And the Winners Are…

The winners of the Red House Children’s Book Awards for 2013 were announced last night at an awards ceremony at London’s Southbank Centre. And the winners are:

Overall Winner: Spooky, Spooky House by Andrew Weale (Younger Children category)

Spooky Spooky House by Andrew Weale

Younger Readers category: Gangsta Granny by David Walliams

Gangsta Granny by David Walliams

Older Readers: The Medusa Project: Hit Squad by Sophie McKenzie

The Medusa Project: Hit Squad by Sophie McKenzie

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This Saturday: The Red House Children’s Book Award

This Saturday, we find out who the winner of the Red House Children’s Book Award of 2013 will be! Authors, publishers, illustrators and readers will all get together for the award ceremony to find out who young readers have voted for out of the shortlisted entries.

The award, originally called ‘The Children’s Book Award’, was founded in 1980 and was renamed in 2001 after being sponsored by Red House. There are 3 categories for the competition – Younger Children, Younger Readers and Older Readers, with a notable overall winner. Previous overall winners include Michael Morpurgo’s Shadow, Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games and Patrick Ness’ A Monster Calls.

The award ceremony takes place at the Southbank Centre – a place close to my heart, due to the many amazing events I’ve attended there over the past year or so (most notably World Book Night!). Special guests include David Walliams and Patrick Ness, and some last minute tickets are still available here.

I think book awards in general are fantastic exposure for the publishing industry and can intrigue readers with genres and authors that they might not usually consider. But what makes this award especially stand out to me is that it’s the only national book award voted for entirely by children.

Next, I’m sure we’ll all be setting our sights on the Blue Peter Book Awards and the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, whose shortlists have also been announced…

To find out more about each entry from their publishers’ pages, just click on the images below.

Older Readers

Eight Keys by Suzanne LaFleur      The Medusa Project: Hit Squad by Sophie McKenzie      The Power of Six by Pttacus Lore

Younger Readers

Operation Eiffel Tower by Elen Caldecott      Gangsta Granny by David Walliams      The World of Norm by Jonathan Meres

Younger Children

Spooky Spooky House by Andrew Weale      Welcome to Alien School by Caryl Hart and Ed Eaves

Can You See Sassoon? by Sam Usher     Dog Loves Drawing by Louise Yates

I can’t wait to find out who wins! Who are you betting on?

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Good News for Children’s Library Loans

First of all, Happy National Libraries Day everyone! And what better way to celebrate than with some good library-related news…

Recent data provided by the Public Lending Right (PLR) has demonstrated an increase in the borrowing of children’s books from UK libraries, according to a Bookseller report on Friday.

The PLR data is based on a sample of UK book loans between July 2011 and June 2012 which, although showing a trend towards a decline in adult book loans, shows that children’s book loans are marginally increasing.

Some facts of interest:

  • Six of the 10 most borrowed authors in 2012 were children’s authors
  • 30 of the top 100 Nielsen BookScan library data titles were children’s books – an increase from 24 in the previous year
  • Whereas 39% of the top most borrowed books in 2011 were children’s titles, this rose to 42% in 2012.

Children's library loans are upSurrey County Council in particular has recently reported that its children’s library loans were up 60,000 (4 per cent) from 2011, with a quarter of Surrey’s libraries’ stock now consisting of children’s titles.

Some methods used by libraries to encourage children’s visits include free book requests, no late return fees and events for children throughout the year.  These are just some ways that libraries aim to encourage a joy of reading in children from an early age. I personally remember the sheer number of events and promotions we held at all times of the year during my time working in a Bristol library, and the delight me and my colleagues would feel at signing up a new member – being able to introduce them to a whole new world of exploration. Hopefully, this is promising news for many libraries around the country, as a sign that children are responding to their efforts.