Current Prizes

BookTrust prizes and awards celebrate the best writing from the UK and beyond.

They cover a wide range of genres and themes for children and celebrate individual books as well as a whole lifetime's achievement in literature.

BookTrust Prizes and Awards promote titles to a wide audience, bringing new releases to the public's attention and providing access points for readers to engage with different types of books. Our prizes support writers and illustrators, rewarding them for their endeavours, and celebrate books and writers as an integral part of the UK's arts and culture landscape.

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Blue Peter Book Awards

The Blue Peter Book Awards celebrate the best authors, most creative illustrators and the greatest reads for children.

In Other Words

In Other Words is a project to promote the translation and UK publication of outstanding children's literature from around the world.

Lifetime Achievement Award

The BookTrust Lifetime Achievement Award is given to a children's writer or illustrator whose body of work merits recognition for a lifetime's achievement in children's literature.

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Prizes archive

Our previous awards

Get information about the prizes BookTrust used to be involved with, from the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction to the Roald Dahl Funny Prize.

Waterstones Children's Laureate

Lauren Child

Find out everything that's going on with the tenth Waterstones Children's Laureate, Lauren Child, as she takes on the job from 2017-2019.

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