Shortlisted books for the Children’s Book Award 2020

We hope you are all enjoying stories and activities for World Book Day today!

Earlier this week, the shortlist for the Children’s Book Award 2020 was announced. The award is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and is the only award which is voted for entirely by children – from selecting shortlisted books right through to choosing the winner.

There are 4 categories in which children and young people can vote.  Here are this year’s shortlisted books.


Books for Younger Children

Jazz Dog, written and illustrated by Marie Voigt, published by OUP

Matisse’s Magical Trail, written by Tim Hopgood and illustrated by Sam Boughton, published by OUP

The Runaway Pea, written by Kjartan Poskitt and illustrated by Alex Willmore, published by Simon & Schuster Children’s Books


Books for Younger Readers

Mutant Zombies Cursed My School Trip, written by Matt Brown and illustrated by Paco Sordo, published by Usborne

Owen and The Soldier, written by Lisa Thompson, published by Barrington Stoke

The Maker of Monsters, written by Lorraine Gregory, published by OUP


Books for Confident Readers

Wildspark, written by Vashti Hardy, published by Scholastic

A Pocketful of Stars, written by Aisha Busby, published by Egmont

D-Day Dog, written by Tom Palmer, published by Barrington Stoke


Books for Older Readers

Becoming Dinah, written by Kit de Waal, published by Hachette Children’s Group

On The Come Up, written by Angie Thomas, published by Walker Books

Two Can Keep a Secret, written by Karen M McManus, published by Penguin


Voting is open until the 15th May and the winners will be revealed at an awards ceremony at the beginning of June.


Logo for Children's Book Award


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