Children’s Book Award and YA Award winners 2016

Children’s Book Award 2016

  Photographs by Ed Thompson

The winners of the Children’s Book Award, the only national award decided entirely by children, have been announced. The overall winner and winner of the Books for Younger Readers category was My Head Teacher is a Vampire Rat by Pamela Butchart and Thomas Flintham (ill.) (Nosy Crow). Vivianne Schwarz won the Books for Younger Children category with her book, Is There a Dog in This Book? (Walker Books), and Sarah Crossan’s book, Apple and Rain (Bloomsbury), was the winner in the Books for Older Readers category. You can view the list of shortlisted books here.

Jane Etheridge, Chair of the Federation of Children’s Book Groups which runs the award, said ‘We are thrilled with the children’s choices this year. This award shows what the children of Britain love to read and it is great to see some first time authors alongside old favourites.’ (from



Young Adult Book Prize 2016

The Young Adult Book Prize 2016 celebrates the best new books that engage with a youth audience. The prize is only in its second year but is already setting the standard for selecting top quality young adult titles. The winner of the 2016 award is Sarah Crossan with her book, One (Bloomsbury). One, written entirely in free verse, is the story of conjoined twins Grace and Tippi who share the lower half of their bodies. When they are finally sent to school as teenagers, they face a series of difficulties which lead to the girls having to make a heart-breaking decision. Hear more from Sarah Crossan on her winning book here.

You can view the other shortlisted books here

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