Sheffield Children’s Book Awards were launched in 1988 to encourage children and young people to read, and to highlight the best literature published each year. The awards celebrate books and what they do for the Sheffield Community. Hundreds of children from across the city take part every year by voting for their favourite book through local schools and libraries. 

Sheffield Children's Book Award 2019 shortlist

Baby Books 0 to 3 years

Look there's a helicopter by Esther Aarts (published by Nosy Crow)

Counting with a Ladybird by Dawn Sirett and James Mitchem and illustrated by Rachael Parfitt Hunt (published by DK)

Looking Good! by Ailie Busby (published by Child's Play)

Toddler Books 3 to 5 years

Adorabull by Alison Donald (published by Maverick Arts Publishing)

There's a Dragon in Your Book by Tom Fletcher (Penguin Random House)

Goose's Cake Bake by Laura Wall (Award Publications)

Picture Books 5 to 7 years

Cake by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet (published by MacMillan)

Cock-a-doodle-poo! by Steve Smallman and illustrated by Florence Weiser (published by Little Tiger Press)

Cyril and Pat by Emily Gravett (published by Two Hoots)

Emerging Reads 7 to 9 years

The Boy Who Grew Dragons by Andy Shepherd (published by Piccadilly Press)

The Legend of Kevin by Philip Reeve and illustrated by Sarah McIntyre (published by Oxford University Press)

Sam Wu is NOT Afraid of GHOSTS by Kevin Tsang and Katie Tsang and Illustrated by Nathan Reed (published by Egmont)

Shorter Novels 9 to 11 years

The Boy Who Hit Play by Chloe Daykin (published by Faber and Faber)

The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day by Christopher Day (published by Nosy Crow)

The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q. Raúf (published by Orion)

Longer Novels 11 to 14 years

The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson (published by Usborne)

Flight by Vanessa Harbour (published by Firefly Press)

Boy 87 by Ele Fountain (published by Pushkin Children's)

Young Adult Book 14+ years

Me Mam. Me Dad. Me. by Malcolm Duffy (published by Head of Zeus)

Eve of Man by Giovanna and Tom Fletcher (published by Penguin)

Killer T by Robert Muchamore (published by Hot Key)

Last year's winners

We are delighted to announce that the overall winner of the Sheffield Children's Book Award 2018 is 'We Come Apart' by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan. 

Many of the shortlisted authors and illustrators attended the award ceremony held at the Lyceum Theatre.

Baby Book 0 to 3 years winner

Milo's Mix and Match by Faye Williamson

Toddler Book 3 to 5 years winner

Yoga Babies by Fearne Cotton, illustrated by Sheena Dempsey 

Picture Book 5 to 7 years winner

Game of Stones by Rebecca Lisle, illustrated by Richard Watson

Emerging Read 7 to 9 years winner

Press Start! by Thomas Flinton

Shorter Novel 9 to 11 years winner

Letters From the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll

Longer Novel 11 to 14 years winner

The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Young Adult 14+ years winner

 We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan

Previous overall winners

  • 2017 - Nibbles the Book Monster by Emma Yarlett.
  • 2016 - Uncle Gobb and the Dread Shed by Michael Rosen
  • 2015 - A Boy Called Hope by Lara Williamson
  • 2014 - Icky Sticky Monster by Jo Lodge
  • 2013 - Fish Food by Andy Mansfield & Henning Lohlein
  • 2012 - Lulu’s Lunch by Camilla Reid
  • 2011 - Noisy Peekaboo! Roar! Roar! by Dorling Kindersley
  • 2010 - My Giant Fold Out Book of Animals published by Priddy Books
  • 2009 - You’re Not So Scary, Sid! by Sam Lloyd published by Templar
  • 2008 - Noisy Animals, Words by Felicity Brooks

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