Children's Book Award Winners 2017

Children's Book Awards 2017 - All the Best children's books of 2017

The UK has many respected prizes for children's books, including the Carnegie and Greenaway Medals, the Waterstones Children's Book Awards, the Blue Peter Book Awards, the Guardian Children's Book Award and the Costa Children's Book Award (originally the Whitbread Book Awards).

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Details of all the UK's award winning childrens books for 2017 will appear here as they are announced.

The Carnegie Medal

Salt to the Sea by Ruth Sepetys - Winner of the Carniegie Medal 2017

The Carnegie Medal 2017 has been awarded to Salt to the Sea by Ruth Sepetys

It's early 1945 and a group of people trek across Germany, bound together by their desperation to reach the ship that can take them away from the war-ravaged land. Four young people, each haunted by their own dark secret, tell their unforgettable stories in this moving book.

Based on a true story from the Second World War. When the German ship the Wilhelm Gustloff was sunk in port in early 1945 it had over 9000 civilian refugees, including children, on board. Nearly all were drowned.

The Greenaway Medal

There is a Tribe of Kids by Lane Smith Wnner of the Greenaway Medal 2017

The Greenaway Medal 2017, which is awarded for illustration, has gone to There Is a Tribe of Kids by Lane Smith.

Did you ever want to waddle with a colony of penguins? Wriggle with an army of caterpillars? Or march with a troop of monkeys?

Legendary illustrator Lane Smith takes us on a colourful adventure through the natural world, following a child as he weaves through the jungle, dives under the ocean and soars into the sky.

The Children's Book Awards

An Eagle In The Snow by Michael Morpurgo OBE and Michael Foreman, winner of the Childrens Book Award 2017

The overall winner of the Children's Book Awards 2017 is An Eagle in the Snow by former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo OBE and illustrated by Michael Foreman. It was the winner of the Books for Younger Readers category.

Based on the true story of one man who might have stopped World War II. In 1940, a train is under attacks from German fighters. In the darkness, sheltering in a railway tunnel, the stranger in the carriage with Barney and his mother tells them a story to pass the time.

And what a story. The story of a young man, a young soldier in the trenches of World War I who, on the spur of the moment, had done what he thought was the right thing.

It turned out to have been the worst mistake he ever could have made – a mistake he must put right before it is too late…

The Winner of the Childrens Book Award 2017 for Younger Children is Oi Dog! by Kes and Claire Gray and illustrated by Jim Field.

Frog's had enough, he's the changing the status quo! Cat insists that there are rules - only mules sit on stools, no one but hares should sit on chairs and however irritating, dogs MUST sit on frogs.

'Well, I'm changing the rules,' said the frog. 'From now on, dogs sit on logs, not frogs!'

And everyone else is going to have to sit somewhere else too. Will Cat want to sit on gnats instead of cushy mats? Will spiders like sitting on gliders? Will whales be happy to sit on nails? And, most importantly, where is FROG going to sit?

The Childrens Book Award for books for Older Readers has ben awarded to One by Carnegie Medal-winning author Sarah Crossan.

Grace and Tippi don't like being stared and sneered at, but they're used to it. They're conjoined twins - united in blood and bone.What they want is to be looked at in turn, like they truly are two people. They want real friends. And what about love?

But a heart-wrenching decision lies ahead for Tippi and Grace. One that could change their lives more than they ever asked for...

Waterstone's Children's Book Prize

The Girl of Ink & Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

The overall winner of the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize 2017 and the category winner for Younger Readers has been gone to The Girl of Ink & Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave.

Forbidden to leave her island, Isabella dreams of the faraway lands her cartographer father once mapped. When her friend disappears, she volunteers to guide the search.

The world beyond the walls is a monster-filled wasteland - and beneath the dry rivers and smoking mountains, a fire demon is stirring from its sleep. Soon, following her map, her heart and an ancient myth, Isabella discovers the true end of her journey: to save the island itself.

