2023 Best Children’s Illustrated Book Award

Caroline Wakeman has been elected as the judge for the 2023 Best Children’s Illustrated Books award! The competition is running from October 3rd to March 1st 2023. Caroline is searching for exciting stories that young children will ask for over and over again! She highlights that “Picture books are a beautiful synergy of artwork and text, but it takes skill to create this fine balance and master. They are also instrumental to assisting a child in learning to read, as a lot of the storyline is told within the pictures.” 

Submissions can include stories in development such as rough sketches, carefully positioned text and at least two finished double-page spreads in colour. Picture books which are ready for publication or self-published can also enter! Entrants can submit individually or collaborate in illustrator/author pairs. Learn more about the award and what Caroline is looking for here.

Caroline Wakeman Literary Agency focuses on picture and early chapter books. Based in London and New York City, we have a team of literary agents specializing in children’s books and young fiction. Our goal is to create engaging stories for young readers.