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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: Lollies (Laugh Out Loud Awards) (5th Jan).

Longlists: The Branford Boase Award (25th Jan).

Winners Announced: BookTrust Storytime Prize (Date TBC).

February:

Shortlists: Waterstones Children's Book Prize (9th Feb), Children's Books Ireland Awards (9th Feb). The Federation of Children's Book Groups Children's Book Award (27th Feb), 

Longlists: Young Quills Awards for Historical Fiction (10th Feb), Yoto Carnegies (15th Feb), The Klaus Flugge Prize (16th Feb).

Winners Announced: n/a.

March:

Shortlists: The Yoto Carnegies (17th Mar), The British Book Awards (17th Mar), KPMG Children's Books Ireland Awards (Mar), UKLA Book Awards (31st Mar).

Longlist: The Little Rebels Children's Book Award (29th Mar).

Winners Announced:  Edward Stanford Travel Writing Children's Travel Book of the Year (16th Mar), The Royal Society Young People's Book Prize (Mar 20th), Waterstones Children's Book Prize (21st Mar).

April:

Shortlists: Jhalak Prize (18th Apr), The Little Rebels Children's Book Award (24th Apr), Tir na n-Og Awards (Apr), The English Association 4-11 Picture Book Award (Apr), The Branford Boase Award (28th Apr).

May:

Shortlists: Children's Literature Festival Book Awards (2nd May), The Young Quills (2nd May), The Week Book Junior Awards (9th May), Books Are My Bag Readers Award (12th May); Indie Book Awards (12th May); The Week Junior Book Awards (19th May), The Little Rebels Children's Book Award (Date TBC), The Klaus Flugge Prize (Date TBC), Digital Book Awards (TBC)..

Winners Announced: The British Book Awards (15th May), Children's Literature Festivals Book Awards (15th May). Scottish Teenage Book Prize (Date TBC), Tir na n-Og Awards (Date TBC), KPMG Children's Books Ireland Awards (24th May),  Jhalak Prize (25th May).

June:

Shortlists: Literature Wales English Language (Date TBC), School Library Association Information Book Awards (Date TBC).

Longlist: Wainwright Prize (25th June).

Winners Announced: Yoto Carnegies (21st June) Indie Book Awards (23rd June); Digital Book Awards (23rd-25th), The English Association 4-11 Picture Book Award (Date TBC), The YA Book Prize (Date TBC), Books Are My Bag Readers Awards (Date TBC), FCBG Children's Book Award (Date TBC), Lollies (Laugh Out Loud Awards) (Date TBC).

July:

Shortlists: Literature Wales English Language (Date TBC), Wainwright Prize (28th July).

Longlist: The Diverse Book Awards (Date TBC).

Winners Announced:  UKLA Book Awards (Date TBC), The Young Quills (Date TBC), Branford Boase Award (Date TBC), Literature Wales English Language (Date TBC); The Little Rebel's Children's Book Award (Date TBC), UKLA Book Award (Date TBC).

August:

Winners Announced: The YA Book Prize (Date TBC).

September

Shortlists: The Diverse Book Awards, Lollies (Laugh Out Loud) (Date TBC), The Royal Society Young People's Book Prize (Date TBC).

Longlist: UKLA Book Awards (Date TBC).

Winners Announced: Wainwright Prize (8th Sept), The Klaus Flugge Prize (Date TBC).

October

Shortlists: n/a.

Winners Announced: The Week Junior Book Awards (2nd Oct); The Diverse Book Awards (Date TBC), Blackwell's Book of the Year (Date TBC).

November

Shortlists: n/a

Nominations: The Yoto Carnegies (7th .Nov)

Winners Announced: Books Are My Bag Readers Awards (Date TBC), Information Book Award School Library Association (Date TBC).

December:

Shortlists: Edward Stanford Travel Writing Children's Travel Book of the Year (9th Dec).

Winners Announced: n/a.

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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 Children's Non Fiction was A Better Day by Dr Alex George, the winner of the 2022 Children's Illustrated was Grandad's Camper by Harry Woodgate, the winner of the 2022 Children's Fiction was Tyger by S.F. Said.

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 announced 17th Mar 2023Winners announced 15th May 2023 

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children's literature festivals book awards

Primary age children from ten schools in less privileged areas will be introduced to authors and illustrators through a variety of book titles to help explore and inspire a love of reading. We will be involving ten libraries to help the children decide what books they enjoyed the most and why.  We will be encouraging children to read aloud some excerpts of the stories for us to post to help share the love of reading aloud and together.

