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2020 Children’s Book Award Winner

Published: 28 May 2020

The Surrey Libraries Children's Book Award logo and the front covers of the five shortlisted books

Mischief and friendship wins

It was all a bit different this year, with schools closed and everyone in lockdown but that didn't stop this year's Surrey Libraries' Children's Book Award going ahead. On Thursday 21 May, at a virtual ceremony which you can watch below, the eagerly awaited winner of 2020 was announced. All five shortlisted authors attended and wished they were able to be there in person.

The Children's Book Award celebrates the best of fiction from the ages of seven to nine years old. Chairman of Surrey County Council, Tony Samuels announced this year's winner; Picklewitch and Jack by Claire Barker, which was voted by the school children from the ten champion schools.

The winning title follows goody two shoes Jack who's moved with his family to a new house. He discovers that a mischievous girl named Picklewitch, lives at the bottom of his garden in a tree house. Unluckily for Jack, she has chosen him to be her new best friend. A whole lot of trouble ensues.

Author Claire Barker said she was 'over the moon'. She added, "It is such an honour to be chosen by children and librarians". Her character Picklewitch, shared her own thank you message through Claire saying, "This is even better than when she made the cat 'woof' for a week. She can't wait to show this trophy to the birds".

The five shortlisted books for this year's award are:

The Champion schools who participated in the award this year are:

  • Cranleigh Church of England Primary School
  • Manorcroft Primary School, Egham
  • Southfield Park Primary School, Epsom
  • St Ignatius Catholic Primary School, Sunbury
  • St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Dorking
  • St Johns Primary School, Redhill
  • St Peter's Church of England Primary School, Farnham
  • Stanwell Fields Church of England Primary School
  • Sythwood Primary School, Woking
  • Tatsfield Primary School, Westerham

You can visit the Book Award webpages or the Book Award Blog to find out more about the award process.

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