Children's Book Awards 2008

Details of award winning childrens books for 2008 will appear here as they are announced.

The Knife of Never Letting Go

The Guardian Children's Fiction Prize has been awarded to The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. 12-year-old Todd Hewitt is forced to flee the stifling male-only environs of Prentisstown, a world where thoughts are audible. Todd fights to survive and to learn the dark secrets behind Prentisstown's facade. Available at and

The Greenaway Prize was awarded to Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears by Emily Gravett. A little mouse uses the pages of a book to document his fears - from loud noises and the dark, to being sucked down the plughole. Packed with details and novelty elements including flaps, die-cuts, this is an extraordinary picture book. Find it at

The Carnegie Prize was awarded to Here Lies Arthur by Philip Reeve. Gwyna was just a small girl when she was bound in service to Myrddin the bard - a traveller and spinner of tales. Myrddin transfroms her - into a lady goddess, a boy warrior, and a spy. But can she work the most glorious transformation of all - and turn the leader of a raggle-taggle war-band into King Arthur? It was also the fiction winner of the UKLA Children’s Book Awards. It is available from

The winner of the UKLA Children’s Book Awards Picturebook prize and the Red House Children's Book Awards: Books for Younger Children 2008 is Penguin by Polly Dunbar. Ben is thrilled when he's given a penguin, but try as he might, he can't make the penguin talk. Ben tickles Penguin, pulls his funniest face, sings a silly song and does a dizzy dance. Available at

The winner of the Red House Children's Book Awards: Books for Younger Readers 2008 has been named as Ottoline and the Yellow Cat by Chris Riddell. The book introduces Miss Ottoline Brown, an exceptionally inquisitive Mistress of Disguise, and her partner in crime, Mr Munroe. No puzzle is ever too tricky for the two of them to solve. Available at

The Red House Children's Book Awards: Books for Older Readers 2008 has been awarded to Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy. When all hell breaks loose, it's lucky for Skulduggery that he's already dead. Though he's about to discover that being a skeleton doesn't stop you from being tortured, if the torturer is determined enough. Available at


The Costa Children's Book Award 2008 has been awarded to Ann Kelley's The Bower Bird. It is the story of Gussie, a bright young girl diagnosed with a rare heart condition. However she is determined to live life to the fullest, experiencing typical teenage problems such as love and parent troubles. Available at

The children's section of the Galaxy British Book Awards was won by Horrid Henry and the Abominable Snowman, by Francesca Simon & Tony Ross. Four new stories about Horrid Henry, in which he builds a snowman, sets up a makeover business, gets in trouble with a famous author and writes his will! From

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