And the Winner Is…

It’s the book-version of Oscar time for children’s authors and illustrators! A lot of prizes seem to come up at this time of year. Here are a few we always look forward to hearing about, starting with perhaps the most obvious…

CKG shortlists were published on Tuesday and the final titles now in the running for the prize are as follows:

Carnegie Medal: The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo, Rebound by Kwame Alexander, The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson, Bone Talk by Candy Gourlay, A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge, Things a Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nichols, Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds, illustrated by Chris Priestley, and The Land of Neverendings by Kate Saunders.

Kate Greenaway Award: The Day the War Came by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Rebecca Cobb, Ocean Meets the Sky by Eric & Terry Fan, Beyond the Fence by Maria Gulemetova, The Wold, The Duck and the Mouse by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen, Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love, You’re Safe With Me by Chitra Soundar, illustrated by Poonam Mistry, The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane, illustrated by Jackie Morris and Suffragette: The Battle for Equality by David Roberts.

The winners for this year’s awards will be announced in three months time (18th June 2019!) and we’re very excited for our office awards shadowing to begin. Not sure how that works? Have a read of the CKG website here.

The Bookseller’s prize for young adult fiction was established in 2014, directly responding to draw attention to the rise and popularity of YA fiction and in particular, those writers living and working in the UK (the overall winner must reside in the UK or Ireland!). Ten titles are nominated this year, encompassing the broad range of writers producing books for young people. The shortlist includes Juno Dawson’s rehab tale Clean, Laura Dockrill’s ode to body positivity Big Bones (reviewed here) and Muhammad Khan’s I Am Thunder, a coming-of-age exploration into the lives of young British Muslims. The winner will be announced in May at this year’s Hay Festival.

  • CAMEO Award winner for best adaptation for an audiobook:

Philip Pullman’s La Belle Sauvage (Book of Dust), read by Michael Sheen and adapted by RandomHouse Audiobooks

The next best thing to reading and savouring this beautiful book ourselves must be listening to the mysterious and intriguing story read by a great actor.

Picture Book: Mr Bunny’s Chocolate Factory by Elys Dolan

Age 6-8: The Big Fat Totally Bonkers Diary of Pig by Emer Stamp

Age 9-13: Tom Gates: Epic Adventure (kind of) by Liz Pichon

The new shortlists for the Excelsior Award are now available to view on the website, With four new age-specific shortlists covering ages from 9 to 18 there should be something for everybody (including adults!)


And although there are many children’s book awards, a brand new one has been announced which is much needed for a rather neglected genre, early chapter books for newly fluent readers, with illustrations as much a part of the story as the text. Called The Alligator’s Mouth after its major sponsor the children’s bookshop of the same name, the longlist includes books we love and highly recommend for years 3 to 4 in particular. Take a look at




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