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Now in their seventh year, the Sainsbury's Children's Book Awards in partnership with BookTrust aim to highlight the best children's books for families to share together.

Judged by a panel of experts, the awards aim to encourage parents and carers to spend more time reading with their children.

Jill Coleman, Director of Children’s Books, BookTrust said:

“We’re delighted to partner with Sainsbury’s on this year’s Children’s Book Awards. At BookTrust we know the power of reading and stories in supporting children of all ages with language development, confidence, communication skills and resilience – and this is now more important than ever.
This year’s winning books were selected for their diversity and inclusiveness and for their ability to engage and keep readers entertained time after time. I’d like to congratulate the winning authors and illustrators for all the pleasure that these books bring to children and families alike.” 

This is the fourth time that BookTrust have partnered with Sainsbury's for the awards, which honour books in six categories - and the shortlist has now been unveiled.

There is a cash prize for the winner of each category, and all of the shortlisted books are promoted in Sainsbury's stores.

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This year's winners

Discover the winning books below:

Activity Book

Winner: Draw With Rob by Rob Biddulph

Shortlisted books:

  • Where's the Dinosaur by Dougal Dixon and Helen Brown, illustrated by James Cottell (Michael O'Mara Books)
  • Football School: The Ultimate Puzzle Book - 100 Brilliant Brain-Teasers by Alex Bellos and Ben Lyttleton, illustrated by Spike Gerrell (Walker Books)

Baby & Toddler

Winner: Don't Tickle The Dinosaur! by Sam Taplin, illustrated by Ana Martin Larranaga

Shortlisted books:

  • How Do You Feel? by Roger Priddy (Priddy Books)
  • Peek-A-Boo Baby: Zoo by Pat-a-Cake, illustrated by Zoe Waring (Pat-a-Cake)

Favourite Characters

Winner: Oi See It! Say It! by Kes Gray, illustrated by Jim Field

Shortlisted books:

  • Hey Duggee: The Tooth Brushing Badge (Penguin Random House)
  • The Official Pokémon Trainer's Journal (Orchard Books)


Winner: Anisha, Accidental Detective by Serena Patel, illustrated by Emma McCann

Shortlisted books:

  • The Strangeworlds Travel Agency by L. D. Lapinski (Orion Children's Books)
  • The Impossible Boy by Ben Brooks (Quercus Children's Books)

Learning & Development

Winner: Do You Love Bugs? by Matt Robertson

Shortlisted books:

  • Wise Before Five by Ladybird (Penguin Random House)
  • The Big Human Activity Book by Ben Elcomb, illustrated by Marc Pattenden, Georgie Fearns and Rhys Jefferys (Michael O'Mara Books)

Picture Book

Winner: Mabel and the Mountain by Kim Hillyard

Shortlisted books:

  • The Diddle That Dummed by Kes Gray, illustrated by Fred Blunt (Hodder Children's Books)
  • The Bad Day by Frann Preston-Gannon (Bonnier Books UK)
  • Mabel and the Mountain by Kim Hillyard (Penguin Random House)

Children's Classic

Winner: Where's Spot by Eric Hill

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