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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.

The Middle of Nowhere

Shortlisted - Little Rebels Children’s Book Award

The Little Rebels Book Award is designed to recognise a rich tradition of radical publishing for children in the UK. Given by the Alliance of Radical Booksellers, the award celebrates exceptional fiction for children aged 0-12 that promotes social equality or justice. The winner will be decided by a high-profile panel of children's book experts and announced on 10 May 2014.

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

A Boy Called Hope

Shortlisted - Independent Booksellers Week Book Award 2014

The IBW Book Award is run by The Booksellers Association of UK and Ireland. From a ‘very strong longlist’ independent booksellers have voted A Boy Called Hope a place on this year’s shortlist. The shortlist of ten adult titles and twelve titles in the children’s categories will now be judged by two separate judging panels comprising authors, booksellers and well-known book lovers. The winners will be announced on 28 June 2014, the first day of Independent Booksellers Week.

A Boy Called Hope
I'm Dan Hope and deep inside my head I keep a list of things I want to come true. For example, I want my sister, Ninja Grace, to go to university at the North Pole and only come back once a year.

Penny Dreadful is a Record Breaker

Shortlisted - Booktrust Best Book Awards with Amazon Kindle

The Booktrust Best Book Awards with Amazon Kindle seek to unearth the very best children’s books the UK has to offer. A group of high-profile judges, featuring widely loved names from literature, showbiz and business, including teen-queen author Louise Rennison and renowned children's author/illustrator Lauren Child, have chosen shortlists in 6 categories. Now it's down to the children’s vote to decide the winner of each category. Schools can sign up to take part in the judging via the dedicated Best Book Awards website. The award ceremony will take place on 2 July 2014.

Penny Dreadful is a Record Breaker
Three fantastically funny Penny Dreadful adventures in one fab book!

Lift-the-flap questions and answers about your body

Shortlisted - School Library Association Information Book Award

The SLA Information Book Award is an annual award designed to support school libraries and to reinforce the importance of non-fiction by highlighting the high standard of resources available. Lift-the-flap questions and answers about your body is shortlisted in the Under 7s category. The winner of the award will be announced in Autumn.

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.

Forbidden Friends

Shortlisted - Southwark Book Award 2014

The Southwark Book Award aims to inspire children aged 10-12 with a love of reading and to build their reading confidence as they begin secondary school. The winner of the award will be decided entirely by pupils and teachers and announced on 16th June 2014.

Forbidden Friends
From the author of Butterfly Summer comes the unforgettable story of a new friendship, a terrible tragedy and long-buried lie.

Baby's very first play books

WINNER - Progressive Preschool Awards

Our Baby's Very First Books series was crowned winner of the Best Preschool Publishing Range category in the first ever Progressive Preschool Awards. A judging panel comprised of buyers from top names such as Harrods, Mothercare, Boots, Toys R Us, Selfridges, Sainsbury’s, JoJoMamanBebe and Waitrose selected the winners in each of the award's four categories.

Baby's very first play books

Look inside space

WINNER - The Royal Society Young People's Book Prize 2013

The Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize celebrates the best science books designed for young readers. Announcing the shortlist, the judges said Look Inside Space was: “A fantastically interactive book for younger children. Full of flaps to lift (and flaps under flaps) that reveal amazing facts about space!”.

Look inside space
Why do stars shine? And how was the moon made? Children can blast off into space with this fantastic interactive flap book revealing the secrets of the Universe.

Blood Tracks

Shortlisted - North East Teen Book Award 2013

The North East Teen Book Awards aim to make young people more aware of the quality and variety of exciting writing out there, to celebrate and support authors and to create opportunities for authors to meet teen readers. The NETBA shortlist is decided entirely by teen voters. The judges will announce the winner on 7th November 2014.

Blood Tracks
A dark and dangerous thriller with a harrowing secret at its heart, from the author of the award-winning The Truth About Celia Frost.

Blood Tracks

Longlisted - BASH Secondary 2014

Created by St Helen's Council, the BASH award works in conjunction with local schools to identify and celebrate the best works of fiction for 11-18 year olds in the UK.

