English 4-11 Picture Book Awards

The English 4-11 Awards for the best children's picture books of the year

English 4-11 Best Picture Books Awards


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. View submission details here

2020 Shortlist Announced!

The English Association is proud to present the shortlist for the 2020 English 4-11 Picture Book Awards. This year, we received a record total of 333 entries, out of which 38 were longlisted and 17 have been shortlisted.

The winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on Wednesday 25 November 2020 at the British Academy in London.

Join us in celebrating the wonderful books that have been shortlisted for the 2020 English 4-11 Picture Book Awards:



2020 Eng 4-11PBA Shortlist 3

Non-fiction 7-11

The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander and illustrated by Kadir Nelson (Andersen Press)

The Language of the Universe by Colin Stuart and Illustrated by Ximo Abadía (Bonnier Books)

Refugees by  Brian Bilston and illustrated by José Sanabria (Palazzo Editions Limited)

Nose Knows by Emmanuelle Figueras and illustrated by Claire de Gastold (What on Earth Books)

Rise Up! The Art of Protest by Jo Rippon, w/foreword by Chris Riddell and illustrated by various (Palazzo Editions Limited)

2020 English 4-11 PBA Shortlist (2)

Non-fiction 4-7

Lifesize Dinosaurs written and illustrated by Sophie Henn (Egmont)

The Sea Book written and illustrated by Charlotte Milner (DK)

A Planet Full of Plastic written and illustrated by Neal Layton (Hachette Children's Group)

A Million Dots written and illustrated by Sven Völker (Cicada Books)


2020 English 4-11 PBA Shortlist (1)

Fiction 7-11

The Golden Cage by Anna Castagnoli and illustrated by Carll Cneut (Book Island)

Quill Soup by Alan Durant and illustrated by Dale Blankenaar (Tiny Owl Publishing)

Through the Wall written and illustrated by Jonathan Standing (The Salariya Book Company)

#Goldilocks by Jeanne Willis and illustrated by Tony Ross (Andersen Press)


2020 English 4-11 PBA Shortlist

Fiction 4-7

This is a Dog written and illustrated by Ross Collins (Nosy Crow)

The Suitcase written and illustrated by Chris Naylor-Ballesteros (Nosy Crow)

Think Big by Kes Gray and illustrated by Nathan Reed (Hachette Children's Group)

A Stone Sat Still written and illustrated by Brendan Wenzel (Chronicle Books)


Click to view: 2020 Longlist


Recap: 2019 Book Awards Winners - for books first published in the UK in 2018

And the winners are...

View the shortlisted books for the 2019 awards here

Previous Book Award Winners

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