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Award winners

Usborne books have received many awards worldwide, including the prestigious UK Times Literary Supplement Award, the Royal Society Junior Prize for Science Books and countless baby book awards.

Here are some of the more recent awards. This list is also available as an RSS feed.

Deep Water

Longlisted - Branford Boase Award

Deep Water
What if you discovered you weren't who - or even what - you thought you were? Suddenly people start to fear you. They think you're evil. Cursed. And then they want to destroy you.

Danni never knew about her family's strange legacy until her mum disappeared. And now the only way to save those she loves from a living hell is to embrace her incredible new gift - however impossible it seems.

A compelling and beautiful story of family secrets, elemental magic, and the deepest mysteries of the sea.

The Middle of Nowhere

Shortlisted - Hillingdon Primary School Book of the Year

The Middle of Nowhere
A gripping tale with an explosive climax from award-winning storyteller, Geraldine McCaughrean.

The Boy Who Sailed the Ocean in an Armchair

Shortlisted - Blue Peter Book Awards 2016

The enormously popular and influential Blue Peter Book Awards have been recognising and celebrating the best authors, the most creative illustrators and the greatest reads for children since 2000.

The Boy Who Sailed the Ocean in an Armchair
Becket Rumsey is all at sea.

His dad has run away with him and his brother Billy in the middle of the night. And they've left everything behind, including their almost-mum Pearl. Becket has no idea what's going on - it's a mystery.

So with the help of Billy and a snail called Brian, Becket sets out on a journey of discovery. It's not plain sailing but then what journeys ever are?

An extraordinary story of courage, dreams and finding your way, from the bestselling author of A Boy Called Hope.

A Boy Called Hope

Winner - Sheffield Children's Book Award 2015

A Boy Called Hope
A Boy Called Hope is a brave, bold and funny debut about family in all its shapes and sizes.

My Second Life

Shortlisted - Hounslow Teen Reads Award

My Second Life
The first time I was born, I was Emma. I was beautiful. I had everything to live for. But I died. I was twenty-two.

The Earth is Singing

Winner - Warwickshire Year 9 Book Award 2015

The Earth is Singing
Closely based on the true story of the Jews of Riga, The Earth is Singing is a tale of love and loss, betrayal and survival.

The Earth is Singing

Longlisted - Redbridge Children's Book Award 2016

The Earth is Singing
Closely based on the true story of the Jews of Riga, The Earth is Singing is a tale of love and loss, betrayal and survival.

The Earth is Singing

Shortlisted - Peters Book of the Year 2016

The Earth is Singing
Closely based on the true story of the Jews of Riga, The Earth is Singing is a tale of love and loss, betrayal and survival.

Am I Normal Yet?

Longlisted - Redbridge Children's Book Award 2016

Am I Normal Yet?
All Evie wants is to be normal. And now that she's almost off her meds and at a new college where no one knows her as the-girl-who-went-nuts, there's only one thing left to tick off her list...

But relationships can mess with anyone's head - something Evie's new friends Amber and Lottie know only too well. The trouble is, if Evie won't tell them her secrets, how can they stop her making a huge mistake?

Am I Normal Yet?

Shortlisted - Peters Book of the Year 2016

Am I Normal Yet?
All Evie wants is to be normal. And now that she's almost off her meds and at a new college where no one knows her as the-girl-who-went-nuts, there's only one thing left to tick off her list...

But relationships can mess with anyone's head - something Evie's new friends Amber and Lottie know only too well. The trouble is, if Evie won't tell them her secrets, how can they stop her making a huge mistake?

A Boy Called Hope

Shortlisted - Leeds Book Awards 2015

A Boy Called Hope
A Boy Called Hope is a brave, bold and funny debut about family in all its shapes and sizes.

The Usborne Official Astronaut's Handbook

Silver award - Practical Preschool and Primary Teacher Update awards

The Usborne Official Astronaut's Handbook
A funny and fascinating how-to guide for budding astronauts, providing a crash course on what it takes to travel into space.