Blood Tracks
A dark and dangerous thriller with a harrowing secret at its heart, from the author of the award-winning The Truth About Celia Frost.

Noisy bottoms

Shortlisted - Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2013

The Roald Dahl Funny Prize aims to promote laughter and humour as a feel-good factor when reading, to draw attention to funny books as readable and enjoyable and to reward authors and illustrators who write and illustrate books using humour. At least 200 children, selected from schools around the UK, will play a part in the judging process this year, voting for the book they think is the most hilarious in their age category. Their votes will be combined with those of the official judging panel to find two winning books for 2013.

Noisy bottoms
Foxes do it… rabbits do it… Even Daddy Bear does it! Little children won’t be able to resist pressing the buttons to make all the sounds in this hilarious book!

Baby's very first noisy nursery rhymes

Silver - Right Start Best Toy Awards

Winners of the Right Start Best Toy Awards feature in the Right Start Magazine's Best Toy Guide, packed full of top play-and-learn products, every one tried-and-tested in a home setting. The awards look for a combination of play value, safety, durability and value for money in winning products.

Baby's very first noisy nursery rhymes
Little hands will love pressing the buttons on this bright and colourful board book to hear the tunes of their favourite nursery rhymes.

Illustrated nursery rhymes (giftbook with slipcase)

Bronze - Practical Pre-School Awards

Decided by an independent panel of judges, including children and their teachers, the Practical Pre-School Awards recognise products that excel in a number of criteria, including appeal to children, educational value, play value, durability, value for money and adaptability.

Illustrated nursery rhymes (giftbook with slipcase)
A beautiful gift edition of over 100 nursery rhymes, lavishly presented with a clothbound cover in an attractive presentation slipcase.

Baby's very first black and white books

Winner - Loved by Parents Best Baby Book 2013

One of three Usborne winners, the Baby's Very First Black and White Books series recieved the bronze award in the TheLovedbyparents Awards 2013. The awards recognise products, brands and businesses that parents truly love. Parent testers and their little ones were tasked with testing hundreds of entries from all over the world, and winning entries were decided by the public.

Baby's very first black and white books

Illustrated nursery rhymes (giftbook with slipcase)

Winner - Loved by Parents Best Baby Book 2013

One of three Usborne winners, Illustrated Nursery Rhymes recieved the silver award in the TheLovedbyparents Awards 2013. The awards recognise products, brands and businesses that parents truly love. Parent testers and their little ones were tasked with testing hundreds of entries from all over the world, and winning entries were decided by the public.

Illustrated nursery rhymes (giftbook with slipcase)
A beautiful gift edition of over 100 nursery rhymes, lavishly presented with a clothbound cover in an attractive presentation slipcase.

That's not my lamb...

Winner - Loved by Parents Best Baby Book 2013

One of three Usborne winners, That's not my Lamb recieved the gold award in the TheLovedbyparents Awards 2013. The awards recognise products, brands and businesses that parents truly love. Parent testers and their little ones were tasked with testing hundreds of entries from all over the world, and winning entries were decided by the public.

That's not my lamb...
A sweet touchy-feely board book with five adorable little lambs for young children to meet.

The Second World War

Shortlisted, School Library Association Information Book Award 2013

The School Library Association Information Book Award is designed to support school libraries and to reinforce the importance of non-fiction whilst highlighting the high standard of resources available.

The Second World War
A concise and comprehensible account of the most destructive conflict the world has ever known, published in association with the Imperial War Museums.

Butterfly Summer

Winner, Secondary School Category, The Oxfordshire Book Award

The Oxfordshire Book Award is special because it is an award voted for entirely by children and young adults, who read and nominate their favourite books. They can take part either at participating primary and secondary schools, or through any public library.

