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 recognises 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.
2021 Queen’s Knickers Award Winner
Rashmi Sirdeshpande and Diane Ewen for Never Show a T-Rex a Book (Penguin Random House Children’s UK)
The 2021 shortlist
- Runner-up: Alex T. Smith for Mr Penguin and the Catastrophic Cruise
- Joy Cowley and Giselle Clarkson for The Gobbledegook Book (Gecko Press)
- John Condon and Matt Hunt for The Pirates are Coming! (Nosy Crow)
- Katie Daynes and Marie-Eve Tremblay for Lift-the-Flap Questions and Answers About Plastic (Usborne)