Sheffield Children’s Book Award

Sheffield Children’s Book Award was 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 winners 2022

Here are the books on this year’s shortlist, all of them are available in your local library for you to read and vote for. We also have a short film that features all the books, why not take a look?

Baby Books (0-3 years)

Love From Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae and illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees. Published by Orchard Books.

Slide and Seek. Splish, Splash! by Isabel Otter and illustrated by Sophie Ledesma. Published by Caterpillar Books.

The Cows on the Bus by Georgiana Deutsch and illustrated by Valerie Sindelar. Published by Little Tiger.

Toddler Books (3-5 years)

Dogs in Disguise by Peter Bently and illustrated by John Bond.  Published by Harper Collins.

Bat Can’t Sleep by Carly Gledhill. Published by Macmillan.

“Not That Pet!” by Smriti Halls and illustrated by Ros Beardshaw.  Published by Walker Books.

Picture Books (5-7 years)

The Viking Who Liked Icing by Lu Fraser and illustrated by Mark McKinley. Published by Bloomsbury.

The Don’t Panic Gang by Mark Sperring and illustrated by Sarah Warburton. Published by Bloomsbury.

Stella and the Seagull by Georgina Stevens and illustrated by Izzy Burton.  Published by Oxford University Press.

Emerging Reads (7-9 years)

An Alien in the Jam Factory by Chrissie Sains and illustrated by Jenny Taylor.  Published by Walker Books.

I Lost My Granny in the Supermarket by Jo Simmons and illustrate by Nathan Reed. Published by Bloomsbury.

Genie and Teeny Make a Wish by Steven Lenton.  Published by Harper Collins.

Shorter Novels (9-11 years)

The Life and Time of Lonny Quick by Kirsty Applebaum and illustrated by Matt Saunders. Published by Nosy Crow.

The Last Bear by Hannah Gold and illustrated by Levi Pinfold.  Published by Harper Collins.

Starboard by Nicola Skinner and illustrated by Flavia Sorrentino. Published by Harper Collins.

Longer Novels (11-14 years)

Maggie Blue and the Dark World by Anna Goodall and illustrated by Sandra Dieckmann.  Published by Guppy Books.

The Hatmakers by Tamzin Merchant and illustrated by Paola Escobar. Published by Penguin/Puffin.

The Memory Thieves by Darren Simpson and illustrated by Matt Saunders. Published by Usborne.

Young Adult (14+ years)

The Sound of Everything by Rebecca Henry. Published by Everything With Words.

The Boy I Am by K L Kettle. Published by Little Tiger.

The Crossing by Manjeet Mann.  Published by Penguin.

Previous overall winners
  • 2021 – Super Happy Magic Forest and the Humungous Fungus by Matty Lee. Published by Oxford University Press.
  • 2020 - Show and Tell by Rob Biddulph. Published by Harper Collins.
  • 2019 - The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q. Raúf, published by Orion
  • 2018 - We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan
  • 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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