2019 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize Shortlists

The shortlists for the 2019 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize have been announced. The UK book prize focuses on identifying rising talent in the world of literature for children and teens. Category winners and the overall winner will be announced on March 21.


100 Dogs The Girls

100 Dogs by Michael Whaite

The Girls by Lauren Ace

Julián Is a Mermaid The King Who Banned the Dark

Julian Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love

The King Who Banned the Dark by Emily Haworth-Booth

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History Mini Rabbit Not Lost (Mini Rabbit)

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black by Vashti Harrison

Mini Rabbit Not Lost by John Bond



The Boy At the Back of the Class The Boy Who Grew Dragons

The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q. Rauf

The Boy Who Grew Dragons by Andy Shepherd

Brightstorm The House with Chicken Legs

Brightstorm: A Sky-Ship Adventure by Vashti Hardy

The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson

The Mystery of the Colour Thief The Train to Impossible Places: A Cursed Delivery

The Mystery of the Colour Thief by Ewa Jozefkowicz

The Train to Impossible Places by P. G. Bell



Boy 87 Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha, #1)

Boy 87 by Ele Fountain

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Me Mam. Me Dad. Me. The Poet X

Me Mam, Me Dad, Me by Malcolm Duffy

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

The Truth About Lies A Winter's Promise (The Mirror Visitor)

The Truth about Lies by Tracy Darnton

A Winter’s Promise by Christelle Dabos



This Week’s Tweets

Here are the items I shared on Twitter this week:


Ah, Love: 18 Children’s Books About Love

ALSC’s Notable Children’s Books – 2019

‘The Grimm Legacy’ YA Books In Works As Disney+ Film; David Gleeson To Adapt

Jane Goodall’s Lovely Letter to Children About How Reading Shaped Her Life


Librarians abroad: ‘None of us thought we’d grow up to be one’

New Study: Reading Fiction Really Will Make You Nicer and More Empathetic – https://www.inc.com/jessica-stillman/reading-fiction-really-will-make-you-nicer-more-empathetic-new-study-says.html


Recap: Interviewing John Hendrix, author of The Faithful Spy, 2019 Nonfiction Award Finalist – The Hub

68 LGBT YA Books to Get Excited for in 2019

Angie Thomas’ ON THE COME UP is Gonna Be a Movie!

Author Angie Thomas On Colorism and Black Girl Representation in YA Books

‘Havenfall’: Bloomsbury Locks In New YA Fantasy From ‘Everless’ Author Sara Holland

How TLC’s Left Eye Helped Save ‘The Hate U Give’ Author Angie Thomas’ Life

Penguin Mini Format Expands with More Kids’ Books