Book Award 2022

We have recently launched the shortlist for the Sheffield Book Children’s Book Award 2022.

We have a short film that features all the books and explains how you can take part. Why not take a look, then pick your favourite and vote?

As a bit of background, Sheffield Children’s Book Award was launched in 1988 to encourage children and young people to read, and to celebrate the best literature published each year.

Hundreds of children from across the city take part every year by voting for their favourite book through local schools and libraries.

If your child’s school subscribes to the Sheffield Schools Library Service, then the books will be available through their schools or you can borrow all of the titles from your local library.

The selection of titles on this year’s shortlist is amazing. The children are going to have difficulty choosing which one to vote for in each category.

Voting forms are available at all Sheffield Libraries, which can be filled in and handed to staff. Or, if you prefer, you can email your chosen favourite books to

If you are wanting to discover a new author or genre of book for your child then we are sure that at least one of these books will become a new favourite.

We hope you enjoy them as much as we have!


 Baby Books (0-3 years)

·       Love From Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae and illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees. Published by Orchard Books.

·       Slide and Seek. Splish, Splash! by Isabel Otter and illustrated by Sophie Ledesma. Published by Caterpillar Books.

·       The Cows on the Bus by Georgiana Deutsch and illustrated by Valerie Sindelar. Published by Little Tiger.


Toddler Books (3-5 years)

·       Dogs in Disguise by Peter Bently and illustrated by John Bond.  Published by Harper Collins.

·       Bat Can’t Sleep by Carly Gledhill. Published by Macmillan.

·       “Not That Pet!” by Smriti Halls and illustrated by Ros Beardshaw.  Published by Walker Books.

Picture Books (5-7 years)

·       The Viking Who Liked Icing by Lu Fraser and illustrated by Mark McKinley. Published by Bloomsbury.

·       The Don’t Panic Gang by Mark Sperring and illustrated by Sarah Warburton. Published by Bloomsbury.

·       Stella and the Seagull by Georgina Stevens and illustrated by Izzy Burton.  Published by Oxford University Press.

Emerging Reads (7-9 years)

An Alien in the Jam Factory by Chrissie Sains and illustrated by Jenny Taylor.  Published by Walker Books.

I Lost My Granny in the Supermarket by Jo Simmons and illustrate by Nathan Reed. Published by Bloomsbury.

Genie and Teeny Make a Wish by Steven Lenton.  Published by Harper Collins.

Shorter Novels (9-11 years)

The Life and Time of Lonny Quick by Kirsty Applebaum and illustrated by Matt Saunders. Published by Nosy Crow.

The Last Bear by Hannah Gold and illustrated by Levi Pinfold.  Published by Harper Collins.

Starboard by Nicola Skinner and illustrated by Flavia Sorrentino. Published by Harper Collins.

Longer Novels (11-14 years)

Maggie Blue and the Dark World by Anna Goodall and illustrated by Sandra Dieckmann.  Published by Guppy Books.

The Hatmakers by Tamzin Merchant and illustrated by Paola Escobar. Published by Penguin/Puffin.

The Memory Thieves by Darren Simpson and illustrated by Matt Saunders. Published by Usborne.

Young Adult (14+ years)

The Sound of Everything by Rebecca Henry. Published by Everything With Words.

The Boy I Am by K L Kettle. Published by Little Tiger.

The Crossing by Manjeet Mann.  Published by Penguin.

 Get voting and watch this space to find out which are your favourites at the end of the year...


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