The Laugh Out Loud Book Awards 2023 - About the Lollies

About the Lollies

The Laugh Out Loud Book Awards (the Lollies) celebrates the best and funniest children’s books in the UK and Ireland, voted for by children. The Awards have been running since 2016 and now we’re back for our sixth year!

What are the Lollies?

If you love to laugh, you’ll love the Lollies! They’re a book award searching for the very funniest children’s books published in the previous year. For 2023, we’re looking for books published in 2021 in seven different categories: Picture Books, Books for 6-8-year-olds, Books for 9-12-year-olds, Books for Teens, Poetry Books, Non-Fiction Books and Illustrator of the Year. Once the judges have decided on a shortlist, it’s all up to YOU! This is truly a children’s book award with the winner decided by children themselves.

How does it work?

Until 12th August 2022, publishers can submit the funniest books that they published in 2021. We will then send all of these brilliant books to a panel of book industry experts so they could create a longlist of the top books, ready for our judges to read. Our judges will then get ready to laugh their socks off with all the hilarious books on the Lollies longlist! Once they have read them all, we will invite them to decide on the final shortlist together. They will pick their top four in each category, giving us our shortlist. Then it’s your turn to decide! We will announce the shortlist and open the vote in November 2022, giving you four choices per category. Once all the votes are in, we will count them up and then announce the winners – all decided by you!

When does this happen?

The shortlisting will happen in Autumn 2022. Then voting will open in November 2022 and close on the 7th April 2023. We’ll announce the winners in June 2023, which is why the awards this year are called the Lollies 2023.

Get in touch

If you’d like to know more about the Lollies, tweet us @lolbookawards or email us at

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