10 November 2017

A story about a book-monster who makes his way into favourite fairy tales, including Little Red Riding Hood and Goldilocks and the Three Bears, has captured the heart of Sheffield children in the city’s 29th annual Children’s Book Awards.

Nibbles: The Book Monster, by Emma Yarlett, was today voted overall winner in an awards ceremony at The Crucible Theatre, attended by 780 children and more than 20 authors, illustrators and publishers.

The children voted in eight award categories, after reading shortlisted books over the spring and summer. The other winners were:

  • Baby books winner 2017: Hoot’s Twilight Adventure, by Rowena Blyth
  • Toddler books winner – The Greedy Goat, by Petr Horacek
  • Picture books winner – Nibbles: The Book Monster, by Emma Yarlett
  • Emerging reads winner – The pumpkin project, by Katie Smith
  • Shorter novels winner – Beetle boy, by M.G Leonard
  • Longer novels winner – Moth girls, by Anne Cassidy
  • Young adult winner – The art of not breathing, by Sarah Alexander
  • Special category winner – The bean machine, by Adam Bestwick

The awards are organised by Sheffield City Council’s School’s and Young People’s Library Service to encourage children to read more, inspire them and showcase the best children’s books published each year. Previous winners include JK Rowling, Michael Morpurgo, Jacqueline Wilson, Michael Rosen and Nick Sharratt.

Author Katie Smith, whose debut novel The Pumpkin Project won the emerging reads category, said: “It has been such a huge honour to attend the awards. What makes them so special is that they are voted for by the children who have read the books. Thank you to all the children who voted. It’s been a fantastic day.”

Children voting included Isabella Eams, aged 11, and Lucy Waller, aged 10, from Intake Primary School. Isabella said: “The awards were really good and we’ve had a lot of fun.” Lucy added: “You can express yourself by writing books. The Pumpkin Project is a really good book and I recommend it, five stars.”

Councillor Mary Lea, Cabinet Member for Culture, Parks and Leisure at Sheffield City Council, said: “Congratulations to all the winners today. I hope many more children and young people enjoy reading as a result of taking part in the Sheffield Children’s Book Award.

“Our library service works incredibly hard at reaching out to children, encouraging them to read. It’s wonderful to see hundreds so excited about the awards and the books they have been reading. There are 28 libraries across the City, all offering free membership and free activities for children so why don’t you pop in see what happening at your local branch.”

Visit www.sheffield.gov.uk/libraries to find out more.