Children's Non-fiction & Illustrated Book of the Year


This shortlist shows how fundamental publishers and authors are in shaping the future of our younger generations. Mental health, acceptance, LGBTQI+ relationships and geopolitics are among the themes that prevailed in the category. With Hachette and Puffin garnering two spots apiece on the shortlist, all of the titles are beautifully designed, highly entertaining and, above all, groundbreaking in theme and format. 

The Shortlist

  • Look Up!
    Nathan Bryon, illustrated by Dapo Adeola (Puffin)
    This fresh offering is from an author-illustrator duo; Nathan Bryon’s voice and Dapo Adeola’s artwork make for a distinct and modern tale. The book challenges today’s society by showing how we should stop what we are doing and "Look Up!"
  • The Smeds and the Smoos
    Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler (Alison Green)
    The latest from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler is more than just a happy space adventure. At its heart are messages of acceptance, inclusivity and togetherness. The book got rave reviews, one dubbing it as a “book of our time”.
  • You Got This
    Bryony Gordon (Wren & Rook)
    The first kids' book from wellloved author Bryony Gordon, focusing on 10 life lessons she wished she had known as a teen. The author has a distinct voice, which is funny and honest throughout.
  • Prisoners of Geography: Our World Explained in 10 Simple Maps
    Tim Marshall, illustrated by Grace Easton and Jessica Smith (Elliott & Thompson, co-created with Simon & Schuster Children's)
    Visually appealing and informative, this illustrated version of Tim Marshall’s Prisoners of Geography brings the same topics to a younger audience. Superbly illustrated by Grace Easton and Jessica Smith, it breaks down many complex geopolitical ideas.
  • Heartstopper: Vol.1
    Alice Oseman (Hodder Children's Group)
    Alice Oseman's Heartstopper: Vol 1 started as a grassroots campaign, which hit its fundraising target within hours. It was picked up by Hachette, which brought the LGBTQI+ love story to a worldwide audience.
  • On the Origin of Species
    Sabina Radeva (Puffin)
    Sabina Radeva’s début merges science and art as she re-tells Darwin’s evolution theory. The author, a biologist, demonstrates a commitment to scientific accuracy. It has sold 22,200 units through the TCM, and has been sold in 31 languages.