Win the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2021 shortlist for your school or library

We're giving schools and nurseries the chance to win one of the three brilliant shortlists in our competition.

The Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2021 shortlists

Schools and nurseries - if you fancy adding some absolutely brilliant books to your library, we've got just the competition for you!

Our friends at Waterstones have announced the shortlists for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2021 - and they're full of spectacular stories, exciting adventures and beautiful moments.

On Thursday 1 July, the winners of each category will be announced along with the overall Waterstones Children's Book of the Year 2021.

But now, we're giving you the chance to win one of the three categories for your school or nursery: Illustrated Books, Books for Younger Readers or Books for Older Readers (you can enter for more than one shortlist, but you'll only be able to win one).

We have TEN bundles to give away for each shortlist, so don't miss out on your chance to grab one! The nominated books are:

Illustrated Books

  • The Blue Giant by Katie Cottle (Pavilion)
  • Bear Shaped by Dawn Coulter-Cruttenden (Oxford University Press)
  • Where Happiness Begins by Eva Eland (Andersen Press)
  • Found You by Devon Holzwarth (Scholastic)
  • Freedom, We Sing by Amyra León, illustrated by Molly Mendoza (Flying Eye Books)
  • The Grumpy Fairies by Bethan Stevens (The Quarto Group)

Books for Younger Readers

  • Orion Lost by Alastair Chisholm (Nosy Crow)
  • When Life Gives You Mangoes by Kereen Getten (Pushkin)
  • A Clock of Stars: The Shadow Moth by Francesca Gibbons, illustrated by Chris Riddell (HarperCollins)
  • A Kind of Spark by Elle McNicoll (Knights of)
  • The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates by Jenny Pearson, illustrated by Rob Biddulph (Usborne)
  • Llama Out Loud by Annabelle Sami, illustrated by Allen Fatimaharan (Farshore)

Books for Older Readers

  • The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta (Hachette Children's Group)
  • Wranglestone by Darren Charlton (Little Tiger Group)
  • Boy, Everywhere by A. M. Dassu (Old Barn Books)
  • Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales (Hachette Children's Group)
  • Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko (Bonnier Books UK)
  • And the Stars Were Burning Brightly by Danielle Jawando (Simon & Schuster)

To be in with a chance of winning, all you need to do is answer the competition question, let us know which shortlist (or shortlists) you would like to be entered for, and leave your details before the closing date of 11pm on Monday, 28 June - good luck!

Please note: This is a competition for schools and nurseries - individuals are welcome to enter on their behalf, but the prizes will only be sent to school or nursery addresses.

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Terms and conditions

1. Participants must be at least 18 years old to enter.

2. To enter the competition, you must be a resident of England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

3. The competition is not open to employees (or members of their immediate families) of BookTrust.

4. Only one entry per person.

5. Entries must be submitted by 11pm on Monday, 28 June 2021.

6. There will be ten winners of the Illustrated Books shortlist, ten winners of the Books for Younger Readers shortlist, and ten winners of the Books for Older Readers shortlist selected at random (from all eligible entries).

7. Participants may enter for more than one shortlist category, but may only win one shortlist.

8. This is a competition for schools and nurseries, and prizes will not be sent to individuals. Participants are welcome to enter on behalf of a school or nursery, but upon being contacted, winners must provide a named contact at a school or nursery address.

9. If a chosen winner does not respond to correspondence within one week, a new winner will be selected.

10. Our decision will be final, and no correspondence will be entered into.

11. The prize will not be transferable to another person.

12. No part of the prize is exchangeable for cash or any other prize.

13. The prize is run by BookTrust of G8 Battersea Studios, 80 Silverthorne Road, Battersea, London SW8 3HE. However, the prize will be sent out by a third party and by entering you acknowledge that your details will be passed on to them, solely for the purposes of administering this competition.

14. Prizes will be sent out to winners by post. However, BookTrust cannot be held responsible for any prizes lost, damaged or stolen after they have been sent.

15. Where a third party is supplying a prize, BookTrust accepts no responsibility for inaccuracy of any prize description, and the third party is responsible for prize fulfilment.

16. Due to the coronavirus restrictions, the prize will be sent out only when the prize provider is able to safely return to their office. There may be a delay before a chosen winner receives their prize.

17. By entering you are agreeing to the terms and conditions in our privacy statement.

18. BookTrust reserves the right to amend the competition end date at any time.

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