The prestigious CILIP Carnegie shortlist has finally been announced and Random House Children’s Publishers has three fantastic titles competing for the big prize – Blood Family by Anne Fine, which tells the absorbing yet gripping story about a young boy’s struggle …
The title of Whale Boy tells you pretty much what this book is about – a whale, in this case a young, wild, male sperm whale, and a boy, Michael, who lives on a fictionalized Caribbean island. I’ve spent some of the happiest times of my life on board small boats in tropical seas watching whales, and I wanted to put the delight of those experiences and close encounters into the book. …
Tired of hearing about The X Factor? Pah! Its all about the ComiX Factor here at RHCB as the winners have been chosen!
In case you need reminding, the fabulous Etherington Brothers teamed up with the Literacy Trust to run a comic competition in schools accross the UK. The challenge for primary school children was to create a sidekick for The Etherington Brothers’ character Dorko and for secondary school pupils they were challenged to complete a comic strip after being given the first frame in a Dorko adventure.
Robin Etherington and I visited the offices of the Literacy Trust a couple of weeks ago to pick the winners – there was over 1200 entries!! Robin found the process very difficult as the standard of entries was so high – we were looking at the comic book authors and illustrators of the future for sure!
As you can see, Robin really enjoyed himself…
Getting back to the serious business of picking a winner… Robin chose his shortlist and called his brother Lorenzo for advice (Lorenzo had been looking at the entries on his computer) and spookily they had picked the same shortlist!(must be some wierd brother thing…)
Anyway, after a tiring morning judging Robin had finally decided on his winners:
You can see both the winning entries plus comments from Robin and a gallery of some of the best entries on the Literacy Trust website: http://www.literacytrust.org.uk/schools_network/competitions/the_comix_factor/results Check it out – it is BRILLIANT!
We are thrilled to announce that The Prisoner of the Inquisition by Theresa Breslin has been won the Young Quills Prize for Historical Fiction (12+ category).
Theresa Breslin said of her win:
“I’m especially thrilled that Prisoner of the Inquisition has won the Young Quills Award as the young reviewers for this award not only have to enjoy the book themselves but also feel that they’d want recommend it to others. History is not just about where we’ve been, it can also give insight into where we might go. This prize takes into consideration that the reader learns something and, crucially, is stimulated to find out more. That’s a huge accolade for any book and writer to be given, and I’m extraordinarily pleased.”
The Young Quills are shortlisted by young people, with adults involved at the end of the judging. Only historical fiction from the previous 12 months directly aimed at children and teenagers are included. With just two categories based on age range the competition is fierce.
The Young Quills are organised and awarded by the Historical Association who introduced the awards two years ago in recognition of the important role fiction can play in introducing children and young people to history. Previous winners have included Jacqueline Wilson.
Our congratulations to Theresa!
The RHCB team is very, very pleased to announce that one of our authors and one of our editors have been shortlisted for the prestigious Branford Boase Award. Candy Gourlay, author, and Bella Pearson, editor, have both been shortlisted for their work on Tall Story.
The annual Branford Boase Award celebrates the most promising book for seven year-olds and upwards written by a first-time novelist and also highlights the importance of the editor in the development of new authors.
The winner of the Award will be announced on July 6th at a ceremony in London.
We had the ever-delightful Katie Cleminson into the office on Wednesday, and we were thrilled to be able to present her with advance copies of her new book, Otto the Book Bear (out in July), as well as toast Otto’s literary arrival with something fizzy.
Otto is a bear who lives in a book, and when all is quiet, he ventures out and explores the world around him. But then something terrible happens, and Otto must find a new home. It’s high adventure from here on in, and (spoiler alert) the best present you could ever buy for the librarian in your life.
We’re also celebrating the brilliant news that Katie is one of Booktrust’s ten Best New Illustrators for 2011, and while I’m singing her praises, do check out her very stylish website.
As a big book geek, I LOVE Otto, especially the idea that characters in books are alive and are just waiting for you to turn around so they can sneak out. Which literary figure would you like to come strolling out from between the pages?
We are very delighted to be able to announce that three of our books have been included on the shortlist for the CILIP Carnegie Medal for an outstanding children’s book, and the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal for outstanding illustration in a children’s book. They are as follow:
The CILIP Carnegie Medal Shortlist 2011
Prisoner Of The Inquisition by Theresa Breslin
The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal Shortlist 2011
Me And You by Anthony Browne
Jim by Mini Grey and Hilaire Belloc
The Carnegie and Kate Greenaway awards are in their 74th and 54th years respectively making them the UK’s oldest for children’s writing and book illustration and one of the UK’s most prestigious children’s book awards.
Unfortunately we will have to wait a bit longer to find out who the winners are, as they will not be announced until the awards ceremony at BAFTA in central London on Thursday 23 June.
You can view the full shortlist at the CILIP website: www.cilip.org.uk.
The announcement ceremony was held last night at the Illustration Cupboard. There were ten illustrators in total on the list, which was selected by a stellar panel of judges, including Children’s Laureate Anthony Browne and Charlie and Lola author/illustrator Lauren Child.
To find out more about the Booktrust Best New Illustrators and view all the illustrators named click here.