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Sainsbury's Children's Book Awards

18th Sep 20

The shortlist for the Sainsbury's Children's Book Awards has been announced. The award aims to highlight the best children's books for families to share together, and to encourage parents and carers to spend more time reading with their children.

This is the 2020 shortlist in full. The winners will be announced on 16 October.

Activity Book

Where's the Dinosaur by Dougal Dixon and Helen Brown, illus James Cottell (Michael O'Mara Books)

Draw With Rob by Rob Biddulph (HarperCollins Children's Books)

Football School: The Ultimate Puzzle Book - 100 Brilliant Brain-Teasers by Alex Bellos and Ben Lyttleton, illustrated by Spike Gerrell (Walker Books)

Baby & Toddler

How Do You Feel? by Roger Priddy (Priddy Books)

Peek-A-Boo Baby: Zoo by Pat-a-Cake, illustrated by Zoe Waring (Pat-a-Cake)

Don't Tickle the Dinosaur! by Sam Taplin, illustrated by Ana Martin Larranaga (Usborne Publishing)


Hey Duggee: The Tooth Brushing Badge (Penguin Random House)

The Official Pokemon Trainer's Journal (Orchard Books)

Oi See It! Say It! by Kes Gray, illustrated by Jim Field (Hodder Children's Books)


The Strangeworlds Travel Agency by L. D. Lapinski (Orion Children's Books)

Anisha, Accidental Detective by Serena Patel, illustrated by Emma McCann (Usborne Publishing)

The Impossible Boy by Ben Brooks (Quercus Children's Books)

Learning & Development

Wise Before Five by Ladybird (Penguin Random House)

The Big Human Activity Book by Ben Elcomb, illustrated by Marc Pattenden, Georgie Fearns and Rhys Jefferys (Michael O'Mara Books)

Do You Love Bugs? by Matt Robertson, illustrated by Matt Robinson (Bloomsbury)

Picture Book

The Diddle That Dummed by Kes Gray, illustrated by Fred Blunt (Hodder Children's Books)

The Bad Day by Frann Preston-Gannon (Bonnier Books UK)

Mabel and the Mountain by Kim Hillyard (Penguin Random House)

The awards are judged by a panel of experts and run in partnership with Booktrust.

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