Book Trust Best Book Awards: Winners announced!

Book Trust Best Book Awards: Winners announced!
2 July 2014

The Fault In Our Stars has repeated its box office success to top the poll at the Book Trust Best Book Awards with Amazon Kindle.


Other winners inaugural prize-winners were Peck Peck Peck by Lucy Cousins, Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made by Stephan Pastis, Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney, Operation Ouch!: Your Brilliant Body by twins Doctor Chris and Xand van Tulleken and Little Red Riding Hood illustrated by Ed Bryan. The awards were accepted at a ceremony in central London attended by authors and 300 child judges, and presented by TV presenter Mel Giedroyc.


12,000 schoolchildren nationwide voted for the winning titles to produce a host of superb winners crossing six categories. The winning books range from charming and humorous illustrated reads about the challenges and traumas of everyday life to gritty coming-of-age stories. Book Trust CEO, Viv Bird said:

What's unique about the new Book Trust Best Book Awards is that children choose the winners themselves. Strikingly, this year, real life drama has taken over from fantasy, with children voting for books that deal with some of the real challenges facing young people today. Often using humour to lighten the load, these types of books can offer comfort and reassurance to children as well as entertaining them.

Children's Book Week

This year's Book Trust Best Book Awards took place during Children's Book Week. The week, which usually takes place later in the year, was moved so schools had more time to celebrate before they broke up for summer holidays.


There have been a range of resources for schools, libraries and parents available on the Book Trust website. Previous Children's Book Weeks have seen families dress up as their favourite character from a book and last year we unveiled the 100 Best Books for Children.


Best Book Award winners: In full



In the youngest age group, the 0-5 Best Picture Book category, Peck Peck Peck by Lucy Cousins topped the children's vote. Written by the multi-award winning creator of Maisy - which sold more than 28 million copies around the world and even has its own popular TV show - this colourful, interactive story tells the endearing tale of a woodpecker being taught to peck for the first time.


  • 6-8 BEST STORY

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made by Stephan Pastiscame out on top in the 6-8 Best Story group. Coming from the man behind the devoutly followed comic strip Pearls Before Swine, the book features a perfect combination of deadpan humour, visual gags and comic-strip style illustrations to tell the tale of a wannabe middle-school detective.


  • 9-11 BEST STORY

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck, the eighth book of the bestselling series, topped the fictional category. Written and illustrated by Jeff Kinney, the story focuses on protagonist Greg's difficulty adapting to middle-school after being abandoned by his best friend.  


  • 9-11 BEST FACT

The 9-11 age group was split into two categories - fact and fiction. Winning the factual award was Operation Ouch!: Your Brilliant Bodyby twins, Doctor Chris and Xand van Tulleken. Based on the popular CBBC TV series, the book mixes mischief with medicine and engaged the children voters with their unique take on biology.


  • 12-14 BEST STORY

The Fault In Our Starsby American authorJohn Green is a tear-jerking but irreverent and humorous tale of teen love in challenging circumstances. The book's critical acclaim is that, as well as seeing soaring sales in bookshops, it made a £3.4m debut at the UK box office on its opening weekend, making it this summer's must-see film. Beautifully written and laced with humour and teen angst, the story follows the cancer ridden lives of teenagers who meet at a cancer support group. This book was a major hit with the judges and dominated the votes for this category.


  • 0-14 BEST TECH

Celebrating the innovative use of technology in children's books, Little Red Riding Hood illustrated by Ed Bryan conquered the Best Tech group. The interactive storybook app provides a completely new take on the classic fairytale, allowing children to create their own story by choosing from multiple paths. Published by Nosy Crow, Little Red Riding Hood beat David Walliams' The Slightly Annoying Elephant, to top the poll. 


Find out more about the Best Book Awards judges


Best Book Awards - shortlist



Best Book Awards - authors & illustrators



Best Book Awards - judges



Children's Book Week




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