BookTrust Storytime Prize 

Dad and daughter reading together

This new prize celebrates and promotes the best books for sharing with young children. We are looking for books which have wide appeal to parents and carers across our diverse nation, and for stories which can be read and enjoyed over and over again.

Publishers were invited to enter up to five books per imprint with all books being first published in the UK between 1 March 2018 and 28 February 2019.


A shortlist of six books will be announced in May 2019 in a special event which celebrates the joy of sharing stories. All shortlisted authors and illustrators will be invited to be part of the event.

Over the 2019 summer holidays, the six shortlisted books will be shared with children, carers and families by public librarians from each of the nine English regions (organised in partnership with the Youth Library Group), along with Wales and Northern Ireland, to find the best book for sharing.

The winning book will be announced at a special ceremony in London in November 2019, with a prize of £5000 to the author and illustrator.

Submissions are now closed

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