Back in February we brought you the shortlist of the Children’s Book Award 2017 and it made for an interesting collection of books. In a ceremony in London today the overall winner was announced and it’s a record-breaking fourth win for Michael Morpurgo for his book An Eagle in the Snow.
In the 37 years that the award has been announced, no one has won four times but all that changed today for former Children’s Laureate, Michael Morpurgo who collects the overall prize.
An Eagle in the Snow is set in 1940 in a train under attack from a German fighters sheltering in a tunnel and is inspired by a true story.
Other winners from the ceremony are announced as Sarah Crossan for her book One in the Books for Older Children category. Kes and Claire Gray’s Oi Dog! Was named the category winner for Books for Younger Children.
The Children’s Book Award has been awarded for the last 37 years and is the only award which is chosen and voted for entirely by young people. The award is operated and run by the Federation of Children’s Book Groups.
The hall of fame for sci-fi and fantasy has been going since 1996 and Lee will be the first comic book writer to be included. Both he and Rowling have made a significant impact on the world of pop culture this past decade, with a stream of books and movies and an ever-expanding universe for both Marvel and the Potter fandom.
The scandal continued with many members resigning in protest, leaving the Academy in crisis due to its own rules. It looked as though the entire Nobel Prize Academy might have been disbanded forever but it was ultimately saved, although 2018 will be the first year in 69 years that the awards have not been given.
Tim Waterstone, founder of the eponymous book shop chain has been recognised with a knighthood for services to bookselling and charity. Author Kazuo Ishiguro has also received a knighthood for services to literature.
500 Words 2018 has set another record for entries: this year saw over 135,000 people enter with their stories. The stories were read by a team of 5000 volunteers- librarians and teachers from around the UK- before being pared down to the Top 50 by The Reading Agency. The panel of judges, Charlie Higson, Francesca Simon, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Malorie Blackman and Honorary Judge, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall, had the gruelling task then of selecting three winners from two age categories (5-9 years and 10-13 years).
The final was presented by BBC’s Chris Evans, and was an exciting and glamorous day of live music and story-telling. The six winners were announced on BBC Radio 2 by British and Irish funnymen, David Walliams and Dara O’Briain. There was also music from John Newman, Alexandra Burke and Bastille to round off the celebrations.
The 16 original books were read and discussed by the panel of judges- Sarah Sands, Katy Brand, Anita Anand, Catherine Mayer, and Imogen Stubbs- and whittled down to a final fantastic 6. After much deliberation those 6 were discussed and debated until one winner was decided upon.
Congratulations to the winner- Kamila Shamsie with Home Fire.