The winner of the 2023 Traditionally Published Picture Book was Find Your Happy by Emily Coxhead, the winner of the 2023 Traditionally Published Illustrated Young Reader was My Brother and the Monster Meltdown by Rob Lloyd Jones, the winner of the 2023 Traditionally Published Young Reader was Dread Wood by Jennifer Killick, the winner of the 2023 Traditionally Published Poetry Book was Ready for Spaghetti by Michael Rosen, the winner of the 2023 Independently Published Picture Book was Which Bums Mum by Jonny Leighton, the winner of the 2023 Independently Published Young Reader was the Late Crew by Rab Ferguson, the winner of the 2023 Independently Published Illustrated Young Reader was Alfie's First Fight by Oliver Sykes, and the winner of th3 2023 Self Published Book was Bee's Mission to Mars by Jonathan Horden.

Website | Shortlist announced 2nd May 2023 | Winners announced 15th May 2023

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INDIE BOOK AWARDS


The Indie Book Awards, chosen by independent booksellers, celebrate the best summer paperbacks, whether you are reading at home or on the beach or somewhere further afield. 

Previous winners have been Jason Reynold's When I Was the Greatest (Children's Fiction Award 2022) and Joseph Coelho's and Alison Colpays' My Beautiful Voice (Picture Book Award 2022). 

Website |Shortlist announced 12th May 2023 | Winner 2023 announced

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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. 

Previous Children's Fiction winners have been Louie Stowell's Loki: A Bad God's Guide to Being Good (Children's Fiction Book 2022); Erik J. Brown's All That's Left Behind (Young Adult Fiction Award 2022); Alice Oseman's Heartstopper (Breakthrough Author 2022); 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 announced 12th May 2023 | Winners 2023 announced

BOOKs are my bag readers awards 2022 WINNERs


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YOUNG QUILLS AWARDS for historical fiction

The Young Quills Awards for Historical Fiction are annual awards that recognise the best in historical fiction for young readers.


Previous winners have been Barbara Henderson's The Chessmen Thief (5-9 years category 2022); Hilary McKay's The Swallows' Flight (Ages 10-13 category 2022); Catherine Barter's We Played With Fire (14+ years category 2022); The Siege of Caerlaverock (5-9 years category 2021);Tom Palmer's After the War: From Auschwitz to Ambleside (10-13 years category 2021); Alex Wheatle's Cane Warriors (14+/Young Adult 2021); 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 | Longlist announced 10th Feb 2023 | Shortlist 2nd May 2023 | Winners  2023 announcement 

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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.

Previous winners have been Flora Delargy's Rescuing Titanic  (Non-Fiction 4-7 years Picture Book 2022); M.O. Yuksel's and Hatem Aly's In My Mosque (Non-Fiction 4-7 years Picture Book 2022); Debi Gliori's A Cat Called Waverley (Fiction 7-11 years Award 2022); Rachel Ip's and Laura Hughes' The Forgettery (Fiction 4-7 years Award 2022); 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 announced April 2023 | Winners 2023 announcement

the english association 4-11 picture BOOK awards 2022 WINNERs


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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. 

Previous winners have been Maisie Chan's Danny Chung Does Not Do Maths (2022);  Struan Murray's Orphans of the Tide (2021), Liz Hyder's Bearmouth (2020); Muhammad Khan's I Am Thunder (2019).

Website | Longlist announced 25th Jan 2023 | Shortlist announced 28th April 2023 Winners announcement 2023


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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. 

Previous winners have been Lesley Parr's The Valley of the Lost Secret (Tir N N-Og English Language Children's Book Award 2022); Sioned Wyn Roberts's Gwag y Nos (Welsh Language Primary Category 2022); Rhys's Pump (Welsh Language Secondary 2022); Elen Caldecott's Short Knife (English Language Category 2021); Casia William's Sw Sara Mai (Tir N N-Og Welsh #helynt (TIr N N-Og Welsh Language Secondary Category Award 2021); Rebecca Roberts' Claire Fayer's Storm Hound (English Language Category 2020).

Website | Shortlist April 2023 | Winners announced 2023

TIR NA N-OG Award 2022 WINNER

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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. 

Previous winners have been Sarah Hagger-Holt's Proud of Me (2022);  A.M. Dassu's Boy, Everywhere; Jane Porter's The Boy Who Loved Everyone (2020).

Website | Longlist announced 29th Mar 2023 | Shortlist 2023 announced 24th Apr 2023| Winner 2023 announcement 

Little rebels AWARD 2022 WINNER


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JHALAK PRIZE

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. 

Previous winners have been Maisie Chan's Danny Cheung Does Not Do Maths (2022); Eight Pieces of Silva by Patrice Lawrence (2021).

Website | Longlist announced 15th March 2023 | Shortlist announced 18th April 2023 | Winner announced

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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. 

