Children's Book Awards 2011

Details of all the award winning childrens books for 2011 will appear here as they are announced.

A Monster Calls

The children's section of the Galaxy National Book Awards has been won by A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness and Siobhan Dowd. Darkly mischievous and painfully funny, A Monster Calls is an extraordinarily moving novel of coming to terms with loss from two of our finest writers for young adults. Available from

The Costa Children's Book Award and the UKLA Children’s Book Award 12 to 16 category has been awarded to Out Of Shadows by debut writer Jason Wallace. Out Of The Shadows is a compelling, thought-provoking novel about race, bullying and the need to belong set in Africa in a book which charts the change from childhood to adulthood against growing political discord. Available from

The winner of the UKLA Children’s Book Awards 3 to 11 year category was won by Birdsong by Ellie Sandall. A lone bird sits in a big tree, merrily singing its tune to the world. But soon it will be joined by a friend, and then another, and another... As each colourful bird lands on the branch of the tree it joins the last in a cheerful song. But one flashy bird wants to rule the roost - until something small changes his tune. From

The over all winner of the Blue Peter Book Awards was Dead Man's Cove by Lauren St. John, which was also the winner of the Favourite Story category. Orphaned Laura Marlin goes to live with her uncle in Cornwall, and a mystery presents itself. Why is she forbidden to visit Dead Man's Cove and whatis the truth about Tariq, the silent Indian boy? From

The Blue Peter Book Awards Most Fun Story with Pictures was awarded to Lunatics and Luck by Marcus Sedgwick, which tells the story of the eccentric Otherhand family. Is there more to the mean, grumpy teacher that has just arrived at their school? Available from

The Blue Peter Book Awards Best Book with Facts was awarded to Do Igloos Have Loos? by Mitchell Symons. The 7th crazy collection of terrific trivia includes the answers to burning questions such as 'How do you get out of quicksand?', 'Why does your skin get wrinkly if you stay too long in the bath?' and 'Is your right foot really clever?' Available from

The overall winner, and winner of the younger readers category of the Red House Children's Book Awards 2011 is Shadow by Michael Morpurgo. The story of Aman, a boy from Afghanistan fleeing the horror of the Afghan war. A dog shows up outside the caves where Aman lives. It is not usual for people to keep dogs as pets there, but when Aman and his mother finally decide to make a bid for freedom, Shadow will not leave their side. Available from

The Red House Children's Book Awards 2011 for younger children has been won by Yuck! That's Not a Monster! by Angela McAllister & Alison Edgson. When Mr and Mrs Monster's three eggs hatch, the first two monsters are frightful and horrid, but then the third monster hatches - and he's fluffy and cute and pink! Oh no... From

The Older Readers category of the Red House Children's Book Awards 2011 was won by TimeRiders by Alex Scarrow. Liam, Maddy and Sal should all be dead. Instead they are recruited by an agency that no one knows exists, with only one purpose - to fix broken history. Because time travel is here, and there are those who would go back in time and change the past. From

The Greenaway Prize 2011 was awarded to FArTHER by Grahame Baker-Smith. A young boy is bewitched by his fathers unrelenting passion to fly. When his father goes to war and does not return it seems the spell is broken, but much later, the boy, now a young man finds himself drawn once more to his fathers drawings and failed experiments. From

The Carnegie Prize 2011 has been awarded to Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness. Three armies march on New Prentisstown, each one intent on destroying the others. Todd and Viola are caught in the middle, with no chance of escape. As the battles commence, how can they hope to stop the fighting? How can there ever be peace when they're so hopelessly outnumbered? And if war makes monsters of men, what terrible choices await? From

The Guardian Children's Fiction Prize was won by Return to Ribblestrop by Andy Mulligan. Sequel to Mulligan's first ever book, 'Ribblestrop', it tells the adventures of the pupils and teachers at Ribblestrop Towers. From

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