2021 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize

The winners of the 2021 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize have been announced. The UK award gives an overall winner and has winners and shortlists for illustrated books, younger readers and older readers. I didn’t cover the shortlists for the awards either, so those are below the prize winners here. I will also note what books are available in the U.S.

OVERALL WINNER

Cover for A Kind of Spark

A Kind of Spark by Elle McNicoll (released in U.S. in October 2021)

BEST ILLUSTRATED BOOK

Cover for The Grumpy Fairies

The Grumpy Fairies by Bethan Stevens (Available in U.S., released April 2021)

BEST BOOK FOR OLDER READERS

Wranglestone (2021 Reissue)

Wranglestone by Darren Charlton

ILLUSTRATED BOOKS SHORTLIST

Bear Shaped

Bear Shaped by Dawn Coulter-Cruttenden

Cover for The Blue Giant

The Blue Giant by Katie Cottle (Available in U.S.)

Found You

Found You by Devon Holzwarth

Cover for Freedom, We Sing

Freedom, We Sing by Amyra Leon Available in U.S.)

Cover for Where Happiness Begins

Where Happiness Begins by Eva Eland (Available in U.S.)

YOUNGER READERS’ SHORTLIST

The Shadow Moth (A Clock of Stars #1)

A Clock of Stars: The Shadow Moth by Francesca Gibbons, illustrated by Chris Riddell

Llama Out Loud!

Llama Out Loud! by Annabelle Sami

Orion Lost

Orion Lost by Alastair Chisholm

Cover for The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates

The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie by Jenny Pearson (Available in U.S.)

Cover for When Life Gives You Mangos

When Life Gives You Mangoes by Kereen Getten (Available in U.S.)

OLDER READERS’ SHORTLIST

And The Stars Were Burning Brightly

And the Stars Were Burning Brightly by Danielle Jawando

Cover for The Black Flamingo

The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta (Available in U.S.)

Cover for Boy, Everywhere

Boy, Everywhere by A. M. Dassau (Available in U.S., released April 2021)

Cover for Only Mostly Devastated

Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales (Available in U.S.)

Cover for Raybearer

Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko (Available in U.S.)

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