BookTrust Storytime Prize 

This prize, which is in its fifth year, celebrates and promotes the best books for sharing with young children and is part of the BookTrust Storytime pilot.

The five brilliant books shortlisted for the 2024 BookTrust Storytime prize have been unveiled. They are:

  • Are You A Monster? written and illustrated by Guiherme Karsten (Happy Yak)
  • I Am Happy written by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Robert Starling (Walker Books)
  • Just Breathe, Bear written by Christianne Jones and illustrated by Oriol Vidal (Curious Fox)
  • The Perfect Present written and illustrated by Petr Horacek (Otter Barry Books)
  • Zeki Rise and Shine written by Anna McQuinn and illustrated by Ruth Hearson (Alanna Max)

The prize, which aims to find the best book for sharing with 0-5s, was part of the BookTrust Storytime pilot to encourage families to visit their local library.

An expert panel chose the shortlisted books with insights from librarians and families, and the nominees faced a public vote from children, families and librarians for the £5,000 prize. 

Copies of all the shortlisted books will be delivered to libraries taking part in the pilot, while some libraries will also receive activities and resources to help them encourage families to get involved.

Work in a library? Find out more about BookTrust Storytime

Find out the winner of the 2024 Storytime Prize

Explore previous years

Storytime Prize 2023

The 2023 prize was won by Bobbie Brooks and illustrated by Carrie Hennon for Can You Tickle A Tiger?. Find out more about 2023's shortlisted books here.

Storytime Prize 2021

The 2021 prize was won by Katrina Charman and Nick Sharratt for The Wheels on the Bus. Find out more about 2021's shortlisted books here.

Storytime Prize 2020

The 2020 prize was won by Libby Walden and Jacqui Lee for their brilliant interactive book This is Owl. Find out what else was nominated here.

Storytime Prize 2019

Emily Gravett won the first ever BookTrust Storytime Prize for her beautiful book Cyril and Pat - enjoy her reading the story and meet the other nominated books here.

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