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

The 2017-2018 award winners are:

K1 and K2:

Bobby has a Brand New Car, written by Zidrou and illustrated by Sebastien Chebret
Gus’s Garage, written and illustrated by Leo Timmers

Y1 to Y3:

The Thing That Lou Couldn’t Do, written and illustrated by Ashley Spires
Professional Crocodile, written by Giovanna Zoboli and illustrated by M. Di Giorgio
Du Iz Tak? written and illustrated by Carson Ellis

Y4 to Y6:

Sarabella’s Thinking Cap, written and illustrated by Judy Schachner
Questions Asked, written by Jostein Gaarder and illustrated by Akin Duezakin
Ada’s Violin, written by Susan Hood and illustrated by Sally Wern Comport

The 2016-2017 award winners are:

K1 and K2:

Strictly No Elephants, written by Lisa Mantchev and illustrated by Taeeun Yoo
The Bear and the Piano, written and illustrated by David Litchfield
We Found a Hat, written and illustrated by Jon Klassen

Y1 to Y3:

Lizard from the Park, written and illustrated by Mark Pett
InvisiBill, written by Maureen Fergus and illustrated by Dusan Petricic
A Child of Books, written and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston

Y4 to Y6:

The Bathing Costume, written by Charlotte Mondlic and illustrated by Olivier Tallec
Cry Heart, but Never Break, written by Glenn Ringtved and illustrated by Charlotte Pardi
Pinocchio, The Origin Story, illustrated by Alessandro Sanna

The 2015-2016 award winners are:

K1 and K2:

The New Small Person, written and illustrated by Lauren Child
The Lion and the Bird, written and illustrated by Marianne Dubuc
Uni the Unicorn, written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by Brigette Barrager

Y1 to Y3:

The Day the Crayons came Home, written by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
Good Night Already, written by Jory John and illustrated by Benji Davies 
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to School
, written by Davide Cali and illustrated by Benjamin Chaud

Y4 to Y6:

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

gelephant trunk award gold


elephant trunk award silver


elephant trunk award bronze