Thursday, February 9, 2012

Waterstones Children’s Book Prize - Shortlists

The shortlists for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2012 were announced yesterday. The winners of each category and the overall winner will be announced on 28 March.

From The Guardian:
The prize is voted for by booksellers and the three category winners will be pitted against each other to produce an overall winner who will win £3,000 on top of the £2,000 category prize. All the winners will be announced at a ceremony at Waterstones Piccadilly on Wednesday 28 March.

Last year's winner was Sita Brahmachari with Artichoke Hearts. Previous winners include Julia Golding, Sally Nicholls, Michelle Harrison and Katie Davies.

Picture Books

No! by Marta Altés (Child's Play)
I Don't Want to be a Pea! by Ann Bonwill & Simon Rickerty (Oxford University Press)
The Pirates Next Door by Jonny Duddle (Templar Publishing)
A Bit Lost by Chris Haughton (Walker)
I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen (Walker)
Good Little Wolf by Nadia Shireen (Jonathan Cape)

Fiction 5-12

The Windvale Sprites by Mackenzie Crook (Faber and Faber)
Muncle Trogg by Janet Foxley (Chicken House)
Sky Hawk by Gill Lewis (Oxford University Press)
The Brilliant World of Tom Gates by L. Pichon (Scholastic)
Milo and the Restart Button by Alan Silberberg (Simon & Schuster)
Claude in the City by Alex T. Smith (Hodder Children's Books)


You Against Me by Jenny Downham (David Fickling Books)
Being Billy by Phil Earle (Penguin)
Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson (Simon & Schuster)
My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher (Orion)
Divergent by Veronica Roth (HarperCollins Children's Books)
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (Penguin)


  1. Hi Karen have you got any of these in? Are they any good? We are always looking for new books for our teenage readers!

    1. Birmingham Libraries has them in stock. I've ordered a couple of the ones that aren't already on my tbr! My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece has won several awards/nominations and some of my reading group have tackled it (they are 10-12) and have enjoyed it. Divergent is supposed to be really good too.