The 2016 CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD will be judged by:
Cressida Cowell has written and illustrated twelve books in the popular How to Train Your Dragon series which has sold over 7 million copies worldwide, and is published in 38 languages. How to Train Your Dragon is also an awardwinning DreamWorks film series, and a TV series shown on CBBC and Netflix. Also the author of picture books, Cressida has won the NestleChildren’s Book Prize and has been shortlisted for many others. Last year she won Philosophy Now Magazine’s Award for Contributions in the Fight Against Stupidity. She has been an Ambassador for the National Literacy Trust for ten years.
Writer and Journalist
Anna James started her career as a secondary school librarian, working with 11-18 year olds in the Midlands. In 2014 she moved to London to take up a role as Book News Editor at The Bookseller, the trade publishing magazine. At the end of 2015 she left to pursue a freelance career; working as the Literary Editor for ELLE UK, contributing to several other outlets including The Pool and chairing literary events at bookshops and festivals. She is also a children’s and YA literary scout for Sylvie Zannier and makes YouTube videos about books at A Case For Books. She was a judge for the Blue Peter Children’s Book Award in 2015.
Director, Pickled Pepper Books
Steven studied Cultural Studies in Birmingham before becoming a bookseller at Waterstones. Following extensive travel and work around the world, he embarked on an eight-year career as a youth worker and managed membership and a youth forum for the National Council for Voluntary Youth Services. In 2012 Steven and his partner Urmi opened Pickled Pepper Books, a specialist children’s bookstore in Crouch End, North London. Steven is a member of the BA Children’s Booksellers Group and has previously been a judge for Independent Booksellers Week.