This week the English Association announced the shortlist for the 2024 English 4-11 Picture Book Awards. Established in 1995, the awards are presented by the English Association to the best children’s picture books of the year. Awards are given to Fiction and Non-Fiction in age ranges 4-7 years and 7-11 years.

The winning books are chosen by the editorial board of English 4-11, the journal for primary teachers published by the English Association, the National Association for the Teaching of English, and the United Kingdom Literacy Association, from a shortlist selected by a panel of teachers and Primary specialists. Each year, one of the books submitted to the English 4-11 Picture Book Awards will be selected as the recipient of the Margaret Mallett Prize for Children’s Non-Fiction. The winners in each category, plus the winner of this year’s Margaret Mallett Award for Children’s Non-Fiction, will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on Saturday 25th May 2024.

The Chair of the Judging Panel, Dr Sally Wilkinson, commented,
"It was a pleasure to once again review hundreds of high-calibre entries. Each of the shortlisted books has been chosen by primary education specialists, and is ideal for use in the classroom; they would all be welcome additions to your bookshelves! We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the publishers, authors, and illustrators who sent in books to the Awards."

Non-Fiction 4-7

The Secret Elephant by Ellan Rankin

LIFESIZE Deadly Animals by Sophy Henn 

Saving H’Non- Chang and the Elephant by Trang Nguyen and Jeet Zdung

My First Space Atlas by Jane Wilsher and Paul Daviz

Fiction 4-7

The Artist by Ed Vere

One Little Word by Joseph Coelho and Alison Colpoys 

My Dad is a Tree by Jon Agee

Holey Moley by Bethan Clarke and Anders Frang

Non-Fiction 7-11

How to Chat Chicken by Nick Crumpton and Adrienne Barman

Weird Sea by Sophie Burrows

Brilliant Black British History by Atinuke and Kingsley Nebechi

Britannica’s Encyclopedia Infographica by Andrew Pettie, Conrad Quilty-Harper, and Valentina D’Efilippo

Fiction 7-11

Luna and the Treasure of Tlaloc by Joe Todd-Stanton 

Tourmaline by David Cali and Fatinha Ramos

The Grand Hotel of Feelings by Lidia Brankovic

The Panda’s Child by Jackie Morris and Cathy Fisher

Ten Word Tiny Tales by Joseph Coelho and friends

You can find information on the Picture Book Awards visit: