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Check out The British Book Awards Children's Book Shortlists for 2024

The British Book Awards 2024 Book of the Year Shortlists have been revealed today. Showcasing the enormous range and depth of modern publishing, these prestigious awards celebrate the whole journey of a book, from the author’s mind to the reader’s hand. There are 13 Book of the Year Awards with three categories focused on children's books. Children’s Illustrated, Children’s Non-Fiction, Children’s Fiction.

Philip Jones, Editor of The Bookseller and Chair of The British Book Awards judges, comments: “This year’s titles did what the industry does best: start conversations, connect communities and push boundaries. Our collective ability to support the creative endeavours of writers and illustrators, and to judge and deliver what readers want, continues to be a wonder to behold. It is an honour to celebrate these success stories.”

See the full shortlists of children's books below and scroll to purchase!

Book of the Year - Children’s Fiction supported by The Week Junior

Skandar and the Phantom Rider by A.F. Steadman 

This Book Kills by Ravena Guron, cover illustrator Leo Nickolls 

The Boy Who Slept Through Christmas by Matt Lucas, illustrated by Forest Burdett 

The Completely Chaotic Christmas of Lottie Brooks by Katie Kirby 

Powerless by Lauren Roberts 

• Impossible Creatures by Katherine Rundell, illustrated by Daniel Egnéus, Tomislav Tomić and Virginia Allyn

Book of the Year - Children’s Illustrated supported by LoveReading4Kids

This is Me by George Webster, in collaboration with Claire Taylor, illustrated by Tim Budgen 

Dog Man: Twenty Thousand Fleas Under the Sea by Dav Pilkey, illustrated by Dav Pilkey 

Heartstopper: Volume 5 by Alice Oseman, illustrated by Alice Oseman 

We’re Going on a Ghost Hunt by Martha Mumford, illustrated by Cherie Zamazing 

Bunny vs Monkey: Multiverse Mix-up by Jamie Smart, illustrated by Jamie Smart 

The King’s Pants by Nicholas Allan, illustrated by Nicholas Allan

Book of the Year - Children’s Non-Fiction

• Stolen History: The Truth About the British Empire And How It Shaped Us by Sathnam Sanghera 

Little People, Big Dreams: King Charles by Maria Isabel Sánchez Vegara, illustrated by Matt Hunt 

• Black & Irish: Legends, Trailblazers & Everyday Heroes by Leon Diop, Briana Fitzsimons, illustrated by Jessica Louis

• Brilliant Black British History by Atinuke, illustrated by Kingsley Nebechi 

• Kay’s Incredible Inventions by Adam Kay, illustrated by Henry Paker 

• The Boy Who Didn’t Want to Die by Peter Lantos 

To look at all of the shortlisted books for adults, head over to LoveReading.

Remind yourself of the 2023 winners here.

The twelve Book of the Year winners will be decided by separate panels, with judges including ‘Mr Bates vs The Post Office’ star Toby Jones, broadcaster and author Nihal Arthanayake, TV presenters Lorraine Kelly, Adrian Chiles and Yinka Bokinni, and writers Candice Brathwaite and Janice Hallett. Produced by The Bookseller, The British Book Awards, also known as the Nibbies, are the UK’s definitive celebration of books and reading. This year’s winners will be unveiled at a ceremony taking place at Grosvenor House London on Monday 13th May, 2024.




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