Awards: October 2011 Archives

The full shortlist for the Red House Children's Book Award 2012 is as follows:

Books for Younger Children

Rollo and Ruff and the Little Fluffy Bird by Mick Inkpen, published by Hodder
Don't Worry Douglas! by David Melling, published by Hodder
Peely Wally by Kali Stileman, published by Red Fox
Scruffy Bear and the Six White Mice by Chris Wormell, published by Jonathan Cape

Books for Younger Readers

One Dog and His Boy by Eva Ibbotson, published by Marion Lloyd Books
Sky Hawk by Gill Lewis, published by Oxford University Press
The Brilliant World of Tom Gates by Liz Pichon, published by Scholastic

Books for Older Readers

Grace by Morris Gleitzman, published by Puffin
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, published by Walker
My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher, published by Orion

Canadian Award Winner

A compelling, unusual story about a teenage girl who pays daily visits to her best friend in a coma is the winner of the 2011 French-language TD Canadian Children's Literature Award. La fille d'en face by Linda Amyot won over the TD award jury, who for the first time recognized a francophone-authored children's novel without illustrations...

Shortlisted Or Not?

An author mistakenly nominated for the National Book Awards in the US but who was allowed to stay on the shortlist has now been asked to withdraw.

Children's author Lauren Myracle's book Shine appeared on the shortlist last week for young people's literature.

But the book was withdrawn after the National Book Foundation cited a "miscommunication" with the judges.

Shortly after, the Foundation welcomed Shine back into the category. But by Friday, Myracle was asked to withdraw.

KATE WILSON WINS Most Inspirational Business Mum Award

It's tough to combine being a mum with running your own business, but Kate Wilson, originally from Edinburgh and working in Southwark in London, has done it so well that her success has been recognised at the 2011 Mumpreneur Conference and Awards sponsored by Yell and DHL Express.

Kate Wilson's new children's book and app publishing business, Nosy Crow, which launched in January 2011, was chosen by a panel of independent judges that included Dragons Den star Duncan Bannatyne- who says anyone running their own business 'must stay focused and work hard'- as the winner of the Most Inspirational Business Mum Award.

"This is the most fantastic - and unexpected - validation of the hard work of the clever and professional staff of Nosy Crow and of our creative and professional authors and illustrators. I am so grateful to them, and to our customers throughout the world, from independent bookshops just a few minutes down the road to Apple in Cupertino, California, whose support of the books and apps we are publishing has made our first few months of publishing such a success.

And, of course, I am grateful to Mumpreneur UK, Yell, DHL and Intuit for making the awards happen, and to my children and my husband for their support every day.

Anyone setting up a business, a social enterprise or a charity, particularly in the current economic climate, is courageous. To do so while having young - or youngish, in my case! - children takes even more bravery. I think all the parents shortlisted for the awards are inspirational, but I am very proud and happy that we were singled out."

Nosy Crow is a new, independent company, publishing children's books and apps, including high-quality, commercial fiction and non-fiction books for children aged from 0 to 14 from both well-known authors and illustrators and new talent. The company also develops innovative, multimedia, highly interactive apps for tablets, smart phones and other touchscreen devices. These apps are not existing books squashed into phones, but instead are specially created to take advantage of the devices to tell stories and provide information to children in new and engaging ways.

Kate was chosen from 720 entries into the awards and is the third Inspirational Business Mum to be announced by Mumpreneur UK. Laura Rigney, co-founder of the organisation said "Both the judges and the Mumpreneur UK team were blown away by Kate's story and couldn't think of a better example of a successful business mum. In such a short period of time Kate and her team have built a brand that will soon be recognised and trusted worldwide."

For more information on The Mumpreneur Awards 2011 award winners, visit, where you can also find support, resources and other events for mumpreneurs in the UK.

At a celebration at the Mermaid Conference Centre in London on 3rd October 2011, Philip Reeve, author of many award-winning children's books including the 2007 Carnegie Medal winner Here Lies Arthur, presented the honour of School Librarian of the Year 2011 to Carol Webb, Librarian at Forest Hill School, London.

ACHUKA is delighted to pass on the news that the IBBY Canada Aubrey Award is to be presented to Andrea Deakin ( Alberta) and Chantal Vaillancourt (Quebec) for distinguished service to children's literature:

The Canadian national section of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) is pleased to announce that Andrea Deakin and Chantal Vaillancourt are the recipients of the 2010 Claude Aubry Award for distinguished service in the field of children's literature.

Andrea Deakin will be presented with her Aubry Award in Edmonton on Thursday October 27th from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Bruce Peel Special Collections Library (Lower Level, Rutherford Library, University of Alberta). Chantal Vaillancourt will receive her Aubry Award at the Museum of Fine Arts in Montreal on Tuesday, October 25th at 7.00p.m., in conjunction with the gala presentation of the French language TD Canadian Children's Literature Award.

Andrea Deakin has promoted Canadian children's literature extensively throughout her career as a teacher, syndicated book reviewer, and correspondent for the UK review journal ACHUKA. In 2004 she was awarded an honourary doctorate from Okanagan University College. An online newsletter Andrea started in 2004 is now being published by the University of Alberta as an ejournal, The Deakin Review of Children's Literature. Andrea also curated and donated a collection of award-winning children's books to the library at Okanagan College in memory of her husband. A long-time resident of Salmon Arm, British Columbia, Andrea now lives in Edmonton.

Chantal Vaillancourt has worked for over 20 years in publishing and reading promotion. She was formerly executive director of Communication Jeunesse, and helped to create the Toup'tilitou reading program in daycare centres across Quebec. Since 2006, Chantal has been a consultant, including working with the Canadian Children's Book Centre as coordinator of the French-language TD Canadian Children's Literature Award, and managing the French-language component of TD Children's Book Week. She is actively involved in the TD National Reading Summits. Chantal lives in Longueuil, Quebec.

The Claude Aubry Award was established in 1981 in honour of the late Claude Aubry of the Ottawa Public Library. Two awards are now presented biennially by IBBY Canada for distinguished service in children's literature in English, and in French. Previous recipients include David Jenkinson, Charlotte Guerette, Peter Carver, Catherine Mitchell, Bertrand Gauthier, Michael Solomon, Ron Jobe, Virginia Davis, Judy Sarick, May Cutler and Sheila Egoff.

Guardian Children's Fiction Shortlist

The winner will be announced at an event at Kings Place in London on Thursday 10 November. This year's judges are Michelle Paver, Julia Golding and Marcus Sedgwick. with Julia Eccleshare as chair.

My Name Is Mina by David Almond

Return to Ribblestrop by Andy Mulligan

Moon Pie by Simon Mason

Twilight Robbery by Frances Hardinge

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