The Waterstones Children’s Book Prize was created to uncover talent relatively fresh to children’s literature. The Prize first began in 2005, with Stuart Hill’s fantasy The Cry of the Icemark winning the inaugural award. In 2012, Waterstones enhanced the Prize to cover three key areas of children’s publishing – Picture Books, Younger Fiction and Older Fiction. Each year, of the three category winners from the 18-strong shortlist, one title will also have the honour of walking away with the overall Prize.
You can see this year’s full shortlist and winners below and you can click through to read the reviews!
The Waterstones Children’s Book Prize is a great way to find out what books you can buy according to the age of the child. With the 18-strong shortlist, there's something for everyone.
The Managing Director of Waterstones, James Daunt, said of this year's winner;
"We have a sensationally good winner, a work of imagination and drive that will command a special place on the bookshelves of many generations of readers to come. The overall strength of our shortlist and the category winners reflects the vibrant health of children's publishing which we are delighted to celebrate."