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Children's Book Awards 2022: Shortlists and Winners

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I get my book recommendations from many different sources - Toppsta reviewers, friends of my children, parents, teachers (particularly on Twitter), librarians and more but I'm always intrigued to see which children's books win awards (and who judges them too). All too easy we default to the known authors like David Walliams or Julia Donaldson but there are thousands of award-winning books to try. 

Here's a calendar of upcoming awards and a list of the key children's book awards in the UK with links to shortlists and winners.

January: 

Shortlists: n/a.

Longlists: The Branford Boase Award (26th Jan).

Winners Announced: Costa Book Awards (4th Jan), BookTrust Storytime Prize (25th Jan).

February:

Shortlists: Edward Stanford Travel Writing Children's Travel Book of the Year (1st Feb), Waterstones Children's Book Prize (10th Feb), The Federation of Children's Book Groups Children's Book Award (28th Feb).

Longlist: Yoto Carnegie Greenaway Awards (16th Feb), The Klaus Flugge Prize (17th Feb).

Winners Announced:  Lollies (17th Feb).

March:

Shortlists: UKLA Book Awards, Tir Na N-Og Awards, Children's Books Ireland Awards (10th Mar), CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals (16th Mar), The British Book Awards (25th Mar).

Longlist: Jhalak Prize (15th Mar).

Winners Announced: Blue Peter Book Awards (4th Mar), The Royal Society Young People's Book Prize (8th Mar), KPMG Children's Books Ireland Awards (10th Mar), Waterstones Children's Book Prize (31st Mar).

April:

Shortlists: The English Association 4-11 Picture Book Award (11th Apr), Jhalak Prize (19th Apr),The Branford Boase Award (28th Apr).

Winners Announced: Edward Stanford Travel Writing Children's Book of the Year (26th Apr).

May:

Shortlists: The Little Rebels Children's Book Award (3rd May), The Young Quills (5th May), Books Are My Bag (13th May),The Klaus Flugge Prize (18th May).

Winners Announced: Scottish Teenage Book Prize (4th May), British Book Awards, Tir na n-Og Awards English Category (20th May), The British Book Awards (23rd May), The English Association 4-11 Picture Book Award (18-25th May), Jhalak Prize (26th May).

June:

Shortlists: Literature Wales English Language (20th June), School Library Association Information Book Awards (23rd June).

Longlist: Wainwright (23rd June).

Winners Announced: Tir na n-Og Welsh Category (2nd June), CCILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals (16th June), The YA Book Prize (23rd June), Books Are My Bag (24th June), FCBG Children's Book Award (25th June).

July:

Shortlists: Literature Wales English Language (2nd Jul), UKLA Book Awards, Wainwright Prize (28th Jul).

Longlist: The Diverse Book Awards (28th Jul).

Winners Announced:  UKLA Book Awards (1st Jul), The Young Quills (5th Jul), Branford Boase Award (15th Jul), Literature Wales English Language (20th Jul); The Little Rebel's Children's Book Award (22nd Jul).

August:

Winners Announced: The YA Book Prize (25th Aug).

September

Shortlists: The Diverse Book Awards (28th Sept).

Longlist: UKLA Book Awards (27th Sept).

Winners Announced: Wainwright Prize (7th Sept), The Klaus Flugge Prize (14th Sept).

October

Shortlists: n/a.

Winners Announced: FCBC Children's Book Award, The Diverse Book Awards (20th Oct).

November

Shortlists: Blue Peter Book Awards (11th Nov), Costa Book Awards (23rd Nov).

Winners Announced: Books Are My Bag Readers Awards (9th Nov), Blackwell's Book of the Year (11th Nov), Information Book Award School Library Association (25th Nov).

December:

Shortlists: n/a.

Winners Announced: n/a.

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Children's Book Awards 2022: Shortlists and Winners
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THE DIVERSE BOOK AWARDS

We want to highlight the best of the diverse voices published in the UK during 2020, both traditionally and self-published. We believe there's a need to showcase the talent of marginalised voices, so we came up with The DBAwards to open a space where the spotlight is on them. The winner of the Best Children's Book 2021 was Windrush Child by Benjamin Zephaniah,and the winner of the Best Young Adult Book 2021 was Run, Rebel by Manjeet Mann.   Previous winners have been Onjali Q, Rauf's The Star Outside My Window (Best Children's Book 2020) Sue Cheung'sChinglish: An Almost Entirely True Story (Best Young Adult Book 2020).

