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The Book Awards category on Lovereading4kids will help you and your child discover authors currently in contention for and/or winners of the most prestigious awards. By their very presence on this page, you can be sure that each of the books featured here is the 'crème-de-la-crème' of today's children's literature. 

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For each of the awards included in this Book Award category, Lovereading4kids will feature the shortlist of books and authors before the individual winner is announced. As with all our Featured Books, you and your child will be able to download and print off free Opening Extracts of each book. In this way, you can choose your own winner and see if the judges agree with you!

And remember, even if the judges don't pick your favourite, all our Children's Book Award books are available to order online at 25% off the RRP. 

As Lovereading4kids grows we'll be featuring as many awards as we can manage, including:

Kate Greenaway Medal

Carnegie Medal

Costa Children's Award

Branford Boase Award

Marsh Award in Translation

Blue Peter Book Award

The Guardian Children's Fiction Award

Early Years Book Award

The Red House Children's Book Award 

The Booktrust Teenage Prize




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Smart A Mysterious Crime, a Different Detective
Reader Reviewed Smart A Mysterious Crime, a Different Detective
Kim Slater
Shortlisted for the Waterstones Best Fiction for Teens Award 2015  Kieran watches the world carefully. He’s good at noticing things that others don’t which makes him an excellent detective. Born with learning difficulties and living with a violent stepfather, Kieran...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 12/02/2015
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Robot Rumpus
Robot Rumpus
Sean Taylor
Winner of the Scottish Book Awards 2015, 3-7 age category  A brilliant bedtime romp! When Mum and Dad hand over the babysitting to a bunch of robots they have no idea just how much chaos will follow. All starts well...
Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers | Book Awards
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/09/2014
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Grasshopper Jungle
Reader Reviewed Grasshopper Jungle
Andrew Smith
Longlisted for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal  - One of our Books of the Year 2014 - One of the Lovereading4kids Readers' Choice Books of the Year 2014 *** Suitable for 15+ due to explicit content   Across a huge canvass...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
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Demon Dentist
Demon Dentist
David Walliams
Winner of the Red House Children's Books for Younger Readers Award 2014. Best-selling David Walliams hits gold again in this hilarious story about something deeply evil in the unattractive world of teeth. Alfie has rotten teeth and he hates the ghastly...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 12/02/2015
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Blown Away
Reader Reviewed Blown Away
Rob Biddulph
Shortlisted for the Waterstones Best Illustrated Book 2015  A brilliant adventure for a bold Penguin who gets swept up, up and away on a brand new kite on a windy day. Penguin’s original and richly-imagined adventure is beautifully told and...
Featured in: 3+ readers | Bedtime Reading | Book Awards | Books Reviewed by Children
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/01/2015
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Attack of the Giant Robot Chickens
Attack of the Giant Robot Chickens
Alex McCall
Winner of the Scottish Book Awards 2015 8-11 age category  The city of Aberdeen is being terrorised by giant robot chickens who want to peck out every last sign of human resistance. The streets are empty, the adults have vanished...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 20/02/2014
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The Day the Crayons Quit
The Day the Crayons Quit
Drew Daywalt
Overall Winner of the Red House Children's Book Awards 2015, and winner in books for younger children category - Shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2014 - One of our Books of the Year 2014- One of the Lovereading4kids Readers'...
Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers | Book Awards | Books for Boys
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/07/2014
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The Sea Tiger
The Sea Tiger
Victoria Turnbull
The Sea Tiger is Oscar's best friend, Oscar's only friend. They do everything together - explore the ocean, visit the sea circus, even hitch a ride to the surface to look at the stars - But Oscar is not a...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 01/06/2014
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The Queen's Hat
The Queen's Hat
Steve Antony
With a Jon Klassen appeal, Steve Antony, a debut author-illustrator, is the one to watch. A sudden gust of wind sets off a marvellous London adventure for the Queen, the Queen's men and one very special hat. So let's follow...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 02/10/2014
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Murder Most Unladylike A Wells and Wong Mystery
Murder Most Unladylike A Wells and Wong Mystery
Robin Stevens
Shortlisted for the Waterstone's Best Fiction for 5-12's Award 2015  When Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong set up their very own deadly secret detective agency at Deepdean School for Girls, they struggle to find any truly exciting mysteries to investigate....
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/06/2014
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The Dawn Chorus
The Dawn Chorus
Suzanne Barton
Now in fantastic new big book size - perfect for shared reading lessons. Peep awakes one morning to the sound of a beautiful song - but where is it coming from? It's the Dawn Chorus! And Peep is desperate to...
Featured in: 3+ readers | Book Awards
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
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Cowgirl
Cowgirl
G. R. Gemin
A gently funny story of a community coming together, this is a tale of happy endings in unexpected places. There were cows in the road - loads of them. I pulled hard on the brakes and swerved. The back wheel skidded,...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 06/03/2014
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Mosi's War
Mosi's War
Cathy Macphail
Winner of the Scottish Book Awards 2015 12-16 age category  Patrick is happy living with his mum. She lets him do what he wants, pretty much, and it's only when his granny comes to stay that he has to get...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 09/05/2013
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Atlas of Adventures A Collection of Natural Wonders, Exciting Experiences and Fun Festivities from the Four Corners of the Globe
Atlas of Adventures A Collection of Natural Wonders, Exciting Experiences and Fun Festivities from the Four Corners of the Globe
Lucy Letherland
Set your spirit of adventure free with this lavishly illustrated trip around the world. Explore seven continent maps, packed with hundred of activities and challenges to inspire armchair travellers of any age. Whether you're visiting the penguins of Antarctica, joining...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 02/10/2014
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Violet and the Pearl of the Orient
Violet and the Pearl of the Orient
Harriet Whitehorn
When a new family move in next door, Violet is sure there's something strange about them. Then her eccentric, but lovely neighbour, Dee Dee Derota, has a precious jewel stolen. Could the new family be to blame? Violet is on...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 12/02/2015
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Only Ever Yours
Only Ever Yours

