Benji Davies’ Grandad’s Island (Simon & Schuster) has done the double at this years Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Awards winning both the best picture book prize and being crowned overall children’s book of the year, beating off competition from three other category winners.
Each category winner received a £1,000 cheque and Davies was also presented with a ‘children’s book of the year’ trophy.
On this year’s judging panel were Sainsbury’s book buying team – author Phil Earle, author and illustrator Tom Percival, and Melissa Smith, head of the Born to Read campaign from Save the Children. Speaking at the ceremony, Pete Selby, music and books trading manager, pledged Sainsbury’s support for Save the Children’s Read On. Get On. campaign, which is aimed at helping all children in the UK read well by 2025, and for which Sainsbury’s has already donated 80,000 books.
This award follows a string of successes for not only Grandad’s Island, which won the AOI World Illustration Award 2015 and has been nominated for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2016, but also The Storm Whale (Simon & Schuster), On Sudden Hill (Simon & Schuster) and Goodnight, Already! (Harper Collins).