Website | Longlist 2021 |Shortlist 2021 | Winners announced 22nd October 2021

Longlist 2022 | Shortlist 2022 | Winners announced 20th October 2022


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UKLA BOOK AWARDS

These awards set out to increase teachers knowledge of newly published books which they can share with pupils. These are the only awards judged entirely by teachers. The joint winners of the 2022 3-6+ Category Book Award were Barbara Throws a Wobbly by Nadia Shireen and The Invisible by Tom Percival; the winner of the 2022 7+ Category Book Award was October, October by Katya Balen; the winner of the 2022 11+ Book Award was Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Saleem. Previous winners have been Nancy Bryon's and Dapo Adeola's Look Up (3-6+ Category   Book Award 2021); Wendy Meddour's Tibble and Grandpa (2021 3-6+ Highly Commended Book Award); Stewart Foster's Check Mates (7-10+ Category Book Award); Lisa Thompson's Owen and the Soldier (2021 7-10 Highly Commended Book Award);  Manjeet Mann's Run, Rebel and Kerry Drewery's The Last Paper Crane (joint winners of the 2021 11-14+ Category Book Award; Kwame Alexander's and Kadir Nelson's The Undefeated (2021 Information Books Category Book Award) .

Website | Longlist 2021 Winners announced  
Longlist 2022 | Shortlist 2022 | Winners 2022 announced 1st July 2022
Longlist 2023



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The Klaus Flugge Prize 

The Klaus Flugge Prize is, awarded to the most promising and exciting newcomer to children’s picture book illustration. It honours publisher Klaus Flugge, a supremely influential figure in picture books who, over his long career nurtured many top illustrators including David McKee, Tony Ross, Ruth Brown, Satoshi Kitamura and Chris Riddell. The winner of the 2022 Klaus Flugge Prize was Pierre's New Hair by Joseph Namara Hollis. Previous winners have been Flavia Z. Drago's Gustavo, the Shy Ghost, Eva Eland's When Sadness Comes to Call (2020); Jessica Love's Julian is a Mermaid (2019); Kate Milner's My Name is Not Refugee (2018); Francesca Sanna's The Journey (2017); Nicholas John Frith's Hector and Hummingbird (2016). 

Website | Shortlist 2021 | Winner 2021 announced 22nd September 2021 

Longlist 2022 | Shortlist 2022 | Winner announced 14th Sept 2022

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wainwright prize

Named after nature writer Alfred Wainwright, the prizes are awarded to the work which best reflects Wainwright’s core values and include a celebration of nature and our natural environment or a warning of the dangers to it across the globe. The winner of the 2022 James Cropper Wainwright Prize for Children's Writing on Nature and Conservation was The Biggest Footprint: Eight Billion Humans. One Clumsy Giant by Rob and Tom Sears. 

Website | Longlist 2022 | Shortlist 28th July 2022 | Winners announced 7th Sept 2022

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YA BOOK PRIZE

Annual award to the best young adult book written by an author living in the UK or Ireland. Judged by a panel of industry experts. 

The winner of the 2022 YA Book Prize was Hani and Ishu's Guide to Fake Dating by Adiba Jaigirdar. Previous winners have been Alice Oseman's Loveless (2021); Juno Dawson's Meat Market (2020); Sara Barnard's Goodbye, Perfect (2019); Will Hill's After the Fire (2018); Patrice Lawrence's Orangeboy (2017); Sarah Crossan's One (2016); Only Ever Yours (2015).  A Special Achievement Award was given to Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman (2021).

Website | Shortlist 2021Winners announced June 2021

Shortlist 2022 | Winner announced 25th August 2022

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The little rebels children's book award

The Little Rebels Children’s Book Award is a prize for radical fiction aimed at children aged 0-12. The award is given by the Alliance of Radical Booksellers and was established in conjunction with Letterbox Library. The winner of the 2022 Little Rebels Children's Book Award was Proud of Me by Sarah Hagger-Holt. Previous winners have been A,M. Dassu's Boy, Everywhere; Jane Porter's The Boy Who Loved Everyone (2020).

