2012 Waterstones Children’s Prize Shortlist

For the first time, the British Waterstones award is broken into three age categories with a short list for each.  Each of the three winners then goes on to vie for the top spot of overall winner.  Category winners earn £2,000 prizes and the overall winner will receive an additional £3,000.  Winners will be selected by booksellers and revealed on Wednesday, March 28.

Here are the shortlists:

Picture Books:


No! by Marta Altés
I Don’t Want to be a Pea! by Ann Bonwill & Simon Rickerty

The Pirates Next Door by Jonny Duddle
A Bit Lost by Chris Haughton (titled changed to Little Owl Lost in the US)

I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
Good Little Wolf by Nadia Shireen

Fiction 5-12:


The Windvale Sprites by Mackenzie Crook
Muncle Trogg by Janet Foxley
Sky Hawk by Gill Lewis

The Brilliant World of Tom Gates by L. Pichon
Milo and the Restart Button by Alan Silberberg
Claude in the City by Alex T. Smith



You Against Me by Jenny Downham
Being Billy by Phil Earle
Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys