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Nestlé Smarties Book Prize

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The Nestlé Children's Book Prize, and Nestlé Smarties Book Prize for a time, was a set of annual awards for British children's books that ran from 1985 to 2007. It was administered by Booktrust, an independent charity that promotes books and reading in the United Kingdom, and sponsored by Nestlé, the manufacturer of Smarties candy. It was one of the most respected and prestigious prizes for children's literature.

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There were three award categories defined by audience ages 0 to 5 years, 6 to 8 years, and 9 to 11 years (introduced in 1987 after two years with a single prize). Silver and bronze runners-up in each category were introduced in 1996 and designation of one overall winner was abandoned at the same time

Eligible books were written by UK citizens and residents and published during the preceding year (not precisely the calendar year). The shortlists were selected by a panel of adult judges, finally chaired by Julia Eccleshare, children's books editor for The Guardian. First, second, and third places were determined by British schoolchildren—at least finally, by vote of "selected school classes"

The prize was discontinued in 2008 by what was described as a "mutual" decision from Booktrust and Nestlé, with "no hostility". Explaining their reasons for this decision, Booktrust stated it had "been reviewing the organisation's priorities and how prizes and awards fit in with its strategic objectives", while Nestlé was "increasingly moving its community support towards the company strategy of nutrition, health and wellness." Additionally, they said that it was a "natural time to conclude" and that were "confident that increased importance has been placed on children's books."

Winners

There were 65 winning books in 23 years and 72 silver or bronze runners-up in the last twelve years.

1996–2007 with silver and bronze runners up

2007

Gold Awards

  • 9–11 years: Shadow Forest by Matt Haig (Bodley Head)
  • 6–8 years: Ottoline and the Yellow Cat by Chris Riddell (Macmillan Children's Books)
  • 0–5 years: When a Monster is Born by Sean Taylor and Nick Sharratt (Orchard Books)
  • 2006

    Gold Awards

  • 9–11 years: The Diamond of Drury Lane by Julia Golding (Egmont Press)
  • 6–8 years: Mouse Noses on Toast by Daren King (Faber and Faber)
  • 0–5 years: That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown by Cressida Cowell and Neal Layton (Orchard Books)
  • 2005

    Gold Awards

  • 9–11 years: I, Coriander by Sally Gardner (Orion)
  • 6–8 years: The Whisperer by Nick Butterworth (HarperCollins)
  • 0–5 years: Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers (HarperCollins)
  • 2004

    Gold Awards

  • 9–11 years: Spilled Water by Sally Grindley (Bloomsbury Publishing)
  • 6–8 years: Fergus Crane by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell (Doubleday)
  • 0–5 years: Biscuit Bear by Mini Grey (Cape)
  • 4Children Special Award: Fergus Crane by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell (Doubleday) – selected by after school clubs

    2003

    Gold Awards

  • 9–11 years: The Fire-Eaters by David Almond
  • 6–8 years: Varjak Paw by S. F. Said, illus. Dave McKean
  • 0–5 years: The Witch's Children and the Queen by Ursula Jones, illus. Russell Ayto
  • Kids' Club Award: The Countess's Calamity by Sally Gardner

    2002

    Gold Awards

  • 9–11 years: Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve (Scholastic)
  • 6–8 years: That Pesky Rat by Lauren Child (Orchard Books)
  • 0–5 years: Jazzy in the Jungle by Lucy Cousins (Walker Books)
  • Kids' Club Network Special Award: That Pesky Rat by Lauren Child (Orchard Books)

    2001

    Gold Awards

  • 9–11 years: Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson (Macmillan)
  • 6–8 years: The Shrimp by Emily Smith (Young Corgi), illus. Wendy Smith
  • 0–5 years: Chimp and Zee by Catherine and Laurence Anholt (Frances Lincoln)
  • Kids' Club Network Special Award: What Planet Are You From Clarice Bean? by Lauren Child (Orchard Books)

    2000

    Gold Awards

  • 9–11 years: The Wind Singer by William Nicholson (Mammoth)
  • 6–8 years: Lizzie Zipmouth by Jacqueline Wilson, illus. Nick Sharratt (Young Corgi)
  • 0–5 years: Max by Bob Graham (Walker Books)
  • Kids' Club Network Special Award: Lizzie Zipmouth by Jacqueline Wilson, illus. Nick Sharratt (Young Corgi)

    1999

    Gold Awards

  • 9–11 years: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling (Bloomsbury Publishing)
  • 6–8 years: Snow White and the Seven Aliens by Laurence Anholt, illus. Arthur Robins (Orchard Books)
  • 0–5 years: The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson, illus. Axel Scheffler (Macmillan)
  • 1998

