Earlier this year my picture book The Monster Machine, published by Pavilion Children's Books was shortlisted for an award! and on the 4th of July I had the pleasure of taking part in the 2013 Read it Again! Cambridge Children's picture book awards. Myself and beaky monster travelled down from Nottingham to the beautiful town of St Ives (there is one in Cambridgeshire too) it was a huge honour to be shortlisted, and we had a fantastic day meeting lots of excited children from 14 different schools.
A huge congratulations to Jenni Desmond who won the award with her beautiful picture book Red Cat Blue Cat!
|Proud Beaky Monster with his runner-up trophy!|
It was fantastic getting to speak to so many children who had read the books and hear their thoughts and comments, one little girl came to tell me that her dad is an inventor too! which is very exciting, I wonder if he might make a monster machine someday?
I couldn't feel my hand at all by the end of the day with all the drawing and signing! but a lot of fun was had by all. Haha.
Now, there was clearly a lot of love for Monster Machine, which was really nice to hear, including a number of very intense children who came over to tell me that they had voted for the monsters! haha :) It was fantastic to be presented with a runner up trophy and certificate, I've never had a trophy before, so it's going up on the book case!
I would love to thank all the children who took part in the Read It Again scheme, I hope it has inspired some serious new readers and hopefully some future authors and illustrators too!
Keep up the excellent work!
|Brilliant Monster Machine artwork from Erin, Year 5 at Barton C of E School|
|The monster name badge I got to wear on the day!|