The Alligator’s Mouth Award

From The Alligator's Mouth Children's Bookshop

Resource type: Book awards

Price band: Free

Key stage: KS1, KS2

Region(s): All of UK

The Alligator’s Mouth Award is a national award that champions authors and illustrators of highly illustrated fiction for younger readers aged 6-8. Illustrated fiction for younger readers is often under-represented in other children’s book awards but it plays a vital role in helping to develop young readers as they move on from reading schemes.

The Award was set up by The Alligator’s Mouth Children’s Bookshop and the Bright Agency. It is judged by a panel of children’s experts that includes authors, reviewers and teachers.

Read the shortlist and winner announcements for The Alligator’s Mouth Award 2023.


  • The shortlist is announced in May.
  • The winner is announced in July.

Cost: Free

About The Alligator’s Mouth: The Alligator’s Mouth Children’s Bookshop is an independent specialist children’s bookshop based in Richmond-upon-Thames.

About The Bright Agency: The Bright Agency is a collective of specialist agents working across all areas of children’s publishing and representing the best in global talent.

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