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Children's Book Awards 2017 - Shortlists & Winners

16th February 2017

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This is a round up of the key UK Children's Book Awards of 2017, including  dates for the shortlist announcement, who judges them and who won the award. This list will help  you discover new books and authors, recognised as the very best in class by librarians, booksellers, industry experts, authors and children!

AwardAboutJudged byShortlist AnnouncedWinners Announced2017 Winner
Costa Book AwardsAnnual award to recognise the enjoyment of reading.Panel of expertsNovember 2016January 
2017
The Explorer by Katherine Rundell
The Waterstones Children's Book PrizeAnnual award divided into three categories: Picture Books, Fiction 5-12 and Teen.Waterstones booksellersFebruary 2017March
2017
The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood-Hargrave
Children's Book AwardThe only UK award voted exclusively by childrenMembers of the Federation of Children's Book Groups vote on the Longlist and then any children can vote on the ShortlistFebruary 2017 
June
2017
Younger Children (Picture Books) -Oi Dog! by Kes Gray and Claire Gray

Younger Readers (Age 6-11) - An Eagle in the Snow - Michael Morpurgo (Also the overall winner)

Older Readers (Age 10-18) -
One by Sarah Crossan
CILIP Carnegie MedalOutstanding book written in English for children and young peopleLibrariansMarch 2017June 
2017
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
CLILP Kate Greenaway MedalOutstanding illustrated book for children and young peopleLibrariansMarch 2017June
2017
There is a Tribe of Kids by Lane Smith


The Lollies (The Laugh Out Loud Awards)Celebrates the best funny books in children's literaturePanel of experts vote on the Longlist and then children can vote on the shortlistJune 2017January
2018
Picture Books - Oi Dog! by Kes Gray and Claire Gray

6-8  Years - Future Rat Boy and the Invasion of the Nom Noms by Jim Smith
9-13 Years - The Best Medicine by Christine Hamill
Irish Book Award
Annual award to promote Irish writing to the widest range of readers possible.Panel of booksellers and librarians compile the shortlist with a secondary group of literary critics, reviewers, editors and bloggers. The winners are decided by an online web-poll.October 2017November 2017Junior - A Sailor Went to Sea Sea Sea by Sarah Webb and Steve McCarthy

Senior - Stand by Me - Judi Curtin
Blue Peter AwardsAnnual award to celebrate the best authors, the most creative illustrators and the greatest reads for children.Panel of experts choose the shortlist. Over 600 children read the titles and vote for their favourites November 2016March 2017
Best Story - The Five Realms: The Legend of Podkin One-Ear by Kieran Larwood

Best Book with Facts - Survivors by David Long
Branford Boase AwardAnnual award for an outstanding first novel to a first-time writer of a book for young peopleExpertsLate spring 2017July 2017Beetle Boy by M.G. Leonard

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