Congratulations to Book Nook favourite Vashti Hardy for her well deserved Blue Peter Book Award win. We love Wildspark and its ghost machine adventures and are thrilled that it has won such a fantastic award.
To celebrate her win, we have signed and personalised copies of all Vashti’s books available to order. Vashti will be visiting us later this month and will sign and dedicate her books to you, your class or your best book buddy. You can order your copies here:
In Medlock, machines don’t come to life – life comes to machines.
A secretive guild of inventors have brought spirits of the dead back into the world, harnessing them in animal-like machines. Young Prue has joined as an apprentice, but she’s on a mission of her own: to bring her brother back to life. To find him, she needs to get the ghost machines to remember the people they used to be…
There's more than one big vote happening today. Voting for the Laugh Out Loud book awards ends today and lots of Book Nook favourites have been nominated. Hop over to their website and vote for your favourite here.
The category winners will be revealed on Monday 6th January 2020 and the overall Costa Book of the Year will be announced Tuesday 28th January 2020.
Have you read them all yet? Got some catching up to do? You can get all four shortlisted books in a special offer bundle for £30. Get reading, as we'll be sharing our thoughts on the shortlist and creating some polls to see who you think should win.
About the Costa Book Award
Launched in 1971, the Costa Book Awards is one of the UK's most prestigious and popular book prizes and celebrates the most enjoyable books of the year by writers resident in the UK and Ireland.
Uniquely, the prize has five categories – First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children’s Book – with one of the five winning books selected as the overall Costa Book of the year and each category is judged separately by a panel of three judges per category. The Costa Book of the Year is then chosen by a nine-member panel which includes representatives from the original panels who are joined by other well-known people who love reading.
Books are entered by publishers and entry for the Awards closes at the end of June each year. The author of the Costa Book of the Year receives a cheque for £30,000, presented at an awards ceremony at the end of January.
Books of the Year have included ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ by Mark Haddon, ‘Behind the Scenes at the Museum’ by Kate Atkinson and ‘The Amber Spyglass’ by Philip Pullman.
The judges for the Children's Book Award for 2019 will be:
Charlotte Eyre (Children’s Editor, The Bookseller)
Bali Rai (Writer)
Danny van Emden (Children’s Buyer and Deputy Manager, West End Lane Books)
Heartbreaking news. We had the privilege of meeting #JudithKerr and attending her 95th birthday party. One of our treasured memories is of her congratulating us on winning Children’s Bookseller of the Year at the #nibbies last year.