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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 Earth is Singing

Shortlisted - 2016 Young Quills Award for Historical Fiction

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.

Completely Cassidy - Accidental Genius

Shortlisted - Tower Hamlets Book Award 2016

Completely Cassidy - Accidental Genius
With my embarrassing Dad, pregnant Mum, loser brother and knicker-chewing dog, I'm practically invisible in my family. So even though starting Year Seven is totally nail-biting, I'm *hoping* this is my time to shine. Because guess what?

We had to take this test at school, and I am officially Gifted and Talented. It's a bit weird as I picked my answers at random, but the school wouldn't make a mistake about my genius... would they?

The Usborne Official Astronaut's Handbook

Shortlisted - Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize 2016

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.

How do flowers grow?

Shortlisted - Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize 2016

How do flowers grow?
How do flowers grow? Where do seeds come from? Why do leaves fall? Little children can find out the answers to these questions and more in this beautifully illustrated lift-the-flap book.

The Usborne Official Astronaut's Handbook

Shortlisted - North Somerset Teacher's Book Award

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.

Deep Water

Shortlisted - SCBWI Crystal Kite award

Deep Water
Longlisted for the Branford-Boase Award.

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 Boy Who Sailed the Ocean in an Armchair

Shortlisted - Independent Booksellers Week Award for Children’s Fiction

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.

The Boy Who Sailed the Ocean in an Armchair

Shortlisted - North East Book Award

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.

That's not my penguin... book and cuddly penguin

Winner - Bronze Primary Baby award for Best Baby and Toddler Book

That's not my penguin... book and cuddly penguin
A gorgeous gift pack featuring the award-winning touchy-feely That’s not my penguin book with its own soft toy.

How to Look for a Lost Dog

Shortlisted - Teach Primary Children’s Fiction Awards 2016

How to Look for a Lost Dog
Eleven-year-old Rose is autistic and struggles to understand her classmates. But when her father gives her a stray dog, which she names Rain, the dog becomes her best friend, her anchor in a confusing world. So when Rain goes missing during a storm, Rose refuses to stop looking for him...A touching story from the beloved author of The Baby-Sitters Club.

Selected for the BBC Radio 2 Book Club in April 2016

That's not my penguin...

Winner - Prima Baby Bronze Award

That's not my penguin...
Finalist in the Richard & Judy Galaxy British Book Awards Children's Book of the Year 2008!

The Usborne Official Astronaut's Handbook

Shortlisted - Schools Library Association Information Book Award

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.

Lift-the-flap questions and answers about dinosaurs

Longlisted - Schools Library Association Information Book Award

Lift-the-flap questions and answers about dinosaurs
A colourful guide with over 60 flaps to lift to discover answers to questions young children might ask about dinosaurs.

How do flowers grow?

Longlisted - Schools Library Association Information Book Award

How do flowers grow?
How do flowers grow? Where do seeds come from? Why do leaves fall? Little children can find out the answers to these questions and more in this beautifully illustrated lift-the-flap book.

Am I Normal Yet?

Shortlisted - YA Book Prize 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?

Winner - What Kids Are Reading 'Quiz Writers' Choice Award'

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?

Big book of colours

Shortlisted - Schools Library Association Information Book Award

Big book of colours
A fantastic journey through an amazing world of over 130 colours, including the primary and secondary colours and descriptive colour words, such as canary yellow, russet and mint green.

A Boy Called Hope

Finalist - Salford 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.

The Earth is Singing

Longlisted - CILIP Carnegie Medal 2016

The CILIP Carnegie Medal is awarded annually to the writer of an outstanding book for children. It is awarded by children's librarians for an outstanding book for children and young people.

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.

Deep Water

Longlisted - Branford Boase Award

Deep Water
Longlisted for the Branford-Boase Award.

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?

Shortlisted - 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?

Winner - Peters Book of the Year 2016 (Teen Fiction category)

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.

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.

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.

Fairy

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


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