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 2023 Award is now closed for submissions. The shortlist will be announced in Spring 2023.
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)