Bishop's Stortford Picture Book Award

2016 Picture Book Award Shortlist: Kitchen DiscoEach year, Bishop's Stortford College hosts the Bishop’s Stortford Picture Book Award as part of their Festival of Literature. Fifteen local primary and secondary schools cast their votes to pick their winner out of a shortlist of nine titles.

Lauren Child, author of the Charlie & Lola series, presented the 2016 award to illustrator Al Murphy for Kitchen Disco, written by Clare Foges.  

At night when you are sleeping
There's a party in your house,
It's a pumping, jumping, funky bash…

From a shortlist of 9 titles (listed below), 13 local primary and secondary schools took part this year and cast nearly 1500 votes in total - Kitchen Disco was the clear winner receiving 41% of the votes.  

In second place was Richard Byrne’s This book just ate my dog. While reading from his picture book, Richard called up some helpers from the audience to assist with sound effects - to great amusement he drank a whole can of pop (held by one helper) to make a realistic BURP!

Emily MacKenzie came third with Wanted! Ralfy Rabbit, Book Burgler. She shared some of her childhood with the audience, including some of her childhood rabbit drawings - she then drew Ralfy for the audience, including his I Love Books jumper.   

The College was delighted to welcome most of the shortlisted authors to the Award event including Julia Jarman (author of Lovely Old Lion), Helen and Thomas Docherty (author of Abracazebra), Gemma Merino (author of The Cow who Climbed a Tree) and Rob Biddulph (author of Grrrrr!). Representatives from 10 of the voting schools came to see the results and thoroughly enjoyed readings, drawings and explanations from each of the authors – it was a true celebration of picture books and was kindly sponsored by Handlesbanken. 

Cartoonist, and former teacher at the College, Simon Bailey created an unique Bishop's Stortford College take on Clare’s Kitchen Disco.

Librarian Maggie Garrett, who organised the Picture Book Award, said ‘I would like to thank the authors and illustrators who came along today and made it such a special occasion. Thanks too to all the children who voted and then came to see our award presentation.’


2016 Shortlist:

Gemma Merino with The Cow Who Climbed a Tree Helen Docherty & Thomas Docherty with Abracazebra
Nicola O'Byrne with Use Your Imagination Clare Foges & Al Murphy with Kitchen Disco
Rob Biddulph with Grrrrr! Richard Byrne with This book just ate my dog!
Alex T. Smith with Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion Emily MacKenzie with WANTED! Ralfy Rabbit, Book Burglar
Julia Jarman & Susan Varley with Lovely Old Lion