Children’s book illustrator Axel Scheffler, best known for his work on Julia Donaldson’s books including The Gruffalo series, was named illustrator of the year.
It is the first time that an illustrator of the year award has been given out at the event, also known as the Nibbies.
Pullman was named author of the year – another new award – to recognise his “outstanding commercial success alongside a genuine contribution to the general health of the book world”, organisers said.
Accepting the award, Pullman said he “couldn’t be more happy with way” La Belle Sauvage – the long-awaited addition to his Dark Materials trilogy – had been received.
Joint winners of Children’s Book of the Year were:
The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane, illustrated by Jackie Morris (Penguin Random House Children’s)
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (Walker Books)
Bloomsbury Children’s Books was named Children’s Publisher of the Year.
Publicity Campaign of the Year was won by Rosi Crawley and Emma Draude of ED Public Relations for The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (Walker).
The Book Nook in Hove was awarded Children’s Bookseller of the Year.