Website | Shortlist 2021 | Winner announced 8th September 2021
Shortlist 2022 | Winner announced 22nd July 2022

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LITERATURE WALES ENGLISH-LANGUAGE WALES BOOK OF THE YEAR

Wales Book of the Year celebrates outstanding literary talent from Wales across various genres in both English and Welsh. The winner of the 2022 Literature Wales English Language Wales Children & Young People Award was The Shark Caller by Zilah Bethell. Previous winners were Patience Agbabi's The Infinite (2021); Sophie Anderson's The Girl Who Speaks Bear (2020).

Website | Shortlist 2021 | Winner announced 30th July 2021

Winner 2022 announced 20th July 2022


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BRANFORD BOASE AWARD

An annual award for an outstanding first novel to a first time writer of a book for young people. Judged by a team of industry experts.The winner of the 2022 Branford Boase Award was Danny Chung Does Not Do Maths by Maisie Chan. Previous winners have been Struan Murray's Orphans of the Tide (2021), Liz Hyder's Bearmouth (2020); Muhammad Khan's I Am Thunder (2019).

Website | Shortlist 2021| Winners announced 15th July 2021 | 

Longlist 2022 | Shortlist 2022 28th April | Winners announcement 15th July 2022

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information book award school library association

The SLA Information Book Award is an annual event celebrating information books, and is designed to support school libraries and to reinforce the importance of non-fiction whilst highlighting the high standard of resources available. The first award ceremony took place in 2011. The winner of the 2021 Information Book Award 13-16 category was Have Pride by Stella Caldwell and Sue Sanders; the winner of the 2021 Information Book  Award 8-12 category was How Many Mice Make an Elephant? by Tracey Turner; the winner of the 2021 Information Book Award 0-7 category and overall winner was Why Do Things Die? by Katie Daynes. The Winner of the 2021 Children's Choice 0-7 category was Why Do Things Die? by Katie Daynes; the winner of the 2021 Children's Choice 8-12 category and overall winner was I Am Not a Label by Cerrie Burnell; the winner of the 2021 Children's Choice 13-16 category was This Book is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell.  Previous winners have been Liz Gogerly's and Ryan Wheatcroft's Heroes Who Help Us From Around the World (Information Book Award Age 7 and under 2020); Atinuke's Africa, Amazing Africa (Information Book Award Age 8-12 and overall winner 2020); Robin Walker's Black History Matters (Information Book Award Age 13 to 15 2020). 

Website | Longlist 2021| Shortlist 2021 | Winners announced 25th November 2021


Longlist 2022 | Shortlist announced 23rd June 2022 | Winners announced 25th November 2022


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FCBG CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARD

This is the only national award voted solely by children. Members of the Federation of Children's Book Groups vote on the longlist and then any children can vote on the shortlist. There are three categories: Books for Younger Children, Books for Younger Readers and Books for Older Readers. FCBG Website.

The winner of the overall 2022 FCBG Children's Book Award was Octopus Shocktopus! by Peter Bently and Steven Lenton; the winner of the 2022 Book for Younger Children was The Highland Falcon Thief by M. G. Leonard, Sam Sedgman and Elisa Pagnaelli; the winner of the 2022 Book for Younger Readers was Octopus Shocktopus! by Peter Bently and Steven Lenton; the winner of the 2022 Book for Older Readers was When the World was Ours by Liz Kessler. Previous FCBG Children's Book Award winners have been Tom Palmers D-Dog Day (overall winner 2020); Kiartan Poskitt's and Alex Wilmo's The Runaway Pea (Book for Younger Children 2020); Matt Brown's Mutant Zombies Cursed My School Trip (Book for Younger Readers 2020); Angie Thomas' On The Come Up (Book for Older Readers 2020).

Website | Shortlist 2021 announced 28th February 2022 | Winners announced 25th June 2022 

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BOOKS ARE MY BAG READERS AWARDS

The Books are My Bag Readers Awards are one of a kind. They're the only book award curated by bookshops and chosen by readers.  The winner of Children's Fiction Award 2022 was When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds; the winner of the Picture Book Award 2022 was My Beautiful Voice by Joseph Coelho and Alison Colpays. Previous Children's Fiction winners have been Phil Earle's When the Sky Falls (Children's Fiction Readers Award 2021); Faridah Abike-Iyimide's The Ace of Spades (Young Adult Fiction Award 2021);  Marcus Radford and Carl Anka's You Are A Champion (Breakthrough Author 2021); M.G. Leonard's and Sam Sedgman's The Highland Falcon Thief (2020); Catherine Bruton's No Ballet Shoes In Syria (2019); Catherine Doyle's The Storm Keeper's Island (2018); Emma Carroll's Letters from the Lighthouse (2017); Julia Donaldson's and Sara Olgilve's The Detective Dog (2016).  Previous Young Adult Fiction winners have been Kalynn Bayron's Cinderella is Dead (2020); Sarah Crossan's Toffee (2019); Philip Pullman's La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One (2018);  Angie Thomas' The Hate U Give (2017). 

Website | Shortlist 2021 | Winners announced 9th November 2021

Shortlist 2022 | Winners announced 24th June 2022


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Yoto CARNEGIE AND KATE GREENAWAY MEDALS

The CILIP Carnegie Medal is awarded annually by CILIP for an outstanding book written in English for children and young people. The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded annually by CILIP for a book with exceptional illustrations. Books are nominated by CILIP members plus external bodies such as Booktrust, CLPE, National Literacy Trust and more. After nominations are published, each book is read by every member of the judging panel − 14 children's and youth librarians representing all regions of CILIP's Youth Libraries Group. From these nominations the judging panel will decide the long and shortlists and finally, the Medal winners, based on the official medals criteria. The winner of the 2022 Yoto Carnegie Medal was October, October  by Katya Balen; the winner of the 2022 Yoto Kate Greenaway Medal was Long Way Down: The Graphic Novel by Danica Novgorodoff; the winner of the 2022 Yoto Shadowers' Choice Award was October, October by Katya Balen; the winner of the 2022 Yoto Shadower's Choice Award was The Midnight Fair. Previous winners have been Jason Reynold's Look Both Ways (CILIP Carnegie Medal 2021);  Sydney Smiths Small in the City (CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2021); Manjeet Mann's Run, Rebel (Shadowers' Choice Carnegie 2021); Sharon King-Chai's Starbird (Shadowers' Choice Kate Greenaway Award 2021); Anthony McGowan's Lark (CILIP Carnegie Medal, 2020); Shaun Tan's Tales from the Inner City (Kate Greenway Medal, 2020). 

Website | Longlist 2021 | Shortlist 2021| Winners announced 16th June 2021 

Nominations 2022 announced 8th Nov 2021 | Longlist 2022 | Shortlist 2022 | Winners announced 16th June 2021

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TIR NA N-OG AWARDS

The Tir Na N-Og awards are organised annually by the Books Council of Wales and celebrate both Welsh language books and children's books with an authentic Welsh background. The winner of the 2022 Tir N N-Og English-Language Children's Book Award was The Valley of Lost Secrets by Lesley Parr; the winner of the 2022 Welsh Language Primary Category was Gwag y Nos by Sioned Wyn Roberts; the winner of the 2022 Welsh Language Secondary Category wasY Pump edited by Elgan Rhys. Previous winners have been Short Knife by Elen Caldecott (2021); Claire Fayer's Storm Hound (2020). The winner of the 2021 Tir N N-Og Welsh Language Primary Category Award was Sw Sara Mai by Casia William; the winner of 2021 Tir N N-Og Welsh Language Secondary Category Award was #helynt by Rebecca Roberts.

Website | Shortlist 2021 | Winners announced 

Shortlist 2022 | English Category Winner announced 20th May 2022 | Welsh Category Winner announced 2nd June 2022


The Jhalak Children's & YA Prize

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First awarded in March 2017, the Jhalak Prize and its new sister award Jhalak Children’s & YA Prize founded in 2020, seek to celebrate books by British/British resident BAME writers. The winner of the 2022 Jhalak Prize for Children's and YA was Danny Chung does not do maths by Maisie Chan. The previous winner was Eight Pieces of Silva by Patrice Lawrence.

Website | Longlist 2021| Shortlist 2021 | Winner announced 

Longlist 2022 15 March | Shortlist 2022 19 April | Winner announcement 26 May 2022

