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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