Alligator’s Mouth Award 2023 – Shortlist Announced!

2 June, 2023

The shortlist for the Alligator’s Mouth Award 2023 was announced on 1st June. Now in its fifth year, the award was set up by independent children’s bookshop The Alligator’s Mouth and The Bright Agency to celebrate the best highly illustrated children’s fiction titles for 6-8-year-olds. Illustrated young fiction is an important, but often overlooked, category of children’s books. It provides a vital bridge between picture books and longer fiction, helping newly independent readers gain confidence and develop reading fluency and stamina.

The five shortlisted titles were chosen from a longlist of ten by a panel of children’s authors, teachers and booksellers, including author-illustrator Pippa Cornice, winner of last year’s award with Indigo Wilde and the Creatures at Jellybean Crescent. Commenting on this year’s shortlist, Pippa said: “Being a part of the judging team for this fantastic award was such an honour. There were so many outstanding books to choose from, and each had their own unique brilliance that made them special. The shortlist has some real gems, and I’m sure each and every one will be loved by children and adults alike.”

The Alligator’s Mouth bookshop is offering a 20% discount on packs of both the shortlist and longlist until the end of July.

Congratulations to all the shortlisted authors and illustrators!

Cover images of the five books shortlisted for the 2023 Alligator's Mouth Award

The 2023 Alligator’s Mouth Award shortlist:

Mike Falls Up written by Candy Gourlay, illustrated by Carles Ballesteros  (Stripes Publishing)

Rudy and the Wolf Cub written by Paul Westmoreland, illustrated by George Ermos (Oxford University Press)

Princess Mina: The Enchanted Forest written by Kirsty Applebaum, illustrated by Sahar Haghgoo (Nosy Crow)

Marv and the Pool of Peril written by Alex Falase-Koya, illustrated by Paula Bowles (Oxford University Press)

Rex: Dinosaur in Disguise written and illustrated by Elys Dolan (Walker Books)

The winner of The Alligator’s Mouth Award 2023 will be announced at a special awards ceremony in July. Watch out for our winner announcement.

For more children’s book awards, click here.

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