Bishop’s Stortford Picture Book Award Winner

14 Mar 2018

Bishop’s Stortford College is pleased to announce the winner of the ninth Bishop’s Stortford Picture Book Award.

Following the voting in which 16 local schools took part, we are pleased to announce the results of the ninth Bishop’s Stortford Picture Book Award as follows,

3rd place, Dogger (the 40th anniversary edition) by Shirley Hughes.

2nd place, Kevin by Rob Biddulph.

And the winner, voted favourite by 12 schools, Bathroom Boogie by Clare Foges and Al Murphy.

This is a second win for this partnership. Their previous book Kitchen Disco also won the Picture Book Award two years ago. Many congratulations.

Martin Brown, illustrator of Horrible Histories announced our winner after an hour in the company of the shortlisted authors and illustrators who introduced a cast of pigs, wolves, grannies, cats, frogs and a rather dim dog. The audience learned to draw Kevin, an imaginary friend and boogied on down to the Bathroom Boogie. Everyone had a whale of a time and are eagerly anticipating the 10th anniversary event.

Sixteen local schools in Hertfordshire and Essex took part and over three and a half thousand votes were cast. Any other local schools who wish to take part next year are invited to get in touch.

Maggie Garrett, Senior School Librarian said, “It was lovely to meet local primary schools involved for the first time this year as well as the stalwarts who have been with us since day one. This event just keeps on growing, and the picture book choice just gets better and better too. We have some of the best illustrators and writers in the country coming to this event and it was great to see three previous winners returning.”

Photo: Bishop’s Stortford Picture Book Award Winner