The shortlist for the Costa Book Awards 2017 were announced on Tuesday 21st November 2017. Below you will find the shortlist of the Children's Book category. The winners for each category will be announced on Tuesday 2nd January 2018, and the Book of the Year Award will be announced on Tuesday 30th January 2018.
The Costa Book Awards recognises some of the most enjoyable books of the year, written by authors based in the UK and Ireland. Children's Books is one of five categories including First Novel, Novel, Biography, and Poetry. One of the five winners are chosen as Book of the Year, and is announced at an awards ceremony in London every January.
The awards launched in 1971 as the Whitbread Literary Awards and became the Whitbread Book Awards in 1985, with Costa taking over in 2006. Books are entered by publishers, and entry for the Awards closes at the end of June each year.
The judges for this year's Children's Book Award are:
Sanchita Basu De Sarkar, Owner of Children’s Bookshop, Muswell Hill
Fiona Noble, Children’s and YA Previews Editor, The Bookseller
Piers Torday, Author