Best Children’s Illustrated Picture Book 2023 Results

We are excited to announce the results for the Best Children’s Illustrated Picture Book 2023 competition. With such an incredibly strong longlist to choose from our judge Caroline Wakeman, CEO of CWLA, had an almost impossible task to select the top 10 and an overall winner. All the longlisted stories are brilliant!

But here are the highly anticipated results:


Don’t Worry Wilby by Dannii Summerfield

Shortlisted Entries

How To Be Me by Amy Dodero and Anastasia Vârlan

Little Wolf by Hannah Siehoff

Molly: the Mackerel Who Wanted to be Better by Suzanne Dore

Pan’s Perfect Plan by Wendy Bowen

Puff Puff by Irene Omiunu

Squiggle’s Wriggle by Andy Malpica and Jonathan Sellars

Stinky Cyril by Jacqui King and Samantha LeDuc

The Go Away Rain Dance by Claire Lewis

The Paper Boat by Nikhil Kaimal and Yogesh Mahajan

Many congratulations to our final 10. We absolutely love these stories and look forward to including them in Searchlight’s agent/publisher pitch book. Congratulations to everyone who entered. We’ve been incredibly impressed by your ideas, illustrations and writing. It has been a privilege and a pleasure to read your work.

Published in
30 May 2023
Last Updated
30 May 2023