Faber has achieved three shortlistings for this year’s Waterstones Children’s Book Prize. Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell is nominated in the 5-12s group, while The Bone Dragon by Alexia Casale and Butter by Erin Lange are both listed in the teen category.
Nosy Crow, Bloomsbury and HarperCollins each have two books shortlisted for the prize, which is awarded for new and emerging talent in children’s writing.
“Our children’s departments have always been at the heart of our bookshops, for there of course book lovers are made,” said m.d. James Daunt. “In the prize we capture the passion and engagement of our booksellers as they champion emerging children’s authors and illustrators.”
The prize is voted for by Waterstones booksellers and consists of three categories; best picture books, best fiction for 5-12s, and best book for teens. The winners of each category will win £2,000 and an overall competition winner will receive an additional £3,000. The winners will be announced on Thursday 3rd April.
The shortlists in full:
Best Picture Book:
Open Very Carefully by Nick Bromley and Nicola O’Byrne (Nosy Crow)
Harold Finds a Voice by Courtney Dicmas (Child’s Play International)
Weasels by Elys Dolan (Nosy Crow)
Penguin in Peril by Helen Hancocks (Templar)
Time for Bed, Fred! by Yasmeen Ismail (Bloomsbury)
The Crocodile Who Didn’t Like Water by Gemma Merino (Macmillan Children’s Books)
Best Fiction for 5-12s:
The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani (HarperCollins Children’s Books)
Darcy Burdock by Laura Dockrill (Random House Children’s Books)
Shiverton Hall by Emerald Fennell (Bloomsbury)
The Skull in the Wood by Sandra Greaves (Chicken House)
Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell (Faber and Faber)
The Last Wild by Piers Torday (Quercus)
Best Book for Teens:
The Bone Dragon by Alexia Casale (Faber and Faber)
Butter by Erin Lange (Faber and Faber)
If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch (Orion)
Paper Aeroplanes by Dawn O’Porter (Hot Key Books)
Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys (Penguin)
Geek Girl by Holly Smale (HarperCollins Children’s Books)
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