Nestlé Smarties Book Prize

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The Nestlé Children's Book Prize, and Nestlé Smarties Book Prize for a time, was a set of annual awards for British children's books that ran from 1985 through 2007. It was administered by Booktrust, an independent charity that promotes books and reading in the UK, and sponsored by Nestlé, the manufacturer of Smarties candy. It was one of the most respected and prestigious prizes for children's literature.[1][2][3]

There were three award categories defined by audience ages 0 to 5 years, 6 to 8 years, and 9 to 11 years (introduced in 1987 after two years with a single prize).[1] Silver and bronze runners-up in each category were introduced in 1996 and designation of one overall winner was abandoned at the same time

Eligible books were written by UK citizens and residents and published during the preceding year (not precisely the calendar year). The shortlists were selected by a panel of adult judges, finally chaired by Julia Eccleshare, children's books editor for The Guardian. First, second, and third places were determined by British schoolchildren—at least finally, by vote of "selected school classes"[2]

The prize was discontinued in 2008 by what was described as a "mutual" decision from Booktrust and Nestlé, with "no hostility".[2] Explaining their reasons for this decision, Booktrust stated it had "been reviewing the organisation's priorities and how prizes and awards fit in with its strategic objectives", while Nestlé was "increasingly moving its community support towards the company strategy of nutrition, health and wellness."[4] Additionally, they said that it was a "natural time to conclude"[2] and that were "confident that increased importance has been placed on children's books."[4]

Winners[edit]

There were 65 winning books in 23 years[1] and 72 silver or bronze runners-up in the last twelve years.

1996–2007 with silver and bronze runners up[edit]

2007

Gold Awards

Silver
Bronze
2006

Gold Awards

Silver
Bronze
2005

Gold Awards

Silver
Bronze
2004

Gold Awards

4Children Special Award: Fergus Crane by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell (Doubleday)

Silver
Bronze
2003

Gold Awards

Kids' Club Award: The Countess's Calamity by Sally Gardner

Silver
Bronze
2002

Gold Awards

Kids' Club Network Special Award: That Pesky Rat by Lauren Child (Orchard Books)

Silver
Bronze
2001

Gold Awards

Kids' Club Network Special Award: What Planet Are You From Clarice Bean? by Lauren Child (Orchard Books)

Silver
Bronze
2000

Gold Awards

Kids' Club Network Special Award: Lizzie Zipmouth by Jacqueline Wilson, illustrated by Nick Sharratt (Young Corgi)

Silver
Bronze
1999

Gold Awards

Silver
Bronze
1998

Gold Awards

Silver
Bronze
1997

Gold Awards

Silver
Bronze
1996

Gold Awards

Silver
Bronze

1985–1995 with Overall winners[edit]

1995

Overall: Double Act by Jacqueline Wilson (Doubleday)

1994

Overall: The Exiles at Home by Hilary McKay (Gollancz)

1993

Overall: War Game by Michael Foreman (Pavilion)

1992

Overall: The Great Elephant Chase by Gillian Cross (Oxford University Press)

1991

Overall: Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell and Helen Oxenbury (Walker Books)

1990

Overall: Midnight Blue by Pauline Fisk (Lion)

1989

Overall: We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury (Walker Books)

1988

Overall: Can't You Sleep Little Bear? by Martin Waddell and Barbara Firth (Walker Books)

1987

Overall: A Thief in the Village by James Berry (Hamish Hamilton)

1986

Overall: The Snow Spider by Jenny Nimmo (Methuen)

1985

Overall: Gaffer Samson's Luck by Jill Paton Walsh (Kestrel)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Nestlé Children's Book Prize 2007". Booktrust. Retrieved 2012-12-17.
    General information including and titled for a display of the final (2007) prize winners.
  2. ^ a b c d Pauli, Michelle (2008-01-23). "Nestlé book prize put to bed for last time". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2008-01-24. 
  3. ^ "Fantasy novel wins children's votes". BBC News. 2002-12-05. Retrieved 2008-01-24. 
  4. ^ a b "Nestlé and Booktrust have agreed to end the Nestlé Children’s Book Prize after 23 years of partnership". Booktrust. Retrieved 2008-01-24. [dead link]
    Version archived 2008-02-28 (with contemporary links). Retrieved 2012-12-17.