Established in 1995, the awards are presented by the English Association to the best children’s picture books of the year. Awards are given to Fiction and Non-Fiction in age ranges 4-7 years and 7-11 years. The winning books are chosen by the editorial board of English 4-11, the journal for primary teachers published by the English Association and the United Kingdom Literacy Association, from a shortlist selected by a panel of teachers and Primary specialists. Each year, one of the books submitted to the English 4-11 Picture Book Awards is selected as the recipient of the Margaret Mallett Award for Children’s Non-Fiction. The winners in each category, plus the winner of this year’s Margaret Mallett Award for Children’s Non-Fiction, were announced at the online Awards Ceremony on Thursday 25 May 2023.
The winners are as follows:
Invertebrates Are Cool! by Nicola Davies and Abbie Cameron (Graffeg)
Flooded by Mariajo Illustrajo (The Quarto Group)
Real-Life Dragons And Their Stories Of Survival by Anita Ganeri and Jianan Liu (Hachette Children’s Group)
Paradise Sands by Levi Pinfold (Walker Books)
The Margaret Mallett Award for Children’s Non-Fiction
Narwhal: The Arctic Unicorn by Justin Anderson and Jo Weaver (Walker Books)
The Chair of the judging panel, Dr Sally Wilkinson, said, ‘It is a pleasure to honour prolific and well-loved children’s non-fiction authors like Nicola Davies, Anita Ganeri, and Justin Anderson, who have won many awards for their writing, film, and television work, all in celebration of our amazing natural world. These authors have worked in partnership with illustrators Abbie Cameron, Jianan Liu, and Jo Weaver to create rich, engaging texts for us to dive in to. Our fiction winners, Mariajo Illustrajo and Levi Pinfold, represent new, emerging talent and established, award-winning author-illustrators, both with lyrical, detailed works to share with us. We’re thrilled to announce this year’s winners, and look forward to seeing what next year’s competition brings!’
There is information on previous winners of the Picture Book Awards on the English Association website.