The British Book Industry Awards 2016 were announced yesterday and there is fantastic news for two childrens' books writers. But first, just so you know; the British Book Industry Awards celebrates the greatness of the British book trade and those involved in it. The awards recognise, not only authors and publishers, but agents, rights professionals, libraries and, yes...bookshops, their managers and booksellers. (In fact, the business I work for, Dubray Books was shortlisted this year! Go us!)
The Bookseller's YA Prize is only in its' second year. It is the only award which specifically focuses on and recognises achievement in fiction written specifically for young adults by authors based in the UK and Ireland.
So, without further waffling on my part, the winner of the British Book Industry Award Childrens' Book of the Year went to
My Brother Is A Superhero; author: David Solomon and illustrated by Laura Ellen Anderson; published by those wonderful folks at Nosy Crow. (Wonderful and funny!)
The Booksellers' 2016 prize for young adult fiction went to:
One; written by Sarah Crossan; published by Bloomsbury. (FANTASTIC!)
Congratulations to you both.
And, please...read these books. You'll see why they won!