Liverpool writer Frank Cottrell Boyce has won the top European children’s literature prize for his book The Unforgotten Coat.
Frank won the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis 2013 at the Frankfurt Book Fair and was presented with the prize of £6,700 by Germany’s Minister for Family Affairs.
To mark the occasion he received a bronze statuette designed by sculptor Detlef Kraft of Momo.
The judges for the next round of these NZ awards were announced a day or two ago:
The New Zealand Post Book Awards judges are:
- Chief Judge and broadcaster, Miriama Kamo
- Acclaimed New Zealand artist, Dick Frizzell
- Award winning Radio New Zealand presenter, Kim Hill
- Poet and novelist Elizabeth Smither
- Literary critic, Peter Simpson
The New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards judges are:
- Chief Judge and award winning novelist, Barbara Else
- Acclaimed illustrator, Ant Sang
- Community Learning Librarian at Christchurch City Libraries, Zac Harding
“The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2013 is awarded the Canadian author Alice MUnro master of the contemporary short story.”
BBC National Short Story Award 2013 winner
Author Sarah Hall has been named the winner of the BBC National Short Story Award 2013 for her story Mrs Fox.
She picked up the £15,000 prize at a ceremony at BBC Broadcasting House in London, from this year’s judges’ chairwoman, Mariella Frostrup.
Mrs Fox tells the story of a woman who turns into a fox to her husband’s confusion and dismay.
Information Book Award 2013
It was a pleasure to be at the Bath Children’s Books Festival on Monday evening for the announcement of the winners of the Information Book Award, and in particular to hear the judges speak about each and every one of the ten shortlisted titles (scan down for the full shortlist).
Chris Brown, introducing the award, explained how important it is to recognise and encourage this area of children’s book publishing.
Marlene Johnson, Managing Director of Hachette Children’s Books, congratulated the authors and illustrators, saying, ‘We are very proud to be sponsoring the SLA Information Book Award, and to support school libraries and students. The SLA Award is a great way to highlight the variety and excellence of the books and information out there, and, through the feedback of students and librarians, to celebrate the very best exponents of the art of creating great non-fiction.’
In addition to Chris Brown, the judges included Jayne Gould, Lesley Martin, Sally Dring and Lucy Forrester.
Both overall winners came from the oldest of the three age categories. The ‘children’s choice’ winner, 100 Ways For Every Girl To Look & Feel Fantastic by beauty journalist Alice Hart-Davis and her young collaborator Beth Hindhaugh was praised for its commonsense approach and for its avoidance of a cliched fashion-model approach to the subject. Hart-Davis produced a similar title for Walker Books (Be Beautiful) in 2009 with Beth’s older sister. At the drinks reception afterwards, David Almond was keen to get a copy signed for his 15-year-old daughter.
The choice of the adult judges was the ‘Gastronaut’ Stefan Gates‘s Incredible Edibles, described on the SLA website as “a mad-scientist approach to food and nutrition, engagingly enthusiastic and delightfully batty. It works as both cookery book and popular science, a surprising but very effective combination.” As is indicated in the video clip (see above) an important aspect to the book is the bright design and colourful photography (by Stefan Gates’s wife). After the presentation Stefan performed a 5-minute mini-show which involved showering the audience in marshmallows and then telling us that the pink ones had bug blood in them.
Winners in each category were:
Under 7s – Just Ducks by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Salvatore Rubbino, ISBN 9781406327397 Walker Books
7-12 – Incredible Edibles by Stefan Gates, illustrated by Georgia Glynn ISBN 9781406339062 Walker Books
12-16 – Discover More: Technology by Clive Gifford ISBN 9781407131566 Scholastic Children’s Books
Overall Winner – Incredible Edibles by Stefan Gates, illustrated by Georgia Glynn ISBN 9781406339062 Walker Books
Children’s Choice winners are:
Under 7s – Your Perfect Pet: Love Your Hamster by Judith Heneghan ISBN 9780750268943 Wayland
7-12 – Science Crazy by Steve Parker and Raman Prinja ISBN 9781848359338 QED Publishing
12-16 – 100 Ways for Every Girl to Look and Feel Fantastic by Alice Hart-Davis and Beth Hindhaugh ISBN 9781406337549 Walker Books
Overall Winner – 100 Ways for Every Girl to Look and Feel Fantastic by Alice Hart-Davis and Beth Hindhaugh ISBN 9781406337549 Walker Books
The complete shortlist for 2013 was:
- Just Ducks by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Salvatore Rubbino, ISBN 9781406327397 Walker Books
- Make With Maisy by Lucy Cousins ISBN 9781406339659 Walker Books
- Your Perfect Pet: Love Your Hamster by Judith Heneghan ISBN 9780750268943 Wayland
- Discover More: Penguins by Penelope Arlon and Tory Gordon-Harris ISBN 9781407131528 Scholastic Children’s Books
- Don’t Flush: Lifting the Lid on the Science of Poo and Wee by Richard Platt & Mary Platt, illustrated by John Kelly ISBN 9780753433997 Kingfisher (Macmillan)
- Incredible Edibles by Stefan Gates, illustrated by Georgia Glynn ISBN 9781406339062 Walker Books
- Science Crazy by Steve Parker and Raman Prinja ISBN 9781848359338 QED Publishing
- 100 Ways for Every Girl to Look and Feel Fantastic by Alice Hart-Davis and Beth Hindhaugh ISBN 9781406337549 Walker Books
- Discover More: Technology by Clive Gifford ISBN 9781407131566 Scholastic Children’s Books
- The Story of the Second World War by Paul Dowswell, illustrated by Ian McNee ISBN 9781409523406 Usborne Publishing
The Information Award is sponsored by Hachette Children’s Books and Peters Bookselling Services. No money is taken from the SLA budget so all staff time, the cost of the judging, prizes for the winners and the final award ceremony are covered by the sponsors’ donations.
