Yesterday a crowd of crows headed off to the British Book Industry Awards – the biggest awards night of the year for the publishing industry. We were shortlisted in four categories: Independent Publisher of the Year, Children’s Publisher of the Year, Rights Professional of the Year (for Ola Gotkowska, Nosy Crow’s amazing Rights Manager) and Children’s Book of the Year, for My Brother is a Superhero by David Solomons.
And honestly, we were fully prepared to come away entirely empty-handed: we were competing against much larger, more established publishing houses in both of the publishing categories, and heavyweights including J.K. Rowling, Judith Kerr, David Walliams, and Terry Pratchett in the Children’s Book of the Year category.
And so we were absolutely thrilled when David’s brilliant, funny, charming debut won the inaugural Children’s Book of the Year award! It is a fantastic recognition for a truly wonderful book, and an incredible success story for a debut children’s author: as well as this British Book Industry Award, My Brother is a Superhero is also the recipient of the overall Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, and is currently shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award.
Here’s David with Kirsty Stansfield, the book’s editor:
You can read the full list of winners on the night here – and if you haven’t yet discovered My Brother is a Superhero, you can take a look inside the book below:
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Many thanks to The Bookseller for an amazing night, and congratulations, David!