Monday, October 03, 2005

Nestlé Children's Book Prize Shortlist Announced

The shortlist of nine books has been announced for the 2005 Nestlé Children's Book Prize, an award that celebrates the very best in children's literature. The 2005 competition is the 21st year of the Nestlé Children's Book Prize, formerly known as the Nestlé Smarties Book Prize. The award is administered by Booktrust, an independent charity that promotes books and reading. The shortlist was selected by a panel of five judges chaired by Julia Eccleshare, Children's Book Editor of The Guardian newspaper. This shortlist of nine books will now be voted on by thousands of children, as hundreds of schools across the UK take part in the judging process. This participation of the actual readers of children's literature has been a feature of the Nestlé Prize and over the past 21 yeats it is estimated that half a million schoolchildren have been involved in selecting winning titles. As well as the publicity and goodwill generated by this mass participation, the awards have also acted as a springboard for several top writers. JK Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, won the prize three times while top children's writer Lauren Child is also a three-time winner. The 2005 winner will be announced at a ceremony at the British Library in London on December 14th. The full shortlist for the award is:

  • Category: 5 Years and Under
    • 'Lost and Found' by Oliver Jeffers (HarperCollins)
    • 'Wolves' by Emily Gravett (Macmillan)
    • 'The Dancing Tiger' by Malachy Doyle (Simon & Schuster)
  • Category: 6 - 8 Years
    • 'The Whisperer' by Nick Butterworth (HarperCollins)
    • 'Michael Rosen's Sad Book' by Michael Rosen (Walker Books)
    • 'Corby Flood' by Paul Stewart & Chris Riddell (Doubleday)
  • 9 - 11 Years
    • 'I, Coriander' by Sally Gardner (Orion)
    • 'The Scarecrow and the Servant' by Philip Pullman (Doubleday)
    • 'The Whispering Road' by Livi Michael (Puffin)