Philip Pullman, Sally Gardner and Livi Mitchell are among nine authors hoping to win the 2005 Nestlé Children's Book Prize after nominations were announced.
The shortlisted books were picked by five judges, but it's schoolchildren who vote for the winner.
Hundreds of schools take part to decide the winners of three categories, which will be announced on 14 December.
Previous winners of the award are JK Rowling and Lauren Child, who have each won it three times.
The chair of judges Julia Eccleshare said: "This year's shortlist reflects the remarkable quality of children's literature published today.
"There was an amazing array of books submitted this year, from fairy stories and historical novels to witty picture books and tough emotional tales".
The books shortlisted for the 2005 Nestlé Children's Book Prize:
5 years and under:
- Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers
- Wolves by Emily Gravett
- The Dancing Tiger by Malachy Doyle, illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher
- The Whisperer by Nick Butterworth
- Michael Rosen's Sad Book by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Quentin Blake
- Corby Flood by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell, published by Doubleday
- I, Coriander by Sally Gardner
- The Scarecrow and the Servant by Philip Pullman
- The Whispering Road by Livi Michael