the Waterstones Children's Book Prize
The friend of Waterstones and Children’s Laureate, the wonderful Chris Riddell, was on hand tonight to award screenwriter David Solomons the overall Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2016 for his debut novel My Brother is a Superhero at a ceremony held at our fabulous flagship shop in Piccadilly, London. This same evening also saw Chris recognise three further category winners – Best Younger Fiction, Best Older Fiction and Best Illustrated – with David additionally walking away with the Best Younger Fiction trophy.
Everything we do at Waterstones has your reading pleasure at its heart, but - being so in love with what we do - there are times when we are desperate to celebrate those books that have genuinely meant something to us as fellow readers. Well over a decade ago, we sought a way to recognise excellence in the field of publishing that most
Incredibly, the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize is now in its twelfth year and has given us the annual opportunity to triumph the very, very best in new and emerging talent for children’s writing and illustration. Uniquely, it’s a prize argued over and voted for by the most books-passionate of people; our extraordinary booksellers.
This year’s winners
In turn, our
The winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2016:
David Solomons’ My Brother is a Superhero
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Simultaneously bagging the night’s Best Younger Fiction category, My Brother is a Superhero is a hugely funny riot of a book, charting the misadventures of
The winner of the Best Illustrated Book Category:
David Litchfield’s The Bear and The Piano
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David Litchfield’s The Bear and the Piano is the launch of an incandescent new talent into the lively and always-surprising arena of the picture book. In a series of gorgeously rendered images, Litchfield manages to weave a properly-affecting tale of fulfilling dreams and the importance of friendship, all via an amazing bear that just happens to play the piano. ‘Litchfield’s moving tale is full of light and shade, warmth and emotion,’ said Florentyna, ‘and the layers of beautifully detailed illustration make it a joy to read again and again.’
The winner of the Best Older Fiction Category:
Lisa Williamson’s The Art of Being Normal
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In a time when issues of gender and identity cut to the quick in challenging society’s current values, Lisa Williamson’s The Art of Being Normal couldn’t have arrived at a more important or receptive moment. Its gripping narrative of two friends, bound by their very differences to the ‘normal’, will strike a chord in many. For Florentyna, ‘books like this help young people going through the uncertainties of growing up to understand they are not alone, whilst at the same time delivering a compelling story with characters that could have stepped out of your local school.’
The Waterstones Children’s Book Prize is not just about kudos, however – David Solomons as our overall winner was presented with a cheque for £5000 to recognise his category and overall wins, whilst David Litchfield and Lisa Williamson received £2000 each for their respective category victories.
The 2016 Shortlist
Remember to join us here at Waterstones.com over the next three weeks as we examine these incredible debuts in more detail. It’s a privilege to help support this level of talent and