Children's Book Award Winners 2017

The UK has many respected prizes for children's books, including the Carnegie and Greenaway Medals, the Waterstones Children's Book Awards, the Blue Peter Book Awards, the Guardian Children's Book Award and the Costa Children's Book Award (originally the Whitbread Book Awards).

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Details of all the UK's award winning childrens books for 2017 will appear here as they are announced.

Books Are My Bag Readers Awards

The Books Are My Bag Readers Awards, which is curated by bookshops and chosen by booklovers have been announced. There are two categories for children and younger readers.

The winner of the Middle Grade Award for ages 7-11 is Letters From The Lighthouse by Emma Carroll. Set in 1941 it is the story of twelve-year-old Olive Bradshaw and her little brother Cliff who are evacuated to the Devon coast. The only person with two spare beds is Mr Ephraim, the local lighthouse keeper.

Desperate to be helpful, Olive becomes his post-girl, carrying secret messages (as she likes to think of the letters) to the villagers. But Olive has a secret of her own. Her older sister Sukie went missing in an air raid, and she's desperate to discover what happened to her. And when a sneaky peek at a letter reveals a clue, she knows she'll have to break all the rules to find her.

The Young Adult Award for readers aged 12-18 has been awarded to The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed.

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The Klaus Flugge Prize for Illustration

The Journey by Francesca Sanna, winner of the Klaus Flugge award for illustration and the UKLA Childrens book awards

Francesca Sanna has won the 2017 Klaus Flugge Prize for the most exciting and promising newcomer to children’s picture book illustration. She won for her book The Journey, which tells the story of a mother and her two children fleeing war at home to find a new life in another country. The book also won the UKLA Children’s Book Awards the the 7 to 11 age category.

A mother and her two children set out on a journey and travel many miles to somewhere unfamiliar and strange - a journey filled with fear of the unknown, but also great hope.

Based on Sanna's own interactions with people forced to seek a new home, and told from the perspective of a young child, Francesca Sanna has created a beautiful and sensitive book that is full of significance for our time.

UKLA Children’s Book Awards

The winning book in the 12 to 16+ category of the UKLA (UK Literacy Association) Book Awards was The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen by Susin Nielsen. These awards are unique in that they are voted for solely by teachers.

The winning book in the 7 to 11 category is The Journey written and illustrated by Francesca Sanna 

The winning book for the 3 to 6 category There's a Bear on My Chair by Ross Collins.

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The Branford Boase Award

M.G. Leonard and her editors Barry Cunningham and Rachel Leyshon have won the 2017 Branford Boase Award given annually to the author and editor of the outstanding debut novel for children, for Beetle Boy.

The Carnegie Medal

Salt to the Sea by Ruth Sepetys - Winner of the Carniegie Medal 2017

The Carnegie Medal 2017 has been awarded to Salt to the Sea by Ruth Sepetys

It's early 1945 and a group of people trek across Germany, bound together by their desperation to reach the ship that can take them away from the war-ravaged land. Four young people, each haunted by their own dark secret, tell their unforgettable stories in this moving book.

Based on a true story from the Second World War. When the German ship the Wilhelm Gustloff was sunk in port in early 1945 it had over 9000 civilian refugees, including children, on board. Nearly all were drowned.

The Greenaway Medal

There is a Tribe of Kids by Lane Smith Wnner of the Greenaway Medal 2017

The Greenaway Medal 2017, which is awarded for illustration, has gone to There Is a Tribe of Kids by Lane Smith.

Did you ever want to waddle with a colony of penguins? Wriggle with an army of caterpillars? Or march with a troop of monkeys?

Legendary illustrator Lane Smith takes us on a colourful adventure through the natural world, following a child as he weaves through the jungle, dives under the ocean and soars into the sky.

The Children's Book Awards

An Eagle In The Snow by Michael Morpurgo OBE and Michael Foreman, winner of the Childrens Book Award 2017

The overall winner of the Children's Book Awards 2017 is An Eagle in the Snow by former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo OBE and illustrated by Michael Foreman. It was the winner of the Books for Younger Readers category.

Based on the true story of one man who might have stopped World War II. In 1940, a train is under attacks from German fighters. In the darkness, sheltering in a railway tunnel, the stranger in the carriage with Barney and his mother tells them a story to pass the time.

And what a story. The story of a young man, a young soldier in the trenches of World War I who, on the spur of the moment, had done what he thought was the right thing.

It turned out to have been the worst mistake he ever could have made – a mistake he must put right before it is too late…

The Winner of the Childrens Book Award 2017 for Younger Children is Oi Dog! by Kes and Claire Gray and illustrated by Jim Field.

Frog's had enough, he's the changing the status quo! Cat insists that there are rules - only mules sit on stools, no one but hares should sit on chairs and however irritating, dogs MUST sit on frogs.

