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SPOTLIGHT ON: CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARDS

A collection of children’s book awards from 2020 and 2021 showcasing some of the best fiction and non-fiction published.  We have handpicked some of our favourites from over the year.  Tempted by some of the titles?  Reserve a copy on-line to pick up from your local library.

Collections of the award shortlisted/longlisted titles (for this/last year depending on availability) are available at the following libraries:  Blue Peter: Wollaton; Carnegie: Basford; Greenaway: Bulwell; Lollies: Strelley; FCBG: Hyson Green; The British Book Awards Children’s Fiction Book of the Year: Southglade; Young Adult: Dales;  Waterstones: Strelley.

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Blue Peter Book Awards 2021

Since 2000, the enormously popular and influential Blue Peter Book Awards have been recognising and celebrating the best authors, the most creative illustrators and the greatest reads for children. The award has 2 categories showcasing the best story and best information books from the last 12 months.

To find out more, see the longlist and the winner for each category click here:

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CILIP Carnegie Medal 2021

The CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals are the UK’s oldest and best-loved children’s book awards, recognising outstanding reading experiences created through writing and illustration in books for children and young people.

The Carnegie Medal is awarded by children’s librarians for an outstanding book written in English for children and young people.

A shortlist is chosen from a longlist of 20 titles.  The award celebrates the outstanding achievement in children’s writing and there’s something for everyone.  To find the shortlist, longlist and more information about the award click here:

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CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2021

The CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals are the UK’s oldest and best-loved children’s book awards, recognising outstanding reading experiences created through writing and illustration in books for children and young people.

The Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded by children’s librarians for an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people, focusing on picture books and picture books for older children.

A shortlist is chosen from a longlist of 20 titles.   To find the shortlist, longlist and more information about the award click here:

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The Lollies 

Set up by Michel Rosen in 2016 The Lollies Book Award celebrates the best and funniest  children’s books in the Uk and Ireland voted for by children.  Each year stories are shortlisted into 3 categories: Best Laugh Out Loud Picture Book; Best Laugh Out Loud Book for 6-8years and Best Laugh Out Loud Book for 9-13 years.  Check out their website for the shortlist and a side-splitting read!

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FCBG Children’s Book Group Award 2020 

Celebrating 40 years in 2020, the Federation of Children’s Book Group Award celebrates books for children of all ages, highlighting some popular titles in each of the following categories: Books for Younger Children, Books for Younger Readers; Books for Confident Readers and Books for Older Readers.  To find out the shortlist and the overall winner check out:

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The British Book Awards Children’s Fiction Book of the Year 2020

Also known as the Nibbies the Children’s Fiction Book of the Year celebrates books that have generated lots of interest over the last 12 months.

The 2020 awards shortlisted titles are:

The 117-Storey Treehouse – Andy Griffiths

A pinch of Magic – Michelle Harrison

A Good Girls Guide to Murder – Holly Jackson

The Star Outside my Window – Onjali Q. Rauf

The Good Thieves – Katherine Rundell

The Beast of Buckingham Palace – David Walliams

More information about the award for 2021 can be found here:

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The YA Book Prize 2021 

Ten brilliant titles celebrating great books for teenagers and young adults.  Aiming to get more teens reading, this award is voted for by young people who are asked to choose the book they believe is the best-written and that they would be most likely to share with their peers.  To find out more and see the shortlisted titles check out their website:

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Waterstones Children’s Book Award

Looking back to 2020, these fiction titles in 3 categories are a fantastic cross selection for all ages.

Illustrated Book

Look Up! by Nathan Bryon

Once Upon a Unicorn Horn by Beatrice Blue

Otto Blotter, Bird Spotter by Graham Carter

One Fox by Kate Read

Me and My Sister by Rose Robbins

Hidden Planet by Ben Rothery

Younger Readers

The Middler by Kirsty Applebaum

Asha & the Spirit Bird by Jasbinder Bilan

Charlie Changes Into a Chicken by Sam Copeland

The Deepest Breath by Meg Grehan

High-Rise Mystery by Sharna Jackson

Our Castle by the Sea by Lucy Strange

Older Readers

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

Bearmouth by Liz Hyder

Internment by Samira Ahmed

“I Will Not Be Erased”: Our stories about growing up as people of colour by gal-dem

Jemima Small Versus the Universe by Tamsin Winter

The Million Pieces of Neena Gill by Emma Smith-Barton

Find out more and to see the longlist for 2021:

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