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THE ENGLISH ASSOCIATION 4-11 PICTURE BOOK AWARDS

Established in 1995, this award celebrates picture books for all ages. The winners are selected by the Editorial Board of English 4–11, the journal for primary teachers published jointly by The English Association and the United Kingdom Literacy Association (UKLA), from a shortlist selected by a panel of teachers and their students, and primary specialists. The winning books celebrate the unique partnership of picture and text and showcase books where words and images are of equal importance. The winner of the Non-Fiction 7-11 years Picture Book 2022 was Rescuing Titanic by Flora Delargy; the winner of the Non-Fiction 4-7 years Picture Book 2022 was In My Mosque by M. O. Yuksel and Hatem Aly; the winner of the Fiction 7-11  Award 2022 was A Cat Called Waverley by Debi Gliori; the winner of the Fiction 4-7 y Award 2022 was The Forgettery by Rachel Ip and Laura Hughes. Previous winners have been Anne Jonas' The Homes We Build (Non-Fiction 7-11 years Picture Book 2021); Antoinetter Portis' A New Green Day (Non-Fiction 4-7 years Picture Book 2021); Myriam Dahman and Nicolas Digard's The Wolf's Secret (Fiction 7-11 Picture Book Award 2021); Lauren Child's The Goody (Fiction 7-11 years Picture Book Award 2021); Sven Völker's A Million Dots A Million Dots (Fiction 4-7 years Picture Book Award 2020); Chris Naylor-Ballesteros' The Suitcase (Fiction 4-7 years Picture Book Award 2020); Amanda Li's and Amy Blackwell's Rise Up! Ordinary Kids with Extraordinary Stories; Jonathan Standing's Through the Wall (Fiction 7-11 years Picture Book Award 2020). 

Website | Shortlist 2021 | Winners announced   

Shortlist 2022 | Winners announced May 2022


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The BRITISH BOOK AWARDS

The British Book Awards (aka The Nibbies) is the most important awards for the trade and has been running since 1990. Alongside traditional categories such as fiction and non-fiction there are also awards for best bookshop, best publisher and more. Since 2019, Children's Book of the Year prize has been split into two for Fiction and Non-Fiction/Illustrated. 

The winner of the 2022 British Book Awards Children's Fiction Book of the Year was Phil Earle's When The Sky Falls; the winner of the 2022 British Book Awards Children's Illustrated Boo of the Year was Dapo Adeola's Hey You!; the winner of the 2022 British Book Award Children's Non-Fiction Book of the Year was Marcus Rashford's and Carl Anka's You Are A Champion. The British Book Awards 2022 Overall Winner was Marcus Rashford's and Carl Anka's You Are A Champion. 

Previous winners have been M.G. Leonard's and Sam Sedgman's The Highland Falcon Thief (Children's Book of the Year 2021); David Olugsoga's Black and British (Children's Illustrated / Non-Fiction Book of the Year 2021); Holly Jackson's A Good Girls Guide to Murder (Children's Fiction Book of the Year, 2020); Julia Donaldson's The Smeds and the Smoos (Children's Nonfiction & Illustrated Book of the Year 2020); David Walliam's The Ice Monster (Children's Fiction Book of the Year, 2019); Matthew Syed's You Are Awesome (Children's Nonfiction & Illustrated Book of the Year 2019).

Website | Shortlist 2021 | Winners announced 13th May 2021 

Shortlist 2022 | Winners 2022 announced 23rd May

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SCOTTISH TEENAGE BOOK PRIZE

The Scottish Teenage Book Prize celebrates the very best in Scottish teen fiction and helps teenagers find new, exciting books to read. The winner of the 2022 Scottish Teenage Book Prize was Fin & Rye & Fireflies by Harry Cook. Previous winners have been Ross Mackenzie's Evernight (2021); Tanya Landman's One Shot (2020); John Young's Farewell Tour of a Terminal Optimist (2019); Caighlan Smith's Children of Icarus (2018); Claire McFall's Black Cairn Point (2017).

Website | Shortlist 2022 | Vote (closes 25th March 2022) | Winner announced 4th May 2022


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edward stanford travel writing CHILDREN'S TRAVEL BOOK OF THE YEAR

The Children's Travel Book award is part of the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards celebrating the best travel writing. The winner of the 2022 Edward Stanford Travel Writing Children's Travel Book of the Year was The Shark Caller by Zillah Bethell. Previous winner was Chloe Daykin's Fire Girl, Forest Boy (2020).

