We’re thrilled to announce that following its shortlisting, Sometimes Babies has won a Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Award 2021! Judged by a panel of experts, the awards in partnership with BookTrust aim to encourage parents and carers to spend more time reading with their children. The board book emerged as the judges favourite in the category ‘Baby & Toddler’. Congratulations to illustrator Charlotte Trounce and everyone involved!
Jill Coleman, Director of Children’s Books, BookTrust said: “This year’s shortlist was incredibly strong, and it was not an easy job for the judges to choose the winners. I want to congratulate all the winning authors and illustrators on their fantastic achievement. I know that these books will go on to capture the attention and imagination of children of all ages and inspire them to read.”
Senior Commissioning Editor Victoria England said “Sometimes Babies . . . is a special book for new babies everywhere (whether they’re big, small, short, tall or even squeaky or cheeky!) and now it feels extra special. Thank you to Sainsburys for the amazing award. We’re all over the moon!”
The idea for Sometimes Babies first came into being in the summer of 2019 when Victoria bought a card illustrated by Charlotte Trounce for her colleague Zoë who had just welcomed a new baby herself. When the card went missing in our busy offices, Victoria’s round robin email featuring a picture of the card caught the attention of our Managing Director Kate Wilson and so the book was born. Read the full origin story of Sometimes Babies here.
Sometimes Babies shows that there are all kinds of babies in the world, each one of them completely unique and worthy of all the love in the world. Whether they are cheeky, squeaky, wild, small or tall there is space for everyone to be included. With beautiful animal illustrations throughout, there is extra delight for babies at the very end with a mirror.
Take a look inside the book: