Michael Morpurgo and BookLife headline children's awards
Top Children's authors take centre stage
BookLife helped celebrate one of the most star-studded children’s book events of the year last weekend; as the annual Children’s Book Award was presented to last year’s winner, Sir Michael Morpurgo.
The annual conference brings together hundreds of librarians, teachers, book lovers and members of the Federation of Children’s Book Groups to celebrate the best children’s books of the year. This year was particularly special as it represents a landmark 50th year of the federation, and with BookLife announcing themselves as headline sponsors for next year, the sky’s the limit!
The event was a huge success with some of the biggest names in the world of children’s literature present, including Jacqueline Wilson, Sarah Crossan and Judith Kerr to name but a few. Thousands of pounds were donated as fundraising events took place including our raffle to win £1,000 worth of brand-new BookLife Publishing titles. A wonderful art auction featuring great illustrations, donated by the likes of Quentin Blake, Chris Riddell, Korky Paul and many other world-famous illustrators, was a great success. The money raised will go to helping children get involved with books and other vital literacy projects throughout the UK.
The highlight of the event was the presentation of the Award to Sir Michael Morpurgo who was extremely pleased to receive the magnificent trophy. This became Sir Michael's fourth trophy having previously won the top honour on three separate occasions. Sir Michael was full of gratitude to both us and the federation for promoting the importance of books to children, and was more than happy to pose for a quick pic alongside some of the BookLife team.
The 2018 Book Award is in full swing; and as the headline sponsor we are encouraging all children to vote for their favourite. This is the only book award that is voted for by children which is why the best authors and illustrators get so excited about being nominated. Why not get your class involved? You could even hold your own award to find your school’s book of the year?
To vote, or find out more about voting, for this year’s Children’s Book of the Year then head to the Children’s Book Award website by clicking the link below.
To find out more information about the Federation of the Children’s Book Group and the amazing work they do, simply click the link below.