Butterfly Summer
In her summer of secrets, all Becky knows is that everything can change in the beat of a butterfly’s wing…

The Truth About Celia Frost

Winner Brilliant Book Award

An annual award voted for by students at Key Stage 3 in schools across Nottinghamshire, Nottingham City and Derbyshire. The award promotes reading for pleasure and raises awareness of children’s literature, promoting excellence as well as popularity.

The Truth About Celia Frost
Celia Frost is a freak. At least that’s what everyone thinks. Her life is ruled by a rare disorder that means she could bleed to death from the slightest cut, confining her to a gloomy bubble of “safety”. No friends. No fun. No life.

But when a knife attack on Celia has unexpected consequences, her mum reacts strangely. Suddenly they’re on the run. Why is her mum so scared? Someone out there knows – and when they find Celia, she’s going to wish the truth was a lie…

A buried secret; a gripping manhunt; a dangerous deceit: what is the truth about Celia Frost?
A page-turning thriller that’s impossible to put down.

Money Run

Second place Brilliant Book Award

An annual award voted for by students at Key Stage 3 in schools across Nottinghamshire, Nottingham City and Derbyshire. The award promotes reading for pleasure and raises awareness of children’s literature, promoting excellence as well as popularity.

Money Run
Money Run is a high-octane thriller, starring two unlikely heroes with a dangerous appetite for adventure... and big stacks of cash.

Baby animal stories

Bronze Bizziebaby award

Decided entirely by parent reviewers, the Bizziebaby Awards recognise the very best in children's products across a whole range of industries.

Baby animal stories
A cosy collection of six baby animal stories for little children, just the right length for sharing at bedtime.

My body

Bronze Bizziebaby award

Decided entirely by parent reviewers, the Bizziebaby Awards recognise the very best in children's products across a whole range of industries.

My body
This delightful book provides lots for little children to look at and talk about as they find out about the human body.

Mockingbird

Shortlisted for the Redbridge Children's Book Award 2013

The Redbridge Children's Book Award highlights the best new reading for children and teenagers and aims to encourage children to read, review, and debate and thus appreciate good quality literature. School librarians, library staff and children select titles from their favourite new reads. The winner is selected through a final vote.

Mockingbird
A heart-warming story of loss and recovery that won the American National Book Award 2010 – one of the most moving books you’ll ever read.

Call Me Drog

Shortlisted for UKLA Book Awards 2013

The UKLA (UK Literacy Association) Book Award is a national award conferred by education professionals and is held in high esteem by teachers across the UK, who regard the shortlist as a reliable indicator of the best books of the year for inclusion in class and school collections.

Call Me Drog
Bold, crazy and a little bit creepy, Call Me Drog is an unforgettable coming of age story.

First atlas

Learning Magazine 2013 Teachers’ Choice Award

The US Teachers' Choice Awards honour products of exceptional quality and outstanding performance. The panel of teacher evaluators use each product in their classrooms and homes to find the best products for teachers and parents.

First atlas
An essential introduction to the basics of our world, including continents and countries, their peoples and physical geography.

Pull-back busy helicopter book

Winner - Creative Play Awards 2012

Pull-back Busy Helicopter Book has won the 'Books and Teaching Resources' category in the Creative Play Awards 2012. The awards aim to seek out the best in creative play, and are sponsored and organised by Creative Steps Magazine.

Pull-back busy helicopter book
Little children will love to pull back the yellow helicopter and watch it fly around the four different tracks.

Baby's very first touchy-feely play book

Bronze - Right Start Best Toy Awards

Winners of the Right Start Best Toy Awards 2012 feature in the Right Start Magazine's Best Toy Guide, packed full of top play-and-learn products, every one tried-and-tested in a home setting. Winning products combine the all-important play value with safety, durability and value for money so you can buy with confidence.

Baby's very first touchy-feely play book
A delightful board book with vibrant illustrations and touchy-feely patches perfect for sharing with the very young.

The Truth About Celia Frost

Winner - Sefton Super Reads Award 2012

Organised by school librarians and Sefton Council's library service, the award highlights recently published fiction aimed at secondary school pupils. High school students across the Sefton borough read and reviewed the six titles on the shortlist, and then voted for their favourite.