    Gold Awards

  • 9–11 years: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling (Bloomsbury Publishing)
  • 6–8 years: Last of the Gold Diggers by Harry Horse (Puffin Books)
  • 0–5 years: Cowboy Baby by Sue Heap (Walker Books)
  • 1997

    Gold Awards

  • 9–11 years: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J. K. Rowling (Bloomsbury Publishing)
  • 6–8 years: The Owl Tree by Jenny Nimmo, illus. Anthony Lewis (Walker Books)
  • 0–5 years: Ginger by Charlotte Voake (Walker Books)
  • 1996

    Gold Awards

  • 9–11 years: The Firework-Maker's Daughter by Philip Pullman, illus. Nick Harris (Corgi Yearling)
  • 6–8 years: The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo, illus. Christian Birmingham (Collins Children's Books)
  • 0–5 years: Oops! by Colin McNaughton (Andersen Press)
  • 1985–1995 with Overall winners

    1995

    Overall: Double Act by Jacqueline Wilson (Doubleday)

  • 9 – 11 years and Overall: Double Act by Jacqueline Wilson (Doubleday) (Joint Winner)
  • 9 – 11 years: Weather Eye by Lesley Howarth (Penguin) (Joint Winner)
  • 6 – 8 years: Thomas and the Tinners by Jill Paton Walsh (Macdonald Young Books)
  • 0 – 5 years: The Last Noo-Noo by Jill Murphy (Walker Books)
  • 1994

    Overall: The Exiles at Home by Hilary McKay (Gollancz)

  • 9 – 11 years and Overall: The Exiles at Home by Hilary McKay (Gollancz)
  • 6 – 8 years: Dimanche Diller by Henrietta Branford, illus. Lesley Harker (Young Lions)
  • 0 – 5 years: So Much by Trish Cooke, illus. Helen Oxenbury (Walker Books)
  • 1993

    Overall: War Game by Michael Foreman (Pavilion)

  • 9 – 11 years: Listen to the Dark by Maeve Henry (Heinemann)
  • 6 – 8 years and Overall: War Game by Michael Foreman (Pavilion)
  • 0 – 5 years: Hue Boy by Rita Phillips Mitchell (Gollancz)
  • 1992

    Overall: The Great Elephant Chase by Gillian Cross (Oxford University Press)

  • 9 – 11 years and Overall: The Great Elephant Chase by Gillian Cross (Oxford University Press)
  • 6 – 8 years: The Story of the Creation by Jane Ray (Orchard Books)
  • 0 – 5 years: Nice Work, Little Wolf by Hilda Offen (Hamish Hamilton)
  • 1991

    Overall: Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell and Helen Oxenbury (Walker Books)

  • 9 – 11 years: Krindlekrax by Philip Ridley (Cape)
  • 6 – 8 years: Josie Smith and Eileen by Magdalen Nabb (Collins)
  • 0 – 5 years and Overall: Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell and Helen Oxenbury (Walker Books)
  • 1990

    Overall: Midnight Blue by Pauline Fisk (Lion)

  • 9 – 11 years and Overall: Midnight Blue by Pauline Fisk (Lion)
  • 6 – 8 years: Esio Trot by Roald Dahl, illus. Quentin Blake (Cape)
  • 0 – 5 years: Six Dinner Sid by Inga Moore (Simon & Schuster)
  • 1989

    Overall: We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen, illus. Helen Oxenbury (Walker Books)

  • 9 – 11 years: Blitzcat by Robert Westall (Macmillan)
  • 6 – 8 years: Bill's New Frock by Anne Fine, illus. Philippe Dupasquier (Methuen)
  • 0 – 5 years and Overall: We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen, illus. Helen Oxenbury (Walker Books)
  • 1988

    Overall: Can't You Sleep Little Bear? by Martin Waddell and Barbara Firth (Walker Books)

  • 9 – 11 years: Rushavenn Time by Theresa Whistler (Brixworth Primary School)
  • 6 – 8 years: Can it be True? by Susan Hill (Hamish Hamilton)
  • 0 – 5 years and Overall: Can't You Sleep Little Bear? by Martin Waddell and Barbara Firth (Walker Books)
  • 1987

    Overall: A Thief in the Village by James Berry (Hamish Hamilton)

  • 9 – 11 years and Overall: A Thief in the Village by James Berry (Hamish Hamilton)
  • 6 – 8 years: Tangle and the Firesticks by Benedict Blathwayt (Julia MacRae)
  • 0 – 5 years: The Angel and the Soldier Boy by Peter Collington (Methuen)
  • 1986

    Overall: The Snow Spider by Jenny Nimmo (Methuen)

    1985

    Overall: Gaffer Samson's Luck by Jill Paton Walsh (Kestrel)

    References

    Nestlé Smarties Book Prize Wikipedia


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