Freida and Isabel have been best friends their whole lives. Now, aged sixteen and in their final year at the School, they expect to be selected as companions - wives to wealthy and powerful men. The alternative - life as...
Featured in: 13+ readers | Book Awards | YA readers
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
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Boy in the Tower
Boy in the Tower
Polly Ho-Yen
Shortlisted for the Waterstone's Best Fiction for 5-12's Award 2015 - Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2015 Best Story   From the seventeenth floor of the tower block where he lives with his mother, Ade watches as the buildings...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2014
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Ottoline at Sea
Ottoline at Sea
Chris Riddell
Award winning author/ illustrator Chris Riddell weaves another fantastical story about Ottoline and her very special and very hairy friend, Mr. Munroe. Ottoline and Mr. Munroe love solving tricky problems and working out clever plans; they love putting on disguises...
Featured in: 7+ readers | Book Awards | World Book Day
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
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A Boy Called Hope
Reader Reviewed A Boy Called Hope
Lara Williamson
Shortlisted for the Waterstone's Best Fiction for 5-12's Award 2015 - March 2014 Debut of the Month  A Boy Called Hope is a joyous, heart-breaking and life-affirming story of one boy and his messy, muddled and madcap family. Dan Hope...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 01/03/2014
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Split Second
Reader Reviewed Split Second
Sophie Mckenzie
Winner of for the Red House Children's Book Awards 2014, older readers category. Best-selling Sophie McKenzie tells a corkscrew of an adventure which pulls no punches about the dangers of terrorism. Charlie’s mother is killed in a bomb blast in...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 27/03/2014
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Dead Ends
Reader Reviewed Dead Ends
Erin Jade Lange
Shortlisted for the Waterstone's Best Fiction for Teens Award 2015  A touching and beautifully observed story about friendship and overcoming family difficulties. An unlikely friendship between A-grade student and violent bully Dane Washington and Billy D, a new and younger...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
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The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender
Reader Reviewed The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender
Leslye Walton
Shortlisted for the Waterstone's Best Fiction for Teens Award 2015 - One of our Books of the Year 2014 - October 2014 Debut of the Month    *** Suitable for 15+ as some explicit content  An enormous family saga unfolds in...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 02/10/2014
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Half Bad
Reader Reviewed Half Bad
Sally Green
Shortlisted for the Waterstone's Best Fiction for Teens Award 2015 - One of our Books of the Year 2014 - One of the Lovereading4kids Readers' Choice Books of the Year 2014 - March 2014 Debut of the Month  Important questions...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 03/03/2014
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The Ghosts of Heaven
Reader Reviewed The Ghosts of Heaven
Marcus Sedgwick
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - Shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award 2014  This is a remarkable and surprising book, just when you think you understand it, whoosh, the unexpected taps you on the...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/03/2015
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Apple and Rain
Reader Reviewed Apple and Rain
Sarah Crossan
Longlisted for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal Apple is sure that one day her mother will return. And when that happens she is sure that everything in her life will be good again. But when Mum does return, Apple finds that...
Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers | Book Awards | Books Reviewed by Children | eBooks
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/02/2015
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Girl with a White Dog
Girl with a White Dog
Anne Booth
Shortlisted for the Waterstone's Best Fiction for 5-12's Award 2015     A thoughtful and emotionally charged story in which different generations are linked by their common cause of dealing with bullies and hatred. Jessie’s life has been full of changes....
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Format: Paperback - Released: 06/03/2014
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Where The Poppies Now Grow
Where The Poppies Now Grow
Hilary Robinson
Shortlisted for the Education Resources Award 2015 - One of our Books of the Year 2014  This moving poetic text matched with warm-hearted illustrations captures the lives of two friends and the parts they played in the enormous military campaign...
Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers | Book Awards | The World Wars
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/03/2014
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The Day the Crayons Quit
