Alligator’s Mouth Award 2024 – Shortlist Announced!

2 May, 2024

Now in its sixth year, the shortlist for the Alligator’s Mouth Award 2024 has been announced.  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.

The five shortlisted titles were chosen by a panel of children’s authors, librarians and booksellers, including author/illustrator Elys Dolan, winner of last year’s award with Dinosaur in Disguise, and Alison Leach, founder of Books for Topics, who commented: Illustrated fiction for younger readers deserves the spotlight and this year’s strong shortlist for the Alligator’s Mouth Award is a testament to the remarkable quality of publishing in this genre over the past year. On the shortlist readers will be met with animal adventures, mythical creatures, journeys across the sea, science experiments, and fairy tale quests. These stories have been imaginatively brought to life through a vibrant balance of text and illustration – a hallmark of this important genre for newly independent readers. I’m sure that both children and adults will discover exciting new favourites among the gems on this year’s shortlist, just as the judges have.

Congratulations to all the shortlisted authors and illustrators!

Cover shots of the five titles shortlisted for the Alligator's Mouth children's book award 2024

The 2024 Alligator’s Mouth Award shortlist:

AdventureMice: Otter Chaos written by Philip Reeve, illustrated by Sarah McIntyre  (David Fickling Books)

Bear and Bird: The Picnic and Other Stories written and illustrated by Jarvis (Walker Books)

Bibi and the Box of Fairy Tales written by Vivian French, illustrated by Amy Grimes (Zephyr)

Huxley and Flapjack: Race to the Rescue written by Alan MacDonald, illustrated by Francesca Gambatesa (Little Tiger)

Izzy the Inventor and the Unexpected Unicorn written by Zanna Davidson, illustrated by Elissa Elwick (Usborne Publishing Ltd)

Schools can enter a competition to win one of three sets of this year’s longlist of 10 titles from sponsor Coram Beanstalk.

The Alligator’s Mouth bookshop is also offering a 20% discount on packs of the longlist for a limited time.

The winner of The Alligator’s Mouth Award 2024 will be announced at a special awards ceremony at the end of June. Watch out for our winner announcement.

For more children’s book awards, click here.

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