The winners of the 2020 FutureBook Awards, hosted by The Bookseller, have been announced – and we’re delighted that Coronavirus: A Book for Children about Covid-19 has won the Best of Lockdown book award!
The FutureBook Awards celebrate companies and individuals who are playing a key role in driving the publishing industry forward through outstanding creativity and innovation. This year, the categories focused on the best of publishing during lockdown across five categories – Book, Retail, Event, Campaign and Startup.
Written by an in-house team, and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, with expert advice from Professor Graham Medley at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Coronavirus: A Book for Children about Covid-19 is an accessible and timely book explains the pandemic to children – both from a health perspective and the impact it has on a family’s day-to-day life.
Editor of The Bookseller, Philip Jones, said: “Here speed was key, but also versatility and publishing excellence: this was a book that was needed for now, and Kate Wilson and her team made sure it met that need, but in a thoughtful and well-executed manner.”
Since publishing the free digital book in early April, it has been viewed or downloaded from the Nosy Crow website 1.4m times and translated in 62 languages, including 3 different sign languages.
We updated the book in July, publishing a not-for-profit £1.99 print version, with £1 from each copy going to NHS Charities Together. The print edition sold 23.5k copies in two months.
You can take a look inside the free digital edition of the book below, and purchase a physical copy, here.
You can read more about the winners of the FutureBook Awards, here.
Congratulations to everyone involved, including Kate Wilson, Elizabeth Jenner, Nia Roberts, Axel Scheffler, Professor Graham Medley, and anyone else who helped make this book possible. We are thrilled to have this book acknowledged by the FutureBook Awards!