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The Booktrust Children's Awards

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As well as administering the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and the Blue Peter Book Awards (not to mention a number of major adult literary awards), the national independent charity Book Trust has two children's book awards of its own, the Book Trust Early Years Awards and the Book Trust Teenage Prize, both aimed at bringing books to as wide a range of young readers as possible. Winners are announced each September.

For the first five years, there was a single Early Years Award. Since 2004, it has been divided into three categories: Best Book for Babies under One Year Old, the Best Picture Book for Pre-School Children up to Five Years of Age and the Best Emerging Illustrator of a Book for Pre-school Children up to Five Years of Age. Books must have been published in the UK between July of the year prior to the award and the end of the following June. Each category winner receives £2000. Sam Lloyd's victories in 2003 and 2006 make her the only double winner.

The Book Trust Teenage Prize is a single award, given to the best book aimed at readers between twelve and sixteen, and is run with the support of the Reading Agency. The panel of five judges is joined by four readers from the target age group to decide the winner. All genres of books are eligible, including poetry, short stories, graphic novels and non-fiction titles. The eligibility rules are the same as for the Early Years Awards and the winning author receives £2500.

In JUne 2011, Booktrust was forced to announce the suspension of the two awards, owing to funding cuts by the Department of Education. Alternative sources of funding are currently being sought.



BABIES: I Love My Mummy by Giles Andreae
UNDER FIVE: One Smart Fish by Christopher Wormell
ILLUSTRATOR: The Django by Levi Pinfold

BABIES: Chick by Ed Vere (currently out of print)
UNDER FIVE: Oliver Who Travelled Far and Wide by Mara Bergman
ILLUSTRATOR: Box of Tricks by Katie Cleminson

BABIES: Is This My Nose? by Georgie Birkett OP
UNDER FIVE: The Bog Baby by Jeanne Willis & Gwen Millward
ILLUSTRATOR: Here Comes Frankie! by Tim Hopgood

BABIES: Tucking In! by Jess Stockham
UNDER FIVE: Penguin by Polly Dunbar
ILLUSTRATOR: Monkey and Me by Emily Gravett

BABIES: How Do You Feel? by Mandy Stanley
UNDER FIVE: Mr Pusskins by Sam Lloyd
ILLUSTRATOR: Augustus and His Smile by Catherine Rayner

BABIES: Poppy Cat's Farm by Lara Jones
UNDER FIVE: The Very Dizzy Dinosaur by Jack Tickle
ILLUSTRATOR: The Fantastic Mr Wani by Kanako Usui OP

BABIES: I Love You! by David Ellwand & Mike Jolley
UNDER FIVE: The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler
ILLUSTRATOR: Polly and the North Star by Polly Dunbar OP

2003 Happy Dog, Sad Dog by Sam Lloyd
2002: Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes by Annie Kubler
2001: Baby Faces by Sandra Lousada OP
2000: Book Barney by Alex Ayliffe OP
1999: Tickle, Tickle by Helen Oxenbury


2010: Unhooking the Moon by Gregory Hughes
2009: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
2008: The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
2007: My Swordhand is Singing by Marcus Sedgwick
2006: Henry Tumour by Anthony McGowan
2005: Century by Sarah Singleton
2004: Looking for JJ by Anne Cassidy
2003: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

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