Previous winners have been Nadia Shireen's Barbara Throw's a Wobbly and Tom Percival's The Invisible (joint winners of the 3-6+ Category Book Category 2022); Katya Balen's October, October (7+ Category Book Award 2022); Ibi Zoboi's and Yusef Saleem's Punching the Air (11+ Category Book Award 2022); Nancy Bryon's and Dapo Adeola's Look Up (3-6+ Category Book Award 2021); Wendy Meddour's Tibble and Grandpa (3-6+ Highly Commended Book Award 2021); Stewart Foster's Check Mates (7-10+ Category Book Award 2021); Lisa Thompson's Owen and the Soldier (7-10 Highly Commended Book Award 2021); Manjeet Mann's Run, Rebel and Kerry Drewery's The Last Paper Crane (joint winners of the 11-14+ Category Book Award 2021); Kwame Alexander's and Kadir Nelson's The Undefeated (Information Books Category Book Award 2021) .

Website | Longlist 2023 | Shortlist announced 31st Mar 2023 | Winners announcement 2023

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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 2023 Best Book for Older Readers and Overall Winner  was 
The Cats We Meet Along the Way by Nadia Mikail; the winner of the 2023 Best Book for Younger Readers was Nura and the Immortal Palace; the winner of the 2023 Best Illustrated Book was Gretel the Wonder Mammoth by Kim Hillyard.

Previous winners have been Harry Woodgate's Grandad's Camper (Illustrated Book 2022) Hannah Gold's The Last Bear (Young Readers  and Overall Best Book 2022); Ciara Smyth's Not My Problem (Best Book for Older Readers 2022); 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

Website | Shortlist announced 9th Feb 2023 | Winner announced 21st March 2023

WATERSTONES CHILDREN'S BOOK PRIZE 2023 WINNERS


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The YOTO CARNEGIEs 

The Yoto Carnegies are the UK’s longest running and best-loved children’s book awards, recognising outstanding reading experiences created through writing and illustration in books for children and young people.

The Yoto Carnegie Medal for Writing is awarded by children’s librarians for an outstanding book written in English for children and young people.

The Yoto Carnegie Medal for Illustration is awarded by children’s librarians for an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people.

Previous winners have been Katya Balen's October, October (Yoto Carnegie Medal 2022 and Yoto Shadowers' Choice Award 2022); Danica Novgorodoff's and Jason Reynold's Long Way Down: The Graphic Novel (Yoto Kate Greenaway Medal 2022);  Gideon Sterer's and Mariachiara Di Giorgia's The Midnight Fair (Yoto Shadowers' Choice Award 2022); 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 |Nominations announced 7th Nov 2022Longlist announced 15th Feb 2023 | Shortlist announced 17th 2023 | Winners announcement June 2023

the yoto carnegies 2022 WINNERs


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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 2023 Children's Travel Book of the Year was The Lost Whale by Hannah Gold. Previous winner has been Zillah Bethell's The Shark Caller; Chloe Daykin's Fire Girl, Forest Boy (2020).

Website | Shortlist announced 9th Dec 2022  | Winner announced 16th Mar 2023

EDward stanford travel writing children's book of the year AWARD 2022 WINNER


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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. 

Previous winners have been C.C. Moore's Gut Feelings (Children's Book of the Year 2022); Adiba Jaigirdar's The Henna Wars (Junior Juries Award 2022);  Padraig Kenny's  The Shadows of Rookhaven (Honour Award 2022); Flora Delargy's Rescuing the Titanic (Ellis Dillion Award 2022); Natalia O'Hara's and Lauren O'Hara's Frindleswylde (Honour Award for Illustration 2022); 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 2021); Deidre Sullivan's Savage Her Reply (Book of the Year 2021). 

Website | Shortlist announced Mar 2023 | Winners announced 24th May 2023

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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.

Previous FCBG Children's Book Award winners have been Peter Bently's and Steven Lenton's Octopus Shockopus! (overall winner 2022); M.G. Leonard's, Sam Sedgman's and Elisa Pagnealli's The Highland Falcon Thief (Book for Younger Children 2022); Liz Kessler's When the World was Ours (Book for Older Readers 2022); 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 announced 27th Feb 2023 | Winners 2023 announcement

fcbg CHILDREN'S BOOK award 2022 WINNERs


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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. 

Previous winners have been Joseph Namara Hollis' Pierre's New Hair (2022); Flavia Z. Drago's Gustavo, the Shy Ghost (2021), 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 announced 16th Feb 2023 | Winners announcement 2023

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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. 

Previous winners have been Katrina Charman and Nick Sharatt's The Whale on the Bus (2021); Libby Walden's This is Owl! (2020).

Website | Shortlist 2023 | Winner 2023 announcement

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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. 

Previous winners have been Sam Harper's and Chris Jevons' 101 Bums (Best Laugh Out Loud Picture Book 2022); Izzi Howell's Cats React to Science (Best Laugh Out Loud Book for 6-8 year olds); Jenny Pearson's The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates (Best Laugh Out Loud Book for 9-13 year olds 2022); 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 2023 | Winners announcement 2023.