Website | Shortlist 2022Winner announced 26th April 2022


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WATERSTONES CHILDREN'S BOOK PRIZE

Chosen by Waterstones booksellers, there are three sections: Illustrated Books, Young Readers and Older Readers. The winner of the 2022 Illustrated was Grandad's Camper by Harry Woodgate, the winner of the 2022 Younger Readers was The Last Bear by Hannah Gold, and the winner of the 2022 Best Book for Older Readers was Not My Problem by Ciara Smyth. The overall winner for Waterstone's Children's Book Prize 2022 was The Last Bear by Hannah Gold.  Previous winners have been The Grumpy Fairies by Bethan Stevens (Illustrated Winner 2021), A Kind of Spark by Elle McNicoll (Younger Fiction Winner 2021) and Wranglestone by Darren Charlton (Older Fiction Winner 2021). The overall winner for Waterstone's Children's Book Prize 2021 was A Kind of Spark. You can see previous winners for each section below.


Website | | Shortlist 2022 Winners announced 31st March 2022

waterstones Illustrated books Previous Winners

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KPMG CHILDREN'S BOOKS IRELAND AWARDS

Founded in 1990, the KPMG Children’s Books Ireland Awards are the most prestigious awards for children’s books in Ireland and are a celebration of Irish writing and illustration for younger people.  The winner of the 2022 Children's Book of the Year was Gut Feelings by C.C. Moore; the winner of the 2022 Junior Juries Award was The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar; the winner of the 2022 Honour Award was The Shadows of Rookhaven by Padraig Kenny; the winner of the 2022 Eilis Dillion Award was Rescuing the Titanic by Flora Delargy; the winner of the 2022 Honour Award for Illustration was Frindleswylde by Natalia O'Hara and Lauren O'Hara; the winner of the 2022 Judges Special award was the Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar. Previous winners have been Ciara Smyth's The Falling in Love Montage (The Junior Juries' Award 2021);  Padraig Kenny's The Monsters of Rookhaven (Honour Award for Fiction 2021); P.J. Lynch's The Haunted Lake (Honour Award for Illustration 2021); Oein DeBhairduin's Why The Moon Travels (The Judges' Special Award 2021n; Deidre Sullivan's Savage Her Reply (Book of the Year 2021). 

Website | Shortlist 2021 | Winners announced 21st May 2021

Shortlist 2022 | Winners announced 10th March 2022

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The Royal society young people's book prize

The Young People's Book Prize aims to promote literacy in young people and to inspire them to read about science. It also supports the writing of excellent, accessible STEM books for under-14s. The winner is selected by judging panels made up of young people at schools across the country from a shortlist curated by an adult judging panel. The winner of the 2021 Young People's Book Prize was I Am a Portal to the Universe by Stefanie Posavec and Miriam Quick. Previous winner was Izzi Howell's Cats React to Science Facts (2020). 

Website | Shortlist 2021 | Winner announced 8th March 2022

Shortlist 2022 | Winner announced March 2023

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BLUE PETER AWARDS

The Blue Peter Awards are an annual celebration of the best authors, the most creative illustrators and the greatest reads for children. The 2020 Blue Peter Awards judges Meryl Fernandes, Joseph Coelho and Jean Menzies, will choose the shortlist and then children read the titles and vote for their favourites. The winner of the 2022 Blue Peter Best Story was The Last Bear by Hannah Gold and Levi Pinfold; the winner of the 2022 Blue Peter Best Books with Facts was Invented by Animals by Christiane Dorian and Gosia Herba. Previous winners have been Elle McNicoll's A Kind of Spark (Blue Peter Best Story Award 2021); Mike Barnfield's A Day in the Life of a Poo, a Gnu and You (Blue Peter Best Book with Facts, 2021).

Website |Longlist 2022 | Shortlist 2022 | Winners announcement 4th March 2022

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LOLLIES (LAUGH OUT LOUD AWARDS)

Three separate awards determined by age group, created to celebrate the very funniest and most engaging books in children’s fiction. A panel of experts vote on the Longlist and then children can vote on the shortlist. The panel was chaired by Michael Rosen in 2020. The winner of the 2022 Best Laugh Out Loud Picture Book was 101 Bums by Sam Harper and Chris Jevons, the winner of the 2022 Best Laugh Out Loud Book for 6-8-year-olds was Cats React to Science by Izzi Howell, the winner of the 2022 Best Laugh Out Loud Book for 9-13-year-olds was The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates by Jenny Pearson.  Previous winners have been Michelle Robinson's Ten Fat Sausages (Best Laugh Out Loud Picture Book 2020), David Walliams The World's Worst Children 3 (Best Laugh Out Loud Book for 6-8 year olds 2020) and Joshua Seigal and Friends I Bet I Can Make You Laugh (Best Laugh Out Loud Book for 9-13 year olds 2020).

