We're thrilled to announce The Week Junior Book Awards 2024. Celebrating the brilliant world of children’s books and the talented people who create them, this awards honours the authors, illustrators and publishers who inspire children to read for pleasure. The emphasis is on original ideas, outstanding illustration and smart storytelling, as well as new and diverse talent. 


Entries are open from 6 March. Register your interest below and we'll let you know once the awards are open. 



6 March 

Entries open

27 March

Closing date for entries

18 June 

Shortlist announced

September (date tbc)

Winners announced at the award ceremony

Take a look at the 2023 awards in action...

Congratulations to our 2023 winners

Children’s Book of the Year: Older Fiction


Author, SF Said. Illustrator, Dave McKean

David Fickling Books

Children’s Book of the Year: Breakthrough

The Lizzie and Belle Mysteries: Drama and Danger

Author, J.T. Williams. Illustrator, Simone Douglas


Children’s Illustrated Book of the Year

Frankie's World

Author and Illustrator, Aoife Dooley


Children’s Book of the Year: Younger Fiction

Anisha, Accidental Detective: Holiday Adventure

Author, Serena Patel. Illustrator, Emma McCann 


Children’s Book of the Year: Older Non-Fiction

Real-life Dragons and their Stories of Survival

Author, Anita Ganeri. Illustrator Jianan Liu

Hachette Children's Group Wayland

Children’s Book Cover of the Year

Peanut Jones and the Twelve Portals

Author and Illustrator, Rob Biddulph


Children’s Book of the Year: STEM

24 Hours in Space

Author, Rob Lloyd Jones, Illustrator, Laurent Kling


Children’s Audiobook of the Year

Natural Wonders of the World

Author, Sidra Ansari. Narrator, Ben Bailey Smith


Children’s Book of the Year: Younger Non-Fiction

The Extraordinary Book That Makes You Feel Happy

Author, Poppy O’Neill, Illustrator, Caribay M. Benavides

Weldon Owen Children's Books

Congratulations to our highly commended titles...

The Ice Children

M. G. Leonard


The Extraordinary Book that Invents Itself

Authors, Alison Buxton and Helen Bell. Illustrator, Pintachan. 

Weldon Owen Children's Books

Take a look at what our winning authors had to say.....

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