Waterstone’s Children’s Book prize 2014


Dawn O’Porter, Laura Dockrill and Emerald Fennell are among the shortlisted authors for the 2014 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, which is celebrating its 10th birthday

Animals feature in three books for the Best Picture book category –  weasels plotting world domination, a parrot in Paris or a penguin who has been kidnapped

Broadcaster Dawn O’Porter (for her debut coming-of-age tale Paper Aeroplanes), American TV writer Erin Lange (Butter) and Holly Smale (Geek Girl)  are on the shortlist for the Best Book for Teens category.

Performance poet Laura Dockrill (Darcy Burdock) is up against Call the Midwife actress Emerald Fennell (Shiverton Hall) in the Best Fiction for 5-12s category.

The winners will be announced at a reception at Waterstones Piccadilly on Thursday 3 April. The winner of each category will receive £2,000 with the overall winner picking up an additional £3,000.

The full shortlists are:

Best Picture Book:

• Time for Bed, Fred! by Yasmeen Ismail

• The Crocodile Who Didn’t Like Water by Gemma Merino

Will be ordering these

• Open Very Carefully by Nick Bromley and Nicola O’Byrne

• Harold Finds a Voice by Courtney Dicmas

• Weasels by Elys Dolan

• Penguin in Peril by Helen Hancocks

Best Fiction for 5-12s:

• The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

• Darcy Burdock by Laura Dockrill

 Shiverton Hall by Emerald Fennell

• The Skull in the Wood by Sandra Greaves

• Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell

• The Last Wild by Piers Torday

Best Book for Teens:

• The Bone Dragon by Alexia Casale

• Butter by Erin Lange

• If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch

• Paper Aeroplanes by Dawn O’Porter

• Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

• Geek Girl by Holly Smale (HarperCollins