Website | Shortlist 2022 | Winners announced 17th February 2022

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COSTA BOOK AWARDS

An annual award to recognise the enjoyment of reading judged by a panel of expert across the industry. The winner of the 2021 Costa Children's Book Award was The Crossing by Manjeet Mann. Previous winners have been Natasha Farrant's Voyage of the Sparrowhawk (2020); Jasbinder Bilan's Asha & the Spirit Bird (2019); Hilary McKay's The Skylarks' War (2018); Katherine Rundell's The Explorer (2017); Brian Conaghan's The Bombs That Brought Us Together. (2016).

Website | Shortlist 2021 | Winner announced 4th January 2022

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SAINSBURY'S CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARDS

Now in its seventh year, the Sainsbury's Children's Book Awards (run with Booktrust) aims to celebrate some of the best titles in children's publishing. Winners are chosen by a panel of experts.  The winner of the 2021 Book of the Year and Best Picture Book Awards was The Littlest Yak by Lu Fraser; the winner of the 2021 Activity Book Award was Let's Go For A Walk by Ranger Hamza; the winner of the 2021 Baby & Toddler  Book Award was Sometimes Babies.., by Charlotte Trounce; the winner of the 2021 Learning & Development Book Award was You are a Champion by Marcus Radford and Carl Anka; the winner of the 2021 Fiction Book Award was Twitch by M.G. Leonard; the winner of the 2021 License Book Award was Minecraft Epic Bases: 12 mind-blowing builds to spark your Imagination by Mojan AB; the winner of the 2021 Children's Classic Book Award was Fox's Socks a lift-the-flap book by Julia Donaldson and Alex Scheffler. Previous winners have been Rob Biddulph's Draw With Rob (2020); Sam Taplin's Don't Tickle the Dinosaur (2020); Kes Gray's Oi See it! Say it! (2020); Serena Patel's Anisha, Accidental Detective (2020); Matt Robertson's Do You Love Bugs? (2020); Kim Hillyard's Mabel and the Mountain (2020); Eric Hill's Where's Spot? (2020). 

Website | Shortlist 2021 | Winners announced 16th September 2021

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FOYLES BOOK OF THE YEAR 

Famous independent bookseller Foyles chooses its Books of the Year in three categories: fiction, non-fiction and children's. The books are chosen through a combination of Foyles bestsellers, staff vote and reader response. The winner of the 2021 Foyles Children's Book of the Year was The Little Wooden Robot by Tom Gauld. Previous winner of the Children's Book Award was Nicolas Digard's and Myriam Dahman's The Wolf's Secret (2020).  

Website | Shortlist 2021 | Winner announced 

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BLACKWELL'S BOOK OF THE YEAR

Booksellers from Blackwell's Bookshops across the UK nominated and voted on the very best titles published. The winner of the Blackwell's Children Book of the Year 2021 was  Adam-2 by Alastair Chisholm. Previous winners have been Elle McNicoll's A Kind of Spark (2020); Robin Stevens' Top Marks for Murder (2019). 

Website | Shortlist | Winners announced 11th November 2021


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YOUNG QUILLS AWARDS

The Young Quills Awards for Historical Fiction are annual awards that recognise the best in historical fiction for young readers. The winner of the 2021 Ages 5 to 9 category was The Siege of Caerlaverock by Barbara Henderson; the winner of the 2021 Ages 10 to 13 years category was After the War: From Auschwitz to Ambleside by Tom Palmer; the winner of the 2021 Ages 14+/young adult category was Cane Warriors by Alex Wheatle. Previous winners have been Gill Lewis' The Closest Thing to Flying (6-9 years category 2020); Lucy Strange's Our Castle by the Sea (10-13 years category 2020); Vanessa Curtis' The Stolen Ones (10-13 years category 2020). 

Website | Shortlist 2021 | Winners 2021 announced 8th Dec | Longlist 2022 | Shortlist 2022 |

Winners announced 5th July 2022

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BOOKTRUST STORYTIME PRIZE


This prize celebrates and promotes the best books for sharing with young children and is run in association with the CILIP Youth Libraries Group. The winner of the 2021 BookTrust Storytime Prize was The Whales on the Bus by Katrina Charman and Nick Sharratt. The previous winner was Libby Walden's This is Owl! (2020).

Website | Shortlist 2021 | Winner announced 25th Jan 2022


30th September 2022

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