The Waterstones Children’s Book Prize winners 2014

The results are in, and the winners have been announced for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2014.

In the Best Picture Book category, the winning book was…

Open Very Carefully

Open Very CarefullyNick Bromley & Nicola O’Byrne

…a really fun, witty and unusual picture book that encourages its young readers to interact with it, shaking and jiggling the book to help the crocodile we can see on the cover along on his journey.

In the Best Fiction for 5-12s category, the winning book was…


RooftoppersKatherine Rundell

This was one of my tips  – it’s been received with huge acclaim by bloggers, readers and reviewers and is also on the shortlist for the CILIP Carnegie Medal too, with its fascinating Paris setting and moving journey in search of identity.

In the Best Book for Teens category, the winner book was…

Geek Girl

Geek GirlHolly Smale

I’m really thrilled that Holly Smale has been victorious in the Teen category. Geek Girl is such an enjoyable read, that deals with important issues of identity, self-esteem and ‘fitting in’ in a brilliantly fun and accessible way. Do take a look at my review of Geek Girl; I’m looking forward to reading the next instalment in Harriet’s adventures, Model Misfit, very soon.

Of course, there is also an overall winner… Huge congratulations to Katherine Rundell, as Rooftoppers was the winner of the Best Children’s Book overall, and of course to Holly Smale, and to Nick Bromley and Nicola O’Byrne on their success. To see what other titles were on the shortlist, you can look back at my summary post. There are some fantastic books there which didn’t win – there can only be one per category of course – but that are well worth checking out.


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