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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.

I Really Want the Cake
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Simon Philip , Lucia Gaggiotti
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Leaf
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Sandra Dieckmann
£6.99   £5.99 Paperback
The Night Box
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Louise Greig , Ashling Lindsay
£6.99   £5.99 Paperback
Fergal is Fuming!
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Robert Starling
£6.99   £5.99 Paperback
Superbat
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Matt Carr
£6.99   £5.99 Paperback
The Secret of Black Rock
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Joe Todd-Stanton
£6.99   £5.99 Paperback

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.

Goldfish Boy
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Lisa Thompson
£6.99   £5.99 Paperback
Kid Normal
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Greg James , Chris Smith , Erica Salcedo
£6.99   £5.99 Paperback
The Five Realms: The Legend of Podkin One-Ear
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Kieran Larwood , Fernando Juarez , David Wyatt
£6.99   £5.99 Paperback
Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow
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Jessica Townsend
£6.99   £5.99 Paperback
A Place Called Perfect
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Helena Duggan
£6.99   £5.99 Paperback
Who Let the Gods Out?
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Maz Evans
£6.99   £5.99 Paperback

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.

The Disappearances
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Emily Bain Murphy
£7.99   £5.99 Paperback
The Hate U Give
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Angie Thomas
£7.99   £5.99 Paperback
INK
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INK
Alice Broadway
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This Mortal Coil
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Emily Suvada
£7.99   £5.99 Paperback
Thornhill
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Pam Smy
£14.99   £11.99 Hardback
Troublemakers
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Catherine Barter
£7.99   £5.99 Paperback

Previous Winners

The Girl of Ink & Stars
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My Brother Is a Superhero
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Blown Away
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Rooftoppers
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Ketchup Clouds
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The Pirates Next Door
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Artichoke Hearts
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The Great Hamster Massacre
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The Thirteen Treasures
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£7.99   £6.49
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Ways to Live Forever
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Darkside
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£7.50
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The Diamond of Drury Lane
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The Cry of the Icemark
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