Dundee Picture Book Awards 2016: and the winner is...
The Best Birthday Present Ever!, written and illustrated by Ben Mantle!
Ben saw off stiff competition, with a very strong shortlist featuring Chicken Clicking, written by Jeanne Willis and illustrated by Tony Ross; Smelly Louie, written and illustrated by Catherine Rayner, and Babies Don’t Walk, They Ride! written by Kathy Henderson and illustrated by Lauren Tobia.
The Dundee Picture Book Awards is a wonderful project, with the shortlist and winning book entirely chosen by primary school children. Primary 7s from participating schools read and share the books with the primary 1s, before casting their votes. The awards ceremony, which took place yesterday in the Whitehall Theatre, is devised, delivered and hosted by a different primary school each year.
Yesterday attendees from schools across Dundee were treated to some wonderful hosting by Glebelands Primary School, in a celebratory event which included readings from all of the books, and questions from the pupils to the shortlisted authors and illustrators. The winner was revealed by the Lord Provost and the cheque handed over by Mr Dennis the Menace himself.
Ben Mantle made a very nice speech, in which he thanked all the school pupils for their support, and organisers Moira Foster and Elaine Hallyburton for making such a wonderful event happen. Hear, hear to that, and congrats to everyone involved from us!
A celebratory selfie with the hosts/champions of the Dundee Picture Book Award ceremony! I was still in shock… pic.twitter.com/jzxUmn94Sw
— Ben Mantle (@BenMMantle) June 22, 2016