The Waterstone's Children's Book Prize for Older Readers has been won by Orangeboy by Patrice Lawrence.

Sixteen-year-old Marlon has made his mum a promise - he'll never follow his big brother, Andre, down the wrong path. So far, it's been easy, but when a date ends in tragedy, Marlon finds himself hunted.

They're after the mysterious Mr Orange, and they're going to use Marlon to get to him. Marlon's out of choices - can he become the person he never wanted to be, to protect everyone he loves?

The Waterstone's Children's Book Prize for best Illustrated Book has been awarded to Lizzy Stewart’s There’s a Tiger in the Garden

When Grandma says she’s seen a tiger in the garden, Nora doesn’t believe her. She’s too old to play Grandma’s silly games! Everyone knows that tigers live in jungles, not gardens. 

So even when Nora sees butterflies with wings as big as her arm, and plants that try and eat her toy giraffe, and a polar bear that likes fishing, she knows there’s absolutely, DEFINITELY no way there could be a tiger in the garden . . .

Could there?

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Blue Peter Book Awards

The Legend of Podkin One-Ear - Blue Peter Book Award Winner 2017

The Legend of Podkin One-Ear Kieran Larwood and illustrated by David Wyatt is the winner of the Blue Peter Book Award 2017 for Best Story.

Podkin is the son of a warrior chieftain. When Podkin's home is brutally attacked, the young rabbits are forced to flee. The terrifying Gorm are on the rampage, and no one and nowhere is safe.

With danger all around them, Podkin must protect his family, uncover his destiny, and attempt to defeat the most horrifying enemy rabbitkind has ever known.

The Blue Peter Book Award for Best Book with Facts has gone to Survivors by David Long.

Survivors is a book of incredible real-life stories of extreme survival, including a girl who fell two miles out of an aircraft and survived, and a sailor who survived for 133 days on a raft in the Atlantic when his ship was torpedoed, using shark's blood in place of fresh water. 

Scottish Children's Book Awards

The Scottish Children's Bookbug Award 2017 for books aimed at children aged from 3-7 Years has been won by Shark in the Park on a Windy Day! Nick Sharratt

Timothy Pope is blown this way and that way in the windy park -- but among the whistling wind and blustering brollies could that be a shark he spies through his telescope?

The inaugural Scottish Children's Teenage Book Award 2017 has been won by Black Cairn Point by Claire McFall.

Heather agrees to a group camping holiday with Dougie and his friends because she's desperate to get closer to him. But when the two of them disturb a pagan burial site above the beach, she becomes certain that they have woken a malevolent spirit. Something is alive out there in the pitch-black dark, and it is planning to wreak deadly revenge.

Costa Children's Book Award

The Costa Children's Book Award 2017 has gone to The Bombs That Brought Us Together by Brian Conaghan.

Fourteen-year-old Charlie Law has lived in Little Town, on the border with Old Country, all his life. He knows the rules: no going out after dark; no drinking; no litter; no fighting. You don't want to get on the wrong side of the people who run Little Town. When he meets Pavel Duda, a refugee from Old Country, the rules start to get broken. Then the bombs come, and the soldiers from Old Country, and Little Town changes for ever.

Sometimes, to keep the people you love safe, you have to do bad things. As Little Town's rules crumble, Charlie is sucked into a dangerous game. There's a gun, and a bad man, and his closest friend, and his dearest enemy.

Charlie Law wants to keep everyone happy, even if it kills him. And maybe it will ...

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Awards To Be Announced Later in 2017

The winners of the The Laugh Out Loud Book Awards will be announced in June 2017

The winner of the UKLA Children’s Book Awards will be announced in July 2017.

The Branford Boase Award will be announced in July 2017

The Klaus Flugge Prize for illustration will be awarded in September 2017

The Guardian Children's Fiction Prize will be announced in October 2017.

About the Author: Jacqui O'Brien is the Editor of eParenting.








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