Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize 2019


The Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize Shortlist for 2019 has been announced. The category winners and ultimate overall winner will be unveiled on Thursday 21 March.

Illustrated Books Shortlist

Sparking the imaginations of the very youngest readers, the Illustrated Books Shortlist is a celebration of creative talent across every genre of children’s publishing. Bursting with life, invention and laugh-aloud humour, whether it’s a superbly silly rhyming canine roll-call or a tender, painterly story of identity or a catalogue of real life heroes, these are books that explore the breadth and depth of where words and pictures can lead us.

  • Mini Rabbit Not Lost by John Bond
  • Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison
  • 100 Dogs by Michael Whaite
  • Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love
  • The King Who Banned the Dark by Emily Haworth-Booth
  • The Girls by Lauren Ace

Younger Fiction Shortlist

Marking the beginning of a journey into independent reading, our Younger Fiction category is where many children lose their hearts to books forever. This year’s list is full of future favourites, crossing magical lands, tackling far-flung adventures and spinning new fairy tales to exploring what matters much closer to home.

  • Brightstorm: a Sky-Ship Adventure by Vashti Hardy
  • The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson
  • The Train to Impossible Places by P.G. Bell
  • The boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q. Rauf
  • The Mystery of the Colour Thief by Ewa Jozefkowicz
  • The Boy who Grew Dragons by Andy Shepherd

Older Fiction Shortlist

Standing on the cusp of the most daring and experimental new trends – not to mention where Hollywood comes calling – Older Fiction is where some of the most exciting contemporary storytelling happens. Amongst the astonishing range and diversity on display there’s the sweeping, fantasy of rich and strange new worlds alongside myth-born epic and cutting edge contemporary drama: talent to take your breath away.

  • Boy 87 by Ele Fountain
  • Children of Blood and Bone by Toni Adeyemi
  • Me Mam. Me Dad. Me. by Malcolm Duffy
  • The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • The Truth about Lies by Tracy Darnton
  • A Winter’s Promise by Christelle Dabos

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Waterstones Children’s Prize 2018


The Waterstones Children’s Prize shortlist for 2018 has been announced. Chosen from the many thousands of new titles that pass through the Waterstones booksellers’ hands, the shortlist represents the very best of emerging talent in children’s publishing today.

There are three categories: illustrated books, younger fiction, and older fiction.

The illustrated books are:

  • I Really Want the Cake by Simon Philip and Lucia Gagiotti
  • Leaf by Sandra Dieckmann
  • The Night Box by Louise Greig and Ashling Lindsay
  • Superbat by Matt Carr
  • Fergal is Fuming! by Robert Starling
  • The Secret of Black Rock by Joe Todd-Stanton

The younger fiction books are:

  • A Place Called Perfect by Helena Duggan
  • Who Let The Gods Out? by Maz Evans
  • Kid Normal by Greg James, Chris Smith and Erica Salcedo
  • The Five Realms: The Legend of Podkin One-Ear by Kieran Larwood
  • The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson
  • Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend

The older fiction books are:

  • The Disappearances by Emily Bain
  • Troublemakers by Catherine Barter
  • Ink by Alice Broadway
  • Thornhill by Pam Smy
  • This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The winner of each category, and the overall winner will be unveiled on Thursday 22 March. The titles can be borrowed from Wokingham Borough Libraries https://wokingham.spydus.co.uk or visit http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries