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Best Kids Books Up for Literary Prize

Looking for a good book that your child will actually enjoy reading?

Check out the shortlist for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize, an annual award given to up-and-coming authors of children's literature published during the previous year.

The award is broken down into three categories: Best Picture Book, Best Fiction Book for 5-12s and Best Book for Teens. The winners of each category then face off and an overall champion is named.

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All featured authors have published no more than three books each. Fifteen of the 18 books nominated this year are by women. The winners will be announced March 26 at the Waterstones in London Piccadilly.

The 2015 Waterstones Children's Book Prize nominees, as The Guardian reports, are as follows:

Best Picture Books

  • "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 GR 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)

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