Frances Hardinge, the winner of the 2016 Costa prize, is shortlisted for this year’s UKLA Book Awards, the only children’s book prize judged by teachers, along with authors such as Rebecca Cobb and Eoin Colfer.
Hardinge is shortlisted in the 12-16 category for The Lie Tree, as are five other teen novels, including All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven (Puffin) and The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick (Orion Indigo).
The 7-11 category features titles such as The Fish in the Bathtub by author Eoin Colfer and illustrator Peter Bailey (Barrington Stoke) and Hercufleas by author Sam Gayton and illustrator Peter Cottrill (Andersen Press), whilst the shortlist for the 3-6 prize includes This Book Just Ate My Dog! by Richard Byrne (Oxford University Press) and The Something by Rebecca Cobb (Macmillan Children's Books).
The prize is run by the UK Literacy Association (UKLA) and is sponsored by Lovereading4Kids.
The shortlist was put together by 60 teachers who were looking for books that “enhance all aspects of literacy learning”. Twelve of those teachers will form the final judging panel, and pick one winning book from each category, before announcing the winners on 8th July.
This year’s shortlist in full:
This Book Just Ate My Dog! by Richard Byrne (Oxford University Press)
The Something by Rebecca Cobb (Macmillan Children's Books)
I am Henry Finch by Alexis Deacon and Viviane Schwarz (Walker Books)
The Dad with 10 Children by Bénédicte Guettier (Scribblers Books)
On Sudden Hill by Linda Sarah and Benji Davies (Simon & Schuster Children's Books)
Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion by Alex T Smith (Scholastic Children's Books)
The Fish in the Bathtub by Eoin Colfer and Peter Bailey (Barrington Stoke)
Hercufleas by Sam Gayton and Peter Cottrill (Andersen Press)
The Imaginary by A.F Harrold and Emily Gravett (Bloomsbury)
The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel (David Fickling Books)
The Pilot and the Little Prince by Peter Sís (Pushkin Press)
Atlas of Adventures by Rachel Williams and Lucy Leatherland (Wide Eyed Editions)
The Door that Led to Where by Sally Gardner (Hot Key Books)
The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge (Macmillan Children's Books)
There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake (Bloomsbury)
An Island of Our Own by Sally Nicholls (Scholastic Children's Books)
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven (Puffin)
The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick (Orion Indigo)