'Well, I'm changing the rules,' said the frog. 'From now on, dogs sit on logs, not frogs!'

And everyone else is going to have to sit somewhere else too. Will Cat want to sit on gnats instead of cushy mats? Will spiders like sitting on gliders? Will whales be happy to sit on nails? And, most importantly, where is FROG going to sit?

The Childrens Book Award for books for Older Readers has ben awarded to One by Carnegie Medal-winning author Sarah Crossan.

Grace and Tippi don't like being stared and sneered at, but they're used to it. They're conjoined twins - united in blood and bone.What they want is to be looked at in turn, like they truly are two people. They want real friends. And what about love?

But a heart-wrenching decision lies ahead for Tippi and Grace. One that could change their lives more than they ever asked for...

Waterstone's Children's Book Prize

The Girl of Ink & Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

The overall winner of the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize 2017 and the category winner for Younger Readers has been gone to The Girl of Ink & Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave.

Forbidden to leave her island, Isabella dreams of the faraway lands her cartographer father once mapped. When her friend disappears, she volunteers to guide the search.

The world beyond the walls is a monster-filled wasteland - and beneath the dry rivers and smoking mountains, a fire demon is stirring from its sleep. Soon, following her map, her heart and an ancient myth, Isabella discovers the true end of her journey: to save the island itself.

The Waterstone's Children's Book Prize for Older Readers has been won by Orangeboy by Patrice Lawrence.

Sixteen-year-old Marlon has made his mum a promise - he'll never follow his big brother, Andre, down the wrong path. So far, it's been easy, but when a date ends in tragedy, Marlon finds himself hunted.

They're after the mysterious Mr Orange, and they're going to use Marlon to get to him. Marlon's out of choices - can he become the person he never wanted to be, to protect everyone he loves?

The Waterstone's Children's Book Prize for best Illustrated Book has been awarded to Lizzy Stewart’s There’s a Tiger in the Garden

When Grandma says she’s seen a tiger in the garden, Nora doesn’t believe her. She’s too old to play Grandma’s silly games! Everyone knows that tigers live in jungles, not gardens. 

So even when Nora sees butterflies with wings as big as her arm, and plants that try and eat her toy giraffe, and a polar bear that likes fishing, she knows there’s absolutely, DEFINITELY no way there could be a tiger in the garden . . .

Could there?

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Blue Peter Book Awards

The Legend of Podkin One-Ear - Blue Peter Book Award Winner 2017

The Legend of Podkin One-Ear Kieran Larwood and illustrated by David Wyatt is the winner of the Blue Peter Book Award 2017 for Best Story.

Podkin is the son of a warrior chieftain. When Podkin's home is brutally attacked, the young rabbits are forced to flee. The terrifying Gorm are on the rampage, and no one and nowhere is safe.

With danger all around them, Podkin must protect his family, uncover his destiny, and attempt to defeat the most horrifying enemy rabbitkind has ever known.

The Blue Peter Book Award for Best Book with Facts has gone to Survivors by David Long.

Survivors is a book of incredible real-life stories of extreme survival, including a girl who fell two miles out of an aircraft and survived, and a sailor who survived for 133 days on a raft in the Atlantic when his ship was torpedoed, using shark's blood in place of fresh water. 

Scottish Children's Book Awards

The Scottish Children's Bookbug Award 2017 for books aimed at children aged from 3-7 Years has been won by Shark in the Park on a Windy Day! Nick Sharratt

Timothy Pope is blown this way and that way in the windy park -- but among the whistling wind and blustering brollies could that be a shark he spies through his telescope?

The inaugural Scottish Children's Teenage Book Award 2017 has been won by Black Cairn Point by Claire McFall.

Heather agrees to a group camping holiday with Dougie and his friends because she's desperate to get closer to him. But when the two of them disturb a pagan burial site above the beach, she becomes certain that they have woken a malevolent spirit. Something is alive out there in the pitch-black dark, and it is planning to wreak deadly revenge.

Costa Children's Book Award

The Costa Children's Book Award 2017 was won by The Bombs That Brought Us Together by Brian Conaghan.

Fourteen-year-old Charlie Law has lived in Little Town, on the border with Old Country, all his life. He knows the rules: no going out after dark; no drinking; no litter; no fighting. You don't want to get on the wrong side of the people who run Little Town. When he meets Pavel Duda, a refugee from Old Country, the rules start to get broken. Then the bombs come, and the soldiers from Old Country, and Little Town changes for ever.

Sometimes, to keep the people you love safe, you have to do bad things. As Little Town's rules crumble, Charlie is sucked into a dangerous game. There's a gun, and a bad man, and his closest friend, and his dearest enemy.

Charlie Law wants to keep everyone happy, even if it kills him. And maybe it will ...

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Award winning childrens books 2017

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