Here I am playing a bit of catch-up again!
The Waterstones Children's Book Prize shortlist is out. The award for the 10th annual Waterstones Children's Book Prize will be announced on April 3rd when the winners in all three categories will receive an award of £2,000 and the overall winner will receive £3,000. The categories are; Best Picture Book, Best Fiction for 5-12s and Best Teen Book.
The purpose of this award is to "uncover hidden talent in children's writing". To qualify, an author can have published no more than three books. The past winners have gone on to very dynamic careers and have given us some outstanding children's books. Some of the past winners include: Jonny Duddle (The Pirates Next Door), Sally Nichols (Ways to Live Forever), RJ Palacio (Wonder)... there's a huge list of writers in the last 10 years who have gone on to make a difference. The Waterstones Children's Book Prize has definitely become one to watch!
Enough of this; here are the shortlists in full:
Best Picture Book:
Harold Finds A Voice by Courtney Dicmas
Weasels by Elys Dolan
The Crocodile Who Didn't Like Water by Gemma Merino
Penguin in Peril by Helen Hancocks
Open Very Carefully by Nick Bromley & Nicola O'Byrne
Time For Bed, Fred by Yasmine Ismael
Best Fiction for 5-12s:
Shiverton Hall by Emerald Fennell
Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell
Darcy Burdock by Laura Dockrill
The Last Wild by Piers Torday
Skull in the Wood by Sandra Greaves
The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani
Best Book for Teens:
The Bone Dragon by Alexia Casale
Paper Aeroplanes by Dawn O'Porter
Butter by Erin Lange
If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch
Geek Girl by Holly Smale
Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
This is quite a competitive list, don't you think?