Three new awards were presented by the Children’s Book Circle on Wednesday evening.
Annie Eaton, former associate editor at Penguin RandomHouse, was given a lifetime achievement award for services to the children’s publishing industry…
Aimée Felone, co-founder of Knights Of, was named Young Publishing Professional of the Year. Others shortlisted for this award were Emily Camping brand manager at Egmont and Lorna Hargreaves at Shrine Bell Publishing.
The ceremony at Foyles, Charing Cross Road, coincided with announcement of the Eleanor Farjeon Award (given to the Keats Community Library in Hampstead) and delivery (by Elizabeth Laird) of the Patrick Hardy Lecture.
The Bookseller reported:
The annual Eleanor Farjeon Award, which recognises the outstanding contribution to the world of children’s books of an individual or organisation, was this year given to the Keats Community Library in Hampstead. Anne Harvey, executor of the Eleanor Farjeon Estate, delivered the award and gave a speech about the importance of libraries to the children’s publishing industry. The Keats Community Library was established five and a half years ago by a group of volunteers, led by actor Lee Montague, when the government announced the closure of their local library.
The evening was rounded off by the Patrick Hardy Lecture, this year given by Elizabeth Laird, award-winning author of children’s books including The Garbage King, The Fastest Boy in the World and Welcome to Nowhere (Macmillan Children’s Books). She recounted stories of her travels across the world and how this inspired her children’s novels and urged the audience of publishers, authors and librarians to remember that “what we write reflects our moral universe”.
The CBC is a not-for-profit organisation made up of young publishing professionals. This year was the first time that the organisation has hosted the Eleanor Farjeon Award and Patrick Hardy Lecture on the same evening.