We are delighted to announce the winners of the Children’s Book Award 2017, a national award chosen and voted for entirely by children.
The winner is Michael Morpurgo OBE and Michael Foreman’s An Eagle in the Snow. Congratulations.
Former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo OBE and Michael Foreman are named overall winners of The Children’s Book Award 2017. Their book, An Eagle In The Snow also won the Books for Younger Readers category, before going on to win the overall prize. The win is a record-breaking fourth for Michael Morpurgo OBE.
Michael Morpurgo’s gripping and powerful novel is inspired by the true story of one man who might have stopped World War II. Set in 1940, in a train under attack from German fighters, sheltering in a tunnel, Barney and his mother are told a story by a stranger to pass the time. Brilliant and fascinating, the fast-paced storytelling is perfectly complemented by Michael Foreman’s expressive and emotive illustrations, making An Eagle In The Snow a firm favourite with the children.
Jane Etheridge, Chair of The Federation of Children’s Book Groups said ‘At a time when libraries are closing around the country, the Children’s Book Award is more important than ever because it gives children access to new books. The shortlist demonstrates the rich choice of books available today and, in winning, Michael Morpurgo has demonstrated once again that he is a truly magical storyteller.’
One by Carnegie Medal-winning author Sarah Crossan wins the Books for Older Readers category and Oi Dog!, written by Kes and Claire Gray and illustrated by Jim Field is named the Books for Younger Children’s category winner.
The Rail Delivery Group has kindly provided free train travel for all the children and accompanying adults from across the country attending the ceremony at the Union Jack Club in London this afternoon.