Following the roaring success of World Book Day, the Society of Authors tracked down one of the masterminds behind this year’s flagship event, Jake Hope, to talk about children’s literature.
Jake Hope is a reading development and children’s book consultant. Impressively, he has judged nearly every major children’s book award in the UK, including the prestigious Carnegie and Kate Greenaway medals, the Blue Peter Book Award, the Branford Boase and, most recently, the Costa Children’s Book Award.
Jake has also co-ordinated the Lancashire Book of the Year Award, the longest running regional book award and one of few where young people themselves are empowered to do all the judging – choosing the shortlist in addition to selecting the overall winner.
Jake chairs selection panel meetings for Booktrust’s gifting initiatives and has led promotions for Seven Stories. He is a regular reviewer and commentator on children’s books and edits an online children’s book magazine, The Woodlander.
Jake also organises a wide range of events and activities as part of his career and in his role as a board member for Lancaster Litfest.