Picture Book Text Longlist 2023

We are excited to announce the longlist for the Best Children’s Picture Book Text 2023 competition. With hundreds of fantastic entries our reading team were spoilt for choice. They read stories with enormous heart, beautiful descriptions, good narrative arcs and great visual potential. Some authors tackled big issues, others wrote laugh-out-loud picture books that would be enjoyed again and again. Our reading team loved them all. Huge congratulations to everyone who entered; you should be exceptionally proud of your stories.

The longlist is:

Best Children’s Picture Book Text Longlist 2023

Adrian the Alien


Dancing With Swifts

George and Maxwell go to the Market

Gunther the Hunter

Heron Hide

I am a Volcano

I Want to be a Dragon

Milo’s Secret Jar

Mummy Bernard


Tadpole, Tadpole, What Do You See?

The Christmoose Caribou!

The Great Egg-Scape

The Island of Shhh

The Penguin Post Office

The Tiger Feather

Unhaunted Castle

What Sort of Dog is That?

Who Ate My Cheese?

Zazzy Z The Last Letter

Our highly respected judge, Literary Agent Becky Bagnell, will now read the longlisted entries and decide the top 10 stories, including an overall winner. Results will be published on 26th January, 2024.

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 is still taking place. Best of luck!

Thank you all for sharing your marvellous stories with us. Keep writing!

Published in
28 November 2023
Last Updated
28 November 2023