The shortlists for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2019 (announced today) are as follows:
- The Girls by Lauren Ace and Jenny Løvlie (Little Tiger Press)
- Mini Rabbit Not Lost by John Bond (HarperCollins)
- Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison (Penguin)
- The King Who Banned the Dark by Emily Haworth-Booth (Pavilion)
- Julian Is A Mermaid by Jessica Love (Walker Books)
- 100 Dogs by Michael Whaite (Penguin)
- The House With Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson (Usborne)
- The Train To Impossible Places by P.G. Bell (Usborne)
- Brightstorm by Vashti Hardy (Scholastic)
- The Mystery Of The Colour Thief by Ewa Jozefkowicz (Head of Zeus)
- The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q. Raúf (Hachette Children’s)
- The Boy Who Grew Dragons by Andy Shepherd (Templar)
- The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (Egmont)
- Children Of Blood And Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (Pan MacMillan)
- A Winter’s Promise by Christelle Dabos (Europa Editions)
- The Truth About Lies by Tracy Darnton (Little Tiger Press)
- Me Mam. Me Dad. Me. by Malcolm Duffy (Head of Zeus)
- Boy 87 by Ele Fountain (Pushkin)
Congratulations to all involved with the shortlisted titles.
The winners will be announced at an evening reception at Waterstones Piccadilly (London), Europe’s largest bookshop, on Thursday 21st March, 2019. The winner of each category will receive £2000, with the overall winner receiving an extra £3000. In the event that the prize is awarded to a partnership, then the prize money will be split equally between the joint winners.
First awarded in 2005, the Prize has evolved into one of the most prestigious accolades for children’s books in the UK. Now in its fifteenth year and with its shortlists exploring some highly topical subjects, the Prize shows its enduring relevance as a formidable platform for emerging talent.
Last year’s winner, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, shot to the top of the bestseller charts after the announcement and saw an increase in sales of over 900% across the Waterstones estate.
Florentyna Martin, Waterstones Children’s Buyer says: “This year’s list showcases an exploration of wide topics including world-folklore, black history, mental health, refugees and the world around us, through dynamic forms of poetry, fables and sweeping fantasies. It is a truly enthralling time for children’s writing, and our booksellers have keenly chosen shortlists that they are inspired to share with readers and, in doing so, recognise the creators who will shape the future of children’s stories.”
James Daunt, Waterstones Managing Director says: “We are immensely proud of our Children’s Book Prize. It has chosen unfailingly wonderful books and in so doing propelled the careers of a succession of exceptional authors. Who knows how many might otherwise not have achieved such success? The Prize is the work of our booksellers and represents Waterstones at its very best.”
All the shortlisted titles will have “Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2019” added to their listings entry over the next few days and we will be highlighting several of the titles during the six weeks leading up to the category and overall winners announcement on 21st March.
Previous Winners of the Prize are:
- 2005 The Cry of the Icemark by Stuart Hill
- 2006 The Diamond of Drury Lane by Julia Golding
- 2007 Darkside by Tom Becker
- 2008 Ways to Live Forever by Sally Nicholls
- 2009 The Thirteen Treasures by Michelle Harrison
- 2010 The Great Hamster Massacre by Katie Davies
- 2011 Artichoke Hearts by Sita Brahmachari
- 2012 The Pirates Next Door by Jonny Duddle
- 2013 Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher
- 2014 Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell
- 2015 Blown Away by Rob Biddulph
- 2016 My Brother is a Superhero by David Solomons
- 2017 The Girl of Ink & Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
- 2018 The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas