Book Trust award for Shirley Hughes

Book Trust award for Shirley Hughes

Book Trust will tomorrow (7th July) present Shirley Hughes with a lifetime achievement award at a ceremony in London.
 
The prize, which celebrates the body of work of an author or illustrator who has made an outstanding contribution to children literature, will be presented to Hughes for her “remarkable, multi-talented contribution to children's fiction”, said Book Trust c.e.o. Diana Gerald.
 
“Her characters are imprinted on the memories of two or three generations, a recognition of their enduring charm. This evergreen storytelling is something we particularly want to celebrate with this award,” she said. “Significantly, Shirley continues to innovate and create, providing young children with a love of reading that we know will give them a great start in life.”
 
Hughes’ first ever picture book, Lucy and Tom’s Day, was published by Puffin in 1960. She went on to create the bestselling Alfie series, published by RandomHouse Children’s.
 
Her first novel, Hero on a Bicycle (Walker Books), was published three years ago and she also collaborates with her daughter, Clara Vulliamy, on the Dixie O’Day series (Random House). She has won the Kate Greenaway medal twice. Her books have sold 1,169,462 copies through Nielsen BookScan.
 
This is the first year the Book Trust lifetime achievement award has been presented. Allan Ahlberg turned down the last year's prize, intended to be the inaugural award, because it was sponsored by Amazon. Ahlberg said he felt he felt compelled to take the stand on ethical grounds, citing Amazon’s tax avoidance in the UK.
 
Book Trust has not engaged a sponsor for this year’s award.