The Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2013: Shortlist

The Waterstones Children’s Book Prize is in its ninth year. Run by a UK based bookseller its aim is to ‘reward and champion new and emerging talent in children’s writing.’

The award itself is divided into three categories – Picture Books, Fiction 5-12, and Teen Books. Each of those category contains six fabulous books – we’ve listed each of them below.

Have a browse through our list. Click on the links to read those we have reviewed.

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Picture Books

Waterstones Award 2013

Rabbityness by Jo Empson – “In just 32 pages Rabbityness gently ushers in a variety of layers embracing creativity, individualism, loss and happiness. Just wonderful.”

The Journey Home by Frann Preston- Gannon

Lunchtime by Rebecca Cob

The Worst Princess by Anna Kemp – a modern tale which neatly avoids many of the clichés usually found in ‘anti princess’ style books.

Oh No George! by Chris Haughton – “a deceptively simply story which provokes great reactions from its audience – think gasps, LOTS of ‘oh no!’ and covered giggles!”

Can You See Sassoon? by Sam Usher

Fiction 5-12 


Wonder by R.J. Pacacio

Chronicles of Egg: Deadweather and Sunrise by Geoff Rodkey

The Wolf Princess by Cathryn Constable

The Secret Hen House Theatre by Helen Peters

Barry Loser: I am not a Loser by Barry Loser

Atticus Claw Breaks the Law by Jennifer Gray

Teen Books


Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher

Insignia by S.J. Kancaid

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Skin Deep by Laura Jarratt

Geekhood: Close Encounters of the Girl Kind by Andy Robb

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

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