15 November 2016

Top children’s author Michael Rosen was presented with the Overall Winner Award at Sheffield’s children’s book awards held today at the Crucible Theatre.

Rosen, best known for his much loved story ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ won the award for ‘Uncle Gobb and the Dread Shed’, a story about an ordinary 10 year old boy, his very bossy uncle, some baked beans and a school that tries to make interesting things boring.

He won out of 18 shortlisted books, which were read and voted for by more than 3700 children across the city.

Michael Rosen said: “Thank you to Sheffield Libraries, and thank you to all the children who have been reading the books. Not just mine but all the books.

“It’s a wonderful thing that we have a book prize where children chose the winners. It is incredibly important to read books, it’s through books we come across ideas and feelings all wrapped up together.

“It’s fantastic that Sheffield libraries run this prize and encourage reading. May the awards last forever and thank you once again for choosing me as the winner.”

Other winners at the awards were:

Picture Book – The Zoomers Handbook by Ana De Moraes and Thiago De Moraes
Young Adult Novel – One by Sarah Crossan
Celebrity Author – The Bolds by Julian Clary , Illustrated by David Roberts
Baby Book – Box by Min Flyte Illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw

Councillor Jack Scott, Cabinet Member for Community Services and Libraries at Sheffield City Council, said: “The children’s book awards are a great opportunity for children to meet world class authors and encourage them to read and discuss their favourite stories. Reading for fun can inspire children and help them to broaden their horizons.

“We’ve run these awards for 28 years and they are just as important and exciting to the children as they ever have been. This year’s awards were the biggest ever. It is important that we help our youngsters understand the value of literature and getting them involved in the awards is a great way to do this.

“It was an honour to have so many distinguished authors in the same room in Sheffield. I’d like to thank them all for visiting Sheffield today.”

The awards were launched in 1988 to encourage children and young people to read and to highlight the best literature published each year.