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Costa Children's Book Award 2018

The winner of the Children's Book Category 2018 is The Skylarks' War by Hilary McKay! The judges said it was “As perfect a novel as you could ever want to read.” Find out more about this worthy winner and the shortlisted books in this section - plus extra information on the Costa Book Award and some previous award winners.

Costa Children's Book Award Shortlist

Previous Costa Children's Winners

Winner: The Skylarks' War

The judges said “As perfect a novel as you could ever want to read.”

The winner of the Children's Book Category 2018 is The Skylark's War! 

The Skylarks' War by Hilary McKay

Judges: ‘Chime, resonance and sparkle – a truly great read.’

The shortlist also included;

The Colour of the Sun by David Almond

Judges: ‘One of the most beautiful, transcendent books in the competition.

Bone Talk by Candy Gourlay

Judges: ‘A powerful, complex and fascinating coming-of-age novel.’

Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen

Judges: ‘A compelling, darkly thrilling debut - tense, cinematic and brilliant.’


The Costa Books Awards is the only prize which places children’s books alongside adult books in this way. You can find the four shortlisted children's books in this special section.

The Costa Book Awards is one of the UK's most prestigious and popular literary prizes and recognises some of the most enjoyable books of the year, written by authors based in the UK and Ireland.  Since their launch in 1971, the awards have rewarded a wide range of excellent books and authors across all genres.

On the judging panel for the 2018 Costa Children's Book Awards was:

Rick O’Shea   RTE Broadcaster

Fleur Sinclair   Owner, Sevenoaks Bookshop

Imogen Russell Williams   Children’s Book Critic

Once the The Skylarks' War by Hilary McKay was selected by the judges as their favourite in the Children's Book category in early January, it then went on to be shortlisted for the 2018 Costa Book of the Year, along with the other category winners. The overall winner was announced at an awards ceremony in central London on Tuesday 29th January 2018 as The Cut Out Girl by Bart Van Es.

The winner received a £30,000 prize.

For more information visit and keep up with the latest news @CostaBookAwards