The brilliant Best Books Bash

Booktrust Best Book Awards Best Books Bash2014


A week ago I was in a very sunny London at The Booktrust Best Books Bash to celebrate this new prize and – da-da-dah! – hear the winners announced. (And, no – sob – it was not me.*)

shortlisted books at the Booktrust Best Book Awards 2014

The 2014 shortlisted books

But it was a fantastic event, hosted by Mel Giedroyc, who was one of the judges for my section, and with lots of starry guests from the world of children’s books.

Michael Morpurgo at the 2014 Booktrust Best Book Awards

Michael Morpurgo at the podium

Yes, I chatted to Michael Morpurgo and stood right next to children’s laureate Malorie Blackman for a whole two minutes. I saw the actual beard of Philip Ardagh live and watched Chris Riddell draw wonders on the art wall.

Liz Pichon at the 2014 Booktrust Best Book Awards drawing wall

Liz Pichon at the drawing wall. Get that sleeve!

Chris Riddell at the Booktrust Best Book Awards 2014 drawing wall

Chris Riddell and others busy with the felt tips




The  Snatchabook drops in!

The Snatchabook drops in!

I also met a number of the other shortlisted authors and illustrators, including Kate Cain and Jonathan Stroud, my UK rivals in the age 9-11 category.

And an amazing total of 307 children and teenagers came to the bash, from a range of participating schools all over the country, while others watched the ceremony live-streamed into their schools.

Drawing wall at Booktrust Best Book Awards 2014 - Julia Lee's Whitby Marvel

My contribution – that’s Whitby Marvel with knitting needles in her hair!



It was all very thrilling. The children roamed freely, hunting down favourite authors and gathering autographs. As Mel said from the podium of a particularly excited group, ‘I wouldn’t want to be their coach driver on the way home!’


Mel Giedroyc at Booktrust Best Book Awards 2014

Mel Giedroyc, our MC.



Shortlisted author Julia Lee at 2014 Booktrust Best Book Awards 2014

And me!


*If you must know, Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck won Best Story Book for 9-11s on the readers’ vote.