Sheffield Children’s Book Award winners to be announced today

10 November 2017

The Sheffield Children’s Book Award winners are set to be announced today.

This will be the award’s 29th year and will take place at the Crucible theatre, which celebrated its 46th birthday this week.

Hundreds of children take part every year by voting for their favourite books through schools and libraries. This year a total of 780 children formed part of the judging panel.

J.K. Rowling won the Sheffield Children’s Book Award in 1997 for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, which was one of her first awards as an author.

Other previous winners include Michael Morpurgo, Jacqueline Wilson, Michael Rosen and Nick Sharratt.

This year’s shortlist of winners has been whittled down to 25 authors and illustrators.

See below for shortlist:

0-2 years

  • 1,2,3 A Walk in the Countryside by Ros Beardshaw
  • Hoot’s Twilght Adventure by Rowena Blyth
  • Fingertrail Playbook Garden by Fiona Watt

Toddler (2-4 years)

  • Baking with Dad by Aurora Cacciapuoti
  • Greedy Goat by Petr Horacek
  • Kiss it Better by Smitri Prasadam-Halls

Picture book (5-7 years)

  • Odd Dog Out by Rob Biddulph
  • Otto the Book Bear In the Snow by Katie Cleminson
  • The Prince of Pants by Alan MacDonald
  • Odd Socks by Michelle Robinson
  • A Beginner’s Guide to Bear Spotting by Michelle Robinson
  • Nibbles the Book Monster by Emma Yarlett

Emerging reads

  • Dave the Pigeon and how to Deal by Swapna Haddow
  • The Pumpkin Project by Katie Smith
  • The Pocket Pirates: The Great by Chris Mould

Shorter reads (9-11 years)

  • The Many Worlds of Albie Bright by Christopher Edge
  • Beetle Boy by M G Leonard
  • Jinks and O’Hare Funfair Repair by Philip Reeve

Longer novels (11-13 years)

  • Moth Girls by Ann Cassidy
  • The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood-Hargrave
  • Time Travelling with a Hamster by Ross Welford

Young adult (14+ years)

  • The Art of Not Breathing by Sarah Alexander
  • The Trap by Alan Gibbons
  • Orangeboy by Patrice Lawrence

Special category – Independent Publishers for younger children

  • The New LiBEARian – Alison Donald
  • The Bean Machine – Adam Bestwick
  • The Tigon and the Liger – Keilly Swift


Written by Brogan Maguire

20 year old journalism student at University of Sheffield.

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