Children's Book Awards - Shortlists and Winners Children's Book Awards - Shortlists and Winners

This Month's Featured Books

Where Zebras Go Poems
Sue Hardy-Dawson
Shortlisted for the Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award 2018 Get ready to join in the Poetry Olympics, question a snake, talk to a toad and learn 20 ways to avoid monsters and mythical beasts. Where Zebras Go will lead... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/02/2017
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Things a Bright Girl Can Do
Sally Nicholls
Shortlisted for the YA Book Prize 2018 | February 2018 Book of the Month This inspirational novel about three young Suffragettes from very different backgrounds is at once a riveting character-driven read, and an outstandingly rich account of British social... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/02/2018
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The Starman and Me
Sharon Cohen
Shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2018 | Twelve-year old Kofi thinks he's seeing things when he spots a tiny human being on a roundabout near his home. But Rorty Thrutch is real, and he needs Kofi's help to get... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 27/07/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe Lie Tree
Frances Hardinge
Award-winning Frances Hardinge is spellbinding is this hugely entertaining and dramatic Victorian thriller. When Faith's father dies suddenly she knows she must try to find out exactly what he was hiding in the local caves she had recently visited with... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 22/03/2018
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Reader ReviewedCuckoo Song
Frances Hardinge
Frances Hardinge creates a brilliant sense of menace in this chillingly dark fairy story . Something sinister, beyond just getting wet, happens to Triss when she falls into the Grimmer. Something that causes her to change in all kinds of... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 22/03/2018
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A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars
Yaba Badoe
Shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2018 | In a Nutshell: Circus girl searches for roots amidst real-world cruelties A dazzlingly powerful kaleidoscope of magic realism, folklore and the brutalities of people-trafficking in which a fourteen-year-old circus girl seeks... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/03/2018
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Gullstruck Island
Frances Hardinge
A hugely imaginative and inventive fantasy, Gullstruck Island is the wonderful creation of a whole new world in which some of the strangest things happen. Arilou is a Lost, a special child who has the ability to mind-fly with the... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/02/2018
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Fly By Night
Frances Hardinge
Winner of the Branford Boase Prize 2006 Fly By Night is a wholly original fantasy peopled with a cast of unusual characters whose adventures unravel at a breathtaking pace. Mosca runs away from home with a manic goose called Saracen... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/02/2018
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Potter's Boy
Tony Mitton
Shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2018 | The first novel by acclaimed poet Tony Mitton (winner of the CLPE Poetry Award - the only award for published poetry for children in the UK). Potter's Boy is a moving and... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/11/2017
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STAGS
M. A. Bennett
Shortlisted for the YA Book Prize 2018 | August 2017 Debut of the Month It is the autumn term and Greer MacDonald is struggling to settle into the sixth form at the exclusive St. Aidan the Great boarding school, known to... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 10/08/2017
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Knighthood for Beginners
Elys Dolan
Shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2018 | In a nutshell: hilarious courtly adventure from one of our funniest, most inventive writer-illustrators Elys Dolan fills her first adventure story for young readers with the madcap invention and humour that are... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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Straight Outta Crongton
Alex Wheatle
Shortlisted for the YA Book Prize 2018 | From the acclaimed author of Liccle Bit and Crongton Knights, comes another story from the South Crong council estate. Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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Rhythm and Poetry
Karl Nova
Shortlisted for the Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award 2018 The first published collection from Hip Hop poet Karl Nova has a refreshing directness, honesty and authenticity. Many of the poems are drawn from the workshops he does with children... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 27/07/2017
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Overheard in a Tower Block
Joseph Coelho
Shortlisted for the Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award 2018 This second solo collection from Joseph Coelho, Overheard in a Tower Block, explores further some of the themes from Werewolf Club Rules (which won the CLiPPA in 2015). More suited... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/07/2017
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Rising Stars
Ruth Awolola, Victoria Adukwei Bulley, Abigail Cook, Jay Hulme, Amina Jama
Shortlisted for the Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award 2018 Five emerging writer-performers are showcased in a book which is a blend of anthology & individual collections. Ruth Awolola wonders about our world, the stars beyond, the beings that might... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 26/10/2017
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Yours Sincerely, Giraffe
Megumi Iwasa
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award Giraffe is bored, as usual. He'd love a friend to share things with. So he writes a letter and sends it as far as possible across the other side of the horizon. There... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 14/07/2016
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The Wizards of Once
Cressida Cowell
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month May 2018 | Winner of the 2018 Blue Peter Awards - Best Story Best-selling Cressida Cowell launches her new series with a title that will delight all fans of the How to Train Your... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/05/2018
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Reader ReviewedAfter the Fire
Will Hill
Shortlisted for the YA Book Prize 2018 | Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2018 | In a nutshell: tense, super-suspenseful novel based on harrowing real life events After the Fire was inspired by the Waco siege in Texas 1993... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One
Philip Pullman
Shortlisted for the YA Book Prize 2018 | One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | November 2017 Book of the Month More than two decades after... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers | YA readers
Format: Hardback | Released 19/10/2017
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It Only Happens in the Movies
Holly Bourne
Shortlisted for the YA Book Prize 2018 | October 2017 Book of the Month A feast of feel-good funniness and feminism that cleverly contrasts the impossible magic of movie romance with the heady complexities of real-life love. Talented actress Audrey... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/10/2017
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Indigo Donut
Patrice Lawrence
Shortlisted for the YA Book Prize 2018 | One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | In a Nutshell: Soaring soundtrack to resilience and love Real-life grit, gripping mystery, magnificent love story - this second novel from the highly-acclaimed... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 13/07/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe One Memory of Flora Banks
Emily Barr
Shortlisted for the YA Book Prize 2018 | Longlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2018 | One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | January 2017... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 12/01/2017
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Last Month's Featured Books

A First Book of Animals
Nicola Davies
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2018 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award What a wonderful book to give to a child. It's one which will inspire...
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Alpha Abidjan to Gare du Nord
Bessora
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Alpha hopes that his wife and little son are in Paris and he's...
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Me and Mister P
Maria Farrer
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award In a nutshell: an unusual friend makes things better | Arthur is understandably surprised when Mr P turns up at his door...
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The Street Beneath My Feet
Charlotte Gullian
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award Detailed, ingenious and graphically beautiful this information book opens, as the best do, with an invitation to young readers to stop and wonder...
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Reader Reviewed Lesser Spotted Animals
Martin Brown
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award In a nutshell: not your average animal book | This is no ordinary animal book, you won't find the usual suspects in...
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Saint Death
Marcus Sedgwick
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award In a Nutshell: Gangs dice with death under the gaze of Mexican folk saint. A thought-fuelling thriller set in a gang-run neighbourhood...
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The Darkest Dark
Chris Hadfield
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award Astronaut Chris Hadfield describes the special moment in his childhood that sparked his fascination with space and started the journey that has so...
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Reader Reviewed Welcome to Nowhere
Elizabeth Laird
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award In a nutshell: the lives of a Syrian family brought vividly and sympathetically to life for young readers | This is an...
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The White Fox
Jackie Morris
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award Interest Age 8-12 | In a nutshell: a wild creature leads a boy home | Full of magic, myth and a wonderful...
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Where the World Ends
Geraldine McCaughrean
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2018 | Shortlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award | In a nutshell: beautifully written, totally original, mesmerising storytelling In the summer of 1727...
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Reader Reviewed Encounters
Jason Wallace
April 2018 Book of the Month | Shortlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award | In a Nutshell: Alleged alien encounter inspired by true events | An utterly absorbing novel based...
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Reader Reviewed The City of Secret Rivers
Jacob Sager Weinstein
April 2018 Debut of the Month | Shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2018 | In a nutshell: breath-taking magical adventure on the banks of London's underground rivers Hyacinth Hayward, newly...
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Oi Dog! Board Book
Kes Gray, Claire Gray
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award | Winner of the Children's Book Award 2017 - Books for Younger Children Category All fans of rhymes will love the witty and...
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More Featured Books

The Wizards of Once
Cressida Cowell
Winner of the 2018 Blue Peter Awards - Best Story | One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month October 2017 Best-selling Cressida...
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Real-Life Mysteries
Susan Martineau
Winner of the 2018 Blue Peter Awards - Best Book with Facts Have you ever wondered what exactly does go bump in the night? From mysteries like Shackleton's ghostly companion...
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The Ask and the Answer
Patrick Ness
A special anniversary edition, with a striking new cover design, to celebrate 10 years of the Chaos Walking trilogy. Prize-winning author Patrick Ness follows up The Knife of Never Letting...
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Monsters of Men
Patrick Ness
A special anniversary edition, with a striking new cover design, to celebrate 10 years of the Chaos Walking trilogy. This is a spine-tingling, page turning read. Heaped with well-deserved awards,...
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