Prize-winning books to read from 2019
Every year, there are loads of brilliant book prizes that celebrate the work of all the amazing children’s authors and illustrators writing for children, tweens, teens and young adults.
This list has been created from some fantastic books that have won awards over the last year and come fully recommended for your child.
So, without further ado, here are the winning books in one handy round-up!
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Author: Onjali Q Raúf
Publisher: Orion Children's Books
This is the story about how four classmates have a massive impact on the life of Ahmet, a boy that comes to their school as a refugee from Syria. An inspiring and sweet tale that should help children be the best they can be and realise the power of kindness.
Author: Jessica Love
Publisher: Walker Books
When Julian spots three women in lavish mermaid costumes, it fires his imagination and all he can think about is becoming a mermaid himself – with a little help from his nana’s soft furnishings.
Author: Hilary McKay
Clarry and Peter love spending their summers in Cornwall with their cousin Rupert, but how will things change when he enlists for the First World War? A hugely evocative, powerful and impressive story.
Author: Katherine Rundell Illustrator: Hannah Horn
Fred, Con, Lila and little Max’s plane is on the way to Manaus when it falls out of the sky. Now, lost in the Amazon rainforest, they must figure out the basics of survival. Rundell’s writing is exquisite and this story is completely, utterly wonderful.
Author: Emily Gravett
Publisher: Two Hoots
Cyril the Squirrel is so lonely that, when he finally makes a friend, he doesn’t seem to notice that "Pat" might not be quite what he seems. A colourful, rhyming story about friendship against the odds.
Author: Elys Dolan
Mr Bunny gets taught a big lesson about how he should treat his employees when his chickens go on strike in this funny and sophisticated Easter egg tale.
Author: Elizabeth Acevedo
Publisher: Electric Monkey
Xiomara, a teenage girl of Dominican heritage, is starting to notice boys, but her strict Catholic parents have decided on no contact with the opposite sex until marriage. A verse novel that sings with the rhythms of slam poetry, this is powerful and affecting.
Author: Catherine Johnson
This is a brilliant adventure story that manages to give young readers a really important insight into slavery without being so upsetting that it’s impossible to read: a very fine balance, masterfully achieved.
Author: Clive Gifford Illustrator: Marc-Etienne Peintre
Publisher: QED Publishing
Full of fascinating facts about colour, this book focuses on a topic that is not often covered in children’s books. It offers a wide range of opportunities and new ideas for parents and schools, working across the curriculum through art, history and beyond.
Author: Morag Hood
This brilliantly funny, fruit-filled book captures the fickleness and changing whims of childhood in a few short sentences and brightly coloured images. Bat is a fully formed character from page one, full of quickly changing emotions and bursting with vitality.
Author: Jason Reynolds Illustrator: Chris Priestley
Written in verse, Long Way Down is breathtakingly gripping and spectacular. You almost read it without breathing; the action is so tense, the language so powerful. Give it to every teenager you know!
Author: Joseph Coelho Illustrator: Allison Colpoys
Publisher: Lincoln Children’s Books
This beautiful story tells the love that one little girl has for her ageing grandad. One day he isn’t there anymore, but the little girl finds evidence of their happy times together. A touching, sensitive text that doesn’t dwell on the sadness and could bring real comfort.
Author: Catherine Doyle
Fionn and his sister Tara are spending their summer on the remote island of Arranmore, off the coast of Ireland, staying with their grandfather. Readers will be swept away by the setting, atmosphere and magic of Arranmore as Fionn discovers its history and secrets.
Author: David Walliams
The Ice Monster is an epic, loosely historical adventure that is funny, easy to read and shoots along at a rocket pace. Tony Ross’ glorious cover and artwork on almost every page are also a joy.
Author: Matthew Syed Illustrator: Toby Triumph
Publisher: Wren & Rook
An accessible, funny self-help manual for pre-teens and teenagers, based on Carol Dweck’s growth mindset theory: how to train your mind and take a more positive, proactive attitude to life.