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Waterstones Children's Illustrated Book Prize

The aim of the prize is to reward and champion new and emerging children’s writers, voted for by booksellers. For the 2022 prize, books must be new during 2021. There are three categories: Illustrated Books, Books for Younger Readers and Books for Older Readers.

WINNER 2022

Grandad's camper

Woodgate, Harry ISBN: 9781783449927
Paperback

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"A beautifully told story of love, and the importance of adventures and memories"

Every year, our narrator, a young child, spends the summer at Grandad’s cottage. They have lots of fun, but the very best thing is when Grandad opens up his photo albums and shares stories of all the places he visited with Gramps, travelling in their brightly painted campervan. We can see that Grandad is sad with Gramps gone, and the child comes up with a wonderful idea. Together, the two of them fix up the van and head off for a trip to the sea. It’s just what Gramps would have wanted!

This is a warm story of love, renewal and the importance of memories, old and new. The relationship between child and grandparent is beautifully portrayed as is the love between Grandad and Gramps. This will be a lovely book to share, it’s full opportunities for discussion and conversation, and will leave everyone feeling happy.

- Andrea Reece (LoveReading4Schools Reviewer)

Illustrated books authored and illustrated by the same person: The author/illustrator may not have previously published more than two titles of any fiction genre worldwide (educational titles are exempt). Author/illustrator partnerships: Neither the author nor illustrator may have previously solely published more than two titles of any fiction genre (which includes picture books) worldwide (educational titles are exempt). Author/illustrator partnerships may not have previously published more than two titles together.