After over 1,000 votes (and 300 comments posted on this site!) voting for the Bangkok Book Awards closed on 29th March 2013, and we can now share the winners with you!  Some of the best international schools in the capital united to run these awards, to celebrate Bangkok being the UNESCO World Book Capital 2013 and look for the best children’s and teen fiction that is set in Thailand.

The final winners are;

The Picture Book Award Winner – The Umbrella Queen by Shirim Yim Bridges

The Umbrella Queen cover image

The Umbrella Queen scored nearly 400 votes, more than any other book in the whole competition.  In second place for the Picture Book Awards (Highly commended) was Hush by Minfong Ho.


The Junior Book Award Winner – Tua and the Elephant by RP Harris

Tua and the Elephant cover image


Tua and the Elephant had 36% of the vote for the Junior Book Award. In second place (Highly Commended) was The White Elephant by Sid Fleischman.


The Teen Book Award Winner – Behind the Painting by Siburapha

Behind the Painting cover image


The Teen Book Award was the closest competition, with the leading book changing several times over the last two months.  In the end, Behind the Painting had 37% of the vote, whilst the book in second place (Highly Commended) was Escaping the Tiger by Laura Manivong, with  32% of the vote.


You can find out more about the other books on the shortlists, and tell us what you thought of these books, by following the links on the left.   We hope reading these books has given our students a new insight into the fascinating history and culture of Bangkok and Thailand, and we hope many other people will enjoy them in the future.   For more information on these awards, please email .