The Waterstones Children's Book Prize
Welcome to the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2018
We’re absolutely delighted to share with you our Waterstones Children’s Book Prize shortlists for 2018. Chosen from the many thousands of new titles that pass through our booksellers’ hands, the shortlists are our annual showcase of the very best emerging talent in children’s publishing today.
Thursday 22 March marks the day we’ll unveil each category’s respective winner and our ultimate overall winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2018, joining such previous luminaries as Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Katherine Rundell and Jonny Duddle. We wish all our nominees the very best of luck!
Illustrated Books Shortlist
Our Illustrated Books Shortlist is where the reading adventure begins. From a tantalising coastal mystery that begs to be solved to a story drawing on bravery, friendship and the environment, a new wave of illustration superstars are creating worlds on paper.
Younger Fiction Shortlist
How many of us still thrill to the memory of that favourite childhood read? Our Younger Fiction nominees have been crafting memories for a new generation, stories of strange, mysterious villages where everything is a little too perfect, where gods find themselves adrift on earth or worlds where unlikely animal warriors must discover their destiny.
Older Fiction Shortlist
Older Fiction is where exciting new trends can be made and broken. From dark, lusciously-illustrated gothic mysteries to unflinching dramas addressing the real-world concerns of young people now. Books have never mattered more.