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 Shortlist 2017

0-2 years

  • 1,2,3 A Walk in the Countryside by Ros Beardshaw
  • Hoot's Twilght Adventure by Rowena Blyth
  • Fingertrail Playbook Garden by Fiona Watt

Toddler (2-4 years)

  • Baking with Dad by Aurora Cacciapuoti
  • Greedy Goat by Petr Horacek
  • Kiss it Better by Smitri Prasadam-Halls

Picture book (5-7 years)

  • Odd Dog Out by Rob Biddulph
  • Otto the Book Bear In the Snow by Katie Cleminson
  • The Prince of Pants by Alan MacDonald
  • Odd Socks by Michelle Robinson
  • A Beginner's Guide to Bear Spotting by Michelle Robinson
  • Nibbles the Book Monster by Emma Yarlett

Emerging reads

  • Dave the Pigeon and how to Deal by Swapna Haddow
  • The Pumpkin Project by Katie Smith
  • The Pocket Pirates: The Great by Chris Mould

Shorter reads (9-11 years)

  • The Many Worlds of Albie Bright by Christopher Edge
  • Beetle Boy by M G Leonard
  • Jinks and O'Hare Funfair Repair by Philip Reeve

Longer novels (11-13 years)

  • Moth Girls by Ann Cassidy
  • The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood-Hargrave
  • Time Travelling with a Hamster by Ross Welford

Young adult (14+ years)

  • The Art of Not Breathing by Sarah Alexander
  • The Trap by Alan Gibbons
  • Orangeboy by Patrice Lawrence

Special category - Independent Publishers for younger children

  • The New LiBEARian - Alison Donald
  • The Bean Machine - Adam Bestwick
  • The Tigon and the Liger - Keilly Swift

Previous winners

  • 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