Vampire Rats win the Children’s Book Award

Following in the footsteps of Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake and J.K. Rowling, Children’s Book Award Winners of 2016 with My Headteacher is a Vampire Rat!, published by Nosy Crow, author Pamela Butchart and illustrator Thomas Flintham were clearly delighted with their win and with their opportunity to show off the trophy and the portfolios on BBC Breakfast and Newsround today.

Interviewed by Naga Muchetty, Thomas said that he was particularly thrilled as the Federation’s Children’s Book Award is the only one that is voted for just by the readers and it had been an honour just to be nominated. Building on their success in 2015, when they were shortlisted, Pamela and Thomas revealed that they had not met each other prior to the ceremony last year, despite having already completed three books together.

The trophy, winners’ acorns and silver bookmarks were all shown and the portfolios, showcasing the children’s work. Thomas described how the portfolios are put together by the children voting and are “amazing to look through”. The trophy will go to Hay and then be shared between the two of them until they hand it over next year, going up to Dundee and then down to Penzance.

120 invited children and guests shared in their delight at the Award Ceremony in London yesterday, when children from Ipswich Children’s Book Group presented the trophy. The part atmosphere was enhanced by Andersen Press, who donated decorations, quiz prizes and napkins to celebrate Elmer’s Day.

The winner of the Younger Children Category was Viviane Schwarz with Is There a Dog in this Book, published by Walker Books and the winner of the Older Readers Category was Sarah Crossan’s Apple and Rain, published by Bloomsbury.

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