Waterstones Children's Book Prize

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The Waterstones Children's Book Prize is an annual award given to a work of children's literature published during the previous year. First awarded in 2005, the purpose of the prize is "to uncover hidden talent in children's writing" and is therefore open only to authors who have published no more than three books.

Beginning in 2012, the prize was divided into three categories: Picture Books, Fiction 5–12, and Teen.[1] Each category winner receives £2,000 with an overall winner chosen from the three getting an additional £3,000 (thus the overall winner receives £5,000 in total).[2]

Winners and shortlists[edit]

2005 – The Cry of the Icemark by Stuart Hill

2006 – The Diamond of Drury Lane by Julia Golding

2007 – Darkside by Tom Becker

2008 – Ways to Live Forever by Sally Nicholls

2009 – 13 Treasures by Michelle Harrison

2010 – The Great Hamster Massacre by Katie Davies

2011 – Artichoke Hearts by Sita Brahmachari

For 2011, publications the Prize was divided into three categories with separate shortlists, announced in February 2012.[1]

2012 – The Pirates Next Door by Jonny Duddle (Overall and Picture Book)[2]

Fiction 5–12
Picture Book

2013 – Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher (Overall and Teen)

Fiction 5–12
  • Wonder by R. J. Palacio
  • The Wolf Princess by Catherine Constable
  • Atticus Claw Breaks the Law by Jennifer Gray
  • The Secret Hen House Theatre by Helen Peters
  • Chronicles of Egg: Deadweather and Sunrise by Geoff Rodkey
  • I Am Not A Loser by Jim Smith
Picture Book

2014 — Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell (Overall and Fiction 5-12)[3]

Teen – Geek Girl by Holly Smale

Fiction 5–12 – Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell

Picture Book – Open Very Carefully by Nicola O'Byrne

2015 — Blown Away by Rob Biddulph (Overall and Picture Book)[4][5]

Teen - Half Bad by Sally Green

Fiction 5-12 - Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens

Picture Book - ''Blown Away by Rob Biddulph

2016 — My Brother is a Superhero by David Solomon (Overall and Younger Fiction)[6][7]

Older Fiction - The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson

Younger Fiction - My Brother is a Superhero by David Solomon

Illustrated Book - The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield

2017 — The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave (Overall and Younger Fiction)[8][9]

Older Fiction - Orangeboy by Patrice Lawrence

Younger Fiction - The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Illustrated Book - There’s a Tiger in the Garden by Lizzy Stewart

2018 — The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (Overall and Older Fiction)[10]

Older Fiction - The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Younger Fiction - Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend

Illustrated Book - The Secret of Black Rock by Joe Todd-Stanton

2019 — The Boy At The Back Of The Class by Onjali Q. Raúf (Overall and Younger Fiction)[11][12]

Older Fiction - Children Of Blood And Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Younger Fiction - The Boy At The Back Of The Class by Onjali Q. Raúf

Illustrated Book - The Girl by Lauren Ace and Jenny Løvlie

2020 — Look Up! by Nathan Bryon (Overall and Illustrated Book)[13]

Older Fiction - Bearmouth by Liz Hyder

Younger Fiction - High-Rise Mystery by Sharna Jackson

Illustrated Book - Look Up! by Nathan Bryon

2021 — A Kind of Spark by Elle McNicoll (Overall and Younger Fiction)[14]

Older Fiction - Wranglestone by Darren Charlton

Younger Fiction - A Kind of Spark by Elle McNicoll

Illustrated Book - The Grumpy Fairies by Bethan Stevens


  1. ^ a b Michelle Pauli (8 February 2012). "Gritty teen reads dominate Waterstones children's prize shortlist". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  2. ^ a b Robert Dux (29 March 2012). "Jonny Duddle's 'The Pirates Next Door' wins Waterstone's Children's Book Prize". The Independent. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
  3. ^ The Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize website.
  4. ^ McAloon, Jonathan (26 March 2015). "Picture book wins 2015 Waterstones Children's Book Prize". Telegraph. Retrieved 22 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Waterstones children's book prize 2015 – shortlist announced!". The Guardian. 12 February 2015. Retrieved 22 March 2019.
  6. ^ "Screenwriter wins children's book prize". BBC. 17 March 2016. Retrieved 22 March 2019.
  7. ^ Chilton, Martin (11 February 2016). "Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2016 shortlist". The Telegraph. Retrieved 22 March 2019.
  8. ^ Kean, Danuta (30 March 2017). "Waterstones children's book prize goes to 'mesmerising' debut adventure story". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  9. ^ Kean, Danuta (8 February 2017). "Waterstones children's prize shortlists reflect readers' search for hope in anxious times". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  10. ^ "Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2018 | Waterstones". www.waterstones.com. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  11. ^ "'Upbeat' refugee tale wins book prize". BBC. 21 March 2019. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  12. ^ Muxworthy, Catherine (9 February 2019). "Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2019 - Shortlist". For Reading Addicts. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  13. ^ "Waterstones Children's Book Prize | Waterstones". www.waterstones.com. Retrieved 2020-02-20.
  14. ^ "'A Kind of Spark' wins Waterstones Children's Book Prize". Books+Publishing. 2021-07-02. Retrieved 2021-07-09.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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