Baby's very first slide and see animals

Winner - Sainsbury's Children's Book Award 2015

Fiona Watt wins the Sainburys's Children's Book Award Baby and Toddler category for a second year running. The awards were held in conjunction with Save the Children’s ‘Read on. Get On’ campaign, which aims to combat inequality by getting all children in the UK reading well by the age of 11.

Baby's very first slide and see animals
An engaging board book for very young children, with sliding panels to reveal secret images hiding below.

A Boy Called Hope

Shortlisted - Ealing Readers Award 2015

A Boy Called Hope
A Boy Called Hope is a brave, bold and funny debut about family in all its shapes and sizes.

365 science activities

Shortlisted - Royal Society Young People's Book Prize

365 science activities
There’s a new scientific discovery to be made each day of the year in this inspiring book full of easy and exciting experiments.

Now You See Me

Nominated - CILIP Carnegie Medal

The Carnegie Medal, one of the UK's oldest and most prestigious children's book awards, is awarded annually to the writer of an outstanding book for children.

Now You See Me
Three years ago, thirteen-year-old Danny Geller vanished without trace.

A Boy Called Hope

Shortlisted - Waterstones Children’s Book Prize (Younger Fiction category)

The Waterstones Children’s Book Prize champions new and emerging talent within three categories: illustrated books; fiction for ages 5-12; and teen books. Now in its 11th year, this year’s shortlists seem to have a detective theme with six titles in which children are left to their own devices to solve mysteries, reminiscent of old favourites like Enid Blyton’s Famous Five and the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys series.

A Boy Called Hope
A Boy Called Hope is a brave, bold and funny debut about family in all its shapes and sizes.

The Middle of Nowhere

Shortlisted - CILIP Carnegie Medal

The Carnegie Medal, one of the UK's oldest and most prestigious children's book awards, is awarded annually to the writer of an outstanding book for children.

The Middle of Nowhere
A gripping tale with an explosive climax from award-winning storyteller, Geraldine McCaughrean.

A Boy Called Hope

Shortlisted - Sheffield Children's Book Award

A Boy Called Hope
A Boy Called Hope is a brave, bold and funny debut about family in all its shapes and sizes.

A Boy Called Hope

Shortlisted - James Reckitt Hull Children’s Book Award

A Boy Called Hope
A Boy Called Hope is a brave, bold and funny debut about family in all its shapes and sizes.

A Boy Called Hope

Shortlisted - Wandsworth Schools Fabulous Book Award 2015

A Boy Called Hope
A Boy Called Hope is a brave, bold and funny debut about family in all its shapes and sizes.

A Boy Called Hope

Shortlisted - Dudley Teen Book Award 2014

A Boy Called Hope
A Boy Called Hope is a brave, bold and funny debut about family in all its shapes and sizes.

Compton Valance — The Most Powerful Boy in the Universe

Longlisted - Reading Rampage 2015 (Leicester’s new secondary school book award)

Compton Valance — The Most Powerful Boy in the Universe
eBook edition has disgusting sound effects (on tablets that support audio).

Now You See Me

Shortlisted - Sussex Coast Schools' Amazing Book Awards 2015

Now You See Me
Three years ago, thirteen-year-old Danny Geller vanished without trace.

The Middle of Nowhere

Winner - Lovereading4kids Books of the Year

The Middle of Nowhere
A gripping tale with an explosive climax from award-winning storyteller, Geraldine McCaughrean.

Compton Valance — The Most Powerful Boy in the Universe

Winner - Lovereading4kids Books of the Year

Compton Valance — The Most Powerful Boy in the Universe
eBook edition has disgusting sound effects (on tablets that support audio).

Compton Valance — The Most Powerful Boy in the Universe

Shortlisted - Oxfordshire Book Awards (PrimaryCategory)

Compton Valance — The Most Powerful Boy in the Universe
eBook edition has disgusting sound effects (on tablets that support audio).

