Saturday, 7 April 2012

Waterstones, Stockton and Solihull awards

Waterstones Children's Book Award...

It was brilliant to be shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Award. 

The award ceremony took place in the top floor of Waterstones Piccadilly...apparently the biggest book shop in Europe!!!

Huge congratulations to.... 

Jonny Duddle won overall with his picture book The Pirates Next Door. 
Liz Pichon won the 8-12 category with The Brilliant World of Tom Gates.
Jenny Downham won the teen prize with You Against Me. 

Have a look a a fab video of all the shortlisted books by following the link below...

Stockton Children's Book of the Year 2012

I had a great day visiting schools and libraries for the Stockton Children's Book of the Year 2012 Awards. 
Schools in and around Stockton had been reading and voting for the books. 

Other authors on the short list were...

Nicola Davies with A Girl Called Dog
Harriet Goodwin with Graven Hunger
Janet Foxley with Muncle Trogg
Barbara Mitchelhill with Run Rabbit Run

Congratulations to Barbara who won overall for her fantastic book about conscientious objectors during WW2...a different angle and great story. 

Solihull Book Awards 2012

A great event with the other shortlisted authors, marked by a ceremony in the Central Library Arts Centre. 

Other authors;
Elen Caldecott with Operation Eiffel Tower 
Fiona Dunbar with Divine Freaks

Like the Stockton Awards, children from local schools had read and voted for all the books. It was fantastic to hear such enthusiasm for wildlife from readers and I was so chuffed to find out that Sky Hawk had won. :0)

Left to right...Elen Caldecott, Gill Lewis and Fiona Dunbar


Anonymous said...

We have a bit of a quandary -my girlfriend's daughter wanted to buy White Dolphin but lsot her money to pay for it at achool. In seaching for it online, we see "White Dolphin" and a "One White Dolphin" which APPEAR to be the same in what little description we are given. Are these actually teh same book?
Thank you for any help you can give clearing this up for us. My email is and her (Lisa) email is

Rick A Derrig

Gill Lewis said...

Hi there Rick. Yes, they are the same books. It is a bit confusing. One is for the Scholastic Book Fairs and has the same cover as the UK edition. I hope your girlfriend's daughter enjoys the story.

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