Debut authors Darren Charlton and Jenny Pearson join Natasha Farrant and Meg Rosoff on the shortlist for the 2020 Costa Children’s Book Award.
The shortlist for the 2020 Costa Children’s Book Award has been announced. No less than 146 books were submitted and from those the judges have chosen a shortlist of four. They are:
This year the judges are author Patrice Lawrence, John McLay, children’s literary scout and event organiser, and Alex O’Connell of The Times.
The Costa Book Awards is the only major UK book prize open solely to authors resident in the UK and Ireland and also, uniquely, recognises some of the most enjoyable books published in the last year across five categories – Children’s Book, First Novel, Novel, Biography and Poetry.
Winners in the five categories, who each receive £5,000, will be announced on Monday 4th January 2021. The overall winner of the 2020 Costa Book of the Year will receive £30,000 and be announced at a virtual ceremony on Tuesday 26th January 2021. Two children’s books have been name overall winner, The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman in 2001, and The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge in 2016.