The Waterstones Children’s Book Prize Shortlist 2020 has been selected by booksellers, and champions the finest new talent in children’s writing and illustration today. There are 3 categories, Illustrated Books, Younger Readers and Older Readers.
Titles marked with an asterisk are available as an ebook or eaudio through our RBdigital app.
Look Up by Nathan Bryon
Once Upon a Unicorn Horn by Beatrice Blue
Otto Blotto Bird Spotter by Graham Carter
One Fox by Kate Read
Me and My Sister by Rose Robbins
Hidden Planet by Ben Rothery
*The Middler by Kirsty Applebaum
Asha and the Spirit Bird by Jasbinder Bilan
*Charlie Changes into a Chicken by Sam Copeland
The Deepest Breath by Meg Grehan
High Rise Mystery by Sharna Jackson
*Our Castle by the Sea by Lucy Strange
A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
*Bearmouth by Liz Hyder
Internment by Samira Ahmed
*“I will not be erased” our stories about growing up as people of colour by gal-dem
*Jemima Small Versus the Universe by Tamsin Winter
* The Million Pieces of Neena Gill by Emma Smith-Barton
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.
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