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
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


  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.

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