The shortlist for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize have been announced for 2012. Six books are shortlisted in each of three categories – picture books, fiction for 5 to 12 year olds, and books for teens.
The Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize was first awarded in 2005 by the bookchain that shares its name (though for the first two years of the Prize’s existence it was know as the Ottakar Children’s Book Prize before those stores were rebranded). Uniquely, the Prize is only open to authors who have published no more than three books, with the aim of uncovering hidden talent in children’s writing.
Much of the initial media attention has focused on Geoff Rodkey, whose debut novel The Chronicles of Egg: Deadweather and Sunrise has been nominated in the 5 to 12 category. Rodkey is an Emmy-nominated screenwriter whose writing credits included the animated series Beavis and Butt-head and comedy film Daddy Day Care.
The winners will be announced on the 21st of March, with each category winner receiving £2,000 with the overall winner picking up a further £3,000.
The shortlisted books are:
Lunchtime by Rebecca Cobb (Macmillan Children’s Books)
Rabbityness by Jo Empson (Child’s Play)
Oh No George! by Chris Haughton (Walker)
The Worst Princess by Anna Kemp & Sara Ogilvie (Simon & Schuster)
The Journey Home by Frann Preston-Gannon (Pavilion Children’s Books)
Can You See Sassoon? by Sam Usher (Little Tiger Press)
Fiction for 5 to 12 year olds
The Wolf Princess by Cathryn Constable (Chicken House)
Atticus Claw Breaks the Law by Jennifer Gray (Faber and Faber)
Wonder by R.J. Palacio (Random House Children’s Books)
The Secret Hen House Theatre by Helen Peters (Nosy Crow)
The Chronicles of Egg: Deadweather and Sunrise by Geoff Rodkey (Puffin)
Barry Loser: I Am Not A Loser by Jim Smith (Egmont)
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman (Random House Children’s Books)
Skin Deep by Laura Jarratt (Egmont)
Insignia by S.J. Kincaid (Hot Key Books)
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (Bloomsbury Children’s)
Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher (Indigo)
Geekhood: Close Encounters of the Girl Kind by Andy Robb (Little Tiger Press)