Annual Book Prize

The Children’s Book Award is the only national award voted for solely by children from start to finish. Thanks to the support of the publishers, over 1,000 new books are donated to be read and reviewed by our Testing Groups across the country every year, with over 150,000 total votes being cast in the process. At the end of each testing year, nearly 12,000 books are donated to hospitals, women’s refuges, nurseries and disadvantaged schools by our groups.

The CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals are the UK's oldest and most prestigious children's book awards. The CILIP Carnegie Medal is awarded by children's librarians for an outstanding book written in English for children and young people. The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded by children's librarians for an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people.

Since 2000, the enormously popular and influential Blue Peter Book Awards have been recognising and celebrating the best authors, the most creative illustrators and the greatest reads for children. The Blue Peter Book Awards 2020 celebrates children's books published in the last year in two categories: the Best Story and the Best Book with Facts. Previous Blue Peter Book Award winners include Michael Morpurgo, Katherine Rundell, Oliver Jeffers and Liz Pichon.


The BBC National Short Story Award is one of the most prestigious prizes for a single short story, with the winning author receiving £15,000 and four further shortlisted authors £600 each. Welsh novelist and TV scriptwriter, Cynan Jones​, has been announced as this year's winner, for his story ‘The Edge of the Shoal', described by writer and judge, Jon McGregor as a ‘genuinely thrilling’ piece of writing with ‘a completeness of vision and execution that made it an inevitable winner'.


The Branford Boase Award This first novel award was created in memory of the novelist Henrietta Branford and Wendy Boase (ex-Editorial Director of Walker Books). The award is an annual prize for an outstanding first novel from a first-time writer. It also marks the important contribution of editors in identifying new talent.

The 2019 prize was awarded to Muammed Khan and his editor, Lucy Pearce, for the novel ‘I am Thunder’​.