Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2020
It is our enormous pleasure to share with you our Waterstones Children’s Book Prize shortlist for 2020. This year’s selections – as always chosen by our booksellers - mark our continuing commitment to championing the finest new talent in children’s writing and illustration today.
Illustrated Books Shortlist
Sparking the imaginations of our very youngest readers, our Illustrated Books shortlist combines exciting visual storytelling with fun ways to learn and develop. From a counting book that doubles as a barnyard caper to an interstellar adventure about a meteor storm, these books are perfect for little hands and enquiring minds.
Books for Younger Readers Shortlist
Magic and myth mingle with the tough choices of real life in these six page-turning books for independent readers. Budding romance, exotic adventure and the perils of transforming into poultry all feature in a wide-ranging shortlist of consistently high quality.
Books for Older Readers Shortlist
Reflecting the increasingly mature and intelligent publishing emerging for Teenagers and Young Adults, the Older Fiction shortlist boasts hard-hitting plotlines and complex characterisation that never patronises or condescends. Stark dystopia rubs shoulders with contemporary drama in this dazzling selection.
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Previous Overall Winners
Celebrating 15 Years of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize
Celebrating 15 Years of the Waterstones Children's Books Prize
In 2019 we celebrated 15 years of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, reflecting on how far this unique award has come in discovering and championing the very best in children’s publishing.
15 Years of New Talent
We are passionate about discovering new talent. Since the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize first began, we’ve been sharing the best in new writing for children and teenagers.
15 Years of Illustration
We know that pictures can bring stories to life. Over the years, it’s been our pleasure to introduce fresh creative talent which combines words and pictures to stunning effect.
15 Years of Leading Conversation
Our choices always put readers first, rewarding the books that matter to them and reflecting the topics young people of all ages are most passionate about.
15 Years of Fun
We know that one of the hardest challenges for a writer is making readers laugh and that’s why we love to celebrate books that raise a chuckle.
15 Years Finding Adventure
Feeding young imaginations with the fuel to build universes of their own, we have always championed sweeping adventures of new worlds and brave deeds.
15 Years Being Brave
Throughout the history of the prize, we’ve rewarded books that engage with difficult issues in innovative and extraordinary ways. Stories that move, provoke and stay with you forever.
The Next 15 Years
In 2019 we crowned Onjali Q. Rauf’s compelling and compassionate The Boy at the Back of the Class as our winner, and its huge success is testament to the unerringly good judgement of our booksellers. What will scoop the coveted award this year? And what delights do the next 15 years hold? Join the conversation on Twitter - #wcbp20 – and make the case for your favourite.
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