The Queen's Hat shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize

I'm going to keep this blog post simple.


It's so nice to get this sort of recognition alongside such talented writers and illustrators, including MA classmates Victoria Turnbull and Suzanne Barton. 

My local paper, the Swindon Adveriser, even ran a surprise article about it (below), and I spoke on BBC Cambridgeshire about it, too.

Check out the whole list below. Good luck to everyone! 


Best Illustrated Book

The Queen's Hat by Steve Antony (Hodder / Hachette Children's)

The Dawn Chorus by Suzanne Barton (Bloomsbury)

Blown Away by Rob Biddulph (HarperCollins)

Where Bear? by Sophy Henn (Puffin)

Atlas of Adventures by Lucy Letherland, words by Rachel Williams (Wide Eyed Editions)

The Sea Tiger by Victoria Turnbull (Templar)


Best Fiction for 5-12s

Girl with a White Dog by Anne Booth (Catnip)

Cowgirl by G.R. Gemin (Nosy Crow)

Boy in the Tower by Polly Ho-Yen (Random House Children’s Publishers)

Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens (Random House Children’s Publishers)

Violet and the Pearl of the Orient by Harriet Whitehorn, illustrated by Becka Moor (Simon & Schuster)

A Boy Called Hope by Lara Williamson (Usborne Publishing)


Best Book for Teens

The Apple Tart of Hope by Sarah Moore Fitzgerald (Orion Children's Books)

Half Bad by Sally Green (Penguin)

Dead Ends by Erin Lange (Faber & Faber)

Only Ever Yours by Louise O'Neill (Quercus)

Smart by Kim Slater (Macmillan Children's Books)

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton (Walker Books)