Hodder is the big winner at this year’s Peters Book of the Year award, taking home book of the year for both the junior fiction and teen fiction categories.
A Room Full of Chocolate by Jane Elson and A Song For Ella Grey by David Almond, both published by Hodder, were announced as the Books of the Year in the junior fiction and teen fiction 2015 categories, respectively. Smelly Louie by Catherine Rayner, published by Macmillan, took home the prize in the Picture Book Category.
The judges praised the “very distinctive and charming voice of the 10 year-old heroine, Grace” in Elson’s A Room Full of Chocolate. Of Almond’s A Song For Ella Grey they said: “This is a hauntingly memorable tale…a powerful retelling of this classic myth”.
Peters librarian Erica Jacques described Rayner’s Smelly Louie as: “A must for dog lovers, and everybody else quite frankly! The illustrations are beautiful and the story is fun.”
Peters is a specialist children’s book and furniture supplier based in Birmingham. Ten books were shortlisted for each category, with the winning titles receiving several thousand votes across the three categories. Across the UK 12 nurseries, schools and libraries took part in the prize’s shadowing scheme.