the Bear who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh, written by Sally M Walker and illustrated by Jonathan D. Voss and The Invisible Boy, written by Trudy Ludwig and illustrated by Patrice Barton

gelephant trunk award gold


elephant trunk award silver


elephant trunk award bronze