The Truth About Celia Frost
Celia Frost is a freak. At least that’s what everyone thinks. Her life is ruled by a rare disorder that means she could bleed to death from the slightest cut, confining her to a gloomy bubble of “safety”. No friends. No fun. No life.

But when a knife attack on Celia has unexpected consequences, her mum reacts strangely. Suddenly they’re on the run. Why is her mum so scared? Someone out there knows – and when they find Celia, she’s going to wish the truth was a lie…

A buried secret; a gripping manhunt; a dangerous deceit: what is the truth about Celia Frost?
A page-turning thriller that’s impossible to put down.

That's not my elephant...

Gold- 2012 Bizziebaby Awards

Decided entirely by parent reviewers, the Bizziebaby Awards recognise the very best in children's products across a whole range of industries.

That's not my elephant...
A delightful touchy-feely book with simple, repetitive text.

Eat up, Max and Millie

Bronze- 2012 Bizziebaby Awards

Decided entirely by parent reviewers, the Bizziebaby Awards recognise the very best in children's products from across a whole range of industries.

Eat up, Max and Millie
‘Yuck!’ is Max’s reaction to the food at lunchtime. Will things be any better when Millie comes over for a meal?

See inside inventions

Shortlisted - The Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize 2012

The Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize celebrates the best science books designed for young readers. Announcing the shortlist, the judges said about See Inside Inventions: “It’s wonderful to see a whole book devoted to the stories behind the world’s most important inventions and we hope that this one might inspire the next generation of young entrepreneurs.” The six titles on the shortlist are now being judged by panels of young people across the UK, before the winner is announced at the award ceremony on 15 November 2012.

See inside inventions
Over 60 flaps to lift to discover the wonderful, mysterious and often funny stories behind some of the world’s most ground-breaking inventions.

The Truth About Celia Frost

Winner - Leeds Book Award 2012

Entirely decided by readers, the Leeds Book Award is judged by pupils across Leeds who vote for their favourite books in three age categories. The Truth About Celia Frost was awarded the prize for the 11-14 year old category at a ceremony attended by over 250 young readers.

The Truth About Celia Frost
Celia Frost is a freak. At least that’s what everyone thinks. Her life is ruled by a rare disorder that means she could bleed to death from the slightest cut, confining her to a gloomy bubble of “safety”. No friends. No fun. No life.

But when a knife attack on Celia has unexpected consequences, her mum reacts strangely. Suddenly they’re on the run. Why is her mum so scared? Someone out there knows – and when they find Celia, she’s going to wish the truth was a lie…

A buried secret; a gripping manhunt; a dangerous deceit: what is the truth about Celia Frost?
A page-turning thriller that’s impossible to put down.

The Truth About Celia Frost

Shortlisted - East Midlands Book Award

The East Midlands Book Award is an independent, annual award with the aim of promoting writers who live in the East Midlands, to raise the profile of the thriving literary scene in the region, and to reward exceptional work.

The Truth About Celia Frost
Celia Frost is a freak. At least that’s what everyone thinks. Her life is ruled by a rare disorder that means she could bleed to death from the slightest cut, confining her to a gloomy bubble of “safety”. No friends. No fun. No life.

But when a knife attack on Celia has unexpected consequences, her mum reacts strangely. Suddenly they’re on the run. Why is her mum so scared? Someone out there knows – and when they find Celia, she’s going to wish the truth was a lie…

A buried secret; a gripping manhunt; a dangerous deceit: what is the truth about Celia Frost?
A page-turning thriller that’s impossible to put down.

Angel Fire

Shortlisted - The Romantic Novelists’ Association Awards (Young Adult Romantic Novel category)

Romantic fiction is big news. Not only is it the most widely read genre but it provides more pleasure and escapism than any other. The Romantic Novelists’ Association Awards set the benchmark in romantic fiction and so it is great news that Angel Fire has been shortlisted in the Young Adult Romantic Novel category.

