Benji Davies’ Grandad’s Island (Simon & Schuster) won children’s book of the year at the Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Awards yesterday (5th October), after also winning the best picture book prize.
Davies was crowned the overall winner after beating off competition from three other category winners. Fiona Watt and Stella Baggott picked up the baby and toddler prize for Baby’s Very First Slide and See Animals (Usborne), and Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton won the 5-9 fiction award for The 13-Storey Treenhouse (Macmillan’s Children’s Books).
The winner of the 9+ fiction prize was Hamish and the Worldstoppers, written by Danny Wallace and illustrated by Jamie Littler, meaning Simon & Schuster published two of the four winners.
Each category winner received a £1,000 cheque and Davies was also presented with a ‘children’s book of the year’ trophy.
This year’s judges were Sainsbury’s book buying team, along with author Phil Earle, author and illustrator Tom Percival, and Melissa Smith, head of the Born to Read campaign from Save the Children.
Speaking at the ceremony, Pete Selby, music and books trading manager, pledged Sainsbury’s support for Save the Children’s Read On. Get On. campaign, which is aimed at helping all children in the UK read well by 2025.
Sainsbury’s has already donated 80,000 books to the campaign, he said.