A Boy Called Hope

Shortlisted - Cheshire Schools' Book Awards

A Boy Called Hope
A Boy Called Hope is a brave, bold and funny debut about family in all its shapes and sizes.

A Boy Called Hope

Shortlisted - Oxfordshire Book Awards

A Boy Called Hope
A Boy Called Hope is a brave, bold and funny debut about family in all its shapes and sizes.

A Boy Called Hope

Winner - Hillingdon Secondary Book of the Year 2015

A Boy Called Hope
A Boy Called Hope is a brave, bold and funny debut about family in all its shapes and sizes.

A Boy Called Hope

Shortlisted - Lancashire School Library Fantastic Book Award

A Boy Called Hope
A Boy Called Hope is a brave, bold and funny debut about family in all its shapes and sizes.

The Manifesto on How to be Interesting

Shortlisted - Leeds Book Awards 2015

The Manifesto on How to be Interesting
Apparently I'm boring. A nobody. But that's all about to change. Because I am starting a project. Here. Now. For myself. And if you want to come along for the ride then you're very welcome.

Bree is a loser, a wannabe author who hides behind words. Most of the time she hates her life, her school, her never-there parents. So she writes.

But when she’s told she needs to start living a life worth writing about, The Manifesto on How to Be Interesting is born. Six steps on how to be interesting. Six steps that will see her infiltrate the popular set, fall in love with someone forbidden and make the biggest mistake of her life.

The Middle of Nowhere

Shortlisted - Essex Book Awards 2015

The Middle of Nowhere
A gripping tale with an explosive climax from award-winning storyteller, Geraldine McCaughrean.

A Boy Called Hope

Shortlisted - Hounslow Junior Book Award 2015

A Boy Called Hope
A Boy Called Hope is a brave, bold and funny debut about family in all its shapes and sizes.

Lift-the-flap questions and answers about your body

Shortlisted - The Royal Society Young People's Book Prize 2014

The Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize celebrates the best science books designed for young readers. The judges said: 'This bite-sized Q&A book with informative illustrations is sure to satisfy inquisitive minds'.

Lift-the-flap questions and answers about your body
This Lift-the-Flap book contains the answers to the many questions that curious children have about their bodies, including ‘How do I smell?’ ‘What makes me burp?’ ‘Why do I need to wash my hands?’ ‘Why is blood red?’ and many more.

Big book of stars and planets

Shortlisted - The Royal Society Young People's Book Prize 2014

The Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize celebrates the best science books designed for young readers. Announcing the shortlist, the judges said that The Usborne Big Book of Stars and Planets ‘really conveys the wonders of our universe’.

Big book of stars and planets
Discover the wonders of space in this incredible picture book, with giant fold-out pages to satisfy the curiosity of every young space enthusiast.

That's not my piglet...

Winner - Sainsbury's Children's Book Award (Baby and Toddler category)

Sainsbury’s invited all their current children’s book publishers to nominate up to two books for each of the award categories. Phil Earle, children’s author and judge commented on the Awards saying: "There was such talent on show in the books submitted, I’ve no doubt the shortlisted titles, and indeed the winner, will delight our most discerning readers, children!"

That's not my piglet...
There are five friendly piglets for young children to meet as they search for the right pig in this fun touchy-feely board book.

Baby's very first touchy-feely colours play book

Highly Commended - Right Start Best Baby Essentials Award

Baby's very first touchy-feely colours play book
Babies will love looking at the bright pictures and feeling the textures as they explore the vibrant colours in this fun board book.

Compton Valance — The Most Powerful Boy in the Universe

Shortlisted - Coventry Inspiration Book Awards

Compton Valance — The Most Powerful Boy in the Universe
eBook edition has disgusting sound effects (on tablets that support audio).

Lift-the-flap questions and answers

Shortlisted - Best Preschool Publishing at the Progressive Preschool Awards

Lift-the-flap questions and answers
An interactive board book with over 60 flaps, exploring all kinds of questions that young children love to ask.

Fairy

Illustration from That's not my fairy, in the multi-award
winning That's not my touchy-feely series.


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