Children's Book Awards 2009

Details of all the award winning childrens books for 2009 will appear here as they are announced.

The Guardian Children's Fiction Prize has been won by Exposure by Mal Peet. The story is a retelling of Shakespeare's Othello which turns the protagonists into a glamorous celebrity couple. Wrongly implicated in a scandal, star footballer Otello's life spirals out of control. Available from

Archie's War by Marcia Williams

The winner of the UKLA Children’s Book Award for 3 to 11 year olds was Archies War by Marcia Williams. In this book we experience life in WW1 through the eyes of a young boy via a collage of strip comics, doodles, drawings, cartoon characters, mementoes, photos, thoughts, jokes, and much more. Available from

The winner of both the Carnegie Prize and UKLA Children’s Book Award for 12 to 16 year olds is Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd. Digging for peat in the mountain with his Uncle Tally, Fergus finds the body of a child, and it looks like she's been murdered. "Bog Child" is an astonishing novel exploring the sacrifices made in the name of peace, and the unflinching strength of the human spirit. Available from

The Greenaway Prize 2009 has been awarded to Harris Finds His Feet by Catherine Rayner Harris was a very small hare with very big feet. 'Why do I have such enormous feet, Grandad?' Harris sighed. So Grandad shows Harris how to find his own feet. Available from

The overall winner of the Red House Children's Book Awards 2009 and winner of the Older Readers category was Blood Ties by Sophie McKenzie. It tells the story of Theo who discovers the father he thought died when he was a baby is still alive. He becomes determined to find him. Available at

The Red House Children's Book Awards in the younger readers’ category was Daisy and the Trouble with Zoos by Kes Grey. Daisy goes to the Zoo for a special birthday treat, but instead of just feeding the penguins, she decides to adopt one and take it home.... Available from

The Red House Children's Book Awards 2009 for younger children was been won by The Pencil by Allen Ahlberg. A pencil draws a boy, a dog, a cat and a world for them to play in. It draws a brush and the brush adds colour. But then the pencil draws a rubber - which begins rubbing everything out! Available at

Shadow Forest

The overall winner of Blue Peter Book Awards was Shadow Forest by Matt Haig which also won the category of 'The Book I Couldn't Put Down'. Samuel Blink and his sister Martha are in the back of his parents car. A giant log falls from the sky and changes his life forever. He and Martha will be move to Norway and Martha disappears into Shadow Forest. A forest full of trolls, the sinister huldre-folk, Pixies and a witch. A forest so dangerous that people who enter never return. Available at

Planet In Peril

The Blue Peter Book Awards 'Best Book with Facts' was Planet in Peril by Anita Ganeri. One of the Horrible Geography series. From climate change to carbon footprints this is a useful guide the environmental issues children are most concerned about and offers oodles of ideas of things readers can do to help to save the planet. Available at

Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear

The Most Fun Story with Pictures category of the Blue Peter Book Awards was Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear by Andy Stanton, illustrated by David Tazzyman. Mr Gum returns in the fifth shamelessly hilarious book with bears called Padlock, hot-air balloons, tall sailing ships with mad sea captains and horrifying old villains. Available from

The children's section of the Galaxy British Book Awards has been won by Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer. The concluding novel in The Twilight Saga, it tells of Bella Swan who has walked the line between immortals and mortals, between her best friend, Jacob Black, and the love of her life, Edward Cullen. But when that balance shatters, Bella must make a choice - and risk destroying all their worlds forever. Available at

Just henry by Michelle Magorian

The Costa Children's Book Award 2008 has been awarded to Michelle Magorian, author of Goodnight Mr Tom, who wins with Just Henry, her first new book in ten years. A gripping mystery-thriller set in post-war Britain, Henry's passion is cinema. Lent a camera for his school project, Henry processes the film and makes an alarming discovery. Available at and

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