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Waterstones Book Prize

12th Feb 20

The shortlist for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2020 has been announced, including picture books, middle grade and young adult fiction. The shortlist is chosen by Waterstones' booksellers.

The three shortlists comprising 18 titles are as follows:

Picture books:

Once Upon a Unicorn Horn by Beatrice Blue (Frances Lincoln)
Look Up! by Nathan Bryon and Dapo Adeola (Puffin)
Otto Blotter, Bird Spotter by Graham Carter (Andersen Press)
One Fox by Kate Read (Two Hoots)
Me and My Sister by Rose Robbins (Scallywag Press)
Hidden Planet: An Illustrator's Love Letter to Planet Earth by Ben Rothery (Ladybird)

Younger Readers

Charlie Changes Into a Chicken by Copeland (Puffin)
High-Rise Mystery by Sharna Jackson (Knights Of)
The Middler by Kirsty Applebaum (Nosy Crow)
The Deepest Breath by Meg Grehan (Little Island)
Asha & the Spirit Bird by Jasbinder Bilan (Chicken House)
Our Castle by the Sea by Lucy Strange (Chicken House)

Older Readers

Bearmouth by Liz Hyder (Pushkin Children's Books)
Internment by Samira Ahmed (Atom)
I Will Not Be Erased by gal-dem (Walker Books)
A Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson (Electric Monkey
The Million Pieces of Neena Gill by Emma Smith-Barton (Puffin)
Jemima Small Versus the Universe by Tamsin Winter (Usborne Publishing).

The six books within each category will compete to be crowned Category Winner, with the three category winners then vying for the overall title of Waterstones Children's Book of the Year 2020. The winners will be announced on Thursday 26th March.

The winning authors and illustrators are ongoing support by Waterstones across its stores nationwide. Last year's winner, The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q Rauf (Hachette Children's Books), saw an increase in sales of over 361% following the prize announcement.

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