Averiss and Beardshaw win Book of the Year at Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Awards

Averiss and Beardshaw win Book of the Year at Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Awards

Corrinne Averiss and Rosalind Beardshaw have triumphed at this year’s Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Awards to win the Book of the Year Award for My Pet Star (Hachette Children’s Books).

The pair picked up their prize at a ceremony in London on Wednesday 28th August. It was a double win that also saw them top the Picture Book category, seeing off competition from Look Up! by Nathan Bryon and Dapo Adeola (PRH) and The Same But Different Too by Karl Newson and Kate Hindley (Nosy Crow).

Averiss said: “Every picture book in this category was beautiful and I’m so happy they’ll be in Sainsbury’s stores. I am so chuffed to win.”

There was also success for Emma Yartlett, whose Nibbles Numbers (Little Tiger Press) won the Baby and Toddler category.

In fiction, The Umbrella Mouse by Anna Fargher (Pan Macmillan) came out on top with Adam Frost’s The Awesome Book of Space (Bloomsbury) triumphing in Learning and Development.

This year’s Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Awards winners

There were also awards for Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar (PRH) which was named this year’s Children’s Classic, while Martin Hanford’s Where’s Wally: Exciting Expeditions (Walker) won the Favourite Characters prize.

Carle said: “Thank you so much for honouring my book. I’m delighted that my stories have been enjoyed by my friends in the UK. The Very Hungry Caterpillar turned 50 this year, and I turned 90 so this is a perfect way to celebrate.”

Run in partnership with BookTrust, the awards are judged by a panel of experts, aiming to encourage parents and carers to spend more time reading with their children.

The winner in each category receive £1,000 and all of the shortlisted titles will be promoted in Sainsbury's stores.

Danika Cave, books buyer for Sainsbury’s, said: “As a child I loved books and I’m so passionate about children reading. Sainsbury’s is proud to offer dynamic and diverse books and these awards are a way to show our customers how much we support children reading.”