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Women writers still shaping our young readers

13th Feb 2014

O'Porter, Dawn
The nominations for the three categories comprising Waterstone's Children's Book Prize have just been announced. Voted by the book retailer's staff, the lists are overwhelmingly populated by women authors.

As a collective who grew up on a diet with healthy portions of girl heroines and books by women, For Books’ Sake places enormous importance in seeing this sort of inspiration continue and flourish.

It seems particularly apt that in the year of #readwomen2014, the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize is seemingly celebrating the multitude of women writers currently influencing kids and teens.

Out of a total of 18 nominees (six in each category), a whopping 15 were written exclusively by women, with one of the remaining three titles being co-authored by a woman also.

The shortlist for the teen category is written entirely by women and does testament to the large part women writers play in our most formative years.The shortlist for the teen category is written entirely by women and does testament to the large part women writers play in our most formative years. One of the nominees is Dawn O’Porter for her debut novel, Paper Aeroplanes, a nostalgic story of a teenage friendship, as well as Holly Smale‘s Geek Girl, featured in our YA Christmas gift guide.

Managing Director of Waterstone’s, James Daunt highlighted the value placed in children’s literature saying, “Our children’s departments have always been the heart of our bookshops, for there, of course, book lovers are made.”

Now a decade old, this prize has a reputation for casting accurate predictions for authorial success. So keep an eye out for the names below:

Best picture book nominees and Best fiction for 5-12s nominees

Best book for teens

The Bone Dragon by Alexia Casale

Butter by Erin Lange

If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch

Paper Aeroplanes by Dawn O’Porter

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

Geek Girl by Holly Smale