Nine hundred people, most of whom were children in their book groups, gathered in the Queen Elizabeth Hall yesterday for a very entertaining ceremony for the Red House Children’s Book Award. All the nominated authors were asked various questions and the one which they all had to answer was about what was so important about this award in particular – and they all gave the same answer. That it was a competition judged by children and therefore it meant a lot to them.
It also meant a lot to us that the winner of the category for older readers was won by Patrick Ness and Jim Kay for A Monster Calls. In his acceptance speech Patrick was very generous in his praise of Jim for his illustrations as well as for Siobhan Dowd whose idea for the book he has so movingly brought to life.
We were even more delighted when we found that A Monster Calls had been voted the best overall, from each of the categories. Congratulations to Patrick and to Jim and to Walker Books on the most successful of collaborations. More on the awards here.