Last night a group of Nosy Crows were lucky enough to attend the British Book Design & Production Awards where we had FOUR books on the impressive shortlist. A brilliant night was had by all and to top off a wonderful evening, we were absolutely delighted when it was announced that Step Inside Homes Through History won Highly Commended in the Educational Books category and Make Tracks: Farm WON the Children’s Trade 0 to 8 years award!
The BBD&PA was established in 1901 and it promotes and acknowledges the innovation of book design and production by celebrating the best books of the year – and there was some seriously fierce competition.
First up, we had the super cute Peekaboo series shortlisted in the Brand/Series Identity category. These books are written and edited by Camilla Reid, illustrated by Ingela P Arrhenius, designed by Zoë Gregory and produced by Leila Mauger. They are a novelty marvel! With a sliding mechanism that works on both sides of the page, there’s double the amount of fun – and double the amount of reveals for baby to play their favourite Peekaboo game.
Next, we had TWO books shortlisted in the Educational Books category, both published in collaboration with the National Trust.
Look What I Found in the Woods is written by Moira Butterfield, illustrated by Jesús Verona, edited by Victoria England, designed by Manda Scott and produced by Ben Radley. This nature treasure hunt book has an ingenious die-cut cover, irresistible detailed artwork and an absorbing combination of fact and rhyming narrative.
Step Inside Homes Through History was written and edited by Tegen Evans, illustrated by Sarah Gibb, designed by Robyn Makings and freelancer Veneta Hooper, and produced by Leila Mauger. This ambitious, elegant gift book explores homes through the ages with beautifully intricate laser-cut pages to peek through and a die-cut cover which makes the book feel as special as a doll’s house. Congratulations to all for winning Highly Commended!
And finally, Make Tracks: Farm which is illustrated by Johnny Dyrander, written and edited by Victoria England, designed by Robyn Makings and produced by Leila Mauger. This is a chunky board book with an easy-to-move counter to drive around on every page. It’s tactile and satisfying – once you have a book in your hands, you can’t resist driving the vehicles round the tracks. And with bold, friendly, graphic artwork from Swedish illustrator Johnny Dyrander, it makes the perfect package. We were thrilled that it was crowned the winner in the Children’s Trade 0 to 8 years category.
The judges said: “With its excellent design concept, complimented by its exceptional production and print quality, this book was a clear winner. It has an interactive fun nature and the production of the finishing element was very impressive – making it a stand out publication.”
Congratulations to everyone involved!
Find out more about the British Book Design & Production Awards here.
Look inside the books below: