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.

The Sheffield Children’s Book Award Shortlist 2024

We are thrilled to announce this year’s shortlist. All the books are available from your local library for you to borrow, read and then vote for your favourite.

Baby Book Category

Don’t Mix Up My Puppy by Rosamund Lloyd, illustrated by Spencer Wilson. Published by Little Tiger.

Happy Baby Hug. Text by Pat A Cake, illustrated by Zoe Waring. Published by Pat A Cake.

Little Owl Where Are You! Text by Nosy Crow, illustrated by Ekaterina Trukhan. Published by Nosy Crow.

Toddler Book Category

The Rainbow Snail by Karin Åkesson. Published by Boxer Books.

Someone Just Like You by Helen Docherty, illustrated by David Roberts. Published by Simon and Schuster.

Blue by Sarah Christou. Published by Faber and Faber.

Picture Book Category

Heavy Metal Badger by Duncan Beedie. Published by Little Tiger.

Gigantic by Rob Biddulph. Published by Harper Collins.

Mavis the Bravest by Lu Fraser, illustrated by Sarah Warburton. Published by Simon and Schuster.

Emerging Reads

Indigo Wilde and the Giant Problem by Pippa Curnick. Published by Hodder.

Lenny Lemmon and the Invincible Rat by Ben Davis, illustrated by James Lancett. Published by Nosy Crow.

Blanksy The Street Cat by Gavin Puckett, illustrated by Allen Fatimaharan. Published by Faber and Faber.

Shorter Novels Category

Lost on Gibbon Island by Jess Butterworth, illustrated by Rob Biddulph. Published by Orion.

The Final Year by Matt Goodfellow, illustrated by Joe Todd-Stanton. Published by Otter-Barry Books.

The Ice Children by M G Leonard, illustrated by Penny Neville-Lee. Published by Macmillan.

Longer Novels Category

The Monkey Who Fell From The Future by Ross Welford. Published by Harper Collins.

The Boy In The Smoke by Rachel Faturoti. Published by Hodder.

Just Like Everyone Else by Sarah Hagger-Holt. Published by Usborne.

Young Adult Books

You Could Be So Pretty by Holly Bourne. Published by Usborne.

Stand Up Ferran Burke by Steven Camden. Published by Macmillan.

Happy Head by Josh Silver. Published by Rock The Boat.

Previous overall winners
  • 2023 - Ruffles and the new green thing by David Melling. Published by Nosy Crow
  • 2022 – The Crossing by Manjeet Mann. Published by Penguin
  • 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 – Spider Sandwiches by Claire Freedman and illustrated by Sue Hendra
  • 2013 – Everything's Amazing (Sort Of) by Liz Pichon
  • 2012 – Agatha Parrot and the Floating Head by Kjartan Poskitt and illustrated by David Tazzyman
  • 2011 – The Pig's Knickers by Jonathon Emmett and illustrated by Vanessa Cabban
  • 2010 – Morris the Mankiest Monster by Giles Andreae and illustrated by Sarah McIntyre

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