February 9th, 2019

bishop's stortford picture book award 2019

Last Thursday I got to present the tenth Bishop's Stortford Picture Book Award to writer Jim Whalley and artist Stephen Collins for their debut book together, Baby's First Bank Heist! (I'm a huge fan of Stephen's weekly Guardian comic strip, so I was thrilled to get to see him, and meet Jim!)

I wasn't up for the award this year; the reason that organiser Rosie Pike asked me to present the awards is that I'd been the one to accept the very first award, way back in 2010, for my book with Giles Andreae, Morris the Mankiest Monster. Here you can see the then-Children's Laureate Anthony Browne presenting the award along with a painting to commemorate the occasion by local artist Simon Bailey. And a year later, when Giles joined me to present the second award.

Here you can see all the past winners. Rosie and the festival team really understand about the role illustrators play in creating these books and do a great job putting them right in the centre of the ceremony.

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