Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2023 Winners

The Waterstones Children’s Book Prize is an annual award given to a work of children’s literature published during the previous year. First awarded in 2005, the purpose of the prize is “to uncover hidden talent in children’s writing” and is therefore open only to authors who have published no more than three books. Since 2012 it has been divided into three categories, Illustrated books, Younger Fiction and Older Fiction with an Overall Winner. The prize is voted for by the booksellers from all around the country. Past winners include Sally Nicholls, Katherine Rundell and Rob Biddulph.


Illustrated Books winner

Gretel the Wonder Mammoth  by Kim Hillyard. (Puffin)  ISBN: 978-0241488560

Gretel has just woken up after eons under ice and everything and everything has changed. She feels scared, embarrassed, different. This is a lovely subtle way for children to explore their own feelings of anxiety in stressful situations and how the best way of coping is to tell someone and ask for help. The illustrations are colourful and Gretel is a very endearing character

Younger Fiction winner

 Nura and the Immortal Palace by M.T.Khan. (Walker).  ISBN: 978-1529503494

A breathtaking magical adventure rooted in Muslim culture and tradition which follows a young girl’s journey from child exploitation in a mica mine in modern-day Pakistan into the wonderfully described, colourful world of the jinn. A terrible accident buries her best friend below ground and Nura goes in search of him and crosses into a whole new world. She finds her way to a palace, where great riches and a whole new life are on offer. But it’s not long before Nura discovers this world to be as unfair as the real one, and that trickster jinns will always live up to their reputation.

Older Fiction and Overall Winner

The Cats we Meet Along the Way by Nadia Mikail (Guppy Books). ISBN: 978-1913101596

With the world due to end imminently, Aisha and her brilliantly drawn companions including her mother, her boyfriend, Walter and his parents (and Fleabag the stray cat), undertake an eventful road trip across Malaysia to find her estranged sister June in this stunningly fresh, original moving and at times hilarious debut that manages to be hopeful and life affirming despite the end of the world scenario.


More Awards

Little Rebels Book Awards 2023

The Little Rebels Children’s Book Award, now in its 11th year, recognises children’s fiction (for readers aged 0-12) which promotes social justice or social equality,

The Week Junior Book Awards 2023

https://www.theweekjuniorbookawards.co.uk 2023 sees the inaugural year of The Week Junior Book Awards sponsored by Bookily from National Book Tokens. Set up to “celebrate the brilliant