Waterstone Prize Winner

The winner of the 2012 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize is The Pirates Next Door by Jonny Duddle. The book is published by Templar, a part of Bonnier Publishing. The prize, sponsored by the U.K.-based book chain, champions new and emerging talent in children’s writing. The Pirates Next Door won both the Picture Book category, worth GBP 2,000, as well as the overall prize, worth GBP 5,000. The prize is one of the most valuable for children’s writing in the U.K. In addition, the winning author receives an ongoing commitment to their writing career from Waterstones branches nationwide.