Website | Shortlist 5th January 2023 | Winners announced


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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.

Previous winners have been Jackie McCann's and Aaron Cushley's If the World Were a 100 People (2022); Stephanie Posavec's and Miriam Quick's I Am A Portal to the Universe (2021); Izzi Howell's Cats React to Science Facts (2020). 

Website | Shortlist 2023 | Winner announcement March 2024

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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. 

Previous winners have been Harry Cook's Fin & Rye & Fireflies (2022); 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 2023 | Winner 2023 announced 

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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. 

Previous winners have been Zilah Bethell's
The Shark Caller (2022); Patience Agbabi's The Infinite (2021); Sophie Anderson's The Girl Who Speaks Bear (2020).

Website | Shortlist 2023 | Winner 2023 announced

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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.

Previous winners have been Emily Grossman's and Maggie Li's The Microbes (Information Book Award 0-7 Category 2022); Rachel Greener's and Clare Owen's  Making a Baby: An Inclusive Guide to Making Babies (Information Book Award 8-12 Category 2022); Sharna Jackson's and Dr Zoe Whitley's Black Artists Shaping the World (Information Book Award 13-16 Category 2022); Katie Dayne's, Jordan Akpojara's and Sandhya Prabhat's What is Racism? (Children's Choice 0-7 Category 2022); David Olusoga's Black and British History: An Illustrated History (Children's Choice 8-12 category and overall winner 2022); Sharna Jackson's and Dr Zoe Whitley Black Artists Shaping the World (Children's Choice 13-16 category 2022);  Stella Caldwells' and Sue Sanders' Have Pride (Information Book Award 13-16 category (Information Book Award 13-16 category 2021); Tracey Turner's How Many Mice Make an Elephant? (Information Book  Award 8-12 2021); Katie Daynes' Why Do Things Die? (Information Book Award 0-7, overall winner and Children's Choice Winner 2021); Cerrie Burnell's  I Am Not a Label (Children's Choice 8-12 and overall winner 2021): Tiffany Jewell's This Book is Anti-Racist ( Children's Choice 13-16 and overall winner 2021); 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 | Shortlist 2023 | Winners 2023  announced

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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.

Previous winner was Rob and Tom Sear's The Biggest Footprint: Eight Billion Humans (Children's Writing on Nature and Conservation 2022).

Website | Longlist 2023 | Shortlist 2023 | Winners 2023 announced

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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.

Previous winners have been Benjamin Dean's and Sandhya Prabhat's Me, My Dad and the End of the Rainbow (Best Children's Book 2022); Natasha Bowen's Skin of the Sea (Best Young Adult Book 2022); Benjamin Zephaniah's Windrush Child (Best Children's Book 2021); Manjeet Mann's Run, Rebel (Best Young Adult Book 2021); Onjali Q, Rauf's The Star Outside My Window (Best Children's Book 2020) Sue Cheung's Chinglish: An Almost Entirely True Story (Best Young Adult Book 2020).

Website | Longlist 2023 | Shortlist 2023 | Winner 2023 announced

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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. 

Previous winners have been Adiba Jaigirdar'a Hani and Ishu's Guide to Fake Dating (2022); 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 2023 | Winners 2023 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. 

Previous winners have been Robin Steven's The Ministry of Unladylike Activity (Children's Book of the Year 2022);  Alastair Chisholm's Adam-Z (Children's Book of the Year 2021); Elle McNicoll's A Kind of Spark (Children's Book of the Year 2020); Robin Stevens' Top Marks for Murder (Children's Book of the Year 2019). 

Website | Shortlist 2023 | Winner 2023 announced


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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 2022 Foyles Children's Book of the Year was Tyger by S.F. Said.  Previous winners have been Tom Guald's The Little Wooden Robot (2021);  Nicolas Digard's and Myriam Dahman's The Wolf's Secret (2020). 

Website | Shortlist 2023 | Winner 2023 announced



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THE week junior book awards

The aim of the awards is to address the lack of critical discourse around children’s literature caused by reduced review pages and underfunded libraries. They will shine a light on both established children’s authors and new, diverse voices, giving them a platform to promote their books to a wide audience. 

Website | Shortlist 2023 | Winners 2023 

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DIGITAL BOOK AWARDS

The Children’s Digital Book Award is the only award focused on children’s reading on screen and judged by teachers. It recognises innovation, creativity and excellence in digital book publishing.

The Award aims to reward apps, e-books and other digital interactive products that use sounds, visuals, and interaction in innovative ways to make a child’s experience of the story richer and more meaningful.

The Award is run in partnership with the Open University.

Website | Shortlist 2023 | Winner 2023



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