The Children’s Laureate and other stars of children’s literature have come out at London’s Southbank Centre to celebrate the 2015 Red House Children’s Book Award winners – chosen and voted for entirely by children.
In a lavishly literary awards ceremony in the Queen Elizabeth Hall at London’s Southbank Centre, this year’s winders were named:
Internationally renowned comedian and bestselling children’s author David Walliams won the Books for Young Readers category with Demon Dentist while Split Second by Sophie McKenzie won the Books for Older Readers category. The Day The Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers was named the Books for Younger Children category and overall winner.
The Day The Crayons Quit is already a #1 New York Times bestseller and now Drew and Oliver will also join the ranks of esteemed previous winners who include Michael Morpurgo, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler – and last year’s overall winner, Rick Yancey.
Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers get to share for the next year the coveted Red House Children’s Book Award Silver Tree and they each win an engraved silver acorn. Each of the category winners receives a silver bookmark and each shortlisted author and illustrator receives a handmade portfolio of children’s writing and artwork inspired by their book.
Wendy Gilham, RHCBA coordinator said: “It’s been a very exciting first year for me to be organising the Award. What a wonderful shortlist of books the children chose and with nearly 50,000 votes from FCBG children around the country, it really shows the Award’s popularity among the nation’s children. The Day The Crayons Quit is truly the children’s choice.”
Seni Glaister, CEO of the Book People said ‘It’s no secret the UK leads the world with its children’s publishing. This is down to fantastically talented authors and illustrators, creative and astute publishers – and children. THEY create a bestseller. THEY say what books really fly. THEY curate the industry. And their literary taste should never be doubted – this is a truly wonderful shortlist, compiled from an industry that is flourishing and the envy of the world.’
Photos of the ceremony and celebrations will follow shortly.