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.