Best Children’s Illustrated Picture Book Longlist 2023

We are delighted to announce the longlist for the Best Children’s Illustrated Picture Book competition. Many congratulations to everyone who entered. Illustrator/authors, we salute you, as it’s incredibly difficult to be skilled at both the illustrations and the text. For this competition we also received entries from illustrator and author pairs. It was wonderful to see people collaborating–some for the first time–learning from the experience and creating gorgeous picture books together.

The standard was high and many entries only missed out on being longlisted by a whisker. You are all so talented. Keep going. Keep illustrating and writing.

Best Children’s Illustrated Picture Book Longlist 2023

Don’t Worry Wilby

Emmie Finds Everything

Grace Takes the Lead

How Digby Earned His Wolfpack Name

How To Be Me

Little Wolf


Molly: the Mackerel Who Wanted to be Better

O’win & the Moon

Pan’s Perfect Plan

Puff Puff

Squiggle’s Wriggle

Stinky Cyril

That Night

The Go Away Rain Dance

The Owl Who Wanted to Sing

The Paper Boat

Tyrano-ROAR-us Rex

What if you Would Catch the Sun?


Our highly regarded judge, CEO of CWLA Caroline Wakeman, will now read the longlisted entries and decide the top 10 stories, including an overall winner. Results will be published on 31st May.

If you’re one of our longlistees, feel free to shout from the rooftops but please don’t identify the title of your story on social media while judging continues. Best of luck!

Thank you all for sharing your marvellous stories with us. We hope to see your artwork and read your writing again soon.

Published in
11 April 2023
Last Updated
12 April 2023