Shortlist of Waterstones Children’s Book Prize Announced


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A couple of days ago, the shortlists for Waterstones Children’s Book Prize were announced and there’s definitely a good variety from detective fiction to tales of witches to dystopian fiction so I thought i’d list them on today’s post as recommended reads.

We’ll begin with the shortlist for Best Illustrated Book

  1. The Queen’s Hat by Steve Antony (Hodder / Hachette Children’s) 51izpbfj9FL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_
  2. The Dawn Chorus by Suzanne Barton (Bloomsbury)thequeenshat
  3. Blown Away by Rob Biddulph (HarperCollins)
  4. Where Bear? by Sophy Henn (Puffin)
  5. Atlas of Adventures by Lucy Letherland, words by Rachel Williams (Wide Eyed Editions
  6. The Sea Tiger by Victoria Turnbull (Templar)


Best Fiction for 5-12s:

  1. Girl with a W2085hite Dog by Anne Booth (Catnip
  2. Cowgirl by G.R. Gemin (Nosy Crow)
  3. Boy in the Tower by Polly Ho-Yen (Random House Children’s
  4. Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens (Random House Children’s Publishers
  5. Violet and the Pearl of the Orient by Harriet Whitehorn, illustrated byBecka 9781471122613_hrMoor (Simon & Schuster)
  6. A Boy Called Hope by Lara Williamson (Usborne Publishing)

Best Books for Teens:

  1. The Apple Tart of Hope by Sarah Moore Fitzgerald (Orion Children’s Books)71dCHAfIylLHalf-Bad
  2. Half Bad by Sally Green (Penguin)
  3. Dead Ends by Erin Lange (Faber & Faber)
  4. Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill (Quercus)
  5. Smart by Kim Slater (Macmillan Children’s Books)
  6. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton (Walker Books)

And that’s all of the books in each shortlist category for the 11th Waterstones Children’s Book Prize.

To find out more information about the shortlists and the book prize itself, please visit Telegraph Books here -

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