Costa Children's Book Award 2017 Costa Children's Book Award 2017

The winner of The Costa Book Awards, Children's Book category has just been announced as The Explorer by Katherine Rundell! Find the winner and all the shortlisted books in this section - plus extra information on the Costa Book Award and some previous award winner.



Costa Children's Book Award Shortlist

The Explorer
Katherine Rundell
Winner of The Costa Children's Book Award 2017 After crashing hundreds of miles from civilisation in the Amazon rainforest, Fred, Con, Lila and Max are utterly alone and in grave danger. They have no food, no water and no chance... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/01/2018
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Moonrise
Sarah Crossan
Shortlisted for the YA Book Prize 2018 | Shortlisted for the Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award 2018 | One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | Shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award 2017 | In a... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 07/09/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe Island at the End of Everything
Kiran Millwood-Hargrave
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | Shortlisted for the 2018 Blue Peter Awards - Best Story | Shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award 2017 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award | In a nutshell: beautifully... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/05/2017
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Wed Wabbit
Lissa Evans
Shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award 2017 | Shortlisted for the 2018 Blue Peter Awards - Best Story Wed Wabbit is a tour de force! Lissa Evans's hilarious, madcap adventure is both effervescent and tautly plotted making it... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 05/01/2017
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Previous Costa Children's Winners

Reader ReviewedThe Bombs That Brought Us Together
Brian Conaghan
May 2017 Book of the Month | Winner of the Costa Book Awards, Children's Book category, 2016 Charlie's life should be pretty miserable: he lives in Little Town, where everyone spies on everyone else, and the population is caught between... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/01/2017
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Set in Stone
Linda Newbery
Winner of the Costa Children's Book Award 2006. Set at the end of the 19th century, Linda Newbery has cleverly carved out an incredible mystery that's full of clever twists and entwined with drama, all manner of emotions and mind-blowingly powerful... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 20/07/2015
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Reader ReviewedThe Lie Tree
Frances Hardinge
Winner of the UKLA 2016 Book Award in the 12 - 16 year old category. WINNER of the 2015 COSTA BOOK OF THE YEAR and Winner of the Costa Children's Book Award Award-winning Frances Hardinge is spellbinding is this hugely... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/05/2015
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The Ask and the Answer
Patrick Ness
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2010 | Winner of the prestigious Costa Children's Book Award 2009 | Prize-winning author Patrick Ness follows up The Knife of Never Letting Go with equally hard hitting The Ask and the Answer. Trying to... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/05/2013
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The Amber Spyglass
Philip Pullman
Whitbread Book of the Year Award 2001 The third in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy. His ‘Dark Materials', is the story of Lyra, a young girl with an exceptional destiny. Brought up in Jordan College, Oxford Lyra... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/03/2015
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Orangeboy
Patrice Lawrence
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award | Winner of the YA Book Prize 2017 | Winner of Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2017, Older Fiction category | Shortlisted for Best Crime Novel for Young Adults, CrimeFest Gala Awards 2017... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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Five Children on the Western Front
Kate Saunders
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2016. Shortlisted for the 2015 Guardian Children's Book prize. Winner of the Costa Children's Book Award 2014. Witty, tender and full of insights into life love and politics, this is a brilliant book in... Featured in: 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/04/2015
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Maggot Moon
Sally Gardner
One of our Books of the Year 2013. Winner of the two most prestigious children's book awards - the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2013 and the Children's Costa Award... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/01/2013
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The four shortlisted titles in the Children's Book Category 2017 are -

Moonrise by Sarah Crossan

Judges: ‘An exceptional, compelling book for our time – its analysis is devastating but its message is hope.’

Wed Wabbit by Lissa Evans

Judges: ‘A deeply original riot of a novel that will delight children and adults alike, and keep you laughing all the way through.’

The Explorer by Katherine Rundell

Judges: ‘A masterful, delicious read from start to finish.’

The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood-Hargrave

Judges: ‘Entirely original with not a word out of place – as vivid and beautiful as the butterflies themselves.’

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In 2015 a Children's Book Award winner won the overall Costa Book of the Year. The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge is a Victorian murder mystery the judges said ‘will grip readers of all ages'.

It was only the second children’s book EVER to take the overall prize, and the first since Philip Pullman won with The Amber Spyglass in 2001!

James Heneage, chair of the final judges, said: “Part horror, part detective, part historical... It’s not only a fabulous children’s book but a book that readers of all ages will love.”

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 - and click here to see the shortlists and winners for the other categories.

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 2017 Costa Children's Book Awards are:

Sanchita Basu De Sarkar Owner, Children’s Bookshop, Muswell Hill

Fiona Noble Children’s and YA Previews Editor, The Bookseller

Piers Torday Author

These judges will select their favourite in the Children's Book category in early January and this book will then be shortlisted for the 2017 Costa Book of the Year, along with the other category winners. The overall winner will be announced at an awards ceremony in central London on Tuesday 30th January 2018.

The winner receives a £30,000 prize.

For more information visit www.costa.co.uk/costa-book-awards and keep up with the latest news @CostaBookAwards


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