The Book Trust Best Book Awards with Amazon Kindle 2014

Latest update 'Winners have been announced'

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 Tulleke 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.

For more information, see the Best Book Awards Website.

0-5 Years: Best Picture Book

  • Winner

    Peck Peck Peck

    Lucy Cousins
    Walker Books

    The new picture book from Lucy Cousins introduces readers to an enthusiastic and eager woodpecker who is being taught to peck by its dad. Off he goes to its first joyous adventure learning to peck results in a session of creative destruction! Little woodpecker pecks the door, pecks the hat, pecks the shirt and everything else he sees.

About the shortlist

This award is for the best picture book for children aged five and under. It recognises the most engaging books for the youngest readers, taking into account the quality of both writing and illustration.

Shortlist

  • Peck Peck Peck

    Lucy Cousins
    Walker Books
  • The Storm Whale

    Benji Davies
    Simon & Schuster Children's Books
  • The Snatchabook

    Helen Docherty

    Illustrated by Thomas Docherty

    Alison Green Books
  • Do Not Enter the Monster Zoo!

    Amy Sparkes

    Illustrated by Sara Ogilvie

    Red Fox

6-8 Years: Best Story Book

  • Winner

    Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made

    Stephan Pastis
    Walker Books

    Meet Timmy Failure - a terminally over-confident middle school pupil attempting to make millions by solving local mysteries, such as who ate his classmates’ unattended Halloween candy. He knows success would be imminent if only he wasn’t thwarted at every turn by his mum’s moronic new boyfriend and his nemesis, the girl-who-shall-not-be-named. If he can just recover his mum’s stolen Segway (aka the Failuremobile), rescue his business partner from the zoo and avoid his ‘cool’ new school teacher, everything should turn out fine.

About the shortlist

This award recognises the best storytelling, rewarding the most excellent writing for children in this age range.

Shortlist

  • The Great Galloon

    Tom Banks
    Hot Key Books
  • Penny Dreadful is a Record Breaker

    Joanna Nadin

    Illustrated by Jess Mikhail

    Usborne Publishing Ltd
  • Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made

    Stephan Pastis
    Walker Books
  • Oliver and the Seawigs

    Philip Reeve
    Illustrated by Sarah McIntyre

    Oxford University Press

9-11 Years: Best Story Book

  • Winner

    Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck

    Jeff Kinney
    Puffin Books

    In this, the eighth book in the bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, Greg Heffley's on a losing streak. His best friend, Rowley Jefferson, has abandoned him and finding new friends in middle school is proving to be a tough task. To change his fortunes, Greg decides to take a leap of faith and turn his decisions over to chance. Will a roll of the dice turn things around, or is Greg's life destined to be just another hard-luck story?

About the shortlist

This award recognises the best storytelling, rewarding the most excellent writing for children in this age range.

Shortlist

  • The Jade Boy

    Cate Cain
    Templar
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck

    Jeff Kinney
    Puffin Books
  • The Mysterious Misadventures of Clemency Wrigglesworth

    Julia Lee
    Oxford University Press
  • Lockwood & Co: The Screaming Staircase

    Jonathan Stroud
    HarperCollins

9-11 Years: Best Fact Book

  • Winner

    Operation Ouch!

    Dr Chris and Dr Xand van Tulleken
    Little, Brown Young Reader

    Can you guess which of these amazing facts Operation Ouch! has in store for you?

    a) That in your lifetime you'll spend a whole year on the toilet

    b) That you shed at least 30,000 skin cells every day

    c) That the biggest muscle in your body is in your bum

    ANSWER:
    All three of course!

About the shortlist

This award is for the best factual book for children at upper primary level. It recognises the most interesting, exciting and engaging non-fiction books for this age group, taking into account the quality of both text and illustrations.

