This annual prize, generously funded by Nicholas Allan, author of The Queen’s Knickers, is awarded to an outstanding children’s original illustrated book for ages 0-7.
It will recognise books that strike a quirky, new note and grab the attention of a child, whether this be in the form of curiosity, amusement, horror or excitement.
The winner will receive £5,000, as well as a golden Queen’s Knickers badge, as depicted in Nicholas Allan’s original book.
The runner-up will receive £1,000 and a silvered badge.
The Queen’s Knickers Award will re-open for submissions in summer 2023
The 2023 Queen’s Knickers Award Shortlist
John Agard and Satoshi Kitamura for When Creature met Creature published by Scallywag Press
Beach for The Knight with the Blazing Bottom published by Simon & Schuster
Olaf Falafel for Blobfish published by Walker Books Ltd
Chris Naylor-Ballesteros for Frank and Bert published by Nosy Crow Ltd
Caspar Salmon and Matt Hunt for How to Count to One published by Nosy Crow Ltd
“The books on the Queen’s Knickers shortlist stood out clearly for their humour and originality. Visually they were all inspiring; I could imagine children sitting down to copy out their favourite bits, testing new ways to draw things and different ways to tell a story, or to joke with the reader. We debated long and hard to pick the winner and runner-up and, in doing so, found we were all swayed in our opinions and I genuinely felt I learned from the experience.”
—Sarah McIntyre, 2023 Queen’s Knickers Award judge
If you are interested in buying any of the books shortlisted here, please visit Bookshop.org. A percentage of each sale will go to the Authors’ Contingency Fund, providing hardship grants to authors in financial difficulty.
2022 Queen’s Knickers winner
Winner : Alastair Chisholm and David Roberts for Inch and Grub (Walker Books)
Runner-up: Mick Jackson and John Broadley for While You’re Sleeping (Pavilion Children’s)
- Chris Haughton for Maybe (Walker Books)
- Dr. Meredith L. Rowe and Monika Forsberg for An Interesting Word for Every Day of the Year (Magic Cat Publishing)
- Matthew Hodson for At This Very Moment (Cicada)