What a day it was. This was probably the noisiest, most enthusiastic and fun filled ceremony to date! And all for the love of books!
The ceremony was introduced by Claire South of the Schools' and Young People's Library Service, who talked about everything the Sheffield library service has to offer and why reading is SO important.
Then came BBC's Trisha Cooper who, with her usual boundless energy, worked the children up into a book loving frenzy, ready to announce the book award winners. For the full list of shortlisted titles, all of which are brilliant, please see my previous blog post: The Sheffield Children's Book Award
Winner of the Baby Book Award was
Box - Min Flyte and Rosalind Beardshaw.
Back in the main auditorium, special characters (provided by Noodle Performance Arts) such as Frozen's Elsa, a Jedi and a rather smelly pirate, helped Trisha announce the main award winners as follows:
Category Winner: The Zoomers' Handbook - Thiago & Ana de Moraes
Highly Commended: I Will Love You Anyway - Mick & Chloe Inkpen
Commended: There's a Bear on my Chair - Ross Collins
Shorter and Longer Novels:
Highly Commended: Wolf Wilder - Katherine Rundell
Commended: - A Boy Called Christmas - Matt Haig & Chris Mould
Highly Commended: Fire Colour One - Jenny Valentine
Commended: Liquidator - Andy Mulligan
Special Category - Celebrity Authors:
Category Winner: The Bolds - Julian Clary & David Roberts
Uncle Gobb - Michael Rosen & Neal Layton
A busy signing session took place after the ceremony, allowing children the opportunity to meet their favourite authors and illustrators. And finally, as if they hadn't worked hard enough, the authors and illustrators spread out across Sheffield into schools and libraries to hold special events with excited school children.
Huge congratulations to everyone who made the shortlist and to those who won prizes. A massive thank you to Jennie Wilson and the team at the Schools' Library Service for working so hard to create a magical and fun award ceremony and to Anne Frost for bringing bundles of babies together for the Baby Book Award.
The Sheffield Children's Book Award was a wonderful day. A celebration of fantastic books, brilliant authors, illustrators and of course, amazing libraries!
A BIG thank you to every person who came along and helped to make this celebration so special.
Same again next year then?
|Winners L-R:- Chris Mould, Mick Inkpen, Thiago de Moraes, Chloe Inkpen, Michael Rosen, Lord Mayor Denise Fox, Sarah Crossan, Andy Mulligan, Rosalind Beardshaw, Min Flyte.|
|Baby Book Award L-R:- Layn Marlow, Min Flyte, Rosalind Beardshaw, Lauren Tobia, Kathy Henderson|
|Babies love books!|
|Baby Book Award winners:- Min Flyte & Rosalind Beardshaw.|
|Picture Book Category Winner Thiago de Moraes signing copies of the Zoomers' Handbook|
|Characters courtesy of Noodle Performance Arts|
|Authors, illustrators, publishers and the Lord Mayor.|
|Library Service Manager Nick Patridge rounds off proceedings.|
Article written by Alexis Filby (Library and Information Assistant).