Shortlist

  • Not for Parents: How to be a Dinosaur Hunter

    Scott Forbes

    Illustrated by James Gulliver Hancock

    Lonely Planet Publications
  • Space in 30 Seconds

    Clive Gifford

    Illustrated by Melvyn Evans

    Ivy Kids
  • Operation Ouch!

    Dr Chris and Dr Xand van Tulleken
    Little, Brown Young Reader
  • The Romans: Gods, Emperors and Dormice

    Marcia Williams
    Walker Books

12-14 Years: Best Story Book

  • Winner

    The Fault in Our Stars

    John Green
    Penguin Children's Books

    Hazel's parents want her to be an ordinary teenager. Unfortunately, it's hard to live a normal life when you've got terminal cancer, an oxygen tank to lug around with you and worries about the impact your death will have on those around you to deal with. But when Hazel meets Augustus at the Teen Cancer Support Group her life is completely changed.

About the shortlist

This award recognises the best storytelling, rewarding the most excellent writing for children in this age range.

Shortlist

  • You Don't Know Me

    Sophia Bennett
    Chicken House
  • Heroic

    Phil Earle
    Penguin Books
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    John Green
    Penguin Children's Books
  • Dead Romantic

    C J Skuse
    Chicken House

0-14 Years: Best Tech Stuff

  • Winner

    Little Red Riding Hood

    Ed Bryan
    Nosy Crow

    This interactive storybook app from independent publisher Nosy Crow is a completely new take on the classic fairytale of Little Red Riding Hood. Children can create their own story by choosing from multiple paths along the way, resulting in a new, fully-animated adventure with different endings every time.

    Play games to help Little Red Riding Hood collect three different objects in the course of her journey through the woods, choosing what items to gather at forks in the path. These objects determine how Little Red Riding Hood defeats the Big Bad Wolf and saves Grandma.

     

    (app supported by iPad, iPhone)

About the shortlist

The Best Tech award recognises digitally enhanced storytelling. It will reward apps, ebooks and other products that use sounds, visuals, and games in innovative ways to make the reading experience richer and more interactive.

Shortlist

  • Signed Stories: A Lark in the Ark

    Peter Bently

    Illustrated by Lynne Chapman

    Egmont
  • Little Red Riding Hood

    Ed Bryan
    Nosy Crow
  • Axel Scheffler's Flip-Flap Farm

    Axel Scheffler
    Nosy Crow
  • The Slightly Annoying Elephant (iBook)

    David Walliams

    Illustrated by Tony Ross

    Harper Collins Children's Books/Bookry

Judges

About the The Book Trust Best Book Awards with Amazon Kindle 2014

The Book Trust Best Book Awards with Amazon Kindle seek to unearth the very best children’s books the UK has to offer, and to honour authors and illustrators who continue Britain’s proud heritage of storytelling.


The Best Book Awards gave every child the chance to join in – whatever their age, ability or interest. The judges compiled the shortlist, but it was up to children in school and library groups to read the books and vote for their favourites to choose the winners.

The winners were announced at a star studded ceremony in central London during Children’s Book Week, which moved to the summer for the very first time, running from 30 June – 4 July 2014.

 

The Award categories are:

 

  • 0-5 Years: Best Picture Book
  • 6-8 Years: Best Story Book
  • 9-11 Years: Best Story Book
  • 9-11 Years: Best Fact Book
  • 12-14 Years: Best Story Book
  •  0-14 Years: Best Tech Stuff

 

Book Trust is delighted to be working with Amazon Kindle on the Best Book Awards, and also thanks Arts Council England for their support.

 

Visit the Best Book Awards website for more information about the awards www.bestbookawards.org.uk

 

If you have any questions, email bestbookawards@booktrust.org.uk

The deadline for submissions for the Book Trust Best Book Awards with Amazon Kindle has now passed.

 

Download the full Terms and Conditions of entry for the Tech category

Download the full Terms and Conditions of entry for all other categories

If you have any questions, please contact the Book Trust Arts team BBAEntries@booktrust.org.uk.