The Storm Keeper’s Island by Catherine Doyle (Bloomsbury Children’s) is this winter’s Independent Booksellers Children’s Book of the Season, the Bookseller Association (BA) announced today (19th November).
The novel, which won the middle-grade prize at the 2018 Books are My Bag Reader’s Awards, will be promoted in independent bookshops in the UK and Ireland from now until the end of the year in stores and on social media, supported by promotional materials from the BA.
Emma Bradshaw, head of campaigns at the BA, said: “We are very pleased to announce The Storm Keeper’s Island as our winter Children’s Book of the Season. As demonstrated by its win at the Books are my Bag Readers Awards, this exciting and popular title resonates with both children and booksellers.”
The Storm Keeper’s Island is set on Arranmore, an island off the west coats of Ireland, and was inspired by the “daring sea rescues and adventures” of Doyle's grandfather. Bloomsbury acquired the book in a six-figure deal at auction in 2017.
Next year the BA is turning its ‘children’s book of the season’ campaign into a monthly event. Submissions are open via the BA website.