Some more photos from the event:
A long interview with Eleanor Catton, author of The Luninaries. Recommended:
Where she once was Ellie Catton, writer of enormous potential, she is now Eleanor Catton, Man Booker Prize shortlisted author. And on Tuesday, she turns just 28.
Catton is the third New Zealander to be shortlisted, after Keri Hulme, who won in 1985, and Lloyd Jones. If she wins, she will be the youngest to do so. Heady stuff. Fortunately, Jones has provided brilliant counsel. “He wrote me a couple of really lovely emails. He told me to go down to Ladbrokes and take a bet on myself, which I thought was really awesome advice.” The bookies have her as third-favourite.
More about the Booktrust Best Book Awards with Amazon Kindle, announced yesterday. This is from Viv Bird’s blog, hosted by The Bookseller
So why are we launching the Best Book Awards? The short answer is to celebrate the very best children’s books each year. We want to change the culture of reading in this country. An ambitious task? Certainly. Can we do it? Absolutely. It won’t happen overnight, but we’re in this for the long haul.
At the moment, books are facing a battle with the major players of the entertainment industry—games, film and music. Vying for children’s attention alongside these giants of ‘cool’ is no easy task. But our goal is to see children pestering their parents for Malorie Blackman’s latest book alongside their pleas for One Direction tickets.
Booktrust and Amazon Kindle share a common goal—to get children reading, and without their support, this brilliant project would not be possible. Just as publishers and technology companies seek resolutions on the digital debate, we too are responding to exciting changes within the industry, and indeed, to what children want themselves. A recent competition run by Booktrust revealed that children chose to read in both physical and digital formats—the split was almost 50/50.
The great thing about e-reader providers is that they’ve created a further arena for reading to take place, a space that is compatible with the world in which children now live, a world that includes smartphones, computers in schools and gaming devices. So let’s celebrate these options which children now have.
As I said yesterday, ACHUKA will be prominently promoting and publicising the build-up to these exciting new awards.
The Booktrust Best Book Awards with Amazon Kindle 2014
Full details about these exciting new awards, with information for children’s centres, schools, bookshops or libraries about how to register an interest in taking part.
Big news from Booktrust – an announcement of new Children’s Books Awards in partenrship with Kindle. ACHUKA will be very keen to promote and publicise this new award.
The Best Book Awards seek to unearth the very best children’s books the UK has to offer, and honour authors and illustrators who continue Britain’s proud heritage of storytelling.
The awards are aimed at children aged aged pre-school to 14 and will have ten awards across five categories including; picture books, fiction, non-fiction, humour and digital. There will also be a lifetime achievement award for an influential children’s writer or illustrator.
Parents, schools, and libraries can register to get involved in the awards from today. The shortlist will be announced in March, from which point children will be invited to read the books, take part in activities, and vote for their favourites online. Due to time constraints on busy teachers and parents, the initiative will be straight forward and accessible.
The winners will be announced at The Best Books Bash, a star-studded awards ceremony in central London during Children’s Book Week 2014. Three hundred children from around the country will have the chance to win tickets to attend the party.
Melita Hume Prize Winner
Announced last week:
Marion McCready wins The Melita Hume Prize for Poetry
in 2013 for her collection Tree Language
Supporting young emerging writers during difficult economic times, the Melita Hume Prize for Poetry offers £1000 and publication with Eyewear Publishing for the best debut poetry collection.
Scottish Poet Marion McCready wins £1000 and publication by Eyewear in 2014.
Judge Jon Stone said “I chose Marion McCready’s Tree Language as the overall winner for two major reasons: firstly, the poetry is incredibly dark and rich and bloody (blood is a particular theme), with frequently brilliant lines and almost Celan-esque word pairings: ‘blood-cut son’, ‘snow-eyes dressing’, ‘death fruits’. Or how about a poem that opens, running on from its title:
Like a dead shrew
the baby lies comically still.
Secondly, as a collection, it’s superbly structured. Repetition within and between the poems is used to haunting effect; often, a motif or image returns in the manner of a memory resurfacing, or a recurring dream. The loosely held themes allow her to cover a range of territory, including war poems, over four distinct chapters, without seeming to stray from the direct path established in the opening pieces. This is assured, disconcertingly potent work with a sharp and distinctive flavour.”
Tree Language will be published by Eyewear Publishing in Spring 2014.
Melita Hume Prize for Poetry
The Melita Hume Prize for Poetry is an award of £1000 and a publishing deal with Eyewear Publishing for the best first full collection of a poet written in the English language, aged 35 or younger in the year of entering the competition. The aim of this prize is to support younger, emerging writers during difficult economic times. It is open to anyone of the requisite age, of any nationality, resident in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It is free to enter.