The Day the Crayons Quit
Drew Daywalt
Winner of the Red House Children's Book of 2015. Award-winning Oliver Jeffers and Drew Daywalt’s highly-entertaining new book mean that colouring will never be the same again! When Duncan goes to take out his crayons one day he finds a stack...
Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers | Book Awards
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/07/2013
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Before I Die
Before I Die
Jenny Downham
This is a haunting yet truly amazing read but don't read it too young. Definitely not for someone less than 14 years old. If you knew you were going to die what would you want to do? Imagine this from...
Featured in: 13+ readers | Audio Books | Book Awards | Books vs Films | Bookshelf Essentials | YA readers | eBooks
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/04/2008
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The Apple Tart of Hope
Reader Reviewed The Apple Tart of Hope
Sarah Moore Fitzgerald
Shortlisted for the Waterstone's Best Fiction for Teens Award 2015  A touching and funny story about being an outsider which is illuminated by touches of magic. Oscar and Meg are next-door-neighbours and best friends. But, when Meg moves away everything...
Featured in: 13+ readers | Book Awards | Books Reviewed by Children | If They Like...They'll Love | YA readers
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/02/2015
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The Christmas Truce The Place Where Peace Was Found
The Christmas Truce The Place Where Peace Was Found
Hilary Robinson
Shortlisted for the Education Resources Award 2015  Amid the horror of the fighting in the First World War, there was one moment of unexpected and surprising harmony. On Christmas Eve 1914 the soldiers from opposing sides of No Man’s Land...
Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers | Book Awards | The World Wars
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/10/2014
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The Adventures of Shola
The Adventures of Shola
Bernardo Atxaga
Winner of the Marsh Award for Children's Literature in Translation, awarded biennially since 1996, was founded to celebrate the best translation of a children’s book from a foreign language into English and published in the UK. It aims to spotlight...
Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers | Book Awards
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/10/2013
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The Year of the Rat
Reader Reviewed The Year of the Rat
Clare Furniss
Longlisted for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal - One of our Books of the Year 2014  Heartbreak is made bearable by humour in this gripping and touching story of sixteen year old Pearl, struggling to keep going after the death of...
Featured in: 13+ readers | Book Awards | Books Reviewed by Children | eBooks
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
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Scarlet Ibis
Reader Reviewed Scarlet Ibis
Gill Lewis
Longlisted for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal Gill Lewis is renowned for her stories about powerful and beneficial relationships between animals and children. Scarlet Ibis is an emotional story about how befriending birds can help to heal Red, a little boy...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
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The Good Little Devil and Other Tales
The Good Little Devil and Other Tales
Pierre Gripari
Shortlisted for the Marsh Award for Children's Literature in Translation, awarded biennially since 1996, was founded to celebrate the best translation of a children’s book from a foreign language into English and published in the UK. It aims to spotlight...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 29/08/2013
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The Letter for the King
Reader Reviewed The Letter for the King
Tonke Dragt
Shortlisted for the Marsh Award for Children's Literature in Translation, awarded biennially since 1996, was founded to celebrate the best translation of a children’s book from a foreign language into English and published in the UK. It aims to spotlight...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2014
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Five Children on the Western Front
Reader Reviewed Five Children on the Western Front
Kate Saunders
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - October 2014 Book of the Month - Winner of the Costa Children's Book Award 2014    Witty, tender and full of insights into life love and politics, this is a brilliant...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 02/10/2014
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Anton and Piranha
Anton and Piranha
Milena Baisch
Shortlisted for the Marsh Award for Children's Literature in Translation, awarded biennially since 1996, was founded to celebrate the best translation of a children’s book from a foreign language into English and published in the UK. It aims to spotlight...
Featured in: 9+ readers | Book Awards | Books for Boys
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/07/2013
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