Angel Fire
The thrilling second chapter in the electrifying Angel Trilogy. Angels will never be seen in the same way again.

The Truth About Celia Frost

Longlisted - Southern Schools Book Award

Selected by librarians, teachers and pupils all the books on the longlist for the Southern Schools Books Award will be read and reviewed by pupils across the southern counties. Designed to promote lively book dicussions amongst young people, the award links pupils across the region through the judging process.

The Truth About Celia Frost
Celia Frost is a freak. At least that’s what everyone thinks. Her life is ruled by a rare disorder that means she could bleed to death from the slightest cut, confining her to a gloomy bubble of “safety”. No friends. No fun. No life.

But when a knife attack on Celia has unexpected consequences, her mum reacts strangely. Suddenly they’re on the run. Why is her mum so scared? Someone out there knows – and when they find Celia, she’s going to wish the truth was a lie…

A buried secret; a gripping manhunt; a dangerous deceit: what is the truth about Celia Frost?
A page-turning thriller that’s impossible to put down.

The Truth About Celia Frost

Longlisted - The Branford Boase Award 2012

Set up to reward the most promising new writers and their editors, as well as to reward excellence in writing and in publishing, the Branford Boase award is made annually to the most promising book for seven year-olds and upwards by a first time novelist.

The Truth About Celia Frost
Celia Frost is a freak. At least that’s what everyone thinks. Her life is ruled by a rare disorder that means she could bleed to death from the slightest cut, confining her to a gloomy bubble of “safety”. No friends. No fun. No life.

But when a knife attack on Celia has unexpected consequences, her mum reacts strangely. Suddenly they’re on the run. Why is her mum so scared? Someone out there knows – and when they find Celia, she’s going to wish the truth was a lie…

A buried secret; a gripping manhunt; a dangerous deceit: what is the truth about Celia Frost?
A page-turning thriller that’s impossible to put down.

The Truth About Celia Frost

Shortlisted - St. Helen's Book Awards

The Truth About Celia Frost
Celia Frost is a freak. At least that’s what everyone thinks. Her life is ruled by a rare disorder that means she could bleed to death from the slightest cut, confining her to a gloomy bubble of “safety”. No friends. No fun. No life.

But when a knife attack on Celia has unexpected consequences, her mum reacts strangely. Suddenly they’re on the run. Why is her mum so scared? Someone out there knows – and when they find Celia, she’s going to wish the truth was a lie…

A buried secret; a gripping manhunt; a dangerous deceit: what is the truth about Celia Frost?
A page-turning thriller that’s impossible to put down.

Drawing, doodling and colouring

Parents' Choice 2011 Recommended Award Winner

Drawing, doodling and colouring
A hugely creative book with fabulous scenes to customise and colour, and doodles that can grow and grow and grow!

Baby's very first touchy-feely play book

Highly Commended - Creative Play Awards

The Creative Play Awards are the only awards designed specifically to recognise excellence in creative play products and resources. Each product is tested by independent childcare professionals. The results highlight the best products available to enhance creative development in young children.

Baby's very first touchy-feely play book
A delightful board book with vibrant illustrations and touchy-feely patches perfect for sharing with the very young.

Penny Dreadful is a Magnet for Disaster

Shortlisted - Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2011

The Roald Dahl Funny Prize aims to:

> Promote laughter and humour as a feel-good factor when reading, by encouraging families to read together and discover the pleasure of funny books.

> Draw attention to funny books as readable and enjoyable books.

> Reward and encourage authors (and illustrators) who write and illustrate books using humour in their stories, poetry and fiction.

Penny Dreadful is a Magnet for Disaster
Three fantastically funny Penny Dreadful adventures in one fab book!

Pull-back busy car book

Shortlisted - Right Start Best Toy Awards 2011

Children and parents road tested hundreds of books in their own homes, carefully assessing them for play value, child appeal, safety, durability and value for money. Pull-back Busy Car was awarded a Bronze Award.

Pull-back busy car book
Little children will love to pull back the little red car and watch it whiz around the four different tracks.

Fairy

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


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