Sainsbury's Children's Book Awards 2018 shortlist is revealed

Published on: 13 August 2018 Author: Catriona Wightman

BookTrust has teamed up with Sainsbury's again for its 2018 Children's Book Awards - and the shortlist has now been revealed.

How To Be A Lion

Now in its fifth year, the Sainsbury's Children's Book Awards aims to celebrate some of the best titles in children's publishing.

15 books have been nominated for this year's awards across five categories, covering everything from Best Picture Book to Favourite Characters.

Popular authors including Ed Vere, Abi Elphinstone and Garth Jennings have made the cut alongside characters from Pokemon and Peppa Pig.

Meanwhile, the Sainsbury's Children's Classic award - celebrating a title which has brought joy to generations of young readers - will also be announced at a special awards ceremony on 29 August.

'We're delighted to be working with Sainsbury's on its Children's Book Award,' said BookTrust's Director of Children's Books Jill Coleman.

'Sainsbury's is a great partner for BookTrust because they share our passion for getting children reading. We love that they are so committed to promoting brilliant books that are sure to excite, entertain and engage families.

'The judges certainly have their work cut out for them this year - the shortlist is fantastic and there are so many great books to choose from.'

The full shortlist is as follows:

Baby and Toddler

  • Are You There Little Fox? by Sam Taplin, illustrated by Emily Dove (Usborne)
  • Norman's New Shell by Paul Linnet, illustrated by Sue Hendra (Simon & Schuster)
  • My Magical Unicorn illustrated by Yujin Shin (Campbell/Macmillan)

Picture Book

  • 100 Dogs by Michael Whaite (Penguin Random House)
  • How to Be a Lion by Ed Vere (Penguin Random House)
  • The Wildest Cowboy by Garth Jennings, illustrated by Sara Ogilvie (Macmillan)


  • Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend (Orion)
  • Sky Song by Abi Elphinstone (Simon & Schuster)
  • The Nothing to See Here Hotel by Steven Butler, illustrated by Steven Lenton (Simon & Schuster)

Learning and Development

  • Fantastically Great Women Who Made History by Kate Pankhurst (Bloomsbury)
  • The Book of Comparisons by Clive Gifford, illustrated by Paul Boston (Ivy Kids)
  • You Are Awesome by Matthew Syed, illustrated by Toby Triumph (Wren & Rook/Hachette Children's Books)

Favourite Characters

  • Big Stickers for Tiny Hands: PJ Masks (Pat-a-Cake/Hodder & Stoughton)
  • Peppa's Magical Unicorn (Ladybird/Penguin Random House)
  • Pokemon 1001 Sticker Book (Orchard Books/Hachette Children's Books)

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